Online Safety: “Screen Addiction”

As part of the #WakeUpWednesday campaign and Mental Health Awareness Week,  the National Online Safety Team (NOS) have created a FREE guide for schools to share regarding “Screen Addiction” – an issue which is affecting young people across the globe. The guide informs parents about the issues associated with smartphone and screen addiction amongst children and how they can help to control the associated risks and stop their children becoming ‘Screen Zombies’. Please access the free guide for parents here: https://twitter.com/natonlinesafety/status/996772687132446721

Year 9 PSHE Programme: Tapestry

“Tapestry” is a theatre production designed to give pupils a safe space to discuss sensitive and controversial questions about how and why young people can get drawn into extremist ideologies. The play is interactive, with the action stopping at intervals so that pupils can talk to the characters in the play and ask them questions or give them advice. This production addresses the five fundamental British Values of democracy , rule of law, tolerance of different cultures and religions, mutual respect and individual liberty and is part of the school’s response to the “Prevent” strategy. For more information about Tapestry, follow the weblink below:

http://theplayhouse.org.uk/tapestry/

Work Experience: Year 10

If your Year 10 child has not yet confirmed their Work Experience, please support them by contacting employers as Work Experience starts 16th July and places must be confirmed by 29th March. For more information, contact Miss Homer or click on “pupils” and read the “Work Experience” section.

Parent View

We would like to remind parents that Ofsted’s “Parent View” facility is always open and allows you to give feedback across a range of areas. Please click here to access the site, where you will be prompted to login or create a new account. You can also access this page through our “School Performance” tab, in the Ofsted section.

CONGRATULATIONS

Year 11 Leavers

Congratulations to our Year 11 leavers who performed superbly in this summer’s GCSE exams. We are delighted that 67% of our pupils gained a good (9-4) pass in both English and Maths and that 45% gained a strong (9-5) pass in both English and Maths. 27 pupils also managed to gain an average of an A grade or better in their best 8 subjects. Our school P8 score is +0.03, above the national average of -0.03 for state-funded schools. Good luck to all of you in your next steps after Hall Green School.

Smiling Hearts Association for Children

Smiling Hearts Association for Children (SHAC) is a charity school set up for disadvantaged children living in Cambodia. The school has 104 students (28 are orphans and 4 are HIV positive) all of whom live in a small commune in Siem Reap. A 10 minute walk from the main tourist hub in Siem Reap, the contrast between life in the city centre and life in the surrounding communes is harrowing; basic facilities that we take for granted aren’t available to the villagers such as medicines, drinking water and education. Schooling is very important for Cambodian children because as more foreigners visit the country and the tourist industry grows there are lots of employment opportunities created for locals. However, without a basic understanding of English, Cambodian people will not be considered for any job meaning they spend their lives trapped in inescapable poverty. As it stands, children have to pay to go to an English teaching school but, in a population where 57% of people are below the poverty line and the average income is £150 per year (40p a day!), many children’s parents simply cannot afford to send them to one of these institutions. This prevention from learning English has a direct and negative effect on their later employment opportunities and so it is essential for these children to be educated in this way.

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SHAC was the brainchild of San Somaly (Aly), a woman who couldn’t bear to see the poverty stricken children living in her village without hope of future employment or success. She made the decision to help the children around her and built a school in her back garden a year ago to give them the chance to get an education. Already the children are making great progress and all are grateful to Aly for giving them the opportunity to learn. All of the students call Aly ‘Mum’ because she has given them hope, stability and comfort by building SHAC. The children love being at school and are very enthusiastic in their studies. However, the school relies heavily on the charity of others and needs donations to ensure it can be maintained – without our kindness and willing, Aly could not afford to keep it running. The children’s supplies are very basic but with the help of Hall Green Secondary School, we can hopefully see, and have a direct impact upon, the improvement of these children’s living and working conditions.

The first fundraising activity at Hall Green Secondary School was a non uniform day on the last day of the summer term 2011. We continue to have lots of fundraising activities to help SHAC so if you have any ideas then don’t hesitate to let us know.

To visit the Smiling Hearts website, click here.

A Fantastic afternoon of cricket at @KingsHeathCC. Congratulations to all the teams who have progressed to the @YourSchoolGames finals in July! @UoBSchool_PE team 2, @ArkBoulton @HallGreenSch @SmallHeathLA @KNGSlife .Thank you to everyone who took park with @BCSGO @KingsHeathSP

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Well done to @HallGreenSch who won the Softball competition today and who now progress onto the @YourSchoolGames @SportBirmingham School Games Finals! @KingsHeathSP

As part of the #WakeUpWednesday campaign and Mental Health Awareness Week, the National Online Safety Team (NOS) have created a FREE guide for schools to share regarding "Screen Addiction":

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