NEWS & EVENTS
Anti-bullying Week 11th-15th November
The message for the National Anti-bullying week this year is: Change starts with us. Small change. Big difference. Whether it is verbal, physical, online or in-person, bullying has a significant impact on a child’s life well in to adulthood. By making small, simple changes, we can break this cycle and create a safe environment for everyone. Because together, we can challenge bullying. Change starts with a conversation. It starts with checking in. It starts with work together. Change starts here. Change starts now. Change starts with us.
At Priors Field we will be taking time during this week to celebrate the children’s individuality and consider what makes each one of us unique. We will be considering how to be a good friend and what to do if we don’t feel safe.
Odd Socks Day Tuesday 12th November
All you have to do to take part is wear odd socks to school, it couldn’t be simpler! Odd Socks day will take place during Anti Bullying Week to help raise awareness around anti-bullying. (This year it is happening on Tuesday 12th November 2019 to avoid clashing with Armistice Day)
Children in Need - Friday 15th November The children are invited to wear spots and/or yellow to show support for Children in Need Day next Friday. They will all take part in a whole school ramble. Please could the children bring in a donation to support the Children in Need charity which helps children throughout the UK facing disadvantages including illness and poverty.
The school has made a decision, with the PTA, to no longer have sweets on sale at the school discos and movie nights. Our aim in school is to help children to grow healthily, safely and responsibly. We are happy for sweets to be on sale at the Christmas and Summer Fairs when parents have the responsibility for their children. I am sure that the children will continue to have fun at these events and there will be refreshments and activities available to raise money for the PTA.
There was great excitement in the playground when one of our families drove their tractor onto the school playground. Reception and Year 1 enjoyed labelling different parts, sketching and talking about tractor! Farmvention (when farming meets invention) is a national STEM competition run by NFU Education and aimed at primary school children. Year 1 will be designing a farming machine for 2040. We are excited to further develop our STEM project work at school.
Priors Field Team Captains
During the last two weeks the children in Year 6 have been working hard on the campaigns for our new Priors Field Team Captains and Vice Captains. Mrs Braley and I were so impressed by the confidence and standard of presentations initially and could not choose! We decided to be democratic and put the vote to the children of Priors Field!
Four candidates presented their messages and manifesto to their teams on Thursday and every child posted a secret vote! Well done to all the candidates who took part and to all of Year 6 for your positive team work and support. It has been a great display of our ‘Vision in Action’ and learning about ‘British Values’.
Online Safety - Sharing photos online
Most parents love sharing photos of their children with friends and family. But remember - pictures you share online could be out there for ever. Learn how to protect your child whilst staying social.
For more information from CEOP click here
Online Safety - A short guide from CEOP about Online Live streaming
Live streaming has become a popular feature of many apps and platforms. By understanding why it is popular and what potential risks your child face, you can help your child have a more positive online experience. Please click this link to find out more https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/articles/what-is-live-streaming/
Children are using social media before parents have spoken to them about how to use it responsibly, with 48% being exposed to it by age seven. (Research by YouGov). Here’s some advice for a safer start when your child ventures into the world of likes and shares.
For more information on how children can stay safe online please
visit https://www.vodafone.co.uk/mobile/digital-parenting for tips, advice, interesting articles and resources.
Online Safety - TikTok app safety – what parents need to know!
13 is the minimum age according to TikTok’s terms and conditions.
It’s a social media app that gives users the opportunity to share 60 second short videos with friends, family or the entire world. Like Twitter-owned Vine and Musical.ly before it, videos shared range from funny sketches to lip-sync videos featuring special effects. Currently, the app is available in 34 languages with 150 million active users. Like Musical.ly before it, it is most popular with under 16s.
For more information please go to
Online Safety – does your child play Fortnite?
Fortnite is one of the most popular video games currently being played worldwide. It is listed as not suitable for persons under 12 years of age due to voice/type chat and the ‘frequent scenes of mild violence.’ However if your child does play this game we would recommend that all parents are aware of the level their child plays at and who they play with online.
Please click on this link by Common Sense Media to watch the video for an explanation of the game and for more tips for parents. www.commonsensemedia.org/game-reviews/fortnite
School Car Parking and the Neighbourhood
We have been receiving rather a lot of complaints recently from our neighbours about inconsiderate parking by our parents at Priors Field. Whether you are running late, or frustrated by a lack of spaces please DO NOT PARK on the grass verges off Clinton Lane and Beehive Hill. Please consider our neighbours and park a little further away and walk to school. There is plenty of on-street parking along Clinton Lane, and around the neighbouring housing estate.
Please may we also remind you that the school carpark is strictly for STAFF ONLY between 7.45am and 5pm. If your child is playing football or attending an after school club please do not use the carpark; yesterday was chaos with staff not being able to get out or in. Thank you.
Do you know what your child is doing online?
It has come to our attention that a number of children across the school are playing games that are inappropriate for their age and some through a live streaming app.
Please take a moment to talk to your child about their online activity and encourage them to share the games they play with you. Please check out our website for useful links to online safety.
Did you know that our school is the catchment school for Baginton? Whilst we do have children in school from the village, we do wonder if other families in Baginton are aware that this would be their natural catchment school. We are trying to advertise ourselves but if you do live in Baginton we’d be grateful if you could pass the information onto other families with children.
Anti-bullying Week 11th-15th November
Odd Socks Day Tuesday 12th November
Children in Need - Friday 15th November
The next meeting will be at The Clarendon, 8pm on Thursday 14th November.
We have set a teacher training day for Monday 1st June 2020.
Just to let you know we have booked to take the whole school to see ‘Puss in Boots’ at the Belgrade Theatre on Tuesday 10th December 2019.
May Bank Holiday 2020
We have received notification this week that next year's early May bank holiday will be moved to Friday 8th May 2020 to coincide with the 75th anniversary of VE Day.