2018 Presentation Evening PAGE 8-10 - Year 9 Geography PAGE 7 - DATE: WEDNESDAY 13TH FEBRUARY 2019

2018 Presentation Evening PAGE 8-10 - Year 9 Geography PAGE 7 - DATE: WEDNESDAY 13TH FEBRUARY 2019
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Year 9 Geography PAGE 7
                        We value: Achievement, Respect, Commitment, Community
2018 Presentation Evening PAGE 8-10 - Year 9 Geography PAGE 7 - DATE: WEDNESDAY 13TH FEBRUARY 2019
Principal Team
Report                                              Deb Gentl                               Ashti Mull
                                                                                                       en        Rebecca Williams
                                                              e           Rob Monk

Welcome to all students and parents at the beginning of             Also Mrs Ashti Mullen will step into the role of Acting Assistant
the 2019 school year. At our assembly on the first day, we          Principal for the first half of the Year while Mr Michael Wilson is
welcomed 227 Year 7 students, many new students in Years 8          on leave.
through to 12 and new staff.
My message to students is to remember to live our values of         NEW LEARNING CENTRE AND CAFETERIA
Achievement, Respect, Commitment and Community. With that           Although there are still a few final additions to complete, our
comes the expectation that students will commit to their learning   new buildings are being used for classes and the cafeteria is
and the assurance that our staff will support students to accept    open for business. Students are enjoying and making the most
challenges and grow in their learning.                              of these spaces, including the outdoor areas. Landscaping is
                                                                    difficult to complete with the hot summer we are experiencing,
College Captains, Jade Baker, Maddi Shaw, Renee Davidson            but in time we will have attractive outdoor areas for students.
and Scott Simpson Brewer emphasised the importance of
making the most of the many opportunities available at DSC.
College Council student representatives, Georgia Clayton and
Braden Lewis spoke about how important it is for students to
express their ideas and opinions and encouraged students to
participate in the Student Representative Council.

 Katy Grandin              Assistant Principal at Blackwood
                           Centre for Adolescent Development
 Megan Boland              Visual Arts
 Kathryn Buckland          Health/PE
 Alan Chambers             Performing Arts
 Tony Chandler             Maths/Science
 Laura Croft               PE
 Carmen Daldry             Maths/Science
 Louise Jones              English
 Peter Livingston          Humanities
 Leanna Kotsakis           Humanities/Business
 Rachael McDermott         English
 Jack Robson               English/Psychology
 Robert Shurey             Maths/Science
 Yolette Stewart           Music
 Mark Venville             Humanities
 Rea Webster-Lawson        Psychology/English
 Kylie Downey              Pathways & Careers
 Cam Smith                 Trainee - Intervention
 Amy McLennan              Trainee - Sport & Rec
 Megan Munckhof            Integration Aide

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VCE EXCELLENCE AWARDS                                              Harry was unable to attend the evening, having already
                                                                   headed overseas to serve as a missionary in Russia for the
We celebrated the successes of 2018 on the evening of              next two years. His sister, Gemma, read a letter from Harry
Wednesday 19th December, with the annual College                   expressing his gratitude to his teachers, parents and family for
Presentation Evening. It was a very positive way to end the year   their support. In his letter, Harry had this advice for all students,
with many families and staff acknowledging the achievements        “I think the best way to cope with Year 12 is to have ‘gratitude
of students from Year 7 to Year 12.                                in your attitude’ and remember how lucky we are to have
Among the many awards and scholarships presented on                this difficult year…All big goals can be attained by achieving
the night, nine of the College’s high achieving Year 12 VCE        smaller goals along the way, so break up what you need to do
students were recognised. These students were:                     into small steps and then work at it consistently and you will
                                                                   achieve your best possible results.”
 •    Lochlin Clarke              •    Rachel King
                                                                   On his return home, Harrison plans to study at Monash
 •    Rachel Cook                 •    Taylah Marsh-Irwin
                                                                   University in the Biomedical Science Scholars Program and
 •    Daisy Drake                 •    Harrison Phillips           possibly pursue a career in sports medicine.
 •    Bridie Farrar               •    Lucy Tompkins
                                                                   It was very pleasing to see the positive destinations the class of
 •    Georgia Henderson
                                                                   2018 have been offered. We wish all 2018 graduates well for
                                                                   their future studies and careers.

                                                                   COMMUNITY EVENTS
                                                                   Our College life includes many community events. On Saturday
                                                                   16th February, our College Captains, House Captains, students
                                                                   and staff will participate in the Ficifolia Festival parade.
                                                                   As I write this newsletter, House Captains are preparing for
                                                                   the Annual Inter-house Swimming Sports to be held
                                                                   on Tuesday 19th February. We are all looking forward to an
                                                                   enjoyable summer day at the Drouin pool and some great
                                                                   competition between the four Houses.
                                                                   Monday 18th February is a very important day in our calendar
                                                                   as we will hold our Celebration Assembly to recognise the
                                                                   progress students made in 2018.
                                                                   VCE Parent/Student Information Evening will be held
                                                                   on Tuesday 26th February. Valuable information will be shared
                                                                   and there will be an opportunity to have all those burning
                                                                   questions about VCE answered.
                                                                   We also hosted a welcome BBQ and Information Evening
                                                                   for the parents of Year 7 students on Monday 11th February.
                                                                   This evening was a great way for parents to meet other parents
                                                                   and their child’s teachers.
                                                                   This week, many of us will pause to remember the devastating
                                                                   events and the impact on our community as we commemorate
                                                                   the ten year anniversary of the Black Saturday bushfires. On
                                                                   this anniversary people may experience different emotional and
                                                                   physical reactions. There may be members of our community
                                                                   needing support at this time. As well as the community agencies
                                                                   available our Wellbeing Team can assist families in accessing
     Harrison Phillips,
     College Dux for 2018                                          Deb Gentle, Principal (On behalf of the Principal Team)
                                                                   “Educating the mind without educating the heart is
Harrison Phillips was awarded the College Dux for                  no education at all.” Aristotle.
2018 and was presented with the Baw Baw Shire Academic
Excellence Scholarship. Harry has been a committed and
involved member of the college since he enrolled here as a
Year 7 student. He is one of the most respected members of
our College as an outstanding student academically, in the
sporting arena and as a DSC community member and leader. A
champion on so many levels.

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Principal Team's Report
The role of the College Council is very important to the
running of our College. It is the key policy making body
and establishes the direction for the College. Our College
Council is made up of six parent representatives, three staff
representatives, the Principal, two student representatives     We have been very fortunate to have Rebecca Ferguson
and up to two Community representatives.                        and Emily Sullivan serving as parent representatives. They
                                                                will be retiring from office from 14th of March, 2019. On
I encourage all parents to consider themselves or encourage
                                                                behalf of the College I would like to thank them for their
other parents or community members to put their hand up
                                                                work and time given as parent representatives.
for this important parent/guardian role at the College. All
great schools have a committed and strong council with full     We have the following positions available in 2019
parent representation. Please contact Ms Deb Gentle or Ms
Josie O’Connor for further information if you are interested    •   3 Parent positions which are a two (2) year tenure.
in these positions.

An election is to be conducted for members of the Drouin Secondary College Council.

Nomination forms may be obtained from the College General Office and must be lodged by 4.00pm Friday, 1st
March 2019.

The ballot, if required, will open on Monday 4th March and close at 4.00pm on Thursday 7th March, 2019.

Following the closing of nominations a list of the nominations will be posted at the College. The terms of office, membership
categories and number of positions in each membership category open for election are as follows:

 Membership Category                       Term of Office                            No. of Positions

 Parent Member                             14th March 2019 - 14th March 2021         3 (2 Years)

If you are interested in nominating yourself or another parent/guardian, please contact the Business Manager,
Ms Josie O’Connor as soon as possible.

E: oconnor.josie.m@edumail.vic.gov.au or Ph: 5625 1002

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Our leadership team consists of the following members. Please make contact with your child's Learning Group Leader or
Learning Culture Leaders if you have any questions or concerns.

 POSITION                                            STAFF MEMBER              EMAIL
 Principal                                           Deb Gentle                gentle.deb.dg@edumail.vic.gov.au
 Assistant Principal Year 7                          Rebecca Williams          williams.rebecca.a@edumail.vic.gov.au
 Assistant Principal Year 8-9 (Acting)               Ashti Mullen              mullen.ashti.a@edumail.vic.gov.au
 Assistant Principal Year 10-12                      Rob Monk                  monk.rob.rm@edumail.vic.gov.au
 Business Manager                                    Josie O’Connor            oconnor.josie.m@edumail.vic.gov.au
 Year 7 Learning Culture Leader                      Kerrie Wainwright         wainwright.kerrie.kw@edumail.vic.gov.au
 Year 7 Learning Culture Assistant                   Jessica Dunn              dunn.jessica.m@edumail.vic.gov.au
 Year 8/9 Learning Culture Leader                    Diane Croft               croft.diane.m@edumail.vic.gov.au
 Year 8 Learning Culture Assistant                   Rachel Davies             davies.rachel.a@edumail.vic.gov.au
 Year 9 Learning Culture Assistant                   Corissa Rieschieck        rieschieck.corissa.j@edumail.vic.gov.au
 Year 10-12 Learning Culture Leader                  Rose Allen                allen.rosemary.f@edumail.vic.gov.au
 Year 10 Learning Culture Assistant                  Ben Stein                 stein.benjamin.d@edumail.vic.gov.au
 Year 11 Learning Culture Assistant                  Tim Cosstick              cosstick.timothy.w@edumail.vic.gov.au
 Year 12 Learning Culture Assistant                  Andrew Walsh              walsh.andrew.a@edumail.vic.gov.au
 Student Wellbeing Leader (Acting)                   Andrew Walsh              walsh.andrew.a@edumail.vic.gov.au
 Student Wellbeing Assistant                         Jenni Johnson             Johnson.Jenni.J@edumail.vic.gov.au
 Student Wellbeing Assistant                         Anne Wilson               wilson.jessie.anne.aw@edumail.vic.gov.au
 School Nurse                                        Laura Van Stijn           van.stijn.laura.l@edumail.vic.gov.au
 Psychologist                                        Jun Lim                   lim.wen-jun.w@edumail.vic.gov.au
 Teaching & Learning Leader                          Teresa Fanning            fanning.teresa.t@edumail.vic.gov.au
 Teaching & Learning Leader                          Heather Daldry            daldry.heather.hd@edumail.vic.gov.au
 Teaching & Learning Leader Intervention (Acting)    Jayde Werner-Duffield     werner-duffield.jayde.j@edumail.vic.gov.au
 Learning Specialist                                 Rachel Bohni              bohni.rachel.a@edumail.vic.gov.au
 Learning Specialist                                 Jo Brauman                brauman.joanne.j@edumail.vic.gov.au
 Learning Specialist                                 Scott Hasley              hasley.scott.s@edumail.vic.gov.au
 Sport Coordinator                                   Bernie Walsh              walsh.bernie.p@edumail.vic.gov.au
 Librarian-Literacy Leader                           Jenn Davies               davies.jenn.jd@edumail.vic.gov.au
 Maths Coordinator                                   Nella Marx                marx.sebastiana.n@edumail.vic.gov.au
                                                     Rhonda Martino            martino.rhonda.t@edumail.vic.gov.au
 English Coordinator
                                                     Sarah Longden             longden.sarah.m@edumail.vic.gov.au
 Humanities (SOSE) Coordinator                       Laura Burton              burton.laura.k@edumail.vic.gov.au
 Science Coordinator                                 Peter Russell             russell.peter.p@edumail.vic.gov.au
 PE/Health Coordinator                               David Sharpe              sharpe.david.d@edumail.vic.gov.au
 Arts Coordinator                                    Brie Brooker              brooker.briani.b@edumail.vic.gov.au
 LOTE Coordinator                                    Scott Hasley              hasley.scott.s@edumail.vic.gov.au
 Food Technology Coordinator                         Therese Gorton            gorton.therese.l@edumail.vic.gov.au
 Materials / IT Technology Coordinator               Ben Stein                 stein.benjamin.d@edumail.vic.gov.au
 Year 8 Hands on Learning Coordinator                Bernie Walsh              walsh.bernie.p@edumail.vic.gov.au
 Year 9 Pre Apprenticeship Coordinator               Jayden King               king.jaydyn.w@edumail.vic.gov.au
 VCAL Coordinator                                    Karly Goss                goss.karly.l@edumail.vic.gov.au
 Careers/Pathways                                    Kerry Wales               wales.kerry.a@edumail.vic.gov.au
 Careers/Pathways / VET Coordinator                  Jayden King               king.jaydyn.w@edumail.vic.gov.au
 Careers/Pathways                                    Kylie Downey              downey.kylie.a@edumail.vic.gov.au
 Integration (D&I) Coordination                      Emma Todaro               todaro.emma.e@edumail.vic.gov.au
 Integration (D&I) Assistant                         Luana Crampton            crampton.luana.m@edumail.vic.gov.au
 Literacy & Numeracy Intervention                    Aleasha Innella           innella.aleasha.j@edumail.vic.gov.au
 Accelerated Pathways Program (APP) Coordinator      Jessica Dunn              dunn.jessica.m@edumail.vic.gov.au
 VASS Coordinator                                    Natalie Fisher            fisher.natalie.n@edumail.vic.gov.au
 Instrumental Music & Choir Leader                   Natalia Gunning           gunning.natalia.n@edumail.vic.gov.au
 Transport (Bus) Coordinator                         Maureen Hickman           hickman.maureen.f@edumail.vic.gov.au
 OHS Representative                                  Maureen Hickman           hickman.maureen.f@edumail.vic.gov.au

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  A huge congratulations to our elected student leaders. They are excited about leading their teams in 2019. Please jump on
  board with Active April and register for your House and get set for the College Swimming Sports on Tuesday 19 February.

     HOUSE LEADERS                                                 LAWSON            PATERSON                     DENNIS                 GORDON


                                                          Tuimateo LASARO          Tyson MURRAY               Thalia MITCHELL        Jack McCONVILLE

                                                               Matt KOURIS         Chloe KIRKMAN              Molly CAMPBELL          Anita CHAPMAN


                                                          Caitlyn WARRINER          Kate RINEHART               Ruby KELLY           Deegan SWALLOW

                                                     Charlotte FOENANDER                                     Tyanna BURNS‐UM        Felicity WILLIAMSON

     U:\‐0 SHARED ADMIN FILES\Student Leadership\2019 ‐ House Captains 2019

The Secondary School Vaccine Program offers free                                                    The Baw Baw Shire Immunisation Service may contact you
vaccines to Year 7 and 10 students. These vaccines provide                                          about the Secondary School Vaccine Program. Schools are
protection against:                                                                                 authorised to provide basic parent/guardian contact details
                                                                                                    to local councils for this purpose. Contact the school by 28
  • Diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis (whooping cough) –
                                                                                                    February 2019 if you do not want your contact details given
    one dose for Year 7 students
                                                                                                    to the Baw Baw Shire Immunisation Service.
  • Human Papillomavirus (HPV) – two doses for Year 7
                                                                                                    To learn more about the Secondary School Vaccine
                                                                                                    Program, the vaccines, the diseases they protect against,
  • Meningococcal A,C,W,Y – one dose for Year 10                                                    or how you can prepare your child for vaccination, go to
    students                                                                                        www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au
Parents/guardians of Year 7 and 10 students should look                                             Additionally, the Commonwealth government is funding
out for the vaccine consent card booklet coming home                                                vaccinations for all children under 20 years of age who
from school with your child (Year 7 cards were sent out                                             missed any scheduled vaccines, including a catch up
November 2018 with the orientation day paperwork). You                                              program for Meningococcal ACWY vaccine for adolescents
need to read the information, complete and return the card                                          aged 15-19 years of age who have not already received
regardless of whether your child is being vaccinated at                                             the vaccine in school. If students have missed vaccines,
school.                                                                                             either in childhood or adolescence, and require catch-up
                                                                                                    vaccines, they should speak with their Local council or GP.

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From the General Office...
FEES                                                             DOES YOUR CHILD NEED TO
A reminder that all fees for 2018 are now overdue. To set
up a payment plan for fees, please contact the Business          LEAVE THE SCHOOL EARLY?
Manager, Josie O’Connor to make an appointment. Only             A reminder that if your child needs to leave during class
Year 7 and 12 camps can be added to payment plans.               time or any other time during the school day they are
Payment plans are available to all parents/guardians at DSC.     required to bring a signed note which is to be presented at
Please note elective charges will be added to family             their LCC office.
accounts in the next couple of weeks and statements              Please note that we require parent permission for students
will be posted home shortly after. This year’s Curriculum        to be collected by someone other than their parents/
Charges are due by the end of Term 1 2019 if no payment          guardians, as listed on our records. Persons listed as
plan is in place.                                                emergency contacts also require permission from parents/
                                                                 guardians to collect students.

2019 CAMPS, SPORTS &                                             Please call ahead if you have an unscheduled appointment
                                                                 in plenty of time, this enables staff to locate the child and

                                                                 make sure they are ready when you come to collect them.

If you hold a valid means-tested concession card or are a
temporary foster parent, you may be eligible for CSEF. A
special consideration category also exists for asylum seeker
and refugee families. The allowance is paid to the school
to use towards expenses relating to camps, excursions or
sporting activities for the benefit of your child. CSEF cannot
be used for curriculum or elective charges. Application
forms can be completed at the office now.



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          PRESENTATION        NIGHT
                    AWARD WINNERS
SCHOLARSHIP CERTIFICATE                             STUDENT NAME             YEAR
Aust Ed Union DSC Branch Award                          Kieran Williams       7
Aust Ed Union DSC Branch Award                              Sharni Boote      7
Buxwear Award                                             Frank Pastrana      7
Drouin Cricket Club Award                                    Brock Walsh      7
Drouin RSL Award                                       Lachlan Hogben         7
DUNLOP Award                                                Blake Gouge       7
Hivins Services ARCC Award                                 Madison Peck       7
Maths Excellence Award                                     Tyler Paltridge    7
William J. Bloye Award                                      Amber Burke       7
Year 7 Canteen Encouragement Award                     Lachlan Braybon        7
Year 7 Canteen Encouragement Award                            Lily Bentley    7
Year 7 English Excellence Award                           Ainsley Phillips    7
Year 7 English Outstanding Effort Award                Francis Pastrana       7
Year 7 English Outstanding Effort Award                     Emma Smith        7
Year 7 Intervention Support Program Award                      Rory Byrne     7
Year 7 Intervention Support Program Award             Breeana Andrews         7
Year 7 SRC Award                                        Ayden Narayan         7
Drouin Cricket Club Award                               Tamsyn Pearson        8
Drouin Lions Club Award                                  Mackenzie Fort       8
Drouin RSL Award                                       Kalen Wittmer Li       8
Hivins Services ARCC Award                          Laura-Joan Roberts        8
LOTE Excellence Award                                   Tamsyn Pearson        8
Maths Excellence Award                                    Jamie Kawecki       8
Phoenix Screenprinting Award                            Phoebe Allgood        8
Year 8 Canteen Encouragement Award                 Isabelle Fankhauser        8
Year 8 Canteen Encouragement Award                        Jamie Kawecki       8
Year 8 English Excellence Award                             Hayden King       8
Year 8 English Outstanding Effort Award                    Kyle Kruizinga     8
Year 8 Intervention Support Program Award           Isabel O'Callaghan        8
Year 8 Intervention Support Program Award                  Taniesha Pratt     8
Year 8 SRC Award                                           Grace Thorpe       8
B & T Plumbing Scholarship                                    Trent Taylor    9
B & T Plumbing Scholarship                             Dean Swinburne         9
Baw Baw Shire Indigenous Scholarship                      Holly Stephens      9
Buxwear Award                                              Zarkara Smith      9
Creative Arts Award                                              Sine Salt    9
Dick Senini Scholarship                                        Freya Peck     9
Drouin Lions Club Award                                  Daniel Chaplin       9
Drouin RSL Award                                         Isabelle Harvey      9
DUNLOP Award                                               Xavier Roberts     9
Hivins Services ARCC Award                                Camryn Olsen        9
LOTE Excellence Award                                     Shyan Mitchell      9
Maths Excellence Award                                      Olivia Fowler     9
William J. Bloye Award                                     Shae Hobgen        9
Year 9 Canteen Encouragement Award                 Taylah Cunningham          9
Year 9 Canteen Encouragement Award                        Lachlan Jagoe       9
Year 9 English Excellence Award                          Isabelle Harvey      9

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SCHOLARSHIP CERTIFICATE                          STUDENT NAME           YEAR
Year 9 English Excellence Award                       Jordan Deszcz       9
Year 9 English Outstanding Effort Award                Olivia Fowler      9
Year 9 Intervention Support Program Award               Rachel Prout      9
Year 9 SRC Award                                         Kiara Collis     9
B & T Plumbing Scholarship                            Xavier Roberts      9
 ADF Long Tan Leadership                                   Ruby Kelly    10
 Kwong Lee Dow Scholars                               Thalia Mitchell    10
 VET Hospitality Award                                Halle Braybon      10
Campion Education Encouragement Award                  Chelsea Steel     10
Creative Arts Award                                    Chelsea Steel     10
Drouin Apex Award                                         Zoe Young      10
Drouin Lions Club Award                                Maggie Millis     10
DUNLOP Award                                       Daniel Carvosso       10
Hivins Services ARCC Award                            Gemma Burke        10
Materials Technology Excellence Award               Jack McConville      10
Maths Excellence Award                             Alex MacDonald        10
Phillip & Terry Dent Achievement Award                Thalia Mitchell    10
Phillip & Terry Dent Achievement Award               Alex McDonald       10
Warragul Quilters Award                            Leaya Tampaline       10
Year 10 Canteen Encouragement Award                  Chloe Kirkman       10
Year 10 Canteen Encouragement Award                 Sophie McCabe        10
Year 10 English Excellence Award                      Thalia Mitchell    10
Year 10 English Outstanding Effort Award                   Freya Peck    10
Year 10 SRC Award                                        Matt Kouris     10
Bob Rogers Encouragement Award                         Braden Lewis      11
Bob Rogers Encouragement Award                      Anita Chapman        11
Canteen Encouragement Award                           Krystal Murray     11
CFMEU VCE Support Scholarship                     Tyanna Burns-Um        11
Drouin & District Business Group Award             Maddy Ferguson        11
Drouin Apex Award                                     Amber Shanks       11
Drouin Lions Club Award                             Kayla Woodlock       11
Drouin RSL Award                                       Jessica Taylor    11
Federation Training Award                            Ash Hutchinson      11
Federation Training Award                                  Wil Trewin    11
Federation Training Award                               Maddi Shaw       11
Hivins Services ARCC Award                              Kasey Major      11
Lyn Craig Memorial Award                                  Zoe Young      11
Maths Excellence Award                                  Cade Deszcz      11
Shane Vandeligt Memorial Scholarship                Maddison Nash        11
Smith McCarthy Wilson Accounting Scholarship             Ali Lieshout    11
SRC Leadership Award                                    Ryan Simioni     11
SSV Academic & Sporting Achievement Award               Maddi Shaw       11
VCAL Excellence Award                                    Katy Pincott    11
Warragul Bus Lines Award                                Stacey Smith     11
William Rae Award                                         Jade Baker     11
Year 11 Canteen Encouragement Award                     Alisha Major     11
Year 11 Canteen Encouragement Award                       Scott Hicks    11
Year 11 English Excellence Award                 Natasha Cameron         11
Year 11 SRC Award                                       Corey Taylor     11
Bob Rogers Encouragement Award                      Lachlan Pearson      11
DSC Senior Art Acquisition Award                   Chelsea Morgan        12
Year 12 Baw Baw Shire Scholarship                   Harrison Phillips    12

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 YEAR 7                     YEAR 9                          YEAR 11
 Chloe         ACHILLES     Caitlin      BILJNA             Natasha    CAMERON
 Lanaea        BONE         Kaitlyn      CHEETHAM           Cade       DESZCZ
 Sharni        BOOTE        Kiara        COLLIS             Will       FREEMANTLE
 Taylah        CLARK        Tahlia       COUSIN             Toby       KAWECKI
 Gabrielle     DAWSON       Jacob        DAVIES             Ali        LIESHOUT
 Eryn          DEPPELER     Jordan       DESZCZ             Kasey      MAJOR
 Jessica       HICKFORD     Olivia       FOWLER             Alisha     MAJOR
 Lachlan       HOGBEN       Isabelle     HARVEY             Will       MICHIE
 Allanah       JAGOE        Shae         HOGBEN             Katy       PINCOTT
 Alexandra     KENNEDY      Xavier       LAFRANTZ           Joel       POPE
 Tasharni      MURRAY       Shania       LEWIS              Hannah     RIESCHIECK
 Ayden         NARAYAN      Ashlea       MURDICA            Stacey     SMITH
 Tyler         PALTRIDGE    Camryn       OLSEN
 Francis       PASTRANA     Chloe        SMART
 Madison       PECK         Zarkara      SMITH
 Willow        PETROV       Leaya        TAMPALINE
 Ainsley       PHILLIPS     Zoe          WRIGHT
 Charlotte     SMITHETT
 Caitlin       THOMSON
 Sophie        TURNER

 YEAR 8                      YEAR 10                        YEAR 12
 Phoebe        ALLGOOD       Taliah       BROOKER           Lochlin    CLARKE
 Chloe         BALCOMBE      Danielle     CASE              Rachel     COOK
 Isabelle      FANKHAUSER                 HENDERSON-        Daisy      DRAKE
 Jazmine       FITZGERALD                 CARBERY           Bridie     FARRAR
 Aaron         HALLAM        Chloe        KIRKMAN           Georgia    HENDERSON
 Ella          JOHNSTONE     Matthew      KOURIS            Rachel     KING
 Jamie         KAWECKI       Alexander    MACDONALD         Taylah     MARSH-IRWIN
 Hayden        KING          Sophie       MCCABE            Harrison   PHILLIPS
 Kira          KING          Maggie       MILLIS            Lucy       TOMKINS
 Kalen         WITTMER LI    Thalia       MITCHELL
 Lola          MALES         Freya        PECK
 Tahlia        MARRIOTT      Sarah        ROBINS
 Shyan         MITCHELL      Lauren       SMITHERS
 Tamsyn        PEARSON       Chelsea      STEEL
 Chantelle     PREIS         Emily        WARREN
 Grace         THORPE        Caitlyn      WARRINER
 Taj           VASS          Lauren       WEBB
 Grace         WADDELL

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Rehearsals for the DSC 2019                                   Where?
Production have started!                                      The Audo

A full rehearsal schedule stating who is required at which    When?
rehearsals will be published on 25th February.
                                                                • Mondays after school (as of Monday 11th Feb),
                                                                  3:45pm-5:30pm: only students required as per
                                                                  rehearsal schedule.

                                                                • Mondays lunchtime, 25th Feb onwards: only students
                                                                  required as per rehearsal schedule.

                                                                • Full day intensives: Monday 18th & Thursday 21st
                                                                  February (no Monday after school rehearsal on the

                                                              Monday rehearsals are ongoing throughout the semester.

                                                              NOTE: All our rehearsals are closed to non-cast and
                                                              non-crew. This means, no friends and no parents
                                                              watching our rehearsal process. This is so our
                                                              audience has an enjoyable theatre experience when
                                                              they come and see the show.

                                                              We look forward to seeing you there!

  ICT BOOTCAMP                                               REMEMBER
                                                             THE HIGH FIVE
   As you know, all students who connect to the
   DSC network need to meet certain requirements.
   One of these is completing the appropriate ICT
   Bootcamp course each year.
   The ICT Bootcamp Course is on Moodle.
                                                              Commit to your learning and make a great
   ICT Bootcamp must be completed by 28th                     start to the year by following the High Five.
   February 2019.
   Successful completion of the relevant Bootcamp
   course ensures your computer stays unlocked.
   Failure to successfully complete the relevant
   Bootcamp course will mean your computer will
   be locked down.
   If you have any questions, concerns or queries,
   please do not hesitate to contact me:

   Teresa Fanning, Curriculum Leader
   - ICT & Pedagogy

                                            DROUIN SECONDARY COLLEGE - E-NEWS
The Year 7 team has had a great start to the year with 227 students surviving their first week of many more to come at
Secondary College. The teaching staff are enjoying their classes already and we are getting to know each other slowly.
There is a lot to learn at this new stage - Sentral, Moodle, CATs, LGs and LCCs. Ask your child if they know what these
terms mean!

Our Year 7 Learning Culture Centre team this year are:

Kerrie Wainwright               Rebecca Williams                Jessica Dunn - 7A               Gita Walker - 7B
Year 7 Level Leader             Assistant Principal             Assistant Level Leader

Deborah Coffey - 7C             Megan Boland - 7D               Sarah Longden - 7E              Carmen Daldry - 7F

Dave Axford - 7G                Scott Hasley - 7H               Erin Warner - 7I                Louise Jones - 7J

The Learning Group Leaders, Rebecca Williams (Assistant Principal), Sharon Pocock (Year 7 Administration Assistant)
and I look forward to working with you all in 2019.

Kerrie Wainwright
Year 7 Level Leader

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             For families with students in years 8 & 9
Welcome to 2019. Year 8 and 9 students and families have the support of their Learning Group Leader as the first port of
call for day to day and on-going issues. It is important to communicate all needs and concerns.

There are many staff you or your child may interact with this year.

Our team of staff in the 8 & 9 Learning Culture Centre office include:
   •    Mrs Maureen Hickman: 8-9 LCC Administration (the person most likely to answer the LCC phone)
   •    8 & 9 Learning Culture Leader: Mrs Diane Croft (overseeing both year levels)
   •    Year 8 Assistant Leader: Ms Rachel Davies
   •    Year 9 Assistant Leader: Ms Corissa Rieschieck

  99 8A Learning Group Leader - Dr Jessica Cox                99 9A Learning Group Leader - Mrs Natalia Gunning
  99 8B Learning Group Leader - Mr Andrew Bohni               99 9B Learning Group Leader - Ms Corissa Rieschieck
  99 8C Learning Group Leader - Mr Kevin Thorpe               99 9C Learning Group Leader - Ms Angela Dong
  99 8D Learning Group Leader - Mr Rick Emery                 99 9D Learning Group Leader - Mr James Firth
  99 8E Learning Group Leader - Ms Ainslee Gallagher          99 9E Learning Group Leader - Mrs Simone Hoogeveen
  99 8F Learning Group Leader - Ms Sinead McCullough          99 9F Learning Group Leader - Ms Myrid Bartlett
  99 8G Learning Group Leader - Ms Rachel Davies              99 9G Learning Group Leader - Miss Madeline Stanton
                                                              99 9H Learning Group Leader - Mrs Diane Croft

Beyond the office our wider team with whom you may have contact include:
   •    Assistant Principal (Acting) - Ms Ashti Mullen
   •    The Careers staff - Mrs Kerry Wales, Mr Jayden King and Mrs Kylie Downey
   •    The Wellbeing staff - led by Mr Andrew Walsh
Please do not hesitate to contact us if you need advice or information.

       Mrs Diane Croft              Ms Rachel Davies                  Ms Corissa Rieschieck       Maureen Hickman
         Year 8/9 LCC                  Year 8 LCC                          Year 9 LCC               Year 8/9 LCC
            Leader                   Assistant Leader                    Assistant Leader           Administration

                                             DROUIN SECONDARY COLLEGE - E-NEWS
                     2019 Senior School Team
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                     Rose Allen - Senior School Leader
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                                                   DROUIN SECONDARY COLLEGE - E-NEWS
Drouin Secondary College

                        Tuesday 26th* February 2019 at 7pm – 8pm
                                            *Please note the change in date

 Where: Moondah Learning Centre

 Who: Interested parents and Year 10, 11 and 12 VCE students


        Meet the key 2019 VCE staff.
        What is VCE? The nuts and bolts of how it works.
        What do I have to do to meet the requirements to complete my VCE?
        How is the VCE assessed? What is the difference between SACs, SATs and Exams?
        What is the ATAR and how does it work?
        What is the GAT and why it is important?
        Expectations of DSC Senior School students.
        What is the difference between Homework and Study?
        Tips on how parents can support their child through VCE
        What is Special Provisions and am I eligible?
        What our Careers team can do to support you in VCE.
        What our Wellbeing team can do to support you in VCE.
        Key 2019 dates.
        Opportunity to ask a panel of staff questions on anything VCE/DSC related.

Please remember to inform the front office if any of your contact details change eg address, phone number, email,
emergency contacts etc. It is very important that the College is able to contact families in case of an emergency and also
for teachers to communicate with you about your child’s learning and wellbeing. Update your details via the Sentral Parent
Portal, call the front office or email drouin.sc@edumail.vic.gov.au.

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Accelerated Pathways Program 2020
   Open to Prospective Year 7 Students in 2020
Drouin Secondary College APP (Accelerated Pathway                Key Dates
Program) offers students in Year 7 challenging work that
is more closely aligned with their abilities. The program        Accelerated Pathways Program (APP)
emphasises higher-level thinking skills, problem solving and     Information Night:
academic achievement.                                            Tuesday 19th March 7.00pm
                                                                 APP Applications open:
Students suited to the program                                   Tuesday 19th March

Students best suited to the program are those who are highly     Year 7 2020 Information Day for
motivated, independent learners, flexible in their thinking,     Grade 6 students:
self-motivated, well-organised, and have well-developed          Thursday 2nd May 9.20am—3.00pm
literacy and numeracy skills and broad general knowledge.        Parent Information Evening:
The APP Program is designed to benefit those students            Thursday 2nd May 7pm for parents and
who have shown academic aptitude in one or more                  Grade 5 & 6 students
specific areas of the curriculum and have high educational       APP Applications close:
aspirations. Students in the APP Program are not necessarily     Friday 17th May
good at everything, but show an ability beyond most of their
peers.                                                           Student testing:
                                                                 Saturday 25th May

The APP difference                                               Interviews:
                                                                 Week commencing Monday 3rd June
As with all students in Year 7, students in the APP program
learn together in their Learning Group for most of their         Final placement of students:
subjects. They are generally taught in a similar way and         Notification by week of 17th June
follow the same curriculum as the other students at their        Orientation Days for all Grade 6 students:
year level, including the full range of arts, technology and     Tuesday 10th & 13th December
sports subjects. However, for some subjects, alternate texts
are provided to allow for greater analysis or complexity,
and the work is generally more challenging and advanced
and encourages higher-level thinking skills. Students in
                                                                  YEAR 7 2020
the program also benefit from working in a group of like-               INFORMATION DAY &
minded peers and have access to additional extension and                    EVENINGS
challenge programs.                                                ACCELERATED PATHWAYS PROGRAM
                                                                      (APP) INFORMATION EVENING
As with all our classes, students are taught with a wide                Tuesday 19th March at 7pm
variety of strategies to allow for the most appropriate to         Grade 6 students with academic aptitude and a passion for
                                                                                 learning are invited to apply!
promote their intellectual growth. From research and our
experience, students in extension programs are generally                 INFORMATION DAY FOR
                                                                         ALL GRADE 6 STUDENTS
more receptive to particular types of teaching strategies and
                                                                    Thursday 2nd May 9.20am to 3.00pm
classroom activities.
                                                                         EVENING FOR PARENTS AND
                                                                           GRADE 5 & 6 STUDENTS
Selection process                                                         Thursday 2nd May 7.00pm
                                                                      Tour the College in small groups to see classrooms &
All prospective Year 7 students for 2020 are welcome to              facilities & presentations about our learning programs.
apply for the APP program. Selection is via application, test,            Speak with teachers, students & other parents.
NAPLAN, reports and an interview.                                                Contact: Dr Jessica Du n n —
                                                                       dunn.jessica.m@edumail.vic.gov.au or 5625 1002
                                                                         or visit our website: www.drouinsc.vic.edu.au
How to apply
                                                                           Proud to be your Community College
For more information about applying please attend the
                                                                              valuing Achievement, Respect,
information session on Tuesday 19th March or contact Dr                        Commitment & Community
Jessica Dunn on (03) 5625 1002.
                                            DROUIN SECONDARY COLLEGE - E-NEWS
What's cooking...
                                             in the Food Studies kitchens?
Welcome to another school year from the DSC Food team!
You may have noticed we’ve changed our name to Food Studies
which is also the name of our VCE food subject. We feel the name
better covers what we are all about – the study of Food.
Consequently, we are looking forward to sending home some great
foods with the students this year, but this becomes difficult if they don’t
have a container. Please make sure all Food Studies students have
a clean, named container with lid for all practical classes to help us
protect our precious environment by using less throw-away products.
ARCC awards are on offer for everyone who remembers, as we feel it
is really important.
As always, we are happy to support students with allergies and
intolerances. Please discuss these with us so we always have
alternatives available.
We are looking forward to an even bigger and better year in the
kitchens this year, so watch this space…

Safer Internet Day                                                  These skills take time to develop but they can help us in all
                                                                    areas of life - online and off.
Tuesday 5 February 2019 was Safer Internet Day and our
                                                                    We like to call them the 4Rs…
school Drouin Secondary College was on board!
Safer Internet Day at DSC aimed to raise awareness about
                                                                    Respect - I treat myself and others the way I like to be
the positive role of digital technology and explored ways we
can all contribute to creating a better, safer internet.            Responsibility - I am accountable for my actions and I
                                                                    take a stand when I feel something is wrong
Coordinated by the Office of the eSafety Commissioner in
Australia and celebrated in over 130 countries, this year’s         Reasoning - I question what is real
Safer Internet Day theme was ‘Together for a better internet’.
                                                                    Resilience - I get back up from tough situations
We encourage all parents to get involved and support our
young people in developing the critical skills required to          Let’s all learn the 4Rs of online
successfully navigate the online world.
                                                                    safety this Safer Internet Day
                                               DROUIN SECONDARY COLLEGE - E-NEWS
Encouraging Reading @ Home
Reading is an important aspect of success in school subjects,     •   Read the set novel that your child is reading for
as well as providing a much bigger window for alternative             English and initiate discussion regarding various
behaviours, ways of thinking and for developing empathy.              aspects of the book.
All Drouin Secondary College students from Years 7-12 are
expected to read regularly at home. This will include set       (SOURCES: English & Library pedagogy, PETAA - http://
novels for English, textbooks for a variety of subjects and     www.petaa.edu.au/imis_prod/w/Teaching_Resources/
free choice books.                                              Parents_guide.aspx/)

Below are several strategies for encouraging reading at
  •   Find a reading time that works for your
      family. Avoid distractions eg phone,
      laptop. Limit the time and set the timer
      to 10 minutes if reading in the past has
      been difficult. It is better to have an
      enjoyable and focussed 10 minutes than
      a distracted 30 minutes.
  •   Encourage conversation: What was
      your favourite part? Tell me about the
      characters. What do you think will
      happen next? What did you think about
      that setting? What do like/ dislike about
      this book?
  •   Read the DSCN together. There are
      always many articles about students are
      currently doing and also examples of
      what they can look forward to in later
      years. This provides a springboard for
      conversation about what is happening
      at school.
  •   Talk is a key to literacy learning.
      Knowing someone cares enough
      to give them attention for studying,
      reading and completing homework
      makes a significant positive impact
      on how children see themselves as
      learners and readers. When parents
      express interest in their children’s
      learning, children respond positively.
  •   Model what it means to be an
      enthusiastic reader. Create a home
      of readers where everyone reads – It
      is just what we do in this house! Talk
      about what you have read. Read
      aloud what makes you laugh and
      share it with your child.
                                               DROUIN SECONDARY COLLEGE - E-NEWS
Careers News...
Careers & Pathways Staff                                                                                                        2018 Year 12 students
2019 has seen a change of staff in the Careers & Pathways                                                                       The last month has seen many of our 2018 VCE students
team. Jaydyn King and Kerry Wales continue as Advisors                                                                          receive offers for a wide range of university and TAFE
but we are very pleased to welcome Kylie Downey to our                                                                          courses while others have gained fulltime employment. We
team. Kylie is an accredited Careers Practitioner and brings                                                                    wish our 2018 alumni all the best and encourage them to
a wealth of knowledge and experience to the College.                                                                            contact the College with news of their future successes.

DSC Careers Website                                                                                                             Year 10 students
Students in every year level will be making greater use of                                                                      These students should be thinking seriously about organising
the DSC Careers Website in 2019. There is a wealth of                                                                           a Work Experience placement for the last week of Term
information on the site for students and parents/guardians.                                                                     2: June 24- 28. Students can collect Work Experience
Students are able to use templates to write resumes and                                                                         Arrangement forms from the Careers Office. Approximately
cover letters as well as seek information about options such                                                                    170 students will be seeking placements so there is hot
as VCE, VET and VCAL, pathways to TAFE and university                                                                           competition for places.
courses, interview tips and much more. Go to https://www.
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                                                                                     DROUIN SECONDARY COLLEGE - E-NEWS
From the School Nurse...
                           Do you need to                         If your child requires medication at school, please hand the
                                                                  medication in to the LCC with a signed note from a parent/
                           update your student’s                  guardian. Medication needs to be in its original packaging,
                           medical information?                   including any prescription label, clearly marked with the
                           Thank you to those parents who         student’s name, the dosage and time to be taken.
                           have informed the school of            Summer UV levels remain high during Term 1 and we actively
                           changes to their child’s medical       promote sun smart education at the College. Please remind
                           condition, health plans and            students to apply sunscreen before and during school, purchase
                            medication requirements. It is very   an inexpensive school hat for them to wear and encourage “Slip
                            important that this information       on a shirt, Slop on sunscreen, Slap on a hat, Seek shade and
                            is kept up-to-date in case your       Slide on the sun glasses” to prevent UV damage.
student requires medical treatment while they are at school.
                                                                  Thank you in advance for your assistance. Have a great start
If your child’s medical condition has changed and you have        to Term 1!
not yet updated your child’s records, please contact your
child’s Learning Culture Centre (LCC).                            Laura Van Stijn
                                                                  School Nurse

The Doctors in Schools program will
recommence this week. This will be                                            Dr Halimah Perez-Torres
a valuable service for our college                                             Dr Halimah practices at Central Clinic in
community supporting the health and                                            Warragul and Drouin. She is experienced in
wellbeing of our students.                                                      the areas of women’s health and adolescents
                                                                                and has a keen interest in nutrition and
We have been extremely lucky to secure
                                                                                healthy eating. With two teenagers of her
the services of Central Clinic Warragul                                          own as well as a younger child, Dr Halimah
to support our students. Dr Halimah                                              was drawn to the Doctors in School Program
Perez-Torres and Nurse Laraine Harrison                 and feels it will be an interesting field to work in. She really likes
will attend the College on Tuesdays                     listening to people and says everyone has an interesting story to tell.
between 10am and 2pm.                                   In her spare time she enjoys spending time with family, singing and
                                                        plays multiple musical instruments. She also speaks Spanish.
Students will make appointments through
an online booking system available via
Sentral. There will also be one hour
during lunchtime where students can                                             Nurse Laraine Harrison
‘drop in’ without an appointment.
                                                                                My name is Laraine Harrison. I have been
The fact sheet attached to this newsletter                                      a registered nurse for a number of years,
answers commonly asked questions                                                working at Central Clinic for approximately
about access to this program. We                                                18 months.
at DSC are very excited about the
                                                                                 We moved to Drouin about 2 years ago as
opportunity for students who might                                               one of our sons and his family live in the
normally have trouble accessing a GP to                                          area. We have two other adult children,
see one here at no cost, and without the                                         a daughter in Cairns and another son in
need to travel.                                                            WA. Prior to this move we worked and travelled
                                                        around Australia for just over 4 years. This was an amazing
All families will have been sent an email
                                                        experience, meeting and working with many different people along
regarding patient confidentiality. If
                                                        the way. We really are lucky, Australia has so much to offer.
you have further questions that are not
answered by the fact sheet attached to                  I am now fortunate to be given this opportunity to work at the Drouin
this newsletter or the email, please contact            Secondary College. To work with you, to acknowledge and address
Assistant Principal Rebecca Williams.                   any specific health issues. We look forward to meeting you, please
                                                        feel free to come in for a chat when we are around.

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CARE                                                            IS A MATURE MINOR?
The Victorian Government is making sure young people            When the GP decides whether to give the young person
are receiving the health support, advice and treatment          medical treatment, they will consider:
they need to reach their full potential.
                                                                •   Age
                                                                •   Maturity in other areas of their life
The $43.8 million Doctors in Secondary Schools initiative is
                                                                •   Independence – whether they live at home with a
delivering on the Government’s election commitment to
                                                                    parent or carer, or support themselves
fund general practitioners (GPs) to attend 100 Victorian
                                                                •   The seriousness of the treatment
schools to provide medical advice and health care to those
                                                                •   The young person’s understanding of why the
students most in need. This initiative will also provide for
                                                                    treatment is needed, what it involves, treatment
modern, fit-for-purpose rooms where required.
                                                                    options, things that might go wrong (like side effects
                                                                    from drugs, or other complications), and
This brochure provides answers to commonly asked
                                                                    consequences of non-treatment.
questions about access to this program.

                                                                WHAT IF MY CHILD IS NOT A MATURE MINOR?
                                                                In the case of the Doctors in Secondary School program,
Victorian law is clear on consent for medical treatment by
                                                                any young person who wants to make an appointment
a GP:
                                                                with the GP can do so. The GP will decide if the young
•   Young people who are mature minors can consent to           person is a mature minor with respect to the issue for
    their own medical treatment.                                which they are seeking medical treatment. The assessment
•   Young people who are not mature minors cannot give          as to whether a young person is a mature minor may vary
    consent to their own medical treatment.                     for different issues. For example, a GP may decide a young
                                                                person is mature enough to be able to consent to
As is the case in community GP practice, the GP
                                                                treatment for a health condition such as asthma, but may
participating in the Doctors in Secondary Schools program,
                                                                not be mature enough to discuss the risks and benefits of
will assess if a young person is a mature minor with respect
                                                                anti-depressant medication.
to the issue for which they are seeking medical treatment.
                                                                If a GP determines that your child is not a mature minor,
                                                                they will obtain your consent before medical treatment is
Mature minors are young people under the age of 18 years
who are deemed capable of seeking and obtaining health
                                                                CAN I COME TO THE APPOINTMENT WITH MY CHILD?
care for their particular issue. To give informed consent, a
                                                                Yes, parent or carer involvement is encouraged and the
young person must be able to understand what treatment
                                                                program recognises that as parents or carers you are an
involves, what it is for, why it is needed and why it applies
                                                                important source of information and support for your child
to them as an individual. The young person must also
                                                                in managing the issue for which they are seeing the GP.
appreciate the risks associated with the treatment and be
aware of the other options available, as well as the
                                                                WHAT IF I DON’T WANT MY CHILD TO SEE A GP?
consequences of not pursuing treatment.
                                                                You are encouraged to discuss this with your child and with
                                                                the school. Generally, all secondary school aged students
                                                                will be considered mature enough to make a decision to
                                                                see the GP and the GP will then decide whether the
                                                                student is a mature minor for the purposes of seeking
                                                                medical treatment for the presenting issue. This principle

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applies just the same if your child was seeing the doctor in   unless it is with your child’s consent, or there are some
a local community general practice.                            other legal reasons for the disclosure of this information.

WILL THE GP INVOLVE ME?                                        WHEN CAN MY CHILD GET THEIR OWN MEDICARE
There will be many circumstances where it is desirable or      CARD?
necessary for you to be involved.                              Young people can apply for their own Medicare card when
If your child is not a mature minor, the GP will involve a     they turn 15 years of age. They need to complete an
parent or carer or another responsible adult.                  application form and provide identification, such as a
                                                               student card or birth certificate, as well as details about
If your child is assessed as a mature minor by the GP, the     the card they are transferring from.
GP may see your child alone for the treatment of their
issue, however the GP will often encourage your child to       WHERE WILL MY CHILD’S MEDICAL RECORD BE KEPT?
involve you in their care. This approach helps build           The medical records will remain the property of the
confidence and responsibility in young people as they grow     participating GP’s base clinic.
into young adults, while balancing the need to respect your
child’s emerging right to confidential health care with your   CAN THE GP REFER MY CHILD TO OTHER HEALTH
reasonable expectation about being involved in your            SERVICES IF THEY NEED IT?
child’s health care.                                           Yes. It is anticipated that referrals will be an important
                                                               part of this program. The school program lead and nurse
UNDER WHAT OTHER CIRCUMSTANCES WILL I FIND OUT                 will work with the GP and your child to help support them
ABOUT MY CHILD’S GP VISIT?                                     if any referrals are required. In certain cases, you may
If the GP has determined that your child is considered a       also be consulted and involved in these referrals.
mature minor for the medical treatment being sought,
their health information must be kept confidential and         WHAT IF MY CHILD ALREADY HAS A GP?
cannot be disclosed unless it is with your child’s consent     If your child has an existing GP but would prefer to see the
or the disclosure of the information is otherwise              GP at their school, your child’s medical records can be
permitted or required by law.                                  transferred. This reflects what is currently undertaken in
                                                               the broader community. This is important and encouraged,
The following are examples of when disclosure of health        so that continuity of care is promoted across all the health
information is permitted or required by law:                   providers a young person sees.
                                                               If your child is a mature minor, they can consent to the
•   Your child consents to the disclosure.
                                                               transfer of their medical records.
•   The disclosure is necessary to prevent a serious threat
                                                               If your child is not a mature minor, you can consent to the
    to public health, safety or welfare – e.g. the young
                                                               transfer of your child’s medical records.
    person has a disease which must be notified to the
    Department of Health and Human Services.
                                                               WHAT SERVICES WILL THE GP BE PROVIDING?
•   The disclosure is necessary to lessen or prevent a
                                                               The GPs participating in the Doctors in Secondary Schools
    serious and imminent threat to any person’s health,
                                                               program will provide young people with the same services
    safety or welfare.
                                                               as those GPs in the community, including management of
    Examples:                                                  physical health, mental health, and sexual and
                                                               reproductive health issues.
•   The young person is at imminent risk of harming
    themselves.                                                For more information please visit:
•   The young person is at imminent risk of harming            http://www.education.vic.gov.au/about/programs/health
    others.                                                    /pages/doctors-secondary-schools.aspx
In accordance with these privacy obligations, school staff     or email Doctors in Secondary Schools at:
will not disclose when your child has accessed the GP          doctors.in.schools@edumail.vic.gov.au with any

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