Duke of Edinburgh Award
At Chatham Grammar School for Girls we offer students the opportunity to work towards a Duke of Edinburgh Award from Year 9. We work in conjunction with Medway Open Award Centre which allows access to the Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards.
Current students can access more information about achieving the awards via the school VLE.
Are you keeping yourself safe online?
Internet Safety - Follow these simple rules to keep you safe!
Never give out personal details to online friends you do not know offline. Personal details include your e-mail address, mobile phone number, school name, any clubs you go to, arrangements for meeting up with friends and any pictures or videos of yourself, family or friends. Small pieces of information can easily be pieced together to form a comprehensive insight in to your life and daily activities.
Think carefully about the information and pictures you post on your profile; once published online, anyone can change or share these images of you. Do not to post any pictures, videos or information on your profile, or in chat rooms, that you would not want a parent or carer to see.
If you receive spam or junk e-mail and texts, never believe their contents, reply to them or use them.
Do not open files that are from people you don't know. They could contain a virus or an inappropriate image or film.
Some people lie online and that therefore it's better to keep online mates online.
Never meet up with any strangers without being in the company of an adult you trust.
Always tell someone (your parent/carer/teacher etc.) about something which makes you feel uncomfortable.
Useful links for more information:
Sites to visit for advice/help: www.thinkuknow.co.uk: the main UK Government website with advice for on how to keep safe online
www.ceop.police.uk: the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) is the Government body dedicated to eradicating abuse of children. Concerns about inappropriate contacts between a child and an adult, including online, can be reported directly to CEOP. There is usually an option available to "report abuse to CEOPS ", on most social networking sites, like Facebook - simply click the "button".
www.iwf.org.uk: the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) works to remove illegal material from the internet. If you have found any material you believe to be illegal e.g. child sex abuse images or other obscene material, you can report it to the IWF.
http://www.childline.org.uk/ Childline is a service provided by the NSPCC, operated by trained volunteer counsellors. It is the UK's free, 24-hour helpline if you are distressed or in danger. you can call the free helpline for support: 0800 11 11.
www.there4me.com is another support service provided by the NSPCC. Using this website, you can talk confidentially to NSPCC advisors online about any issues or problems you may be experiencing, using an application similar to Instant Messenger (IM).
What is cyberbullying?
N.B. Excerpts are taken from the http://www.direct.gov.uk/ website:
"Cyberbullying" is when a young person is tormented, threatened, harassed, humiliated, embarrassed or otherwise targeted by another young person, using the Internet, interactive and digital technologies or mobile phones. The methods used are limited only by the child's imagination and access to technology.
Cyberbullying is just as harmful as bullying in the real world. If you see it happening, report it. Don't ignore it. Remember to always tell someone because ........
...... laugh at it and you are a part of it!
The effects of cyberbullying
Even though cyberbullying cannot physically hurt someone, it can still leave them feeling mentally vulnerable and very upset. They can also feel scared, lonely and stressed and that there’s no way out.
Escaping cyberbullying can be very difficult. Because anyone can get access to a mobile phone or the internet almost anywhere, it can be tough for those on the receiving end to avoid it, even in the safety of their own home.
Why do cyberbullies do it?
There’s no simple answer for why some people choose to cause pain to others by bullying them. There are lots of possible reasons, but here are some common ones:
it can be simply a case of someone being in the wrong place at the wrong time
some people who cyberbully think that they won’t get caught if they do it on a mobile phone or on the internet
the people who cyberbully are jealous, angry or want to have revenge on someone, often for no reason at all
cyberbullies often think that getting their group of friends to laugh at someone makes them look cool or more popular
some people also bully others as a form of entertainment or because they are bored and have too much time on their hands
many do it for laughs or just to get a reaction
Advice if you are being bullied
Talk to an adult you can trust
Write down an honest account of what has happened and how you feel – be 100% truthful
Do something. To do nothing encourages the bullies.
Do not try to deal with the problem on your own.
Do not retaliate.
Information coming soon.
Learning Resources - RM Portico
RM Portico currently supports Firefox, Chrome, Safari 5 and 6 and Internet Explorer and we are planning to upgrade RM Portico to support Windows 10 Edge browser very soon.
The security warning message that students receive at home to say that the site is unsafe, is normal, as the security certificate is unsigned. Students should ignore this message.
Click here to take you RM Portico
Extra Curricular Clubs
It is important to us that our students have an enjoyable experience at school and that they have an opportunity to develop a range of interests and skills. For this reason, we offer a wide and varied programme of extra- curricular activities. There are numerous day and residential visits, including trips abroad. The PE Department offers a range of extra-curricular sporting opportunities and we also have a thriving Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme.
The students are encouraged to contribute to the local and wider community and volunteering and charity work are an important part of the life of the school. One of the most popular events is the annual ‘Rag Week’ in October which involves students from all year groups and raises substantial funds for our chosen charities.