Issue 1 Tel: 9873 1077 Fax: 9874 4368 vermontsc.vic.edu.au/newsltr Absences: 8872 6338 February 2, 2006 approaches to learning and teaching. Your FROM THE continued support for the college is THE WEEK AHEAD PRINCIPAL’S DESK appreciated and highly valued as our students are the beneficiaries of this. Vermont Secondary College will continue WEDNESDAY 8 FEBRUARY WELCOME BACK to have a strong focus on quality teaching (Year 11 day in) I would like to warmly welcome back all our and we will build on the innovative and SRC Planning Day students and their families to Vermont Secondary exciting work undertaken last year by Auxiliary Mtg. 10am Conference Room College for the 2006 academic year. I hope that teaching staff. Our teachers have high Student Services Mtg. 3.30pm all our students have had a relaxing break and are expectations of students and are committed Conference Room feeling refreshed and ready for another exciting to providing the best learning environment and challenging year of learning and enrichment. and learning experiences available. Our Phase 1 Careers Fast Track Yr 11 1.00- staff members are committed to continuous 2.00pm To all our parents, I am really looking forward to improvement of their teaching practice so working with you this year in providing a that our students are exposed to FRIDAY 10 February supportive, happy and stimulating learning stimulating, challenging and effective Travel ID Concession Photos – environment for students. learning processes. lunchtime In 2006 there will be several new We had a very successful year in 2005 in Yr 11 OES & Yr 10 Geography developments at the college: academic performance, sporting achievement and excursion to Volvo Yacht Race Development of an ICT rich flexible in the music and arts with our students excelling learning centre and resharpening of across the board. Our 2005 VCE results were DIARY DATES focus on ICT/eLearning. superb with 40 students achieving ENTER scores Implementation of the Victorian over 90 and three students with scores over 99. Essential Learning Standards (VELS) We are very proud of their achievements. Our February in English and Mathematics with new 2005 Year 12 students can be very pleased with report formats in Years 7-10. their performances. 14 - Finance Ctte. Mtg. Implementation of the Principles of 16 - PCA Mtg. Teaching and Learning (POLT) in our I would like to take this opportunity to warmly teaching practices. - Building & Grounds Ctte. Mtg. congratulate our two equal top (dux) students Refurbishment and expansion of the - Publicity Ctte. Mtg. Sohrab Hosseini and Michael Llewellyn who Canteen and implementation of a new 17 - VSC Swimming Sports both received ENTER scores of 99.55. I would Healthy Options canteen menu. 20 - Senior Summer Round Robin also like to extend my congratulations to Melanie Development of the Arts Courtyard - Music Support Group Mtg. Kitchin who received an ENTER of 99.35. They garden with assistance from David 21 - College Council Mtg. are all outstanding students who deserve their Wong and Izabella Meraviglia- 24 - Yr 7-11 Form Photos & Yr 7-12 success. Crivelli who jointly designed the Portraits Childrens’ Garden at the Melbourne This year promises to be another great year with Botanical Gardens. We have received a lot to accomplish and to celebrate along the 20/2 – 22/2 Yr 7 Camp 1 - 7.1, 7.2, 7.3 funding from Arts Victoria for this way. We continue to encourage students to 27/2 – 1/3 Yr 7 Camp 2 - 7.4, 7.5, 7.6 project. actively seek personal enrichment opportunities 1/3 - 3/3 Yr 7 Camp 3 - 7.7, 7.8, 7.9 through participation in our extensive co- We have much to look forward to in 2006. curricular program in addition to the formal Your continued support and involvement in academic program. the school is welcomed and highly valued. We have many new students commencing this COLLEGE COUNCIL ELECTIONS year in addition to our 225 Year 7 students. Our 2006 current enrolment (pre census) is 1306. Demand College Council is a key partnership WELCOME for our college is very strong with many new between parents, the school and the local families moving into our enrolment zone in community. The college council is directly recent months. Our continued strong academic able to influence the quality of education a focus, broad co-curricular program and school provides for its students. The outstanding results are significant factors in Council is the body responsible for school parent choice. Our focus on excellence is policies and therefore shapes the ethos, recognised within and beyond our community. culture, future directions and strategies of the school. The success of our students is mostly attributable The major responsibilities of College to their natural abilities and work ethic, however Council include: the close partnership and communication Developing and monitoring the between teachers and parents play key roles in directions of the college charter. optimising student performance. It is very Establishing the goals and priorities of important that parents and teachers work together the college and determining so that students see a consistency in goals and educational policy. Page 2 Approving and monitoring the college budget. 1. PCA – first meeting – Thursday February 16th at 7.30 in the Maintaining and improving college buildings and grounds. Conference Room Developing the college’s student code of conduct. 2. Auxiliary - first meeting - February 8th at 10.00am in the Conference Developing the student dress code. Room Employing non-teaching staff. 3. Music Support Group - first meeting – February 20th in the Music Centre VSC Council comprises three groups: Parents (6), Department of Education and Training employees (5) and The scheduling of PCA (evening) and Auxiliary (day) meetings enables co-opted community members (4). parents to participate in either group depending on personal commitments. The term of office is two years, half the members must retire each year Please consider involvement in one or more of these groups – you will be and this creates vacancies for the annual school election. warmly welcomed. The coming election is for: VCE RESULTS 3 parent representatives – 2 years In 2005 Vermont Secondary College continued its record of VCE excellence 2 DE&T representatives – 2 years as measured by ENTER scores. The performance of our students in 2005 was superb. We had an exceptional group of highly talented and motivated There are two separate electorates within the electorate of the college students and their results were outstanding. i.e. parents nominate and vote for parent members, DE&T employees nominate and vote for DE&T members. DE&T employees can stand Our VCE success over the past 5 years places us in as one of the top as parent members of the school their child attends. government secondary schools in the state. Accompanying this newsletter are “Notice of Election and Call for A few statistics: Nomination” form (Schedule 4) and a Nomination Form for the Parent 10.2% of students were in the top 5% -ie ENTER scores over 95 member category (Schedule 5) for the upcoming election of College 21.4% of students were in the top 10% ie ENTER scores over 90 Council. 41.3% of students were in the top 20% 48.5% of students were in the top 30% As you will be aware the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne has 56.6% of students were in the top 40% resulted in a very short Term 1 and this naturally has a significant 76.9% of students were in the top 50% impact on school operations and timelines. An immediate impact of this is that the College Council elections need to be completed by the Our top performing students will be formally recognised at our first conclusion of the six week term. assembly in two weeks time. Completed Nomination forms must be lodged with me by 4pm, They are all outstanding students and we are very proud of their Friday, February 17th, 2006 achievements. Their teachers who taught, encouraged, coached and supported these students can also be very pleased with the performance of Should an election be required, votes may be posted to me or placed in their protégés. the Ballot box at the General Office on any day up until the close of the ballot which is 4pm Friday, March 3, 2006. It is not just the top performing students of whom we are proud but also the students who achieved individual excellence by achieving their goals, in Further details regarding the need or otherwise for a ballot will be several cases against the odds. They can also be justly pleased with their published once nominations close. performance and hopefully further opportunities will now be available to them to pursue their dreams. The new Council takes effect immediately the Poll is declared. Congratulations, thank you and well done to all VCE students and their The new Council therefore comes into effect from March 6th, 2006 and families, the senior school leadership team and all our Year 12 teachers, on will have its first meeting on April 18th, 2006 your excellent performance last year. PARENT PARTICIPATION LEADERSHIP RESPONSIBILITIES 2006 Parents are strongly encouraged to become involved in our college. Positions noted here are those which may be of particular interest to All parents, whether “new” or “old” are warmly welcome to assist us – parents and community and do not include all leadership positions. we really value, appreciate and need your practical support. New Year 7 parents who have been actively involved in Primary School are Principal Mr Rod Williamson urged to maintain support for your child by bringing your experience Assistant Principal Mr Kim Fallon – Snr School, Facilities and energies across to Vermont Secondary College – we need you! Assistant Principal Ms Jenny Osler – Junior School, Student Welfare Your interest and involvement in the college sends a very powerful Assistant Principal Mr Tony Jacobs – Daily operations, message of support to students and staff. It is an excellent way of Curriculum meeting new friends whilst seeing your efforts rewarded by an Teaching and Learning Ms Evelyn Douglas improved school environment. Literacy Ms Maree Presser Sport Mr Mike Stevens Parents can become involved informally through supporting programs Music Mr John Wise such as Sport, Music, Literacy or on a more formal but equally Student Wellbeing Mrs Ann Marie Fish & Mrs Laraine Ross enjoyable level by joining our PCA (Parents and Citizens Integration Ms Natalie Manser Association), Auxiliary, Music Support Group or College Council. Student Pathways/Careers Ms Lorraine Cook & Ms Evelyn Carter Head of Junior School Mr Harry Ruff If you would like to find out more about how you can become Head of Senior School Mr Linda Cabble involved please contact either myself or Mrs Jenny Osler, Assistant Year Level Co-ordinators: Principal. Year 7 Mr Jon Shores, Ms Sarah May Year 8 Ms Alison Bate, Mr Darren Trippett PARENT GROUPS Year 9 Mr Harry Ruff, Ms Rebecca Eames Vermont Secondary College is privileged to have three extremely Year 10 Mrs Annemarie Irwin, Mr Greg Cowan active and enthusiastic parent groups which make a wonderful Year 11 Mr John Bertram, Ms Sally Todaro contribution to our school. Year 12 Mrs Linda Cabble, Ms Kylie Angland Page 3 MUSIC SECRETARY National Schools Knockout Athletics It is my pleasure to announce the appointment of Mrs Michelle Petalas VSC Junior Girls Athletic team won through to the National Titles of to the new position of Music Secretary at Vermont Secondary College. the Schools Knockout Competition held in Sydney. It was the first The creation of this new position is a reflection of the increasing time Vermont had entered this competition and it was a wonderful administrative responsibilities of our expanding Music Program at effort to reach the National Finals. The girls were fantastic, in many Vermont. We look forward to having Michelle’s skills, initiative and cases competing against girls who were a couple of years older. The support of the Music Teaching team. Welcome Michelle. competition was very close. Vermont tied for first place, but had to settle for second on countback. Again, it was a wonderful trip made Rod Williamson all the better due to the terrific support I received from all of the Principal parents of the girls. It was terrific that so many parents were able to come and support the girls. SPORTS REPORT Team Felicity Black Rebecca Cole Emily Cherry Kayla Bunevicius Bronte Gange Jordan Holdsworth Sarah Ivanov Katreace McKie NATIONAL SCHOOLS SPORT Alana Murrihy VSC matches it with the best sporting schools in Australia VSC SWIMMING - Monash Aquatic Centre – Friday 17th Feb In December 2005 VSC competed at the National Schools Basketball The Vermont Secondary College Swimming Carnival will be held at Championships in Albury and at the National Schools Athletics Monash Aquatic Centre, Waverley Road on Friday 17th February. Knockout competition in Sydney. Entries will be taken during form assembly next week for Year 7 and 8 levels. All Year 7 and 8 students are expected to attend the National Schools Basketball carnival. Only competitors in Years 9-12 will be permitted to attend VSC entered a Junior Boys and Junior Girls team in the Division 1 and they must enter directly by giving their name to Mr Stevens in competition at the National Schools Basketball Competition in N26. A form competition will be held for Year 7 and 8 with the Albury. Both teams played some excellent basketball and were a winning form receiving a pizza lunch later this term. credit to the college, displaying outstanding sportsmanship. The girls reached the semi-finals and the boys played off in the grand final, SUMMER SPORT narrowly losing to Whitefriars College. I would like to thank all team The sports on offer in the summer sports program are Cricket, members for making it a fantastic trip and Mr Sutherland (Boys Volleyball, Tennis, Baseball (Boys) and Softball (Girls). Due to the Coach), Mrs Hubble (Team Manager), Meredith Kitchin (Team very short first term a number of the round robins will be held early in Manager) and Phil Middlin (Scorer) who worked tirelessly to ensure Term 2. Coaches for all teams will be announced in next week’s everything ran smoothly. I would also like to thank all the parents newsletter. Watch the bulletin for tryouts and training times. who came up to Albury to support the team. COMING EVENTS TERM 1 Week 3 Friday 17th February VSC Swimming Carnival Week 4 Monday 20th February Senior Round Robin Week 5 Monday 27th February Year 8 Boys Cricket Wednesday 1st March Intermediate Summer Round Robin Week 6 Monday 6th March Intermediate Tennis Wednesday 8th March District Swimming Carnival Thursday 9th March District Diving Carnival Friday 10th March Year 7 Boys Cricket TERM 2 Week 1 Wednesday 29th March District Golf Boys team Girls Team Coach: Mr Sutherland Coach: Mr Stevens Week 2 Team Manager: Meredith Kitchin Team Manager: Mrs Hubble Friday 7th April Year 7 Summer Round Robin Leigh Kitchin Ellie Lovelace Week 3 Matt Cunningham Alysha Middlin Monday 10th April Year 8 Summer Round Robin Ryan Cunningham Pip Whelan Tuesday 11th April Eastern Zone Swimming Ben Clarkson Monique Black Wednesday 12th April VSC Athletics Carnival Jordan Baucke Rachel Watts Sam Whelan Caitlyn Holloway Mike Stevens Matt Serpell Kimberley Blake Sports Co-ordinator Lochlan Anderson Rosie Moult Dean Kaaden Alex Chow Page 4 Page 5 COMPUTER NEWS ‘Non-live’ data; most cacheable web pages and their associated images accessed previously by other users within the college, such as web pages and images that is on the college Proxy Server will not be charged. Certain information that is available on the Internet such as dynamic FREE ELECTRONIC NEWSLETTER pages and streaming multimedia files are not cacheable. Therefore, Vermont College News is available in electronic format and can be accessing this type of information will be counted. sent to parents/guardians weekly as an email attachment in Adobe Reader Portable Document Format (PDF) for free. Information on Students can view their Internet Credit via a utility available on the how to subscribe/unsubscribe is available from http:// system. If the Internet Credit falls below $0.00, then the software vermontsc.vic.edu.au/newsltr/ package will automatically prevent the particular student from accessing the Internet until additional money has been paid at the General Office and processed by the technicians in a similar fashion to the Printing COMPUTER & INTERNET ACCESS On the first day of each school year, we provide each student with a Credit system that has been in place in the last couple of years. “Local Area Consent / Student Image Consent / and Computer & Internet Agreement” form to complete with the student’s and FREE SYMANTEC ANTIVIRUS SOFTWARE parent’s/guardian’s signatures. I trust that each family has read the The Victorian Department of Education has a state-wide licence conditions and consequences of Computer & Internet Usage at agreement for the provision of Symantec AntiVirus Corporate Edition VSC. Any students who did not receive the form can get one from software for all government school, staff and student computing the General Office. All student computer accounts will be activated equipment. Symantec AntiVirus Corporate Edition is currently being once the completed form is returned to Room C22 and processed. used throughout Vermont Secondary College to safeguard its desktop, All forms due by Friday 3rd February. laptops and network servers against viruses. SPACE RESTRICTIONS Get your free copy of Symantec AntiVirus Corporate Edition!!! Leave a There is a space restriction for each student on our local area blank CD-R at the General Office with the heading ‘Symantec network. This is enforced automatically upon the creation of each AntiVirus’, your child’s name and form and it will be available for your computer account. The reason for this restriction is to reduce the child to collect once the CD-R is copied (usually the next school day). local area network backup time and promote improved file management skills. The amount of space restriction is dependent on EMAIL WEB ACCESS the year level: Each student who has completed a ‘Computer & Internet Agreement’ form will have their individual email account. Each student’s email Years 7 and 8 20Mb address is in the following format: Year 9 and 10 30Mb firstname.lastname@example.org where student_id is 7 character Year 11 40Mb Year 12 50Mb To access this facility, point your browser to our web site at http:// mail.vermontsc.vic.edu.au PASSWORD REMOTE ACCESS FROM HOME To improve the users’ security using the college’s Local Area To access any files which are stored in student’s home directory, point Network, all users will be prompted to change their password your browser to our web site http://vermontsc.vic.edu.au/ regularly. A minimum of 7 characters will be required. Advice on remote_access.html good passwords is available from http://vermontsc.vic.edu.au/ password.html VSC Online; Vermont SC’s extranet is at http://moodle.vermontsc.vic.edu.au PRINT CREDIT Donald Hew At the beginning of each year, each student is given a $5 Print Director of Information & Communication Technology Credit towards his/her computer account. This credit can be used on any of the available laser printers (B&W and colour) within our local area network. An additional credit of $5 will be deposited in 2006 TRAVEL CONCESSION CARD PHOTOS Term 3. Any additional credit can be purchased at the General Office at the appropriate time. The cost for each A4 B&W is $0.10 and A4 colour is $0.80. Vermont Secondary College has arranged for a professional photographer to be available on campus on Friday, February 10th, at 12.30pm INTERNET CREDIT to provide instant, colour passport photos as Since May 2002, the Learning Technologies Committee has been required for the 2006 Student Travel evaluating a way to manage the Internet traffic so that genuine Concession Cards. The current cards expire users get the benefit of faster Internet access during class time and at the end of February after which students be more accountable for their individual Internet usage. Due to the must have new cards in order to obtain the escalating cost in providing improved Internet access and a current P.T.C. Student Concession Rate. trend towards ‘user-pay’ systems in Victorian Government schools, a software package has been purchased and has been in operation The cost for a set of 2 professionally taken colour portraits is $6.00 since 2003. payable to the photographer at the photo session. All photos will be taken in the Conference Room. Each student will have $5 Internet credit at the beginning of Term 1 and each megabyte of ‘live’ data received will cost $0.05, which The photos will be processed on the spot and returned immediately to is the same price the Internet Service Provider charges Vermont the student. Portrait Quality Photos are guaranteed by the Secondary College. At the beginning of Term 3, an additional photographer who will be using studio quality lighting and equipment. credit of $5 will be added. Page 6 MUSIC NOTES MUSIC SUPPORT GROUP MEETING, MONDAY 20/2/06 AMEB EXAMS—APRIL/MAY SEASON The Australian Music Examinations Board is Parents and students interested in helping to an independent organisation that administers develop and improve the Music program at examinations in music, speech and drama, INSTRUMENTAL AND VOCAL MUSIC VSC are invited to join the Music Support LESSONS including examinations assessing performance Group or help with Music Support Group on orchestral instruments such as violin, flute Instrumental and activities. vocal music lessons and trumpet, and in singing. These practical The Music Support Group plays an important exams are held several times a year for started this week and role in the Music program throughout the the first rehearsals for metropolitan candidates. Special Subject year, including planning concerts and trips, exams, including CPM and percussion exams, college ensembles making special uniforms for the Stage Band, will be held next are held twice each year. Details of regulations publishing the Music Newsletter, maintaining and syllabuses may be found in the AMEB week, starting with a and improving the Music Centre, publicising Stage Band rehearsal Manual of Syllabuses, published annually and music activities, helping with music camps, available from most music stores. Tuesday afternoon. transporting instruments to concerts, and fundraising. The AMEB charges an Exam Fee that must be Although guitar, drum and singing classes paid when applying to take an exam. One of the major fundraising projects Instrumental students who enrol for exams are full, there are conducted by the Music Support Group is the vacancies for students through Vermont Secondary College are asked weekly Friday lunchtime Sausage Sizzle. to pay an additional Accompanist's Fee of $10 on other instruments, and there still are a few This year we hope to start the sizzles in Term school instruments, particularly French per instrumental exam. 2, but we need help from parents willing to horns, trumpets and trombones, available for cook from 11:00am to 1:30pm one or two hire. Students from any year level can begin Students who would like to take an AMEB Fridays per term. exam during the April/May Season should get lessons on one of these instruments. If you would like to take instrumental music lessons an enrolment form from Mr. Wise or their All of this requires many willing hands. If music teachers. Enrolment forms should be at the college this year, please complete the you are interested in helping with these enrolment form below and return it to the returned to the Music Office by Wednesday activities and in shaping the growth of the 15/2/06. Music Office. Music program, please attend our first Music Support Group meeting, which will be held J. Wise -Music Director If you have any questions please see me (Mr. 7:30pm Monday evening 20/2/06 in the Wise) in the Music Centre, or ring me at Music Centre. On behalf of the current school on 9873-1077 or after hours on 0412 Music Support Group members, I invite you 596-299. to attend and join our team. Best wishes for a musical new year! SCHOOL P.E. FACULTY UNIFORM SUNSMART POLICY Parents and students are reminded that full The P.E. Faculty would school uniform should be worn to school. like to remind all students This includes black leather school shoes and parents that we that can be polished and have a hard sole. strongly recommend that students should wear a Only studs and sleepers may be worn. hat and sunscreen during outdoor P.E. classes. Parents are asked to write a note if students Students can bring their are out of uniform. Students must get a own sunscreen or they may use the uniform pass from Year Level Co- sunscreen in the P.E. office. ordinators if they are out of uniform. Jenny Osler Assistant Principal CANTEEN ROSTER MON 6 Feb – FRI 10 Feb VSC AUXILIARY MEETING Monday 6 - Bernadette Reeves, Jan Waller, Julie Black The next meeting of the Auxiliary Tuesday 7 - Eileen Moran, Wan Ho Wednesday 8 - Monika Welser, Alex Committee will be on Wednesday 8th O’Reilly, Jacquie Bright February at 10am in the Conference Thursday 9 - Dorothy Koutes, Maggie Room. Jarvis, Antonella Marinelli All parents welcome especially new Friday 10 - Pam Power, Denise Year 7 parents. Tournier, Jenni Geraghty Page 7 Box Hill Community Arts Centre Courses in 2006 Year 7 – 10 students: FREE African Dance Workshops Join these workshops and then be a part of the City of Whitehorse’s Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony Concert in March! Monday 20 and 27 February 6.30pm – 8.30pm Youth Drama Summer Intensive Join actor/comedian Jason Geary (Skithouse), and playwright Emilie Collyer (finalist Melbourne Short and Sweet play festival 2006) for two fun-filled and challenging days of creating characters and writing scene scripts, with a performance at the end. Monday 23 & Wednesday 25 January 2006, $85. Manga Madness Term 1 NEW BEGINNERS CLASS FOR AGES 13+ Japanese cartooning Bring your friends and learn Manga cartooning from a professional artist who has taught all over the world. Only $55 for a 5 week term, 7 Feb – 7 March, 2006 Tuesdays 6.15pm – 7.45pm Or try one of our Adult Courses (15 yrs plus): Illustration Workshops Build your folio, and be challenged by a different brief each week. A rare chance to learn from a professional Illustrator and Graphic Designer. 3 weeks from 16 Feb – 2 March, $50 Life Drawing Workshop Sunday 5 March, 2006. 1.30pm – 5.30pm, $45 Portraiture Workshop Sunday 12 Feb, 2006. 11am – 3pm, $45 Print Making Workshop Sunday 26 Feb, 2006. 10am – 4pm, $50 Ceramics for Beginners Try hand-building or wheel work on a Tuesday evening. 4 weeks from 7 – 28 Feb 2006. $85 wheel, $65 hand-building CALL 9898 3544 FOR BOOKINGS AND ENQUIRIES. BOX HILL COMMUNITY ARTS CENTRE, 470 STATION STREET, BOX HILL, 3128 Download our term program at www.whitehorse.vic.gov.au/bhcac VERMONT SECONDARY COLLEGE DOES NOT ENDORSE THE PRODUCT OR SERVICES OF ANY ADVERTISEMENTS, PAID OR UNPAID, PRINTED IN THIS NEWSLETTER Page 8 VSC AUXILIARY CANTEEN HELPERS WANTED We would like to hear from any parent willing to help in the Canteen. If you can manage any time at all – be it a couple of hours, or share with a friend or a whole day – fortnightly or monthly, please fill in the form below with the relevant details. For the benefit of new parents, the Canteen is under the control of our Manager, Mrs Chris Powell, and is dependent on the voluntary help of parents. Students assist with window sales. Unless we receive this help it would be impossible to operate the Canteen on a profitable basis. Profits from the Canteen are returned to the school for the benefit of all students. Duty hours start at 10am and end at 1.45pm and this includes a 45 minute to 1 hour break in between for your own lunch (which is provided), or leisure eg. going to the bank, shopping, reading a book. If you are unable to help regularly, you may consider helping every 5th week in the month (approximately three times per year) and/or on the Emergency Roster. You may have a friend or neighbour who is willing to help too. In the drawing up of the roster, every effort will be made to give you your day of first preference and if possible transport arranged with someone who lives nearby. If you have any queries, please contact Mrs Chris Powell (9873 1077) at the school. It would be appreciated if the attached form could be completed and returned to the General Office A.S.A.P. to ensure you get the days you want. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- VERMONT SECONDARY COLLEGE CANTEEN HELPERS WANTED Cut along line and return to the General Office or ring the Canteen direct (before 10am or after 1.45pm) NAME: ........................................................ DAY PREFERRED: ...................................... ADDRESS: .............................................. 2ND PREFERENCE: ................................ ................................................................... COUPLE OF HOURS Yes / No WHOLE DAY Yes / No SHARE WITH A FRIEND Yes / No ONCE A FORTNIGHT: Yes / No PHONE: ......................... ONCE A MONTH: Yes / No ONCE EVERY 2-3 MONTHS: Yes / No Delete which does not apply) ELDEST CHILD AT SCHOOL: NAME: ......................................................................... Form: .................... I AM AVAILABLE FOR EMERGENCY ROSTER AS WELL Yes / No I AM AVAILABLE FOR EMERGENCY ROSTER ONLY Yes / No DAYS NOT SUITABLE FOR EMERGENCY ROSTER ............................................................................. I AM UNABLE TO HELP WITH CANTEEN THIS YEAR ................... (Please cross if applicable) I REQUIRE TRANSPORT TO THE SCHOOL Yes / No I CAN PROVIDE TRANSPORT TO THE SCHOOL es / No If your transport is with someone on duty on your day please give name of person. This will enable us to make sure you are both given the same duty day. Transport provided by ........................................ Page 9 SCHOOL COUNCIL ELECTIONS 2006 What is a school council and what does it do? All government schools in Victoria have a school council. They are legally formed bodies that are given powers to set the key directions of a school within centrally provided guidelines. In doing this, a school council is able to directly influence the quality of education that the school provides for its students. Who is on the school council? There are three possible categories of membership: A mandated elected parent category. More than one third of the total members must be from this category. Department of Education and Training (DE&T) employees can be parent members at their child’s school. A mandated elected DE&T employee category. Members of this category may make up no more than one third of the total member- ship of school council. The principal of the school is automatically one of these members. An optional community member category. Its members are coopted by a decision of the council because of their special skills, inter- ests or experiences. DE&T employees are not eligible to be community members. The term of office for members is two years. Half the members must retire each year and this creates vacancies for the annual school council elections. Why is parent membership so important? Parents on school councils provide important viewpoints and have valuable skills that can help shape the direction of the school. Those parents who become active on a school council find their involvement satisfying in itself and may also find that their children feel a greater sense of belonging. How can you become involved? The most obvious way is to vote in the elections, which are held in February or March each year. However, ballots are only held if more people nominate as candidates than there are positions vacant. In view of this, you might seriously consider: standing for election as a member of the school council encouraging another person to stand for election. Do I need special experience to be on school council? No. What you do need is an interest in your child’s school and the desire to work in partnership with others to help shape the school’s future. What do you need to do to stand for election? The principal will issue a notice and call for nominations following the commencement term1 each year. All school council elections must be completed by the end of March. For parents, this notice will probably be given to your child so you may need to check with them whether it has been sent home. If you decide to stand for election, you will need to arrange for someone to nominate and second you as a candidate in either the parent cate- gory or DE&T employee category. Once the nomination form is completed, return it to the principal within the time stated on the notice of election. If there are more nominations received than there are vacancies on council, a ballot will be conducted in the two weeks after the call for nomi- nations has closed. Remember Ask at the school for help if you would like to stand for election and are not sure what to do. Consider standing for election to council this year. Be sure to vote in the elections. Contact the principal for further information. Page 10 Schedule 4. Notice of election and call for nominations An election is to be conducted for members of the School Council of VERMONT SECONDARY COLLEGE. Nomination forms may be obtained from the school and must be lodged by 4 pm on Friday 17th February, 2006 The ballot will close at 4 pm on Friday 3rd March, 2006. Following the closing of nominations a list of the nominations received will be posted at the school. The terms of office, mem- bership categories and number of positions in each membership category open for election are as follows - Membership category Term of office Number of positions Parent member From the day after the date of the 3 declaration of the poll in 2006∗ to and inclusive of the date of the declaration of the poll in 2008* DE&T employee member From the day after the date of the 2 declaration of the poll in 2006∗ to and inclusive of the date of the declaration of the poll in 2008* If the number of nominations is less than the number of vacancies, a notice to that effect and calling for further nominations will be posted in a prominent position at the school. Principal Notes: 1. “Electorate of the school” means the DE&T employee electorate of the school and the Parent electorate of the school. 2. “Parent electorate of the school” means all persons (except the principal) who are Parents of students of the school, other than those who are DE&T employees and who opt or are deemed to opt in accordance with clause 22 to be members of the DE&T employee electorate of the school. 3. “DE&T employee electorate of the school” means the principal of the school and – (a) DE&T employees engaged in work at and for the school (other than those who are Parents of students of the school and who neither opt nor are deemed to opt in accordance with clause 22 to be members of the DE&T employee electorate of the school); and (b) other DE&T employees who are Parents of students of the school and who opt or are deemed to opt in accordance with clause 22 to be members of the DE&T employee electorate of the school. 4. “DE&T employee” - (a) means a person employed for eight hours or more per week in either an on-going capacity or for a fixed term of at least 90 days - (i) under the Teaching Service Act 1981; or (ii) by the DE&T under the Public Sector Management and Employment Act 1998; or (iii) by a school council of a State school; or (iv) under section 5 or 5A of the Education Act 1958; or (v) under more than one of the paragraphs (i) to (iv) above, and (b)does not mean a person employed, under a contract for service or the employees or the contracted personnel of such a person. 5. Votes may be posted to the principal or placed in the ballot box at the school on any day up to the closure of the ballot. Further details on how votes may be lodged will be provided when ballot papers are sent to the electorate of the school. Page 11 Schedule 5A. Nomination form for parent member category The persons whose names appear under Nominator and Seconder, nominate- Name (print full name) Residential address for election to the Parent member category of the School Council of Nominator: Seconder: Name (print) Name (print) Address Address I am a* (please tick): I am a* (please tick): (a) parent of a student at the school (a) parent of a student at the school (b) parent of a student at the school (b) parent of a student at the school and a DE&T employee to whom and a DE&T employee to whom para- paragraph 2(a) below does not ap- graph 2(a) below does not apply ply Signature Sig- natur e *You may only nominate or second a candidate for election to the Parent member category if you are a member of one of the categories of person listed in (a) or (b) above. If you nominate or second a candidate and you are not a member of one of the categories of person listed in (a) or (b) above, then the nomination form will be invalid. CANDIDATE TO COMPLETE I accept the nomination and I am prepared to serve as a Parent member of the above named school council. I hereby declare that I am/I am not a Delete as ap- DE&T employee that I have not nominated or seconded a candidate for propriate election to the DE&T employee member category that I have not ac- cepted a nomination to stand for election in the DE&T employee member category that I am not an undischarged bankrupt and that I am not cur- rently serving a sentence for an indictable offence Signature of candidate Date: Page 12 Notes: 1. To nominate or second a candidate for election to the Parent member category, or accept a nomination for election to the Parent member category, each of the nominator and seconder and candidate must be either - (a) a parent of a student of the school; or (b) a parent of a student at the school and a DE&T employee, to whom paragraph 2(a) below does not apply. 2. If you are a Parent of a student of the school and a DE&T employee and - (a) you have nominated or seconded a candidate standing for election in the DE&T employee member category, or accepted a nomination to stand as a candidate for election to the DE&T employee member category, then you may only nominate or second a candidate or accept a nomination to stand as a candidate for election to the DE&T employee member category, and you may not nominate or second a candidate or accept a nomination to stand as a candidate for election to the Parent member category; (b) you do not fall within paragraph (a), then you may nominate or second a candidate to stand for election, or accept a nomination to stand for election, to either the Parent member category (using this Schedule) or the DE&T employee member category (using Schedule 5B), but not both categories. 3. “DE&T employee” - (a) means a person employed for eight hours or more per week in either an on-going capacity or a fixed term of at least 90 days - (i) under the Teaching Service Act 1981; or (ii) by the DE&T under the Public Sector Management and Employment Act 1998; or (iii) by a school council of a State school; or (iv) under section 5 or 5A of the Education Act 1958; or (v) under more than one of the paragraphs (i) to (iv) above, and (b) does not mean a person employed under a contract for service or the employees or the contracted personnel of such a person. VSC College Meetings and Events - Term 1 2006 Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday (LEADERSHIP) RECESS BRIEFING Week 1 January 30 January 31 Feb 1 (Yr 12 in) February 2 February3 Staff Return Students Return Music Info. Evening 7.30pm Week 2 February 6 February 7 Feb 8 (Yr 11 in) Feb 9 Feb10 YEAR LEVEL SRC Planning Day Travel ID Photos - ASSEMBLIES WEEK Auxiliary Lunchtime Phase 1 Careers Fast Track Yr 11 1.00– 2.00pm Pathways Review LCC MIPs - Staff YLC Meeting Forum Briefing KLAC Meeting Student Services Week 3 February 13 February 14 Feb 15 (Yr12 in) February 16 February 17 Junior & Senior MIPs Launch and VSC Swimming Sub-school BBQ Carnival Assemblies Risk Management LCC Staff Meeting – PCA Canteen INTEL Training - Goal Setting Publicity Group 1 Buildings + Finance Grounds Week 4 February 20 February 21 Feb 22 (Yr11 in) February 23 February 24 Year 7 Camp 1 Year 7 Camp 1 Year 7 Camp 1 Form Photos Senior Summer 7.1 7.2 7.3 Phase 2 Careers Years 7-11 Round Robin Fast Track Yr 11 Portraits Yrs 7-12 1.00–2.00pm & all staff Leadership Team LCC Senior School Junior School Thredbo Mountain Music Support Learning Tech. Bike Camp & Group College Council HPV Wonthaggi 24-26/2 Week 5 February 27 February 28 March 1 (Yr12 in) March 2 March 3 Year 7 Camp 2 Year 7 Camp 2 Year 7 Camp 2+3 Year 7 Camp 3 Year 7 Camp 3 Year 8 Cricket 7.4 7.5 7.6 Inter Summer 7.7 7.8 7.9 Round Robin I & E/Curriculum LCC Science/SOSE/ English/Maths/ Links Learning & Arts/ LOTE H+PE Teaching Week 6 March 6 March 7 Mar 8 (Yr11 in) March 9 March10 Phase 2 Intermediate Yr 7 Author Visit District Swimming District Diving Yr 7 Cricket Careers Fast Tennis MIPs Staff Lunch End of Term 2.30 Track Yr 11 Finish 12/3 IT KLA INTEL Training - KLA Team Time KLA Team Time Inverloch Group 1 Jazz Festival LCC *Term Two Begins Monday 27th March & Ends Friday 16th June (12 weeks) *Commonwealth Games Wednesday 15th to Sunday 26th March * Term Three Begins Monday 3rd July & Ends Friday 15th September (11 weeks) *Term Four Begins Monday 2nd October & Ends Thursday 21st December (12 weeks) Note: TBC refers to ‘To Be Confirmed’.