HPSC Newshamper

20 December 2018
Issue Thirteen
From the Office
College News 
Student Leadership
Junior School 
Senior School
Arts Domain
Health/PE Domain
Science Domain
Technology Domain
Library News
HPSC Careers
Student Health & Wellbeing
Community News
Principal's Report
Hampton Park Secondary College
(03) 8795 9400
58-96 Fordholm Road
Hampton Park, Victoria, 3976

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


Student packages have been distributed for 2019, with fee sheet and booklists enclosed. 

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


College News 

Congratulations Kennice Dionisio!

Hampton Park SC Year 12 student Kennice Dionisio has been announced as the school’s recipient of the 2018 Caltex Best All Rounder Award, one of Australia’s most prestigious secondary school prizes.

Kennice joins a select group of secondary students around Australia who have received a Caltex Best All Rounder Award for excellence in their studies, on the sports field and for their work in the community.

Kennice was presented the award for excellence in the following areas:

  • Academic
  • Attitude
  • Personal Conduct
  • Leadership
  • Service
  • Arts

Kennice was appointed to the role of College Captain in which she developed her leadership skills and developed a passion project. She created the ‘Battle of the Houses’ event to help build house spirit and stronger connections between students. ‘It’s such an honour and a privilege to be awarded the Caltex Award. During my final year of high school. I’ve achieved and created unforgettable memories with both my peers and teachers’. Kennice hopes to study a Bachelor of Education and Arts at Monash University.

Hampton Park Secondary College Acting Principal Ms Karen Shiel said Kennice was a worthy recipient of the nationally-recognised award.

“The award recognises Kennice’s contribution across several disciplines – she has been a wonderful asset to our school and the wider community, setting a terrific example for others to follow,” Ms Shiel said.

Caltex Australia Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Julian Segal, said the Australian fuel and convenience company was proud to have recognised generations of students like Kennice since the awards began in 1985.

“I congratulate Kennice and wish her well as she moves into the next phase of her life,” Mr Segal said.

“Kennice joins an exclusive list of Caltex Best All Rounders to have been recognised over the past three decades.”

The Caltex Best All Rounder Award has been presented to thousands of final-year students around the country across its 33-year history.

As a proud Australian business that’s been part of local communities for more than a century, Caltex seeks to acknowledge the all-round contribution that each student makes to their schools and communities, their leadership abilities and the good example they set for others.

Past winners include children’s show actor Emma Watkins (the current ‘Yellow Wiggle’) from The McDonald College in Sydney, and frisbee world-champion Adrian Gepp (PhD) from Faith Lutheran College in Tanunda, South Australia.

For further information, please visit www.caltexbestallrounder.com.au

Thank you LJ Hooker!

The College would like to thank LJ Hooker Hampton Park for their generous $2000 donation on Tuesday 20th November. Their support for the College and the local community is amazing!


Smith Family Fundraiser


I would like to thank everyone for their work in supporting the Year 8 ALIVE out of uniform fundraiser for the Smith Family on Tuesday.
Together we raised $680 (approx.) which is a fantastic effort for this time of year!

A special acknowledgement to Ms Murdoch, Mrs Kavanagh and Mr Youssef for their behind the scenes work with some very excited SRC representatives and ensuring the smooth operation of the event, it is greatly appreciated.

Miss Louden

CMY Education Awards

The Hampton Park Secondary College Homework Support Program was shortlisted this year in the Centre for Multicultural Youth 'MY Education Awards' in the category 'Outstanding Out-Of-School-Hours Learning Support Program', and was awarded the winner! 

"Approximately 20% of the students at Hampton Park Secondary College speak English as an Additional Language and many students face barriers to their education including limited English, financial difficulty and a disrupted education. the after school EAL Homework Support Program has had a tremendous impact on education outcomes for refugee and asylum seeker background students at Hampton Park Secondary College. Participation in the homework club as led to greater student engagement in the classroom, improved self-confidence and a heightened sense of belonging. the program offers a vibrant, supportive space where students are encouraged to set short and long term goals for themselves and work towers achieving these goals. "

- An excerpt from the CMY Awards booklet

Well done to all the staff involved in the project, especially Ms Ziyad, Mr Jam and Mr Musa.


Student Leadership

Peer Support Camp

From December 10th to 12th, selected students from Years 9, 10 and 11 attended the Peer Support Camp at the Phillip Island Adventure Resort.

Please enjoy having a look through some photos  some reflections from students who joined us for the experience:


  • “I learnt that I have a voice and people listen to what I have to say and I can share my ideas without getting judged”
  • “As a group, we worked together really well and built a great raft that held us all using effective communication and it had created a stronger connection, individually we had all managed to work well with each other despite not knowing who they were beforehand”
  • “I learnt about how to write lesson plans and what I need to do to care for the Year 7s and create a fun time for them to welcome them into the school”

Thanks must go to all the staff who attended the camp.


Junior School 

Royal Children’s Hospital Project

It all began in 2017, in our Year 8 Health and Alive class, where we found out we had the chance to create something that could be donated to the wider community to help those in need.

At first, we had no idea what to make for our project, but we knew we wanted to make something that would give other children joy. We thought about our own childhood and what made us happy, so we decided to make a colouring book and activity book.

With that in mind we brainstormed what we wanted to base the books on. Many ideas came to mind, but we ultimately came to the decision of basing the books on the alphabet. This meant that every child would be included as well as having something to help them learn or further their knowledge (depending on their skill level).

After we decided on the design, we began to draw drafts of the pages we were going to include. This meant the front and back covers of the books, the messages inside the books, and a page for each letter of the alphabet.

For the colouring book, this meant drawing a letter in the centre of the page, followed by four smaller drawings of things beginning with that letter surrounding it. This process took a very long time, but we managed to get each page drawn within a few weeks.

For the activity book, this meant deciding which activities we were going to have for each letter, making sure to vary them so that it wasn’t repetitive. We decided to include word searches, cross words, unscrambling words, colour-by-numbers and many more.

Once the drafts were checked by us and our teacher, it was time to create the good copies. This step was the most difficult as there were lots of technical difficulties, but we managed to push through to finish these books.

For the colouring book, this meant hopping on to Adobe Photoshop and digitally drawing the front and back covers, the messages, and each of the 26 letters. As well as learning many new drawing skills on Photoshop, we also learnt that it is very important to continuously save your work as technology will not always be your friend.

For the activity book, this also meant we had to digitally draw the covers and the messages, however we also needed to find online programs that would help us create our own activities. Finding the programs and using them was a struggle, but after months of creating, we were on to editing.

Each and every page of the colouring book and the activity book was checked multiple times by us and our teacher over the course of weeks. Mistakes were fixed, colours were altered, and even additional elements were added at this stage.

After that our teacher, Ms Dawson, helped organise the publishment of the books regarding the price, quantity and quality. Helping us to publish 200 copies of each book at a reasonable price. We are thankful for Tigerprint for making our colouring and activity books a reality, as well as our teacher Ms Dawson for being there for us every step of the way.

From start to finish this whole project took us one year and on Wednesday the 5th of December, we finally went to the Royal Children’s Hospital alongside Ms Dawson and George, where we donated the 400 books.

We met up with Laura Buck, the person who helped organise our trip and the donations, and she took us to meet two ladies who have also helped at the Royal Children’s Hospital for many years. We got to hear their stories about how they came to work there and everything they’ve done for the hospital since their arrival. We then presented this very PowerPoint to Laura Buck and went through the process of creating the colouring and activity books from start to finish. She gave us certificates for helping the hospital with our donations, followed by a bunch of photos taken by our school photographer, George.

This Christmas at the Royal Children’s hospital, our books will be wrapped up and gifted to the children who are currently staying there, either awaiting surgery or recovering, and we hope that our books can bring them a little joy and happiness in the holiday season.

Hristina Travica and Taylor Stevens


Senior School

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

Year 11 Studio Arts

As part of their Street Art unit, some Year 11 Studio Arts students collaborated on a mural called the Wing Project. The mural was inspired by L.A. based artist Colette Miller and her Global Angel Wing Project. The students cut multiple feather stencils in 3 different sizes and applied them with spray paint, layering them up to form colourful wings which can symbolize flight, imagination and freedom. Mrs. Fee and the Yr 11 S.A. class invite you and your friends to come along to the courtyard near the main staffroom and interact with the wings. Use your phone or camera to take some photos of your winged selves.


Instrumental Music Concert

On November 19th, we had over 50 students performing in the annual Instrumental Music Concert. This concert is a celebration of what students have been learning in their instrumental music lessons. This ranges from singing, bands, keyboard ensemble and more!


Students performed for River Gum Primary School students, the Year 7 students and finishing it off with the night performance. We are so proud of all our students at Hampton Park SC, especially our Year 7 students being their first time participating this year,


We would love more students to join in our Instrumental Program for 2019. If you are interested, please see Mrs Kalatzis or the Front Office for an information form.


Health/PE Domain

Robbie Kearns Shield


On October 22nd we took ten Year 7-9  boys to compete in the Under 14s Robbie Kearns Shield tournament. We managed to survive Ms Pearts’ mini bus driving in peak hour whilst the boys were singing at the top of their lungs to some country ballads. The draw was in our favour as the strongest team in the competition who train with a professional coach were in Pool A, we were more than happy to be a part of Pool B.  
With VJ as our captain nothing could stop us. His coaching on the field, polite and kind nature provided fantastic role modelling for the other boys who also represented the college in a brilliant and respectful manner.

After winning 3 games in our pool, it was time for the grand final. It was try for try until the very end, where Vetea basically carried 8 players from the other team over the line with him without flinching, and two incredibly quick tries were made by Owen in Year 7 in the last three minutes of the day  to win us the flag!

We are off to the State finals in Broadmeadows next. If you see any of the following players please congratulate them on their performance, teamwork and good sportsmanship today:

Vetea Mani

Journey Wana

Jemal Dean

Elia Malaeulu

Owen Taunuu

Jackson Tiu-Uluilelata

Jacob Tiu-Uluilelata

VJ Kilisi

Zyris Heng

Andrew Roberts


Science Domain

Year 11 Psychology Melbourne Museum Excursion

On the 29th of October the Year 11 Psychology students had the opportunity to visit Melbourne Museum and experiences the ‘Illusions and Perceptions trail’.

The students furthered their understanding of Unit 2, Area of Study 1 – What influences a person’s perception of the world? and Area of Study 2 – How are people influenced to behave in particular ways?

“In ‘The Mind: Enter the Labyrinth’ exhibition, the students undertook curriculum-linked enquiries designed to provoke deeper learning”. This was made possible through direct experience with the Illusions created in the exhibition. The students thoroughly enjoyed this hands-on experience and were able to have a better grasp on these concepts learnt in the classroom.

My experience at the museum was wonderful. I’ve gained a lot of knowledge about the mind and body - Leilua Faleafa

My experience during the museum visit was that I was able to further understand what we learnt in class, thanks for the interactive activities - Charisa Te

It was really good to see what we have learnt in class in the real world. – Masuma Ghulami


Year 7 Scienceworks Excursion

On Friday November 2, 2018, 139 Year 7 students attended Scienceworks to learn about seasons, day/night and watched “Tilt” at the Planetarium.

Our students must be roecognised for their exemplary behaviour on the day. Whilst at Scienceworks, a member of public approached me and wanted to commend our students. She told me that her child was attempting to pull a rope to get the highest force output. A group of HPSC students were there and were very encouraging. They supported, urged and cheered this child to try their very best.

Overall, it was a great day. Our students had a lot of fun and would remember this excursion for the rest of their lives.


Technology Domain

Year 8 Technology

Year 8 Technology students have been working on an LED Mood Light project. They were tasked with implementing a Design Process to generate and develop their ideas, and then went on to learn about safely using a variety of hand and powered Woodworking tools. They also learned about the properties of Wood and Perspex and suitable adhesives. They then learned 9 Volt Batteries, about DC circuits, and how to solder and wire Light Emitting Diodes in series.


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/


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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Community News





Principal's Report

Time to celebrate!!

I am very pleased to inform parents and families that at Hampton Park Secondary College in 2018, we have had some excellent achievements in student engagement and learning. Not only has our mean VCE Study Score increased from 25.1 in 2017 to 26.3 in 2018, our NAPLAN results have also shown a significant increase in student Writing growth at Years 8 and 9. Further this, our students are recording much higher school connection with school and engagement in learning in our high attendance rates, and in the Attitudes to School Survey some results have shifted from 50 percent positivity to 70 percent positivity. While we are very proud of these improvements, we will be continuing in 2019 to further improve student outcomes and to create an even better learning environment for all students, with our building program underway and new Sub School structure.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank not only staff who have worked so tirelessly to support students, but also parents and families who have worked with the College and teachers to support their student’s learning over the year. We appreciate the concern and guidance you give to assist students in making the most of their learning opportunities at Hampton Park Secondary College.

I  wish all our families the very best for the Christmas and New Year period, and we hope you have a safe and fun filled January break catching up with family and friends.

Karen Shiel


HPSC Newshamper