Mr James Sloman and College Captain, Hannah Bates interviewed on Channel 9's Today Extra program talking about the new "Big Sister" initiative.
To view: https://www.9now.com.au/today/2016/clip-cilbo3flv00260elh0papa2zf
Janet Stewart, Deputy Head of Secondary (Students)
Tuesday 9 February was Safer Internet Day and as part of our wider objective to teach responsible digital citizenship at MBC, we launched Big Sister. Big Sister is an online reporting system developed for MBC by our IT team. This new system was inspired by our collaboration with the eSmart Organisation and the work of Corpus Christi School in Western Australia on whose portal ours is modelled. All secondary girls can access this resource via Moodle or by entering the address Bigsister.mbc.qld.edu.au into Google.
This online reporting system allows the girls to anonymously report behaviour which they are worried about – and this can be both online interactions and in their social interactions at school. The aim is to establish a culture of help seeking behaviour and encourage the girls to be proactive in managing concerns or problems. Students can access 3 different levels of concern: Is that okay?; Something is wrong; Extremely worrying – Help required. Each level of concern is identified by a pink face icon which expresses the varying emotional responses. When a student clicks on a pink face, they will be offered a range of scenarios and possible responses, this will help guide the decision they make with respect to reporting the concern. If they then elect to put their concerns in an email, it will be sent directly to the Deputy Head of Secondary (Students) who will then choose a course of action in response.
To familiarise girls with this online reporting tool, extended time was provided within the pastoral program to allow Form Teachers and Form Captains to teach the girls how to navigate the reporting tool and discuss some possible concerns. The students have responded to Big Sister very positively with a number of reports being shared in these first few weeks. The range of student concerns being shared is varied but all are taken seriously and have been followed up and acted on. This wonderful online tool has affirmed among the students the importance of communicating concerns to those professionals entrusted with their daily care.
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VIDEO > The Moreton Bay Colleges FUTURE GOALS
This video endeavours to showcase the emphasis on academic learning across the colleges. It illustrates the future focus on teaching and learning to build on the excellent work already in place in classrooms. For us, as teachers, this work is important, for students it can influence their futures and for parents who want confidence that this is the ‘main game’. What goes on in classrooms can be somewhat mystifying for parents and we want you to be fully informed of the direction that teaching and learning is taking across the colleges. We welcome your feedback this can be forwarded to PAPrincipal@mbc.qld.edu.au.
20 Young Queensland Innovators and entrepreneurs working in ICT and other areas are heading off to Silicon Valley for special programs and experiences. Aimee Leong (MBC graduate 2011, Drewe House) is among the group featured. To read more select here to view this amazing story.
Courtesy Brisbane Times, Sunday 23rd August
MBC and MBBC featured in this months August edition of Family Magazine and IB program.
Keely is completing school through distance education and subsequently didn't have a formal of her own to attend. Members of the Moreton Bay College community have generously donated hairdressing, makeup services, a dress and raised funds to cover travel costs. Keely said she was grateful to the college community and students for making it possible for her to attend the formal.
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