Dear Parents & Carers
Thank you to the families who completed the Catholic Education Parent Survey. We had a 33% completion rate, which is considered very good for surveys. Parents were asked to express their satisfaction in response to a number of statements. The colour indicates the level of satisfaction with green being highly satisfied and yellow being satisfied. Fortunately, we did not receive any red, which is dissatisfied! Phew!
These are extremely pleasing results and confirm that we are a quality Catholic School.
A reminder that Summer Uniform officially commences in Term 4, so please check the wardrobe and visit the Clothing Pool and Lowes if any items are needed. As the weather is already warming up, students may start wearing summer uniform now if they wish. However, they either wear full summer or full winter uniform, not a mishmash of both.
A reminder that sports shoes should be predominately white and that black leather school shoes are an essential item of uniform.
Due to the recent media attention of the popular app Tik Tok, attached is an information sheet for parents on how Tik Tok works. Also a quick guide to Tik Tok settings which is essential to ensure safety for our children.
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What is the Holy Spirit Learning Framework?
The Holy Spirit Primary School Learning Framework is the policy that teachers take to planning and implementing learning programs across all areas of learning. The Learning Framework is an approach to learning that emphasises the role of both teachers and students in the learning process. Rather than the teacher telling students what they need to know, both students and teachers are encouraged to explore material, ask questions, and share ideas through connecting, investigating and expressing. At each stage of inquiry, teachers and students are encouraged to reflect, question and assess.
During the Investigate phase, students will:
- Learn specific skills;
- Read, listen, view, experience learning opportunities designed by the teacher
- Literature and scripture
- Video and music
- Excursions and incursions
- Guest speakers
- Websites and books
- Experiments and observations
- Research (shared, guided or self-directed) using a range of resources;
- Communicate with people from different contexts (email, skype);
- Sharing and discussing information with peers;
- Listening and responding to ideas from peers;
Collate and analyse information
- Create diagrams, flow charts, tables, graphs, mind maps, visual displays, images, photos;
- Compare and contrast information from a range of sources and perspectives;
- Conference with teachers and peers (small group or 1:1)
- Respond to new information by asking questions
- Challenge answers
- Set further learning goals
R U OK DAY
You may be aware of a recent social media incident where inappropriate and distressing content was shared, from outside of Australia, on various platforms including Facebook, TikTok, Instagram and Twitter.
While it has appeared on other social media platforms, TikTok’s For You algorithm that recommends videos to users means more people are seeing it on TikTok than on somewhere like Instagram, where the content in your feed is primarily from people you follow (or was until a recent change that surfaces video from other users when you scroll to the end of your feed). We would encourage families to avoid using TikTok while the video is still circulating.
The Australian Office of the eSafety Commissioner is working closely with the social media companies to have this content removed; however, at this stage, the content is still widespread on some platforms.
Your children may be able to access this distressing material through their personal devices, should they actively look for it or if it is shared by a friend.
We would urge extreme caution in how you raise this issue with your child if they have not already heard or been exposed to this video. Drawing undue attention to the issue may cause unnecessary worry or distress and increase its exposure. If you do wish to discuss the matter with your child, please emphasise the significant distress that may be caused when accessing such material.
If your child has inadvertently viewed this content, please support your child’s wellbeing by:
- Reporting this content to the social media platform that it has been viewed on, or to eSafety at esafety.gov.au/report/illegal-harmful-content
- Seeking support:
- Calling 000 in life threatening circumstances.
- Kids Helpline 1800 55 1800 - phone support all day every day and online support from 8am-midnight every day (AEST).
- eHeadspace 1800 650 890 - open 9am-1am daily (AEST).
- Lifeline 13 11 14 - phone support all day, every day and online support 7pm-4am daily (AEST).
- Beyondblue 1300 22 4636 - phone support all day, every day and online support 3pm-midnight every day.
- Suicide Call-back Service 1300 659 467 - phone support all day, every day, and follow-up calls.
- Your child’s teacher.
The Office of the eSafety Commissioner has resources available to help children, young people and their families navigate the online world. The following links may be useful to support your conversations with your child.