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Lent 2019

Lent 2019 Week 8: 1/3/2019

Lent Term – Week 8

It’s been a lovely week full of poetry, song, music, art and a whole host of creative activities. I have so enjoyed listening to every girl recite a poem; it is easy for some and a challenge for others, but each and every pupil has managed the challenge. Next year, we are planning to ask all our Year 5 and 6 pupils to choose their own poem to recite, thus extending the intellectual demands of the task. There will be a time limit! The culmination of all this activity, on Wednesday, reminded me once again, if I needed such a reminder, that our pupils are endlessly capable of astonishing us. Every single girl danced and the creativity, collaboration, concentration, confidence and cleverness shone through. I am sure that you were terribly proud of their efforts in all areas.

On Thursday we welcomed over 50 Prep Heads and Pre Prep Heads to our school for our termly IAPS District 4 meeting. That does sound like something from the Hunger Games, but if you have a look at us all trying to learn a song on Twitter, you will see it is very far from that! We were reminded, as Heads, that it is very important to take time out to concentrate on something other than the to do list and supremely important to continue to learn as adults. The Chairman of IAPS then came back to us in assembly to talk to the girls about ripples that kind or harsh words or acts can spread. This was particularly appropriate in the wake of the internet safety concerns that have resurfaced this week. I would like to summarise what I said to Years 5 and 6 today;

  • You are in control of the internet, not the reverse. You can chose not to click. You can choose not to share.
  • If it scares you, don’t pass it on – don’t let the ripples spread – tell an adult
  • Block this website and report – ask an adult to help you with this if you need
  • Check your privacy settings
  • IT’S NOT REAL – this is supremely important. Pupils need to be constantly reassured that just because it’s “in the news” or online, it’s not necessarily true or real
  • Social media sites have a lowest age limit for a reason. No pupil at MGP is old enough to have a Facebook account, Snapchat, WhatsApp or whatever the latest site is. A google of age limits provides interesting results.

Lent 2019 Week 8 Newsletter (PDF – 1Mb)