Secondary College of Languages

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Important Update: Mobile Phone Usage Policy

Off and Away

Starting Term 4, and in alignment with the NSW Department of Education guidelines, there are new rules to help our students focus on learning at the Secondary College of Languages.

What's changing?

We need all students to turn off and securely store their mobile phones, smart watches, earphones, ear pods and speakers in their bags throughout the school day, including recess. This will allow our students to concentrate on their studies and social interactions without distractions.

Once students arrive at their campus, they need to make sure all devices are off and in their bag. They are not to use it during school, in classes, or during breaks. If students need to call someone urgently, this can be done through the campus office.

Why the change?

Using phones less at school improves focus, encourages positive social interactions, and prevents issues like online bullying. We want to create a safe and happy space, as well as encourage more productive learning for everyone.

What happens if the rules are not followed?

If students use their devices without permission, they will be given a warning before their phone is confiscated for the day. If it happens more than 3 times, devices will be kept in the campus office for a few Saturdays during school time. 

Special cases

We understand that some students have special reasons, like health and learning needs, and need to use your phone. If you fall into this category, please contact the Campus Supervisor to discuss necessary accommodations. In case of emergencies or urgent matters, parents and carers can contact the school office directly, and students can likewise reach out through the office. Phone numbers and email can be found on Contact us page.

The full Off and Away strategy can be found on our Policies and Procedures page and answers to some of your questions can be found on the FAQ page.

We appreciate your cooperation in making our school environment even more conducive to learning and personal growth. Thank you for your understanding and support.