Head of School update

This week at school…..

What a lovely week we have had, and the weather has been scorching!

Events this week have included 2 open evenings to welcome parents of children starting in Year 3 and Reception in September.  It was lovely to meet everyone, some for the first time, for other parents a welcome back!   During the evening we were able to share lots of information about the curriculum, meet the teachers that children will be with and understand a little more about how school systems work and what to expect.  If you were unable to attend we will ensure you are supplied with a welcome pack.  As always we are on hand to answer any of your questions. Please contact the school office and we will endeavour to help!

Thursday and Friday saw our friends from Bruce Grove  visiting us and we had an amazing time showing them all of our school facilities and of course our wonderful beach!  With the beautiful weather we had it made everything just that little bit more special!  We very much look forward to doing this again next year. 

This week’s Tech Update is focussing on creating good habits for you and your children as soon as they begin to use digital technology.  We are now familiar with giving even very young children our telephones or a tablet to watch their favourite characters, but the most common question we are asked about is how to control the “rage” or reaction of children when it’s time to come off the device.  This is all about creating expectations and signposting to your child/ren what is happening now, and what is expected next.  Unfortunately there is no quick or easy way of doing this and the key to success is having the perseverance to start and then weather the results until your child/ren understands that this is just what happens in your family.

So what does this mean?  We understand that time without tech is really important for children as much as with it.  Where do you start? Encourage unplugged, unstructured playtime. Create tech-free zones or times, such as during mealtime or one night a week. Discourage use of media entertainment during homework. Set and enforce daily or weekly screen time limits and curfews, such as no exposure to devices or screens one hour before bedtime.  Start small if you don’t have this in place already. Explore with older children a game you could play together, look up how to play card games and allocate one time a week that you will always do this. We know that children love to play games in school and we forget to play with them at home sometimes.  Life is busy and can be chaotic but investing just half an hour can have really positive results.  Practice going onto and then coming off a device. Make it into a game, which children can be part of.  Let them do it to you too – they will love playing “parent”!  

Creating good screen time balance is really important for children and their development.  We would love to hear from you some of your experiences and tips you have used to make this work for you. Please let us know!

Reminders/Dates for the Diary

Feast on the Field – Orders must be placed by midday this Sunday. This lunch is taking place on sports day.

Earhart Swimming – Will be swimming on Friday 30 June 2023. Please be reminded that swimming hats are compulsory. We have some on the school money shop to purchase for ONLY £1.06.

Pre-Loved Uniform Donation Requests – We would welcome any donations of uniform that your child may have now outgrown, please continue to hand them in to the school office.

Sports Day – Parents collect children from the normal end of day locations at 12 before taking them to the field to find a picnic spot.

Last day of term Friday 21 July and School reopens on Wednesday 6 September

Dates for the Diary

Monday:  Music After School Club; Cricket After School Club

Tuesday:  MJS Dodgeball After School Club; MIJS Gardening Club

Wednesday:

Thursday: MJS Football After School Club; MIS Multi Sports After School Club; 

Friday:  Swimming – Yousafzai