Friday 20th April 2018

Dear Parents

A lovely start to summer term; do remember caps, some sunscreen and water bottles when things get warm.

Some great examples of effort to inspire the start of term:

A special mention to Vansh for landing his Grade 8 piano, with a distinction and so above the equivalent required for an A-level. Vansh is 10 years old. Also, congratulations to little brother Ansh for achieving his Grade 5 piano with distinction and so above a GCSE standard. Ansh is only 8!

In terms of ‘maximum effort’, we have Mr Smith of the Sports Department running his first (hot) London Marathon for the Multiple Sclerosis Trust. Ed was just below his £2500 target at the time of writing, so let’s help him get over the line for this worthy cause…  We also have a collection box in the school office for those who may wish to make a cash donation.  If you are watching the event on television on Sunday, look for number 44196.

Fairly tedious, but worth a mention: next week, given the new General Data Protection Regulations (what a pain!), we must send out paperwork to you all in order to celebrate your boys in pictures, etc. on our website, Twitter, Yearbook et al. Please watch out for that and return it to us as soon as completed.

Finally on matters electronic: I was going on in Senior Assembly regarding the perils of social media. At the risk of dobbing the boys in… I was surprised at the large amount of young boys telling me they use ‘Snapchat’ (minimum age 13). I would advise parents to keep a weather eye on this media given the amount of fairly dark stuff attributed to that platform:

Parents might be saddened to know that nearly 90% of children in the UK report that they have witnessed ‘cyberbullying’, with over 30% telling us that they have been on the sharp end of it (mostly girls it seems). 

Around 40% of children don’t have a clue on how to set privacy controls on social media. Given the recent Facebook scandal, it seems that many of us adults remain in the dark too. But help is on hand as Mrs Mach, our Head of Learning Technology, has Childnet coming to provide workshop sessions for our boys, staff and parents on the 3rd May, to complement our e-safety curriculum.

Enjoy the weekend.

John Towers


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