When I was growing up my mum seemed to always be a step ahead of us kids. When we were getting up to mischief, she had the uncanny ability to know straight away. I discovered many years later that mum had a very well-connected network in the neighbourhood. Other mothers in the streets surrounding our family home were her eyes and ears. With four energetic boys, she needed all the help she could get to keep us on the straight and narrow.
I wonder how she would handle social media today. I wonder how any parents keep on top of what is going on, the conversations and the information being shared between “mates” via Snapchat, Instagram and other platforms. Every parent wants to trust their child is doing the right thing on social media, but we know that this is not always the case.
The College staff have presented many different workshops to our students on the topic of social media. We have invited external presenters to speak with parents and students on this topic. Despite this work the students have the view that what they are doing and saying on social media is private and is only between friends. Unfortunately, in this current climate, very little remains private. When students are posting material that is harmful to others, they need to have the mindset that they potentially are displaying the content on a huge billboard at Stones Corner. If this was really what happened to their posts, would they be happy to see their words or images on display for all to see?
I urge parents to please have a conversation with their son about his use of social media and to caution him about what content is posted. Resources to help with this chat can be found on https://www.esafety.gov.au/parents/skills-advice/good-habits-start-young
END OF YEAR ARRANGEMENTS
To conclude the end of the year, the following arrangements are in place. On Thursday 28 November students will be attending their respective end of year activity as per the schedule below:
Years 5 and 6 – Wet and Wild
Years 7- 9 – Wet and Wild
Year 10 – White Water World
Year 11 – The Odyssey Challenge (focusing on team building and leadership experiences)
Information will be sent home early next week to all families detailing arrangements and requirements.
On Friday 29 November the students will be dismissed following the final whole of College assembly at 10.30am.
At the end of this year we will farewell the following staff and I thank them for their significant contribution to the College and especially to the students they have taught and supported during their time at the College.
Ms Alex Christou
Mr Stuart Denigan
Mrs Danielle Galpin
Ms Paula Henry
Mr David Hood
Mrs Erika Schofield
We also have three staff members taking leave in 2020 – Mrs Dianne Martin, Mr Peter Meecham and Mrs Sam Sleep. On behalf of our community, we wish these men and women every blessing for the future.
You have made us for Yourself O Lord
And our hearts are restless until they rest in You.
Mr Mark Stower, Principal