The Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCo) is responsible for ensuring the academic and social needs are met of every student at Kirkwood.  The SENCo works collaboratively with Senior Management and classroom teachers for the benefit of all children.

The SENCo roll involves:

  • Attending IEP and IBP meetings(Individual Education Plans or Individual Behavior Plans);
  • Liaising with outside agencies such as Public Health Nurse, Resource Teachers of Learning and Behavior (RTLB), Group Special Education (GSE), Canterbury District Health Board (CDHB) and any other agencies that may be working with our students;
  • Providing professional development sessions and readings of topics of need or interest within the school such as ADHD, Dyslexia;
  • Liaising with parents and students as needed;
  • Ensuring all referral documentation is completed and forwarded to the appropriate body;
  • Working to ensure the tone of the school remains positive for all of our children.

Janine Climo, SENCo

Cyber Safety Information for Parents

The following is some suggested points for parents to discuss with their
child/children around computer use and all use of technology. These need to
be discussed together first, without the child. There is also an example
contract attached, which could be used following this discussion, and could be
adjusted to suit.

Remembering that cyberspace is part our lives and that these points are some
ways to manage our children’s safety and use of technology, however I don’t
want to give the impression that it’s a negative thing as it is very positive too,
with many advantages.

Setting Rules

  1. Discuss with your partner what you’re happy with your child doing online and
    note them down.

    • Meet with child and discuss your ideas, including use of the Net, Cell
      phone and gaming consoles.
    • Try not to impose lots of rules but to compromise so it works both
  2. Work out how to monitor use.
    • This may be to put the computer in the lounge; however it’s not always
      practical. Plus remembering they have access to internet multiple
    • May mean more specific rules are required about what they do online and an agreement made for you to be able to check up on this.
  3. Explain reason for having ground rules.
    • They may not understand the risks involved, discussing this will also
      help to open the lines of communication.
    • Relate the rules to already set ‘offline’ rules, such as not accepting a lift
      or gift from a stranger or having a curfew.
  4. Discuss the importance of alerting you to anything ‘bad’ they may come
    across online even if it risks exposing themselves to going somewhere they
    shouldn’t have online.

    • Just as you warn them about bad people lurking the on the streets,
      they same mix of people are online.
  5. If they do come across something accidentally they need to know they won’t
    be punished.  They need to be encouraged to talk about it.
  6.  Make it imperative that they never give out any personal information about
    themselves. Especially in the heat of the moment such as a chat room.
  7. Must never give out their password to anyone. Including boyfriend/girlfriend,
    brother/sister or friends.
  8. Need to understand the gravity of meeting someone in person, including if
    they believe they’re the same age.

    • Discuss the difference of face to face communication compared with
      online. How easily words can be misunderstood in online chat rooms,
      IM (instant messenger) or texts.
  9. Set limits where money is involved.
    • Such as calls per month – help to teach them the need to budget.
  10. Consider some form of filter software or setting on the computer.
    • Remembering these aren’t 100% fool proof.
  11. Offline you get to meet your child’s friends. Online this is difficult – encourage
    them to involve you in their online life so you know whom they’re talking to.
  12. The limits may change if there are different age groups in the house.
    • As children get older, you need to build in regular ‘reviews’ of the
      agreement so you can discuss any new internet developments.
    • It also means anything that is frustrating your child in the agreement
      can be brought out into the open early, preventing them simply
      bypassing or working their way around it.
  13. Keep yourself up to date with new technologies – what they do, how they
    work, and most importantly how kids are using them.

Good luck!
Maire Fraud

Constable : Youth Education Officer

Hornby Police Station | 9 -11 Tower Street | DX WX11204 | Christchurch | New Zealand

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Safer Communities Together

CYBERSAFETY Computer Contract

Personal: I will keep my personal details to myself.
(Name, address, school, age, phone etc)

Photos: I will always check with an Adult before I send a photo.

Photos can stay on the Internet forever and I have no control over who has

my photo or where it is used.

Passwords: Mine is for me to know and protect. I will have a strong password
made up of letters, numbers and symbols and I will not share it with anyone!

Time: I will talk with my parents/caregivers about appropriate time limits for
me to stick to when using the internet.

Open Door: I will operate an “open door policy” when on the computer. I
should be able to share everything I do on the computer with my WHOLE
family. If I have any worries, I’ll tell an Adult and we’ll look at

Friends: I will talk with my parents/caregivers about whether it’s ok for me to
meet an internet friend in person. If they decide it is I will never meet them on
my own.

Concerns: If I ever have any concerns about anything I see or anyone I meet
on the internet, I will discuss them with an adult I trust. Together we can look

Internet Users


If something online seems too good to be true, it probably is!
Some people lie about who they are.


Text and cyber bullying and harassment

If someone is getting bullied or harassed by text or calls they can report these
messages to their mobile phone company.

If they are a Vodafone customer they can blacklist the number themselves and stop
texts or pxts.

For information on Vodafone Blacklist go to free text “blacklist help” to 713.

The other phone companies Telecom, TelstraClear and 2Degrees all have the same
criteria. They can send a warning message to the bully, temporarily suspend them
from the network and even cut them off totally if warranted.

The person with the unwanted texts (or calls) needs to report to their own

To make a complaint you need to:

1. )   Not reply to the messages or contact that number.

2. ) Make a list of the date and exact time you received at least four unwanted
messages from that person. That needs to be four examples since your last reply
and generally within a week.

3. )   Call your mobile phone company’s customer service centre.
For Vodafone calls phone 777 from your mobile or 0800 800 021

For Telecom phone 0800 809 806 between 8am and 5pm Monday to Friday.
For TelstraClear phone 0800 299 500.

For 2Degrees, phone 200 from your mobile or 0800 022 022 from your landline

If the messages are from someone at your school or another school you can talk to
the deputy principal or a counsellor or teacher about how they can help to stop the

If the messages include threats to hurt you physically (like threats to “get
you” or “beat you up”, etc.) they are breaking the law. It would be a good
idea if you can tell an adult about these messages. You need to save these
messages and can show them to the Police to make a formal complaint
about receiving threats on a mobile phone. You need to record the Police
complaint number and contact the Police if there are further threats. You
can also make a complaint to your mobile company as above about
threatening messages or calls.


If you receive threats to hurt you, on social networking or email, chat etc you can
make a Police complaint. You will need to take a screenshot of the threats as
evidence, print it off and go to your local Police station.

School situations

If the bully/harasser and the target are at the same school it is important to get
the school involved by informing the deputy principal, dean, counselling or
teaching staff. Schools can also work together if the bully and the target are at
different schools.

Under the National Administration Guidelines for Schools (NAG 5) schools have a
responsibility to ensure the emotional and physical wellbeing of all students.

Bullying and harassment can be distressing and serious and the target may benefit
from seeing the school counsellor.

NetSafe can assist schools if they are unsure about how to deal with online issues.
Reporting to Social Networking sites

Most social networking sites have terms and conditions which prohibit bullying and
other abusive behaviours (including harassment, impersonation, identity theft and
more). If you want to make a complaint, it is helpful to copy the terms and
conditions which have been breached and also to add screenshots as evidence.
Ways to report bullying, abuse or harassment to Facebook and MySpace are listed


Facebook’s Code of Conduct protects users from sexual content, harassment and
unwanted contact as well as other offensive acts.

Facebook members who want to report any abuse of guidelines can use the
‘Report/Block this person’ link on most Facebook pages. Facebook say that reports
of offensive material will be responded to and the target informed of the steps
that will be taken against the offender within 72 hours.

Facebook has a page on safety that may be useful:
http: / /www, php?safety

Terms Of Service Violation – form=report_tos violation
Imposter Profile – profile form=impostor_data__requests


You can check out MySpace’s Terms of Use here: and safety information here

To report abuse, go to this page below and fill in the form:, Most IM and email services have similar functions for reporting abuse.

MSN: you can block people who are harassing you on MSN by simply pressing tools: options:
block. This will block this person from knowing you are online or being able to talk
to you.

MSN terms and conditions are available on

Also is useful if your account is compromised.


Gmail Account Recovery Form – com/support/accounts/bin/request. pv?ara=1

YouTube Contact Form –

Blogger Violation Report – tos

Yahoo!Yahoo! Messenger Abuse –! Account Hijacked –

Yahoo Mail Abuse –

NetSafe is also available for further information and advice. See

TwitterSupport Request –

Twitter Account Impersonation –

0508 NETSAFE (0508 638 723)