From the Head of Junior School, Tim Franzmann

14 September 2017

Diocesan Reading Strategy

Earlier this term I wrote about the professional development our Prep to Year 4 teachers would be engaging in to enhance their teaching of reading. Since then our teachers have attended four training days with one more to come in term four. Teachers will now be receiving extra support of school coaches working with teachers in class. Toowoomba Catholic School Office have developed several information videos, which provide some very worthwhile information for parents. Please follow the link to view these videos. http://twbtandl.weebly.com/reading-strategy.html

 

Student Diary items

ELECTRONIC DEVICES POLICY

It is the responsibility of students who bring mobile phones and other electronic devices onto College premises to adhere to the guidelines outlined in this document. The decision to provide a mobile phone to their children should be made by parents or guardians and as such parents should be aware if their child takes a mobile phone onto College premises.

MOBILE PHONES

  • Junior – Mobile phones if brought to the college must be handed in to the office.
  • Senior - Mobile phones, if brought to College, will be switched off on arrival in the morning, placed in lockers and may be switched on again for the journey home. If it is necessary for home or parent contact to be made during College hours (8.30am – 3.10pm) it is to be done by a call from the parent/guardian to the College office, or a phone permission granted to the student by the Principal or Leader of Pastoral Care.
  • Students using a mobile phone during College hours will have it confiscated and returned at the end of the College day. As a consequence for not complying with College rules the student will receive an afternoon detention.
  • Mobile phones are not to be used to take photos without the express permission of the subject. Mobile phones are not to be used to take photos in change rooms, toilets or in any situation that may cause embarrassment or discomfort to their fellow students, staff or visitors to the College.
  • In order to reduce the risk of theft during College hours, students who carry mobile phones are advised to keep them well concealed and not ‘advertise’ they have them.
  • Mobile phones which are found in the College and whose owner cannot be located should be handed to front office/reception.
  • The College accepts no responsibility for mobile phones that are lost, stolen or damaged whilst on College premises, travelling to or from the College or on College sponsored functions.
  • Any student/s found using a mobile phone to cheat in exams or assessments will face disciplinary actions as sanctioned by the Principal.
  • Any student who uses vulgar, derogatory, or obscene language while using a mobile phone will face disciplinary actions as sanctioned by the Principal.
  • Students using mobile phones to bully other students will face disciplinary actions as sanctioned by the Principal. It should be noted that it is a criminal offence to use a mobile phone to menace, harass or offend another person.
  • As such, if action as sanctioned by the Principal is deemed ineffective, as with all such incidents, the College may consider it appropriate to involve the police. Hence, students with mobile phones must not engage in personal attacks, harass another person, or post private information about another person using SMS messages, taking/sending photos or objectionable video images, and phone calls.

Timothy Franzmann

Head of Junior School

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