Thank you to everyone that joined us yesterday evening to celebrate the work of our very talented boys and girls at the opening of their very own Junior School Art Exhibition. It was a wonderful chance for parents, friends and family to view the impressive from every single Junior School child – we are immensely proud, as a school, of their work and are already looking forward to next year’s event. Thank you to Adele for transforming the Junior School display boards into a creative hub of excellence.
YEAR 1 - 3 CELEBRATIONS
Our Year 1, 2 and 3 classes were celebrated yesterday in their very own special assembly. We listened to every pupil's highlight of their current school year, and their plans, hopes and dreams for their new class, when they return to school in August. The children enjoyed watching themselves, and each other in the video presentations they had made earlier in their classes. The assembly closed with a song directed by Mr Shiells, followed by certificates being presented to our boys and girls - they had time for a very quick photograph, all smiles...!
A major focus of Year 7 Language and Literature this term has been the novel ‘Hacker’ by Malorie Blackman, and earlier in the week we were delighted to have a visit from Malakai’s father, Mr. MacKenzie. His fascinating talk on Cyberspace and Cybersecurity was of great relevance to our Inquiry Unit and of great interest to the pupils.
Mr. MacKenzie described his role as a computer security consultant and the challenges of his work which multiply daily in view of the growth in the number of devices we use and the speed of technological advances. Whilst a huge advocate of innovation, he alerted us to the darker side of the web – viruses, malware, worms, Trojan horses and spyware, to name but a few forms of hacking. He demonstrated how to recognize suspicious activities such as phishing, honeypots, and brute force attacks making us realize that these practices do occur in real life, not just works of fiction.
His valuable advice on staying safe online prompted many of us take steps to choose stronger passwords and review our settings and anti-virus software. If you are looking for any safety tips or are thrown by words like patching, bitcoins, encryption and ransom ware – just ask year 7. Our sincere thanks again to Mr. MacKenzie for sharing his valuable time and expertise.
LAST STRING CLUB