HPSC Newshamper

08 November 2019
Issue Ten

Hampton Park Secondary College is rich in our diversity and whole hearted in our pursuit of excellence.

From the Office
Important Dates
Principal's Report
College News
Community & Student Engagement 
Junior School
Middle School
Senior School
Arts Domain
English Domain
Health/PE Domain
Library News
Homework Support
Student Services
Student Health
Staff News
Hampton Park Secondary College
(03) 8795 9400
58-96 Fordholm Road
Hampton Park, Victoria, 3976
AU

From the Office

Office Information

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

Fees

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)

2020 Student Packages

Student Information Packages for 2020, including course confirmation details, will be distributed within the next two weeks.

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

 

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Important Dates

November

11th to  20th - Year 11 Exams

18th - VCAL Awards Night

21st to 29th - Year 11 into 12 Orientation

2th to 29th - Year 12 2020 Study Skills Camp

 

 

 

 

December

2nd to 6th - Year 10 into 11 Orientation

9th - Grade 6 Parent Evening

10th - Year 7 2020 Orientation Day

11th to 13th - Peer Support Camp

13th - College Presentation Night

16th - College Carnival Day/Last Day of 2019 Schooling

 

Principal's Report

What a wonderful evening it was at the recent Year 12 Valedictory Dinner. It was an evening of celebration with family and friends and although it was my first at HPSC, it is an event that I look forward to every year.

In my speech, I mentioned the characteristics of successful people and reminded all of our young people to shoot for the stars. I announced that at HPSC we recognise that success comes in many ways, as such this year we will introduce another DUX Award to our Presentation Evening.  We will recognise the DUX of VCAL as well as VCE.

 

Final VCE Year 12 exams commenced on Tuesday October 30th with the English and EAL exam. I wish all the Year 12 students the best of luck during the exam period.

 

On Friday October 25th Mr Ayman Youssef and myself attended the Victorian Education Excellence Awards with our amazing Multicultural Education Aide team. Our MEA Team were recognised for their work in supporting our students to be their best. Although on this occasion they did not win the award, we all are incredibly proud of their work in our learning community.

 

Recently, I attended a Federation Uni and Casey Project Presentation Evening with Ms Vanstan as Year 9 students Kaira Te, Chelsea Skey, Alyssa Pedersen and Nikita Brito pitched their presentation. Congratulations girls, your presentation was most impressive.

 

Congratulations to Kaira, Lukijana, Galatia, Tanisha, Alanna and Keira who recently participated in the illuminate Program. This program encourages students to use and build entrepreneurial skills. The HPSC team, Operation 66, won a number of awards for their efforts and will now work with a business advisor to further develop their business proposal.  

 

During our Curriculum Day on Melbourne Cup Eve, staff engaged in Professional Learning. As a staff we discussed what characteristics are displayed by high performing schools. During the day staff were actively engaged in workshops which focused on Project Based Learning, our new Mentoring Program commencing in 2020 and our Learning Architecture.

Last night, I conducted a second Parent Feedback Forum. Discussion included

  • The future direction of our College
  • What do families love about our school 
  • What are the opportunities for further improvement?

Thank you to all parents, carers and students for your attendance and active participation.

The next few weeks will be extremely busy at the College, as Year 11 exams commence, Year 9 student engage in Mock Interviews, the VCAL Awards evening presentation is happening and the Orientation Week for Year 12 2020 begins, just to name a few.  

Wayne Haworth
Principal

 

College News

Victorian Education Excellence Awards

On Friday October 25th, the MEA team, along with Mr Haworth and Mr Youssef, attended the awards ceremony for the Victorian Education Excellence Awards.

The Victorian Education Excellence Awards recognises inspirational teachers, principals, business managers and education support staff for outstanding dedication and achievement in government education.

This year, the Multicultural Education Aide Team at HPSC was nominated as a finalist in the Outstanding Education Support Team category.

As finalists, the MEA team were celebrated for their hard work and dedication to our students.

To the Multicultural Education Aide Team: We are so proud of you and we thank you for everything you do to support our EAL students.

Here is a video about the work our MEA's do here at HPSC.

 

Year 12 Final Week Activities

On Monday October 21st, the Year 12 students attended the Annual Mystery Excursion Celebration Day. This year the excursion took them to Funfields in Whittlesea, where they had the chance to experience theme park rides, water slides and many other fun activities. It was a fantastic day, enjoyed by all the students and staff who attended.

On Tuesday October 22nd, the final Year 12 Assembly was held. Families of the Class of 2019 were invited to attend, as well as all HPSC staff and students.

After the Acknowledgment of Country by Tyson G and a performance of the National Anthem by Ana A, Principal Wayne Haworth greeted the community and farewelled the Year 12 students. 

The Assembly included thank you's and presentations to the Student Leadership Team, performances from Year 12's and a special video surprise from the Staff.

After the Assembly, the Year 12 students and their families partook in a morning tea prepared for them by the Year 10 Food Studies students.

 

Before the Class of 2019 moved into the Final Assembly in Period 2, they attended a celebration presentation solely for the Year 12 students.
Part of this included watching a video recapping the Staff V Students Comp and looking back at all the events they participated in throughout the year, as well as an informal awards ceremony with personalised awards from the Senior School Staff.

Marketplace Book & Uniform Sale
Saturday 30 November

For the past twenty years the Parent Network has worked endless hours in preparing for and staffing the annual HPSC Book Sale.

Previously this was one of the major fundraising events for the Parent Network however with the reliance on laptops and the reduced need for textbooks, in 2018 the school signed up for the Sustainable Book Shop which did not have the benefits of supporting our community that we were hoping for.

This year the Parent Network would like to trial a new method for supporting families in selling used books and uniform through a Marketplace concept. All funds raised will be used to support student learning.

The Marketplace will be held on Saturday 30 November from 9.00am-12.00pm in E Block at Hampton Park Secondary College.  All information is contained in the flier below. 

Booklists and books that can be re-sold will be shared when this becomes available.

 

Community & Student Engagement 

School of Leadership Opportunity

HPSC has been accepted to enrol 5 students into the School of Leadership Term 4 2020.  This is an amazing opportunity for students who aspire to leadership or who are looking to challenge themselves in a variety of ways. This opportunity is open to current Year 8 students only.

What does this mean for me?
In Term 4 2020 you will be enrolled at the School for Leadership Gnurad Gundidj. It is an 8 week term and you will live away from home, doing innovative hands-on lessons, completing outdoor challenges and pursuits and looking after yourself (including doing your own washing, cooking etc). You will also be completely without access to social media, phones, tv - unless it is part of your learning. In other words, you are going back to how it used to be without distractions and noise. There is a financial cost of $1050.00 per student however this will pay for all tuition, food and accommodation for the term, with no additional costs.

If this is interests you please visit
http://www.gnurad-gundidj.vic.edu.au , speak to Ms Vanstan in the Engagement Office or email vanstan.fiona.l@edumail.vic.gov.au . You must fill in an application form to be considered for this amazing adventure which can be found on your Compass NewsFeed.

FedUni Casey Project

Recently two teams of students attended the launch day for the FedUni Casey Project. This project provides Year 9 students an opportunity to engage in university life.

Students attend lectures and use these ideas to investigate a problem that affects our local community and then create solutions to address their problem. Students have the term to write and submit an essay which outlines their problem and solutions. The focus of the project was based on the question, “What makes a smart city?”

Congratulations to our Year 9 students – Kaira Te, Chelsea Skey, Alyssa Pedersen and Nikita Brito – who were selected as finalists in the FedUni Casey Project. They investigated road safety in the City of Casey and ways to reduce accidents in the local area. Their technological solutions included using Artificial Intelligence to calculate how long it will take people of different ages to walk safely across the road, phone blocking technology near walkways and pathways that light up when the lights change.

The girls presented their ideas to Federation University lecturers and City of Casey Councillors. They spoke articulately, clearly and passionately, sharing the knowledge that they had gathered throughout the research process.

I would like to take the opportunity to thank Ms Amy Johnson, Ms Melanie Larcombe, Ms Jasmine Keough and our partners at Salesforce for assisting the girls in this project.

Illuminate 

Recently two groups of students across Years 8 – 10 participated in the Illuminate Challenge at Casey Tech School.  

The illuminate:nextgen Challenge is a week-long immersive experience, that provides an opportunity for students to be the confident, creative and capable young people they have the potential to be in an authentic learning opportunity. Facilitated by skilled facilitators and with the support of the local community, students work in teams to explore what it takes to get a new project or business idea off the ground, developing key skills in the following areas;
- Communication (Speaking, Writing & Presentation Skills)

- Understanding (Critical Thinking, Inquiry, Digital & Financial Literacy)
- Solve Problems (Creativity, Problem Solving & Reflection)
- Work Smart (Collaboration, Organisation & Perseverance)

The students thoroughly enjoyed their experience, developing their business idea through a range of supported activities including a one-minute elevator pitch – the time taken for the students to step into an elevator, share their idea, go up and down one floor and step out of the elevator. The two groups were recognised for their work during their experience.

 

One of the student groups has been offered the opportunity to go into partnership with an existing business which is currently being explored at the moment.

Thank you Ms Priyanka Dixit, Ms Cassie Tucker and Ms Leah Green for supporting the students throughout this process.

Mission Gravity

Did you know that HPSC is a partner with Casey Tech School? Casey Tech School delivers high-tech, leading edge courses to students.

 

On Thursday 10 October a mixed group of HPSC student across years 7 to 12 were lucky enough to attend a Mission Gravity session at Casey Tech. During the session they flew a virtual trip to the stars with immersive virtual reality.

Students found out about different kinds of stars with various masses and how black holes distort light around them. Exploring the latest scientific discoveries of gravity, students also learned about how gravity waves (first theorised to exist by Einstein) are created and how they are detected on earth through the use of lasers.

Thank you to Ms Podsytnik and Mr Pelecanos for taking the students on the day.

Casey Tech School also runs school holiday programs and other student programs. 

See the information below for one of these programs

 

VR Gaming (Year 8 - 10)

A session for participants to interact with a variety of virtual reality programs and games.

When: Monday October 28th & December 16th

Time: 4.00pm to 5.30pm

Cost: Free of charge

Bookings: 03 9212 4700 or admin@caseytechschool.vic.edu.au

Peer Sport Mentors

The 2019 Peer Sport Mentors continue to show leadership and initiative in supporting the sporting programs of the local schools. At the recent Middle School Assembly Shanae Muleta and Andre Capito shared the benefits that they have experienced being part of this program, including the opportunity to work with the local students.

At times the weather can be poor, so students need to be prepared with jackets and umbrellas or sunscreen and hats or there might be a late cancellation of the event.  It is important that the mentors are regularly checking their emails, and Compass to ensure that they attend where and when they are needed.

Applications for the 2020 Peer Sport Mentors are now open to students who are currently in Years 8 and 9. Forms can be found on student’s Compass News Feed, in the Middle School Office or by speaking to Ms Vanstan.

Junior School

Junior School Staff

Sub School Learning Leader

Billy Jessop

Student Learning Leaders Year 7

Matthew Cram, Priyanka Dixit

Student Learning Leaders Year 8

Breanna Martin, Nikki Boyd

 

 

 

 

 

 

Year 8 Band

What a great performance by the Year 8 band 'Caught By The Teachers'! Click on the post below 

Year 8 PE

In Year 8 PE we are learning about the benefits of being physically active on your social, emotional, mental and physical health.

What better way to work on upper body strength, core strength, coordination and building connection with peers than having a good old fashioned play at the playground.

 

Middle School

Middle School Staff

Sub School Learning Leader

Amy Johnson

Student Learning Leaders Year 9

Jasmine Keough, Christopher Kriaris

Student Learning Leaders Year 10

Cassandra Tucker, Leah Green

Middle School Leader Update

UPCOMING EVENTS

 

Monday 11th November

Year 10 students studying a Unit 1/2 VCE subject will commence their exams from the Monday and conclude these by Wednesday 20th on November. Timetabled Year 11 classes will be cancelled but students will be supervised in G9/Middle School during this time. Please ensure that you check Compass for the most up to date timetable information.

 

Thursday 14th November

Year 9 students have their mock interviews which will be conducted in E block. To facilitate this real-world experience students will be coming to school dressed to impress their potential employers and only be removed from classes for only 15 minutes to attend their interview. We have a number of external people who are volunteering their time to support our students so it is essential that they make the most of this opportunity.

 

Wednesday 20th November

Students who will be undertaking a Unit 3/4 subject at Hampton Park will start their week long orientation at this time. It is expected that all students have as many of their resources as possible for these classes and remember that you will be diving straight into Unit 3 work that will need to be completed over the Summer holidays.

 

Monday 25th and Tuesday 26th November

Year 10 English and Maths exams begin on Monday November 25th. All students will be required at the College for a 9am start on both days. As students complete their ACER assessments and exams they will be dismissed. On both days most students will be dismissed at 12pm after their written exam concludes in the CRC. Please remember to bring your laptop, pencil case and ID card to each of the exams.

 

Friday 29th November

Bring on the Year 10 Middle School Graduation Celebration! To celebrate the last official day as Year 10 students the cohort will be going to Gumbaya World! Please remember to return your forms by the due date and many students have CSEF funds that they can use to cover this event. There is something for all students to participate in from water slides to animals to theme park rides! You don’t want to miss the last opportunity to have fun before VCE/VCAL starts!

 

Monday 2nd December

Monday December 2nd, the Year 11 2020 Orientation classes will commence. For this calendar week all students who will be completing VCE Units 1/2, including Year 11 students who are accelerating, and Intermediate VCAL students will have a week long Orientation Program. Please remember to purchase your English books now, see information on the Compass Newsfeed!

 

Tuesday 10th December

Tuesday December 10th is the last day of regular Year 9 classes! From Wednesday 11th December until Monday 16th December the Year 9 students will participate in their End of Year program. Please keep your eyes on compass for the events that will be published shortly!

 

Success Stories

Congratulations to James Fisher and Sonalyn Tep who have officially signed up to commence their HeadStart Apprenticeships. James fought off some very tough competition to be signed on as an Engineer with a local business and Sonalyn will be working with Swan Plumbing while studying Business and completing her class work.

If you like the idea of starting your career while in high school then consider HeadStart, it is beneficial for students do either VCE or VCAL and is a fantastic opportunity to put the skills you will develop at TAFE into a workplace that is supportive of young people wanting to improve. If you are interested pop into the careers office and ask for Peter.

Attendance

With the end of 2019 fast approaching I would like to take this opportunity to remind our students and parents of the attendance requirements at the College. Every day that a student isn’t at school is valuable learning time that they are missing out on and while we know that students get sick, the more classes that are missed the harder it is to catch up.

If your student is going to be away please contact the absence line at the College on 03 8795 9444 or lodge the absence on Compass.T his assists the Middle School Team to support families where we know that students are struggling to come to school. Students who have been away due to illness or injury must bring in medical certificates to approve the absence.

This is a good habit for families to get in as students transition to Senior School where unapproved absences impact on the their ability to be allowed to pass their classes. If you are aware of an upcoming holiday please provide a written note to the College in advance, the Student Learning Leaders will then inform the classroom teachers and a plan to support the student’s education while away from the College will be developed.

Running late? It is essential that all students who arrive after 9am sign in at the sub school. If there is an evacuation this will help us to have the most up to date information on which students are on the school grounds. All lates will be issued with consequences from the Student Learning Leader’s unless a note is provided from home to explain the delay. We have noticed several students who are consistently coming to school and classes throughout the day late. Even something as small as being 2 minutes late each day adds up over the year to over 6 hours of missed class time!

 

Transition and Opportunities

As our Middle Schools prepare to graduate to the next year level it is also important that all students consider the opportunities that will be available to them in 2020 that they can sign up to now. Several students have been invited to apply for specialist Science/Maths/Leadership opportunities offered by Melbourne University and Monash University. Please ensure that all paperwork for this is completed by the due dates. There will be several more programs and opportunities throughout next year so turn on your Compass notifications to stay in the loop.

Peer Support Leaders and Sport Mentors is another fantastic opportunity to give back to the College and build your skills as a young leader within the community. As they say, you miss 100% of the shots you never take. If you don’t apply for opportunities like these then you will never know what you are truly capable of.

Student Exchange

Are you interested in discovering the world? Then a student exchange might be for you!

 

Senior School

Senior School Staff

Sub School Learning Leader

Liza Greaves

Student Learning Leaders Year 11

Matthew Hayward, Elizabeth Stefanatos

Student Learning Leaders Year 12

Catherine Glenn, Annie Lingard, Liam Cusack

Exams are here!

The 2019 VCE Exam period began on Wednesday October 30th with the English Exam. Year 11 and 12 students have been studying hard in the lead up to these exams, and we wish them all the best.

The Year 11 Exams will begin on Monday November 11th and will run until Wednesday November 20th. 

Students are reminded that they must attend their exams in full school uniform, and to be punctual for the start of their exam.

The Class of 2019 Valedictory Dinner

On Wednesday October 23rd, the Class of 2019 celebrated their Graduation at the New Peninsula Community Centre, supported by their family, friends and HPSC staff.

Dressed to impress, the Year 12 students reflected on their hard work and dedication to their studies over the last 13 years. 

After a Welcome Speech by Principal Wayne Haworth, the presentations and awards got underway.

Congratulations to all the students who received awards on the night.

Year 12 Leadership Awards

Student

Year 12 Committee

Jenna McClaverty

Stefanie Cook

Kon Kinias

Cailyn McNeil-Good

Konrad Taua’a

Faisal Karim

Meena Hassani

Komal Prasad

Taylor Ashley

Jean Damien Dalais

Elva Rossiter – Linaker

Leroy Lesoa Kalolo

Stacey Cameron

College Captains

Jessica Hogan

Cain Stansfield

Salman Yusofi

Tia Chater

 

Year 12 Leadership Awards

Student name

Somerville (Red) House

Daniel Khat

James Thompson

Regans (Blue) House

Cassidy McLean

Leonardo Nanthalak

Fordholm (Green) House

Jared Gath

Komal Prasad

Cairns (Gold) House

Celeste Creta

Liam O’Kane

Year 12 Leadership / Scholarship Awards

Student

Sports Award

Gericho BUENAFE LANDICHO

Julia Kaitaini

Pierre De Coubertin Award

Cassidy McLean

Senior School Persistence and Achievement Award

Fatema Ali

Parent Network

Year 12 Consistent Effort and Achievement Award

Isuru Ekanayake Mudiyanselage

Joshua Mills

Charmae Famillaran

Thirech Som

Masuma Ghulami

 

College Council 

Recognition of Community Achievement Award

Meena Hassani

Konrad Tauaa

 

Principals Award

Konstantinos (Kon) Kinias

 

Caltex All Rounder

Jessica Hogan

Year 12 VCAL Awards

ACADEMIC AWARD

CONSISTENT EFFORT

VCAL Literacy

Stacey Cameron

Abigail Tipuia

VCAL Numeracy

Joshua Mills

Cain Stansfield

VCAL Work Related

Haley-Jane Bautsch

Joshua Mendoza

VCAL Personal Development

Stacey Cameron

Fatema Ali

Certificate

Lilianjane Kennach

Luke Harvey

Year 12 Subject Awards

ACADEMIC AWARD

 

CONSISTENT EFFORT

Biology

Goldi Mand (YR11)

Zahra Sultani

Business Management

Farzana Afzali

Thirech Som

Chemistry

 Shahnaz Yaqubi

Konstantinos (Kon) Kinias

Drama

 Kaitlyn Smith

Jared Gath

English

Jessica Hogan

Emily Cheam

English EAL

Shahnaz Yaqubi

Meena Hassani

Food Studies

Natasha Stonard (Yr11)

Kayla Barden

Further Mathematics

Jacqueline Moore

Emily Cheam

Geography

Thirech Som

Ali Mozafari

Health & Human Development

Isabeau Hart (Yr11)

Taylor Ashley

History Revolutions

Emily Cheam

Madalyn Thomas

Legal Studies

Jennifer McLaverty

Kayleen Thy

LOTE French

Jessica Hogan

Komal Prasad

Mathematical Methods

Faisal Karim (Yr11)

Emily Cheam

Media

Farzana Afzali

Isuru Ekanayake

Music Performance

Jurel Ortencio (YR11)

Zoe Dekker

Physical Education

Nicholas Axford (YR 11)

Taylor Ashley

Physics

Konstantinos (Kon) Kinias

Shahnaz Yaqubi

Psychology

Shanaz Yaqubi

Ana Luca

Software Development

Faisal Karim (Yr11)

Jerico Magdamit

Specialist Maths

Konstantinos (Kon) KINIAS

Faisal KARIM (Yr11)

Studio Arts

Elva Rossiter-Linaker

Amirul Abdul Rahman

Visual Communication

Kayleen Thy

Marzia Amiri

Congratulations!

Congratulations to these Year 11 students who have been awarded the Top Academic Excellence Award for the Year 12 subjects they have completed this year.

These students topped their Year 12 classes due to hard work and dedication to their studies.

Congratulations again to Jurel, Natasha, Nicholas, Goldi, Faisal & Isabeau - we are extremely proud of your achievements.

 

VCAL Community Awards Night
November 18th

This year Ms Susan Cochrane and Ms Annie Lingard have been a part of The City of Casey VCAL Community of Practice. This group has planned a VCAL awards night to be hosted by Student Leaders of the schools involved. All schools in the CoP have students nominated to receive awards. There will also be performances from students and our own Pene Va will be playing the piano as all the guests are arriving.

VCAL Treetops Excursion

Through rain, hail or shine, the Year 12 VCAL students showed resilience and conquered their fears on October 17th, climbing the trees and hiking in the hail on their excursion to Treetops in Belgrave.

We wish you all the very best with what is ahead in the future. What a fantastic group of people!

 

Arts Domain

Instrumental Music Concert
November 20th @ 6pm

We have an exciting musical performance event coming up on November 20th at 6pm in the RPAC.

Parents/carers, friends, students, staff and members of the local community are all welcome to attend Hampton Park Secondary College's Instrumental Music Concert, in which students from different year levels will showcase their musical talents!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Arts & Technology Showcase

On Tuesday OCtober 17th, the College community came together at the HPSC Art & Technology Showcase.

Incredible student artwork and design pieces were on display in the CRC, along with technical demonstrations and catering from the Food Studies students.

We are so proud of all the hard work the Arts and Technology students and staff put in to make this night a success.

 

Year 11 Dance

The VCE 1/2 Dance class showcased their ‘cheer’ inspired dance performance recently at the Values Assemblies.
Well done to all the students involved, we love to see you share your talents with the College community.

Click on the post below to view the video of the performance.

 

 

 

English Domain

Year 9 Horror Poetry Competition

Congratulations to all our Year 9 English students for their wonderful Halloween Horror Poems - they were all great!

The winners were:
1st Jovanni Siavalua - 'Hide and Seek'
2nd Leera Estrada - 'The Twins'
3rd Kaira Te - 'Bundy My Boiii'

Have a read to get your spooky on! 👻

(click images to enlarge)

 

 

Health/PE Domain

Recent Sporting Achievements

Basketball

Even though we didn’t get the flag at the SMR basketball on October 7th, the Year 8 boys did an outstanding job demonstrating excellent skill, teamwork and sportsmanship. Congratulations on your hard work and commitment.

Rugby

On October 7th, the U14 Girls and Boys rugby teams braved the weather in the State Final - Robbie Kearns Shield competition.

The Boys team for placed 3rd and the Girls team placed 4th. Well done to all the students who participated!

 

Year 10 Outdoor Education Camp

On Wednesday 30th October the Year 10 Outdoor Education class headed off in a jam packed mini bus to Wilson’s Promontory to experience a camp planned for by themselves.

The 3 day experience packed in 2 hikes and a surfing lesson in very warm weather conditions. There were different elements of challenge for both the students and staff during camp however each activity and experience was met with a positive attitude and spirit that resulted in everyone having a fantastic time.

A special thanks to Mr Jamie Marks and Ms Erin Louden who came along to camp and helped wrestle wombats out of tents and peel students out of wetsuits.

 

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.

Book Club

Book Club is on every Tuesday after school 1.30pm-2.15pm in the Maker Space. Bring your current books and have a chat about them with your fellow readers! See you there!

Mr Shinkfield

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.

Homework Support

HPSC Homework Club

Did you know that HPSC has the biggest and best Homework Club in Casey?

Homework Club has been running successfully at the college for over eight years now, operating on Wednesdays after school in the school library, from 3.15pm to 5.00pm.

We begin with an array of healthy snack foods that are provided free of cost for our Homework Club students. The food is set up next door to the library in the Senior School Centre and accessed by the students after they sign in at the library desk with Mrs Purton who issues the ‘food tickets’.

Each week, Homework Club features a number of teachers who voluntarily help students with their homework, SAC preparation or general coursework. Shortly, we will welcome four or five Monash University student tutors who will also assist students as part of the Access Monash program that supports Homework Clubs in the Casey districts.

I invite students to attend Homework Club, as many of our top students have, over the last few years. Make up a ‘study buddies group’ and support each other in your quest for the best at Hampton Park. Have a go because you will never know until you try it!

Students of all ages and backgrounds are welcome because Homework Club is a friend to all students! Come every week and you will see your academic results improve!

Mr Shinkfield

Homework Club Co-ordinator

 

Multicultural Homework Support Club

The Hampton Park Homework Support runs three days a week Monday and Thursday from 3:30 to 4:40 PM and Tuesday from 1:30 to 3:08 pm. and all students are encouraged to join.

All the Multicultural Education Aide Team attend to provide support to the students who attend the club.

The club provides yummy snacks for the attendees. 

 

Student Services

The Wellbeing team had a very busy start to Term 4! 

We farewelled our Year 12 students and wish them all the very best for their exciting futures ahead!  Good luck with your exams, we are sure you will all do well.

We are delighted to announce that Julian Couzins, Psychologist has joined our team and is providing counselling to our students each Friday at school.  To see Julian, individual students will need to have a mental health care plan, which is arranged through your local Doctor. This is the same arrangement for Mel from OzChild who has been supporting individual students for the last few years.  Maddy from Foundation House started with us in Week 4 and is providing invaluable support to our students.  

Wellbeing Events during Term 4

Thursday 10th October - World Mental Health Day. 

At lunchtime, we had a ‘Walk and Talk’ around the school oval.  Physical exercise is such an important part of maintaining good mental health and we didn’t let the rain dampen our enthusiasm!

 

Friday, 11th October – Open Mic

Staff and students participated in the first ever ‘open mic’ event.  Students wowed us with their musical performances!  The special guest performer was our very own Youth Worker, Alisha Gibson, who did a couple of impromptu performances with students with the audience clapping and singing along.

Lunchtime Program – ‘Mindfulness’ with City of Casey Youth Workers

Students have been participating in fun activities each Wednesday at lunchtime to promote mindfulness and get their creative juices flowing!

360 Bus -  City of Casey Youth Services

Students enjoyed interacting with games, music and dance during lunchtime.


r her contribution to our students during her time with us.

Wellbeing Updates

Extended Hours for Casey Youth Services

With the support of the council funds have been granted to provide additional hours for two of the Youth information Centres.

These will include extending an evening session at the Cranbourne Youth Information Centre, with Thursdays being open 9.30am-8.30pm and the Hampton Park Youth Information Centre being open 11am-4pm Saturdays.

 

Grade 6 Transition

The wellbeing team are now contacting our feeder Primary Schools to provide additional support and gather important information for students in their transition to Hampton Park Secondary College in 2020.   Parents/carers are welcome to contact the Wellbeing Team direct on 8795-9400 if you would like a chat about the support available for your child.

 

Farewell and Thank You

Farewell to Cyndee Bautista, our Health Promotion Nurse who started with us during Term 3.  Cyndee is off to greener pastures in a new role as a mental health clinician at a school in the southern suburbs of Melbourne.  We wish Cyndee all the best in the future and sincerely thank her for all her hard work.

School Leavers Information Sessions

For students with additional learning and support needs

Still not sure about 2020? The National Disability Coordination Officer (NDCO) is holding an information session in your area.  You will have the opportunity to hear information more about;

  • Support available to plan your journey beyond school
  • Supports for further education
  • Supports for employment
  • NDIS supports to further education and employment goals

Individuals will be provided with the opportunity to make times to speak with one of the representatives. Bookings are essential.

PLEASE NOTE: These sessions are intended for youth with disability and their supports, including guardians and education staff. 

Bookings by service providers cannot be accepted for this event.

Frankston

Time: 3.30 pm – 6pm

Date: Monday 18 November 2019

Bookings: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/school-leavers-information-session-frankston-tickets-74649056337

How To Study Mindfully

Have you ever been reading a book and found that you’ve just read an entire page without digesting a single word – or caught the train home and been staring blankly out the window only to realise that you’ve missed your stop? Now what about doing two hours of ‘study’ while managing to check Instagram 11 times, contributing to three different Facebook group chats and finding yourself deep down the rabbit hole of YouTube? If you can relate, you’re certainly not alone.

These are all examples of ‘mindlessness’ – when you’re awake and functional, but distracted and not capable of giving 100% attention to a single task. People can often find themselves in auto-pilot mode however, when it comes to study, this is not a state you want to be in.

As the name suggests, the ideal state to be in is a ‘mindful’ one. A mindful person is focused and grounded in the present moment. The good news for students is that mindfulness can be used as a powerful tool to boost your study efficiency and get you energised and ready to go come exam day.

Here are some tips to bringing the mindful edge to your study sessions:

  1. Meditation and breathing exercises: Meditation brings you into the present by forcing you to focus on your breath. Before studying, practice breathing techniques that block out distractions and energise your mind. Mobile Apps such as Smiling Mind are great for helping you do this. Don’t worry if you’re not good at it to begin with!
  2. Get in the (study) zone: Creating a space for study where you know you’ll be free from excessive noise and distractions will help you get more done. For some, this is a desk at home, for others it’s a library or a quiet cafe. Sitting on your bed staring at your messy room, not so much.
  3. Switch off: It might be difficult in this day and age, but turning off your phone (or putting it on ‘do not disturb’) and staying clear of tv or Netflix is super important to helping you stay focused. Remember, mindfulness is all about the here and now – these technologies take you away from the present.
  4. Break up your study sessions: It can be hard to stay in a state of mindfulness for over an hour – even people who have been practicing for years still find it difficult to keep the concentration. Take regular breaks to refresh and re-energise. If possible, get outside during these breaks and have a healthy snack.
  5. The usual suspect: You’ve heard it a million times – ensure you get a good night’s sleep. But it’s especially important when it comes to mindfulness and study. You’ve probably realised by now that if you’re going off two hours sleep, it becomes a whole lot harder to concentrate. Try cutting down on caffeine and energy drinks, especially after 4pm.

Think about walking into an exam room. Now imagine walking into a sports arena with 100,000 screaming fans. The situation might seem scary to most but many athletes work on making sure they feel energised and ready to perform at their peak. A key reason behind this is a secret performance-enhancing weapon – mindfulness. Some sports teams even employ a mindfulness coach, something previously unheard of in the ‘macho’ world of sport. Players are taught to be ‘right here, right now’ in high-pressure situations. As with anything, this takes time to develop and a big part of the process is about acknowledging when your concentration is drifting and bring it back to the present.

The challenge is to see your exam as an opportunity to thrive, not to fail. Mindfulness can help you get there.

SOURCE: 

https://www.beyondblue.org.au/personal-best/pillar/wellbeing/how-to-study-mindfully

 

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

MONASH ACCESS 2019

Access Monash were delighted to celebrate the 2019 Year 12 Mentees from Hampton Park Secondary College who graduated from the Access Monash Mentoring Program. An end of year celebration was held at Monash University’s Caulfield Campus on Thursday 10 October to commemorate the achievements of each mentee.
Each mentee received individual mentoring from a current Monash University student throughout the year. Mentors provided invaluable advice and support to their mentees - providing insight into university life, clarifying future goals and supporting mentees with study tips throughout year 12.

Congratulations to the following students who graduated from the program this year:

  • Arezoo Sharifi
  • Masuma  Ghulami
  • Masoumeh Tavasoli
  • Sediqa Ali
  • Meena Hassani
  • Farzana Afzali
  • Hoda  Hussaini
  • Rahila Rezai

Thank you to all of the mentors,parents/guardians and teachers who helped support the program throughout the year.
To find out more about Access Monash and their mentoring program visit monash.edu/access

 

MONASH ACCESS 2020

Mentee applications for the 2020 Access Monash Mentoring program are now open. This program is open to all students studying VCE in 2020.
As an Access Monash mentee, you will be matched with a current Monash University student who will mentor you throughout Year 11 and 12.

Mentors in this program are current high achieving Monash University students selected by Access Monash based on their commitment to leadership within their community.
Some benefits of the program include:
- Receive individual mentoring from an experienced Monash University student
- Gain insight into university life
- Clarify future goals
- Explore your study and career options
- Gain support and study tips from someone who has recently completed VCE
- Exclusive access to certain Monash University programs
- Make new friends and expand your network
Want to know more?
Watch the experiences of current mentees and their mentors - Arnav & Pranav and Ankita & Ali
If you are interested in becoming an Access Monash mentee in 2020, please click on the link to register your interest. Access Monash will then send further information on how to apply. Applications close Friday 29 November.

 

 

Looking for Careers help?

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

Student Health

Bike, Rider and Pedestrian Safety

All HPSC students are reminded that when travelling to and from the college, they have important responsibilities to make sure they do so safely. 

For students riding bikes to/from school, they must be wearing a helmet for their safety and to meet Victorian law.  This law applies on all roads, bike paths and bike lanes.  Police can stop bike riders and issue a fine or warning for anyone not wearing a bike helmet.

Students are also reminded that they are to use the crossings located on Fordholm Road and Campbell Drive when crossing the road.  When crossing the road, road rules state that pedestrians must cross at a pedestrian crossing if there is one within 20 metres, and must not cause a traffic hazard by moving into the path of drivers.  Rules also state pedestrians must be crossing the road as quickly and directly as possible.

A further reminder to parents and caregivers that cars are not permitted to enter the car parking areas for drop off or pick up.  Parents and caregivers can drop off or pick up students by parking on either Fordholm Rd or Campbell Drive.  This is to ensure the safety of all students at the start and end of the school day.

Thank you for your support in ensuring all of our members of the college community are safe and respectful of our road rules and laws.

Further information on Victorian road rules and laws for pedestrians and bike riders can be found at https://www.vicroads.vic.gov.au/safety-and-road-rules/road-rules/a-to-z-of-road-rules/pedestrians and https://www.vicroads.vic.gov.au/safety-and-road-rules/road-rules/a-to-z-of-road-rules/bicycles.

 

HPSC Breakfast Club

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

 

Sick Bay

Sickbay acts as a first-aid station only.

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

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

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

 

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

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

School Crossing Safety

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Staff News

FAREWELL

This term we farewelled Keshni Singh (Classroom Teacher) and Cyndee Bautista (Health Promotion Nurse). We wish them all the best in the future.

 

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