2018 Victorian School Sports Award
On Thursday, 14 March, myself and Ms. Ramsay attended a Presentation Ceremony at the Members' Dining Room at the MCG, where school captain, Abbey Caldwell, was one of 57 award recipients to be awarded a 2018 Victorian School Sports Award.
Abbey has been College cross country champion in her age group for five years in a row. She holds the 3km under 17 girls' record and is the 800m champion for the under 17 category for 2018 School Sport Victoria. In addition to these outstanding achievements, she has represented Australia in France and Finland for cross country and athletics, finishing 6th place in the International School Sport Federations World School Cross Country Championships in Paris.
This is a massive achievement and her success in Athletics has been built on foundations of hard work. Her perseverance and dedication to her sport is something to be proud of. Well done Abbey!
Social Media Use
Teachers, students and parents are increasingly using digital technologies for professional purposes (teaching and learning) and personal purposes (communicating, creating and socialising) thus challenging the traditional concept of learning in a school setting.
There are times in the school environment either in the classroom or on an excursion when a teacher might guide students in the appropriate use of a social media platform. Department employees in schools can use social media tools to engage children and young people these learning activities must have a clear educational context to support teaching and learning.
Technology and the associated world of social media is a fast-moving domain. It can often be hard to keep up to speed with the latest platform. There are numerous resources available online that provide information about how and why young people use social media and the possible risks and benefits.
If parents would like to find information about digital technologies there are some great resources available online that discuss the benefits and risks associated with the use of social media. This is a link to an article about Teenagers and Social Media and is a great place to start when developing an understanding of this topic.
The following websites also have very useful information that parents can use to understand and guide their children in the safe and appropriate use of digital technologies.
Use of Information and Communication Resources at School
Page 12 of the Student Planner clearly outlines the acceptable and appropriate use of Information and Communication Resources whilst students are engaged in all facets of the school program. This includes the Internet, Intranet, all College hardware and all personal electronic devices whilst a student is at school or is engaged in a school activity/excursion.