Weekly News Bulletin: 10.09.20

Sixth Form
I am delighted to announce that Harry Briffa has been appointed to the role of Senior Student following our annual “hustings event” where applicants for the role canvass the votes of their peers after which staff are invited to cast their votes.

Harry is a young man who has been at the school for six years and fully embraces the honesty, respect and success ethos of the school.  Harry’s personal qualities of excellent time management and organisational skills, coupled with his experience of public speaking are crucial to the role of the Senior Student.

The Sixth Form team look forward to working with Harry in our endeavour to constantly improve the sixth form experience for students, staff and the Dunmow community.Mrs Donna Wright, Head of Sixth Form

Dance
All dance students must wear either jazz or ballet shoes to all practical lessons until further notice.  Preferably these are to be split sole to give extra flexibility when working but not compulsory.  If you have any questions with regards to the footwear please contact me directly.
Mrs Judd – Head of Dance
Ljudd@hrs.education

Learning Zone Notice
Book return update: We are delighted that so many books have been returned so far to the collection boxes, a daily book return box will now be outside the Learning Zone door to allow for the 72 hour quarantine period before they are processed and returned to the shelves.

Please encourage students to return any books they might still have at home.
Thank you.
Mrs S Bird – Learning Zone Manager

French and Spanish Dictionaries
If your child studies French or Spanish, please ensure they have a small Collins French or Spanish dictionary for their lessons and homework.
Thank you.
Mrs S Roy – Head of MFL

OnlyFans
OnlyFans is a social media site where users can upload videos and people can pay the creator to watch them.  During lockdown signups grew rapidly.  In particular, it became a ‘go to’ site for sex workers, unable to see clients physically, to upload explicit content.

Terms of use say that users must be 18 or over to create an account, but of course this is being ignored, by young people and, it seems, the company.

The BBC drew attention to OnlyFans in a BBC Three documentary which found underage girls selling explicit content.  Vulnerable people are also at risk.

Find out more
What is OnlyFans? What parents need to know (internet matters.org)
https://www.internetmatters.org/hub/news-blogs/what-is-onlyfans-what-parents-need-to-know/

OnlyFans – what parents need to know (parentzone)
https://parentzone.org.uk/article/onlyfans-%E2%80%93-what-parents-need-know

Mr S Emberton – Assistant Headteacher

TikTok
We have been made aware of increasingly inappropriate and/or distressing posts being placed on the social media platform TikTok. We know that this platform is becoming more and more popular with young people. We understand that TikTok has been asked to remove such content but it is likely that these videos have moved to other platforms and may still be viewable.

Please encourage your child to discuss with you any concerns that they have following their use of social media. In addition, feel free to contact the school should you require any support.

Please review the information below regarding TikTok, including:

  • Age restrictions – (13 years old minimum age)
  • Risks
  • Parental controls
  • Account settings
  • How to filter inappropriate content
  • Reporting content

TikTok, what parents need to know:

Parent info: https://parentinfo.org/article/tiktok-what-parents-need-to-know

Internet matters:https://www.internetmatters.org/hub/esafety-news/tik-tok-app-safety-what-parents-need-to-know/

Mr S Emberton – Assistant Headteacher