The Year of Justice
Welcome back to Term 4! I can’t believe how quickly the year is going and we are off and running in what will be another productive term for your daughter at school. So many exciting things are underway at Loreto Normanhurst including the planning for our Light Entertainment spectacular next month; Student Council meetings have commenced; and the student leaders are working on setting their key priorities for the year ahead. These will focus on Building Spirit and Building Connections across the school. Now that the holidays are behind us, I would like to send parents a reminder about how they can keep their daughters safe online.
How to stay safe online
The internet is one of the most valuable tools we have available to us as educators. But as you are probably aware, it is also open to misuse by people who seek to take advantage of less-experienced users. Online resources are now so much a part of modern life, and freedom of information so integral to the internet environment, that avoidance or usage restrictions are no longer an option: educating ourselves on how to use this resource effectively, as well as protecting ourselves and our students from misuse by others is the only responsible course of action. Below you will find a list of helpful resources from the Australian Government and other well-recognised organisations, which will provide parents and students with reference information, advice and assistance on how to stay safe online. Please take some time to look at the resources available to you.
Cybersafety resources for parents
- PROJECT ROCKIT is an interactive anti-bullying and youth leadership program that is run by young people for young people in school and university settings.
- An initiative of The Alannah and Madeline Foundation, eSmart equips everyone in the school community with the skills and knowledge they need for smart, safe and responsible use of technology.
- Cybersmart is a national cybersafety and cybersecurity education program. The program is specifically designed to meet the needs of its target audiences of children, young people, parents, teachers and library staff.
- Bullying. No way! is an educational website for Australian school communities and the general public. As well as providing information for individuals, the website is visited for its extensive and increasing range of online curriculum and other resources to support the medium-term and long-term bullying-prevention work of schools.
- ThinkUKnow is an Internet safety program delivering interactive training to parents, carers and teachers through schools and organisations across Australia, using a network of accredited trainers.
- CyberSafetySolutions, is regularly sought to provide advice and assistance to a wide range of diverse organisations including, State Education Departments, different education sectors, elite sporting bodies, adolescent psychologists, child protection agencies and medical practitioners.
- NetSmartz Workshop is an interactive, educational program of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children® (NCMEC) that provides age-appropriate resources to help teach children how to be safer on and offline. The program is designed for children of ages 5-17, parents and guardians, educators, and law enforcement. With resources such as videos, games, activity cards, and presentations, NetSmartz entertains while it educates.
- WiredSafety.org is a US charity operating online through its thousands of volunteers around the world. It was the first online safety and help group in the world. Originating in 1995 as a group of volunteers rating websites, it now provides one-to-one help, extensive resources, information, and education to people of all ages on a myriad of Internet, mobile, gaming and interactive-technology safety issues.
- The Digizen website provides information for educators, parents, carers, and young people. It is used to strengthen their awareness and understanding of what digital citizenship is and encourages users of technology to be and become responsible ‘DIGItal citiZENS’.
- GetNetWise is a public service brought to you by Internet industry corporations and public interest organizations to help ensure that Internet users have safe, constructive, and educational or entertaining online experiences.
Monitoring at Home
It is important that parents provide for their daughter’s online safety in the home with careful monitoring. This extends to portable devices like smart phones. Be explicit in setting clear boundaries about this and in order for good sleep, make sure that phones are not in your daughter’s bedroom when she is getting ready for bed. If you have any concerns or questions about your daughter’s digital footprint or mobile phone use, then reach out to her Advisor, Tutor or Head of House. We have excellent staff who are here to help and support your daughter.
I wish you and your daughter’s a successful start to Term 4. Today’s gallery photos are a collection of Year 9’s Conversation work with their Heads of House. Happy browsing! Please feel free to email me if you have any questions or concerns.
Mr Justin Madigan
Dean of Pastoral Care
A reminder that we are now in Summer Uniform for Term 4.
Conversations this week:
Pastoral Conversations with the School Counsellors
Project Futures Conversation with Mr Merchant
Managing Change Conversation with Heads of House
Conversations with Advisors
Tutor Group Leaders
We congratulate these students who will assume the Tutor Group Leader roles for Term 4. Their names can be viewed here for your interest.
Absences follow up
We thank parents for working with the Student Services Office to sign off on student absences. As you know, we have written to you about the ways to notify the school about this. Where possible an email notification to firstname.lastname@example.org is the preferred method. Alternatively, you can still hand in a written note or make a phone call. Semester Two reports will be issued later in the term and it is our hope that we can finalise all outstanding absences before these are issued.
Transport NSW – Epping Chatswood rail closure
From 30 September 2018, Station Link bus services will operate while the rail line between Epping and Chatswood closes for upgrade to Metro Services. Stations that will close for upgrade include Macquarie University, Macquarie Park and North Ryde.
Students travelling to school from Macquarie University, Macquarie Park or North Ryde Stations can use a Station Link service or regular buses to connect to their destination. Parents and students can now plan their trip at TransportNSW.info. Students who travel by train from other locations should also plan their trip to understand if their journey to school will change.
You are encouraged to plan your trip and give yourself time to get to school.
Key features of Station Link include:
- High frequency, turn-up-and-go services to stations between Epping and Chatswood at least every six minutes during the peak.
- More than 120 new, fully accessible, air conditioned buses.
- More than 110 services per hour in the busiest parts of the day.
- A dedicated high frequency service to Macquarie University Campus from Epping Station.
- A loop service running at least every 10 minutes 7 days a week to all stations between Epping to Chatswood.
Please view the Station Link brochure here.
Please note there will be no changes to existing bus services or special school buses.
To plan your new trip, or find out more about Station Link, please visit transportnsw.info