Christmas Day Lunch

Would you like some company on Christmas Day?

Park Community School’s MUNCH team

kindly invite you to join them for

a traditional Christmas lunch

Park Community School.
25th December 2018
11am – 4pm
Middle Park Way, Leigh Park, Havant, PO9 4BU

Booking in advance is essential because the elves need to prepare a sumptuous feast and let Father Christmas know where everyone is.

For more information please contact:
Lorraine Daughtrey
Telephone: 02392489807
Park Community School,
Middle Park Way, Havant, PO9 4BU

Half-Term Activities

Here are a few suggestions for things to enjoy together over half-term; for ideas.

(The following ideas have a cost involved)
Halloween Family Trail at Sir Harold Hillier Gardens, Romsey.
Join Sir Harold Hillier Gardens for creepy fun in the Gardens on a spooky self-guided trail. Survive the tricks and receive a small chocolate treat!
Visit the following site for further information; or ring 01794 369318. Tickets £2.50

Also, a Halloween session of fun, spooky songs and storytelling around the campfire. Join Sir Harold Hillier Gardens in the woods where they will help you to make your own witch’s broom to take home. You can toast your own marshmallow and enjoy some popcorn that is cooked over the fire too! Suitable for 4-12 years. See their website for more details.

Beaulieu, National Motor Museum. New Forest.
01590 612345
Discover the fantasy and folklore of Halloween at Beaulieu this October half-term – plus visit the brand new exhibition celebrating 50 years of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang! Visit between 20 – 28 October to see harvest festival-themed decorations in Palace House. (Cost involved)

Watts Gallery, Compton, Surrey
23 – 28 October | 10am – 4pm: Inspired by the exhibition, James Henry Pullen: Inmate – Inventor – Genius, discover a world of inventiveness from giant puppets to model ships and use an array of materials to create your own at Watts Gallery – Artists’ Village. for more information.

Bluebird the Storyteller presents …
TISTOU – THE BOY WITH GREEN THUMBS at Waterlooville Library.
Local storyteller Bluebird tells her version of Tistou the Boy with Green Thumbs based on the 1965 book by Maurice Duron. This is a delightful story suitable for children 7+ and adults alike. Tuesday 23 October 2018, 10.30am. Tickets £4 per child with one accompanying adult free. Buy one and get one free! Available from the library on 02392 252608, or online at

Here are some suggestions from the National Trust from their ’50 things to do’ list;
-Go for an ‘adventure walk’ with your child at night with a torch and try some star gazing.
-Build a den together with an old sheet and pegs (great for indoors when it’s pouring with rain).
-Grab some binoculars and go bird watching with your child. Take a bird book with you from the library and see how many you can spot.
-Fly a kite
-Skim stones at the beach

CHILDREN GO FREE at British Airways i360 between 22nd and 26th October! Book online to avoid missing out. (Beware-still a cost for adults!)

Please don’t forget to read with your child every day if possible (even if it’s only 10 mins) and also let them have a good rest before returning to school.
Have fun!

The Importance of Nature to Children

You might be interested to read The National Trust’s publication considering the importance of nature to children today. This is not a new document (2012) but makes very interesting reading. Copy and paste the link below, or put ‘National Trust natural childhood document’ in to a search engine to find it.

Head Lice and Nits

The following is taken from the NHS website. Please refer to this for further information.

Head lice and nits are very common in young children. They don’t have anything to do with dirty hair and are usually picked up from head-to-head contact.

Head lice are small insects, up to 3mm long, and can be difficult to spot.

Head lice eggs (nits) are yellow, brown or white (empty shells) and attached to the hair.

Head lice sometimes can make your head feel:
•like something is moving in your hair

The only way to be sure someone has head lice is by finding live lice or eggs.

You can do this by combing their hair with a special fine-toothed comb (detection comb). You can buy these online or at pharmacies.

How to get rid of head lice

You can treat head lice without seeing a GP.
Treat head lice as soon as you spot them. You should check everyone in the house and treat them on the same day if they have head lice.

There’s no need to keep your child off school if they have head lice.

Wet combing

Lice and nits can be removed by wet combing. This method should be tried first.

You can buy a special fine-toothed comb (detection comb) online or from pharmacies to remove head lice and nits.

There will be instructions on the pack to follow, but typically you:
•use the comb on wet or dry hair – although it usually works best on wet hair with conditioner
•comb the whole head of hair, from the roots to the ends
•repeat every few days for 2 weeks

It usually takes about 10 minutes to comb short hair, and 20 to 30 minutes for long, frizzy or curly hair.

Medicated lotions and sprays

Ask your pharmacist for advice if you have tried wet combing for 2 weeks, but your child still has head lice or nits.

They may recommend using medicated lotions and sprays. These kill head lice in all types of hair, and you can buy them from pharmacies, supermarkets or online.

Head lice should die within a day. Lotions and sprays come with a comb to remove dead lice and eggs.

Some treatments need to be repeated after a week to kill any newly hatched lice.

Check the pack to see if they’re OK for you or your child and how to use them.

If lotions or sprays don’t work, speak to your pharmacist about other treatments.

Some treatments aren’t recommended because they’re unlikely to work.

For example:
•products containing permethrin
•head lice “repellents”
•electric combs for head lice
•tree and plant oil treatments, such as tea tree oil, eucalyptus oil and lavender oil herbal remedies

You can’t prevent head lice

There’s nothing you can do to prevent head lice. You can reduce the risk of lice spreading by avoiding head-to-head contact.

Don’t use medicated lotions and sprays to prevent head lice. This can irritate the scalp.

There’s no need for children to stay off school, or to wash laundry on a hot wash.

Healthy Sleep Tips for Children

The following useful information is taken from the NHS website.
Good sleep is important for your child’s physical and mental wellbeing.
A relaxing bedtime routine is one important way to help your child get a good night’s sleep.
Relaxation tips to help sleep-
Doing the same relaxing things in the same order and at the same time each night helps promote good sleep:
• A warm (not hot) bath will help your child relax and get ready for sleep.
• Keeping lights dim encourages your child’s body to produce the sleep hormone, melatonin.
• Once they’re in bed, encourage your child to read quietly, or listen to some relaxing music, or read a story together.
• Try the breathing exercise below.
Breathing exercise for stress-
This calming breathing technique for stress, anxiety and panic takes just a few minutes and can be done anywhere. You will get the most benefit if you do it regularly, as part of your daily routine.
You can do it standing up, sitting in a chair that supports your back, or lying on a bed or yoga mat on the floor.

Make yourself as comfortable as you can. If you can, loosen any clothes that restrict your breathing.
If you’re lying down, place your arms a little bit away from your sides, with the palms up. Let your legs be straight, or bend your knees so your feet are flat on the floor.
If you’re sitting, place your arms on the chair arms.
If you’re sitting or standing, place both feet flat on the ground. Whatever position you’re in, place your feet roughly hip-width apart.
• Let your breath flow as deep down into your belly as is comfortable, without forcing it.
• Try breathing in through your nose and out through your mouth.
• Breathe in gently and regularly. Some people find it helpful to count steadily from one to five. You may not be able to reach five at first.
• Then, without pausing or holding your breath, let it flow out gently, counting from one to five again, if you find this helpful.
• Keep doing this for three to five minutes.

Know how much sleep your child needs-
The amount of sleep your child needs changes as they get older. Below are the approximate hours of sleep needed by children of different ages, as recommended by the Millpond Children’s Sleep Clinic.
4 year olds – 11 hrs 30 mins
5 year olds – 11 hrs
6 year olds – 10 hrs 45 mins
7 year olds – 10 hrs 30 mins
8 year olds – 10 hours 15 mins
9 year olds – 10 hours
10 year olds – 9 hours 45 mins
11 year olds – 9 hours 30 mins

Avoid screens in the bedroom-
Tablets, smartphones, TVs and other electronic gadgets can affect how easily children get to sleep. Older children may also stay up late, or even wake in the middle of the night to use social media. Try to keep your child’s bedroom a screen-free zone, and get them to charge their phones in another room. Encourage your child to stop using screens an hour before bedtime.

Young Carers

Who is a Young Carer?

A young carer is someone under 18 who cares for any family member who is physically, or mentally ill, frail, elderly, disabled or misuses alcohol or substances.
Do you think there may be a young carer in your family? If so, please let us know so that we can support your child and have a look at the different independent support groups (called Young Carer Projects) who can help. They provide various levels of help, advice and information.

Please have a look at the following sites for more information;

Useful Links

Hampshire County Council

The Children’s Society

Carers Trust

Babble Online Chat for Young Carers Under 18’s

Matter Online Support for Young Adult Carers 18-25’s

SPACE Online Community for Adult Carers



Young Minds

Getting To School On Time

As we are heading in to our third week of term, attendance levels and punctuality are being carefully monitored.

Is your child getting to school on time?
Why is punctuality so important?
•Children that arrive late are likely to have missed the start of the lesson which makes it more difficult for them to learn as the lesson progresses.
•Late arrivals distract classmates and interrupt the teacher’s lesson.
•Children that arrive late are likely to feel unsettled and are embarrassed to walk into assembly once it has started.
•Children that arrive late are developing bad habits for the future whether it be at secondary school, college or work. They could lose their place or job, if they think it is acceptable to be late.

The school day starts promptly at 8.50am. The register is taken twice a day; once at the start of the morning session and once at the start of the afternoon session. Children will receive a late mark if they are not in class by 8.50am. School is open from 8.00am for Breakfast club and the playgrounds are open from 8.30am.

We look forward to seeing your child in class, on time and ready to learn.

On-Line Safety over Summer

However lovely the weather, our children will be spending time on computers, i-pads, mobile phones etc over the summer holidays. Safety is always on our minds. Here is some safety information about Snapchat. Though no children in primary school should be accessing it, (as the age is 13+), many are and so will their older siblings be.

Hopefully the following will help to keep everyone safe;
Snapchat is a messenger app that enables users to send photos, videos, text and drawings. The unique feature of Snapchat is that the message only stays on the recipient’s phone for up to 10 seconds (user sets the time from 1 to 10 seconds).

Check your child’s settings;
Your child can choose to receive content from either “Everyone” or “My Friends”. It is recommended that the default setting is set to only accept content from “My Friends.”
-Tap the ghost icon
-tap the gear icon
-select “My Friends”.
There are three sections that you should update; ‘Contact Me’, ‘My Story’ and ‘Quick
add’. Encourage your child to only share things they would be happy for you to see.

Other Snapchat settings;
Reporting within Snapchat stories-
1. While watching the story, press and hold on
the screen.
2. Press the flag in the bottom left hand corner.
3. Click on the option that best describes the
content you are trying to report.

To report a Snap you’ve received;
1. Press and hold the Snapchatter’s name right
after you view the Snap.
2. Press and hold again to bring up their profile.
3. Tap the gear icon and tap “Report” to contact

To report an account;
1. Press and hold on the Snapchatter’s name
2. Tap the gear icon.
3. Tap “Report” to contact Snapchat.

Remove a friend;
When you remove a friend from your friends list, they won’t be able to view any of your private Stories but they’ll still be able to view any content you have set to public. Depending on your privacy settings, they may also still be able to Chat or Snap you!
1. Go to a Chat with that friend
2. Tap the button at the top left
3. Tap “Remove Friend”

Block a friend;
If you block a friend, they won’t be able to view your Story or send you Snaps and Chats.
1. Go to a Chat with that friend
2. Tap the button at the top left
3. Tap “Block Friend”

Snapchat streaks;
Streaks count how many consecutive days two people have been sending Snaps to each other. A streak is shown by a little picture of a flame and a number (the number of days the streaks has gone on for) next to a contact’s name. There can be pressure to respond on a daily basis to maintain their streaks and it can cause issues with people logging into other’s account to carry on streaks for friends.

Safety tips and resources;
1. Be kind and respectful. Be thoughtful about what you Snap.
2. Remember, anyone can take a screenshot of a Snap, or use another camera to take a picture of a Snap.
3. Check your privacy settings to choose who can send you Snaps and view your Stories.
4. If you experience harassment or bullying, block the person and report it to Snapchat.
5. Keep your password safe. Don’t share your password with anybody.

It’s really important to talk to your child regularly and make sure that they know that you’re always there to talk to if they have any concerns.

This is a really useful Parent guide produced by Snapchat in conjunction with Connect Safely:

Preparing for the Summer Holidays

The following is taken from Young Minds charity;

For lots of us, the summer holidays provide relaxing days, a chance to catch up with friends and fun
activities. But for some children, it’s a stretch of boring days, with little to do and few highlights.
For many families there may not be the time or money to do what their children want. Some pupils may be nervous about school breaking up for summer and the lack of routine this provides.

So it might be helpful to explore some cheap and easy activities with your children. If you have a bit
of spare time, or a computer to set them a task to research activities to do over the summer?
Your children could start to plan:
1. Go green
Think about all the green spaces there are locally and what activities go on during the break.
What can be done alone or with a group of friends?
2. Explore the local community
Explore the local leisure centres, youth clubs and recreation grounds. Are there any activities
going on? What about ‘free swim’ days or other fun days put on by the local council?
3. Find a library
Research which libraries are open and when. Is there free access to computers? Are there any
clubs running over the summer?
4. Volunteer
Find out about local youth groups where you can volunteer – this is a good way of making
new friends
5. Become an author
Write and illustrate a book or zine using just some paper and pens/pencils. Research some
themes and inspiration.
6. Take on a challenge
Here are some ideas for activities that will take time and practice to accomplish:
– Learning to ride a bike
– Learning to swim
– Learning to roller skate or skateboard
– Learning a new language (there’s no need to join a class, or buy any books, local libraries may
have books, CDs or apps)
7. Keep in touch
Explore how to keep in touch with friends and classmates over the holiday – arrange meeting
up once a week at the local park, or shopping centre?
8. Watch a film
Find out about local cinemas which may show some films for free, or reduced prices for
children and young adults.
9. Learn something new
Visit local museums and/or galleries. Research which ones are nearby and free to visit.
10. Become a photographer
Take photos of your local area on a phone, or camera. If it’s difficult to access either, borrow
one from a friend, or family member, or create one from scratch with just card, tin foil, tape
and a paper clip.
Good luck!

Are You Listening?

Is your child due to start school in September? It is really important to develop those early speaking and listening skills, as soon as possible.
Please copy and paste the link below to Action For Children’s useful website for more information: