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Faction Carnival

Our school’s Faction Athletics Carnival will be held on Thursday 17th September 2020. As the Premier has extended the COVID 19 Phase 4 restrictions until the beginning of next term we will need to adhere to these conditions. There will be a change to the format as has been announced earlier this term, however lunch and play arrangements have been modified to enable the school to host the event. This will mean that students will play in an area designated away from the parent group during recess. They will eat their lunch in the Faction areas and then play in this area during their lunch break. Parents will need to remain within their own designated areas and not enter the student areas. More specific information regarding our Athletics Carnival can be found elsewhere in this newsletter. A very big thank you to Mr Puccinelli and Mr Brown for their efforts in organising this event.

Online Safety and Appropriate Behaviours

Just like the real world, the Internet can be full of amazing information, positive people to interact with and ideas to spark creativity and thought. However, just like the real world, it also has its dangers, inappropriate content, misinformation and harmful social interactions. In both worlds the good outweighs the bad and with care and education both can be safely navigated.

The students in Year 4-6 as Early Adolescents are beginning to act more independently with peer relationships and risk taking becoming more prevalent both in person and online.

At school we must focus on creating a safe environment for all students and as such actively and explicitly talk to the students about the type of relationships with their peers that are appropriate for school. Just as adults need to adhere to a code of conduct that is equal and safe for all in their workplace, students need the same surety for school. This means that sexual, racial or personal harassment of any kind is not tolerated. At school we address the health and growth of students in an educative manner during health lessons as is appropriate. Students having a “girlfriend” or “boyfriend” at this age is a part of experimenting and growing up, however this is often very difficult to navigate and can create many negative feelings and consequences. The students are well aware of our school agreements and know that these behaviours are not to be evident on the school grounds. Our experience is that it can cause harassment, embarrassment and humiliation of others and bullying behaviour both in person and online. We request that you support us to keep the school a place of learning and safe behaviours where all students can enjoy friendships with all their peers and be able to concentrate on their learning. Please talk to you children about responsible and appropriate behaviours for school as we want all students to retain their good standing and have a great year.

Teachers are continually teaching students sound educational and safe practices for online interactions and, in accordance with our Acceptable Use Policy and student Personal Device Usage Agreements, monitor student laptops often. When remotely monitoring the student machines since their return to school we have found an increased use of social media both during school times and home hours. We do not permit social media sites or applications to be used during school unless under the direct supervision of a teacher (for example YouTube educational videos or our monitored Google email within our school domain). Communication with parents, friends or relatives during school hours using mobile phones or social media is a breach of the Education Department’s Acceptable Use Policy. If you wish to communicate with your child during school hours, please contact the office who will assist you with this.

Many of the inappropriate interactions during the use of social media and gaming applications occur after school when students are using their phones, game consoles or laptops. You can help your child in many simple ways to ensure these interactions are safe and appropriate. Your child is probably using the internet independently at home and can come across many risks from content, contact and conduct.

You can help your child learn to manage internet safety risks by:

  • Being a role model and talking with your child about online content and activities.
  • Taking an interest in your child’s online activities. This builds trust and encourages your child to talk to you about online worries.
  • Supporting your children to ensure that they are using it in the safest possible manner and becoming good digital citizens.
  • Setting clear guidelines in relation to internet usage, when it can be used, for how long, and where they can use it
  • Checking your child’s Internet history at random times and discussing the sites they access to ensure they are appropriate sites.

There are many sites that offer advice and help to parents and children and our website has links to these. Here are a couple that are really good: