Last Friday 4th September the Department of Education Hobart City Schools consultation survey closed and we move now into the second stage of this consultation process. This will look like reference groups and face to face consultation sessions with interested parties.
Last week in our school association meeting we thought it would be a good idea to start consulting with the school association from Newtown High School as a starting point. We are doing this next Wednesday 16th September at Newtown High School, time to be confirmed but it will be advertised on our app product and through our social media.
This is important consultation for everyone in our school community to express their opinions and thoughts as it relates to secondary education here at Ogilvie and at Newtown High. What do you want it to look like? How does it relate to our earlier conversations around a dream school? Is it still all girls here and boys and Newtown? Co-Ed for some subjects or Co-Ed across all subjects?
Your voice is vital if you want to have a say and be a part of this process. Otherwise through the survey and broader consultation a decision will be made by government without your input.
CYBER BULLYING – ARE YOU READY FOR 21ST CENTURY?
This fortnight I wanted to continue the conversation around cyber behaviours and in particularly cyber bullying and social media safety. Ogilvie have tied cyber bullying into our preventing bullying policies and next fortnight I will share some great tips on how we as a whole school community can deal with bullying to make students resilient, capable and confident adults.
Being a parent is hard enough, but when our fast spreading digital world interferes in your everyday struggles to survive, the start of kids teenage years – that’s when it gets really messy.
The main problem with the digital era is that it’s hard to keep up with the constant improvements of media and its emergence into our lives. Growing up within virtual society in which social norms are yet to be agreed upon, definitely hinders attempts to provide a safe space and necessary prevention for our youngsters. This is why cyber bulling has come up increasingly on our radar as in Australia 75% of bullying now happens online.
Cyber bullying is performed by using digital communications in order to harm another person. There’s a whole array of emotions that are targeted with such behaviour – anger, sadness, self-image, fear, insecurity, etc. It is a significant and growing problem, with reports indicating that up to 50 percent of school-aged children experience bullying via technology (Mishna, Cook, Gadall, Daciuk, & Solomon, 2010).
HOW CAN I RECOGNIZE CYBER BULLYING?
It’s important to understand that cyber bullying often stays off the radar – our easy access to this media of communication that makes us available 24/7 and the fast exchange of information leaves a lot of space for forgetting and ‘’letting go’’ of what happened. Also, due to overall changes in understanding of privacy and socially acceptable manners of interaction, it’s extremely hard to tell ‘’right’’ from ‘’wrong’’. Believing that this sort of undesirable behaviour is a normal way of communication, children and adolescences tend to ignore or minimize these problems.
OKAY, BUT IS CYBER BULLYING REAL?
Unfortunately, many people share the opinion this aggravating behaviour is just part of growing up and another way of teasing among children. The truth is that by accepting this attitude, we discount the seriousness of possible outcomes of this problem.
Bearing in mind that this type of harassment has the same consequences (insomnia, depression, anxiety, poor school performance, isolation etc.), as other forms of bullying, which is why we are strongly advising parents and teachers to raise awareness among their children and students about this harmful phenomena.
The other important reason for taking this into serious account is that whatever happens online, stays online. This means that in cyber reality, which doesn’t have space boundaries – our children can be constantly exposed to these pressures without us knowing. This can lead to instant manner of interacting that can insidiously and slowly affect person’s self-image and complicate forming bonds with peers and friends. Cyber bullies don’t have to look their victims into the eyes or to articulate offends and comments, which allows them to be creative, omnipresent and with no insight of how their behaviour affects the person on the other side of the screen.
Due to above mentioned obstacles in following of the vast spreading of this new age phenomena, parents and teacher should encourage their kids to share their experiences, recognise the problem, and understand when to draw a line and say that’s enough. Bearing in mind that this form of bullying is nowadays considered to be socially accepted, providing a secure base and understanding your kids feelings that are usually be mocked or ridiculed, is a first step to prevention of digital violence.
Much of this work is being guided by the Jonny Shannon foundation who have some great resources to support schools and families. The safe book, social media safety diagram below is an excellent conversation starter for you to have with your children if they are online. Remember this doesn’t just include social media through their phones but increasingly at the moment in the online gaming world on games whereby kids at times have no idea who they are talking to and interacting with.
8F learning about molecules of elements and molecules of compounds in Science
Big Science Competition
Congratulations to those students who entered the Big Science Competition earlier in the year.
The Big Science Competition was a 50 minute, multiple choice competition testing science knowledge, critical-thinking and problem-solving skills. Questions are set in real-life, contemporary contexts, making them relatable and interesting.
Special mentions to:
Sierra Grade 8 - receiving a Credit
Ella Grade 7 - receiving a Distinction
Melinda Grade 7 - receiving a High Distinction.
These students have been recognised for their excellent results in the competition and have be identified for other science enrichment programs Australian Science Olympiads and Curious Minds – girls in STEM to be held later in the year.
Photo: Evie, Isabel, Saskia, Ella & Melinda
Term 3 RUMAD? Projects & Fundraisers
RUMAD (are you making a difference) is an optional subject for year eight students, where they come up with a project which helps the community. Any act of kindness can make someone’s day better.
Skye and Imogen: Share the Dignity
This term our project is for the Share the Dignity #itsinthebag fundraiser. #itsinthebag is a donation campaign where you donate essential sanitary items which goes towards woman and teens in need around Tasmania.
You can donate items such as shampoo, conditioner, sanitary items, soap, roll on deodorant, tooth paste, tooth brush, bags (backpacks, totes and handbags). You can also donate appropriate items which you think would help or make someone feel special, examples of these endless donations include, notebook and pen, makeup, skincare products, books, socks, nail polish etc.
Please do not donate, for safety concerns, sharp objects such as razors, scissors and nail filers. Food and drinks and items with loose or opened packaging.
Taylor, Callie and Lily: The Smith Family
In RUMAD we are working together to help raise awareness of The Smith Family. The Smith Family is a charity that helps young people and children who are living in poverty and don’t have the means for their right to a good education.
We decided that to help raise awareness towards the Smith Family, we are going to do a fundraiser. We are running a guess the lollies in the jar’ and if you guess the correct amount of lollies will win them all! All the money that we raised will going towards the Smith Family.
The days it will be held on is 8th and 10th of September recess and lunch outside the library.
You can buy one guess is 50c or 5 guesses for $2
So if you are interested be sure to bring a couple of dollars on the dates it’s on! Any donations will be appreciated.
On Friday, 28 August the Grade 8 Big Sisters went on an excursion to the Hobart Town Hall. The Lord Mayor, Anna Reynolds, was our personal tour guide. During the tour, we learned about the history of the building, including the fact that it was designed by Henry Hunter, who was inspired by the Palazzo Farnese in Rome. We were also allowed to enter the council chambers, and to sit in the chairs that the Lord Mayor, Councillors and Aldermen occupy when they have meetings. While we were in the council chambers, we participated in a mock council meeting where we brought forward motions and had to debate whether we were for or against the proposals. It was very interesting learning more about how local government works, and the Lord Mayor was a most welcoming host!
Housing Industry Australia
On Monday, 24 August, Grade 10 students who are interested in careers in the construction industry attended a presentation conducted by Matthew and Josh from Fairbrothers. They learnt about career pathways, the benefits of having a qualified trade and some of the opportunities in the industry.
On Sunday the 23 of August, our 9/10 Dance students, Madison Whiley, Jorja Holmes, Summer Tuttle, Matilda Stubbings and Montana Ling performed in a dance completion called Follow Your Dreams. This piece was choreographed by Madison Whiley as a part of her Big Picture internship in Dance Teaching. They performed a contemporary routine which was awarded First Place with the opportunity to perform in Nationals. A massive Congratulations to all 5 students! This piece along with another whole group piece performed by our Line 6 Dance Students from Ogilvie and New Town High will be performing in Tassie’s Dancers Against Cancer on the 19 of September.
Grade 10 Science
It’s been a busy week for year 10 science doing their own chemistry investigations and as part of our sports science combined class, the boys from New Town High who were away on excursions finally got the chance to come up to the labs and learn all about how the human respiratory system works by dissecting a lamb pluck.
Young Archies Awards
Congratulations to Chau! Highly recommended award in the Young Archie’s Awards!
Big Picture Academy
Interested in doing school Years 9-12 another way?
The Big Picture Learning design could be for you.
EOI for 2021 can also be made here https://ogilviehigh.education.tas.edu.au/year-11-12-big-picture-2020 or contact email@example.com
In Big Picture we believe that true learning takes place when each student is an active participant in his or her education, when school-based learning is blended with outside experiences that heighten the student’s interest. A core aspect of this program is the Learning through Internship or the LTI component.
Here are some photos of Big Picture students at their LTI workplaces.
Student Leaders Visit to Town Hall
On the 21 of August, the Grade Ten Prefects and House Captains visited town hall to meet the Hobart Mayor, Anna Reynolds. When we arrived, we were greeted in the Henry Hunter Reading Room to learn about the history of the building and the Hobart City Council. From there we visited the ball room to learn about the many changes and additions the hall has in its 150 years. Finally, we went into the Chamber and got to hear about all the different roles and etiquette at a council meeting. Everyone had a turn at sitting around the table to discuss various issues and get a firsthand experience of what goes into meetings.
We would like to send a huge thank you to Anna Reynolds and the staff at Town Hall for a lovely morning learning about the history of Hobart City Council.
Natalie Aitken and Sarah Evans
Elizabeth College Science week
All Grade 9 students plus their Senior School teachers and other accompanying staff went to Elizabeth College on Thursday 13 August 2020. The students were given a science presentation and participated in hands on experiments in the Elizabeth College labs.
Photos from Elizabeth College Science week excursion
This week was Australian Teacher Aide/Assistant Appreciation Week!
Our Teacher Assistants play an important role in our schools, working hard to make a difference for our students, teachers and the school community. So why not do something special to celebrate them this week?
On Tuesday the 1st of September our School association meeting was held in the Senior Common Room at 5pm.
The School Association exists to be a cheerleader for our school and an important avenue of communication between the school community and its leadership. Our meetings are a great way to be more involved in and informed about the life of our school and its bright future.
Everyone is Welcome.
School Association questions and interest can be emailed to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
As of next week we'll be sourcing our coffee beans for our barista programme sourced from Shake A Leg Jr!
Shake a Leg is a high quality roaster based in Moonah. Their coffee is not only a step up in quality from what we've been using, it is also ethically sourced, meaning the growing, picking and processing of the raw coffee is equitable for the farmers and workers involved and with fair labour practices.
Hopefully staff will notice an improvement in the coffee itself, but the real benefit is that our students in the barista programme will be able to learn more about coffee by working with a better quality product.
Unfortunately, this means prices are going to have to go up! Coffee and hot chocolate will now be $3 for staff, with an additional 50c charge for disposable cups.
Hot chocolates for students at Recess are still $2.
The good news is that you can now pay for coffee via EFTPOS down in the coffee area, or via the Qkr app on your phone! We've also set up a staff account book so it's easy to pay off some IOUs or to get in credit!
Glenorchy Library Mental Health Expo
Welcome to the 2020 Glenorchy Library Mental Health Week Expo - We All Have a Role to Play
We are excited to host our expo a little differently this year, by running it over the entire week to allow for social distancing and capacity policies.
You have the opportunity to participate for one day or over multiple days depending on your capacity and what suits you best.
We are looking at creating another inclusive environment that connects with the main themes of Mental Health Week:
- to raise awareness and promote positive mental health and well-being
- to reduce stigma
- to build resilience and foster understanding
- build partnerships and connections within the local community
- to encourage individuals to seek help when they may need it
- encourage and promote self-care
We would like to invite you to have a stall, run an activity or deliver a performance across the week.
Your organisation could participate for one day or over multiple days.
Monday 5 October - Friday 9 October
10:00am - 1:00pm each day
Any questions, please contact email@example.com
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