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