Melton Mail

05 June 2017
Issue Eleven
Dates To Remember
Principal's Report
Assistant Principals' Report
Sub Schools
Child Safe
 Information 
Year 12 Legal Studies
EAL 
Arts Specialism
Science Specialism
Sport Specialism
Careers/Pathways
Sport
Community
Melton Secondary College
03 9743 3322
Coburns Road
Melton, Victoria, 3337
AU

Dates To Remember

June

Monday 5 June

Year 7-12 Debating Ass. Vic.

Student Early Finish - 1.39 pm

Tuesday 6 June

Year 10 Drama - Melb. Theatre Co.

Thursday 8 June

Year 9 Maths/English Exam

Community Forum - 6.30 pm to 8 .00 pm

Friday 9 June

Year 11 Maths/English exam

Monday 12 June

Queens Birthday - Public Holiday

Wednesday 14 June

GAT

Year 9 & 10 Ecolinc - Women in STEM

Thursday 15 to Monday 19 June

Year 11 Exams

Monday 19 June

Year 10 Exams - Maths / English

Year 11 & 12 VCAL Ex. - Fed. Uni TAFE visit

Tuesday 20 June

Yr 8 - 10 EAL Girls - ABCN 2017 InterAct Program

School Council

Tuesday 20 to Thursday 22 June

Year 10 Exams

Friday 23 June

Year 10 to Year 11 Subject Supermarket

Thursday 29 June

Semester Reports published

VCE ODE - You Yangs Regional Park Abseiling

Friday 30 June

Term 2 ends - 3.10 pm  dismissal

Principal's Report

David Reynolds - Principal

Success is based on Planning, Practice and Persistence

A key focus for students over the coming three weeks will be preparation for the end of semester exams and assessments. Students who have kept up a steady level of work through the semester will be reviewing their workbooks and the feedback they have received from their teachers, practicing exams and finalizing assessment pieces to meet due dates. If students have fallen behind due to absence or incomplete work, they will be making sure that they are doing their best to fill in the gaps. It is never too late to achieve a strong result. Students should also remember that assistance is available from teachers during the school day and the after school Home Work Club which operates on Wednesdays and Thursdays.

At Melton Secondary College we place the highest value on student work that shows improvement and progress. This is what every student should be aiming to achieve by setting a clear goal that stretches their level of success. With planning, practice and persistence they will achieve their goals and see this reflected in their semester reports.

 

Child Safe-Protect

Protect is the Department of Education and Training (DET) program to implement Child Safe Standards across all government schools in Victoria. Earlier this term, Melton Secondary College a team from the regional office of DET audited our Protect practices and policies and found them to be well advanced. Their feedback was that "not only are Child Safe Standards embedded in all aspects of service delivery, but that [the school is] delivering a multitude of programs and services that are truly inclusive of the diverse range  of cohort groups within [the] school."

This is a testimony to the value that our school community places on the safety of young people and the excellent work being done by  staff to provide a safe and supportive learning environment. Further information about Protect is provided later in this edition of the Melton Mail.

Community Forum

This Thursday 8 June, parents and carers are invited to come up to the school and join me in a discussion about how we are progressing as a school. There will be an opportunity to discuss issues that were raised in the recent SBS documentary Testing Teachers including the work that the college is doing to give all students regardless of their background the best chance of achieving outstanding results and go on to further education and employment.

Please join me at the college from 5.30 - 6.30 pm. Light refreshments will be provided. 

Assistant Principals' Report

 

 

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CHILD SAFE

Melton Secondary College is committed to the safety and wellbeing of all children and young people. This is the primary focus of our care and decision-making. Melton Secondary College is committed to providing a child safe environment where children and young people are safe and feel safe, and their voices are heard about decisions that affect their lives.

All staff, contractors, volunteers and any other member of the school community involved in child-related work are required to comply with the Child Safe Code of Conduct by observing expectations for appropriate behaviour towards and in the company of children.

This Child Safe Code of Conduct outlines a range of acceptable behaviours such as:

  • treating students and families in the school community with respect both within the school environment and outside the school environment as part of normal social and community activities.
  • listening and responding to the views and concerns of students, particularly if they are telling you that they or another child has been abused or that they are worried about their safety/the safety of another child.
  • understanding and complying with all reporting or disclosure obligations (including mandatory reporting) as they relate to protecting children from harm or abuse.
  • if child abuse is suspected, ensuring as quickly as possible that the student(s) are safe and protected from harm.

Everyone has the right to be safe and be protected from abuse. No one should behave in a way that makes them feel unsafe or afraid, including anyone in your family, anyone at school or anywhere else in the community. Our students are being asked to tell a teacher or any adult at school if they feel unsafe.

It’s everyone’s responsibility. Adults at school must listen and respond to concerns about child abuse. If there is suspected abuse of any child or young person, there is a responsibility to report it, even if we are unsure. Further information & resources www.education.vic.gov.au/protect

 

PROTECTING CHILDREN FROM ABUSE: FOR PARENTS AND CARERS FACTS SHEET HAS BEEN INCLUDED IN THIS ISSUE OF MELTON MAIL

 

Jenny Buckle

Assistant Principal

Edrolo
 

Year 11 & 12 VCE

This year the school has purchased an on-line program called Edrolo to assist our VCE students. Edrolo contains hundreds of short video-recorded lessons so that students can re-hear content, slow down the pace of delivery, or pause while they take notes. All the content is written explicitly for the VCE. The program also contains quizzes for each subject and practice exams.

Many of our teachers have integrated Edrolo into their Homework expectations. As a parent/guardian, you can assist your child by regularly asking to see which videos they have watched and what scores they have achieved on the assessments.

If you have any questions about how to check your child’s progress on Edrolo, please get in contact with the Senior Sub-school.

 

Year 11 VCAL

Structured work placement is an integral part of a VCAL program. At the moment our Year 11 Foundation and Intermediate students are undertaking a two week Work Experience Placement. As a parent, you can assist them benefit from this experience by talking about what they did each day and how to overcome any obstacles they faced.

Students will gain most from this experience if they are genuinely exploring career interests. However, even if your son/daughter is working in an area that they do not intend to pursue as a career, they can learn a lot about the world of work.

 

Andrèe Poulter

Assistant Principal

 

Sub Schools

Middle Sub School

It is the time of the year when students in the Middle School should be beginning to prepare themselves for their upcoming exams.  We encourage the students to fully apply themselves towards their studies and ensure that they are meeting all requirements, in particular with regards to homework and revision.  It is important that your child has:

  • A designated area in which to study away from distractions such as television and computer games etc.
  • A designated study time each night- it is of vital importance to establish a routine.
  • The foresight to manage time effectively. To work around sporting and other commitments throughout the week.
  • The ability to record tasks for completion in the Student Planner. This takes the guesswork out of what needs to be completed on a nightly basis.

If you have any queries or concerns regarding homework, assignment work or revision techniques, please contact your child’s subject teacher or the Sub School.

 

Year 9 Camp

Forty six students and five teachers had a fantastic time on camp participating in the many activities including a night walk, a beach walk, rope climbing, giant swing and the flying fox.  The rain stayed away and the sun was shining and everyone had a fantastic time.

 

Senior Sub School

High Achiever Profile - Tyson Loft

Achievements:  2015 Yr10 All Rounder, 2016 Ray Meadows Encouragement Award, 2017 High SAC scores in Physics, Chemistry, Further Maths

Best subjects: Maths & Science

2017 Goal: ATAR 85+, 40 Study Score in Chemistry

2018 Goal: Bachelor of Science to major in Physics and become an  Astro Physicist

Student’s Advice:  Manage your time and find a balance between hobbies, keeping healthy and studying. Use your time at school wisely.

VCE Exams

Year 11 Unit 1 Exams run from Friday 9th June to 16th June. Students do not attend school other than to sit exams between these dates. A timetable will be available soon.

Year 12 Unit 3 Exams run in class time through the final weeks of term 2.

Year 12 Unit 3&4 Practice Exams run in the 2nd week of Sept holidays.

All VCE students doing at least one Unit 3&4 study are required to sit the GAT on Wednesday 14th June 10am to 1.15pm. No VCE classes will run on this day.

 

An important measure of whether a student is ready to pursue a subject at Year 12 standard or to sit their final Year 12 Exams is their performance on the End of Semester Exams. Some important elements of our Assessment Policy that you need to be aware of:

  • Students must pass Year 11 exams before being enrolled into Unit 3 & 4 (Year 12) of any subject
  • Year 12 students must pass Unit 3 Exams as well as Sept holiday practice exams before attempting final VCE Exams
  • If students do not pass on the first attempt, they will be required to attend extra Revision Classes after school
  • If students do not pass on the first attempt, they must re-sit

Year 12 Excursion - Federation University

On April 26th, Year 12 students spent the day at Federation University in Ballarat. Students were given information regarding courses and pathways available to them after Year 12.

Students were taken on tours of the student accommodation and the Sport and P.E faculty on campus, as well as the faculties of Nursing and Exercise Science. Students were given a lot of information and experiences in order to help them set goals and make informed decisions about pursuing further education.

Michelle Clark

Year 12 Team Leader

Key VTAC dates for 2017/2018 Applications

Applications open:

9am, Monday 7 August 2017
Timely applications close:

5pm, Thursday 28 September 2017
SEAS (Special Entry Access Scheme) closing date:

5pm, Tuesday 10 October 2017
Scholarships closing date:

5pm, Friday 13 October 2017
Release of ATAR and VCE results:

7am, Friday 15 December 2017
Change of preference closing date (Round 1):

12pm, Wednesday 20 December 2017
Release of Round 1 offers:

Wednesday 17 January 2018

Child Safe

GET THE FACTS

As adults we all play a critical role to protect children from harm. 

As a parent or carer you have the primary responsibility for protecting and caring for your own children and supporting them to build relationships that are safe and respectful.

You also play a critical role in identifying and responding to suspected abuse within the community. In fact it may amount to a criminal offence if you fail to report suspected sexual child abuse.

 

REPORTING ABUSE

What should I do if I suspect that my child has been abused?

If you believe that your child has been abused, or is at risk of being abused contact Victoria Police immediately via the local police station or on 000 if it’s an emergency.

 

WHAT SHOULD I DO IF SUSPECT THAT ANOTHER CHILD HAS BEEN ABUSED?

If you suspect that a child has been abused, or is at risk of abuse (such as physical abuse, family violence or neglect) you should report immediately to the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Child Protection (see contact detail at the end of this fact sheet)

  • If you suspect that a child has been sexually abused, you must also report your concerns to the Victoria Police. You may be committing a criminal offence if you fail to do so.
  • You should report even if you’re not sure. It is the role of authorities to investigate your concerns and determine if any further action needs to be taken.
  • Parent and carers are also often in a position to protect the friends of their children. This is because children are most likely to disclose their experiences of abuse to their peers, who in turn may share this with their own parents and carers. 
  • If your child talks to you about their friend, and you suspect that the child is being abused or is at risk of being abused, you should act. You may be the only adult in a position to act and your response may be critical in protecting that child’s safety.

 

WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I SUSPECT THAT A CHILD IS BEING ABUSED AND AUTHORITIES HAVE PREVIOUSLY INVESTIGATED AND DISMISSED MY REPORT?

If you have new grounds for believing that a child is being abused, you should make another report to DHHS Child Protection or Victoria Police. Every report is critical to protecting a child as it builds evidence and helps authorities to gain a clearer understanding of risks to the child.

 

WHAT HAPPENS TO MY CHILD IF SOMEONE AT THE SCHOOL SUSPECTS THAT MY CHILD HAS BEEN ABUSED?

All staff members at your child’s school are required to report suspected child abuse to DHHS Child Protection and, in some circumstances, to Victoria Police.

 

Your child’s school will contact you as soon as possible, unless they have been advised not to do so by DHHS Child Protection and/or Victoria Police.

 

Where appropriate the school will work with you to ensure that your child is provided with support, which may include referring them to wellbeing professionals.

 

WHEN IS IT A CRIMINAL OFFENCE TO NOT REPORT SUSPECT ABUSE?

Any adult may face criminal charges if they believe that another adult has committed a sexual offence against a child under 16 years of age and does not report this information to the police.

 

FACTS ON CHILD ABUSE

WHAT IS CHILD ABUSE? 

Child abuse:

  • can include physical abuse, sexual abuse, grooming, emotional or physiological harm, neglect or family violence
  • does not have to involve physical contact or force (eg, child sexual abuse can include talking to a child in a sexually explicit way)
  • can be committed by any member of the community, including someone within a child’s family or someone within the school setting.

 

The trauma associated with child abuse can significantly impact upon the wellbeing and development of a child. This is why it is critical that we all respond immediately to any form of suspected abuse.

 

WHAT ARE THE SIGNS THAT A CHILD HAS BEEN ABUSED?

There are a range of physical and behavioural indicators of child abuse. 

Most importantly you should act if you notice anything that causes you to form a reasonable belief that a child has been, or is at risk of being abused, including (but not limited to):

  • a change in a child’s behaviour (e.g. withdrawal, regressive behaviour, or non-age appropriate sexual behaviours)
  • physical indicators of abuse (e.g. unexplained bruises, welts, signs of malnutrition)
  • an inappropriate relationship between an adult and a child (e.g. inappropriate physical contact, unexplained gifts or phone/email contact).

THE SCHOOL’S ROLE

HOW MUST SCHOOLS RESPOND TO SUSPECTED CHILD ABUSE?

All staff in Victorian schools are obligated to respond to any incident or suspicion of child abuse as outlined below: 

 

       1.  Respond to the emergency

              Address any immediate health and safety needs (eg. administer    

              first aid or contact emergency services).

 

       2.  Inform authorities

              Report any reasonable belief that a child has been, or is at risk of

              being abused to the DHHS Child Protection or Victoria Police.

 

       3.  Contact parents/carers when appropriate

              Contact parents/carers once authorities advise that it is safe and

              appropriate to do so.

 

             Ideally parents/carers will play a central role in providing support

             for their children, however schools will be instructed not to      

             contact parents/carers in circumstances where this may impede

             an investigation or place the child at greater risk.

 

       4.  Provide ongoing support for all children impacted by the

             abuse

             Provide appropriate support for all children impacted by abuse.

             This will likely include ongoing counselling from professionals.

             The child’s ongoing support will be documented in a Student

             Support Plan.

 

These actions are outlined in further detail in Identifying and Responding to All Forms of Abuse in Victorian Schools.

 

ARE THE STAFF AT MY CHILD'S SCHOOL REQUIRED TO REPORT CHILD ABUSE?

Yes – all staff at your child’s school are required by law to report any reasonable belief that a child has been abused, or is at risk of abuse.

 

In some circumstances, it may be a criminal offence for school staff to fail to report child abuse to the authorities.

 

PROTECTING MY CHILD

WHAT CAN I DO TO HELP EDUCATE AND PROTECT MY CHILD FROM ABUSE?

Have a chat to your child and make sure that he or she knows that no one is allowed to threaten, hurt or touch them in a way that makes them feel uncomfortable.

 

Every relationship should be respectful and no one should behave in a way that makes them feel unsafe or afraid.

 

Your child’s school will also be supporting your child in learning about their rights to be safe and respected. Victorian government schools are teaching the Respectful Relationships program which promotes positive attitudes and behaviours and is aimed at preventing family violence. 

 

WHAT SHOULD I TALK ABOUT WHEN I EXPLAIN SAFETY TO MY CHILD?

There are some things you can do at home to build your child’s understanding of safe and respectful relationships including:

  • talking openly with your child about their feelings and relationships
  • being sure that they understand you will listen and act if they are concerns about how anyone is treating them
  • using the correct names for body parts and having age-appropriate  conversations about touching and sexual activity
  • letting your child know that adults should never harm or act in a sexual way with any child.

KEEPING CHILDREN SAFE OUTSIDE OF THE HOME OR SCHOOL 

You play a critical role in ensuring that your children are spending time in safe places.

In Victoria all people who are working with your children such as coaches and music teachers need to have a current Working With Children Check.

You may like to check that any staff and volunteers spending time with your child after school hours and on weekend have a valid Working With Children Check. 

If you think that you may need some help to keep your children safe from harm and support their healthy development, it is important you find some help. Visit the Victorian Government’s Better Health Channel for information on seeking support: https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/health/healthyliving/parenting-support-to-help-prevent-abuse

 

24 Hour Services

Victoria Police                                                                                             000

Department of Health and Human Services                                  131 278

Child Protection                  

GET THE FACTS 

This fact sheet has been designed to give you the facts about child abuse.  It includes advice on what to do if you have been abused, are being abused, or at risk of being abused. This fact sheet also provides you with advice if you know someone who has been abused, or is at risk of being abused.

 

WHAT ARE YOUR RIGHTS? 

  • Everyone has the right to feel safe and be protected from abuse.
  • No one is allowed to threaten you, hurt you, or touch you in a way that makes you feel uncomfortable, unsafe or afraid.
  • This includes all adults, other teenagers and children – it includes everyone from family members, coaches, teachers, to friends and strangers.
  • Every relationship should be respectful.
  • No one should ever involve you in sexual activity without your consent, and no one should behave in a way that makes you feel unsafe or afraid.
  • You don’t have to deal with abuse on your own. Talk to a trusted adult.  Teachers and other adults at your school can support you to get help.

WHAT IS CHILD ABUSE?  

  • Child abuse includes physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional or psychological harm, neglect, and family violence.
  • Child abuse can also include grooming. This is behaviour where an adult tries to establish a relationship or other emotional connection with a child, to prepare them for a sexual relationship. 
  • Child abuse does not have to involve physical contact or force. It can include:
    • controlling a child through threats
    • exposing a child to sexual material and sexual acts
    • exposing a child to family violence
  • Child abuse can be led by any member of a community or a family member. Abuse can impact anyone and it is never the victim’s fault.

For more information on sexual abuse and sexual assault visit Youth Central:   http://www.youthcentral.vic.gov.au/know-your-rights/sexual-assault .

 

WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I HAVE BEEN ABUSED OR FELL UNSAFE? 

  • You should talk to an adult you trust.
  • If you have been abused, or feel unsafe or threatened in any way you don’t have to deal with this on your own. 
  • Abuse is never your fault and you should tell a trusted adult so you can get the help and support you need to feel safe and protected. Talking to someone won’t get you in trouble.
  • You can tell a teacher or any adult at your school.  They will be able to help you.

WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I THINK SOMEONE I KNOW HAS BEEN ABUSED OR IS UNSAFE?

  • You should talk to an adult you trust.  Any staff member at your school will be able to help.
  • You can also help your friend by encouraging them to tell a trusted adult.

WHAT IF MY FRIEND DOESN'T WANT TO TELL AN ADULT? 

  • You should still tell an adult you trust on your friend’s behalf. 
  • Even if your friend has specifically asked you not to tell an adult, you still should. It is more important to make sure that your friend is helped and feels protected.

WHAT WILL HAPPEN IF I TELL AN ADULT AT THE SCHOOL THAT I FEEL UNSAFE, OR THAT I KNOW SOMEONE WHO IS UNSAFE? 

  • You will be helped.
  • Teachers and other adults at your school must listen to your concerns and help you.
  • The information will not be shared with the person who is making you feeling unsafe.
  • Information will only be shared with people who can support and protect you.
  • In some cases the people helping you are required by law to tell the police, the Department of Health and Human Services’ Child Protection services and/or your family to prevent any further abuse, or risk of abuse.

WHAT IF I DON'T FEEL LIKE I CAN TALK TO ANYONE AT MY SCHOOL? 

  • You should still find a trusted adult to talk to.
  • Abuse or feeling uncomfortable is too big to deal with on your own. 

THERE ARE MANY PEOPLE WHO CAN SUPPORT YOU TO FEEL SAFE AND PROTECTED. YOU CAN:

  • visit eHeadspace (which provides an online and a 9am-1am telephone support service) www.eheadspace.org.au  or 1800 650 850
  • call KidsHelp Line on 1800 55 1800 or visit for 24 hour support
  • call or visit your local police station or call 000.
  • Talk to your doctor, psychologist, social worker, welfare officer, or another trusted adult.

 Information 

General Office 

Office hours:  8:15am - 4:30pm

 

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

Uniform Shop

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

INSURANCE

STUDENT ACCIDENT INSURANCE, AMBULANCE COVER AND PRIVATE PROPERTY BROUGHT TO SCHOOL

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.

CAMPS, SPORTS AND EXCURSION FUND (CSEF) 

Financial assistance towards the cost of camps, sports, excursion expenses and the purchase of sport uniform may be available through the Camps, Sports & Excursion Fund provided by the Victorian Government.

 

To be eligible you must hold a means-tested concession card or be a temporary foster parent.  Attached is an application form to complete and return to the Administration Office by 23 June.

If you wish to pay for a camp, sport or an excursion through CSEF please ensure you tick the CSEF checkbox on the permission form.  

Year 12 Legal Studies

Year 12 Legal Studies Law Talk @ Federartion Square (Deakin Edge)

The Year 12 Legal Studies actively participated in the Law Week Tuesday 16th May, by attending the Law Talks at Federation Square.

Law Week Talks is a free one-day program that brings the law to life for Year 12 VCE Legal Studies students and our students were most grateful to be offered a place in the 100+ audience.

Our day started early as we met at Melton Station well before 8:00am to ensure we were present for the very first Law Talk at 9am. Luckily we were punctual, as the first presenter, Rob Hulls (former state Attorney General), captivated his audience as he spoke about his passion to make a positive difference: from high school student to Attorney-General and founder of the Centre for Innovative Justice at RMIT. It soon became apparent in the Q & A, that his message on alternative ways to improve the justice system, locally, nationally and internationally with a focus on Restorative Justice, was a topic of interest for the Year 12 students in the room.

The second Talk was by former Victorian Supreme Court Judge and present Chairperson of the Victorian Law Reform Commission, Philip Cummins AM. The audience was again enthralled by the anecdotal discussion of the criminal trial and sentencing. The seriousness of the topic, particularly on the victim(s) of crime became quite complex as we heard Philip Cummins’ personal views on how the rights of the victim and their family are not as protected as the rights of accused in a criminal trial. ‘The balance is just not quite right’, he stressed and challenged all present to reflect on this. While it is very important to have the rights of accused protected our students were indeed left thinking about the ways our legal system could be better.

The mood soon shifted and lifted when our next presenter, Deborah Glass, Victorian Ombudsman, spoke confidently and most entertainingly about her journey as a Lawyer in Australia, America, and the UK as a woman in a very much ‘man’s world’. She had the audience smiling when she showed a slide celebrating her current role and success as the fifth Ombudsman in Victoria who is the first to ‘do it in heels’. Of course she meant she is the first female Victorian Ombudsman. The Q & A time at this point shifted to sexism in the workplace and what advice or strategies she could offer to the women in the room. Our female students were captivated and a real sense of empowerment could be seen in their faces.

Genevieve Nihill AM, Deputy President of VCAT, was up next and she provided the audience with a concise outline of the role and operation of the super-tribunal-VCAT. The role of VCAT is significant to Unit 4 Legal Studies, so the students busily took down some very valuable notes. At the conclusion of the Talk, one of our students, Tanaya, approached Genevieve and successfully managed to organise Work Experience in the Human Rights Division of VCAT during the term break.

The last presentation was a Study tips Lecture, and what to expect from the Legal Studies exam. It was presented by David Thomson, Teacher-in-Residence at the Victoria Law Foundation. The students were given a booklet which they annotated during the Talk – Very Impressive!

The students were treated to a free morning tea and lunch hosted by the Law Foundation and their respectful behavior and gratitude was evident. Many left wearing the Law Week badges and ‘Show bag’ full of goodies.

As the Year 12 Legal Studies teacher, I felt most proud and excited for the Year 12 students who represented MSC on the day and know that in some way big or small were inspired by the Law Talks and the legal system.

A special mention to Ms Maria Hassan who accompanied us on the day. Maria’s presence was much appreciated by the students and me.

Well-Done Year 12 Legal Students and THANK YOU for your participation on the day, and on your first, but hopefully not the last, Law Week Activity!

 

Ms Fran Cometti

EAL 

Australian Business Community Network 2017 Interact Program
 

It is exciting to report that eighteen Melton Secondary College students have been selected to work in a business-mentoring project with Stockland Property Group. The students hosted the launch of the project by partnering with business professionals conducting school tours and participating in group activities and getting to know their mentors. These students represented Melton Secondary College proudly actively engaging in activities and opening themselves up to the challenges of interacting with professionals. Students will be attending the Head Office of Stockland Property Group over five days in the coming months; working on realising aspirations and increasing their awareness of personal, educational and vocational opportunities available to them in the future. Congratulations to the following students for demonstrating the STARR values of Melton Secondary College.

 

Husnia Ghukan Abbas                   Paula N

Latu Halake                                        Andro Rateb

Nyandit Kuol                                      Xie Wiebin                  

Akual Akok                                         Deng Kuol

Arok Madit Biar                                Kristina Rodriguez

Martina Fouad                                  Elizabeth Gai

Ayen Mayar                                        Perpetua Wickucha

Pawanvir Manan                             Paskazia Muhindo

Karanvir Manan                              Rebecca Duop

 

Arts Specialism

Semester One 2017

The Arts are for all our students at Melton Secondary College, and creativity is an academic as well as co-curricular pursuit. Music, Drama, Photography, Media and Visual Arts provide our students with the opportunity to speak in their own unique voice. Students can develop their own rhythms and beats, create their own images and objects as well as find interesting and new ways to express themselves. We also value the opportunity the Arts provide for a rounded approach to life-long learning. Our aim is to enhance student interest, passion and understanding of cultural activity and what it provides in better understanding who we are. Engaging and innovative programmes in the Music, Drama, Photography, Media and Visual Arts put student learning, wellbeing and positive education into action with a focus on creativity.

In Semester One, the Arts Specialism at the College has had multiple excursions where students have participated in unique painting and photography workshops as well as observed and interacted with artworks at galleries including the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, the National Gallery of Victoria and the Australian Centre for Moving Image.

Over the coming weeks we will be publishing in the Melton Mail images of students work and our upcoming events, so please watch this space!

 

Arts Specialism Team

Year 10 Photography Excursion and Workshop at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art
 

Zoe creating a tableaux at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art workshop.

 

Maryanne and Marcus interacting through performance with artist Clare Lambe’s installation at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art.

Melton’s Got Talent 2017

This term the Music and Performing Arts hosted Melton’s Got Talent, where students could perform in front of students and teachers displaying their skills. The performances included a singing duet, magician, as well as several bands that jammed and rocked out  M Wing. Events such as this provide students at all year levels  with the opportunity to challenge themselves and develop and improve essential skills in performance and music.

Melton’s Got Talent Winners 2017

  1. Year 11 Girl Group - Sariaan Afuie, Malia Lole and Esther Ledua performed an original song
  2. Singing Duet - Tahlia and Kayley Crees who sang and rapped ‘Priceline’
  3. Magician - Benjamin Akok with extraordinary magic and numbers
  4. Rock Band - ‘Tidas Wave’: Tyler Theo, Kody Mills, Ethan Ng and Micah Young performed ‘Purple Haze’ by Jimi Hendrix

Malia, Esther and Sariaan with their winning performance.

 

Year 12 Studio Arts Excursion

This term Melton Secondary College’s Year 11 & 12 Studio Arts classes had the special opportunity see the inner workings of StArt Up:Top Arts exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria. Students were blown away by the impressive display of works in a variety of art forms including film, printmaking, drawing, sculpture and more created by high achieving 2016 Studio Arts students. After leaving the exhibition the Year 11 & 12’s listened to a  lecture and private viewing of the exhibiting artists’ folios, giving them an insight into the themes, working methods, materials, techniques and sources of inspiration used to develop the artworks on display.

This was an invaluable experience especially for Year 12 students who gained inspiration from the outstanding folios, they are now pushing themselves to build on the quality and quantity of their work to produce a cohesive folio of finished artworks later this year.

Year 11 & 12 Studio Arts and Ms Panagenas

Science Specialism

MSC Science News

This term in science, our students have been getting involved with the science of the future and the science of the past!

 

Students have been constructing robots that interact with the world without direct control by their makers – Robots which can move independently, avoid obstacles and follow programmed pathways. This is part of the future, and Melton’s students are part of this exciting development. Students have started with MindStorms© Lego, but this is only the first step!

 

 

Looking into the machines of the future like robots is one part of science, but science is part of history too. The original engineers were craftsmen who could build ingenious (this is where the word engineer comes from!) machinery, such as catapults and trebuchets. The most famous historical engineer is probably Leonardo Da Vinci, and some of our students are following in his footsteps. Mr Andrew Green, says that some of our students are “Developing their understanding of mechanical systems by designing and constructing their own catapults”.

ACE Science

Melton’s ACE students have participated in FULL STEAM AHEAD an online conference hosted by the Museum of Applied Arts & Science. Students had an opportunity to speak with a Particle Physicist, a Computer Scientist and a Game Designer.  Sam in 7A said:

“It was interesting listening to them talk about their jobs, especially the particle physicist. He studies all the physics about the different particles that build our world. Is was great to learn new things about Science and see the new technology.”  

 

The ACE science program is growing fast, and challenging our apprentice scientists.

Ms. Laura Bramble says: “7A, 8A and 9A have been focusing on refining their Scientific inquiry skills over the past 2 terms. They been both designing and evaluating a variety of experiments within their science classes. They have been tackling a range of complex scientific concepts, while building their capacity to communicate these concepts scientifically.”

Sport Specialism

Athlete Development Program 

 

The Athlete Development Program (ADP) continues to deliver quality education and development programs to student athletes at the college.  This was clearly evident in the results at our recent House Athletics Carnival - of the Individual Age Group Champions (Athletics), 75% were members of the ADP. We also observed some very impressive efforts by Trinity Skenderis, Promise Manubah and Manar Mahfouz who all broke records on the day. The House Athletics carnival also provides us with an opportunity to identify new talent in athletics and potentially invite new athletes into the program. The staff were impressed with the achievements and efforts of a number of students with some efforts shining. We are therefore pleased to announce the addition of Eva Lavanda, Jessica Rastrick, Derek Iva and Alain Nzitunga to the ADP. Congratulations!

These students have earned their position through demonstrating a positive attitude, their high level of sporting accomplishments and contribution to the college sports program.

We must also acknowledge the individual achievements of the following students:

 

Ebony Carter

  • Netball Victoria Zone Academy Program
  • Runner up – Western Region Tennis

Abby Froy

  • Runner up – Western Region Tennis

Maddy Lister

  • College Sport Co-Captain
  • Named captain and Best and Fairest for Western Jets in the inaugural TAC Cup season.
  • Currently playing in VFLW

Shanae Besanko

  • Western Region Swimming (Relay)

Manar Mahfouz

  • Western Region Swimming (Relay)
  • 2017 Australian Swimming Championships
  • One record at the 2017 House Athletics – 800m

Amy Cargill

  • Awarded the School Sport Victoria (SSV) Blue Award

 

 

 

Trinity Skenderis

  • PBs at the Jetstar Little Athletics State Track & Field Championships
  • Four records at the 2017 House Athletics (10 records in 2 years) – TJ, LJ, 100m, 200m

Jess Rastrick

  • 2017 NRL Victoria U16's Girls Squad

Akosita Siola’a

  • 2017 NRL Victoria U16's Girls Squad

** 75% House Athletics age group Champions were members of the Athlete Development Program (ADP)

 

We are currently undergoing our annual review of the Athlete Development Program. This process provides us with insights into what areas have been successful and what areas require further work including delivery of programs, athlete participation and growth, and the utilisation of available resources. This is vital to ensure we continue to provide quality education, support our students to achieve success and provide opportunities for further growth and development. 

 

Links

To keep updated with information, events, results and student achievements visit our Facebook page (Melton Secondary College - Sport/Sport Specialism) or scan the QR code below.

 

Careers/Pathways

2016 Ex Students

August Ma’ae, Andrew Telea and Lilo Vito have recently finished their Certificate III in Civil Construction and Plant Operations and are looking forward to starting work in the Construction industry.

After completing Year 12 VCAL the boys attended Proven Training Solution in Rockbank as they were keen on a career in construction and have excelled throughout the course. 
All three boys stated that they would recommend this course to other high school students looking to get straight into work. Proven Training Solutions assist students with gaining employment on completion of the qualifications.

 

UMAT

Undergraduate Medicine and Health Sciences Admissions Test (UMAT) for Year 12 students wanting to study medicine or dentistry will be held on the 26th July 2017. Registration for this test is via the ACER website:

https://umat.acer.edu.au/register

Registrations close on 2 June, 2017.

Students in Years 10, 11 and 12 interested in medicine or dentistry will need to sit the compulsory UMAT (examination) when applying for one of the above career choices. The National Institute of Education (NIE) will be conducting a full day UMAT preparation workshop during the next school holidays period on 6th April 2017. Places are strictly limited. All details are available via www.nie.edu.au

 

Simulated UMAT Day 2017 - Intensive Preparation Workshop

While the Simulated UMAT Day is extremely beneficial for Year 12 students, who will be attempting the real UMAT on 26th July 2017, this workshop is also highly recommended to anyone in years 10 - 11 and aiming for a head start in UMAT preparation.

Melton Careers Expo

On Tuesday, 23 May Year 10 students and Year 12 VCAL students attended the annual Melton Career Expo. The event is organised and sponsored by Melton City Council & this year the Careers Expo was held at Tabcorp Park.

 

The Year 12 VCAL students participated in the Tertiary Information Session conducted by Victoria University. The presentation allowed the students to gain insight into the benefits of future study to improve employment prospects. Students were also introduced to the VTAC system, which is the on line procedure to apply for TAFE & Further Education.

Both Year 10 and Year 12 students were able to meet industry and tertiary representatives to access information for career planning. We hope that attendance at the Careers Expo is a catalyst for career conversations, both at home and at school. Students in Years 9 - 12 are encouraged to make appointments with the Careers Counsellors to discuss individual pathway plans.

 

A reminder that Course Counselling for Year 9 & 10 students will take place in Term 3 (Dates to be advised).

Year 11 Structured Workplace learning

During the past 2 weeks Year 11 VCAL teachers have been completing employment site visits to see students on Structured Workplace Learning. Feedback from employers indicate the students have worked well to develop their industry knowledge and skills.

 

Melton Secondary College would like to thank many of the local employers for their support to host students during the work experience program.

AIE Open Day 2017

During the day AIE’s teachers will be running sessions on each of our course areas and there will be exciting hands-on demonstrations as well. We will be having some Alumni and industry speakers who will be sharing their stories from their time in the industry, hoping to inspire the next generation of film artists and game developers. 

www.aie.edu.au

June & July Career Events 2017
 

 

Sport

Rugby

It has been announced that we have four girls in the Victorian NRL u/16 Girls Rugby team. The girls are- Akosita Siola’a, Arleah Hunt, Jessica Rastrick, Lea Galu.

 

Paul Faoagali has been selected in the 2017 Melbourne Rebels U18 Schoolboys Squad. Fantastic effort.

 

 

Athletics 

House Results 

1.   YANGARDOOK        1220pts

2.   Pywheitjorrk           1106pts

3.   Djerriwarrh              1010pts

4.   Kororoit                       918pts     

House Athletics New Records

Trinity Skenderis - 4 records 14yrs - triple jump 10.37m, long 4.35m, 100 13.22sec, 200m 28.24 (10 records in 2 years).

Promise Manubah - 2 records 13yrs -  200m 26.10, long jump 5.02 (5 records in 2 years)

ManarMahfouz – 15yrs – 800m 2:43.91

Mohamed Mansaray -20yrs – 200m 22.89

 

** Kororoit 15yrs Girls 4 x 100m relay 59.32

 

 

Team Sports

Soccer 

Intermediate Boys

Melton def Sunbury 1-0

Melton def Staughton 3-0

Melton def Sunbury Downs 1-0 to qualify for the Western Region Finals

Intermediate Girls

Melton def Kurunjang 3-0

Melton def Gisborne 2-0 to qualify for the Western Region Finals

Junior Boys

Melton def Kurunjang 10-0

Final – Melton def Sunbury Downs 4-0 to qualify for the Western Region Finals

 

Football

Senior Boys

Melton 10-6 def Bacchus Marsh 5-6.

 Best – Paul Faoagali, Nathan Kindred and Bailey Portelli.

Intermediate boys

Melton def Kurunjang 5-0 to 2-5

Melton def Staughton 10-9 to 0-0 to qualify for the next round

Intermediate Girls (including Junior girls)

Melton 9-6 def Kurunjang 3-2 to qualify for the next round

 

Tennis

Intermediate Girls – Western Region Finals

MSC def Creekside (sets 6-0/games 16-4)
MSC def Suzanne Cory (sets 4-0/games 16-4)
MSC def Strathmore (sets 3-1/games 15-10)

Region Final
MSC def by Maribyrnong Sports Academy (sets 0-3/games 2-12)

 

Squash

Senior Girls – qualified direct to State Final

Intermediate Girls – qualified direct to State Final

Junior Boys – qualified direct to State Final

Intermediate Boys

  • Def Kurunjang (2) 3-0
  • Def Kurunjang (1) 3-0
  • Lost to St. Arnaud (1)  0-3

We finished 3rd in the Region and the top 3 go through to the State final so we go through.

 

Rugby 9’s

 State Final Intermediate Girls

  1. def Westall SC  - 30-0
  2. def Cranbourne East College  18-8
  3. Played the State Grand Final against Mt. Ridley but the game was forfeited. 

Western Ranges Cross Country Results in Gisborne

Underlined students have qualified for the Western Region finals in June.

Two groups – 14yrs Girls and 15yrs Girls also qualified in the teams event.

 

12/13yrs Girls – Ella Tyson 5th, Eva Lavanda 8th, Chloe Rees 13th Abeny Aluong 17th,

12/13yrs Boys – Jarrod Bibby 3rd, Bailey Kershaw 8th

14yrs Girls – Paskazia Muhindo 5th, Trinity Skenderis 6th, Gloria Win 9th, Jasmine Kincaid 10th, Kaylee Crees 11th,  Aleena J Busuttil 12th,

14yrs Boys – Cooper Tregear-Danton 2nd, Kane Henderson 9th,

15yrs Girls – Manar Mahfouz 3rd, Sydney Hayes,6th, Lexie Leyden 7th, Shantal Mowatt 8th,

15yrs Boys – Riley Theo 2nd, Dylan Millard, 14th, Mitchell Howard 17th, Ronan Valsamis-Camilleri 18th,

16yrs Girls – Abby Froy 6th, Kristen Falzon 7th, Tahlia Crees 8th,

16yrs Boys – Cody Chapman 4th, Rhys Lee 5TH, Logan Brett 13th, Josh McMahon 15th

17/20yrs Girls – Katie Bibby 2nd, Phoebe Warren 5th,

17/20 Boys – Ricky Frew 7th, Paul Bridges 13th.

Most of the Cross Country team after a tough day of competing.

Lost Property

The following clothing was left behind on athletics day

  • Black t-shirt XL – MCMXLL on the front
  • Grey Adidas Track top size XL
  • Grey /black hooded top size M.

Lost property form other sports days

  • Intermediate girls soccer – PE shirt
  • Senior Boys Football – PE shirt
  • Swimming – 5 towels still here

Soccer – Inter boys – container with a rag and little magnitized weights in it.

Melton SC Sport Facebook page

We have a facebook page dedicated to our Interschool Sport and the Athlete Development Program (ADP) participants. Please have a look and ‘like” us to keep up to date with the many outstanding achievements by our students in sport. The page name is - Melton Secondary College - Sport/Sport Specialism.

Melton Secondary College - Sport/Sport Specialism)

General Information

Amart Sports - Melton SC has joined the community kickbacks program with Amart Sports in Woodgrove. Every time you make a purchase just mention our school and we will receive 5% of the purchase amount. If you join online you will receive a loyalty and receive discounts etc as well as already having registered our school as your preferred community kickback. We have the same arrangement with REBEL SPORTS and their Season Pass kickback.

 

School Sport Information  -  All information regarding School Sport information and State team selection trials can be found on the website – www.ssv.vic.edu.au

Information on national events can be found at the Team Vic page on the School Sport Victoria website, www.ssv.vic.edu.au/TeamVic, or the School Sport Australia website,  www.schoolsport.edu.au

Registrations are now open to nominate to trial for a number of sports:

Swimming and Volleyball are currently open.

Their monthly bulletin is sent on the last Tuesday of every month.

You can find all the latest bulletins, on the ebulletins page of the SSV website.

 

http://www.ssv.vic.edu.au/SiteCollectionImages/Subscribetoebulletin.jpg

Sports Dates

Friday 2nd June – Netball – Yr 7 and 8 Girls

Wednesday 14th June – AFL – Yr 7 and 8 Boys

Tuesday 20 June – Soccer – Senior Boys and Girls

Thursday 22nd June – Cross Country – Western Region at Brimbank Park

Thursday 29th June – Soccer – Yr 8 Boys – Western Region Finals

Friday 30th June – Basketball – Senior Boys and Girls

Community

Current Creative Youth Opportunites

Re-use, Recycle & Re-Dream - A Multi-Media Fashion Show.

Come and make some things and be involved in a wild multimedia theatrical fashion show in a circus tent in September - held in Melton South. After school every Wednesday in May & June 4.00 pm - 5.30 pm plus Saturday 13th May and 15th July 1.00 pm - 4.00 pm.  Held above the Uniting Church Op Shop, opposite the new Coles near Melton Train station. See flyer.  

email: [email protected]   www.fullon.biz/re-dream-fashion

Steady Pulse @ Melton library and recording studio

Would you like to write beats, raps and record material in a professional studio with professional engineers? Come to Melton Library, Thursdays 4.30 pm-6.00 pm during Term 2 and 3. 

Future Creative Youth Opportunities

Raise the heart REMIX   

A creative theatrical arts projects with loads of multi-media creating a show based around belonging, identity and racism. Be mentored by a professional film maker, be involved in theatre and or learn production skills. Starting in term 3, it includes a free 3 day creative beach camp in the October school holidays. Includes young people from all over Melton. More information or register by email [email protected]

Melton Environment Plan

Melton City Council has developed a draft Environment Plan to help manage its environmental impacts, and we want your feedback.

 

The draft Environment Plan and information on how to provide comment can be found here: www.melton.vic.gov.au/environmentplan. Following the consultation period ending 9 June, we will incorporate feedback into the final Plan which we anticipate will go to Council for adoption in July.

 

 

 

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