HPSC Newshamper

23 February 2018
Issue Two
Principal's Report
Important Dates
From the Office
College News 
Student Leadership
Junior School 
Senior School
Arts Domain
Health/PE Domain
Technology Domain
Maker Space
Student Health & Wellbeing
Community News
Hampton Park Secondary College
(03) 8795 9400
58-96 Fordholm Road
Hampton Park, Victoria, 3976

Principal's Report

Asbestos Auditing and Labelling in Schools

Hampton Park Secondary College will soon be audited for asbestos-containing material as a part of the Victorian Government’s goal of making all government schools safe environments for students, staff and the wider community.

The Occupational Health and Safety Regulations 2017 include specific duties relating to identifying asbestos in workplaces and indicating its location with clear signage. Once identified, asbestos-containing material must be labelled and recorded in the school’s asbestos register.

Labels are placed in the school reception and at the entrances to buildings with identified asbestos-containing material and the front gate of the school, reminding people to contact reception before undertaking any building works.

Asbestos is considered safe unless damaged or disturbed. These warning labels will help our school manage potential risks and ensure we are compliant with the Victorian Occupational Health and Safety framework.

Some FAQs on asbestos auditing and labelling in Victorian government schools are available from the attachment below.

Please do not hesitate to contact the school through the front office if you have any questions, on 03 8795 9400

David Finnerty


Important Dates


28th - Cosi Performance and Workshop



1st - VCAL Personal Challenge Excursion

12th - Labour Day Public Holiday

13th - College Swimming Carnival

19th - Year 7 Immunisations

29th - Last Day of Term 1





16th - First Day of Term 2

18th - Parent Teacher Evening

24th - Year 9 Try A Trade 

25th - ANZAC Day Public Holiday

26th - Student Free Day

30th - Year 11 Business Management Market Day



From the Office

Parent Compass Information

New families to the school should have recieved their Parent Login Letters.

If you would like to receive yours electronically, please email the school at [email protected]

Updated Contact Details

Please make sure the school has your most current contact details.

You can update your details by

  • the Compass Parent Portal
  • Calling or visiting the School Office


Parents are reminded to check with the office regarding any outstanding fees for 2018.

It is important that your student's Technology Levy and Locker Fee ($95 total) is paid so they can access the computer programs and internet while at school.

At HPSC we offer a range of different payment options for parents, including

- Cash


- Direct Debit Payment Plan via debit/credit card

- BPay (please contact the school for your BPAY details)

Student Absences

If your student is going to be absent, please

  • Call the Absence Line 03 8795 9455 before 9am OR
  • Log the absence through your Compass Parent Portal

CSEF Applications

Health Care Card/Concession Card holders are reminded to apply for the Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund (CSEF).

The CSEF is an annual payment to the school to be used towards camps, sports and excursion expenses for the benefit of the eligible student.

Secondary school students receive a rate of $225 per year, and any unused amount will be rolled over into the next year.

If you are eligible, you need to apply for the CSEF every year. To apply for 2018, we need a completed CSEF form (available from the office) and a copy of your most current health care card.

HPSC Canteen

See the image attached for the 2018 Canteen Menu

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College News 

Parent Growth Mindset Seminar

Tuesday February 6th

At Hampton Park Secondary College, we are committed to creating an environment where students, parents and caregivers, teachers and community feel connected and engaged with the high performing teaching and learning afforded our students.

To support this further, we invited all parents and caregivers to attend a free seminar focussed on building a Growth Mindset, held by the highly experienced success coach, Darren Pereira from Success Integrated. Darren’s seminar was  presented to the more than fifty parents and caregivers who attended, and provided keys to supporting strong learning at home. Building strong student - parent - teacher partnerships through engaging achievement and well-being programs put everyone on the same page, and help us use a common language to build resilient, high performing students. 

Additionally, we provided interpreters for language support in both Dari and Mandarin, so that many more families were be able to understand the information being given. Resources were also provided in multiple languages for parents and caregivers to take home.

The evening was a big success, and we are looking forward to hosting a second parent and caregiver community seminar in term 2. Stay tuned for further information.  

Should you be interested in the learning more about the information provided on Growth Mindset, here is the link to the Success Integrated website: http://www.successintegrated.com/

Vanessa Dennis

Engagement Leader


Teaching and Learning Teams

Building Our Community of Learners

The staff at HPSC have recently undertaken an initiative to implement Teaching and Learning Teams (TLTs) across the school. Continuously looking for opportunities to improve our practice, TLTs are year level, subject teams that meet on a regular basis to discuss students, their learning and to plan interventions to meet the learning needs of all students.

The TLT initiative is implemented in alignment with a number of other school-wide initiatives, and directly aims to meet one our Key Improvement Strategies in our Strategic Plan.  This is to consolidate the College's instructional model so that it reflects the needs of students, focusing on differentiation, extension and intervention tasks, moderation and the use of data to enhance student learning, and to ensure consistency of implementation across the college. 

Stage One of the first Cycle was held in Week 3 and lead by our Year Level Managers who worked hard to collate, analyse and share student learning, engagement and wellbeing data with staff. The aim of this was to provide a holistic picture of each year level for staff to get to know their students as learners. Teachers then worked collaboratively in their TLTs to discuss student learning and start to consider targeted teaching opportunities that will support all students to show growth and experience learning success. 

Stage Two started in Week 4 and was all about using the student learning data from Stage 1 alongside subject-specific pre-assessment data to determine the learning needs of the cohort.  This involved working in teams to ensure that our instructional rubrics, Common Assessment Tasks (CATs) and Learning Sequences not only aligned with the standards set by the Department, but best meet the needs of individual leaners and will enable them to show growth in their learning. 

Stage 3 and 4 will occur throughout Term 1 and finish in the first 2 weeks of Term 2.  From there, teams will repeat the TLT process in Terms 2, 3 and 4 as we look forward to continuously improve our teaching and learning program and the outcomes for our students.

Kelly Everington

Pedagogical Practices Leader

Student Leadership

Valentine's Day Roses Fundraising

Love was in the air at Hampton Park Secondary College!!!

Roses bloomed from every corner of the college, the love atmosphere circulated everywhere! From our peers to the staff, everyone showed their affection for one another. This yearly traditional fundraiser was yet again successful, marking a great way to kick off 2018 for the leadership team. We are excited to announce that the committee has raised a staggering profit of $1200 and sold 750 roses. The money we raised will go towards the Year 12 yearbook and end of year activities.

This event would not have been successful without the Year 12 Valentine’s Committee who gave up their after-school hours to make the roses, with special mentions to Mr Christiansen, Ms Camille and Ms Dennis who stayed long hours to help and supervise us.

We would also like to thank Val Simpson, as without the use of the study centre, which we used as a workstation and storage facility, and your tolerance to our endless pestering, this event would not have been possible.

In addition, we would like to thank Sarah and everyone in the office who helped us figure out the classes for each student in the school so that we could deliver our roses smoothly.

But most of all, we would like to say a massive thank you to all the staff and students who bought the beautiful roses from us.

Thank you Hampton Park Secondary College for making this event a fantastic start to the school year!!!

Year 12 Leadership Team

Peer Support Update

Hi, my name is Jurel Ortencio and I am a Peer Support Leader for Somerville, (honestly the best house out there. Cai-what? Ford-what? Reg-what? Haha) this is how the first few Peer Support sessions were like.

The first two sessions were about introducing ourselves to each other and letting our students get to know our school more. We call this ‘Building Connectedness.’ The first session we didn’t get to do as much as we had planned with our Year 7s, only two activities in fact. Two! The first activity we did was a ball introduction, where we would pass the ball to the people in the circle and when we had the ball, we would say our name, and something we like and/or what we were looking forward to in Peer Support. This was a great way to learn each other’s names, and ensure each person spoke out loud in our group.

Our second activity was a tour around the school – which was the most time consuming – that was why we didn’t really get to do as much as the leaders had planned for the first session. Not to mention we were all so nervous as leaders, especially Chloe and I – so we were pretty much just blending in with the Year 7s because we were nervous and we are short too!

For our second session also called ‘Building Connectedness’, we were more confident and were able to complete more activities. The first activity we led the Year 7s in was called Choices, where we would ask them whether they liked this or that and they would go to that side of the room that had the choice they wanted. The questions included things like types chips vs chocolate, summer vs winter, AFL vs Soccer, etc. Afterwards, they would chat about why they chose it with someone that they didn’t know, so they could get to know each other better.

The second activity saw us creating group expectations together, to create a positive environment. Then we learnt more about each other by completing a “All About Me” worksheet, which was a pretty calm and individual activity, where us leaders all got to talk to the Year 7s to get to know them better and remember their names. No joke though, it’s pretty hard. But the students in our group have lovely names.

We ended the session by doing a paper planes exercise, where the Year 7s wrote their name on a piece of paper and folded it into a paper plane. When we went outside to throw our paper planes, we had to pick up one that wasn’t our own, go and talk to the person who’s paper plane we picked up. But this activity we will need to try again, as we didn’t really get to finish it and I don’t think the students really understood what we were doing which was sad. So we will attempt it next session, as we feel it is a fun way to continue to build connectedness amongst our team.

Our third session was pretty hectic. We went outside to do all the activities we had planned under the theme of: Building Trust and Effective Communication. The first activity was the funniest, where we did something a lot like Chinese Whispers but with funny faces instead. We all couldn’t stop laughing which was great as we know our students really enjoyed themselves.

Next, we did trust falls, where they had to pick someone they didn’t really know to trust them that they would catch them. For that activity I surprised some Year 7s by suddenly yelling their name and falling. Surprisingly, they caught me! We followed this up with a blind-folded walk, where we worked in small groups and guided a student in a blind-fold to a cone on the opposite side of where we were. We tried to block their way so that it would be more difficult for them, and to test our communication skills. It was a really powerful activity.

Lastly, we finished by discussing what was the point of the activities and reflecting on the purposes and learning behind it. There were some who struggled along the way, but we got through it.

So far, the Peer Support sessions have been challenging but really fun and engaging and I can’t wait until the next Peer Support session where we can continue to work as leaders together, building connections with our Year 7 students.

Jurel Ortencio

Somerville Peer Support Leader

Junior School 

Values Awards

Congratulations to this cycles Values Awards winners!​


Yr 7 - Zyris Heng Khoth

Yr 8 - Jesse Turley

Yr 9 - Kayleigh Cook



Yr 7 - Tyla McGregor

Yr 8 - Calvin Dmoss

Yr 9 - Andrei Popa-Smith



Yr 7 - Fareshta Karimi

Yr 8 - D'Angelo Te Heauheu-Schwalger

Yr 9 - Gilberto Yong Guterres

Year 7 Coastal Adventure Camp

If you have not returned your Expression of Interest form and $100 deposit, please do so ASAP.

If you have a health care card, please make sure you have applied for the CSEF as this funding can be put towards the camp fee.

The total cost of $250 is due by March 16th.

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Senior School

Yr 12 Study Skills Camp 2018

On Monday the 5th and Tuesday the 6th of February, the Year 12 Class of 2018 undertook a study skills camp at St Hilda’s College in the city. The aims of the camp were to develop positive working relationships between staff and students, for students to improve their study skills and to gain an experience into tertiary life.

After a bus ride into St Hilda’s College, students heard from a panel of past HPSC students Swetha Chalam (class of 2017), Samantha Lancaster (2004), Naomi Fei (2016) and Ali Sherzad (2016). Our former students had a range of experiences and stories to share and some valuable tips on how to navigate their final year of schooling.

After sessions focussed on supporting students to understand the demands of VCE and VCAL, students made their way by public transport to either William Angliss, RMIT or Victoria University. There they completed tours of the campuses and discovered what courses the tertiary institutions offered.

On Monday night, students opted into a variety of activities including rock climbing, circus skills, a movie and a tour of the Eureka Sky Deck and Melbourne Star Observation.

Day two started with breakfast and a walk around the picturesque Princess park and Icon Are. Students then completed a number of workshops to develop their writing, ability to cope with stress, improving memory and some ‘Mini Olympics’ team building challenges.

It was a jam packed 2 days and will help enable the Year 12 Cohort to be successful in what will be the greatest year of their life.


Values Awards

Congratulations to this cycles Values Awards winners!


Yr 10 - Benora Uy

Yr 11 - Carmel Kilisi

Yr 12 - Junior Anis



Yr 10 - Dellany Famillaran

Yr 11 - Faiae Taeesea Matafeo

Yr 12 - Samara Hart



Yr 10 - Anges Oti

Yr 11 - Celeste Creta

Yr 12 - Avneel Singh

Central Australia Camp Year 10/11

We are please to inform the school community that the Central Australia Camp is going ahead. We thank all parents and students who responded quickly with their responses and deposits.

If you were unable to attend the information night, please contact us.

There will be another student information meeting shortly - info to come.

Ms Gatsios and Ms Glenn

[email protected]

[email protected]au

To arrange a payment plan for your remaining camp costs, please contact the General Office. The full balance of $1989 needs to be paid by August.


VCE and Careers Expo 2018 @ Caulfield Racecourse

Thursday 3rd and Friday 4th May, 9am - 3pm

Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th May, 10am - 4pm

The VCE and Careers Expo is Australia's biggest careers and education event with 170 exhibitors providing VCE, tertiary course, career, study skills and gap year information and resources. Exhibitors include Australia major universities. The Expo also features 175 seminars on VCE subjects including English and Maths, tertiary course, career and study advice.

Admission is $10 each or $25 for families of 3 or more (U14 free) and is valid for all 4 days of the Expo. Admission includes all seminars.

For more details visit http://www.vceandcareers.com.au 


Looking for Careers help?

Ms Rackham and Ms Kruse are available to help you with your Careers questions. You can find them in the Careers Office in the CRC. 

Arts Domain

Instrumental Music

Hampton Park Secondary College offers an exciting and inspiring Instrumental Music Program, which includes a variety of musical instruments to learn, specializing in rock, pop and contemporary music. Learning to play an instrument is a fun activity, which enables students to be creative and ignite a passion for Music. It also requires dedication and exceptional team work and there are many opportunities for students to perform (when they are ready!).


We offer Instrumental Lessons on the following instruments;

- guitar/bass guitar

- keyboard/piano

- saxophone 

- flute

- trumpet

- trombone

- clarinet

- vocals

- drums

Where possible, all students should have their own instrument to practice on at home (brass, woodwind and keyboard instruments can be hired from the school and drummers only need sticks and a practice pad). Please contact us if you would like assistance with instrument purchase or hiring.


Before your child can begin their lessons they must return the permission slip to the office with payment for 2018.  The cost for the year is great value at $120. Payment can be made upfront in full or through a payment plan by using your credit card. Payments are also non-refundable. Lessons will be run in groups of approximately 4 students. Students will be advised of their lesson times early in the year and/or shortly after payment has been received. Please note that our program operates during school hours and students come out of regular classes, alternated each week, to attend instrumental lessons once a week.


Our Instrumental Program operates in the River Gum Performing Arts Centre. This building has created the opportunity for collaboration between teachers and the creation of a common vision for Music Education. We work together in this building sharing learning areas and music equipment. Our staff are highly qualified instrumental teachers each specializing in the tuition of their primary instrument.


School Production 2018 - 'Grease'

We are pleased to announce our school production for 2018 is ‘Grease’. Auditions are underway, and students are very excited to be part of this production. Whether it be singing, dancing, acting or playing in the band.

In Term 2, there will be some more roles advertised, which are vital to the smooth running of the production. Students can assist with backstage of moving sets, costumes, make up and fundraising.

We are also looking for some crafty parents to assist with sets and costumes. Stay tuned for more information, or contact the College to express your interest.


Health/PE Domain

HPSC Swimming Carnival

Tuesday March 13th

Noble Park Aquatic Centre

The Whole College Swimming Carnival will be held on Tuesday March 13 at the Noble Park Aquatic Centre. Permission forms have been distributed to the students and need to be returned to school by March 6th. This is a compulsory whole college event, and students must attend even if they are not participating.

Students will travel by bus to the sports, and will return to school for a 3.08pm finish.

Please come along dressed in your best house colours and support your team mates!


HPSC offers a range of sports for students to participate in during the year.

Sign up days will be closer to the event, and will be announced at school. For any questions regarding the Sports program, speak with Ms Bree Peart.

Term 1


26th - Senior Sport - Volleyball, Tennis, Baseball, Softball



8th - Year 7 Sport - Cricket, Volleyball, Tennis, Baseball, Softball

13th - College Swimming Carnival

16th - Year 8 Sport - Cricket, Volleyball, Tennis, Baseball, Softball

19th - Casey South Division Swimming

22nd - Intermediate Sport - Cricket, Volleyball, Tennis, Baseball, Softball

28th - SMR Swimming

Term 2


10th - College Cross Country

15th - AFL Girls, Netball Boys

21st - Senior Sport - Soccer, AFL Boys, Netball Girls, Badminton

28th - Intermediate Sport - Soccer, AFL Boys, Netball Girls, Badminton

31st - Division Cross Country



13th - Year 8 Sport - Soccer, AFL Boys, Netball Girls, Badminton

18th - SMR Cross Country

19th - Year 7 Sport - Soccer, AFL Boys, Netball Girls, Badminton

25th - Senior Sport - Basketball, Hockey, Table Tennis

Term 3


2nd - College Athletics Carnival

16th - Intermediate Sport - Basketball, Hockey, Table Tennis, Handball

22nd - Year 8 Sport - Basketball, Hockey, Table Tennis, Handball

27th - Year 7 Sport - Basketball, Hockey, Table Tennis, Handball



13th - Casey South Division Athletics


Technology Domain


On Monday the 12th of February, the Food Studies students travelled to the FareShare kitchen in Abbottsford to chop, prepare and cook meals for Melbournians doing it tough.

As part of the FareShare Schools in the Kitchen program, these students cooked over 1300 meals during their session in the kitchen, whilst they learnt valuable lessons about the reality of hunger in the community, as well as issues around food waste and rescue.

The time spent at FareShare was incredibly beneficial for the students and they found it to be a very rewarding day. They thoroughly enjoyed the experience and the feeling of helping the community, however they were very tired after all the hard work.

FareShare is an organization that produces meals for those who are in need using only donated food that would otherwise be turned into land fill. Every year each of us will waste over 200kg of food and FareShare is able to turn that would be waste into over 5000 meals a day.  


Maker Space

Photo Competition

March's theme is 'All Things Sweet'.

Find your sweet tooth and get snapping!

Photos must be submitted by email to [email protected].

At the end of the competition, you will receive your printed photo back.

First prize is a Large Drinks card worth $40 redeemable at HP Cafe.

All winners of the Photo Competition will be automatically invited to join one of the Canon Photography excursion during the year.

February's winner will be announced soon!


Maker Space Clubs

Barista Club is in full swing, full of keen and motivated students. Head into HP Cafe today to see them at work.

The Drone Club  and the 3D Printing Club will have a meeting soon. Keep an eye out on Compass for meeting times.

The Photography Club have a regular meeting each Monday at lunchtime. If you are interested in learning more about photography, come along and sign up!


If you attended the Canon Zoo Excursion last year, don't forget to see George to get your photos printed.

Student Health & Wellbeing

HPSC Breakfast Club

All students are invited to the Student Welfare and PSD area for breakfast on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 8am to 8.45am. Come along, make some new friends and fuel your body with the energy you need to get through a busy school day. Everyone is welcome!


Keeping Healthy in the Heat

With summer here, hot days are a plenty. To keep cool in the heat, remember these tips

- Carry a drink bottle of water with you to keep hydrated

- Avoid wearing hot clothing; leave the jumper at home!

- Be sun safe! Don't forget your hat and sunscreen when out in the sun

- Pack plenty of nutritional snacks to keep you full of energy at school.

- Freeze a water bottle to use as an iceblock in your lunch bag (It's a great way to pack extra cold water).

- When possible, stay in the shady and cooler areas during lunch time.

Sick Bay

Sickbay acts as a first-aid station only.

If your child is unwell in the morning, it is best they remain at home.

Should they become ill at school they will be attended to by a First Aid attendant. If it is considered necessary for the child to be sent home, parents/caregivers will be contacted. Parents/caregivers are asked to collect their children promptly. If parents/caregivers are not contactable the Emergency contact person will be called. Please make sure that your student contact details are up to date. These can be updated via Compass School Manager.

Students are NOT PERMITTED to RING/TEXT their parents/caregivers themselves OR leave the school without permission.


If your child requires regular medication to be administered during school hours, parents/caregivers need to send the medication to school, clearly labelled, and it must be accompanied by a completed Medication authority form.

Please be aware the school does not keep a supply of painkillers (Panadol or other medication) for student use.

School Crossing Safety

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Community News

Community Advertising


Casey 'Spectrum'

The City of Casey receives funding from the State Government to provide music and cultural events for young people aged 12-25 years, such as FReeZA Push Start Battle of the Sounds, Casey in Colour and Fired Up!

As a FReeZA provide, The City of Casey offers a number of live music events throughout the year which are fully supervised and drug, alcohol and smoke free. 

‘Spectrum Entertainment’ is Casey’s FReeZA committee consisting of young people aged 12-25 years old who are passionate about music and event management. The Spectrum committee organise events for other young people in Casey and as a result committee members are able to gain first hand experience in the music industry whilst assisting with planning, organization and delivery of Casey’s FReeZA events.

Applications to join the Spectrum Committee are now open!

All applications must be submitted before the 1 March 2018.


Hard Yards Art Competition

Children and young people from across Victoria will have the opportunity to express themselves through art and win $500 as part of a competition to create an original artwork for the Hard Yards: Children Who Challenge conference hosted by La Trobe University in Bendigo on August 16-17.


The competition is open to young people aged five to 18 years, and all entries must meet the following guidelines:


Categories: Junior: 5-13 years | Senior: 14-18 years

Size: A4 (210mm × 297mm)

Medium:  Artwork may be created in any medium, including digital, oil, acrylic, pencil, ink,    mixed medium or photography

Originality: All artworks must be your own work and not copied from another source

Description: What’s your artwork about? Describe your inspiration in 100 words or less


The winner of each category will receive a $500 first prize. Two highly-commended artists in each age group will also be acknowledged for their hard work.

The competition poster and entry form is attached and is available in a print version and editable web form.


Completed entries must be sent and received as a hard copy and/or USB to Dr Mary Keeffe, School of Education, La Trobe University, PO Box 199, Bendigo, Victoria, 3552 before 5pm, 18 March 2018.


HPSC Newshamper
2018 Asbestos audit and labelling FAQs.pdf
Application form 2018.asd.pdf
LTU Hard Yards Art Comp Poster PRESS.pdf
Canteen Menu.pdf