At this time of year there is the inevitable risk of snow. Following a snowfall overnight a decision is made in school as to whether the school will be open to pupils or not. This is communicated to parents in 2 ways. Firstly, all parents will be sent a text message. Secondly, the information will be placed on the front page of the website! Whenever possible the school will remain open but health and safety considerations have to be taken into account - for example the safety of pathways and whether school lunches will be available as well as whether enough staff will be able to make it to school to ensure suitable supervision levels are in place. In the case of a heavy snowfall during the school day, it may, in extreme cases be necessary to close the school early. Again, parents will be informed by text of this decision. Staff will of course remain on site until the last pupil is picked up.
It is vital that children remain safe and secure while using Information Technology. E-Safety is a major focus; not only within our pupils' ICT lessons, but right across the curriculum. We teach our pupils how to use technology safely and responsibly - both within, and outside of school. Since pupils have increasing access to IT beyond school (computers, mobile phones, tablets etc), it is vital that they do use these safely. There are several very good websites that address safe and responsible use of technology. We include links to two of these below. Please do look at them.
(1) ‘Thinkuknow’. This is created and run by the Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre, which is affiliated to the Serious Organised Crime Agency. The address is: http://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/ (or google ‘thinkuknow’). Click on the ThinkUKnow image on the below to go straight to this website.
(2) 'Common Sense Media' provide a useful 'Parent Concerns' section on their website. The direct link to this site is: https://www.commonsensemedia.org/privacy-and-internet-safety. Click on the Common Sense Media image below to go straight to this website.
Further information regarding E-safety is found on the orange 'Our School' tab, along the top or the website page. Click on the 'Wellbeing' section. Click on the the orange text above to be directed straight to this section of our website.
Please do contact the school if you have any further queries or concerns.
Danescourt Primary School's Prospectus 2014
You may wish to download the latest School Prospectus or Nursery Handbook. Click on the link below to view it. Please note that this is a large file and may take a little time to download. If you don't have a pdf reader on your computer, you can download Adobe Reader at no cost.
Thunk of the Fortnight!
Our current 'thunk' to stimulate philosophical thinking. Please enjoy discussing this with your son or daughter; you might be surprised with the ideas they come up with.
If elephants ruled the world, what changes would there be?
Final INSET day of the Year confirmed as 6th March 2015.
Awarding of the Eco Schools Green Flag!
We are extremely proud to announce that we have been awarded our first Green Flag as part of the Eco Schools Initiative. A massive thank you to our amazing Eco Committee who have worked hard all year, and the rest of the school for their support! Mrs Ford.
COMMUNITY USE OF THE MUGA
The multi-use games arena is available for community groups to use free of charge by prior arrangement with the school. If you are interesting in using the facility on a one off or regular basis, please contact the school office on 02920 552422 or email email@example.com.
Launch of the Wales Educational Film Charity- 'Into Film'
We were delighted to host the launch of the the national film charity 'Into Film' on Tuesday 25th March. The event was visited by many professionals from the film industry, pupils from a variety of schools across Wales and the Minister for Education Huw Lewis AM. Pupils in Years 3,4 and 5 had the opportunity to take part in film related workshops and the results were amazing!
Please click on the links below to see an article and photos on the 'Into Film' website and the report that appeared on the ITV Wales news on 25.3.13.