Melton Sudanese Secondary Student Scholarship Program Trial Success
During this year Melton Secondary College had the privilege to take part in the Melton Sudanese Secondary Student Scholarship Trial Program, as part of the Sudanese Student Engagement and Support Project. VICSEG New Futures had scoped and developed this project in collaboration with the South Sudanese Community in Melton, local schools and community services organisations, with the support and encouragement of the City of Melton. Mentors from Victoria University, Melissa Davey (ex MSC student) and Tim, have worked with 6 of our Sudanese students, Emmanuel Makor, Matot Ciengou, Yieg Wurok, Nyanjok Malaul, Atong Deng and Anya Kuany every week for the year, together with Abraham our South Sudan Cultural worker. The VICSEG scholarship trial program has been a success and it has now been decided to continue into 2015 and beyond. Students who have been involved are now privileged to continue the program and continue for three years starting at Year 9 and graduating from the program at the end of Year 11. We will be introducing 2 Year 9 students to be part of the program in 2015 and continue the program until they are in Year 11, as Atong and Anya in Year 11, have now graduated from the program.
On Monday the 17th of November, our students participated in the VICSEG project graduation at the Melton Library. They presented a PowerPoint about their fundraising BBQ which took place in Term 3. Each student also had a speech to share with all those who were present. Well done to our students. They showed a lot of courage and confidence to present in front of a large group.
Many thanks go to VICSEG, our mentors and all the organisers. Our initiative goal is to continue on improving the educational and future employment outcomes for young people of South Sudanese background in Melton.
We are very pleased to continue the program and help support our students in many ways to build on skills and follow particular pathways in further study and work placements.
Minnie Shefket – EAL Teacher
On Saturday the 8th of November students from Melton Secondary College participated in the Djerriwarrh Parade.
The students had spent a lot of time working on a float using the Djerriwarrh theme of ‘Spring Time, Fun Time!’ The students decided to create a float around the Spring Racing Carnival including jockeys, spectators and a bookie to celebrate everything associated with the carnival.
We also included in the float two birds that had been created by Year 7 students as part of the Healthy Living Festival. The birds represented Bunjil the eagle who is the creator and spiritual leader of the Kulin nation. It was a great site to see these birds moving down the high street of Melton. The birds were later installed near the festival site and received many positive comments.
It was great to see so many students from the college supporting the event and getting involved in the community. The weather did make life quite difficult with high temperature and strong winds and at certain stages it did seem as if the birds were going to take flight.
We would like to thank all the students for all of their hard work in preparing the items for the parade and look forward to participating again next year.
Festival Of Healthy Living
This semester the Year 7s at Melton Secondary College participated in a program called The Festival for Healthy Living. Some classes got creative and made bamboo eagles – bunjil and other classes showed that they could write songs and poetry and play instruments. After our ten weeks of rehearsing we showcased our work to four other schools who also participated in the program
The school involved were Melton South Primary School, Coburn Primary School, CALM and Staughton College. We learnt that when we work as a team we can achieve many things and that we should respect everyone for their differences no matter what where they have come from!
Written by 7E students
Stress Management Presentation
Please click on the link below to view a stress managment presenation presented by our Student Wellbeing Coordinator Ms Di Pasquale
In March this year Melton Secondary College students joined students from Kurunjang and Staughton Colleges in Melbourne's Federation Square to launch the Victorian Government's Bully Stoppers program.
Chosen from over 100 schools across the state, our students' goal is to decrease bullying by increasing positive behaviours and encouraging students to speak up and reach out if someone is feeling badly treated by another. The result is a truly inspiring video message for people everywhere.
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 calendar).
This year the test will be conducted on the 13h, 14th and 15th May.
The purpose of the tests is to give parents and the school information about student learning. It gives 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. The 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 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, your child's Team Leader or Homegroup teacher as soon as possible.
From the Principal
Welcome to the 2014 school year at Melton Secondary College.
The year has started well with students returning form summer holidays looking refreshed from their break and enthusiastic to learn. The College continues to experience an increase in enrolments and as well as a larger cohort of Year 7 students, classes at most other year levels have filled to capacity.
Starting a new school year is an exciting time for students. It opens up a myriad of possibilities for learning about the world, about each other and ourselves. Taking advantage of these opportunities requires an open mind and a disciplined manner, a commitment to support others and a willingness to strive to achieve your best each day.
At Melton Secondary College we see our motto of Academic Excellence as a goal for every student to strive towards and we work to instill the qualities that will lead to success.
Our students achieve excellent results across all curriculum areas and programs. Our three Curriculum Specialism areas: Science, the Arts and Sport are developing great enthusiasm amongst students as is our High Achievers ACE program. A strong Student Leadership and Voice program is ensuring that students have a say in their learning and develop leadership skills for life. Further information about these programs is available on this wesbite.
We also know that young people cannot succeed at school without parents and carers working in partnership with their child's school. Students need to know that their parents are not only informed about what is happening in their classes, but they are also working together with the school to set high expectations and to acknowledge success when these expectations are met.
This year the College will enhance its partnership with parents by sharing information about each students' progress more effectively through more regular reporting of student progress, SMS messaging of student absences and a new Parent Portal which will provide access to College events and information.
If you are interested in learning more about Melton Secondary College, please feel free to contact the General Office to make an appointment to take a tour.
Year 7 2015 Information Evening
The year 7 2015 Information Evening will be held on Tuesday, 18th March 5.30pm - 7.30pm