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28th June 2021

Safeguarding, thinking about others, and working in partnership

This week has been a very busy one for me and one which has highlighted the importance of looking out for and working with others. The week beginning 14th June was refugee week and all our classes have spent time reflecting on the challenges of being a refugee. The theme of Refugee Week 2021, ‘We Cannot Walk Alone’, is an invitation to extend your hand to someone new. Someone who is outside your current circle, has had an experience you haven’t, or is fighting for a cause you aren’t yet involved in.

Last week was Safeguarding week in West Yorkshire and we asked staff to reflect on all the effective practices that exist in school. Staff were also asked whether they were interested in a particular aspect of safeguarding and would like to know a bit more about it to let our Safeguarding lead Janet Haywood know so we can arrange the relevant training.

On Wednesday I visited CATCH (Community Action in Harehills) and met up with Ash Razzaq their CEO. Harehills Primary school has worked in partnership with CATCH for the last 10 years and I was amazed to see how the Ark building has continued to evolve in terms of the provision it can offer to children and young people. It is no surprise that CATCH have recently been awarded The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. I really enjoyed spending time there and especially to see one of our ex-pupils who is now a team leader there.

Congratulations to all the CATCH team from all of us at HPS 😊👏👏 ​