Information & Communication Technology

ICT and contemporary tools are used consistently to provide flexible and diverse learning experiences.

At School of the Good Shepherd, our students have access to information and communication technology across all year levels. We are one of the few schools in our area that offer 1 to 1 iPads in Grade Prep, along with a variety of PC Laptop and Desktop computers.

In Grades 1 - 6 we offer 1 to Chrome Books with the grade 5 and 6 children able to take theirs home.

More important than "device accessibility" is the practical and engaging uses that classroom teachers provide and adopt for the individual learner. Children from grades 1-6 use the Google Suit to navigate a variety of uses from Google Docs, Sheets, Slides and Classroom to name just a few. 

We teach the "Stop, Block And Tell" method to assist with online safety

The Acceptable Use Policy & Student Contract is sent home at the beginning of each year. Each student and parent/guardian is required to sign the Policy and return it to school.  

School of the Good Shepherd also employs a Parent and Student Portal, where families can access information about their child's classroom such as Term overview's useful links, home learning suggestions and most importantly contact details for the classroom teachers.

The school also utilises Seesaw - an online, student driven digital portfolio which can be downloaded as an App on our Parent's smartphones. Seesaw allows us to give Parents a real time and authentic snapshot of the learning that their children is currently undertaking at work, as opposed to an end of year Portfolio. 

Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) 

In 2017, our students began to participate in STEM Education. Once a week, children in Grades 2, 3 and 5 receive 60 and 90 minutes of instruction designed to:

  • promote scientific enquiry and technological thinking
  • encourage collaboration and positive risk taking 
  • nourish curiosity, experimentation and a sense of wonder
  • provide engaging hands-on experiences
  • foster effective communication

 In Term 3, Grades 4 and 6 will swap over and begin their STEM journey. 

During the early sessions of STEM our students:

  • Were introduced to the language of computer coding through Hour of Code
  • Completed the online courses designed by Tynker to encourage greater problem solving and deeper level thinking 
  • Began designing and building their own computer game using drag and drop coding on programs such as Scratch, as well as designing their own quizzes and other projects 

Later on, our students will be further exposed to robotics and electronics in conjunction with the coding they have already begun to learn. 

No matter what year level or what area of STEM is being covered, the most important part of STEM at SoGS is for our students to develop the skills to become better, life long learners.