February, 2016

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Posted by: | Posted on: February 5, 2016

No Phones Please!!

Due to some recent events, and advice received from governing bodies, we have made a school decision to not permit personal technology to be used by pupils during the school day. This includes any device which can make a digital recording or image.

We understand that many of them like to use phones and mp3 players etc, in their taxis for the journey. We will request that these are all handed in when children arrive in school, into a personal storage container. These will then all be held in the office until the end of the day. We advise that the devices are turned off.

As you know, we have no mobile reception in school anyway and so you can, as always, contact us through the office if there is an emergency message you need to pass on, or you are eager to know anything about your child during the day.

We would appreciate your full support. If you have any questions, please get in touch.

Posted by: | Posted on: February 1, 2016

Brain FACT

A thought is a physical pathway in the brain. The more you have that thought the more you groove and strengthen that path and the easier it is to have it again and again.

That’s why having the thought “Why am I so hopeless?” is never a great idea because you start to create a self fulfilling prophecy as it becomes harder and harder to shake the belief that you’re hopeless.

Your brain hates holding two contradictory opinions at once because it creates cognitive dissonance, so when you tell yourself you’re hopeless your brain seeks out information to back up what you are saying.

And trust me it will find it and ignore contrary evidence. This is something called ‘Conformation Bias’.

And by the way, you are not hopeless, you’re lovely the way you are, so start telling yourself that instead.



Posted by: | Posted on: February 1, 2016

Ratings on Video Games and Films


It has come to our attention that several of the young people at The Lifehouse are playing on console games that have a rating of 18.  Many young people believe that the censorship is only there as guidance for purchase and that if parents say its ok to play them then there is no problem.

As a school, guidance for us is very clear that young people under the age of 18 should NOT be playing games or watching material with an 18 certificate and that if we are aware of this happening then we should look at it as a Safeguarding issue.

It is also wise to draw your attention to ‘on line’ chats available whilst gaming and the type of dialogue and exchanges that go on in these ’chat rooms’. The majority of this would be very inappropriate for young people to take part in and particularly for those with anxiety and social difficulties.

Please check that your young people are monitored during their on line activities whether through a console or a pc, and that their games and dvd’s have appropriate rating