AFP urges parents to protect children as they head back to school


The Australian Federal Police (AFP) are warning parents not to post photos of their children on their first day of school without locking down their privacy settings.

Images with children in school uniform, their name or indicators of their location in the background can be used by offenders to build a profile and groom parents and children.

“The first day of school is one of those milestones for parents. Children in their uniform on their first day of school are treasured photos in many family albums,” Command Sirec said.

“There’s no reason why parents and carers cannot continue to take those wonderful happy snaps and post them online. However, we are urging parents and carers who are sharing those images to make sure they’re using secure privacy settings and only sharing images with people they know and trust.”

Photos posted online of their child’s first day at school can reveal a lot of personal information and travel more widely than intended.

Read the full article.


App lists updated for 2021


The lists of apps required by students using iPads has been updated for 2021. 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. 

Campion Booklists now available.


Our Campion Booklists for next year are now available. Parents can purchase learning resources on-line by following the links for Berwick and Pakenham.

The Campion website has recently undergone an update whereby everyone needs to create an account before they can access the booklists. Creating an account simply involves entering an email address and selecting a password. They do not ask for any other information.

Booklist orders are to be completed online by Friday 18 December.

JB HiFi Portal is now open for business


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 and Microsoft.

Parents can login, using the school code BEACONHILLS2021, at

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 or during the COVID-19 pandemic, contactless delivery is available.

Brochure available: byod-parent-flyer

JB HiFI also provides a toolkit for BYOD available here addressing issues such as:

  • choosing the right device
  • how to use JB HiFi BYOD online
  • delivery options
  • warranty and insurance claims

Free Virtual Classrooms and webinars for Parents – September


From the office of eSafety Commissioner:


eSafety is marking National Child Protection Week with free Virtual Classrooms for middle to upper primary students and webinars for parents and carers. The sessions will run from 7 to 11 September and registrations are now open.

These include:

  • Putting Children First Webinar Series: Sept 7 – Sept 11
  • eSafety’s parent guide to popular apps: Sept 8, 9, 10
  • Teen life: Transitions and connections: Sept 8, 15, 22, 29
  • Australia’s Biggest Child Safety Lesson: Sept 10

and plenty more.

Lightening the Lockdown Load – free webinar Wednesday 19 August, 8pm


Lockdown is hard. It hurts our kids and it’s a drain on parents. The first time was tricky. There were challenges. For some, it was horrible. But most of us managed ok and got through it.

This time it’s different. The pressure is higher. The demands are greater. The children are more oppositional. The home learning stretch will be longer. There’s work stress, family stress, and stress about being stressed!

While we can’t click our fingers and make it magically disappear, there are real strategies that parents and children can rely on to not just survive, but thrive – even in a far-too-long lockdown. They’re simple ideas that you can start on right away.

Join Dr Justin Coulson, one of Australia’s most trusted parenting specialists, as he shares 4 secrets to make it through the pain of the winter COVID-19 Victorian lockdown. By the end of this FREE webinar, you’ll:

  • Feel reassured, with less stress and pressure around your kids, their schooling, and life
  • Have concrete strategies you can start on immediately to make your family happier
  • Know how to be on the same page as your partner
  • Be able to develop habits and practices that will ensure your children – and YOU – can get your daily work done, even while everyone is stuck at home

Please click on this link to register for this free webinar.

Scams Awareness Week 2020, August 17-21


Scamwatch has seen a 55 per cent increase in reports involving loss of personal information this year compared with the same period in 2019, totalling more than 24 000 reports and over $22 million in losses.

This Scams Awareness Week, listen to our new podcast series to find out how scammers use new technology to trick you into giving away information they can use to steal your identity for their own gain and ways you can protect yourself.

See more at ACCC ScamWatch.

Apple Family-Funded Program is closing


Apple has announced that it will close all its education portals on September 30, so the Apple Family Funded Program will no longer be available.

You have until this date to access:

  • in-store, telesales and a custom on-line store with special Beaconhills College pricing.
  • special prices on iPads and MacBooks as well as AppleCare+ and accessories
  • special engraving on the devices.

Use this link to access the Beaconhills Apple Store.

Students Learning From Home


COVID-19 has meant young people spending more time at home, and online. There are a lot of great ways they can use connected devices to learn and play, but there are also risks that you can help them avoid.

Visit our Online Learning Resources page on how to use Zoom for your online learning.
A reminder that iPad users need to Zoom Cloud Meeting app.

eSafety has a wide range of advice for parents and carers covering common online safety issues like managing screen time, cyberbullying, inappropriate content, sending nudes and contact from strangers.

There are a range of issues that parents and students must face as they adjust to this different method of learning. See our entry in the Online Safety and Digital Citizenship section under ‘Students Learning From Home – COVID19’ for some information on these issues.

Keep up to date with all our COVID-19 information and Headmaster’s messages.

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


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.