Melton Mail

14 November 2018
Issue Six
Dates To Remember
Principal's Report
Assistant Principals' Report
Sub Schools
 MSC Information 
College News
Excursions
Design and Technology
Wellbeing
Child Safe
Library
PE Health Week
Sport
Community
Melton Secondary College
03 9743 3322
Coburns Road
Melton, Victoria, 3337
AU

Dates To Remember

November

Monday 19 November

Year 11 Study Day

Tuesday 20 to Friday 23 November

Year 11 Exams

Thursday 22 November

ACE Testing

Monday 26 November

Year 9 Maths & English Exam

Year 10 Study Day

Monday 26 to Friday 30 November

Year 12 (2019) Headstart

Tuesday 27 November

Year 9 (selected) - Ed Earth

School Council

Tuesday 27 to Friday 30 November

Year 10 Exams

Friday 30 November

Year 11 last day

Year 8A, B, C, D & I - ACMI & Hachibe Restaurant

Year 12 Graduation Dinner - Luxor Receptions

 

December

Monday 3 to Friday 7 December

Year 11 (2019) Headstart VCE & VCAL

Thursday 6 to Friday 7 December

Year 9 ODE Surf Coast Camp

Friday 7 December

Year 10 last day

Tuesday 11 December

Year 7 (2019) Orientation Day

Wednesday 19 December

Awards Night - Tabcorp Park

Friday 21 December

Term 4 ends - 12:30 pm finish

 

Principal's Report

David Reynolds - College Principal

2019 Principal Team

Melton Secondary College will expand its Leadership Team in 2019 with the addition of two new members of the Principal class. 

Ms Kathryn Sobey has been appointed as Junior Sub-School Principal. Ms Sobey comes to us from  Auburn College where she has held a Leading Teacher position in Teaching and Learning, STEM/Science and eLearning. Ms Sobey started her teaching career at Melton Secondary College in 2012 as a Maths/Science teacher and leader of our ACE High Achievers program.

 

Mrs Ruby Dhir has been appointed as Middle Sub-School Principal. Mrs Dhir has been Leading Teacher at our College for the past six years leading the Numeracy Improvement Plan. 

Ruby and Kathryn will join our current team with the following areas of responsibility:

 

Mr Alan Devine - Senior Sub-School Principal

Mrs Jenny Buckle - Director of Student Wellbeing, Community  & Inclusion.

 

 

 

 

Ms Andree Poulter - Director of Curriculum.

 

$3.3m Funding for New Oval!

The College has correspondence from the Minister of Education Honorable James Merlino that we are to receive a grant of $3,300,000 from the Victorian government's Shared Facilities Fund to develop our school oval. The redevelopment will be a partnership between Melton Secondary College, Melton City Council and AFL Victoria. It will provide a synthetic turf oval, lighting and pavilion with change facilities.

The upgrade has been on our ' wish-list for some years and students are thrilled at the prospect of an a high quality all weather surface that will support the development of sporting  and physical education programs. 

Sitting in the center of the Melton township, the facility will also provide an excellent resource for community sporting organisations complimenting the resources available at Melton Indoor Recreation Center. 

Assistant Principals' Report

Diversity Week

Our Diversity Day assembly showed a strong sense of ‘Respect for Diversity’. Our Victorian Multicultural Commissioner, Helen Kapalos, showed through her speech, how diversity helps to lift, motivate and inspire individual and community achievement.

Students competently performed African Music and dancing, Kiribati dance, Solomon Island, Cook Island and Samoan dancing, Haka and Hip Hop dancing.

Elishma from 8C proudly danced to an upbeat song from the Solomon Islands.

“My Nana taught me to dance to this song to welcome guests to a special occasion such as a Birthday. My father is from Kiribati, a small island slowly being decimated by sea. My mother came from the Solomon Islands, a place which is crowded, humid and is currently having heaps of roadworks. My parents came to Australia to enable us to have a good opportunity for Education in Australia.”

“My brothers Phillip from 7D and William from 11F danced and sang a lullaby song, like Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star. It told a story how women gather around and wait for the men to return from a fishing trip, so they can cook fish for everyone.”

 

Year 7 and 8 students completed many workshops including:-

Aboriginal Art, Haka, Samoan Dancing, Multicultural Sports, Afro-Cuban dancing, African Jewellery and basket weaving. The workshops were generously organised by our VCAL students, Festival of Healthy Living, Melton Youth Services and our AIME (Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience) Team.

7G students were treated to a workshop from Mary who came from South Sudan and Amy whose heritage is Maori, Chinese and Scottish. Mary and Amy work for the Festival of Healthy Living Group.

Mia from 7G,

“I was shown a woven basket that Mary had made to carry food. It was woven from straw and wool. I learnt that in South Sudan you create things that the land provides. I am grateful because it reminds me of my heritage from Tonga.”

Shantel from 7G,

“I made a beautiful bracelet from different types of plastic beads. These bracelets have been made from different materials in South Sudan. I enjoyed learning about a different culture.”

 

Sub Schools

Junior Sub School

In the last couple of weeks our students have been provided the opportunity to experience the outdoors, artwork and history of Vikings through the Humanities faculty excursion to the city.

Two weeks ago, 46 of our Year 8 students travelled to Anglesea for the Year 8 challenge camp. Students pushed themselves through a 7km walk to commence camp and then stayed in tents over the 3 days. Along the way our students got to experience rock-pooling in search of Decorator Crabs, small fish habitats and anemones. The students demonstrated great respect for the environment, the camping grounds and the people they were sharing the park with. Overall the camp was a huge success. Special Thanks to Mr Kilroy, Miss Nye Butler, Mr Oswald and Mr Hartley for their enthusiasm and expertise on camp.

Middle Sub School

Year 9 exams and the reaming weeks of Term 4

Monday 26 November – Year 9 English and Maths exam 

  • The Maths exam starts at 9.40am and the English exam starts at 12.20pm
  • Students must attend in full school uniform
  • No bags, mobile phones or iPods are allowed in the exam. Pens, pencils and a calculator are required.
  • If a student is absent from the exam they will need to produce a medical certificate.
  • Students must not talk or communicate in any way once inside the exam room. Students will be exited if they disrupt and they will receive consequence and unsatisfactory result.
  • The English and Maths exam will have 10 minutes reading time and 90 mins writing time. Students must use the whole time productively and may not leave until the end.

On the day arrangements

  • Year 9 Students must arrive at 9.25am and line up at the R and Q Portables at 9.30am for a 9.40am exam start.
  • Students break for an Assembly in M3 at 11.20am. STARR connect teachers to attend.
  • Students have lunch from 11.50am to 12.10pm
  • Year 9 students line up at 12.10pm, 10 minutes before the start time of 12.20pm for their English exam.
  • Students dismissed from school at the end of the English exam at 2.00pm on Monday 26 November.
  • Year 9 classes as normal from Tuesday 27 November

 Monday 17 December to Thursday 20 December - Activities week for Year 7 to 9 students

  • Yr 7-9 Normal classes cease
  • Excursions arranged for Monday 17 December
  • Canteen is closed in this week. Students must bring a packed lunch.
  • Supervision arrangements to be announced

Good luck with your exams.

Arrangements for the Year 10 exams and the last few weeks of term 4.

Monday 26 November to Friday 30 November - Year 10 Exams

  • Monday 26 November – Year 10 Study Day (students not to attend school).
  • Exams start on the Tuesday 27 November.
  • No Year 10 classes run during this time and students follow the Year 10 exam timetable.
  • A staffed study room will be available for students to use between exams
  • Students will need to be lined up 10 minutes before the exam starts. 
  • No bags, mobile phones or iPods are allowed in the exam room. Pens, grey lead pencils and a calculator are required.
  • If a student is absent from the exam they will need to produce a medical certificate.
  • Students must not talk or communicate in any way once inside the exam room. Students will be exited if they disrupt and they will receive consequence and unsatisfactory result.

Study Room – there will be a study room for students to attend if they are waiting between exams or attend on their Study Day. Students are expected to bring resources and study in silence. 

Leaving between exams – students who do not have any further exams are permitted to leave the school grounds within 5-10 minutes after an exam. If students do not leave within this time, they need to collect a pass from the sub school office.
Students are not allowed to leave during exams and should follow the normal day timetable by attending the study room. Students who may need to leave between exams for legitimate reasons should have a pass from the sub school.

 

Monday 3 December to Friday 7 December – Year 11 (2019) Head-start VCE Only

  • Year 11 (2019) VCE students follow the Head-start timetable
  • Year 11 (2019) VCAL students do not attend school but will attend individual VCAL appointments- times to arranged by the Senior Sub School
  • Year 10 (2018) students finish term 4 on Friday 7 December

Good luck with your exams.

 

Elevate Study Skills Workshop

A group of 35 Year 10 students have taken part in a Year 10 pilot program that looks at supporting students in the leaf up to the exams. Students were taught how to establish effective study routines and consider what behaviours they need to apply in order to reach their goals.

Bounce Program

In Term 4 a group of Year 10 students have been selected to participate in the Bounce program. Students learn a range of skills and look at developing their social, emotional and academic skills. Thank you to everyone in the program and it’s great to hear about your positive experiences each week.

 

Senior Sub School

On Wednesday 24th MSC said farewell to our 2018 Year 12 students. They paraded in fancy dress at the assembly and then played Bowling, Laser Tag and Arcade games at WynCity.

We wish the Year12 2018 students a bright and successful future. See you at the Graduation.

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Congratulations to Tahlia Medley, our 2019 School Captain She has been selected to attend and reside at Trinity College Melbourne University for 7 days in December. For Tahlia, the Young Leaders Program will involve Leadership development, mentoring by high achieving university students and participation in the Psychology stream of the program.

 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

Uniform shop hours are:

 

Mondays:             8:00 to 9:00 am

                                 3:00 to 4:00 pm

 

Wednesdays:      2:30 to 3:30 pm

 

Fridays:                 8:00 to 9:00 am

                                 3:00 to 5:00 pm

School Canteen

Students are able to order food for lunchtime before school and order food for recess at lunchtime. By ordering food at these times, it is guaranteed that food is available.

EFTPOS is now available for students to use.

 

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.

Every Minute Counts

 

General

Lost Property:

If your child has lost any items in school last year, please encourage them to check lost property located in sickbay during their breaks, before or after school.  

We highly recommend that all clothing is clearly labelled with your childs name. 

Locks:

All locks are supplied by the school. 

Non school locks will be removed from lockers.

Bike Cage:

Please encourage your child to lock his/her bike inside the bike cage and not outside.

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.

College News

Homework Club / Study Hall

To support Melton Secondary College’s vision of a flourishing learning community, achieving high levels of academic growth and bright futures for every student, we run a Homework Club and Study Hall Program after school.

Homework Club:

Homework Club is in the library on Mondays (3.10-4.30pm) and Wednesdays (2.30-4.00pm). Students who have incomplete homework or classwork may be asked by their teacher to attend Homework Club so that they can get additional support to catch up. Students are also welcome to attend Homework Club whenever they would like additional support with their school work.

 

Study Hall:

Study Hall is in T2 on Tuesdays and Thursdays (3.30-4.30pm). Students who have not successfully completed important Assessment Tasks will be directed by their teacher to attend Study Hall. The teacher will notify the student of this and will attempt to notify you. If your child is enrolled in Study Hall you will be able to see this on Compass. We want every student to make strong academic progress and successful completion of assessment tasks is important for demonstrating this progress. If a student has not completed their assessment task and does not attend Study Hall, they will be issued with the consequence of an after school detention. If your child is unable to attend Study Hall due to other commitments, please make alternate arrangements with your child’s teacher, for the completion of the assessment task.

 

It has been great to see many students receive STARR awards for their focus, hard work and effort in the classroom so far this year. We look forward to continuing to celebrate this success and the academic progress of our students.

2019 ACE Program Applications

Round 2 Applications are now open for the 2019 (ACE) Accelerated Curriculum and Enrichment Program at Melton Secondary College. This application round is for students who are currently in year 6 and wish to apply for a position in the 2019 year 7 ACE class.

The ACE Program is an exciting program which caters for the educational needs of advanced, gifted and talented learners. Classes in this program cover coursework at a faster pace and in a much more challenging learning environment. Curriculum Enrichment encourages the study of more complex and abstract concepts, with a greater emphasis on higher order thinking skills such as analysing, evaluating, creating, and recognizing relationships.

Applications are competed online and must be finalised by Tuesday 13th November. Students who have completed the application and paid the online $50 fee will sit the ACE test at Melton Secondary College on Thursday 22nd November. For full information on the application visit the Melton Secondary College website: http://www.meltonsc.vic.edu.au/the-ace-program

If you have any questions please contact the ACE Program Coordinator Mrs Laura Bramble.

Excursions

Year 11 Legal Studies Court Excursion

Units 2 Legal Studies focuses on the enforcement of criminal law and civil law, the methods and institutions that may be used to determine a criminal case or resolve a civil dispute, and the purposes and types of sanctions and remedies and their effectiveness.

On Wednesday 17th October, the two Year 11 Legal Studies classes visited both the County Court and Supreme Court of Melbourne to extend their understanding of Unit 2 - Area of Study 1 & 2.

We started at the Supreme Court of Victoria and were very fortunate to be greeted by an enthusiastic and well informed Tour Guide, Mr Bill Gilp.

Bill Gilp gave us a snapshot of the indictable offences that were currently in session which explained the heavy presence of both Victorian and Federal police and the media we had seen outside of the Supreme Court upon our arrival. Given the two high profile cases in session, Bill explained that we would be visiting a court in session that was not of such high profile, however, as to be expected in the Supreme Court, an indictable criminal offence of murder.

To our pleasant surprise it was a plea sentencing hearing, which was most appropriate as we had learnt in class the main purposes of sanctions, but were now privy to its application in court.  We were able to hear the prosecution eloquently present her case to The Honourable Justice Hollingworth on why the defendant found guilty by the jury should be sentenced to imprisonment for the maximum time as stated in the Victorian Sentencing Act. It soon became clear that despite the convicted having a history of mental illness and drug dependency, the prosecution and Justice Hollingworth agreed that both the protection of the community and a strong message of denunciation for this serious crime should be paramount when sentencing the convicted.

Following the court session, Bill guided us into the Supreme Court Law Library. It was here that we were able to see Law reports from the 1800’s to the present. We were amazed to be able to see, touch and feel the leather bound Law Reports and read precedent first hand.

After a short lunch break we next visited the County Court where we first had a private meeting with His Honour Judge Gucciardo. Judge Gucciardo candidly discussed his career path into becoming a judge and shared his experience applying the principles of justice as well as his personal hardship of the job. Students bravely and eloquently asked questions and impressed His Honour on their knowledge of the legal system.  We are grateful to have had the opportunity of a private meeting with His Honour and were in awe of his personable nature.

We then entered a different court room and sat patiently for the Judge to arrive, while the accused sat nervously in the Dock at the back of the Courtroom and the Defence Barrister and OPP Crown Prosecutor Barrister and solicitor busily sorted through their files/documents.

All our studying about the strict courtroom procedures and role of the Judge soon became our real-life experience when the Tipstaff firmly called:  “Silence and All stand as Judge Cannon enters her Courtroom.”

Complete silence and utter respect for “Your Honour” filtered the courtroom and it became apparent very quickly that Judge was in total control of his courtroom. We were so fortunate to have also witnessed first-hand the twelve jurors and their concentration during the case. After all they are the deciders of the facts and their verdict will result in either the guilty being convicted and sentenced or being set free.

Almost one hour later we left the hearing so we could catch our train ride home, but this was not before we each stood and bowed to the judge.

Our experience at the Courts on the 17th October was indeed an experience of a life time. Our knowledge of Court Processes and Criminal Law proved to be motivational and an effective means of enhancing our classroom learning and curriculum.

The Year 11 Legal Studies students represented Melton Secondary College proudly and in fact told by the Bill Gilp at the Supreme Court that we would be welcome back anytime and are to be congratulated for their impeccable behaviour and insightful questions.

On behalf of both Ms Cometti and Ms Hackney, Congratulations Year 11 Legal Studies students for your enthusiasm, gratitude and exemplary representation of MSC.

 

7A and 8A STEM Innovate Excursion

Over the past 2 terms we have had 20 students from 7A and 8A participate in STEM Innovate program run by the ABCN. The program sought to connect students with industry professionals as they explored the opportunities of STEM in careers.

After hosting an initial morning tea at MSC for our mentors, we had 4 city excursions. On these days we caught the public transport into the Melbourne CBD to meet with our mentors at the Stockland Melbourne Office. Each of these sessions involved a short lunch, which gave us time to get to know our mentors, and a STEM team challenge.

The STEM activities included building bridges, designing apps, making parachutes and logic reasoning puzzles. The activities were designed to build collaborative and communication skills, as well as encourage creativity and problem solving.

We all had a great time and learnt lots. One student said: “It was fun, challenging and a great experience” which pretty much sums it up.

Here we are with our mentors at the end of our final session.

 

Design and Technology

Design and Technology at Melton using a 3D Printer.
 

Students studying Systems Engineering at Yr11 have been designing and building an obstacle avoiding vehicle known as a “BumpBot’. It has a programmable microcontroller and moves on tracks, and reverses out of difficulty when detecting an obstacle. As part of the project brief the students have had to design a component to mount the sensors using design software (Sketchup). They then “print” it on a 3D printer which builds the design by melting plastic tube. They have relished the challenge to master this technology, and learn valuable 21st Century Skills that equip them for the future. Thanks goes to the Melton SC IT crew for their work in finding compatible software to match the program to the printer.

 

Wellbeing

Odyssey House 

Melton Secondary College is excited to announce a new service available to the Melton Secondary College community including students, families and staff.

We are lucky to have René De Sant’ Anna from Odyssey House Victoria. René is a Senior Drug & Alcohol Clinician in the Youth & Family Services.

René will be based at MSC on each Monday. He will be running a Drug and Alcohol Education Program for a selected group of senior students and will also be available for referrals for individual students, families and staff.

 

Reasons for a referral

  1. The Individual student would like support for his/her own Drug and Alcohol Use
  2. A student would like support/education around a family member/friend’s Drug and Alcohol Use
  3. A family member would like support/education around their child’s Drug and Alcohol Use (even if the Child/Adolescent doesn’t want to address any of these concerns)

 

How to make a referral to René

  1. Make contact with Stacey James in the Wellbeing Team (9743 3322 or [email protected])
  2. If parent consent is required (students deemed by law not to be a mature minor), Stacey will make contact with home regarding this request
  3. Stacey will then make an appointment time during when René is next available

 

 

 Information about Odyssey House

 

Odyssey House Youth & Family Services provides outreach and centre-based programs and services to young people aged 12 to 24 and their families. 

The service aims to reduce a young person’s alcohol or other drug use and to minimise harm caused by use. The program also helps participants to manage other problems like mental health, education, family and legal issues.

Participation in the program is voluntary.

 

Our youth and family services include

  • Youth alcohol and other drug counselling: where young people can discuss their issues and concerns in a safe, non-judgmental environment.
  • Dual diagnosis counselling:  A counselling service for young people suffering from mental health and drug and alcohol issues, delivered in partnership with headspace Southern Melbourne.
  • Family alcohol and other drug counselling: where families can gain an understanding of one another’s issues and work towards a group resolution.
  • Outreach: Assertive follow-up and counselling with at-risk young people.
  • The Odyssey Camp Out: An annual camp to provide at-risk young people with respite, life-skills training and meaningful life experiences.
  • Building Resilience in Community Schools: A holistic program that places a youth clinician at community schools to provide youth and family counselling, support, referral, drug education, secondary consultation and staff professional development.

 

If you have any questions about this services, please don’t hesitate to contact Stacey James in the Wellbeing Team on 9743 3322 or [email protected]

Wellbeing Brochure

 

State School Relief

If you require some support regarding school uniform, the Wellbeing Team is available to discuss available supports. State Schools Relief can provide vouchers towards the cost of uniform items. Please contact, Stacey James to discuss eligibility criteria. Please note that not all items are covered by State School Relief. Stacey will be able to provide you with more information.

 Please contact Stacey on 9743 3322 or [email protected]

INTERNET: Parent Tip Sheet

WHAT IS THE ATTRACTION?

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.

 

HOW SHOULD PARENTS REACT?

TREAT .COM RELATIONSHIPS AND ACTIVITIES LIKE ANY OTHER:

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.

 

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

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                                  13 12 78

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.

Library

Loving the Library @ MSC

Hi Everyone,

This week we hosted visitors from the State Library Research room Project, Audience Engagement. They are working to redesign the Ergo website, re: information and digital literacy skills which we encourage students to use whilst doing research.  A huge thanks to the students and staff that actively assisted in providing information about research skills that are currently used by individuals and the educators at our school.  We hope we have made a valuable contribution to important research that will benefit our students and staff in the future.

We believe that reading is not just something that is schoolwork. The Centre for Youth Literature at the State Library of Victoria promotes reading as an active, pleasurable and essential activity for all young people. Inside a Dog is a project of the Centre for Youth Literature.  The website promotes young adult literature, highlighting Australian writers and their work and welcomes the views of readers, including reviews, opinion, discussion, competition entries, and feedback.

The website will help students find great reads, share reviews of books they love or hate, discuss book news and hot topics in the news blog and forums and gain insight into an authors’ thoughts about writing and reading with the Writer in Residence blog.

https://insideadog.com.au/news/

We would like to encourage all students to have a look at the website.

The MSC library is open from 8.30am – 4.30pm. Recess and lunchtime are for schoolwork, study or independent reading.  Students may borrow 4 books on a fortnightly basis and are able to re-borrow if required. Please pop in to say hi or have a look.

 

PE Health Week

During week four of term four, PE and Health Week was held at MSC. Year 10 Health students worked alongside PE staff members to organise and implement a range of lunch time activities throughout the week aimed at promoting healthy lifestyles through exercise and diet. Being involved in the program enabled the year 10 Health students the opportunity to gain a deeper level of understanding on their current health promotion unit.

Monday - Yoga

Ms. Hollins along with the team of Thida, Kira, Sasha and Ritika lead a group of students to loosen their muscles, attempt new balancing positions and a chance to de-stress from the day. Many stacks and laughter were had by all participants during this activity.

Tuesday - Obstacle Course

With a range of equipment spread across court 1 of the rec, the obstacle course was a fast paced race requiring teams to finish the course in the shortest amount of time as possible. Alannah, Nina, Brandon and Zac were quick on the stop watches and awarded the team lead by Victor to be crowded 1st place getters.

Wednesday - Fruit Salad

The team of Akosita, Jean, Alunga, Jess and Manar conducted a very successful free fruit salad distribution to students and staff. Approximately 180 servings of fruit salad were distributed on the day. Woolworths Melton not only donated a large amount of fruit to the cause but also provided spokespeople whom talked to year 10 students at their year level assembly about the ongoing community partnership MSC has with them. We thank Woolworths Melton for enabling this activity to happen.

Thursday - Boxing Class

Richard and Paxson from Ringside Boxing and Fitness Gym took participants through their paces learning a number of boxing techniques. Students had a great time learning a range of punches in a safe and supportive environment. Jordja, Lexie, Veronica, John, Sean and Ethan assisted greatly with set up and pack up and even tried out some of the moves themselves.

Friday - Teacher vs Student Soccer Match

What a game! The annual rivalry was fierce from the start and the level of skill on show was outstanding. A number of shots on goal from both teams went begging early before the teachers were able to strike. No-one should have underestimated the student team as they quickly responded with two goals to take the lead. With only a few moments left in the match, the teachers were able to scrape one back making it a 2-2 affair. A thrilling match was witnessed by many and the strong rivalry lives on.

 

A huge thank you to everyone who was involved in the week – Woolworths Melton, Ringside Boxing and Fitness Gym, Food Tech staff, PE staff,           Ms. Buckle, Robert Adeur and Year 10 Health students.

 

Sport

Sport Highlights

Grant Allocation – 3.3mil.

We are so excited about the grant allocation announced recently. It will be so beneficial to our students in the areas of Physical Education, Sports trainings, ADP training, rugby program training, general social/activity occupancy at recess and lunchtimes with space and student involvement as well as the general Melton community outside school hours. This is many years overdue and has been a constant area of concern for a generation of students. With a growing school, space is becoming a real problem for students who wish to be physically engaged at recess/lunch and/or involved in trainings. Busy students are happy students.

The Melton community will benefit greatly from this project. The actual design is yet to be negotiated amongst the parties involved. But we all have a common interest in making the most out of this opportunity in such a central location.

We are getting a lot of success in State representation in a number of sports now and are recognised as a school that has a strong sporting focus and history. Much of the Melton community see Melton Secondary College as the school to go to help improve your sporting opportunities, yet we have never had the outside facility to compliment this. Question now is – how soon can this project get done?

 

State Representatives

1. A very big congratulations to Bradman Szuhai and Anisi Salani for their selection into the 2019 NRL Victoria U16’s Development Train on Squad and Derek Iva for his selection into the 2019 U18’s Victoria Thunderbolts S.G Ball Train on Squad.

2.       Grace Valele – Grace has just been selected in the Victorian u/17 netball squad – to train over the next couple of months with final State selection to be finalized in January.

3.       Rugby State selections – selected last week

-          1. Jessica Rastrick and Akosita Siola’a have been selected in the Victorian Rugby Union u/17 7’s state team

-          2. Jessica and Akosita, along with Arleah Hunt, (Arleah was the State u/16 captain) have also been selected in the NRL U/19 girls’ team.

Congratulations to the girls upon their selections at State level again. These selections are putting a lot of financial stress upon their families so if anyone can help with sponsorship please contact Mr. Darcy.

Sport Results

Western Region Athletics

1ST Placegetters (and qualify for School Sport Victoria State Final)

  • Makasini Tauelangi – 17yrs girls discus
  • Alain Muzaliwa – 16yrs boys javelin

2nd placegetters

  • Kris Muavaa- Mano (13yrs shot put), Makasini Tauelangi (17yrs shot put), P.J.Brown (14yrs discus), Trinity Skenderis x 2 (15yrs long jump and triple jump),

               Girls 15yrs relay – Trinity Skenderis, Beatrice Dawo, Gloria Win and Abel Majok.

3rd placegetters

  • Trinity Skenderis x 2 (15yrs 100m and 15yrs 200m), Jemma Rigby (18yrs 800m), Salvatore 

                Licandro (16yrs 200m),

                Boys 16yrs relay- Jared Galuaga-Kaio, Alain Muzaliwa,Salvatore Licandro and Cooper Tregear-Danton.

State Final Athletics

Makasini Tauelangi - 3rd 17yrs girls discus. A 4m PB of 30.68 enabled her to sneak into 3rd place behind 2 exceptional girls. A very pleasant surprise and a terrific achievement.
Alain Muzaliwa - 6th in 16yrs javelin with a throw of 40.64 in very difficult conditions that hampered all throwers to perform under their Region qualifying. Winner threw 46.46 - the distance that Alain threw at Region level.

Basketball

Year 7 Girls

  • - def Sunbury Downs 19-11
  • - def Bacchus Marsh 23-4
  • - def Sunbury 24-8
  • - but lost to Gisborne 13-14 – this match decided the Division winner

Year 7 Boys

  • def Kurunjang 22-1
  • lost to Bacchus Marsh 16-23
  • lost to Gisborne 17-26

Rugby

NRL Rugby 9’S- Juniors

Boys A team

               – def Carranballac and Lalor

               -  drew with Alamanda (controversial)

                - lost to Gladstone Park

                  But due to other strange results, we won our pool to qualify for the State final.

Boys B team

       - def Kurunjang

       - lost to 3 powerful teams – Braybrook, The Grange and Mt. Ridley.

Girls team – a very young team – nearly all the team can play again next year in this age group

              - def Lalor

              - lost to Gladstone Park and lost the semi final to The Grange.

Volleyball

Yr 8 boys – def Sunbury Downs 19/25, 25/22, 26/24

                  - def Kurunjang 21/11, 21/12

                    to qualify for the Western Region finals.

Yr 7/8 Girls – def Gisborne 21/16 21/16

                      - def Kurunjang 21/15, 21/23, 11/0

                      - but lost to Sunbury Downs 19/21, 21/13, 5/11

Yr 7 Boys – def Sunbury Downs 21/6, 21/13

                  - def Kurunjang 21/16, 21/10

                  - but lost to Gisborne 21/9, 18/21, 10/12

 

Western Region Volleyball Results

So close to making the State finals. We def Sirius 2-0, def Gilson 2-0, def Alamanda 2-1. Came up against Maribyrnong College in the final. We lost the 1st set 17/21, won the 2nd set 21/14, led and serving at 13/12 in the 3rd, but lost the serve and the set 13/15. 
Great effort by the boys.

 

Western Region Tennis Yr 8 Boys/Mixed - Results

A really good day with our team defeating Northern Bay and Keilor Downs but lost the pool final to Footscray City College 1-5.

 

New Rugby Coaching Program

Term 4 Rugby Training Squad – Yr 9 & 10 Boys and Girls

We have started a Rugby Training Squad to train every Thursday afterschool (3:20pm to 4:20pm). This will include specific rugby fitness training and game activities and will relate to League, Union and Touch versions of the game. Sessions will ran by Mr Oswald, Mr Taylor and/or Mr Condon.

 

New Basketball Training Sessions

Term 4 Basketball Training Squad – Yr 7 Boys and Girls

We have started a Basketball Training Squad to train every Thursday afterschool (3:20pm to 4:00pm).

Sports Excursion - Changes to Pre Excursion Arrangements

  • The trial period re the change to sport excursion arrangements has now STOPPED.
  • Simple rule – if you have not returned your consent form and paid your money by 4.45 the DAY BEFORE the excursion then YOU ARE NOT GOING unless you have approval and notified Mr. Darcy of any problem.
  • We have had enough of lost forms/forgetting/didn’t know/changed mind etc.
  • Students need to develop time and organisation habits.
  • We have given students 2 terms grace to develop habits regarding this and we have been very tolerant but this puts extra stress on the office staff and the organisers.

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 

  1. REBEL SPORTS – Melton SC is registered in the community kickbacks program with Rebel 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.

 

Sport Dates

TERM 4

Wednesday Nov 14 – Cricket – Year7/8 girls – Western Region finals at Fairbairn Park, Ascot Vale

Tuesday Nov 20 – Rugby 9’s State Final – Junior Boys at Jacana Reserve

Community

Parenting and Youth Mental Health Survey

Have you got a teenager or “tween” (11 to 17 years old)? Want to do an anonymous online survey to help researchers (and have the chance to win a $100 gift voucher)?

 

The UQ Parenting and Family Support Centre is wanting as many Australian families as possible to take part (so please share this post)! The survey covers your experiences on raising teenagers, how parents and teenagers get along with each other, and parents’ and teenagers’ mental health and wellbeing. You can do it by yourself or with your teen.

 

For more information on the study and to complete the survey, please go to: https://exp.psy.uq.edu.au/parentingteens/project/mentalhealth.

 

You can also contact the research team at [email protected].  

 

 

 

Melton Mail
Ms Kathryn Sobey
Intermediate girls netball team with members of the Melbourne Vixens
Year 7 Girls Soccer
Year 7 Boys Soccer
Welbeing Brochure.pdf