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From the Principal
An Exciting 2 weeks…….
Thank you Mrs Deborah Cairns who coordinated Simultaneous Story time celebrations across the school last week.  I won’t steal her thunder as I know she has an article to include in this week’s newsletter, but it was a fabulous event and wonderful to see that we were able to include the Reading Coaches from the Reading Centre in our event.
Then ending the week with Under 8s!  There were smiles all around!  A big thank you goes to our junior school staff:  Liz Lawler, Leigh Hawthorne, Kerrie Farrell, Libby Woolfe, Judith O’Sullivan, Taryn Maurel, Deb Altschwager, Megan Wildermuth, Jane Gaskell, Jamie Jones, Judith Power, who came up with fun and exciting activities for families, and our wonderful support staff, Deb Cameron and Amanda Wilson, for working together to make such a successful morning. Thank you also to our wonderful volunteers who were able to help with the cakes and sausage sizzle.



Tennis Court
You would have also noticed that work has begun on the new multipurpose court. 
The concrete has been poured and will now need to sit for a couple of weeks
before the next stage can be commenced.

Before and After School
To ensure the safety of all on our school grounds, we provide supervision for students before school from 8.30 am.  Prior to this time, we ask all students to remain seated under the buildings.  They may access books to read from the boxes provided.
After school, we provide supervision for students using the drop off/pick up zone.  All other students should be moving off school grounds as soon as practical after 3 pm, unless they are attending training, after school care, or supervised by their parents.  We appreciate your assistance with this to ensure the safety of all.
I am aware that some students, particularly some of our older students are engaging in social media outside school hours.  Our school network blocks social media sites for students.
I have provided an excerpt from some Departmental information parents and caregivers below.  If you would like further information or the full article, please contact the Office and we can provide this for you.
Online Awareness:  Information for Parents and Caregivers
The internet is having an increasing influence on the social development of children and how they interact with each other. Social media, smart phones and other technologies provide children with wonderful opportunities to learn, be creative and socialise. However, just as with face-to-face interactions, sometimes bullying and harassment can occur online.
Being online is more often than not a positive and fulfilling experience for children. Content can be posted instantaneously, but the downfall is that children can potentially post messages without thinking about future ramifications. Once it’s online, it is there forever.
Importantly, just like in the real world, not everyone is a friend. While people can use apps, websites, chat rooms and other online tools to send positive messages, compliments and congratulatory messages, others can use the technology to send nasty and inappropriate messages to each other.
Social media tips
·         Know which social media (apps or websites) your child uses.
·         Create your own social media accounts and add your child as a friend/follower.
Strong passwords
·         Teach your child how to create a strong password. Passwords should feature a combination of upper and lower case letters, numbers and symbols.
·         Encourage the use of passwords for online accounts that differ from school, banking or email logins.
·         Make sure they keep their passwords to themselves and have a routine for changing/updating them.
Effective privacy
·        Ask your child to regularly update their privacy settings. Make sure their profile is  
private and only accessible by people they know.
·        Limit the personal details your child shares n online accounts. For example, remove identifying photos, full name, date of birth, home address and telephone numbers. Sharing these can lead to misuse of this information by others.
·        Ask your child to use a cartoon avatar for their profile picture or share a photo that doesn’t show their face.
·        Encourage them to use an online nickname that doesn’t contain their full name or give away too much personal detail.
·        Teach them to protect their identity.
Responsible interactivity
·        Ensure that your child knows how to block, unfriend and report inappropriate online behaviour.
·        Know your child’s online friends and followers. It’s a good idea to teach your child they shouldn’t become friends or communicate with anyone online unless they know and trust them in the real world.
·       Encourage your child to think before they share. They should ask themselves, is it true, useful and positive? The things your child says online could affect their friendships, other relationships and prospects for study and work.
·       Encourage your child to only use appropriate language and share considered views online.
Location services/settings
Most technology features have positives and negatives. Location services are a good example of this. On one hand, location services can be a useful way to monitor your child’s phone location – there are GPS tracking apps that can be installed for this purpose if desired. But, social media location services can broadcast your child’s physical location to the world.
·       Consider disabling the location services/settings in every social media app used by your child.
·        Question whether location services for their device's camera should also be disabled.
·        Telling the world that you are on holidays may be fun but it also sends signals that you may be away from your home.
Device tips
·       Monitor privacy settings; they can change without notification and after installing device, app and system updates. 
·       Introduce a communal charging station where devices are placed at the end of the day to avoid late night use of devices in bedrooms.
·       Enable parental controls from the settings menu to prevent access to specific features and content.
Be proactive!
·       Encourage your child to be open with you about being online. Often, the fear of losing access to social media is why children are hesitant about talking with their parents about online issues.
·       Teach your child how to take a screen shot on their device, so they can capture evidence of cyberbullying/inappropriate use.
·       Take a proactive approach and establish clear and agreed rules for your child’s internet use. This may include, at any given moment, your child is required to hand you the device for you to view.
·       Establishing a clear agreement with your child ensures you all understand the rules/arrangements for use.
·        If your child thinks they are being bullied, or encounters offensive online content, encourage them to find someone they feel safe talking to, such as yourself, a relative, a teacher or a trusted adult.
·       Adults can help their child ignore, report and block the other person.
·       Encourage your child to never bully back.
·       Promote positive bystander behaviour. Work with your child ahead of time to come up with safe ways to stand up to any online abuse they may witness.
·       Remember, if you wouldn't say it out loud or in front of an adult, don't say it online.
Internet filtering tools in your home
When your child connects their device to the school network, the department’s web filtering system protects them from malicious web content and inappropriate websites. To help protect your child when they return to your home internet connection, it is recommended you install some level of internet filtering.
Unfortunately, filtering and monitoring systems are not fool- proof and do not replace the need for parental supervision when children are online. It is important to set clear rules for where your child uses devices within your home, what sites and online activities they can access, and who they are connecting with online.
There are tools and services that parents can use to help them understand what information is being accessed. Good monitoring and use of devices helps parents and children to learn and discuss what is right.
Cybersafety help button
Consider installing the Cybersafety Help Button on all of your family’s devices. This is a free application that gives children the ability to report cybersafety concerns online. It also gives them access to help, resources and information 24 hours a day. It’s available on all state school computers.
Google SafeSearch
Google’s SafeSearch facility is a free feature within the Google search engine. When it is activated within an internet browser, sites that Google considers inappropriate are filtered from search results. Enabling this feature can remove inappropriate content, such as pornography, from search results.
Home internet filtering
There are many products that offer free and paid web filtering. While some may only cover a single device, others may cover many devices within the one home internet service. Products such as Microsoft Family Safety, Norton Online Family, Bluecoat K9, OpenDNS Home internet security, Mobicip and Net Nanny offer web filtering. Research the product that suits your family’s needs. A recent European study evaluated some of these products, so consider reading it for more advice.
Removing and reporting inappropriate content
The fastest and easiest way to remove online content is to ask the person responsible to remove it.
If you don’t know who the person responsible is or if they refuse to delete it, you can report the content to the social media administrators for review and possible removal. 
 Most social media and content- sharing websites will remove content that breaks their terms of service or acceptable-use policies.
If you are unsure about the procedure for reporting, there are normally help pages on these sites or within these apps.
Safety reporting links for some common sites:
Facebook Family Safety Center –
Instagram Help Center –
Snapchat support –
YouTube Help Center –
What should you do if your child finds inappropriate content about them?
Bullying and other inappropriate online behaviour can be distressing and may be difficult for children to talk about.
Therefore it’s important to contact your school if your child is being bullied through school ICT resources, or if inappropriate content has been published by another student at their school.
Help your child capture evidence, report content and unfriend and/or block anyone who makes them feel uncomfortable, harassed or bullied. 
Encourage your child to refrain from responding to the bully; this may further inflame the situation.  Notify the police if physical threats are made or if you have concerns for your child’s safety.
Nicole Goodwin