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Off and Away - Mobile Phone Ban Term 4

Off and Away - Mobile Phone Ban Term 4 2023

You may have heard about the changes regarding mobile phone use in NSW high schools beginning in Term 4, 2023.

Bonnyrigg High School acknowledges the educational value of technology in supporting and enhancing educational outcomes and student wellbeing. We also recognise mobile phones may cause harm if used inappropriately. We are committed to supporting our students to use them in safe, responsible and respectful ways to enhance student learning and engagement.  

After careful consideration with our key stakeholders including the Student Representative Council (SRC), P&C, staff, and executive teams, we have decided to proceed by using the strategy of keeping mobile phones off and out of sight, to reduce the distractions to students in the classroom.

The mobile phone ban will apply during all school hours, including break times such as lunch and recess, as well as while students are on school-organised excursions.

Students will still be able to carry their phones while traveling to and from school.

School staff can allow students to use their mobile phones in specific circumstances, such as for educational purposes, for their wellbeing or to support students with specific needs.

Individual student requests or exemption will be managed by the Principal and assessed by the school, for medical and learning needs.

The new strategy is being implemented to increase focus in classrooms, remove distractions, and also promote positive social interaction, while reducing the potential for online bullying.

We look forward to working with you and our students, to make sure everyone is aware of  the changes, and will continue to provide information updates directly to you via students, on the changes, and will continue to provide information updates directly to you via students, on our school website, and through our social media channels.

We are excited to make our school a mobile phone-free space to improve learning and engagement, however, we will always make sure you can contact your child in an emergency. There will also be further information posted on the school website and via letters to parents and caregivers.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the school directly on (02) 9823 1186.