Innovation and Learning Update

Sep 13th 2019

Innovation and Entrepreneurship Day - Friday 18 October

The St Luke’s Anglican School annual Innovation and Entrepreneurship Day is approaching. On this day we celebrate the exciting innovations that students engage with throughout the year and promote pathways to entrepreneurship. There are two community events to which I would like to invite parents and friends of the School.



The benefits of educating for entrepreneurship” is a Thursday evening session, presented by our guest entrepreneur, Navdeep Pasricha. From 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm on Thursday 17 October, Navdeep will discuss his own journey with entrepreneurship, including his ongoing work with the education sector. Navdeep started a community of 700 entrepreneurs and has presented to more than 20,000 people across 10 countries. He served as a member of the Queensland government’s Entrepreneurship Advisory body and was recognised as one of one of Queesland’s Digital Champions.


This session will be held in the Lecture Theatre and parents who would like to attend are asked to register using this link: Community Session - The benefits of educating for entrepreneurship


I would also like to invite parents and friends of the School to our networking breakfast, held from 7:30 am - 8:15 am on Friday 18 October in the Middle School building. In attendance at this breakfast will be members of the wider business community, particularly those involved in the Bundaberg start up scene, as well as students in our Conrad Spirit of Innovation teams as they prepare for the National finals at the Conrad Innovation Summit.


We would love you to join us for the morning. If you would like to attend, please book your free ticket by following this link:


Networking Breakfast Invitation - Principal Invitation

Click here for free registration to attend out Networking Breakfast.


Monitoring Electronic Devices

The School puts a lot of time and effort into making sure students are using their electronic devices responsibly during school hours. Occasionally parents request information about the monitoring of these devices at home. There are a number of aspects to consider about this and, generally, they all result in a trade off between ease of use and preventing unwanted behaviour.


While at school, and accessing the School network, students are protected from potentially harmful internet access by the School’s physical and software-based security systems. These systems prevent students from accessing pornography, violence, suspicious websites and illegal downloads. Furthermore, interactions using school-provided communication applications (email, chat) can be retrieved so that appropriate digital behaviour can be addressed through Pastoral Care and the School’s Behaviour Management processes. Beyond these mechanisms, the School promotes responsible use of electronic devices rather than blocking everything.


As a BYOD school, St Luke’s does not have the authority to install monitoring software on student-owned devices. Even if the School had the ability to install such software, parents across the School have different philosophies on digital interactions and thresholds for what they allow their children to do. As such, for parents who choose to limit their children’s devices more than what is described above, it is necessary for them to install monitoring software on their children’s devices.


Mobile phones often pose a bigger risk than a tablet or laptop, because they provide unfiltered, high speed connections to the internet. Recently the change to the mobile phone policy to combat this risk after consultation with the school community. As the policy allows students to bring mobile phones to school, but not access them during school hours without explicit permission from a teacher, it is important that parents are aware that the School cannot restrict mobile phones connections in any way. Concerned parents who opt to install monitoring software on their children’s devices should look for the products that also protect mobile phones.


Matthew Hughes

Head of Learning & Innovation

St Luke's Anglican School

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