Melton Mail

19 March 2018
Issue Two
Dates To Remember
Principal's Report
Assistant Principals' Report
Sub Schools
 MSC Information 
College News
Wellbeing
Child Safe
VCE ODE
Careers/Pathways
Library
Sport
Community
Melton Secondary College
03 9743 3322
Coburns Road
Melton, Victoria, 3337
AU

Dates To Remember

March

Tuesday 20 March

Year 11 ODE - Brimbank Park

Wednesday 21 March

Harmony Day

Friday 23 March

Year 11 & 12 Media - ACMI

Monday 26 March

Year 10 History - Shrine of Remembrance

 

Tuesday 27 March

School Council Meeting

Thursday 22 March

MSC  Infomation Night

Friday 23 March

Year 11 & 12 Media - ACMI Fed. Square

Monday 26 March

Year 10 History - Shrine of Remembrance

Friday 29 March

Term 1 ends - 2.30 pm dismissal

 

April

Monday 16 April

Term 2 commences

Principal's Report

 

Student Progress

At our college we expect that every student will complete their work to a high standard, not only so they will learn the skills needed for further study and work, but because having high standards will serve them well in every part of their lives. 

Our Study Hall program has been introduced to prevent students from falling behind and make sure they achieve pass results in every class. Study Hall requires students who have not completed assessment tasks to work with teachers to complete this work after school.

The best way to keep ahead of school work and avoid Study Hall is to use class time effectively, seek help as soon as you need it from your teacher and maintain a routine of regular home work.

Our Home Work Club is a voluntary program for students who would like to use the College Library after school to keep ahead of their studies. Both of these programs are staffed by teachers and aides who can assist students if needed. 

Parents play a vital part in making their children succeed at school by staying informed about their child's school work, when major assignments or tests are due and by taking an interest in what their child is learning.

Clean Up Australia at MSC

Students in Years 7 and 10 showed great responsibility and team work by banding together to clean up the college on Friday 2 March. Year 10 peer mentors have been working with Year 7 students since the start of the school year to help them learn our STARR Values and to settle into good routines for learning.

Bully No Way

Expecting young people to treat each other with kindness and respect are cornerstones in our College STARR Values, yet we know that the issue of bullying presents a challenge that is felt in every school and across our society. International evidence tells us that one in four young people experience bullying at some point during their school years.  This week the Allanah and Madeliene Foundation released a report that indicated that bullying behaviour costs our community many millions of dollars in lost revenue. 

The college has adopted the Department of Education definition of bullying:

Bullying behaviour occurs when someone, or a group of people, deliberately and repeatedly upset, harass, intimidate, threaten or hurt another person, or damage their property, reputation or social acceptance. There is an imbalance of power in incidents of bullying, where the bully or bullies have more power than the victim due to their age, size status or other reasons.

(The college Bullying Prevention Policy can be viewed on our website).

We know that this behaviour can be extremely damaging, but in the majority of cases it can be quickly stopped and resolved. In recent weeks, our Prime Minister Mr Turnbull shared his experience of being bullied as a school student and called on schools to join the national Bully No Way Day.  It was terrific to see students making a strong and very visual statement as they worked with local artist and parent Kate Barta to create some colorful t-shirts.

Our college has a range of strategies in place for promoting positive behaviours and preventing bullying. We are constantly reviewing our approaches and strengthening the programs we provide for students. This year we have introduced curriculum into the new STARR Connect and the Tutorial programs as well as regular student-led activities. 

2018 College Council 

Nominations for College Council closed on 28 February. As there were the same or fewer nominations as there were vacancies there is no need for an election. Andrea Justice and Kate Barta will re-join council in the parent category. A vacancy remains in the Parent category.  If you are a parent or carer of a student at the college and would like to join School Council, please let me know. Having a full membership is extremely important for council to fulfill its responsibilities.

I would also like to welcome two new DET members, Rebecca Koroneos and Emmanuel Kubwange and our two School Captains, Jacob Azzopardi and Winona Duka.

The next council meeting is scheduled for Tuesday 27 March.  The Annual General Meeting will run from 6.00 - 6. 30 pm. The March meeting of council will follow on immediately after this.

Bicylces and skateboards

Students and parents are advised that the college cannot take responsibility for unauthorized use of bicycles or skateboards on the college grounds. Parents must be aware that the Department of Education and Training or School Council does not carry insurance that covers students injuries that may occur through use of bicycles or skateboards. During school time, all skateboards are to be locked in student lockers and bicycles in the Bike Cage. They must not be ridden on college grounds. 

Supervision and toilets

The college fulfills its legal duty of care to provide supervision of students from 8.40 am and 3.30 pm each day ( Wednesdays 2.50 pm). Student toilets are open from 8.15 am, during recess and lunch and until 4.30 pm each day. Students are encouraged to use the toilet during breaks and not during class time. Students who have to use the toilet during class time must first gain permission from their teacher to go to the General Office where a toilet is available at all times. 

Assistant Principals' Report

New Administration Building Work to Commence

Following is important information about access and parking around the College in the coming months. c
 On Wednesday 14 March construction commenced on the new administration building at the front of the College.
A site fence has been set up around the area where work will happen. This site is the property of the building company for the duration of the building works and only authorized personnel are permitted to enter. (Please see map  - site works marked in yellow).
Thank you for students and parents who have adapted to these changes. These arrangements are expected to be in place until the new building is complete in 2019.
Please be aware that only staff and authorised visitors to the College grounds are permitted to enter the service lane at the front of the College. All student pick-up and drop-offs must occur off-site.  
 
A limited number of parking spaces have been reserved for cars with an authorised Disabled sign displayed on school grounds.
 Please note Melton City Council Traffic Officers have been  checking for illegally parked cars and fines will apply.
 Alternative drop-off / pickup areas are available at the back of the College off James Cook Drive (Tennis Courts), local side streets, Melton Waves and Woodgrove shopping area.
 At the end of the project, the College will have a wonderful new administration centre, entrance and car park. You can view images of the new building by following this link to the Victorian School Building Authority website.
 
We will keep you updated as the project progresses, but if you have queries please contact the College on 9743 3322 or [email protected]
 

 

 

Sub Schools

Middle Sub School

Middle Sub School is very pleased to announce that so far this term there has been 456 STARR Awards awarded to students in both Year 9 and 10 for exemplifying the college values of Success, Teamwork, Ambition, Respect and Responsibility. The following Year 9 and 10 students received a canteen voucher for having their name drawn in the year level assembly STARR Award draw prize. Congratulations to Kiana and Alunga!

Middle sub school continues to encourage all students to strive to do their very best in all aspects of their college life by ensuring that each student is on time to class, wearing the correct uniform and has the necessary equipment for each class. If a student is requiring extra learning support, remember you can attend homework club or study hall to receive this additional support.

 It is a very exciting time coming up for Year 10s who are planning their work experience placement to commence in term two, please communicate with the careers office to help you.

Keep up the great work Year 9 and 10!

 

Congratulations to the  Year 9 an 10 students who received a STARR AWARD for demonstrating the College STARR Values; Success, Teamwork, Ambition, Respect and Responsibility. Well done!

Senior Sub School

High Achiever Profile

Achievements: 2017 STARR of VCAL Award, Lead role in organising the great Umu, a Samoan BBQ for the whole school to enjoy.

Jacob is studying a Senior VCAL course while completing Engineering VET Studies to compliment his Electrical VET last year.

Jacob has work experience at Bunnings and Lazy Moe’s restaurant, and would like to learn a trade in the army next year.

Jacob’s advice: Believe in yourself, pursue your passions and ‘be comfortable in the uncomfortable’

 

Achievements: 2017 Art Captain, 2017 Science Specialism Award, Kwong Lee Dow Young Scholar, 2017 Biology DUX

Best Subjects: HHD, Biology (Study score – 39), Psychology (study score – 42)

2018 Goal: 90+ ATAR

2019 Goal: University of Melbourne, Bachelor of Biomedicine

Study Tips: Make the most of the free Headstart and Revision lectures every holidays. Don’t use class time to learn the content. Come to class prepared so you can use class time for consolidation and clarification only.

 

Year 12 VCE Success Presentation

Year 12 students engaged in Be Your Best presentation.

 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

MSC Information Night

 

ACE PROGRAM

Round 1 ACE Program 2019 Applications are now open

This application round is for students who are currently in Year 6, in our catchment area and wish to apply for a position in the 2019 Year 7 ACE class. Classes in the ACE program are designed to cater for the educational needs of advanced, gifted and talented learners. If your child demonstrates a number of these characteristics, they may benefit from involvement in the ACE program:

  • Uses initiative and is an independent learner
  • Thinks quickly and is able to learn new concepts and skills easily
  • Recalls facts and information easily
  • Tends to be independent and self sufficient
  • Can put unrelated ideas and information together in new ways- Seeks their own answers and solutions to problems
  • Sets goals and has high expectations of themselves
  • Is performing consistently higher than expected academically

Applications for the ACE Program are competed online and must be finalised by Tuesday 24th April.  Students who have completed the application and paid the $50 fee will sit the ACE test at Melton Secondary College on Thursday 3rd of May. 

 

STEP 1:

Online application for ability testing through Edutest:

  • This is to be completed NO LATER than Tuesday 24th April, (late fee applies if after this date)
  • $50 fee paid online for the test

The link for application is:  https://aus.edutest.com.au/D/?t=FVJ2DV3Z

STEP 2:

Completion of Teacher and Parent Assessment forms

  • Collect from the front office or download from the school website:

   ACE APPLICATION FORM 2018 .pdf

  • Returned to the Melton Secondary College office PRIOR to or ON the testing day.
  • Please accompany this form with any NAPLAN results or school report which may aid in the selection process

STEP 3:

Selection tests run on Thursday 3rd May.  Students need to bring a black or blue pen, a water bottle, and something to eat in the break.  If you have not completed step 1, you will not be able to sit the test.

Test details:

  • Meet at the front office at 2:00pm 
  • 2:10pm  tests commence
  • 5:00pm tests conclude

STEP 4:

 

Parents will be notified by mail or a phone call of the outcome of the Selection test within a month of the test.

 

All available information will be used to determine who is successful in gaining an interview for a place in the program.  Students will need to bring a portfolio of work, which showcases their abilities, with them to the interview.

 

The ACE Program Leader and the Assistant Principal will select successful candidates from the interviews for the ACE Program.

If you have any questions please contact the ACE Program Coordinator Mrs. Laura Bramble by calling the school or emailing to [email protected]

 

Football Empowerment Program

Free soccer clinic – 8 week program

Commencement date 7th Feb 2018

This is a chance to get active and get involved in a free soccer clinic, with committed coaches who provide young soccer players with an environment where each player can achieve their personal best on and off the pitch.

Clinic run by certified coaches (1-2 hours)

Designed for all abilities

Learn and improve your soccer skills

Make new friends

 

Where: Melton Secondary College

Every Wednesday 2:40pm – 4:00pm

More information: Kamal 0411 122 814 or

Email: [email protected]

@FootballEmpwerment @footballempowerment

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.

Host Family Needed

Would you like to host a Japanese Assistant Teacher?

Melton Secondary College are seeking host families who are able to host a female assistant teacher who is joining us from Term 2, 2018. Host families have always found the experience to be a wonderful way of learning about a new culture. This is also an excellent language learning opportunity for families.

 

Haruka KITA is very keen to introduce Japanese culture and share your own culture.

As a host family, you would need to provide

  • A bedroom
  • 3 meals a day (you don’t have to cook a special meal)
  • Transport to school

Host families will receive an allowance of $150 from the college each week to support their expenses.

If you have any questions or wish to become a host family, please see Ms. Mori.

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.

"Never give up" at Melton SC

During the first term of 2018, Melton SC had the opportunity to learn about the impact on bullying. BullyZero Australia Foundation presented their message to all year 7 students that inspired us to stand up against bullying in our school. BullyZero taught us the dangers of bullying, how to seek help, and inspired us to treat each other with empathy.

Victor Muhindo of 7C learnt that

“Bully Zero taught us what is and what is not bullying. Bullying is a repeated behaviour when people are being mean to you, calling you rude names and doing unkind things over and over again”. 

“It is important to learn about bullying because it can prevent much from happening. Learning about bullying helps us to know how to deal with it in a situation and how to get help and how to stop it”.

The presentation empowered students to be Up-Standing bystanders and taking positive action when they witness bullying instead of becoming bystanders.

Each Year seven student completed a pledge against bullying which will be on display at Essendon Fields on March 16th, the National Day against Bullying and Violence.

Victor’s pledge was “Be treated the way you want to be treated yourself” and “don’t let other people shut you down, keep your head up and keep going because the only person from stopping you is yourself so keep pushing forward”

BullyZero shared how celebrities where able to overcome their own bullying experience from school. Victor recalls, “David Beckham was teased about his soccer skills and they told him he won’t make it but he didn’t let those people overcome him and he kept pushing forward and because of that he became one of the best soccer players in the world”

Melton SC will continue the discussion and actions in stopping bullying, as we would like to see everyone feeling safe and enjoying their Melton SC life.

 

By Nathanael Poljak (Secondary School Nurse and Victor Muhindo 7C

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.

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.

Careers/Pathways

Western Cluster - VET Student Information Sheet 2018

VET classes will commence from Tues 6th February.

Yr 1 VET Childcare (7th Feb) has been cancelled – I have notified all parents.

WEC students for Hair and Sport may come to front office from 8.30am – Carolyn and Daniel Taylor will collect students and take them to their class rooms.

 

Library

Loving the Library @ MSC

Library life is getting busier as we settle into the school year.

Scholastic Book Club will now be available at MSC for students to view and purchase great value books.  Many students may remember these magazines from Primary School.  They are a fundraiser for the MSC library with all reward credits being invested into supplementing our book collection.  Most importantly, looking at the magazine prompts our students to read and stimulates discussion about different literacy topics.  Buying books from the catalogue has been streamlined to make it much easier for families.  You can jump online and pay by credit card using the LOOP service or enclose the order form with the money in an envelope and drop into the library team.  Magazines will be on display and available in the library this term.  Please feel free to collect a magazine or you can view the catalogue online at

  http://www.scholastic.com.au/schools/bookclub/assets/pdfs/bc218.pdf

Orders for issue 2 have now closed. Delivery will be made to school and students will be notified to collect from the MSC Library.

 

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

House Swimming Carnival

The annual House swimming Carnival was held at Melton Waves recently.

Results were:

1st     Kororoit                  562pts

2nd    Djerriwarrh           458pts

3rd     Pywheitjorrk        300pts

4th     Yangardook          212pts

 

Championship winners:

 

Interschool Swimming Sport Results - Final Scores: 

1st Sunbury                      612pts

2nd Sunbury Downs     597pts

3rd Melton                         506pts

4th Staughton                  455pts

5th Gisborne                     369pts

6th Kurunjang                  226pts

7th Bacchus Marsh         108pts

Outstanding Performers:

We had a lot of students who competed very valiantly against some really good opposition.  Thank you to all the competitors and the helpers. Our junior girls group are very talented and did a remarkable job all day with some competing well out of their age group and winning/placing at the higher level.

 

Western Metropolitan Region Qualifiers - At Geelong Thursday 29 March

At the moment our qualifiers are:

Yr 7 – Layla Mahfouz (6), Victoria Lavanda (1), Ashlee Cochrane (1)

Yr 8 – Chloe Rees (2), Jorja Tuttle (4), Kahlan Tanoi (3), Reese Webber (1)

Yr 9 – Aleena J. Bustill (2), Trinity Skenderis (2), Mateo Bonic (1), Eva Lavanda (2)

Yr 10 – Manar Malfouz (7)

Yr 11- Jade Vogele (1)

The number in brackets is the number of events the person has qualified in.

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.

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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 (see below). 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 will go for the duration of Term 1. If you shop at Coles please collect the tokens/vouchers and we would appreciate it if you could send the tokens to us. There are boxes in the library foyer, Junior Sub School, PE office and General Staffroom or give them to any of the PE staff.

 

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. Parent participation is much appreciated. A Working with Childrens 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.

 

Wondering which Team Vic teams are open for trial registrations?
Australian Football 15yrs and under Boys (close March 1)
Australian Football –15yrs and under Girls (close March 1)
Netball –15yrs and under (close February 22)
Softball –17yrs and under Boys (close February 6)
Softball –17yrs and under Girls (close February 6)
Tennis –18yrs and under Boys (close February 14)
Tennis –18yrs and under Girls (close February 14)


You may also know some emerging 12 year olds...

Cricket – 12yrs and under Boys (close February 13)
Cricket – 12yrs and under Girls (close February 13)
Hockey – 12yrs and under Boys (close March 1)
Hockey – 12yrs and under Girls (close March 1)
Australian Football – 12yrs and under (close March 1)
Netball – 12yrs and under (close March 1)
Basketball – 12yrs and under Boys (close March 1)
Basketball – 12yrs and under Girls (close March 1)
Football (Soccer) – 12yrs and under Boys (close March 1)
Football (Soccer) – 12yrs and under Girls (close March 1)

Sport Dates

Friday 16 March– Tennis – all levels at Sunbury

Thursday March 15 – Rugby League 9’s – Senior boys and girls at Sunbury

Thursday March 22 – Rugby League 9’s – Intermediate boys and girls at Werribee

Thursday 29 March– Swimming – Western Metropolitan Region at Geelong

Wednesday 18 April– Swimming – School Sport Victoria State Finals at MSAC

Friday 27 April – Athletics – House Athletics at Melton

Community

Community Road Safety Forum

 

Steady Pulse

 

Melton Mail