From the High School Deputies

Mobile Phone Policy
The last term saw an increase in phones used without permission. The mobile phone policy in place at school reflects requirements in various areas of society. Take driving a car.  You cannot use a phone when driving, as it is against the law. Some students find it difficult not to use their phone at any stage and therefore,  it is up to parents and teachers to model the correct etiquette and use of mobile phones. Our policy states

  1. Personal electronic devices must be switched off and stored out of sight at all times whilst on school premises unless expressly authorised by the  supervising class teacher.  Electronic devices are not to be used in non-class time. This includes smart watches.
  2. Students are not allowed to record pictures, sound or video without prior approval from the classroom teacher. If approved, these images, videos, etc. of other people are not to be published onto the Internet without prior approval from the Principal.
  3. Use of social networking sites must not jeopardise the reputation of the school or its community. Any media that infers or involves school property, a student or a teacher is not to be published online without appropriate permission.

If a student breaches the policy, the phone will be confiscated and a parent interview will be required. Repeated breaches could result in the student being suspended.

Please note: If a parent needs to contact a student during the day, ring the school and we will get the information to your child. Please don’t text or ring your child on a mobile phone during the day. Likewise, if your child needs to contact you, they are to seek express permission from a teacher or from the student office.

Parents encouraged to #talkb4sharing
Our School Privacy Officer receives information relating to school governance and privacy issues and advice on how we, as a school community, can display best practice. As parents and teachers, we need to model the correct behaviour to the children under our care. Below is an extract from a recent newsletter:

Julie Inman Grant, the Children’s eSafety Commissioner noted on the OAIC Website that: “Like a lot of mums, I was excited about my children entering primary school this year. As with many parents, my first inclination will be to take a photo of them in their school uniforms, and to share this milestone with family and friends through social media. If you’re like me, with family overseas or far away, social media becomes the global photo album for remote relatives.” 

The Commissioner went on to point out the importance of educating parents regarding the implications of sharing photos online. The Commissioner noted the following five step by step tips for parents who would like, for example, to share photographs of their child’s first day at school online:

  1. Talk to your child about how you’d like to take a photo of them on their first day of term to mark the occasion, and explain how you’d like to share them with others.
  2. If they agree, take a photo. If they don’t agree, talk about why they don’t and what their concerns are.
  3. Once you have a photo, tell your child how, with whom and why you’d like to share their photo, and ask your child if it’s okay.
  4. Involve your child in the process of choosing which photos to share. Seek their advice about who they’d like to share it with and why.
  5. Post your back-to-school images with the #talkb4sharing hashtag to encourage others to have the conversation.

“Asking if your child likes the photos of them and whether you can put it up online can be a very quick and respectful conversation. It also sets up a great approach to your kids understanding digital etiquette.” The Telegraph (UK) reported that “earlier this year an 18-year-old woman in Austria successfully sued her parents for posting embarrassing baby photos of her on Facebook. The woman said she asked her parents to remove them, but they refused.”


If you what any more information on privacy, you are welcome to contact the school’s Privacy Officer.

In His service,
Anthony Hudson.
Deputy Principal Administration.
(On behalf of the High School Deputies)