We are excited to announce that the tender process for the Spence and Campus buildings has been finalised and approved. This means that the roof areas on both of these buildings will be replaced and is due to be completed by the end of June. Work is due to commence in a couple of weeks time however, there will be some changes made very soon where fences will be erected around these buildings to provide safe areas for the workers and the students. Bins will also be brought in for rubbish to be removed from these areas.
This will mean that there will be some changes made to walkways, entrances to buildings and the kiss and go area in the main car park. Some classes may also be required to change location for a short period of time, Campus Office and the library may also need to be closed at some stage. More information about this will be provided in the near future.
Last term staff reviewed the Mobile phone and personal device and Dress Code policies which were both ratified at the Governing Council meeting this week. There have been a few minor changes to align these with policies with current changes. These policies have been attached and are able to be viewed on our school website and we appreciate your support in taking the time to familiarise yourself with these policies to ensure safety for all of our students.
The results of the Bully Survey were also shared with staff and at the Governing Council Meeting. It was pleasing to note that many of the strategies being taught to students are being followed within the classrooms and school yard, however, the survey continues to indicate that the vast majority of cyber bullying is occurring out of school time when students are playing online games. The survey also indicated that a high percentage of the students surveyed were using devices in their bedrooms. Some were honest enough to admit that they were using their devices when their parents/carers thought that they were asleep. Research indicates that devices are to be kept out of bedrooms and
are to be used in sight of parents/carers. In response to this survey and the needs of our students and families we are looking into booking sessions around cyber bullying and safe use of devices and the internet.
The Mayor of Onkaparinga and the Shadow Minister for Education have requested to meet with me and our Governing Council Chair to discuss local issues and concerns our community may have about education and community needs. If you have any feedback that would be beneficial to discuss at these meetings please provide to me via email firstname.lastname@example.org.