Online Safety: Doki Doki Literature Club

National Online Safety (NOS) have highlighted the risks associated with Doki Doki Literature Club; a visual novel game with suicide themes and a psychological horror plot, advised by its makers as ‘not suitable for children’. The game is believed to have been downloaded more than two million times in the first four months and has come under scrutiny in the UK media after a father said he felt the game had ‘dragged his son in’ and contributed to his death in Greater Manchester in early 2018. Police and the coroner investigating the 15-year-old’s death have urged parents to be vigilant and called the game a ‘risk to children and young people’.

NOS have created this guide to help parents:

Many thanks for your continued support and for helping us to achieve a safer online world for children.

Take One Picture Reception and KS1 Assembly Friday 6th July 2018

This term the school has been taking part in the National Gallery’s Take One Picture project. This year’s painting is called ‘Penelope and the Suitors’ by the 16th Century Italian artist Bernardino di Betto of Perugia, or better known as Pintoricchio.

Reception and Key Stage 1 looked at the painting and used it as a stimulus for their performance ideas. Reception class looked at the patterns in the painting and created their own hats using similar ideas. They displayed their hats as if they were all on a catwalk. Year 1 performed a lovely cat dance (to the tune ‘Macavity: the Mystery Cat’) as a small cat appears in the picture. Finally, Year 2 displayed their knowledge of similes, personification and rhyme by reciting their own acrostic poems about Odysseus and his adventures.

Also, the pupils sang two songs about paintings – ‘Look at a Picture’ at the start of the assembly, and ‘The Take One Picture Song’ at the end.

          

The pupils danced and sang beautifully, spoke clearly and were a credit to the school. The performed to a packed hall full of parents and friends. Mrs Williams, the Deputy Headteacher, thanked the pupils and staff for all their hard work.

Holy Redeemer Band play at the Strawberry Fair

It was a great delight to hear the Holy Redeemer Band play at the Strawberry Fair  on Friday 29th June 2018  at 3.15pm. The band played for about 20 minutes at the start of the fair. They were outside under a gazebo and it was rather hot. So well done band members. They played a selection of famous tunes such as Au Clare de la Lune, Ode to Joy, Old MacDonald, This old Man and  Les Bouffons.  This was their final performance of the year. Also included are some other recent band photographs.

 

Charity Hair Cut

Congratulations to Amelia in Year 3, who has recently donated her hair to the Little Princess Trust charity.  She was very brave and had her hair cut very short, sending the rest of her hair to the Trust to be made into a wig. She looks lovely with her new hair cut and her kindness and charity will help some other little girl to feel special too.

The Little Princess Trust provides real hair wigs, free of charge, to children and young adults up to the age of 24, who have lost their hair due to cancer treatment and other illnesses.

More Aura trails in school!

Visitors to our school for the Open Gardens event on Saturday 2nd or Sunday 3rd June, were invited to take a moment to look at our Aura trail about the Eco Club volunteers and children.  The trail included photographs and films of the team and were accesssed using one of our school iPads – ask one of the children (or Mrs Baker) if you would like to see them:

There is also an Aura trail on our French display board within the school.  This trail will show you how to say what the weather is like and the films were kindly made by Year Three children.

Thank you once again to Flynn in Year 6, who helped to create part of these trails and also to the PTA for funding the iPads, which are used to read the auras.

Mrs Baker

Art and Poetry Winners!

On Monday 25th June Key Stage Two had a special visitor from Broadway Museum and Art gallery to award some prizes for art and poetry that had been entered into their Hiroshige Exhibition competition.

The museum ran the competition based upon the Japanese artist and his paintings of the volcano, Mount Fuji. Entries for art work were made from Year Three and poetry from Year Six.

Mrs Hilary Rowlands (former head teacher of Holy Redeemer school and volunteer at the museum) came along to award prizes to four of our pupils – 2nd prize in art (Year Three) and 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes for writing Haikus  (all Year Six).

Take a look at the children receiving their prizes here:

Big congratulations to all of those children on their fantastic achievement.

Pictures from the exhibition can been see on the Museum’s website along with the following feedback: “The judges were very impressed by the high standard of all the entries to the Art and Poetry Competition inspired by the Hiroshige Exhibition at Broadway Museum and Art Gallery. The progression of skills could be seen across the age groups. The judges looked for originality, an understanding of the brief and composition and colour.

The Haiku’s showed great skill in the use of descriptive language and an attention to detail paying attention to the amount of syllables required.”

https://broadwaymuseum.org.uk/childrens-art-and-poetry-competition/

Come and see Jeff the Giraffe in Worcester!!

 

 Come and see Jeff the Giraffe in Worcester!!

 

On Monday 9th July 2018, St Richard’s Hospice will be launching the Worcester Stands Tall giraffe trail in Worcester Crowngate Shopping centre.

The event will begin at 4pm with a welcome talk, followed by the official opening of the giraffe calf trail.

There will be an opportunity to join a guided walk of the trail at 4.30pm.

We hope that as many children as possible and their families will be able to join us at Crowngate, so please feel free to come along to this exciting event!

More information about this event and other WST activities throughout the summer can be found at:

http://www.worcesterstandstall.co.uk/safari-walk/