Officers from the Neighbourhood Policing Teams have asked me to draw your attention to the implications of the latest update in Snapchat. If your daughter or son use the Snapchat app and GPS on their phone please take a look at this.


When you open the app and place two fingers on the screen and drag them together in a ‘pinch’ motion (as you would when zooming out on an interactive map) it opens a new feature which will show, with near exact accuracy, your location. This means that people can see exactly where you are at any time.


To turn this off there is a ‘settings’ button in the top right and you can turn the feature to ghost mode. This will hide your location from others. Turning off the phone’s GPS adds an extra level of security.


If you need any help, the advice is to contact your phone provider or visit an O2 store and speak to one of their staff.  This is a free service regardless of the network you are on and they can help with any technical questions and security advice.


It is always our advice that young people only have ‘friends’ on these apps who are people that they actually know; this is a first step to keeping them safer online.


The first focus of the Police advice has been on keeping children safe, but they also advise that this new feature can be used by criminals who might be able to identify where you live and then when you are out. Consequently the Police advise caution about posting any pictures with valuable items or bicycles in the background that might show criminals exactly how and where items are stored.






Today was a non-uniform day in support of our friends at the Centre for the Rehabilitation of the paralysed, in Savar, Bangladesh. The money raised will be used to support families who have children with cerebral palsy, providing a school place, a family outreach worker, physiotherapy and speech therapy. Our donations go a long way in Bangladesh, and our children will have transformed the lives of three families today. Thank you for your support for this.








On Tuesday a group of our Year 12 Geography students attended a series of lectures and practical experiments at York University’s Environmental and Geography Department Open Day. The lectures were from a number of Professors and PhD students and our students examined peat cores from over 1000 years ago and checked for algae blooms from an Antarctic sea water sample taken from below the ice sheets.  These are cutting edge areas in the study of climate change and it was fascinating to see how well our students engaged with the challenge.






It was brilliant to be with our Governor Mrs Howes to see the presentation of our first Governors’ Award of 2017. Well done Lucy Stanton of Thompson House.




I was also delighted to present Gold Awards to Kiran Hussain and Sophie Skelton (both of Thompson House).





It was lovely to have so many Silver Awards this week too. Well done Amethyst Groves and Lily Wilkinson (Bucktrout); Tilly Brown, Emily Warbrick, Molly Jones, Jessica Robinson and Harvey Williams (Cooper); and Sophie Ferguson, Sama Rafinia, Ryan Liesener, Jacob Nicholson, Emma St John, Eva-Jae Douthwaite and Katy Geraghty (Donaldson).




Well done to Caitlin Ewart and Lily Thompson (Cooper) and Georja O’Neill and Madeleine Ball (Thompson) who were presented with their Bronze Awards.




Congratulations to Luke Jessey (Donaldson) who won the Roper Cup for earning the most CC points in a week, while Rachel Slater (Bucktrout), Benjamin Fasey, Molly Jones (Cooper) and Olivia Hessey (Donaldson) all had an excellent week.






I enjoyed meting Abigail Bentley, Milli Heffernan, Charlie Skelton, Jess Howell, and Emma Dodsworth today to congratulate them on achieving their Edge Apprentice certificates.






It was a joy to spend break with Tom March and Eva-Jay Douthwaite today. I am impressed with the maturity and determination with which they are going about their GCSEs. I am very proud of them both.







We held the first of our transition days this week, with a special welcome to Year 6 students who are the only students coming from their primary school. It was a great opportunity for them to make friends and become familiar with the site before next week’s full induction days.






Some of our gifted musicians performed in the EPOS summer concert at Wetherby High School on Thursday. It was an opportunity to work with students from six local schools to form an impromptu ensemble of 40 players. Well done to Maya Schottler,

Lucy Morgan, Joanie Groves, Joe Rudge, Daniel Garlick, Seb Gray, Luke Jessey and Harry Botterill.






This week our planned sporting events were cancelled due to the weather, however, we still managed to fulfil one fixture with the Year 7 cricket team playing Wetherby. We won the toss and elected to bat; Eva Jenkins and Ben Fasey top scored with 26 each before retiring, and we ended with 126 for 2. In response Wetherby scored 35 for 5 with our whole team fielding very well to keep the score down. Joe Young and Ben Fasey were our players of the match.


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