Keeping Safe and Happy
St. Matthew’s is committed to valuing and respecting everybody. We treat everyone in our school family equally. Here are some examples of the work we do at St Matthew’s to make our school a place of compassion, respect and peace.
Support and resources to help keep your children safe online
Net Aware – www.net-aware.org.uk
Find out more about the most popular social networks, sites and apps children are using. It gives a recommended minimum age and gives information on how to remove content, block people and report abuse.
Internet Matters – www.internetmatters.org
This site provides help setting up parental controls, which can help you filter or restrict content on your home Wi-Fi, as well as phones, tablets and games consoles.
Share Aware – www.nspcc.org.uk/shareaware
NSPCC has developed ‘Share Aware’ to help parents make informed choices about the social networking sites and apps their children use.
O2 have partnered with NSPCC to help keep children safe online. If you need help with anything, such as setting up parental controls on computers or mobile devices, you can call their free helpline on 0808 800 5002, or visit an O2 Guru in one of their stores. You don’t have to be an O2 customer to use this service!
You can also see our Family Support page for more websites which give information about keeping safe online or check out this useful fact-sheet:
Acceptable Use Policies
Please find below the school Acceptable Use Policies which we ask parents and children to agree to in order to use the Internet at school.
Happily Ever After
St Matthew’s enjoyed an AMAZING play called ‘Happily Ever After’ with our Juniors.
The play is based on the children’s book ‘King and King’ and tells the story of two princes who fall in love. The play explores different families, same-sex relationships, equal marriage and the negative impact of homophobia. We are proud to be one of the first schools in Greater Manchester to support this project and help teach our children about the diverse society they live in.
Following the play the children listened to the actors and LGBT young people as part of a Q&A session. The children then returned to class to discuss what they had learned and create artwork inspired by the message of the play. Great stuff!
St. Matthew’s is committed to making our school safe and happy. No one should live with bullying and we are a proud anti-bullying school.
Set up in 2011, the Anti-Bullying Ambassador programme is part of the charity the Diana Award. In 2013 the programme received funding from the Department for Education. The programme offers resources and training to schools and youth organisations in England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland and Northern Ireland. After receiving this training St Matthew’s students become Anti-Bullying Ambassadors for our school. In their role they help educate their peers on bullying, lead on anti-bullying campaigns, promote a culture which celebrates and tolerates difference and help keep their peers safe both online and offline.
Our Anti-Bullying Ambassadors did a fantastic job last year organising events for things such as; Anti-Bullying week, leading a whole school assembly, helping to write the schools Anti-Bullying Agreement and setting up buddy benches as well as a way for the children to share worries with the team.
Our Anti-Bullying Agreement can be found here:
Our Anti-Bulling Ambassadors are:
Liam, Lillie, Melissa, Keira, Holly, Luke, Kie’arno and Kyla and they are already on their way to planning some exciting ways to promote being safe and kind at school.