Welcome to our Parent & Carer Zone. On this page you will find additional information about our school, our Parent Teacher Association, upcoming events and a host of other issues. Importantly, we also use this page to share information about e-Safety, health and well-being and other important information from our partners. We want this page to be jointly owned with you, so please let us know if there is anything you would like see here. For more information about anything contained in these posts, please contact the school.
Friday 21st July
Our end of year BBQ takes place this Friday from 11:00-13:00. Tickets are £2 and can be purchased in advance from the school office. Members of Friends of Joseph Norton Academy will be there to answer any questions about their new group. We hope to see you there!
Friday 7th July
We said an emotional goodbye to our year 11s last Friday and wished them all the best in their new adventures at college. It was lovely to receive this thank you card this week.
To help parents get to grips with changes to examinations, below is some information for parents/carers regarding recent changes.
The DfE have launched a new GCSE webpage which provides information for students, parents, employers and those who work in education. It explains:
- Why the GCSEs are changing
- When they are changing
- Why the grading scale is changing and how the new grades align with the A* to G scale
- The difference between a ‘standard’ and a ‘strong’ pass
- What this means for students, schools, parents, employers and others who work in education.
You can access the new webpage here: https://newgcses.campaign.gov.uk/
The new webpage links to GCSE factsheets for parents and for employers, further and higher education providers:https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/gcse-new-grading-scale-factsheets
We hope you find these resources useful!
Friday 30th June 2017
Another successful Friends of Joseph Norton meeting was held on Friday. Thank you to Catherine, Laura and Sarah for attending on behalf of the parents and George for representing the Governing Body. We have developed a questionnaire to share with you all at the upcoming Family BBQ (21st July -Tickets on sale now!) to ensure we can gather as much input from parents/carers as possible, even if you are unable to attend the meetings.
Attached are the minutes and a copy of the questionnaire. The next meeting will be 20th October 2017 1pm here at JNA - all welcome!
Tuesday 27th June 2017
Last week SnapChat, used regularly by many children and young people, launched a new feature. SnapMaps allows users to see the location of their contacts. This feature allows others to accurately pinpoint where you are. Remember a child sharing their location can be a very risky thing to do. There are three possible privacy settings on SnapChat:
- Ghost mode, where only you can see your position;
- My Friends mode, where any contact can see your location; and
- Select Friends mode, just those who you choose can see you
ChildNet have posted a thorough explanation of SnapMaps and how to ensure users stay safe. This is an extremely popular app with young people and it is worth sharing with both your pupils and parents.
Further detail can be found at: Introducing SnapMaps (ChildNet).
Friday 28th April 2017
Testing our new school dinners!
Today we held our parent lunch and group 6 made a chicken dinner followed by Eton mess for us all to taste test. The food went down a treat and group 6 were very proud to serve us what they had lovingly made! Stephen, our catering manager, joined us for the food and explained to parents how the pupils are going to cook our lunches in-house from September.!
Paul, Laura and Sarah commented:
"This is a brilliant idea, great training for the boys"
"My child is enjoying the cooking lessons"
"I am happy that this is what the pupils will get served for dinner"
"My child would never have tried this at home, but will at school"
"It is good that the children get a say into choosing what they like to eat"
Thursday 27th April 2017
Our latest letter to parents can be accessed below:
In this letter it explains that we are currently developing a Parent Partnership Policy. We would welcome your feedback on the first draft, which can be accessed by clicking here.
Monday 24th April 2017
Dates for your diaries
Welcome back! We hope you've all had a good Easter Break and are raring to go with the exciting events we have planned for the Summer Term.
Firstly, this Friday (29th April) is our parent lunch 11:30am-1pm. This is your opportunity to taste an example of what the children make for the whole school dinners in their catering lessons, as well as a chance to have your say on our new 'Parent Partnership Policy'. There are only 10 tickets so please sign up quickly through calling the office.
On Monday 8th May 3:30pm we have our monthly Joseph Norton Academy Tour for any new prospective parents who wish to look around our site. Please call the office to book a place on this.
Our next Friends of Joseph Norton Academy meeting is Friday 30th June 1pm. All friends of the school welcome - parents/carers/grandparents/community members/governors. We will be discussing plans for the end of year family BBQ as well as future fund raising events. If you have any ideas or comments but are unable to make the meeting then please call school and ask for Kate Gaunt to pass these on.
Finally, on Friday 21st July (last day of term) 11am-1pm we are having our Family BBQ and rewards event.
FRIDAY 31sT MARCH 2017
Following advice from the local authority we wanted to draw parents' attention to a dangerous game that is becoming more popular amongst young people across the world.
The Blue Whale game targets vulnerable and impressionable children and young people and has been reported to be extremely dangerous. Please be aware and keep your ears open for young people discussing or playing on this.
As always it is vitally important that we monitor our young people online and this worrying report emphasises the need to know what our pupils are using the internet to do at all times. Having open and honest discussions with your children and learning about what they are interested online is the safest way to try and keep them internet safe.
If you have any concerns or would like further advice or support then please contact school and speak to a member of the Pastoral Team.
Wednesday 29th March 2017
Ever wanted a straight forward guide to the Apps that young people are using? Then see below for an overview of what each current App does and the features it displays. Apps are becoming ever more popular as technology advances and it is important that we keep updated with what young people are using the internet for in order to keep them safe.
If you have any concerns regarding what your child is using Apps for, or require further information, then please contact school and ask to speak to our Online Safety Lead - Kate Gaunt.
Thursday 23rd January 2017
The minutes from our latest PTA meeting can be found by clicking here.
Wednesday 25th January 2017
A recent incident that has been reported in the local press has highlighted a number of safeguarding issues about smartphone ‘apps’ including Live.ly, ooVoo, and music.ly amongst others. These apps should only be able to access contacts on the user’s phones, but it appears that quite quickly unknown individuals are able to join group chats. As a consequence, these apps are not safe for children to use.
Please check that your children are not using these apps on their devices and remove them if necessary.
Friday 13th January 2017
Advisory note from West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service
‘We would like to remind parents and carers to always read and follow the instructions carefully when using chemical insecticide products, typically sold in chemists, to treat head lice. This is because these treatments contain flammable elements. You should not therefore use hair dryers, or any other ignition source such as matches, lighters and candles near anyone during the treatment process whilst the product is being used. This advisory note follows a recent incident in West Yorkshire in which a child’s hair was accidentally set alight during treatment resulting in the child sustaining serious injuries.’
West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service
Friday 9th December 2016
It's almost Christmas
Thank you to everyone who attended our Christmas coffee morning. It was great to see so many of you. Congratulations to our raffle prize winners!