Prep Headmaster's Blog: Our Internet - Our Choice

To coincide with Children’s Mental Health week, we have held two special events in the Prep School this week to support all that we do for pupil well-being. On Monday, Mr Ross, held an assembly to mark Safer Internet Day. This year’s focus was on ‘Our Internet, Our Choice’ – understanding consent in a digital world. We focused on what our children may or may not share online e.g. pictures, videos, opinions and location. We also discussed why things are shared online – to keep in touch, to make a connection to congratulate someone for example. Mr Ross then explained about what may happen to all that information that is shared online and how ‘Big Data’ can be created to give you a tailored experience online. Mr Ross gave some very helpful tips to the pupils about controlling their information and online footprint, especially when using the wide variety of social media apps that are out there.

This was then followed by our ‘A-Life Workshops’. These healthy hands-on workshops were all age appropriate for our prep school pupils as they worked their way around all of the work stations. They learnt about the functions of each organ of the human body, found out where food comes from and its nutritional value, and found out how much sleep they need and whether they are getting it. However, just as important as the knowledge they have gained today, were the skills they have developed. We saw collaboration, leadership and listening skills in abundance and I am very grateful to Mrs Knightley for coordinating the day.

There were lots of super sports fixtures played during the week, including hockey, netball and squash. As I write the U13 Boys are competing at the Regional Hockey Finals in Cambridge. The wind and rain hasn’t dampened their spirits and they have represented the school superbly again.

I would like to thank all the pupils that helped with our Lower School Assessments last weekend – we had a very large number of children being assessed and our own children made them feel very welcome and at home.

I look forward to a very busy final week of half term including Stewart House’s League Music extravaganza and the Cloisters’ Concert! 

Have a good week
Simon James


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