Year 4 students from Mile Oak Primary School came into PACA last week to build and fly a kite. Based in our new STEM centre, they were given the opportunity to design their own kite. Check out the pictures below!

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This week is National Anti-Bullying Week and PACA will be marking the week with a programme of activities to inform and empower learners’ to recognise, challenge and report bullying or prejudiced based incidents. In association with the Anti- Bullying Alliance the theme this year is ‘Let’s stop bullying for all’ with a particular focus on reducing bullying of those with special needs or disabilities. At PACA, we take the safety of all learners’ very seriously and Anti-Bullying Week enables a whole school focus on this area, to reassure both learners’ and parents/carers of our commitment to this.

1. Misuse and on-line bullyingChildren and young people are keen adopters of new technologies, but this can also leave them open to the threat of increased bullying – known as online bullying, e-bullying or cyber-bullying. This form of bullying can     be defined as follows:

“The use of information and communication technologies to support deliberate, repeated, and hostile behaviour by an individual or group that is intended to harm others.”

Bullying can take the form of:

  • Text Messaging
  • Email
  • Chat and Social Networking
  • Instant Messaging

 

All report incidents of ICT misuse and cyber-bullying will be dealt with in accordance with our teaching and learning policies and our anti-bullying policy respectively. We do not see cyber-bullying as any less serious than non-electronic bullying and our standard policies, strategies and sanctions apply.

 

The school has several relevant policies in place to support this including Anti-bullying and Harassment Policy, Disability Equality Policy, Racial Equality Policy and an E-Safety policy which has an explicit statement about on line bullying.

Our policies can be viewed on the website here http://www.paca.uk.com/academy-information/policies/  In addition there is a Senior Manager with responsibility for bullying and all staff have undergone whole school training in partnership with the local authority on recognising and responding to bullying or prejudiced based incidents. We have also put in place several different ways for learners’ to report bullying or access support; these include speaking to any adult they trust such as Form Tutor, Head of Year, Head of House, Education Welfare Officer, Behaviour and Progress Officers or speaking to any peers in a Student Leadership role – Prefects, Head Boy or Girl, Peer Mediators, House or Student Council Reps. There is also a dedicated email facility tellsomeone@paca.uk.com and of course the usual reporting process.  If you or your child have any concerns regarding bullying please tell somebody at the school using one of the channels available.

Help and Support for Parents/Carers

If as parents/carers you have any concerns about bullying there is help and support available.

Parents helpline for bullying

0845 205204 

Useful links and websites
  • Anti-Bullying Briefing for parents

http://www.anti-bullyingalliance.org.uk/media/10807/ABW14-parent-briefing-FINAL.pdf

  • Anti-Bullying Alliance Advice for parents:

http://www.anti-bullyingalliance.org.uk/advice/parents-carers/people-who-can-help/

  • Let’s talk about on line relationships – A guide for Parents and Carers can be accessed here:

http://www.anti-bullyingalliance.org.uk/media/1029/sef-aba.pdf

  • Anti-bullying resources for children and young people, parents and carers:

http://www.safenetwork.org.uk/help_and_advice/Pages/resources_advice_and_helplines.aspx

  • ‘Get Connected’ phone app. for young people being bullied and seeking help:

http://www.kidscape.org.uk/news/2013/oct/get-connected-launch-phone-app-for-young-people-in-need-of-help/

  • Government website for areas for kids, parents and educators- with cartoon clips and advice:

http://www.stopbullying.gov/

  •  Internet safety site for all ages (separate sites for 5-7, 8-10, 11-16 and adults) 8-10 has a cyber café interactive which asks children to think about cyberbullying and e-safety situations.

www.thinkuknow.co.uk

  • Interactive website game educating young people about the dangers of being on line

http://digizen.org/resources/cyberbullying/interactive/

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This year’s Christmas show will be a Old Time Music Hall entitled For King and Country. There will be four shows and guests are invited to dress up in World War I or Edwardian attire.

17th Dec – 1.30 matinee for primary schools

7pm show – tickets on sale for all (£3/£2 for concessions)

18th Dec – 1.30 matinee for senior citizens

7pm show– tickets on sale for all (£3/£2 for concessions)

 

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17th Dec – 1.30 matinee for primary schools

 

7pm show – tickets on sale for all (£3/£2 for concessions)

 

 

 

18th Dec – 1.30 matinee for senior citizens

 

7pm show– tickets on sale for all (£3/£2 for concessions)

 

 

 

 

 

Anti-bullying week this year is 17th November – 21st November 2014 and the theme “Let’s Stop Bullying for all”. We will be learning about the impact of bullying in particular ensuring that pupils understand our school definition of bullying;

“Bullying is behaviour by an individual or group, repeated over time, that intentionally hurts another individual or group either physically or emotionally. Bullying can take many forms (for instance, cyber-bullying via social media or the internet). It can involve verbal taunts, name calling, physical injury, and damage to property, rumour spreading, shunning or ridicule and is often motivated by prejudice against particular groups, for example on grounds of ethnicity, religion, belief, gender or gender identity, sexual orientation or disability, or because a child is in care, has caring responsibilities or mental health issues. It might be motivated by actual differences, perceived differences or as a result of association with someone else.”

Starting this week pupils in Years 7-11 will participate in the Safe & Well School Survey which is run in partnership with the local authority.  This is an online, anonymous, annual City Wide survey for children and young people aged between 7 and 18. The survey asks a range of questions about school, health and wellbeing and about experiences of bullying. It is explained to all children and young people that this is a confidential survey and they cannot be identified by the information that is collected. They are also asked to speak to a member of school staff or other trusted adult if participating in the survey makes them feel worried or concerned. This survey does not require parental permission to participate, but all children and young people have the right not to participate. We run this survey to help our school further improve Healthy Schools activities, PSHE lessons and our whole school approach to anti-bullying and equality. Furthermore, data from all schools is collated to provide city-wide information about bullying and health and wellbeing and this is used to improve services and support for children and young people.

We will feed back on the survey results in March 2015. If you have any questions about anti-bullying week or the survey please contact Ms Lombardo n.lombardo@paca.uk.com

The Academy will be undergoing an Ofsted inspection on Thursday 13th November and Friday 14th November. For more information please click here.

School Inspectors – a guide for parents. Click Here

Parent View Survey – http://www.parentview.ofsted.gov.uk/

 

Here at PACA we all want to wish our very own Lily Armstrong loads of luck for singing LIVE on Friday for the BBC Children in Need appeal. Lily and her group have set up a charity called Teen Aid UK and have recorded a cover version of Take That’s ‘SHINE’, now available on iTunes to download. It is amazing!

Watch the music video here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gLyMLwKxgIQ

The YR12 Boys Football Team have been on the road and done extremely well to beat Steyning Grammar 3 – 2! Ethan Mann scored a dramatic last minute winner, striking a 25 yard thunderbolt into the roof of the net.

This was followed up with a creditable draw 2 – 2 at Felpham Community School with goals from Patch Schooley and Louis Denyer to secur a point. The boys next game will be in the last 16 of the County Cup, away to Ifield (Crawley). The lads have worked extremely hard to get to this point so well done to them!

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Just a few updates for the parents of students in Year 11:

  • The mock exams will now be held in December rather than January. It is proposed that the written exams will be held the week of the 8-12th December with the practical exams scheduled for the following week. This will be confirmed shortly and a letter sent home to all parents.
  • Just a little reminder that the Year 11 parents evening is next Thursday 20th November from 4.30 to 7.30pm.

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On Friday 7th November, PACA’s Dance Academy students visited Balfour Primary School to deliver two dance class to Year 5 students. This is the first session of a 4 week block and our students were great role models delivering a fantastic session.

The theme of the classes was a retro vibe using music from the 60’s,70’s and 80’s. Students planned the session themselves following a lesson plan which includes a warm up, main phrase and cool down plus Balfour students were able to create their own choreography too. This was all based on their knowledge of popular musicals relating to each decades including Grease and Hairspray!

 

This week and next sees the launch of a number of super exciting STEM Centre club projects!

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GREENPOWER ELECTRIC RACE CAR PROJECT
We will build and then race an electric powered Go-Kart at Goodwood. This project embraces many aspects of engineering and technology in a fun and inspiring way.

EVERY TUESDAY STARTING 4TH NOVEMBER: 3.30 – 5.00 PM

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OBSERVATORY PROJECT AND DR WHO PROJECT

Interested in star gazing? For this project we will build our own observatory here at PACA, with the help and advice from the University of Sussex’s Physics and Astronomy department. The telescope will be capable of looking at both the night sky and at solar activity.

Doyou like creative writing and producing scripts for plays? We would like to write a play for next year relating to the ‘History of Science’ with a Dr Who twist. Dr Who travels back in time and meets all of your favourite scientists but what would the world be like today without them?

EVERY WEDNESDAY STARTING 12TH NOVEMBER: 3.30 – 4.30 PM

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COSMETIC BEAUTY RANGE BUSINESS WITH GLASS FUSING

For this project we will grow our own produce (lavender, aloe-vera, even tea!) and make a range of beauty products. Using glass fusing we will then design and make the packaging. Ultimately we will sell the goods and run this as a business

EVERY THURSDAY STARTING 13TH NOVEMBER 3.30 – 4.30 PM

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DESIGN AND BUILD CLUB:

EVERY THURSDAY STARTING 6TH NOVEMBER 3.30 – 5.00 PM (open to all).

For more information, contact The STEM Centre team (Caroline, Dean and Quinn).