Firstly, Merseyside Police have contacted me with a very important warning about the Live.ly mobile app, which should be added to your school website and newsletter to parents.
It is the fastest growing social media streaming app available and has approximately 20 million users worldwide. It enables users to live stream videos of themselves, and watch videos from other users.
It has limited security features, making it possible for users to potentially identify where a video is being streamed from or has been recorded. Any video can be recorded or shared without the permission or knowledge of the person who made it.
Many legitimate apps are being used by young people in a way that allows them to communicate with or be contacted by strangers, which creates a very real and significant risk to them.
My colleagues at Merseyside Police are keen for parents to make sure they know the apps their children are using, how those apps work and how they are being used.
Whether it is staff at the Local Authority, at our schools, parents, guardians and carers, we all have a responsibility to know the warning signs of exploitation so we can prevent a child or young person from putting themselves at risk or forming inappropriate relationships. You can find out more online at Listen to My Story, the Police Safety Centre and the NSPCC
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We are pleased to let you know that we now have a new school mobile app that you can download for free from either the Apple or Google Play app stores.
You can download the app by searching for
“Thomas Gray Primary” and download the app that displays our school logo.
The app provides instant access to term dates, events, newsletters, booking forms, links to the school website, absence form and many more features.
We will also be using the app to send out push notifications. These are messages that are sent directly to all those parents that have downloaded the app. As push notifications are free for us to send this may replace our text messaging service at some point.
If you own an i-Phone, when you download the app for the first time it will ask the following questions.
This lets you view certain information even if you haven’t got a signal. You can select Yes or No.
Allow access to your location.
This is a standard Apple request. We by no means know or have access to anyone’s location but you need to select Yes in order to receive push notifications from the school.
The next message is to then enable push notifications.
This is important that you select NOTIFY ME.
The last message will say “The school will like to send you Notifications” please press OK.
WHEN YOU DOWNLOAD THE APP FOR THE FIRST TIME PLEASE REGISTER YOUR DETAILS SO WE CAN HAVE A RECORD OF THE PARENTS USING THE APP.
Parent App Leaflet– please click here to view the leaflet
Safer Internet Day – Tuesday 7th February 2017
Authors Christmas Visit
The author Susanne Schroder visited our school in December. Parents and children enjoyed a storytelling of her Christmas book, The Donkey’s First Christmas. Susanne stayed with us all day delivering writing workshops to KS1 and Year 3. At the end of the day she signed copy of her books for some children.
Susanne thoroughly enjoyed her day with us and said the standard of the work produced in her workshops was outstanding.
Christmas Concert at the Hawthorne’s 2016
This year our school worked alongside the Hawthorne’s to produce a Christmas Concert which included all aspects of the performing arts. Year 5 and 6 performed the Sainsbury’s Christmas advert alongside other Christmas songs. It was a great night enjoyed by everyone, including parents and friends ,and the children given rave reviews for their performance.
A big thank you to Vicki Hambleton and the Hawthorne’s Music Ambassador’s for supporting us every Thursday from November to the concert in December. You were amazing and look forward to working with you again.
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