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Term 2 2016

Update from eSmart Schools

It has been a very busy few months at the Foundation. Last week we commemorated the 20th anniversary of the Port Arthur tragedy, and remembered why The Alannah and Madeline Foundation was started. I attended the commemorative service at Port Arthur in Tasmania and many of us went to our own candlelight vigil at Federation Square in Melbourne.

Many schools also commemorated the anniversary by holding a minute silence, including the Tasman District School in Tasmania. The anniversary had a very special meaning for the school, as it continues to mourn the loss of former students, including Alannah Mikac, who died along with younger sister Madeline at Port Arthur in 1996.

Tasman District School principal Ted Barrance said the schools minute silence not only focussed on those lost at Port Arthur, but on all children who have been the victims of violence.

"Out of trauma and tragedy has come strength and unity. Our community will stand together 20 years on to remember those that were taken too early." Mr Barrance said.

It was a very moving and emotional time, but important to remember what we have accomplished in 20 years and how far we have come in supporting children through our care, prevention and advocacy programs, including eSmart. We thank you for your support.

Best wishes, Judi Fallon
eSmart Programs Manager, The Alannah and Madeline Foundation.

Woodridge State School 'Where diversity meets harmony'

In late March Woodridge State School hosted 2016 Australian of the Year, former Chief of the Australian Army, David Morrison AO and 2016 Young Australians of the Year Nic Marchesi and Lucas Patchett.

They joined local community leaders at the school to celebrate the National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence and Harmony Day.

“We are delighted to show-case how our school teaches children to respect difference,” said Woodridge State
School Principal, Mr Garry Molloy. Read more.

Watch this great cyber safety video from Kerang South Primary!

Students from Grade 4 and 5 at Kerang South Primary School in Victoria, have come together to create this fantastic video about cybersafety and using social media responsibly.

What eSmart actions will creating a video of this kind help you tick off? If students from different ages are involved in the project you will be able to tick off action 5.4 and 5.5. Action 3.3 will also be addressed if the video is shared with parents, and if it is shared with the wider community you will also address action 6.2 and 6.3.

Thank you for sharing this with us Kerang South Primary School!

Latest eSmart resources

All of the resources below can be found by searching in the System Tool when logged into eSmart Schools site.
1. Gap Analysis and Action Planning Tool - This resource is designed to help you access your schools progress against the eSmart framework and develop an action plan for addressing the actions the school still needs to complete. Perfect for those starting out, taking over an existing eSmart journey or simply wanting to access the schools progress.
  • Relevant Domain = All
  • Relevant Action of the framework = All

2. Digital Literacy Survey (general) for Adults - This survey will assist schools to discover how their staff are utilising the online world, their level of cybersafety awareness and importantly if they are confident in responding to online incidents if a student comes to them with an issue.
  • Relevant Domain = Four
  • Relevant action of the framework = 4.3

3. Digital Literacy Survey (General) for Adults
This survey will assist schools to discover the level of staff skills, knowledge and understanding about current technologies and their effective use for teaching and learning.
  • Relevant Domain = Four
  • Relevant action of the framework = 4.2

4. eSmart Digital Licence: Curriculum Map
The purpose of this mapping document is to support the implementation of the eSmart Digital Licence into teaching programs. Developed for multi-age classroom settings, this teaching resource aligns the eight modules of the eSmart Digital Licence program to other popular online programs targeted at lower/middle primary aged students.
  • Relevant Domain = Five
  • Relevant action of the framework = 5.1, 5.2 and 5.3

5. Child Safe Standards - The Victorian Government has introduced compulsory minimum standards that apply to organisations providing services for children to help protect children from abuse. For the purpose of this resource, we have highlighted which attributes from the eSmart Schools framework support of the seven Child Safe Standards of which Victorian schools must audit themselves against by 1st August 2016.
  • Relevant domain = all
  • Relevant action of the framework = all

Cybersafety news, research and resources


Training dates for Term 2

Wangaratta Professional Development Event – Friday 20th May (all day).

Keynote speakers include:

  • Members from The Office of the Children's eSafety Commissioner
  • Members from the Community Legal Education team at Victoria Legal Aid

Attendees will hear from the eSmart Schools team who will discuss the eSmart Framework, and provide tools and strategies to assist schools in progressing their eSmart journey.

Tickets are $55 + booking fee. Book your tickets now.

Other training opportunities:


NCAB Conference "Towards Bullying Solutions - Theory and Practice"

Hosted by Michael Carr-Greg NCAB's seventh biennial conference will be held on the 28th and 29th of July 2016 at the Crown Conference Centre, Melbourne.

The conference will bring together educators, academics, policymakers, practitioners, principals, leadership teams and young people from around the world, to explore how bullying affects people of all ages.
Speakers include:
  • Dorothy L. Espelage, PhD., an Edward William Gutgsell & Jane Marr Gutgsell Endowed Professor and Hardie Scholar of Education, in the Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • Wendy Craig, PhD., FRSC, Professor of Psychology, Scientific Co-Director of PREVNet, Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario
  • Professor Helen McGrath, Adjunct Professor, RMIT  
  • Professor Toni Noble, Adjunct Professor, School of Educational Leadership, Australian Catholic University

'Free for kids' ticket offer to Richmond V Sydney Swans

Richmond's Round 8 clash against Sydney will be dedicated to the Alannah & Madeline Foundation. 'Free for kids' tickets are available as part of this special match by registering via our website.

All registrations will then be placed in the draw to win a spot in the on-field 'Guard of Honour' experience, as the players enter the arena. Register for tickets.

Contact us

Web. www.esmartschools.org.au
Email. esmart@amf.org.au
Phone. 1300 538 534

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