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Coronavirus Update

You will be very much aware of the current escalating situation nationally and internationally in relation to Coronavirus.

Some pupils and parents have asked questions around how DEC may or may not be affected by the current situation – I write here to provide a brief overview and some reassurance.

We receive daily updates from The Department for Education advising us of new information and any action we may need to take. So far, the direction given to all schools matches everything that we have all seen on the news. Regular washing of hands for more than 20 seconds with soap and water remains the most effective action we can all take to prevent the spread of the virus.

Pupils have been reminded of this advice – multiple notices are placed around school and on big screens to continually prompt everyone to wash their hands. In addition, we are ensuring that cleaning remains thorough in school every day.

So far, there have been no cases of Coronavirus within or connected to school.

In the event of a change to our situation, we will notify parents straight away and act according to the advice given to us by Public Health England and The Department for Education.

As things currently stand, it is business as usual for all pupils.

Thank you for your continued support.


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Year 7 Girls Football

Congratulations to our Year 7 Girls Football team! We are proud to announce that they became Birmingham School Games champions yesterday. Competing against 11 other teams, they showed incredible team spirit and character to be crowned the champions.

Well done girls, we are extremely proud!

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SEND Newsletter February 2020

Welcome to the latest SEND Newsletter, aimed at keeping parents and carers informed and updated on all things associated with supporting those with additional needs. I believe that working in partnership with families will produce positive educational and social outcomes for your child as this directly links to supporting learning and development. It was therefore very pleasing to meet with so many of you at the recent SEND Coffee Morning.

Please do not hesitate to contact me at school should you have any suggestions about future agenda items.

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World Book Day 2020

On Thursday 5th March pupils are invited to join us in fancy dress in aid of this year’s World Book Day. 20 points will be awarded for any pupils dressed as their favourite literacy character.

If your child does not wish to partake, they must wear school uniform.

Book Swap

This year we will also be running ‘Book Swap’. In order to get involved in this exciting opportunity, all you have to do is bring a book from home and pass it to Room 13 by Monday 2nd March. The book needs to be appropriate for Year 7, 8 or 9 readers; no graffiti, no missing pages and no broken or ruined covers.

Book Swap will take place on Friday 6th March from 3:05pm in Room 13. You can come and collect a book providing you bought one in previously.

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Maths in Action

Pupils had the exciting opportunity to visit Bletchley Park for a Maths trip. Learning how to break the enigma code and having lots of maths in action fun.

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KS4 Badminton

Outstanding performances by our KS4 Badminton Team @BhamSchoolGames. Won the group and semi-final. Runners-up in the final against an incredibly talented team which included some top 20 national-standard players. Brilliant efforts to earn the silver medal!


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Stranger Danger Reminder

Incident – Monday, 3rd Feb at 3:30pm.

Location – Back of Colmers School, connecting Colmers School with Hollywood Bowl.

On  Monday 3rd Feb, an unknown adult male was riding past several pupils from Colmers School and saw a group of teenagers who were pupils from other schools. The male jumped off his bike and produced a long-bladed and serrated knife from his coat. The group of 14-15 year olds ran and the cyclist chased two of them back up the lanes. Pupils who witnessed this were understandably shaken. We have contacted the police, who were already aware of the incident and are investigating. The assailant remains unknown but is described as having a deep voice, tall, Caucasian, wearing a long, black coat with the hood up, possibly in tracksuit leggings. Please discuss vigilance on the way home and stranger danger with your child, please see some guidance below.


STRANGER DANGER REMINDER

The police have asked us to share stranger danger advice with you to help keep you safe when you are out and about and travelling to and from school.

STRANGER DANGER PREVENTION ADVICE

Here are some simple steps you can take to make sure you stay safe on the street.

  • Never go off on your own with a stranger, take things from them or get in a car with them.
  • Make sure you tell your parents where you are
  • If someone scares you or makes you feel uncomfortable go somewhere safe, which could be your home, your school or a police station.
  • Remember to tell someone what has happened straight away
  • If you have Snapchat check the settings on the new location sharing feature, Snap Maps , including details about how to change your settings and tips for staying safe.

USEFUL LINKS FOR PARENTS

The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) is the only children’s charity which can safeguard children. Visit their website for more information – https://www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/keeping-children-safe/staying-safe-away-from-home/

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Coronavirus Advice

Advice for all early years providers, schools and further education providers.

The government is closely monitoring the spread of the Coronavirus and is taking action at home and abroad.

The overall risk of Coronavirus to the UK remains moderate. However, we understand that people may be concerned where there are children, students or staff returning from or visiting China.

Public Health England and the Foreign Office have issued advice for anyone travelling to the area. This can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/china

Advice for parents/guardians

You should not be unduly worried about the possibility of your children catching the Coronavirus.

There is no reason why your children should not continue to attend their early years, school or further education setting as normal.

We recognise that some families or children may be planning to travel to China during the forthcoming half-term period. If so, please refer to the FCO’s latest travel advice via the link above.

What action you can take?

A UK wide campaign has been launched to provide clear advice on how to slow the spread of Coronavirus.

Please help to support the campaign which promotes basic hygiene practices, such as regularly washing hands and always sneezing into a tissue, to stem the spread of viruses.

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LGBT History Month

February is LGBT History Month! We want to use this month as an opportunity to celebrate the strength and spirit of the LGBT community. Over the coming weeks, we will be posting a variety of LGBT icons, animals and historic events over on our Twitter account as well as updating this page with our posts.

Please watch, share and show people our #DLDSeeMe video so the whole world learns about Developmental Language Disorder https://youtu.be/PDPrXQPTnlE

We are excited to launch our brand new Careers Guidance Pupil Hub 💻📢🌐

Pupils need to be prepared for the evolving working world and so, at the heart of our Careers Programme, is a focus on building up essential lifelong employability skills.

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West Midlands B30 1UL

Contact Number: 0121 464 4040

Email to Mr Dunn: enquiry@decschool.co.uk

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