At our recent Parents’ Evening we had a representative from the local police who was giving out leaflets on e-safety and chatting to parents. James Land was the officer who attended and he is a Police Community Support Officer from Cyber Investigation Unit. Which translates as, someone who is an expert and knows all the latest information on e-safety. It is a really important area in terms of keeping our children safe. The internet is an amazing tool and when used in the right way is a positive influence. Unfortunately, it is also provides a world which we don’t always know who we are communicating with and for children that can present problems. In school we tackle subjects such as Cyber Bullying and keeping yourself safe online. We would simply ask these questions of parents, ‘Do you know who your child is communicating with and what conversations they are having online’? Also, ‘What is the content of the games they play and is it age appropriate?’ If you are struggling to answer those questions it would probably be helpful to have a look at the Safeguarding section on the school’s website. The Parents’ Safeguarding Information has lots of helpful websites and is continually updated.
We mentioned in October’s Newsletter that the P.T.A. provided us with £150 to spend on extra lunch-time equipment. Our School Parliamentarians, Prime Minister, Deputy Prime Minister, Finance and Sports Minister accompanied Mr. Gibbs and a cheque book to Decathlon. Our ministers put a lot of thought into what to buy and thankfully it wasn’t as complicated as Brexit. The equipment has been available at lunch-times for a number of weeks now and have been greeted really positively. We have spoken to the children and they are delighted about the variety and quantity of equipment available and very grateful to the P.T.A.
New Parents’ Meeting
We recently held our meeting for parents whose children are currently year 2s and are considering which school to send their children to. It is obviously a significant decision for parents and therefore particularly important that they hear from the people who matter most at Mundy Junior School. Members of our School Parliament led groups of parents around the school explaining everything from their viewpoint. Whilst a school governor went around with them it was the children who led the groups and did the talking. The feedback I received was that our pupils were excellent ambassadors for the school, their depth of knowledge and ability to articulate it was really impressive. There were large groups of parents and I know that there are lots of adults who would find talking in front of that many people really daunting. Thank you children and well done, what an amazing life skill to acquire.
Thank you to everyone who joined us for the two-minute silence we held at the front of the school on the 9th November. Those who were there were part of an immaculately observed silence which represented an important acknowledgment of and respect for the occasion. We appreciate that our children have listened in Collective Worship and lessons and understood the thoughts, feelings and ideas behind Remembrance Day. We had a visitor in school during the morning and they told me how privileged they felt to be part of the occasion. As a lasting symbol and in recognition of the 100 years since the end of the First World War we have our own poppy symbol on the playground gate. Thank you to everyone who sent in bottle tops and lids which the children have used to create it.
Since our last newsletter our sports teams have been very busy. Our girls’ football team who were Amber Valley Champions competed in the County Finals and did brilliantly to finish seventh overall in the County of Derbyshire. Our basketball team were the winners at the Alfreton competition and now move on to the Amber Valley Finals. The Girls’ TAG rugby team are joint champions for Amber Valley. We are also the Champions of the Heanor in Handball. Harry, before the Gregg Cup Final, took part in the penalty king competition against nominated penalty takers from all the other schools that had taken part. Congratulations to Harry for keeping his nerve and emerging as the winner in front of the crowd at the Heanor Town Ground. The TAG Rugby team finished 4th in Amber Valley, which is our second best ever performance in that competition.
The most important thing is that so many of our children have enjoyed taking part in various competitions. There are so many teams I haven’t been able to list everything but I know that all of our children have performed with great pride and determination but also equally importantly in the right spirit. Whilst Mundy Junior School has a fantastic record for doing well in sporting events our real delight is in the children having fun and learning how to lose or win in the right way. Congratulations to all of our children who have represented Mundy Junior School, we are proud of each and every one of you. Please visit our School Sport Blog for more information and photos.
Christmas Fair – Thursday 6th December 6.00pm – 7.30pm
Don’t forget that the Christmas Fair, organized by the P.T.A. takes place next Thursday between 6.00pm and 7.30pm. We are sending some Prize Draw tickets home, and the PTA would be so grateful if you could sell as many as you can. All the funds go towards supporting the children and you will see by the PTAs letter the contribution that they make. The children are busy making games and items to sell so looks like it’s going to be an enjoyable evening.