Every week each key stage hosts an assembly dedicated to our 'Stars of the Week'. Every other week, the award is dedicated to writing and those who have impressed and excelled at writing that week. As well as being able to share their work in assembly with both the adults and peers present, their writing is displayed on our dedicated writing display board - located in a corridor which links KS1 and KS2 (meaning everyone who passes through school can see it). It remains there for two weeks for all to see! As a school, we love to show solidarity by sharing and being proud of the work the children produce.
The lightbulb moment for the children happened when they realised how their typed messages would appear on their classmate’s screens instantaneously. Naturally, it didn’t take long for some children to work out how to post an emoji or two! Billy (2JP) explained that he likes how he can “text the other people in class”. Lacey (2JP) said that she is enjoying using Google Classroom because she can read the comments that other children post. This shows a lot of promise for cultivating peer work alongside computing and literacy skills.
The school’s co-operative value of solidarity has helped embed a collegial culture which has enabled this innovative plan to become a reality. It is great to see the children enthused as they learn and develop the key skills of creating, contributing and retrieving digital content. By virtue of the iPad Mystery’s novelty the children are exceedingly engaged and have high expectations for what they will achieve.
For more information, please speak to Mr Powell or your child’s Year 2 class teacher. As you are here, please enjoy the iPad Mystery videos that the children have seen in class so far.
Children in Year 4 and Year 5 will be performing in their Spring Production on Thursday 22nd, Friday 23rd and Monday 26th March. Check below to see the performance times.
The performance times are:
Thursday 22nd: 9.30am and 1.45pm
Friday 23rd: 9.30am and 1.45pm
Monday 26th: 9.30am
Complete the form below to book a seat on the production. Please read and follow the instructions carefully to ensure you book for the correct event.
Each family may have two seats for each of their child’s performance. When you register you will receive a confirmation email. If you register for more than two seats or the names of the persons registered are not known to us as parents/carers, the booking will be removed. If there are special circumstances that require more than two seats i.e. parents have new partners, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and a member of the office team will contact you to discuss your requirements. You must bring either a print out of the email you receive or show the email on your phone when you attend for the performance. There is a maximum number of one hundred and sixty seats per performance, once we reach this capacity it will not be possible for you to register for the performance.
The following procedures will be used should the school have to close because of severe weather or for an emergency. Please do not telephone the school as if the school is closed there will be no-one to take your call. If we are open we need to ensure lines are kept free to receive updates from staff if they experience difficulty with their journey.
In the event that the weather is severe and you suspect that school is closed, please look on the school website http://easttilburyprimary.thurrock.sch.uk as this will be continually updated.
Please check your mobile phone as we will use our texting service to send a text informing you that the school is closed once a decision has been made; we will endeavour to make this decision as early as possible.
If you have not received a text message, seen a message on the school or radio websites, or heard on the radio that school is closed then children should attend school as normal.
Please ensure that your contact details are up to date and that any changes to your telephone number are reported to the school office to ensure we are able to provide you with the school information.
Yesterday’s #SID2018 tweet was estimated to reach over 9 million people online. With Safer Internet Day being observed in over a hundred countries, the positive educational message has been shared far and wide in the offline world too. In the UK over 1700 registered supporters and organisations ranged from celebrities, various industries and sports clubs through to over 800 participating schools. We were pleased to be included in the list.
In school the conversations about e-safety will continue. Through the rest of this week there are further assemblies, lessons and lunch time activities planned to engage children of all ages. We have found that social media use continues to be a hot topic. Recent research shows one in five 8 to 11 year olds and seven in ten 12 to 15 year olds have a social media profile.
Obviously, compliance to the social media age requirement depends upon individual free will. However, thirteen years old is the lowest age at which American federal law allows organisations to collect a person’s personal information. Therefore, stating that you are thirteen or older allows social media companies to store or sell your personal information. Last year a London law firm simplified Instagram’s lengthy terms and conditions to a single sheet, you can read our highlighted version here.
New social media sites spring up regularly and the Children’s Commission acknowledge that an appropriately managed social media account can be a positive experience for many children. However, it is important that children know how to keep safe with what they share and understand how to seek guidance to manage their online friendships.
On the subject of keeping safe, click here to listen to today's teacher podcast by Miss Gibbons.
Internet Safety Day Pt3
Thank you for joining us for Safer Internet Day 2018.
Recently our school Computing Curriculum Team set up a new corridor display. The children were invited to contribute suggestions and ideas about BugClub, Mathletics and e-safety. Many of the children were keen to share how their parents help keep them safe at home. If you haven't discussed this at home in a while, do take the opportunity.
We all want a safer internet for children to enjoy and learn. Last year Safer Internet Day 2017 reached an estimated 3 million school children. A follow up survey found the majority of children spoke to their families about staying safe online, while 79% felt more confident about what to do about any worries online. As a result, 1 in 4 young people said they had spoken up about something that had been worrying them.
#SID2018 is set to be the biggest campaign yet and will hopefully make a real difference to the digital lives of children in the UK. We are excited to be supporting this through lessons, assemblies and other special activities across our school.
Today's teacher podcast, about screen time, is brought to you by Mr Powell and a special guest!
Welcome to the first of our daily e-safety blogs for Safer Internet Day 2018.
One of our school values, Solidarity, means we try to support each other. Through the next few days teachers from across the school will be sharing their experiences with technology in an honest way through a podcast.
To get us started, Mr. Palser and Mr Rumble provide their enlightened insight into the world of mobile communications. Enjoy!
As we have e-safety conversations in school this week, take a look at the resources available through www.saferinternet.org.uk and join in the conversation at home too.
On Friday 24th November Baroness Smith of Basildon will be visiting St Clere’s Co-operative Academy Trust in her role as our Honorary President.
The visit has been organised to celebrate nineteen members of staff in our Trust who are been presented with a Platinum Award for more than 30 years continuous service in education. They are:
Christine Mitchell Arthur Bugler Primary School
Paul Adamson Brentwood County High School
Paul Callow Brentwood County High School
Dawn Bradley Brentwood County High School
Mary Winn East Tilbury Primary School
Nicholas Davies St Clere’s Secondary School
Elizabeth Grundy St Clere’s Secondary School
Peter Margiotta St Clere’s Secondary School
Marilyn Meadway St Clere’s Secondary School
Gary Rainer St Clere’s Secondary School
Joseph Solis St Clere’s Secondary School
Joy Leader Stanford-le-Hope Primary School
Joseph Parker Stanford-le-Hope Primary School
Jane Thomas Stanford-le-Hope Primary School
Beverley Allinson Thameside Primary School
Lynne Billinghurst Thameside Primary School
Manjee Virdi Thameside Primary School
Paul Griffiths Central Trust Staff
Andrew Pearson Central Trust Staff
We are proud as a co-operative organisation we continue to value continuous service and look forward to the Trust conference later this term when our Bronze, Silver and Gold long service award winners will be recognised.
This visit is also an opportunity to share with Baroness Smith that following the passing of the Trust’s founder Mr Ray Osborne we are in the process of changing our name to the ‘Osborne Co-operative Academy Trust’. While Baroness Smith catches up on the significant success of our Trust in 2016/17 she will also take part in a tree planting ceremony at St Clere’s Secondary School in memory of Mr Ray Osborne. St Clere’s School will also ask Baroness Smith to unveil a plaque in the refurbished community sports facilities, which are now called “The Osborne Sports Complex.”
The CEO Mr Paul Griffiths said ‘”Baroness Smith has supported our work since her days as a local member of parliament. She is always keen to learn about how this co-operative academy trust is positively impacting on school improvement in this community. All our primary schools are now good and St Clere’s Secondary School has gone from strength to strength and is a beacon of excellence in this region.”