Mobile phones will be banned for all students at Hastings Secondary College from Term 1 2021, to help reduce distraction, tackle cyber bullying and improve learning outcomes for students.

From Term 1, 2021 there will be a new mobile phone policy.

Teachers and parents frequently raise concerns about the use of mobile phones during school hours as a cause of constant distraction in classrooms. Rolling out a consistent policy across the College will provide certainty for parents, students and campus communities.

As students enter into the campus grounds their phone will be placed in a Yondr pouch. Each student will be provided with their own Yondr pouch.

Once the mobile phone is inside, the pouch will lock. The student will maintain possession of their phone at all times.

The device is unlocked by tapping any unlocking base located at the campus. During school-time, if a student wishes to ring their parent or guardian, they can unlock their devise by presenting to the front office. When emergencies occur, parents or guardians can reach their child by calling the campus.

The only exceptions to the ban will be where students use phones to monitor health conditions, or where teachers instruct students to bring their phone for a particular classroom activity. At all other times phones must be in Yondr pouch.

Have your Say

The revised Mobile Phone Policy survey can be accessed by clicking the below link. For further detailed information on the mobile phone ban (as presented at the Parent Lounge on 5 November by Principals, Meaghan Cook and Ian Ross) can be found below.

Mobile Phone Ban Survey