Week ending 13th July 2018

Posted on: 13/07/2018

Dear Parents, Carers,

 

What a week it has been!  Despite the result on Wednesday night, we can still be proud of the England team and what they have achieved.  Equally we are just as proud of our students and this week we have seen the remainder of the reward trips go out and our annual Award Presentation Evening last night, which was great to see and hear the achievements received.

 

Our Sports Day is in full swing and I will report more on that next week.

 

Next week we have the work experience for Years 10 and 12 followed by Enrichment Week from Wednesday, which we are looking forward to seeing the boys get stuck in with their activities.

 

 

Jaedon's performance at the Central American Championships.

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Jaedon and the Jamaican team, were rewarded with second place and a Silver Medal

Competing in the 4 x 100m Medley Relay and a number of other events, the 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay Jayden and his team secured 3rd place and a Bronze Medal.

Jaedon also competed in a number of other events and was rewarded with 4th place in the 4 x 50m Mixed Free Relay, 5th place in the 200m fly, 6th place in the 200m breaststroke and 7th place in the 50m breaststroke.

 

Year 8 Student Council Focus Day – Finance

 

Student leaders from years 12 and 10 led a year 8 focus day on finance.  The topics ranged from how individuals qualify to become a UK citizenship to how people budget their day to day finances. Students were engaged in a variety of fun and challenging activities, all of which were created by our student council. The students were then assessed at the end of the day with 50% of them achieving either an A* or A grade proving to be excellent preparation for Unit 1 Finance exam today.

 

  

 

 

 

WG6 held two induction days for our new Y12 cohort.  Internal students from both sites joined forces on Monday for special ‘taster’ lessons in their selected A Level options.  The taster lessons offer insight into the new course syllabus and an opportunity to meet fellow students.  A teambuilding day is scheduled for the first day of tem (4th September) for all Y12 students. 

 

Pictured, students in taster Biology and Physics classes.  Special thanks to the PFA for providing the funding for the new department microscopes.

 

 

 

 

 

WG6  (Wilmington Grammar School for Girls & Wilmington Grammar School for Boys joint sixth form) Host a Community Coffee Morning in aid of Macmillan Cancer Care.

 

Special guests including The new Mayor of Dartford, Councillor David Mote and Mayoress Ellen Mote, Governors, staff, local support agencies such as our PCSO’s, Dartford based companies Laing O’Rourke and Electrosonic, residents from Wilmington Manor Care Home and school alumni attended the Community Coffee morning on Friday 13th July.

 

A vast array of cakes and refreshments were on offer and guests were served by the Head Boys and girls, Student Leadership Team and fellow sixth form students.  WG6 students value the opportunity to meet with the wider school community, and to involve our surrounding neighbours, support agencies and local officials in school life with the added bonus of raising money for Macmillan Cancer Care.

 

The weather was on our side and the event was held on the Manor lawn in the sunshine.

 

Reward Trips

 

This week our reward trips for Years 7-10 went very well and where thoroughly enjoyed by all the boys who attended.  The staff at Chimera Climbing Centre, where very helpful and their instruction and supervision were fun and informative.

 

Year 7 Reward Trip

 

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Year 8 Reward Trip

 

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Inter House Competition Update

 

Year 9 Goal ball:

Darwin vs Stevenson  -> Stevenson win, uncontested

Darwin vs Telford -> Telford win, uncontested

Brunel 1 – 0 Stevenson

 

Provisionally the scores are:

 

Year 7

Points

Year 8

Points

Year 9

Points

Year 10

Points

Year 11

Points

Year 12 + 13

Points

Total:

Positions

Brunel

308

Brunel

318

Brunel

174

Brunel

316

Brunel

14

Brunel

-32

1098

5th

Darwin

450

Darwin

316

Darwin

240

Darwin

148

Darwin

130

Darwin

122

1406

3rd

Newton

458

Newton

242

Newton

418

Newton

332

Newton

180

Newton

158

1788

1st

Stevenson

284

Stevenson

328

Stevenson

330

Stevenson

280

Stevenson

88

Stevenson

138

1448

2nd

Telford

294

Telford

244

Telford

264

Telford

368

Telford

108

Telford

42

1320

4th

 

 

 

 

 

 

Text Box: Child safety on Fortnite: parent factsheet

Fortnite is an online video game where players compete to be the last person standing in a post-apocalyptic world. The most popular version is Fortnite: Battle Royale, which sees up to 100 players pitted against each other to stay alive on an island. Players can build and demolish structures, and collect weapons, supplies and armour to help them along the way.

Players shoot each other using a range of lethal weapons, but the brightly-coloured, cartoon-style graphics and lack of bloodshed mean it doesn’t feel too gory or graphic.

To play, the age recommendation is 12 and above due to ‘mild violence’, although you don’t have to provide your age when creating an account, so younger children can still log on easily.

Fortnite: Battle Royale is free to download on PC/Mac, Xbox, Playstation, Nintendo Switch and iOS devices (Apple phones and tablets). It’s coming to Android soon.

It has about 45 million monthly users worldwide including the England football team, who reportedly played it in their World Cup downtime.

What are the concerns?

You may have seen news reports or heard concerns raised about the:

  • Communication between players: a chat function allows players to talk to each other either over a headset and microphone, or using messaging. Children could use it to speak to strangers, or it could put them at risk of cyberbullying
  • In-app purchases: players can build up large bills on their parents’ accounts by buying cosmetic items like outfits for your character and better-looking weapons (otherwise known as ‘skins’)
  • Addictive nature of the game: anecdotal stories tell of children staying up all night to play, or falling asleep in lessons after playing for too long. Some commentators attribute this to the communal feel of the game – you can play with your friends – and the game is different every time you play, keeping it fresh

What safety options are available to parents?

 

Use the parental controls on the gaming device

 

Most devices allow you to set time limits on game play, set age limits for content, and restrict in-app purchases.

 

Visit the website ‘ask about games’ for links to detailed instructions on the device your child uses – the site covers Playstation 3, Playstation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Apple and Android phones, and Nintendo Switch.

 

Ask About Games

www.askaboutgames.com/advice/parental-controls

 

The battles in Fortnite last around 20 minutes. When trying to limit your child’s screen time, make the most of this natural stopping point. Set a limit in terms of matches rather than hours and minutes, or set time limits in 20 minute increments.

 

Turn off the voice chat feature

 

Speak to your child to make sure they know this feature exists, and encourage them to use the options below if they encounter someone who is offensive or inappropriate.

 

You can disable the voice chat function in the game if you:
 

  • Open the settings menu (the 3 lines on the right-hand-side of the screen), then choose the ‘cog’ icon
  • Select the ‘audio’ tab
  • You should be able to turn off ‘voice chat’ by tapping the arrows next to it

 

You can also ‘mute’ individual players in the game by:

  • Pausing the game
  • Hovering over the player you wish to mute
  • Selecting the mute button (a loudspeaker icon)

 

Make sure your child knows how to report inappropriate behaviour

 

You or your child can report players who make them uncomfortable using the in-game feedback tool (located in the main menu).

 

You can also use the ‘support’ section of the Epic Games site (the makers of Fortnite). You’re asked to select the platform you play the game on, the game mode you’re playing, and then you can select ‘report player’. You can provide more detail such as the player’s name, and attach a screenshot.

 

Support, Epic Games
https://fortnitehelp.epicgames.com/customer/portal/emails/new?b_id=9729&q=email+us

 

What else can I do?


Further tips

 

  • Download and play the game to help you understand it
  • Talk to your child about what they’re doing online, and make sure they know they can talk to you about anything that has upset them
  • Check your bank statements and gaming system account balance regularly to look for in-app purchases you’re not happy with, and to make sure your child isn’t getting around any passwords you’ve set up


More sources of support

 

https://www.internetmatters.org/hub/guidance/5-top-tips-to-manage-childrens-screentime/

 

 

  • The NSPCC has also teamed up with O2 to offer advice to parents. You can call their free helpline on 0808 800 5002, or make an appointment with an O2 Guru in an O2 store.
    https://guru.secure.force.com/O2DeskStoreLocator

 

Sources for this factsheet

 

This factsheet was produced by Safeguarding Training Centre from The Key.
 

Fortnite, Epic Games
https://www.epicgames.com/fortnite/en-US/home

 

‘Fortnite chat raises stranger danger fears from NSPCC’, BBC News, 3 May 2018
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-43988210

 

Fortnite: all you need to know, Net aware, from the NSPCC and O2
https://www.net-aware.org.uk/news/fortnite-all-you-need-know/

 

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