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.
Parents and Carers – are you concerned about your child’s use of social media?
Online Safety for Every Family helps parents and carers begin a conversation with their children about online safety and build the confidence to support more positive experiences online. The package of animated videos and advice sheets addresses a range of common online parenting challenges including, social media, gaming, online bullying, image sharing and general online safety, and can be accessed on the eSafety’s website here.
Young People – are you concerned about an issue on social media?
For young people, there is great information on the eSafety website. You can access information via Young People | eSafety Commissioner. There are advice sheets addressing a range of common online challenges including:-
- Being a By-stander
- Social Media
- Image sharing
- Online dating
- Online gaming
- Unwanted or unsafe contact
- Keeping your online accounts secure
If you need support during school terms, please see your House leaders or the wellbeing team in A1. Our School Lawyer, Tilani Cooke is at school each Tuesday and you can make a booking to see her using Compass.
If you need support during holidays please access Kids Helpline | Phone Counselling Service | 1800 55 1800 available 24/7.
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.
To download the 2024 Booklists, click on the files below
To access the Campion Online Book Store, click the button below.
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
- 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
For more information on Compass School Manager and for assistance with access please contact the General Office.
Voluntary Financial Contribution Schedule
Hampton Park Secondary College is looking forward to another great year of teaching and learning and would like to advise you of the Voluntary Financial Contributions Schedule for 2023.
Schools provide students with free instruction to fulfil the standard Victorian curriculum and we want to assure you that all contributions are voluntary. Nevertheless, the ongoing support of our families ensures that our school can offer the best possible education and support for our students.
Within our school, your support in 2023 will assist us to:
- Offer a wide range of subjects and special curriculum experiences for our students across all year levels
- Upgrade and purchase additional IT devices for students loans during remote learning
- Provide resources for a wide range of student clubs which meet at lunchtime
- Provide a range of software to support various subjects
Parents are asked to please review the recommended Voluntary Financial Contribution Schedules for an indication of year level contributions for your child/ren.
Instrumental Music is an optional extra curricular activity. Payment towards this extra curricular activity is only required if your child/ren wishes to enrol in Instrumental Music/Private Music Lessons.
Voluntary Financial Contributions can me made via Compass, EFTPOS/Cash at the school office or by EFTPOS over the phone.
For more information on Billing Management click here.
Hampton Park Secondary College has implemented a one-to-one laptop program for all students in order to maximise their learning opportunities. To offset the cost of a laptop, almost all subjects have removed the need to purchase textbooks.
We provide an extensive range of software programs including Microsoft Office suite, as well as subject specific software and technical support throughout the school year.
For the 2024 school year, the college has created a resource to assist with the sourcing of laptops that meet the basic requirements to varying levels. The link to this resource can be found below.
2024 LAPTOP PROGRAM– Click here for product information.
Hampton Park SC ICT Order Portal – LWT – Click here to purchase.
The following devices are available to purchase:
Doctors in Secondary Schools Program
About the Program:
As you may be aware, our school was selected to participate in the Victorian Government’s Doctors in Secondary Schools program.
As part of this program, an adolescent-trained GP from Southern Cross Medical Centre will be operating on school grounds each Thursday to provide free access to primary health care for secondary students at our school.
You can support the success of this program by talking to your child about the program and encouraging them to access the GP if they need primary health care. Students will be able to access the GP themselves, or you can make appointments for them by contacting the Wellbeing Team. You are welcome to attend consultations with them, if/when required.
What Will the GP Do?
The GP will provide students with the same services as the kind normally provided by GPs in the community, including seeing students about their physical and mental health, and sexual and reproductive health issues. GPs may also make referrals to other health services as required.
The GP will bulk bill consultations through Medicare, so there will be no out-of-pocket expenses for this service for your family.
The program is intended to provide better access to primary care for secondary school students. Therefore, parents, carers, guardians, and other family members are not able to use this service at this time.
Accessing the GP:
Generally, all students can make an appointment to see the GP. Victorian law is clear on how and when students can consent for medical treatment by a GP:
- Students who are mature minors can consent to their own medical treatment
- Students who are not mature minors cannot give consent to their own medical treatment.
Mature minors are students under the age of 18 years who are deemed capable of seeking and obtaining health care for their particular medical issue. The GP will assess if a student is a mature minor with respect to the issue for which they are seeking medical treatment.
If the GP considers your child is a mature minor, they may see them without you. If the GP thinks your student is not a mature minor, your consent will be sought if the student wishes to progress with the treatment.
Bookings for appointments can be made here.
Read more about the program, the selection process and requirements for GP’s here.
If you have any concerns or questions about the Doctors in Secondary School program, you can discuss them with Debbie Edwards in Wellbeing.
Our school Health Space is staffed by a Registered Nurse 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 or during school business.
The Health Space is for short term assistance 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 our Registered Nurse. 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 Health Space 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 has two uniforms – the Academic Uniform and the Sports Uniform. Both uniforms can be worn on any day, however aspects of the two uniforms must not be mixed i.e students cannot wear the Academic Uniform with runners – if students wish to wear runners they must wear the Sports Uniform, and if they wish to wear the Academic Uniform, they must wear black shoes.