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4 December 2014, (Volume 24 Number 35)

Principal's Report

eSmart and Cybersafety

At Stawell Secondary College we believe that the foundation of good learning is feeling happy and engaged at school. This is why we make wellbeing and engagement one of our primary focuses. This year the school’s Home Group program has focused on a variety of issues surrounding wellbeing, educational engagement and mental health. These activities culminated in last week’s student run Wellbeing Fair where students presented research and ideas on various wellbeing initiatives that could occur at school and in the Stawell Community.

In 2015 Stawell Secondary College will continue to develop, implement and refine its wellbeing and engagement programs across the school. As part of this the school will be rolling out a comprehensive cybersafety program. Mobile technology is an inevitable reality that we all must engage with. These technologies have brought with them a whole range of benefits like unprecedented access to knowledge and new and innovative ways to collaborate with others. However, the new technologies also bring with them a set of challenges such as cyberbullying and hacking. These are issues that we must all confront.

As part of its effort Stawell Secondary College is working with community stakeholders and primary schools to develop a comprehensive and community wide approach to dealing with cybersafety and fostering a positive culture around technology use. Next year this will include working with Project Rockit and student leaders to develop a greater understanding of cybersafety that can be delivered to students at all schools, upskilling teachers so they are better equipped to support students, and providing information and advice to parents on how to promote cybersafety in the home. In order to reap the rewards of technologies like smartphones, mobile apps, and the internet and avoid the problems that come along with these technologies the whole community must be involved. As parents there are tangible steps that you can take to help promote cybersafety at home.

  1. Keep technology use to common areas of the home. Do not allow them to be used in bedrooms.
  2. Learn how various social networking websites work. Become familiar with Snapchat, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Ask your children if they will show you their profile pages.
  3. Talk regularly and specifically with your children about online issues. Let them know they can come to you for help if anything is inappropriate, upsetting, or dangerous.
  4. Build trust with your children. Set time limits, explain your reasons for them, and discuss rules for online safety and Internet use. Ask your children to contribute to establishing the rules.
  5. Tell your children not to respond to any cyberbullying threats or comments online. However, do not delete any of the messages. Print out all the messages, including the e-mail addresses or online screen names of the cyberbully.
  6. If your child is being bullied, be supportive and understanding. Find out how long the bullying has been going on and ensure that you'll work together to find a solution. Let your children know they are not to blame for being bullied.
  7. Don't threaten to take away your children's computers if they come to you with a problem. This only forces people to be more secretive.
  8. Talk to the school so they can keep an eye out for bullying during the school day.
  9. If there are threats of physical violence or the bullying continues to escalate, get law enforcement involved. Communication to Families at the End of the Year At the end of this year, all students and their families will receive mailed communication from the School. The information sent will include the school magazine, a printed report for each student and a letter from me outlining necessary information for the start of the year.

Colin Axup

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Year 9 Mystery

Year 9 science students are putting their forensic skills to the test to solve the most scandalous Stawell SC murder mystery in the school's history! Lonsdale House leader Chad Frost, and a number of other staff, have kindly put their heads on the "chopping block" to support an in-house murder involving romance, scandalous affairs, deceptive double crosses and dodgy promotions.

Using evidence collected from the scene, together with their knowledge of a variety of forensic testing methods, Year 9 students must analyse the evidence and figure out who committed the crime and why. This includes using fingerprint and lip print analysis techniques, pen chromatography, hand writing analyses, paint fleck analysis and a host of critical thinking skills to piece the clues together. With all the twists and turns, it promises to be a difficult mystery to solve, and will certainly test the Crime Scene Investigators in the student cohort!

Many thanks to all the staff supporters, and a special thanks to our dearly departed Chad Frost, who agreed to be the murder victim for the case.

2015 Debutante Ball

Any Year 11 students for 2015 wishing to participate in the Deb and who haven’t already put their name down can contact Kylie Adamson on 0407 584556


On Thursday 27 November the Grampians Regional Adolescent Mentoring Program (Mentor Assist Target Engage Skills) participants travelled to Ballarat for an end of year activity to celebrate all the achievements of 2014, especially their advances in literacy, and the graduation of six students from the program.

At our first stop, Laser Force, everyone was eager to be involved and one mentor, Ghost, was also recruited into the action and challenges. It was most enlightening for the mentors to witness the whole experience. Top scores went to Druid on the Green Team and Rogue on the Red team.

There was time for a quick lunch at Bakery Hill before heading off for two sessions of Ten Pin Bowling. Everyone joined in the fun. Mentors to achieve super-scores were Noel and John L while Victoria, Jess and Justin had the highest mentee scores. It was excellent to see the more experienced mentee bowlers tutoring those who had not played before.

Thanks to Bob who made his regular contribution to the bus trip. A great day was had by all. Both venue operators complimented the students on their attitude and behaviour. The shared experience extends personal relationships and everyone is looking forward to next year and working hard to achieve their goals.

Mrs Erwin

Dates to remember 2014 term 4

  • 5 December Year 10 last day
  • 5 December Year 9 end of year Netbook returns - Mr Murphy
  • 10-12 December Year 8 Camp - Mr Hart
  • 10-12 December Nelson Recognition Camp - Mr Taylor
  • 16 December Presentation Evening 7.30pm
  • 18 December Students only required at school by appointment
  • 19 December Students only required at school by appointment
  • 19 December Last day term 4 

Dates to remember 2015 term 1

  • 27 January General Office Open
  • 27 January Book Collection Day
  • 29 January Years 7, 11 & 12 commence school
  • 30 January Years 8, 9 & 10 commence school 

2015 update

  • General Office will be open for families to pay family accounts and for general enquiries on Tuesday 27 January 2015.
  • Ballarat Book collection day Tuesday 27 January 2015
  • Years 7, 11 and 12 commence back at school on Thursday 29 January 2015.
  • Years 8, 9 and 10 commence back at school on Friday 30 January 2015.

Family accounts

Now is a perfect time to review how you pay your student’s fees. We encourage families to consider starting a Direct Debit arrangement to cover all the expenses your student will incur in 2015

Parents can arrange regular direct deductions by contacting their bank or employer or using internet banking facilities. Parents choose the amount and the preferred regularity eg weekly, fortnightly or monthly. Parents may suspend or cancel these payments at any time. This process can commence any time after the enrolment form is submitted.

Families choosing this method of payment are not required to send individual payments for excursions, sport activities or camps.

To deposit directly to the school please use the following details and quote your family name or your student’s name as a reference.

  • BSB 063-528
  • Account Number 10009073
  • Details Student’s Name

IT update

Year 9 2014

Parents and students are reminded that Friday 5 December is the deadline for year 9 students for the $100 deposit on the Lenovo x240 Laptop to be used in year 10 for next year.

These laptops are one of the most robust and reliable laptops on the market and come configured with:

Intel i5 4200U Processor, 8 GB Ram Memory, 12.5” HD Display and 128 Solid State Drive as well as the latest department software to enable students to successfully complete their senior secondary studies. Friday December 5 is also the day when all year 9 students must return their current Acer netbooks, charger and carry case to the school.

Year 7 2015 Tablets

These tablets are multi-functional and can operate as a Touch Tablet and a Laptop and come when New students are enrolling in year 7 at SSC in 2015 and are reminded that Friday 5 December is the final date for the $100 deposit for the Lenovo Yoga configured with:

2.16 Ghz Intel Celeron Processor, 4 GB Ram memory, 128GB Solid State drive and a 11.6”Display as well as the latest department Win 8.1 tablet software.

Stawell Family Relief Centre Christmas Assistance

If you would like assistance this Christmas from the Family Relief Centre, please pick up a request form for a hamper and / or toys from Stawell Inter Church Council’s Family Relief Centre at the Cottage, 20 Sloane St, Stawell.

The Centre is open Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10am-12.30pm. Request forms need to be lodged with the Centre by Friday 5 December.

Christmas Giving Tree

Stawell Secondary College is once again supporting the Stawell Inter Church Council’s Christmas Toy Appeal by having a Giving Tree in the school foyer.

Last year the Stawell Inter Church Council Welfare Committee distributed hampers to Stawell households, and toys to Stawell children, ranging from babies to thirteen year olds. This could not be achieved without the community’s support.

If you would like to assist please leave your new, unwrapped toys under the tree.

All donations will be collected on Wednesday, 17 December and distributed on Thursday, 18 December.

(03) 5358 1700
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