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Cyber Safety advice from an expert

On the 13th March our school hosted Cyber safety expert Brett Lee from Internet Safe Education. He spoke to our Year 3 to 6 students during the day, then to our staff and parents after school. Brett is an engaging and informative speaker and provided our students, staff and parents with some valuable insights in how to use and enjoy all that the Internet has to offer safely and how to guide our children in the safe use of the Internet.

The flyer below provides parents with 5 key messages and actions to assist them in managing technology in their home. It also has the link to the Internet Safe Education website which contains lots of resources and information on cyber safety.

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Benvenuti ! Welcome!

Benvenuti, Mi chiamo Signora Eleonora Schembri e sono l’insegnante d’italiano.

Welcome, my name is Mrs Eleonora Schembri and I am the Italian teacher.

I am looking forward to getting to know you and your children and working with them.  Please encourage your child to access the department’s FREE website,  Languages on line.  This program includes engaging interactive tasks and printable worksheets that introduce, reinforce and recycle vocabulary. Activites are self-paced and self-correcting and include recordings by native speakers.  Each child will receive a copy of useful words and phrases to use during Italian sessions.  I have included a copy for you to refer to at home. Front of book

A presto!  (See you soon!)


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Parents as partners program

This year we conducted a very successful Parents as Partners Program for our 2018 Foundation parents. We really enjoyed working with our parents to help them become familiar with many school processes and learn about the ways in which we can work together to ensure every child achieves the best possible education. Many parents requested that we post these notes on our website so they could refer back to them when needed.

Parents as partners program presentation

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7 Ways parents can manage web connected devices at home

7 ways parents can manage web connected devices at home


This is an excellent, interactive infographic from the Office of the eSafety Commissioner that can help you better understand how your children are accessing the online world and, as parents, how you can manage their use and keep them as safe as possible.

Head over and click your way around the various sections to learn what you can do.

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iParent: Protecting your digital lifestyle


The Australian government have been putting out some fantastic resources lately, dealing with cyber safety and online security.

Check out iParent, their new interactive guide teaching you how to be safe and secure with protected devices in your home.

This resource is not so much focused on protecting your children online, it’s more about protecting your bank accounts and personal details, and protecting your computers from the many virus-type infections and malicious software that can infect your online devices. Something that will be confusing to many of you.

iParent from the Office of the eSafety Commissioner.


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Addressing the cybersafety challenge: from risk to resilience

The link below will take you to a very interesting article about cyber safety and the need to protect not only our children but also other vulnerable groups in society. Who looks after those over 65 who may be asset rich but are the least technology literate and are therefore appealing targets of fraud and scammers.

How safe are you and your parents?

Addressing the cybersafety challenge: from risk to resilience

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Technology no substitute for reading time: Mem Fox

This link is to an article written about Mem Fox, who is a very well known children’s author. She wrote the book Possum Magic and is passionate about children’s reading. She stresses how important it is for parents to read to their children.

Digital literacy such as reading on  iPads , is another means for children to have access to books, but it does not replace a parent reading to and with their child. Children who become successful readers have parents who read to them. Please read this article to learn more.

– Georgia Kroger

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