Please may we take this opportunity to remind parents and students that all mobile telephones should be switched off and out of sight at all times from the moment students come onto school site in the morning until the end of the day.
If students feel that they need to make an emergency call this can be done via a college office. Similarly, if parents need to contact their child in an emergency, this can be done via the student’s college office.
The only time that mobile phones can be switched on and taken out of bags is if they are used to support learning in the classroom. In these circumstances teachers must give explicit permission for students to access and switch on their phone. Students must always enter classrooms with mobile phones switched off and out of sight.
From Monday 4th November- If a mobile phone is either seen by a member of staff or if it is switched on without staff permission being given, then a lunch study referral will be issued to the student by the staff member concerned.
We would be grateful if you would talk with your son or daughter about these procedures before the start of next term.
At Homewood School, we actively promote positive, inclusive values. These include democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and acceptance of those of different faiths and beliefs. We believe British Values are those values expected of anyone living in a modern Britain, regardless of their nationality, culture or religious belief and our ethos reflects these values.
Our aim is to for students to build positive relationships with those around them and show empathy towards other less fortunate than themselves.
At Homewood School British values are embodied in the following more specific ways:
Through the curriculum:
Students study ERS, (PSHE) and Citizenship. These curriculum areas and college assemblies cover topics such as:
- Study of the main religions from around the world
- Rights and responsibilities
- Democracy, active citizenship and participation
- Healthy lifestyles
- Preparing for future careers
- Building resilience
- Current affairs
- Charity work
Lessons across the curriculum encourage students to work together and respect others
The Homewood Home School Agreement helps to emphasise the importance of upholding the school’s values of Respect, Learning and Belonging.
Students also have the opportunity to volunteer in a range responsibility posts depending on their interests and passions. These include:
- Lead learners
- College prefects
- Student Council committee members
- KS5 Cabinet members
The school also operates extra– curricular clubs including:
- Duke of Edinburgh award scheme
- Christian Prayer Group
- A range of art and technology clubs
- A large range of sports clubs
- A large range of music clubs
- Drama and Dance Clubs
The Internet, whether accessed from a computer, mobile phone or other device, has become embedded within modern family life. It is used to buy and sell goods, online banking, find information and socialising. It can also have a darker side with cybercrime, inappropriate material and illegal activity taking place online effecting both adults and children. Online Safety is concerned with the safeguarding of young people in the “digital” world and ensuring they feel safe when accessing new technology.
Working closely with Kent County Council, an Online Safety Officer is working within the school to help children, parents/carers and teachers understand online dangers and how to combat them. The school also utilise global technology partners Aruba, Websense and Sophos to assist with Mobile PC Security, Anti-Virus protection and URL/Web-browsing filtering services. The school recommends the nationally acclaimed ‘ThinkUKnow’ Internet safety scheme. The ThinkUKnow scheme from the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) highlights the importance of online safety to children and parents and also encourages them to use the “Report Abuse” button which can be used to get help and advice and report illegal online behaviour.
CEOP is the UK’s lead law enforcement agency for protecting children from sexual abuse.
If someone has acted inappropriately online towards your child, you or another young person you know, report it to CEOP.
Keeping Children safe online over the holidays
Internet Matters is an independent, not-for-profit organisation to help parents keep their children safe online.
Click the link and find age appropriate advice and ‘how to guides’ for setting privacy settings on social media websites and parental controls on your home internet, plus much more
A non-profit organisation working with others to help make the internet a great and safe place for children
Think u Know
Brought to you by the NCA’s CEOP Command, age appropriate advice and resources for Parents and Students
NSPCC – Net Aware
ThinkuKnow has launched a brand new public awareness campaign. Through social media, articles, blogs, films and more, they want to get parents and carers thinking and talking about the importance of discussing sex, relationships and the internet with their children.
This is a three month campaign, and the new resource entitled “The world changes. Children don’t” is available now!
This short film that tells the age-old story of Romeo and Juliet… with a modern twist. It shows how the lives of these young lovers might play out online today, including the Lark ‘tweeting’ and Romeo ‘friending’ Juliet.
Behind this contemporary remake is the message that, although technology and social media can seem overwhelming and forever evolving, children and young people don’t change. We try to remind parents that (just as when they were young), their children are still exploring and creating their identities, keeping up with their friends and dealing with adolescent pressures. Although much of this now happens online, we remind them that the kind of parental support and advice which keeps their children safe ‘in real life’ will keep them safer online too. The Thinkuknow resources can be a useful place to start in thinking about how they might frame these discussions.
1. Watch and Share the film: ‘The world changes. Children don’t’
2. Support the campaign on social media
If you have not done so already, you can ‘like’ CEOP on Facebook at ‘ClickCEOP’ and follow us on Twitter ‘@CEOPUK’ for live updates and shareable content.