Year 7 Students – 2019

Dear Future Year 7 Families,

We are again delighted to welcome you and your daughter to Melbourne Girls’ College. We look forward to the next six years being productive and happy ones for your child and your family. The key promise we make to our community is that learning, wellbeing and life-long success are our major priorities. The curriculum with its focus on expert teaching of core subjects, trans-disciplinary subjects and inquiry has been a major success. Students are engaged in their studies and are learning about the growth mindset they need to take into life beyond secondary school. Our students are experiencing great success as a result.

Our expert staff have been engaged in professional learning every Tuesday around the Learning Framework. The Wellbeing Program focuses upon values, character strengths and ethics. Our lens on Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics (STEAM) is aimed at further increasing our girls’ success in these areas. The Leadership, Performing and Visual Arts, Sustainability, Rowing, Aerobics and Air Force Cadet programs are also essential parts of the Melbourne Girls’ College experience.

Other documents in this package includes your:

  • Parents’ Welcome Evening Invite
  • Compass Login
  • Dance Audition Information
  • Instrumental Music Application
  • Course Confirmation Booklet

Key documents which need to be completed

1.      Camp consent and medical information for Year 7 Camp to be completed on Compass by Tuesday 4th December.
2.      Dance Audition (If your child is interested) to be completed on Compass by Tuesday 4th December.
3.      Course Confirmation documents (by Tuesday 11th December – Orientation Day).
4.      Instrumental Music Application (by Tuesday 11th December – Orientation Day).
5.      The Booklist return date is Friday 14th December to Campion.

Key organisational matters and dates

  • Orientation Day on Tuesday, 11th December 2018. Students are to arrive with their parents at 8.40am at the Auditorium via Gate 2. A Parent Welcome morning tea will be held in the Gillard Centre from 9.15am to 10.15am on this day. We welcome you to this event to showcase the many ways you can be actively involved in our College. Students are to be collected from the Gym via Gate 2 at 2.30pm. On this day students will complete a number of different activities with their new classmates and teachers. One of these activities is a PAT Numeracy test, which we use to select students for our LEAP Maths Extension groups and Numeracy Support groups.
  • School Photograph Day is Wednesday 20th
  • Immunisation cards will be distributed early in 2019, please complete and return promptly. The schedule is:

Monday 18th March                         First HPV
Thursday 17th October                   Second HPV and Boostrix

2019 Term Dates

Term 1: Tuesday 29th January – General Office opens, teachers return.
Wednesday, 30th January – Term 1 Academic Year begins for Years 7, 12 & all new students to Friday 5th April.
Thursday 31st January – Term 1 Academic Year begins for Years 8-11 to
Friday 5th April.
Term 2: Tuesday, 23rd April to Friday, 28th June
Term 3: Monday, 15th July to Friday, 20th September
Term 4: Monday, 7th October to Friday, 20th December

Please note: The last day of each Term students finish at 2.30pm

Student Free Days 2019
The following dates have been approved by School Council as the student free days for 2019. Please make a note in your diary:

Friday, 8th March
Friday, 14th June
Friday, 16th August
Monday, 4th November

2019 Parent/Student/Teacher Conferences
Whilst there are no scheduled classes on these days, it is expected that students will attend the interviews with their parents in order to receive feedback:

  • Tuesday, 2nd April 12.00pm – 7.30pm
  • Tuesday, 17th September 12.00pm – 7.00pm

Parents’ Welcome Evening
On Tuesday 19th February at 7.00pm-8.30pm in the Auditorium (Gate 2), our Parents’ Association supports us in hosting a parent welcome evening. This is an opportunity to meet other new Year 7 parents as well as established MGC parents. It is also an opportunity to meet your daughter’s teachers informally, and build our shared understanding of how we can support your child. Please see the attached postcard invite.

Year 7 Camp

Monday 11th – Wednesday 13th February or Wednesday 13th – Friday 15th February
The camp is an important event in the Year 7 calendar. Arrabri Lodge in Warburton provides a range of great activities and gives an opportunity for students to become better acquainted with classmates and teachers. See attached information sheet.

Swimming Carnival Tuesday 7th February (weather permitting)
Athletics Sports Day Wednesday 27th February (weather permitting)

School Council and Finance Committee meetings are held on the second Tuesday of every month during the school term in the Conference Room.

Parents’ Association is held at 7.30pm on the fourth Tuesday of every month in the Staffroom, enter via Gate 3.

Other 2019 MGC Calendar Dates
Wednesday 8th March, International Women’s Day
Saturday 1st June, Trivia Night
Monday 22nd August, Year 7 into Year 8, 2020 Information Night
Friday 30th August, Father’s Day Breakfast
Monday 21st October, MGC Raffle drawn at Whole School Assembly

Safe, orderly environment – our Code of Conduct
We are keen to see every child succeed; part of this is teaching that rights and responsibilities are inherent in any organisation. Respect for staff and school policy is expected at all times. An agreement is located in the front pages of every student diary so that we are clear on rights and responsibilities.  In enrolling at MGC, you and your daughter agree with the MGC Statement of Values (which was included in your Enrolment Pack).

2019 Timetable

Resource lists (Booklists)
Resource lists include other resources as well as books. The process for ordering Resource Lists has recently changed to an online ordering system. Required books and resources can be ordered via http://mgc.vic.edu.au/our-college/library/booklists/

Please note that books and resources will not be delivered to school. Only home delivery is available. If you have further questions please contact Sylvan Dorney our Library Manager via email sylvan.dorney@mgc.vic.edu.au

Second Hand Books
MGC uses the online website The Sustainable School Shop for parents to buy and sell books. Please visit the below link:  https://www.sustainableschoolshop.com.au/

Attendance and Lateness – “It’s Not OK To Be Away”
At Melbourne Girls’ College we take attendance very seriously. Please make appointments and family vacations outside of school hours and enter all absences into Compass (our parent portal) prior to the date of the absence or on the day of the absence. Extended absences should be communicated to the Year Level Leader or Assistant Leader to support your daughter’s learning during her time away from school

Uniform Guidelines and Second Hand Uniform Shop Details
Bob Stewart is our uniform supplier. There is a link to Bob Stewart from the MGC website. Please go to CSEF website

Every student is expected to wear the full Melbourne Girls’ College uniform, including the school bag. In 2019 students consistently out of uniform will be sent home after contact with parents until they can return in full school uniform. Families experiencing financial hardship should contact the Student Services staff on 9428 8955.

The Second Hand Uniform shop run by our Parents’ Association is open every Thursday from 1.05pm – 2.00pm and is located in the café foyer (Gate 2).

Camps, Sports and Excursion Fund
The Victorian Government has announced $148.3 million over four years for the Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund (CSEF), to ensure all eligible students are able to participate in school trips and sporting activities.

Families holding a valid means-tested concession card will be eligible to apply. Eligible families will need to apply for the CSEF at their child’s school with applications to be entered by school administrators onto a web-based system. Application process starts Term 1, 2019.

A payment of $225 for secondary school students will be paid directly to the school to be used towards camps, sports and excursion costs for the benefit of the student.

2019 School Council Elections Timeline and Process
Serving on Council, or one of its sub-committees, is a great way of supporting our College and playing a leading role in its development as a provider of quality education. Please consider nominating for Council when notices are distributed in February.

Key Contacts
Bryony Sahlstrom -Year 7 & 8 Enrolment Officer bryony.sahlstrom@mgc.vic.edu.au
Shaunagh O’Connell – Year 7 Year Level Leader shaunagh.oconnell@mgc.vic.edu.au
Brent Houghton – Assistant Principal 7 & 8 brent.houghton@mgc.vic.edu.au

Finally, have a safe and very happy holiday period! We look forward to working with you in 2019.

Yours sincerely,
Karen Money
Principal

Links

CSEF website
CSEF PDF form
Second Hand Books
Uniform – Bob Stewart Brochure

Documents

Compass Parent Handbook
Dance Letter
Expression of Interest Forms and Payment 2019
What to Bring to Camp – 2019
Year 6 to 7 Course Confirmation and Enrolment Booklet 2019
Year 7 Booklist 2019
Year 7 Orientation Day Flyer