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Net Aware

Following on from our Class Dojo posts about online safety, I thought you might be interested in the app Net Aware. It is available to download through the Apple App Store or Google. It’s produced by the NSPCC and is a simple guide for parents to the most popular social networks, apps and games. You can learn about privacy settings and safety guidelines. It gives you minimum ages for each app. How easy it is to sign up, report abuse and adjust privacy settings. You can also find out how likely your child is to come across inappropriate content. It’s a really useful little app to have. Hope it helps.

Musical.ly

It has been brought to our attention that a free app called musical.ly contains adult material and could cause safeguarding issues.

Musical.ly is a social network for sharing user-generated music and videos. Many children enjoy the ‘lip-sync’ element of the app as well as browsing videos created by others. Videos are generally shared between groups of friends and can be saved as private, but the other content is freely available and is not ‘policed’.

The app’s terms and conditions states that it is not to be used by children under the age of 13. The terms and conditions say that it is intended for users over the age of 18.

In addition, musical.ly links directly to another app entitled live.ly which has no safety settings and permits anybody to enter into a conversation with your child. Through this, they are at serious risk of being exposed to extremely inappropriate content and conversations.

There are current ongoing investigations with the police andCEOP into claims of grooming via this app. We consider this to be a valid threat to the safety of young people using musical.ly and would encourage parents to consider the removal of the app from their devices.

We would recommend that parents access the following links to make informed decisions regarding allowing your child to use Musical.ly and other similar sites:

https://www.commonsensemedia.org/app-reviews/musically-your-music-video-community

Explained – What is musical.ly?

What parents need to know about musical.ly

Musical.ly app review – Okay for kids?

Is Musical.ly Safe For Kids?

http://parentinfo.org/article/a-parents-guide-to-musically

https://www.commonsensemedia.org/app-reviews/musically-your-music-video-community

Explained – What is musical.ly?

What parents need to know about musical.ly

Musical.ly app review – Okay for kids?

Is Musical.ly Safe For Kids?

http://parentinfo.org/article/a-parents-guide-to-musically

Happy New Year

We wanted to welcome you all back to school and hope that you have managed to find some time to rest over the holiday period.

As ever, if there is anything we can do to help and support – the door is open.

Merry Christmas

Just to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. As a school we wanted to thank you for your continued support. It is really appreciated. It was lovely to see so many of you yesterday at the PTFA Christmas Fayre. We are counting up the money and hopefully will have a total for you by the end of the day.

We would like to thank you for the lovely gifts that have been sent in for staff. They really appreciate your kindness. All that is left to say is that I hope you have a wonderful time over Christmas and get to share it with your nearest and dearest.

Take care. Best Wishes
Mr H

Children In Need

Just to say a huge thank you to the children and parents for their support during Children in Need.

The donations on Friday raised a fantastic £91.20.

Open Day

Do you have a child who was born between 1 September 2012 and 31st August 2013?

Now is the time to consider which school to send them to.

The closing date for applications is 16th January 2017

More information can be found at http://www.kent.gov.uk/education_and_learning/school_education/applying_for_a_school_place/primary_school_places.aspx

You are invited to our New Parents’ Open Morning

Tuesday 22nd November 9.30 – 11.30am                                            Thursday 24th November 9.30 – 11.30am

This will be an opportunity for you and your child to see our wonderful school in action and meet our amazing staff.

We look forward to welcoming you to our Brookland Family

Children in Need

FRIDAY 18th November

To support 2016 Children in Need our Children are welcome to wear a Spotty or Bright accessory on Friday (but must wear their school uniform) and bring a donation into school. We realise that we have asked for lots of contributions towards different projects this year so any donation towards this amazing charity would be appreciated.

Please donate what you can to this amazing charity.

We look forward to seeing your SPOTTY and BRIGHT accessories on Friday

We Shall Remember Them.

They shall not grow old, as we that are left grow old
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We shall remember them

Robert Laurence Binyon – For The Fallen

Starlight Cake Sale

We would like to say a huge thank you to Lacey for being the driving force behind our Starlight Cake Sale. Thanks to your support, contributions and for buying all your cakes back we have been able to raise £305.22. That is truly wonderful and we will send that money onto Starlight in the knowledge that it will help make a child’s wish come true.

Thank you again for your continued support. It is greatly appreciated.

Harvest Update

Thank you to everybody who joined us for our Harvest Celebration. Your kind donations of fruit and vegetables were all sold by Jasmine, Olivia and Ben. We have raised almost £200 for supporting the school and orphanage in Uganda.

Thank you for sharing the afternoon with us and your kindness has made a real difference.

Starlight Birthday Bake – Monday 10th October 3.15pm

Lacie, in class three, and I would love to hold a Starlight Birthday Bake to support Starlight’s 30th birthday. We would like to ask parents if they would be willing to donate cakes on Monday 10th October. These cakes will be sold at 3.15pm on Monday with all the proceeds going to this wonderful charity.

 

To find out more about Starlight and the amazing work they do visit – www.starlight.org.uk

Thank you for your help.

Our Wonderful School

We thought you might like to see the front cover of our new prospectus that we took today. A copy of the full prospectus can be seen on our website.

Starlight Birthday Bake – 10th October 2016

This week I have been speaking to Lacie in Class 3. She would like to hold a Birthday Bake Cake Sale to celebrate and raise money for Starlight. On the 10th October people up and down the country will hold cake bakes to celebrate Starlight’s 30th birthday and help to raise vital funds to transform the lives of seriously and terminally ill children.

This is a charity that is very dear to our hearts. They have been supporting Lacie and have supported Evie, my daughter, over the last two years. Starlight provide amazing wishes for seriously and terminally ill children. Evie was lucky enough to have a wish granted last year and spent the May half term at Centre Parks in Woburn Forest.

Starlight provide a variety of events up and down the country to help children and their families. We recently attended their summer party and met dancers from Strictly who are Starlight Ambassadors, along with Radzi, from Blue Peter.  We were also lucky, along with 900 other families to have a helicopter ride at the Starlight Popham Air Escape. Here a number of volunteers provided helicopter and plane rides for the children.

We will send out more information in due course.