Following our achievement of the Healthy Schools Silver Award last year, we are proud to announce that we achieved our Healthy School Gold Award in August 2018.
Over the 2017-18 academic year our aim was to engage with our pupils, parents and carers and the wider community to work together to help our children keep safe online and to provide guidance and support on how to do this at home. We did this via various workshops with children and parents in school, raising awareness of how vulnerable children can be when using social media. We also brought in external speakers including Steve Welding, the borough Education E Safety Advisor and ex-police officer to talk to parents about how best to support children in their use of social media as well as Lorin LaFave of the Breck Foundation, whose son was tragically murdered by a groomer he met online. Ms LaFave's talk was to the Year 5 & 6 pupils and a separate talk was given to parents and carers and the dark reality of the dangers of speaking to strangers online really hit home.
We provide our families with as many updates and guidance as we can via our school website, newsletter, through parental workshops and letters home and, in doing so, we are working together to ensure our pupil's mental health and well being as well as giving them the tools to make healthy choices.
Additionally, we have arranged for more clubs for our pupils to keep them engaged in the mornings, at lunchtimes and after school, including singing, football, art, cookery and Lego. Most recently, we are pleased to be able to offer Taekwondo which takes place on a Monday morning, before school.
We are hoping to take a group of children to City Hall next summer to collect our award! Well done to everyone who played a part in this great achievement and be assured that we will continue to engage with our families this way.