I hope everybody had a relaxing and enjoyable half-term. It was good to welcome the ski trip back with only a minimal number of broken bones!
Mrs Lloyd-Davies has continued her excellent work on internet safety this week. All Year 7 pupils took part in workshops designed to raise their awareness of this crucial issue. This will, hopefully, make a substantial difference to the degree to which they are vigilant when on line, a concern for all parents, I know.
The Chemistry Department trip to Bristol was, I’m told, an outstanding success. The pupils were great ambassadors for the school and were so focused and well-behaved that they managed to complete the activities they were involved in far more quickly and effectively than most schools. I understand that the main activity was a forensic examination of a fictional crime which sounds both fascinating and fun!
Success again for our debaters! This time Ed Jones, Eloise Peacock and Matthew Ingram performed outstandingly. Good luck to them in the next round this coming Monday.
It was World Book Day on Thursday and the school marked it with a number of activities (see elsewhere on the website for details) one of which was for teachers to nominate their favourite books and be photographed reading them. The pictures can be seen on the screen in the foyer and Mr Dyson reading The Godfather with his arm around a skeleton will live long in the memory!
Finally, a plug for the school show. Our production of Peter Pan will run on March 31st and April 1st in the Muni Theatre. Tickets are available from the school and the Muni box office. It’s bound to be another superb production.
The 7th to the 11th February is Internet Safety week. Assemblies all this week will be themed around internet safety. We have prepared the following material to help parents understand the issues around internet safety and to help them talk to their children about this important topic.
Facebook & MSN can be fantastic online tools for staying in touch with friends. However they can also make it very easy for other people to get hold of important information about you. Below are some instructions to help you check your Privacy on Facebook and MSN. Before we get to that though – here are some important things to remember:
People are not “friends” on Facebook or MSN unless they are also “friends” in real life. Don’t share anything about yourself unless you really, truly, hand-on-heart know who you are talking to – and you trust them.
Make sure your password is hard to guess and has a mix of letters and numbers in it. If someone guesses your password they can hack into your accounts.
Turn off your webcam and microphone when you’ve finished a conversation – otherwise your contacts can record you talking, videos and pictures of you.
If anything online makes you uncomfortable – report it. You can download easy CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre) buttons for most browsers here.
If you use MSN you should check your privacy settings. Here’s how:
This takes you on to the internet and logs you onto Windows Live online.
This video shows how to check and change Privacy settings on Facebook. This is important as many applications (such as MSN and on various mobile phones) allow you to import all your contacts and settings from Facebook.
Internet Safety is an important topic. This page is intended to help parents find out more. The presentation below from CEOP (The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre) is a good introduction for parents on the issues and how you can help keep your children safe online.
CEOP have created tools that can be downloaded for major internet browsers so you can report any problems or concerns immediately.
We will be adding more to this page soon – please leave a comment if there is anything you would like to know.