Melton Mail

03 May 2017
Issue Ten
Dates To Remember
Principal's Report
Assistant Principals' Report
Sub Schools
VCE Outdoor and Environmental Studies
Year 9 Duke Of Edinburgh
Student Voice
Melton Secondary College
03 9743 3322
Coburns Road
Melton, Victoria, 3337

Dates To Remember


Friday 5 May

Whole School House Athletics Day

Monday 8 May

Yr 7-12 Debating Ass. Vic

Monday 15 May

Student Early Finish - 1.39 pm

Tuesday 16 May

Year 11 Drama Ex. - "Melbourne Talam"

Monday 15 to Wednesday 17 May

Year 9 Camp

Monday 22 May

Year 7-12 Debating Ass. Vic.

Year 10 History Jewish Holocaust Centre

Tuesday 23 May

2017 Careers Expo

School Council meeting

Thursday 25 to Friday 26

Year 9 ODE - Surf Coast Walk


Monday 5 June

Year 7-12 Debating Ass. Vic.

Student Early Finish - 1.39 pm

Thursday 8 June

Community Forum - 6.30 pm to 8 .00 pm

Friday 9 June

Year 9 Maths/English Exam

Monday 12 June

Queens Birthday

Tuesday 13 June 

Year 11 Maths/English exam

Thursday 15 to Monday 19 June

Year 11 Exams

Tuesday 20 June

School Council

Tuesday 20 to Thursday 22 June

Year 10 Exams

Friday 23 June

Year 10 to Year 11 Subject Supermarket

Thursday 29 June

VCE ODE - You Yangs Regional Park Abseiling

Friday 30 June

Term 2 ends - 3.10pm  dismissal

Principal's Report

David Reynolds - Principal

​Budget Funding

Great news just in - Melton SC has been granted $2,500,000 in funding for the first stage of our capital works program! Announced in the Victorian Budget  today, this money will allow us to start work on our facilities master plan that will see first class buildings provided for learning in all subject areas. More information will be provided in due course.

Testing Teachers 

Over the past two weeks the school has  received many different responses from parents and students about the documentary. Many expressed gratitude and appreciation at the work that teachers do to educate their children.  Some commented on the need for us as a school and as a community to do even more to strengthen student well being and respectful behaviours. There has also been a consistent call for the college and community to highlight the many positive relationships and events that are a regular feature of students’ experience at the College but were not captured by the documentary. This has encouraged the college to re-double its efforts in these areas which are already very high on our list of priorities and to reach out further to parents and the community so that our partnership will lead to even better results for students.

The media have been very interested in the insights that the show has given people about teaching and the challenge of meeting the learning needs of twenty five students at a time.

In a recent newspaper article, one of the Melton SC teachers in the documentary Kitty Van Cuylenberg’s reflected on why she agreed to take part and what she hopes it will achieve:

 “Teachers put their hearts out there and they put their energy out there and I think that might surprise people. I just hope that people will be able to sit with the complexity of teaching and the complexity of school education, and the complexity of the lives of our students that we teach… It’s complex, but it’s wonderful and I hope that’s what people take away from it, that teaching is complex and wonderful”.

Emmanuel Kubwange was also interviewed by the Star Weekly and he offered some great insight into what it takes to meet challenges head on and succeed as student and an educator.




If you would like to learn more about the documentary please follow the link below. The third and final episode of Testing Teachers airs on SBS tonight at 8.30 pm.





Community Forum

There has been strong interest from parents and students in taking part in a community forum where we can discuss issues raised in the documentary and ask questions. The college has recently undergone a School Review and will soon start the process of writing a new Strategic Plan. It would be great to gather the views of the community about how we can work together to keep on improving our school and feedback about the documentary will assist us with this work. So that the Testing Teachers forum can be well planned and advertised widely, we have rescheduled the date to Thursday 8 June from 6.30 – 8.00 pm. I encourage all parents to put this date in their diaries and make it a priority to attend.

House Athletics Day

This Friday is our House Athletics Day and a great opportunity for students to take a break from their academic studies and support their House by participating in the many fun physical activities that are offered on this day. It is also a great day to do things with different groups of students. Houses at Melton SC are organised vertically, and include students across all six year levels. This means that students get to mix with students outside their regular home group and class groupings. 

House events are also an important opportunity for everyone to get behind the college STARR values of Success, Team Work, Ambition, Respect and Responsibility.

Students were recently asked What do successful athletes do that successful students also do?  If you have a spare minute or two in the coming few days, it's a question worth considering.


David Reynolds


Assistant Principals' Report




The 2017 Attitudes to Schools Survey

We want our student to tell us what they think

Our school is conducting a survey to find out what your child thinks of our school. The Attitudes to School survey is an annual student survey offered by the Department of Education and Training. The survey assists schools in gaining an understanding of students' perceptions and experience of school.

Our school will use the survey results to plan programs and activities to improve your child's schooling experience.

This year the Attitudes to School survey will be conducted at our school between Monday 22 May to Friday 23 June. The survey only takes 20-30 minutes to complete and occurs during your child's class time.

Students from Year 7 to Year 12 participate in the survey. Your child will complete the survey online  using a purpose-built secure online survey tool.


The survey results will be reported back to the school in Term 3.


The Department has updated the survey for 2017 to include important new measures that are known to influence student engagement and performance.

Students privacy is our priority

Your child will be provided with a unique login to complete the survey. The student login is an assigned identifier that may be used by the Department to combine data for research purposes only. Your child’s privacy and the confidentiality of your child’s survey responses will be protected at all times. No identifiable personal data is included in the survey response file.

This survey is not a test and your child has the right to refuse or withdraw from the survey at any point before, during, or after completion.


Please speak to your child’s teacher if you would like more information or see:

Attitudes to School Survey.


Athletics Sports - Friday 5 May

Our Athletics Sports will take place on Friday 5th May at the Melton Athletics Track, 82 Bridge Road, Melton South, 3338.



The Athletics Sports is a compulsory part of the school’s curriculum and it is therefore necessary that all students in Years 7 – 12 attend. Absence notes are essential for students not in attendance at the Athletics.


Organisation of the day:

All students are required to attend Homegroup or Year Level Assembly at 8.51am where attendance will be marked. Years 10, 11 and 12 will be required to meet in their designated assembly areas. Students will be briefed on events and the organisation of the day. Once this process is complete, students will be transported by bus to the venue.

At approximately 2:30pm, students will be transported to Melton Secondary College via buses and will be dismissed on arrival at school, approximately at 2.45pm.

If weather conditions are poor (rain, extreme cold), regular classes will run for the day. Students will be expected to attend school with their Student Kit and be ready to complete scheduled periods.

Unfortunately, students who have not returned a consent form will be unable to attend the Athletics day. An alternative program will run for students not attending, as all normal classes will be cancelled. Students who attend school will be dismissed at 2.45pm



Students do not have to wear school uniform to the Athletics Sports but are expected to wear clothing or costumes in appropriate House colours. Clothing should be “Sun Smart”. We encourage students to “SLIP, SLOP, SLAP” so caps and hats other than the school uniform cap may be worn. Clothing displaying inappropriate words or images is not to be worn. Competitors are especially recommended to compete in House colours. Students are expected to encourage and support all students in their events.








Djerriwarrh          -  Green

Kororoit                 -  Blue     

Pywheitjorrk        -  Yellow          

Yangardook           -  Red



The Melton Hockey Club will provide food at the venue, at a cost, and it is suggested students bring a small amount of money to purchase any food and drink. However, students are encouraged to bring other food or drink that they may require.

We welcome parents to the venue to attend the athletic Sports. The address of the venue is:

Melton Athletics Track, 82 Bridge Road, Melton South, 3338. There is no cost for students or parents. On arrival, please inform a member of staff of your attendance.


Mr A Devine

Assistant Principal

NAPLAN: Year 7 & 9

Every year in May students in Years 3, 5, 7 & 9 throughout Australia undertake a series of tests known as NAPLAN. There are actually five tests – Reading, Writing, Language Conventions (spelling, grammar & punctuation), Numeracy (without calculator), Numeracy (with calculator).

This year the test will be conducted on the 9th, 10th and 11th May.

The purpose of the tests is to give parents and the school information about student learning. It gives us additional information to that which we gather from our own assessments about how individual students and groups of students are progressing. We use this information to provide extra challenge or support to students who may need it. Parents can use the information to help them guide their children with homework and encourage them to do extra reading or Maths if it seems necessary.

It must be remembered that NAPLAN only measures some of the skills and knowledge taught by schools and that are important for success in life. There are many important skills – the ability to think creatively, the ability to work productively with other people, the ability to persevere when an answer is not immediately obvious, etc that NAPLAN cannot measure.

Some families welcome the extra information provided by NAPLAN. However, there are other families who believe the pressure the tests place on young people or the self-esteem issues that may arise from below expected results are not beneficial to their child. If you would like to withdraw your child from one or more of the tests, please contact me, Kate Nye-Butler (Yr 7 students), Eddy Hill (Yr 9 students) or your child’s Homegroup teacher as soon as possible.


Andrée Poulter

Assistant Principal

Sub Schools

Junior Sub School

Term 2 has started in a most positive manner in Year 7 and 8. With slight interruptions in the first and second week timetable, students have jumped into their learning.


Parent / Teacher Conferences

With such a great turnout from both Parents and Students, our Parent / Teacher Conferences were extremely successful. Parents are reminded that if they were unable to catch Teachers they were planning to see, they should contact the school to make an appointment. It is important to know that these conferences are a great opportunity for parents, teachers and students to meet and greet, discuss progress, answer and ask questions.


Athletics are coming up with Year 7 and 8 filling many of the events. Big step up for Year 7 with more events available for students to participate in.



All students in Year 7 and 8 are to be congratulated for the respect they showed to ANZAC Day. The assembly demonstrated that students are aware of the importance of the day and the relevance to their learning about history, traditions and respect. Congratulations again to all students for how they conducted themselves in this event.

Middle Sub School

Term 2 is a busy term for students and staff in the Middle School. Progress reports have been issued for students and we encourage you to discuss these with your child. If you have any concerns in regards to your childs’ progress please  contact the sub-school. Students will also be asked to reflect on their reports during Tutorial classes and to set goals for Term 2. The sub-school will be reviewing reports and organising meetings with students who may be at-risk.


Year 9 Camp Reminder

There is a Year 9 Camp to Phillip Island Adventure Camp on the 15th to 17th May. The cost is $265.  A note has been sent home with Year 9 students and is attached to the news feed on COMPASS.  Can you please return the permission slip and the deposit ASAP. 

The purpose of the camp is to improve connection to teachers and peers. 

If you have any questions please contact the Middle Sub School.


Homework Club

Homework club will be continuing this term to help support students in their learning. This runs after school on Wednesday and Thursday  until 4:30 in the Research and Support Centre. It is supported with teachers and support staff to help provide more one-on-one support. Teachers may ask students to attend if they are falling behind in their studies.



The college is currently focusing on the value of teamwork as part of the college’s STARR values. We are encouraging students to develop their understanding of the value of teamwork and how this can impact their learning in the classroom. Students will receive STARR awards for demonstrating teamwork throughout the college.

Senior Sub School

High Achiever Profile - Kaitlyn Bibby

Achievements:  2017 MSC Sport Captain, 2016 Yr12 Psychology Dux, 2017 Term 1 Excellent Progress Award

Best subjects: Health & Human Development, Maths

2017 Goal: ATAR 85+, 40+ Study Score H&HD and Further Maths

2018 Goal: Swinburne Uni to Study Creative Arts/Film

Student’s Advice:  Make your teachers work as hard as you do. Constantly communicate via email, lunchtime questions, seek feedback and one:one discussion


Key VTAC dates for 2017/2018 Applications

Applications open:

9am, Monday 7 August 2017
Timely applications close:

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

5pm, Tuesday 10 October 2017
Scholarships closing date:

5pm, Friday 13 October 2017
Release of ATAR and VCE results:

7am, Friday 15 December 2017
Change of preference closing date (Round 1):

12pm, Wednesday 20 December 2017
Release of Round 1 offers:

Wednesday 17 January 2018


General Office 

Office hours:  8:15am - 4:30pm


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

Uniform Shop

Uniform shop hours are:


Mondays:             8:00 to 9:00 am

                                 3:00 to 4:00 pm


Wednesdays:      3:00 to 4:00 pm


Fridays:                 8:00 to 9:00 am

                                 3:00 to 4:00 pm


Melton Secondary College and the Department of Education do not provide insurance to cover medical or ambulance costs.


Parents/guardians are reminded that they are responsible for paying the cost of medical treatment for injured students, including the cost of ambulance attendance/transport and any other transport costs. Some commercial insurers do provide insurance policies which parents/guardians can purchase.


The Department does not hold insurance for personal property brought to schools and it has no capacity to pay for any loss or damage to such property.


If Parents/Guardians would like to take out individual student health cover you may go to the following websites for further information:


JUA Student Health Cover 24 hour, all year-round cover

VCE Outdoor and Environmental Studies

In VCE Outdoor and Environmental Studies, we are lucky enough to experience a wide range of different activities and environments all with the aim of preparing students for their exam in Year 12.

Year 11 Outdoor and Environmental Studies-
Victorian Sailing School- Geelong

The Year 11 Outdoor and Environmental Studies students participated in a 2 day 'Learn-to-Sail Program' at the Victorian Sailing school in Geelong. On day one the students learnt the basics of Sailing and went out in the larger 8 person boats as the wind was quite strong. Day 2 brought about the students sailing the smaller 3 person boats by themselves (instructors and teachers in speed boats if required). This was a completely new experience for most students and everyone enjoyed the experience thoroughly.

Year 12 Outdoor and Environmental Studies

Brisbane Ranges

The Year 12 Outdoor and Environmental Studies students participated in the Brisbane Ranges Hiking excursion starting in the old gold rush town of Steiglitz. The purpose of the excursion was to give the students an example of how human relationships with outdoor environments have changed over time, in particular the gold rush period. The excursion is also important to prepare the students for the upcoming Multi-day hike on the Grampians Peaks Trail. All students enjoyed the excursion and were able to reflect upon the experience in preparation for their exam.


Grampians Peaks Trail

The Grampians Peaks Trail is an amazing Multi-Day hike through the picturesque environment of the Victorian Grampians. Throughout the 3 days students summit 2 peaks the Pinnacle and Mt. Rosea. It allows the students to experience multi-Day hikes and provides another practical experience to draw upon for their end of year exam. We had some really fine weather over the 3 days and all of the students returned with a better understanding of themselves and what they can achieve.

Year 9 Duke Of Edinburgh

Thirteen Year 9 students are currently in the process of completing their Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Awards. This is a globally recognised initiative which provides students with an opportunity to pursue activities they are interested in during their own time, whilst receiving support within school time to complete other aspects of the award.


The Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award encompasses four areas:

1)  Service (Community volunteering)

2)  Skill (Learning something new and practicing    

      regularly e.g. a language or instrument)

4)  Physical Recreation (participating in a regular  

      activity/exercise out of school)


An Adventurous Journey (School Camp)

Our students have participated in a range of different activities throughout Term 1, including:








Volunteering with the Pinkerton Landcare & Environment Group

  • Completing land clearing tasks, weed removal, invasive species eradication and watering of seedlings at the Werribee River and Pinkerton Forest locations

Hiking at The Werribee Gorge

  • Students completed a 10km loop walk at the stunning Werribee Gorge




Rock Climbing excursion

  • Students received instruction at the Hard Rock Climbing Centre in the Melbourne CBD, and participated in a 2hr climbing session

These activities allowed students to visit a number of stunning and unique outdoor environments, working collaboratively to complete set tasks and goals. Their efforts, attitude and application has been commended by staff, and volunteers alike, and has allowed for the formation of strong community links and partnerships.


The next activity planned for the students is an overnight camp in Anglesea, including the completion of part of The Surf Coast Walk, and other adventure activities.

Student Voice

VicSRC Workshop

On Friday, the 21st of April, seven of the Year 11 executive SRC members travelled to Sunshine to attend a workshop provided by the VicSRC that focused on helping student leaders develop their skills. We learnt about how to tackle issues in the community, by using the ALTER method as a guide. The speakers emphasised the importance of the steps of Asking, Listening, Thinking, Enacting and Reflecting when trying to solve problems that our individual schools faced. We considered which members of the community were listened to the most and what some of the most effective ways of getting feedback from them were. This workshop also allowed us to have the chance to talk to student leaders of other schools and gain insight, as well as give advice on how Student Leadership can be run. We made lots of progress in planning the new project that we are excited to tackle when we return to school. – Jilian Ng, Year 11



On Friday the 21st of April, the school celebrated ANZAC Day with a Teamwork assembly. We heard from Kevin Murray, the Secretary of the Melton RSL. School Captains Ben Akok and Stephanie Novak and Vice Captains Matias Garro and Brianna Argall spoke about what teamwork looks like at Melton Secondary College and shared the story of Sir Edward Weary Dunlop, the army surgeon who is  well known for his medical work and leadership during the Second World War with prisoners of the Japanese on the Thai–Burma Railway. Our school leaders and Mr Kershaw also attended the Dawn Service in Melton and laid a wreath on behalf of the school.


Tom Nice

Student Voice Leader


Career News

Melton Secondary College’s website now includes a link to Career Tools. Students in Years 10 -12 have been introduced to this site in their Tutorial & Study Skills classes. The site can provide Parents/Students with information about Tax File Numbers, VTAC Course Search, VCE past exams, Careers with Police & Defence, a calendar for career related events, and many more career related topics.

For more information:


Workplace Learning

All Year 11 VCAL students in 2017 will be completing compulsory Structured Workplace Learning for 2 weeks in Term 2: (May 15 – 26).


Students who are enrolled in VET programs will still be required to attend their classes as per normal scheduling. Students are to inform their Employers about these individual arrangements.


If you can support your student with a Structured Workplace Learning opportunity with family or friends, please provide the details to the Careers room on 9743 3322.



Undergraduate Medicine and Health Sciences Admissions Test (UMAT) for Year 12 students wanting to study medicine or dentistry will be held on the 26th July 2017. Registration for this test is via the ACER website:

Registrations close on 2 June, 2017.

Students in Years 10, 11 and 12 interested in medicine or dentistry will need to sit the compulsory UMAT (examination) when applying for one of the above career choices. The National Institute of Education (NIE) will be conducting a full day UMAT preparation workshop during the next school holidays period on 6th April 2017. Places are strictly limited. All details are available via

Simulated UMAT Day 2017 - Intensive Preparation Workshop

MELBOURNE - St Vincent's Hospital

6th April 2017, 9am - 5.30pm

While the Simulated UMAT Day is extremely beneficial for Year 12 students, who will be attempting the real UMAT on 26th July 2017, this workshop is also highly recommended to anyone in years 10 - 11 and aiming for a head start in UMAT preparation.

Year 10 Work Experience

All Year 10 students in 2017 will be completing work experience for 1 week in Term 3: (28 August – 1 September).
Students who are enrolled in VET programs will still be required to attend their classes as per normal scheduling. Students are to inform their Employers about these individual arrangements.
If you can support your student with a work experience opportunity with family or friends, please provide the details to Mrs Galea in the Careers Room on 9743 3322.

VCE and Careers Expo 2017

The VCE and Careers Expo 2017 will be held on Thursday 4 and Friday 5 May, 9am-3pm, Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 May, 10am-4pm in the Grandstand at Caulfield Racecourse. The Expo features over 190 exhibitors, seminars on VCE subjects, career and study advice.


SAE QANTM Creative Media Institute Info Niight

On the night, there will be demonstrations of current and past student projects from all disciplines, including recently published student games, screenings of short films from the animation and film departments, diverse graphic design portfolios, and audio production projects. Tour the purpose-built four-storey campus, meet the expert academic team, and sit in on an information session to learn how students are gaining the competitive edge.


Information Sessions: There will be general information sessions held on the night, where you will learn about unique programs, career pathways, learning outcomes, internships and admissions information.


Date: Tuesday May 2nd

Time: 6pm - 8pm

Location: 235 Normanby Road South Melbourne

Details and Registration:


If you are interested in any of these information sessions you will need to go to the link AND REGISTER!


See The Careers Office if you have any questions.



Swimming – Manar Mahfouz, Year 9, has just returned from competing at the Australian Age Championships in Brisbane. She qualified for the 100m butterfly event – she finished 21st.


Cricket - Jason Hibbert, yr 9, won the Western Region best player and batting award for the Region team at the State Championships.


Go Karting - Jade Vogele, Yr 10, competed in the A
ustralian Go Karting Championships last weekend and achieved an outstanding result. She placed 4th in juniors and 6th in junior standards! So she is ranked number 4 in the National rankings.


Team Sports - Volleyball

Senior Girls – lost to Staughton

Senior boys – lost to both Staughton and Gisborne

Intermediate Girls – def Kurunjang but lost the final to Sunbury in a terrific game – 21/16, 21/19

Intermediate boys – def Kurunjang but lost to Staughton

Western Metropolitan Region  Swimming Results

Some really good efforts by the team as the standard at this level is very high. – 5 x 2nds and 1 x 3rd placings total.


Yr 7 – Chloe Rees – 8th breastroke, 7th freestyle,     8th backstroke

Yr 7 - Jorja Tuttle – 6th butterfly, 4th 400m freestyle

Yr 8 – Mateo Bonic – 3rd backstroke,

           Shanae Besanko – 7th freestyle,    

Yr 9 – Manar Malfouz 2nd 200m freestyle, 2nd butterfly, 2nd freestyle, 2nd breastroke       

Yr 10 – Ronan Valsamis-Camilleri – 6th breastroke, 5th butterfly, Relays

14 girls freestyle relay - Chloe Rees, Jorja Tuttle, Aleena J Busuttil, Shanae Besanko – 2nd

14yrs girls medley relay – Chloe Rees, Jorja Tuttle, Aleena J Busuttil, Shanae Besanko – 6th


MSC 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  is -

General Information

Amart Sports - Melton SC has joined the community kickbacks program with Amart Sports in Woodgrove. Every time you make a purchase just mention our school and we will receive 5% of the purchase amount. If you join online you will receive a loyalty and receive discounts etc as well as already having registered our school as your preferred community kickback. We have the same arrangement with REBEL SPORTS and their Season Pass kickback.


Melton Hockey Club  -  The Melton Hockey club are a very progressive local club who are always looking for more members. They have a wide array of competitions. They run an internal u/8 program: for u/10 the program is called Game On. They also run Hook 2 for ages 5-12. They have a group of competitions for men and women, for all ages, young and even masters level. A social competition is also played. For more information contact Kellie on 0450643826 or check out their webpage –


School Sport Information  -  All information regarding School Sport information and State team selection trials can be found on the website –

Information on national events can be found at the Team Vic page on the School Sport Victoria website,, or the School Sport Australia website,

Registrations are now open to nominate to trial for a number of sports:

Swimming and Volleyball are currently open.

Their monthly bulletin is sent on the last Tuesday of every month.

You can find all the latest bulletins, on the ebulletins page of the SSV website.

Sports Dates

Tuesday 2nd May – Football – Senior Boys and Girls

Wednesday 3rd May – Volleyball –Region – Intermediate if they qualify

Friday 5 May – Athletics – House Athletics at Melton

Monday 8th May – Volleyball – Region – Seniors if they qualify

Thursday 11th May – Squash – Senior Girls

Monday 15th May – Soccer – Yr 7 and 8 Boys and Girls

 Wednesday 17th May – Football – Intermediate Boys and Girls

Thursday 18th May – Squash – Intermediate Boys and Girls

 Thursday 18th May – Rugby 9’s – Intermediate Girls – State Final

 Thurs 23rd May– Cross Country – Division level – date to be confirmed.

Wednesday 24th May – Squash – Junior Boys


Melton Mail
VCE 2017 Seminar Program and Exhibitor List Brochure.pdf