Do I have to go to school?
Yes. Victoria school is compulsory until you turn 17.
Missing one day a fortnight is the same as missing 4 whole weeks of school a year.
From Foundation to Year 12 that adds up to 1.5 years of school.
Apart from this, school is better when you attend. Your friends and your teachers notice that you’re away and wonder if you’re OK.
Why is important that i go to school every day?
Right now, being at school is your most important job. You’re building habits that you’ll take into adulthood.
While it might not seem obvious, when you come to school you are learning about more than just Maths and English. You’re learning all sorts of skills like working in teams and meeting deadlines that will help when you’re an adult.
If you can’t show up to school every day, how will you learn to show up for work?
Being at school every day also means you are involved in your own learning, interacting with other students and teachers and are a part of environment that is motivating and stimulating.
You can get help from your teachers and friends and won’t have to rely on trying to learn things in your own time.
There is also a lot of evidence that shows that young people who attend school more frequently have better outcomes after school too.
This means they earn more money, have better job prospects, are less likely to misuse drugs and alcohol and are generally healthier.
Do I Need to let school know if I’m going to be away?
Yes. Your parents need to notify the school of your absence as soon as they can within three days of your absence. If they know you are going to be away, they should try to tell the school before the day or days you are away. The school then decides if the absence is approved or not according to their attendance policy.
If you aren’t at school, and the school hasn’t heard from your parents, they now have to try and contact them as soon as possible on the day that you’re away.
If you’re away from school too much and don’t have a reasonable excuse like a serious illness, your parents can also get in trouble.
Many schools have their own attendance requirements as well. This means you might pass a subject academically but fail it if you’ve missed too many classes. This is especially the case with VCE and VCAL.
You need to find out what your school’s attendance policy is so you aren’t unintentionally getting into trouble.
Are there any good reasons to be away from school?
Basically, no. Unless you are so sick you can’t get out of bed or there is an event like a funeral, you should be at school. Every day you are away is a day of classes and social connection you miss out on.
Even medical and health appointments should be made either before or after school or during the school holidays. This includes family holidays. Your parents are encouraged not to plan holidays during the term but to organise these during the school holidays.
If you do have to be away for some reason, your parents need to contact the school and let them know what’s going on. Depending on the situation, the school might provide schoolwork for you to complete.
if I’m not at school, What do I miss out on?
You miss out on all the big stuff – class discussions and all the interaction that happens in a classroom, the chance to get help from teachers and the opportunity to practice skills and gain knowledge. Being away means you miss out on the content altogether or that you need to catch up in your time.
If all of that isn’t enough to convince you to be at school every day, being away also means you also miss out hanging out with your friends. Being away from school a lot can be lonely. It has a big impact on relationships and social connections. Believe it or not, everyone wants you at school and it really is better when you attend.
What if I’m having problems getting to school?
Sometimes getting to school can be about having a good routine. If you find yourself running late or missing school because you’re disorganised, try:
- Having a set time to go to bed
- Being really disciplined with technology – turn it off or better yet, leave it out of your room altogether. You can catch up on the all the chat and the latest episode of whatever you’re watching later on
- Packing your bag the night before
- Having a set time for breakfast
- Planning to meet up with a friend so you can travel to school together.
Sometimes though it can be hard to get to school. You might feel overwhelmed by the work or things might be tough with your friends. Maybe you really dislike a teacher or things at home aren’t great. Perhaps you’re feeling down or anxious and don’t even really know why.
Whatever the situation is, staying away from school isn’t the answer. There are lots of people who want to help. Try talking to:
- Your parents or another adult family member
- A trusted teacher
- Your year level coordinator
- Wellbeing Coordinator or the school counsellor
- Another trusted adult like your coach
Role of the College Captains
- Liaison with Staff, the Student Involvement Coordinator and all Student Learning Leaders
- Regular meetings with the Principal and/or members of the Executive Leadership Team
- Liaising with the Students’ Representative Council
- Representing the student body at formal occasions both within and outside the school, such as Parent Teacher Evenings, Open Night, Presentation Evening, VCE Information Sessions
- Representing the School at official functions, such as meetings with College guests
- Addressing school assemblies to promote the values and good name of Hampton Park Secondary College
- Speaking to the whole school about relevant matters
- Exhibiting leadership in activities such as sporting events and carnivals
The position of College Captain at Hampton Park Secondary College is the pinnacle of student leadership in the school.
As well as representing the student body, the Captains represent the whole school, its values, its good name and our embraces our College diversity. The College Captains are leaders, independent and reliable. They are able to inspire others; they enjoy the confidence and respect of students and teachers.
To be eligible for the position of College Captain, applicants must be able to demonstrate and sustain:
- An exceptional attendance and behaviour record
- Commitment to the school through academic and cultural involvement
- A vision for their leadership
Student Representative Council
Year 12 Committee
The Year 12 Committee consists of a group of Year 12 students whom are elected to represent the teaching domains at the College. The members of the Year 12 Committee are Captains of our academic areas and assist the staff with specific subject duties across the school. The Year 12 Committee is the essential link between college management and the student population. The Year 12 Committee needs to seek input from all student members and represent all groups equitably.
Role of the Year 12 Committee
- The Senior School Committee will represent the students and present their ideas and suggestions to the College Management through the Student Involvement Coordinator and the relevant Year Level Manager.
- The Senior School Committee will organise initiatives and activities for the benefit of the student population.
- The Senior School Committee members will be part of the Student Leadership team across the whole college and aid in the support process for students.
- The Senior School Committee will become managers of student committees supporting their initiatives and programs and be available to help supervise Junior Lunchtime Activities (with the support of staff) and must be available to act as ambassadors of the College on official open evenings (Parent Teacher Nights, Open Evening, and VCE Information Evenings).
- The Senior School Committee members must regularly attend meetings.
Role of the House Captains
- To promote the social and physical value in participating in College House Challenges to the best of your individual ability.
- To act as a role model for other students, obeying Hampton Park Secondary College rules and Uniform requirements at all times.
- To represent the college on official occasions at both internal and external events, including sports carnivals, award evenings and fundraising events.
- To take an active role in Lunchtime Activities, Sporting Carnivals and Interschool Sport.
- To assist in the organisation of all House Sports Carnivals (Swimming, Athletics and Cross Country) and to act as a student helper on the relevant whole school sports carnivals and parent teacher evenings/open nights.
- To provide a link between students and staff members and work closely with the Sports Coordinator and Student Involvement Coordinator to increase the profile of the House Championship at the College.
During Term 1 each year, trained Year 11 Peer Support Leaders meet our incoming Year 7 once a week to help them with the transition into secondary school. The focus for the groups is:
- Welcome to Secondary School
- Connectedness to the College
- Communication and Listening
- Body Image
- Being Positive
- Respect (for yourself, others and the school community)
- Personal Qualities for Success
- Self Confidence/Esteem
- Peer Pressure
- Decision Making
Role of the Peer Support Leaders
Peer Support Leaders need to be able to model the following skills to the Year 7 students
- Respect for all ideas and proposals
- Good communication skills
- Ability to listen to other people’s view
- To be able to voice people’s opinions
- Be able to give up their time to help such things as school events
HPSC House System
Hampton Park Secondary College has four Houses. Click on a House to find out more!
The college is currently undergoing a process of strengthening our house system. Currently there are four houses that are assigned colours and elements. They are Freeman (Red, Fire), Walton (Yellow, Air), Hollows (Blue, Water) and Mabo (Green, Earth). During 2021 members of our school community participated in a ‘house renovation’ which involved selecting these names as well as House mottos and logos. Throughout 2022 there will be an enormous amount of curricular and co-curricular activities and events that promote House Pride and enable students to generate points for their house. Some of the major events include:
- Swimming Sports
- Athletics Day
- Cross Country
However students will also have the opportunity to collect points through attendance, consistent displays of the HPSC Values, participation in College events, and smaller games/competitions within their classes/year levels. Students are encouraged to participate in these events not only to collect house points but also to strengthen team spirit and inspire their peers.
The HPSC Awards program provides a framework for recognising students’ positive behaviours, commitment to learning and self-improvement, empathy and compassion for others, demonstration of our learning dispositions, and upholding our College values. Students can be awarded points under five different categories: working together, leaning, respect, leadership, and community.
Students receive nominations, worth 5 points each, from teachers throughout the year, building to a certificate level in each award.
- Bronze Level Certificate – 50 points
- Silver Level Certificate – 250 Points
- Gold Level Certificate and Badge – 500 points
- Platinum Level Certificate and Badge – 1000 points
Students who excel in 3 or more categories may be awarded with an All Rounder Certificate. Points awarded in all categories can be pooled together to reach certificate levels for this award.
- All Rounder Bronze Level Certificate – 200 points from 3 or more categories
- All Rounder Silver Level Certificate – 1000 points from 3 or more categories
- All Rounder Gold Level Certificate and Badge – 2000 points from 3 or more categories
- All Rounder Platinum Level Certificate and Badge – 3000 points from 3 or more categories
When a student has reached any of the points threshold for any one category, they must show the initiative to contact their relevant Student Learning Leader. Students will continue to accumulate points every year and points are visible to students, parents, and staff in Compass.
Hampton Park Secondary College runs Breakfast Club three times per week: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 8:15 – 8:45am in A7/A8 (next to the Library).
Our Breakfast Club program is open to all students and staff, allowing every member of the HPSC community to access the most important meal of the day with their peers! Our casual and friendly atmosphere encourages students to feel welcomed and connected to the college.
Research has shown that when hungry, children find it difficult concentrate, self-regulate and even learn. So, we have a wide variety of breakfast options, including toast, cereal, breakfast drinks, fruit cups and other healthy snacks. Once a term we also have a special breakfast, such as pancakes and healthy smoothies.
Our college is fortunate enough to receive donations from Foodbank and the Bakers Delight. Please contact the Wellbeing Team for any further information on donations.
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.
EAL and Multicultural Support Services
Hampton Park Secondary College (HPSC) utilises every opportunity to assist students in reaching their full potential.
At HPSC, we have a well-established long standing EAL program. We have standalone EAL classes from Years 7 to 12 which are small and are taught by teachers experienced in teaching students from diverse backgrounds. We also have a tailored program for all students coming in from the Language schools — the NPELS Transition Program. This program assists newly arrived students to Australia in transitioning smoothly to the college.
Multicultural Support Services Team
EAL runs with the support of a strong “Multicultural Support Services Team”. This team comprises of Learning Support Officers (LSO) who can speak and understand 14 languages such as Dari, Farsi, Sindhi, Urdu, Hazaragi, Pashto, Hindi, Tamil, Sinhala, Indonesian, Malaysian, Mandarin and Vietnamese therefore play a vital role in completing a full and satisfying education for all students. The multicultural support team is passionate about supporting all students and their families who come from a huge range of rich and varied cultures and is committed to supporting culturally and linguistically diverse communities’ access to quality education, services, and programs.
- The team runs many programs for the EAL cohort:
- Language support for EAL students and their families
- Swimming lessons
- CPR training
- Water safety program
- Water safety training all run by LSV
- Various sports training and sports clinics for girls run by Wellsprings for women
- Visiting legal practitioners from Peninsula Legal Aid to answer general legal queries of EAL students.
- Organise all cultural events and celebrations in the college.
The Homework Club is a means of helping our students to improve and achieve their full Potential. it’s available to all students in years 7 to 12, free of charge, and supported by ACF and CMY.
- Homework Club runs every Wednesday from 1.15pm to 3.15pm and on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3.30 – 4.30pm.
- Teachers in Maths and English and the multicultural support team are available to help students with their assignments, homework, revision or to explain work they don’t understand.
- Refreshments and a small snack are provided.
- Students are provided with access to printing and photocopying.
All these programs run together to assist our students at HPSC in the best possible manner and to ensure that they feel supported in achieving their learning goals.
At Hampton Park Secondary College, we are committed to providing an inclusive educational environment.
The Department of Education and Training (the Department) is also committed to delivering an inclusive education system that ensures all students have access to a quality education that meets their diverse needs.
Program for Students with Disabilities (PSD)
PSD is a targeted supplementary funding program for Victorian government schools. It provides resources to schools to support the provision of school-based educational programs for a defined population of students with disabilities, with moderate to high needs. Under the program, resources are provided directly to Victorian government schools to support the provision of school-based educational programs for eligible students with disabilities.
The Program for Students with Disabilities provides supplementary resources to support schools achieve three broad objectives for students with disabilities:
- Student learning
Support and improve the learning of students.
Key performance indicators include: reporting through the Victorian Curriculum framework, NAPLAN and school based assessment.
- Student engagement and wellbeing
Support the access and participation of students in an inclusive schooling system.
Key performance indicators include: attendance, retention and student school satisfaction survey.
- Student pathways and transitions
Support transitions for students, into, through and post school.
Key performance indicators include: attendance, retention and On Track data.
These students must meet the eligibility criteria for one of seven program categories:
- Physical disability
- Visual impairment
- Severe behaviour disorder
- Hearing impairment
- Intellectual disability
- Autism Spectrum Disorder
- Severe language disorder with critical educational needs
Students may have access to a dedicated team of Inclusion Aides and allied health professionals, ie Speech Pathologists, Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists and Psychologists. The Inclusion Program is overseen by the Inclusion Managers, who ensure students receive an adjusted curriculum, sensitive and tailored to specific individual needs.
The Inclusion Managers work closely with all College staff to ensure students are adequately assisted within the classroom to achieve their goals. Parent involvement in regular Student Support Group meetings is essential to maximise potential student growth.
Additionally, the Inclusion Managers liaise with feeder primary schools in the transition phase from primary to secondary education to provide an accurate assessment of our students’ needs and to provide continuity of care.