The school day is structured as follows:
· 9.00am Morning bell (students meet teachers at class meeting points outside)
· 10.00am Fruit break (approx. 5 mins)
· 10.50am Bell rings for eating time (supervised by teachers, 10 mins)
· 11.00-11.30am Recess
· 11.30am Bell rings for middle session (students meet teachers at class meeting points outside)
· 12.50pm Bell rings for eating time (supervised by teachers, 10 mins)
· 1.00-1.30pm Lunchtime
· 1.30pm Bell rings for afternoon session (students meet teachers at class meeting points outside)
· 3.00pm Home time.
Devices, including Mobile Phones
At Macquarie we do not believe there is any need for students to provide their own device as a general rule (we recognise some students may need specific technologies that are tailored to their particular need). We do not believe there is any need for devices during unstructured play, when we want students to experience the outdoors and engage in active free play.
Mobiles phones are a communication tool, not an education tool, and are not to be used during the school day. For students who need to contact families a phone is available at the front office.
Families who need to get in touch with students during school hours should contact the front office in person or phone (02) 6142 1550.
The Digital Backpack is an online portal that provides safe and secure access to a range of online learning platforms for students and teachers in the ACT. It is hosted and protected by secure ACT Government identity and access management systems. The Digital Backpack can be accessed from devices at school, home or elsewhere with a SchoolsNET username and password.
The Digital Backpack includes:
· Cybersafety Help button that provides online access to cybersafety information and assistance available in Australia.
· G Suite for Education (GSFE): a cloud-based education platform offering online productivity tools for learning and classroom collaboration. GSFE provides students and teachers with unlimited cloud storage in Google Drive, Docs, Sheets and Slides. Google Apps also provides student email and other online learning tools like Google Classroom.
· Office 365 is a cloud-based offering of the full Microsoft Office suite online in the web including online storage with OneDrive for Business. Students are able to download the latest version of Microsoft Office Pro Plus on up to five personal devices from the Digital Backpack.
· An online library system 'Oliver' that provides over 2,000 e-books and e-audio books. Students can borrow e-books and e-audiobooks at school, home or elsewhere via the school's online library catalogue.
Students must abide by the Directorate’s Acceptable Use of Information Technology policy when accessing public or Directorate network, Internet and email services. Services requiring personally identifiable student information to be stored outside of the Directorate will only be made available after parental consent.
More information, including the Directorate’s Acceptable Use of Information Technology policy can be found at:
At Macquarie, students selectively access the Digital Backpack as part of their learning programs. Please contact the front office if your child requires assistance accessing the Digital Backpack or their SchoolsNET account.