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GET CAUGHT READING whole school challenge

As part of our World Book Celebrations, we are organising a reading challenge to all the children and staff of Saint Patrick’s.

Have you ever read a book so good that you just couldn’t put away? Missed your bus or lost track of time when engrossed in reading? Sounds familiar? If so, you have a good chance to get caught reading!

This year we wish to celebrate our love for books by taking photos of us reading, preferably in an unusual place or situation. The more creative the better, however we request you make sure to stay safe.

To do so you need to comment on this post by submitting your photo.  Ask your teacher if unsure how to do it?

If for any reason you cannot upload your photo just send it to Mrs Barnes with a comment and your name and she’ll do it for you. The email is


Deadline: EXTENDED until 10th March.

We have attached a few example photos of teachers.

There will be PRIZES: for the most creative photos and treats for all the children who take part.

All photos will be displayed in school corridor. IMG_0011 IMG_0012 IMG_0016

Good luck and have fun!


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Super Writer Ethan! 

Ethan has written an excellent fact file about the Sun, Moon and stars. He use capital letters, finger spaces, adjectives and could read it out loud confidently. He has improved so much since the autumn term and we are all very proud of his tremendous effort! Well done Ethan. 

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Safeguarding information

A message from Notre Dame High School

Dear Parent/Carer

We have been asked by Sheffield Safeguarding team to highlight the following issue with parents and carers. The information in the box below is what have been sent. We have no information that any incidents have involved children at Notre Dame so the purpose at this stage is to share with you what we have been told.

‘A warning has been issued to parents nationwide after a man used a video chat phone app to perform an indecent act in front of school pupils.

Children using the app are being warned to be on their guard after a serious offence was committed in front of a group of English primary school children online. The incident took place on Monday night when a number of children from a Leeds school were taking part in a group chat via social media. It was reported that a man who was not known to them joined the chat and went on to perform the indecent act.

It has emerged that it was not the first incident involving video streaming to be reported in Britain and parents nationwide are being asked to be vigilant. Parents were urged to check whether their children had downloaded the app to their phones and ensure it was deleted. A notice to parents explained: “While the app is only supposed to access contacts on the user’s phone, it appears that quite quickly, friends of friends of friends are able to join the group chat whom your child does not know at all. “It is therefore an unsafe app for children to use, as it risks either an incident such as happened yesterday, or opportunities for your child to be placed at risk.” It went on to advise parents to talk to their children about the importance of telling them if someone’s online behaviour made them scared or uncomfortable. Anyone with concerns about a specific incident should report it to local police via 101.’

As a school we have always been aware of the positive impact of new technology on education and the vast majority of our students being sensible and mature users of it. As stated earlier we are not aware of this affecting our students but it is another useful reminder of the need to engage in common sense discussions with children about on-line safety both inside and outside of school and to monitor this where appropriate.

Kind regards

Mr Scriven

Assistant Head

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