Weekly News Bulletin: 3 July 2014

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Summer Music Concert
We would like to invite you to our Summer Music Concert on Thursday 17th July 2014 at 7.00pm in the main hall.  Tickets are available in advance via ParentPay at a cost of £5.00 per adult and £2.00 per child/concession to include refreshments.  Once payment is received, students will be able to collect tickets from the Music Faculty.

This is an excellent 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

Red Ties
If your child has been issued with a red tie during the course of the past year and not returned it, please would you kindly remind them to do so.  As you may be aware in order for a red tie to be issued students are asked to leave something of value in exchange.  Currently, we have a number of unclaimed items including; house keys, mobile phones, headphones, memory sticks, jewellery and hoodies.
Thank you for your support in this matter.
Mrs K Bedocs – Learning Zone Assistant

Year 7 Readathon
Thank you to all Year 7 students who took part in the Readathon and all the family and friends who sponsored them.  We raised £300 which is going to be split between three charities; CLIC Sargent, Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity and Together for Short Lives.  Once again thank you for your support with this event.
Mrs A Turner – Literacy Co-ordinator

Colours’ Evening Raffle Tickets
Raffle tickets are now on sale in Student Reception at £1 per strip.  Proceeds from the sale will go towards supporting Beth Shriever, a Year 10 student, who is World Number Two & European Number One in BMX racing.  There are some really good prizes plus four exciting auction items.  If you would like to purchase tickets, please go to Student Reception.
Miss H Ellis – Student Reception

Internet Safety Issue
We have been given information regarding a Facebook profile, likely to be fake, whereby a person is sending multiple friends requests to young people and is purporting to be a male talent scout from a modelling company.  “He” is asking for young people (boys and girls) aged 12-15 to send photographs with a chance of being selected for a modelling contract.  The person states that if “he” thinks the young person has a good chance of success, he will invite them to a private area online.  This is typical grooming/non-contact sexual abuse type of behaviour, and usually results in young people being persuaded to forward inappropriate images/videos.  The genuine company “he” purports to be from, of course, have never heard of the name given on the profile.  We are not publicising the name of the profile in case young people are encouraged to look, and join.

The matter has been reported to the Police.  We hope the site will be taken down once investigations have taken place.

All students have been warned not to partake in such requests, but please keep a close watch on your children’s Facebook and other social networking accounts – be sure they are not engaging in this sort of dangerous behaviour. 

​Further to this, we have had another case this week where one of our students is being stalked online by a paedophile.  This is being done via fake Facebook accounts.  We were able to access this account and found that 18 of our students had accepted friend’s requests from this paedophile, whose profile appeared to be that of a young girl.  We have contacted the parents of all those involved, and police are dealing with the matter.  Please help us to reiterate the message to your children “DO NOT ACCEPT FRIEND REQUESTS FROM ANYONE YOU DO NOT KNOW IN THE REAL WORLD, EVEN IF JUST TO SEE WHO IT IS.”

These issues are affecting all secondary schools, and sadly primary schools as well.  The cases are becoming quite alarming in number.  Our theme of the week at school is Internet Safety and we will be delivering further training to all students in the near future.  Please be vigilant and help us to protect your children.
Miss L Brammer – Designated Child Protection Co-ordinator.

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