Online Safety Update: Issue 24


Our latest Prince Albert Community Trust Online Safety Update newsletter is out now!

Produced on a half termly basis to keep you up-to-date with Online Safety news, new ICT initiatives and ways in which you can help to keep your family safe both online and when using emerging technology.

We hope you enjoy reading 'Issue 24: February 2019' online now.

In this issue we look at Safer Internet Day 2019 which had a theme of 'together for a better internet'.  We also look at our own PACT Online Safety themed week which incorporated both Safer Internet Day and the theme of 'together for a better internet'.  We are also extremely pleased to announce that the PACT has joined the National Online Safety Community.  Find out more in issue 24 of our Online Safety Update - out now!

If you have a concern regarding your child's use of the internet at home or in school, you can speak to one of our Online Safety Leads for support and advice.


Dear Parent/Carer,

The NSPCC’s Speak out. Stay safe programme is visiting our school on 25.02.19 and 11.03.19 to make sure our pupils have the knowledge and understanding they need to stay safe from abuse.

I’m pleased to tell you that we will be working with the NSPCC, the UK’s leading children’s charity, who’ll be delivering their Speak out. Stay safe.Programme. This is a nationwide programme for every primary-school-aged child in the UK and Channel Islands. With the help of their friendly mascot Buddy, they’ll be presenting an assembly to the children in our School as well as a workshop for Years 5 and 6.

"NSPCC has helped me to build the confidence to tell people about my worries and problems." Child’s feedback

What is the Speak out.Stay safe.programme?

Through child-friendly, interactive assemblies and workshops their specially trained staff and volunteers will give our children information about how to keep themselves safe from harm and how to get help if they have any worries, sensitively discussing issues like bullying and sexual abuse, without using scary words or adult language. 

We have studied the content of the materials and heard from other schools who have participated and are extremely confident that they are appropriate for primary-school-aged children. By the end of their visit, we’re convinced children will feel empowered – knowing how they can speak out and stay safe.

 “My daughter thought the volunteers were fantastic, really real people, very warm and friendly.”Sally, Prestatyn

If you would like any more information about the Speak out. Stay safe programmeyou can come in to speak to me or visit the NSPCC website

Talking PANTS with your children

The NSPCC’s work in schools will help encourage conversations about staying safe – and they have a number of child-friendly materials to help you carry on the conversation afterwards. That includes ‘Talk PANTS’, a simple way for parents to help keep children safe from sexual abuse – without using scary words or even mentioning sex.

The guide uses the rules of PANTS to teach children that their body belongs to them and them alone. You can find out more and download the free resources at

If you’d like to know more about the NSPCC’s work,or take a look at the wide range of information and advice which is available for parents and carers, please visit their website

Yours sincerely                                                                                              

Mrs Z Thewlis


The Big Bang Fair at the NEC

Dear Parents and Guardians,

On Thursday 14thMarch, we will be taking the children from Year 4 to Year 6 to an exciting extracurricular event The Big Bang Fair at the NEC. It is an extraordinary event for our children to take part in and widen their horizons.  

Children will need to be in school at 8.30am with a packed lunch in a backpack with a bottle of water (lunchwill be provided for all children entitled to free school dinners), a light jacket and wearing their school uniform. We will be back in time to be collected as normal at 3.15pm.

The cost for the coach to go to this event will be £6.50 per child. This payment is required from parents in order for the trip to go ahead. Deadline for payment is Friday 1stMarch

Please complete the attached consent form and make your payment through the SchoolMoney website –

Information about the event:

The Big Bang Fair engages and inspires young people through interactive and engaging activities, workshops and shows. 

  • There will be a large exhibition floor designed to encourage a journey of discovery through the event.
  • Many of the stands will feature working scientists and engineers, all available to answer any questions that young people have about jobs and careers. 
  • There will also be timed theatre shows and workshops. These are available on a first-come, first-servedbasis. 

Photography and filming

  • At the Fair, they will have official photographers who are permitted to capture images for marketing purposes. You can opt your child out of photography when completing your consent form. Please be aware it is a public event and many visitors will have their own cameras and smart phones.

Yours sincerely,

Mr J Aldred

Assistant Head Teacher

Online safety Parent Workshop Resources for Parents

The following resource are to compliment the Online Safety Parent Workshops running on Tuesday 5th February (2-3:15pm) for EYFS & KS1, and Wednesday 6th February (2-3:15pm) for KS2.

Please click on the below links for parental control guides:

  *   iPhone

  *   iPad

  *   Andriod

  *   Google

  *   Youtube Kids

  *   Xbox

  *   Playstation

For any other devices and broadband parental settings please click here:

Click here for the notes from the parent workshop presentation.


Mr J Tromans

Trust Leader of Computing

ParentMail Service

Dear Parent

From 1stFebruary 2019 we will be upgrading to ParentMail.

ParentMail is a messaging service which will allow us to improve communication between home and school. It also has a range of other applications to use, such as forms, permissions and surveys, Parents’ Evening bookings, meetings and event invitations, absence reporting as well as a free, secure mobile App for you to pick up school communications on the go.

ParentMail extra will be beneficial to you because you can:

  • Use a free, secure mobile app on Android and iOS to pick up school messages instantly.
  • Have an account simply for school messages (away from your busy email inbox)
  • Connect to other schools, nurseries or clubs that use ParentMail.
  • Highlight important messages or archive old messages to make life easier.
  • Have messages sent directly to mums, dads and carers or other family members.
  • Update your contact details within the secure mobile app.

Registering with ParentMail is very easy. Over the next few days, you will be sent either an email and/or text message from ParentMail. When you receive this, please just follow the instructions in the message.

Once registered, if you have an Android or Apple smartphone, we would highly recommend you download the ParentMail App for the best user experience.To do this, simply search for “ParentMail” in your App store. 

Please be assured that ParentMail is registered with the Information Commissioner and guaranteesthat all information you provide will be kept private and will not be passed on to any other organisation.

If you need any additional information or assistance, please visit the help site:  or if you have not received any contact from ParentMail within 7 days please contactthe main school office.

Yours sincerely

Mrs Z Thewlis

School Direct Placement Open days – September 2019

Dear Parents/Carers,

You may be aware that the Prince Albert Community Trust arecurrently working with Newman University to provide School Direct placements for students from September 2019. The School Direct route leads to the award of a Masters Level Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). 

PACT arenow in the recruitment stage of the process and are looking for individuals who have or who are working towards a degree of 2:2 or above in any subject area. We are holding open days at each of our schools on the following dates for anyone who may be interested in becoming a teacher using the School Direct route:

Heathfield Primary School: Tuesday 19th March

Birchfield Primary School: Thursday 28th March

Prince Albert Primary School: Thursday 21st March

Highfield J&I School: Wednesday 3rd April

For more information please visit the PACT website www.pact.bham.sch.ukand follow the instructions to book a place on one of our open days. There is also a link which will take you directly to the UCAS and Newman University websites.

Please feel free to share this letter with friends and family members. If you require any further copies please ask at the school office. 

Thank you in advance for your support.

Michelle Jones

Company Secretary and DPO

Special Olympics


The mission of Special Olympics is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.

Dear Parents/Carers, 

As a Trust,we are committed to world-classsporting opportunities for all our children. We encourage participation in a wide range of sports by all our pupils. This means we may have to adapt our offer to ensure that all pupils can take part. As a Trust,we care for many pupils with learning difficulties and we want to build up awareness and empathy, within our Trust’s community, for children who face difficulties and adaptations to aid their learning either academically or in the sport.

The 2019 Special Olympics World Summer Games is a multi-sport event for athletes with intellectual disabilities in the tradition of the Special Olympics movement. It will be held in Abu Dhabi, the UnitedArab Emirates from March 14–21, 2019. 

In the Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019, athletes will compete in 24 different individual and team sports: Athletics, Badminton, Basketball, Beach Volleyball, Bocce, Bowling, Cycling, Equestrian, Football, Golf, Gymnastics – Artistic, Gymnastics – Rhythmic, Handball, Judo, Kayaking, Open Water Swimming, Powerlifting, Roller Skating, Sailing, Swimming, Table Tennis, Tennis, Triathlon, and Volleyball.

During the Special Olympics week, we would like, as a Trust, to celebrate this global event and as such,we plan to deliver a wide range of sporting activities to all our children. The pupils will research the history of the event, learn about the athletes competing in the Special Olympics and be aware of the barriers they have to push through to compete in the sports they love.  

We look forward to this special week in school and an itinerary will be sent out nearer to the Special Olympics week – 14thto 21stMarch 2019. We will also end the celebration week with an exhibition for parents to showcase some of the fantastic work that has been completed by the children. Please have a look at the website with your children and discuss the determination of these athletes and the sports your children would like to try in the future.

If you have any questions please speak toany ofthe senior leaders at any of the Trust’s schools.

Yours sincerely,

Ms Y Malik

Deputy Head Teacher

Non School Uniform day 11th February 2019


On Monday 11th February 2019 we will be having a non-uniform day to raise money for school fund.

If you would like your child to take part they will need to bring in a £1 coin.

REMINDER:  Sensible shoes must still be worn, no wheelies or high heels.

Thank you for your support