Newcomb Secondary College Newsletter
81-85 Bellarine Highway Newcomb VIC 3219 Phone: 03 5248 1400 Fax: 03 5248 3523 Email: email@example.com Website: www.newcombsc.vic.edu.au SMS student absences: 0434 728 159
Coming Events 2014 FEBRUARY Thursday 20th School Council Meeting MARCH Thursday 6th Immunisations for All Year 7 students and Year 9 & 10 Boys. Monday 10th Labour day Holiday SCHOOL CLOSED. Tuesday 18th March College Athletics.
TUESDAY 18th FEBRUARY 2014
FROM THE PRINCIPAL T TEAM EAM COLLEGE COUNCIL ELECTIONS
The process for the election of the new College Council has now commenced. Nominations for the three parent and the two staff representative positions are open and called for. Nominations will close on Tuesday, 25th February 2014 at 4.00pm. The list of candidates, nominators and seconders will be displayed at the Newcomb Secondary College General Office by Thursday, 27th February 2014. If an election is necessary, I will distribute the appropriate documentation to parents and the ballots will close on Tuesday, 11th March 2014 at 4.00pm. The parents whose time on Council has expired are: Mr Vidas Kymantas (eligible for nomination) Mrs Kath Doole (not eligible for nomination) Mrs Karrin Reekie (eligible for nomination) Of course, nominations are able to be received from any parents and we would encourage parents to consider being part of the College Council. The Department of Education and Early Childhood Development members whose time on Council has expired are: Mr Stephen Bath (eligible for nomination) Mrs Lee Denny (not eligible for nomination)
SMS Student Absence Line is still currently unavailable.
The Newcomb Secondary College Council can also co-opt four people into the Community Members category of Council with the College Student Leaders traditionally filling some of these positions. Other information concerning the College Council elections can be found later in this newsletter. Nomination forms can be obtained from the General Office, or ring the Office and a form can be sent home. Therefore, the February meeting of College Council (this week) will be the last of the present Council and the Thursday, 20th March meeting will be the first of the new College Council. College Council: President: Vidas Kymantas Vice President: Jenny Speed Exec. Officer: Phil Honeywell
Alexandria Potter Madeline Walker
YEAR 12 ORIENTATION AT DEAKIN On Thursday and Friday of last week, Newcomb Secondary College’s Year 12 students were involved in an extensive Orientation Program at Deakin University’s Waurn Ponds campus. The essential focus of this experience was on assisting the students with the transition into their final (and most important) year of study. Additionally, there were detailed presentations centred on the issues of mental health awareness, time management, the VTAC application process and meaningful career goal setting. The experience was capped off with a highly amusing presentation from renowned comedy writer, Declan Fay, who entertained and shocked all present with tales of epic misadventure from his own childhood. Thank you to all of the individuals who were involved with this valuable experience, and to the students for being so responsive and appreciative overall. In particular, special thanks must go out to Mr Phil Wight, whose many hours of organisation enabled this event to happen. Good luck to all of our senior students in 2014!
2014 COMPUTER UPDATE Hopefully you have been keeping up with news about our computer system upgrades. We are continuing to make progress and have started connecting staff computers. Classroom and student connections will be set up shortly. If you are considering computer options for your son or daughter and already have a computer device please contact Stephen Bath to discuss its suitability and how to organise set up for school use. If you are thinking about a new purchase please check our website deals as we have made sure the two options listed provide value for money and will suit student needs well into the future. I have had a number of questions about iPads. If you want to use an iPad at our school it will need to meet minimum standards as detailed on our website. Please take note of the need to be able to operate some type of Office app so that typing, graphs and charts and presentations can be completed for class work. There will be an information session to answer questions about student computers this Wednesday at 3.45pm in the school library. Please enter via the front door at the main office. Check http://www.newcombsc.vic.edu.au/news/2014-student-computers for more info.
EVERY DAY COUNTS—SCHOOL ATTENDANCE We all want our students to get a great education, and the building blocks for a great education begin with students coming to school each and every day. Missing school can have a major impact on a child’s future – a student missing one day a fortnight will miss four full weeks by the end of the year. By Year 10 they’ll have missed more than a year of school. There is no safe number of days for missing school – each day a student misses puts them behind, and can affect their educational outcomes. Coming to school every day is vital, but if for any reason your child must miss school, there are things we can do together to ensure they don’t fall behind: Speak with your classroom teachers and find out what work your child needs to do to keep up. Develop an absence learning plan with your teachers and ensure your child completes the plan. Remember, every day counts. If your child must miss school, speak with your classroom teachers as early as possible. From 1 March 2014, new laws will mean that parents can be fined for not sending students to school without an acceptable reason. If you’re having attendance issues with your child, please let your classroom teacher know so we can work together to get your child to school every day. Mr Phil Honeywell, Principal Mrs Colette Brennan, Assistant Principal Mrs Liz McNamara, Assistant Principal
SCHOOL COUNCIL ELECTIONS 2014 School Council Elections – Information for Parents What is a school council and what does it do? All government schools in Victoria have a school council. They are legally formed bodies that are given powers to set the key directions of a school within centrally provided guidelines. In doing this, a school council is able to directly influence the quality of education that the school provides for its students. Who is on the school council? There are three possible categories of membership:
A mandated elected Parent category. More than one third of the total members must be from this category. Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (DEECD) employees can be Parent members at their child’s school as long as they are not employed at the school. A mandated elected DEECD employee category. Members of this category may make up no more than one third of the total membership of school council. The principal of the school is automatically one of these members. An optional Community member category. Its members are appointed by a decision of the council because of their special skills, interests or experiences. DEECD employees are not eligible to be Community members. The term of office for all members is two years. Half the members must retire each year, creating vacancies for the annual school council elections.
Why is Parent membership so important? Parents on school councils provide important viewpoints and have valuable skills that can help shape the direction of the school. Those parents who become active on a school council find their involvement satisfying in itself and may also find that their children feel a greater sense of belonging. How can you become involved? The most obvious way is to vote in the elections, which are held in Term 1 each year. However, ballots are only held if more people nominate as candidates than there are positions vacant. In view of this, you might seriously consider standing for election as a member of the school council encouraging another person to stand for election. Do I need special experience to be on school council? No. What you do need is an interest in your child’s school and the desire to work in partnership with others to help shape the school’s future. What do you need to do to stand for election? The principal will issue a notice and call for nominations following the commencement of Term 1 each year. All school council elections must be completed by the end of March. If you decide to stand for election, you can arrange for someone to nominate you as a candidate or you can nominate yourself in the Parent category. DEECD employees whose child is enrolled in a school in which they are not employed are eligible to nominate as parents for the school council where their child is enrolled. Once the nomination form is completed, return it to the principal within the time stated on the notice of election. You will receive a Nomination Form Receipt in the mail following the receipt of your completed nomination. If there are more nominations received than there are vacancies on council, a ballot will be conducted during the two weeks after the call for nominations has closed. Remember Ask at the school for help if you would like to stand for election and are not sure what to do Consider standing for election to council this year Be sure to vote in the elections. Contact the principal for further information
PARENT PAYMENT IN VICTORIAN SCHOOLS Dear Parent/Guardian The Education and Training Reform Act 2006 provides that instruction in the standard curriculum program is delivered free to all students in Victorian Government schools; this is referred to as ‘free instruction'. The Act also grants school councils the power to charge fees for goods and services to support the delivery of free instruction and to raise funds. Free instruction includes learning and teaching, instructional supports, materials and resources, administration and facilities associated with the provision of the standard curriculum program. The standard curriculum program includes core learning and teaching activities related to the Victorian Essential Learning Standards and senior secondary certificates such as VCE, VCAL and VET in Schools programs. The Department of Education and Early Childhood Development Parent Payments in Victorian Government Schools policy provides advice on the different types of payments that schools can request from parents and outlines the procedures and protocols schools must adhere to. This policy is available from the Department’s School Policy and Advisory Guide (www.education.vic.gov.au/spag). School councils are responsible for developing and approving a school-level parent payment policy that is compliant with the Department’s policy. There are three areas for which parents may reasonably be requested to make a payment or contribution: essential education items which parents/guardians pay the school to provide or may provide themselves, if appropriate (for example, stationery, text books and excursions (travel and entry costs)); optional education items which are offered on a user-pays basis and which parents/guardians may choose whether their child accesses or participates in (for example, school magazines or extracurricular programs or activities); and voluntary financial contributions which parents/guardians may be invited to donate to the school. Parents/guardians are responsible for ensuring that their children are provided with essential education items. The school makes every effort to keep the cost of items that need to be purchased at a minimum. Parents/guardians also have the option of providing essential education items themselves. Alternative payment arrangements are also available through the school. The Newcomb Secondary College School Council has made a considerable effort to ensure that this school policy is fair and provides a number of options to support parents to access the materials and services associated with their child's education. If you have any queries or wish to discuss your circumstances and the options available to you, please contact the school to make an appointment. A copy of the school-level parent payment policy can be requested via the front office. Yours sincerely,
Philip Honeywell Principal
Vidas Kymantas School Council President
WELLS FAMILY FUNDRAISING DAY Thomson Cricket Club will be having a fundraising day in support of the Wells Family. Misty Wells a young mother of six children, Layla 15, Ethan 13, Kaine 12, Isaac 8, Harry 4 and Alex 2, has recently been diagnosed with cervical cancer and as a result her husband Shaun has had to leave work to become Mistyâ€™scarer. The fundaraising day will be held at Thomson Cricket Ground, Godfrey Street East Geelong on SUNDAY MARCH 2nd commencing at 1pm. There will be a barbeque, T20 match, raffles and auctions throughout the day. Your support by attending this day or donating a raffle, auction prize would be greatly appreciated. Kind Regards Diane Trezise Secretary/Treasurer
VALENTINES DAY ROSES The week leading up to Valentines Day was eventful for the SRC, getting fifty plus orders for roses. Period three and four Monday was spent spreading the word about ordering roses for Valentines day. Monday to Thursday lunchtimes the SRC were taking orders at $2 each. Friday was spent preparing for the big delivery and period two was spent wrapping and sorting roses. During periods three and four we started to deliver. The students reactions were priceless, you should have seen the expressions on their faces. It was amazing to see how much love is going around. We would like to thank Mr Kellett for sourcing the roses from the Geelong Flower Farm. $100 will go to a Geelong charity so thank you to all who purchased a rose.
CANTEEN ROSTER Wednesday 19th February
Thursday 20th February
Friday 21st February
Monday 24th February
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Friday 28th February
Monday 3rd March
Tuesday 4th March
CHANGE OF CONTACT DETAILS
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EDUCATION MAINTENANCE ALLOWANCE Applications Close Thursday, 28th February. LATE APPLICATIONS CANNOT BE ACCEPTED. The Education Maintenance Allowance provides assistance to low-income families by helping with the costs associated with the education of their children. EMA applications are made by parents/guardians and submitted to the College Office by Thursday, 28th February. Please bring your concession card so that a copy can be taken. To be eligible for EMA you must: ď‚ˇ Be either a parent or guardian of a student, who is under 16 years of age, and; ď‚ˇ Must hold a Centrelink/Veterans Affairs concession card to be eligible. Any Queries please feel free to contact the College on 5248 1400.
CONVEYANCE ALLOWANCE 2014 (TRAVEL
ALLOWANCE) To be eligible to receive a Conveyance Allowance, applicants must reside more than 4.8km by the shortest practicable route from their nearest school. Parents are responsible for the initial payment of the bus pass but will be reimbursed in July and December by the College of the current year. To apply for reimbursement students are required to complete two forms and return them to the school office. 1. 2.
Public Transport Travel Student Conveyance Allowance Application 2014. 2014 Victorian Public Transport Student Concession Card and Student Pass Application Form (these forms can be obtained from the College General Office or V/Line Stations).
Please note that these forms have to be completed at the start of each school year for continued funding. Any queries please contact Michelle Sharp at the College on 5248 1400. Michelle Sharp Conveyance Co-ordinator.
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