Weekly Bulletin: 31 March – 4 April 2014

Spring Newsletter
Next week we will be distributing our Spring Newsletter.  We are very grateful for the support of the local companies who make the production of this newsletter possible.  Without their advertising, we would not be able to continue to print and distribute the newsletter to parents and the community.  To help ensure the continued support of advertisers please mention our newsletter when contacting them.
Mr S Knight – Headteacher

Spanish – Year 10
To the parents of students in SP10B – Mrs Green’s class:

Students will be taking their next GCSE oral exam on Tuesday 1st April in room 2 next to the Exams Hall.  Students have been informed of their time.  Please encourage them to practise speaking aloud in Spanish as much as they can and to work on the memorisation of their introduction.
Mrs T Green – Modern Foreign Languages

Year 7 French and Spanish
Year 7 students are currently learning spellings in French and Spanish for their Sponsored spell.  Each year students in Year 7 raise money for our sponsored children in Guatemala (Spanish speaking) and Senegal (French speaking) and we have been doing this for several years now.  The money raised is sent to Plan International who use it to provide education and health care for Rudi and Ramata and also for community projects where they live, so that we are helping a community as well as one individual.  Students will be collecting their sponsor money over the Easter holiday. We hope that you will give generously.
Thank you.
Mrs Graves – Head of Modern Foreign Languages

Successmaker withdrawal sessions – Year 7
It’s GREEN week, so the hour withdrawal sessions for Successmaker students are from SCIENCE.
Miss P Jackson and the Extended Learning Team

Spring Music Concert
We would like to invite you to our Spring Music Concert on Thursday 3rd April 2014 at 7.00pm in the main hall.  Tickets are available in advance via ParentPay at a cost of £2.00 per adult and £1.00 per child/concession.  Once payment is received, students will be able to collect tickets from the Music Department.

This is a great opportunity for students in Key Stage 3 to show you what they have been learning in class and for GCSE students to perform in a formal concert in front of a large audience.   We do hope that you will be able to support this event, which promises to be an enjoyable evening.
Mr P Charalambous – Head of Music

In keeping with our priority to foster a passion for life-long learning, we would like to share some information about an exciting upcoming event run by Anglia Ruskin University.  Unifest is a family-friendly, action-packed, day of discovery.  This event is open to students between 6-16 years of age with accompanying parents, and comprises a range of tours, talks, workshops and activities in preparation for the path to further education.

Unifest takes place on Saturday 29th March 2014 at the Anglia Ruskin University Cambridge Campus.  Please visit their website for more details and to register to attend: http://www.anglia.ac.uk/ruskin/en/home/microsites/outreach_and_recruitment/students/unifest.html

Mrs Platts will be at the Cambridge Campus on 29th March.  Please do not hesitate to contact us if we can be of any assistance in registering for this event.  We would be grateful if you would inform us if you do register to attend.

Please be aware that there is no parking at the campus.  The Grafton Centre and Lion Yard/Grand Arcade car parks are within walking distance (Grafton is closest to ARU), but these will be very expensive if you wish to park all day.  There are several park and ride sites around the edge of Cambridge, so we would advise using one of these.
Mrs E Platts (Gifted & Talented Coordinator) and Mrs T Green (Assistant Gifted & Talented Coordinator)        

Internet Safety – Apps to be aware of
The world of e-safety is constantly evolving and it can be difficult to keep up-to-date with all of the latest apps available.  The list below details some of the most popular apps on the market at the moment which many young people have on their phones and computers.

This app creates a library of Facebook profile pictures that other users can ‘heart’.  If two users ‘heart’ each other then it’s a ‘match’ and they can send messages to each other.  The app reveals the user’s location so that they can arrange to meet up if there is a ‘match’ and users can choose to ‘match’ with users up to 100 miles away.

The slogan ‘meet a stranger’ says it all.  This app allows you to chat with people all over the world, clearly posing a risk to vulnerable younger users.

Kik is a messaging service that allows users to chat, send files and share pictures and videos.  This is done using a username not the individual’s phone number but there’s a lot of ‘dating’ conversations that almost read like personal adverts and can be quite risqué.  As already reported we have also had instances of students being sent pornographic material by unknown persons.

This popular app allows users to edit, upload and share photos and follow and make comments on other people’s photos.  To be safe users should make sure their privacy settings are turned on otherwise all Instagram users can view pictures. The settings should also be changed so that users have to approve any new followers. There is a concern about negative comments appearing and students should be warned about the danger of turning on geotagging which shows where photos have been taken.

Created by Twitter, Vine allows users to create and share videos of up to six seconds. It has been called the Instagram of video and like photo sharing, users need to be careful about what they share. Once out there, a video or photograph is never really deleted.

Snapchat allows users to send photos and videos that are deleted a few seconds after they are received (the sender chooses how long the message displays for).  However, a recipient can take a screen shot of the photo and then keep it: users are notified if this happens but there is nothing they can do if someone else takes a screen shot. There is also nothing to stop that person from sharing the message, picture or video all over the internet. This is a growing app which is currently processing over 30 million messages a day. The feeling of safety in thinking that a message will be deleted can lure users  into sharing more than they would if they thought picture or videos could be kept so you need to be sure students are aware of the dangers.

Facebook poke
This is Facebook’s version of snapchat and like that app messages are automatically deleted after they are received but recipients of any messages can take a screen shot of the content and share it with others.

Another app that deletes messages sent after a pre-determined deadline.

The blogging site has now removed sexually explicit tags (such as #porn) but there is still a lot of harmful content (for example on anorexia and bulimia).

This question and answer app allows users to anonymously post on other users’ profiles, resulting in many hurtful or abusive comments. Anyone can ask or answer questions and include photos or videos.

Age limits
Most social media sites set a minimum age limit but unfortunately you don’t need to verify your age; just enter a date of birth that makes you this age.  It can be useful to know the age limits for various social media and apps as you can then block the website if it is not age appropriate.

•Facebook: at least 13 years old

•Vine: over 17

•Timblr: over 17

•imeetzu: over 17

•Instagram: 13 and over

•Tinder: 12 and over

•Kik: 17 and over

•Wickr: 13 and under need an adult’s permission

•Ask.fm: 12 and over

Courtesy of Optimus Education
Miss L Brammer – Designated Child Protection Co-ordinator

Study of Preterm Birth and Attention
The King’s College London are inviting families to take part in “SPIN”, a new study which investigates whether and why teenagers who are born premature are more likely to develop attention and behavioural problems.  To see if you are eligible to take part, your family will need to fill in a short online questionnaire which will take no longer than 5 minutes to complete.  Participation involves a family member who was born preterm and her/his closest-aged brother or sister to come to our research centre in south London, accompanied by a parent if so desired. During the visit, participants will complete computer-based games, while wearing a cap with sensors attached so that we can measure their brain’s electrical activity. This is a simple and painless procedure. We have attached an information sheet to this letter, which will give you more details about what will happen during the study.

Why take part?
Many teenagers born preterm will not have difficulties later, but it is just as important for us to study them, as it is for us to study those who have difficulties – so that we can better understand what causes such differences. This study will help expand our understanding of how attention disorders may be caused and with this knowledge we aim to improve strategies to deal with these problems.

Who can take part?
People can take part in the study if they are aged 12 to 18, were born premature (born before 37 weeks of pregnancy) and who have a brother or sister ( aged between 11-23 years) also willing to take part in the study.

Travel arrangements:
We will help make the travel arrangements as convenient as possible and will reimburse all travel expenses for one parent and the teenagers.  We will also provide £25 for each of the teenager’s efforts and time.

How to get involved:
After you have read the information sheet (attached with this email), your family will need to fill in a short online questionnaire which will take no longer than 5 minutes to complete. In this secure questionnaire, you will be asked a few questions about the gestational age (how many weeks into your pregnancy you were when the baby was born) and birth weight of the teenagers. Here you can also provide contact details, so we can contact you about your involvement in the study. All data will be fully confidential and stored on a protected server. To access the questionnaire, please go to this site: https://familysurvey.iop.kcl.ac.uk/

Your participation in this study is completely voluntary and you have the right to withdraw from the study at any time. If you have any more questions or want more information, please contact us using the details below.

Yours sincerely,
Hannah Sims – Research Worker
SPIN Study
Institute of Psychiatry
King’s College London SE5 8AF

Tel: 0207 8480585