- Merrylands High School Welcome 2012 Bristol Street Merrylands West, NSW 2160 Phone: 02 9632 9401 Fax: 02 9892 2704 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Web: http://www.merryland-h.schools.nsw.edu.au WELCOME TO YOUR HIGH SCHOOL! Merrylands High School is a school proud of our traditions and history, our innovations and our achievements. Our students, staff and parents are committed to excellence in a number of areas regularly recognised at a school, national and international level including: academics, sport, the arts, debating, competitions, and leadership to name a few. Our priority areas include Quality Teaching and Learning Student Engagement and Attainment Aboriginal Education Quality School Leadership We are a school community that cares for each other. There is always someone to assist you. We have numerous programs of interest and support. Some of the support programs include Middle Years, Year Advisors, Safe Respectful Learners, extensive sport, peer mediation, dance, games clubs, Gifted and Talented programs, and many more. Students, staff and parents work together to ensure quality learning experiences for every student. Parents, students and staff groups meet regularly throughout each term, working on many exciting projects, including performances, gifted and talented programs, technology, student achievement and leadership. . There is so much for you to discover at Merrylands High. Once again, Welcome to all safe, respectful learners! Principal Ms L Mularczyk M r A. Prasad Deputy Principals Ms K. Turner Ms B. Giudice Mr A. Prasad Ms K. Telfer ~ Safe Respectful Learners ~ The Merrylands High School is focused on a school wide system of positive behavioural support. Expectations for student behaviour include the 5 focus skills: L - Listen Carefully E - Bring Equipment A - Attend & Actively Participate R - Be Respectful N - Negotiate & Be Co-Operative Working in a Team Be a safe respectful learner School Safe Respectful Learner Setting Formal Follow staff Be quiet, respectful Participate as Occasions directions and courteous required Enter and exit in an Use acceptable orderly manner language, tone and voice Sport Play by the rules Wear correct Actively participate Use equipment safely uniform Be positive Stay with your Play fair Be respectful teacher Be a good sportsperson Learning Be on time Be ready to learn Be a good listener Spaces Follow classroom rules Allow students to Do your best and expectation learn Take responsibility for Use equipment safely Allow teachers to your learning teach Corridors, Walk safely Keep area clean Be respectful Transition, Stay on your left Go straight to class Be safe Bus Move quietly Keep hands and feet Be on time to self Playground Follow directions Respect others Report incidents Stay in bounds Respect the Go to class on time Play safely environment Play fair Toilets, Walk Wait for turn Use good manners Canteen Wash hand Be polite Keep the area clean Go straight to class Save water Use bins I am safe - because I, Keep calm Report any problems Follow classroom rules and expectations I am respectful- because I, Treat others the way I want to be treated Am an active listener Follow staff directions Use polite language Allow students to learn and teachers to teach I am a Learner – because I, Am an active participant Do my best Am a team player Take responsibility for my learning WHO’S WHO AT MERRYLANDS HIGH? PRINCIPAL - Ms L Mularczyk DEPUTY PRINCIPALS – Ms K Turner, Mr A. Prasad, Ms B. Giudice and Mrs K. Telfer HEAD TEACHERS - Faculty Head Teacher Mathematics Mr M. Salama (Relieving) English Mr A Pavlou (Relieving) Science Ms A.Leung History/LOTE (Teaching and Learning) Ms M Rushton Social Science Mr S Wark TAS Mr R Stubis PDHPE Mr M. Radisic (Relieving) CAPA Ms L. Ollivain (Relieving) Learning Support (Teaching and Learning) Mr B. Jones SCHOOL COUNSELLOR – The counsellor is available to students for confidential advice by appointment. The school counselors are: Mehmood Bhamjee To be advised GIRLS’ ADVISOR – Ms Nowland deals with welfare matters specific to girls and is available for support on a daily basis. STUDENT ADVISORS – Year Year Advisor Year Advisor 7 Ms S. Lia Mr A. Turkdogan 8 Ms A. Naiker Ms M. Kumari 9 Mr J. MacRae Ms M. Buchanan 10 Ms S. Punj Ms A. Karahangil 11 Mr M. Weber Ms K. Nowland 12 Ms A. Formby Mr G. Jones ESL TEACHER (English as a Second Language) – On referral, ESL teachers assist students who have English as a second language, or who come from a Language other than English (LBOTE), in the development of their language skills, if they meet the required criteria. They teachers can be found in the Learning Support Staffroom. STLA (Support Teacher Learning Assistance) –Support teachers assist students who require additional support with their learning, within a classroom context. CAREERS ADVISOR – assists students with careers programs and advice on subject selection for post-school options. SPORTS ORGANISING COMMITTEE – place students in Tuesday afternoon sports groups, knockout teams and organise swimming, athletics and cross-country carnivals. STUDENT REPRESENTATIVE COUNCIL – The SRC is a group of students in the school elected by their fellow students to represent their year and organise ways for them to participate in the school. SRC elected representatives are students who are interested in improving the school, promoting school spirit and who display qualities of leadership and good communication skills. The SRC is responsible for organising many extra-curricular activities and fund-raising events within the school. Numerous other opportunities exist for students to develop their leadership skills through STUDENT LEADERSHIP programs within the school including the Student Laptop Team, GOALS, Fast Forward and Peer Reading. COMMUNITY LIAISON OFFICER - involves parents and community members in their child’s education. This includes providing information on Starting High School, Laptops, National tests and SC & HSC preparation workshops. . TRANSITION OFFICER - supports students as they transition into Merrylands High School from primary school and as they transition from high school into further education or employment. This is possible through the positive relationship that Merrylands High School maintains with the primary schools in our community of school as well as with other government and non-government agencies in our local community. Students are provided with additional academic support through the … MERRYLANDS HIGH SCHOOL LEARNING CENTRE WHO: Every student in Merrylands High School WHEN: Lunchtime every day ALL STUDENTS WELCOME ALL THE TIME WHERE: Library WHAT: In addition to providing access to resources, a quiet place to study and teachers to assist, the Learning Centre offers specific program including Homework help in English, RAS and Norta Norta. Enquiries to: Head Teachers or Deputy Principals Phone: 9632 9401 2012 WHOLE SCHOOL FEES GENERAL SCHOOL CONTRIBUTION: $50 per student SENIOR TEXT, TECHNOLOGY & RESOURCE FEE: $65 per student SUBJECT MATERIALS FEES YEAR 7 YEAR 8 Visual Arts Course $20.00 Visual Arts Course $20.00 Music $10.00 Music $10.00 Technology Mandatory $20.00 Technology Mandatory $20.00 (May also require a $15.00 Cooking Levy) (May also require a $15.00 Cooking Levy) YEAR 9 YEAR 10 Music Elective $30.00 Music Elective $20.00 Visual Arts $35.00 Visual Arts $25.00 Information and Software Information and Software Technology (IST) $20.00 Technology (IST) $20.00 Food Technology $70.00 Industrial Technology Metal $30.00 Design and Technology $35.00 Industrial Technology Wood $30.00 Textiles $20.00 Food Technology $80.00 Drama $30.00 Textiles and Design $25.00 Visual Design $35.00 Design and Technology $35.00 Physical Activity and Sports Technology – Wood $35.00 Studies (PASS) $30.00 Technology – Metal $35.00 Technology – Wood $35.00 Textiles $20.00 Technology – Metal $35.00 Technological Studies $20.00 Technology Graphics $20.00 YEAR 11 YEAR 12 Design & Technology $30.00 Design & Technology $30.00 Visual Arts $50.00 Visual Arts $50.00 Metals and Engineering $70.00 Metals and Engineering $70.00 Information Processes & Information Processes & $20.00 Technology (IPT) $20.00 Technology (IPT) Food Technology $65.00 Food Technology $65.00 Industrial Technology Construction $50.00 (Furniture) $70.00 Music $20.00 Music $20.00 Industrial Technology Construction $50.00 (Furniture) $70.00 Hospitality $100.00 Hospitality $100.00 Payments to the Finance Office should be placed in the special school payments envelope provided. Payments can be paid by cash, cheque, credit card or EFTPOS. ADDITIONAL COSTS WHERE APPROPRIATE Junior (Years 7-10) Book Pack - $20 Senior (Years 11-12) Book Pack - $10 1 School Diary Ring Binder 1 Visual Arts Diary 6 A4 ring binder books 8 A4 128 page Exercise books Ruler Binder The Administration/Finance Office has available: Calculators $25.00 Textbook orders are also placed through the Finance Office. ASSEMBLY Students assemble in the quadrangle at 8.45 a.m. on Mondays in roll classes. This is an important whole school meeting where student effort is recognized through the presentation of merit awards, and where special announcements are made. ATTENDANCE It is the duty of the State to ensure that every child receives an education of the highest quality and it is the duty of parents to comply with the compulsory education requirements of the Education Act 1990. It is a legal requirement for students of compulsory school age to attend school. All students at Merrylands High School are expected to attend school regularly and punctually. Students who do not adhere to this requirement may be referred to the Home School Liaison Officer (HSLO). If a student is absent he or she must bring a note from the parent or caregiver on their first day back at school, indicating the days absent and the reason for absence. In 2011, the school implemented SMS Parent Alert for student absences and late arrival. BUS/TRAIN PASSES Application forms for bus and train passes can be obtained from the print room if the student lives over 2.3 km from the school. The passes are handed out to students as soon as they arrive at school. CANTEEN The canteen is open from 7.30am to 1.45pm. It provides both hot and cold food and drink at reasonable prices. Price lists are published in the first school newsletter of each year and are available on request. Operates daily – breakfast, recess and lunch only. No food is to be purchased during lesson times. Once food is purchased students are to leave the canteen area immediately. Students are to buy food from the school canteen. They are not to leave the grounds to buy food at the local shops. CARS Students and visitors are not permitted to park their car on school premises. Students who will be driving themselves to and from school need a signed permission. All students who are going to travel as a passenger in a car driven by another student, even siblings, need a signed permission note. Permission notes are available from the Deputy Principals. Each of the car parks are out of bounds to students during the course of the day. CHANGE OF DETAILS Changes in personal details (eg name, address, telephone number) must be notified in writing to the front office immediately. Changes may be emailed to – email@example.com COMMUNICATION Student communication takes place through: Roll Call messages Email - firstname.lastname@example.org Text messages (SMS) Year meetings Whole school formal assemblies Newsletter/calendar Internet Website - http://www.merryland-h.schools.nsw.edu.au FaceBook – http://www.facebook.com/pages/Merrylands-High-School Twitter - @merrylandshs Student diaries Communication with parents, guardians or home is conducted formally on academic reports produced each semester; “N” warning letter interviews, Assessment Policy Handbook, and in parent/student/teacher conferences held mid year. The Principal, Deputy Principals, Head Teachers, Year Advisors and Counsellor are also in regular contact with parents in regards to student progress, welfare, behaviour and attendance. Parents and guardians are encouraged to contact the school at any time to ask for clarification or make enquiries. We will also keep parents and guardians informed about what is happening at school with our school website. Notes will also be sent home to inform you of any key events and information. DIARIES All students are expected to have either a book or electronic diary. Students are expected to bring their diary each day to record assigned tasks, any work that needs to be finished at home and develop a study plan. Each night the students are expected to use their diary and timetable to plan for the next day so they have everything they need to come to school ready to learn. At the end of each week, students will be required to reflect on what they have learnt for the week and record this in their diary. Parents are encouraged to use the student diary as a communication book with the class teachers DISABILITIES AND MEDICAL CONDITIONS Parents and caregivers are asked to inform the Principal of any disabilities and medical conditions that may require special consideration or affect the progress of their children at school. Schools provide support to individual students by: consulting with parents administering prescribed medication in response to parents' written requests and in consultation with staff and parents administering health care procedures in response to parents' written requests and in consultation with staff and parents developing and implementing individual health care plans for students with more complex needs communicating relevant information about the student's health conditions to other members of the school community on a 'need to know basis to ensure the student's safety. using and storing information with due regard to issues of privacy and confidentiality staff training and support. EARLY LEAVERS If students need to leave school earlier than the normal finishing time, they must bring a note from their parents to the Finance Office before 8.40 am. The note should provide a number on which parents/caregivers can be contacted during the day. Parents and caregivers are encouraged to make all appointments after school hours where possible. EMERGENCIES The bell will ring continuously to evacuate the buildings. If the electricity is cut off a battery back up will operate the hooter. There may be situations where people are not to leave the building; 6 short bells will ring for lockdown/lockout. FACILITIES AT SCHOOL Students of Merrylands High School enjoy the use of extensive facilities that support quality teaching and learning. These include; Dedicated computer rooms Industrial kitchens Fully equipped woodwork workshops Fully equipped metalwork workshops Dedicated music rooms Art rooms Soccer, Hockey and Football playing fields Basketball courts Gymnastic Facilities School Hall 3 Covered outdoor learning area. Interactive Whiteboards 5 new, modern Science labs INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY Students have access to computers in the library, and specialist computer rooms. Each student has access to their own student portal in which they can store their individual files securely. Students are issued with their own password which provides them with access to the school network system. The school network boasts a wide array of programs, as well as access to the internet. Responsible student use of computers is monitored by the network coordinator. INTERACTIVE WHITEBOARDS (IWBs) Interactive whiteboards have transformed the delivery of curriculum in the conventional classroom. In today’s school environment, the interactive whiteboard has quickly become one of the most important teaching tools available. Interactive whiteboards offer far greater potential for teaching than simply being used as electronic chalkboards as they can greatly enhance class lessons. To promote active student engagement, motivation, attendance and achievement of outcomes, the majority of learning areas in the school have multiple interactive whiteboards. HOMEWORK To supplement the work done at school, homework and home study is expected each night. Students are encouraged to plan ahead for due tasks and assignments and revise the day’s work and work completed earlier in the year. This will help students maintain progress and develop the habit of studying. It is expected that each student will use a homework diary. ILLNESS AND INJURY Students who are ill during class must ask their teacher for a note to go to the administration office. The office staff will then attend to them. They must not go home without permission from a member of the Senior Executive. Students must not use their personal mobile phones (see Electronic Devices Policy in your enrolment package). If a student is injured or too ill to participate in Physical Education and/or sport, a Medical certificate or a note signed by a parent or caregiver, stating the date and the nature of the complaint, is to be given to the PD/H/PE teacher prior to the commencement of the lesson. INTERNET USE The DEC has a strict policy regarding Internet use. Students sign an Internet agreement on enrolment. To access the Internet through the DET student portal you will need to enter your username and password. Students will be given their passwords during enrolment. LATENESS Students who arrive after 8.45am are to report to the Finance Office to have their name marked. Students should always have a note from home and their ID card ready when arriving at the office. Senior students who have a timetabled Period 1 class but arrive after 7.30am, should go straight to Period 1, the class teacher will notify the office of the lateness. Since 2011, parents have been receiving an SMS to communicate lateness and absence. Students arriving late without a note will be required to attend a punctuality seminar at the beginning of lunch. MAP (Mentor Attendance Program) This program identifies students at risk (including fractional truancy, lateness and whole day absences) and a nominated staff member is assigned as a mentor to monitor attendance and put in place intervention strategies such as informing parents/carers to improve attendance as well as provide positive reinforcement linking with the school merit system MERIT AWARDS - are issued to students to recognise achievement. The levels of merit award are listed below. Merit assemblies are held twice per year to promote effort and commitment to learning. Safe, respectful learner medal Commendation Certificate GOLD Award GOLD Award issued by Principal issued by 3 Gold Awards for Extra Principal Rewards Day & Medal Curricular Activity 3 Silver Awards Silver Award issued by LEARN Pen DP 3 Bronze Awards Bronze Award Bronze Award- issued by PBIS Year Advisors 3 merits from different programs Merit Certificates Issued by teachers MOBILE PHONES AND VALUABLES All students will be issued with the school’s Electronic Devices Policy. Students choosing to bring a mobile phone to school take full responsibility for its security throughout the day. Mobile phones should not be brought to school unless absolutely necessary. They are to remain switched off throughout the school day and are not to be used inappropriately or during class time, unless instructed by the teacher that mobile phone technology is required for the planned lesson. Mobile phones used inappropriately will be confiscated and can be collected at the end of the same day from the Deputy Principal. Parents: Please avoid sending text messages or ringing your child during school time. If there is an important message, you can ring the school office to pass on the message to your child. As per the Electronic Devices Policy, MP3 players and iPods etc.may only be used for learning activities. Valuables (such as large amounts of money) should not be brought to school. If there is something that a student needs to bring, it should be kept on their person at all times or in the school office. OUT of CLASS Class teachers will issue a note to any student who is required to leave the class with a legitimate reason. PARENTS’ AND CITIZENS’ ASSOCIATION Parents can give considerable assistance to the school by joining the P & C Association. Funds from the P & C Association help the school to provide a quality comprehensive curriculum. The P & C Association meets once each month except during holidays, times are advertised on the school website. All parents are given a warm invitation to attend these meetings. PEER MEDIATION This is a program run by students. It is a program to help people resolve conflict in a positive way. The trained student mediators help people in conflict to work out a fair resolution. PLAYGROUND At Merrylands High School we enjoy expansive playing fields. Students are able to use these fields at recess and lunch to play sports and games. The school basketball court is also available during recess and lunch. No chasing or running games are permitted in the main quad. Out of bounds areas include; School hall and its perimeter. All carparks. Corridors and stairwells Areas around back of buildings. Portables and surrounding areas Area between industrial arts blocks Grassed area along Bristol St fence Area outside administration block Students are not permitted to leave school grounds at any time without first gaining permission from the Principal or Deputy Principal, who will contact the family for permission. Students with permission will need to sign out of school through the front office. ROLL CALL Each school day begins with roll call. Students are expected to be seated in the room and use this time to read. SCHOOL ENVIRONMENT All members of the Merrylands High School community work together to maintain the school environment in the best possible condition. As safe, respectful learners, all students take responsibility for the school property that they use including desks, chairs, change-rooms, electronic equipment etc. Students assist in keeping the school property free from litter and vandalism. SENIOR SCHOOL PACKAGE Senior students commence classes at 7.30am from Monday to Friday. Seniors need to complete a senior school package form to leave school at lunchtimes. Study periods are in the library and a roll is taken. If driving to school then complete the “driving to school” application form. You must not park on school grounds. Senior students must attend roll call. SMOKING It is against Government and DEC policy to smoke on school premises Staff, parents, visitors and community members will be required to refrain from smoking on school premises. Smoking on school excursions is also not permitted. SPORT Sport is held for years 8-11 on Tuesday afternoons commencing at 1.00p.m. and finishing at 2.30pm. Students must wear their sports uniform to school on Tuesdays. Students will need to bring the appropriate shoes with them in order to participate in practical lessons such as Design and Technology (eg. cooking, woodwork, textiles) or Science. Sport is compulsory for Year 8-11 students. Year 12 have the option of participating in sport or private study. Year 7 can trial for grade sport teams. STUDENT MANAGEMENT PLAN - Yellow Card/Red Card • Everyone should know exactly what the expectations are. This gives you choice of what you can do. Specific behaviour will result in a specific consequence. • ALL ACTIONS HAVE CONSEQUENCES • If a student’s behaviour stops the teacher teaching or other students learning or is not safe for themselves or others then - • The teacher issues a Yellow Card for 5 lessons to monitor behaviour and informs parents of student behaviour and consequences. • If the student fails to follow the expectations while being monitored on a Yellow Card then the student will be referred to the Head Teacher. • The Head Teacher places the student on a Red Card, contacts parents, gives student a faculty detention and notifies Year Advisor. • If the student fails to follow the expectations while being monitored on a Red Card then the student will be placed on a 2 nd Red Card and the Head Teacher will notify the parents, again. • If the student fails to follow the expectations while being monitored the 2nd Red Card then the student will be referred to the Deputy Principal. SWIM SCHOOL For seven (7) days late in Term 4 each year, “school is transferred to the pool”. All students in Years 7-10 participate in swimming as well as theory and practical lifesaving lessons. Year 7 & 8 swim school is held at Wentworthville Memorial Pool, while Years 9 & 10 are at Merrylands Pool. The actual swimming lessons are provided free of charge however students are required to pay their entry into the pool and Year 7 & 8 must also pay for bus transport to and from school to Wentworthville each day. Students who are unable to participate in swimming activities will have a “Dry Land” program at the pool. VACCINATION PROGRAM NSW Adolescent Vaccination Program for Year 7 students 2012 All Year 7 Students will be offered: Hepatitis B vaccine Chicken pox vaccine Diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis vaccine Year 7 female students will also be offered Human Papillomavirus vaccine Tuesday 13 March 2012 Yr7, 1st dose HPV Yr7, 1st dose HepB Yr10, dTpa Wednesday 20 June 2012 Yr7, 2nd dose HPV Yr7, dTpa Thursday 25 October 2012 Yr7, 3rd dose HPV Yr7, 2nd dose HepB Yr7, Varicella Students cannot be vaccinated unless a completed and signed consent form is returned to school. Look out for consent forms early in 2012! Information on the program is available in many languages at: www.health.nsw.gov.au/PublicHealth/Immunisation/school_prog/idex.asp A record of vaccination will be given to your child at the time of each vaccination. Please keep these for your records and provide a copy to your GP. VISITS TO THE SCHOOL Visitors to the school are welcome. However, permission must be obtained from a member of the Senior Executive and a visitor’s pass must be obtained by all visitors. Merrylands High School Bristol Street, Merrylands West, NSW 2160 Ph: 02 9632 9401 Fax: 02 9892 2704 Email: email@example.com Web: http://www.merryland-h.schools.nsw.edu.au Bell Schedules for 2012 Monday Tuesday Wed-Fri Period Time Period Time Period Time 7.30-8.30am 7.30-8.30am 7.30-8.30am 1 1 1 Years 11 & 12 only Years 11 & 12 only Years 11 & 12 only Roll Call 8.45am-9.00am Roll Call 8.45am-9.00am Roll Call 8.45am-9.00am Assembly 2 9.00am-10.00am 2 9.00am-10.00am 2 9.00am-10.00am 3 10.00am-11.00am Recess 10.00am-10.30am 3 10.00-11.00am Recess 11.00am-11.30am 3 10.30am-11.30am Recess 11.00-11.30am 4 11.30am-12.30pm 4 11.30am-12.30pm 4 11.30-12.30pm 5 12.30pm-1.30pm Lunch 12.30pm-1.00pm 5 12.30pm-1.30pm Lunch 1.30pm-2.00pm 5 1.00pm-2.30pm Lunch 1.30pm-2.00pm 6 2.00pm-2.30pm 6 2.00pm-3.00pm Term Dates for 20 12 Year 7, 11 & 12 students start school Monday, 30 t h Januar y 2012 Year 8, 9 & 10 students start school Term 1 Tuesday, 31 s t Januar y 2012 Last day of Term f or students Thursday, 5 t h April 2012 Students return to school Tuesday, 24 t h Apr il 2012 Term 2 Last day of Term f or students Friday, 29 t h July 2012 Students return to school Tuesday, 17 t h July 2012 Term 3 Last day of Term f or students Friday, 21 s t September 2012 Students return to school Monday, 8 t h October 2012 Term 4 Last day of Term for students W ednesday, 19 t h December 2012 Year 7 classes commence Monday, 30th January 2012 Year 7 parents welcome for introductory assembly In the school hall at 9.00am GIRLS’ UNIFORM Plain black baseball cap. Plain bottle green pullover, sloppy joe or cardigan. Green, gold and white official “tracksuit” jacket with school logo. Plain white skivvy (only when wearing official business shirt) Bottle green skirt (four-gored/pleated, appropriate length), shorts (long line) or slacks Black leather shoes (shoes must encase the foot - no fashion shoes) Years 7 – 10 Years 11 –12 Official white business shirt Official lemon cotton/polyester with emblem business shirt with emblem Natural or Black stockings Natural or black stockings White school socks, or white White school socks school socks with green and Official senior school campus gold stripes jacket (Year 12 only) School tie Blazer Blazer School tie Optional 4 gored/pleated official tartan school skirt at appropriate length THE GIRLS’ PE AND SPORTS UNIFORM Gold polo shirt with white collar and school logo Official MHS track suit Official MHS sports shorts White school socks, white school socks with green and gold stripes, or green and gold football socks Good quality sports shoes BOYS’ UNIFORM Plain black cap Plain bottle green pullover, sloppy joe or cardigan Green, gold and white official “tracksuit” jacket with school logo Plain white skivvy (only when wearing business shirt ) Plain college grey pants or “King Gee” style pants or shorts (no corduroy or “cargo” style trousers) All black leather shoes (shoes must encase the foot - no fashion shoes) Years 7 – 10 Years 11 –12 Official white business shirt Official lemon cotton/polyester White school socks business shirt with school tie School tie Official senior school campus jacket (Year 12 only) Blazer Blazer School tie THE BOYS’ PE AND SPORTS UNIFORM Gold polo shirt with white collar and school logo Official MHS bottle green track suit Official MHS bottle green shorts with white and gold stripes or long line bottle green shorts White school socks Good quality sports shoes UNIFORM - IMPORTANT NOTES The following guidelines are listed to assist students and parents. GENERAL Due to health and safety concerns only minimal jewellery may be worn. Hair accessories should be school colours Make up of any kind is not permitted Jeans, T-shirts, joggers and track pants are not acceptable Due to Occupational Health and Safety requirements, black leather school shoes are compulsory. Additionally, Agreed upon changes to the school and sports uniform were introduced in 2011. A new “all purpose” jacket with the school emblem may be worn with or without the new knitted woolen jumper (with school emblem). The sports shirt has been changed from the traditional gold colour to a more wearable green and gold design, and the sports shorts are now made from a more durable plain microfiber material with the initials “MHS” embroidered on the leg. Plain bottle green long sports pants complete the new sports uniform. SPORT AND PE Students change in and out of sport uniform for PE lessons. Students are permitted to wear the official green and gold MHS sports uniform to school on sport Tuesdays. Year 7 and 12 students wear school uniform each day and are required to change for sport and PE. Appropriate leather shoes must still be worn for all practical lessons. This is an Occupational Health and Safety requirement. All of the items of school uniform are available from Lowes Menswear, Stockland Mall, Merrylands, PH 9637 5718. If any family requires financial assistance to purchase a uniform, an approach should be made to the school Principal. The school endeavours to keep a supply of good quality, second hand uniforms that can be purchased from the school’s administration office. Donations are always gratefully received. Parents: Ten Tips to help prepare Students for High School Entering high school is an exciting time for students. They are moving into what is often a larger school environment. This can lead to anxiety or periods of unease. Here are some steps parents and caregivers can take to help students start high school on a positive note. Be interested and enthusiastic about their move to high school. Your encouragement will help your child to make a successful transition to High School. Listen to their experiences and expectations. Don't dwell on your own experiences of school. Attend the High School Orientation Day If your child will be entering high school then keep a look out for the orientation days which high schools hold in Term 3 and 4. These days are designed to help parents and their children prepare for starting high school. Some children, because of pressure from their peers, will try to discourage their parents from attending orientation days. Being there will help you understand your child's experiences better. Also keep a look out for other events at your child's prospective school which may help him/her learn about what high school is like. Make sure travel arrangements to and from school are organised. Organise travel passes. This will help settle some of the concern about independent travel. Talk about back-up travel arrangements, for example, what to do if a bus or train doesn't come. Discuss the changes every student will experience. Emphasise that many people feel apprehensive about changing from a small primary school to a larger high school, and that there will be people to help them adjust. Organise your child's uniform well before the first day of school. Having the new uniform will help your child start to feel a sense of belonging to the school. Learn about school routines and timetables. Talking to student already enrolled at the school can be useful in finding out information about things such as sporting venues used by the school and school finishing times. The school will provide information before it's needed. Help your child to develop good study habits. Try to provide them with somewhere private and quiet to study. Help your child to set aside a particular time to study. Work out a daily timetable that incorporates all your child's needs and interests. Regularly viewed TV programs, club activities and sport should all be part of the timetable. Ultimately they will need to manage their own study and they can guide you in what is helpful for them. Practise organisational skills. In the first few weeks of high school you might want to check with your child that they have the right books for the following day. You will quickly encourage a good habit. Discuss emergency and safety issues. Talk about these issues - including crossing roads or taking essential medication - simply and without emotion. Allow your child to contribute their views. Find out who the staff are at the school who can help them if they need it on issues such as medication. Let your child know that you trust them and that they can trust you. Keep communication open about all your child’s experiences, and make sure they know you’re available if they need you. 2012 School Captains (in alphabetical order) Jack Dengate Bradley Lawrence Chala Olca Natasha Walsh Prefects Rebeka Govender Trisheel Dass Melissa Letta Jerwin Mendoza Rachel Lillas Dylan Tuchin MAP of the SCHOOL Evacuation Procedures: The bell will ring continuously to evacuate the buildings. Classes will be escorted by their teachers to the nearest exit as per the evacuation map below. There may be situations where people are not to leave the building and 6 short bells will ring.
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