Safer Internet Day

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Safer Internet Day 2017 was celebrated globally on Tuesday 7 February with the theme ‘Be the change: unite for a better internet’.

Coordinated in the UK by the UK Safer Internet Centre the celebration sees hundreds of schools get involved to help promote the safe, responsible and positive use of digital technology for children and young people.  The day offers 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.  It calls upon young people, parents, carers, teachers, social workers, law enforcement, companies, policymakers and wider to join together in helping to create a better internet.

Students gathered for Act of Worship and were spoken to during the morning for the message of Be the Change, with the help of some small pyrotechnics we thought about images we post on online; ‘Are they always appropriate?  Do they reflect who you really are?  Would you be happy for the world to see it?’  At Saint John Houghton we promote the idea that the internet is a fantastic tool but isn’t always used appropriately and there is a lot of inappropriate content online.  To Be the Change, students should aim to tip that balance post positive messages to your friends, unite with groups to raise awareness, help to boost your own self-confidence and unite for a better internet.

Premises Security

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We have been reviewing our safety procedures in school recently.  The school gates will now be closed at 8.45am.  Students arriving late to school after this time will have to press a buzzer at the gate for entry.  Students who arrive to school before 8.00am are to go and sit in the reception area.

Year 7 Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

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On Thursday 26 January the Year 7s were off timetable for the annual Reduce, Reuse, Recycle day.  The first part of the day they watched a Theatre performance led by the Gibber Team on the theme of reducing waste, reusing everything from clothes to electrical items and the importance of recycling.

The day was then split up into lessons led by the tutors and a workshop led by the Gibber team. During the classroom lessons the pupils were given a task to encourage people to reduce, reuse, recycle.

Some pupils did a PowerPoint and posters, some did songs and others made items out of recycled materials from home.  Some good examples were musical instruments, famous buildings and clothes all made out of recycled materials.

Mr Ritchie would like to thank all of the Year 7 tutors and pupils for making the day so enjoyable.

Year 10 Prefect Interviews

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Forty-Seven of our Year 10 students put themselves forward for school prefects last week. These students had written a letter of application explaining why they believe they would make a good prefect and then were given an interview by two members of staff. They will be informed shortly as to whether they were successful or not in applying for this post. Thank you very much to two of our Governors who came in to interview, Mrs Gabriel and Mrs Kells. Thank you also to Mrs Brear who managed to get Ben Thornhill from Protocol, Jack Cole, Max Pembleton and Lucas Chadwick from Aquinas, Chess Patrick and Bobby Muncaster from Monarch who helped add a “real life” experience to the interviews.

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