Parenting in the Digital AgeAn evening workshop was held on Friday 9th March for parents of all year groups that explored inside the teenage brain to take a close look at the key changes taking place, the impact of technology and how it is affecting youth culture. Parents were encouraged to start conversations with their children and to team up to give them the best input and support. Hurstmere was commended for providing such a current and informative workshop. Parents said: “The workshop was a real eye opener.” “It helped me to deal with my sons and them making sensible decisions.” “The workshop definitely met my expectations. It was extremely well presented, easy to listen to and involving parents during the evening.” “It was a relief to know I am not alone in my battles with digital gaming time.” “It was very reassuring to hear other parents’ worries and experiences surrounding online issues and to know that I am not the only parent with concerns.” “I found the whole thing very useful, especially when seeing the research and statistics!” “We have taken some of the ideas and put in them into practice already, and it’s working well so far!” “As we were told at the workshop ‘we should not be a friends to our kids, we should be friendly parents’. It may take a while for our son to get used to the changes but I hope one day he will be grateful.”
Healthy Relationships in the Digital AgeYear 9 pupils enjoyed a workshop on Friday 9th March that focussed on how technology is shaping the lives and relationships of young people. Jason Royce, of Souster Youth, talked to our pupils about developing healthy and positive relationships, whilst highlighting safe boundaries to follow. Tips and suggestions were given for young people to identify their own values and successfully tackled key issues like pornography and sexting. The feedback from pupils was positive and constructive and included: “The workshop made me aware that you need to be careful about the things you watch on-line” “The workshop was not a lecture. We were given the knowledge and we make our own decisions” “It was excellent because it opened my eyes to what goes on behind the screen” “I learned what the dangers of pornography can lead to for teenagers.” “It taught me the effects technology has on mental and physical health and the importance of spending some time off of my mobile phone and PS4”. “It was useful for some of us as we may have already made bad decisions involving digital technology. It told us how to stay aware or change our use of technology and to keep away from dangers”. “A lot of us were able to relate to the stories Jason told us.”
Fake News Hits Hurstmere!A group of talented Year 7 pupils from Mrs Murphy's English class responded to their reading of sci-fi novel 'The Boy in the Tower' by writing and starring in their own fake news bulletin this week.The broadcast forms Hurstmere's entry into Bexley's Children's Literacy Award, where pupils were challenged to interpret the social and moral significance of a novel they had read. The boys were keen to not offer a diary entry or a book review, but respond in a creative and engaging style. Their broadcast is based on the idea of young men endeavouring to save their school and local community from alien invasion, which is closely linked to the plot of the novel. From this, they have also learnt how to write a script and perform on camera. We hope that you enjoy their efforts!
Totally Thames - Rivers of the World!The Rivers of the World project is run by the British Council, and aims to connect young people across the world with their local rivers and global partner schools. Hurstmere Art Department was successful in securing funding for our pupils to participate in this year's project. Twenty of our 'gifted and talented' pupils from year 8 and 9 took part in a two day Art workshop led by the visiting artist Shona Watt. The boys tackled the theme 'Resourceful River' - they investigated the range of fish that inhabit the River Thames and considered the issue of plastic pollution in our rivers and oceans. They then produced an impressive body of sculpture in response - working to recycle waste plastic water and drink bottles into art work. The resulting work was digitally recorded by Shona and combined into a photo mural. This has subsequently been exhibited as part of the Totally Thames Festival - in the GLA City Hall and on the South Bank in front of the Tate Modern! Our photo mural has also been sent electronically to be exhibited in Lagos Nigeria along side the work of our 'Rivers' partner school New Hall Academy. The project continues into 2018 when Hurstmere boys will get another opportunity to work alongside a professional artist - this time responding to our partner school's river '5 Cowrie Creek' in Lagos. Well done and thank you to this year's participants - Louis Dunk, Harry Turner, Alfie Peacock, Max Kelsey, Sam I'Anson, Sami Salih, Sebastian Neofitou, Joe Greenfield, Ben James, Frankie Svoma, Harrison Prangnell, Scott Durden, Louis Clark, Andrew Fastiggi, Sam Parsons, Jesse McKenna, Marcelo Pita, Luc Hulf, Max Boles and Oscar Davies - their conduct, attitude and creativity made them exemplary artistic global ambassadors for Hurstmere School. Mr D Blower Head of Art
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