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  • 13 May 2022
    Week 33 - 13th May

    This term feels extraordinarily short - we have just two weeks left before the mid-way break and still a lot to fit into them!

    This week's newsletter contains advance notice of some dates for next half term, and national assessments, as well as information about a community social we're planning for 15th July.

    We will need volunteers to help with this, to bolster the ranks of core PTFFE members who will do most of the organising but can't run everything on their own. Please consider helping out by volunteering to put a short shift in on the griddle, the tombola or the uniform stall if you can!

    Have a great weekend,

    Mr Spencer and the staff at Fir Ends

  • 03 May 2022
    May Online Safety Newsletter

    The latest online safety update is attached.
    This month covers topics such as tik-tok, sources of information to support discussions about online sexual harassment and ways to reduce the number of inappropriate pop-up adverts that children may be exposed to online.

    Our Monday afternoon adult learning course for the final half term will be focused on online safety. Details to follow.

  • 01 Apr 2022
    Newsletter: Spring into Summer

    With the end of a tumultuous spring term upon us, just as the season itself is getting underway, there are changes to Covid guidance and updates about progress evening bookings, swimming and suncare to share.

    There will be a paper copy in bags too.

    Hopefully the Easter break will see the sun return - and stay - and you'll be able to enjoy some grand days out.

    Have a great break, and we'll see you all back here on the 20th!


    Mr Spencer and all the Fir Ends Staff.

  • 31 Mar 2022
    APRIL E-Safety Newsletter

    This month's newsletter covers ways to manage parental controls for popular consoles, tips for making children's use of youtube safer and some useful links to help teach children how to spot 'fake news' online.

    Click the link to view it.

    A recent Ofcom survey of online habits found that '70% of adults were confident they could spot misinformation - but only 20% could correctly identify the tell-tale signs of a genuine post. Among 12- to 17-year-olds, these proportions were nearly 75% and just over 10%.'

    There is an interesting BBC news article based on the results of the survey here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-60854885

  • 25 Mar 2022
    Reducing offset between infant and junior school days

    As you may have recognised, this week is the two year anniversary of the start of the impact of covid on schools.

    One thing that it led to was the introduction of staggered school days for infants and juniors, and now that we're being encouraged to live with covid, the need for these is reduced. After Easter, the return of normal school days is also preferable.

    In the interests of trying to maintain the traffic benefits at the end of the day we will trial keeping a five minute offset next week, as noted in the attached letter.

    Also attached is a reminder of arrangements for tomorrow's cross country event at Lanercost for those of you who are able to attend. We're hoping for some silverware in at least one category :-)

    We hope to see lots of you tomorrow but have a great weekend, whatever you're up to.


    Mr Spencer and the staff at Fir Ends.

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