New House CaptainsBallot papers have been counted by the 'Ballot Paper Counting Committee' and has been verified by an independent committee ('Ballot Paper Counting Committee' ). We are pleased to announce the new House Captains : Caxton House - Ben Bleksley (C) and Conor Daley (VC) Chaucer House - Oscar Gray (C) and Josh Horak (VC) Cobham House - Callum Deppe (C) and Sam Horak (VC) Sidney House - Joseph Jeffery (C) and Ethan Driscoll Niles (VC)
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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.”
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