The students have had the opportunity to participate in learning activities within and beyond the classroom the past two weeks. The buzz of engagement in school life is evident. This week our Year 7 Camp was undertaken and the feedback from the campsite staff, bus company and teachers was very positive.
The College has continued to receive exceptional attention based on our achievements. Today I participated in the production of a film about our Naplan growth. I look forward to sharing this and other news next edition of Score.
School Council Elections 2017
Two weeks ago, we announced the timeline for our upcoming school council elections. I have put further information in this edition of the Score to assist members for each category to consider standing.
What is a School Council and what does it do?
All government schools in Victoria have a School Council. They are legally formed bodies that are given powers to set the key directions of a school within centrally provided guidelines. In doing this, a School Council is able to directly influence the quality of education that the school provides for its students.
Who is on the School Council?
There are three possible categories of membership:
- A mandated elected Parent category.
More than one third of the total members must be from this category. Department of Education and Training (DET) employees can be Parent members at their child’s school as long as they are not employed at the school.
- A mandated elected DET employee category. Members of this category may make up no more than one third of the total membership of school council. The Principal of the school is automatically one of these members.
- An optional Community member category. Its members are appointed by a decision of the council because of their special skills, interests or experiences. DET employees are not eligible to be Community members.
The term of office for all members is two years. Half the members must retire each year, creating vacancies for the annual school council elections.
Why is Parent membership so important?
Parents on school councils provide important viewpoints and have valuable skills that can help shape the direction of the school. Those parents who become active on a school council find their involvement satisfying in itself and may also find that their children feel a greater sense of belonging.
How can you become involved?
The most obvious way is to vote in the elections, which are held in Term 1 each year. However, ballots are only held if more people nominate as candidates than there are positions vacant. In view of this, you might seriously consider
- standing for election as a member of the school council
- encouraging another person to stand for election
Do I need special experience to be on school council?
No. What you do need is an interest in your child’s school and the desire to work in partnership with others to help shape the school’s future.
What do you need to do to stand for election?
The Principal will issue a notice and call for nominations. All School Council elections must be completed by the end of March. If you decide to stand for election, you can arrange for someone to nominate you as a candidate or you can nominate yourself in the Parent category. DET employees whose child is enrolled in a school in which they are not employed are eligible to nominate as parents for the school council where their child is enrolled. Once the nomination form is completed, return it to the Principal within the time stated on the notice of election. You will receive a Nomination Form Receipt following the receipt of your completed nomination. If there are more nominations received than there are vacancies on council, a ballot will be conducted during the two weeks after the call for nominations has closed.
- Ask at the school for help if you would like to stand for election and are not sure what to do
- Consider standing for election to council this year
- Be sure to vote in the elections.
Contact Principal, Gail Major for more information.
The 2017 Scoresby Secondary College Council Election Process and Timeline Nomination Forms may now be obtained from the General Office at the College and must be lodged at no later than 4pm on Thursday 16 March 2017. Following the close of nominations, a list of nominations received will be posted at the College. An election will then be conducted (if the number of nominations exceeds the number of vacancies).
The terms of office, membership categories and numbers of positions in each membership category open for election are as follows:
Number of Positions:
Three (3) (2x 2Year, 1x 1year)
Term of Office:
Form the day after the declaration of the poll in 2017 to, and inclusive of, the date of the declaration of the poll in 2019.
DET Employee Member
Number of Positions:
Term of Office:
From the day after the declaration of the poll in 2017 to, and inclusive of, the date of the declaration of the poll in 2019.
If you decide to stand for election you will need to arrange to be nominated and seconded by persons who are eligible for the same category as you will stand for.
Continuing Council Members
The following Members will continue to serve on School Council throughout 2017:
Sharon Hanna, Denise Lucas, Christine Prissman, Cindy Lopes
Keith Talty, Jack Lucas
2017 College Captains
Frazer Spence, Tash Orfanidis, Mislav Tosic, Christy Pritchard (2)
Information evenings have been conducted with the purpose of fostering positive relationships between school and home. The year seven evening was well attended with nearly all parents or guardians present. However, the participations rates for the senior school and the year eight and nine evenings was much lower. It is disappointing that many parents/guardians are not recognising the importance of engaging in the evenings.
“International research has shown that parental engagement (of various kinds) has a positive impact on many indicators of student achievement, including:
higher grades and test scores
enrolment in higher level programs and advanced classes
higher successful completion of classes
lower drop-out rates
higher graduation rates
a greater likelihood of commencing postsecondary education.
Beyond educational achievement, parental engagement is associated with various indicators of student development.
more regular school attendance
better social skills
better adaptation to school
increased social capital
a greater sense of personal competence and efficacy for learning
greater engagement in school work
a stronger belief in the importance of education.”
From a report by the Australian Research Alliance for Children & Youth for the Family-School and Community Partnerships Bureau.
We would welcome feedback form parents who attended the evenings on the value of the evenings and suggestions for further improvements. For parents who did not attend, it would be helpful to establish what we could include to encourage you to attend future evenings. Please email [email protected] or place any hand written feedback to the General Office.
13 22 89
8am - midnight
7 days a week
- Parentline is a confidential and anonymous service available for parents and carers of children aged from birth to eighteen years.
- Professional counsellors are available to discuss a variety of issues that impact on parenting and family relationships.
- Parentline can provide a great deal of support so families don't have to manage alone contact details for community services.
Mobile Phone/mp3 Music Player Policy
The College’s policy on mobile phones and electrical devices recognises its responsibility in providing a safe and secure environment for all students. It also aims to build a learning community where students are not disengaged from their learning or their social responsibilities at school by using devices such as mobile phones, mp3 players and others.
Given these aims, students are not permitted to use mobile phones, mp3 players and the like while at school. If a student elects to bring such a device to school, it is the responsibility of the student and it must be left in the student’s locker for the duration of the school day. The VCAA assessment rules further reinforce the College’s policy as it states that no electronic devices are permitted to be taken into assessment sessions.
To ensure that all students develop good habits in preparing for assessment tasks, this VCAA rule applies to all year levels at Scoresby Secondary College. Students may use the relevant year level office’s telephone to make a call should an emergency arise and likewise important messages may be left for students at the year level office or General Office.
If a student uses a mobile phone anytime/anywhere at school, it will be confiscated and the consequences will follow our staged response which is directly related to our College Code of Code of Conduct.