The dignity of the human person is a central truth of the Gospel message of Jesus. At St Columbkille's, we believe that all members of the community have the right to a learning and working environment free from intimidation, humiliation and harm. We all share a responsibility to create a culture of caring which will not tolerate bullying.
We believe that bullying must be taken seriously and is not acceptable in any form – including cyber-bullying, a growing concern for parents, carers and educators. In witnessing Christian values we reject ideas, beliefs and behaviours, which marginalise or victimise people.
View the Catholic Education Diocese of Wollongong (CEDoW) Social Media Policy and CEDoW Social Media Statement and Standards, which outline expectations around CEDoW staff, student and parent/community use of social media. In the context of creating vibrant Catholic school communities of faith and learning, users of social media are required to manage their digital footprint by interacting responsibly and ethically, in line with our Catholic ethos, respecting the dignity of all involved.
Students and parents/carers are also required to sign the CEDoW Student Responsible Use of Technology Agreement at the commencement of each year.
St Columbkille's is a nationally accredited eSmart school, where the smart, safe and responsible use of information and communication technology is a cultural norm. Students, teachers and the wider school community are equipped to embrace the best these technologies can offer, while being savvy about the pitfalls.
All classes from Kindergarten to Year 6 are taught Digital Citizenship under the five domains, embedded within the learning and teaching at St Columbkille's:
Teachers use a range of resources developed by the Catholic Education Diocese of Wollongong, the Office of the eSafety Commissioner and other online safety organisations, to assist in the ongoing education of our students in being safe and responsible digital citizens.