Internet safety competition at Chichester high school

Overall winners Siani Proctor and Megan Hugo, with head teacher Yasmin Maskatiya
Overall winners Siani Proctor and Megan Hugo, with head teacher Yasmin Maskatiya

THERE has been a ‘fantastic’ response from schools looking to highlight internet safety day.

Chichester High School for Girls hosted a competition last week to get schools looking at staying safe online by creating online videos.

“The quality of the videos they presented were phenomenal,” said girls’ school assistant head teacher Assheton Woodall.

“So much so that there was very little difference between key stage two to key stage five.”

One of the judges was Chichester Police’s district commander Justin Burtenshaw, whom Assheton said was especially impressed with all the work he saw.

“The police were so impressed with it,” he said, “They said that it delivers a message more powerful than they can put out.”

The video is being published on the school’s website to help spread the word.

Planning for the day started in December, with invites sent out in January.

“To get 15 schools turning out for the first time was fantastic,” said Assheton.

“We’ve had some lovely feedback from some of the schools. It was a really good success.”

He described the winning video, by Chichester High School for Girls students Siani Proctor and Megan Hugo. It featured different-coloured sweets talking online, with none of them knowing who they were talking to and red sweets pretending to be blue sweets.

As well as the overall winner, there were winners in the key stage categories.

Pam Bushby, communities interventions manager at Chichester District Council was one of the judges.

“Can I just say as someone from an outside organisation I thought yesterday’s event was absolutely fantastic,” she said.

“The work, imagination and creativity shown in the production of the videos were amazing.

“They looked professional and promoted the key e-safety messages perfectly. What a talented group of young people.”

Little Green School, in Compton, was the winning key stage two school.

The key stage three prize went to the Bourne Community College for its film entitled Friend or Foe.

Chichester High School for Girls won the key stage four prize – prior to being announced the overall winner, with Chichester College triumphing for key stage five.