This week, Mrs Archer, our Computing Specialist has written about staying safe online,
Mr Martin has given a brief report on our U9 football teams and I have an update on the forthcoming Chinese New Year celebrations.
Chinese New Year
Preparations are in full flow at the Primary Campus for the forthcoming Chinese New Year. Mrs Sloane and Mrs Powell have revamped the display in our Muse. Again, this is proving really popular with children and adults and we have already witnessed several impromptu lion dances in preparation for next week’s celebrations. Our school Lion Dance will take place on the school field at 9am on Tuesday, 13th February and is open to parents. Don’t forget that we will be dressing up on Tuesday, 13th February and that school will be closed on Wednesday, 14th February to Friday, 16th February to celebrate Chinese New Year. School starts back on Monday, 19th February.
Safer Internet Day 2018
Safer Internet Day 2018 was celebrated globally on Tuesday, 6th February with the slogan ‘Create, Connect and Share Respect: a better internet starts with you.’
Safer Internet Day (SID) is organised each February to promote the safe and positive use of digital technology, especially among children and young people. Each year on Safer Internet Day, millions of people unite to inspire positive change and raise awareness of online safety issues.
The week was kicked off by some of Alice Smith new digital leaders who gave their first school assembly. Students explored key questions that face students on a daily basis via a game of ‘Who wants to be an internet safety millionaire?’ This interactive assembly got all students thinking and reflecting upon their behaviour online and making positives choices.
Further activities and discussion took place this week in specialist computing lessons and with class teachers, giving the whole school the opportunity to highlight positive uses of technology and to explore the role we all play in helping to create a better and safer online community. In which everyone is empowered to use technology responsibly, respectfully, critically and creatively.
Safer Internet Day aims to reach out to children and young people, parents and educators, as well as industry, decision makers and politicians, to encourage everyone to play their part in creating a better internet.
With a global, community-led approach, Safer Internet Day 2018 encourages everyone to join and play their part. There are many ways to do this:
- Children and young people can help to create a better internet by being kind and respectful to others online, by protecting their online reputations and those of others, and by seeking out positive opportunities to create, engage and share online.
- Parents and carers play a crucial role in empowering and supporting children to use technology responsibly, respectfully, critically and creatively, whether it is by ensuring an open dialogue with their children, educating them to use technology safely and positively, or by acting as digital role models.
- Teachers at Alice Smith help to create a better internet by equipping students with digital literacy skills and by developing their critical thinking skills, which will allow them to better navigate the online world. We encourage students to create their own content, make positive choices online and set examples of good behaviour online and in real life.
Top tips from our digital leaders:
- Only download and use apps that are age appropriate. For example, social media apps are for 13+
- Disable the messaging services available on apps such as Roblox or Minecraft. If activated then students are open to contact from strangers.
- Think of others’ feelings. Ask permission from friends before sharing any videos, photos or comments and do not say anything online that you would not say in person.
- Everyone has a responsibility to make a positive difference online. We can all promote the positive by being kind and respectful to others and seeking out positive opportunities to create and connect. We can all respond to the negative by reporting any inappropriate content to a trusted adult.
A better internet starts with you!
Find out more about the global campaign for Safer Internet Day at www.saferinternetday.org.
U9 Football Match: KLASS vs ELC International School
Boys: ELC international 0 - 11 KLASS
Girls: ELC 1 - 6 KLASS
A dazzling display all round from the boys' and girls' U9 teams. Both were solid at the back and looked strong on the attack, always a threat towards the opposition's goal. An excellent team performance!
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