EMAIL SENT ON BEHALF OF ALISON HEYDARI, HAMPSHIRE CONSTABULARY LEAD FOR HATE CRIME
I am sure you will join me in expressing sadness in view of the atrocities that took place in New Zealand where at least 49 people were killed during two Mosque shootings. This is an anxious time for many and I understand that you would be concerned.
The threat level here remains at severe. It is, however, important to understand that there is no specific intelligence to indicate an immediate threat against any location or individual within Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. This is continually reviewed by us and our partners.
Please advise everyone to be vigilant but not alarmed and to report any suspicious activity they may be aware of and any concerns that they may have, to the police via 101 and 999 in an emergency.
Furthermore, I would continue to urge you to encourage the reporting of any hate crime either directly to the police or, as you know, you can now also report such incidents indirectly via the online reporting links True Vision<http://report-it.org.uk/home>, Tell Mama<https://tellmamauk.org/>, CST<https://cst.org.uk/antisemitism/hate-crimes> or Galop<http://www.galop.org.uk/>. There are also Third Party Reporting Centres across Hampshire who can offer support.
Please be assured of my continuing support for you and your communities.
Hampshire Constabulary lead for Hate Crime
Pompey Military Kids have asked us to share the following notices:
Information about 'Pompey's Military Kids' (PMK): Pompey's Military Kids is a joint initiative set up by the Naval Families Federation (NFF) and Portsmouth City Council (PCC), working with representatives from various schools across the city. The Cluster Group supports Service children in a number of different ways and local schools now share good ideas and best practice through collaborative working. Events and activities are organised by NFF and PCC which bring Service children together, to encourage them to interact, make new friends and support each other. This means that there is now a network of young people who are helping and supporting each other within the wider community.
Here is a link to the NFF's new Parental Absence resource (the resource is relevant to all three services). https://nff.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/Parental-Absence-Resource.pdf
If Serving Parents would like their own hardcopy, they should contact NFF directly and they will post one to them.
A study is being carried out at the University of Southampton to investigate how adolescents from Armed Forces families cope with stressful life events (both normal adolescent stressful events and events specific to Forces life). The online study https://nff.org.uk/adolescents-study/ is open to participants aged 11-18 who have a parent in the UK Armed Forces. PMK would very much appreciate support with this work, as without evidence it is very hard to encourage change.
To Year 6 parents of pupils who will be joining Springfield in September. If your child is currently having instrumental or vocal lessons and you would like them to take up the after-school music lesson opportunities offered at Springfield, please can you let Mrs Latif know, perferably by 22nd March 2019. Currently, the termly charge is £38 per instrument and we offer lessons in piano/keyboard, woodwind, violin, guitar, singing, drumkit and brass.
Please see below a letter from the NCS giving some information about the great opportunities open to Year 11 pupils this summer.
NCS Application Deadline - Friday 22nd March
In January. your son/daughter had a talk about the National Citizen Service (NCS) programme, as part of their Year 11 assembly, regarding an amazing opportunity for them this summer. NCS is a 3 or 4 week experience, no weekends included, for them to get involved in this summer once all exams are over. The programme involves a 5 day residential in Dorset taking part in adrenaline fuelled activities such as Coastering, Kayaking, Paddle Boarding, Inflatable Water Park and much more. After a weekend at home, the young people then take part in a second 5 day residential at Fort Purbrook, where they take part in different themed workshops to give them future skills. Workshops can include Cooking, first aid, money management and much more. The team will also be given a budget of money with which they have to buy all their food for the week and cook for themselves each evening, giving them a real taste of independent living. The last week or two weeks of the experience (depending on which date they chose) is where the teams design and deliver their own Social Action Project that will make a difference in their local community. They will plan, fundraise and deliver the project themselves with support from the staff. Once finished, young people graduate from the programme and receive a certificate from the prime minister, which they can add to their CV, job applications and any university applications in the future. There are also opportunities after NCS for them to get involved in, including further development workshops and international trips. NCS will help them meet new friends, develop their confidence, teach them new skills and fast track their future! Delivering, the programme costs £1,400 per head, but at Pompey in the Community, they are pleased to offer places on the NCS programme at a minimal cost of £35. If your child is entitled to free school meals, pupil premium, on school bursaries or a young carer they are entitled to the programme for £20. The application fee covers all accommodation, food, transport and any specialist kit for the residential. If you have any queries, please get in touch. Portsmouth NCS are hosting an open evening for you to attend to find out more information and book your child's place. It will take place on Tuesday 19th March 2019 at 6.30pm at the Pompey Study Centre, Anson Road, PO4 8TB.
To register your attendance, please follow the link and fill in the details: https://goo.gl/forms/JVgakQZuFEPtbGBo2
The closing deadline for applications is on Friday 22nd March, so if you would like to book your child a place, please do so ASAP.
Please see below a letter from the Chair of Governors, Alan Cufley, regarding a current governor vacancy.
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