App lists updated for 2020

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The lists of apps required by students using iPads has been updated for 2020. Teachers have identified the apps that best fit the curriculum and best support the students in their learning. These lists can be found at this link.

I remind parents that every app in the list is required, not only the free ones, and it is best to check the lists before school starts next year and load the missing ones. If you wait until the app is needed, your child may miss out on important lessons. 

From the eSafety Commissioner: Joining forces to help parents and carers protect children online

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We know that parents and carers worry about their children online — just as we worry about them in everyday life. In fact, our national survey of over 3,500 parents shows that 94% identified their child’s online safety was important.

While being online provides many educational benefits for our children, it’s important to be aware of the risks. Any site, app or game with a chat or live video function can serve as a potential gateway for predators to contact young people.

That’s why we’ve partnered with Crime Stoppers NSW to help parents deal with risks such as unwanted contact online. By remaining engaged in your children’s online lives and knowing what they’re doing, who they’re talking to and where to report if things go wrong, you can help to minimise any potential harm.

Parents and carers play a crucial role in keeping children safe online. And eSafety is here to help along the way.

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Parents: Find advice for parents and carers to help children have safe enjoyable experiences online.

NAPLAN Plans for 2021

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In 2021, ACARA are expected to conduct all NAPLAN testing on-line and each student participating in the testing at the College will be using their own device.

With this in mind, it is imperative that the device is compatible with the technical requirement as outlined on the NAPLAN website.

This is the information we currently have.

Apple Parent Night exclusively for Beaconhills College parents – November 18

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Even after the event described below, the staff at Apple Fountain Gate still offer the special prices and service to members of the Beaconhills College community. Just mention that your child attends/will attend Beaconhills to take advantage of this offer.

Parents can purchase Apple iPads and MacBooks, covers, bags and other accessories on the Beaconhills Apple BYOD portal, and get custom engraving. Alternatively parents can buy the items on the Parent Night.


On Monday, November 18, 2019, the Apple Store in Fountain Gate will remain open exclusively for parents of current and future Beaconhills College students. From normal closing time, 5:30pm to 7pm, the Apple staff will be available to assist parents with purchases of Apple devices and accessories.

A feature of this night is that the store staff can recommend a device based on the College requirements at special Beaconhills College pricing. There will be multiple relevant ‘Today at Apple’ sessions running on night for parents. Assistance will be available for both parents and children to guide you through setting up the iPad, creating or using an Apple ID account, setting up ‘Family Sharing’, installing apps and demonstrating key skills.

Apple pride themselves on their two week return policy, so any hard decisions on colours can be addressed should they arise.  Apple also offer ‘GiveBack’ trade-ins of their old devices to save a little bit more on their new iPads.

To allow the Apple Store to be prepared for the number of guests, we ask parents to indicate their intention to attend by booking a free ticket at the College Shop’s Box Office.

Early English Booklists for 2020

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Students currently in Year 8 to 11 can now order their English texts for 2020. It is a requirement that students have their novels as part of the HeadStart program commencing on Tuesday 19 November.

Orders need to be placed on-line by Friday 25 October, to ensure delivery for the start of HeadStart.

Please click the link for Berwick or Pakenham to access the Campion website to place an order.

Attention users of iPads: iPadOS13 is released

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On September, Apple released iOS13 for its range of iPhones and iPads. A special version (iPadOS) has been created for iPads that is different from that used by iPhones and is designed to make your iPad more powerful and capable.

Among the many improvements are faster and more responsive performance, easier multitasking, new home screen, easier text editing, new importable fonts, more organised file handling, and a range of other improvements.

I strongly recommend parents update their child’s iPad to iOS13.

JB HiFi Portal is now open for business

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We have partnered with JB Education to provide Beaconhills families with easy access to great prices on a range of computer devices. This includes iPads, MacBooks and laptops by Lenovo, HP and Microsoft.

Parents can login, using the school code BHC2020, at https://www.jbeducation.com.au/byod/. Also available are a range of insurance options and various covers and bags. Parents are alerted by email when the purchases are ready for collection from their nominated JB HiFi store.

Brochure available: byod-parent-flyer

eSafety Commissioner’s latest research: Parenting in the digital age

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The latest research from the eSafety Commissioner focuses on parents’ experiences raising children in an online world. It provides insights into how parents assess and react to their children’s negative online experiences.

Key findings include:

  • 94% of parents agree their child’s online safety is important
  • when it comes to their kids’ online safety, parents are most concerned about exposure to inappropriate content; unwanted contact from strangers; being bullied online
  • only 46% of parents feel confident dealing with online risks their kids might face
  • only one third of parents actively seek out info on how to manage online safety
  • 95% of parents agreed they need additional online safety information.

Read the full report here

View the online safety guide for parents

All Essential Apps are essential

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Unfortunately, it is necessary to remind parents that all students using iPads are expected to have ALL of the apps listed in our BeLearning Lounge, regardless if they are free or not. While we try to reduce the total cost of the apps, occasionally it is necessary to purchase some apps. It is worthwhile noting that these apps are used over many years.

The apps list in the BeLearning Lounge can be found by clicking the eLearning item in the Resources menu of our BeaconNet Portal or at https://www.beaconhills.vic.edu.au/belearning/learning-resources/ .