2016 August Newsletter Number 15

   
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Newsletter Number 15 - August 2016

Dear Principal

FRANCIS ASKS PRIESTS TO LEARN THAT LIFE ISN'T BLACK AND WHITE, BUT SHADES OF GREY

Pope Francis has asked members of his Jesuit religious order to help young priests recognize that decisions Catholics make in their everyday lives are rarely ethically clear-cut, but rather exist on a spectrum between good and evil. In a dialogue with Jesuits in Poland during his trip to the country last month, the pontiff asked his confreres to particularly work with seminarians to help them learn "the wisdom of discernment." "The Church today needs to grow in the ability of spiritual discernment," the pope said in the July 30 meeting with about 30 Jesuits, according to a transcript of the dialogue released for the first time Thursday by the Italian Jesuit magazine Civiltà Cattolica. "Some priestly formation programs run the risk of educating in the light of overly clear and distinct ideas, and therefore to act within limits and criteria that are rigidly defined ... and that set aside concrete situations," said Francis. READ MORE

 

APPA'S NAPLAN ONLINE TRIAL SURVEY

Please find below the APPA NAPLAN on line survey link. If you were a trial school could you please complete the survey. This is ONLY to be completed by NAPLAN Online Trial schools. The survey closes on Friday 2 September. At this point APPA will close and collate survey results next Friday in time for their meeting with ACARA on 6 September.  SURVEY

 MAKING CHANGE A SUCCESS

Implementing change in a school setting can be a challenging endeavour. As leaders we identify what needs to change, why it needs to change, and then go about working out how we can make the change happen. The "how" can be the most challenging aspect as we go about implementing the change in our school setting. In this article I will discuss how our team went about effectively enacting change in the form of introducing a new initiative focused on positive behaviour.
As I was sitting in a Skype meeting with a software developer from Dallas, Texas, pitching their online behaviour tool, RedCritter, it was ticking the boxes of what we were looking for to refine our positive behaviour reward system:

• Potential to align with our student enhancement program;

• Engaging and interactive for all members of our school community;

• Provides data to monitor and refine positive behaviour and classroom management;

• Easy to administer and maintain; And ultimately lead 
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 CEC NEWS

REVIEW OF PRIVACY COMPLIANCE MANUAL

The Manual has been updated to reflect various legal and practical developments. The particular

changes that schools need to be aware of are:

1. changes to the template privacy collection notices (see Chapter 8);

2. changes to the template privacy policies (see Annexure 2);

3. changes to the cloud computing section (see Chapter 22); and

4. the addition of a new chapter on responding to privacy breaches (see Chapter 22 and Annexure

6) and a template privacy breach response protocol (see Annexure 7).

 

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BATYR

 

In an average Australian classroom of 30 students, 7 will be dealing with a serious mental illness. Only 2 will seek help, and 5 will suffer in silence. This highlights the importance of providing a broad range of services and options to young people to encourage them to reach out. Research shows that the stigma surrounding mental health prevents young people from accessing help. Our programs put students in direct contact with peers who have experienced similar struggles, playing an important role in breaking down the stigma as well as bridging the gap between young people and the wide array of services available to them both inside and outside of school. batyr is a not for profit organization with a bold objective – by changing the way young people view social and mental health issues, we are giving a voice to the elephant in the room.  READ MORE

 

 

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Regards,

Julie King
ACSP Executive Officer

 
 
 

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