This week, at a special Chapel gathering, we bade our final farewell to our long-serving Principal, Mr Don Grimmett.
Don’s tireless and visionary leadership has indeed left an indelible mark, not only at the College, but the South Coast.
Don, on behalf of the whole College, THANK YOU for all you have done, and for all you have been: leader, educator, servant…and friend.
MOBILE PHONES IN SCHOOLS
You may also have read recent media reports of mobile phones being “banned” in Victorian state schools and some other schools across the nation. Investigator College policy has been that mobile phones are to be switched off in class time and not used – unless the teacher allows them to be used for specific tasks such as taking photographs and recording oral presentations etc.
Furthermore, we will be implementing a process wherein all Middle School and Senior School students with mobile phones will be required to place them in a basket at the teacher’s desk for every class. Junior School students should not have phones at school. All students are encouraged and reminded not to use mobiles during break times.
We believe College policy represents a sound balance between the rights of students to learn unhindered, and their rights as individuals. It also recognises that mobile phones can be excellent learning aids when used correctly and with teacher supervision. The College also seeks to prepare the students for the “real world” – a world in which mobile phones are an integral part of everyday life, but are sensibly restricted in situations where they will cause unnecessary distraction or danger (for example, in cinemas, in aeroplanes and in medical facilities etc).
Furthermore, our School Wide Pedagogy speaks about working WITH students and in PARTNERSHIP with families. We are currently developing and refining our College Learning Improvement Plan (CLIP). This plan has not identified banning mobile phones completely as a positive strategy for student learning. Indeed, in several Senior classes such as Agriculture, where photographic records are crucial, sensible use of these devices is cited as a positive use of technology.
In short, the College would not move towards imposing a total ban without proper consultation with staff, students and families.
It will be interesting to see the success or otherwise of the Victorian move; we will monitor it very closely. It may eventuate that a “ban” is very successful there but, for now, we will focus on educating our students about the appropriate, effective and ethical ways to use mobile phones.
I take this opportunity to wish all families a restful and happy holiday and look forward to seeing you all on Wednesday 24 July for Term 3!
SCHOOL HOLIDAY DATES
Friday 5 July – Last Day Term 2
Monday 8 July – Friday 19 July – Administration Closed
Monday 22 July – Administration Reopens
Wednesday 24 July – Students Commence Term 3
HOLIDAY UNIFORM SHOP TIMES
Monday 22 July 9:30am -12:30pm
Wednesday 24 July 2:00pm – 4:00pm
Shop located at the Victor Harbor Campus only.
If you require full uniform fittings, please phone prior to the end of term to arrange a special appointment time.
For your convenience, online orders are available via the College website Uniform Shop page, with weekly delivery available to the Goolwa Campus.
Sample uniform items are available to try at Goolwa Campus Administration to assist with ordering.
Customers are also welcome to phone during our opening times to place orders.
Ph 8551 0956
HOST FAMILIES REQUIRED
Are you able to host one or two Japanese students from 4 – 18 August (14 nights).
Students will be on exchange from Nara High School, Japan. Financial assistance will be provided. College Volunteer registration/DCSI checks required. For further information or to register, please contact Jodie Marks via email: email@example.com
If you know someone who is interested in enrolment at Investigator College in 2020, please encourage them to contact us now!
For further information or to book a tour, please contact Elly Parker on 8555 7511 or email firstname.lastname@example.org