Parent Engagement News Autumn Term

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PARENT

ENGAGEMENT

Autumn Term 2019

HOUSE COMPETITION - ELM HOUSE

In early October, we kicked off the House Competition with the Elm House

led Spelling Bee, returning after great success last year! The competition ran

slightly differently this year and put students from year 7 and 8 together and

then year 9 and 10, working in teams to see who could come out on top!

We had five rounds of the competition, each focusing on different elements of

spelling and vocabulary. Round one had students trying to correctly spell as

many words as they could from a selection of randomly assigned letters, closely

followed by trying to correct spell a word that they heard. Round three asked

students to identify the correct spelling of given words while round 4 increased

the challenge by asking individual students to spell aloud words. We finished

with round 5, asking students to list a synonym for words. All the students were

an absolute credit to their House and it was a close run competition, but in the

end, for the second year running, Elm House were victorious! Many thanks to

all the students who participated, giving it their absolute all and learning a few

new words along the way!

SAVE THE DATE

Talent Show

Wednesday 18th December

School Breaks Up

Friday 20th December 3PM

ONLINE SAFETY:

ENGAGING

WITH PARENTS

How can schools

help parents?

Explain and inform

Many parents rely on schools to help keep

them up to speed and help deal with online

issues, Stay on top of online safety related

news, including social media developments and

new app releases, and share important updates

with parents.

Communicate clearly

Effective communication is essential for

building school-family partnerships. Make it

easy for parents to access online safety

information. Plan your communications to

parents so that you don’t have too many things

going out on the same day and try different

ways to involve them.

Involve children

Inviting pupils to get involved in sharing online

safety information enables parents/carers to

hear first-hand how children and young people

feel about using technology, and what steps

they take to stay safe.

MAKE IT ENGAGING

it doesn’t matter HOW much effort you put into

an assembly, presentation or newsletter etc,

IF the content isn’t ENGAGING, you’ll quickly

lose their ATTENTION.

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7 fun ways to share

key messages

While parents’ evenings and meetings are a

great way of informing Parents and carers

about online safety, it can be difficult to

get all parents physically into the school

at the same time.

85%

85% of parents

say they prefer

to learn about

online safety

via digital

resources.


Attendance Protocols

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ABSENCES

• If your child is absent from school you will need to call

the Attendance Team:0121 289 5900 (OPTION1).

• By: 8:30am.

• cockshuthillattendance@cockshuthill.org.uk

• If you have a medical appointment please endeavour

to make these appointments before or after school.

You will be required to bring proof of the appointment

to the Student Services Office in advance or the

following day.

• If possible do not take the whole day off for a medical

appointment.

• If we are not aware of your child’s absence, truancy

call will be sent out to parents in the morning.

Remember – poor attendance and unauthorised

absence can result in parents being be fined or

taken to court.

LEAVING SCHOOL EARLY FOR AN APPOINTMENT

If your child has to leave school early for an appointment

you must bring in the appointment letter and to write you

a note (it can be in your planner) as to what time your

child needs to leave school and if they are picking you

up. If you are in a lesson you can then show this to your

teacher.

Students are required to sign out at the Attendance Office

(student services) who will give you a signing out slip in

case you or your parents are stopped by the Police. This

is proof that you have the authority to be out of school

and are not truanting.

LEAVE IN TERM TIME

• If you need to request time off school for any reason,

then a ‘Leave in Term Time’ Absence form should be

filled in. These are obtainable from the Attendance

Office or Reception. Your parents must fill this in and

return to the Attendance Office for consideration by

the Principal. When a decision has been made your

parents will be sent a copy of the form back.

Please remember that parents can be fined for

taking students out of school during term time!

PUNCTUALITY

• If you are late to school and arrive after the gates

are locked at 8.40am but before the end of form

time at 9.10am, enter through Gate 6 (by the boys

gym). Here, you will sign you in and be given a late

card. If you arrive to form 5 minutes after you sign

in you will be given a B3.

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• If you arrive after 9.10am you must enter school

through Gate 1 (reception) and come directly to the

attendance office to sign in. Again you will be given

a card and if you arrive to lesson 5 minutes after this

has been signed you will be given a B3. If there is a

genuine reason why you are late ask your parents to

sign your planner or give you a note or even ring in

to the Attendance Team to let us know.

• If you are persistently late then a letter will be sent to

your parents regularly.

• If you are late, truancy call will be sent to your

parents to let them know you have arrived late.

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ENGAGEMENT

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