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Merrylands High School




     Welcome
         2012

                               Bristol Street
                  Merrylands West, NSW 2160
                         Phone: 02 9632 9401
                                     Fax: 02 9892 2704
            Email: merryland-h.school@det.nsw.edu.au
        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 –
merryland-h.school@det.nsw.edu.au


COMMUNICATION
Student communication takes place through:
         Roll Call messages
         Email - merryland-h.school@det.nsw.edu.au
         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: merryland-h.school@det.nsw.edu.au
                  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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