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Secretary of State For Education Opens The New STEM Centre In Gosport

Secretary of State for Education, Damian Hinds MP, visited Gosport last week for the official opening of the new Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics education centre.

That’s Solent TV came along for the ribbon cutting.

Based at Bay House Academy Sports Hall, this is the latest in a number of projects that is backed by the Solent Local Enterprise Partnership, and in conjunction with the Gosport and Fareham Multi-Academy Trust.

Momo: NSPCC Response & Advice for Parents

We have been made aware from the media, police other schools of a dangerous and sinister online game:‘Momo’, that some children might have been accessing. The game encourages children to self-harm and has been dubbed the ‘Suicide killer game’.

NSPCC Response & Advice for Parents: A spokesperson for the NSPCC said: “The constantly evolving digital world means a steady influx of new apps and games and can be hard for parents to keep track of. “That’s why it’s important for parents to talk regularly with children about these apps and games and the potential risks they can be exposed to.  “The NSPCC publishes advice and guidance for parents on discussing overall online safety with their children, as well as promoting Net Aware – the UK’s only parental guide to social media and gaming apps.”

Among the most common signs to watch out for include children who:

§  Become very secretive, especially about what they are doing online

§  Are spending a lot of time on the internet and social media

§  Are switching screens on their device when approached

§  Are withdrawn or angry after using the internet or sending text messages

§  Have lots of new phone numbers or email addresses on their devices

If adults are concerned or have any questions on how to approach the subject with their children, they can contact the NSPCC Helpline on 0808 800 5000 or visit the NSPCC website. Children who are worried about their activity on apps or online games can contact Childline 24 hours a day, online and over the phone on 0800 1111.

Coffee & Chat dates with Tiffany Morris (Home School Link Worker)

Coffee & Chat Spring Term

“Drop In” Coffee & Chat with Tiff Morris (Home School Link Worker)
Dear Parents/Carers
You are invited to come along for a coffee and chat. We aim to offer a layer of support around parents and carers, continue to build on ways to link up home and school, and hear your voices. There is no set agenda, just time to sit, chat and link up termly.
Gosport
Where: Costa, Rowner, Alver Village Square, PO13 8AR.
When: 13 Feb (Wednesday) Anytime between 10 and 12pm.
Havant
Where: Asda Café, Larchwood Avenue, Havant, PO9 3QW.
When: 7 March (Thursday) Anytime between 10 and 12pm.
Fareham
Where: Tesco, Fareham PO16 0LE.
When: 2 April (Tuesday) Anytime between 10 and 12pm.

It would be great to see you there! If you can’t make these dates and would like to link up, please get in touch and we can arrange a time together.
Email: tmorris@lws.gfmat.com
Direct line: 01489 794426
Follow me on Twitter: @LWS_MissMorris

New LWS Student Uniform

Available to purchase via Tucasi or School Office 

Hampshire CAMHS – A to Z

This fantastic new animation from Hampshire CAMHS demonstrates 26 different ways to help you cope. From A through to Z this resource is valuable for all young people and adults alike.

Hampshire CAMHS – A to Z from Strong Island Media on Vimeo.

Rolls Royce Science Prize 2018 – Runners-up

LWS are the 2018 Rolls-Royce STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) award runners-up.

LWS was chosen from over 2000 original entries to the Rolls-Royce competition and came second in the final field of six, the first special school to do so in the history of the competition.

During a prestigious event staged at the Science Museum, members of our STEM team had the opportunity to meet industry leaders and VIPs, before attending the awards ceremony in the I-MAX theatre in the heart of the museum, check out our Twitter feed for images and comments!

This is a huge achievement for the students, staff and families of LWS and follows an intense final year of the competition. Our success was due to energy and effort that made ‘Project House’ a reality, through the introduction of a STEM approach to enhance the learning experiences of the students. You can see the overview of the project by following this link and discover the other 2018 finalists and their projects.

As runners-up, we received a fabulous trophy of a small jet engine replica and £5,000 toward sustaining a legacy of STEM. To achieve this level of recognition and reward is outstanding and demonstrates that through innovation and creativity in the curriculum we can achieve anything we wish to aspire toward.

If you want to watch us receive our award and listen to the fantastic speakers we were privileged to meet please click here.

School Payments

Dear Parent/Carers,

Alongside side our existing online and cash systems we can now accept card transactions. If you wish to pay by person please visit reception or if you would like to pay over the phone we can also do this.

If you would like any more information or to make a payment please contact the school on 01489 582684.

A Focus on… The Momo Challenge

What it is

Coined the “suicide challenge”, Momo is a new viral game that encourages players to perform a series of challenges in order to meet ‘Mother Bird’ – a disfigured character (inspired by Japanese art) with bulging eyes and untidy black hair on a chicken-like body.

Light-hearted and fun at the outset, this game experience quickly darkens, absorbing players who are encouraged to perform acts of violence and self-harm through a series of progressively risky challenges.

Originating in Mexico, it is easily accessed through social media shares (predominantly Facebook and YouTube) and has rapidly spread across the world.

Why it’s on our radar

The challenges issued in this game present a serious risk to the safety, welfare and wellbeing of children and young people in our schools here in the UK, as does the distressing content when a player refuses to carry on.

With worrying similarities to the ‘Blue Whale challenge’, it has also been linked to at least five cases of childhood suicide.

The low down

• Players are encouraged to contact Momo and provide their mobile number.

• They will then receive instructions to perform a series of challenges, via SMS or Whatsapp.

• Player refusal can trigger severely abusive messaging and their mobile device being hacked.

• The final challenge is to commit suicide in order to meet ‘Mother Bird’.

Why children like it

Sharing and commentary on Social Media platforms has created a level of intrigue and curiosity about this game, which is initially light hearted and fun.   

Fundamentally, however, this is a game that targets vulnerable children and young people online, as those with mental health issues are more likely to be drawn to the psychological nature of the challenges.

What to do

A person doesn’t have to be searching for Momo themselves to be exposed to it and, unlike other games that children enjoy, there is no positive side to this. 

Teachers and parents need to educate/reinforce online safety, and in this way encourage children and young people to make the right choice and avoid this game:

• The importance of confidently saying “no” to invitations to play games from strangers 

• Knowing why they should not click on unidentified links.

• Knowing how to ‘block’ unknown numbers and friend requests. 

 

If you have any concerns that a child you know is involved in any way with this challenge please call NSPCC 0808 800 5000  OR  CEOP by clicking this link CEOP Helpline

Hot Weather – June 2018

Dear Parents/Carers,

We are loving this heat wave and actually getting a summer this year. With this in mind can we please remind parents/carers to send their child to school appropriately dressed for the weather, sun cream applied and with a bottle of water. Drinks are made available to students throughout the day and by having their own bottle they can have it refilled.

School jumpers are not recommend in this weather as some students struggle to recognise that they are getting to hot.

SHORTLISTED AT THE TES SCHOOLS AWARDS 2018

LWS Academy

SHORTLISTED AT THE TES SCHOOLS AWARDS 2018
Friday 20 April 2018

The most outstanding individuals and institutions that the state and independent sector has to offer have been recognised in the shortlist for the 2018 Tes Schools Awards.

It’s been revealed that LWS Academy has been shortlisted for the Science, technology and engineering teacher or team of the year award.

Tes editor Ann Mroz said: It is wonderful to see such innovative ideas and best-practiceemerging from our schools and teachers, despite the current squeeze on funding. We had a record year for entries and the standard was the best so far – all those shortlisted should be very proud: it’s an extraordinary achievement.

The winners will be revealed at our gala awards evening at the Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane, London on
Friday 22 June 2018

To see the full list of who’s in the running, pick up a copy of this week’s Tes, or visit tesawards.co.uk

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