Macquarie College has registered to take part in eSmart, a guiding framework for schools to manage cybersafety and wellbeing.
eSmart will help teachers, students and the whole school community embrace the benefits of technology and reduce our exposure to cyberspace risks such as cyberbullying, identity theft, online sexual predation and accessing or sending inappropriate images and content.
eSmart is an initiative of The Alannah and Madeline Foundation, a national charity committed to protecting children from violence.
Our work towards achieving eSmart status will involve the whole school community—for example, we’ll be integrating cybersafety into our wellbeing policies, establishing clear procedures to deal with incidents, and delivering curriculum around the smart, safe and responsible use of technology.
We’ll regularly update you on our progress through our newsletter. More information is also available at www.esmart.org.au.
A major partnership that the College seeks to foster is with its Alumni as well as with past and present families and community supporters of the College. The Macquarie College Foundation consists of parents and community supporters who, through their membership, provide both financial and human resources for the purpose of expanding and developing the educational facilities necessary to preserve the College’s reputation for excellence. Membership of all families is encouraged.
The College seeks to foster a key partnership with parents. High priority is placed on parental involvement to strengthen the partnership with teachers while also providing a sense of community among all families. Key elements include the Open Parent Forums and PTA committees as well as the College Events Program such as the Community Golf Day, Art-and-Craft Show and the various Carnival Days. The general activities of the PTA including its fundraising activities are designed to reflect the Christian principles, standards, and ethos of the College and will of necessity exclude such activities as raffles, disco parties, and dance parties. Food served by the Canteen and other PTA-sponsored events will be vegetarian by nature and will be in harmony with the general health principles of the College.
The College also recognises the importance of its partnership with the broader community. To that end, staff and students are actively encouraged to become involved in community projects such as Red Cross, Red Shield Appeal, World Vision, Asian Aid, Royal Blind Society, and the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA).
Macquarie College has forged strong partnerships with parents and the local community and values these important relationships. Macquarie College has developed strong ties with many businesses and organisations, in particular: