From the Assistant Principal

Cyber Safety in the holidays 

The Christmas break is often a time when young people spend an increased amount of time on social media. When used properly this is an excellent way for young people to stay connected with one another across the break  Unfortunately, young people don’t always make the best choices when online, similarly they don’t always know how to ask for help when they are upset by what they read or see online.  Please find here a link to the eSafety Commissioner’s website which has some excellent resources to support both parents and young people in relation to online behaviour, topics covered include:

  • Cyberbullying
  • Gaming 
  • Mental health
  • Privacy and Security 
  • Online abuse 
  • False accounts 
  • Understanding consent 
  • Unwanted contact 
  • Digital reputation 
  • Violence
  • Inappropriate images 
  • Helping others

Most importantly if you or your daughter need to report an issue there is a red button in the top right hand corner of the screen labelled Report Abuse, clicking on this button allows you to report abuse under 3 specific categories:

  • Cyberbullying 
  • Image- based abuse 
  • Illegal and harmful content

Making a report through the sSafety Commissioner can action the removal of content immediately. This is the fastest and most effective way to address inappropriate content. I encourage you to have this conversation with your daughter to ensure she is aware of this service. 

Please find below a link to a fabulous resource to assist parents to keep your children safe online, 5 Principles to Stay Safe Online – Internet Safe Education

 

Support for the Holidays

Whilst most of us look forward to the holidays and a break for our usual routine it is not uncommon for some young people to miss the routine and structure of the school day as well as the regular opportunity to connect with their friends. Headspace also recognises that the extended holiday can be a time of increased stress and feelings of loneliness. Young people often try to hide these feelings. Please find here a link to an information sheet from Headspace to help parents to recognise the signs that their children are struggling and suggest some very practical ways to support them over the holiday period. Additionally, Headspace also provide some contact details for organisations that provide support should your daughter need to access these over the holiday break.  Sometimes this time of year can also be a very stressful time for parents. The NSW parent helpline  can be reached on  1300 1300 52 and is a very valuable support for parents.

 

Return to school 2021 

Families are reminded of our College Uniform Policy and of the expectation that students will return to the College for the beginning of Term 1 complying with this policy, the key elements of which are outlined below. Please consider these expectations when your daughter is making holiday choices.

 

Uniform 

Permitted 

Not permitted 

Tunic and Skirts 

Must be worn at the length of middle of the knee or below

Tunic or skirts above knee length 

Hair 

Hair must be tied back using navy ribbon, the College ribbon or College scrunchie 

Unnatural colours or extreme hairstyles 

Jewellery

One simple gold or silver ring 

One simple set of gold or silver sleepers or studs worn in the lower lobe only 

One small gold or silver chain with a small Cross or Chrsitian symbol

Large or ornate earrings

Clear plastic studs 

Tape to cover earrings

Smart watches  

Please note the evil eye is not a Chrsitian symbol

Nails 

Natural and of a reasonable length. 

Clear polish only 

Artificial nails, including acrylic, shellac, gel and SNS

Make up 

 

Foundation, eyeliner, mascara, false eyelashes or eyelash extensions

Tattoos and henna decorations 

 

We look forward to our Big Sisters,  Senior Student Leadership Team and Transport Monitors joining us to welcome Year 7 on their first day of school for 2021 on Friday January 29. Students in Year 8 -12 will return on Monday February 1st. 

At the end of  2020, a year that has challenged us to adapt to new ways of learning and being. A year that required us to be both flexible and resilient, I thank you for your continued support. The opportunity to work collaboratively with you in the best interests of your daughters has been a great privilege. I wish you and your families a very happy, holy and safe Christmas and look forward to 2021.

 

Jodie Hughes

Assistant Principal