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St Stephan's De La Salle

This week's Star Site

St.Stephen's De La Salle inspires other schools to go beyond the confinement of the four walls within their classroom. There is a strong empowerment within the website to facilitate a real world connection to learning. They embrace technology by communicating with global schools using Mystery Skype and Guest Skype Speakers. Real life speakers and parent visits have been documented under the special events tab. Visitors to the website are even recorded using Flag Encounter and location of the school can be found by using the Google Maps plug-in. Real time and dates are visually seen in the footer section.

There are many digital gems embedded into this website to showcase evidence of good practice. Pupils are also at an advantage as they engage with these 21st century digital skills. Pupils, from infants to sixth class, can be heard singing and playing the drums using Soundcloud. By using Caster fm, Mr.Russel's class had the ability to convert their classroom into a radio station for pupils to become live presenters and DJ's. Parents and other schools were able to listen in through their website and again, the number of visits could be seen on Flag Encounter. 

Pupils are very lucky in the sense that this website is the making of a digital collection of history. As they grow, pupils development can be tracked allowing pupils to relive activities, lunch-time adventures, events, trips, art work, relationships, graduations and special events using photographs and catchy videos. Visitors can actively witness the development of a pupil just like the pupils saw baby Hayden develop through Roots of Empathy programme.

E-safety appears numerous times throughout the website with a detailed internet usage policy along with an e-safety tab for parents to up-skill. All material is cleverly copyrighted so visitors cannot copy text information and pictures are watermarked with the school logo. A secure and well ordered approach to internet safety. 



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