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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

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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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Keeping Safe Online

With recent events and news articles online grooming is a significant concern within society. ThinkUKnow have released specific guides for some of the key social media outlets that your child might be accessing.

If you come across a site or app that you are not sure about you can always check it on Netware.

Below are the guides supplied by ThinkUKnow.

Thinkuknow factsheet for parents_Grooming

Omegle Parents’ Guide

Kik Messenger Parents’ Guide

Instagram Parents Guide

YouTube Parents Guide

ooVoo Parents’ Guide

Snapchat Parents Guide

WhatsappGuide

Yellow Parents Guide

YouNow Parents’ Guide

Service children in education

Please see below some information the Department for Education have asked us to distribute about Service families.  If you are unsure if you qualify, the link in the notice should give you guidance.

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Message for Students

Message for Students

 

You may be aware of an explicit video involving a teenager and a child which has been shared far and wide on social media.

 

There is a police investigation into this matter which is ongoing and those people seen in the video are being supported by specialist police officers. A man has been arrested in connection with this investigation.

 

If you receive this video on Snapchat, via DM on Instagram, on Whatsapp or via any other social media, you should delete it immediately and tell a trusted adult – a teacher or your parents for example.


It’s really important that you understand that if you show this video to someone else or forward it on to other people, you could be committing a crime and we want to stop that happening. If you are worried about this, please talk to a trusted adult. You won’t be in trouble if you have made a genuine mistake.

 

If you know anything about this video or how it came to be shared, please speak to a trusted adult as this information could be important in the police investigation.

 

If you don’t feel comfortable speaking to anyone in person, you can call the police on 101 to report something or for additional guidance and support, you can call ChildLine on 0800 1111.

 

Further information for parents / carers /students – if you have queries or further information you may use the Thinkuknow website – https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk – which is run by the CEOP command of the National Crime Agency. CEOP works with police forces nationally to pursue and prosecute child sex offenders.

 

Referrals

If you are told information which could assist the ongoing police investigation or are relates to immediate safeguarding issues, please call 101 with the details.

 

If your child or you wants to speak to a member of school staff concerning this matter then please contact the tutor or House Leader in the normal way.  Alternatively, the school’s Designated School Leads [those staff who manage matters specifically connected with child protection] are Mrs Mitchell, Mr Berry, Mr Tyreman, Mrs Tew and Miss Page.

Thank you for your support.

Police Alert

Dear Parent/Carer,

Please see below an urgent communication which schools South of the county [M27 corridor] have been asked to circulate at the request of Hampshire Constabulary regarding a serious safeguarding matter which has been brought to their attention.

I ask that you discuss the content of the communication with your child as soon as possible. If they report to you any knowledge of the issue or if your child has any knowledge of who the person was, what his snapchat username, phone number or other linked social media is, or has any other relevant information, please tell the school, or police, straight away. The latter can be done in private by telephoning 101 and using the reference 44170465274.

Communication from Hampshire Constabulary

On 29th November 2017 a schoolgirl was blackmailed into sending an indecent video of her on Snapchat. Once the offender had the video he then distributed this online via Snapchat to many other children. If any student has received this explicit video on Snapchat or by any other means, they must delete it immediately. If they show this video to someone else or forward it on to other people, they will be committing a criminal offence, which the police may investigate and potentially prosecute.

The school has regularly informed students of the need to safeguard themselves online and the steps that they need to take to do this. Students have been told never to send indecent photographs or videos to anyone online and if they are ever approached online to do this, they must always tell their parents or a teacher. We also remind them about the key messages around online safety and cyberbullying. It is not possible to know for certain whom you are communicating with online. Please reinforce these messages in your discussion with your child.

Thank you for your attention to this matter.

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