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11/01/22

Our Y11 students enjoying the spectacle that is Quantum Theatre's rendition of Dickens' 'A Christmas Carol'. It was, to quote the man himself: "wonderful, wonderful, won-der-ful!" 👏🏼👏🏽👏🏿 Thank you 🎄📚 https://t.co/vsQtX6Xxuz

11/01/22

You have a raised an important issue here. It's important that we have the opportunity to discuss this further with you. Please contact the academy at your earliest convenience.

07/01/22

's Road Safety Team are currently looking for 3 School Crossing Patrol (SCP - lollipop persons) to join them in helping keep children and adults safe while crossing roads to school. More info. is attached! https://t.co/EqurduXfYj

05/01/22

Year 7 basketball is cancelled tonight and will instead be on Monday 10th and Wednesday 12th in preparation for their match on Thursday

05/01/22

Happy new year to all of our families! We are looking forward to welcoming students back to school today. COVID testing times and back to school arrangements are detailed below (as a reminder). Please make sure that students arrive at the correct time for their year group. https://t.co/33MQ7IaJn9

17/12/21

We have accumulated quite the collection of coats in lost property! Uncollected items will be held onto until January 14th and then donated to charity if unclaimed. https://t.co/OMheEHk7OF

17/12/21

Well done to everyone for taking part in the inter-house PE competitions this week. The overall winners for each year group are: Year 7 - Whitlock 🎉 Year 8 - Strike 🎉 Year 9 - Strike 🎉 https://t.co/ujvyPgrHcC

16/12/21

SMASHING end to the term for our debaters! KS3 Vs KS4, with our judges scoring a DRAW! Improvised closing speeches enabled a win in favour of the Proposition Team. Well done speakers: you were compelling, convincing, & thoroughly entertaining! 👏🏻👏🏿 https://t.co/GHeHCyz32K

16/12/21

Our Y13 Lit students were transported back to the ROARING '20s this week at the immersive Gatsby experience in London. They danced the Charlston, gave the characters marriage advice, & cried at Daisy's long-awaited reunion with Jay Gatsby. What a NIGHT! https://t.co/zDVU5Mr0SP

06/12/21

Year 8's posters to raise awareness of issues affecting our oceans are coming along beautifully... https://t.co/tRKL7hmlSA

06/12/21

Well done to the Year 8/9 Girls Football team who placed 2nd at the Harris Federation Football Tournament 🎉 https://t.co/Fe15fMk390

03/12/21

Fixtures for next week are as follows: Monday 6th December •Year 10/11 Boys Basketball v gateway (home) Wednesday 8th December •Year 9 Girls Netball v OPA (home) Thursday 9th December •Year 8/9 Boys Basketball v HACH (away) •Year 8 girls netball v St cleres (home)

03/12/21

Great turn out for the Year 8 and 9 Cricket Development Squat last night! https://t.co/pTKYrtTe9l

02/12/21

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Wonderful start to our day at with a lovely warm welcome from all the staff here and stairs to success! Great subject day for and trainees. https://t.co/U8V1nWcmwx

02/12/21

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Our ft PE Teacher David Roast educating us all things 🏉 https://t.co/Guxm9Bd9mv https://t.co/dRAyxS4oTZ

29/11/21

Unfortunately the year 7/8 girls football match has been cancelled. It will be rearranged for a later date.

29/11/21

Fixtures for this week are as follows: Monday 29th November •Yr 7/8 girls football v St Cleres (away) •Yr 7 Boys Basketball v WES (home) Wednesday 1st December •Yr 9 Harris Cup v Falconwood (away) Thursday 2nd December •Yr 8/9 Boys Basketball v Hassenbrook (home)

28/11/21

Today, we send peace and love to our Jewish families, as they light the shamash and first candle for the Festival of Lights...🕯💙 https://t.co/SWghWdXwJp

28/11/21

Today, we send warm wishes to our Christian families, as they mark the first Sunday of Advent. On this day, Christians light the candle of Hope to represent the hope that was felt for the coming of Christ 🙏🏼💙 https://t.co/VGQclWygef

24/11/21

Apologies however the year 7 Boys football match v Harris Wimbledon is cancelled tomorrow.

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Support for parents

Studies tell us that 99% of 13-17-year olds are in front of a screen for 20.5 hours per week.  With screens playing such an important role in not only education, but also contact with friends, how do we encourage our children to create a healthy screen-time balance?

Studies show that too much ‘screen time’ on any electronic device can have a direct impact on our mental health.

Here are some effective strategies for helping your children strike a healthy balance and look after their mental wellbeing;

  • Set limits on screen use for everyone in your house. This will differ for every family but set the limit and ensure everyone sticks to it. Once the time is up, no more screens until tomorrow!
  • Ensure the hour before bedtime is screen-free – this will ensure your child’s brain has time to “wind-down” before sleep
  • Avoid letting your child take their phone/tablet to bed with them (this is even a good tip for adults as well!). Find a communal place where all phones can be charged overnight
  • Build time into your child’s daily routine for non-screen activities. Reading, exercise, a walk, gardening, baking, board games… it can be anything just so long as it doesn’t involve a screen! If you just remove a child’s device with nothing to replace it, they will quickly become bored and even resentful, which can lead to a lot of resistance to stop the use of their device
  • Avoid letting your child have a screen during mealtimes. Use mealtimes as an opportunity to talk, communicate and catch up
  • Lead by example. If you expect your child to have screen-free time at meals or any other time – parents/carers/older siblings should follow the same rules. Each one of the tips above should also be applicable to adults in the family (wherever possible)

How do we effectively monitor our children’s use of screens and online material?

In many households, children are more tech savvy than adults. This can make it difficult for parents or carers to monitor what their children access online to ensure the content is always appropriate and to ultimately keep them safe.

Here are some helpful tips to help you with monitoring their online activity.

  • Wherever possible (and this might not be in busy households), ensure your child uses their device in a communal area. Could they set up a “workstation” at the kitchen table or in the dining room?
  • Stay engaged with what your child does online. The more you get involved and understand the things your child does online, the easier it is to gain respect and be influential in their digital world. Also, making screens part of family time, like a movie or an online games night, is one way to make it more inclusive and engaging
  • Use device settings on your child’s device to set time limits on certain apps. All consoles and some social platforms have in-built settings that allow you to set alerts to tell you when you’ve reached a certain amount of time on the platform and gives you a summary of time spent to support digital wellbeing
  • Set privacy and parental controls on your child’s device- a quick Google or YouTube search with the name of the device and ‘parental controls’ usually brings up useful information
  • If your child uses an app regularly and you are not aware of the content, download the app yourself or do a little investigation to check the content and features are age-appropriate. You can use these websites: https://www.net-aware.org.uk/ or https://www.commonsensemedia.org/ which outline the content and features of every app available
  • If your child has a profile on a particular app, you can download the app yourself and add their profile. This will enable you to monitor who they ‘follow’ or who is ‘following’ them online, as well as monitor any content they post or have access to
  • Talk about the online risks with your child. Be open and honest about the online risks teens face so they feel confident to talk to you if they get into trouble online – don’t overreact – remember that the dialogue is important and you want them to come back to you the next time they need support
  • Be aware of the signs of screen-time overuse. Often a sign that a child is spending too much time in front of a screen is when they may feel anxiety or stress if they are disconnected or separated from their phone. Lack of sleep and exercise may be a sign they need to take a break from their device
  • Make a “family agreement” about use and time online and ensure all in the household stick to it
  • Be aware of material accessed / shared. (The Internet Watch Foundation reported in 2020 over 68,000 webpages containing indecent images were removed)

Useful Websites

Harris Academy Ockendon recommends Kooth or shout 85258 to provide free, anonymous online counselling tailored to young people.

Their specialists are available every day and are on hand to support young people either over the phone or through instant messaging.

It can be used for any form of mental health support.

For further information, please visit their website at the links above.

In addition Thurrock’s Educational Psychology and School Wellbeing Services helpline offers support to young people and families.

You can contact them by phone (01375 652537) or email via sws@thurrock.gov.uk

Some other websites you may find useful are found below;

https://www.internetmatters.org/

https://www.childnet.com/

https://www.saferinternet.org.uk/

https://www.commonsensemedia.org/

https://www.net-aware.org.uk/

If you have any queries, questions or concerns, please feel free to contact a member of staff:

Miss Dodge, Assistant Principal, Designated Safeguarding Lead s.dodge@harrisockendon.org.uk

Mr Pearce, Vice Principal, Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead d.pearce@harriockendon.org.uk

Miss Thompson, Assistant Principal, Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead Alicia.thompson@harrisockendon.org.uk