The school looked excellent yesterday phone-free. So many students were sitting together, eating and talking and it felt NOTICEABLY different. Thank you to all the students and parents who have supported the commencement of this initiative. Please note the following items to be aware of:
- Yondr pouches are school property and students witnessed trying to damage their pouch will receive consequences both financial and behavioural.
- Students need only tap their Yondr pouch
against an unlocking station to access their phone. If it doesn’t open immediately (which is common in brand new products), they need to ensure that the pouch is connected to the station and press the button with their thumb and it will unlock. If they are unnecessarily rough, they risk damaging the pouch, their phone or the station itself.
- Students can no longer use phones to purchase items from the Tuckshop. They must use cash, a physical card, or a smart watch.
- Students who own smart watches with their own SIM card seen making calls or sending texts risk having their watch confiscated, as per the mobile phone policy.
- Students may listen to music at lunchtimes and at other times with teacher permission through their laptops. Headphones of all makes and styles may only be used when attached to a laptop. Any other use may will result in the headphones being submitted to Student Services for later collection.
- We have some reports of students having two phones at school or leaving their phone on in their pouches to access Bluetooth and hotspot technology. Please speak to your child about this because confiscated technology will not be released back to students but, instead, will result in parents being asked to come to the school and collect them.
Please contact Mr Ystyn Francis (Deputy Principal – Student Support) if you have any ongoing questions about the Yondr process and the school’s new mobile phone policy.