What fun it was to see the children today dressed in their spots, yellow and Pudsey Bear decorations for Children in Need. It was great to see so many Pudsey Bears (and the odd Blush Bear) decorating the corridors in aid of charity. We particularly enjoyed the inventiveness of some of your creations making outfits 'spotty'. Thank you! We are delighted to have raised £250 for Children in Need which we know will support many children, both in the local area and around the country.
Meanwhile this week was 'Anti-Bullying' week, under the theme of 'Choose Respect over bullying.' We discussed the differences between 'unkindness' and 'bullying'. Whilst we do not tolerate children being unkind to each other (and always encourage them to let an adult know if they have been upset or hurt at school), we wanted to make sure that children understood that bullying was a repeated action. The Anti-Bullying Alliance define bullying as: the repetitive, intentional hurting of one person or a group by another person or group, where the relationship involves an inbalance of power. We discussed both physical bullying and verbal bullying which could hurt and leave scars internally, and what the children could do about it. Please ask children about the 'crumpled heart' in assembly to understand this more.
In other news, Year 6 received a set of new books for their year group library - selected from books that had won awards. It was delightful to hear them arguing over who got to take the new books home first and sharing their excitement over them. With our emphasis on reading for enjoyment this year it seems some of our children have caught the bug. We will take the opportunity to remind you that the local library service is free for all members of the borough (Dagenham library is on the Heathway) and provides a wealth of books for children to choose from.
Thank you to all those in Year 2 and 4 who have accessed the nativity music online. We are pleased to have been able to provide children with access to the lyrics and music through our online music provider 'Charanga' this year. However if this is not convenient for you or your child (or you have lost the password) please speak to your class teacher.
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