In June 2018, the NSW Minister for Education, commissioned an independent review into the non-educational use of mobile devices in NSW schools. Although this review has come from south of the boarder I believe it will certainly have an impact on Queensland school in the new future.

The review was led by Dr Michael Carr-Gregg, and supported by other independent experts as well as many students, parents and guardians, teachers and principals who were consulted in the process. As a result, the use of mobile devices during school hours will certainly be under the microscope.

Currently, school policies around the use of electronic devices during school hours vary widely. Technology does have a role to play in the classroom, but this needs to be facilitated. Personal smartphones, on the other hand, are proving to be a distraction for students in terms of their access to social media sites, as well as potentially being a source of bullying activities.

In this Special Report, parents and guardians will learn about the importance of helping their kids find a balance to get the good parts out of technology. We hope you take time to reflect on the information offered here and we always welcome your feedback.

If you do have any concerns about your child, please contact a College counsellor for further information.

Here is the link to your special report

The St Patrick College list of expectations regarding the use of mobile phones is below.

Mobile Phones

  • The College recognises that many students own a mobile phone.
  • The College recognises that some parents/guardians request that their son(s) bring a mobile phone to school for before and after school safety/security reasons.
  • Our core business of teaching and learning needs to be conducted in an environment free from unnecessary distractions or disruptions.
  • The College is prepared to allow mobile phones on the premises but only within the parameters of this policy.
  • A mobile phone will be used inappropriately if it disrupts or is likely to disrupt the learning environment or interfere with the operation of the school; or threatens or is likely to threaten the safety or well-being of any person; or is in breach of any law.
  • Mobile phones are not to be in student possession during school hours. During the hours of 8:00am and 3:05pm, they are to be secured in student lockers. Students may check their phones during lunch breaks in the school day, but only inside their locker area. Students may not loiter around the locker or be on their phone for a consistent amount of time. If a student needs to make a phone call, they must seek the permission from their House Dean to collect their phone. The call must occur outside their House Dean’s office.
  • It is a criminal offence to use a mobile phone to menace, harass or offend another person. The College may consider it appropriate to involve the police.

Consequences of Misuse - procedures:

  • If a student is seen with their phone or failing to comply with the conditions set out above, the teacher is to confiscate the student’s phone and hand it into the Student Office. The phone will be stored for the day and can be collected following the completion of period 7. The student will receive a 45min detention at that time.

Class use of Phones

If teachers require phones to be used for teaching and learning, they are to communicate this to their class, with students to return their phones to their locker after class.

Mr Darren Kearney - Dean of Students