|Thursday June 15||Try a Skill Day|
|Friday June 16||Bioscience Selective Test|
LMG Sports Gala Day
|Tuesday June 20||Sydney North Cross Country|
(postponed from June 8)
|Wednesday June 21||Stage 4 Parent Teacher Interviews 4-6 pm|
Showcase Learning Project
|Thursday June 22||Shark & Ray – Year 11 Marine Studies|
|Monday June 26||Zone Athletics|
|Tuesday June 27||Careers Expo|
|Wednesday June 28||Stage 5 Parent Teacher Interviews 4-6 pm|
Showcase Learning Project
|Thursday June 29||Year 12 Physics Expo|
|Friday June 30||NAIDOC Day|
Last day of Term 2
From the Principal
Keeping Children Safe – Working With Children Checks and Declarations
A number of policies and procedures exist in schools and between schools and external agencies to help keep children safe. In the last year, there have been major changes to the “Working With Children Check (WWCC)” procedures that are in line with current government legislation.
For staff, this has meant that every staff member in the school has paid to obtain a WWCC, which must be cleared and kept renewed throughout their career.
For schools, this means that we must ensure that every visitor to the school has the appropriate level of screening applied, as fits the category into which they fall.
For the vast majority of parents, there will be no change and we welcome you to the school to celebrate the milestones in your child’s learning.
These new procedures will only apply to parents acting as volunteers e.g. working in the canteen, driving students to sport. In this case, we need to have a record of the declaration that states there is no impediment to you working/volunteering in a child related environment and 100 points proof of identity. We only need to collect this information once and then it is stored securely to ensure that an individual’s privacy is respected and ensured.
Yes, we know most of our parents and this is not about trust, but about following legislation. I hope you can understand that our office staff are learning the new procedures for each category of visitor to the school and the differing requirements for each and, therefore, they may need a little more time or communication with you to ensure that we comply with the policy which, after all, has been set in place to keep all children safe.
Ms Anne Vine
From our Deputy Principals
On Wednesday evening last week I attended the widely advertised Cyber Awareness Forum at Mingara. This very informative event was hosted by the Central Coast P&C Association and presented by one of our School Liaison Police Officers, Senior Constable Peter Hughes.
The following dot points are comments made that I thought were most important:
- If a person posts, sends , retains or distributes an explicit image of a young person under the age of 18, it is a criminal offence and regarded as child pornography. It can result in a 3 year gaol sentence and/or $11,000 fine. This is regardless whether consent is given.
- Using the Internet is like driving a car; you need to act safely to remain safe.
- The vast majority of kids use technology properly the vast majority of the time.
- What goes online stays online forever.
- Parents are encouraged to look at the apps on their kids’ phone regularly.
- When kids are given a phone, a contract is recommended on its ownership and use. Examples can be found online.
- Users of technology should apply the Grandma Test. If you are not prepared to show Grandma what you are viewing or sending, then don’t do it.
- Just because you can send, text or post does not mean you have to. Consider the impact on the recipient.
- Parents need to be good role models (monkey see, monkey do).
- Passwords should be at least 8 characters long with a combination of upper case, lower case, numbers and symbols.
- A major focus of the presentation was the importance of parents keeping open communication with their kids.
- The Office of the eSafety Commissioner is a valuable and comprehensive resource to obtain advice on cyber safety, including cyber bullying. There is a section devoted to parent concerns and I encourage all families to look at it. You can find this at https://esafety.gov.au
- The number for Kids Help Line is 1800 55 1800.
I also picked up a useful pamphlet that describes possible concerns parents may have and advice on what can be done. The topics covered are:
- Cyber bullying
- Social networking
- Unwanted contact
- Too much time online
- Inappropriate, offensive and illegal content
- Help and resources.
This information can also be found on the website above.
If you have any concerns or wish to seek advice please contact me.
Congratulations to this fortnight’s PBL voucher winners: Acacia Vajngerl (8) and Charlee Krix-Saladine (10).
Mr Scott White
CORE VALUE RESPECT: RIGHT GEAR UNIFORM
Year 7 has been fantastic this year in relation to the wearing of school uniform; however, the last week or so has seen a number of students wearing jumpers and pants that are not school uniform. Interestingly, a number of Year 7 students who were in coloured jumpers/sloppy joes last week indicated that they had correct school jumpers at home, but chose not to wear them.
We ask all parents and carers to support the school by having their child wear correct school uniform.
Frequently, when I speak to students about their wearing of non-uniform items, I ask them what they would do if they had a job (eg McDonalds or Woolworths) which required them to wear uniform or if they were part of a sporting team that had a uniform. The answer is always the same. They tell me that they would not go to work without their uniform or that they would not be allowed on the sporting field if they did not have their uniform. Hence, they wear uniform. I am asking that the same respect be given to the school which they attend. One of our core values is ‘Respect’, of which a subset is ‘right gear’. This refers not only to bringing the correct equipment to school for learning, but also to wearing correct uniform.
A quick snap of a couple of Year 8 students wearing correct uniform were taken on Friday and are included below.
If you have any questions regarding uniform, please contact me at school.
Year 12: Research Evidence and What Works for Success In Year 12
Extensive research into students who have performed well in the HSC has yielded that there are a unifying set of characteristics that contribute to success in the senior year of school. The research has shown that it is not who are the ‘smartest’ who necessarily gain the top marks, but those who adopt certain beliefs, work practices and habits. In this week’s newsletter, I will outline six of these, with the remainder being included in the last newsletter of the term.
- Success starts with a positive mind set.
- Self-belief is the door to success
- Believing a great result is possible
- Believing you can improve your results with hard work
- Believing that it is never too late – there is still time
- Believing you can achieve whatever you set out to do
- Adopting an ‘I can’ mind set
- Goals provide focus and give reason and motivation
- Students need to identify their goals and write these down, so that they are tangible and visible.
- Goals need to be specific
- Students need to imagine achieving their goal
- The environment refers to the best study location for the student
- It should have minimum distractions (no phones while doing homework or studying; minimal items cluttered around that can take you off task eg a magazine)
- Displayed should be items such as: assessment schedules, tasks, homework, to do lists etc
- Displayed should be the student’s goals, so that they see them every day
- Inspirational quotes can be put up, encouraging the student to do their best and keeping them strong when times get down or tough
- A support team, consisting of a variety of people, is there to do just that – support
- A single study buddy – to share notes, essays and exams, to help maintain the motivation and drive
- Team study buddies of several students who get together, who push and raise the bar, each depending on the other
- A study group specific to a subject, to grasp concepts
- Teachers, who are crucial, providing course work, feedback and mentoring
- Family – someone to talk to about what you have studied, someone who can ‘test’ you… or someone to make you something delicious to eat
- Students need to work to results and not time
- This means structuring study to what needs to be achieved, not how many minutes or hours to be spent studying eg complete notes on Area of Study core text; complete notes for Legal Studies on Family Law case study; complete Maths homework questions.
- This approach brings results and forces students to take action
- Work in the most productive time. This varies from student to student. It could be 5 -8 am for one student or 7-11pm for another.
- Keep a term planner / assessment and homework schedule in a visible place so it can be seen every day and keep a student on track
- Plan the week’s work ahead and tick things off as they are done
Perhaps you could reflect on the above six characteristics, where your child currently fits and what can be done to hone the integration of the aspects outlined into your child’s current beliefs and work practices.
The research which underpins the above findings has been synthesised by Elevate Education, a now global organisation, and I would like to acknowledge their work and the contribution they make to our senior students every year through study seminars at our school.
Ms Lidia Jeffrey
Deputy Principal Year 7 and Year 12
As we enter into our role as school captains, we would like to start a new segment in the school’s newsletter. This new segment aims to provide an insight into what is happening at our school, from the perspective of the students.
Last Wednesday, the students had a great opportunity to fundraise and support an organisation called the Starlight Foundation. The mission of the Starlight Foundation is to, “brighten the lives of seriously ill children and their families”. Everyone loved the sausage sizzle and the chance to bust out their best mufti outfits!
Students of all ages love the weekly performances, every Friday Break 2. The chance to chill out with friends, while enjoying the sounds of our school’s best performers, really provides a great atmosphere. Last week we had an outstanding performance by Michelle Marquez and Samantha Scott is set to perform this week and we can’t wait to hear it!
Speranza Na’ati and Oliver Rickards
2017 School Captains
THE IMPACT OF PRIVACY LAW ON THE INFORMATION PARENTS CAN BE PROVIDED ABOUT OTHER PARENT’S CHILDREN
Our school holds information about our students. Some of this information is highly sensitive.
The way this information is collected, used, disclosed and secured by our school is subject to NSW legislation including the Privacy and Personal Information Protection Act 1998, Health Records and Information Protection Act 2002 and the Children and Young Persons (Care and Protection) Act 1998.
These laws limit the circumstances in which your child’s information can be disclosed to other parents. They also limit the circumstances in which you can be provided with information about action the school has taken in relation to other people’s children.
This means, for example, you may not be provided with complete details of the action the school has taken in relation to a student who has engaged in unacceptable behaviour that has impacted on your child.
You should not assume that no action has been taken because you cannot be provided with information about what the school has done to deal with an issue relating to your child’s interaction with another student.
Our school takes inappropriate behaviour from students very seriously and responds to that behaviour consistent with the school’s student discipline and welfare procedures.
If you would like further information about the school’s general approach to inappropriate behaviour from students please refer to our Behaviour Management Policy, Student Welfare Policy and Anti-bullying Policy. Additionally, contact your child’s year advisor, the Deputy Principal or Principal on 4340 0246 if you still have questions to be answered.
Safety Drills and Communication
The Department of Education has high expectations for safety in every school. Regular, rigorous checks are conducted of every school’s processes and practices to ensure that schools comply with DoE expectations.
Every school has clear precautions for any situation that may be a risk to students and staff and there are specific plans for each school. All students and staff are trained in all aspects for these precautions. We hold regular practice drills to ensure that students and staff can act quickly and confidently in any situation.
On a small number of occasions, we may enact a process as a precaution against a possible incident occurring.
Social media including texts, Facebook and the like can be counterproductive in managing these precautions and can create more risk and extend the time that the precautions stay in place. The rumour mill which can arise from students not having all the facts is never helpful and can build confusion and panic. We therefore expect that all students and staff will not use mobile devices at the time unless directed by the principal to do so.
When and if precautions have to be used because of a potential risk, the school follows its processes and as such ensures that all students and staff are safe. Those processes include:
- informing parents and carers that precautions have been put in place to ensure that students and staff are not at risk of harm, and
- briefing students about any need to use precautions as soon as possible.
If precautions need to be used at the end of a school day, students and staff are debriefed at the beginning of the next day. If precautions need to be used during the day, students and staff are debriefed before they leave school that day.
Where students or staff require additional support as a result of the precautions being put in place, such support is made available through the school and the Department.
Be assured that we, along with every school, see student safety as our highest priority. We act accordingly and appreciate your support for our work in this area.