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Warrawong High School

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The Use of Mobiles in NSW high schools

 7th September 2023

Dear parents, caregivers, and students,

The NSW Government has announced restrictions on the use of mobile phones in NSW high schools beginning in Term 4, 2023.

Warrawong High School will be making changes to the way mobile phones are accessed by students during the school day. The new system is being implemented to increase focus in classrooms, remove distractions and to also promote positive social interaction, while reducing the potential for online bullying.

Important changes coming in Term 4

The new mobile devices and electronic devices management plan at Warrawong High School will apply to mobile phones and other electronic devices used during school hours, including break times and school-based excursions.

Students will still be able to carry their phones while travelling to and from school.

School staff can allow students to use their mobile phones in specific circumstances, such as for an educational purpose, for their wellbeing or to support students with specific needs.

Parents/carers and students wishing to apply for an exemption will need to complete an application and interview. The written application may be inclusive of medical certification and submitted to the Deputy Principal. A follow up interview will be arranged to assess and collaborate on the application.

How we will restrict mobile phone access

After careful consideration with our key stakeholders including the Student Representative Council (SRC), Parent and Engagement group, staff, and executive teams, we have decided to proceed by using the option of locked pouches to reduce the distractions of students in the classroom.

What does this mean?

Every student will secure their phone every day in a pouch when they are at school or on a school-based excursion or activity. Students will maintain possession of their phones and will not use them until they are unlocked at the end of the school day. Students are required to bring their pouch to and from school each day and are responsible for their pouch at all times.

We are excited to make our school a mobile phone-free space to improve learning and engagement, however, we will always make sure you can contact your child in an emergency. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the school directly on 42740707. There will also be further information posted on school communication platforms.


Brad Hughes


Please click these links for more information:

 The Warrawong High School Mobile Phone Agreement.

'**After an initial evaluation, we have updated our mobile phone procedures**'. Please follow the above link for an updated version.

Teacher/ student /parent Common Questions and Answers on the Mobile Phone strategy