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.
You can access the student book lists online via 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
- 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.
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. Today, students are exposed to “21st Century Skills” that build on traditional core subject areas and place higher demands on students across a broad range of areas including:
- Learning and thinking skills such as problem solving, creativity and collaboration
- Civic, cultural and global awareness
- Life skills such as ethics and leadership
- Technology, information and media literacy
- Preparation to be active participants in what is an increasingly technology dependent environments in the workplace, in community and in the home.
The mission of Hampton Park Secondary College is to ensure that students and staff are encouraged and supported to take increasing responsibility for their lifelong learning in our local and global communities.
In line with our mission statement, we are preparing students for their future pathways into the workforce and society. As a College, we are keen to inspire and engage this new generation of learner with today’s tools and assist them in reaching their full potential in all areas of the curriculum and beyond. We want our students to strive for excellence through a personalised learning program that integrates the curriculum and fully exploits the use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in ways that enhance their learning.
Students will be assisted in achieving this through the College BYOD program:-
- Providing students access to their own laptop throughout the course of the day for learning to be ‘Anytime, Anywhere’
- Providing wireless Internet access that connects all students to local and global communities
- Allowing students to access information quickly and create products that demonstrate their understanding in all areas of the curriculum.
- Providing all students with opportunities for rich and relevant learning that is engaging and promotes excellence
It should be noted at this point as well, that one of the reasons the one-to-one laptop program was implemented at the College was 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 paid by parents/caregivers at the start of the year 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.
The benefits to students and parents/caregivers:
- Students are inspired and engage with today’s tools and experts
- Students strive for excellence through personalised learning programs fully exploiting the use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT)
- Access to our school server and programs 24 hours a day
- The College assists parents with the purchase of suitable devices with numerous educational software packages preloaded
- Students have their own device (this also requires home internet provision)
- Average saving per year on Year 7 to 9 booklist in excess of $350
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.