Dear Parents and Carers,
As I am sure most of you are aware the craze for trading cards has really taken off with many of your children having ‘Moshi Monster’ cards or ‘Match Attax’. The children have, up until recently, been taking them out on to the playground, playing with them during break and lunchtimes and swapping them with friends. As a result this has led to playground problems. We have had problems with children swapping and changing their minds, lending others cards, and then children bringing in toys also and this has started to spiral out of control.
We have therefore made a decision that there should be NO TOYS WHATSOEVER in school. As we have had several problems we feel we now have to put a ban on all toys. Any toys seen in school will be confiscated.
We are keen, however, for the children to have their trading cards in school in a controlled environment where they can learn the etiquette of trading, swapping and playing the games. I think that your children can acquire a number of great skills from playing these games correctly and understanding the rules of trade. I am therefore starting a lunchtime ‘drop in’ club on Wednesdays from 12.45-1.15 in my classroom. This is where children will be able to swap cards from their ‘swap packs’ and learn the etiquette of the games. If this is something that your child would like to drop in on could you please allow them to bring in their trading cards, either ‘Moshi Monsters’ or ‘Match Attax’ on a WEDNESDAY ONLY, starting from this Wednesday (9th November).
In addition, Mr Smith will be starting a lunch time ‘Lego Club’ on Tuesdays from 12.45-1.15 in the School Library. Children should not bring Lego in from home – this will be provided by the school. We feel as a school that we are making a concerted effort to keep our children engaged and excited – we now expect children to follow our new rules in a similar spirit.
I will monitor the uptake of these news club and in the future, if it proves to be popular, we may have additional lunchtime clubs and split Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. I hope that this is a suitable compromise for the children so that they are allowed to enjoy the social benefits that come with collecting and trading cards without the traumas and upsets.
Mrs Jakki Sibley – Deputy Headteacher