Cyberbullying Awareness Week

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Next week marks Bullying Free New Zealand week, and Queen Margaret College will acknowledge it with a focus on safe and ethical online practices. Following a recent survey of students on this issue, our head of Student Body Council, Annalise Kruger (Year 13), will speak at next Monday’s Principal’s Assembly, highlighting the importance of school-wide awareness on general internet safety, an well as the need for our girls to adhere to four of the key Learner Profile Attributes, on and offline:

  • Principled behavior: treating each other as you’d like to be treated yourself, on and offline.
  • Respecting, supporting each other and their opinions.
  • Caring: listening when needed, being nice to people.
  • Communicator: having open, safe discussions where everyone feels comfortable to express their own opinions without being judged.

These attributes are given by Annalise as great foundations to avoid getting into bad situations online. Ms Logan (the school counselor) will also provide key information to students as to what is the best way is the best way to deal with a bad situation.

In addition to the assembly, our Head and Deputy Head Prefects will organised a range of form time activities for the week to highlight the need for our girls to conduct themselves in a safe and responsible manner online at all times. The class QTechs will support the Prefects in delivering these messages.

Mr Knuckey will continue to teach Digital Citizenship as a stand alone unit in Middle School classes, as well as regularly addressing level assemblies to deliver key messages and reminders to students. These are centered around the requirement that our girls conduct themselves in a safe, ethical, and legal manner online at all times. Advice is also given on what to do if on the receiving end of online bullying.

A reminder that our  Digital Citizenship information page is here, which includes a number of invaluable links to sources that can provide advice and support to children and parents regarding online behavior. Alternatively you can contact the relevant Head of School if you have any concerns.

Below are two videos chosen by the Student Body Council to highlight a focus on safe and ethical online practice:
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QMC Can Code!

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Queen Margaret College is excited to be part of She Can Code, a celebration of girls and women coding in Aotearoa. 2018 marks the 125th anniversary of women’s suffrage in Aotearoa. With Techweek this month, it’s the perfect time to celebrate the girls and women who write much of Aotearoa’s code. The aim of She Can Code is to get as many girls and woman coding as possible and to share stories of our amazing coders using the hashtags #SheCanCode and #QMCCanCode


The official She Can Code event runs from May 19-27, and we aim to have as many QMC girls as possible coding during this week, so as to be eligible to win prizes . However, you can start coding anytime by going to She Can Code, going to the Projects page (at the top of the screen) and choose between Scratch, HTML/CSS, or Python based coding projects. Find a project and level that suits you are you are away! Our official club meet time is every Monday – Thursday from 1pm in W3, and Mr Knuckey will be there to help get you started. All you need to bring is your laptop and a willingness to have fun while learning! Once you are up and away, you are of course welcome to code at home.

Important note:  Even if you’ve never coded before, you can take part!

I look forward to seeing you there.

Mr Knuckey

 

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Shadow Tech

What is ShadowTech?

ShadowTech provides girls in years 9 -11 with an opportunity to experience what working in the tech sector is like, encouraging them onto education pathways that lead into tech sector roles.

The programme connects girls at school with women working in the tech sector, who act as mentors.  Secondary school students get to spend a day with the woman in tech, experiencing a day in the life of an IT professional.

Our objective is to see an increase in the number of females who choose STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) related subjects at a secondary and tertiary level and ultimately choose a career in tech.

How does it work?

ShadowTech is a national mentoring programme with events in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, Hamilton, Dunedin and Palmerston North. In each region, ShadowTech is held on a single day each year, and coordinated by a local tertiary institute.

Students and mentors register their interest in participating, and are matched by the tertiary provider. They meet in a central location to hear inspirational speakers, then spend the day with mentors at their workplace; attending meetings; being introduced to various departments, and mentors even take the girls out for lunch!

The day ends with a group briefing back at the main venue, and an opportunity to provide feedback for the following year.

This year the event is on May 21.

UPDATE! WE HAVE HAD HUGE INTEREST FROM QMC STUDENTS AND CAN NOT ACCEPT ANY MORE PARTICIPANTS!

Queen Margaret Students from Years 9-11 can register their interest to participate in ShadowTech Day by going to: https://shadowtech.youthhub.co.nz/. 

Once on the site, create your own personal profile on the YouthHub platform, and register for the Wellington event. Mr Knuckey will then contact parents of interested students to get permission, and provide the final list of attendees prior to the event.

Alternatively, you can ask Mr Knuckey for more information, or register your interest.

Here are some information, feedback and pictures from last year’s events

Project Analyst Ashleigh Miller shows the students how the visual Kanban system works Students L-R Yuki Jay, Khashmira Vallabh, Lauren Pemberton and Ellena Meadows

Project Analyst Ashleigh Miller shows the students how the visual Kanban system works Students L-R Yuki Jay and Lauren Pemberton

RoboCup 2018

Date: Saturday 9th June, 2018

Venue: Victoria University of Wellington, Alan McDairmid Building, Kelburn Parade, Room AM 102/104

Entries close: Friday 26th May

Website: https://sites.google.com/view/robocupjuniornewzealand/home?authuser=0

If you are interested in entering RoboCup this year, contact Mr Knuckey (richard.knuckey@qmc.school.nz) for details of the event to get some training lunchtime.

Video from previous years:

Instructions for new students

Dear Parents,
Below is the information provided by our IT Centre for setting up new students with their laptop login and software installation.

If you encounter any problems with the instructions below please call the college reception on 04 473 7160 to be put through to the IT Centre, or email it@qmc.school.nz

Please find your daughter’s Queen Margaret College email address and password below.

Email Address –  firstname.surname@student.amc.school.nz
Password – #Qmc18

These will be required for logging into the QMC Downloads Portal.

How to Access the Downloads Portal:

1. In any web browser paste the following URL: http://bit.ly/QMC_Download
2. The following window will appear where you will enter your daughters email address:

Then password:
3. Once logged in the following Window will appear:
4. Click on your daughter’s year group for 2018. Example below:
5. Click on the operating system your daughter will be using:
6. Click the names of any software required and follow the on-screen instructions. Please refer to the attached PDFs when installing Microsoft Office.
If you encounter any problems please call the college reception on 04 473 7160 to be put through to IT or email it@qmc.school.nz

 

IT staff will be running a Helpdesk drop in service on Thursday  25 January and Friday 26 January, 9am – 3.30pm, to trouble shoot problems should people need help. 

 

Welcome to 2018!

Dear Parents and Students.

I hope you’ve all had a good break and are well rested and all set for an exciting year ahead. A couple of bits of news from the QMC e-Desk:

  • Next week all Year 6 parents and new parents will be sent an email regarding Laptop start up information for 2018.
  • IT staff will be running a Helpdesk drop in service on Thursday 25 January and Friday 26 January, 9am – 3.30pm, to trouble shoot problems should people need help.

In addition, in-class time will be allocated in the first weeks to school for supporting students with loading Class OneNote notebook, setting up students’ subject folders on their OneDrive, and running through the basics of computer usage, care and management. Internet safety and ethics will be covered at the outset for Year 6-10 students, and other aspects of Digital Citizenship will be addressed over the course of the year.

I look forward to seeing the girls again and in particular extend a warm welcome to our new parents and students for 2018. Please email me on richard.knuckey@qmc.school.nz of have any questions about our 1:1 laptop programme or the role that IT will play in your daughter’s classes this year.

 

Richard Knuckey
Head of eLearning

10 Trends for Education

Each year, CORE Education’s experienced staff of researchers, educators, and digital technology experts pool their expertise and share their understandings to identify the trends and influences that are expected to make a growing impact upon education in New Zealand in the coming year.

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In 2017 Core have seen two significant themes impacting the nature of these trends and the specific examples identified. The first is the notion of exponential change that we are experiencing in every sphere. Our traditional approaches to coping with and responding to change are no longer sufficient to meet the demands of such exponential change, and thus the trends identified will require new ways of thinking about and responding to this change. The second is the concept of digital disruption, which emphasises the ways that digital technologies are disrupting rather than simply augmenting or adding to what we currently do. Together, these things are driving the transformation that is occurring in all facets of our lives — including education.

Click below to see Core Education’s latest 10 trends for Education.

Ten Trends 2017

Taken from core-ed.org/tentrends2017