Attendance & Absence
Regular attendance at school is crucial for the achievement of successful student outcomes. To this effect, Hampton Park Secondary College has Attendance Policies for the Junior, Middle and Senior Schools. In the Senior School in particular, the VCAA also has attendance requirements for VCE, VET and VCAL students, which are stipulated in the policy.
In addition, new state government laws compel all persons under the age of 17 in the State to attend school for 200 days per year. Parent/guardians of a student under the age of 17 are required by law to ensure school age children attend school as required.
Short Term Absences
If your child is sick or absent, you are required to notify their school as soon as possible on the day of absence using one of the following methods:
- Online: log the absence directly using Compass School Manager
- Telephone: Call the College phone number on 03 8795 9400 and Press 1 for the Student Absence Line.
Only Parents and Legal Caregivers are authorised to log absences. Absences made by any other person will not be approved.
Long Term Absences – For absences over 1 week long
- Holidays: Please submit a signed and dated letter to the Principal detailing the dates of absence, where the student is travelling to and why the student will be absent. This needs to be submitted to the school at least 2 weeks prior to leaving
- Illness: If your student is absent due to extended illness, please ensure you have a medical certificate for the time of absence. Please log the absence via the options above, and contact the relevant Student Learning Leader to discuss learning support during this time.
Notifying the school of your child’s absence either prior to, or on the day that they will be away, helps ensure the safety and wellbeing of children and will fulfil your legal responsibility.
Student Book Lists
Helping families prepare for “back-to-school”. At Hampton Park SC, we use Campion Education Solutions as our school booklist providers. The Campion online ordering system is simple to use and offers plenty of support to make it easy for families to get their education resources all year round.
The HPSC School Canteen is open every day during Recess and Lunch.
With many hot and cold food options available, students are able to purchase a wide range of drinks, snacks and meals.
Please see the Canteen Menu HPSC for prices and food varieties (Please be aware that the menu is subject to change daily). Payment is available by cash or card (min. limit applies)
HP Cafe is a student run cafe, that offers barista made coffee, hot chocolate and tea, along with iced variations.
Beverages can be purchased by either cash or card, and range from $2.50 upwards. The HP Cafe is situated in the Maker Space.
Compass School Manager
Compass School Manager gives parents and students a wide range of communication and access options between home and school.
- Access Compass through an individual login code and password
- See their students schedule
- Check attendance and approve student absences
- Communicate with teachers
- View learning tasks
- Pay and give permission for excursions
- Keep up-to-date with the school News Feed
- View GPA and Semester Reports (Click to view the Key to student GPA Reports)
- Make Parent-Teacher Interview bookings twice a year
You can access Compass School Manager via this link.
Instructions for the Compass Parent Portal can be found in the Compass Parent Information Booklet 2017
For more information on Compass School Manager and for assistance with access please contact the General Office.
All parents and carers will now have access to confirm their students’ subjects for 2021 via Compass. This process is important to ensure that students can have their subjects for 2021 approved in their timetable.
How to complete course confirmation:
- BEFORE commencing course confirmation, watch the video to learn more about the fees and charges
- Parents/carers access Compass through their login
- Click on the action for course confirmation for your child (check items in green)
- Follow the prompts as needed
- Read and sign the agreements, including having your child sign where required
- Check the subjects that are in your child’s timetable and the associated costs
- Pay 2021 essential fees and costs for individual subjects
Hampton Park Secondary College is looking forward to another great year of teaching and learning and would like to advise you of Hampton Park Secondary College’s parent payment arrangements for 2021.
HPSC makes every effort to keep the cost of items and activities to a minimum and affordable for all parents. All students will have essential fees to pay, as well as optional items that they can choose to purchase if they do not yet have these. Optional items include the laptop, yearbook and voluntary contributions to classroom materials, sporting equipment, library fund and building fund.
It is important that parents/carers carefully read each item in the fees section and enters the correct information.
For example, all student courses will list a laptop as a fee of $400. It is a requirement for all students to have a laptop. However, if they already have a laptop, they do not need to pay this fee for 2021. Should you wish however to purchase a school approved laptop the cost is $400. If you choose to make a voluntary contribution to classroom materials, building funds etc this amount can also be altered by the parent/carer from $0 to the amount you would like to contribute.
There are also individual subject fees and charges that cover the cost of materials and other items.
Parents and carers can pay their child’s 2021 fees and subject charges in the following ways:
- Credit card via Compass
- Payment plan via Compass
- Centrepay (print your course confirmation and bring to Main Office)
- Cash (print your course confirmation and bring to Main Office)
- Bpay options are available also
Hampton Park Secondary College understands that some families may experience financial difficulty and offers a range of support options, including Centrepay, payment plans, State Schools Relief and the Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund (CSEF).
If you are experiencing financial difficulty, please contact our Parent Payment contacts Casey Reid (Accounts Receivable) or Claire Bartlett (Business Manager) for a confidential discussion about accessing these services, or if you would like to discuss alternative payment arrangements.
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Hampton Park Secondary College has committed to twenty first century learning by undertaking the one to one laptop program for all students. Students in today’s classroom enter a very different world than that of their parents.
The one-to-one laptop program was implemented at the College to take advantage of the massive benefit to learning available through the use of technology. Additionally, in nearly all subjects textbooks are no longer required; therefore the cost of laptops are largely offset by the fact that there are a limited number of text books to be purchased each year.
A computer levy (included in the Essential Student Learning Fees) allows student access to an extensive range of software programs, including the Microsoft Office suite, learning activities in each subject area, and ICT infrastructure including technical support.
The aim of this program is to give students full control and responsibility of their netbook/notebook. Students will have the responsibility to look after their device and to ensure that they keep their data and details secure.
In 2021, we are offering the following device available for purchase from the College.
Lenovo IdeaPad S150 14″ Notebook
- Screen Size 14 inches
- Processor 1.60 GHz AMD A6
- RAM 4 GB SO-DIMM
- Memory Speed 2400 MHz
- Hard Drive 64 GB eMMC
- Graphics Coprocessor AMD Radeon R4 Series
- Average Battery Life (in hours) 5 hours
- Laptop bag included
Total Upfront Cost $400
A deposit of $200 is due by Friday November 27th.
Payments options include upfront payment or a credit/debit card payment plan.
Payment plans must be finalised by the end of Term 2, 2021.
Parent to Teacher Communication
Parents are expected to attend twice yearly parent interviews or other interviews as requested by teachers. Students in Years 9-12 and their parents are expected to attend relevant information sessions organised by the college which describe subject selection procedures, VCE, VET and VCAL information.
Parents wishing to make contact with staff at the school are asked to make appointments to do so to reduce parents’ waiting time. Parents are also encouraged to make contact with teaching staff by emailing through Compass School Manager Parent Portal.
We look forward to meeting the parents of all our students.
Our school Sick Bay is staffed by qualified First Aid Attendants and is provided by the school during school hours. It is available so that immediate attention to illness or injury is available to students at all times.
First aid medical supplies are only issued for injuries/incidents that occur at school on or school business. Any student requiring strapping tape etc must also provide their own supplies.
Sickbay is for short term assistance and acts as a first-aid station only. It is best for your child to remain at home if they are unwell in the morning. However, should they become ill at school they will be attended to by a First Aid attendant. If it is considered necessary for the child to be sent home, parents/caregivers will be contacted. Parents/caregivers are asked to collect their children promptly. If parents/caregivers are not contactable the Emergency contact person will be called. Please make sure that your student contact details are up to date. These can be updated via Compass School Manager. Students are NOT PERMITTED to RING/TEXT their parents/caregivers themselves OR leave the school without permission. You can find the proper Sick Bay Procedure on this information sheet.
If your child requires regular medication to be administered during school hours, parents/caregivers need to send the medication to school, clearly labelled, and it must be accompanied by a completed Medication Authority Form 2015. Please be aware the school does not keep a supply of painkillers (Panadol or other medication) for student use. To review the Department policy on Medication please go to this link.
A treatment action plan must be supplied for students with Asthma or any other illness that may require first aid assistance at school. In particular, medical conditions like Epilepsy, Haemophilia, Diabetes, Anaphylaxis or severe Allergic reactions.
Each student who is at risk of anaphylaxis is required to have a management plan that has been developed in consultation with the parents/caregivers and medical practitioner. The student must also supply their own Epipen/Anapen to be stored in the Sick Bay.
If your child has Asthma, please make sure they carry a puffer on them. You are now able to access Ventolin/Asmol over the counter at any pharmacy.
It is your responsibility to make sure the school is up to date on your child’s medical information.
Medical Condition Action Plans
Our students at Hampton Park Secondary College have a range of transport options available to them.
All HPSC students are reminded that when travelling to and from the college, they have important responsibilities to make sure they do so safely.
We have a secure bicycle compound available for students who ride their bicycle or scooters to school. They must supply their own chain and padlock to secure their belongings within the shed. This compound is locked between 9.00am and 3.08pm. Students who ride their bicycles and scooters to the College are expected to obey all road laws and must be aware that they are required by law to wear a bicycle helmet. Bicycles and scooters may not be ridden on the school grounds. Bicycles and scooters are used and stored at the students own risk and the school accepts no responsibility for loss or damage.
There is a bus stop out the front of Hampton Park Secondary College. To find more information about these services please go to Public Transport Victoria.
Public Bus Timetables
Hampton Park Secondary College has a compulsory uniform policy for all students Years 7-12.
The College also has a compulsory sports uniform, which must only be worn during sporting activities.
To view the uniform, click on the pictures below.