Parents

The School Office is staffed from 8.30 am until 3.45pm Monday to Friday

Although on a Thursday the office doesn’t open until  8.45am as all staff have a diary meeting at that time.

If you need to contact us outside of these times, please leave a message on the answer phone.

Contact details

It is sometimes necessary to contact parents during the day if their child has had an accident or is taken ill at school. For this reason we keep details of where parents work or can normally be found, as well as the telephone numbers of additional emergency contacts (such as grandparents or near neighbours). This includes any change in personal circumstances that affect the children. It is most important that you help us keep this information up to date. Please let us know in writing, immediately of any change of address, workplace, phone number, family doctor or other relevant information.

Medicines

Parents should, wherever possible, administer or supervise the self-administration of medication to their children. This may be effected by the child going home during the lunch break or by the parent visiting the establishment. However, this might not be practicable and in such a case parents may make a request for medication to be administered to the child at the school.

Facing up to Facebook

The Governors of Dewhurst St. Mary would like to make you aware of the following regarding Facebook.

Please take a few minutes to read the information below, you may find that it could make your usage safer for yourself and your child/ren.

Facebook is increasingly being used by children under 13 years of age to socialise, share photos, videos, links and information, to chat, to plan social events and so on.

Did you know?

  • The minimum age to open a Facebook account is 13 years
  •  Facebook has additional protection and security settings for teenagers (age 13-17).
  • Facebook advertisements or apps may have content that is not appropriate for under 13s
  • Facebook expects parents of under 13s to show their children how to delete their Facebook account, if they have one
  • Facebook expects all users to use their real name and identities. It’s against Facebook terms to lie about your name or age
  • Every word, message, image and video you add to Facebook will be there forever unless you take it down
  • Facebook expects parents to discuss online safety with their child and to set ground rules
  • Every image, including your profile photo, can be copied by others, changed by others and be online forever!
  • Facebook games may have different T & C to Facebook and only be suitable for over 18s
  • Facebook Timeline is an online representation of your child’s life based on the information they and others added. What does their timeline reveal about them?
  • Facebook will remove images that break copyright law or are pornographic but will not remove photos you just don’t like!
  • Facebook Places uses GPS, to enable users to share their location in posts. Do you want your child’s online friends to know where they are?
  • Facebook has a safety centre specifically for parents.

Does your child have a Facebook account? What are you doing to keep your child and your family safe?

Here are 13 things we can all do today to help ‘Stay Safe’ on Facebook

  • Preview your profile to see how it looks to others
  • Make sure that you are not a victim of ‘Fraping’.  Fraping is someone who is pretending to be you.  Have a strong password and logout when not using Facebook
  • Check your privacy settings – do you know who can see your phone number or post on your timeline? What about your child’s timeline!
  • Turn Facebook chat on and off to control who knows you are online. You can also see your chat history
  • Edit the privacy settings of the Apps you use and your Photo albums
  • Review posts and photos that you are tagged in before they appear in your profile by editing your ‘timeline and tagging’ settings
  • Check before adding content, including photos, that you have the right to do so. Facebook expects you to do this
  • Always be nice online, just as you are in the real world. Facebook does not tolerate bullying or harassment
  • Report abusive or offensive content that you believe breaks Facebook T & C by using the “Report” at the top right of the comment. Reports are anonymous and you will not be identified
  • Check your online friends are friends in the real world. You can easily unfriend or delete a friend – they will not be told
  • Create a Facebook group for your family so that you have a private space to keep in touch, share photos and learn about Facebook together
  • Read the T & C to make sure you know what Facebook expects from you!
  • Visit the Facebook Safety Centre http://www.facebook.com/safety/tools/

I hope the above has made you think about the way you and your child/ren use Facebook and will help you all to stay safe.

Yours faithfully,

Chris Robinson