It was great to see that Melton Secondary College contributed to a good turn out at the ANZAC Day Dawn Service outside the Melton town hall. Our school captains were accompanied by our leader for Student Voice and Leadership Mr Tom Nice and paid their respects by laying a wreath at the cenotaph. A highlight of Tuesday’s school assembly was an outstanding speech given by Mr Kevin Murray secretary of the Melton RSL. Mr Murray reminded students of the great sacrifice made by many thousands of Australian service men and women over the past century since Armistice Day in 1916. Thank you to Mr Stevenson for playing the Last Post and for students who made a point of thanking Mr Murray for his service at the end of his speech. It was wonderful to see such high levels of respect at a whole school level.
In the Victorian Budget announced in parliament yesterday Melton Secondary College was listed as receiving funding to start planning and preparations for capital improvements to our facilities. This is an excellent boost to our hopes that funding will be provided to begin work on our Master Plan. Congratulations to our neighbours, Melton Specialist School for receiving funding of $5.4m. I will be offering Principal Mr Savage all of the assistance our school can provide as they enter the process of design and construction.
Curriculum Day – 9th May
Parents are reminded that next Monday 9th May is a student free day for the purpose of continuing our training in the Berry Street Education Model. Our Positive Education Leader, Kate Smith has been working with staff to implement strategies in the classroom. More information about this program will be provided to parents via the Community Engagement Committee and newsletters.
The next edition of the Melton Mail will look quite different with the introduction of our iNewsletter. The iNewsletter will be available via our website and via emails. This will mean that only a small number of copies will be printed and available at the school and a considerable saving will be made on photocopying. Please contact the General Office if you have any queries about the newsletter in the future.
The Wellbeing Team would like to congratulate Tyson and Jandamara Atkinson and Amielia Wall for being recognized for their outstanding contributions to culture!
After one AIME (Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience) excursion to RMIT, Tyson was selected to be a Victorian representative at the Sydney GAME ON project where we worked collaboratively to design a smart phone application. His story has been documented and will be aired on Saturday 30th April at 9:00am and Tuesday 3rd May at 8:30pm on ABC3.
Jandamara has also been selected as MSC’s AIME Ambassador and will be working with AIME mentors to further develop his leadership skills for VCE and promoting the AIME program to our junior students at MSC. Jandamara has also been nominated for a YAC grant with Melton City Council and so we wish him luck for being a winning recipient!
After participating at an AIME excursion, Amielia’s artistic flare was soon noticed and she was selected to be flown to Sydney for a COLLABORTAION project where Amielia was able to contribute ideas for artwork to be printed onto the infamous AIME hoodies.
CONGRATULATIONS to Tyson, Jandamara and Ameilia!
StartUP: TopArts and Ai Wei Wei – Andy Warhol
Year 12 Studio Arts excursion
Beginning our day by taking a stroll down one of the city’s ‘hidden’ laneways; students were exposed to an explosion of street art graffiti styles and concepts in the ever-changing alternative art space of Hosier Lane.
Crossing the road to the NGV Australia, students were escorted to a lecture theatre where they were given a private insight into the themes and ideas, working methods, materials, techniques and sources of inspiration of a range of exhibiting artists who completed their VCE studies last year and were selected to take part in the StArt Up: Top Arts 2016 exhibition. Prior to viewing the exhibition, students had the opportunity to look closely and gain inspiration from the outstanding folios developed by the exhibiting students, giving the Year 12 an insight into the quality and quantity of work required by students undertaking Studio Arts to produce a cohesive folio of finished artworks.
The last stop on our jam-packed itinerary was the NGV International’s summer blockbuster show Andy Warhol | Ai Weiwei. The exhibition showcased more than 300 works by the renowned artists in a variety of art forms including painting, printmaking, sculpture, film and photography. Highlights for this exhibition included the opportunity to view Warhol’s famous ‘Campbell Soup Can’ series in person, as well as the chance to be immersed within Ai’s ‘Bird and Caonima’ balloon installation interacting with the floating red and gold metallic balloons. The excursion has left students feeling inspired and ready for the hard work ahead of them this term!
Bookings now open on Compass
The semester Parent Teacher interviews are available to be booked through our on-line student management system Compass. Parents/carers need to log in through the parent portal and book your appointment with your son/daughters teachers. If you haven’t accessed the parent portal yet or need more information, visit the school website or contact the main office for more details - www.meltonsc.vic.edu.au
The interviews are most effective if both the student and parent/guardian attend.
If you require an interpreter to be present at the Parent Teacher Interview, please contact the schools main office on 9743 3322.
Year 7 Camp
Just last week the Year 7 camp ran at Adekate Lodge near Ballarat. The Year 7s participated in activities including shelter building, low ropes exercises, team and adventure games, Archery, Rock Water Program exercises and team challenge tasks.
The food at Adekate, cooked by Rose, was outstanding and we had a number of students asking for seconds and thirds! Maya, Jess and Rob, assisted by staff from the college, had students skipping in huge groups on the oval with just one rope. The Mummy Wrap and Race, along with the night walks, were a hit with the group.
Right in the middle of proceedings the heat struck! One activity on the Tuesday was postponed until the following, cooler, morning. Icy poles were distributed and the students placed in the air-conditioned dining hall for a film in the evening, in deference to the heat.
Nonetheless there were some very positive outcomes for both staff and students. Staff were able to see students in a more relaxed setting while engaging them in activities within which staff had a facilitating role. Students were able to relate to staff in a more informal manner that the formalities of school life make difficult.
The camp has generated lots of positive memories that will stay with our students for many years to come. They have not stopped talking about the new friends they have made and the adventures they had, particularly when faced with the adversity of the hot weather.
MELTON SECONDARY COLLEGE OPEN NIGHT
Melton Secondary College is holding its Open Night on Thursday 17th March starting at 5.30pm and concluding at 7.30pm.
Between those times the college will have displays showcasing all learning areas, staff from various subjects will be in attendance, and questions regarding subject selections and enrolments can be answered.
Some features of the night include:
Principal’s address at 6.15 to 6.45pm
College tours: 5.30 to 6.15pm and 6.45 to 7.30pm
Subject displays and demonstrations
Specialist programs information
We believe the evening will be highly informative. Members of the college staff are looking forward to meeting as many parents and their children as possible.
Great start to the year
At the end of Week Three it is good to see that many of our students have settled into productive routines and that positive relationships and a caring spirit are prevailing in classrooms and the yard. Routines that are important for learning are the same ones for success in the work place: punctuality, being properly dressed, being prepared to do the work and doing your best. Being able to follow these expectations without being reminded is part of growing up, becoming more self-aware and learning to be part of a community.
Our college is a place of learning for 1000 people and we set high expectations that everyone will value the opportunity to make mistakes. But we also expect that with support, we will all to try our hardest and be the absolute best we can be.
Students must have Books and Materials
It is sad to say however that despite a great start from most students, there are still some who do not have the basic equipment and materials for them to do the work in their classes. The college has always made an open invitation for parents to ask for help if they cannot afford to provide what is on the Booklist.
If you are having difficulty in paying for your child’s College Planner, locker, text books, or calculator, please contact me and we will work out a way to make sure your child has these things, because without them your child is unlikely to pass his/her subjects.
Transition to Secondary School
It was wonderful to meet many new parents to the school at the Year 7 BBQ. We are all keen to support our Year 7s as they make this big start to their schooling.
Victoria University academics offer tips to parents so they can help their children make a successful move to secondary school.
Our guest film crew from SBS Screentime has been with us for three weeks and while they have blended into the background for much of the day, they have had many friendly conversations with students about school and life in general. Students have acted very sensibly around the camera and there has been very little ‘photo-bombing’.
Screen time staff Naomi Elkin and Gary Fidelia and Year 12 student Nikki Baker
Nikki Baker has a fantastic reason to be very happy about the documentary project, as she was the lucky winner of the Consent Form raffle and is now the proud owner of a brand new iPhone 6.
Stay involved Some parents feel pressured to step back from being involved in their children's schooling but parents have an important role supporting their child through secondary school. The best outcomes can be achieved when parents and schools work together, to create home environments that are supportive of learning and development, and school environments that support the values and aspirations of families and communities.
Find out what the school's expectations are for homework, behaviour, attendance, the purchase and provision of learning materials and uniform policy. Talk to your child and their subject teachers about what they are learning at school.
Talk about school
For many Year 7s, secondary school means new and unfamiliar experiences: a different and usually much larger school; new rules; many subject teachers in place of the one-teacher classroom; and new classmates. Talk about what it means to be in this new environment and support them as they grow and meet new challenges socially and academically. Ask your child how they think they are coping with the amount of school work and the challenges being set. Help them develop strategies to keep things in perspective and under control.
We warmly invite you to Melton Secondary College’s Arts Night: Summer Concert and Art Exhibition.
This is an event showcasing the students who have worked hard to achieve excellence in the Performing and Visual Arts. The Art Exhibition will include over 300 artworks and the Summer Concert will present over 70 student performers including the MSC Choir, School Band, Multination, Percussion Ensemble and much more.
Arts Night will be held on Monday 30th November at the Melton Community Hall. It is a free event and doors open at 5.30pm.
We are very proud to present our students’ creative achievements and we are very proud to share this event with our Melton community.
We look forward to seeing you there.
Meet with a Champ
It was with great pleasure and privilege to host the Australian Olympic Committee education program 'Meet with a Champ'.
Stephanie Moorhouse (Gymnastics) and Joshua Dunkley-Smith (Rowing) captivated students from Melton Secondary College, Kurunjang Secondary College and Sunbury Secondary College with their insights into the life of an elite athlete. Both Stephanie and Josh spoke of their pathway to the Olympics, the Olympic experience, the importance of goal setting and commitment and managing a busy workload.
The session concluded with student Q and A, photos and the presentation of the signed Australian singlet.
A big thanks to all schools involved, the athletes and the Victorian Olympic Committee.
Click on the link below (Education News) where there is a write up along with a video showing some of our kids being interviewed. The other forum shown is in Mornington SC, but our forum gets most of the video. Our students come up very well in the interviews.
To celebrate the theme of “Light” during National Science Week last week, students were given the opportunity to make their own kaleidoscope. Students from year 7-10 were challenged to put their kaleidoscopes together using mirrors, transparent coloured beads and a cardboard tube.
Bianca, Kayla and Patricia trialling their finished products
It works! So Pretty!
Aaron and Tyson putting it all together
To make your own at home follow this link for step by step instructions:
On Monday 17th August, ten of Melton Secondary College’s highest achieving science students were given the opportunity to delve deep into their future job opportunities with scientific experts discussing their research and career pathways. The Tall Poppy Experience was held at Quantum Victoria at LaTrobe University and gave our own tall poppies the opportunity to listen to the variety of pathways that each prominent scientist took to reach their current position. Despite their different backgrounds, all scientists had a common element in their stories – PASSION. All had the passion and desire to succeed which motivated them along their path to success and recognition amongst their peers.
JiLian, Winona, Alyssa, Phoebe, Sean, Katie, Gena, Katelyn, Josefa and Daniel waiting for the first lecture to start.
Q and A time at the end of the day. The scientists pictured represented the fields of nanotechnology, neuroscience, neuropsychology, mathematics, water engineering, renewable energy and biology.
Visitors from Japan
Last week we hosted a group of six students or minasan and their teacher or sensei, Ms Yakazaki Yumi from Showa Junior High School and local primary schools. During their ten day stay in Melton the students experienced life as a student at Melton Secondary College and visited Arnold’s Creek Primary School. One of the highlights of the visit was our Welcome Assembly. It was one of the coldest mornings this term, but despite this our Junior School students listened attentively to the Japanese national anthem and then proudly sang Advance Australia Fair before warmly welcoming each of the visiting students and their teacher to our school. Thank you to Ms Mori for organising the exchange this year. Thank you to the families who hosted our visitors over the past ten days. I know that we all had a wonderful time learning Japanese language and culture.
Japanese students join Food Technology class activities
On Wednesday the 29th of July the College Captains, Emma Willan, Tim Faoagali, Jason Lees and Marie Elacion, attended the City of Melton’s Community Learning Board Education State Conversation.
The meeting was attended by a range of community members from various educational facilities including secondary and primary schools as well as early years education and senior education groups.
The purpose of the meeting was to provide feedback on the future of education and to present our ideas on what direction we would like education to take.
Students worked in groups to answer a range of questions including; ‘Why do we need schools, education and learning?’, ‘What does the best school in the world look like?’ and ‘How can the education system be improved?’
It was great seeing students so engaged with discussing the issues that they currently face in education and the fantastic ideas they have for future education.
Some of these ideas were focussed around changing the layout of schools to be more flexible, for a greater range of subjects to be provided at schools and more student- centred education.
We look forward to seeing the next steps in this process
Madison Lister - Captain Victorian 16yrs Girls AFL Team - 2015 National Champions
Madison leads the Victorian team out
Madison was bestowed the honour of being named Captain of the Victorian team for the National Championships held last week in Geelong. To be named captain of your state is an incredible honour, especially in a sport such as AFL. This was Madison’s 4th year in this team – she was first selected as a 12 year old, something we still find to be beyond belief. Over these 4 years Madison has performed at a level that has seen her achieve higher recognition after each national carnival. For the last 3 years she has been selected in the All Australian team after each carnival.
This selection was based upon her performances during each carnival. In 2014 the coaches of the team contacted our school to notify us of how proud they were of Madison’s leadership of the team, as part of the leadership group. There were many girls who could have been captain this year but Madison was an obvious choice. I went to watch her play in this year’s last game which was basically the Grand Final game against Western Australia.
Congratulations Madison, you have been a wonderful ambassador for our school and your sport.
Invitation to Diversity Day
Melton Secondary College would like to invite you to our Diversity Day on Friday the 14th of August. This day is shaping up to be an exciting one, with performances, activities and entertainment. There will be live music and food from different cultural backgrounds. Students will even be learning the haka, african drumming, and Bollywood dancing amongst many other great workshops. Parents are invited to join us for our special assembly at 9am. If you’d like to get involved in a workshop, please contact Gethsi Venema or Eddy Hill for more information. We look forward to seeing you there.
Melton Secondary College - Pedagogic Vision
Over the past weeks, college staff have been developing a statement that explains what we want our students to learn and how we will go about teaching it.
The College Pedagogic Vision describes the direction that teaching and learning is developing at Melton Secondary College.
Learning will focus on:
Growing positive wellbeing for themselves and for others
Developing skills for deep and critical thinking and self-directed learning
Building knowledge about subject disciplines and the inter-connections between disciplines
Be planned on the basis of evidence of student learning and curriculum standards
Target lessons at the point where students need to learn next
Engage students in their own learning
As a college we will:
Build a learning community where students, staff and parents can be confident to learn together
Develop a learning environment that inspires high quality teaching and learning.
Engage in ongoing improvement that is based on strategic action, feedback and reflection.
Please follow this link to the Pedagogic Vision document.
The Semester One Reports will be available on the Compass Parent Portal on Wednesday 15 July. If you do not have access to Compass, please contact the college and a copy of your child’s report will be sent to you. Please contact the college if you would like to discuss your child’s progress.
Year 9 Parent/Student Careers Counselling Sessions
Students are asked to wear neat, smart attire and to bring their portfolio to the interview.
Year 9 students do not attend normal classes on Monday 3rd August; however they are expected to attend the Course Counselling Sessions with Parents/Carers. The session times run for approximately 20 minutes.
Course Counselling Sessions will be conducted in the Science and Language Centre.
We look forward to seeing you on Monday 3rd August.
If you have any queries or need support to book a Course Counselling session time, please contact Kim Younger at Melton Secondary College on 9743 3322.
Melton Secondary College has been involved with the Alpine School Program for the past four years. We currently have six Year 9 students attending the program for Term 2. The purpose of the program is to help students develop leadership skills as well as working on their own personal strengths and goals. The Alpine School is located at Dinner Plain at Mount Hotham.
Students who attend the program have to submit an application for the program and then sit and interview as part of the selection process. Year 8 students for this year will have the opportunity to apply to be part of the program in 2016 at the end of the year.
As part of the program, students have to complete a Community Learning Project, CLP, which is designed to help part of the school or wider community and we look forward to the project from the students for this year.
Whilst at the Alpine School, students will participate in a range of activities including hiking, mountain biking, photography and expedition trips.
We look forward to meeting the students on their return.
If you would like any further information about the Alpine School Program, please contact Eddy Hill at Melton Secondary College on 9743 3322.
Student Leadership Network Meeting
On Wednesday the 17th of June, Melton Secondary College hosted the Student Leadership Network Meeting.
The Student Leadership Network is made up of school captains and leadership students from local schools including; Melton Secondary College, Catholic Regional College Melton, Kurunjang Secondary College, Staughton College and Bacchus Marsh Grammar.
The purpose of this is to create a Network between each school so that we can work together to solve problems that we each face in the community such as mental health. We will also be looking into issues that each school has individually and come together as a group to improve these things together. The Networking was first proposed and initiated by Catholic Regional College (CRC) earlier on this year (2015).
It was great to see students from all of the schools meeting to discuss issues that are important to all students and developing a network to help focus on these issues.
The meetings are chaired by the students and they are responsible for organising the agenda and reporting back on the meeting and communicating between each of the schools.
Students of Melton Secondary College recently competed in the School Math Competition organised by the University of Melbourne. The competition is of a demanding standard, designed to identify mathematical talents. The nature of the problems is different from that encountered in school mathematics syllabi, being less mechanical and requiring a higher level of mathematical insight and creativity.
The following students represented Melton Secondary College in the competition.
- Julie Nguyen (9G)
- Felicity Todd Attard (9C)
- Alysha Lee (11C)
- Sean Argall (11C)
- Daniel Nguyen (11F)
- Zac Deathe (11C)
These students showed great mathematical acumen when tackling some of the toughest problems out there. The enthusiasm and applications shown by these students were exemplary. Their endeavor very much embodies our school motto of Academic Excellence in their pursuit of personal excellence by challenging themselves to scale greater heights.
Chess Club News
On Thursday 22nd May the following students represented our school in the Mt Alexander Schools Chess Challenge in Castlemaine: Ben Hunter; Sean Argall; Ben Akok; Ethan Kelly; Alysha Lee; Zac Deathe; Ryan Leahy ; Bailey Pope; Tung Phan; William Simao; Lachlan Jepson; Shane Richards; Kobe Caifa; Dante Kaiao; Tyler Harvey; Grant Summers and Cody Chapman.
The placings for the Division we were in (schools over 700 students) were:
Melbourne High School
St Ignatius College
St Bernards College
7. Melton Secondary College
It was a tough competition but our students did us proud.
Our Athletics Sports will take place on Friday 8th May at Victoria University Wyndham Sporting Complex, Hoppers Lane, Werribee.
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 8.53am where attendance will be marked. Students will be briefed on events and the organisation of the day. Once this process is complete, students will be bussed to the venue.
At approximately 2:30pm, students will be transported to Melton Secondary College via buses and will be allowed to leave upon arrival at school. It is expected that the students will arrive at school at approximately 3pm.
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.
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
A BBQ lunch, cans of drink and bottles of water will be provided to purchase (Sausage & Drinks $1.00 and Water $0.50). 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:
Victoria University Wyndham Sporting Complex, Hoppers Lane, Werribee Melways Ref. 206 K5
* There is no cost for students or parents.
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 12th, 13th & 14th 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, your child’s Team Leader or Homegroup teacher as soon as possible.
Year 12 VCAL
This year there are 8 students completing a SBA in Civil Construction with Safe T Training operating at Hoppers Crossing as part of their VCAL studies. Some of the units studied by Leigh McMahon and Taneal Evans as demonstrated in the photos include:
Construct civil construction skid steer loader operation
Construct civil construction excavator operations
We hope to continue this partnership with Safe T Training beyond 2015 to create job opportunities for students in the civil construction industry.
Parent – Student – Teacher Interviews
16th April 12.00 – 5.00pm and 5.45 – 7.30pm
We would like to encourage all families to attend the Parent – Student – Teacher Interviews on Thursday 16th April. This is a very important opportunity for engaging in a conversation about what is going well with your child’s education and what you can do at home to help things go even better. The interviews are most effective if both the student and parent/guardian attend.
Young people are best supported in their learning when they feel that education is a three way partnership between them, home and school. An interim report will be available for you to collect. It should help you focus your conversation with each teacher. It is most important to find out if your child is up to date with work and meeting the attendance requirement. Our promotion policy stipulates how many subjects students are expected to pass at each year level and the need to maintain 90% attendance in order to be automatically promoted to the next year level at the end of the year. It is not too late for a young person to work hard to complete overdue work and change any bad habits they may have started to acquire.
Please click on the left hand column to book interviews using event code D6SVA.
2015 Debutante Ball
This year’s Deb Ball was as spectacular as any I have attended in the past four years at Melton Secondary College. Twenty-two debutante couples were presented and every one of them looked impeccable from the tips of their carefully styled hair and sparkling tiaras to the shine of their black leather shoes. The night was very capably hosted by our School Captains, Emma Willan and Tim Faoagali who ensured that proceedings glided by as smoothly as the dancing. The feedback from dance teachers confirmed this, with Pam and Bob Inglis stating that this group of Debutantes was the nicest they have ever had. (I’m sure that they have never said this before).
David Reynolds, Principal
MSC 40th Anniversary
A fantastic day was had by all who attended the 40th Anniversary Celebrations. Highlights included four decades of school memorabilia, the College Band, two dazzling performances from past student, Paul Rizzo, a Painting Workshop from past student, Ingrid Lee, the unveiling of a wonderful mosaic created by year 7 parent, Kate Barta, and the cutting of the birthday cake (see below).
Some terrific speeches were delivered by Lord Mayor Sophie Ramsey, Hon Don Nardella, School Council President Tracey Churchman, School Captains Tim Faoagali and Emma Willan and past principal, Doug Smith.
Our anniversary celebrations were a fantastic community effort with the planning committee putting in many hours of work leading up to the big day. Many thanks go to parent and community members Laura Church, Debbie Brierty, Kaitlyn Stephens, Jacki Ah Ki, Bernadette Duffy and Don Nardella for their work on the committee. The committee was led by Assistant Principal Jenny Buckle and staff members Eddy Hill, Rachelle Smith and Cathy Spratling. Many staff and students also contributed on the day.
Cutting the Birthday Cake. Lto R: D Reynolds, D Nardella, T Churchman, S Ramsey,
On Tuesday 17th March Planetshakers Student Services did a presentation at our School Assembly for Year 7, 8 and 9 students. The ‘No Bull’ presentation was an energetic and inspiring take on anti-bullying. It reinforced the values of Melton Secondary College by using relevant and informative methods to illustrate the importance of being the change and solution, rather than being part of the problem.
Students were encouraged to be respectful by treating others how they’d like to be treated, as everyone is valuable. This was illustrated with a $10 note. Even if you scrunch up the $10 note, or use it to blow your nose, it is still worth the same amount. We are all worth something, even if we have been disrespected. This is why the words we speak are powerful. We can use our words to build people up or bring people down. In the same way, as a team we can work together to take down bullying. The challenge is for us to see the value in each other and not judge others, as you never know what they are going through.
The presentation concluded with students taking a stand together to say that they will be part of the solution. No matter what we have been through, we can make a difference to the people around us by being respectful with our words and actions. Altogether, we can build our friendships and make our school a positive place to be.
Student Wellbeing Team
You are Invited!
Melton Secondary College Is Celebrating it's 40th Anniversary
Photo Courtesy of MSP Photography
Melton Secondary College is proud to have been the first secondary school to be established in the City of Melton when it was first opened in 1975.
Each year since, we’ve celebrated this date but after 40 years of serving the community, this year Melton Secondary College is getting ready for a big party.
There will be many wonderful activities for you and your family to enjoy from:
Photo displays covering four decades of school life.
Tours of the school and classrooms.
Catching up with past students and staff or just sitting back listening to speeches
and enjoying the live entertainment.
Parents, students and staff (past and present) and members of our community attending on the day will also be invited to add their thoughts to the Schools Master Plan being developed to ensure the success of our students for the next 40 years and becoming a Melton SC Alumni.
So, please mark the 21st of March clearly on your calendar and be sure to join us on this wonderful day.
10:30am Art masterclass by Ingrid Lee (former MSC student)
11:30am Guided tour of college
11:30am Performance by Paul Rizzo (Michael Jackson Impersonator
and former MSC student)
12:00pm Guided tour of college
12:30pm Perfomance by Paul Rizzo
1:00pm School Band performance
1:30pm Official opening –Don Nardella, Member for Melton
Mayor Sophie Ramsey, School Council President Tracey Churchman
and Doug Smith (former Principal of MSC)
Refreshments will be available throughout the day including a Sausage Sizzle and Devonshire Tea.
Other great entertainment throughout the day will include performances by the school band and choir and jumping castles.
Come along and join our friends and past and current staff and students in celebrating the achievements of the college over the last 40 years.
Every Day Counts When Kids Are Learning
The Federal Government is heavily promoting the importance of student attendance at school. Senator Scott Ryan recently wrote an article in the Herald Sun entitled “Every day counts when kids are learning to count”. We have included a shortened version of his article to encourage parents/carers to send their children to school every day.
If a parent was told their child has a 90 per cent school attendance rate, they probably wouldn’t be too worried.
A few days off school with a tummy ache, a few days off school to catch up on sleep, a few days off school to visit relatives – what’s the big deal?
But what they were told that if their child stays home one in every 10 school days, by the start of Year 10 that means they will have missed a full year of schooling.
Most parents would react with horror at the idea of missing a whole year of school. And rightly so.
Too many students are missing too many classes. This creates problems for teachers, who are forced to spend time playing ‘catch-up’ to bring absent students up-to-date. It creates issues for other students who sit down to finish a group project only to find one or two members of their group are constantly missing.
But most of all, it creates serious difficulties for the student who is missing. A student’s level of attendance has a major influence on their academic performance. Studies have shown the most a student misses school, the lower a student’s NAPLAN text score. NAPLAN measures the essential skills necessary for learning and in a workplace.
Parents need to impress on their child the importance of attending school every single day.
A day off here and there might not seem important, but the effect accumulates over time.
In 2015, the number one lesson for all parents needs to be: children who attend every day will be more successful adults.
Every day matters.
If you have any concerns about your child’s attendance, please ring the relevant Sub-school and seek advice. Our school policy requires 90% attendance for automatic promotion and for meeting the requirements of VCE/VCAL.
Marnie McColl aced her VCE results last year.
Passion scores A-plus for Melton Secondary College's Marnie
by Sumeyya Ilanbey - Star Weekly 02/02/2015
The 18-year-old Melton West teen received an ATAR of 88.65 and is now on her way to study journalism at RMIT University.
“My teachers recommended us to find a career that you love,” Marnie said. “And, I guess, after I’d taken literature in year 11, I realised I really enjoyed writing.”
Marnie, who graduated from Melton Secondary College, attributed her success to maintaining a good work-life balance.
“If I went out one day, I made sure I studied the next day. As long as you have that balance throughout the year, it’ll be ok.”
The teen hopes to travel the world and raise awareness of the plight of people in third-world or war-zone countries.
Principal David Reynolds said standards at the school improved markedly last year. The median study score, marked out of 50, rose from 23 in 2013 to 27.
He said many of his students received an ATAR in the 70s and 80s, “testimony to the great work achieved by students and staff”.
“Ninety-eight per cent – 50 out of 52 students – received a first round offer. That’s a terrific outcome.”
Mr Reynolds said the school spent a lot of time focussing on study skills, effective time management and effective learning.
“Be clear about what you want to achieve and organise your time around those goals so you can allocate the right amount of time,” he said.
Students are encouraged to study a minimum of 20 hours per week.
VCE and ATAR results day Victoria 2014
December 15, 2014 The Age
Welcome to our live coverage of VCE and ATAR results day for 2014
Liam Richards, school captain at Melton Secondary College, overcame more difficulties than most to secure his ATAR of 82.20, reports Konrad Marshall.
The young community leader and school council member had to do without many of the resources afforded to other students, after his father was retrenched last year and his mother was also unable to find work.
In addition, his family provided close support to an uncle hospitalised with diabetes, and an aunt with Guillain-Barre Syndrome.
At the start of this year, Liam also gave up part-time job in order to focus on his studies and assume an active role as school captain.
“Objectively speaking, it’s been a bad year, but I try to be positive,” he said. “There are people that are much worse off, but I’m certainly not the luckiest person in the world. We’ve been trying, but you get you’re given.”
Liam received his text message a little after 7am, and was elated with the result – particularly strong study scores in systems engineering and English.
He intends to study a Bachelor of Communication at Victoria University and pursue a career in professional writing – whether screenplays or journalism or politics. Even teaching. The score is his ticket.
“I was pretty relieved. Ecstatic actually. I saw the score and was like, ‘Hey yeah, I’m happy with that – that’s very useable.’”
Welcome to the 2015 school year. I hope that the Christmas and New Year period was enjoyable and you were able to find some quality time for yourself, your family and friends.
Over the past week or so families will have been busy making sure that students are completely ready for the start of school. Attending on the first day of school with the Student Kit and proudly wearing the full College Uniform is incredibly important for students and staff appreciate the efforts that parents go to make sure that students are ready to learn from the very first day of school.
As you would expect, staff have also been busy these past two weeks making sure that the school program is ready to support and settle students back into the start of the school year. We are looking forward to greeting students and parents and a successful start to the school year.
The expectations we share for students at our school are clear and provide a solid ground for success. Encapsulated in the College motto, Academic Excellence, we encourage students to make this aspiration a reality by bringing their best effort every day of the school year and working hard to achieve the highest standard possible in all areas of their study.
Aiming high brings results. Three examples are worth highlighting at the start of the year as evidence of this.
Firstly, following the concerted focus which the College has continued to place on the importance of school attendance, the 2014 data shows that student absenteeism dropped significantly. Students are clearly happier to attend school and there is increasing cooperation and understanding between school and home to ensure that students attend school every day.
At the College Awards Night held in the final week of the 2014 school year, I was immensely proud to award to Year 12 student, Marnie McColl, the Dux of the College. Marnie achieved excellent results and an ATAR of 86.85. These results will allow Marnie to enrol at university and to pursue her ambition to become a journalist.
It is wonderful to see that the 2014 VCE cohort achieved strong results across the board and that at 27, the 2014 College mean Allstudy Score (combined average score for each VCE subject) was several points above previous years. This reflects the hard work that our Year 12 students put into their studies and their commitment to achieving their ambitions.
This year we will be welcoming 180 Year 7 students into the College. This is the highest intake of Year 7 students for many years and is yet another indication of the high level of confidence which parents and students have in our College. It is also an indication of the growth that will be occurring over the coming years as our school expands to accommodate families settling in the Melton area. As a result of this growth the College will also be welcoming a large number of new staff who will join our highly qualified and wonderful team of professionals, all of whom are dedicated to supporting student success at our College.
This year will also see a number of significant improvements to the educational program that will enhance student engagement and learning.
Our students are capable of achieving great things when we work together learning as a community. I am looking forward with great excitement at celebrating the results of our work over the course of the year.
NATIONAL EMERGENCY ALERT PROGRAM
The national telephone warning system regarding Emergency Alert is a system that will be used to warn people of an emergency occurring in the near vicinity. The warnings are sent as text messages to mobiles located near the emergency and a recorded message to landline telephones in the area. Below is the Emergency Alert flyer which has been developed in conjunction with CFA, Life Saving Victoria and the Department of Justice and Melton Secondary College will distribute these flyers to students at the start of the 2015 school year.
Year 7 Orientation Day
The Year 7 Orientation Day held on Tuesday 8th December was a great success with 187 new Year 7s attending to start their secondary education.
In 2015 there will be some changes in the Junior School Office with Ms Bewley moving to take on the position of the Sub-School Leader of the Middle School and Mr Kerr taking over as Sub-School Leader of the Junior School. We will also be welcoming Ms Jacobs into the Junior School in the role of Team Leader.
Thank you to parents, staff and students for your support throughout the year. We look forward to working with you again in 2015
Year 8 Outdoor Ed. Excursion
Students worked in teams to identify minerals by looking at their physical properties such as hardness, colour, lustre and streak colour. The first team to identify all minerals was given a hand lens to take home.
Our students learned which minerals go into making toothpaste and other products. In addition, our students learned what a geode is, and using the appropriate equipment they were allowed to break them open and take them home.
Students created their own rock core samples and a few were fortunate enough to find some 'gold'. Lastly, our students discovered how metal detectors work and used them out in the forest to try their luck. A number of students found pennies and other metallic objects. It was a great day for our budding geologists!
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