5 Feb 2016


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Safer Internet Day, Tuesday 9 February 2016 – from the Deputy Head (Pastoral)

Tuesday is Safer Internet Day. Clearly we are all aware of concerns that the internet can prompt, but this year the theme is “Play Your Part for a Better Internet,” trying to focus on using the internet positively.

As ever, I would encourage you to use this as a prompt for a conversation with your son about the internet, and how he uses it.  The idea behind this year's theme is to ask him what he loves about the internet.  Perhaps ask him to show you a funky app on his phone or iPad, or get him to show you how to share an e-calendar, or even ask him to show you his favourite YouTube vlogger.  Whatever you chose as a conversation starter, I would encourage you to engage with him about his virtual world, as too often the internet can be something that divides generations rather than bringing them together.

Further useful information for parents can be found here. Parents may also wish to have a look at this video, which goes into detail on the digital universe of your children. Finally, there is a very powerful recent BBC documentary on online grooming and gaming that I would recommend: the link is here.

Parents of 4th Year studying French – French exchange May 2016

The possibility to host two French pupils (both female) has become available. The French party will be staying with us during term time between Friday 6 May and Friday 13 May 2016. This will not disrupt your son’s timetable, as the French party will be going on visits during the day or staying at school with us to attend a few lessons. Your involvement during this part of the exchange will be to look after a French pupil.  If you think that you might be interested or if you have any questions or queries please contact Maud Cottrell by email I will be happy to assist.


Wednesday 10 February Chilingirian String Quartet Concert, 7pm Amey Theatre – Parents are reminded that this is the last week during which they can pre-order tickets for the fabulous Chilingirian Quartet next Wednesday. Please join us for a wonderful evening of quartet music by Beethoven, Dvorak and Bartok. Bring your friends! We start at 7pm.

Wednesday 24 February Annual Chamber Music Concert, 6pm CMR – Our annual celebration of chamber music of all instrumental varieties gives the pupils some useful experience before the national chamber festival which will have just got underway. We have a record number of ensembles participating and this will be a wonderful opportunity to hear our chamber music for woodwind, brass and strings. Admission is free.


Tickets for the 25th Annual Boat Club Dinner on Saturday 12 March are now on sale on the school website. Ticket numbers are limited so please book quickly if you would like to attend.  Any queries, please do email Emma Armstrong

Food menu for the coming week – Week 3