Parent Information Evenings
During the Spring and Summer terms Christ's will host a series of Parent Information Evenings (PIEs) focused on a range of safeguarding related issues.
The programme will run on occasional Thursdays in the Drama Hall starting at 6.30pm as follows:
Thursday 25th January - Extremism and Radicalisation Awareness
Kidscape, funded by the DfE, will lead a session for parents on Extremism and Radicalisation Awareness. This will complement a similar session delivered to Christ's pastoral team in November 2017. The objectives for the session are to make parents more aware of the risks of radicalisation for young people and to support parents in keeping their child(ren) safe.
Thursday 22nd February - Two sessions focused on Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning (LGBTQ+) Awareness
Female Genital Mutilation: The effects of FGM are long term and can be devastating both physically and emotionally. It is a problem that crosses cultures and faiths and is common in some parts of the world from where our students originate. FGM includes all procedures involving partial or total removal of the external female genitalia. It is illegal in the UK.
Christ's has been proactive in raising awareness of FGM amongst our students as a means of protecting them and others against the risk of FGM. All students in Y8-11 had a session on FGM last academic year delivered by Forward (Foundation for Women’s Health, Research and Development) and a session is booked in May 2018 for the current Y7 cohort. FORWARD has significant experience of working with girls at risk and educating them about FGM and in their sessions the presenters have explained clearly what FGM is, dispelled the many myths which exist about the practice and provided information about where they or others at risk can get help. We believe that as well as being a safeguarding issue, it is also an important Citizenship issue for all our students in developing their understanding of discrimination and inequality. We are delighted therefore that representatives from FORWARD have offered to deliver a short session for parents on this very important topic.
LGBTQ+ Awareness: this session will be led by the Charity Free2B, following two brilliant training sessions the Charity have led for the pastoral team at Christ's. The session will include a brief introduction to LGBTQ+ terms of reference to briefly explain sexuality & gender. The presenters will then look at the impact of Homophobic, Biphobic and Transphobic (HBT) bullying on students emphasising that HBT bullying can impact on ANY child regardless of whether they identify as LGBTQ+. This is to ensure all parents realise that it is important for the school to tackle, challenge and reduce HBT bullying.The session will end with a brief look at Christ's commitment to creating an inclusive environment.
Thursday 3rd May - E-Safety and Cyber Crime
We are delighted to welcome back to Christ's Peter Cowley, who is the Borough's E-Safety Officer and PC Mick Mitridate who is our Police/School liaison officer. Peter delivered sessions to all students currently in Year 8-10 last academic year around E-safety and he will deliver a similar session to our Year 7 students in the new year. He also presented a very well received session for parents to raise awareness around E-Safety at our Information Evening back in October. This session will be a repeat of that presentation. Following Peter's session, PC Mick will talk more about the law surrounding cyber crime.
Thursday 7th June - From the Inside Out - Self-Esteem & Healthy Relationships
This session will be led by Kayleigh Butler and Susanne Petrie from the Charity Loved, Valued, Able (LVA).
Knowing how to build healthy relationships is a vital part of our growth. But it doesn’t happen over night. It starts with self-worth and works its way outwards. LVA will impart helpful knowledge and tips on how to help build your child’s self-esteem and enable your child to build positive friendships.
- Self-esteem building blocks and exercises
- Supporting your child in their relationships
- How to guide and steer your child when relationships get tough.
Please put the dates in your diary. Further details will be published nearer the time of each event.