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School kids’ parents face ‘techno-guilt’
THE time Aussie students spend collaborat-
ing with classmates, accessing global experts
and researching projects online at home is ex-
pected to sky rocket in the 2017 school year,
according to new research released recently.
The annual NBN Digital Parenting Report re-
veals key trends in how Aussie kids use the in-
ternet for learning as well as insights into how
their parents feel about it.
• Almost half (47 per cent) of students head
online after school to collaborate with their
classmates via video chat and more than half
(57 per cent) of school aged children watch on-
line tutorials to assist with homework.
• The number of parents who agree that us-
ing the internet for homework, research or edu-
cational games helps prepare children for the
future is increasing (81 per cent compared with
76 per cent last year).
• Primary school aged children are spending
1.8 hours online for homework each weekday,
this jumps to 3 hours per weekday when stu-
dents reach high school.
• The majority (77 per cent) of parents think
that high-speed internet is important at home
to meet demands of school work and over half
(57%) believe that quality internet access could
impact their child’s educational outcomes.
The downside however is that while parents
(74 per cent) agree that digital skills and ac-
cess to fast broadband are key in order to best
prepare their children for the future workforce,
half (50 per cent) worry their children are
spending too much time online.
Sindy and Glen Orchard were thrilled for their son Alex to start his first day of four-year-
old kinder at Wonthaggi Kinder on Thursday. rg050617
Piper Wylie wished Alexandra Marotta and Mila Wylie the best on their first day of four-
year-old kinder at Wonthaggi Kinder on Thursday. Rg060617
Claire Clarke shows mum Kylie Mills her craftwork on Wonthaggi Kinder’s first day back.
Year 12 college captains Callum Fisher, Maddy Comerford, Erin Gin and Dominic Tran
were presented with their special Captain’s Blazers at the senior school student lunch by
principal Gea Lovell, centre. It was a busy day for Beth Montgomery, left, who spent her
first day as library technician, meeting staff and students and settling into her new role.
Newhaven College welcomed Katelyn Jones, who switched from Year 12 student in
2016 to staff in 2017 as the AFL Sports Trainee. Beth Quinn will care for students in the
Health Centre and Rikki Porter has moved to the area from Somerville Rise Primary to
teach Year 3 students.
Newhaven set for big year
NEWHAVEN College wel-
comed 930 students to the
new school year on Wednes-
day, February 1, with 28 excit-
ed Preps enjoying a wonderful
first day at school.
In two small classes of 14
students each, they received
a great deal of individual at-
tention from teachers Fiona
Smart and Linda Austin.
Newhaven takes up to 22
Preps per class and new en-
rolments for this year are still
Five new students from 23
local, Melbourne, interstate
and overseas primary schools
joined the college’s own Year
6 graduates to form the 109
strong Year 7 cohort.
They will participate in a va-
riety of special activities during
first term including a Transi-
tion Day at the beach and bowl-
ing alley, and a camp at Powlett
River, all designed to provide
a smooth transition into sec-
ondary school and encourage
them to build confidence and
At the other end of their
secondary schooling, 88 Year
12 students have commenced
their final year of the VCE.
They hope to replicate the
success of Newhaven’s Class of
2016, whose VCE results saw
the college top the rankings
amongst all Bass Coast and
South Gippsland schools in
the Better Education schools
Continuing to build on its
success since gaining Regis-
tered Training Organisation
accreditation in 2015, the col-
lege’s Trade Skills Centre will
have 26 first and second-year
students working towards at-
taining their Certificate II in
Building and Construction
ship this year.
Four new staff have joined
the college, with Miss Rikki
Porter providing a welcome
addition to the junior school
in the Year 3 classroom after
previously teaching at Somer-
ville Rise Primary School and
Beth Montgomery brings a
wealth of knowledge and ex-
perience to the library, and
Beth Quinn will look after the
Health Centre during Rosema-
rie Foulkes’ long service leave.
Year 12 student from 2016
Katelyn Jones has made the
switch from student to staff
member, taking on a 12-month
position as AFL Sport Trainee.
Construction of the new Spe-
cialist Art, Science and Tech-
nology wing and Senior School
building is well underway.
The school received $1.4
million in funding through the
Federal Government Block
Grant Authority for the project
and its completion later this
year will enable all Newhaven
students to attend the Phillip
Island Road Campus in 2018.
The next stage of the college’s
masterplan for development is
underway, with planning com-
mencing for a new two court
indoor stadium and gymna-
sium at Phillip Island Road to
provide top notch, all-weather
indoor sporting facilities.
Enrolments are commenc-
ing for 2019, with some plac-
es still available in 2017 and
Contact Belinda Manning on
5956 7505 or visit www.ne-
Newhaven College teacher Mrs Austin was very impressed
with the beautiful letter that Prep student Bessie had writ-
ten for her about how excited she was to be starting school.
Callum, Hugo and Miller got to know each other by
sharing the building blocks on their first day of Prep at
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