A huge well done to all our gold, silver and bronze attendance award recipients for Autumn term. As we explained to the children, being in school - every day - is what allows them to be "that little bit better." Our attendance target as a school is to reduce unauthorised school absences, particularly holidays in term time, and raise our overall attendance to 96% plus. More children in school every day allows more learning and progress to take place for every child. Clearly illness happens, particularly over winter, but during the course of an academic year that evens itself out, it doesn't if a child then takes an unauthorised holiday. There is then a strong likelihood that they will fall below the national average for attendance and into the category of persistent absence.
So a huge thank-you to families for supporting both your children and Seaburn Dene in ensuring that doesn't happen.
On Friday, we rolled out Class Dojo across school. This is something we have been trialling out across all classes, but with the parental contact function in Yrs 1 and 3 - successfully.
We will now use Class Dojo as part of our school reward system to encourage positive behaviour in school, but also as a means to share information with parents more effectively - as we move towards a system, where less paper is needed.
Children can earn Dojo points by demonstrating positive behaviour such as helping others, working hard, being kind to others and making good progress during lessons. However, children can also lose Dojo points for breaking the school rules, including being disrespectful, being off task or hurting others. As parents, you will be notified about your child's positive behaviour via Dojo.
Parents/carers can access the details of their child’s Dojo account through the Class Dojo website www.classdojo.com or the Class Dojo app for their mobile phone or tablet. Once you are signed up, you are then able to monitor the points that have been earned or lost each day and Class Dojo can also be used to send messages between teachers and parents.
Each class has a ‘Class Story’ which teachers update with information and photographs to show what the children have been learning about in school and this can be viewed by parents once they have logged into their account. If you are a parent/carer and do not have the login details for your account, please contact your child’s class teacher.
We talk frequently to the children about adopting a "growth mindset", trying to be a little bit better, grit and resilience and in Mr Ashton we have the perfect role model for that life message.
This week, after several unsuccessful seasons, he finally qualified to represent GB in the amateur European Triathlete Sprint Championships in Malmo, Sweden in the summer. He is living proof of what determination and goal setting can achieve. Well done.
I am aware that several children in our school are using the video sharing social media app TikTok for recording and uploading lip-synching videos. There is a 12+ age restriction on this app and serious concerns have been raised about children of that age and younger using the app on their telephones or devices. Parents need to be aware that the app allows children to participate in live chats in chatrooms where the children do not know who they are chatting with. Please read the attached advice or https://nationalonlinesafety.com/resources/wake-up-wednesday/tiktok-guide/