HPSC Newshamper

23 March 2020
Issue Three

Hampton Park Secondary College is rich in our diversity, and by empowering and engaging student we remain whole hearted in our pursuit of excellence.

From the Office
Principal's Report
Student Services
Careers
Library News
Hampton Park Secondary College
(03) 8795 9400
58-96 Fordholm Road
Hampton Park, Victoria, 3976
AU

From the Office

Office Information

Regular Opening Hours:

8.15am - 4.30pm (M - Th)

8.15am - 4pm (Fri)

Ph: 03 8795 9400

Fx: 03 8795 9455

E: hampton.park.sc@edumail.vic.gov.au

Updated Contact Details

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

You can update your details by

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

College Fees

A reminder that College Fees for 2020 are due by February 28th.

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

- Cash

- EFTPOS

- Direct Debit Payment Plan via debit/credit card

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

Student Absences

Please remember it is your responsibility to contact us to provide an explanation for your child's absence from school, and where possible, please inform us in advance of upcoming absences.

If your student is going to be absent, please

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

 

Click Here to see our new Facebook page, and make sure to like us to keep up to date with College news and events.

 

Principal's Report

As the Premier has indicated, the school holidays will commence for students this Tuesday 24th March.

 

At this stage Term 2 for students commences on Wednesday 15th April. 

 

Remote learning will not commence until advised by DET.

 

New Students

This has been another big term for our learning community, for many reasons. We had a very strong start to the year with 200 new Year 7 student commencing the newly established Explore Program. We have also had an additional 70 new students join our college.

 

New Learning Opportunities

This year we have introduced many new and exciting learning opportunities for our students. Empowering students to take control of their learning was a considerable shift in our approach to learning. 100 new subjects and a new Mentor Program have added new dimensions for our students. Our lunchtime Clubs Program is set to expand. This has been in response to a request from our student leaders.  

 

Events Postponed

Recently, due to the evolving coronavirus and social distancing, both the Benefit Concert and the Trivia Fundraiser planned and organised by our VCAL students had to be postponed. I wish to acknowledge the significant work undertaken by the VCAL students and staff with these projects.  

 

Staffing Changes

The following staff will be departing HPSC, as their contract ends. Thank you and best wishes to

Rundi Yang and Sarah Carnevale. Next Term, we will welcome the following returning staff; Rabecca Mphande and Prunelle Prahaladh.

 

Whole School Assembly

Last week, our planned Whole School Assembly on the National Day Against Bullying, featuring a guest speaker had to be postponed, due to the social distancing measures.  The importance of the focus on the National Day Against Bullying was enabled via our Mentoring Program.

 

College Open Day

A few weeks ago, we had our College Open Day. Tours with student leaders were held throughout the day, with an evening information session for prospective parents and students. Our student leaders demonstrated excellent leadership skills. All students spoke clearly, demonstrating their love of our college and of the learning opportunities available for students.

 

Flexible and Remote Learning

During these uncertain times, staff and students have been preparing for a possible school closure. Staff have been engaged in additional professional learning to prepare for more flexible learning options such as remote learning.

If/When remote learning commences, we all have a role to play.

Students:

  • Will need to log onto Compass each day at the usual lesson time for details of their learning tasks
  • Will need to upload and submit learning task(s) to their teachers by the required date.
  • Can contact teachers for support with learning via Compass and Microsoft Teams during normal school hours
  • VCE students can access Edrolo and Studyclix
  • Are reminded of high expectations regarding respectful and ethical behaviour while communicating online. Please note, all comments made using Microsoft Teams can be read by all.  It is important to remember that we all have a digital footprint

Parents:

  • Are requested to check with students and discuss daily learning tasks
  • Log on to Compass to see both Learning and Assessment tasks
  • Are asked to ensure that students are fully utilising ‘normal’ school days to complete daily learning tasks set by teachers 
  • Ask students when learning tasks are required to be uploaded and submitted for feedback and assessment
  • Please contact the school by email hampton.park.sc@edumail.vic.gov.au to indicate student illness. This is important when teachers are assessing student learning tasks
  • Asked to remind students that they can contact teachers for support in learning during normal school hours
  • Are asked to speak to their children about respectful and ethical behaviour while communicating online. Everyone has a digital footprint that can be traced back to the writer

Teachers:

  • Will be preparing online learning for students. These lessons will be accessed via Compass
  • Will be providing modified tasks to support students with additional needs
  • Will be providing students with clear due dates for submission of work
  • During normal school hours, teachers will be available to answer questions from students
  • Assessing learning tasks uploaded and submitted by students 

 To keep our whole learning community informed, I will be communicating regularly with all staff, students and parents.

 

Thank you for your support during these challenging times.

Wayne Haworth
Principal

 

Student Services

Term 1 certainly started full of energy and enthusiasm but the recent developments with COVID-19 have been challenging for staff, students and parents/carers and the broader community.

 

If you or your child are experiencing distress over the COVID-19 situation, please have a look at these fact sheets from Headspace and Beyondblue that may provide you with some useful strategies.

https://headspace.org.au/young-people/how-to-cope-with-stress-related-to-covid-19/

https://www.beyondblue.org.au/the-facts/looking-after-your-mental-health-during-the-coronavirus-outbreak

 

Julian Couzins is one of our Psychologists and he is available for phone counselling – ( 0419 319 899 (text first).  Students usually need a mental health care plan, but under the current circumstances, Julian is happy to have a chat with any students that are experiencing distress. 

 

Breakfast Club now runs each Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursdays and has been a great success, thanks to Alisha Gibson and Kris Balzary.

While the National Day Against Bullying on Friday, 20th March 2020 was officially postponed, we went ahead with our plans to have an open mic session and photo booth at lunchtime (meeting the requirements of social distancing!). 

Eight students performed with many others wanting to be involved, but with time restraints not all performers got the chance, so there’s always next time.

 

 

 

 

 

COMMUNITY AGENCIES

CONTACT NUMBER

Casey Community Health Service

5990 6789

Centre for Multicultural Youth Issues

8594 1550

City of Casey Youth Services

9705 5200

Cranbourne Information & Support Service

5996 3333

Foundation House (support for refugees/asylum seekers)

8788 3333

Hanover Dandenong – Housing Support

1800 825 955

Headspace, Dandenong & Narre Warren

1800 367 968

Parentzone (Anglicare)

1300 984 011

Relationship Australia

1300 364 277

Springvale Monash Legal Service

9545 7400

South East Community Links

9547 0511

Southern Migrant & Refugee Centre

9767 1900

Taskforce Drug & alcohol counselling

9532 0811

QLIFE (support for LGBTI)

1800 184 527

Uniting Connections (Child First)

9705 3939

Victorian Legal Aid (Dandenong)

9767 7111

WAYYS (Crisis accommodation)

9703 0044

Windemere

1300 946 337

YSAS (Youth Support & Advocacy Service)

1800 458 685

 

24 HOUR NUMBERS

DHS Child Protection Southern Region Intake

(Mon- Fri 9 am to 5 pm)

1300 655 795

 

DHS Child Protection (After Hours)

131 278

Directline 24 hr drug/alcohol info

1800 888 236

Family Drug Help Line 

1300 660 068  

Family Violence Service ‘Safe Steps’

1800 015 188

Grief Line 12 noon-3 am 

1300 845 745

Kids Help Line

1800 551 800

Life Line

13 11 14

Police / Fire / Ambulance

000

Psychiatric Triage Team – Mental health issues

1300 369 012

Sexual Assault Crisis Line 

1800 806 292

Suicide Help Line

1300 651 251

 

Careers

Careers Team

Please feel free to drop in to chat to the Careers / Pathway team and if you would like more information about career options, please call 03 8795 9400 and ask for the Careers Team.

Visit from Alumni, Jessica Hogan

Jessica Hogan visited HPSC on Tuesday 10th March to chat to current Year 12 students planning to sit the UCAT aptitude test.  Jessica shared her UCAT experience and gave our students study advice and valuable tips. Jessica is studying Biomedical Science at Monash and plans to continue into the field of medicine.  We wish Jessica the best in her future studies!

Stuck at home?

You might think that’s not as easy as it sounds if you’re stuck at home, but there are loads of resources already out there, with more popping up every day.

Here are some of our top suggestions:

Get “out” without leaving your house

The 40 Best Educational Podcasts in 2020

Top 10 Career Podcasts To Listen to This Year (2019)

Careers News!

Our Hampton Park Careers Newsletter has lots of information on Open Days and Industry Events –  CLICK HERE! for the latest newsletter!

Headstart

Head Start is a program designed to help students begin an apprenticeship or traineeship whilst still at school.

The program recognises that everyone learns differently, has different interests and career goals.

Head Start lets you start learning skills for an apprenticeship or traineeship early – while still making sure that you get the real life knowledge that employers need by completing your VCE or VCAL.

When you finish school, you’ll have your VCE or VCAL as well as having finished (or be close to finishing) your training - giving you a head start on everyone else. You can choose from apprenticeships and traineeships in key industries such as building, construction, community services and health, business and primary industries. See Mr Evans in the Careers Office for further information.

Open Days & Info Sessions

Many of these events have been either cancelled or postponed. Please check the universities website for the most current event information.

Cancelled Events

  • 17, 19 & 24 March | Victoria University Information Sessions
  • 30 March – 3 April | La Trobe Campus Talk and Tours, Bendigo
  • 1 – 9 April | ATAR Notes VCE Lectures – now being streamed online
  • 1, 2, 7, 8 & 9 April | Deakin Step on Campus
  • 3 April | La Trobe Experience Clever, Melbourne
  • 4 April | University of Melbourne – A Day at Melbourne
  • 4 April | Endeavour College of Natural Health Open Day – now a virtual open day on 22 April
  • 16 April | Meet University of Melbourne in Ballarat
  • 17 April | University of Melbourne Interstate Student and Family Information Day
  • 17 – 18 April | Victorian Careers Show
  • 21 April | Deakin Doctor of Medicine Course Information Session
  • 30 April – 3 May | VCE Careers Expo
  • 28 May | Deakin Criminology Course Information Session

Planning to study Dentistry or Medicine?

UCAT Registrations have opened! Students who are planning to apply to Medicine, Dentistry and Clinical Science degree programmes commencing in 2021 at these Universities in Australia and New Zealand must sit the UCAT ANZ test in the month of July 2020. Note: the registrations close 11th May 2020. See Lisa in the Careers Office for further information.

Looking for a part time job?

You will find job search tips and much more under the Career Tools website on the HPSC website. Look under STUDENTS tab/scroll down to CAREERS & PATHWAYS and ‘click here to go to the HP Careers Website’ Under the first tab IMPORTANT INFO scroll down to YOUTH CENTRAL. Here you will find an abundance of information on looking for part time work.

How old do I need to be? Despite popular opinion, 14 years and 9 months is not the minimum age of employment – to be employed without a permit, a child must be 15 years. 

Under the Child Employment Act 2003, children can be employed for a maximum of 3 hours per day and 12 hours per week during school term and a maximum of 6 hours per day and 30 hours per week during school holidays. These hours are inclusive of rest breaks.

Click here for more information

https://www.business.vic.gov.au/hiring-and-managing-staff/employing-children/laws-and-act

Further Learning

Top 5 Online Course Providers

If you’re stuck at home but don’t want to fall behind on your learning, or are just looking for something different than watching Netflix all day, there are heaps of online providers that offer courses and education resources.

You can study almost any subject you can think of, and many of them are free as well.

Here are some of our top picks:

Library News

Student Borrowing

  • Students are able to borrow up to 4 books (physical, audio and ebooks) for 3 weeks.
  • Students must not have any overdue books to be able to borrow new titles. 
  • The date due is stamped in the back of the book to help students get them back on time.
  • If you would like a book recommendation, please ask your friendly CRC staff Ms Purton, Ms Nelson or Ms De Alwis.

World Book Encyclopaedia Online

Good news! Our library subscribes to World Book Online.

Our World Book subscription allows us to give you and your family access to this valuable reference source on your home computers 365 days a year, 24 hours a day.

To access the World Book Web, follow these simple steps:

  1. Go to World Book Online  
  2. Enter Username hpsc5
  3. Enter Password  hpsc5 (click save password for future visits)

Once you arrive at the World Book home page, you should bookmark the page or add to favourites for easy access to World Book in the future. Articles can be translated into 80 different languages.

You can also find international newspapers. Go to World Book Advanced. Click on Research & Resources at the top right of the page. Select World Newspapers, choose your country and select a newspaper.

This link with help you get the most out of World Book Online: Getting Started.

Audio Books and EBooks

Students can also access ebooks and audio books.

Here is the link for a computer: https://hpsc.wheelers.co/

You can also access it via an app on your phone by going to Google Play or the App Store and downloading ePlatform.

  • Use your network login and password for access.
  • Books will automatically return after 3 weeks.

Please remember that login and password information is for students and their families only.

Extending this information to other people could result in loss of at-home access for our students.

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