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Madinat Khalifa Secondary Headlines | Week of 4 June

Every day is a learning day and here in the Secondary School, learning continues as usual after a busy week of formal assessments.

I want to take this opportunity to remind everyone about the way we, as individuals, present our personal, digital profile and offer a few words of caution regarding the use of social media.  We should aim to present an honest and respectful representation of our true character and should check that the person online is the same person that lives in your house and shares our classrooms. Sadly, this is not always the case. Our children are growing up in a challenging time of instant feedback, instant opinion with little time for consideration and thoughtful responses to social situations. How they reply or comment online is rarely the same as the way they would interact in person.

As parents and teachers, this is a new challenge for us. For the first time in history, our children are the experts and we, the adult population, are learning from them. Therefore, at the start of the new academic year, the first task for the newly appointed Student Council will be to review and rewrite our digital media policy. This will then be used as the foundation for giving current and effective advice about how they have to take full responsibility for their digital self.

This will be an exciting challenge and something from which all our students and teachers will benefit. We will definitely share this new guidance with our parents and look forward to gathering the opinion of others as we develop a sensitive and positive approach to this issue. If you have any ideas or thoughts on our digital media policy, then please let me know.

It is business as normal as we head into the last two weeks of this school year. Our IB Students have already graduated from school and our Year 11, IGCSE students will formally graduate from their programme next week.  Preparations are underway for our final Praise Assembly of the year and the issuing of our end of year school reports on Wednesday, 21 June.

Have a great weekend.

 

Paul McConnell