Use fake information and use avatars instead of real pictures. If someone says something mean don’t answer back. Stand strong and walk with you head up and not down because that makes you look weak. Luca
Cyber Safe and Sound
The statement above is Luca’s takeaway from his lesson last Monday with John Parsons, our cyber safety expert. If you’ve been talking about this with your child, or if you were one of the 35 or so people who attended John’s parent session, you will be impressed by the quality of his messages and the simple advice he has to help you keep your child - and yourself - safe on the internet.
Here’s what Maisie learned:
We shouldn’t tell people your name or where you live or phone number. He showed us a video where kids were playing a game and it had a genie. The genie told the kids not to share their information.
If you missed John’s message we’re posting a summary with this newsletter. The big ideas I took this time from John are;
•take the same approach to protecting our children in the online world as we do in the real world
•be excellent models for our children in our own online behaviour: “what we model today will either come back tomorrow to embrace us or to bite us.” One positive thing we can all do is be clear with children when they can access internet-based services. For example, 13 is the entry age for Facebook. Does your child have a Facebook account?
Last word to Hamish:
I was surprised how easy it is to look at someone to get information. Its rude and weird. I know it can be dangerous on internet games now. If someone talks to you and you don’t know them don’t talk back because you have the power.
It’s goodbye from me...
Well, not really, but I will be on sabbatical leave from school in term two. I will spend part of the time studying schools in Canada and USA that are working in similar ways to us, promoting inquiry learning that is student-led and grounded in real-world ideas and contexts. If you want to find out more, here’s an excellent recent story by renowned authors Michael Fullan and Maria Langworthy that explains why schools need to (and are) changing to make education better suited to the world your child is growing into.
Just read the Foreword or, if you need a quick answer, here’s one statement that echoes what’s on my mind:
The new (way of schooling) is based on a learning partnership between and among students and teachers that taps into the intrinsic motivation of students and teachers alike. These new developments are so attractive that they spread easily and can be furthered by leadership that responds to and enables further learning. Crucially, this new learning is heavily based in the “real world” of action and problem solving, and it is enabled and greatly accelerated by innovations in digital technology. These forces converge to produce deep learning tasks and outcomes.
I look forward to sharing some more ideas with you when I return in term three.
While I am away Sue McLaren will be acting principal, with Kent Davis and Isobel Ford as the DPs. They will do an excellent job of running Wakefield School.
And it’s goodbye from them…
Sadly, it really is goodbye to two staff: Leith Bruning, who leaves to become DP at Waimea Intermediate, and Ann Baker, who has left us to take up a position with the DHB. We wish them both well, and I take a moment to acknowledge Ann’s fabulous service to the children of Wakefield School since 1998. Ann is a highly skilled, friendly and compassionate teacher aide whose knowledge and craft will be missed by us all.
What the community survey said
Finally, thank you for participating in our recent Board of Trustees community survey. We had responses from 56 families and we’re looking closely at what you’ve said. We’ll report the results of the survey in a future newsletter from the Board. We hope to draw the winners of the grocery vouchers at assembly this Friday.
Have a beaut week, Easter is just around the corner.
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