Anti-Bullying Week and Digital Footprints

Cranbrook students have been taking part in Anti-Bullying Week in tutorials.  The theme this year is ‘Choose Respect’ and ‘Stop Speak Support’.  The Anti-Bullying Alliance are focusing their campaign on cyberbullying and how to be an ‘upstander’ rather than a bystander when students witness cyberbullying. It is all too easy for online banter between friends (and acquaintances) to turn into bullying. More information about this campaign can be found here: Year 8 students have also been finding out about online privacy and their digital footprint in PSHE.  All students (and parents) should be encouraged to periodically check their digital footprint by searching for their name in quotation marks in a search engine.  It is important that all social media accounts have strict privacy settings and that students really consider the permanence of everything that they do, post and write on the internet and on social media. Here are some general points you could discuss with your child about their online presence:

  • What goes online stays online.
  • What would you do if someone was standing too close to you, or if strangers were asking nosy questions; What is the online equivalent?
  • Type your name into a search engine – you may be surprised by what comes up.
  • Ask permission before tagging photos or videos of friends and family.
  • Make sure your privacy settings are set to be strict.
  • You could be breaking the law if you make comments about someone online (it could be slanderous).
  • Consider the value of friendship: to be a friend, other people need to be decent, kind and supportive.
  • Consider the consequences of posting rude images online.
  • Remember, your search history is retrievable forever.


Kent Schools Swimming Association competition

Cranbrook will be supporting the Kent Schools Swimming Association (KSSA) individual competition on 12 January 2019. This is taking place at Hartsdown Pool in Margate, which is a 25m pool. Warm up commences at 12:30pm and competition starts at 1:20pm. We are looking to put together applications of experienced swimmers who would like to represent the school. There are three age groups for both girls and boys:

  • JUNIOR  aged 11 years and under 13 years  (Years 7 and 8)
  • INTERMEDIATE aged 13 years and under 15 years  (Years 9 and 10)
  • SENIOR  aged 15 years and under 19 years  (Years 11, 12 and 13)

There are five different races, as follows:

  • 100m Breaststroke
  • 100m Freestyle
  • 100m Backstroke
  • 100m Butterfly
  • 200m Individual Medley.

Students can only swim up two races, and each school is restricted to two children per race in each age group. A charge of £1 per swimmer per event will be levied – payment details to follow.  For more information about the association, see website:

If your child is interested, please get in touch with Jan Annan ( or Clodagh Norton ( As there are restrictions in numbers as mentioned above, we recommend that you get in touch as soon as possible to ensure your child gets a place.  Please check with your son/daughter that they are not required for a school Netball or Hockey match if in Year 9 upwards. The final list will be submitted to the competition organisers no later than 5th January 2019. If you would like more information you can contact Jan or Clodagh.

CSPA Race Night

We hope you can join the CSPA for their Race Night on Friday 23rd November from 7:00pm in the Dining Hall. Following on from the success of the first event, Race Night is back and promises to be better than ever! Have a flutter on pre-recorded races and join in the excitement. Get together with friends or meet new ones over a glass of wine or two! Includes a delicious supper. Tickets are £15 per person and are available to buy online from 29th October. Even if you can’t attend, it isn’t a non-starter as you can sponsor a race or a horse instead. Visit for more information.

Parent Information Evenings:

Year 11: Tuesday 20th November, 7:00pm – 8:00pm in the Queen’s Hall

Year 8: Wednesday 5th December, 7:00pm – 8:00pm in the Queen’s Hall

Year 9: Thursday 11th October, 7:00pm – 8:00pm in the Lecture Theatre

Year 12 : Monday 15th October, 7:00pm – 8:00pm in the Queen’s Hall

Year 10:  Monday 5th November, 7:00pm – 8:00pm in the Queen’s Hall

Year 7:  Tuesday 13th November, 7:00pm – 8:00pm in the Queen’s Hall

Tea and coffee will be available before each Information Evening, from 6:30pm. This will be served in the Lecture Theatre foyer for the Year 9 event on 11th October, and in the Dining Hall for the other events.

10 Apps teens are using that you should know about

Please see the document in the download section that outlines some of the more worrying apps currently being used by children and young people today. By identifying and understanding these apps, you can be better prepared when protecting your child from cyberbullying.

Supporting and helping your child to understand grief

Please see the document in the download section for some helpful tips and references to websites from our school counsellor, Gill McArthur, which you may wish to refer to.