1-1 Laptop Program 2021
Thank you to all the parents of Year Four and new students in Year 5 or 6 who have joined, or are in the process of joining, the program this year. Teachers and students will spend the first few weeks establishing agreements that will give the grounding for high standards of self-regulation at school and safety online. Explicitly teaching how to responsibly and appropriately use technology and communication tools provides students with the skills and knowledge to make informed and appropriate choices now and in the future. To help keep informed about digital citizenship and online safety visit our digital citizenship page on our website.
In such busy times, inevitably some parents miss our annual information sessions in Nov/Dec. If you have questions, our website has information and Frequently Asked Questions to assist you.
The technical aspects of the program are also being established in the first couple of weeks. When you bring your laptop in to school the technicians “image” them. This means settings and software that are school specific are put onto the laptops to ensure a safer and more effective experience.
When the machines are imaged, a note is sent home with information regarding setting up passwords and home wireless, more information and “how to” tutorials can be found on the Apple Support site. We have a technician onsite every day except Wednesday. Your child is able to let the technician know of any issues with their machine by logging a job on the Helpdesk which you can access through the Helpdesk link on our website home page or by informing their teacher.
If your child is bringing in an iPad, a list of essential Apps and some information regarding their use at school will be sent home soon.
We are excited to begin the journey with your children to engage in rich learning tasks and teach them how to become responsible digital citizens.
If you are interested in attending a “hands on” introduction to Macbook workshop at school please fill in the form below, if enough interest is indicated a time and date will be advertised in the next newsletter.
Introduction to Macbook Workshop
Landsdale Leaders 2021
Congratulations to the following students who have been selected to represent Landsdale Primary School as ministers or faction captains next year:
Lily W - Prime Minister Girl
Namra P - Prime Minister Boy
Arya K - Communications Minister
John M - Health and Welfare Minister
Xavier A - Publicity Minister
Molly C - Science Minister
Liana D - Sports Minister
Aiden S - Environment Minister
Brodie V-B - Visual Arts Minister
Chloe X - Music Minister
Aiden R - ICT Minister
Sienna I - Cassia Faction Captain
Leon A - Cassia Faction Captain
Viktorija P - Cassia Vice-Captain
Peter D-M - Cassia Vice-Captain
Sophie S - Banksia Faction Captain
Kirtan D - Banksia Faction Captain
Femi P - Banksia Vice-Captain
Ethan C - Banksia Vice-Captain
Gemma N - Hovea Faction Captain
Austin D - Hovea Faction Captain
Kanchi D - Hovea Vice Captain
Nathaniel R - Hovea Vice Captain
Angelina S - Grevillea Faction Captain
Alex J - Grevillea Faction Captain
Kiara K - Grevillea Vice-Captain
Stefan J - Grevillea Vice-Captain
Early Childhood Busy Bee
Thank you to the following parents for their help with our Early Childhood Busy Bee on Saturday 24th October.
Stacey and Brett Pickles
We also would like to thank the many staff members and their families who helped.
2021 Parent Funded 1-1 Laptop Program
Is your child entering Year 4 in 2021 or are you considering joining your year 5 or 6 child into the 1-1 program? Read on!
Our parent funded 1-1 Laptop program ensures our students have the best opportunities to acquire essential skills in digital technologies and STEM for their future. We recognise and value the parents of our senior students’ commitment to their children’s education.
Parents have the option of choosing the MacBook Air 13” or the latest iPad for the program. Teachers, students and our parent representatives all strongly recommended the MacBook as the school’s preferred device.
The response from parents this year has been overwhelmingly positive, with 83% of students having their own device, and of those, all were MacBooks.
For 2021 we continue to recommend the MacBook Air 13” as the preferred device, while including the option of the iPad; there is also a leasing option for both devices.
We recommend the MacBook Air 13” over the iPad for the following reasons, the MacBook:
- is sturdier and has greater longevity, students often using their laptops through to secondary schooling.
- has stronger parental controls and Remote desktop for teacher supervision of student use.
- is more powerful and has more features within applications common to both Mac and iPad eg. Pages, Garageband, iMovie, google suite and Microsoft office 365.
- is easier to use for staff and students when accessing tools for learning like the internet, google suite and network resources.
- has a larger screen and keyboard.
- has better tools for applications, student monitoring and network resources, eg. being able to have the school image, teachers being able to monitor student usage in real time.
We partner with Winthrop Australia to obtain the best educational prices and onsite technical support. They provide a convenient and easy online portal for you to order a device for your child. If you source a device elsewhere consider the portal information to compare accurately. Visit the Winthrop Portal for more information.
Prior to purchasing a device, please attend one of our parent information sessions for more information and discussion with our 1-1 leadership team:
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.