Staughton News

09 December 2016
Issue Ten, Term Four
Principal's Report
VET Fashion Excursion
Swimming Carnival
Melton Council VCE Arts Show Celebration
Awards Night 
Orientation Day 2016
French Crepe Day
Year 7 Camp
Wellbeing Notices
Absence Line
Return Dates
2017 School Production
Staughton College
9743 4622
26-46 Wilson Road
Melton, Victoria, 3337

Principal's Report

Principal's Report

We have recently celebrated student achievement at our annual Awards Night. I would like to share an edited version of my presentation from the night as the Principal's Report for our final newsletter for 2016. I wish everyone a safe and enjoyable Christmas break. I look forward to seeing you all at the start of 2017.

Awards Night

Tonight is a night to celebrate achievement. As the Principal of Staughton College, I am enormously proud of the achievements of our students. Our school is a special place where students have opportunities and support to excel both inside and outside the classroom. This would not be possible without two key groups of people who I would like to celebrate now.


Our parents are the bedrock of our school community. Parenting teenage children is very rewarding but can also be a challenge! I would like to celebrate all of our parents and carers who make sure our students arrive at school, on time, in uniform, and ready to learn. We appreciate the hard work that you do and we value your support. I would also like to particularly thank the parents on our School Council led by School Council President Yvonne Sebire.


Another group of people I would like to celebrate are the Staughton staff. I am very proud of the effort, perseverance, and success of our staff at Staughton. I am also pleased to see the many positive relationships between our staff, students and parents. We are passionate about ensuring students demonstrate learning growth, often holding extra sessions to ensure students continue to learn and improve. Our staff commitment to extra-curricular activities is also outstanding. They spend many extra hours creating opportunities for students to be connected with their passions and interests.


I said earlier that this night is about celebrating achievement. For a moment, I would like to reflect on how people achieve great things. The famous Hawthorn coach, John Kennedy, made a half time speech in the 1975 Grand Final that has been replayed many times where he said ‘don’t think - just do’. He was talking about the importance of effort in achieving great things. Something that is lesser known about this speech is that Hawthorn actually lost the game! I would like to rearrange the order of his words to give advice to students at our school that may be more successful. I want our students to think and then do. Inside and outside the classroom I want our students to work out what they can do, set goals for what they want to be able to do, then to work out how to get there. I want our students to try and persevere, in order to achieve.


People who achieve great things don’t just put in high effort. They are also smart about it. They think. They work out what the best strategies are, and if they don’t know, they get help. They believe that high effort in these strategies will lead to them improving. When they fail they see it as a challenge, pick themselves up, and try another way until they succeed. This is called having a growth mindset.


Tonight, we have many examples of students who have done just that. When our School Captains started in year 7, they were not confident public speakers. They worked hard using the right strategies and got help. When it got difficult, they did not give up.  I am sure you will be impressed by them when they speak later.


Every student receiving an award tonight has displayed the characteristics I have described in one way or another. You have refused to give up when the going got tough.  I am very proud of you all.




VET Fashion Excursion

VET Fashion Excursion

On Tuesday, the 29th of November, both first and second year VET Fashion & Design students from varying schools in the Melton and Bacchus Marsh community were honored to travel to Melbourne to see the fantastic and inspiring designs of artists and fashion designers Viktor & Rolf at The National Gallery of Victoria, as well as see the amazing designs and costumes that Australian artist Kylie Minogue has worn over the years of her career, seen at The Arts Centre.


Viktor & Rolf are well known for their Haute Couture inspired clothing and want for the idea of ‘wearable art’. Viktor & Rolf have gained major attention from the fashion world due to how individual and show-stopping their creations have been over the years, as well as attention from well known celebrities such as Lady Gaga, Natalie Portman and Katy Perry, who have been lucky enough to wear an item or outfit made by the Viktor & Rolf brand.


Pieces that Viktor & Rolf have created that are on display at the National Gallery of Victoria include works from sets such as Bedtime Story, Vagabonds, Performance of Sculptures (inspired by Pablo Picasso), Wearable Art and their world famous, stunning and show-stopping Russian Doll set, which was made up of nine layers which all began from an old piece of fabric, to an amazing cloak finished with the embellishment of a rose, which became the Viktor & Rolf trademark.


The ‘Kylie on Stage’ exhibition was also fantastic and showed multiple defining costumes from her career ranging from tours in 1989 to 2011. The costumes shown have been designed by world famous designers such as Dolce & Gabbana and Karl Lagerfeld, and are all so stunning and stand out just as much as Kylie has to Australia and the entire world.


I would highly recommend these two exhibitions to anyone and everyone who is passionate about fashion and art as they’re both very inspiring as well as stunning in every way!


Viktor & Rolf  - The National Gallery of Victoria (21st October – 26th February) :
$15 concession
$18 adult


Kylie on Stage - The Arts Centre (21st September – 22nd January):
Free for everyone!



Year 12 Student

Swimming Carnival

Swimming Carnival

On Monday, the 6th of February 2017, Staughton College will be holding its annual Swimming Carnival at Melton Waves.

As this is considered a normal school day, students are required to be at school by 9:00 am. Students will assemble in the gym before making their way to the pool via bus. If your child is unable to attend please call the school’s Absence Line on (03) 9743 5061.


Students have the option of dressing up in their house colours or wearing their full school sports uniform.  Please be aware that students should dress appropriately for the predicted weather conditions.

Each student should bring in a bag: swimming costume, towel, sunscreen (preferably water resistant), t-shirt or rash shirt and a hat. All items should be clearly labelled with the student’s name. The canteen will be open (with a very long line) and VCAL will be selling some food, but students also have the option of bringing a packed lunch.

At the completion of the day students will have the option of a “free swim” or returning to back to school via bus, with an estimated arrival time of 2:45pm.


I would like to welcome all parents/guardians to attend the event and support their child on the day! Should parents have further questions about this event, more information is available from the College website or by contacting relevant year level coordinators.



Sports Coordinator

Melton Council VCE Arts Show Celebration

Melton Council VCE Arts Show Celebration


Extended congratulations to Year 12 students – Leelou Schembri-Crisp, Megan Wilson, and Heather Cullen, on their participation in the Melton City Council Arts Show. On the celebration afternoon, each student was presented with a certificate and prize for their participation.


This year, Heather Cullen was also awarded the Industry Award, which was selected by professional artist, Simon Finn. The award is presented to the student who displays work which shows innovative and contemporary thinking in their work. Well done to Heather on this great achievement! She plans to further her artistic talent by studying special effects make-up in 2017.


Awards Night 

Awards Night 

Staughton College’s 2016 Awards Night was held this week at Tabcorp Park. The Awards Night is a time of celebration for all members of the school community. The focus of the evening is to recognise and congratulate the students who have tried, persevered, and achieved during the course of yet another busy year at Staughton College. Students from across the school received awards to celebrate their efforts.


Staughton College's principal, Mr. David Lord, delivered the Principal’s Report for 2016, which touched on events and activities from across all areas of the college, in what has been another busy and productive year for the college. He also highlighted the efforts of staff at Staughton who again have supported students participation in a variety of extracurricular activities and programs.


School Captains Maggie Gater and Chelsea Pollock spoke of their pride in the progress of the College and the success of the student leaders this year.


Congratulations to all students who received awards. Also, thank you to staff for awarding students and attending the Awards Night.


Awards Night Speech: Maggie Gater 2016 School Captain

Good evening. I would just like to say a huge congratulations to all the students that are here tonight for achieving all that you have this year.  I would also like to thank both the students and teachers for enabling both Chelsea and I to participate in the role of 2016 School Captains this year.  It has been an absolute honour.


It has been an extraordinary experience allowing us to watch the school develop and grow so much in just one year, and also being able view all the hard work that teachers, parents, and other members of staff put in behind the scenes.


This position has also allowed us to participate in events such as ANZAC Day, which was an extraordinary experience to view how strong our community is, both inside and outside of our school environment.


We have also been able to lead school events along with our other extraordinary student leaders, such as the Swimming Carnival and the Athletics Carnival, which was a great opportunity to engage with students from all year levels.


We have also been able to plan, organise, and run two amazing bake sale fundraisers, which were fantastic opportunities to not only communicate with the school community, but work together and show our leadership skills within our team.


Being School Captain has allowed both Chelsea and I to learn new skills that we will be able to use in the future, such as communication, leadership, and independence.


Staughton College has been a part of my life for 6 years, and I can honestly say that I am honoured to be part of the Staughton College community, and to be able to watch how much our school has developed over my time here.


It is with great sadness that both Chelsea and I have to say goodbye, but it has also been a pleasure to be part of one of the best schools around.


And it is with great delight to hand over our title to next year’s school captains, Emily and Ethan.

Orientation Day 2016

Orientation Day 2016

On Tuesday, the 6th of December, we had approximately 140 Grade 6 students attend our Year 7 Orientation Day. Students were greeted by Mr. Lord and Ms. Sage Balassa (Year 7 Coordinator) at the morning assembly and then taken on a tour of the school.

Students were able to experience a day in the life of Staughton College, including lunchtime activities. Students participated in getting-to-know-you activities run by our amazing Wellbeing Team and join in the fun activities with the Festival of Healthy Living. Students got to meet their classmates and make new friends. The school radio, thanks to Will Cachia and the student DJs, provided lunchtime entertainment, as well as the sports equipment which was well used on the day.


Maths and English classes introduced students to their teachers for next year and the Positive Behaviour Support sessions provided students with the opportunity to become familiar with our expected behaviours based around Learning, Respect and Safety. Overall a great day was had by all. Here is what some of the grade 6 students said…


“It was great meeting the coordinator, principal and teachers"     --- Hanamoa


"Getting to know people was the best part of the day"     --- Kaleb


“It was good to find out who was in my class.”         ---Lani


“Playing soccer was fun”      --- Rodel


“English class was fun”      --- Kaitlyn


"Experiencing secondary school was the best”     --- Jacob


I would like to say thank you to Ms. Balassa, Ms. Forlani, Ms. Watters and Mrs. Cachia for all their hard work in panning and organising the day and of course to all the staff at Staughton who helped make the day successful.



Transition Coordinator

French Crepe Day

French Crepe Day

On the 7th of December, the Year 7 and 8 SEAL class participated in a crepe making day.  If you'd like to give it a go, here is the recipe:


250g of plain flour

2 eggs

1 pinch of salt

350ml of milk

200ml of water

A teaspoon of butter



1. Sift the flour into a big bowl.

2. Beat the eggs in a small bowl.

3. Add a pinch of salt (into the small bowl).

4. Pour the eggs into the big bowl.

5. Little by little pour the milk and water into      the big bowl. Mix well with a whisk.

6. Light the gas and place a fry pan on top.

7. Place the butter into the fry pan.

8. Pour the crepe mix into the pan.

9. Let the crepe cook.

10. Flip the crepe.

11. Ten seconds later slide the crepe onto a             plate.


Recipe translated from: Sudlow, C (2007), ‘Ça roule! Teacher’s Resource 1’, Pearson Education Australia, p. 50.



French and EAL Teacher


Uniform Fitting

Year 7 enrollments for 2017 should have by now received an appointment time to attend a fitting at Staughton's Uniform Shop, on either Monday 28th, Tuesday 29th or Wednesday 30th of November. If you are unable to attend during this time please call the number on your letter and reschedule a suitable time. We look forward to seeing you then!


Trading hours for the uniform shop remain unchanged for the remainder of Term 4, open on Monday's from 8am to 10am and Thursday's from 3pm to 5pm.


For your convenience, the Uniform Shop will also be open on the following days during January:


Wednesday 25th of January:

9:00 am to 1:00 pm then 2:00 pm until 6:00 pm

(This day is also BOOK COLLECTION DAY)


Monday 30th of January:

9:00 am to midday then 1:00 pm until 3:00 pm


The uniform shop will also open on Thursday, the 2nd of February, from 1:00 pm until 5:00 pm.


We look forward to seeing our students in full school uniform from Day 1 of 2017.

Uniform Policy

As 2016 comes to an end and the new year approaches, it is important that students continue to comply with the agreed uniform expectations.


The Student Operations Team believes strongly that wearing the full school uniform improves school safety and creates a sense of belonging. So that we are able to continue to achieve this into the future, the College is taking this opportunity to inform and remind all families that students consistently presenting in incorrect uniform will be put through the Uniform Process and will be unable to return to school until the correct uniform has been sourced and complied with.


Here at Staughton College, we take pride in the appearance of our students and the college uniform when worn correctly is a smart neat look. Our uniform and student behaviour are the first line of recognition for the College in the community, and we want our students to portray a high level of compliance in both. It is with this in mind that we take this opportunity to thank the parents of the vast majority of students who comply fully with the College uniform policy.


Whilst at school, on school excursion, and including the movement to and from school, it is expected that students wear the correct full school uniform. This policy is generally well supported by students and their families, however, there are a small minority of students who at times choose not to comply.


Common issues we are faced with can include:


For Boys

  • Incorrect shoes
  • Non Staughton branded school pants/shorts
  • Visible undergarments
  • Non Staughton branded headwear such as hats and beanies
  • Non-compliant Jackets & hoodies

For Girls

  • Incorrect shoes
  • Incorrect hosiery (Black leggings, black/blue stockings rather than navy blue opaque tights & coloured socks rather than white)
  • Visible undergarments
  • Non Staughton branded scarves
  • Non-compliant Jackets & hoodies

The Student Operations Team and staff understand that there may be some rare instances when it is difficult for a student to wear their full school uniform. There is a Staged Response system in place for such occasions, however, it is most important that students comply fully with the uniform policy whenever they can.


 In the rare event that a child is unable to wear correct uniform, a note must be provided, stating the reason and time frame of non-compliance.


Students who are repeatedly out of uniform without a note will be sent home due to non-compliance.


Once again, we take this opportunity to thank the vast majority of students, parents, and families who fully support and comply with the school uniform policy. We encourage everybody to plan carefully so the end of the current year and start of the new school year can be as smooth as possible.


Should there be any concerns please contact your relevant Year Level Coordinator.



Staughton College

Year 7 Camp

Year 7 Camp

The Annual Year 7 camp will be running from Wednesday to Friday, the 1st – 3rd of February, 2017 (1st week back at school).


Camp Marysville is an outdoor education facility which gives students the chance to learn about the environment through various activities with the camp staff. The camp will provide an excellent opportunity for teachers and students to build positive relationships that will continue throughout the academic year. 

Please ensure over the holidays that you are aware of the list of things to take with you to camp and make sure you are organised. Utilise the checklist in your transition pack and double check you have everything ready. Please also ensure that your child has packed their lunch on the first day.

Payments for camp and consent and medical forms must be handed to the office by no later than Friday, the 9th of December.


If your child is not attending camp, there will be no scheduled classes for that week. Your child will not be required at school until Monday, the 6th of February.



Year 7 Coordinator


Wellbeing Notices


The Wellbeing Team would like to thank everyone who has donated school uniforms this year.  If you would like to donate uniform, textbooks and/or school equipment, please contact the Wellbeing team or drop donations off at the general office.  All donations would be greatly appreciated.

Breakfast Club

The last day for Breakfast Club was Thursday 8th December.  Thank you to all the hardworking volunteers who have provided our students with breakfast this year.  Breakfast Club will start again during term 1 next year.

Visiting Psychologist

Staughton College will continue to have a visiting psychologist 2 days a week next year.  If you would like to organise a referral for your child please phone the school and ask to speak to the Wellbeing team. These appointments are confidential and free of charge under the Mental Health Care Plan scheme.


The Wellbeing Team

Absence Line

What to do when my child is away?

If in doubt, call the 24 hour Absence Line.


24 hour Absence Line: (03) 9743 5061


ON THE DAY,  call 9743 5061 and leave a clear message, including:

  • child's name
  • year level
  • your name
  • reason for absence


Walk student to the office OR provide a note for them to hand in at the office. 


Contact the relevant year level co-ordinator TWO WEEKS PRIOR to the holiday.

Medical Appointment

Call the absence line and leave a message. Drop medical certificate or certificate of attendance at the office.

Leaving Early

Students MUST have signed a note in their diary to leave class. Students report to the office. Parents collect students from the office.   


NOTE: Office staff will only collect students for genuine emergencies, and announcements cannot be made during class time.



Return Dates

Return Dates

Please note that in 2017, we will have a staggered start for our students. Please refer to the list below to see when your child will commence.


Year 7 – Wednesday 1st February (for all students attending camp).  If your child is NOT attending camp, they will begin on Monday 6th February.


Year 8 – Thursday 2nd February


Year 9 – Wednesday 1st February


Year 10 – Thursday 2nd February


Year 11 – Wednesday 1st February


Year 12 – Tuesday 31st January


VCAL – Friday 3rd February


Please also note that our College Swimming Carnival will occur on Monday 6th February.


Thank you.



Assistant Principal



Sunburn causes 95% of melanomas, the most deadly form of skin cancer. Education in childhood and adolescent years is an extremely effective way to avoid skin cancer later in life.


In Australia, almost 14% of adults, 24% of teenagers and 8% of children are sunburnt on an average summer weekend. Many people get sunburnt when they are taking part in water sports and activities at the beach or a pool, as well gardening or having a barbeque.

Sunburn is also common on cooler or overcast days, as many people mistakenly believe UV radiation is not as strong. This is untrue – you can still be sunburnt when the temperature is cool.


Sun exposure that doesn't result in burning can still cause damage to skin cells and increase your risk of developing skin cancer. Evidence suggests that regular exposure to UV radiation year after year can also lead to skin cancer.


Prevention and detection is the most effective way of avoiding ongoing skin damage.


Remember to wear a broad brim hat, cover exposed limbs and wear 50 +  sunscreen.



Health Promotion Nurse

2017 School Production

2017 School Production

After a long wait, the Performing Arts team at Staughton College are excited to announce our whole school production for 2017, “Little Shop Of Horrors”.


A science-fiction, musical comedy, about a strange and interesting plant.


Sign-ups for auditions will take place online through a link found on the Staughton Website or Facebook page, then individual time allocation for main and ensemble auditions will be distributed next year along with audition packs. 


Keep an eye out for further information on our website and Facebook page.


Have a great Christmas and a happy and safe New Year.


Performing Arts Department


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