Melton Mail

19 April 2017
Issue Nine
Dates To Remember
Principal's Report
Assistant Principals' Report
Sub Schools
School News
School Chaplain
Community News
Melton Secondary College
03 9743 3322
Coburns Road
Melton, Victoria, 3337

Dates To Remember


Friday 31 March

Year 9 ODE - Hard Rock Climbing Gym

Year 9-11 SRC - Vic. Government First Youth Summit

Term 1 Ends - 3.10 pm dismissal


Tuesday 18 April 

Term 2 begins

Wednesday 19 April

19 April SBS Testing Teachers Episode 1 (time tba)  Thursday 20 April

Parent Teacher Conference 11.40 am -7.40 pm

Monday 24 April

Year 10 History Jewish Holocaust Centre

Tuesday 25 April

Anzac Day

Thursday 27 to Friday 28 April

Year 11 ODE - Overnight Hike

Year 9 & 10 AIME


Monday 1 May

Year 12 ODE - Westgate Park

Tuesday 2 May

Year 7-12 Debating Ass. Vic.

Wednesday 3 May

Year 7 Immunisation

Student Early Finish - 1.39 pm

Friday 5 May

Whole School House Athletics Day

Monday 15 May

Student Early Finish - 1.39 pm

Monday 15 to Wednesday 17 May

Year 9 Camp

Monday 22 May

Year 7-12 Debating Ass. Vic.

Year 10 History Jewish Holocaust Centre

Tuesday 23 May

2017 Careers Expo

School Council meeting

Thursday 25 to Friday 26

Year 9 ODE - Surf Coast Walk


Monday 5 June

Year 7-12 Debating Ass. Vic.

Student Early Finish - 1.39 pm

Friday 9 June

Year 9 Maths/English Exam

Monday 12 June

Queens Birthday

Tuesday 13 June 

Year 11 Maths/English exam

Thursday 15 to Monday 19 June

Year 11 Exams

Tuesday 20 to Thursday 22 June

Year 10 Exams

Friday 23 June

Year 10 to Year 11 Subject Supermarket

Thursday 29 June

VCE ODE - You Yangs Regional Park Abseiling

Friday 30 June

Term 2 ends - 3.10pm  dismissal

Principal's Report

College Master Plan

Melton Secondary College Master Plan has reached a stage where we now have detailed drawings of the first stage of works. The first stage will see the construction of new buildings for performing arts  and school administration and a new public entrance to our college. Over the past five years, the School Council has met regularly with government officials to put our case for funding and we believe that the master plan presents a wonderful vision of a school that will inspire even greater learning and results for our students. 

The new master plan will see re-building of classrooms across Melton SC and Melton Specialist School with connections developed across both school sites and the sharing of some of the facilities. Please look over the most recent drawings our architects have provided in the gallery below.


SBS documentary

I wanted to give parents, students and staff another reminder that Melton SC will feature in a three part documentary series titled Testing Teachers to commence on SBS, 8.30 pm on April 19th.  As you may recall, documentary filming occurred over 2016 and followed two first year teachers and their students at the school. Melton SC is one of three schools featured from around Australia. Each of the three schools is set in very different parts of Australia, but all share the same challenge of making sure that school is a place where every child achieves high rates of progress in their learning. Melton Secondary College is working tirelessly to ensure this is the case for our wonderful students.

The central aim of the documentary is to provide an insight into the work that teachers and students do to achieve a high quality education when research tells us that background continues to have a significant impact on educational outcomes .  

Through the lens of first year teachers at Melton SC, we see the highs and lows of school life and the great work being done across our school to help our students achieve academic growth, develop positive attitudes about themselves and their learning and develop aspirations that propel them forward.  

As a community, we should be prepared to see everything from classroom scuffles, arguments between students and some disengagement, right through to students excelling and thriving in a range of different settings.  

I’m very proud of the two featured teachers, Kitty and Emmanuel and the students they taught last year.    Every one of them continues to make outstanding progress as leaders and learners in our community.

I encourage you to watch this documentary and if you would like to do so, to provide feedback to the school after each episode. We will provide you with details about how you can do this at the start of next term. Some of the stills from the documentary have been added to the gallery below.


Progress Reports and Parent-Teacher Night

Student Progress Reports for Term 1 are now available on Compass. Please take the time to read these over the holiday break and before the Parent-Teacher-Student meetings scheduled for Thursday 20 April.

The Parent-Teacher-Student meetings are extremely important part of your child's progress at school and we expect that every parent will make the effort to attend with their child. It has been proven through countless examples of research that when parents participate in their child's education it makes an enormous positive difference. Please make an appointment on Compass by following the prompts or contact the General Office and we will assist you to do this.

Lastly, I hope that all of you find time to relax and spend time with family and friends over the Easter break. 


David Reynolds


Assistant Principals' Report




Harmony Day

Students of Years 7-9 were treated with a day of activities starting with a Harmony Day assembly to held to celebrated cultural diversity.  The assembly included some excellent speeches by students including a very powerful "If I were Prime Minister" speech from Amielia Wall and a spirited launch of the "Everyone Belongs" program by Chloe Wallace and Zawadi Muhindo.  We were also delighted to hear from four members of the New Change group talking about a video that has been produced to counter cultural stereotyping about South Sudanese people in the community.  Information about the video can be accessed at: .

Finally we were treated with a terrific performance by the Senior School Choir who sang a beautiful Indigenous Welcome song.  The day continued with activities organised by the Harmony Day team that included a big contingent of VCAL students once again showing great leadership for our younger students.  A big thank you to everyone who contributed to this event.




Amelia Wall was invited to speak at the launch of the AIME (Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience) launch at Federation University. The CEO, Jack Manning Bancroft spoke about the AIME program, specifically promoting students to set challenging goals. Amelia spoke about her desire to become the first Indigenous Female Prime Minister of Australia. Kate Nye Butler and myself accepted the invitation to attend the launch and we were very proud of Amelia.


Congratulations, Amelia

Before I begin my address to the Nation as Prime Minister, it is important that I pay my respects to the Aboriginal custodians of this nation, past and present.  I am a proud Aboriginal person and my connection to this land has helped shaped my identity. I am paying my respects to all Aboriginal people, all Australian people and the Nation as a whole.

"If I were Prime Minister"

As a proud young Aboriginal woman, I hope to start a revolution.


I stand here before you in Deer Park Women's prison, to emphasise the strong need for change.  It is my hope that as a nation, we can finally address the ingrained problems of inequality, social justice and discrimination in our society. This venue has been chosen because it showcases the dramatic issue in Australia that we choose to hide problems in our justice systems, rather than deal with them at a community level.

As your elected leader, I thank you for giving me the opportunity to work tirelessly in addressing over representation of women and indigenous people with the criminal justice system.

Furthermore, it is my absolute agenda to change perception held by some in society that continues to stop Australia becoming a truly harmonious multicultural, multi racial, multilingual nation.

We need to bridge the gap in society regarding social acceptance and in equal representation of cultural demographics.  I intend to change laws which stop racial discrimination and racial vilification in our nation.

As an aboriginal person, I believe my culture has a lot to offer in understanding the environment and ways that we can make the land sustainable.  Aboriginal people are the oldest living culture on the planet, and as a result, we have maintained a fundamental connection to the land.  We all have a lot to learn about sustainability in society.  I will pass laws that will protect our country for future generations and to ensure that our children, our grandchildren, our great grandchildren and many more generations to come will have the best lives possible.

I hope that we can become world leaders in environmental management and sustainability and the longevity of our land.

These are just a few major issues we face daily in this country, and I promise you, we can and we will work together to ensure that our country becomes a just and equal country to live in.  This is our land, our country, our future.  There is no doubt this country is facing many challenges.  I am the first female Indigenous Prime Minister, and I will initiate change.  Enough is enough.  It is time we stand our ground and take our place as a first world nation, and a fair and just society.

It is my pledge to you Australia, to work with all Australian people to make this happen.  This change, this revolution of our nation, starts with us.


Amielia Wall - 11G

Sub Schools

Junior Sub School

Following is the address given by Gloria Banek of 7B at the recent Year 6 to 7 Transition Information Evening. It is an excellent representation of our Year 7 students' first term at secondary school.


Welcome to everybody.

My name is Gloria Banek. Last year I was a student at Melton Primary School. I want to give you my experiences at Melton Secondary College so far this year. My goals were to make friends, accomplish completing classwork and homework and following the STARR values. I have made heaps of friends throughout camp activities and in my class.

I am happy to be at Melton Secondary College. From my time being here, I have realised that this is an amazing school. In tutorial, I have completed a Focus Plan which has assisted me to set my Learning Goals.

“As I look back on my life, I realise that every time I thought I was being rejected from something good, I was actually being re-directed to something better.”

To all the special teachers, you have all been so amazing, and I would like to especially thank you Mr Pizaro and Ms Nye-Butler who are my teachers and Sub School leaders, and to Mr Reynolds and Mrs Buckle for being great role models and making us feel welcomed.


Middle Sub School

As we head towards the end of the first term, the focus will be on student reports. We encourage parents to log onto Compass and discuss their students’ reports. If you are unable to access Compass please contact the school. The Middle Sub-School will be reviewing reports in order to ensure that we are supporting all students in their learning for this year. Students will also be using their reports to set goals for the rest of the semester.

Congratulations to our STARR students of the term.  Our STARR students have upheld one or more of our core values which are success, teamwork, ambition, respect and responsibility.  Well done to these students. 


Year 9

Aaron Borg

Lotu Tia

Deng Kuol

Sandi Koliana

Kristian Sterjovski

Lexie Leyden

Arok Madit Biar Kuek

Calvin Nguyen

Elijah Cashen

Charlie Vanek

Carlos Lam

Alunga Finau


Year 10

Sabir Banek

Addison Murphy

Shanelka Rajendran

Yasemin Curlu

Abby Froy

Chloe Richards

Sam Papas

Maddi Obradors

Marcus Quaye

Jovana Hajdukovic

Brandon Foley

Mesepa Vaafusuaga

Alex Mamea

Jade Burton


Year 9 Camp

There is a Year 9 Camp to Phillip Island Adventure Camp on the 15th to 17th May. The cost is $265.  A note has been sent home with Year 9 students and is attached to the news feed on COMPASS.  Can you please return the permission slip and the deposit asap.  
The purpose of the camp is to improve connectivity to teachers and peers. 
If you have any questions please contact the Middle Sub School.

We recently held sub-school assemblies for Year 9 and 10 and recognised the achievement of students who had upheld the STARR values of the college. Students were awarded certificates during the assembly.

Senior Sub School

High Achiever Profile  - Stehpanie Novak

Achievements:   2017 MSC School Captain, 2016 Yr11 Sports Champion, Melton Youth Positive Role Model Award

Best subjects:   Health & Human Development, Psychology and Maths

Leadership:  School Council, Student Representative Council, Vic SRC Congress of Student Leaders

2017 Goal:   Maximise VCE results and leave a positive impact on MSC

Students advice:     challenge yourself to take on extra opportunities and contribute to the wider school community


High Achiever Profile  - Ben Akok

Achievements:   2017 MSC School Captain, 2015 Long Tan Teamwork & Leadership Award

Best subjects:   Health & Human Development, Business Management

Extra Curricular:  Chess Team Captain, Trombone player in School Band, School Council and Student Representative Council

2017 Goal:   85+ ATAR, Win State Chess Championship

2018 Goal:  University of Melbourne, Finance

Student’s Advice:  Keep working, no matter how hard it gets


VCE Mentoring


Key VTAC dates for 2017/2018 Applications

Applications open:

9am, Monday 7 August 2017
Timely applications close:

5pm, Thursday 28 September 2017
SEAS closing date:

5pm, Tuesday 10 October 2017
Scholarships closing date:

5pm, Friday 13 October 2017
Release of ATAR and VCE results:

7am, Friday 15 December 2017
Change of preference closing date (Round 1):

12pm, Wednesday 20 December 2017
Release of Round 1 offers:

Wednesday 17 January 2018


General Office 

Office hours:  8:15am - 4:30pm


Parents visiting the school or trying to make contact with their children must always make contact with the General Office first.

Uniform Shop

Uniform shop hours are:


Mondays:             8:00 to 9:00 am

                                 3:00 to 4:00 pm


Wednesdays:      3:00 to 4:00 pm


Fridays:                 8:00 to 9:00 am

                                 3:00 to 4:00 pm


Melton Secondary College and the Department of Education do not provide insurance to cover medical or ambulance costs.


Parents/guardians are reminded that they are responsible for paying the cost of medical treatment for injured students, including the cost of ambulance attendance/transport and any other transport costs. Some commercial insurers do provide insurance policies which parents/guardians can purchase.


The Department does not hold insurance for personal property brought to schools and it has no capacity to pay for any loss or damage to such property.


If Parents/Guardians would like to take out individual student health cover you may go to the following websites for further information:


JUA Student Health Cover 24 hour, all year-round cover

School News

Peer Support

Below is a piece from VCAL student Chloe Wallace.


Once a week my group and I take 7B for a Peer Support session. During this class the Year 7 students are focusing on different topics such as; relationship building, thoughts and outcomes, strengths, goals and strategies. For each of these topics we did different activities that focused on team work.


During the past term that we have been running these classes I have seen the Year 7’s grow and create a bond with their classmates and the other Peer Support leaders. Outside of the class, I have made great friendships with a few of the Year 7 students. I am at a stage of trust with a student where if she is upset or has some exciting news that she comes to tell me, or simply to have a chat.


It is an amazing feeling knowing that these Year 7 students feel comfortable enough with me to tell me their problems and achievements. By taking this class and leading it with Zawadi I have learnt so much about myself and pushed myself further than I thought possible. I have gained experience working with younger students and gained different skills that could help me reach my goals in the future such as; planning, communication and problem solving.  I have learnt how to be a leader through working with the students from 7B and their feedback. Running Peer Support has been a highlight of the first term.

Testing Teachers Trailer: A Student’s Perspective

by Winona Duka (Year 11)


Recently, the trailer for the upcoming SBS Documentary featuring Melton Secondary College ‘Testing Teachers’ was released. The trailer represented our students as being at a disadvantage simply for attending our school, and that we are all ‘three years behind our peers’. While this may be true for some people, there are still certainly students such as myself who feel that the education we have received is suitable and refuse to let it get in the way of our future. As a media student, I recognise that the trailer was most likely purposely manipulated to evoke strong emotions to hook audiences in. However, they are perpetuating the stereotype that we will not be able to achieve our goals if they are too ambitious or what society considers ‘successful’ just because we live in ‘disadvantaged area’. At times like this, I am reminded of a quote from the ‘Bee Movie:’ According to all known laws of aviation, there is no way a bee should be able to fly. Its wings are too small to get its fat little body off the ground. The bee, of course, flies anyway, because bees don’t care what humans think is impossible.’ I, like the bees, do not care what society thinks is impossible for me.

The documentary subjects including Mr Kubwange (second from left) and Ms Van Cuylenburg (second from right).







Student Representative Council Update

by Jilian Ng and Jordan Hammill (Year 11)


Last week, some of the representatives of the Student Representative Council met with Mr. Devine to discuss some of the proposals we had come up with in our Action Teams. We had been developing these proposals over the past few weeks and decided it was time to bring it up with some of the school’s leadership team to get some feedback on how to proceed.

Some of the proposals brought up in the meeting include ideas for an Indigenous Garden in the school, the introduction of new house-based activities during lunchtime, and the redesign of our school website. Each proposal required a document detailing what the proposal would involve, the rationale behind it, as well as the steps to be taken to get there.

Overall, the meeting was a success, and all our proposals were approved to continue. We are excited to meet with our action teams this Thursday so that we can move forward with the next steps of the proposals to begin implementing them in the school.


Career News

Melton Secondary College’s website now includes a link to Career Tools. Students in Years 10 -12 have been introduced to this site in their Tutorial & Study Skills classes. The site can provide Parents/Students with information about Tax File Numbers, VTAC Course Search, VCE past exams, Careers with Police & Defence, a calendar for career related events, and many more career related topics.

For more information:


Workplace Learning

All Year 11 VCAL students in 2017 will be completing compulsory Structured Workplace Learning for 2 weeks in Term 2: (May 15 – 26).


Students who are enrolled in VET programs will still be required to attend their classes as per normal scheduling. Students are to inform their Employers about these individual arrangements.


If you can support your student with a Structured Workplace Learning opportunity with family or friends, please provide the details to the Careers room on 9743 3322.



Undergraduate Medicine and Health Sciences Admissions Test (UMAT) for Year 12 students wanting to study medicine or dentistry will be held on the 26th July 2017. Registration for this test is via the ACER website:

Registrations close on 2 June, 2017.

Students in Years 10, 11 and 12 interested in medicine or dentistry will need to sit the compulsory UMAT (examination) when applying for one of the above career choices. The National Institute of Education (NIE) will be conducting a full day UMAT preparation workshop during the next school holidays period on 6th April 2017. Places are strictly limited. All details are available via

Simulated UMAT Day 2017 - Intensive Preparation Workshop

MELBOURNE - St Vincent's Hospital

6th April 2017, 9am - 5.30pm

While the Simulated UMAT Day is extremely beneficial for Year 12 students, who will be attempting the real UMAT on 26th July 2017, this workshop is also highly recommended to anyone in years 10 - 11 and aiming for a head start in UMAT preparation.

Year 10 Work Experience

All Year 10 students in 2017 will be completing work experience for 1 week in Term 3: (28 August – 1 September).
Students who are enrolled in VET programs will still be required to attend their classes as per normal scheduling. Students are to inform their Employers about these individual arrangements.
If you can support your student with a work experience opportunity with family or friends, please provide the details to Mrs Galea in the Careers Room on 9743 3322.

VCE and Careers Expo 2017

The VCE and Careers Expo 2017 will be held on Thursday 4 and Friday 5 May, 9am-3pm, Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 May, 10am-4pm in the Grandstand at Caulfield Racecourse. The Expo features over 190 exhibitors, seminars on VCE subjects, career and study advice.


Keeper for a Day, Werribee Open Range Zoo

The day provides budding animal enthusiasts with an opportunity to go behind the scenes and learn about our work in the conservation of threatened species and the importance of animal

care, observation and enrichment.


9:30am to 3:30pm


5th, 7th, 10th and 12th April, 2017


Werribee Open Range Zoo


$115.00 per participant  
$103.50 for Zoo members


For Year 7 to 12 students. Covered shoes must be worn. All participants must agree to follow Zoo educator instructions.

What to bring 

Your own morning tea, lunch, water bottle and Digital Device to capture the moment.

Please call (03) 9340 2788 to reserve your place.

  • Payment is required at time of booking.
  • Strictly limited numbers
  • Bookings are not refundable


School Chaplain

New School Chaplain for MSC

Ivan Pollock has recently been appointed as School Chaplain of Melton Secondary for 2017.  He will be focusing on Student Support, Brekky Club and our ‘Hands On’ learning program.
Ivan comes from a lifetime in the retail hardware & paint sector and has many years {approx. thirty} working with young people through Youth Groups, Rangers and as Chaplain the last two years at Melton South Primary.
Ivan commented that an essential ingredient of being a Chaplain is being able to respect the many different cultures and faiths found within our school community. He also said that one of his priorities is encouraging students to accept each other’s differences and to respect those differences!
He said that a major area for him would be assisting staff with building student connections and enhancing a sense of community within the college. 
Asked, why Chaplaincy?  Ivan said that one of his passions was seeing our young people being able to reach their full potential. 

Parents or students wishing to speak to Ivan may contact the school office or ring him on 0408 348 889.




Melton SC Co Sports Captain, Maddy Lister, has been named as Captain of the Western Jets in the new Youth GirlsAFL TAC competition.

Manar Mahfouz, Year 9, recently competed in the Tasmanian Swimming Championships where she finished 3rd and swum a time that qualified her to compete at the National Championships.

Ebony Carter, Year 9, has been selected in the Netball Victoria Diamonds Academy.





Victorian School Sport Blues Award.

 Recently at the MCG, Amy Cargill, Yr 9, received a School Sport Victoria Sporting Blue award, the highest award a student can receive in Victorian schools for sporting achievement. She received her award at a luncheon held in the members’ room. It was a high profile gathering of dignitaries, staff, parents and students. One award per 18 official school sports in both primary and secondary were awarded. Historically, a Sporting Blue is identified worldwide as an accolade of sporting excellence. The Deputy Premier, James Merlino, was the guest speaker.

Amy is only the 11th Melton SC person to receive a Blues award since its inception in 1994. Amy recently moved to Queensland, but flew down just for the event.

  • Morgan Mitchell, athletics, Rio Olympian 400m,
  • Belinda Hocking, swimming, 3 time Olympian, ex world record holder.
  • Ahmed Kelly, Paralympian.
  • Andrew Smith, hockey, Olympian
  • Lindsay Gaze, basketball Hall of Fame Legend, 7 Olympics
  • Nicole Livingstone, ex Olympian and Commonwealth Champion, and now Channel 9 commentator was the MC


Rugby League 


Rugby League 9's - North/West Region

Senior Girls – played very well but lost all 4 games to Vic Uni, The Grange, Point Cook and Hume Central

Senior Boys – won enough games against Braybrook, Mt. Ridley and Craigieburn to qualify for the Region final and the State final but were disqualified for breaking the competition rules.

 Intermediate Girls – defeated Lalor, Hume Central and Gladstone Park. They lost to Mt. Ridley in extra time, but as the top two teams progress, they qualified for the State Final in May.

Intermediate Boys – defeated Gladstone Park, Braybrook and Hume Central, but lost to Mt. Ridley. The 2nd place spot (and therefore a place in the State final) was decided on percentage and unfortunately Point Cook were ahead of us.




Intermediate Girls – def Kurunjang 21/3, def Gisborne 24/1, def Sunbury 25/0 and def Sunbury Downs 14/8 to  qualify for the Region Final in Geelong

Junior Boys – def Sunbury Downs 16/7, tied with Kurunjang 6/6 but lost to Gisborne 9/15 to finish 2nd.

Western Metropolitan Region Qualifiers

At Geelong Thursday 30 March

Our qualifiers are:

Yr 7 – Chloe Rees (5 events) Jorja Tuttle (3)

Yr 8 – Aleena J. Busttil (3), Shanae Besanko (3), Trinity Skenderis (1), Mateo Bonic (1)       

Yr 9 – Manar Malfouz (5)             

Yr 10 – Ronan Valsamis-Camilleri (2)

The competition will be very tough with some State and National level swimmers in opposition.

MSC Sport Facebook page

We have a Facebook page dedicated to our Interschool Sport and the Athlete Development Program (ADP) participants. Please have a look and ‘like” us to keep up to date with the many outstanding achievements by our students in sport.

The page  is -

General Information

Amart Sports - Melton SC has joined the community kickbacks program with Amart Sports in Woodgrove. Every time you make a purchase just mention our school and we will receive 5% of the purchase amount. If you join online you will receive a loyalty and receive discounts etc as well as already having registered our school as your preferred community kickback. We have the same arrangement with REBEL SPORTS and their Season Pass kickback.


Melton Hockey Club  -  The Melton Hockey club are a very progressive local club who are always looking for more members. They have a wide array of competitions. They run an internal u/8 program: for u/10 the program is called Game On. They also run Hook 2 for ages 5-12. They have a group of competitions for men and women, for all ages, young and even masters level. A social competition is also played. For more information contact Kellie on 0450643826 or check out their webpage – [email protected]


School Sport Information  -  All information regarding School Sport information and State team selection trials can be found on the website –

Information on national events can be found at the Team Vic page on the School Sport Victoria website,, or the School Sport Australia website,

Registrations are now open to nominate to trial for a number of sports:

Swimming and Volleyball are currently open.

Their monthly bulletin is sent on the last Tuesday of every month.

You can find all the latest bulletins, on the ebulletins page of the SSV website.

Sports Dates

Wednesday 26 April – Swimming – School Sport Victoria State Finals at MSAC

Thursday 27th April – Soccer – Intermediate Girls and Boys, Yr 7 Girls

Tuesday 2nd May – Football – Senior Boys and Girls

Wednesday 3rd May – Volleyball –Region – Intermediate if they qualify

Friday 5 May – Athletics – House Athletics at Melton

Monday 8th May – Volleyball – Region – Seniors if they qualify

Thursday 13th May – Squash – Senior Girls

Community News

Melton Youth Centre -
Free School Holiday Activities


Melton Mail
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VCE 2017 Seminar Program and Exhibitor List Brochure.pdf