Melton Mail

07 May 2018
Issue Three
Dates To Remember
Principal's Report
Assistant Principals' Report
Sub Schools
 MSC Information 
College News
Wellbeing
Child Safe
Year 10 History
VCE ODE
Drama
Hands on Learning
Library
Sport
Community
Melton Secondary College
03 9743 3322
Coburns Road
Melton, Victoria, 3337
AU

Dates To Remember

May

Friday 18 May

Year 11 Biology - Werribee Zoo

VCE Drama - Bowery Theatre

Monday 21 to Friday 25 May

Year 10A to 10D Work Experience

Tuesday 22 May

Student Free Day

School Council Meeting

Thursday 24 May

Year 12 ODE - Bushwalk Point Cook

Year 11&12 Studio Art - NGV

Tuesday 29 May

Year 12 Melton Career Expo - Tabcorp Park

Year 9 & 11 ODE - Pinkerton Forest

Monday 28 May to Friday 1 June

Year 10E to 10I Work Experience

Wednesday 30 June

Year 11 & 12 VCAL RSA Training

June

Thursday 7 June

Year 9 English/Maths Exam

MSC Winter Concert

Friday 8 to Friday 15 June

Year 11 Exams

Monday 18 to Thursday 21 June

Year 10 Exams

Friday 22 June

Year 10 to Year 11 Subject Supermarket

Friday 29 June

Term 2 Ends - 2.30 pm dismissal

 

Principal's Report

David Reynolds - Principal

Success begins with high levels of school attendance.

In the state of Victoria, school attendance is compulsory for children and young people from the age of 6 until 17 years. Attendance at school helps young people to develop important skills knowledge and values to further their learning and participation in the community. Attending school every day also helps your child develop crucial social and emotional skills such as good communication, resilience and the ability to work in teams. Children and young people who regularly attend school and complete Year 12 have better health outcomes, better employment outcomes, and higher incomes across their lives. While some student absences are unavoidable and understandable due to illness and the like, many are not. 

Parents play a vital part in supporting their child have regular school attendance a. 

Your legal responsibilities

The laws apply to all parents of compulsory school-aged children attending Victorian Government, independent and Catholic Schools. Your are legally required to ensure that your child attends school every day. 

If your child misses school you must promptly contact the school on the day of the absence to give an explanation unless permission has already been granted. 
The school will then record the reason and decide whether the absence meets your legal obligations and can be approved.  

You are encouraged to avoid planning holidays or making routine medical appointments during school time and where possible, you should inform the school in advance of upcoming absences. The school will explain whether the reason for the planned absence will be approved. If a family holiday occurs during the school term, the school will develop an Absence Learning Plan to ensure that your child's learning doesn't fall behind.

If your child reaches five days of unapproved absences in the preceding 12 months then the College will work with you to implement a plan to support your child to attend school every day and remain at school during school hours.

If the support and intervention do not improve your child's attendance, the College may decide to make a referral to the School Attendance Officer.

The School Attendance Officer will investigate your child's attendance and may issue one or all of the following, depending upon the circumstances:

For more information about your legal requirements and attendance at school, including information about School Attendance Notices. 

For more information about your legal requirements and attendance at school, including information about School Attendance Notices, Official Warnings and Infringement Notices see:   Victorian Attendance Legislation: FAQs for parents.

Well done to the many students who have been attending school regularly with 100% attendance, or who are improving their attendance percentage this year.

Respecting Diversity

Students are spending this week along with the community of Melton celebrating IDAHOBIT Day. IDAHOBIT stands for International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Intersexism and Transphobia. Melton Secondary College student leaders will attend local council celebrations this week and have organised activities around the college. The student Queer-Straight Alliance Club are raising awareness by handing out leaflets and selling fairy bread and rainbow sweets. They have also arranged a Trivia Quiz for Year 7-10 students to complete in STARR Connect. Details about Melton City Council celebrations can be found here.

Respecting our College Uniform

We want Melton Secondary College students to take pride in their appearance and to look neat and respectable when they attend school. The College Uniform was put in place six years ago by the School Council following community consultation including substantial input from students. Every student deserves to be supported by the College and parents to wear the uniform proudly which is why there are clear uniform expectations and consequences for not following the rules. The College also supports parents to purchase uniform when they are experiencing financial hardship or if they are Health Card holders. With the winter weather some students may need extra help to support them to be in full uniform with a winder jacket or jumper. Parents are asked to contact the College as soon as possible if assistance is required.

The College Uniform brochure can be found here.

 

Assistant Principals' Report

Open Night

Our Open Night held in March showcased our school, emphasising our Curriculum, programs and facilities. We thank our school community for their attendance, especially students showing leadership and staff who gave their time to support our Melton community. We would especially like to thank Caitlyn Stephen for her organisation of the evening.

We thank the following students who set up displays, assisted with tours and also spoke at our culminating presentation:

Paula, Phoebe, Sarah, Ashley, Anna, Meldonna, Alisha, Tahlia, Alex, Ash, Chloe, Kirstyn, Charlotte and Madison.

At our Open night last term some families requested to be part of a school tour whilst classes were in operation.

School tours for prospective 2019 Year 7 students and their families have been conducted at 9.15am on Fridays. The final tours will be conducted on Friday 4th and 11th May for prospective Year 7 students and their families.

Tours can be booked via our General Office.

March 100% Attendance

Congratulations to the students listed below who received a 100 percent attendance record for the month of March.  This highlights the dedication to their studies and their commitment to their own learning.  Well done!

 

Year 7

ABYNAH Eyasu, ATA Lynette, BADR Jamie, BEAVIS Allyra, BORG Ryan, CAMILLERI-VAILEA Alifeleti, CARRANZA Milton, CARRANZA Ruth, COCHRANE Ash, CORNELL Angelina, CURIC Maddison, DAGNEW Marachew, DENG Deng, EH GAY MOO Eh Gay Moo, ELMAGHRABY Nada, FERRIS Jyii, FRASER Charlotte, GINIS Kalliopy, HEATH Ciara, HLAWNCHING Albat, HODGES Justin, HUTCHINSON Joshua, IEFATA William, IKENASIO Veroneta, JOHNSON Mikayla, KAIO Nellie, KAKU Eva, KASHINDI Lontina, KASSA Jossy, KENELY-CURRIE Ewan, KUETH Charr, LAO Phoenix, LAUAGO Marcus, LAVANDA Vicki, LEWIS Cerys, LOFOMBO Simeone, MA'A Thelma, MADDOX Zoe, MAGATOGIA Tenaleah, MAHFOUZ Layla, MAJAK Gop, MAY Chase, MCCLELLAND Alanah,  MICALLEF Okan, MILLARD Tarryn,  MOHEB NOSAIR Marina, MRZYGLOD Christian, MUHINDO Victor, NASON Kali, NIYIMPAYE Pacifique, PAKINGAN Riley, PANNU Komal, PARKER Mia, PILI Levea, PUM Charlotte, RAYNER Madi, READ Phoenix, RUAL Ajang, SAMAU Nicolao, SCOTT Trey,

SHEPPARD Airlie, STURZAKER Maddi, SUI THANG Grace, TADU Christina, TAUALII Jye, TAUELANGI Akilisi, TAVITA Tyrone, TE'O Shekinah, TIDTAM Obor, TSEGAYE Fanuale and WALKER Jack.

 

Year 8

ABSOLOM Jai, AGANY Aliet, AGONEZ Zoren, ARNAUTOVIC Beau, BAGULA Junior, BILEMO Zaina, BOLIKOKO Ibwami, BROWN PJ, CAMILLERI VAILEA Blossom, CECIL Makayla, CHANGKOU AJOUI Grace, COLLINS Zachary, CURIC Brooke, DOLE Ryder, FALZON Mikayla, FERGUSON Carl, FERGUSON Kaiah, GOGGIN Chelsea, GRAHAM Taylor, HARRINGTON Kieron, HEATH Aodhan, HUNT Nelly, JOHN Ayak, KERSHAW Bailey, LAUMUA Gabrielle, LAWRENCE Riley, LAYTON Jackson, MAGOT Awel, MANYOK Nyabol, MAUGA Katie, MAYAR Achan, MAZENGIA Zelalem, MCPHERSON Gemma, MEDLEY Kaidyn, NGUYEN Vu, SCOTT Hayley, SIMONET-SANDERS Ace, TAPUGAO-CHADWICK Sebastian, TAUTALAASO Laban, TE'O Bezalel, TREVORROW Declan, ULUGIA Trisha, VILIAMU Arturo and WIHARE Chris.

 

Year 9

AKOL Barec, AKSIWON Em, ARSIC Christina, BADR Steve, BAGULA Jennifer, BIBBY Jarrod, BONIC Mateo, BUDEL Matt, BUSUTTIL Aleena Jane, CAMILLERI Owen, CASSAR Bailey, COCHRANE Brodie, COUTTS Jayden, CURTIS Eman, DAGNEW Samuel, DARDANI Pjeter, DAWO Beatrice, DRAKE Cody, ELMAGHRABY Sherif, GARRO Chantal, GHULAM ABBAS Mushtaba, GREEN Tahlia, HAMMILL Michkayla, HENDERSON Ashley, HENDERSON Kane, HOLDSWORTH-EARLE Lockie, HOWLAND Wyatt, KARLICH-PORTELLI Deegan, KATOPAU Tiare, KIRBY Reece, KOLSTAD Shae, KORRAS Olivia, KUOT Bakita, LAUAGO Adrianah, LYHYM No May, MABOK Yohana, MADDOX Kiana, MAKOR Edward, MANYANG Eiman, MICALLEF-LUCAS David, MOHEB NOSAIR Jonah, MOO BLUTE PAH Moo Blute Pah, MORGAN Jamieson, NGUYEN Kayla, NGUYEN Royce, PANISI Grace, PAR ZA DIM Adim, PARKER Matt, PATULLO Shaeden, PETERS Maddy, POWRIE Luke, SAMAU Riccardo,SASUK Innocent, SIM Tayla,SYOMBUA Agnes, TATNELL Tahlia, TAUELANGI Veronica, TAYLOR Kirstyn, TEO Jolen, TREGEAR-DANTON Cooper, TREVORROW  Jack, VILIAMU Redver and WHEELER Vanessa.

 

Year 10

ACHIEK Ngong, BALLI Michael, BOLSTER Sasha, CASHEN Elijah, CHURCHMAN Kiara, CURTIS Juan, DAVIS Hannah, DENSON Carl, DUOP KORYOM Rebecca, EH HSER GAY Eh Hser Gay, FAAMAU Paleleavea, GARRO TAPIA Dominique, HARROWFIELD Jessica, HLAWNCHING Noami, HOWARD Mitchell, HUTCHINSON Brandon, JONES Dominique-Dee, JUKES Dillon, KASHINDI Didier, KHAN Muhammad, KILSBY Trisha, KOLIANA Sandi, KUOL Nyandit, LICANDRO Salv, LUK Frances, MABOK Kiir, MACDONALD Zac, MADIT BIAR KUEK Arok, MAHFOUZ Manar, MANAN Karanvir, MENGISTU Abay, MERRY Jake,NG Ethan, NGUYEN Calvin, OSBORN Zac, OSTOJIC Milenko, PA Thida, PETAIA Jeremiah, RANDHAWA Shaan, REA Braedyn, REEVE Benjamin, REID Chase, SEATON-TWADDELL Lauren, STIRRUP-PRAZAK Felicity, SUI THANG Benjamin, TAFA Jean, TAUELANGI Suliana, THAI Tayla, VALELE Grace, WALOKONA Veronica, WILSON Ronan and ZAGHET-DONALDSON Mitchell.

Year 11

ALIZADA Farahnaz, ASAYHE Mulu, BILOMBELE Mlisho, BROWN Faith, BUHAGIAR Aden, BURTON Jade, CARTER Ebony, CHADWICK Corey, DE GOEDE Jamie, DOORGAH Tanisha, DOORGAH Tyrone, EVANS Caitlin, FALZON Kristen, FREEMAN Evon, FROY Abby, GREEN Harvey, GURLU Yasemin, HAMSALU Betty, HEARD Keeley, HOWARD Brayden, KHAN Ziyad, LAUAGO Alex, LAWRENCE Hayden, LAYTON Amy, LEES Kimi, MANALO Lee, MARKOVIC Adam, MATAI Monson, MCMAHON Joshua, MCNULTY Bryanne, MENDOZA James, MILLARD Dylan, MILLS Kody, MOWLAM Emilee, PEATLING Tayla, PETEROS Maverick, RAJENDRAN Shanelka, REEVE Emily, SANGAR Lovettee, THEO Riley, TOKANOVIC Milos, TUNG Isaac, USHINDI Sam, VAOFUSI Melody, VILIAMU Wynnonah, VOGELE Jade, YOUNG Micah and YUEN May.

Year 12 

ADISU Weletakiros, AH KI Josh, ANDERSON Jacob,ARENAS Kurtis, ARNAUTOVIC Jesse,BLAKE Denise, BRIERTY Jessica, DOR Bol, DRINKWATER Ryan, FESCHUK Brandon, FISCHER Brenden, GAULKE Harrison, GIDAY Salam, HOWARD-MASON Jake, HUMPHRIES Dylan, HUNT Johnanne, IPINIU Abby, ISSAC Ehsan, JONES Courtney, KALIA Danny, KASHINDI Epanda, KLIMAN Nick, KUMAR Shubham, LAURIE Alesha, LUALUA Tovia, LYHYM Mawn, MABOK Tuna Kiir, MALUAL Riak, MIRANDA Josh, MITCHELL Katelyn, MULLINS Ryan, NZITUNGA Alain, ODGERS Kiarna, PAULO Fale, PETERS Amy, PORTER Declan, RICHARDS Shane, SANDS Declan, SHAHZAD Shanza, SORIANO Rowela, SPENCE  Jacob,STEWART  Brendan, SUAFOA  Charity, SUNGA Pamela, SUNGA Patricia, TAUELANGI Makasini, TIA Simon, TODD-ATTARD Felicity, TUPUOLA Paul, WOODS Jordan and YOUNG Nathan.

Sub Schools

Junior Sub School

The Junior Sub School was sad to say goodbye to Lisa Andrew who found herself another position in the private sector. We wish her all the very best with this new position. We now welcome Jonathan Hartley into the Junior Sub School with his wealth of knowledge and humour.

Junior Sub School – Team Leaders

Jonathan Hartley

7B, 7C, 8H, 8I

Balsam Nissan

7A, 7D, 8A, 8D

Monerih Jamali

7E, 7F, 8B, 8F

Eva Mcleod

7G, 8C, 8E, 8G

 

Middle Sub School

It has been great to see everyone return to school this term and settle in. Middle sub school was very pleased to see the high number of STARR Awards issued for students demonstrating the school expectations and values. There was over 400 STARR Awards issued to students in Term 1, lets see if we can make that number higher in Term 2.

 

Work experiences for Year 10s is commencing in May. Please make sure you visit the Careers office if you haven’t already to discuss your work experience placement. Middle Sub School wishes you all the very best and we look forward to visiting you during your placements.

 

Just a reminder to all Year 9 and 10 students if you require a uniform pass please make sure you have a signed note from home and that you obtain a pass from the Middle Sub School prior to period 1 starting.

We look forward to seeing each of you achieve many things during your learning journey in Term two.

Senior Sub School

High Achiever Profile - Josiah Miranda

Achievements: 2017 Yr11 Academic Excellence Award

Best Subjects: Maths, Computing, Psychology

2018 Goal: 90+ ATAR and 45 Psychology Study Score

2019 Goal: RMIT Bachelor of Software Engineering

Study Tips:

  • Keep up a consistent study routine and continue to enjoy a well-rounded lifestyle.
  • Listen and learn in the moment during class. Notes can come later.

 

 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:      2:30 to 3:30 pm

 

Fridays:                 8:00 to 9:00 am

                                 3:00 to 4:00 pm

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.

 

Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund (CSEF)

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 towards 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 2018 school year.

Assistance may be available if you are experiencing financial difficulties.

Please contact the Business Manager on

9743 3322.

Every Minute Counts

 

General

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 News

Homework Club / Study Hall

To support Melton Secondary College’s vision of a flourishing learning community, achieving high levels of academic growth and bright futures for every student, we run a Homework Club and Study Hall Program after school.

Homework Club:

Homework Club is in the library on Mondays (3.10-4.30pm) and Wednesdays (2.30-4.00pm). Students who have incomplete homework or classwork may be asked by their teacher to attend Homework Club so that they can get additional support to catch up. Students are also welcome to attend Homework Club whenever they would like additional support with their school work.

 

Study Hall:

Study Hall is in T2 on Tuesdays and Thursdays (3.30-4.30pm). Students who have not successfully completed important Assessment Tasks will be directed by their teacher to attend Study Hall. The teacher will notify the student of this and will attempt to notify you. If your child is enrolled in Study Hall you will be able to see this on Compass. We want every student to make strong academic progress and successful completion of assessment tasks is important for demonstrating this progress. If a student has not completed their assessment task and does not attend Study Hall, they will be issued with the consequence of an after school detention. If your child is unable to attend Study Hall due to other commitments, please make alternate arrangements with your child’s teacher, for the completion of the assessment task.

 

It has been great to see many students receive STARR awards for their focus, hard work and effort in the classroom so far this year. We look forward to continuing to celebrate this success and the academic progress of our students.

Year 10 Work Experience Dates

10A - 10D    21 - 25 May, 2018

10E - 10I     28 May - 1 June, 2018

Star Weekly Article

 

Wellbeing

Wellbeing Team
 

Amanda Xavier

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wellbeing Co-Ordinator & Leader of the Doctors in Secondary Schools Program.

Amanda has been working in education for 10 years, 6 of those being at MSC and has had various roles within careers, wellbeing, teaching and student support.

Prior to working in education Amanda worked in residential care and drug and alcohol community organisations with disadvantaged young people.

Amanda is passionate about working with and advocating for young people and is a strong believer that emotions are the gatekeepers of the intellect therefore, positive wellbeing results in better academic outcomes.

 

Stacey James

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wellbeing Counsellor- Intake and High Needs Students

Stacey James started at Melton Secondary College at the beginning of Term 4, 2015. She previously work in the Department of Education regional office in Horsham for over 5 years. Her role was as part of Student Support Services Team where she travelled to schools across Western Victoria as a visiting Social Worker.

Over her time working in the education setting, Stacey has developed particular skills in working with student dealing with mental health issues.

 

Danielle Giampino

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wellbeing Counsellor- Therapeutic Intervention

Daniella Giampino has worked in secondary schools for the past 2 years as a school counsellor, starting at Melton Secondary College Term 3, 2016.

 Previously Daniella worked at a youth refuge for teens aged between 16 and 24 years, and as an applied behavioural analysis therapist for children aged between 2 and 6 years. Daniella enjoys working with groups of students in proactive programs.

 

Chris Lang

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wellbeing Counsellor- Programs and Attendance

Chris Lang has worked at Melton Secondary College for the past two and a half years. He has a Bachelor of Arts Degree and a Graduate Diploma in Adolescent and Child Psychology.

He has been working with adolescents in both schools and community agencies for over twenty years in a variety of government funded programs but predominantly with young people at risk of homelessness, those in Out-of-Home care and at risk of leaving school prior to completion.

Chris has a particular interest in dealing with issues of anger and runs the RAGE and Triggers, Choices and Control programs at the school.

 

Nathanael Poljak

 

 

 

 

 

 

Registered Nurse/ Secondary School Nursing Program

The Secondary School Nursing Program which aims to reduce risk to young people and promote better health in the wider community.

The goals of the SSNP are to:

-              Play a key role in reducing negative health outcomes and risk taking behaviours among young people, including drug and alcohol abuse, tobacco smoking, eating disorders, obesity, depression, suicide and injuries.

-              Addresses prevention of ill health and problem behaviours by ensuring coordination between the school and community based health and support services.

Nathanael contributes in supporting the school community in addressing contemporary health and social issues facing young people and their families. This has included working with eSmart in cyberbullying issues, Melton council in addressing safe driving in our community, and gambling awareness issues with VRGF (Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation). Nathanael has currently worked on addressing Family Violence and Respectful Relationships in Melton SC and the community by presenting education in the classroom and in small groups within the school.

Secondary School Nurses are employed through Regional Offices of the Department, with most nurses allocated to two secondary schools.

SLEEP

Many teenagers are sleep deprived. They need a minimum of nine hours sleep, but it seems, many get only 7 ½ hours sleep per night.

Good sleep habits have been shown to improve mood, concentration and performance at school or work. They may also help control overeating and help prevent obesity. Lack of sleep is linked to symptoms of depression such as feeling down, hopeless, irritable, having thoughts of suicide, and using alcohol or other drugs.

For young people, not getting enough sleep might be caused by biological factors: such as puberty or changes in your body clock, environmental factors: such as social pressure, school or university workload, use of electronic devices, or using alcohol or other drugs.

 

Headspace share some tips for a good night’s sleep:

1.            Aim to get to bed and wake up around the same time each day

2.            Turn off your screens (such as your phone, TV and laptop) at least 30 minutes before bedtime.

3.            Exercising during the day is a good way to make you tired at night

4.            Try to limit how much caffeine you have, including coffee, energy drinks and soft drinks. Also try to avoid caffeine entirely after lunchtime

 

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

 

This message is adapted from Headspace – National Youth Mental Health Foundation

They can be contacted at the Sunshine office on 9927 6222. Headspace will also shortly be opening in Melton – watch this space for further advice on this.

 

North Star Dental Service

North Star Dental will be attending Melton Secondary College in their mobile dental clinic in 2018. The clinic will provide our students with free quality dental treatments under the child dental benefit scheme. To find out if your child is eligible and for more information please visit humanservices.gov.au/childdental).

The mobile dental clinic will be at our college between the 30th of April and the 4th May 2018. Consent forms and more information will be sent home with your child in the coming weeks.

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

 

24 Hour Services

Victoria Police                                                                                             000

Department of Health and Human Services                                  131 278

Child Protection                                                                                           

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.

Year 10 History

Year 10 History Excursion to the Shrine of Remembrance
 

On the 23rd of March, both Year 10 history classes visited the Shrine of Remembrance located just outside of Melbourne’s CBD. Students visited the commemoration site to gain a deeper understanding of World War Two and Australia’s involvement in the war effort. As a part of our study we had learnt about the causes and effects to the events of World War Two and their historical significance. Our learning within the class made us familiar with what our tour guides discussed during our time at the Shrine.

 

When we first arrived at the Shrine, we were greeted by volunteer workers and former war veterans. As a class we were taken into a small room which held replica and original artefacts from the Second World War. Some items included various assortments of gaiters that Australian soldiers would wear in different terrains, newspaper articles, Japanese occupation money and other military equipment that were used by soldiers during World War Two.

 

Next, we walked up to the top of the shrine and walked around the building overseeing the city. From the top of the Shrine you could see the gardens which each have their own meaning and The Eternal Flame which always stays alight. After this, we moved around the Gallery of Remembrance where we had the opportunity to read and examine different aspects of the Second World War and they ways in which the war effected Australia. After we roamed around, we had lunch outside. Unfortunately it had begun to rain. However, the rain could not dampen our spirits.

 

After lunch, we were greeted by a new tour guide and were taken into the auditorium where we were shown a short introductory film to the Shrine of Remembrance. We were then led outside to explore the various gardens that are around the site. We visited the Garden courtyard where we learnt that each plant was specifically planted in an attempt to replicate environments that soldiers fought in. Next, we were shown The Eternal Flame which was lit in 1954 by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

 

As we moved along, we were brought back in the Gallery of Remembrance and were given a in-depth explanation to some of the strategies used by Australian soldiers to overcome German forces. Finally, we were taken to participate in our final activity, the service of remembrance, where we recognised and remembered those who fought in the war.

 

After the service, we then thanked our guides and placed a poppy on the walls of the student entry courtyard.

 

Our excursion to the Shrine helped us as students to fully acknowledge the effects of the war and gain a deeper understanding of the Second World War itself. The experience was one we will not forget. Overall, students had a great day at the Shrine and are grateful for the opportunity.

VCE ODE

VCE Outdoor Education & Environmental Studies

Our Year 10 students have had a busy start to their VCE Outdoor Education and Environmental Studies course.

So far students have spent two days learning to Sail at Geelong Eastern Beach, and have been busy practicing a range of practical skills during classes, so that they are best equipped for their upcoming orienteering excursion at Brimbank Park, as well as their hiking camp to the Lerderderg State Park next term.

Students have so far put their hands to compass navigation, knot tying, building shelters and setting up tents, and they will soon attempt to some camp style cooking.

 

If you are interested in the outdoors, and studying Unit 1&2 Outdoor Ed next year, please speak to either Mr Kilroy or Mr Velden.

Drama

Heading

Year 11 student, Gypsi Tyrell will be participating in an ambassador program with the Melbourne Theatre Company for the next eight months and part of the program is that she returns to share her experience with her school community.  Please see below:-

 

Wow! What a way to start off this wonderful experience! On Tuesday the 17th of April I had the opportunity to go to the MTC (Melbourne Theatre Company) and it was a thrill! I got to experience first hand how everything is made from the props to the wigs and I was allowed to go and look at the costume store room as well. How many there were there, you ask? At least 1000! It was a huge room and there were racks making pathways with two really high racks that were full to the max. They make new costumes each time they have a new play. I’m not sure where they are going to put the clothes soon! My coordinator, Nick, took myself and fifteen others around each warehouse of costumes, props, hats and wigs. At the end of the night we went over to watch a play at the theatre called Abigail’s Party- an awesome play to start this experience. The play was about a party for new neighbours that went wrong. It was such an awesome play with heaps of emotion in the scenes. I am so grateful to have a chance to be a part of the MTC Ambassadors program once a month for the next eight months. Bring it on!

 

Gypsi Tyrell -Year 11

Hands on Learning

HOL is HOT

The Hands On Learning program has hit the re-set button and kicked off with a bang this year with two groups running on Wednesday and Fridays. With a new teacher drafted over from N.Z and also a new Artisan,  things have certainly been refreshed and are going well. The two groups have transformed the old Horticultural shed into a workshop and learning area with further improvements in the pipeline. Projects so far have ranged from retaining walls, irrigation and tool-box building through to bagged–earth walling.

The Students on the project spend the whole day in a working environment under the leadership of two experienced construction instructors. The students help prepare a variety of tasty breakfasts, snacks and lunches for the entire team. The planning of projects and the construction of them are also conducted by them as well.

Both these aspects help assist students in working with others, developing a team mentality, being a leader and contributing to the wider school community. We use focus plans and practical teaching to help students apply what they learn at Hands on Learning back into the classroom to increase the propensity for academic success. For those who view a career in the construction industry as a serious option we introduce them to skills, risk assessment, effort and ethics that will help set them up in that role. 

 

We look forward to a creative and constructive Term 2 and have openings for other students interested in learning in a practical, hands-on way.

Library

Loving the Library @ MSC

Hi Everyone,

We believe that reading is not just something that is schoolwork. The Centre for Youth Literature at the State Library of Victoria promotes reading as an active, pleasurable and essential activity for all young people. Inside a Dog is a project of the Centre for Youth Literature.  The website promotes young adult literature, highlighting Australian writers and their work and welcomes the views of readers, including reviews, opinion, discussion, competition entries, and feedback.

The website will help students find great reads, share reviews of books they love or hate, discuss book news and hot topics in the news blog and forums and gain insight into an authors’ thoughts about writing and reading with the Writer in Residence blog.

The Inky Awards annually recognises high quality young adult literature by allowing teens to judge the novels they love. There are two awards: The Gold Inky Award for an Australian book and the Silver Inky Award for an international book.  The shortlist are selected entirely by a panel of young judges, and the winner from each category is voted for online by teen readers of insideadog.com.au.  The awards are named after Inky- the wonder dog and mascot for the online platform.

I would like to encourage all students to have a look at the website.

https://insideadog.com.au

 

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Melton Library Membership Forms

Membership forms for the Melton Library are available in the MSC library and will be distributed to each year level over the next few weeks.  Please ensure your forms are completed and returned promptly so that we can access the great services they have to offer.

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The MSC library is open from 8.30am – 4.30pm. Recess and lunchtime are for schoolwork, study or independent reading.  Students may borrow 4 books on a fortnightly basis and are able to re-borrow if required.

 

Sport

News

Rugby

Arleah Hunt represented Victoria at the NATIONAL u/16 Rugby Championships in Sydney. The Victorian team finished 3rd. Arleah was announced as Captain of the Victorian team. Two other girls, Akosita Siola’a and Jess Rastrick were also named in the team but were unable to make the trip.

Big congratulations to Arleah on this honour.

Netball

Grace Valele has been selected again in the Victorian u/16 Netball team to compete in the National later in the year.

Basketball

Trinity Skenderis represented the All Star Victorian u/16 Country team to compete in the Easter Basketball Tournament in New Zealand. The Victorian team won the title.

 

Tonga Matapule-Otutaha has been selected for the Victorian Country u/16 Basketball team. The Australian Championships are held on the Sunshine Coast in July.

 

Western Bulldogs Leadership Project

Two Year 10 students, Kiara Churchman and Alannah Spence, have been selected to join the Western Bulldogs leadership program. The Western Bulldogs Leadership Project (formerly Whitten Project) offers unique opportunities for young people to build confidence, make new friends and develop skills that will enable them to become future leaders in their community. 

This intensive 6-month program offers a broad range of activities designed to meet the various needs of the participant Group. The Western Bulldogs Leadership Project includes: practical team building challenges, careers expositions,

mentoring from respected industry leaders, coaching courses, AFL and AFLW match visits, Western Bulldogs volunteer opportunities, council workshops and much more!

 

SWIMMING -WESTERN METROPOLITON REGION QUALIFIERS – At Geelong

The Region swimming event is an incredibly tough event with many State and National swimmers competing.

Our team did a great job with many placings. A couple of our 2ND places were lost by .02 sec.

Manar Mahfouz – 4 x 2nds, 1 x 5th

Layla Mahfouz – 2 x 2nds, 1 x 3rd 1 x 5th

Mateo Bonic – 1 x 3rd

Girls 12/14 medley relay – 3rd

Girls 14yrs relay – 3rd

Jorja Tuttle  4 x 6th

 Kahlan Tanoi 1 x 4th

Girls 12/13 relay – 4th

Girls 15/16 medley relay 5th

 

Tennis Results

 Yr 8 Boys - (it was actually a mixed team, now allowable after a change of SSV rules)

– Hiruth Welgama, Shenali Rajendran, Bailey Kershaw and Nicole Besnard.

  1. Melton defeated Sunbury 12 games to 10
  2. Melton def Sunbury Downs 16 – 7.
  3. Games were played to time, not sets.

Rugby 9’s Results

Senior Girls:

  1. Melton def Mt. Ridley 16-0
  2. Melton def Vic Uni 16-4
  3. Melton def Sunshine College 24-20
  4. Melton def Tarneit College 32-4.

The Senior Girls team has now qualified for the Victorian State final in May.

Senior Boys:

  1. Melton lost to Mt. Ridley 0-16
  2. Melton def Gladstone Park 16-0

Melton lost to Hume Central 24-4

Intermediate Girls:

  1. St. Albans 8 def Melton 4
  2. Melton 24 def Vic Uni 20
  3. Melton 28 def Manor Lakes 0
  4. Mt. Ridley 24 def Melton 0.

The girls finished 2nd in the Region on point difference and the top 2 teams qualify for the 8 team State final. We will have a much stronger team on this day when our State players will be allowed to play.

Intermediate Boys:

  1. Mt. Ridley 24 def Melton 0
  2. Hume Central 16 def Melton 8
  3. Melton 24 def Manor Lakes 0
  4. Melton 16 def Point Cook 8.

The boys finished 2nd in their pool on point difference but only the winner of each pool on the day qualified for the State final so our boys miss out in this competition this year.

 

Volleyball - Division Results

 

Intermediate Girls – def Kurunjang 20/22, 21/19, 11/3 then defeated Sunbury in the final 20/22, 21/13, 12/10.

They qualify for the Western Region final.

Senior Girls – def Kurunjang 22/20, 16/21, 11/3

 but lost the final to Sunbury Downs 16/21, 21/16, 10/15.

Intermediate Boys – def Sunbury Downs 21/17, 22/20 def Kurunjang 12/21, 21/6, 15/13

             def Staughton 21/16, 21/15

              lost to Sunbury 19/21, 18/21.

Senior Boys – loss to Staughton 7/21, 13/21.

The results are all very close. The senior girls and inter boys were very unlucky as they played a very structured game against teams who just got the ball back.

Athletics

We held a very successful athletics carnival last week. It is always an interesting day to see the development of students as they get older and the impact some new students can have on the outcome of events. Many students came in colourful costumes based on House colours. Thank you to the parents who assisted, Mrs Tuttle and Mr. Alfieri, as well as the Melton Little Athletics club, who ran the canteen, and the Melton Council for their ongoing support of school sport. The canteen staff and the first aid providers were very complimentary of the behaviour and attitude of our students on the day so well done to our school community.

 HOUSE RESULT    

1st – PYWHEITJORRK        1269pts

2nd – Yangardook              1095pts

3rd – Kororoit                     1044pts

4th – Djerriwarrh               936pts

House Athletics New Records

Trinity Skenderis - 4 records 15yrs - triple jump 9.76m, long 4.64m, 100 13.10sec, 200m 28.11 (14 records in 3 years).

 

Promise Manubah - 1 record 15yrs -  200m 25.96 (6 records in 3 years)

 

 

 

Ella Tyson – 13yrs – 1500m 5.51.40

 

 

 

 

 

 

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)

Sponsorship

Amart Sports donated approximately $1300 worth of equipment at the end of 2017 to the Physical Education and Sport areas of our school as a rebate for our participation in the Community Kickbacks program. We are very appreciative of this sponsorship and thank you to parents for nominating us as their recipient.

Coles Sport for Schools

 The Coles Sport for Schools program has finished. Thank you to all families and staff who contributed. Tokens can still be returned to us but you need to do so asap. We need to submit our final tally soon.

 

General Information 

  1. If any parent/guardian wishes to help out in the sport program please feel free to contact Mr. Darcy. You can help out as an official at the swimming and/or the athletics carnivals or assist in umpiring any of the programmed sports. Umpires are particularly helpful. Parent participation is much appreciated. A Working with Children's check is compulsory.
  2. 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.
  3. School Sport  Information

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

 

Students attending schools affiliated with SSV are eligible for selection in Victorian Teams to compete in 2018 School Sport Australia National Championships.

 

Sport Dates

Friday 27 April – Athletics – House Athletics at Melton

Tuesday 1 May – AFL – Intermediate Boys and Girls at Blackwood Drive

Wednesday 2 May – Volleyball – Intermediate Girls – Western Region Finals in Geelong

Wednesday 9 May – Soccer – Intermediate boys and girls, Yr 7 girls at MacPherson Park

Thursday 10 May – Squash – Region qualifying – Senior girls and boys

Monday 14 May – Soccer - Yr 7 boys, Yr 8 boys, Yr 8 girls at MacPherson Park

Wednesday 16 May – AFL – Senior boys

Thursday 17 May – Squash – Region qualifying – Intermediate boys

Tuesday 22 May – Cross Country – Division level in Gisborne

Tuesday 29 May – Netball – Yr 7 and 8 girls – Division qualifying in Sunbury

Wednesday 30 May – Rugby 9’s – State final – senior and intermediate girls in Altona

Community

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