This week’s letter contains updates from partner organisations and advice on staying safe and updates on changes to uniform requirements.
Essex police local update
Please find here information shared by the local police, you can read the full update here:
During our patrols and interaction with young people and their schools we are finding more and more children are smoking cannabis under the pretences they cannot become addicted or reliant on it however this is not the case.
Cannabis consumed on a weekly basis can affect the mental health of a person, their physical wellbeing and has a huge financial cost. To fund this habit young people often turn to selling items from their home or supplying cannabis on the side. This can then lead to exploitation and a criminal record. Mood swings, anxiety and depression are all associated with the drug and many young people who consume cannabis to ease their worries will often become more paranoid and anxious resulting in further cannabis use.
Whilst it is a common habit and trendy at the moment it is a dangerous trend which will only lead to further mental health problems. Police will not tolerate cannabis use but will encourage when possible those who consume it to seek help.
If you have concerns around Cannabis or know someone who is dependent on it, contact EYPDAS https://www.childrenssociety.org.uk/information/young-people/east/EYPDAS.
In addition to this, as children and young persons officers, we are here to help children where we can, this also involves helping them when they are the victim of a crime. We would appreciate if the public do not share images of suspects as this can sometimes lead to complications in investigations further down the line, but also in a recent case led to people being wrongly identified and targeted—we recently spoke to an 11 year old who had been wrongly accused online and had been receiving threats due to this.
You can find our new sexual violence and peer on peer abuse policy, our updated child protection policy and our updated anti-bullying poilcy on our website.
Please also find linked here the Sigma Trust’s commitment to this area.
The Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) has launched a child sexual abuse prevention campaign after its data showed that 11-13 year-old girls are increasingly at risk of grooming and coercion at the hands of online predators.
Details of the campaign and resources are available on the IWF website.
May half term
Wonde vouchers will be issued to families who claim free school meals for the May half term period. These will be emailed to parents as previously.
Active Essex and Essex County Council are pleased to be offering FREE places on the Essex ActivAte half term holiday programme for young people who are eligible for benefits based free school meals and for those working families who could benefit from this additional holiday support. These clubs provide a range of fun activities and a healthy lunch for every child attending. All clubs offer at least 4 hours of fun each day. To find your nearest Essex ActivAte club and to book your FREE place please see our website ActivAte Your Half Term – Active Essex
We introduced changing for PE for year 7 this week.
From Monday 24th May year 8 will need to come into school in full uniform every day. The minimum kit required for PE is a Philip Morant short sleeved PE top, black shorts, green Philip Morant PE socks and trainers.
From Monday 7th June year 9 and 10 will come to school in full uniform every day and change for PE. They may wear their kit for dance and drama on the days they have practical lessons until Monday 14th June when changing facilities will be available for these subjects as well.
As restrictions lift, please continue to stay safe and ensure your children and your household are testing twice a week.
Mr Holder Mrs Neill
Executive Headteacher Head of school