Melton Mail

22 December 2017
Issue Sixteen
Dates To Remember
Principal's Report
Assistant Principals' Report
Sub Schools
 MSC Information 
Excursions /  Incursions
Duke of Edinburgh
Afro Australian Student Org.
Melton Secondary College
03 9743 3322
Coburns Road
Melton, Victoria, 3337

Dates To Remember

January 2018

Monday 29 January

Collection of Uniform 2018 

  • 9.00am - 4.30 pm

Collection of Books 2018

  • 8.00 am - 5.00pm

Tuesday 30 January

Collection of Uniform 2018

  • 9.00am - 4.30 pm

February 2018

Thursday 1 February 

Year 7 commence

Year 12 commence

Friday 2 February

Years 8,9,10 & 11 commence

Tuesday 13 February

Year 10 ODE - Sailing

Wednesday 14 February 

Year 10 ODE - Sailing

Principal's Report


Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

Thank you to parents, carers, students, staff and friends for all of your contributions to the college in 2017. 

Well done especially to our Year 12 students for some amazing results. Congratulations to Brianna Argyle Dux of 2017 with a fantastic ATAR result of 98.3 and for all VCE students to achieve an average study score of 27.5.

Wishing you all a joyful, safe and restful holiday and happy new year. See you all in 2018. 

David Reynolds

College Principal

Assistant Principals' Report

Mr Alan Devine

This year, as a college we continued our focus on promoting our five STARR values of Success, Team Work, Ambition, Respect and Responsibility. The Student Leaders, led by Tom Nice, focused on the promotion of these values within the school community. The College Values are now displayed all around the college in classrooms, offices and in outdoor areas to ensure each member of our community knows and upholds these values.


However, to make sure everyone knew how to achieve our values, each term we focused on a particular value. In term one we focused on Responsibility, term two Teamwork, term three Respect and term four Ambition. Each term focus was launched at a whole school assembly, where as a community we learned how we can achieve our college value and agreed to working towards them.


Understanding and achieving our College STARR values is an important part of being a member of the Melton Secondary College community. Furthermore, knowing and living by strong values gives each of us guidance in making good decisions.


Merry Christmas and Happy Hogmanay to everyone!


Mr A Devine


Mrs Jenny Buckle

Ms Andrèe Poulter


Sub Schools

Junior Sub School

The Year is coming to a completion and with classes being finalised and activities next week occurring we are remaining a busy crew. The students have worked so hard to get through the whole year. A team does not succeed with meeting challenges head on and working together to conquer those challenges. Our Team has worked hard this year to overcome the challenge of new people, new team, new environment. Everyone in our team deserves thanks for their efforts this year. Leanne Fitzgerald for her efforts on the phone and in the operation of the office. Faye Morton thank you for stepping in always to assist. Balsam, Deb, Eva and Michael, thank you for all your efforts as Team Leaders. Emma, big thanks for stepping into the role as Team Leader for a short time. Big thankyou to Kate for all her work with ongoing progress of students and to Jenny for being there for everything. Great Team to work with now and in the future. Its been a great year, Merry Christmas to all students and their families and a safe and happy new year, see you in 2018.

Middle Sub School

It has been an exciting year for our Year 9 and 10 students where they have participated in activities such as sports days, work experience, Year 10 formal, Year 9 camp and has finished with the Year 10 students completing their Headstart into their Year 11 subjects.

It has been a pleasure seeing our Year 9 and 10’s grow over the year and become fine young adults and we look forward to seeing them continue on their school journey next year.

We look forward to seeing all those award winners from the Middle School at the Awards Night receiving their well deserved awards.

I thank all of you for the support that you have shown your teachers, Mr Hill, Ms Keep, Ms Mace, Ms Kershaw, Ms Jamali and Ms Bewley this year. Our Team has done a mountain of work both directly with you and also behind the scenes to make the Middle School experience happen for you! I also thank the students for their efforts and positive contributions they have made over their time in the Middle School. For the Year 10 students there will be a change of environment as you enter the Senior School; you will be taught in many different locations, have many different teachers and work in classes with many different students. I wish all of you well as you continue your journey through this great school. Have a safe and Merry Christmas.

Senior Sub School

Year 12 Graduation

Year 12 students, their families and their teachers attended the Graduation Formal on Friday 1st December. It was very pleasing to see all students conduct themselves with respect and pride on the night and it was a privilege to see our wonderful students graduate. Congratulations to all students. We wish you all a safe and happy future.





2018 Year 12 Parent Information and BBQ

Dear Parents of  VCE/VCAL 2018 Year12 students. Please save the date in your calendar - Tues 20th February,  3:40pm BBQ and meet the teachers

4:40pm Presentation: How to support your student through Year 12

We would love to see all parents/carers of our Year 12 students on this important afternoon.


Year 11 Successes

Congratulations to the following students who were recognised as STARR Achievers for Semester Two.  Keep up the great work.

Please have a restful and mindful summer break and be prepared for more success in 2018. Don’t forget your holiday homework.

 MSC Information 

General Office 

Office hours:  8:15 am - 4:30 pm


Parents visiting the school or trying to make contact with their children must always make contact with the General Office first.

Uniform Shop

Collection of Uniform for 2018

Uniforms can be collected on the following days:

Monday 29 & Tuesday 30 January

  •  9.00 am  to 4.30 pm


Normal Uniform shop hours are:


Mondays:             8:00 to 9:00 am

                                 3:00 to 4:00 pm


Wednesdays:      3:00 to 4:00 pm


Fridays:                 8:00 to 9:00 am

                                 3:00 to 4:00 pm

Book Collection 2018

Books can be collected on the following day:

Monday 30 January

  • 8.00 am to 5.00 pm

Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund (CSEF)

If you hold a valid means-tested concession card or are a temporary foster parent, you may be eligible for CSEF.  The allowance will be paid to the school to use towards expenses relating to camps, excursions or sporting activities/sports uniform for the benefit of your child.


The annual CSEF amount per student will be $225 for secondary school students.


How to Apply:

Contact the school office to obtain a CSEF application form or download from

Closing date: To be advised

State School Relief

Applicants applying for State School's Relief must have a valid Health Care Card dated first day of the 2018 school year.

Assistance may be available if you are experiencing financial difficulties.

Please contact the Business Manager on

9743 3322.

Parent Payment

Receive 10% discount if paid by the end of first week in February.

Payment by instalments to be arranged with the Business Manager.

Every Minute Counts




Parents and guardians are reminded that the Department of Education and Training (DET) does not provide personal accident insurance or ambulance cover for students. Parents and guardians of students, who do not have student accident/insurance/ambulance cover, are responsible for paying the cost of medical treatment for injured students, including the cost of ambulance attendance or transport as well as any other transport costs.  The DET cannot provide advice to parents or guardians on the purchase of individual student accident policy or ambulance cover.  Insurance policies can be purchased from commercial insurers.  Private property brought to school by students, staff or visitors is not insured and the Department does not accept any responsibility for any loss or damage. This can include mobile phones, calculators, toys, sporting equipment and cars parked on school premises.  As the DET does not hold insurance for personal property brought to schools and has no capacity to pay for any loss or damage to such property, students and staff are discouraged from bringing any unnecessary or particularly valuable items to school.


2018 State School's Relief Changes  

State Schools’ Relief helps students across the state with uniform support. They have been assisting MSC students and their families for a number of years.

In 2017, MSC and State Schools’ Relief have worked together on some changes to how this service runs and how to best support our students into the future.

Please note: There is an eligibility criteria to get support through this service. Please contact a member of the Wellbeing Team to see if you meet the criteria. (The criteria is the same as 2017)


2018 Changes

  • Students who meet the eligibility criteria will now only be able to get ONE (1) of each of the items below per year.
  • Students will be able to get Two (2) white shirts per year.
  • Applications are now broken up into summer uniform and winter uniform application periods. The timing for these applications and the items are indicated in the table below. (Please note that whilst these are the times when applications can be made, students are able to wear uniform items throughout the year).

MSC will no longer be able to make applications for Jackets through SSR

  • Please be aware that the gap families will need to cover has increased. This is due to a change pricing of vouchers from State Schools’ Relief.  The Wellbeing team will be able to provide you with an indication of the amount that you will be required to cover.
  • Closing date for applications to be processed and received by the end of the year is Friday December 8th
  • The Wellbeing Team will be available from Wednesday January 23rd to help with applications. The earlier we make the application, the earlier you’ll be able to receive the items.

If you have any questions regarding this service, please contact a member of the Wellbeing Team (Chris, Dani and Stacey) who will be able to help further by phone (9743 3322) or they will be available between 3:15-4:15pm in person to help with any enquiries.

INTERNET: Parent Tip Sheet


The Internet has a myriad of attractions to young people. It is instantaneous, highly interactive and immensely private, which are highly prized attributes for most young people. It gives them access to their mates, music and media without leaving home. It has addictive qualities we know, but that does not mean that a young person should become a Net addict.




Mocking their cyber friends and cyber activities can only drive them further into the cyber world of rebellion and further away from the real world.


IF THE CYBER WORLD IS THE REAL WORLD for your young person as he shuns most other activities as well as people it may be time to take some action or even get some help.


INVOLVE YOURSELF IN THEIR CYBER ACTIVITIES, much as you would any other type of activity. Take the time to find out what they are doing and what they get from the activities.


NEGOTIATE ONLINE TIME ALLOCATIONS and share time online with other interested siblings. Locate the computer connected to the Internet in a public place at home so that you are accessible and also so sharing can occur.


ASK YOUR YOUNG PERSON WHAT A REASONABLE AMOUNT OF TIME MAY BE ONLINE. If they violate that limit then ask them if they have a problem. Let them think it over for a time. Perhaps you can bargain real time activities in exchange for time online.


OFFER OFFLINE ALTERNATIVES TO ENTERTAINMENT, EDUCATION AND COMMUNICATION. Remind them that there are offline alternatives, even if they do not use them all the time.


This is a Short Message from your Melton SC Welfare Team. If you have any issues regarding this and are unsure where to turn, please make an appointment with the school welfare team. Thanks, Nathanael.


VCAL Student News

On Thursday 16th November CVGT presented Tuna Mabok, Ronila Manalo, Baran Hosseini and Chelsea Dennis with their certificates of completion for their School Based Apprenticeships.  Each student received a Certificate III in Individual Support with Chelsea receiving a special award for her efforts throughout the year. MSC would like to congratulate each of these students for their dedication to their career pathways.


WEC VET Awards Night

The second WEC VET in School Awards was held  at Tapcorp Park on 12 November. Congratulations to the following students who received VET awards in the following programs:


Year 1 Endeavour Award – Jeremy Wall (Year 10)

Year 2 Outstanding Award – Brenden Fischer (Year 11)

Creative Industries & Screen and Media

Year 1 Outstanding Award – Declan Porter (Year 11)

Year 2 Endeavour Award – Sebastian Caiafa (Year 11)

Early Childhood Education &  Care

Year 1 Endeavour Award – Emilee Mowlam (Year 10)



Year 2 Outstanding Award – Jacob Anderson (Year 11)


Year 2 Outstanding Award – Jacob Spence (Year 11)

Salon Assistant

Year 1 Endeavour Award – Chloe Stokes (Year 10)

Year 1 Outstanding Award – Emily Reeve (Year 10)

Sport and Recreation

Year 1 Most Improved – Tayla Peatling (Year 10)

Principal Award

Year 2 Salon Assistant - Kayla Henderson (Year 11)

VET Excellence Award

Year 1 Student – Emily Reeve (Year 10)

VET Engineering

Here are some examples of the projects completed by our current Year 2 Engineering Students:  

Jacob Spence (Year 11)

Wilondra Kashindi (Year 12)


The students had to interpret drawings and use lathes, milling machines and pedestal drills to manufacture a large, wobbly stationary engine. The completed product operates as a 2 stroke engine fuelled by compressed air. The students should be very pleased with the skills and knowledge they have developed in VET Engineering during the 2 year program.


Click below to view video of Engineering project in action.


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Year 10 Work Experience 2018


10A- 10D               21 – 25 May

10E – 10I             28 May – 1 June


Further details regarding the Work Experience program will be provided at a Parent Information Night to be held in Term 1 next year.

If you can support your student with a work experience opportunity with family or friends, please provide the details to Mrs Galea in the Careers Room on 9743 3322.

Year 11 Structure Work Placement 2018


23-24  April and 26–27 April

30 April – 4 May

VET 2018

VET programs across the WEC Cluster are scheduled to commence on 7th February. An information sheet with specific details relating to all VET programs will be given to students at the start of the school year.

Excursions /  Incursions

Year 7 Dockland's Excursion

This term all Year 7 Humanities classes visited the Docklands to research the liveability of the area.  All students are to be congratulated for their behaviour and enthusiasm in collecting the data. Chloe Rees 7B has provided a recount of the excursion.


In Docklands we went around the area to compare the liveability of the Dockland and Melton precinct. We looked at the infrastructure and found that Docklands had better transport as there was tram and train access. We also noticed that Docklands was able to accommodate for more residents as there was high density areas like apartments and office buildings. We also found that the medical access was greater as there were private and public hospitals and medical centres. I believe that Docklands is a lot more liveable because of its infrastructure.

What went in Docklands was that we all stayed together and worked as a team to get around. If anyone felt hot or needed to stop or help with the activities we all put in effort to support one another.

It would have been even better if we took a tram back to the Southern Cross Station because it was really hot. But we stood strong and walked together as a team to get back to school safely.  

By Chloe Rees 7B

Earth Ed Excursion

We were fortunate enough to take 8A to Earth Ed in Ballarat for the ‘Rocks, Minerals and Exploration’ program.

The weather Gods were kind and our students were able to complete all of the following activities: Mineral Identification, Core Sampling and Metal detecting*.

Our students were engaged, polite and co-operative.

Ps Two of our girls spotted a tiny frog that had wandered into one of the rooms…we alerted Peter (one of the educators) who promptly put it outside…He said they had not seen too many frogs in recent times so it was great to see this fellow.


*Whilst no gold nuggets were found, a couple of pennies from early last century were detected much to the delight of our budding geologists.

Standing Together against Bullying at Melton SC

On Thursday 14th of December Melton held a presentation to all Year 7 that inspired us to stand up against bullying in our school. Bully Zero Australia came out and presented on the types of bullying, how to seek help and teach students to become empathetic towards each other in school and their community. The presentation empowered students to be Up-Standing bystanders and taking positive action when they witness bullying instead of becoming bystanders. Beau Arnautovic in Year 7 stated that the presentation taught us to stand up to bullying whenever we can and if we see bullying happen have your say and stop it or quickly get help”.


Beau shared that “It is good to see people who are tagging along to raise awareness and stop bullying once and for all. Cale Hooker the professional AFL player is a part of the bully zero campaign and inspires students to prevent bullying. It is important to speak about bullying in school so we don’t have kids lives ruined by a bully who has nothing better to do”.


Cale Hooker, the Essendon Footballer shared his challenges and stereotypes that he needed to push through to become the best AFL player he could be. Cale shared the importance of teamwork and sticking together to help fight bullying. “At Essendon we lift each other up through the tough times, encourage each other…”

Fourteen selected students who have shown our STARR values this year participated in a fun session with Cale enjoying kick to kick and photo opportunities.


Beau Arnautovic shares that he enjoyed the program because “it helps our school community understand what’s happening with bullying in the world and how we can stop it”. “It make us feel empathy for kids who cry themselves to sleep every night and go through the pain all over again”


Melton SC will continue the discussion and actions in stopping bullying as we would like to see everyone feeling safe and enjoying their Melton SC life.


Nathanael Poljak Secondary School Nurse and

Beau Arnautovic Year 7

Duke of Edinburgh

This semester, our class of Year 9 Duke of Edinburgh students have taken great strides towards the completion of their Bronze Awards.


In recent weeks, students have completed their final volunteering session with the Pinkerton Landcare and Environment Group, and have had their visions of the future submitted into a time capsule at the Pinkerton site. The work completed by our students over the whole year has not gone unnoticed, and has allowed for the development of relations with various community groups in the Melton area.

Together with this, students have also completed the 25km Surf Coast Walk from Bells Beach to Aireys Inlet as part of their recent overnight camp. This was a challenging hike, in hot conditions, and also introduced students to camping outdoors, with students preparing their own food, and sleeping in tents. The completion of the hike is a fantastic achievement, and an experience that will long live in the students memories.

Michael Kilroy

Junior Sub School Team Leader

PE, Health & Outdoor Education Teacher

Afro Australian Student Org.

AASO - Youth Recognise Awards Night

The AASO Youth Recognise Awards Night was held in November  at Queen's Victoria Women Centre and was attended by Tom Nice and myself.

The Awards Night was a huge success, Melton Secondary College received the Future Leaders award for our African Students Club.  This award was accepted by Student Voice representative Tom Nice.  


Many thanks to Mr Devine and MSC Club Cordinators for supporting MSC African Students Organisations.


I surprisingly received Unsung Hero 2017 Award, which I was deeply honoured.


Robert Aduer

Multicultural Education Support



Loving the Library @ MSC

And… Just like that it is almost the end of the term!

Updates are progressing in the library with our students enjoying using our two new Search kiosks.  Having the ability to use the online search tool is a great starting point for students to independently search for articles and books located in the Library. Whilst the library team are always on hand to help, the skills developed from this independent practice will develop student knowledge of how to research and find information on their own for academic and day-to-day life.

It’s the time of the year when the library team take stock of what we’ve got and get the Library cleaned up for next year, we encourage students to return everything by the 8th of December.  There will be no borrowing after this date for the summer holidays and the book collection will be closed for stock take.

Christmas spirit has come to the Resource and Support Centre to give everyone a boost of festivity to make it to the end of the year with the tree up and lots of tinsel and lights.


We would like to wish everyone a safe and happy festive season.  Remember the Melton Library is open all through the holidays and has a great collection that you can access to keep on reading. For our Manga lovers, I suggest you get down there and check out their huge collection.


See you back in the library in 2018.



Grace Valele of Year 9 has been representing Victoria in the 15yrs Netball team at the National Championships as part of the Pacific School Games in Adelaide. Her team performed sensationally remaining undefeated throughput the carnival with a National Final victory against New South Wales 38-28.



Junior Girls​


We are STATE CHAMPIONS in dramatic fashion in golden point extra time with a situation that had to be seen to be understood.
Pool Game 1-lost to Gladstone Park 0-2 (scores are tries scored).
Game 2. def Chaffey College 8-1
Game 3 - def Westall SC - 4-3 -in the last play of the game
Semi Final - def Mt. Ridley College 5-0
State final - def Gladstone Park 2-2 tie went to extra time we won on a scoring rule when game was still a tie.
Great effort by the girls who improved dramatically during the day under positive coaching by Yr 9 girls, Arleah,Jess and Lotu.

Girls  Back – Jess (coach) Kahlan, Paskazia, Katie, Sose,  Lotu and Arleah (coaches)Trisha                        Front – Akosita, Achan, Margret, Gloria, Alunga, Blossom     

Junior Boys


We are STATE RUNNER UP. A terrific effort by the boys to finish State runner up in a very high standard competition. The Melbourne Storm officials were really impressed by our boys and the standard and conduct of the team.
Pool Game 1-lost to Mt. Ridley College 4-5 (scores are tries scored).
Game 2 - def Chaffey College - 5-2
Game 3 - def Hampton Park - 5-2
Semi Final - def Victoria University 7-6 scoring just as the siren sounded.
State Final - lost to Mt. Ridley College 8-7 when the scored with 30 secs to go.
Thanks to Maara, Derek and Jared for all their help and coaching.


We are STATE RUNNER UP. A terrific effort by the boys to finish State runner up in a very high standard competition. The Melbourne Storm officials were really impressed by our boys and the standard and conduct of the team.
Pool Game 1-lost to Mt. Ridley College 4-5 (scores are tries scored).

Game 2 - def Chaffey College - 5-2
Game 3 - def Hampton Park - 5-2
Semi Final - def Victoria University 7-6 scoring just as the siren sounded.
State Final - lost to Mt. Ridley College 8-7 when the scored with 30 secs to go.
Thanks to Maara, Derek and Jared for all their help and coaching.


Boys back – Lathaniel,Petisini, Promise, Riccardo, Anisi, Bradman,                                   

Front – Akosita, Achan, Margret, Gloria, Alunga, Blossom      Boys Front – Moa, Fua, Elijah, Lester

Junior Boys




What a strange day of volleyball.
1. Melton def Belmont 20/16, 17/20, 15/11
2. Melton def The Grange 20/18, 20/17
3. Melton def Carranballac College 20/16, 20/22, 15/11
4. REGION FINAL - Melton lost to Braybrook 18/20, 12/20 (we actually led 18-12 and serving in the first set but folded.
This was a fabulous effort by the team in a very close competition.




1. Def Brookside College 33-25
2. Lost to Good News Lutheran College 26-43
3. Lost to Strathmore
The girls tried hard but were outplayed by a couple of very good teams. It was hard for them with 2 girls withdrawing from the team 2 days beforehand. We found two Yr 7 volunteers to cover them so we had a couple of subs, then 2 others missed the bus on the day - so pretty hard on the girls who played and gave their all.

Year 7 Team

Back row – Achan, Brodie, Nelly, Ella, Chloe, Mikayla

Front row – Dylan (coach) Nicole.

Year 8 Team                                                                              Back row - Maddy, Margret and Zoe                              Front Row – Dylan (coach) Ataahua, Trinity and Eva        



A wonderful effort by our girls. Really proud of their efforts and the way they played all the games.
Melton def Southern Cross Grammar 36-9, def Hoppers Crossing 41-29 and def Strathmore 40-14 to make the final.
Region Final – Maribyrnong 33 def Melton 14 – a fabulous, high intensity, physical game – Maribyrnong were made to really earn this win and we forced them to play their best team for most of the game. They had too much height and depth, but our girls gave them a ripper game. The scores do not indicate how good this game was.
Team was – (back) Achan, Brodie, Nelly, Ella, Mikayla, Chloe, Mikayla and (front) coach Dylan and Nicole.


AFL Umpiring – Riddell League

The Riddell League umpiring group will almost certainly be running a development course here at Melton Secondary first term next year on Wednesday night after school 3.30 -4.30. No cost involved. Voluntary. For beginning umpires, or very inexperienced ones, who would consider umpiring in 2017 or in the future. It will be for central and boundary umpires. See Mr. Darcy to express an interest. It will start very early Term 1.

Annual Sport Report 2017


  • Senior Girls Sports Champion – Katie Bibby
  • Senior Boys Sports Champion – David Mwarabu
  • Year 11 Sports Awards – Ricky Frew and Mia Williams-Otutaha
  • Year 10 Sports Awards – Harvey Green and Abby Froy
  • Year 9 Sports Awards –Bradman Szuhai and Akosita Siola’a
  • Year 8 Sports Awards – Brodie Cochrane and Trinity Skenderis 
  • Year 7 Sports Awards – Petisini Brown and Chloe Rees
  • Outstanding Individual Sporting Achievement – Grace Valele
  • Pierre De Coubertin Award – Katie Bibby
  • SSV Academic and Sporting Excellence – Katie Bibby




  • Kyle Morrison
  • Maddy Lister
  • Katie Bibby




  • Ricky Frew
  • Johnann Hunt



INTERCHOOL SWIMMING - Western Ranges Division – placed 3rd behind Sunbury Downs

INTERSCHOOL ATHLETICS - Western Ranges Division – placed 1st



Intermediate Girls Squash 

Junior Girls Rugby 9’s


State Finalists

Junior Boys Rugby 9’s – 2nd

Senior Girls Squash- 5th

Intermediate Girls Rugby Tackle– 2nd

Intermediate Girls Netball - Netball Vic All Schools Competition

Intermediate Boys Squash – 10th

Junior Boys Squash – 5th


Western Metropolitan Region Finalists   

Senior Boys Soccer

Intermediate Girls Soccer

Intermediate Girls Tennis

Intermediate Girls Netball – SSV competition

Intermediate Boys Soccer

Intermediate Boys Badminton

Boys U/16 Rugby League -2nd

Yr 7/8 Boys Soccer

Junior Boys Volleyball

Yr. 8 Girls Basketball

Yr. 7 Girls Basketball



The participation statistics show the overall percentage decreased due to decreased entry into some events.

The statistics for this year are as follows:


Gerard Darcy

Sport Coordinator












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