THIS term we commence the running of some fantastic programs to support and engage identified students.
Police School Liaison Officer Senior Constable Alex Davies will be working with Joey Longford and a select group of students from Year 7-9 building self-esteem and respectful relationships through increased collaboration and teamwork opportunities available within these groups.
This will be a 'hands on' experience with students working on projects such as bicycle restoration together as a group.
Headspace will be offering in-school small group sessions from mid-way through this term to support emotional and social wellbeing of identified students which is a unique and valuable partnership between our school and this fantastic service.
Updated mobile policy for all
THIS term will see the introduction of an updated mobile phone/electronic Device Policy to safeguard our environment from unnecessary disruptions and distractions due to the unauthorised use of mobile phones and electronic devices in the classroom.
The classroom is a place for learning and as a school this is our core business.
This policy aims to clearly state the expectations for mobile phone/electronic device use while at school in keeping with our positive behaviour for learning (PBL) behaviour management processes.
In short, mobile phones/electronic devices are only to be seen and used in a classroom for educational purposes when asked by the teacher.
The use of a mobile phones in class may be warranted if the teacher, for example, requires students to look up a particular website for learning, to access a shared class drive on the computer or to film a performance for feedback. When not used for educational purposes at the direction of the staff member, phones and devices should be "off and away."
The school will reinforce the "off and away" message through signage and regular reference. Our PBL lessons will also be used to go through the updated mobile phone/electronic device policy with students so there is a clear understanding of expectations and consequences and to promote positive behaviour in relation to the responsible use of this technology.
This information will also be delivered to students at assemblies, some of which occurred last term. Most of our students are exceptionally responsible and respectful in their use of phones and devices at school and this is much appreciated.
This new policy acts as a constant reminder of the expectations and consequences if the use of these devices causes a negative impact to the teaching, learning and wellbeing environments within our school.
Phones and devices used in an inappropriate manner in the playground will also attract penalties in accordance with our PBL behaviour management process. The new policy is available on our school website.
Positive behaviour on agenda
OUR positive behaviour for learning focus lessons for this term will feature information and activities on: the appropriate use of technology; digital citizenship; right place, right time; following instructions; avoiding non-compliance; respect and speaking politely.
PBL tickets are given to students who exhibit our core values and expectations - being respectful, responsible learners.
Students can choose to enter their tickets in our PBL draws in weeks three, six and nine each term or accumulate 25 tickets for a merit award in pursuit of our ultimate merit honour - the platinum jacket.
There is also a major prize draw at the end of each term.
Congratulations to Jackson Bullivant who won the end of term major prize-a UE Boom 3.
Transition made easy
OUR year 6 transition program will commence in week four and continue for the remainder of term two on Wednesday afternoons.
We look forward to providing you with more information about this great program in the coming weeks and can't wait to meet our newest students.
Congratulations to Heidi Whyatt, Ethan Fazekas, Blake Eisenhut, Victoria Glenn, Farhad Hussaini, Summer Fattore, Chase Lee (Year 7), James Hudson, Kade Godden, Ella Cregan and Shallan Stockton (Year 8) on being awarded a Bronze Diploma.
Jenna Elliott (Year 12) received a gold diploma.
Recipients of executive awards were Connor Cregan, Ethan Fazekas, Bailey Bennett (Year 7), Jana Deaton, Jessica Wells, Seth Sgroi (Year 8), Teha Martin, Sophie Morgan-Smith, Sophie Mannall (Year 9), Rhea Fairweather, Alison Moller (Year 10), Taylor Moore, Bree McKellar, Michael Wang (Year 11), Lara Cameron, Tamara Bartram and Ella Saddler (Year 12).