We are very aware that you all miss each other very much and we miss you all too! Finding a safe way to communicate in these times is hard and we have all had to adapt with our families by having many more virtual events and interactions than normal.
To spread our messages to our friends within the MAPS community we are going to start our open letter event using Twitter.
We are inviting you to record yourselves in families or by yourself reading a leitter to your friends at MAPS and then posting it on Twitter (children, this will have to be on an adult from your families account). Please tag MAPs into this using the handle @MAPrepSchool and use the #MAPSopenlettertoafriend
We will be sharing our letters from staff to you and we hope you enjoy them.
Let’s stay connected, keep talking and keep listening.
Keeping safe online
Whilst we face school closures we become more reliant on the use of technology, both for communication and learning. Technology has positive impacts but it can also come with its challenges. If you have any concerns about anything online you can use the following websites: https://www.ceop.police.uk/safety-centre/ and https://www.saferinternet.org.uk/.
If you use twitter, Northants Police and CEOP have been tweeting about keeping young people safe online - these tweets are worth a read.
As a school, our learning platform is Google Classroom. All children have their own login details for this and it is monitored daily by the teachers, therefore making it a safe and secure platform. Children can post videos and photos of their learning on the classwork tab or within the stream to share with their teacher, however we cannot encourage the use of any other social media site such as Zoom. These are not sites we are using as a school for the pupils and therefore this is down to parental responsibility if you choose to use it as a form of staying in touch. This also includes Whats App - our pupils are not of an age suited to Whats App (the age restriction is 16). If you are choosing to allow communication via whats app then you have a responsibility to supervise this and monitor any messages being exchanged. Likewise, gaming will be extremely common during these difficult times, always be mindful of the content of games - age restrictions are there for a reason.
If you have any concerns or questions you can contact your child's class teacher or myself.
Thank you and stay safe!
The staff and families of MAPS have made a video for the MAPS community
Part 1 - https://mobile.twitter.com/MAPrepSchool/status/1251918265066061830
Part 2 - https://mobile.twitter.com/MAPrepSchool/status/1251919447000055809
Part 3 - https://mobile.twitter.com/MAPrepSchool/status/1251921005586649089
A big thank you to Mrs Pheasant and her daughter, Holly for putting it altogether!
After the delivery of over 70 Easter eggs and gifts, each with a card from all the children and staff, we received this lovely email from Polly - a resident at Bethany Homestead. It is wonderful to see in these times that we can spread some joy.