A massive thank you again for all the fabulous entries to our annual Christmas Tree Competition. I'm very glad that I was not involved in the judging; as always the standard was incredibly high! Below are photographs of our worthy winners. Huge congratulations to them!
Today we received an email to school alerting us to some eSafety risks associated with some supposedly "child-friendly" websites (both of which we are aware of some of our children using). I have pasted it below for your information. Please don't hesitate to contact me if you have any concerns or need further advice on this.
The Blue Whale Game
A game where users who sign up have no get out otherwise the hosts ‘will come and get you’. The users are given tasks to complete over a period of 50 days including things such as waking up at absurd times, tattooing a blue whale onto their own skin, self-harming and other extreme challenges. The final challenge of this game is shockingly to commit suicide. At the moment this is happening in Russia and Romania and some children have already fallen from roofs to their deaths for the final challenge. I cannot believe something so evil exists, what a sad world we live in.
The second of these is a gaming site that is being used by a number of primary age children called ROBLOX.
This game looks just like a Lego game but there are two main concerns. Firstly, there is a messaging facility as part of the game where youngsters can be contacted by strangers. The app states that it is ‘the best place to imagine with friends’ but with over 30 million users, you have no way knowing who you are talking to. Secondly, despite claiming to be ‘Kidsafe’ it has been reported that a primary school have been able to set up an account where they were then able to access games for over 18’s. These games also included Grand Theft Auto, Call of Duty and Halo.
During maths week, I had the joy of taking a fabulous group of Y5 mathematicians to Hoyland Springwood Primary School for a gaming tournament run by Imagination Gaming. During the morning, the children were introduced to four different board and card games, each with a maths element. In the afternoon, they then competed against the other schools (Springwood and Park Street), scoring for each of the games they played. It was a great opportunity for the children to mix with others, to learn how much fun board and card games can be (who needs a games console?) and to apply their mathematical skills in a different context. Everybody (children and adults alike) had a thoroughly enjoyable day! Plus,not only were our team victorious, but one of our boys was the individual winner!
A big thank you to Hoyland Springwood for organising the day, to Imagination Gaming for running it, and to the wonderful Y5s for throwing themselves into it so well!
During December, Y6 (with lots of help from the rest of High View too) have been doing a "reverse advent calendar". Instead of taking from a calendar, they have been giving! Many have brought in generous donations for the food bank. This will enable lots of less fortunate families to have an easier and happier Christmas.
Today, Y6 walked down to the food bank with our donations. The children loaded up their backpacks before we went. There was enough to fill the rucksacks of all the children and staff, plus Mrs Hunt's car boot!
We were welcomed with open arms and filled over 15 crates with pasta, cans of food, tea, sugar etc.
We really could not be more proud of our children and their families for the immense generosity. The children have learnt so much about helping others through this project. Enjoy the photos below from this morning!
Year 5 and 6 walked down to Saint Mary's church this morning for their annual Christmas service. They sang their hearts out and the readers from both year groups did a wonderful job of retelling the Christmas story. We then had a short talk from Reverand Jane before walking back up the hill to school. Underneath the pictures, you can download the audio files that we recorded at the church of the beautiful singing.
All of our classes will be contributing to the school news blog regularly.