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CCTV use at TGS

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It is believed that 9 out of 10 secondary schools in Scotland, Wales and England use CCTV in their schools. In 2012 100,000 cameras were installed in to secondary schools across Britain, 90% of schools use them to keep pupils and staff in the school safe.

The Gordon Schools is one of the many schools in Scotland to make use of CCTV.

Janitorial staff at the school monitor the cameras on 12 small screens and look out for anything that might be a risk for pupils and staff. They can use these cameras to look back on footage  if any member of staff from Senior management or Guidance has asked them to. There are twelve cameras located around the school in all the main areas and entrances.

Mr Mooty a member of the janitorial staff said “The CCTV system was installed about 5 years ago in 2010, we use this to keep watch of pupils and staff so they are not in risk of any danger. The cameras are positioned at entrances and exits and around the corridors to make sure that someone who isn’t meant to be in the school doesn’t come in. It helps me in my job every day to keep pupils and staff safe around the school. In general I think CCTV in the school is very good and helpful.”

Mrs Grant, a member of Senior Management had this to say about CCTV in the school, “I must admit CCTV makes my job a lot easier, when i have to deal with situations that don’t happen a lot at our school for example fighting, if I wanted to see what happened I would ask one of the janitorial staff for footage of the area where it happened. It also makes sure that no strangers come into the school. CCTV in our school is very good because it keeps the pupils and staff safe and out of danger,”

Overall CCTV in The Gordon Schools is a very valued piece of equipment which benefits the school every day and keeps our equipment, staff and pupils safe.

Reported by MC newsflash

 

Social Networking at TGS

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Social networking is a very popular thing in our school; not just with pupils but with teachers as well. There are many social networking sites e.g. Facebook , Instagram, Twitter, to name just a few.

Part of the BBC School Report Technology Challenge, our team made a survey about social network. We got four different classes to fill them in, some of the results were mixed and others were pretty similar.

One of the questions asked: How many people have signed up for at least one of the social networking sites underage?

Fifty five pupils were questioned; thirty three of them claim that they got one of the social network apps underage. This means that roughly 60% of the fifty five have signed up for Social Networking sites while still underage.

We asked further questions on the topic of Social Media sites and received the following results.

How many use the following social networking/media sites.

App Total
Facebook 42
Twitter 16
Snapchat 38
Instagram 39
Tumblr 7
Kik 25
Youtube Account 37

From the information gathered, Tumblr is the least popular one of the list and Facebook is the most popular. Instagram is just lagging behind with Snapchat just under it. A Youtube account, Kik and Twitter follow closely after.

These results are pretty much expected but the next question differed slightly from what the last table said.

Which of the following is most useful and that you use most?

App Total
Facebook 17
Twitter 1
Snapchat 14
Instagram 10
Tumblr 2
Kik 0
Youtube Account 6

According to this fifty out of the fifty five find these social networking sites useful, the majority thinking Facebook is the most useful.

From the results shown that social networking sites is an important part of some people’s lives. Facebook from them all is the most popular and most useful. Social network sites haven’t been around for that long but they are still rising quite quickly; evidence of that is Instagram, it isn’t even as old as Facebook but is behind it in popularity.

 

To conclude social networking sites are very popular for teenagers and probably will remain so for the next couple of years. Social networking isn’t just popular with teenagers but a range of age groups. The results might be a little bit different for adults compared to teens but they probably would stay relevantly the same. Another thing is that lots of people are getting under the legal age; this is probably because of rise of popularity and trying to fit in. In our school social networking is an important bit of life.

Reported by Team Z

Lunch Time Computing Facilities

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It has been debated if The Gordon Schools has enough computing facilities available for pupils during their spare time e.g. lunch, break and after school. Pupils often require computer access to complete homework assignments and to research chosen topics for school projects. of it is available to pupils in their spare time. Mr Forbes, the faculty head of business and IT, was interviewed on the subject and stated that there ‘’were adequate facilities’’ but he also

The Gordon schools have great computer accessibility but it is presumed that hardly any said that they were under used by pupils because they are too busy ‘’enjoying their lunch’’ when asked if there would be a problem with pupils using the facilities at lunch time he said “not a problem at all I would encourage it”

The Gordon schools have been at the fore front of technology since 1839, when the school was commissioned by the duchess of Gordon. This school has 5 computer rooms which are used during class time but are deserted during break and lunch even though the Wi-Fi covers these times.

On the schools computers the operating system is windows 7 even though the most recent operating system is windows 8. There is nothing wrong with windows 7 yet pupils believe that the computer suites are closed during lunch, before and after school. In reality the staff who have computers in their room are often happy to lend computers in the rooms to pupils in their spare time who must complete an assignment by a certain deadline.

In conclusion pupils have made a common misconception in relation to the computing facitlities in the Gordon Schools. Members of staff who are based in computer rooms are willing to assist in availability of the computers all the pupils have to do is ask.

By Team Viewpoint