'Together for a better Internet’ - Online Safety Week & SID 2019

Monday 4th February 2019 will mark the start of our PACT Online Safety Week across all of our schools. Throughout the week your child will be learning about how to stay safe online whilst in school and at home. We will also be participating in the globally celebrated Safer Internet Day on Tuesday 5th February.

Safer Internet Day 2019 will be celebrated globally on Tuesday 5th February with the slogan: ‘Together for a better Internet’.

Coordinated in the UK by the UK Safer Internet Centre the celebration sees hundreds of organisations get involved and join a national conversation about using technology responsibly, respectfully, critically and creatively.

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Online Safety Update: Issue 23


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 23: December and Christmas 2018' online now.

In this issue we look at how when you set up a new bit of tech, many of the apps will automatically offer the opportunity to share your location. We look at the issues you need to consider before deciding whether to share your child’s well as recommended apps for location tracking. We also look at some Christmas conversation starter tips to help children deal with online issues and open up about their digital lives.

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.

School Nurse Drop in Session

Dear Parents,

I am delighted to be able to tell you that Birchfield School will be having a new school nurse service starting in November which will mean a school nurse will be on site at school for one and a half days per half term.  The school nurse will be delivering a range of services including workshops for parents, workshops for pupils and seeing parents for scheduled parent appointments.

As part of their service, I am very excited to tell you that the nurse will be offering a drop in session every time she is in school, which will run from 8.30-9.30.  This will be an opportunity for you to talk to the nurse about any concerns that you have regarding your child.  You will not need an appointment to access this service, although you may have to wait to see the nurse as she will see parents on a first come first served basis. The nurse will be called Louise Proudlock for the Autumn Term and will then change to Nurse Grace Prentice for the rest  of the year.

The nurse’s first visit will be Friday 23rd November and her first drop in session will be from 8.30am-9.30am. As this is the first time we have done this, it would be really helpful if you could let us know if you think you are going to want to access this service on this first visit.  Please could you give your name and your child’s name to the office by 3.30pm on Wednesday 7thNovember so we can ensure the nurse has enough time to see everyone who needs her.  In order to access the drop in service,  you will need to come to the main office to sign in and you will then be taken to the room where the nurse is meeting with parents.

If you have any questions, please do speak to a member of the school Senior Leadership Team.

Yours faithfully

Mrs A Shotter

Deputy Headteacher for Trust Inclusion

Girls Football Team

Our girl footballers in our amazing new football kit on Friday 26th November at Villa Park in the The PACT Aston League.

The girls thoroughly enjoyed their first experience of competitive school football and are really looking forward to their next fixtures this half term.


Chris Jay

Trust Leader for Sport

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Mums & Tots

Calling all Mums of Birchfield School. Mums and Tots classes are starting on Thursday 15th November 2018 2.30 - 3.25 pm at Birchfield School and it’s free of charge.

If you would like to attend the sessions please book your place with the main office. Come along with your child and have some fun in these great sessions.

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Year 3 Aston Villa FC Educational Visit

Our year 3 children had a wonderful morning at Aston Villa Football Club on Tuesday 13th November. The children had the opportunity to visit the heritage suite and press room during their stadium tour. The children learnt about the history of the football club and found out some really interesting facts during the day.

The children also had the chance to participate in a range of physical activities in the Academy Centre. The activities were delivered by sports coaches from BMet Sutton Coldfield College Campus. The children really enjoyed all of the physical activities.

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