FROM THE PRINCIPAL
Open Day, Technology Use and Camp
I encourage you to mark Thursday afternoon, March 30 in your diaries. This is our annual Open Afternoon, when we open our classrooms to the community and showcase all aspects of our program for parents and the broader community. Despite our commitment to be an open and inclusive school community, it can still be challenging for parents to get a true insight into the details of the various components of our program, or why we see them as such an integral part of your child’s education. As part of our Open Afternoon program this year we will endeavour to do just that, providing detailed information opportunities about both existing and new programs and initiatives within the school, across both Primary and Secondary. Students will also showcase their skills and achievements within classrooms and through performances and displays. The program will run from 3:30-6:00pm and I would encourage all families to attend. This is also a great event to invite friends and associates to so that they can learn a little more about CCAS.
One of the hot topics canvased regularly in the media, parent forums and educational circles is the issue of inappropriate use of technology and excessive screen time. With the majority of teenagers and many pre-teens having regular access to technology, it is important as parents and teachers, that we provide appropriate boundaries and education in this area. This has been a critical aspect of the introduction of our BYOD program for secondary students and, we have this week, commenced the roll out of some changes to our mobile phone policy to complement these guidelines. As most secondary parents will be aware (a couple of year levels still to come), the adjustments to our policy, which restricts when students can utilise their phones while at school, are designed to give students the necessary break from their devices. this is particularly during recess and lunch time, and complements what we have put in place for laptop usage. The mobile phone policy was initially rolled out to Year 7 and 8 at the commencement of this week, and it was fascinating to watch the changes in behaviour at break times with many students, released from the temptation to be on their phones, having real conversations and playing like normal kids should, providing that physical release from the confines of the classroom.
Our Year 9 students return today from their camp – a true wilderness experience in the Kosciusko National Park (hiking, mountain biking and horse riding), and Shoalhaven River (kayaking). Based on the reports we have received, they have had an amazing range of experiences.
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