At the start of each academic year we turn our thoughts to electing our school councillors, Head Boy and Head Girl. This year during the election season we’ve been thinking about distinctive British Values in our assemblies, especially in Key Stage 2. In our school we actively teach about the following British Values:
· The rule of law and how laws are made
· About democracy and how elections work
· Individual liberty– the right to make choices and lead a free life.
· Mutual respect and tolerance of the options of others.
We conduct our elections in school very formally. All of the candidates for the role of Head Boy and Head Girl make speeches to the whole school assembly. The election is then carried out using a secret ballot. The children get to vote for a boy and a girl. We follow similar rules in each of the classrooms where children elect their school council representatives.
We’re proud to announce the results of the elections below. We know that all of the children in different roles in our school will serve Sir John Cass to the very best of their ability. Congratulations to you all!
Head Girl – Anastasia
Head Boy – Marcel
Deputies and City of London Youth Board Representatives- Poppy and Markos
School Council Chair and Secretary- Iris and Orson
Aldgate – Erica Cornhill – Justyce
Portsoken – Jasmine St. Botolphs – Dhanyaal
Tour Guides – Rose, Yasu, Eyoel, Hiba, Erica
Librarians – Lorenzo, Hosna, Raisa
KS1 Assistants – Erica, Harper, Muhammed, Orson, Adam D, Sabrina, Hiba
Door Monitors – Adam G, Daniel B, Gabriel, Fahad
Worship Assistants – Frankie, Eyoel and James
Gardeners – Jasmine, Erica, Rose, Iris, Yasu
Guinea Pig Wranglers – Daniel B, Harper, Chloe, Fahmida
Class 1– Max, Aomi, Molly and Kezaih
Class 2 –Olivia and Tim
Class 3– Sameer and Nicole
Class 4– James and Maya Z
Class 5– Kai and Mahveen
Class 6– Orson and Iris (Chair and Secretary)
A very warm welcome to our new parents in Nursery. Here are the slides from our getting to know you day.
In case you missed our recent meeting for new Reception parents- here are the slides.
Children enjoyed an excellent Mathematics day this week. In year 5 and 6 there was some great collaborate work with peer tutoring in a fun practical session.
Year 4 chose arithmetic– they just love numbers in that class. Year 3 enjoyed working together playing games including number operations Bingo. In early years
children made balance cakes, estimating how many pieces of Lego they can hold in their hands or cup !
We are concerned that children are using apps and websites that should only be used for young adults aged 13 or above. I want to stress with parents the importance of not setting up accounts for children who are underage. We understand it’s difficult to resist the pressure to have accounts but children shouldn’t be exposed to adult platforms when they are underage. Children should not have access to: What’s App, Snapchat, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or any unrestricted email service. We recommend that children are only able to communicate within closed groups e.g. our own Google Education Apps which we will be developing in September, 2017.
In addition, children should not have the ability to download apps. Nor should they have fingerprint ID enabled on their devices. You can easily restrict this function on your child’s device. It’s important you maintain an overview of their communications to ensure they are safe.
We don’t want to alarm people about the dangers, but using adult sites and apps really is unsafe– especially if you don’t have a very close overview of what’s going on and what’s being said and what app is being used.
If we find children have profiles on these platforms we will report this information to the relevant authorities indicating that the child is underage. We held an Internet Safety meeting last week which highlighted the many different things you could do at home to promote safety and enable restrictions on children’s devices. You can download the slides and watch the videos here: http://www.sirjohncassprimary.org/heads-blog/safety-in-a-world-of-technology
At this meeting we reflected on the 4cs in relation to your child’s access to the online world:
· Conduct: children may be at risk because of their own behaviour, for example, by sharing too much information
· Content: age-inappropriate or unreliable content can be available to children
· Contact: children can be contacted by bullies or people who groom or seek to abuse them
· Commercialism: young people can be unaware of hidden costs and advertising in apps, games and websites
If you need a hand setting up restrictions on your device you’re welcome to come along to school on Mondays to speak to our computing technician who will be very happy to help!
Please find below slides from our recent meeting with parents and carers about children using technology safely.
We slipped back in time this week in Class 5 when the children enjoyed a Victorian day. Everyone dressed up in Victorian clothes, the children did Victorian lessons and even ate gruel!
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