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Newsletter - Friday 10 February


Hand Foot and Mouth Virus:
The Hand Foot and Mouth virus is going around at present, for more information please check this site. Children should not attend school until blisters have dried. Blisters should be covered and the child is feeling well before they return.

Naming Uniforms:
We have a large number of children wearing un-named uniforms at present. Please check that uniforms are named and that you have the correct uniform pieces over the weekend. Children often find managing uniforms challenging and it is not uncommon to discover they have been wearing someone else's uniform accidentally! Please return named items to the office if you find you have the wrong items.

Reminder re Bike Shed:
Children need to bring their own lock for gear stored in the bike shed (scooters and bikes). The shed is not locked at all so gear stored in there must be locked with a bike lock and is at the owner's risk.

Sports Confirmations:
A reminder that all sports require payment (or arrangements for payment) by the end of today. Last year we were left with over $7000 in unpaid sports fees and we simply can not cover this again.

Teams will be confirmed, based on total number of students paid up, on Monday so if payment has not been arranged please ensure you make contact with the office or make payment by Monday.

Social Media - A message from Heidi:
Over the past couple of days there have been a number of unpleasant accounts set up on Instagram regarding me.  It was an interesting experience for me, being on the receiving end of such nastiness. The students at school were amazing and reported it en masse as harassment so it has been taken down on Instagram pretty quickly. I really commend those who had the integrity to come and show me, and reported the user.

Sadly some children are not so lucky (to have an overwhelmingly supportive experience) and that must feel truly awful. Increasingly we are hearing reports of unkind and largely anonymous nastiness on social media.  I believe we have a collective responsibility to ensure we know what our children are doing on the internet, and especially on social media.

A reminder that Facebook and Instagram requires everyone to be at least 13 years old before they can create an account. Creating an account with false information is a violation of their terms. This includes accounts registered on the behalf of someone under 13. While we have little control over how students use technology outside of school, we wholeheartedly support this age limit as we find that many conflicts arise, or are continued via social media. We strongly advise that parents ensure they have good oversight of social media, that includes full access to all accounts, and that children can be in a technology free space from at least an hour before bedtime.

Bullying and Harassment Prevention and Response Policy:
The Bullying and Harassment Prevention and Response Policy is reviewed every second year. It can be found on our website under Information

If you have comments or concerns please email by February 28, 2017 so we can take your thoughts into consideration before confirming the policy.

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