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Got an iPhone or Android phone!? Download the e4education App to keep up to date with the latest news and calendar dates from Larwood School!
Please keep an eye on the school website for a list of learning resources that you can use at home. This list will continue to grow throughout the weeks ahead, so please continue to check back on this feed and the front page of the shcool website. Dont forget to download the e4education App! this will keep you updated as an when the website has an update or any further news!
Please see the attached flyers for Parent/ Carer courses being delivered through Families in Focus.
What a great start to the New Year we have had with your sons and daughters. Many of them are really trying hard to improve their work, and I am so pleased to see how many of them are listening to their teachers and teaching assistants. I hope that you are aware that every Friday, as a school, we celebrate the various great work that has taken place for the week that has passed. Last week was a typical week of comments during that assembly, and they included:
Did you know that staff at Larwood are setting up and running a Holiday Club?
It starts this half term holiday and will be run by Mr V, our resident PE Coach. It will have a sports and arts theme and no doubt will be great fun. Please contact Mr V directly if you are interested.
Please note that as of Feb 1st, Brandles School formally joined Larwood Academy Trust. You may be aware that Brandles is a secondary school for Social, Emotional and Mental Health related issues. Many of our pupils move there for their secondary education. We have been working with the DFE to enable this to happen for a long period of time. As part of our future collaborative work, we are including:
Thank you for your continued support!
S D Trimble
Larwood Academy Trust
TikTok is a video-sharing social media app available on iOS and Android which lets users create, share, and view user created videos much in a similar manner to Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat. It’s main draw, however, is that users can record and upload bite-sized looping videos of themselves lip-syncing and dancing to popular music or soundbites, often for comedic effect, which can then be further enhanced with filters, emojis and stickers. TikTok has been designed with the young user in mind and has a very addictive appeal. At the beginning of 2019 it skyrocketed in popularity to become the iOS store’s most downloaded app with over 33 million downloads. Estimates suggest that it now has anything between 500 million and over 1 billion monthly active users worldwide.
It has come to my attention that some of our children are part of a 'WhatsApp' group with other pupils in school. Whilst I am a huge fan of using technology to aid and assist learning/life in general, I am very dubious about the benefits of such groups and I am worried about its potential negative effects, alongside the law in relation to this matter.
I appreciate that my advice in this matter can be thought of as interference. However, it is not constructed in that way, and based on previous cases that I have seen the consequences of such a social media group can lead to:
Therefore, my advice about this issue and use of mobile phones and this 'WhatsApp' group is as follows:
If we can be of assistance supporting you with this matter, please do contact us. Please also contact
me directly if you would like to discuss this matter in greater detail or one of my colleagues.
S D Trimble
What an amazing term with your sons and daughters, as we head rapidly to the Christmas break. I am very proud of how much great progress we have seen in so many ways during this term. It has included:
Just like our staff, who have worked so hard this term , they all deserve a well-earned break.
Other news! Please note that we continue to make progress with Brandles School joining our Academy Trust. As previously communicated, this will mean some changes with staff roles but as we near the official formation, I will communicate these changes with you. I hope that this will all be taken care of by Feb 2020. This will certainly help our transition process for pupils moving to Brandles, but we will also be responsible for ensuring that good progress is made at Brandles for all pupils, no matter where they come from. I have been conducting weekly meetings with Mr Pearce for the past 12 months or so and we will continue to work very closely together. This may also take the form of joint training and buying services that will serve all pupils not matter what their age.
You have already been sent the recently published Ofsted report. Just in case you missed it there were some wonderful comments written by the inspectors which included:
As always your children were a great source of information during the inspection process. Again, I am very proud of them and all the staff for their hard work.
I wish you and your families the very best for the Christmas period and a wonderful new year, when it arrives.
Please note that Monday Jan 6th is an INSET day, with pupils returning on Tuesday 7th Jan at the usual time.
S D Trimble
The start of a new academic year always promises so much! New pupils have been welcomed, changes made during the summer term and holiday now seem very old. There are clear examples of new plans continuing to be used to improve upon old strategies, but new ventures are also becoming part of our future plans.
We have welcomed new pupils and some new staff at the start of this academic year. Mrs. Smith is now our new Business Manager, but we retain the use of Mrs. Fitzpatrick for projects. We have also added to our Learning and Support Staff with the addition of Miss Kolthammer.
You may be aware that we had a visit from Ofsted inspectors during Wednesday 9th and Thursday 10th October. This was something that we had expected to happen as we were due such a visit. Until the final report is published I am not able to confirm the inspection outcomes, however, I look forward to sharing this with you, as soon as it is published.
During the summer term, we spent much time evaluating many areas of school life. As always, all of this material is available for you to read. The relevant section can be found in the following way:
· www.larwood.herts.sch.uk - See section tab-‘How Effective Are We?’
Our new School Development Plan highlights the continued need to continue improving in the areas of Progress, Well-Being and Sustainability. We continue to review the quality of teaching and learning every term by using lesson observations, mentoring and data related to behaviour and incidents. We know that we must continue to strive to refine and improve upon our practice, to ensure that all of your sons and daughters receive the outstanding education that they deserve. Your support is essential as we move forwards.
We continue to work very closely with Brandles School, and we are aiming for them to join Larwood Academy Trust by 1st January 2020. This will mean some staffing structural changes at Larwood and I will inform you of these as we move closer to the proposed date above. Any such change made will be completed so that it does not affect the day-to-day quality of educational provision and care that your children experience.
Please do not forget that our half term break starts today and pupils are not expected back until Monday 4th November at the normal time.
I wish you all a restful half term break.
S D Trimble
Stevenage Fire and Rescue, are hosting their annual open day at Longfiefld Training Centre, Longfield, Hitchin Road, SG1 4AE on Saturday, 13th April 2019 from 11am until 4pm. It's free entry and there will be a host of activities taking place; Fire demos, Air Ambulance, ‘Req’s the fire dog will be in attendance, bouncy castle, meet the super heroes, teddy bear parachute jumps, BBQ, Ice Cream van and much much more! Check out the PDF flyer attached below.
Momo is a sinister ‘challenge’ that has been around for some time. It has recently resurfaced and once again has come to the attention of schools and children across the country. Dubbed the ‘suicide killer game’, Momo has been heavily linked with apps such as Facebook, WhatsApp, YouTube, and most recently (and most worryingly)... YouTube Kids. The scary doll-like figure reportedly sends graphic violent images, and asks users to partake in dangerous challenges like waking up at random hours and has even been associated with self-harm. It has been reported that the ‘Momo’ figure was originally created as a sculpture and featured in an art gallery in Tokyo and unrelated to the ‘Momo’ challenge we are hearing about in the media.
Safer Internet Day is on Tuesday 5th February this year. The aim of 'Safer Internet Day' is to inspire a national conversation about using technology responsibly, respectfully, critically and creatively. As part of this day, Larwood will continue to promote the safe, responsible and positive use of technology by posting useful tips/information to give YOU the tools to help keep your child safe.
To kick off this sharing of information for 'SID' we previously posted about 'In-game chat', this post gives you some information about 'screen time'.
Within this article in the colour burgundy or underlined words, are more external links to help support the following information: