15 Mar 2019

Message from the Principal

Dear Parents

We are living in exciting, fast paced and uncertain times. As I have discussed in previous newsletters, many organisations are striving to become more adaptiveand agile as a means to cope with this change phenomenon. I recently read the World Economic Forum “The Future of Jobs Report 2018”, and it has reinforced the idea that our future will be full of opportunities and challenges.

In the Key Findings the report states:

“As technological breakthroughs rapidly shift the frontier between the work tasks performed by humans and those performed by machines and algorithms, global labour markets are undergoing major transformations. These transformations, if managed wisely, could lead to a new age of good work, good jobs and improved quality of life for all, but if managed poorly, pose the risk of widening skills gaps, greater inequality and broader polarization. As the Fourth Industrial Revolution unfolds, companies are seeking to harness new and emerging technologies to reach higher levels of efficiency of production and consumption, expand into new markets, and compete on new products for a global consumer base composed increasingly of digital natives’ (p. vii).

The report also identifies ‘four specific technological advances—ubiquitous high-speed mobile internet; artificial intelligence; widespread adoption of big data analytics; and cloud technology—are set to dominate the 2018–2022 period as drivers positively affecting business growth.’ The report also places jobs into categories of ‘New Roles, Stable Roles and Redundant Roles’. New roles include jobs such as Data Analysts and Scientists, AI and Machine Learning Specialists, Big Data Specialists and Digital Transformation Specialists. Some of the predicted redundant roles include factory workers, van drivers and bank tellers.

The future will be about the adoption of new technologies and how they impact on our lives. As parents and educators we play a key role in how we prepare our young people to live, work and play in this ever changing technology society.  We need to constantly review our response to technology and how our young people are interacting with it. As you are aware, we are currently reviewing our digital devices policy in a response to parental feedback. Please register to our ROAR focus group on Saturday 23 March from 9.00am to 11.00am on this link if you would like to contribute to this discussion.

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I also invite all our parents to a keynote presentation from a leading expert on cyber-safety. Three events are being held across ESF, with a session at KGV School on Thursday 11 April at 6.30pm. Please see below information and registration process regarding this event.

At KGV School we accept that new technologies are a part of life, and they can have positive and negative impacts. It is about working together as a community to ensure our young people have the skills and understanding to use technology responsibly. As adults, we have a job to educate, protect and help manage how our young people interact with technology. It will be an ongoing learning process for us as parents and educators. As a learning community, I am optimistic that if we work together to prepare your child, our student as this ‘fourth industrial revolution’ unfolds around us.

Dear Parents

Cyber-safety Presentation – ‘Growing Up Online’

You are cordially invited to an informative and entertaining presentation, ‘Growing Up Online’, by Australian cyber-safety expert Susan Mclean. The session will be delivered with Susan Mclean’s famous ‘no-nonsense’ approach and cover the positive benefits of technology, as well as what parents need to be aware of in terms of children’s cyber-safety. Topics include:

  • What are kids doing online – The popular social networking sites and apps such as Secret Calculator, Musical.ly, Instagram and Yubo as well as live streaming sites.
  • Online Grooming – What is it and when/how does it occur? What are the warning signs and what to do if you suspect this is happening to your child.
  • Cyberbullying – What it is, where it happens, what it looks like, how to prevent it and what to do if it occurs. Also the legal consequences and the possible criminal charges.
  • Sharing Nudes – The taking and sending of explicit images. The social and emotional consequences as well as the Law.
  • Top Tips – How to assist the children in your care to stay safe online via parental controls and restriction passcodes.
  • Problematic Internet use and gaming issues.

The session will conclude with time for questions. Tickets are HK$200 per person and they can be purchased from the links below:

We look forward to seeing you there.

Best regards

English Schools Foundation
25/F 1063 King’s Road, Quarry Bay, Hong Kong
T: +852 2574 2351|F: +852 2818 5690|Email: info@esfcentre.edu.hk

Kind regards

Mark Blackshaw
King George V