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An Update From Head of Secondary

07 March 2014

Following on from last week’s blog post about looking after our students and the community in general, a modern phenomenon of the internet age that we live in is the abuse of individuals through social media.

This has been in the news in various countries for the last few months. Sadly this a phenomenon that effects adults and students in all  communities, with random internet ‘trolls’ who abuse people they do not know in an extension of bullying from face to face to the internet, which is known as cyber bullying.

The school has clear policies on bullying within school; however cyber bullying is another of those issues where the line of “where does school end and the local community start?” gets blurred. What happens in the evening on a personal computer continues to affect an individual when they are in school. I would like to remind all students, parents and carers to be vigilant of their children’s activities on the internet, on smartphone apps and social media sites such as Facebook or Instagram.

The content is sometimes not suitable for students to see or discuss or worse, individuals are open to abuse. Please ensure that student’s social media settings are on ‘private’ so that only known friends can correspond with them or see what is posted.  Please remind your children that occasionally random individuals find ways past these protective barriers and the best strategy to stop this occurring is by ‘blocking’ the user accounts, reporting user names directly to the social media providers and taking screen shots to provide evidence of wrongdoing where necessary. We are lucky to live in a community that is very safe and on the whole trusting, but please be assured that where we have any reason to act against individuals who are threatening other people or breaking the law in any way, we will act.  

In another excellent week for the secondary school our Year 10 and 11 early entry Maths group of 19 students got their results. 15 students got A* and the rest As. I had the pleasure of watching our Year 9s present the cream of their public speaking talents in a closely fought and fantastically presented Youth Speaks Competition run by our English Department. The award of best public speakers went to Sheila Troemer and Meher Kahvoor and the winning team discussed the problem of Stereoypes. I wish our FOBISIA teams who disappointingly missed out on a trip to Bangkok the best of luck in a replacement tournament being held in Shanghai this weekend.

Have a good weekend.

- Chris Share, Head of Secondary

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