Is there ever a quiet week?

CLONTARF Foundation North Coast Employment Forum

The Clontarf Foundation exists at our campus to improve the education, discipline, life skills, self esteem and employment prospects of young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men. Our program develops supportive relationships and our staff are hardworking, passionate and completely dedicated to helping these young men achieve their full potential. One such activity that was provided to our boys was the North Coast Employment Forum. The forum sought to provide our senior students with some specific skills and information relevant to the workplace.

 I am pictured here with one of our Year 12 students, Mason Holton at the event. The employers and service providers discussed with groups of four to six young men, the following:

  • The nature of their business
  • The types of entry level job opportunities available in their industry
  • Prospects of these roles in 2019 and beyond
  • Key attributes they are looking for in new employees
  • How the students can access further information

The range of local providers included:  Bunnings, Greater Bank, Essential Energy, Caltex, Kmart, Qantas, Officeworks, Target, IPROWD, Australian Defence Force, Yancoal, Programmed, TAFE NSW, CSU, Apprenticeships Australia, Club Taree, Kempsey Shire Council, Akubra, Woolworths and Port Macquarie Hastings Council.

SRC Trivia Night
Congratulations to our SRC, Mr Heddles and Mr Ruhl for putting on an outstanding Trivia evening on Wednesday night. I received some lovely messages from our community with statements such as: “The SRC did a great job last night, very professional and they really seemed to enjoy it!”
Mobile Phone Policy Implementation
On behalf of the whole staff, I want to congratulate all of our students for embracing our mobile phone policy in the manner it was intended. That is: responsible, safe and timely use.

The internet and digital technologies are now a permanent feature in our lives and those of young people. We cannot ignore this fact or attempt to dismiss the internet as a passing fad. Young people today have been born into a world where they are immersed in technology. Subsequently as parents, educators and carers it is vital that we have the knowledge and ability to guide them and help them build resilience and wisdom in the digital space.  Some helpful tips from Susan McLean (Cyber Safety Expert - Victoria Police) are:

  1. Remove devices from bedrooms at night (unless you are a contract or shift worker)
  2. Know your child’s passcodes and passwords.
  3. Use filters
  4. Know what sites, apps and games they are using
  5. Ensure your child is only talking / engaging with people they know IRL (in real life)

The last piece of advice hit home with me - know where your child is in the online world, the same as in the real world.