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Westacre E-Safety Mascot

 

As part of Safer Internet Day 2017, pupils were challenged to take part in a competition to design their own e-safety mascot. As well as raising the profile of online safety around school, pupils who took part also earned house points for their respective houses. The entries were judged by our Cyber Council members, who chose entries by Grace in 5TS and Jade in 6BB for a special mention, but chose the following as the overall winner:

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The creator of our very own Cyber Cat is Isabel in Year 7 and this design will be used on some letters home and be displayed around school to help remind all pupils about the importance of being safe when using the internet.

E-Safety Webpages

 

Yet again, Year 5 pupils have been working together to create collaborative class webpages about online safety. Here is the one created by 5TS, with Cyber Council member Mya playing a lead role in it:

Safer Internet Day 2017

 

Once more, we look forward to taking part in Safer Internet Day at Westacre. Next February, we will be running a range of events with the aim of 'uniting for a better internet'. This will include whole school assemblies, class discussions, j2e webpages and our second county-wide poster competition.

In preparation for their whole school Safer Internet Day assembly, Cyber Council have been busy creating their own e-safety video. Have a look below:

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E-Safety Webpages

 

Within their Computing lessons, Year 5 have been working together to create collaborative webpages sharing their ideas about online safety. Click below to see some of the classes' creations:

Poster Winners Announced

 

We are incredibly pleased to announce that over 1,000 entries were received for the county-wide E-Safety poster competition we organised! This meant our cyber council members had a very big responsibility of shortlisting the top 50 entries ready to take with them to Hindlip Hall. Once there, our digital leaders worked with Mr Laniosh (ICT consultant), Barrie Sheldon (Deputy West Mercia Police and Crime Commisioner) and staff from J2E to judge the best entries. It was a very tough decision, but in the end, the final children were chosen as winners of the 2016 Westacre Safer Internet Day Poster Competition:

 

Jen from Sycthampton Primary School, Stourport-on-Severn)

Emma from The Chantry School (Martley)

Sarah Jane from Heathfields School (Kidderminster)

Emily from Catshill Middle School (Bromsgrove)

Harriet from Westacre Middle School (Droitwich)

Worcestershire is 'Playing its Part for a Better Internet'

 

We have started to receive entries from across the county to our E-Safety poster competition. So far, entries have been delivered to us from schools in Worcester, Bromsgrove, Stourport -on-Severn and, of course, Droitwich. Here are Oliver and Emma (members of our Cyber Council) receiving entries from our friends and neighbours at Chawson First School. Then Daria, Leah and Olivia can be seen with pupils from Westlands First School, while Katie, Freya and Will helped collect entries from children at Wychbold First and Nursery School.

Click the link below to see some of the wonderful entries we've received to the E-Safety poster competition.

Safer Internet Day 2016

 

February 9th was a very important and special today at Westacre! It was the day when we joined schools, businesses, charities and other groups across the globe in marking Safer Internet Day. As a school, we work hard to remind both our pupils and our wider community about how fun the internet can be fine, as well as encouraging them to be safe online. Our pupils took part in a range of activities on this particular day, with the theme 'Play your part for a better internet' at the heart of everything they did. They learned lots, came up with many of their own ideas and tips and showed great creativity. Take a look at photographs of classes in all year groups taking part with much enthusiasm and maturity.

E-Safety Poster Competition

 

We are very proud to announce that Westacre Middle School is taking a lead role in organising an exciting event across Worcestershire. Alongside our partners in the Westacre Computing Community and the Catshill Learning Partnership, we have set up a poster competition that children from across our county can take part in. The initiative is part of our commitment to Safer Internet Day 2016, as well as supporting the IT provision for all children in our wider community. Entries are welcome from all children in Worcestershire, including of course our own pupils at Westacre (who can produce posters digitally and share them with Mr Barber or Cyber Council via J2E, or alternatively pass hand-made versions to members of the Cyber Council in their year group). All entries received will in fact be judged by Westacre Cyber Council members (who therefore will not be taking part in the competition!) at the West Mercia Police Headquarters at Hindlip Hall. A range of prizes are available so make sure you include as much detail as possible about online safety and be creative!

Safer Internet Day 2016

 

SiD will soon be here! As usual, Westacre will be supporting this day with a range of events, including a special whole school assembly led by our own Cyber Council pupils.

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To find out more about the day itself and the many organisations around the country (including Westacre of course) who are taking part in this very useful, important event, click the link below:
Stay tuned to this part of the website for more information about what activities we will be doing during the week beginning the 8th of February to help us all 'Play our part for a better internet'.

Cyber Council Website Content

 

With our new Cyber Council now up and running, they will be adding lots of content to this website as the year goes on. This will include information about what they do when they meet, as well as some crucial internet safety messages. Please click the link below to navigate directly to the Council's home on our school website.

Cyber Council Created

 

Our first ever Cyber Council has now been set up. From all of the online applications that we received from pupils across school, the following children have been chosen:

 

Year 7) Bradley, Leah and Olivia

Year 6) Harry, Daria, Katie J and Freya

Year 5) Will C, Emily, Emma, Keyra and Phoebe

 

These children will represent the rest of our pupils in meetings about the Computing curriculum, technology across school and e-safety. They will help to lead assemblies about online safety and also visit some of our local first schools to spread the word. The group will meet on a weekly basis to discuss various issues, as well as creating content for this website.

 

If you're not sure who these pupils are, take a look at the Cyber Council display in our ICT suite to see some photographs of our newly formed group.

VIP Visitor

 

In recognition of our efforts with E-Safety, the West Mercia Police and Crime Commissioner Bill Longmore came in to school recently to meet some of our pupils and hear about the e-safety webpages they have been creating, the activities they took part in during Safer Internet Day and how they are teaching other pupils and adults about online safety. Bill was impressed with what we are doing as a school and was full of praise in particular for Finley C, Freya, Isabel J and Lily-Mai from Year 5 who spoke to him with such confidence and knowledge.

Social Networking TV News Report

 

Pupils from Year 5 had an amazing opportunity to visit the Sky TV studios and create their own news report. They created a film about the use of 'social networking' on the internet to help teach all of the people in our school community (pupils, parents and staff) about the importance of online safety. Please go the Year 5 section of this website to find out more about what they children did on the day.

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The TV report created by these children was then shown to the whole school in an assembly a couple of weeks later. You can now watch the film here and learn a few things you may not have known about social networking (as well as being incredibly impressed by the many skills shown by the Year 5 pupils in creating the report).

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Spreading the word

 

At our school, both pupils and adults work hard to make sure the message about staying safe online reaches all of the people in our school community. However, we have been excited to hear news that our efforts with e-safety have been making a difference in other schools and communities around the country. One of these schools is Amblecote Primary School in Dudley, whose school cyber council have placed a link on their website to this very section of our school website to help teach their children about ways to stay safe online.

 

Of course, we would like to return the favour so click the link below to go to Amblecote's e-safety page, which has advice and games about online safety.

E-Safety Challenge

 

As part of Safer Internet Day, all of the children in school were challenged to create their own webpages about what they had learned. Here are the winning entries, chosen for their use of a range of Computing skills as well as the many important tips they give about staying safe online.

How to stay safe online

 

As part of their normal Computing lessons, 5PB have been learning about ways to have fun on the internet and how to make sure they stay safe when online. Please click on the link below, to see the website the children in this class have produced by working collaboratively together. There are many useful tips for everyone in school to think about whenever they are working or playing on the internet on this site. Well done 5PB for creating your own website and for sharing with all of us some very important ideas!

To help launch this section of our website, we will be taking part in International Safer Internet Day on Tuesday 10th February. Take a look at this link to give you some clues about what we will be doing to help us 'Create a Better Internet Together'.
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