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Coronavirus Update

You will be very much aware of the current escalating situation nationally and internationally in relation to Coronavirus.

Some pupils and parents have asked questions around how DEC may or may not be affected by the current situation – I write here to provide a brief overview and some reassurance.

We receive daily updates from The Department for Education advising us of new information and any action we may need to take. So far, the direction given to all schools matches everything that we have all seen on the news. Regular washing of hands for more than 20 seconds with soap and water remains the most effective action we can all take to prevent the spread of the virus.

Pupils have been reminded of this advice - multiple notices are placed around school and on big screens to continually prompt everyone to wash their hands. In addition, we are ensuring that cleaning remains thorough in school every day.

So far, there have been no cases of Coronavirus within or connected to school.

In the event of a change to our situation, we will notify parents straight away and act according to the advice given to us by Public Health England and The Department for Education.

As things currently stand, it is business as usual for all pupils.

Thank you for your continued support.


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SEND Newsletter February 2020

Welcome to the latest SEND Newsletter, aimed at keeping parents and carers informed and updated on all things associated with supporting those with additional needs. I believe that working in partnership with families will produce positive educational and social outcomes for your child as this directly links to supporting learning and development. It was therefore very pleasing to meet with so many of you at the recent SEND Coffee Morning.

Please do not hesitate to contact me at school should you have any suggestions about future agenda items.

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World Book Day 2020

On Thursday 5th March pupils are invited to join us in fancy dress in aid of this year's World Book Day. 20 points will be awarded for any pupils dressed as their favourite literacy character.

If your child does not wish to partake, they must wear school uniform.

Book Swap

This year we will also be running 'Book Swap'. In order to get involved in this exciting opportunity, all you have to do is bring a book from home and pass it to Room 13 by Monday 2nd March. The book needs to be appropriate for Year 7, 8 or 9 readers; no graffiti, no missing pages and no broken or ruined covers.

Book Swap will take place on Friday 6th March from 3:05pm in Room 13. You can come and collect a book providing you bought one in previously.

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Stranger Danger Reminder

Incident - Monday, 3rd Feb at 3:30pm.

Location – Back of Colmers School, connecting Colmers School with Hollywood Bowl.

On  Monday 3rd Feb, an unknown adult male was riding past several pupils from Colmers School and saw a group of teenagers who were pupils from other schools. The male jumped off his bike and produced a long-bladed and serrated knife from his coat. The group of 14-15 year olds ran and the cyclist chased two of them back up the lanes. Pupils who witnessed this were understandably shaken. We have contacted the police, who were already aware of the incident and are investigating. The assailant remains unknown but is described as having a deep voice, tall, Caucasian, wearing a long, black coat with the hood up, possibly in tracksuit leggings. Please discuss vigilance on the way home and stranger danger with your child, please see some guidance below.


STRANGER DANGER REMINDER

The police have asked us to share stranger danger advice with you to help keep you safe when you are out and about and travelling to and from school.

STRANGER DANGER PREVENTION ADVICE

Here are some simple steps you can take to make sure you stay safe on the street.

  • Never go off on your own with a stranger, take things from them or get in a car with them.
  • Make sure you tell your parents where you are
  • If someone scares you or makes you feel uncomfortable go somewhere safe, which could be your home, your school or a police station.
  • Remember to tell someone what has happened straight away
  • If you have Snapchat check the settings on the new location sharing feature, Snap Maps , including details about how to change your settings and tips for staying safe.

USEFUL LINKS FOR PARENTS

The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) is the only children’s charity which can safeguard children. Visit their website for more information - https://www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/keeping-children-safe/staying-safe-away-from-home/

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Coronavirus Advice

Advice for all early years providers, schools and further education providers.

The government is closely monitoring the spread of the Coronavirus and is taking action at home and abroad.

The overall risk of Coronavirus to the UK remains moderate. However, we understand that people may be concerned where there are children, students or staff returning from or visiting China.

Public Health England and the Foreign Office have issued advice for anyone travelling to the area. This can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/china

Advice for parents/guardians

You should not be unduly worried about the possibility of your children catching the Coronavirus.

There is no reason why your children should not continue to attend their early years, school or further education setting as normal.

We recognise that some families or children may be planning to travel to China during the forthcoming half-term period. If so, please refer to the FCO’s latest travel advice via the link above.

What action you can take?

A UK wide campaign has been launched to provide clear advice on how to slow the spread of Coronavirus.

Please help to support the campaign which promotes basic hygiene practices, such as regularly washing hands and always sneezing into a tissue, to stem the spread of viruses.

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SEND Newsletter January 2020

Welcome to the first Newsletter of 2020. I hope that the information provided is both informative and useful.  Please make every effort to attend the forthcoming Coffee Morning as this is a great opportunity to meet and discuss current SEND news. Please be reassured that the Inclusion Team continue to work hard to ensure pupils feel happy, safe and supported in school. All staff receive regular Continual Professional Development on specific topics aimed at supporting children with additional needs. Staff have recently received training around ‘Autism Awareness’, Mental Health, Dyslexia and Speech, Language and Communication Needs. I will keep you updated on such news in future issues.

If there is anything that you feel would be useful to include in future editions please do not hesitate to contact me at school.

You can also read more here about an upcoming workshop from Birmingham City Council called Be Empowered.

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Chatroom Alert! : DISCORD

Please be aware of a chat room application called Discord.  This app is commonly used by gamers to talk to each other whilst gaming.  Users can send direct messages to one another or listen in to larger group chats.  Connecting with friends is easy - users can simply join an existing gaming server or send an email invitation to start a new one. Most significantly, you do not have to download an app to use it as it can be accessed via any browser and is free to use.

Safeguarding professionals have asked us to share with parents as the Discord social networking tool is geared towards adults, not children and young people.

The link below provides more information about Discord, with some parental advice relating to the app.



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Pupil Pledge

At Dame Elizabeth Cadbury we understand the importance of ensuring that our students leave us as well-rounded young people with the qualifications, skills, knowledge and aspirations to go on to succeed in the pathway they choose in their life after school. Through the Pupil Pledge, we make a firm commitment to provide opportunities for our students to be exposed to a holistic educational experience during their time with us.

The Pupil Pledge is an exciting new concept which will complement our existing innovative and challenging curriculum. It will provide pupils with a ‘bucket list’ of activities to complete before they leave our school. The activities and experiences have been carefully selected in consultation with pupils, parents and staff, and we believe they will equip pupils with the softer life skills in preparation for adulthood.

How does it work?

Every pupil has a different menu of Pledge items to complete, appropriate to their age and year group. Throughout the school year, your child will work to complete each item until they have completed every item on their Pledge. For each completed item your child shows their Pledge Passport with a note of confirmation from a responsible adult (i.e. a club leader or any adult involved in the completion of the item) and a photo of themselves completing the Pledge item. For students who complete a minimum of 90% of their Pledge items there will be a graduation ceremony and celebration event at the end of the year, but the real reward, of course, will be that students have taken part in many enriching events, gained in confidence and ability and will become involved in supportive communities in the process. 

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Return to School 2020

Happy New Year

We hope all pupils and families have had a restful Christmas break

Please use the following links below to find all information relating to DEC standards and expectations.

Pupils return for the start of spring term 1 on Tuesday 7th January

As always, pupils need to arrive no later than 08:30am

UNLIMITED BUS TRAVEL
Your child can benefit from unlimited bus travel with a Term Plus Pass. National Express are offering £10 off your first direct debit.
Apply here: http://bit.ly/3bSvXZW

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Contact Info

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West Midlands B30 1UL

Contact Number: 0121 464 4040

enquiry@decschool.co.uk

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