FROM THE PRINCIPAL
Obstacles and Technology
As I sit down to write this week’s newsletter we have just completed the inaugural ‘Spartan Challenge’ for our Primary students here at CCAS – what a great event.
Spartan Junior Challenge
For those who didn’t get to see the Spartan Challenge in action it is essentially an adventure challenge course which was set up on our oval. In this case, the course was designed specifically for primary age students (though they run adult versions of the same event around the country).
It was awesome to see the enthusiastic participation of all age groups working their way around the course, over obstacles, under cargo nets, through water hazards, etc. The really neat thing is that it was all about challenging yourself, but also helping each other to negotiate some of the more difficult parts of the course. Everyone did the course at least once – which was just over a kilometre in length, but some did it multiple times – I think 8 might have been the record. I want to especially acknowledge Max DeLacy (Spartan Australia CEO), one of our new parents who runs these events around Australia, for his generosity in running this event for our CCAS students – giving of both his time and use of the amazing array of equipment. What an awesome contribution to our community. It was great to also see so many parents in attendance this morning, both as helpers and enthusiastic spectators to support our kids. Maybe we can extend it to high school next year?
Technology @ CCAS
Over the last couple of weeks I have been sharing some of the details of our planning for future directions as it relates to our Teaching and Learning Program. Technology, as a tool for learning, will play an increasingly important part in our program here at CCAS – as it is now such an integral part of our society. The ongoing rollout of our BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) program means that students will have increased access to technology. A fundamental responsibility for us as educators, in partnership with you as parents, is to give our children the skills necessary to be responsible users of technology – often referred to as "cybersafety" skills or "internet citizenship" skills. Although we already provide advice and guidance to our students within our current program, it is our intention and commitment to significantly increase our educational initiatives to students in this space over the next 12 months.
I read somewhere recently, "We don’t give our kids the keys to the car before teaching them how to drive – the same should apply to technology". Sadly, too many children are given access to technology without a full awareness of the dangers, pitfalls and issues and often suffer the consequences. Often as parents we feel we lack the skills ourselves to manage our children’s use of technology or ensure we can protect our children from the dangers. In recognition of this, we are planning over the next term to share with parents a series of helpful tips and advice to assist you at home in supporting your children to be wise users of technology. This information will complement the enhanced program we will be rolling out to students. I trust that you will find this support helpful.
Hope you enjoy the rest of the newsletter.
- Mr Tony Kent