HPSC Newshamper

21 September 2018
Issue Eleven
Principal's Report
From the Office
Important Dates
Student Leadership
Senior School
Arts Domain
Maker Space
Library News
HPSC Careers
Student Health & Wellbeing
School Holiday Programs
Community News
Hampton Park Secondary College
(03) 8795 9400
58-96 Fordholm Road
Hampton Park, Victoria, 3976

Principal's Report

It is with regret and indeed, much sadness, that I inform our College community that today, 21 September 2018, marks the last day of my employment as Principal of Hampton Park Secondary College.


I will remain an employee of the Department of Education for some time following this, however, this will not be at the college. Unfortunately I have need of further surgery on my neck which will require a considerable period of rehabilitation to follow the surgery.


Given this situation and the need for a potentially quite lengthy recovery period, I have made the decision to relinquish my position as Principal of the College.  The alternative to this was to use up some of my accrued ‘sick leave’..  At the moment, I have sufficient sick leave to enable me to to be off work for anything up to 3 years. To do so, however would leave the College with someone placed as the Acting Principal for anywhere between six and 18 months. I have therefore made the decision that it would be far better for our college and our community that the position be advertised and a new Principal appointed in a timely manner. 


I would like to take this opportunity on my last day in the service of the College, to express some of my feelings on leaving our community.


Over the past 11 years, our staff and school council have worked incredibly hard to ensure the capacity of our College to meet the needs of our quite unique student cohort. While obviously there is still a long way to go on our improvement journey, our College now sits as the College of choice in the community.  Our curriculum offerings, our ‘State Of The Art Facilities,’ coupled with the incredible dedication of our staff, have combined to create a learning environment that is 2nd to none. In regard to the development of our curriculum using the Harvard backward design method of curriculum design delivery and review places us at the forefront of educational thinking in this State.


It has been an absolute pleasure and a privilege to have worked in and served our community over the past 11 years. It would be absolutely remiss of me if I were not to recognise and applaud our incredible staff for accepting the challenge to transform our teaching and learning methodology in order to provide our students with the greatest opportunity to continue their life’s journey on exiting the College. Our College Council has committed to support staff in developing their knowledge, expertise and skill sets in order to create the 21st century learning environment that is now in place at the college.


I wish to acknowledge and to thank my executive leadership team both now and across all of my years at the College. Individually and collectively, they have supported my dream to create our College as the learning Hub of our community.


On leaving our College community, I most certainly will miss our students. Sitting here now and putting these few words together, I find it difficult to imagine not walking into work each day and experiencing the joy that our students offer each and every one of us on a daily basis.


Finally, I would like to acknowledge the education support staff at the College for their dedication to ensuring our students and staff are fully supported in delivering on our mission as a learning community and for their incredible support of me over the journey that we have taken in the course of the past 11 years.


The journey we have all shared over my time at the College, now sees the College incredibly well placed to provide our students with the education that they deserve and the education so vital to ensuring that each and every one of our students, on leaving the college, are able to participate as active members of the wider community.


So now, is a big tank you to all and farewell, as I move into the next chapter in my life.




David Finnerty


David Finnerty



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: [email protected]

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 School Office


Parents are reminded to check with the office regarding any outstanding fees for 2018.

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

- Cash


- 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


HPSC Canteen

See the image attached for the 2018 Canteen Menu

(click to enlarge)


Important Dates


8th - First day of Term 4

17th - Visual Arts Exhibition

18th - City Excursion Day 1

19th - Last day of Year 12 classes

22nd - Year 12 Mystery Activity

25th - Valedictory

31st - VCE Exams begin







2nd - Year 7 Scienceworks Excursion

6th - Student Free Day

12th to 21st - Year 11 Exams

14th - Year 9 City Excursion Day 2

15th - Year 9 City Excursion Day 3

16th - Year 8 SAM Excursion

19th - Instrumental Music Performance Night

21st - Last Day VCE Exams

23rd - Year 10 Maths and English Exam

26th - Year 9 ACU Excursion

26th to 30th - Year 11 into 12 Orientation

30th - Last day of Year 11 Classes



3rd to 7th - Year 10 into Year 11 Orientation

10th - Year 7 2019 Information Evening

11th - Grade 6 into 7 Orientation Day

17th - Presentation Evening








Student Leadership

40 Hour Famine Backpack Challenge

 On the 16th of August students were involved in a World Vision Project called the ’40 Hour Famine Backpack Challenge’.

We supported the 40 Hour Famine Backpack Challenge to stand with young refugees around the world. We lived out of a backpack for 40 hours with nothing but the essentials – food, water and warmth – to lead global change by raising funds for young people who’ve been forced to flee their homes.

There were 12 challenges throughout the 40 hours that we had to do. The challenges were achievable but difficult. One of them we that we had to walk for one hour. There were four refugees; Lilias, Obada, Jubaida and Rhoda who had stories we could follow, and who have received help from World Vision.

Some of the students from the SRC leadership group participated in this event. We had many challenges to face, but now understand what young refugees and displaced people our age have experienced in the refugee crisis.

We also asked our families, friends and teachers to sponsor and support us throughout this challenge, and we raised up to $1,400. The donations are given to help refugees and displaced people around the world.

I would like to thank all the people who donated, encouraged and supported us through this amazing experience. 

Manmeet Kaur Singh

Year 9 Student


Senior School

Year 12 Valedictory

We anticipate a fantastic and rewarding evening and look forward to you helping us join in and celebrate the achievements of the Class of 2018 at this years Valedictory Dinner.

WHEN: Thursday 25th October 2018


TIME: 6.30pm for 7pm start.

Your ticket includes a three course meal, unlimited soft drink and light entertainment.  As this is an official College function, alcohol is strictly prohibited.

Final ticket payments are due on Friday October 12th, and can be paid via cash or EFTPOS to the General Office.

Year 11 Exams

The Year 11 exam period will run from Monday 12th November to the Wednesday 21st November (Term 4 Week 6-7).

The exams provide students with an opportunity to demonstrate their learning but also an opportunity to practice and prepare for Unit 3/4 exams.  

Students will have 2 days of classes following the exam period (Thursday 22nd & Friday 23rd November) in order to receive feedback.

Year 12 Study Skills Camp 2019

Year 12 is an exciting and challenging year for students completing their final year of study. To address these challenges and assist our students to successfully meet the demands of Year 12, Hampton Park Secondary College has organised a Study Skills Camp.

The aims of this camp include to:

  • develop a connected group of Year 12 students
  • develop their skills for the successful completion of their Year 12 studies with sessions that focus on:
  • understanding ATAR scores and establishing appropriate goals
  • preparing a study planner for effective time management
  • developing skills in essay writing
  • participating in stress management activities and understanding the importance of good nutrition, sleep and physical activity in improving academic and social success

Attendance at the Study Skills Camp is compulsory. Classes will not be held at the College during camp days. The camp includes two nights accommodation, bedding, transport, chef prepared breakfast, lunch and dinner, guest speakers, educational and adventure based activities.


Date: Wednesday 6th to Friday 8th of February

Where: PGL Campaspe Downs, 1302 Trentham Road, Kyneton

Cost: $250.00 per person

Travel: Buses will pick up students on Wednesday and return them on Friday


Please note that the Government set up a Camps, Sports and Excursion (CSEF) fund to provide payments for students to attend school events to the amount of $225 per year. Families who were eligible and have CSEF funds available will automatically have this money applied to pay the cost of the camp. The amount due by individual students will be shown on the permission form through Compass.

Payment may be made regularly at the office in any amount with full payment required by Friday 9th November.

Detailed itineraries including departure times and materials lists will be distributed to students at the start of Term One 2019.


The Senior School Team are very excited to offer our students this opportunity to assist students in excelling in their Year 12 studies. If you have any questions about the camp please contact Mr Christiansen or Ms  Glenn at the College on 8795 9400.

Arts Domain

School Production 2018 - 'Grease'

Grease is over! The students had an amazing experience, rehearsing for two terms and ending with fantastic performances. The support from the Hampton Park community was overwhelming. Thank you to all of you for coming to watch, to the staff for their support and for the awesome cast! We could not be prouder of you and your commitment to the 2018 Production of Grease.



Maker Space

Photography Club

The Photography Club have been using a special machine to make taker water droplet photographs. Here are some of the great images they've taken.

The Photography Club have a regular meeting each Monday at lunchtime. If you are interested in learning more about photography, come along and sign up!



Maker Space Clubs

Barista Club is in full swing, full of keen and motivated students. Head into HP Cafe today to see them at work.


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.

HPSC Careers

Important VTAC Information for Year 12

VTAC (Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre) are the centralised applications service for all publicly funded Victorian Universities. All the information you’ll need to know about courses, universities, applying to a University in Victoria and more, can be found at: http://www.vtac.edu.au/



You can lodge your application to VTAC right now (applications opened on the 6th August 2018).


You should aim to complete your application to VTAC before the 27th September 2018. Bear in mind the earlier you get your application in, the earlier you’ll be considered for an offer. The fee for lodging an application by that date will be $36.00.

If for some reason you’re falling behind with your application, according to the VTAC website, you can still lodge by the 2nd November 2018 (the late processing fee then jumps up to $105). The absolute last date you can apply and still be considered for the first main round of offers is the 7th December 2018 (the processing fee then is $137).

However, when we spoke to VTAC to confirm these dates, they advised us that the latest you should get your application in to ensure you make it into the main round of offers is by the 31st October 2018. We would strongly advise you take heed of the October cut-off date to avoid disappointment, alternatively contact VTAC directly yourself.



Scholarship applications to VTAC close on 12th October 2018.

SEAS applications to VTA close on 12th October 2018.



You can choose up to EIGHT preferences to list on your application. Preferences are the courses you would like to apply for. Listing eight preferences maximises your chances of getting an offer.


When choosing your preferences, it’s a good idea to list the ones you really want first, the ones that are more realistic next, and a couple of safe options. That way you’ll ensure that you get at least one offer at the end of each round.



VCAA will post final Year 12 results and ATARs from 7am on the 14th December 2018.



Once you’ve received your ATAR, you may have done better than you expected, you might not have done as well as anticipated, or you may just have had a change of heart about which course to study or the University you would like to go to.


If that’s the case, you can still change you preferences after receiving your ATAR. You’ll have to make sure that you change your preferences between 10am and 4pm on the 4th January 2019, after that you won’t be able to alter your application before the first round of offers.



Once you’ve submitted your final preferences and the cut-off window has passed, you can expect to start receiving offer notifications from the 16th January 2019.




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 & Wellbeing

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.


HPSC Breakfast Club

All students are invited to the Student Welfare and PSD area 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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School Holiday Programs

Coder Academy Programs


If you would like to book any of these programs, please go to Coder Academy



City of Casey Programs


Community News





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