Melton Mail

21 December 2018
Issue Eight
Dates To Remember
Principal's Report
Sub Schools
 MSC Information 
College Stories
Careers/Pathways
Wellbeing
Child Safe
Library
ODE
Sport
Community
Melton Secondary College
03 9743 3322
Coburns Road
Melton, Victoria, 3337
AU

Dates To Remember

December

Wednesday 19 December

Awards Night - Tabcorp Park

Friday 21 December

Term 4 ends - 11:40 am finish

 

January 2019

Tuesday 29 & Wednesday 30 January

Uniforms can be collected

Tuesday 29 January

Books can be collected

February 2019

Friday 1 February

Year 7 & 12 students commence school

Monday 4 February

Whole school commence school

 

Principal's Report

David Reynolds - College Principal

Outstanding Student Results!

This year's VCAL and VCE results and our annual Awards Night have demonstrated again that Melton Secondary College students can achieve academic excellence. This year the college can be proud of an 11% increase in the number of students who have successfully completed their VCAL units and a huge 17% increase in the number who achieved VET units. In the VCE, we have seen four years of increases in the median study score. In 2015 our median study score was 24. Since then it has risen steadily and this year we have achieved a median of 28. This represents outstanding growth in the quality of work done by students and outstanding teaching and support from staff. At Wednesday's Awards Night we saw a long line of students who had achieved excellent results and we are very proud of our two College Dux, Winona Duka and Jilian Ng each having achieved an ATAR of 90.

Senior Student Art Exhibition

Congratulations to senior Art students for the wonderful exhibition of their work on display earlier this month. It was great to speak to students about their work and to see the way that their creativity and thinking has progressed over the course of the year. We are especially proud that a number of our Year 12 Studio Art students have gained places in fashion, architecture and design courses for 2019. Well done to VCE Art teachers, Ms Leuenberger and Ms Panagenis for some very inspiring teaching.  

School Holiday Programs

As we reach the end of the school year, parents and students will be thinking of things for young people to do to entertain and occupy their time in January. Students recently had an insight into three fantastic holiday programs on offer. The Mushroom Group are running a rap music workshop from 14th - 25th January at the Melton Indoor Recreation Center. Rap artist Krown gave a taste of what is on offer at On Track with an impromptu performance to Year 7 & 8 students earlier this week. Melbourne Victory are running a five day soccer program from 16th January. The Western Bulldogs are running their GOAL mentoring program over the holidays. Learn more about this at http://www.westernbulldogs.com.au/news/2018-11-25/dogs-launch-goal. Finally, Melton City Council Youth Services are also running a summer holiday program. 

STARR Values in our Community

Melton Secondary College students are striving to be positive ambassadors for the school by demonstrating our STARR Values in the community. Areas which our students commonly visit like Woodgrove shopping center are excellent places for these values to be on display. Everyone appreciates it when young people are courteous and helpful. An example of this was when Ms Shefket and Ms Robinson-Conlon recently took their classes to Woodgrove to interview shoppers and received some wonderfully positive feedback. Of course appreciation goes both ways and MSC students have really appreciated donations received from Woolworths during this year that have gone towards our Health and PE program and from Bunnings who have supported our Hands on Learning program. Many of the retailers at Woodgrove also offer work placements and part time employment to MSC students. It is terrific when partnerships such as this give young people constructive  roles in their community which they can learn from.  We are so very proud of our students when they show active and positive citizenship.

Have a restful holiday and joyful festive season!

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Sub Schools

Junior Sub School

The completion of the Year is upon us and it is with sadness that we must say goodbye to 2 of our Team Leaders in Monerih Jamali and Balsam Nissan. Mrs Nissan will be taking on a new position at a new school and Miss Jamali will be travelling. We also say goodbye to Morgan Rose, our hardworking person on the frontline of JSS. Morgan takes on a new position closer to home and we wish her all the best. Closer to home but leaving the Junior Sub School is Mr Hartley, who will take on a new position in supporting students through intervention.

 

Last week we celebrated the arrival of our 2019 Year 7 students as they ventured around the school, met other Teachers and students and found out which class they were in for next year. With great support from so many staff they day was a huge success.

 

Year 8 walk

Our last group went for their challenge walk up the Spur at Lerderderg Gorge and again all students made it to the top. With most students from Year 8 successfully completing the walk, the program in conjunction with Year 8 camp (Another huge success), was successful. Many thanks to Mr Velden and Mr Kilroy for their efforts in facilitating and running this program.

Middle Sub School

The Middle-sub school would like to congratulate all Year 9 and 10 students. It has been an exciting year with many great events such as the Year 10 Formal and Year 9 Camp. We congratulate the students who will be receiving an award at the upcoming Award ceremony.

Middle-sub school would also like to thank and farewell Mr Tom Nice. We wish him all the very best for 2019. We hope all students have a restful break.

Bounce Program

In Term 4, a group of year 10 students participated in the Bounce program. Students learnt a range of skills and looked at developing their social, emotional and academic skills. Thank you to everyone in the program, its great to hear about your positive experiences each week.

Senior Sub School

The Year 12 graduation was a success, enjoyed by the Year 12 graduates, their families and teachers. Congratulations to the Year 12’s with some outstanding results.

 MSC Information 

Second-hand Uniform & Textbook Trading

The college is conscious of the need to provide an efficient process for families to be able to buy and sell their second-hand textbooks, uniforms and other student resources.   

I am delighted to inform you of the school’s new initiative to provide parents with the ability to trade these second-hand items via the Sustainable School Shop website. www.sustainableschoolshop.com.au

 

Results from other schools have been excellent - families have enjoyed a very comprehensive and convenient method of buying and selling second-hand items.

 

The new service is very accessible, it preferences our school first and then provides access to buy and sell items with families attending other schools. Many schools use this service. Access to second-hand textbooks, uniforms, calculators, stationery, musical equipment, etc is available all year. 

For the best results:

  • Register on the Sustainable School Shop website and nominate the school
  • A subscription to the service will be provided to you
  • List your items for sale
  • List wanted ads for those items you are looking to buy
  • The school’s uniform and book lists are loaded into the system to make listing ads easy
  • The system matches the ads of buyers with sellers and notifies the buyer via email
  • Buyers contact sellers and arrange where and when to trade
  • Most trading will occur with other parents from our school
  • Parents are well supported via Sustainable School Shop’s telephone (0438 743 444) and email help lines
  • The system is simple and easy to use - If you don’t have a computer, internet access or an email address, please call the Sustainable School Shop for assistance
  • You can pre-arrange the transaction and then trade after the texts are not required.

 Melton Secondary College is providing this service so there is no cost for families. Each family that registers on the Sustainable School Shop will be given a subscription. We are very excited about this new initiative and we hope you will make the most of this opportunity and gain the benefit from recycling your children’s school items, while at the same time helping another family within our school community.

 

Collection for Uniform for 2019

Uniforms can be collected on the following days:

  • Tuesday 29th January 2019                            8.30am – 3.30pm  (H Block)
  • Wednesday 30th January 2019                     8.30am – 3.30pm  (H Block)

Collection for Books for 2019

Books can be collected on the following day:

  • Tuesday 29th January 2019                            8.00am – 5.00pm (H Block)

Camps, Sports and Excursion Fund (CSEF)/State School Reflief and Parent Payment

If you hold a valid means-tested concession card or are a temporary foster parent, you may be eligible for CSEF.  The allowance will be paid to the school to use toward expenses relating to camps, excursions or sporting activities/sports uniform for the benefit of your child.

 

The annual CSEF amount per student will be: $225 for secondary school students.

 

How to Apply:

Contact the school office to obtain a CSEF application form or download from www.education.vic.gov.au/csef

Closing date: To be advised

 

State School Relief

Applicants applying for State School’s Relief must have a valid Health Care Card dated first day of the 2019 school year.

Assistance may be available if you are experiencing financial difficulties.

Please contact the Business Manager on 9743 3322.

 

Parent Payment

10% Discount if paid by the end of February 2019

Please see enclosed Parent Payment 2019 booklet.

Commencement of the School Year 2019

Year 7 students to commence school

Friday 1st February 2019

Attend Monday 4th February 2019

Year 12 students commence school

Friday 1st February 2019

Attend Monday 4th February 2019

 

Years 8,9,10 & 11 Students commence school

Monday 4th February 2019

General Office

Office hours:  8:15 am - 4:30 pm

 

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

School Canteen

Students are able to order food for lunchtime before school and order food for recess at lunchtime. By ordering food at these times, it is guaranteed that food is available.

EFTPOS is now available for students to use.

 

Lost Property

Lost Property:

If your child has lost any items in school last year, please encourage them to check lost property located in sickbay during their breaks, before or after school.  

We highly recommend that all clothing is clearly labelled with your childs name. 

Locks:

All locks are supplied by the school. 

Non school locks will be removed from lockers.

Bike Cage:

Please encourage your child to lock his/her bike inside the bike cage and not outside.

INSURANCE

STUDENT ACCIDENT INSURANCE, AMBULANCE COVER AND PRIVATE PROPERTY BROUGHT TO SCHOOL

Parents and guardians are reminded that the Department of Education and Training (DET) does not provide personal accident insurance or ambulance cover for students. Parents and guardians of students, who do not have student accident/insurance/ambulance cover, are responsible for paying the cost of medical treatment for injured students, including the cost of ambulance attendance or transport as well as any other transport costs.  The DET cannot provide advice to parents or guardians on the purchase of individual student accident policy or ambulance cover.  Insurance policies can be purchased from commercial insurers.  Private property brought to school by students, staff or visitors is not insured and the Department does not accept any responsibility for any loss or damage. This can include mobile phones, calculators, toys, sporting equipment and cars parked on school premises.  As the DET does not hold insurance for personal property brought to schools and has no capacity to pay for any loss or damage to such property, students and staff are discouraged from bringing any unnecessary or particularly valuable items to school.

College Stories

Hands On Learning

Last week at Hands On Learning  saw a celebration of all the achievements and successes that the teams have enjoyed this year.

This took the form of a Pizza lunch (kindly provided by Mr Prizario the HoL Learning Leader) and the awarding of laminated certificates highlighting just some of the projects that we completed.

Next year we are looking forward to the opportunity of expanding the program to take advantage of our newly completed refurbished HoL Workshop (The Shed!).

It is going to be headed by the very well respected Mr Tony Schaefer  and of course our resident Artisan John Salanitri. 

I would like to take this moment to say farewell to all those who have supported and been engaged with the Program this year, we have achieved great things, and you should all give yourselves a big pat on the back in respect of these excellent landmarks we are leaving behind as our HoL legacy this year. 

It is with some regret that I head back to cooler climes in Wellington N.Z at the end of the term.  Farewell to all staff and students at Melton Secondary College keep up the good work!

 

Mark Hopkins - Leading Teacher for HoL 2018  

Year 11 VCE Art Exhibition

I would like to thank all the staff that were able to attend the Year 11 VCE Art Exhibition, it meant so much to the Art department and especially to the Year 11 students who had their work show cased as well as being present to discuss their studio process and final artworks. 

 

Systems Engineering

The students in Year 10 Systems Engineering participated in a 6 lesson unit on Automotive Mechanics.  During the unit they learned how an Internal Combustion Engine works as well as sub-systems within it, including electrical, lubrication, cooling and tools and their uses. They worked in groups on 4 stroke lawn mowers, where they disassembled them, identifying various components and systems and reassembled them, time permitting. They thoroughly enjoyed the unit, gaining valuable understanding and practical skills in automotive.

 

University of Melbourne Science Delivery Program

University students for the University of Melbourne visited the school to share the wonders of Science as well as share their experiences in university.

Declan Page engaging with electrostatic forces and students keenly listening to the stories from university students.

Anyang Wal, Tenaleah Magatogia and Mrs. Bramble investigating the pH of different household substances.

Eisay Adhanom testing out a self-made boomerang.

 

 

 

 

Careers/Pathways

From the Careers Room

Year 10 Work Experience

Students will complete work experience in Term 2 (Monday 8th May - Friday 10th May, 2019). Please ring the Careers Room on 9971 1565 if you are able to support student with a work placement.

 

2019 VET Programs

Students undertaking VET programs will receive an information sheet in the first week of Term 1 to advise of commencement dates for classes.

 

A reminder to parents that all VET fees need to be finalised before the end of the school year.

Wellbeing

Doctor's in Schools Program

Melton Secondary College is pleased to inform our college community that the Victorian Governments Doctors in Schools initiative will re-commenced at the start of Term 4. An adolescent health trained GP, Sonya Morrissey from Westcare Medical Centre will be available at our school each Thursday (9am-1pm) to provide medical advice and health care to our students. The GP will be supported by a nurse (Lea Smerdon) and the schools Wellbeing Team Member, Stacey James. Melton Secondary College students and their parents/guardians/carers will not incur any out-of-pocket expenses for consultations with the GP. Appointments will be made through the Student Wellbeing Team or by emailing [email protected]

 

The objectives of the program are to:

  • make primary health care more accessible to students
  • provide assistance to young people to identify and address any health problems early
  • aim to reduce the pressure on working parents and community-based GPs.

If you have any questions about this service, please don’t hesitate to contact Stacey James in the Wellbeing Team on 9743 3322 or [email protected]

Donations

Throughout 2018, the Wellbeing Team has been able to provide emergency uniform to students for numerous reasons. We have been able to provide this service due to the generous donations of 2nd hand uniform from our families. We would like to keep this going in 2019 so we are calling for donations of uniform that no longer fit and is in good condition.

We have also been provided with 2nd hand text books from families will continue to be used in 2019 by our students. We have been able to provide these to students who are unable to afford text books.

If you have any uniform items (in good condition) or text books (at will be current versions for 2019) that you would like to donate to the Wellbeing Team, please bring to the front office.

Wellbeing Brochure

 

State School Relief

If you require some support regarding school uniform, the Wellbeing Team is available to discuss available supports. State Schools Relief can provide vouchers towards the cost of uniform items. Please contact, Stacey James to discuss eligibility criteria. Please note that not all items are covered by State School Relief. Stacey will be able to provide you with more information.

 Please contact Stacey on 9743 3322 or [email protected]

INTERNET: Parent Tip Sheet

WHAT IS THE ATTRACTION?

The Internet has a myriad of attractions to young people. It is instantaneous, highly interactive and immensely private, which are highly prized attributes for most young people. It gives them access to their mates, music and media without leaving home. It has addictive qualities we know, but that does not mean that a young person should become a Net addict.

 

HOW SHOULD PARENTS REACT?

TREAT .COM RELATIONSHIPS AND ACTIVITIES LIKE ANY OTHER:

Mocking their cyber friends and cyber activities can only drive them further into the cyber world of rebellion and further away from the real world.

 

IF THE CYBER WORLD IS THE REAL WORLD for your young person as he shuns most other activities as well as people it may be time to take some action or even get some help.

 

INVOLVE YOURSELF IN THEIR CYBER ACTIVITIES, much as you would any other type of activity. Take the time to find out what they are doing and what they get from the activities.

 

NEGOTIATE ONLINE TIME ALLOCATIONS and share time online with other interested siblings. Locate the computer connected to the Internet in a public place at home so that you are accessible and also so sharing can occur.

 

ASK YOUR YOUNG PERSON WHAT A REASONABLE AMOUNT OF TIME MAY BE ONLINE. If they violate that limit then ask them if they have a problem. Let them think it over for a time. Perhaps you can bargain real time activities in exchange for time online.

 

OFFER OFFLINE ALTERNATIVES TO ENTERTAINMENT, EDUCATION AND COMMUNICATION. Remind them that there are offline alternatives, even if they do not use them all the time.

 

This is a Short Message from your Melton SC Welfare Team. If you have any issues regarding this and are unsure where to turn, please make an appointment with the school welfare team. Thanks, Nathanael.

 

Child Safe

GET THE FACTS

As adults we all play a critical role to protect children from harm. 

As a parent or carer you have the primary responsibility for protecting and caring for your own children and supporting them to build relationships that are safe and respectful.

You also play a critical role in identifying and responding to suspected abuse within the community. In fact it may amount to a criminal offence if you fail to report suspected sexual child abuse.

 

REPORTING ABUSE

What should I do if I suspect that my child has been abused?

If you believe that your child has been abused, or is at risk of being abused contact Victoria Police immediately via the local police station or on 000 if it’s an emergency.

 

WHAT SHOULD I DO IF SUSPECT THAT ANOTHER CHILD HAS BEEN ABUSED?

If you suspect that a child has been abused, or is at risk of abuse (such as physical abuse, family violence or neglect) you should report immediately to the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Child Protection (see contact detail at the end of this fact sheet)

  • If you suspect that a child has been sexually abused, you must also report your concerns to the Victoria Police. You may be committing a criminal offence if you fail to do so.
  • You should report even if you’re not sure. It is the role of authorities to investigate your concerns and determine if any further action needs to be taken.
  • Parent and carers are also often in a position to protect the friends of their children. This is because children are most likely to disclose their experiences of abuse to their peers, who in turn may share this with their own parents and carers. 
  • If your child talks to you about their friend, and you suspect that the child is being abused or is at risk of being abused, you should act. You may be the only adult in a position to act and your response may be critical in protecting that child’s safety.

 

WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I SUSPECT THAT A CHILD IS BEING ABUSED AND AUTHORITIES HAVE PREVIOUSLY INVESTIGATED AND DISMISSED MY REPORT?

If you have new grounds for believing that a child is being abused, you should make another report to DHHS Child Protection or Victoria Police. Every report is critical to protecting a child as it builds evidence and helps authorities to gain a clearer understanding of risks to the child.

 

WHAT HAPPENS TO MY CHILD IF SOMEONE AT THE SCHOOL SUSPECTS THAT MY CHILD HAS BEEN ABUSED?

All staff members at your child’s school are required to report suspected child abuse to DHHS Child Protection and, in some circumstances, to Victoria Police.

 

Your child’s school will contact you as soon as possible, unless they have been advised not to do so by DHHS Child Protection and/or Victoria Police.

 

Where appropriate the school will work with you to ensure that your child is provided with support, which may include referring them to wellbeing professionals.

 

WHEN IS IT A CRIMINAL OFFENCE TO NOT REPORT SUSPECT ABUSE?

Any adult may face criminal charges if they believe that another adult has committed a sexual offence against a child under 16 years of age and does not report this information to the police.

 

FACTS ON CHILD ABUSE

WHAT IS CHILD ABUSE? 

Child abuse:

  • can include physical abuse, sexual abuse, grooming, emotional or physiological harm, neglect or family violence
  • does not have to involve physical contact or force (eg, child sexual abuse can include talking to a child in a sexually explicit way)
  • can be committed by any member of the community, including someone within a child’s family or someone within the school setting.

 

The trauma associated with child abuse can significantly impact upon the wellbeing and development of a child. This is why it is critical that we all respond immediately to any form of suspected abuse.

 

WHAT ARE THE SIGNS THAT A CHILD HAS BEEN ABUSED?

There are a range of physical and behavioural indicators of child abuse. 

Most importantly you should act if you notice anything that causes you to form a reasonable belief that a child has been, or is at risk of being abused, including (but not limited to):

  • a change in a child’s behaviour (e.g. withdrawal, regressive behaviour, or non-age appropriate sexual behaviours)
  • physical indicators of abuse (e.g. unexplained bruises, welts, signs of malnutrition)
  • an inappropriate relationship between an adult and a child (e.g. inappropriate physical contact, unexplained gifts or phone/email contact).

THE SCHOOL’S ROLE

HOW MUST SCHOOLS RESPOND TO SUSPECTED CHILD ABUSE?

All staff in Victorian schools are obligated to respond to any incident or suspicion of child abuse as outlined below: 

 

       1.  Respond to the emergency

              Address any immediate health and safety needs (eg. administer    

              first aid or contact emergency services).

 

       2.  Inform authorities

              Report any reasonable belief that a child has been, or is at risk of

              being abused to the DHHS Child Protection or Victoria Police.

 

       3.  Contact parents/carers when appropriate

              Contact parents/carers once authorities advise that it is safe and

              appropriate to do so.

 

             Ideally parents/carers will play a central role in providing support

             for their children, however schools will be instructed not to      

             contact parents/carers in circumstances where this may impede

             an investigation or place the child at greater risk.

 

       4.  Provide ongoing support for all children impacted by the

             abuse

             Provide appropriate support for all children impacted by abuse.

             This will likely include ongoing counselling from professionals.

             The child’s ongoing support will be documented in a Student

             Support Plan.

 

These actions are outlined in further detail in Identifying and Responding to All Forms of Abuse in Victorian Schools.

 

ARE THE STAFF AT MY CHILD'S SCHOOL REQUIRED TO REPORT CHILD ABUSE?

Yes – all staff at your child’s school are required by law to report any reasonable belief that a child has been abused, or is at risk of abuse.

 

In some circumstances, it may be a criminal offence for school staff to fail to report child abuse to the authorities.

 

PROTECTING MY CHILD

WHAT CAN I DO TO HELP EDUCATE AND PROTECT MY CHILD FROM ABUSE?

Have a chat to your child and make sure that he or she knows that no one is allowed to threaten, hurt or touch them in a way that makes them feel uncomfortable.

 

Every relationship should be respectful and no one should behave in a way that makes them feel unsafe or afraid.

 

Your child’s school will also be supporting your child in learning about their rights to be safe and respected. Victorian government schools are teaching the Respectful Relationships program which promotes positive attitudes and behaviours and is aimed at preventing family violence. 

 

WHAT SHOULD I TALK ABOUT WHEN I EXPLAIN SAFETY TO MY CHILD?

There are some things you can do at home to build your child’s understanding of safe and respectful relationships including:

  • talking openly with your child about their feelings and relationships
  • being sure that they understand you will listen and act if they are concerns about how anyone is treating them
  • using the correct names for body parts and having age-appropriate  conversations about touching and sexual activity
  • letting your child know that adults should never harm or act in a sexual way with any child.

KEEPING CHILDREN SAFE OUTSIDE OF THE HOME OR SCHOOL 

You play a critical role in ensuring that your children are spending time in safe places.

In Victoria all people who are working with your children such as coaches and music teachers need to have a current Working With Children Check.

You may like to check that any staff and volunteers spending time with your child after school hours and on weekend have a valid Working With Children Check. 

If you think that you may need some help to keep your children safe from harm and support their healthy development, it is important you find some help. Visit the Victorian Government’s Better Health Channel for information on seeking support: https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/health/healthyliving/parenting-support-to-help-prevent-abuse

 

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GET THE FACTS

As adults we all play a critical role to protect children from harm. 

As a parent or carer you have the primary responsibility for protecting and caring for your own children and supporting them to build relationships that are safe and respectful.

You also play a critical role in identifying and responding to suspected abuse within the community. In fact it may amount to a criminal offence if you fail to report suspected sexual child abuse.

 

REPORTING ABUSE

What should I do if I suspect that my child has been abused?

If you believe that your child has been abused, or is at risk of being abused contact Victoria Police immediately via the local police station or on 000 if it’s an emergency.

 

WHAT SHOULD I DO IF SUSPECT THAT ANOTHER CHILD HAS BEEN ABUSED?

If you suspect that a child has been abused, or is at risk of abuse (such as physical abuse, family violence or neglect) you should report immediately to the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Child Protection (see contact detail at the end of this fact sheet)

  • If you suspect that a child has been sexually abused, you must also report your concerns to the Victoria Police. You may be committing a criminal offence if you fail to do so.
  • You should report even if you’re not sure. It is the role of authorities to investigate your concerns and determine if any further action needs to be taken.
  • Parent and carers are also often in a position to protect the friends of their children. This is because children are most likely to disclose their experiences of abuse to their peers, who in turn may share this with their own parents and carers. 
  • If your child talks to you about their friend, and you suspect that the child is being abused or is at risk of being abused, you should act. You may be the only adult in a position to act and your response may be critical in protecting that child’s safety.

 

WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I SUSPECT THAT A CHILD IS BEING ABUSED AND AUTHORITIES HAVE PREVIOUSLY INVESTIGATED AND DISMISSED MY REPORT?

If you have new grounds for believing that a child is being abused, you should make another report to DHHS Child Protection or Victoria Police. Every report is critical to protecting a child as it builds evidence and helps authorities to gain a clearer understanding of risks to the child.

 

WHAT HAPPENS TO MY CHILD IF SOMEONE AT THE SCHOOL SUSPECTS THAT MY CHILD HAS BEEN ABUSED?

All staff members at your child’s school are required to report suspected child abuse to DHHS Child Protection and, in some circumstances, to Victoria Police.

 

Your child’s school will contact you as soon as possible, unless they have been advised not to do so by DHHS Child Protection and/or Victoria Police.

 

Where appropriate the school will work with you to ensure that your child is provided with support, which may include referring them to wellbeing professionals.

 

WHEN IS IT A CRIMINAL OFFENCE TO NOT REPORT SUSPECT ABUSE?

Any adult may face criminal charges if they believe that another adult has committed a sexual offence against a child under 16 years of age and does not report this information to the police.

 

FACTS ON CHILD ABUSE

WHAT IS CHILD ABUSE? 

Child abuse:

  • can include physical abuse, sexual abuse, grooming, emotional or physiological harm, neglect or family violence
  • does not have to involve physical contact or force (eg, child sexual abuse can include talking to a child in a sexually explicit way)
  • can be committed by any member of the community, including someone within a child’s family or someone within the school setting.

 

The trauma associated with child abuse can significantly impact upon the wellbeing and development of a child. This is why it is critical that we all respond immediately to any form of suspected abuse.

 

WHAT ARE THE SIGNS THAT A CHILD HAS BEEN ABUSED?

There are a range of physical and behavioural indicators of child abuse. 

Most importantly you should act if you notice anything that causes you to form a reasonable belief that a child has been, or is at risk of being abused, including (but not limited to):

  • a change in a child’s behaviour (e.g. withdrawal, regressive behaviour, or non-age appropriate sexual behaviours)
  • physical indicators of abuse (e.g. unexplained bruises, welts, signs of malnutrition)
  • an inappropriate relationship between an adult and a child (e.g. inappropriate physical contact, unexplained gifts or phone/email contact).

THE SCHOOL’S ROLE

HOW MUST SCHOOLS RESPOND TO SUSPECTED CHILD ABUSE?

All staff in Victorian schools are obligated to respond to any incident or suspicion of child abuse as outlined below: 

 

       1.  Respond to the emergency

              Address any immediate health and safety needs (eg. administer    

              first aid or contact emergency services).

 

       2.  Inform authorities

              Report any reasonable belief that a child has been, or is at risk of

              being abused to the DHHS Child Protection or Victoria Police.

 

       3.  Contact parents/carers when appropriate.

              Contact parents/carers once authorities advise that it is safe and

              appropriate to do so.

 

             Ideally parents/carers will play a central role in providing support

             for their children, however schools will be instructed not to      

             contact parents/carers in circumstances where this may impede

             an investigation or place the child at greater risk.

 

       4.  Provide ongoing support for all children impacted by the

             abuse.

             Provide appropriate support for all children impacted by abuse.

             This will likely include ongoing counselling from professionals.

             The child’s ongoing support will be documented in a Student

             Support Plan.

 

These actions are outlined in further detail in Identifying and Responding to All Forms of Abuse in Victorian Schools.

 

ARE THE STAFF AT MY CHILD'S SCHOOL REQUIRED TO REPORT CHILD ABUSE?

Yes – all staff at your child’s school are required by law to report any reasonable belief that a child has been abused, or is at risk of abuse.

 

In some circumstances, it may be a criminal offence for school staff to fail to report child abuse to the authorities.

 

PROTECTING MY CHILD

WHAT CAN I DO TO HELP EDUCATE AND PROTECT MY CHILD FROM ABUSE?

Have a chat to your child and make sure that he or she knows that no one is allowed to threaten, hurt or touch them in a way that makes them feel uncomfortable.

 

Every relationship should be respectful and no one should behave in a way that makes them feel unsafe or afraid.

 

Your child’s school will also be supporting your child in learning about their rights to be safe and respected. Victorian government schools are teaching the Respectful Relationships program which promotes positive attitudes and behaviours and is aimed at preventing family violence. 

 

WHAT SHOULD I TALK ABOUT WHEN I EXPLAIN SAFETY TO MY CHILD?

There are some things you can do at home to build your child’s understanding of safe and respectful relationships including:

  • talking openly with your child about their feelings and relationships
  • being sure that they understand you will listen and act if they are concerns about how anyone is treating them
  • using the correct names for body parts and having age-appropriate  conversations about touching and sexual activity
  • letting your child know that adults should never harm or act in a sexual way with any child.

KEEPING CHILDREN SAFE OUTSIDE OF THE HOME OR SCHOOL 

You play a critical role in ensuring that your children are spending time in safe places.

In Victoria all people who are working with your children such as coaches and music teachers need to have a current Working With Children Check.

You may like to check that any staff and volunteers spending time with your child after school hours and on weekend have a valid Working With Children Check. 

If you think that you may need some help to keep your children safe from harm and support their healthy development, it is important you find some help. Visit the Victorian Government’s Better Health Channel for information on seeking support: https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/health/healthyliving/parenting-support-to-help-prevent-abuse

 

24 Hour Services

Victoria Police                                                                                             000

Department of Health and Human Services                                  13 12 78

Child Protection                                                                                        

GET THE FACTS 

This fact sheet has been designed to give you the facts about child abuse.  It includes advice on what to do if you have been abused, are being abused, or at risk of being abused. This fact sheet also provides you with advice if you know someone who has been abused, or is at risk of being abused.

 

WHAT ARE YOUR RIGHTS? 

  • Everyone has the right to feel safe and be protected from abuse.
  • No one is allowed to threaten you, hurt you, or touch you in a way that makes you feel uncomfortable, unsafe or afraid.
  • This includes all adults, other teenagers and children – it includes everyone from family members, coaches, teachers, to friends and strangers.
  • Every relationship should be respectful.
  • No one should ever involve you in sexual activity without your consent, and no one should behave in a way that makes you feel unsafe or afraid.
  • You don’t have to deal with abuse on your own. Talk to a trusted adult.  Teachers and other adults at your school can support you to get help.

WHAT IS CHILD ABUSE?  

  • Child abuse includes physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional or psychological harm, neglect, and family violence.
  • Child abuse can also include grooming. This is behaviour where an adult tries to establish a relationship or other emotional connection with a child, to prepare them for a sexual relationship. 
  • Child abuse does not have to involve physical contact or force. It can include:
    • controlling a child through threats
    • exposing a child to sexual material and sexual acts
    • exposing a child to family violence
  • Child abuse can be led by any member of a community or a family member. Abuse can impact anyone and it is never the victim’s fault.

For more information on sexual abuse and sexual assault visit Youth Central:   http://www.youthcentral.vic.gov.au/know-your-rights/sexual-assault .

 

WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I HAVE BEEN ABUSED OR FELL UNSAFE? 

  • You should talk to an adult you trust.
  • If you have been abused, or feel unsafe or threatened in any way you don’t have to deal with this on your own. 
  • Abuse is never your fault and you should tell a trusted adult so you can get the help and support you need to feel safe and protected. Talking to someone won’t get you in trouble.
  • You can tell a teacher or any adult at your school.  They will be able to help you.

WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I THINK SOMEONE I KNOW HAS BEEN ABUSED OR IS UNSAFE?

  • You should talk to an adult you trust.  Any staff member at your school will be able to help.
  • You can also help your friend by encouraging them to tell a trusted adult.

WHAT IF MY FRIEND DOESN'T WANT TO TELL AN ADULT? 

  • You should still tell an adult you trust on your friend’s behalf. 
  • Even if your friend has specifically asked you not to tell an adult, you still should. It is more important to make sure that your friend is helped and feels protected.

WHAT WILL HAPPEN IF I TELL AN ADULT AT THE SCHOOL THAT I FEEL UNSAFE, OR THAT I KNOW SOMEONE WHO IS UNSAFE? 

  • You will be helped.
  • Teachers and other adults at your school must listen to your concerns and help you.
  • The information will not be shared with the person who is making you feeling unsafe.
  • Information will only be shared with people who can support and protect you.
  • In some cases the people helping you are required by law to tell the police, the Department of Health and Human Services’ Child Protection services and/or your family to prevent any further abuse, or risk of abuse.

WHAT IF I DON'T FEEL LIKE I CAN TALK TO ANYONE AT MY SCHOOL? 

  • You should still find a trusted adult to talk to.
  • Abuse or feeling uncomfortable is too big to deal with on your own. 

THERE ARE MANY PEOPLE WHO CAN SUPPORT YOU TO FEEL SAFE AND PROTECTED. YOU CAN:

  • visit eHeadspace (which provides an online and a 9am-1am telephone support service) www.eheadspace.org.au  or 1800 650 850
  • call KidsHelp Line on 1800 55 1800 or visit for 24 hour support
  • call or visit your local police station or call 000.
  • Talk to your doctor, psychologist, social worker, welfare officer, or another trusted adult.

Library

Loving the Library @ MSC

Hi Everyone,

This year the Library has been working towards creating an exemplary text rich literacy classroom environment to support the literacy outcomes for all students at Melton Secondary College.

We have now successfully completed the automated tagging of all fiction books in the library with reading levels which will support our students ability to choose ‘just right’ books when browsing to borrow.  In addition to this, our books are also being tagged with Genre stickers to further support students with identifying a book that will engage them when making a choice.  We will continue working on these elements to support the Independent Reading Program at MSC through 2019.

It’s that time of the year when we reconcile what is in the library. We require all student loans back immediately so that we can complete the end of year procedures in the library. The stock on the shelves have been thoroughly checked and there are students that still have items on loan.

Please encourage your child to return everything from the school library.  Letters will be sent home to families to highlight items that are still outstanding.  If your child would like to discuss this further they can speak to a member of the library team by coming in or calling 9743 3322.

 

The Library has been closed for our annual stocktake and is also undergoing a renovation.  New carpet and paint work is in progress and will transform the space.  We are excited about the upgrade and look forward to sharing images of the new completed look next year.

We would like to wish all of the students and families a festive break and remind you that  Melton City Library is open during the school holidays. 

 

ODE

Assessments have been submitted, and the final excursion of the year has come and gone. Outdoor Ed for 2018 is a wrap!

A very busy semester two for our Y9 Outdoor Ed students was capped off last week with a two day camp down at Anglesea. We had glorious conditions for the first day, where we participated in Surf lessons with Go Ride A Wave on Anglesea main beach. All of our participants had a great experience, and have developed skills which they will be able to use again in the future.

Our students were also able to apply their camp craft skills to a practical experience, and this will hopefully stand those who are continuing on to VCE Outdoor and Environmental Studies next year in good stead, with any more opportunities to camp and explore to come.

 

Our second day saw some scorching temperatures and high winds challenge the group before we made our way back to school. Some were tired, some were a little sun burnt, but everybody had a fantastic experience and went home with smiles on their faces.

 

As a reminder to parents of students undertaking Outdoor Ed with Mr Kilroy in Y10 – course payment to secure your child’s spot is required ASAP if this has not been taken care of already. For families with a Health Care Card – $250 of CSEF funding is available if you have completed the necessary paperwork.  

Sport

Sport Highlights

Rugby 7’s National Championships

Here are the results and a photo of Akosita Siola’a and Jessica Rastrick from the National Youth Rugby Sevens Championships held at Ballymore in Brisbane last weekend.

Results:

Pool games:

- QLD Grey 38 def 10 VIC

- NSW Blue 50 def 5 VIC

- VIC 55 def 0 TAS

Pool Placings Crossover Qualifying round

- NSW Blue 40 def 0 VIC

- VIC 12 def by 31 QLD Grey

Final for 5th/8th

- VIC 7 def by 22 ACT

Akosita – front row 1st on the right and Jess is front row 2nd from the left.

 

 Sport leaders for 2019

School Sport Captains

 

INTERCHOOL SWIMMING - Western Ranges Division – placed 3rd behind Sunbury  

 INTERSCHOOL ATHLETICS - Western Ranges Division – placed 1st

       

BEST PERFORMED TEAMS

We have had outstanding success again despite reducing some participation.

 

STATE CHAMPIONS

Senior Girls Squash - (5th year in a row)

Intermediate Girls NRL Rugby 9’s (2nd time in 3yrs)

 

State Finalists

Intermediate Girls Netball – runner up (Victorian Schoolgirls competition)

Intermediate Girls Rugby Union 13”s – runner up

Intermediate Boys Rugby Union 13”s – 4th

Intermediate Boys NRL Rugby 9’s – 4th

Senior Girls NRL Rugby 9’s – 4th

Intermediate Girls Volleyball

Senior Boys Squash

Junior Boys Rugby 9’s – runner up

Western Metropolitan Region Finalists 

Intermediate Girls Volleyball

Yr 8 Boys/mixed Tennis

Intermediate Girls Netball – SSV competition

Intermediate Girls Soccer

Intermediate Boys Soccer

Yr 7 Girls Soccer

Yr 7 Boys Soccer

Yr 8 Boys volleyball

Junior Girls Cricket

Annual Sport Report 2018

AWARDS

Senior Girls Sports Champion – Johnanne Hunt

Senior Boys Sports Champion – Alain Nzitunga

Year 11 Sports Awards – Ebony Carter and Cody Chapman

Year 10 Sports Awards – Jessica Rastrick and Jared Galuega-Kaio

Year 9 Sports Awards –Trinity Skenderis and Cooper Tregear-Danton

Year 8 Sports Awards – Kahlan Tanoi and Kris Muavaa-Mano

Year 7 Sports Awards – Ashlee Cochrane and Marechew Dagnew

     Outstanding Individual Sporting Achievement – Arleah Hunt

            Pierre De Coubertin Award – Johnanne Hunt

            SSV Academic and Sporting Excellence – Rhys Lee

 

 

School Sport Captains 2018

Ricky Frew and Johnann Hunt

Melton SC 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 name is - Melton Secondary College - Sport/Sport Specialism.

Melton Secondary College - Sport/Sport Specialism)

General Information 

  1. REBEL SPORTS – Melton SC is registered in the community kickbacks program with Rebel 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.

The participation statistics show the overall percentage of students in each level who represented Melton Secondary College in Interschool sport.

The statistics for this year are as follows:

 

Gerard Darcy - Sport Coordinator

Sport Dates

2019

Friday 22 Feb – House Swimming Carnival – Melton Waves

Tuesday 5 March – Western Ranges Swimming Carnival - Melton Waves

Thursday 4 April – Western Region Swimming Carnival in Geelong

Friday 26 April – House Athletics Carnival in Melton.

Community

 

 

 

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