10th February 2021
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Whole School News
Safer Internet Week 2021
On Tuesday 9 February our children took part in a number of activities for Safer Internet Day, which focused on this year's theme 'An Internet We Trust.'
The children took part in the BBC Live lesson, which was interactive and helped our pupils think about staying safe and smart online; we were part of an official Guinness World Record Attempt for the most pledges received for an internet safety campaign in 24 hours and Mrs Davey did a special assembly in the afternoon.
With this year's theme, it is important that we reflect as a community on everything we do to keep our children safe in an online and digital world.
We encourage you to get in touch with your class teacher, Mrs Davey or a member of the leadership team if you need to talk about anything involving your child's online safety. We are all here to help.
Resources to support Online Safety:
- The attached RH7 Digital Safety guide 004 includes information about online gaming, how to research the apps that children and young people are using, plus information on how to set parental controls and monitoring on devices.
- 2021 Digital Parenting magazine – please click here
- Attached here is a useful guide from the NSPCC and O2 to help you support your child confidently explore the online world.
- Visit NetAware Net Aware: Your guide to social networks, apps and games (net-aware.org.uk) to have a look through some of the information the NSPCC provides for staying safe online - it provides simple, bitesize information and advice on the latest apps, games and social media sites our children are using.
- The UK Safer Internet Centre has compiled advice and resources to support families to help their children to use the internet safely, responsibly and positively Parents and Carers | Safer Internet Centre
- They have also produced a short film for parents and carers to accompany this to serve as a conversation starter.
- The CEOP Education Team and Thinkuknow have produced some fantastic activity packs to support online safety at home: Online safety home activity worksheets (thinkuknow.co.uk)
Careers Network Evening
To enable us to assist pupils in Years 10, 11 and 12 develop their awareness of future careers, every year for ‘National Careers Week’ which commences on the 1 March, we hold a ‘Careers Network Evening’ in school which offers pupils the opportunity to meet with parents who share insight into their current or past careers, what they entail and how they achieved their career goals.
These evenings are so valuable as we know that developing a career can take many different paths and they are a great opportunity to show pupils some different methods on how to achieve a goal or to think about a career they might never have considered.
Unfortunately, we will not be able to hold this event in school this year, and instead, we would like to ask for parents' support to develop a new Careers Library where we can share information with pupils during Senior School careers assemblies.
If you are willing to participate and share your career path and knowledge of how you developed your career in your field, we would really appreciate your help as follows:
- Please could you record yourself talking through your career, the opportunities, and obstacles it has thrown at you and your achievements, which we can share with the pupils.
- We would also appreciate your help in completing this careers proforma form (which could also be used instead of a recording).
Once you have completed either or both of the above, or just the proforma form, please could you email these to email@example.com by Monday 22 February so that we may use the information during ‘National Careers Week’.
Please be assured that any recordings and proformas will only be viewed by Radnor House staff and pupils and will not be shared with other parents.
Thank you in advance for your help and support with this development. I know that it will be a very useful addition to our in-school career guidance this year and going forward.
If you have any questions, please do contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
David Leddington - Head of Sixth Form
Awards in Celebration Assembly
Congratulations to the Prep Children whose achievements we celebrated in our Celebration Assembly on Monday. Please click here for the full list of awards given.
If your child/ren have achieved something exciting outside of school in a club or activity that they participate in, please invite them to share it with the Prep School during our weekly Celebration Assembly on Mondays by sending any information directly to Dr Margrett email@example.com.
World Book Day Virtual Author Events
To celebrate World Book Day on Thursday 4 March, we will be joined by 3 authors during the week for virtual visits.
- Chris Callaghan, author of “The Great Chocoplot” will be visiting Year 3 & 4 on Tuesday 2 March;
- Adam Baron, author of “Boy Underwater”, “You Won’t believe this” and “This Wonderful Thing” will be presenting to Years 5 -8 on Wednesday 3 March, and
- Andrew Weale, author of “Newt on a Suit” will be with the Pre-Prep on Thursday 4 March.
If you would like to look at their books and/or purchase them, then we have joined with Sevenoaks Bookshop to offer a discount on all books via the Bookshop.org website which supports independent bookshops and authors (other book sellers are available). Please follow the link here for the authors’ books.
World Book Day (Thursday 4 March) – Dress an Egg/Potato Competition
To celebrate World Book Day, this year we invite you to create a book character from an egg or potato! For more information, click here. We look forward to seeing your book character creations soon! Mrs Lambert and Mr Veness.
“Sun on Sunday” launches books for kids campaign
Running until the end of February, The Sun on Sunday and children's reading charity BookTrust are asking readers to send in their old children’s books, no matter how ripped and tatty, so they can be pulped and turned into new ones. They will then pay to recycle them and BookTrust will distribute free new books to youngsters who need them most via schools, children’s centres, food banks, refugee and family support teams.
You can post your old books to "Books For Kids, PO Box 485, Grays, Essex RM17 7HY” or send them via a special 70 per cent discounted Hermes collection service (£1.99 for a medium-sized box weighing max 5kg). Full details can be found here.
Online Story Festival
Subscribe to the Isle of Wight Story Festival here, which is running from Wednesday 17 February -Saturday 20 February on Youtube. You will find some half-term fun with lots of authors, poets, and storytellers.
Be Careful What You Wish For Writing Competition
The Chaucer Heritage Trust has a writing competition that we think would be great for our pupils to enter click here to see more. Entrants should write one of the following: a poem or story about wishes coming true; a poem or story about wishes going wrong; or a description of a character who grants wishes. There is a 500-word limit but otherwise, be as creative as you would like! Find out more about The Chaucer Heritage Trust here. Please also send a copy of your entry to firstname.lastname@example.org so we can present awards to our favourites! The deadline is Sunday 28 February. Thank you and I can't wait to read them!
Music Performing Opportunities
Please see the attached letter from Dr. Isom
Nursery and Transition News
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Parents' Association - FoRH7
The Silliest Quiz
Thanks to everyone who joined the quiz on Saturday night and congratulations to Pankhurst, the winning house.
Audiobook - Request for information
Do you have any stories or fascinating facts about Combe Bank? Do you know its history or the history of the people who own it and lived in it? Maybe it’s a tale linked to someone who worked there or who visited. Perhaps your information is about the building itself or the grounds, including the lake and the stable block where the prep is now located. No matter how minute a detail, we want to know about it!
Friends are in the very early stages of creating an audiobook that will be filled with these stories and more, and to do it right, we need as much information as possible. This is going to be a wonderful project that we hope you’ll love, but we can’t do it without you, so, no matter what the story might be, please send it to email@example.com. Please also ask your friends and family if they have any stories to share; the magic of Combe Bank spreads far and wide, and we know there are many tales to tell.
Virtual Balloon Race - Request for Sponsors
Friends are organising a virtual balloon race as a fundraiser later this term, where pupils and families of the school and our partner charities can buy and personalise a virtual balloon and enter it into a race which will be tracked over the duration of a week, and use real weather data. It should be both great fun and educational! We would love to have our own Radnor House race, but need sponsors to make this happen. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in being a sponsor, or know someone who might. Thank you!
Does your organisation offer match funding, where any money raised by you could be matched by your employer? Or perhaps you work for an independent company that may be interested in charitable giving through match funding? We are keen to hear from anyone who might be able to help us raise the maximum amount for our charities. Contact us at email@example.com
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