Principals Desk

Pick My Project

Our school leaders were working hard at Stud Park Shopping Centre getting shoppers to vote for our Pick My Project. We are trying to gain funds to build an inclusive playground that allows all students the opportunity to play together. Voters have the opportunity to vote for three projects on offer. We are asking that parents choose our Inclusive Playground as number one and the Canine Enriched Walking Talking Coaching Program number two. Both programs would have a significant impact on our school and the local community.

National eSmart Week

Next week is National eSmartWeek. This is a great opportunity for families to discuss the importance of being safe online. Listed below are 10 tips from the Alannah and Madeline Foundation to help start the conversation. I am amazed by the number of students in Year 6 who have access to Facebook, Instagram etc that have age restrictions in place. These age restrictions are in place for a reason. Students should be having lots of face to face interactions with peers and adults. It is through these conversations that we develop our emotional intelligence.

Care about the Share
Social media wants you to share as much as you can bear! But the share should be rare. NEVER share: passwords, private/personal information, your location.

Privacy Matters
If you care about the share, you’ll protect your privacy, no matter what. Regularly check your privacy settings on social media, and always think before you post. It’s amazing where data ends up – usually all over the internet.

Respect the Privacy of Others
Treat other’s privacy as you would your own. Ask for your friend’s permission before uploading photos and videos of them. It’s not all about you, am I right?

Keep Everything Updated
Any idea what causes the most security breaches on the internet? Software that isn’t up-to-date. Seems crazy simple, but it’s true! Be vigilant about updating software, including apps, anti-virus and even the humble browser.

Spam, Spam, Spam, Spammidy-spam
Even with the best anti-spam and malware software – that’s up-to-date – spam is the modern version of junk mail. It’s everywhere! Learn how to tell the difference between real emails and messages, and dodgy things with dodgy links. Sometimes they don’t look so dodgy…always be suspicious of hyperlinks in emails.

Control the Troll Within
There are trolls out there – beware! Don’t feed them, don’t give them what they want: an angry response. Block/Report the trolls. But also: resist the inner troll. If you’re not adding something to

the debate online, don’t bother. Don’t be part of the problem.

Cyberbullying and Harassment
If you’re being targeted by this kind of behaviour, know what you can do, and where you can get help. Visit the National Centre Against Bullying website and the Office of the eSafety Commissioner’s website.

Keep Your Friends Close and Strangers at Arm’s Length
Do you know how many true friends most people have? Three. Yup, those four thousand and fifty-two Facebook ‘friends’ are a combination of acquaintances, people-you-met-once, people-you-can’t-remember-meeting-once, and probably, some ‘randoms’. They don’t need to know what you had for breakfast, or what concert you went to last night, do they?

Feel the Flow – Keep Your Life in Balance
Technology is incredible. Gaming, networking, apps…online shopping! But make sure you take time out and find the right balance for you. Too long on tech can put the world out of whack.

Have Fun, Friend
Always remember to chill out and keep things in perspective. There’s too much information online to take it all in! Focus on each moment, and enjoy.

(Alannah and Madeline Foundation)

Book Week Author Visit

Alan Brough, comedian, media personality and writer, visited the school this week to share with the Year 3-6 students his journey as a writer. Alan was extremely entertaining and hopefully motivated our students to push the limits of their writing ability.

Father’s Day Stall

As usual, our Father’s Day stall was a huge success. There were plenty of gifts available to purchase and our PCA did a wonderful job organising the event. Felicity should be congratulated for organising this event. I am sure that our dads will appreciate the thought that went into selecting the gifts. I hope that everyone has an enjoyable Fathers’ Day this Sunday.

Further Conversation Starters

Here are some more examples of conversation starters with your children when you see them after school.

Did you learn something you didn’t initially understand?

Who inspired you today?

Who did you play with today?

Tell me something you know today that you didn’t know yesterday?

How did someone fill your bucket today / Whose bucket did you fill?