Train up a child in the way he should go and …he will not depart from it. Proverbs 22:6
Sometimes though – we think we’re training them – but our words don’t match our actions. In fact the reality is that our actions will speak more boldly then our words. Across our school we are considering what does GREAT mean in all aspects of our school. This term we are intentionally focusing on the Respect component. Are we as teachers Respectful? In considering that – we recognise it is vital we are considerate, consistent and compassionate – so that we can train our students by our actions.
This week in Middle school the following has occurred:
Students have received their iPads
Students have been involved in the Launchpad program.
We held a Parent Information Night for you to meet us and hear first hand from us about our programs, curriculum, camps and standards.
I am sure you will all be well aware that your child now has an iPad. And, like all digital immigrants – ie those of us who did not grow up with this sort of technology – you will be working through at home how to help your child use this to assist them in their lives not control their lives.
Our approach at GCCC is to encourage responsible use of this and all other devices.
The following Mobile Phone Use Guidelines were developed for our GCCC students so that we could train them to use these devices – RESPONSIBLY.
In public – put your phone away, turn it off, silence it.
Don’t be a rude person, or allow devices to give that perception.
When you can – have a conversation with people in person, only text if you absolutely have to.
Don’t use this technology to lie, trick or hurt another person. Be a good friend. Stay out of negative conversations. (If you have nothing nice to say, don’t say anything)
Do not use this device to say anything you wouldn’t say or show in person or say out loud with your parents or teachers present in the room – censor yourself. Be prepared to show your phone activity if asked.
Search the web only for info you would openly share with your parents and teachers. No offensive images/language.
Don’t send or receive pictures of your private parts or anyone else’s private parts. Cyberspace is vast and powerful. It is hard to make this disappear – including a bad reputation.
Please remember that if you wish to contact us regarding any issues about your child the Pastoral Care teacher is who you should email.
Their emails are
Jacqualina Vreeling, Head of Middle School