As indicated last year, we will hold a feedback meeting in April on our
progress in the use of iPads as an integral part of teaching and learning.
As you know, the only mobile device allowed at school is the iPad. We
are strict about its usage:
- Only to be used in lessons on the
instruction of a teacher.
- Never to be used at
break, while waiting for sport, or a lift, etc. While this rule is
broken there are consequences and the incidents are few
and far between.
- No games to be played
on iPads at school. This is more difficult to ‘police’ but again an
infringement here has consequences. Much of the iPad use involves
activity/moving around and producing something at the end so it is more
difficult to sit on a game in class time.
- Outside of lessons
the iPad has to be locked in boys’ lockers and not left in desks in the
classroom. Surprisingly few have been lost over the last year and
then invariably found – even one left at the water polo pool overnight!
HOME USE OF TECHNOLOGY
- Boys love technology! It is all-engrossing and games are never-ending so one is
never satisfied with how far one gets.
- Many parents have asked about the amount of
time their sons should be spending on their iPads and setting general
rules for the use of technology at home.
- We are going to organise a presentation for
parents on this issue and are researching presenters for this.
- Essentially there have to be limits at home; there
can’t be a laissez faire approach.
- Homework is unlikely to need more than half
an hour on the iPad. If it is often more, please check with your son’s form
teacher. Boys are not always using their iPads to do homework, even when
they say they are.
- Set a limit for recreational use. Half an
hour three days a week? Allow them the choice of night, if you like, but
it must be controlled. Also
impose limits over the weekend.
- Abuse of social media is becoming one of the
most prevalent discipline issues at school, starting from grade 6. If
you allow boys to be on social media (Facebook, WhatsApp groups, etc.) I
suggest you do it on the understanding that you have your son’s password
and that you will check what is posted from
time to time.
- Take technology away at bedtime. After
lights out there are cases of children spending
hours on cell phones and iPads so at Prep School they should not have
them in their rooms at night.
Technology is wonderful and can be so effective and
sophisticated. Its increasing use is a fact of life and a necessity and
even more so for the world that our children are entering. But our boys do also have to spend time reading, playing,
chatting, doing tactical things, being in nature, even being bored.
We will inform you about the parents’ evening that we
will be holding on this subject.
Friday 3 February 2017
17:00 - 19:30 (event time)
Bishops Prep Sports Day
Dates to diarise:
Thursday 16 February 2017
18:00: PA AGM
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8 Entrance Examinations 2018
The entrance exam information and
form were emailed to you this week. Entries need
to be returned in hard copy to either Prep or College
reception before 8th March.
Enquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org
We have reverted
back to Tuesdays for sandwich collections. Once again, Attwood
Primary will be the recipient of our donations.
Folders and School Bags
If you have no further use for
your old school bags and subject folders from last year please can you
bring them to the library. These will be given to a school in Khayalitsha.
Gr 5 to Gr 7 Test timetable is on
the calendar on the Website and on your sons profile in MyBishopsLife:
Academic- Work schedule
Duathlon Schools’ Challenge
Congratulations to all the boys
and their families who have already made teams and entered this amazing
event. Next week is going to be great fun.
If you are 12 years of age or
older and still fancy challenging your teachers and friends at this years’
Discovery Duathlon whilst competing against other school teams for top
honours, look at the link below for more information and get involved.
Entries are still open but close soon. Get a team organised
and get involved.
PREP | Fir Road, Rondebosch, Cape Town, 7700
Phone:+27 (21) 659 7222 | Fax: +27 (21) 659 7227