St Joseph's School

Queens Park

140 Railway Parade,
Queens Park WA 6107
(08) 9251 0500
admin@sjsqp.wa.edu.au

ICT

Internet Usage

Glossary of Internet Terms
Internet Safety - Tips for Parents
Computer Internet Agreement Years 4 - 6
Computer Internet Agreement Years 1 - 3


2017 school year in the Computer Lab.
The end of last year brought a pleasant surprise for me as I planned for the 2017 school year in the Computer Lab. We received a donation of 25 used Samsung mobile telephones from a local city council. This was in response to a request from me for old phones that we could use in our virtual reality headsets. We will set these up over the next couple of weeks before putting them to use as we explore VR. They will also be used for coding and other projects. The phones have no sim cards and will only have access to the schools WiFi. We will put them to good use!

As I am now taking over the AP RE role while Mrs Morton stands in as Principal I will have less time in the lab (1 day per week which will rotate each week). I will still be popping in regularly however. Mrs Heieck will fill in on the other days. This term we will be focussing strongly on safe online behaviours. To back this up, Paul Litherland from Surf Online Safe will visit our year five and six students on Tuesday the 14th of February during the school day to discuss this very important topic with them. This will hopefully dovetail in nicely with the parent session on Cyber Safety he will run on Monday evening (see attached flyer).

I am looking forward to an exciting year of learning and engagement in the Technologies learning area in 2017.


Robotics Kits
I am very pleased to announce that the school has taken delivery of a batch of Sphero SPRK+ robotics kits. These Sphero's are essentially spheres that move around when programmed to do so. This is a huge step in advancing our Robotics and Coding at St. Joseph's school. Watch this space!!


I am very pleased to announce that the school has taken delivery of a batch of Sphero SPRK+ robotics kits. These Sphero's are essentially spheres that move around when programmed to do so. This is a huge step in advancing our Robotics and Coding at St. Joseph's school. Watch this space!!


Cyber Safety Presentation
I am proud to announce that Paul Litherland, from Surf Online Safe will be attending St Josephs School on Tuesday the 14th of Februaryto speak to our year 5 & 6 students on the subject of cyber safety. Paul comes highly recommended and has been presenting to many other schools within WA over the past 6 years.
The school has also booked Paul for an evening parent presentation on Monday the 13th of February commencing at 4:45pm and concluding at approximately 6:00pm. We invite all our parents to attend this event. Paul's parent presentations are very informative and offer some great tips and tricks on how to keep our kids safe online, as well as how to stay one step ahead of them in the online world.


Here are eight easy ways to help your kids stay out of trouble in cyberspace.

  1. Keep computers out in the open
    Your child may think twice about looking at inappropriate websites and won't be able to chat to their friends all night while you think they are doing their homework.
  2. Mind your business
    Remind your child to keep information such as their name, address, phone number, school and even your credit card number to themselves.
  3. Just because it's on the internet, it doesn't mean it's true
    Make sure your child uses multiple sources for research, and is careful not to plagiarise.
  4. Stranger danger is online, too
    Ensure your child never organises to meet up with any strangers they have met online.
  5. Get a filter
    Internet filters can help block inappropriate sites for children.
  6. Encourage your child to talk with you about their online experiences – good and bad
    This will make it easier for them if they see something inappropriate or are emailed something unsuitable.
  7. Good manners also exist online
    Talk about this with your child and it may lead to a decline in bullying behaviour, not to mention the many disagreements that children have with each other.
  8. Forever is a long time
    A lot of blogs and websites maintain information as part of cyberspace forever. By publishing without thinking of the future, your child's innocent work online may be something that comes up later on and may negatively impact their career and personal life.