Mazzarello Campus News

CARITAS & Project Compasssion

    

Tuesday 17th February, Shrove Tuesday marked the launch of Project Compassion for 2015. A team of dedicated Year 9 have volunteered to bring Project Compassion alive within the College Community. The team cooked well over 150 pancakes during the morning and then offered them to the College during recess. It was a great launch with many students and teachers donating money to the cause, whilst enjoying a pancake for morning tea. Year 9 Members of the team will be presenting information and activities to Year 7 students in raising awareness and fund raising activities for this valuable cause.

Caritas Australia’s annual fundraising and awareness-raising appeal, bringing thousands of Australians together in solidarity with the world's poor to help end poverty, promote justice and uphold dignity.

Running through the six weeks of Lent each year, Project Compassion is an extraordinary, ongoing demonstration of the faith, love and generosity of caring supporters, all in the name of justice and peace. It is the lifeblood of Caritas Australia; without it, we could not do the vital work we do. 

The theme for Project Compassion 2015 is “Food for Life”.

Food is essential for all life, yet many of the world’s poorest people do not have food security. That means they live from day-to-day, uncertain of how to afford or how to access their next meal. Without food, the rest of life is impossible to contemplate: how can you plan for the future or educate your children when you fear you will be hungry?

As Pope Francis says: “It is a well-known fact that current levels of production are sufficient, yet millions of people are still suffering and dying of starvation. This is truly scandalous.” Caritas Australia website, http://www.caritas.org.au/projectcompassion/about

Online Connectivity - My Rights and Responsibilities as a Digital Citizen.

This week Year 9s were introduced to the concepts of the rights and responsibilities of Digital Citizenship. The students were asked to look at the idea of online connectivity in three ways, Engagement, Knowledge and Decision Making. These ideas were developed from information and multimedia presented by the Australian Government initiative ACMA Cybersmart Website, http://cybersmart.gov.au/cybersmart-citizens.aspx .

Engage positively means being aware of your own behaviour, respecting others and knowing how to take action to protect yourself. When you are online:

  • Respect the rights of others to participate and have an opinion
  • Ask before tagging other people or posting photos
  • Speak to your friends or a trusted adult about upsetting online experiences.
  • Don't respond to hurtful or nasty comments. Block and report
  • Stand up and speak out about cyberbullying.
  • Report suspicious or illegal content

Knowing your online world is about understanding how you can use technology and devices. It is about learning new skills and knowing how to protect your digital footprint. When you are online:

  • Learn how new skills will help you explore the online world
  • Recognise online risks and how to manage them
  • Look out for suspicious emails and scams
  • Use secure websites for financial and retail services
  • Keep passwords secret, strong and unique

Choosing consciously means being aware that you are in control of the decisions you make online. It means thinking before sharing your personal information and understanding that your choices can last forever. When you are online make a decision to:

  • Choose privacy and security settings carefully and check them regularly
  • Choose friends wisely online. Not everybody online is who they claim to be, regularly review your connections and remove people
  • If you have made a mistake apologise and take down offensive material as soon as possible
  • Ask for permission before uploading pictures of your friends.

At the conclusion of the presentation students were reminded about the College’s Online Ethical Behaviours standards as listed via the Responsible Digital Citizen Agreement – Students & Parents:

  • Cyber-bullying is the same as actually bullying, regardless of whether you know the people involved or not.
  • Do not access, share or display violent, abusive, racist, vilifying, sexist or sexually explicit material.
  • Talk to a teacher or parent if you feel uncomfortable or unsafe online or see others participating in unsafe, inappropriate or hurtful online behaviour.
  • Whilst at school, only use social networking sites at school for educational purposes and as directed by your teacher.
  • Seek appropriate permission from individuals involved before taking, uploading or sending photos, recorded sound or video to anyone else or to any online space. In the case of media related to the school itself, permission must be sought from the Principal.
  • Students must not engage in any form of communication which has the potential to bring the staff, students or the College into disrepute.
  • Illegal activities are strictly forbidden. A transmission of any material in violation of any Australian or state law is prohibited. This includes but is not limited to plagiarism or copyright laws or material that is considered by the College to be threatening or obscene. Such instances may be reported to authorities, including the Police.

If you have any further queries in regards to Digital Citizenship and Activity please do not hesitate to contact the Mazzarello Campus at your convenience via the email as listed. The College will be endeavouring to continue working with students and other resources on this important issue throughout the year. Finally a note was sent home asking for volunteers and interested families to attend our first Working Bee for the year, you can register an interest at bfogarty@scr.vic.edu.au .

 

Brendon Fogarty

Mazzarello Campus Director