Cyber Safety

Learning Technologies at JPSS

The key aim for the integration of technology into the teaching and learning at John Pire Secondary School is to ensure that all students have the opportunity to become competent, discriminating and creative users of a range of technologies. Integration of technologies has the potential to engage students in ways not previously possible, to enhance their achievement, to create new learning possibilities and to extend students’ interaction with their local and global communities.

JPSS is a technology-rich environment, integrating technology into all teaching and learning areas to enhance learning and to prepare our students for their roles in the digital world in which we live. Today’s generation of students view technology as part of their everyday environment. To fully meet students’ learning needs, technology should be pervasive, engaging and reliable. To achieve this, John Pirie Secondary School is currently implementing a range of new and innovative approaches to teaching and learning using new and emerging learning technologies. Ultimately, we aim to achieve a 1-to-1 teaching and learning environment, through BYOD and specialist technology suites for dependent subjects.

The focus on the use of new technologies in the teaching and learning at John Pirie Secondary School means it is necessary to establish appropriate policies and procedures. Whilst providing the opportunity to enhance and extend human interaction, empathy and understanding, the misuse of information and communication technologies can significantly damage an individual’s dignity. Therefore, it is a requirement that all students and their caregivers read and abide by the school’s Learning Technologies User Agreement Policy. Further, it is a Department for Education requirement that all students and their caregivers sign the Learning Technologies User Agreement before the student is permitted to access learning technologies on any Department School site. Our learning Technologies User Agreement Policy will cover a number of topics including learning expectations, behaviour, social networking, gaming, cloud storage, accidental damage, vandalism, and cyber-safety.

Once signed and returned to school, the document is filed in the student’s records and acknowledged in the school’s database. This agreement then remains valid and in place for the duration of the student’s enrolment at John Pirie Secondary School or until it is reviewed or revoked by the school.

Cyber Safety

While every effort is made by schools and Department of Education administrators to prevent students’ exposure to inappropriate content when using the department’s online services, it is not possible to completely eliminate the risk of such exposure. In particular, Department for Education cannot filter internet content accessed by your child from home, from other locations away from school or on mobile devices owned by your child, Department for Education recommends the use of appropriate Internet filtering software. More information about Internet filtering can be found on the websites of the

Plagiarism and Copyright Infringement

Plagiarism is taking the ideas or writings of others and presenting them as if they were your own.

Students will:

  • Not plagiarise works that they find on the Internet or any other source of research material
  • Respect the rights of copyright owners. Copyright infringement occurs when you inappropriately reproduce a work that is protected by a copyright
  • Use a bibliography to identify the source of any work that is protected by copyright