Melton Mail

30 June 2017
Issue Twelve
Dates To Remember
Principal's Report
Assistant Principals' Report
Sub Schools
 MSC Information 
Child Safe
Wellbeing
Careers/Pathways
Arts Specialism
Science Specialism
ACE
African Australian Student Org.
Technology
Hands On Learning
Duke of Edinburgh
Z Club
Sport
Community
Melton Secondary College
03 9743 3322
Coburns Road
Melton, Victoria, 3337
AU

Dates To Remember

June

Friday 30 June

Semester Reports published

Term 2 ends - 3.10 pm  dismissal

July

Tuesday 18 July

Year 12 ODE - Snorkeling

Netball Senior & Inter Girls (Sunbury)

Wednesday 19 July - 6 pm to 7 pm

Year 11 (2018) Parent Information Evening 

Thursday 20 July

ABCN - Focus Program Mentoring 

Football - Intermediate Boys & Girls (Sunbury)

Monday 24 July - 6 pm to 7 pm

Year 10 (2018) Parent Information Evening

Tuesday 25 July - 12 pm to 7 pm

Year 11 (2018) Course Counselling

 

August

Tuesday 1 August - 12 pm to 7 pm

Year 10 (2018) Course Counselling

Monday 7 to Friday 11 August

Diversity Week

Japan Sister School Visit

Tuesday 7 August

Student Early Finish - 1.39 pm

Monday 14 to Friday 18 August

Science Week

Monday 21 August

Student Early Finish - 1.39 pm

Monday 28 August to 1 September

Year 10 Work Experience

Thursday 31 August

Year 7 Immunisation

September

Thursday 21 September - 11.45 am to 7.30 pm

Parent Teacher Conference

Friday 22 September

End of Term 3 - 3.10 pm dismissal

Principal's Report

David Reynolds - Principal

New College Vision Statement
 

Over the course of this term, School Council, staff and the student representative council have been considering the findings of the School Review and how these will lead to the development of a new School Strategic Plan for the years 2018 - 2021. The school review report will be published to the college community on the website later in the year. The key message from the review is that the college needs to strengthen its focus on achieving high rates of learning for every student and ensuring that every student is provided with a positive pathway into further study or employment with training.  In order to achieve these results we have to have a clear vision to guide the new strategic plan. The vision needs to be captured in a statement which is short and memorable and needs to accurately describe the heart of what we want to see develop as we grow over the next four years.

The following statement has been put forward for consideration and will be adopted if it receives supportive feedback:

A flourishing community of learners, building high rates of academic growth and bright futures for every student.

The word ‘community’ is a prominent idea in this statement. The college community includes not just staff, students and their families, but also the broader community that supports the growth and development of all young people in our area.  When we say that we want it to be a ‘flourishing community’, we want to see a community that ensures our students feel safe, one that supports students to seek new learning opportunities, has the energy and resources to support students in their learning, the grit to stick at this work even when it gets tough and the confidence to recognize and celebrate success when it arrives. 

 

If you have a view you would like to share about the proposed new vision statement, please feel free to contact either myself or School Council President, Chris Papas by 28 July. Contact can be made via email or phone to the college reception on 9743 3322.

[email protected]

[email protected]

Strength in diversity

Our students continues to benefit from the increasing diversity of our families and their backgrounds. This week I accompanied a large group of Melton Secondary College students at Victoria University to attend the Inaugural African Women’s Diaspora Summit. It was great to see our students helping as volunteer hosts and to share with the attendees some of the ways that our college engages our CALD (culturally and linguistically diverse) families and community.

 

STARR Awards rocketing ahead!
 

It is fantastic to see the STARR Awards system, initiated by the Student Leadership team last year, has continued to grow with such positive impact. STARR Awards are given by teachers when they see students behave in ways that support the STARR Values. This time last year students had accumulated a total of just over 900 STARR award points. This year the total is almost 3,000 points. This is a great indication that students are seeing the benefit of positive behaviour and is supporting our School Wide Positive Behaviour System and college expectations.

 

I will be taking two weeks of long service leave at the start of Term Three so am looking forward to an extended holiday break and some travel. While I am away, Ms Andree Poulter will be acting Principal and Ms Ruby Dhir will be acting Assistant Principal.

 

School will resume on Monday 17 July for the start of Term Three.

Assistant Principals' Report

 

 

Year 11 (2018) Parent Information Evening

We would like to invite all Year 10 parents to the Year 10 to 11 (VCE/VCAL) Information evening which will be held at Melton Secondary College on Wednesday 19 July. The meeting will take place in H5 at Melton Secondary College from 6.00 pm – 7.00 pm.


This is a very important time for Year 10 students as they will soon be required to make a decision about which senior school program, either VCE or VCAL, they will enroll in for 2018.The purpose of the session is to share information regarding the important decisions students need to make for their career.

 

The Parent Information Evening is an important first step which all parents and students must attend.  At this information session you will be provided with information on the following:

  • VCE courses
  • VCAL
  • VET
  • Course Counselling
  • Y10 Work Experience 

Please place this date in your diary and be sure to attend this important event so that your child is able to make the best decision for his/her future. 

Year 11 (2018) Course Counselling Day

The second important date in Year 11 Course Counselling is the Course Counselling Day. This will happen on Tuesday 25 July between 12.00 pm and 7.00 pm. On this day students are expected to attend a 20 minute course counselling appointment with their parent/carers where they meet with a trained course counselor. Regular Year 10 classes will not run on this day.


An important part of the appointment is for each student to present as if they are attending a job interview. For this reason students are expected to attend neatly dressed in either full school uniform or formal attire. Each student's presentation will include:-

  • An explanation of the careers they are interested in and why
  • Which pathway (VCE or VCAL)  they are considering and why
  • What they know about the subjects they need for their preferred pathway – apprenticeships, university etc.
  • What else they need to find out in order to make the best choice
  • The subjects they are thinking of choosing and what the entry requirement is for each.

Students also need to bring the following documentation with them: –

  • A copy of their 2017 Semester One results,
  • A copy of their Career Action Plan (the CAPs have been completed in their tutorial sessions)
  • At least 3 samples of their best work – from any subject
To make an appointment you will need access to your parent portal on Compass. If you need or have forgotten your log in details, please contact the schools main office on 9743 3322. When booking please select any of the available Course Counselors, however, you son/daughter may wish to choose someone they are more familiar with. More information about this is available on the Compass News Feed.
 
By the end of session your son/daughter will have a clear idea of the pathway and subjects they intend to follow in 2018.
 
Mr A Devine
Assistant Principal

Sub Schools

Junior Sub School

VCAL Year 7 Picnic:

Last Friday, Year 7 and the VCAL students travelled to Brimbank Park for the VCAL Picnic and activities. The day was a great success with students engaged in many different and challenging physical activities. Students also had the chance to work with other students and with VCAL Students who provided the activities for the day. The response from students following the day was positive and a certainty to be revisited in the future. Many thanks must go to Mr Daniel Taylor and Ms Alex Hardisty for their organisation and efforts with the VCAL students. Thanks also to those teachers who provided their time to be there on the day.

 

Middle Sub School

Year 9 and 10 students will be receiving their reports this week.  In Tutorial next term students will be reflecting on their results.  We urge you to please access your student’s report on COMPASS and reflect on their results with them.  The beginning of Semester Two is an excellent time to remind and encourage students to either continue with or begin good study habits.  Important skills students need to master include time management and being organised.  Encouragement from both home and school assisting students acquire these skills, will help as they transition from Middle School into Senior School.

Parents and carers can support students by asking: “What do the STARR values ask students to do at MSC? Which values are you doing well at? Which ones could you do even better at?”  Try to:

  • Recognise that ‘failure’ is the first step towards success. 
  • Remain calm and relaxed during stressful situations
  • Don’t ‘mentally tune out’ and allow negative self-talk to take over when faced with something new and/or challenging
  • Set realistic goals
  • Plan your time and utilize your plan to become efficient and productive
  • Complete tasks on time and avoid feeling guilty and anxious about your efforts – do your best
  • Remain optimistic – find the good in situations
  • Take responsibility for your own learning
  • Celebrate your achievement in meeting your goals

Attendance

Regular school attendance is one of the major factors contributing to a child’s wellbeing and success. Our vision is for all students to achieve academic excellence, develop positive peer relationships, and reach their potential and their individual pathway. Regular school attendance facilitates these outcomes directly.

Every student is expected to attend all scheduled classes and school activities, and to attend punctually. The College expects that all students attend 100% of scheduled classes, assemblies and compulsory school activities.  Students are required to attend a minimum of 95% of classes to be considered eligible for satisfactory completion of that year level.  Please contact the sub school if you want to discuss our attendance policy further.

Senior Sub School

High Achiever Profile - Bethlehem Mazengia

Achievements:  2016 Year 11 STARR Award, Top Scorer in Unit 3 Business and Legal

Best subjects: Business Management and Legal Studies

2017 Goal: 35+ Study Scores in each subject and 80+ ATAR

2018 Goal: Monash Uni Business or Deakin Uni Commerce/Law

Student’s Advice:  Set small achievable goals and work to achieve beyond them. Stay focused on your own path and individual goals. Don’t be distracted by external factors.

Key VTAC dates for 2017/2018 Applications

Applications open:

9am, Monday 7 August 2017
Timely applications close:

5pm, Thursday 28 September 2017
SEAS (Special Entry Access Scheme) 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

 MSC Information 

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.

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

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.

 

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

 

24 Hour Services

Victoria Police                                                                                             000

Department of Health and Human Services                                  131 278

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.

Wellbeing

Doctors in Schools

Melton Secondary College is pleased to inform our college community that the Victorian Governments Doctors in Schools initiative will commence early next term. An adolescent health trained GP will be available at our school each Tuesday to provide medical advice and health care to our students. The GP will be supported by a registered nurse and the schools Wellbeing Coordinator, Amanda Xavier. 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.

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 please don’t hesitate to contact the Student Wellbeing Team.

Careers/Pathways

Spot Job Career Expo:
21 - 23 July,2017

Friday    21 July     10am – 3pm

Saturday 22 July 10am – 4pm

Sunday 23 July     10am – 4pm

 

Royal Exhibition Buildings

Carlton Gardens, Melbourne

 

At the Expo:

  • 150+ Exhibitors
  • Universities/TAFES/RTOs
  • VCE/VCAL Apprenticeship Information
  • Free Seminars

Careers Room has a limited number of FREE tickets to this event.

 

Heading

Start typing your article in here...

Arts Specialism

Photo: Tausala Paulo

YEAR 10 ART ELECTIVE EXCURSIO: ‘Van Gogh and the Seasons’ at the NGV

On the 25th of May, 50 students from the Year 10 Elective ‘Painting and Drawing’ classes attended the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) to see the 2017 Melbourne Winter Masterpieces exhibition ‘Van Gogh and the Seasons’. Students were given a lecture by an art educator and then they viewed the exhibition before participating in a painting workshop. The Van Gogh exhibition is the largest to ever travel to Australia and our students made the most of this great opportunity by asking lots of questions and then creating their own colourful and textured still life paintings.

*The Arts Specialism team would like to thank the NGV and its supporters for providing our students with the opportunity to attend the exhibition, participate in a painting workshop, and for providing every student on the excursion with an exclusive NGV book.

Emily and Evon at the painting workshop run by the NGV.

 

Riley and Sam painting their own still life image during the workshop.

Studio Arts

Congratulations to all Year 12 Studio Arts students for recently completing their Unit 3 SAT folios!  Students worked hard throughout the semester not only during class time, but also in their free periods and after school each day. Through each student’s individual studio practice they have developed an Exploration Proposal that outlines the parameters for their artistic exploration. It includes their inspiration, conceptual possibilities and art forms to be explored so they can successfully communicate their ideas through a series of potential directions. In Unit 4 the students are looking forward to developing their strongest potential directions from Unit 3 into final artworks, which they will curate for display!

 

Ms Panagenas – Year 11 & 12 Studio Arts Teacher & Arts Learning Area Leader

VCE MUSIC RECITAL CONCERTS
 

On Thursday 25th May, both Year 11 and 12 Music classes held a concert in front of their friends, parents and teachers as a part of their ongoing assessment for VCE. Recitals are an important part of preparing students for their final exams as well as being a fantastic way to challenge them and help them build essential skills for performing in front of live audiences. On the evening the students performed a broad range of songs catering to all tastes. From Bob Marley to Miles Davis, Beyonce to System of a Down, with some throwback Tom Petty in the mix. It meant a lot to our students to have a friendly and supportive audience. Thank you to all who attended and assisted in making the evening a success.

 

DRAMA EDUCATION AT MELTON SECONDARY
 

On the 8th of June, Year 10 and 11 students from MSC were fortunate to be visited by the Melbourne Theatre Company who ran a professional rehearsal workshop with each class which focused on the work contained in the play Melbourne Talam.  Both these classes are studying this play as part of their analysis of professional performance.  Year 10 Drama class attended the play the next day at Geelong Performing Arts Centre, and also had the wonderful experience of a Q&A with the director and the actors afterwards.   It was a great way to finish off the Year 10 Drama Semester – and an experience to remember!

 

Science Specialism

Isn't it Sublime?!!

adjective

1. of very great excellence or beauty.     2  extreme or unparalleled.

 

verb

1. CHEMISTRY  (of a solid substance) change directly into vapour when heated, typically forming a solid deposit again on cooling.

 

This term year 8 Science classes explored the meaning of the word sublime as part of their studies in Chemistry. One of the highlights was experimenting with dry ice as it sublimed from it’s solid state directly back into its gaseous state.  No liquid, no mess!!!!  Lots of fun! 

 

 

ACE

Highlights from Semester 1 in ACE

7A Mars Motel Brochures

This term in 7A Science we have been investigating how space impacts on a variety of phenomena we see here on Earth. At the end of this unit students understanding and creativity were put to the test as they were asked to design a brochure for a futuristic motel on Mars! Students worked in small groups to investigate the red planet and make predictions about what may be needed to sustain life on Mars in the future. The final products did not disappoint! With names like Martian Motel, Vie sur Mars Hotel and the Mars Manor, 7A rose to the occasion producing flyers that are so enticing I wish I could visit them all. Students were particularly excited about selecting and suggesting new technologies which would be available in their motel. The technologies included those that humans would need to survive on such a barren planet and those that would make the visit a lot of fun.

7A Sleep In for Homelessness

7A were invited to attend a Sleep In for Homelessness run by some of our VCAL students. On the first Friday night of winter a group of 7A students banded together as they endured the cold and hard floors, while experiencing what homelessness might be like. Although I’m not sure how much ‘sleeping’ actually happened, students had an interesting night learning about the different types of homelessness which are becoming increasingly prevalent in some Australian societies. We would like to thank the VCAL class and Mr Borg for organising a great experience.

 

8A Civics and Citizenship letters

In Term 1, 8A were studying Civics and Citizenship. As an exercise to do with active participation, the class was asked to write letters to representatives regarding a local or national issue that they cared about. The best quality letters were sent to these representatives, and almost all of them wrote back.

In general, this was a very good exercise, and while the students weren’t always satisfied with the responses, the fact that they received them was a positive.

 

8A Science Drama Preparations

This term 8A have been bringing together the dramatic skills they have been developing since term 1, and their love of Science to prepare “The Science Drama!” This year students choose to investigate the very intricate topic of Epigenetics. Under the helpful guidance of Ms Jamali and Ms Van-Cuylenburg, the 8A class has spent many hours developing the ideas into a play meant to educate and inspire. 8A will be performing their drama early in Term 3. Keep an eye out for the exact details next term as this is something you don’t want to miss.

 

8A Creative Applications of studying the Norse Pantheon

Earlier this term, 8A were working on Vikings, and part of that was looking into the Norse Pantheon. In class they discussed how most of the Norse gods represented things beyond the Viking’s control such as thunder, war, fertility and chaos. The class were then asked to create posters, either they could create their own gods for modern life, gods of things beyond their control, or else they could create a poster for one of the Norse gods.

 

 

9A Scientific Fact sheets

For the first part of the year, 9A have been studying Optics (the study of light). To conclude their studies on this topic, students were asked to create a fact sheet based on a question they had about colour perception. This small individual research project resulted in a wide range of insightful fact sheets with very interesting information displayed on them. Many students chose to apply their knowledge of the human eye, a topic they had discussed in class, in comparison to the eyes of various animals. Two fact sheets have been included below, however there were many others which were impressive in their presentation and information.

 

ACE Instrumental Music Lesson Program Reminder

Payments for Semester 2 music lessons are now due. The $50 for lessons and $50 for instrument hire (not applicable to all students) can be paid to the front office. All 7A and 8A students should be participating in the instrumental music program at Melton Secondary College unless they are receiving music lessons outside of school. If you have queries about this please contact Mrs Laura Bramble.

African Australian Student Org.

African Australian Student Organisation

On Friday 16th June, MSC welcomed Amelia Forson, the president of the African-Australian Student Organisation to meet with some of our student leaders.  Tigiste Kebede from Melton Youth Services also attended, and together they had an inspiring conversation with our students who are developing an African-Australian Student Organisation at Melton Secondary College – the first of its kind in the City of Melton.  Students are looking forward to developing this club,  and representing MSC at the upcoming African Diaspora Women’s Summit.

 

 

Technology

Product Design

Technology students from the year 11 Product Design class have been constructing re-designed timber chairs. The chairs are made using traditional timber joints and are completely made from timber without the use of nails or screws. The chars are based on the Windsor High Back Chair, which is a traditional timber chair. The students have completed their planning and are currently preparing the materials. This includes shaping and forming the woodwork joints and shaping the leg and seat timbers. As can be seen in the photo,  Alain is using the wood lathe to shape the tapered joints to attach the legs to the seat. The chairs are made from Tasmanian Oak with either a solid timber or upholstered seat. This project forms part of the course in unit one, where students re-design an existing furniture item.

The  bespokechairs are very popular with students and they are being designed to suit the individual for size and comfort.

Permaculture and Environment Classes

Permaculture and Environment classes have been developing the new horticulture site. The gardens are developing along permaculture lines, working with nature rather than against it. This means that the gardening practices used by the Permaculture class are about reducing water use and relying more on developing gardens which will thrive in the natural climate.  The gardens which the class is developing has been prepared to make use of natural rain runoff to provide water for the plants. The soil is prepared and shaped to allow water from the rain to penetrate the soil and water the gardens through pathways and gentle slopes.  This garden has been planted with food plants so that it will function well as a food site, with vegetables, flowers and fruits.

VCAL Food Studies

VCAL Food Studies students were given the task of creating a two course meal for four people, using classic, simple ingredients such as eggs, flour, milk, meat and cook these using recipes that our grandparents would make: trifle, lasagne, shepherd’s pie, sticky date pudding, lamingtons, etc. The students then set the table with tablecloths, plates, drink-ware and cutlery and sat down to enjoy their two course meal in their group of four.  Food was well-presented, tables were nicely set and the students enjoyed sitting together for a proper meal.

 

Year 8 Food Technology

The year 8 food students have all just completed their major design task of designing and decorating a colourful cake for a five year old child. They began the task by creating their own version of a packet mix cake base, then making the cake in the shape of their design. They then brought in a variety a lollies and decorations to complete their cakes. It was a hectic, yet fun class and the students showed great skills and imagination in completing the task.      

                                                                                                               

                             

 

                                                     

Hands On Learning

Hands on Learning

We would like to acknowledge the generosity of Brock and Jody Perry from ORBE for their kind donation to Hands on Learning of $3000.  Orbe Fire Engineering provide professional fire engineering and fire protection consulting services to the building and construction industry. They develop performance solutions to allow for efficient and cost effective building design to meeting the building code of Australia requirements, community expectation and authority requirements.

Their contribution will allow our HOL students to continue to develop critical skills and abilities to succeed in work and life.

The donation will be put towards buying equipment for our students to continue to their work within the Melton Secondary College Community.

Billy Cart Day

For the last four weeks the students of Hands on Learning have been working hard on designing and building three billy carts to compete in an interschool billy cart race held at Riddles Creek.  Our school came third overall out of eight schools, with a time of 10.4 seconds. We had fun watching the other schools race their karts.  There were a few crashes and broken karts by the end of the day.

By Zack Kalwig

 

Duke of Edinburgh

On May 25th, our Year 9 Duke of Edinburgh students set off for the Surf Coast to complete the Adventurous Journey aspect of their Bronze Awards.

The trip involved the students hiking a 25km stretch of the beautiful and world famous Surf Coast Walk between Bells Beach and the town of Aireys Inlet with an overnight camp made in Anglesea.

 

The trip was challenging, but extremely rewarding for all students, who represented the school extremely well and learnt a lot about their ability to complete such a task. 

The students are nearing the end of their Duke of Edinburgh journeys, with only one volunteering day to come when we are again linking up with the Pinkerton Landcare and Environment Group to plant trees at the Pinkerton Link site.

The program will run again in Semester Two, with a new group of students, who are no doubt excited to get stuck into everything the course involves!

 

Z Club

Z Club Visit to Kyenton Secondary College kyenton

On Friday the 9th June I took 3 students Keisha Leahne, Tayllia Quarry -Simmons and Kaylah Gunn to meet the girls in the Kyenton Secondary College Z Club.

The purpose of our visit was to get some ideas and inspiration in Chartering our own Z Club in Term 3.

 

What are Z Clubs?

The Z Clubs are part of Zonta International’s service projects. Z Clubs are organizations which provide opportunities for our youth to develop leadership skills, explore career alternatives, and improve international understanding through service projects and advocacy. Z Clubs are formed on secondary school campuses or in the community.

Young people are given an opportunity to interact and work together with experienced Zonta sponsors to better their society and the world by gaining an understanding of their school and community and by developing an international awareness. Supporting community and international service projects is one way for Z Club members to become well-educated individuals. Zonta members provide resources and information which encourage service to the school and community and an international awareness among Z Club members. Everyone involved in a Z Club benefits by working together in planning, organizing, and participating in activities. The programs and projects are created by Z Club members, with guidance from the advisor and the sponsoring Zonta club. The projects should be designed to meet the needs of members, the school, and the community, and have international emphasis. It is the school, community, and international aspects that make Z Clubs unique.

 

Future Leaders Building a Better Future through Service and Advocacy

The youth of today will be the leaders of tomorrow, and the Zonta International Z Club program is a way for these future leaders to build a better world today. Actively participating in school, community, and international affairs, Z Club members can have a positive influence on the world around them. Through Z Club activities, students will learn valuable communication skills as well as gain civic leadership experience and career development assistance through their commitment to service and advocacy.

Sport

Rugby

We had 4 girls in the Victorian NRL u/16 Girls Rugby team The girls are- Akosita Siola’a, Arleah Hunt, Jessica Rastrick, Lea Galu. Malia Lole was named as an emergency. The girls played in Adelaide last weekend at the National Championships and finished 2nd overall – an outstanding performance.

 

Pierre de Coubertin Presentation

On International Olympic Day, June 23rd, 188 Victorian Senior Secondary School students and State Sport Association athletes were acknowledged with the prestigious Pierre de Coubertin award.

Named after the founder of the Modern Olympic Games, the Pierre de Coubertin Award recognises students who demonstrate academic excellence and sporting prowess whilst exemplifying the Olympic values. Each award recipient must participate in sport and display the Olympic values, in particular, good sportsmanship.

Melbourne’s own Nicole Livingstone OAM was the Emcee for the awards ceremony. Rio Gold Medallist Catherine Skinner OAM presented students with their awards.

The Minister for Sport was represented by Judith Graley MP, the Parliamentary Secretary for Education.

The 2017 recipient is Katie Bibby – our co Sports Captain.  Katie has been an outstanding contributor to the whole school sports program, consistently performing at a high level across many sports, namely State level cross country and squash, region level at athletics, tennis and netball.

Katie with Catherine Skinner p- 2017 Olympic Gold Medallist

 

Katie’s citation read – “ Katie has been an extremely consistent performer across a wide variety of sports throughout her school career. She has made SSV State finals in athletics and cross country most years. She has been part of a team that has won the SSV State title in squash. Katie is our School Sports Captain and a leader in our Athlete Development Program. Katie is able to balance her participation across a number of sports as a player, coach and umpire whilst maintaining a high standard of academic performance.”

 

Western Region Cross Country

Results:

12/13yrs Girls - Ella Tyson 47th, Eva Lavanda 80th, Chloe Rees 76th,

13yrs Boys – Jarrod Bibby 28th, Bailey Kershaw 84th

14yrs Girls – Trinity Skenderis 24th, Gloria Win 57th Jasmine Kincaid 60th, Kaylee Crees 65th , Aleena Jane Busuttil 54th

14yrs Boys – Cooper Tregear-Danton 12th, Kane Henderson 42nd,

15yrs Girls – Manar Mahfouz 12th, Lexie Leyden 37th

17/20yrs Girls – Katie Bibby 9th, Phoebe Warren dnf,

17/20 Boys – Ricky Frew 25th Paul Bridges 26th

Best results – top 20

  •  Manar Mahfouz qualified for the state final
  • Katie Bibby missed qualifying for State final by 1 place                    
  • Cooper Tregear-Danton also just missed qualifying for the State final

Team Sports

Football:

Yr 7 and 8 Boys

Game 1 – Melton 12-6 def Kurunjang 0-0

Game 2 – Melton 2-0 lost to Staughton 11-3

BEST PLAYERS – Kane Sullivan, Jayden Coutts, Jarrod Bibby, Ethan Sullivan.

Senior Boys

Melton 3-3 lost to Gisborne 11-11. Paul Faoagali 3 goals.

Netball:

Yr 7 and 8 Girls                

 Yr 7 – def Staughton 14-9, def Bacchus Marsh 12-8 def Kurunjang 23-3 but lost the final to Sunbury 13-21.

Yr 8 – lost to Gisborne 6-40, def Kurunjang 13-3 and lost to Bacchus Marsh 10-15

Soccer:

 

SENIOR Boys - def Kurunjang 13-0 then def Sunbury in the Division final 5-3 in a terrific game. They qualify for the Region final next term.

SENIOR Girls – def Kurunjang 5-2 but lost the Division final to Sunbury Downs 0-1

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)

Woolworths Earn and Learn 

The annual Woolworths Earn and Learn program is returning. It starts on Wednesday July 26th through to September 19th. If you shop at Woolies it would be appreciated if you could collect and send the stickers to us to collect so that we can continue to restock some of our sporting equipment. We have qualified for approx. $1000-$1500 worth of gear each year of our participation. We appreciate the community support that you have given us and hope that you will all continue this support.

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.

 

School Sport Information  -  All information regarding School Sport information and State team selection trials can be found on the website – www.ssv.vic.edu.au

Information on national events can be found at the Team Vic page on the School Sport Victoria website, www.ssv.vic.edu.au/TeamVic, or the School Sport Australia website,  www.schoolsport.edu.au

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.

 

http://www.ssv.vic.edu.au/SiteCollectionImages/Subscribetoebulletin.jpg

Sports Dates

Thursday 29th June – Soccer – Yr 8 Boys – Western Region Finals

Friday 30th June – Basketball – Senior Boys and Girls

Term 3:

 

Tuesday 18th July - Netball - Senior and Intermediate Girls

Thursday 20th July – AFL – Intermediate Boys and Girls v Sunbury

Monday 24th July Rugby 13’s – TBC - boys

Thursday 27th July Rugby 13’s – TBC - girls

Thursday 27th July – Squash – Senior Girls State final

 Tuesday 1st August – Soccer – Senior Boys – Western Region finals

Wednesday 2nd August – Rugby – u/14, u/16 Boys rugby

Thursday 3rd August – Squash – State Final – Intermediate Boys and Girls

Thursday 10th August – squash – State Final – Junior Boys

Community

Current Creative Youth Opportunites

Re-use, Recycle & Re-Dream - A Multi-Media Fashion Show.

Come and make some things and be involved in a wild multimedia theatrical fashion show in a circus tent in September - held in Melton South. After school every Wednesday in May & June 4.00 pm - 5.30 pm plus Saturday 13th May and 15th July 1.00 pm - 4.00 pm.  Held above the Uniting Church Op Shop, opposite the new Coles near Melton Train station. See flyer.  

email: [email protected]   www.fullon.biz/re-dream-fashion

Steady Pulse @ Melton library and recording studio

Would you like to write beats, raps and record material in a professional studio with professional engineers? Come to Melton Library, Thursdays 4.30 pm-6.00 pm during Term 2 and 3. 

Term 3 Saturday Theatre & Media Workshops

 

Future Creative Youth Opportunities

Raise the heart REMIX   

A creative theatrical arts projects with loads of multi-media creating a show based around belonging, identity and racism. Be mentored by a professional film maker, be involved in theatre and or learn production skills. Starting in term 3, it includes a free 3 day creative beach camp in the October school holidays. Includes young people from all over Melton. More information or register by email [email protected]

Melton Environment Plan

Melton City Council has developed a draft Environment Plan to help manage its environmental impacts, and we want your feedback.

 

The draft Environment Plan and information on how to provide comment can be found here: www.melton.vic.gov.au/environmentplan. Following the consultation period ending 9 June, we will incorporate feedback into the final Plan which we anticipate will go to Council for adoption in July.

 

 

Special Needs Holiday Program

 

Local Sporting Grants

 

The 'Le Mana' (Empower) Pasifika Project

 

Holiday-program-July-2017.pdf
RTH Particpant Consent Form.docx