10th February 2021
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Whole School News
Safer Internet Week 2021
Safer Internet Day 2021 took place on Tuesday 9 February with the theme ‘An Internet we Trust. In the past week, Senior Pupils have benefited from tutor time, computing and PSHEE sessions to raise awareness and share advice on how to be positive, safe and respectful online. With this year's theme, it is important that we reflect as a community on everything we do to keep our children safe in an online and digital world. We encourage you to get in touch with your child’s form tutor or Miss Wright, firstname.lastname@example.org, if you need to talk about anything involving your child's online safety. We are all here to help.
Resources to support Online Safety:
- The attached RH7 Digital Safety guide 004 includes information about online gaming, how to research the apps that children and young people are using, plus information on how to set parental controls and monitoring on devices.
- 2021 Digital Parenting magazine – please click here.
- Attached here is a useful guide from the NSPCC and O2 to help you support your child confidently explore the online world.
- Visit NetAware here "Your Guide to Social Network, Apps and Games", to have a look through some of the information the NSPCC provides for staying safe online - it provides simple, bitesize information and advice on the latest apps, games and social media sites our children are using.
- The UK Safer Internet Centre has compiled advice and resources to support families to help their children to use the internet safely, responsibly and positively. Parents and Carers | Safer Internet Centre
- They have also produced a short film for parents and carers to accompany this to serve as a conversation starter please click here.
- The CEOP Education Team and Thinkuknow have produced some fantastic activity packs to support online safety at home please click here.
Careers Network Evening
To enable us to assist pupils in Years 10, 11 and 12 develop their awareness of future careers, every year for ‘National Careers Week’ which commences on the 1 March, we hold a ‘Careers Network Evening’ in school which offers pupils the opportunity to meet with parents who share insight into their current or past careers, what they entail and how they achieved their career goals.
These evenings are so valuable as we know that developing a career can take many different paths and they are a great opportunity to show pupils some different methods on how to achieve a goal or to think about a career they might never have considered.
Unfortunately, we will not be able to hold this event in school this year, and instead, we would like to ask for parents' support to develop a new Careers Library where we can share information with pupils during Senior School careers assemblies.
If you are willing to participate and share your career path and knowledge of how you developed your career in your field, we would really appreciate your help as follows:
- Please could you record yourself talking through your career, the opportunities, and obstacles it has thrown at you and your achievements, which we can share with the pupils.
- We would also appreciate your help in completing this careers proforma form (which could also be used instead of a recording).
Once you have completed either or both of the above, or just the proforma form, please could you email these to email@example.com by Monday 22 February so that we may use the information during ‘National Careers Week’.
Please be assured that any recordings and proformas will only be viewed by Radnor House staff and pupils and will not be shared with other parents.
Thank you in advance for your help and support with this development. I know that it will be a very useful addition to our in-school career guidance this year and going forward.
If you have any questions, please do contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
David Leddington - Head of Sixth Form
Notice from Careers
The week beginning Monday 1 March will be 'National Careers Week' and the school is planning several activities to celebrate this. You will notice that Mr Leddington has asked for parents to help volunteer create a new RH7 Careers Library. This will be in addition to the Careers Education Programme that is already delivered during PSHEE lessons and other opportunities that the school offers. An assembly will be held on Monday 22 February to encourage pupils to discuss and explore the various careers that are linked to their interests, skills, and favourite subjects. To aid this exploration, all pupils will be registered with the school's chosen careers information platform 'Unifrog' and will be assigned some activities to complete. All staff have been asked to dedicate some time in lessons during the week to discuss possible career paths within their subjects' areas, this may be of particular benefit to those pupils in Year 9 who are still considering their GCSE options, those in Year 11 who are still considering A level options and those in Year 12/13 considering future careers.
Please contact me if you have any questions - Ms Read (Head of Careers) email@example.com
World Book Day Virtual Author Events
To celebrate World Book Day on Thursday 4 March, we will be joined by 3 authors during the week for virtual visits.
- Chris Callaghan, author of “The Great Chocoplot” will be visiting Year 3 & 4 on Tuesday 2 March;
- Adam Baron, author of “Boy Underwater”, “You Won’t believe this” and “This Wonderful Thing” will be presenting to Years 5 -8 on Wednesday 3 March, and
- Andrew Weale, author of “Newt on a Suit” will be with the Pre-Prep on Thursday 4 March.
If you would like to look at their books and/or purchase them, then we have joined with Sevenoaks Bookshop to offer a discount on all books via the Bookshop.org website which supports independent bookshops and authors (other book sellers are available). Please follow the link here for the authors’ books.
“Sun on Sunday” launches books for kids campaign
Running until the end of February, The Sun on Sunday and children's reading charity BookTrust are asking readers to send in their old children’s books, no matter how ripped and tatty, so they can be pulped and turned into new ones. They will then pay to recycle them and BookTrust will distribute free new books to youngsters who need them most via schools, children’s centres, food banks, refugee and family support teams.
You can post your old books to "Books For Kids, PO Box 485, Grays, Essex RM17 7HY” or send them via a special 70 per cent discounted Hermes collection service (£1.99 for a medium-sized box weighing max 5kg). Full details can be found here.
Music Performing Opportunities
Please see the attached letter from Dr. Isom
Year 7 News
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Year 8 News
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Year 9 News
OCR Level 2 Cambridge Nationals in Creative Imedia
As you are aware, we are introducing a new and exciting GCSE course from September 2021. This will be an additional course to the already successful Computer Science GCSE. All students in Year 9 had the opportunity to attend a taster lesson on Wednesday and should be aware of the course structure and requirements.
You should have received your GCSE options booklet already where you can find all the information regarding the course, but please find an additional leaflet explaining the course in more detail.
Year 10 News
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Year 11 News
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Parents' Association - FoRH7
The Silliest Quiz
Thanks to everyone who joined the quiz on Saturday night and congratulations to Pankhurst, the winning house.
Audiobook - Request for information
Do you have any stories or fascinating facts about Combe Bank? Do you know its history or the history of the people who own it and lived in it? Maybe it’s a tale linked to someone who worked there or who visited. Perhaps your information is about the building itself or the grounds, including the lake and the stable block where the prep is now located. No matter how minute a detail, we want to know about it!
Friends are in the very early stages of creating an audiobook that will be filled with these stories and more, and to do it right, we need as much information as possible. This is going to be a wonderful project that we hope you’ll love, but we can’t do it without you, so, no matter what the story might be, please send it to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please also ask your friends and family if they have any stories to share; the magic of Combe Bank spreads far and wide, and we know there are many tales to tell.
Virtual Balloon Race - Request for Sponsors
Friends are organising a virtual balloon race as a fundraiser later this term, where pupils and families of the school and our partner charities can buy and personalise a virtual balloon and enter it into a race which will be tracked over the duration of a week, and use real weather data. It should be both great fun and educational! We would love to have our own Radnor House race, but need sponsors to make this happen. Please contact us at email@example.com if you are interested in being a sponsor, or know someone who might. Thank you!
Does your organisation offer match funding, where any money raised by you could be matched by your employer? Or perhaps you work for an independent company that may be interested in charitable giving through match funding? We are keen to hear from anyone who might be able to help us raise the maximum amount for our charities. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
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