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Posted on 06 March 2019 by Mrs Latham

Momo is a hoax

Posted on 04 March 2019 by Mr Roundtree

As you may be aware by now, the concerns around Momo are unfounded: Momo is a hoax. There is no evidence to say that any of the claims are true. Taken from Saturday’s Guardian:

A private company that provides schools with internet safety material has insisted it behaved responsibility by issuing factsheets on the Momo challenge hoax, despite concerns it may have exacerbated the panic surrounding the issue.

National Online Safety produced a factsheet entitled “What parents need to know about Momo”, which many UK schools sent home with children.

The guidance offered straightforward advice on internet safety but also quoted media reports about the Momo challenge in which a “scary doll-like figure reportedly sends graphic violent images, and asks users to partake in dangerous challenges like waking up at random hours and has even been associated with self-harm”.

Children’s charities have said well-intentioned warnings from schools about a seemingly non-existent threat may have inadvertently caused young people to be genuinely scared by what was previously a hoax.

We’re sorry for our part in this. We alerted you last week to the Momo challenge, and we also sent out the factsheet.

Alongside this, however, we did provide some advice that remains really important:

  • Ensure you know what your child can access online
  • Ensure your child understands the importance of not giving personal information to anyone they do not know
  • Tell your children no-one has the right to make them do anything they do not want to do
  • Use parental controls to keep your child safe

Before-school cricket club

Posted on 01 March 2019 by Mrs Latham

The first session of our before-school cricket club was on Friday. The children came into class afterwards full of energy.

I loved it. I can’t wait to come next week.

I wasn’t sure if I’d like cricket but I do. It’s ace!

There are still spaces for children in years 1, 2 or 3. There are four more sessions this half term. Contact the school office if you would like your child to join.

https://www.chancetoshine.org


Who's talking to your child online?

Posted on 26 February 2019 by Mr Roundtree

If you were to glance outside your home and saw your child talking with someone, you’d want to know who. What about who they’re talking to online (even if they’re gaming).

West Yorkshire Police has teamed up with the NSPCC, Leeds Safeguarding Children Partnership and the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner in West Yorkshire to encourage parents and carers to have a five minute chat with children to keep them safe online. The following comes from their website:

A quick discussion with young people about the sites and apps they are using and the people they are talking to online, could help protect them from any potential cyber criminals.

The internet can be an amazing place for children, so they shouldn’t be discouraged from using it, but parents should remind them that people may not always be who they say they are, and they should talk to their parents about what they are doing online.

It can seem daunting for some parents, trying to keep up with the latest technology that their children are using, so the following websites and helplines can offer simple, practical advice on how to keep everyone safe online:

  • NSPCC and O2 helpline – If you have a question about parental controls or concern about a social network that your child uses, expert advisors are available on the free helpline – 0808 8005002

  • Leeds Safeguarding Children Partnership

  • CEOP

Please be aware...

Posted on 26 February 2019 by Mr Roundtree

…of a current craze that seems to be spreading online. Read the full BBC news story here.

Momo is a doll figure with bulging eyes and a creepy grin who targets young children on social media.

The doll encourages them to add a contact on messaging service WhatsApp, then hounds them with violent images and dares. It encourages them to self-harm and the ultimate post tells them to take their own lives.

Police say they’re concerned that Momo may be run by hackers who are looking for information.

Their advice to parents/carers matches ours:

  • Ensure you know what your child can access online
  • Ensure your child understands the importance of not giving personal information to anyone they do not know
  • Tell your children no-one has the right to make them do anything they do not want to do
  • Use parental controls to keep your child safe

Safe searching?

Posted on 25 February 2019 by Mr Roundtree

Are you confident that your child searches the internet in a safe way? You might have filters set on your internet, and you might have a rule where your child is only inline in the same room as you.

If your child has their own laptop or tablet, you might also want to consider changing the default search engine to

Kiddle is powered by Google and is described by them as a ‘Safe visual search engine for kids’.

Out of school club

Posted on 23 February 2019 by Mr Roundtree

Well done to staff and children who attend the Scholes Out of School Club. Following a recent inspection from Ofsted, the club was judged to be good in all areas.

Parent-teacher meetings

Posted on 19 February 2019 by Mr Roundtree

Thanks to all of you who attended the parent-teacher meetings last week – it’s always good to see so many supporting their child’s learning.

In the last year or so, one or two governors attend the evenings in order to gather the views of parents and carers. This can provide some useful, independent feedback on how well we’re doing and how we can keep getting better and better. Governors write up a report; here are some of the comments from the report from the evening of Thursday 14 February:

  • Without exception, children are happy at school, they enjoy coming and they and their parents know that they are safe. One parent told me, ‘We’re dead happy with the school’.
  • The children had a range of subjects that they liked best; one boy told me he liked the challenge of Maths.
  • A few of the parents had had children at Scholes over a number of years and have always been happy with what the school has offered.
  • A number of children talked to me about the activities they were undertaking in Staying Safe week. They were enjoying it.
  • The school has ‘a very approachable staff’ and parents knew that any issues they had would be resolved.
  • A parent has been delighted with the school since she moved her children here a year ago – she wished they had always been here!
  • Parents feel well informed about everything that is going on.

Dance club - recruiting now!

Posted on 16 February 2019 by Mrs Latham

The KS2 dance club are looking for more members. There is a competition on 30 April, at Ralph Thoresby High School, that we would like to enter but we need more members. If you are in year 3, 4, 5 or 6 and enjoy dance, or want to try something new, this is the club for you. It runs on Thursdays after school (3.30-4.30) by Steph, from Flex Dance. Contact the school office for costs and more details. Here is a taster of what you could be doing!

The children requested the video was made and all have permission to be photographed but we double checked for their consent before posting to the website. They knew they could withdraw their consent before it was posted.

Positive parents!

Posted on 14 February 2019 by Mr Roundtree

Last week, we were pleased to see so many of you come to school for our parent-teacher meetings – thanks for taking an active role in supporting your child’s learning.

As we’ve done before, we arranged for some governors to be around to collect your views. We’re always happy to hear your thoughts when you speak with us directly, and we value your feedback in the annual surveys in the Summer Term. However, speaking with a governor offers the chance to speak with someone a little more independent of the day-to-day goings on, and as a governor, you can be assured that significant concerns will be acted on.

Here are some of the notes from one particular governor:

  • All the parents were very willing to talk to me and most of the children I spoke to were happy to tell me what they liked about school.
  • Without exception, children are happy at school, they enjoy coming and they and their parents know that they are safe. A mum from Early Years told me, “We’re dead happy with the school”.
  • The children had a range of subjects that they liked best; one boy told me he liked the challenge of Maths.
  • A number of children talked to me about the activities they were undertaking in Staying Safe week. They were enjoying it.
  • The school has “a very approachable staff” and parents knew that any issues they had would be resolved.
  • A mum from Early Years loves the way that parents can go into class each morning and stay for a few minutes. She knows what goes on and sees that her daughter is happy and settled.
  • Parents feel well informed about everything that is going on. One parent does prefer the newsletter in hard copy rather than electronic – “We can leave it on the side and keep looking at it”.

Two areas for us to act on were noted by this particular governor, although both are in the form of ‘continue to do’: to ensure that parents continue to receive information in whatever format suits them best so that they will access it thoroughly; and to continue to develop “Talk Time Homework” as this allows parents to be more involved in the curriculum.