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Weekly Message from the Headteacher

Greet with a face not a phone


I am writing this week in the hope that you will embrace our ‘face not phone’ initiative. We all love our mobile phones, they are so useful and many of us would be lost without them. They are our contact with the outside world, a source of news, a camera, a clock and a useful tool for storing reminders and notes.


However, they can very addictive and they can often get in the way of the ‘real’ relationships which we enjoy with people around us. It is surprising the number of parents who don’t even acknowledge their child at the end of the day because they are on the phone. Many children walk to school with an adult who is on their phone, when they could be talking, singing or enjoying the time together. Recent studies have shown a link between parental mobile phone over-use and behavioural problems and poor language development in children. Most research suggests setting limits or having boundaries on usage so that parents can be fully-engaged with their children. 


I hope that as a school we can embrace the ‘face not phone’ initiative and give our children the quality time that they need to feel important and nurtured.


Thank you for your help with this.