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Monkton pupils opt to go phone free this Friday

Thursday, 09 November 2017

A group of students at Monkton Combe School have asked the almost unthinkable of their fellow pupils - to go ‘phone free’ for a whole day.

The request from the school prefects for everyone to take a day away from their phones has been met with wide acceptance across the campus in Monkton Combe, so this Friday 10th of November 2017 the whole of the Senior School is going to be phone free.

The mobile free day has also been adopted by staff at the school who are having to put away their smartphones and join the initiative to be free from the small screen.

The aim of the school’s phone free Friday is to create an environment which encourages more conversations, and helps students to think about the pressures of social media which can leave young people feeling less confident and more anxious.

Deputy Head Pastoral at the Senior School Jonathan Morley said, “We know that for our students mobile phones are a key part of their world and they bring many positives. We also know however that without the right boundaries and guidance they can be a negative influence on their lives.”

“I am so pleased that the school is able to support this phone free initiative by the students themselves. It will be a real challenge for all of us I’m sure, so we are all keen to see how we get on without mobile technology at our side.”

Monkton Combe School, just a mile from Bath, is an independent, co-educational boarding and day school for pupils aged 2-19.
 
If the day is successful the school is considering introducing more phone free days in the future.

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