Headteacher’s Blog – Week 7

Squid Game

We have received the following guidance from the local authority regarding the Netflix show Squid Game. 

Squid Game is currently one of the most popular shows on Netflix and has a rating of age 15 and above. The programme centres around a series of children’s games that have deadly consequences, and is very violent in nature. 

We understand that there is other adult content and despite its initial appearance it is not suitable for younger children. The BBFC have awarded Squid Game a 15 rating in the UK for “sexual violence references, injury detail, crude humour, sex, suicide, sexual images, violence.” This is very different from the 12a rating which allows younger viewers if they are supported by a parent or other guardian. The 15 rating states that the material is “suitable only for 15 years and over” with no concession for accompanying adults. Parents may not have realised the age certification of the programme and you may wish to alert them. 

Parents can also apply parental controls to Netflix if they wish by setting up a Netflix children’s profile, this limits viewing to TV shows and movies which have been carefully selected for children.

To do this:

  • Go to https://www.netflix.com/account
  • Scroll to 'Profile & Parental Controls' and click on the profile you want to manage.
  • Click 'Change' next to the Viewing Restrictions setting.
  • Enter your Netflix password.
  • Set the maturity rating for the programmes and films you want to allow in that profile.

COVID-19 update

Please see the attached joint letter to parents of secondary school and college students in England on COVID-19 testing and vaccines from the Secretaries of State for Education and for Health and Social Care.

I am pleased to communicate that our rates of COVID-19 in school have been falling week on week since we re-introduced some additional COVID controls. Following a meeting with the Local Authority we will review the current arrangements. Any changes will be announced later this week. 

Good news

I received a lovely message from the manager of the Headway Charity Shop in Cheadle village. Last week, two of our students Oscar and Esme (pictured below) were awarded a certificate of achievement and dedication to the charity. Oscar and Esme have been volunteering for over 12 months every Saturday for the charity that works to improve life after brain injury.

As mentioned last week, I had the pleasure of a celebratory breakfast with the Year 10 students with outstanding Attitude to Learning. Mrs Bradley (Year 10 RSL) also joined us for a scrummy pain au chocolat. Surprisingly, all that remained was the fruit!

Year 7 updates

For the first half term, Year 7 students have been able to leave at 2:50pm to support a staggered exit. From next half term onwards this will come in line with the rest of the school and students will leave with the bell at 3pm. They will also move more in line with the Break 2 lunches. At the moment they leave period 3 with their class teacher at 12:15pm, but from half term this will be 12:20pm as they are now all familiar with the systems in school. Before students return to school please can we ask you to check that their Parent Pay accounts have been topped up ready for their lunches on Tuesday 2nd November.

Miss ABC

Let me introduce our Anti-Bullying Coordinator, Miss Nay!

Hi, My name is Miss Nay and I’m one of the Behaviour Mentors of The Kingsway School. I’m also the Anti-Bullying Coordinator. I am available if any students have concerns or worries regarding bullying either for themselves or others.

We have at least 2 student Ambassadors for each year group who are approachable with a friendly face for the first contact.

Any conversation with a student will be treated with sensitivity and understanding. We have a thorough system in place to deal with any issues, small or large.

Posters are available in the classrooms with my email details and a dedicated Anti-Bullying mobile number. You can of course speak to any adult in school who can direct students to me. The Anti Bullying mobile number is 07871 074544 and my email address is missabc@kingsway.stockport.sch.uk

Dates for your diary

Date Event
Friday 22nd October School closes for Half Term
Monday 1st November INSET Day
Tuesday 2nd November School re-opens

Have a lovely week, and stay safe and well.

Mrs J. Lowe

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