Notice for Parents Year 7 & 8

Dear Yr 7 and 8 Parents

Earlier in the year your child may have opened a Pinterest account using their school email address. Pinterest is an excellent visual learning tool for students to document their research. Some of your children may have received some diet and body image advertising emails through their school email. You may wish to check with your child to see if they received any of these emails and talk to them about the content.

We have given time and instruction to the students in the classes affected to delete these accounts. Therefore no further emails should be coming through the school email system. Protocols for using such online learning tools are now in place. Here is a link where you can find further information about the protocols and how you can make using this learning tool as private and secure as possible.

More information on Pinterest

If you have any further queries please contact Mrs Penny Herd, Head of Learning Area, Technologies.

 

LEGO LEAGUE INFORMATION

Join our mission into the 31th season of FIRST®! Are you ready to build a better tomorrow together?

Architects design and construct buildings. They combine science and art to make buildings and structures for their clients. Sometimes they make new buildings and sometimes they redesign old ones.

They work as part of a larger team, just like yours. Structural, civil and environmental engineers make sure a project suits its site. Construction workers like electricians, plumbers and carpenters, and project managers make sure the job stays on time and within budget. Every role is important to get the job done.

What if you could build a better world? Where would you begin?

Our cities and towns face big issues, like transportation, accessibility and even natural disasters. How can we shape a better future for everyone? It will take teamwork and imagination.

You will build, test, and program an autonomous robot using LEGO® MINDSTORMS technology to solve a set of missions in the Robot Game. Throughout their experience, teams will operate under Core Values celebrating discovery, teamwork, and Gracious Professionalism®.

Are you ready for the Challenge?

Calling all Students who are interested in solving real world problems as part of a team and competing with other schools in November.

Register your interest by filling in the online form OR email amy.aldous@ststephens.wa.edu.au

Try outs to make the team Thursday 29th August @ Lunch Time in the Library

Amy Aldous

Digital Learning Specialist Secondary – Cross Campus/Teacher – Science

ASSESSMENT POLICY REMINDERS

Parents are reminded that the school Assessment Policy, and SCSA protocols, require that a Medical Certificate is submitted to the class teacher if a student is unwell and misses an assessment. Certificates can be obtained from pharmacists not just from the doctor. Please encourage your child to be proactive – if they are not very unwell they can organise with their teacher to attend school just to sit the assessment then return home. It is important that students are not avoiding assessments, and that they are coming to school whenever possible to sit them on the scheduled day so that assessments are valid for the whole cohort. Of course, circumstances can arise where this has not been possible, please contact your child’s class teacher if this is the case.

Mobile phones should be switched off and in lockers during the school day, unless permission has been given to use them in a specific class. The Assessment Policy requires that students do not have any electronic devices on them when sitting any assessment. This is not just phones, it also includes items such as smart watches for example. Please be aware of this in encouraging your child to be responsible and to plan ahead.

The school Assessment Policy is available on the Parent Portal.

Please contact the class teacher, relevant Head of Learning Area, or myself, if you have any questions.

Dr Liz Criddle

Deputy Head of Secondary (L&C)

 

NCCD Information for Parents

 

Dear parents, guardians and carers

Re: Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on School Students with Disability (NCCD)

Every year, all schools in Australia participate in the Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on School Students with Disability (NCCD). The NCCD process requires schools to identify information already available in the school about supports provided to students with disability. These relate to legislative requirements under the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 and the Disability Standards for Education 2005, in line with the NCCD guidelines (2019).

Information provided about students to the Australian Government for the NCCD includes:

  • year of schooling
  • category of disability: physical, cognitive, sensory or social/emotional
  • level of adjustment provided: support provided within quality differentiated teaching practice, supplementary, substantial or extensive.

This information assists schools to:

  • formally recognise the supports and adjustments provided to students with disability in schools
  • consider how they can strengthen the support of students with disability in schools
  • develop shared practices so that they can review their learning programs in order to improve educational outcomes for students with disability.

The NCCD provides state and federal governments with the information they need to plan more broadly for the support of students with disability.

The NCCD will have no direct impact on your child and your child will not be involved in any testing process. The school will provide data to the Australian Government in such a way that no individual student will be able to be identified – the privacy and confidentiality of all students is ensured. All information is protected by privacy laws that regulate the collection, storage and disclosure of personal information. To find out more about these matters, please refer to the Australian Government’s Privacy Policy (https://www.education.gov.au/privacy-policy).

Further information about the NCCD can be found on the NCCD Portal (https://www.nccd.edu.au).

If you have any questions about the NCCD, please contact your Learning Enrichment Department at St Stephen’s School, Duncraig.

Primary – Mrs Chris Roddy-Clark

Learning Enrichment Coordinator (Pre-K – 6)

Phone: 9243 2440

 

Secondary – Mrs Toni Mills
Learning Enrichment Curriculum Leader – Secondary
Phone: 9243 2137

NUT AWARENESS

St Stephen’s School takes student safety seriously.  As our school has a number of students with  food allergies, we have adopted a ‘Nut Aware School’ policy.

To support this, we encourage parents to avoid sending foods that contain nuts to school. This includes peanut pastenut spreads such as Nutella and fruit and nut bars.

We acknowledge that due to food processing practices it is impractical to eliminate nuts or nut products entirely from an environment where there is food.  Many food packaging labels include the phrase ‘may contain traces of nuts’.  These foods are acceptable.  Thank you for your understanding and support of our school policies.

APPLE RECALL

Apple has recalled some 15-inch Macbook Pro laptops sold between September 2015 and February 2017. While not all devices are affected, you can see if your child’s device is included by checking the serial numbers listed here: https://support.apple.com/15-inch-macbook-pro-battery-recall

Or see the full story here: https://www.communitynews.com.au/western-suburbs-weekly/news/apple-announces-laptop-recall/