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ICT Acceptable Use Policy


Information and Communications Technologies (ICT), including the internet, are now a fundamental part of life in a digital age. They also offer many potential benefits for teaching and learning. 

Mallacoota P-12 College has an important role in ensuring that students know how to use ICT appropriately and safely to access, manage and evaluate information, develop new understandings, and communicate with others in order to participate effectively in society.


For the purpose of this policy, Information & Communication Technologies (ICT) are defined as being any electronic devices or applications which allows a user to access, receive, record, copy or send information as text, images, audio, or video.

ICT includes, but is not limited to:

  • Computer systems and applications such as email, and the internet
  • Networks
  • Electronic storage devices
  • Mobile devices such as mobile phones, tablet devices and PDAs
  • Web-based tools such as social networking sites, chat rooms, blogs, podcasts, instant messaging systems, and P2P file sharing
  • Imaging tools such as video, still or web cameras and related software
  • Audio tools such as audio recording devices, mp3 players and related software
  • Fax and copying machines
    • Staff use of Mallacoota P-12 College’s devices and/or network to access the internet or any other ICT application, is governed by the Department’s Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) as amended from time to time.
    • Student use of the Mallacoota P-12 College’s devices and/or network to access the internet or any other ICT application is governed by the E-Learning Agreement and Google Docs acceptance.  Students will be made aware of behaviour which is not acceptable when using ICT and the school’s Bullying, Facebook Policy and Code of Conduct, Behaviour Management and Discipline Policies will apply to breaches of expected behaviours – see “Consequences” below.
    • Cyberbullying and using ICT for inappropriate purposes (such as viewing/posting/sharing inappropriate or unlawful content; using ICT to harass, threaten or intimidate etc)  will not be tolerated by the college and consequences will apply to students in accordance with the Bullying, Facebook Policy and Code of Conduct, Behaviour Management and Discipline Policies
    • Staff and student personal ICT devices should be stored in a safe and secure place as the school will not be held liable for loss, damage or theft.
    • Distribution of school owned devices to students and personal student use of the internet at school will only be permitted where students and their parents/carers provide written acknowledgement that students agree to act in accordance with the conditions of loan and standards of conduct established in the college’s E-Learning Agreement.  
    • The Department’s Acceptable Use Policy applies to all school staff and staff should be familiar with the content of that policy. Breaches of this policy may result in disciplinary action (see Acceptable Use Policy).
    • Cameras, still and video (including mobile phone cameras) must not be used in private spaces for example changing rooms, toilets, gyms and swimming areas.  Action will be taken against any student or staff member who photographs or films other individuals without their knowledge or permission.
    • Photographs, video or digital images of a student are considered “personal information” and therefore their use and disclosure are governed by the Privacy and Data Protection Act 2014  (Vic) (PDP Act) and the Information Privacy Principles contained within it.  Photographs, video and digital images of students may also contain copyright, and therefore may also be governed by the Copyright Act 1968 (Cth) (Copyright Act). To comply with the PDP Act, consent is required from parents/carers before schools can collect and use student photographs and film. In some instances, additional consent may be required to ensure compliance with the Copyright.
    • Mallacoota P-12 College will exercise special care and diligence when photographing and filming Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander individuals and communities.  Premised on mutual respect, trust and the principle of free, prior and informed consent, the following will be discussed with the appropriate custodian/s prior to taking any footage:
  • a clear explanation of the film or photo process
  • proper information about the project, including the message, the medium and the audience
  • all proposed and foreseeable uses of the material, including secondary uses
  • the impacts of the material being disseminated
  • timeframes
  • any relevant intellectual property matters
  • that the person can choose not to be photographed or filmed.

Staff must not use any materials for purposes or uses other than that for which individuals have provided their free, prior and informed consent.  Images should also be positive and empowered images to assist in the promotion of the rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. As with all students, written consent is required for the photographing or filming of any student of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander background.


The use of the Mallacoota P-12 College’s ICT resources, including network, is subject to the Acceptable Use Policy (for staff) and Acceptable Use Agreements (for students). The school’s ICT resources can only be used for or in connection with the educational or administrative functions of the school.

This policy is intended to operate within and be consistent with existing school policies and procedures in areas such as:

  • Student Engagement and Well policy
  • Anti-bullying (specifically cyber-bullying)
  • Anti-harassment policies

4.1 Responsibilities

It is the responsibility of staff and students to protect his/her password and not divulge it to another person. If a student or staff member knows or suspects his/her account has been used by another person, the account holder must notify a teacher or the administration as appropriate, immediately.

All messages created, sent or retrieved on the school’s network are the property of the school. The school reserves the right to access and monitor all messages and files on the computer system, as necessary and appropriate.   Communications including text and images may be required to be disclosed to law enforcement and other third parties without the consent of the sender.

4.2 Consequences of Improper Use

Consistent with the Bullying, Facebook Policy and Code of Conduct, Behaviour Management and Discipline Policies breaches of the Acceptable Use Policy by students and staff can result in a number of consequences depending on the severity of the breach and the context of the situation.

For Students;

  • removal of network access privileges
  • removal of email privileges
  • removal of internet access privileges
  • removal of printing privileges
  • other consequences as outlined in the school’s policies

For Staff:

Non-compliance with the Acceptable Use Policy will be regarded as a serious matter and appropriate disciplinary action may be taken. See Acceptable Use Policy for more information – http://www.education.vic.gov.au/school/principals/infrastructure/pages/acceptableuse.aspx

Use of ICT to engage in behaviour that amounts to bullying, harassment or unlawful discrimination is prohibited and may result in disciplinary action. 

While the internet may be largely a self-regulated environment, principles of defamation law, privacy law and community standards still apply to communication and publishing via the internet or other electronic means. In addition to school consequences, there are legal sanctions for improper use of the internet and ICT.

Other school policies which are connected with this policy are:

  • The school’s Anti-bullying (including cyber-bullying)
  • The school’s Anti-harassment policy
  • The school’s Student Engagement & Wellbeing policy
  • The school’s Duty of Care policy


This policy will be reviewed annually or more often if necessary due to changes in legislation, policy or local circumstances.       

Cate Tregellas

School Council President

Mallacoota P12 eLearning Agreement

When using my personal school laptop:

  • I agree to use it primarily as a LEARNING TOOL
  • I agree to bring my laptop to school each day fully charged
  • I agree to take responsibility for my files and always save a back up
  • I agree not to share my laptop or password with other students
  • I agree to respect my parents/guardians and teachers by using my laptop in accordance with the Mallacoota P12 eLearning Agreement as well as any rules set my parents/guardians at home
  • I understand the laptop is school property and that I will be required to hand it in if I breach the eLearning or Laptop Agreements
  • I understand that all content and activity on my laptop is recorded and easily accessed and that my laptop is therefore not PRIVATE. I understand my teachers/parents/guardians have the right to view the content of my laptop anytime.
  • I agree to not to install, delete or modify the pre-installed laptop software


  • I agree to respect myself, others and the environment and to be SAFE, RESPONSIBLE and CONSIDERATE in the way I communicate with others
  • I agree to use the laptop as directed by my teacher/parent/guardian
  • I agree to abide by the terms of the Mallacoota P12 eLearning Agreement both at home, at school and on school excursions


  • I agree to use common sense and to practise safe and responsible OH & S
  • I agree to carry my laptop inside the case when it is not in use
  • I agree to report any damage to ICT technician and I understand repairs must be authorised.
  • I agree to report loss or theft to the ICT Coordinator and then the police.

The laptops have a 3 year warranty however repair or replacement costs outside warranty and reasonable use may be incurred by the student/parent/guardian.

The school provides free internet access to all students in a safe environment.

When using the Internet, I agree to:

  • protect my privacy rights and those of other students by not giving out personal details including full names, telephone numbers, addresses and images
  • use the Internet in line with my school’s student code of conduct and use appropriate language when talking to and working with others online
  • use the Internet at school for educational purposes and use the equipment properly
  • use social networking sites for educational purposes and only as directed by teachers
  • not deliberately enter or remain in any site that has obscene language or offensive content (e.g. racist material or violent images)
  • abide by copyright procedures when using content on websites (ask permission to use images, text, audio and video and cite references where necessary)
  • think about how I use content posted on the Internet and not simply copy and paste information from websites
  • not interfere with network security, the data of another user or attempt to log into the network with a user name other than my own
  • not reveal my password to anyone except the system administrator or classroom teachers
  • not bring or download unauthorised programs, including games, to the school or run them on school computers
  • talk to my teacher or another adult if:
    • I need help online
    • I feel that the welfare of other students at the school is being threatened by online activities
    • I come across sites which are not suitable for our school
    • someone writes something I don’t like, or makes me and my friends feel uncomfortable or asks me to provide information that I know is private.

When using the mobile devices at school such as a camera, camcorder, USB stick, ipod, mp3player, portable hard drive, laptop or netbook, I agree to:

  • not bring or download unauthorised programs, including games, to the school or run them on school computers
  • use these devices for learning purposes as directed by my teacher
  • mobile phones should be switched off in class, unless directed by the teacher
  • act responsibly and not use the device to find, create or send information that might be harmful, inappropriate or hurtful to me or anyone else
  • only take photos or record sound or video when it is part of a class or lesson
  • seek permission from individuals involved before taking photos, recording sound or videoing them (including teachers)
  • seek written permission from individuals involved before publishing or sending photos, recorded sound or video to anyone else or to any online space
  • respect others when I talk to and work with them online and never write or participate in online bullying
  • seek teacher permission before uploading any content to websites, blogs etc

This Acceptable Use Policy also applies to students during school excursions, camps and extra curricula activities.

I have read the eLearning Agreement and understand the significance of the conditions and agree to abide by these conditions.  I understand that a breach of these conditions will result in consequences including loss of internet access privileges.

Student Name:___________________________________         Year Level:__________

Student Signature:_______________________________

Parent Signature:________________________________


East Gippsland Basketball

East Gippsland Basketball


Year 7-10 Girls team:

We did really well seeing as though we had one training session before hand, we will train up and get them next time. We lost both games but scored 4 points against Lakes Entrance. If we train for next year we could be a real threat to the other teams and they won’t know what has hit them. #droppingbasketssince1998


Year 9/10 Boys team:

The boys did very well against tough opposition, especially considering we only had one training session. Our opponent forfeited the first game, so we had a practice match with the year 7s. In the second game we lost to a fairly good Nagle team but did manage to score some points. With some practice this team could be really good and might be a threat for the title next year.


Yr 7/8 Boys team: We had three grade 7/8 boys it was really hard as some were sick and some pulled out, but luckily we had two year 9s and won two games one was the Lakes Entrance and the other wasn’t there because they didn’t show up, but we also loss to Nagle. There score was 10 points and ours was 6 points, it was rough but we had fun and got to see the other teams play and go to have Subway, McDonald’s, and Peppers. So us grade 7/8s had fun and we’d like to do it again sometime and play

more basketball games.


Tyson: Dropping some baskets


Harry: we fly as one   BAKKAAARRRR #qualitybanterfeatbezza #cheekynandoswiththelads

Mitch: Nagle is annoying.

Archie: It was a fun day. Next year we will win.

Malakai: We did our best and maybe next time we’ll be dunking some more hoops

Brodie: It was heaps of fun playing Bball with Tyrone, next year we will dominate

Laurel: Really fun day. Everyone did really well. We will win next year and we will beat Nagle. BAKKKKKAAAARRRR

Jacqueline: It was a really fun day, everyone played really really well and hope to do it again next year. Go Pelicans!!!

Hannah: Such a great experience getting to play a different sport, Mr Berry was an awesome coach!

Jacob: “It doesn’t matter if they’re behemoths, no shut up Archie. It doesn’t matter because we can’t lose no matter what. We always win in spirit.

Rhys: Playing against Naegle made me realise how much harder I have to practice if I ever want to compete on their level. Sure it was demoralising, but how else can you learn how far you have to go and how hard you have to try.

On behalf of Bailey: Bailey hit a 3 point play (foul 2 pts, then hit the free throw), then a 2 pointer, to top score with 5 pts in one game. Awesome!


– Mallacoota P-12 Basketball teams.

East Gippsland Basketball

Mallacoota P-12 College Athletics Carnival

On Thursday the 30th of July Mallacoota P-12 College held their annual Athletics Carnival. The weather was perfect. Students went all out in their costumes with many donning superhero outfits. This was wholly student driven by the Secondary and Primary house captains. It really brought an air of celebration to the day.
Cann River and Noorinbee joined us at 10.15am and we moved straight into the Prep-2s social 100m events. Supported by the Secondaries these little people ran their hearts out. The P-2 social student participated with the 17+ and 16+ students all day. It was great to see the impact students at both ends of their schooling had on one another.
The primaries and secondaries ran through the field events giving their best. Students competed in long jump, triple jump, high jump, shot put, discus and javelin (sec. only). We had the most amount of students competing (in a friendly and sociable way) that I have seen.
The students who were not competing did a fantastic job participating and assisting with the running of the day. One senior staff member mentioned that it was the best non-competing participation she had ever seen. These students also gained a number of points for their houses. Awesome job!
Thanks to:
Parents and Staff who assisted and with the running of the day.
Parent supporters who came down
Don Ashby (awesome) who set up a fantastic speaker system.
Cann and Noorinbee primary schools for making the journey.
All the students who assisted the running of the event, without you it wouldn’t be possible.
The VET Sport and Recreation students who set up the field.
Kathy who assisted with the organisation
Finally thank you to our student leaders:
– School Captain: Haydn
– Secondary House Captains: Alanna, Steven, Luci, Brodie, Kahli
– Primary House Captains: Rass, Ashley, Sarah, Tahlia, Natasha

Simon Berry

2015 Swifts-Coota Cup

On Wednesday the 22nd of July secondary students from year 7-12 travelled to Swifts Creek for our annual Swifts- Coota cup tournament. We left from Mallacoota at lunch time with our wonderful chauffers Mr Berry and Mrs Scott.

When we arrived at Swifts Creek P-12 we unpacked the bus before meeting the Swifts Creek students and teachers. This was followed by dinner and a night filled with fun games, laughter and interaction with kids from Swifts. We settled down and set up our sleeping arrangements before hitting the sack for a big day ahead.

On Thursday we woke up bright and early ready for the day’s events. We packed up and loaded the busses for home before having a big breakfast outside with the company of the Swifts students and teachers. The day provided us with some glorious weather with the sun shining and no wind evident. After breakfast the year 7/8/9 girls played their first game of Netball to kick off the day. With some competitive competition by Swifts, they came out on top with a score of 7-1. The Coota girls held their heads high and managed to get a score on the board. Well done to the 7/8/9 netball teams.

Next up was the 10/11/12 girls also playing netball, with a motivational talk from Mrs Scott, Mr Berry and other students we managed to score the first goal of the match, which was a good start! With skill experience and knowledge taking over the field, the Swifts goals came back quickly and efficiently with a very impressive end score of 13-6. Well done both teams on your great sportsmanship and cooperation.

Up next to take their turn was the boys AFL game, with Swifts having the home ground advantage and Coota a few numbers down. To even it up Swifts gave us a few home players to borrow for the match. Everyone played really well, with Coota winning at one stage but taken over by swifts later on it was a close match with Swifts taking the win by only a few points.

To wrap the sports part of the day a fun game of mixed speed ball was played. With Swifts and Coota working together against another team it was a great way to end the tournament.

We had a small presentation to give back the cup to Swifts after their wins in netball and footy. The Mallacoota and Swifts Creek house captains ran the presentation, thanking and highlighting a favourite part of the tournament to the fellow peers.

To end the day before Mallacoota’s trek home, Swifts Creek put up a good BBQ lunch for all the students. It was a great way to continue and mingle with students from the other school, broadening our peer group, and developing new friendships.

Well done to all the students who came and participated in any of the activities during our trip to Swifts, and an even huger thank you from all the students to Kathy Scott and Simon Berry for helping organise and taking time out to drive us to swifts creek. Also a big thank you to Swifts Creek P-12 College for hosting us and looking after us very well. Looking forward to next year!

By Brodie, Haydn, Luci and Kahli.

Gippsland Cross Country
On Thursday the 18th of June 3 of our running champions competed in the Gippsland regional cross country.
Students did a fantastic job competing in cold and wet conditions to represent our school and East Gippsland. A huge congratulation to all.
Report from Tracy.
“The students did our school proud. Well behaved and polite as usual. Each one waited to shake hands with their fellow competitors, even Talia sought out others in her event to congratulate them after finishing at the tail of the field. It was freezing cold and drizzly, so the run was a considerable challenge. Talia finished close within the end pack, Rowan came in 40th, and Bowan finished 11th.”
A huge thank you to the Morris’ for taking Talia down and to Tracy for taking Rowan and Bowan. Thanks as well to Ian Berry for the farm accommodation.

Gippsland Cross Country

East Gippsland Netball and Soccer – 2015
Netball Summary:
On the 16th of June 10 netball 7-11 students travelled up to Bairnsdale to complete in a netball round robin. While everyone we versed had years of experience playing netball we were chucked in the deep end on every having the change to play netball at these events. So considering the circumstances we played extremely well and improved in each and every game. We went in with a positive attitude to work as a team and have some fun and come out with excitement and happiness about the way we played and our team work which was shown in our play. We scored more goals then we have before which gave us a boost to continue trying as hard as we could. Overall the girls did extremely well and we look forward to next year. Go Pelicans!
– Haydn and Brodie

Soccer Summary:
The school soccer took place in Bairnsdale on Tuesday the 18th of June. There was heaps of positive energy on the bus and we were all pretty pumped. Our first game against Nagle, the result was 4-0 in their favour. But the lads did really well and like usual we tried our hardest and didn’t let each other down. Our next game against Cann River and thanks to a beautiful hatrick to the renowned centre mid and high draft pick Harry we won 4-0 with a goal from Kelby as well. Bryce and I were really proud of the boys, especially Bailey and Mitchell who had never played. “Bacawaaa!”
– Harry and Bryce

Student Reflections:
Envy – “Netball was heaps of fun! All the girls tried their best and we showed a good fight to get the ball. Subway cookies are to die for”
Bryce P – “I had two touches in goal”
Demi – “Barkaaaa”
Emma – “Netball was really great fun even if we didn’t win. The team has improved a lot since last year and everyone did a great job”
Haydn – “Well done to all the girls it was a fantastic day. All the girls got out there and had a blast and tried their hardest. We could definitely see the improvement throughout the matches. Go Pelicans!”
Mikey – “I had lots of fun playing soccer”
Archie – “Everyone did well. Next year we will beat Nagle”
Kelby – “Yea, I kicked a goal”
Mitchell – “It was frikin’ crazy”
Noah – “Stood up against Nagle, was great”
Harry – “Leading the school in goal kicking, what up”
Rene – “It was fun beating Cann River”
Brodie – “I had heaps of fun playing netball and seeing improvement throughout our game”
Hannah – “Netball was a blast, we may not have won but we definitely had a huge improvement from last year”
Jacqueline – “Netball was lots of fun, it was great seeing some old mates. All the girls did a fantastic job and tried their best”.
Belle – “Netball was a good day off school and there was a massive improvement from last year, we got at least two goals per game which was a win for us”
Laurel – “Netball was so much fun even though I didn’t play. Such a good day. We didn’t win but we improved in every match.
Jorja – “Netball was so much fun! Everyone tried their best and we scored a couple of goals every match! It was a great day.

Keely and I were extremely proud of the student’s effort and behaviour. They had a real crack and improved a lot throughout the day. And had probably too much fun, as was evidenced by them singing the bus into Mallacoota. Thanks to the parents who supported the excursion.

– Simon Berry

Mallacoota P-12 College State Surfing Titles 2015

On the 29th of April, 7 secondary students (Alanna, Hannah, Chiara, Brodie, Tom, Michael and Noah) from Mallacoota P-12 College left for Torquay to compete in the annual State surfing titles. On Friday the 1st, we competed in the teams event against other public schools in Victoria. Mallacoota came 6th overall in the team events. The Singles titles were on Saturday and Sunday. Noah, Tom and Brodie all competed in the singles titles. Noah and Tom did really well against the level of competition in their heats. Meanwhile Brodie came 2nd in the Under 19s girls final. Over all it was a great experience, so thankyou to Mr Berry for organising; Kathy and Marty Scott for driving us there and back.

Michael: The trip was such a great experience. It was really good surfing different breaks that we hadn’t surfed before, as well as visiting renowned breaks like Bells and Bird-rock. But the highlight for me would have to of been the Rip curl outlet store, such good bargains!

Brodie: I had a really great time surfing and finding new waves at a different break and surfing with the great group of people who I travelled down with. The competition probably wasn’t my favourite bit of the camp but the free surfs were wicked. I look forward to next year!

Hannah: I had heaps of fun on the trip surfing new breaks and shopping. Hanging out with everyone on the trip was a blast as well.
I thought the whole trip was so much fun and a great experience.

Alanna: I dint want to leave! I’m so thankful that I got to share and experience the magic of Torquay with all these energetic motivated sea monkeys. A huge thankyou to Kathy and Marty Scott for making the trip so warm and homely.

Tom: it was so much fun. I liked the free surf at 13th beach. That could not of happened without Mr berry, Kathy, Marty, all the sponsors, parents and the students that went. Thanks

Chiara: The trip was really fun and I had a lot of fun even though I didn’t surf much it was still a pretty good experience , and I am sure everyone else had a great time . I can’t wait to do it again next year .

Noah : I had fun surfs, and met up with some friends from different places, and had the best souvlaki of my life. All round it was  great fun.

A huge thankyou to all our local sponsors, with your support we were able to attend…and come 6th in the State. Thanks a lot!



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