Optus Digital Thumbprint
Supporting young people to be safe, responsible and positive online is a key challenge for educators and parents alike. Recently the team from the Optus Digital Thumbprint program were in the classroom with our Year 7 students taking them through the fun and interactive workshops that cover a range of important issues such as cybersecurity, cyberbullying, digital discernment, digital balance, and digital identity.
It is very important to be aware of these topics so that your child is prepared and supported to thrive in the digital world. There is a range of free, downloadable Digital Thumbprint Parent Conversation Guides for parents and care-givers that support you to have effective conversations around what young people should and shouldn’t share online, cyberbullying, and how digital technology can support effective study practices. For more information, please visit: www.digitalthumbprint.com.au/parent-resources
Year 7 Camp
Our Year 7 students just returned from their Year 7 camp at PGL Campaspe Downs in Kyneton. The students joined in a range of activities including canoeing, flying fox, raft-building and rock climbing. It was certainly an enjoyable way to spend our final week of school for the year. A big thank you to the staff involved for their support of the students.
I would like to give a big thank you to Miss Gooch-Andrew for her work as Year 7 coordinator this year. The role involves a lot of time, dedication, persistence and understanding. It is also often a thankless task – so on behalf of all the students, staff and parents/guardians of Elevation, we thank you for your enormous contribution to the engagement and wellbeing of our students this year!
Talent Showcase Ms Dawson
Although this year has looked a little different, COVID did not stop our wonderful students entering into the first Elevation Secondary College Talent Showcase! Over 30 students recorded and uploaded their entries across four categories: Arts, Writing, STEM and Sport.
We were fortunate enough to have the Mayor of Hume City Council, Cr Joseph Haweil on the judging panel, who agreed that the creativity and talent of each of our entrants was outstanding. It was a very close call, however the winners for each category were deserving.
The winner for the Arts category was Indiana Shears (7G) for her artwork that showcases her talents in digital drawing. Shannon Kaur (7A) was the winner for the Writing category, with emotive poem titled ‘Our World,’ which captures the challenges faced by the world today. For the STEM category, Manpreet Singh (7D) built an engaging program and game on Scratch that can be used for addition and subtraction, and Jad Jamal (7G) showcased his exceptional basketball skills and took the Sports category. Finally, the overall Principal’s Prize for Excellence went to Emir Isdar (7G) for his LEGO hand that clips onto a human hand and can pick objects up and even play piano! It was wonderful to see the everyone’s talents and we are already looking forward to the next Elevation Secondary College Talent Showcase in 2021!