May 2017 - Further update letter from David Nightingale of the University of Kent regarding the formal transfer of CGSG to UKAT
Term Dates 2017/18
(Please Note: These are proposed dates and may be subject to change)
Term Commences - Monday 4 September 2017
Term Ends - Friday 20 October 2017
Teacher Training Days - Monday 4 September 2017, Tuesday 5 September 2017 and Friday 29 September 2017
Wednesday 6 September - Year 7 and Sixth Form only
Thursday 7 September - All students return to school
Break: Monday 23 October 2017 to Friday 3 November 2017
Term Commences - Monday 6 November 2017
Term Ends - Wednesday 20 December 2017
Break: Thursday 21 December 2017 to Wednesday 3 January 2018
Term Commences - Thursday 4 January 2018
Term Ends - Friday 9 February 2018
Teacher Training Days - Thursday 4 January 2018 and Friday 5 January 2018
Break: Monday 12 February 2018 to Friday 16 February 2018
Term Commences - Monday 19 February 2018
Term Ends - Thursday 29 March 2018
Good Friday: Friday 30 March 2018
Easter Monday: Monday 2 April 2018
Break: Tuesday 3 April 2018 to Friday 13 April 2018
Term Commences - Monday 16 April 2018
Term Ends - Friday 25 May 2018
Bank Holiday: Monday 7 May 2018
Break: Monday 28 May 2018 to Friday 1 June 2018
Term Commences - Monday 4 June 2018
Term Ends - Friday 20 July 2018
Break: Monday 23 July 2018 until to be confirmed
Timing of the School Day
Monday to Thursday
By 8.20am Arrival in school
8.30am – 9.30am Lesson 1
9.30am – 10.30am Lesson 2
10.30am – 10.45am Break
10.45am – 11.45am Lesson 3
11.45am – 1.15pm Lesson 4 and flexi lunch
1.15pm - 2.15pm Lesson 5
2.15pm – 3.15pm Lesson 6
3.15pm – 4.45pm Electives, clubs or end of the school day
By 8.20am Arrival in school
8.30am – 9.30am Lesson 1
9.30am – 10.00am Lesson 2
10.00am – 10.15am Break
10.15am – 11.15am Lesson 3
11.15am – 12.45pm Lesson 4 and flexi lunch
12.45pm – 1.45pm Lesson 5
1.45pm – 3.00pm Electives, clubs or end of the school day
Please note that the Finance Hatch is NOT open on Wednesdays for receiving money.
Information coming soon
• CGSG navy blazer with embroidered logo.
• CGSG navy jumper with embroidered logo.
• CGSG navy box pleat skirts.
• Striped blouse.
• Navy straight legged trousers.
• CGSG PE sweatshirt.
• Black shoes.
• No make-up
• No nail varnish or artificial nails are allowed.
• Hair must be a natural colour, no dip- dyed hair or bright colours or unusual hairstyles are permitted.
• Jewellery - watches are allowed and one small plain gold or silver studs in the lobe of each ear. These items must be removed for P.E., Food Technology and Games. Other facial piercings such as eyebrow, lip, nose, tongue and ear (other than lobe), and body piercings are not allowed in any circumstances and should be removed whilst the students are in school uniform.
• Coats are permitted, but hoodies, zipped- up jumpers and non-uniform jumpers are not allowed.
• Please note that the Principal should be contacted directly for agreement if a student’s religion requires them to wear any alternative items. Head coverings should be plain black
• CGSG reserves the right to send students home to get changed for wearing incorrect uniform.
*All logo uniform items can be purchased from our uniform supplier Rainham Sports.
Pastoral Care and Safeguarding
Pastoral Care is integral to the success of our young women ensuring that they are supported and nurtured as they embark on their educational pathways. A team of specialist pastoral professionals create a nurturing and supportive learning environment for our young people to feel encouraged, enthused and confident in securing the best educational outcomes for their future successes. Students feel safe, supported and inspired by the staff at CGSG establishing solid foundations as independent young women ready to embark on new exciting learning experiences.
Absence / Attendance Procedure
If your daughter/son is absent please notify the school on the first day of absence by telephoning the school office between 7.45am and 8.30am (01634 851262).
It is imperative that parents/carers call the school on every day of absence.
It should also be noted that students in Years 7 – 11 must be collected from Reception for medical/other appointments during the day.
Early School Closure
Bad Weather Policy
We will always endeavour to open and remain open even during adverse weather conditions. However if the site is unsafe and we are unable to ensure the safety of students and staff then the decision may be made to remain closed or to close before the end of the school day. A decision will not be taken until approximately 6.30am to allow for the site team to make their recommendation to the Headteacher.
We will issue information to the local radio stations – Heart, KMFM and BBC Radio Kent but cannot guarantee when these will be broadcast or updated on their websites. We will also endeavour to update the school website and issue messages via Parentmail and text alerts – but please be aware these are subject to internet and mobile phone reception.
If you are accessing this information via the school website and have not yet registered for Parent mail you can do so by downloading the form listed under Parent Communication.
No current information
Some simple ways to keep children safe online
Get to know your daughter’s online habits. Children are inquisitive. They will look to explore the internet as much as they do the real world. Knowing the sites they go to, the people they meet there and what they do will help to keep children safe.
Stay alert to any sudden changes in mood or appearance, or to any major change in habits or to increased secretiveness. These are often tell-tale signs that something is not right.
Keep lines of communication open - tell your daughter that they can always talk to you or another trusted adult, such as a teacher, if they do end up in some sort of trouble on the internet. Make your daughter aware that there are things on the internet which may distress them.
Spend some time surfing the internet yourself. The more that you know about the internet, the better able you are, in turn, to help your child navigate around it without coming to any harm.
Install internet filtering software showing a Child Safety Online Kitemark on your computer. Filtering products with a Kitemark have been independently tested to provide a simple and effective means of support to parents, helping to ensure that a child’s online experience is a safe one.
Internet Safety - General guidelines
Help your daughter to understand that she should never give out personal details to online friends she does not know offline.
Explain to your daughter what information about her is personal: i.e. e-mail address, mobile phone number, school name, sports club, arrangements for meeting up with friends and any pictures or videos of themselves, their family or friends. Small pieces of information can easily be pieced together to form a comprehensive insight in to their lives and daily activities.
Make your daughter aware that she needs to think carefully about the information and pictures she posts on her profiles. Inform her that once published online, anyone can change or share these images of them.
It can be easy to forget that the internet is not a private space, and as a result young people sometimes engage in risky behaviour online. Advise your daughter not to post any pictures, videos or information on her profiles, or in chat rooms, that they would not want a parent or carer to see.
If your daughter receives spam or junk e-mail and texts, remind her never to believe their contents, reply to them or use them.
It's not a good idea for your daughter to open files that are from people they don't know. They won't know what they contain—it could be a virus or an inappropriate image or film.
Help your daughter to understand that some people lie online and that therefore it's better to keep online mates online. They should never meet up with any strangers without being in the company of an adult they trust.
Always keep communication open for your daughter to know that it's never too late to tell someone about something which makes them feel uncomfortable. There is usually an option available to "report abuse".
Useful links for more information:
Sites to visit for advice/help:
www.thinkuknow.co.uk: the main UK Government website with advice for parents on how to keep children safe online
www.ceop.police.uk: the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) is the Government body dedicated to eradicating abuse of children. Concerns about inappropriate contacts between a child and an adult, including online, can be reported directly to CEOP.
www.iwf.org.uk: the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) works to remove illegal material from the internet. If you have found any material you believe to be illegal e.g. child sex abuse images or other obscene material, you can report it to the IWF.
A number of specialist websites contain general advice that may be of help to parents. These includewww.nspcc.org.uk, www.nch.org.uk, www.barnardos.org.uk, and www.beatbullying.org.
Other sites can offer parents support on broader issues. These include www.parentlineplus.org.uk
http://www.childline.org.uk/ Childline is a service provided by the NSPCC, operated by trained volunteer counsellors. It is the UK's free, 24-hour helpline for children in distress or danger. Children can call the helpline for support: 0800 11 11.
www.there4me.com is another support service provided by the NSPCC. Using this website, children can talk confidentially to NSPCC advisors online about any issues or problems they may be experiencing, using an application similar to Instant Messenger (IM).
What is cyber-bullying?
N.B. Excerpts are taken from the http://www.direct.gov.uk/ website:
"Cyberbullying" is when a child is tormented, threatened, harassed, humiliated, embarrassed or otherwise targeted by another child, using the Internet, interactive and digital technologies or mobile phones. The methods used are limited only by the child's imagination and access to technology.
Cyberbullying is just as harmful as bullying in the real world. If you see it happening, report it. Don't ignore it. Those who take part in online bullying often use a group of friends to target their victims. They can ask others to add a comment to a photo on a blog, or forward something embarrassing onto another group of friends. Sometimes, these people don’t even realise they’re actually bullying someone. What forms can it take?
There are lots of different types of cyberbullying. These are the main ones:
Sending e-mails that can be threatening or upsetting. E-mails can be sent directly to a single target, or to a group of people to encourage them to become part of the bullying. These messages or ‘hate mails’ can include examples of racism, sexism and other types of prejudice.
If someone sends you a message and you forward or laugh at it, you’re actually adding to the problem.
* Instant messenger and chatrooms
Sending instant messenger and chatroom messages to friends or direct to a victim. Others can be invited into the bullying conversation, who then become part of it by laughing.
* Social networking sites
Setting up profiles on social networking sites to make fun of someone. By visiting these pages or contributing to them, you become part of the problem and add to the feelings of unhappiness felt by the victim.
* Mobile phone
Sending humiliating and abusive text or video messages, as well as photo messages and phone calls over a mobile phone. This includes anonymous text messages over short distances using Bluetooth technology and sharing videos of physical attacks on individuals (happy slapping).
* Interactive gaming
Games consoles allow players to chat online with anyone they find themselves matched with in a multi-player game. Sometimes cyber bullies abuse other players and use threats.
They can also lock victims out of games, spread false rumours about someone or hack into someone’s account.
* Sending viruses
Some people send viruses or hacking programs to another person that can destroy their computers or delete personal information from their hard drive.
* Abusing personal information
Many victims of cyberbullying have complained that they have seen personal photos, e-mails or blog postings posted where others could see them without their permission.
Social networking sites make it a lot easier for web users to get hold of personal information and photos of people. They can also get hold of someone else’s messaging accounts and chat to people pretending to be the victim.
Bullying on social networks
Internet and email bullying
Bullying on mobile phones
Staying safe online
* The effects of cyberbullying
Even though cyberbullying cannot physically hurt you, it can still leave you feeling mentally vulnerable and very upset. You can also feel scared, lonely and stressed and that there’s no way out.
Escaping cyberbullying can be very difficult. Because anyone can get access to a mobile phone or the internet almost anywhere, it can be tough for those on the receiving end to avoid it, even in the safety of their own home.
* Why do cyberbullies do it?
There’s no simple answer for why some people choose to cause pain to others by bullying them. There are lots of possible reasons, but here are some common ones:
it can be simply a case of someone being in the wrong place at the wrong time and allowing themselves to be easily intimidated
some people who cyberbully think that they won’t get caught if they do it on a mobile phone or on the internet
the people who cyberbully are jealous, angry or want to have revenge on someone, often for no reason at all
cyberbullies often think that getting their group of friends to laugh at someone makes them look cool or more popular
some people also bully others as a form of entertainment or because they are bored and have too much time on their hands
many do it for laughs or just to get a reaction
Communication with Parents
We try very hard to keep parents regularly informed about what’s going on in school, however, sending paper letters home can be rather ‘hit and miss’ with letters often going astray along the way. We are also increasingly aware of the substantial cost, time and environmental impact associated with the amount of paper and photocopying involved with this.
To help improve these areas we have decided to use a service called ParentMail as a new electronic means of communicating with you and so this will now be the primary method of parental contact. This does not mean we will cease to send paper copies of information to parents who have not or cannot register with ParentMail but it will make a significant impact!
· There is no cost to parents and carers for using ParentMail (unless you sign up to the optional text alert service).
· We will only send urgent or emergency messages by text to your mobile telephone.
· This will be a one way communication system – to reply to a message you will need to contact the school as normal.
· Please be assured that ParentMail is registered with the Data Protection Registrar and guarantees that all information you provide will be kept private and will not be passed on to any other organisation.
· When we start using ParentMail, email messages will be sent from firstname.lastname@example.org. Please add this address to your email address books (or approved sender list) to prevent messages from being blocked by your SPAM/JUNK filters.
To use ParentMail we need to collect your email addresses and mobile numbers - you can complete the data capture form below or ask for a form to be emailed directly to you.
Once you have registered you can access the ParentMail website by clicking here.
Information coming soon
ASD School Buses
The "Lime Lounge" Restaurant
We are very pleased that our Lime Lounge Restaurant continues to offer such good value for money and the menu is constantly changing to meet students' needs. We have a number of promotions throughout the year and our new birthday party service has gone down a treat.
We also run a Breakfast Club from 7.45am - 8.30am where hot food and drinks can be purchased.
Please click on the links below and check out what is new. Enjoy!