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Following the tragic drownings over the weekend in Solihull Solihull: Three children die in icy lake tragedy - BBC News please find attached some information we are required to share. There is also a website for more ways to share safety tips with young people.

Winter Water Safety
Stay safe in winter – the dangers of frozen waters
In winter, children and pets are particularly at risk when tempted to play on the ice formed on open water, and adults can find themselves at risk in attempting to save them.
Taking a nice walk in cold weather with your family, friends or dogs in tow can be really refreshing, just make sure you know some simple tips on how to stay safe in winter.
Areas with frozen lakes, ponds, canals and reservoirs can be beautiful places to visit during the winter months but all too often many people risk their lives by venturing onto frozen water. Here are some useful tips to help you know what to do in an emergency.
1) Teach children not to go on the ice
Teach children not to go onto the ice under any circumstances.
2)Don’t go on the ice to rescue a dog
Don’t go onto ice or into the water to rescue a dog, move to somewhere that the dog will be able to climb out and call them towards you.
3)Keep dogs on their leads
Keep dogs on their leads when near ice and don’t throw sticks or toys onto the ice.
4) Only use well lit areas
Time your walks to make the most of the daylight; if you need to walk in the evening only use well-lit areas or take a route not alongside water.
5) Keep back from the edge
When walking alongside water keep back from the edge.

What to do if you fall through the ice:
Keep calm and shout for ‘help’
Spread your arms across the surface of the ice in front of you
If the ice is strong enough, kick your legs to slide onto the ice
Lie flat and pull yourself towards the bank
If the ice breaks, work your way to the bank-breaking the ice in front of you anyway
If you cannot climb out, wait for help and keep as still as possible. Press your arms by your side and keep your legs together. Keep your head clear of the water
Once you are safe, go to hospital immediately for a check up
What to do if you see someone fall through the ice:
Shout for assistance and phone the emergency services – call 999 or 112
Do not walk or climb onto the ice to attempt a rescue
Shout to the casualty to ‘keep still’ and offer reassurance to keep them calm
Try and reach them from the bank using a rope, pole, tree branch, clothing tied together or anything else which can extend your reach
When reaching from the bank, lie down to avoid being pulled onto the ice.
If you cannot reach them, slide something which floats, such as a plastic bottle or football, across the ice for them to hold onto to stay afloat whilst help is on the way
If the casualty is too far away, do not attempt to rescue them. Wait for the emergency services while calming and reassuring the casualty

What to do after the casualty has been rescued from the ice:
Make sure the ambulance is on its way
Lay the casualty flat, check for normal breathing and begin resuscitation if necessary
Prevent them from getting colder by covering them with warm clothing, blankets etc.
Get them out of the cold under cover or create some shelter around them
Until the casualty is in a warm place, do not undress them
Do not rub their skin, do not apply hot water bottles and do not give an alcoholic drink
Keep them wrapped up so they warm up gradually

https://www.rlss.org.uk/winter-water-safety

11th November 2022 Our pupils had the opportunity to attend the annual act of remembrance at Gorton cemetery.
11th November 2022 Our pupils had the opportunity to attend the annual act of remembrance at Gorton cemetery.
Dear Parent/Carer, As you may be aware, the month of October is Black History Month in the UK. It is a time where the contributions of individuals and groups are celebrated and culture and contribution is recognised. In addition to our diverse curriculum, pupils have been learning about historical figures and experiences in assemblies.   As part of our learning and celebration of cultural diversity, on Friday 21st October, we are inviting pupils and staff to come to school dressed in something that represents their ‘roots’ wherever that may be in the world. We have the privilege of serving pupils with roots from all over the world who collectively have knowledge of over 37 languages! We feel that this will be the perfect opportunity to celebrate the diversity that exists in Higher Openshaw Community School,  while recognising that we are all part of one school family.  On Friday the 21st October, pupils are invited to come to school in either: ·          An element of national dress  (e.g. clothes made using African wax print fabric or Scottish tartan) ·          National sports kit (e.g. England rugby shirt) ·          Colours of their national flag  Please ensure that your child's dress will still enable them to participate normally in the school day
Dear Parent/Carer, As you may be aware, the month of October is Black History Month in the UK. It is a time where the contributions of individuals and groups are celebrated and culture and contribution is recognised. In addition to our diverse curriculum, pupils have been learning about historical figures and experiences in assemblies. As part of our learning and celebration of cultural diversity, on Friday 21st October, we are inviting pupils and staff to come to school dressed in something that represents their ‘roots’ wherever that may be in the world. We have the privilege of serving pupils with roots from all over the world who collectively have knowledge of over 37 languages! We feel that this will be the perfect opportunity to celebrate the diversity that exists in Higher Openshaw Community School, while recognising that we are all part of one school family. On Friday the 21st October, pupils are invited to come to school in either: · An element of national dress (e.g. clothes made using African wax print fabric or Scottish tartan) · National sports kit (e.g. England rugby shirt) · Colours of their national flag Please ensure that your child's dress will still enable them to participate normally in the school day
Non Uniform Day 23/09/2022
Non Uniform Day 23/09/2022
Pre- Loved School Uniform Pop up Shop. Published 8th July 2022
Pre- Loved School Uniform Pop up Shop. Published 8th July 2022
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