Weekly News Bulletin: 8 June 2015

New Head Boy and Girl Announced
Following a series of interviews and presentations, I am pleased to announce the new Head Boy and Girl team from September 2015.

Head Boy:  Timmy Gliddon
Deputy:  Matthew Laws
Assistants:  Dominic Roles and Oliver Flynn

Head Girl:  Tilly Reijs
Deputy:  Lauren Woosey
Assistants:  Megan Marshall and Tegan Abbs

Congratulations to them all!
Mrs A Foley – Director of Learning – Year 10

School Uniform
If you have any unwanted school uniform and would like to donate it to the school, please do so by dropping it in to Student Reception.

We have a second hand uniform cupboard so we are very grateful for any donations.
Thank you.
Student Reception

Governors’ Parents’ Forum – Tuesday 23rd June 2015
The next Governors’ Parents’ Forum will be held at 7.00pm on Tuesday 23rd June 2015.  A letter with further information can be found on the ‘letters to parents’ page on the website.
Mrs P Callingham – Clerk to the Governing Body

Information from Careers for Students in Years 10 & 11
Some of the local Colleges have Open Days this month.

If you are a parent of a Year 10 student who has already set their sights on a full-time college course after Year 11, you may wish to get ahead and have a look around.  I suggest you look at the individual college websites beforehand, because not all of the colleges in our area offer the same courses.

Please also contact the college to check details and times before attending.

The College at Braintree
(now part of Colchester Institute)
www.colchester.ac.uk
01206 814000 Thursday 11 June 2015 4pm – 7pm
Cambridge Regional College
www.camre.ac.uk
01223 418200 Saturday 20 June 2015 11am – 3pm
Colchester Institute
www.colchester.ac.uk
01206 712000 Wednesday 10 June 2015 4pm – 7pm
Writtle College
www.writtle.ac.uk
01245 424200 Saturday 27 June 2015 10am – 2pm

For students in Year 9 – 11
A company called Pure Potential have sent information to HRS about a free event for anyone interested in exploring undergraduate study in the US. They have teamed up with the US-UK Fulbright Commission.

Students must be on-track to achieve excellent GCSE results, and be interested in exploring international study.

The event is on Wednesday 15th July 2015  from 5pm – 8.pm in London.  For further details and to register for the event, please visit their website: http://www.purepotential.org   and look on the Events & Opportunities page.

All the careers related events advertised, or information given, on this site is done so in good faith and for general information purposes only.  Please note the school is not responsible for the content of external websites.

Mrs P Abbott – Careers Co-ordinator

E-safety
Please take time to look at the following link which contains some useful information and further links on the theme of e-safety, a continual issue for our children.

http://www.esafety-adviser.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/Parents-Online-Safety-Newsletter-Edition-10.pdf

http://www.netaware.org.uk/?utm_source=Facebook2&utm_medium=Social&utm_campaign=NetAware15#

Safety Online
We have been given information regarding a new guide for parents from the Lucy Faithful Foundation.  The Lucy Faithful Foundation is the only UK-wide charity focused solely on reducing the risk of children being sexually abused and exploited and as part of their work they offer support for parents whose children have been affected by these issues.

The new guide is aimed at supporting parents whose children have already got into trouble online – helping them to understand what has happened, why and how parents can talk to their children and get further support.

The 32-page guide, ‘What’s the problem?’ looks at three key issues:

  • My child exhibits risk taking behaviour by accessing adult pornography
  • My child has behaved irresponsibly by sending or receiving sexual images
  • My child has been arrested for viewing indecent images of children

The guide explains to parents:

What the law in the UK says about children accessing sexual material online, including taking, distributing and posting indecent images and video of themselves or of other children (under 18)

  • How to respond to children who have produced, shared or viewed illegal images online.
  • The consequences of illegal online sexual behaviour on work, family and social life
  • The possible impact of regular access to adult sexual material on relationships.
  • How to help their children cope with peer pressure to share indecent material online
  • Where to access support to prevent a repeat of their child’s worrying online sexual behaviour

Additional resources include literature and video materials aimed at young people who have been involved in ‘sexting’

The guide also alerts parents to the most popular sites used by children to access adult sexual materials as well as to send and receive sexual images of themselves.

Other useful resources – Produced by the South West Grid for Learning

Facebook Checklist – you can download the pdf here:
SWGfL Facebook Checklist (pdf)

Twitter Checklist – you can download the pdf here:   http://dwn5wtkv5mp2x.cloudfront.net/ufiles/Twitter-Checklist_web.pdf

Miss L Brammer – Designated Child Protection Officer