Thank you for your generous Harvest Festival Donations

We would like to say a huge thank you to all the families, who have contributed so generously this year for our school Harvest festival.

All your donations have been taken to the Welcome Centre in Ilford, to be distributed to those in need.

We really appreciate your continued efforts in supporting our wider school community.

 

South Park Formula Goblin Racing Team Launch

We are starting a Greenpower Formula Goblin Racing Team at South Park Primary School this year. We have been busy recruiting a team of budding racing drivers and enthusiastic mechanics who will build an electric car to compete against teams from other schools.

Participation in the racing team is only open to our current Year 6 pupils and they will learn how to build and maintain an electric car and then how to drive it.

SUPPORT THE TEAM

Children throughout the rest of the school will be involved in designing the car bodywork, promoting the team in the wider community, and observing the construction and testing of the vehicle at school.

Everyone at South Park will be welcome to attend the official race meetings next year. Bring your families to support the team. It will be a fabulous and exciting day out!

FUNDRAISING

This project does cost money and we are having to cover costs mainly through fundraising and sponsorship.

This is where you can help!

Tesco’s run a scheme where money raised through the Bag for Life scheme gets allocated to community projects. We have been chosen by Tesco’s to receive a grant. The amount we get is decided by their shoppers in our local Tesco shops.

So next time you go to Tesco’s – don’t forget to vote for our South Park electric car racing project before you leave the shop. They will give you a token to use when you pay for your shopping.

Keep your eyes on the school blog to see how our car build is going. You can also watch a video about the Greenpower project on our website in the News section.

Sports Day 2018

What fantastic mornings the children had this week for their annual Sports Day. How lucky we were with the weather too. We normally rearrange sports day due to it being too wet, not too hot!

All the children tried their hardest and there were some outstanding performances from all age groups. It was lovely to see the children being competitive and determined but also showing great encouragement and sportsmanship towards each other throughout the sessions.

It was fantastic to see so many parents supporting the children in all the different activities, and well done to the parents who got involved and raced themselves. I hope you enjoy looking at the photographs and hope it brings back happy memories!

Reading At Home

During the Summer Term of 2018, the Reading Recovery teachers Mrs Jay and Mrs Calver worked with some parents of Reception and Year 1 children, to support them in helping their child to read at home.

There were 4 sessions during which we shared information about the reading skills that children need to become better readers and taught the parents how they could support their child in developing these skills.  At the end of each session, parents had an opportunity to read with their child. 

All the parents who attended the sessions thoroughly enjoyed learning more about reading and how they could help their child with reading at home.

In the final session, all the parents received a certificate which was presented by the Headteacher Mrs Keigwin.

Here are some comments from those parents:

“I really enjoyed the sessions.”

“I found it very useful.”

“Developing ways to reinforce positivity during reading and learning how to use pictures to work out harder words was very useful.”

“My child loved reading with his mum in school.”

We hope to be holding more reading sessions next year for Reception and Year 1 parents, so look out for the posters if you are interested.

 

 

 

South Park Kwik Cricket Team

Congratulation to our boys in Year 5 & 6 for getting to the quarter finals of Kwik Cricket at Hainault Recreation Ground on Tuesday 5th June . They did very well in the group stage by being runners up.  We won three games and only lost only one.  The boys had a great time and really enjoyed the experience!

The team from left to right: Jasorjar, Sahib, Mohinder, Abinash, Puneet, Muzamil, Eesa, Abdul Wasi, Hashim and Adam along with Coach Craig.

 

Fortnite game – Information for Parents

It has come to our attention, that many Year 6 pupils are currently playing the free online game – Fortnite.

You may or may not be aware about the dangers of this online game.

Firstly, the game has a rating of 12 due to the frequent scenes of violence. However, the nature of the game is that the players are in constant contact with strangers on the internet and therefore could be exposed to swearing and offensive language, through audio or on-screen text chat and also could be exposed to other potential dangers associated with talking to strangers online.

Secondly, and even more importantly, the game is highly addictive. We are aware of a number of students who are staying up far too late because they cannot stop playing the game. This leads to them being over-tired, irritable and lacking in concentration at school. At this stage in their childhood development, children should be getting between 9-11 hours of sleep per night. Having electronic devices in their bedroom will hinder this; leading to the symptoms mentioned above.

At South Park Primary School, we take internet safety very seriously and want to ensure that parents are fully aware about the dangers associated with this game.

May we also remind you that the age at which social media is allowed to be used is 13, therefore the use of apps such as Facebook, Instagram etc at this age is a violation of the End User Licence Agreement.

If you have any concerns or queries, please do not hesitate to speak to a member of the Year 6 team. 

 

6 Top Tips for Parents

Limit game time

Parents can use parental controls on Xbox and PC to limit the time your child is playing games on the devices. Be aware that the game is available on iOS and will soon be available on all mobiles. With this in mind, it is worth parents having a conversation with their child to discuss and agree how long you would like them to spend on games. Even though the games last around 20 minutes, it may be hard to take them away from a game mid-play. It may be worth using a limit of the amount of matches they play rather than a time limit.

 

Restrict payment methods

Fortnite: Battle Royale is a free to play game, but there are still options to make additional purchases. If a parent does not want their child to make payments, ensure that a card is not associated with the child’s account. If a parent is happy for their child to make payments in the game, but want to limit spending, we suggest using a paysafecard, or a games console gift card. These can be purchased in specific amounts, which will limit how much a child spends and removes the need for a credit/debit card to be used with their account.

 

Show children how to make a report

If a child believes a player is playing or talking inappropriately, you should advise them to report them. To report a player, you can use the in-game feedback tool located in the Main Menu of the game. Additionally, a player can be reported in-game when spectating them.

 

Prevent them from talking to strangers

There is an option to turn off the voice chat feature, which means the child wouldn’t be able to talk to anybody, including their friends. They will still be able to use the in-app chat and hear other people’s conversations. To turn off voice chat, open the Settings menu in the top right of the main Fortnite page, then click on the cog icon. Open the Audio tab at the top of the screen. From there, you can turn off voice chat.

 

Look out for Vbuck scams

It is important that children are aware of the scams that they may come across online in association with the game. Open up a conversation with them about scams and how they should never share their username or password with people in order to gain anything for the game.

 

Use a strong password

It may seem like a simple tip, but it is important that a child selects a strong password when creating an account, particularly if a credit/debit card is associated with the account. This will help reduce the risk of their account being hacked.