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  that will prepare them for an ever changing world’
  which explains how respect for the views of others and tolerance of dissenting voices is fostered through being embedded
in the academic curriculum. Furthermore, a signi cant part of our PSHE programme is devoted to teaching students how to engage healthily with social media and to realise how quickly an ill-chosen comment/expletive can escalate and alienate friends, families - and even future employers. External agencies
like CEOP and ChildNet visit the schools regularly to update pupils, staff and parents on e-safety, appropriate use of electronic devices and digital footprints,
and we have recently become
a ‘digital school’ which allows
key members of staff to educate parents and other school leaders on the subject.
Develop the skill
to recognise the
trustfulness of news
sources
Research by Reuters and YouGov across twenty six countries demonstrates that social media has now overtaken television as 18-24 year olds main sources
of news. Our own experience shows us that an increasingly large number of our students rarely, if ever, watch television
in the conventional sense of
the word, and we feel that as a school we must explicitly address one of the consequences of this phenomenon: inaccurate/false news. We are basing our teaching model on material from the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions which gives a clear 8 pronged checklist for students to follow and is available in poster form.
Improving political literacy enriches students learning. Teaching political ideas helps students frame and build
their own ideas for how state, society and economy should
be organised. Explicitly addressing the trustfulness of digital media and social media etiquette increases students’ cultural capital and demonstrates our vigilance in addressing contemporary challenges. Only by reviewing how we educate can we ensure our students receive
a well-rounded education that will prepare them for an ever changing world.
The boys and girls of St. Helen’s College, Middlesex, started the academic year with two days of special immersive learning: St. Helen’s Day and STEAM Day.
On St. Helen’s Day, prep school examined its history through ‘A Day In The Life of 1924’. Children and staff arrived at school dressed as they would have been in the 1920s, and lessons investigating the past were delivered.
The school’s STEAM Day saw pupils engage in a diverse programme of exciting activities to investigate Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Maths. Visiting companies, staff and parents provided workshops to help children learn through memorable hands-
on experiences. From designing a water delivery system with Af nity Water, to designing and testing wind tunnels; from building bridges and rafts to making cheese and honeycomb, pupils (and staff) enjoyed challenging themselves.
Public speaking winners
Three Farnborough Hill School, Hampshire, students were winners of the National Final in the 2017 Rotary Youth Speaks competition. This high-pro le contest endeavours to encourage effective communication skills in young people and sees teams from hundreds of schools enter each
year at intermediate and senior levels. The team was composed of Chairman, Year 11 student Roisin Royle, and Lower Sixth students Speaker, Catriona Flesher, and Vote of Thanks, Imogen Usherwood. They gave a polished and poised performance on the topic: ‘There’s nothing social about social media’.
Bringing learning alive
Images for science
Following on from last year’s exhibition, the Royal Photographic Society chose to return to Hymers College, Yorkshire, with their International Images for Science Exhibition 2017.
Founded in 1853, the Royal Photographic Society is the world’s oldest photography organisation with the intention to ‘promote the art and science of photography’.
With 100 images, the display showcased the 5 winning photographs from each category alongside 95 of those that were shortlisted. The aim of the display was to present visually
appealing pictures that tell a science story. Submissions were received from students, amateur photographers, professional and medical photographers from around the world.
  Pictured: ‘Ferro uid Glowing Multicolour’ by Ella Main Image courtesy Royal Photographic Society
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