Digital literacy, Advent Calendar, Shoebox and Children in Need donations.

Dear Parents and Carers,
Next week, we will be starting advent early—so that we can light each of the candles on our advent crown and explain the significance of each to the children.  Hopefully for those that go to church, they will be able to ‘show off’ a bit because they will be a week ahead of everyone else.
I would like to thank all of the children that  took the time to enter our advent calendar competition.  We have had some wonderful entries and it was tough to choose 24 for the final calendar.  We have three overall winners, who we will be revealed as the windows are opened.  I hope, if you are in school in December , that you are able to look at the wonderful artwork the children produced.
I would also like to thank those of you who took the time to fill a shoebox, to help those less fortunate than ourselves this Christmas.   I know some children enjoyed  creating a class shoebox and having an opportunity to  reflect on the purpose of giving  at Christmas.
I would like to draw your attention to  the letter sent home  recently about the ‘Digital Literacy’ of our children and also the link later on in the newsletter for the ‘ThinkUKnow’ parental survey.  ThinkUKnow  are producing some updated resources for children and parents and so  it would be terrific if you could find the time to support them.  We are very aware in school that the age from which children are interacting independently online, be it through apps, games , social media including YouTube or more traditional  internet usage, is ever decreasing and so the need to protect our children online from viewing inappropriate content, as well as other users is increasingly prescient.
We are just waiting for year 6 to give us the final figure for cash donations  for ‘Children in Need’ last week, but we found that  many of you took the opportunity to use our cashless payment system for donations  and that raised  £99.
Thank you for your patience,  as I try to respond to your calls during the day, but  because Mr Carter -Tufnell is on jury service at present , I am working through the calls in the afternoons once I have finished teaching and attended a variety of meetings.  He will also be away next week, but I hope to have caught up by the time he returns.

Yours faithfully,
Miss Abbie Fairbairn
Deputy Headteacher