Primary School Music Tour PAGE 19 - 2019 Presentation Evening PAGE 8-10 - DATE: FRIDAY 14TH FEBRUARY 2020 - Drouin Secondary College

Primary School Music Tour PAGE 19 - 2019 Presentation Evening PAGE 8-10 - DATE: FRIDAY 14TH FEBRUARY 2020 - Drouin Secondary College
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DATE: FRIDAY 14TH FEBRUARY 2020             PAGE 16

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                         We value: Achievement, Respect, Commitment, Community
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Principal Team
Report                                              Deb Gentl                               Michael W
                                                                                                     ilson        Rebecca Williams
                                                              e           Rob Monk

Welcome to all students and families. The start of 2020 and          Dahe (Gin) Liu            Science/Chemistry
the new decade has been busy and very positive. It was very
                                                                     Payton Morley             English/Humanities
special to start the new year with the news that Jessica Hickford
has been awarded Baw Baw Shire Young Citizen of the Year.            Tim McKone                English
Congratulations Jessica on a very well deserved award.               Jennifer O'Leary          English/Humanities
At our assembly on the first day, we welcomed 260 Year 7             Adam Stevens              PE/Outdoor Ed/LT
students, many new students in Years 8 through to 12 and new         Anne Thomas               English/Humanities
staff. At my last count we have 1,167 students studying at DSC       David Trew                Visual Arts
this year.                                                           David Hughes              Blackwood CAD
I reminded students to remember to live our values of
Achievement, Respect, Commitment and Community. With that           VCE EXCELLENCE AWARDS
comes the expectation that students will commit to their learning   We celebrated the successes of 2019 on the evening of
and the assurance that our staff will support students to accept    Wednesday 18th December, with the annual College
challenges and grow in their learning.                              Presentation Evening. It was a very positive way to end the year
                                                                    with many families and staff acknowledging the achievements
Our 2020 College Captains, Piper Hastings, Matt Kouris, Jack
                                                                    of students from Year 7 to Year 12.
McConville and Thalia Mitchell spoke about the importance of
making the most of the many opportunities available at DSC          Achieving your potential in Year 12 does not happen in one
and about how important it is for students to express their ideas   year – it is the culmination of at least 12 years of education in
and opinions and encouraged students to participate in the          the making. That takes commitment from the student and high
Student Representative Council.                                     quality teaching and support from the school and family.

The College captains also welcomed our staff.                       Among the many awards and scholarships presented on the
                                                                    night, eleven of the College’s high achieving Year 12 VCE
                                                                    students were recognised. These students were:
                                                                      • Cayden Deszcz                    • Scott Hicks
 Returning Staff:
                                                                      • Toby Kawecki                     • Harrison Booth
 Casey Kamphius            Wellbeing
                                                                      • Stacey Smith                     • Hannah Rieschieck
 Chloe Whelan              Office Admin                               • Spencer Phillips                 • Jacob Simpson
 Imogen Fisher             Intervention                               • Joel Pope                        • Jade Baker
 Pat Dorian                PE / Year 9 LG                             • Hannah Van Wel
 New Staff:
 Trainees:                                                          Kate Rinehart was awarded the VCE Baccalaureate. This is
 Molly Winters            Intervention                              an additional form of recognition for students who successfully
                                                                    meet the demands of studying a higher-level mathematics
 Meg Miller               Intervention
                                                                    subject and a language in their VCE program. To receive the
 Shanara Notman           Sport & Rec                               VCE Baccalaureate Kate satisfactorily completed her VCE
 Scott Hicks              ICT                                       including English with a study score of 30 or above with a 32 ;
 Education Support Staff:                                           Mathematical Methods; and French (Year 11).
 Sharon Archer            Food Tech Assistant                       Cayden Deszcz was the College Dux for 2019 and was
 Elisa Fitzsimmons        Enrolments/Admin                          presented with the Baw Baw Shire Academic Excellence
                                                                    Scholarship. Cade studied:
 Khoa Tran                Science Lab Tech
                                                                      • Computing (Software               • Physics
 Paul Hold                Inclusion
                                                                        Development)                      • Specialist Mathematics
 Natalie Pecovnik         Inclusion
                                                                      • English                             (correspondence)
 Ruby Dauphin             Inclusion
                                                                      • Mathematics Methods
 Kerry Bennetto           Inclusion
 Cassandra Fry            Wellbeing BCAD                            When he started school, Cade set himself a goal to become an
                                                                    engineer and he has continued on that pathway throughout his
                                                                    6 years at DSC. He will now see that goal through to the next
 Anna Firth               English/Humanities                        step as he goes on to study Engineering & Science at Monash
 Leoni Jenkins            English/Media                             University.
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COMMUNITY EVENTS                                                   MILESTONES
The Ficifolia Festival is well underway in Drouin. I hope                            We are fortunate to have many long serving
students take advantage of the many activities on offer.                             staff at DSC. Mr Don Hill has been teaching
                                                                                     Mathematics at DSC for many years. Mr Hill
On 10th February we held a welcome BBQ and
                                                                                     has now retired from teaching to spend more
Information Evening for the parents of Year 7 students. This
                                                                                     time with his family and working on his farm.
evening was a great way for parents to meet other parents and
                                                                                     DSC thanks Mr Hill for his contribution to the
their child’s teachers.
                                                                                     teaching of Maths and the education of our
As I write this newsletter, our House Captains are preparing                         students.
for the Annual Inter-house Swimming Sports to be
                                                                                     Mrs Melinda McHutchison recently
held on Tuesday 18th February. We are all looking forward to
                                                                                     celebrated 30 years since she began
an enjoyable summer day at the Drouin pool and some great
                                                                                     teaching at DSC. She began teaching
competition between the four Houses.
                                                                                     at DSC as a new teacher in 1990 and
Monday 2nd March is a very important day in our calendar                             has been a Year Level Coordinator,
as we will hold our Celebration Assembly to recognise the                            Leading Teacher and is still teaching Food
progress students made in 2019.                                                      Technology, Health and Textiles.
And Year 7 Camp on 24th to 26th February is an exciting
and important time for our newest students to make new friends     On a final note, congratulations and best wishes to Assistant
and develop independence and confidence.                           Principal, Mick Wilson who will be working in a leadership role
                                                                   in a school in China until Term 4.
                                                                   Deb Gentle, Principal (On behalf of the Principal Team)
We love our volunteers who contribute to the future of our young
people in such a variety of ways, from the Lions Club, the CFA,    “Educating the mind without educating the heart is
cafeteria volunteers and College Councillors. If you or anyone     no education at all.” Aristotle.
you know has some time or expertise to share we would love to
include them in our college life.
I’m looking forward to continuing our work together in 2020.

Young Citizen of the Year
Congratulations to Year 9 student Jessica Hickford, who
was named the Baw Baw Shire Young Citizen of the Year
for 2020. As can be seen in her nomination, Jessica
is a worthy recipient and should be very proud of her
                                                                - Jessica Hickford

Award Nomination
Described as always caring, kind, determined,
compassionate and a role model for her peers – Jessica
runs an impressive list of personal characteristics, academic
and sporting achievements.
Jessica participated in the Accelerated Pathway program
and has been presented with multiple achievement awards
in athletics, swimming, cross country – and even won the
Drouin Cricket Club Award for the girls in 2019 for the
whole school. Jessica is a keen volunteer and fundraiser,
always supporting groups and causes close to her heart.
Jessica’s friends and family are especially proud of her and
the strong, kind and caring young woman she is growing
up to be. She undoubtedly displays many admirable
qualities in a young person.

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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
and up to two Community representatives.
                                                                We have the following positions available in 2020
I encourage all parents to consider themselves or encourage
other parents or community members to put their hand            •   2 x Parent positions which are a 2 year tenure.
up for this important parent role at the College. All great
schools have a committed and strong council with full parent
representation. Please contact Ms Deb Gentle or Ms Josie
O’Connor for further information if you are interested 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, 6th
March 2020.

The ballot, if required, will open on Monday 9th March and close at 4.00pm on Friday 13th March, 2020.

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                             24th March 2020 - 23rd March 2022         Two (2 Years)

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

E: 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    
 Assistant Principal Year 7                         Rebecca Williams
 Assistant Principal Year 8-9 (Acting)              Diane Croft   
 Assistant Principal Year 10-12                     Rob Monk      
 Assistant Principal (Acting)                       Jo Keating    
 Business Manager                                   Josie O’Connor
 Year 7 Learning Culture Leader                     Andrew Walsh  
 Year 7 Learning Culture Assistant                  Laura Croft   
 Year 8/9 Learning Culture Leader                   Adam Stevens  
 Year 8 Learning Culture Assistant                  Lynda Lewis   
 Year 9 Learning Culture Assistant                  Erin Warner   
 Year 10-12 Learning Culture Leader                 Jessica Dunn  
                                                    Corissa Rieschieck
 Year 10 Learning Culture Assistants
                                                    Natalia Gunning
 Year 11 Learning Culture Assistant                 James Firth   
 Year 12 Learning Culture Assistant                 Brie Brooker  
 Student Wellbeing Assistant                        Anne Wilson   
 Student Wellbeing Assistant                        Casey Kamphuis
 Student Wellbeing Assistant                        Tori McKay    
 School Nurse                                       Kaz Thurgood  
 Teaching & Learning Leader                         Teresa Fanning
 Teaching & Learning Leader                         Jayde Werner-Duffield
 Learning Specialist                                Rachel Bohni  
 Learning Specialist                                Jo Brauman    
 Learning Specialist                                Scott Hasley  
 Learning Specialist                                Leah Sloss    
 Learning Specialist (Acting)                       Janelle Dorian
 Sport Coordinator                                  Kathryn Buckland
 Librarian-Literacy Leader                          Jenn Davies   
                                                    Brie Brooker  
 Arts Coordinators
                                                    Madeline Stanton
                                                    Rhonda Martino
 English Coordinators
                                                    Sarah Longden 
 Food Technology Coordinator                        Rosemary Allen
                                                    Laura Burton  
 Humanities Coordinators
                                                    Leanna Kotsakis
 LOTE Coordinator                                   Sinead McCullough
 Materials / IT Technology Coordinator              Ben Stein     
 Maths Coordinator                                  Nella Marx    
 PE/Health Coordinator                              David Sharpe  
 Science Coordinator                                Andrew Bohni  
 Year 8 Hands on Learning Coordinator               Bernie Walsh  
 Year 9 Trade Pathways Program Coordinator          Diane Croft   
 Year 10 Vocational Immersion Program Coordinator   Heather Daldry
 VCAL Coordinator                                   Carmen Daldry 
 Careers/Pathways                                   Kerry Wales   
 Careers/Pathways / VET Coordinator                 Jayden King   
 Careers/Pathways                                   Kylie Downey  
 Inclusion Coordination (Acting)                    Jenni Johnson 
 Inclusion Assistant                                Luana Crampton
 Literacy & Numeracy Intervention                   Aleasha Innella
 Accelerated Pathways Program (APP) Coordinator     Laura Croft   
 Instrumental Music & Choir Leader                  Yolette Stewart
 Transport (Bus) Coordinator                        Elisa Fitzsimmons
 OHS Representative                                 Maureen Hickman

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         HOUSE LEADERS          LAWSON              PATERSON               DENNIS             GORDON


                              Sophie WHITE          Josh MILLS          Ashley SNELL      Jacinta CHAPMAN

                             Shenaye WOOD         Amity STEPHENS         Freya PECK      Taylah CUNNINGHAM


                              Danielle CASE       Natalia DIJKSTRA    Tarkyn MILOJEVIC   Chantella PENGELLY

                             Gemma BURKE          Jordan CARTER         Tahlia COUSIN      Abel FERGUSON

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 2020 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
Vaccine consent card booklets have been sent home from        Additionally, the Commonwealth government is funding
school with Year 10 students and Year 7 cards were sent       vaccinations for all children under 20 years of age who
out in November 2019 with the orientation day paperwork.      missed any scheduled vaccines, including a catch up
Parents/guardians of Year 7 and 10 students need to read      program for Meningococcal ACWY vaccine for adolescents
the information, complete and return the card regardless of   aged 15-19 years of age who have not already received
whether or not your child is being vaccinated at school.      the vaccine in school. If students have missed vaccines,
                                                              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 2019 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/guardian at DSC.      required to bring a signed note which is to be presented at
Statements will be mailed out towards the end of this term       their LCC office.
once all the elective subject charges have been added. This      Please note that we require parent permission for students
year’s Curriculum Charges are due by the end of Term 1           to be collected by someone other than their parents/
2020 if no payment plan is in place.                             guardians, as listed on our records. Persons listed as
                                                                 emergency contacts also require permission from parents/
                                                                 guardians to collect students.
2020 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. If you completed
a form last year you will not need to this year unless you
have a new student starting at DSC.

    PROTEUS 2019
The 2019 Proteus will be ready by the
end of February.

The College will advise families who
purchased a copy via Trybooking last
year when it is available for collection.

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            PRESENTATION        NIGHT
                      AWARD WINNERS
SCHOLARSHIP CERTIFICATE                                     STUDENT NAME YEAR
Aust Ed Union DSC Branch Award                          Makayla Safones Cruz      7
Buxwear Award                                                  Deane Thexton      7
Buxwear Award                                                      Jack Walsh     7
Drouin Christian Fellowship Award                         Juan-Mari De Villiers   7
Drouin Lions Club Award                                     Charlotte Hoareau     7
Drouin RSL Award                                             Charlotte Heyden     7
DUNLOP Award                                                      Ethan Biljna    7
Lana Prout-Davies Debating Scholarship                       Charlotte Heyden     7
Maths Excellence Award                                           Alana Kirwin     7
William Rea Award                                               Oscar Murray      7
Year 7 Canteen Encouragement Award                           Olivia McDowell      7
Year 7 Canteen Encouragement Award                            Hayden McNiell      7
Year 7 English Excellence Award                                 Charlotte Preis   7
Year 7 English Outstanding Effort Award                        Lainey Downie      7
Year 7 Intervention Support Program Award                       Cooper Brown      7
Year 7 Intervention Support Program Award                          Mia Wade       7
Year 7 LCC ARCC Award                                               Sam Wells     7
Year 7 SRC Award                                                 Harry Brown      7
Aust Ed Union DSC Branch Award                                Gemma Norton        8
Canteen Encouragement Award                                       Erica Sartori   8
Drouin Christian Fellowship Award                         Chloe Olivier-Rowan     8
Drouin Cricket Club Award                                         Brock Walsh     8
Drouin Cricket Club Award                                     Jessica Hickford    8
Drouin RSL Award                                            Gabrielle Dawson      8
LOTE Excellence Award                                                 Ben Fort    8
Maths Excellence Award                                          Tyler Paltridge   8
The Harding Miller Education Foundation Scholarship         Gabrielle Dawson      8
Year 8 Canteen Encouragement Award                         Alexandra Kennedy      8
Year 8 Canteen Encouragement Award                            Kieran Williams     8
Year 8 English Excellence Award                                 Jacob Stewart     8
Year 8 English Outstanding Effort Award                             Ella Lester   8
Year 8 Intervention Support Program Award                         Brock Walsh     8
Year 8 Intervention Support Program Award                        David Forbes     8
Year 8 LCC ARCC Award                                              Rory Byrne     8
Year 8 SRC Award                                             Charlotte Smithett   8
Phoenix Screenprinting Award                                        Tom Smith     8
B & T Plumbing Scholarship                                        Jordan Ziero    9
Creative Arts Award                                            Kyle Kruizinga     9
Drouin Christian Fellowship Award                                Sophie Ridler    9
Drouin Lions Club Award                                          Jesse Garner     9
Drouin RSL Award                                               Jamie Kawecki      9
DUNLOP Award                                                   Declan Thomas      9
Humanities Award                                               Cameron Allen      9
Maths Excellence Award                                           Hayden King      9
Maths Excellence Award                                         Jamie Kawecki      9
Media Award                                                     Tahlia Marriott   9
William J. Bloye Award                                         Chantelle Preis    9
Year 9 Canteen Encouragement Award                             Mackenzie Fort     9
Year 9 Canteen Encouragement Award                                    Taj Vass    9
Year 9 English Excellence Award                                  Hayden King      9

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SCHOLARSHIP CERTIFICATE                                      STUDENT NAME YEAR
Year 9 English Outstanding Effort Award                              Luca Pope     9
Year 9 Intervention Support Program Award                     Anuj Ranasinghe      9
Year 9 LCC ARCC Award                                           Grace Waddell      9
Year 9 SRC Award                                                  Chloe Oakes      9
ADF Long Tan Leadership                                     Taylah Cunningham      10
Kwong Lee Dow Scholars                                           Zarkara Smith     10
Baw Baw Shire Educational Scholarship                          Alayna Kennedy      10
Campion Education Encouragement Award                          Shontelle Malloy    10
Creative Arts Award                                            Leaya Tampaline     10
Dick Senini Scholarship                                          Camryn Olsen      10
Drouin Apex Award                                         Lizzy Wolsley- Alomes    10
Drouin Lions Club Award                                         Micaiah Bowey      10
DUNLOP Award                                                    Isabelle Harvey    10
English Professional & Creative Award                         Kaitlyn Cheetham     10
Humanities Award                                                  Shania Lewis     10
LOTE Excellence Award                                          Francis Pastrana    10
Materials Technology Excellence Award                            Xavier Roberts    10
Maths Excellence Award                                            Olivia Fowler    10
Phillip & Terry Dent Achievement Award                           Zarkara Smith     10
Phillip & Terry Dent Achievement Award                           Camryn Olsen      10
TAFE Gippsland Award                                            Brittany Houeix    10
TAFE Gippsland Award                                                  Ash Snell    10
Warragul Quilters Award                                         Amity Stephens     10
William J. Bloye Award                                         Ashlea Murdica      10
Year 10 Canteen Encouragement Award                            Corey Heagney       10
Year 10 Canteen Encouragement Award                              Jordan Deszcz     10
Year 10 English Excellence Award                               Alayna Kennedy      10
Year 10 English Outstanding Effort Award                        Xavier Lafrantz    10
Year 10 LCC ARCC Award                                                 Sine Salt   10
Year 10 SRC Award                                                Shae Hogben       10
Bob Rogers Encouragement Award                                      Freya Peck     11
Bob Rogers Encouragement Award                                 Xavier Swetman      11
CFMEU VCE Support Scholarship                                    Hayley Rogers     11
Drouin & District Business Group Award                           Gemma Burke       11
Drouin Apex Award                                                   Zoe Young      11
Drouin Lions Club Award                                      Maddison Fletcher     11
Drouin RSL Award                                               Daniel Carvosso     11
Keith Gillam Literature Award                                    Thalia Mitchell   11
Lana Prout-Davies Debating Scholarship                           Thalia Mitchell   11
Lyn Craig Memorial Award                                        Lauren Smithers    11
Maths Excellence Award                                        Alex MacDonald       11
Shane Vandeligt Memorial Scholarship                           Sophie McCabe       11
Smith McCarthy Wilson Accounting Scholarship                      Lauren Webb      11
TAFE Gippsland Award                                             Piper Hastings    11
VCAL Excellence Award                                             Tessa Gibson     11
Visual Communication Award                                        Bilynda Dunn     11
Vocational Training Pathway Award                               Aimee Simpson      11
Warragul Bus Lines Award                                             Zoe Hope      11
Year 11 Canteen Encouragement Award                               Hayley Berry     11
Year 11 Canteen Encouragement Award                               Kiarna Craig     11
Year 11 English Excellence Award                                  Amber Bullen     11
Year 11 LCC ARCC Award                                           Tasha Mitchell    11
Year 11 SRC Award                                                    Ruby Kelly    11
DSC Senior Art Acquisition Award                            Hannah Foenander       12
SRC Leadership Award                                          Georgia Clayton      12
Year 12 Baw Baw Shire Scholarship                               Cayden Deszcz      12
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 YEAR 7                     YEAR 8                            YEAR 9
 Tahlia      ANDREWS        Chloe          ACHILLES           Tarrant        AGNOLETO
 Teagan      ARTHUR         Sharni         BOOTE              Lauren         COMBER
 Ethan       BILJNA         Gabrielle      DAWSON             Christian      DOWNES
 Harry       BROWN          Gianna         DI IORIO           Aaron          HALLAM
 Connor      CARMODY        Portia         DI IORIO           Jamie          KAWECKI
 Oliver      DENNIS         Jessica        HICKFORD           Hayden         KING
 Alec        FANKHAUSER     Lachlan        HOGBEN             Jialin         LI
 Kaden       GREGG          Allanah        JAGOE              Tahlia         MARRIOTT
 Ella        HALES          Cailee         JENKINS            Shyan          MITCHELL
 Charlotte   HEYDEN         Alexandra      KENNEDY            Ellie          MOORE
 Alana       KIRWIN         Ayden          NARAYAN            Byron          POWELL
 Miranda     MOLLISON       Kade           NIBBS              Chantelle      PREIS
 Oscar       MURRAY         Tyler          PALTRIDGE          Tess           PRICE
 Charlotte   PREIS          Francis        PASTRANA           Callum         REDCLIFFE
 Tameka      SCHROEN        Madison        PECK               Laura - Joan   ROBERTS
 Deane       THEXTON        Willow         PETROV             Timothy        SCANE
 Isabella    TRENERRY       Ainsley        PHILLIPS           Grace          THORPE
 Haylee      TURNER         Emma           SMITH              Taj            VASS
 Rachael     TURNER         Charlotte      SMITHETT           Grace          WADDELL
 James       WARD
 William     YOUNG

 YEAR 10                    YEAR 11                             YEAR 12
 Amelia      BUHAGIAR       Amber           BULLEN              Jade         BAKER
 Kaitlyn     CHEETHAM       Gemma           BURKE               Harrison     BOOTH
 Tahlia      COUSIN         Danielle        CASE                Cayden       DESZCZ
 Jordan      DESZCZ         Blake           DERRICK             Scott        HICKS
 Isabelle    HARVEY         Tessa           GIBSON              Toby         KAWECKI
 Shae        HOGBEN         Zoe             HOPE                Spencer      PHILLIPS
 Alayna      KENNEDY        Bailey          JORDAN              Joel         POPE
 Xavier      LAFRANTZ       Chantelle       MACKAY              Hannah       RIESCHIECK
 Shania      LEWIS          Jayde           MACKAY              Jacob        SIMPSON
 Sabine      LIESHOUT       Sophie          MCCABE              Stacey       SMITH
 Isabella    MODAFFARI      Maggie          MILLIS              Hannah       VAN WEL
 Ashlea      MURDICA        Thalia          MITCHELL
 Camryn      OLSEN          Aimee           SIMPSON
 Layne       SCOTLAND       Lauren          SMITHERS
 Zarkara     SMITH
 Leaya       TAMPALINE
 Tess        VANSON
 Dwina       WHITING

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The Year 7 team has had a great start to the year with 258 students surviving their first weeks 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, LGs and LCCs. Ask your child if they know what these terms mean!
The Year 7 Camp is also happening very soon, Monday February 24th – Wednesday February 26th at Camp Rumbug.
Further details such as what to bring etc. will be sent home shortly.

Our Year 7 Learning Culture Centre team this year are:

Andrew Walsh              Rebecca Williams          Laura Croft               Mr Thomas Lyons           Ms Laura Croft
Year 7 Level Leader       Assistant Principal       Assistant Level Leader    - 7A                      - 7B

Mr Raminder Sandhu        Mr David Trew             Mrs Amy Forbes            Mr Ben Stein              Ms Angela Patten
- 7B                      - 7C                      - 7E                      -7F                       - 7G

Ms Anne Thomas            Ms Angela Dong            Mr Scott Hasley           Mr Matthew Cox            Mrs Melissa Tyrrell
- 7H                      - 7I                      - 7J                      - 7K                      Year 7 LCC

The Learning Group Leaders, Rebecca Williams (Assistant Principal), Melissa Tyrrell (Year 7 Administration Assistant) and
I look forward to working with you all in 2020.

Andrew Walsh
Year 7 Level Leader                                       11
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              For families with students in Years 8 & 9
Welcome to 2020. 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:
   •   Ms Sharon Page: 8-9 LCC Administration (the person most likely to answer the LCC phone)
   •   8 & 9 Learning Culture Leader: Mr Adam Stevens (overseeing both year levels)
   •   Year 8 Assistant Leader Ms Lynda Lewis
   •   Year 9 Assistant Leader Ms Erin Warner

   •   Learning Group Leaders

  99 8A Ms Kathryn Buckland                       99 9A Dr Jessica Cox
  99 8B Ms Rachael McDermott                      99 9B Mr Andrew Bohni
  99 8C Ms Deborah Coffey                         99 9C Mr Kevin Thorpe
  99 8D Mr Dave Axford                            99 9D Mr Rick Emery
  99 8E Ms Sarah Longden                          99 9E Mr Patrick Dorian
  99 8F Ms Rachel Bohni                           99 9F Ms Sinead McCullough
  99 8G Ms Louise Jones                           99 9G Ms Rachel Davies
  99 8H Mr Bernie Walsh                           99 9H Mrs Diane Croft
  99 8I Ms Erin Warner

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

  Mr Adam Stevens            Ms Lynda Lewis             Ms Erin Warner         Ms Sharon Page          Mrs Diane Croft
   Year 8/9 Learning               Year 8                    Year 9             Year 8/9 LCC           Assistant Principal
     Culture Leader           Assistant Leader          Assistant Leader        Administration              (Acting)

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  Jessica Dunn               Brie Brooker               James Firth             Natalia Gunning            Corissa Rieschieck
Senior School Leader      Year 12 Level Assistant    Year 11 Level Assistant    Year 10 Level Assistant     Year 10 Level Assistant

          Maureen Hickman               Carmen Daldry              Heather Daldry                  Rob Monk
          Senior LCC Administraion       VCAL Coordinator             VIP Coordinator           Assistant Principal

We are looking forward to working with all of the students and parents this year in the Senior School and we are sure we
will have a productive year, full of learning and opportunities for personal, social and emotional growth and development.
A particular warm welcome to all of the Year 10 students and parents, and new students and families who join the Senior
School this year.
We are looking forward to building relationships with the young people in our care and encouraging them to reach their
goals as they work towards completing their VCE or VCAL certificates or finding an apprenticeship or traineeship at the end
of 2020 or beyond.
We would also like to take this opportunity to introduce you to the 2020 Senior School Team:

The Year Level Assistants at Years 10, 11 and 12 are the first port of call for any questions or concerns for our Senior
students, or feel free to contact Dr Jessica Dunn.

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Canteen Update...
Email and Phone Ordering
Students have the option to place Recess and Lunch Orders via email. Parents will also have the option to order and pay
by phone. The current system of coming to the Canteen and filling out an envelope is still available.

STUDENT ON-LINE ORDERING                                      PARENT PHONE ORDERING
To place an order email –         Parents are welcome to call the Canteen between 9:00am
All orders MUST be placed through your student’s school       and 10:00am ONLY to place and pay for a lunch order for
email address. PAYMENT IS TO BE MADE ON PICK-UP.              their child. Phone 5625 1002 and select option #4 for the
All orders by email need to be in by:
                                                              Payment will be required at the time over the phone by card.
  • Recess      9:00am (prior to the start of school)
                                                              An email will be sent to the student confirming an order has
  • Lunch       11:00am (at the end of Recess)                been processed for pick-up.
In your email include:                                        The Canteen Menu is available on the College website
  • Your name and LG                                
  • Your food choice – include any dietary requirements       If you have any questions or concerns, please do not
    (eg. Gluten Free)                                         hesitate to speak to us.
  • Any drinks or snacks                                      Thank you
  • How you plan to pay - Cash / EFTPOS / Voucher
                                                              Sue and Louise
A return email will be sent confirming that your order has    Drouin Secondary College Canteen
been received and how much it will cost. If your order
is incorrect or you did not order these items, contact the
Canteen via email immediately to avoid incorrect charges to
your family account.

Commit to your learning
and make a great start
to the year by following
the High Five.

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Accelerated Pathways Program 2021
   Open to Prospective Year 7 Students in 2021
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.                                           Thursday 12th March 7.00pm
                                                                APP Applications open:
Students suited to the program                                  Thursday 12th March

Students best suited to the program are those who are highly    Year 7 2021 Information Day for
motivated, independent learners, flexible in their thinking,    Grade 6 students:
self-motivated, well-organised, and have well-developed         Thursday 30th April 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 30th April 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 15th May
good at everything, but show an ability beyond most of their
peers..                                                         Student testing:
                                                                Saturday 23rd May

The APP difference
As with all students in Year 7, students in the APP program
learn together in their Learning Group for most of their
subjects. They are generally taught in a similar way and
follow the same curriculum as the other students at their
year level, including the full range of arts, technology and
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
the program also benefit from working in a group of like-
minded peers and have access to additional extension and
challenge programs.
As with all our classes, students are taught with a wide
variety of strategies to allow for the most appropriate to
promote their intellectual growth. From research and our
experience, students in extension programs are generally
more receptive to particular types of teaching strategies and
classroom activities.

Selection process
All prospective Year 7 students are welcome to apply for the
APP program. Selection is via application, test, NAPLAN,
reports and an interview.

How to apply
For more information about applying please attend the
information session on Thursday 12th March or contact Ms
Laura Croft on (03) 5625 1002.
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Exciting news for DSC from the Foods Team!
In 2019, Drouin Secondary College and Blackwood Centre           The work we do in our Foods classrooms often sees our
for Adolescent Development applied to be part of The             students sharing their new skills in food preparation with
Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation as a pilot         their families. This year as a Foundation pilot school, we
secondary school for 2020. We are thrilled to announce           will add the “paddock to plate” aspect to our teaching
that our applications were successful!                           programs, initially in our Year 7 Foods APP and Year 12
                                                                 VCAL classes. We will also use some of the produce in our
As a College, we have been keenly interested in the Kitchen
                                                                 “Food 4 Thought” Hospitality restaurant. As a member of
Garden program for a number of years. This Pilot Program
                                                                 the Pilot Program, we also hope to increase our students,
will give us access to first class professional development
                                                                 their families and our wider school community’s skills of
and hands-on advice and expertise to make our dream of a
                                                                 how to grow, harvest, prepare and share their own fruit and
kitchen garden a reality at long last.
                                                                 vegetables and choose healthy food options.
We firmly believe there is a strong link between the
                                                                 Stephanie Alexander AO, Founder of the Kitchen Garden
engagement of families and academic results. A key
                                                                 Foundation, believes pleasurable food education programs
motivator for becoming a Stephanie Alexander Kitchen
                                                                 can help support Aussie teens to form positive food habits
Garden Program pilot school is to strengthen the links we
                                                                 for life by helping them find the joy in growing, harvesting
can build with our families through the Program. Many of
                                                                 and cooking their own meals.
our students come from farming/agricultural families and we
have a strong network of people we can link to for students      “When you know how to cook, you know that good food
to gain careers advice, and potentially careers in the future,   doesn’t have to be time-consuming or costly and is the
as well as further understanding of real-world farming and       opposite of a chore. Learning to know and love fresh,
food production activities.                                      seasonal, delicious food is as basic as understanding where
                                                                 food comes from and learning a few simple cooking skills.
This pilot program will also ensure that our students continue
                                                                 This gives young people a lot of confidence.
the education many have begun in their primary schools.
Many of our small feeder primary schools have successful         “Our program is designed to get students’ hands dirty and
school kitchen gardens programs in place. We aim to use          experience the thrill of growing their own fruit, vegetables
the knowledge of these students to begin our work here at        and herbs. Then turning their harvest into delicious meals to
DSC and have started forming links with our primary school       share with their classmates. There’s nothing like it to create a
garden contacts.                                                 sense of pride and achievement.”
The Foods team enlisted our College maintenance/garden           If you would like more information about our involvement in the
team to claim some space in our established garden beds          2020 pilot, please feel free to contact the friendly Foods Team.
for our kitchen garden. So far, we have planted a number
of citrus trees, native Australian plants, some vegetables and   Mrs Allen, Mr Thorpe, Mrs McHutchison, Mrs
some herbs. We have ear-marked other spaces which may be         Stevens, Donna Skewes and Sharon Archer.
used for an expansion of our kitchen garden at a later date.

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Head Start News
                                     Rachael Diston
                                     Congratulations to Rachael Diston who has commenced
                                     her School Based Traineeship in January 2020. Rachael
                                     is undertaking the Certificate IV Community Services with
                                     her employer at Wellways in Warragul. The Head Start
                                     Coordinator and the Careers Department would like to wish
                                      Rachael the best in her traineeship.

                                                                                Sine Salt
                                                                                The Head Start Coordinator and Careers
                                                                                Department would like to congratulate
                                                                                Sine Salt on her school based traineeship
                                                                               offer at Waterford Rise Early Learning
                                                                               Centre. Sine undertook one week of work
                                                                               experience in 2019 and was signed
                                                                               up into her school based traineeship in
                                                                              January 2020. Sine will be undertaking her
                                                                              traineeship in Certificate III Early Childhood
                                                                              Education and Care. Well done Sine!

                                    Alex Olsen
                                   Well done to Alex Olsen in commencing his Certificate III
                                   Electro-technology Electrician qualification. Alex undertook
                                   a series of placements with Cutting Edge Electrical which
                                   led to a school based apprenticeship opportunity. The Head
                                   Start team and Careers Department would like to commend
                                   Alex on his hard work and determination during his 2019
                                   placement that resulted in an apprenticeship opportunity.

                                   Jenna Rees
                                   Head Start Co-ordinator

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

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Careers News...
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 2020. 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 22- 26. 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   190 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.

2019 Year 12 students
The last month has seen many of our 2019 VCE and VCAL
students receive offers for a wide range of university and
TAFE courses while others have gained fulltime employment.
We wish our 2019 alumni all the best and encourage them
to contact the College with news of their future successes.

All Year 7 students are participating in the Accelerated       The target for Semester 1 is to read at least three books and
Reader Program with library staff or are involved in the       successfully complete quizzes on each.
literacy support program, Cars & Stars.                        Thank you for supporting your child’s reading.
Accelerated Reader takes place during SURFF and English        DSC English, SURFF and Library Staff
lessons in the library. With the aid of
computerized quizzes, students are placed
on a level appropriate to their reading
All students need to be supported at home
with a routine of regular reading. At this
stage of the year, students should all
have selected books at their level and be
reading them regularly at home.
Our first students to complete quizzes
are: Charlotte Stokes, Claire Williams,
Tomas Nestor, Jamieson Thomas, Jessica
Redcliffe, Alara-Reha Martin, Alyssa
Munckhof, Tyler Jolley, Talise Berryman,
Noah O’Farrell, John Stuckey, Benjamin
Jankovic, Tess Kealy, Jasmine Norton,
Sabrina Mioch.

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2019 Primary School Music Tour
It was with great pleasure that the music team took out a     We congratulate all of our wonderfully hard-working
fantastic group of 29 DSC music students on 9 December        student musicians and also our music staff who attended,
2019 to tour the local Drouin primary schools. This is        Wes Hopkins, Pete Brown and Yolette Stewart for their
an excellent way of not only showcasing DSC’s musical         involvement. We also thank Mrs Natalia Gunning who
talent but it helps promote the College more broadly in the   organized the day’s proceedings for us. We hope the
community.                                                    photos tell a fantastic story!

The Primary School Music Tour is an annual ritual, one        Yolette Stewart
enjoyed by both our performing students and school students   Instrumental Music Coordinator/VCE Music Teacher
watching performances. The standard of behaviour and
performance in what could only be called searing heat was
both outstanding and impeccable; we all enjoyed wonderful
feedback from staff and students alike who noted excellent
performance standards.

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Welcome to Dr Marilia Neubert
The Doctors in Schools program
recommenced this week. This is a                                         Dr Marilia Neubert
valuable service for our college
                                                                         Dr. Marilia Neubert practices at Central Clinic
community supporting the health and                                      in Warragul. She graduated from the Royal
wellbeing of our students.                                               College of Surgeons in Ireland in 2000 and
                                                                         has a Diploma in Obstetrics and Gynaecology
We have been extremely lucky to                                           from the University of Auckland, New
secure the services of Central Clinic                                     Zealand. Since moving to Melbourne she has
to support our students. Dr Marilia                                       worked at the Royal Women's Hospital and
Neubert and Nurse Laraine Harrison                                         at Monash Health. She enjoys antenatal care
will attend the College on Tuesdays                    and is passionate about women's health. Her other interests also
                                                 include dermatology & minor surgical procedures.
between 10am and 2pm.
                                                 A busy mum of three, Marilia enjoys spending time with her family,
Students will make appointments                  listening to music, dancing, gardening and art.
through an online booking system
available via Sentral. There will also
be one hour during lunchtime where
students can ‘drop in’ without an
appointment.                                                               Nurse Laraine Harrison
                                                                           My name is Laraine Harrison. I have been
The fact sheet attached to this                                            a registered nurse for a number of years,
newsletter answers commonly                                                working at Central Clinic for approximately
asked questions about access to this                                       18 months.
program. We at DSC are very excited                                         We moved to Drouin about 3 years ago as
about the opportunity for students who                                      one of our sons and his family live in the
might normally have trouble accessing                                        area. We have two other adult children, a
a GP to see one here at no cost, and                                         daughter in Cairns and another son in WA.
without the need to travel.                                                  Prior to this move we worked and travelled
                                                                             around Australia for just over 4 years.
If you have further questions that                 This was an amazing experience, meeting and working with many
are not answered by the fact sheet               different people along the way. We really are lucky, Australia has so
                                                 much to offer.
attached to this newsletter or the email,
please contact Assistant Principal               I am now fortunate to be given this opportunity to work at the Drouin
Rebecca Williams.                                Secondary College. To work with you, to acknowledge and address
                                                 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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                                                        DOCTORS IN SECONDARY SCHOOLS

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
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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  
    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 with any

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HELPING VICTORIA’S YOUNG PEOPLE ACCESS HEALTH                    •   Your independence – whether you live at home with a
CARE                                                                 parent or carer, or support yourself
The Victorian Government is making sure young people are         •   The seriousness of the treatment
receiving the health support, advice and treatment they          •   Whether you understand why the treatment is
need to reach their full potential.                                  needed, what it involves, and things that might go
                                                                     wrong (like side effects from drugs, or other
The $43.8 million Doctors in Secondary Schools initiative is         complications).
delivering on the Government’s election commitment to
fund general practitioners (GPs) to attend 100 Victorian         You can consent to the treatment if the GP thinks you
schools to provide medical advice and health care to those       understand the advantages and risks of the treatment.
students most in need. This initiative will also provide for
modern, fit-for-purpose rooms where required.                    If, after considering these things, your GP believes you are
                                                                 able to weigh up the advantages and risks of the treatment
This brochure provides answers to commonly asked                 and then make a decision, you will be able to give consent.
questions about access to this program.
                                                                 If the GP determines that:
AM I ALLOWED TO GO THE GP BY MYSELF?                             • you do not have the maturity to see him or her alone,
Yes, there is no law in Victoria that says you have to be a           and
certain age before you can visit a general practitioner (GP)     • you are unable to make your own decisions about the
on your own. In most circumstances, you can make an                   health issue you are seeing them about, the GP will get
appointment to visit a GP via the Doctors in Secondary                your parent’s or carer’s consent before continuing
Schools Program on your own. If you go alone, your GP will            with your treatment.
need to make sure you are mature enough and able to              They will usually talk with you first about how they will
understand any medical advice or information they give           have that discussion with your parents or carers.
you during the appointment.
                                                                 WILL YOU TELL MY MUM AND DAD OR CARER ABOUT THE
The GP will chat to you about why you are there and decide       MEDICAL ADVICE AND TREATMENT?
if you are able to consent to treatment yourself, or if they     If the GP decides you are mature enough to see them
think your parents or carers should be involved.                 alone, make your own decisions and consent to any
Sometimes the GP will want to talk to your parents or            treatment, he or she is usually not allowed to tell your
carers so they can better understand what is going on in         parents or carers that you saw them or anything that was
your life and how they can help.                                 talked about during your visit, without your consent. This
                                                                 is called confidentiality. They are also not allowed to say
WHEN CAN I CONSENT TO MEDICAL TREATMENT?                         anything about your medical appointment even if your
There is no fixed age at which you can consent to medical        parents or carers ask for information. However, if you are
treatment on your own. It always depends on what kind of         under 14 years of age and listed on your parents’ Medicare
medical treatment you need, and whether your GP thinks           card or have a duplicate Medicare card, your parents will
you fully understand what is involved. When your GP              be able to access information from Medicare (online, on
decides whether to give you medical treatment, he or she         the phone and via mail) about your appointments. For
will consider:                                                   example, they will be able to access information showing
• Your age and maturity                                          the date of your appointments and the name of the
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concerned about your appointment being kept                       to make decisions about your own health information. We
confidential, you should talk to the GP about this at the         will talk to you first, if your parent has called requesting
start of the consultation.                                        this information. We will also remind you that if you are
In some situations, the GP may want you to involve your           under 14, through Medicare, your parents will be able to
parents or carers or teachers, and they will discuss why this     access information about your appointments.
is important with you, and may encourage you, or help you
to talk with them. This will be discussed as needed on a          CAN I BRING A FRIEND TO THE APPOINTMENT?
case by case basis.                                               Yes, if you feel more comfortable going with a friend,
                                                                  parent or carer, that is okay.
Also in some cases, your GP might be worried about your
health and safety, or that of others, and may be required         HOW DO I GET A MEDICARE CARD?
to tell your mum, dad, carer or another person. These             Usually you are listed on your parents’ Medicare card. If
include:                                                          you are 15 years or older, you can get your own Medicare
      • If you intend to harm yourself                            card by applying to Medicare Australia. Information about
      • If you intend to harm someone else                        how to do this will be available through the GP at your
      •  If someone is harming you.                               school.
However, in most of these cases the GP will talk with you
first about whom they need to tell.                               For more information please visit:
WILL YOU TELL MY MUM AND DAD IF I HAVE MADE AN                    /pages/doctors-secondary-schools.aspx
APPOINTMENT?                                                      or email Doctors in Secondary Schools at:
We will only tell your mum and dad if you have consented with any
to us doing this or if we think you are not mature enough         questions.


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