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04 May 2018 - Portway Press - newsletter

Friday 04 May 2018


We hope that all staff, children and parents enjoy the Bank Holiday weekend.

Highlights of this week's newsletter include:

  • Our year 2 children have started a new topic - Amazing Africa.  They enjoyed looking at some of the artefacts that we have in our school museum in support of this topic work.
  • Our tennis stars were in action on Tuesday at the Cumberland School Tennis Tournament (also featured in the Newham Recorder).  Congratulations to the team, who reached the semi-final!
  • In this week's review of First News, the children highlighted articles that reminded them of the difficult lives of others around the world (in the Share a Pencil piece), and celebrated the achievements of Millicent Fawcett, the the article Heroine Homour, whose statue was unveiled in Parliament Square last week.
  • Congratulations once again to Angel: for the third week running, the class with the best attendance, at 99.1%.
  • A reminder to parents that the Portway uniform is on sale in the playgrounds on Wednesdays every week.
  • Looking ahead to the coming week, our Pupil Parliament children will go on a school trip on Friday 11th May, as elected representatives of our student body.  We look forward to hearing all about it on their return! 

Finally, many parents will be aware of the new EU Data Protection Legislation, the GDPR - or General Data Protection Regulation.  At school, we have been working hard to ensure that we are ready and compliant by this date.  Over the next few weeks, we will be writing to parents about this legislation and how it affects what we do at school.  The Department for Education has also published a Toolkit for Schools, which recommends this video, produced by GDPRiS, as a brief introduction for parents.  The information from the video is also available as a file to download - or parents can view it as a document to the left of this page.

Please rest assured that at Portway, and across the Leading Learning Trust, we have been preparing for this change for the last 12 months, and have updated our systems, processes and policies in line with the new legislation.  In doing this, we have built on the strong foundations we have in place in line with current UK data protection legislation - the Data Protection Act 1998.

We have also made our GDPR Staff Briefing available as a document to download on this page.

We will be writing to you again in the coming weeks, but should you have any queries, as always, please come and see me or a member of the senior leadership team at school.

Jacqui Waine

Head teacher

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