Mikaira Nepia Smith, Cherub Khurmi,
Skyline Pailegutu and Zahra Akhlaqee
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
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
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.
The College is currently undergoing a process of strengthening the house system. Currently there are four houses that are assigned colours and elements. They are Freeman (Fire), Walton (Air), Hollows (Water) and Mabo (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. In 2022 the College will be adopting a horizontal house structure and therefore there will no longer be a junior, middle and senior sub-school system. Throughout the year there are an enormous amount of curricular and co-curricular activities and events that promote House Pride and enable students to generate points for their house.
The position of House Captain at Hampton Park Secondary College is the an opportunity for students to embrace all wider aspects of our community and to help celebrate student success in a variety of domain based activities such as the Arts, Physical Education and Debating. House Captains work together to ensure that their House is competitive as all groups strive for the annual House Championship Trophy
ROLE OF 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 PEER SUPPORT LEADER
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
Hampton Park Secondary College runs Breakfast Club three times per week:
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 8:15 – 8:45am.
The program runs from E Block, and is open to all students and staff, allowing every HPSC student 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, and while Breakfast Club is not operating currently – due to remote learning and social distancing restrictions, we will return as soon as possible.
Research has shown that when hungry, children are less able to concentrate, self-regulate and even learn. So, we have a wide variety of breakfast options, including toast, cereal, breakfast drinks – including Up&Go, 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 ACE Foundation. Please contact the Wellbeing Team for any further information on donations.
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 15 languages such as Dari, Farsi, Sindhi, Urdu, Hazaragi, Pashto, Hindi, Tamil, Sinhala, Indonesian, Malaysian, Mandarin, Cantonese, Samoa, Khmer and 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.
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.