At St Patrick’s, we are committed to the full implementation of the Positive Behaviours For Learning (PB4L) framework. Fundamental to this initiative is the principle that every child has the right to learn and grow in a safe and supportive learning environment – one free from intimidation, humiliation and harm.
We believe that bullying must be taken seriously and is not acceptable in any form. In witnessing Christian values, we reject ideas, beliefs and behaviours which marginalise or victimise people, including those which come under the online safety umbrella.
All our staff are committed to and share in the responsibility for maintaining a culture of caring in which bullying, in all its forms, will not be tolerated.
Students and parents/carers are also required to sign the CEDoW Student Responsible Use of Technology Agreement at the commencement of each year.
Please further refer 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.
Digital citizenship is a priority at St Patrick's, with all students participating in learning experiences that focus on being responsible and ethical users of technology.
Teachers use a range of resources developed by the Catholic Education Diocese of Wollongong, Australian Communications and Media Authority, 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.