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Posted on: March 1st 2017

Safer Internet Day

Tuesday 7th February 2017 was Safer Internet Day, promoted by the UK Safer Internet Centre. The focus this year was "Be the change. Unite for a better internet". The purpose of the day was to look at the way young people share images online, and ask them to reflect on the potential negative and positive consequences of this. We want to encourage young people to ‘be the change’ and to share, and to help others, share images positively to make the internet a better place.

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In the IT & Computer Science department a series of special one off lessons were run to inform the pupils about Safer Internet Day and to try and challenge them to think about what they share online and what the consequences of this can be. Throughout their time at Hurstmere the pupils are taught about the various aspects of staying safe online and using a day like this we can promote this cause even further.

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Posted on: 20/09/2017

Totally Thames - Rivers of the World!

The  Rivers of the World project is run by the British Council, and aims to connect young people across the world with their local rivers and global partner schools. Hurstmere Art Department was successful in securing funding for our pupils to participate in this year's project. Twenty of our 'gifted and talented' pupils from year 8 and 9 took part in a two day Art workshop led by the visiting artist Shona Watt. The boys tackled the theme 'Resourceful River' - they investigated the range of fish that inhabit the River Thames and considered the issue of plastic pollution in our rivers and oceans. They then produced an impressive body of sculpture in response - working to recycle waste plastic water and drink bottles into art work. The resulting work was digitally recorded by Shona and combined into a photo mural. This has subsequently been exhibited as part of the Totally Thames Festival - in the GLA City Hall and on the South Bank in front of the Tate Modern! Our photo mural has also been sent electronically to be exhibited in Lagos Nigeria along side the work of our 'Rivers' partner school New Hall Academy. The project continues into 2018 when Hurstmere boys will get another opportunity to work alongside a professional artist - this time responding to our partner school's river '5 Cowrie Creek' in Lagos. Well done and thank you to this year's participants - Louis Dunk, Harry Turner, Alfie Peacock, Max Kelsey, Sam I'Anson, Sami Salih, Sebastian Neofitou, Joe Greenfield, Ben James, Frankie Svoma, Harrison Prangnell, Scott Durden, Louis Clark, Andrew Fastiggi, Sam Parsons, Jesse McKenna, Marcelo Pita, Luc Hulf, Max Boles and Oscar Davies - their conduct, attitude and creativity made them exemplary artistic global ambassadors for Hurstmere School. Mr D Blower  Head of Art