Student Recognition in the Community
I would like to share with you some information that was reported to us by a member of the public earlier this week. On Tuesday a lady was walking past the Doctor’s pond when she witnessed a buggy roll into the pond. The mother who was feeding the ducks with her toddler, jumped into the pond to retrieve the buggy. The witness called out as she saw the buggy roll down the hill and a group of HRS boys heard and ran towards the mother. One boy took his jacket off to extend to her and helped her out of the pond with the buggy. The other boys stood by the side looking after the toddler who was extremely distressed.
If this was your son who was involved in this incident could you please ask them to come and speak to me as I would like to personally thank them for their acts of kindness.
Mr S Knight – Headteacher
As you may be aware the school fire alarm was activated deliberately by some students on Tuesday this week. The students responsible were identified on CCTV and their parents immediately informed. They have been severely reprimanded and police have been contacted.
As a school we are extremely frustrated and disappointed that once again the ignorant and selfish behaviour of a minority can have such an impact. We take such actions extremely seriously and will be doing everything in our power to ensure that this type of behaviour is not repeated.
Mr S Knight – Headteacher
Exams and Revision Sessions
Please may we remind students who are on study leave to please sign in and out of school at Student Reception when entering the building for an exam or revision session.
Modern Foreign Languages
Year 11 MFL students should have handed in their texts books to their teacher. These books cost at least £20.00 to replace. We consider it important that students have such a resource but we cannot afford for text books not to be returned. Please check with your sons/daughters that they have returned them. You will be contacted individually for payment, if they have not been received by us. Thank you!
Year 7 MFL students have been asked to discuss their MFL preferences for next year with their parents during the half term break. We will be asking for their response after the holiday. For more details, please read the information published in last week’s Parents’ Bulletin.
Mrs N Graves – Head of MFL
Bronze Duke of Edinburgh’s Award
Tuesday 5th June is the last meeting before the Bronze DofE assessment weekend; all Bronze DofE students should attend this meeting after school.
Students attending the Bronze DofE assessment weekend need to be at the school on Saturday 9th June at 8.00am, all packed and ready to load onto the coach to travel to Thetford.
Mr J Pearson
Parent Governor Nomination
There is a vacancy for a Parent Governor on our school’s Governing Body and I am writing to invite nominations to fill this vacancy. For further information, please see the attachment with this bulletin.
Mr S Knight – Headteacher
Peter Pan Production
HRS proudly presents ‘Peter Pan’! The production is being facilitated by Sixth Form students Josh Tyrell, Beth Abery and Georgina King and stars Sophie Gunn and Tommi Ratford. Tickets can be purchased in person outside the main foyer every lunch time from 1.30-2pm. Ticket prices are £6.00 for Adults and £5.00 for Concessions and the performances will be held on Thursday 7th and Friday 8th June 2018 at 7.00pm.
We hope you all enjoy the show!
Mrs S Stewart – Head of Drama
Information for all School Leavers
Support from the Careers Department
Can I remind you that Year 11 students can apply for more than one course or establishment, and evaluate their offers later on in the year when they may have more confidence in their expected grades. We have encouraged all students to have “back up” plans just in case they are disappointed with their results.
All suitable Year 11 apprenticeships or jobs with training vacancies will be displayed on the noticeboard outside the Lower Dining Hall. Sixth Form vacancies will be displayed on the noticeboard near the main door in the Sixth Form Centre. It would be to their advantage if your son/daughter could get into the habit of checking regularly.
I will continue to contact students, year groups and Parents/Carers by Group Call, email, and Google Classroom, particularly when local employers contact the school with vacancies. If I have been notified of their interests I will target students with suitable vacancies.
All students looking for Apprenticeships should ensure they register on the national apprenticeship website: www.gov.uk/apply-apprenticeship so that they can receive vacancy alerts tailored to their own interests.
Exam Results days
A Level Results: Thurs 16th August 2018
GCSE Results: Thurs 23rd August 2018
Julie Kay our Careers Guidance Adviser will be in school on the morning of 16th August and the afternoon of 23rd August to assist any students who need support. She can follow up her attendance in school by phone or email.
I will be sending a School Leaver Information Fact Sheet to you which has been put together by Essex County Council with support contact details should your son or daughter need help once they have received their exam results. As I will only be working occasional days during the school holidays please use the contacts given on this sheet.
Mrs P Abbott – Careers Coordinator
It has come to our attention that a number of younger students are using the app SARAHAH. Sarahah is a free social media app that lets you receive comments from friends and strangers anonymously. Owing to its anonymity it is widely used for online bullying and we are aware some younger students have been very upset about comments they have received. The app is intended for 17+. Please read the following article; we would recommend not allowing younger students to use it.
We would also like to make parents aware about the risks around a game called Fortnite.
Finally we would also like to share some information with you about the dark web:
CEOP explains the dark web, the reasons why your child might be using it, and what you need to know about it.
The internet has changed in many ways since it first became publicly accessible in the 1990s. One of the most controversial developments is the growth of the so-called dark web. This is the part of the World Wide Web that allows users to remain anonymous. You may be concerned about your child visiting the dark web, especially as press reports often associate it with dangerous, or illegal, online activity.
However, it is not always used for illicit activity and the problem does not come from the technology itself, but rather from the ways in which people use it. Being aware of the basic facts about these parts of the internet can help you to have open and realistic conversations with your child, especially if you are concerned about them using the dark web.
What are the different parts of the internet?
The open web is the publicly visible part of the internet that most of us use every day, and which we access through search engines such as Google or Yahoo.
The deep web is the part of the internet which is generally hidden from public view. Unlike the open web, the deep web is not accessed via the usual search engines. Much of it is very ordinary; organisations have websites that can only be read by authorised people such as their employees, with their information password-protected. One example is your medical history; this can be accessed from anywhere, by authorised persons.
The dark web is generally accessed using dedicated software, with the best known being Tor (The Onion Router). Around 2.5 million people use Tor every day. It provides anonymising software which can be accessed via a Google search and then downloaded free of charge. Tor itself is not the dark web but is a way to browse both the open and dark web, without anyone being able to identify the user or track their activity.
Why do people use Tor to access the dark web?
Here are 3 main reasons why people may use the dark web:
To be anonymous
There are reasons why someone may want to protect their online identity. In some cases, this is because they would be in danger if their identity became known. For example, in countries where the government forbids a free press, where there is political censorship, or where people are concerned about online security. Tor is mainly used to browse the open web anonymously; only a very small percentage of its traffic relates to hidden services.
To access ‘hidden services’
A hidden service is one where not only the user, but also the website itself, has their anonymity protected by Tor. This means that the IP address of the site cannot be identified, hiding information about its host, location or content. Tor is not a hidden service, but the sites it hosts are. Hidden services can be used legitimately, for example for remaining unknown when whistleblowing (exposing unethical or illegal activity within an organisation). Studies suggest that the majority of Tor hidden service activity is illicit. For example, a study in 2014 found that nearly 60% of hidden services contain illegal content such as drugs, weapons and stolen goods.
For illegal activity
The dark web may be used by people to carry out illegal activities online, such as selling weapons or drugs. These kinds of activities, and the websites offering them, are often referred to as hidden services, as explained above.
Using Tor or visiting the dark web are not unlawful activities in themselves. But it is against the law to carry out illegal acts such as accessing child abuse images, promoting terrorism or selling illegal items such as weapons.
I’ve just discovered that my child is using Tor. What should I do?
It is important to keep a sense of perspective. There are many reasons for using Tor, and it does not automatically mean that they are doing anything dangerous or illegal.
In many ways, the risks of the dark web are the same as those that may be encountered in the open web. Young people in both environments may access pornography, indecent images of children, or sites selling drugs and weapons. Young people are also at risk of exploitation and abuse by sex offenders who use all parts of the internet to target victims. However, there is evidence to show that offenders are more likely to interact with victims on the open web than on the dark web.
What can I do as a parent?
Have an honest talk
It is important to have open conversations with your child to help them develop safer behaviours online. Explain to your child that there is a lot of illegal content in the dark web, and that you do not want them to be exposed to this.
Respect their desire for privacy
Many young people are concerned with political matters such as internet privacy and security. They may feel the dark web offers an additional layer of security. There may be alternatives you could explore such as the use of a VPN (Virtual Private Network) as a potential means of providing an additional layer of security to their online activities.
In addition, encouraging young people to use privacy filters on social media, think critically about what they share online, and control who is on their friends and contacts lists, is a good way to help them maintain their online profile discreetly.
Get support and be supportive
You can use the Thinkuknow website to explore strategies that your child can use to help them to stay safer online, as well as tips on managing their online lives.
Above all, young people should know where to go if they come across something that worries them or makes them feel uncomfortable, in both the open and dark webs. Make sure they know they can come to you if they need to, regardless of where on the internet it may have occurred.
In addition, ensure they know how to report to CEOP if they are concerned about sexual abuse and exploitation online.
Mr S Emberton – Child Protection Lead/Miss L Brammer – Child Protection Officer
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