Middle School - Term 1, Week 8, 2019

Dear Parents,

This past week we saw a number of significant events including the Year 6 Parent/Student breakfast, Year 8 Geography Harbour Cruse, Year 7 Online Safety evening and Friday’s Bullying No Way day.

Thank you to the parents who attended the breakfast and parent Online Safety evening.

Whilst at the Year 7 Online Safety evening I was really encouraging to see parents and students connecting and discussion this really important issue. I hope that it was useful for parents and triggered some great discussion in the car home. Thanks to everyone who attended and please send any feedback that you have to Mr Petschack or myself.

The Middle School teachers look forward to catching up with you on Thursday 4 April at the Parent Teacher Interview night.

Bullying No Way
As we continue to consider bullying I thought it useful to give parents indicators of bullying (taken from bullyingnoway.gov.au). As always I welcome discussion of concerns with teachers and I draw particular attention to indicators of online bullying.

For parents and carers
Signs a parent or carer might notice include if their child:

  • doesn't want to go to school or participate in school activities
  • changes their method or route to school or is frightened of walking to school
  • drops in academic performance
  • changes in sleep patterns
  • changes in eating patterns
  • has frequent tears, anger, mood swings
  • takes money from home
  • has unexplained bruises, cuts, scratches
  • loses or brings home damaged belongings or clothes
  • arrives home hungry.

The signs of possible bullying online can be the same as signs of other bullying, but include other behaviours with phones and computers, for example:

  • being hesitant about going online
  • seeming nervous when an instant message, text message or email appears
  • being visibly upset after using the computer or mobile phone, or suddenly avoiding it
  • closes the screen, or hides the mobile phone when others enter the room
  • spending unusually long hours online in a more tense, pensive tone
  • receiving suspicious phone calls, emails or packages.

Mr G Neale
Head of Middle School

Dates for your Diary
4 April Parent/Teacher Interviews
9 April Fun Run
12 April Last Day of Term 1