Learning & Teaching

Technology Matters

At St John’s our students are introduced to, and regularly use, a variety of technological devices to support their learning. This use is monitored at school and families are kept informed of the advancing skills of their children and the personal and security implications of devices used.

Throughout their time at St John’s, students’ learning will be enhanced through the use of iPads, laptops, Chrome Books, microphones, headphones, digital cameras, Digital TV Screens, eBooks and a variety of online resources. Students will also use a selection of regularly updated Apps which support the curriculum offered.

Our Grades 5 and 6 students each have access to a school allocated iPad and Headset for curricular activities at school and all other students regularly use classroom allocated iPads.

Children are exposed to technology use from a young age with most families using mobile phones and engaged in some Social Media platforms, so modeled behaviour has a great impact.

We believe it is vital that we support parents in teaching their children that their readiness to explore the online world also must take into consideration the rights, responsibilities and possible consequences of device and internet use, together with data sharing.

We also encourage parents to monitor their children’s use of electronic devices and to set limits for screen time activities to balance Screen Time with Green Time.

Through curricular activities, students will learn safe and responsible use of technologies, in particular the dangers and implications of sharing personal information online, taking photos of others and gaining consent for data sharing.

Our Involvement with the Inform & Empower Program supports staff, students and their families to keep up to date with current trends and associated online safety.


  • Personal electronic devices such as mobile phones, deemed necessary by parents for student safety travelling to and from school, must be handed into the school office on arrival at school and collected on dismissal.
  • Personal electronic devices including mobile phones are not permitted on school excursions or school camps.

Cyber Safety Policy            Acceptable Use of ICT Policy

Parent Resources:

First Mobile Phone - When? Understanding Parental Controls - Taming Technology Screen Time - 7 Tips Green Time Weekly Chart Social Media Contract - Use or Modify to Suit Your Family Family Online Safety Contract Family Technology Use Agreements Better Family Conversations About Gaming eSafety Parent Guide to Online Gaming The Good Schools Guide - 6 Great Educational Apps For Early Learning The Good Schools Guide - 6 Educational Apps for Primary School Kids