The College is an Apple-only environment. Other devices (tablets or laptops) are not supported by the College ICT Department, nor will they have access to College resources (e.g. they won’t be able to connect to the College internet and may not be compatible with hardware & software).
Secondary parents are reminded the College requires that:
- All secondary students in Years 7 and 8 bring an Apple iPad to classes
- Students in Years 9 to 12 use an Apple iPad or a MacBook (Pro or Air) at school
iPads can be either a mini or full-size. The College discourages the purchase of 4G iPads (ie; connects to the internet via mobile SIM card). Should you purchase this type, the SIM card should not be installed for use at school as the College cannot guarantee the safety of content that is viewed by students.
The College leaves the decision regarding memory size on devices to parents’ discretion.
Families of Secondary students will be emailed further information about required Apps prior to the beginning of each new school year.
For more information on our student policies, please click here.
There are many benefits to using the internet, but we also need to be aware of its dangers, especially where our children are concerned. One issue that has caused a lot of distress and damage is cyber bullying.
Cyber bullying is just like bullying except it happens through electronic means. It could happen through any device including phones, iPods, tablets, laptops or desktops. It could happen through any service or app including sms, email, chat, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, ask.fm, Kik or Keek. The list of social networking apps, and hence the opportunities for cyber bullying, is almost endless.
As parents, we are obviously deeply concerned if our child is a victim of any kind of bullying. But with cyber bullying it can be difficult to keep track of what’s going on. So here are five areas to watch which could indicate that your child is being cyber bullied.
1. The first is your child’s demeanour. Demeanour is the outward signs of inward processes. So if your child appears sad, moody, anxious, depressed, lonely, withdrawn or shows changes in personality, then pay attention.
2. The second area is the social world. Be concerned if your child avoids school, clubs or other social activities. They may withdraw from friends or family. If there are unexpected changes in friendship groups or they exhibit anti-social behaviour, there is cause for concern.
3. The third area is how children use their devices. They may appear upset after using their device, receiving a message or being online. They might suddenly hide the screen when you approach. They could stop using their device or refuse to answer the phone or read messages. Or they might go to the other extreme and use their device excessively.
4. The fourth area is school performance. If their academic performance or behaviour at school suddenly declines, there is cause for concern.
5. Finally, look for physical signs. These could include real or pretend stomach aches or headaches, excessive sleepiness or lack of focus, changes in eating or sleeping habits, troubled sleep or nightmares.
None of these things by themselves mean your child is definitely being cyber bullied. They could also be indicators of other stresses. They are simply signs that should cause concern and initiate investigation. Talk to your child. Ask them if they are okay.
The answer is not to ban your children from social networking completely but rather to teach them about the dangers, train them to use technology responsibly and monitor their online activity.
For information about Canvas, our learning management system, please click here.
If you’re looking to buy an Apple device for your child online, use the link below to obtain an educational discount on some devices from the Apple Online Store: