Holy Spirit has been working in earnest towards becoming an eSmart accredited school.
In order to work towards eSmart accreditation Holy Spirit Community Primary School needed to demonstrate planning had been put in place in each of the six eSmart domains which forms the framework used to ensure smart and safe use of technologies.
This is what we have already accomplished:
DOMAIN ONE: EFFECTIVE SCHOOL ORGANISATION
1.1 Established an eSmart committee involving the Wellbeing Committee, Wellbeing and Welfare Leader, Principal, eLearning Coordinator and class teachers.
1.2 Reinforced established guidelines in order to provide consistent approaches to supervision of students when they are at school and in particular when they are utilising Information and Communication devices and equipment.
1.3 Established and refined systems of data collection which provides evidence for the effective response to and management of inappropriate behaviours at school such as bullying, cyberbullying and other such negative behaviours.
1.4 Reinforce established systems at Holy Spirit to enable students to report incidents of bullying or cyberbullying and other such negative behaviours.
1.5 Holy Spirit plans to run ongoing programs for staff, parents and students which will contribute to the promotion of eSmart initiatives using clear objectives and a high visual presence in the school environment.
DOMAIN TWO: SCHOOL PLANS, POLICIES AND PROCEDURES
2.1 Holy Spirit has updated its Information and Communication Technologies Policy document in line with the Catholic Education Office Melbourne’s Contemporary Teaching and Learning Framework, The Alannah and Madeleine Foundation’s eSmart Framework, The Australian Curriculum, The Victorian Essential Learning Standards and CyberSmart Federal Government Website and Resources.
2.2 Holy Spirit’s Vision Statement and Holy Spirit’s Staff Handbook are the two key documents whcih enable a whole school approach to behaviour management. Both documents are reviewed annually and referred to regularly.
2.3 Holy Spirit reviews Acceptable User Agreements for students, parents and staff annually. Students, parents and staff are inducted into the expected and agreed approaches to safe and smart use of Information and Communication Technology devices and equipment.
DOMAIN THREE: RESPECTFUL AND CARING SCHOOL COMMUNITY
3.1 The staff and students at Holy Spirit are governed by our school vision statement which outlines our values.
3.2 Holy Spirit has daily protocols which are reinforced for the safety of all students, staff and visitors. Daily protocols to ensure safety on all levels are addressed via: the annual Staff Handbook and the school network desktop; class lessons and meetings including school and level assemblies; one to one interaction with staff on duty, both inside buildings and on the playground, newsletters, email and text messaging, posters and signage.
3.3 Holy Spirit has lots of opportunities for cross-age interaction for all students in formal and informal ways. Holy Spirit establishes a buddy system each year where by each student is assigned to another, usuallly from each end of the grade spectrum.
DOMAIN FOUR: EFFECTIVE TEACHER PRACTICES
4.1 Teachers use relationship based pedagogies in the teaching of Religious Education, Social and Emotional Learning and Integrated Studies Units of work to foster and promote peer relationships among students.
4.2 All staff at Holy Spirit are obligated to sign and follow the Information and Communication Technologies Staff User Agreement annually which requires staff to model appropriate, safe and responsible use of all ICT devices and equipment.
4.3 All staff are familiar with the expectations outlined in the Holy Spirit User Agreements which would clearly direct staff to act if a breach of the agreement had occurred. When a breach of the Student User Agreement is confirmed, teachers are directed to fill in an ICT Incident Report, following all procedures as listed on this document and submit this to the principal, who in conjunction with staff involved will determine the necessary follow-up action. At this level, parents will be notified in writing that a breach has occured and offered an interview with the principal if they wish to discuss the matter.
4.4 Teachers at Holy Spirit have access to a desktop ICT property which promotes resources, PD opportunities, online resources and professional reading to assist them in their own learning which can enable them to effectively integrate the smart use of ICT devices and equipment into their everyday classroom practices.
DOMAIN FIVE: AN ESMART CURRICULUM
5.1 Holy Spirit’s inclusion of Social and Emotional Learning lessons in Religious Education and Integrated Studies units of study, inconjunction with our ICT Scope and Sequence Matrix, ensures that students are explicitly taught about the rights and responsibilities of each individual, bullying and how to manage conflict effectively, how to build resilience and to how to support others in vulernable situations.
5.2 Holy Spirit’s ICT Scope and Sequence Planning Matrix ensures that cyber-risks and cyber-safe practices is evident in the curriculum.
5.3 Holy Spirit’s ICT Scope and Sequence Planning Matrix and a planned ‘Cyber Smart’ Scope and Sequence Planning Matrix ensure smart, safe and responsible use of ICT devices and equipment for learning.
5.4 Holy Spirit students have the opportunity to apply to be a member of the School Representative Council. It is via this council that students can initiate and develop student owned projects which can address issues pertaining cyberbullying and cybersafety.
5.5 Students at Holy Spirit have many opportunities to share their learning experiences with parents and wider audiences. Blogs, newsletters, open days, portfolios, work samples are all opportunities to share their learning about smart, safe and responsible use of ICT for learning purposes.
DOMAIN SIX: PARTNERSHIPS WITH PARENTS AND THE LOCAL COMMUNITY
6.1 Holy Spirit’s Parents and Friends Committee take an active role in planning, promoting and managing cybersafety initiatives such as parent information nights, guest speakers etc.
6.2 Parents are privvy to regular ICT articles, via the online school newsletter, which often directly relates to cybersafety and cybersecurity issues.
6.3 Holy Spirit works in unison with other local schools, secondary and primary, religious and non-denominational, to promote the safe, responsible and smart use of ICT equipment and devices.