Student Information Pack 2021

Year 7

It is disappointing not to be able to meet with you all in person this year. The COVID pandemic has changed many things we took for granted, but it has also forced us to be creative problem solvers and to adapt to the changing situations we have faced over this challenging year.

So in 2020, we will meet in the virtual world –welcome again.

You can be confident in your decision to send your son or daughter here. Mount Erin is a wonderful school. Learning is our priority. Our vision is to harness each student’s passion and potential. We are a school that encourages high achievement within a personalised learning environment– that is students actively engaged in their learning, working closely with their teachers to produce their best and build the skills we know are vital for the 21st century: Versatility, flexibility, creativity, problem solving and collaboration.

The importance of these skills has become very evident over the past few months.
Our school is grounded in strong values. Our ASPIRE values –Adaptability, Social Awareness, Personal Best, Integrity, Responsibility and Excellence. These values reflect the qualities that we see are vital for young people to be able to reach their potential and participate actively in society.

We are committed to educating the whole person and we pride ourselves on providing a very safe, secure and productive learning environment for all young people. We have very clear expectations and policies about acceptable behaviour at Mount Erin, with very clear policies around bullying. We act promptly when it occurs. We have a strict uniform code and equally strong policies around the appropriate use of social media, which has become such a significant issue for many young people today. Like many things, we work with young people to build their social skills, sense of empathy and their capacity to manage themselves in an ethical manner. This is part of the learning journey that is adolescence.

We live in the digital world, the world of technology and this is integral to the learning environment at Mount Erin College. The remote learning experience has shown even more, how vital these skills are to all of us for learning, collaborating and communicating.
We have a 1 to 1 Notebook Program at Mount Erin College. We have seen the development of the borderless class room. Learning can take place anytime, anywhere. We are one of a small number of schools involved with Computers in Schools, a philanthropic organisation whose mission is to bring expertise into schools working closely with teachers to build digital technology skills including coding in our young people. They are providing authentic
opportunities for Mount Erin students to work with businesses – real world problem solving. This is just one of the many things your children will get to experience.

We have outstanding teachers here at the College. They are highly skilled and passionate educators. They work tirelessly to bring out each child’s potential, to build confidence to encourage students to excel. You will meet a number of our dedicated Year 7 Team through this virtual platform and we look forward to working closely with you and your son or daughter next year. Communication is the key. We are here to make sure the transition from Primary School is as smooth as it can be.

As showcased in the Virtual Tour of the College, we have wonderful facilities at Mount Erin offering a dynamic learning environment. We have a new Gymnasium and competition standard multi use hockey field. We are excited about the great facilities that will be available for your children.
We are about to embark upon a six year partnership together, as our expectation is that all students will complete their studies through to the end of Year 12. Success for us means that every student has a positive pathway at the end of their secondary education.

This is an exciting journey, one which will no doubt have some ups and downs. Rest assured that we are here to work with you when these ripples occur – they are part of the rich and colourful fabric that is adolescence! Working together with the students and families is the key. We want our students to be very proud of their school.

Our goal is to produce students who are well prepared for a complex and challenging future. They need to be resilient, active citizens within their communities and skilled to participate in the digital world.

I am delighted that you have chosen Mount Erin College for your child’s education and look forward to welcoming to our college.

Thank you,

Karen Lee
College Principal



Friday, 15th November 2019

  • Student Enrolment Books to be returned to College Administration Office
  • Final payment due for Year 7 Orientation Camp
  • Final date for Scientific Calculator orders
  • College Fees for 2020 to be paid or payment plan arranged with Administration staff

Tuesday, 26th November 2019

Meet the Teacher Evening between 2:15pm and 5:15pm – 10 minute bookings are required


Tuesday, 8th December 2020

Final payment due for Year 7 Orientation Camp

Tuesday, 10th December 2019:

Orientation Day from 8:30am (for 9:00am start) to 2:30pm finish

Wednesday, 11th December 2019

Lamont Textbooks to be ordered for free home delivery and free

processing/handling for orders over $70. Those orders received after this date will

be charged an additional fee (refer booklist for further details)


Wednesday, 22nd January 2020

Textbook Collection day for Year 7 students

Where: Mt Erin College in PAPE Building     Time:     2:30 to 4:30pm

Thursday, 30th January 2020

First Day of School in 2020 for Year 7 (and Year 12) students – Year 7 parents are encouraged to join us for welcome snacks at 9:00am. Afterwards students will go to their first class and parents are then welcome to attend a “Meet the Principal” morning tea in the Neville Rohan Centre.


Wednesday, 10th February 2021 to Friday,12th February 2021

Year 7 Phillip Island Orientation Camp



External Link


If you wish to purchase a scientific calculator, please download this form and return to the Administration Office, along with your payment.

Mount Erin College has sourced these calculators as an alternative option for parents to take up. Whilst it is not compulsory to purchase through the College, students are required to have their own scientific calculator. The College will not provide students with these. Orders close Friday, 20th November 2020.

Students in Years 7 to 10 do not need to purchase a Graphic Calculator.


1:1 Laptop Program

Orders placed before 30th October 2019 will be available on Year 7 Orientation Day – Tuesday 11th December

Orders placed before 4th December 2019 will be available Week 1, Term 1 in 2020

Mount Erin College currently operates a 1:1 laptop program to encourage the development of 21st century skills with our learners. Our machines have been rigorously school tested and have been approved by our college board. Modifications have been made to increase the flexibility of computer function and costs for our families. More information can be found in the 1:1 laptop program booklet below or by contacting our Administration Office.

Whilst our notebook program is aimed at incoming Year 7 students, it is available to all students and will be open throughout the school year.

Important Dates:

Orders placed before 30th October 2019 will be available on Year 7 Orientation Day – Tuesday 10th December
Orders placed before 4th December 2019 will be available Week 1, Term 1 in 2020

Uniform – 2021


A uniform dress code reinforces in students a pride in their own appearance, instils recognition of themselves as an integral part of the school community, and assists in developing pride in representing their school. Issues of equality, health and safety, and expense are also factors that contribute to the establishment of the Dress Code.


  • To promote equality amongst all students.
  • To further develop a sense of pride in, and identification with our school.
  • To provide durable clothing that is cost effective and practical for our school environment.
  • To maintain and enhance the positive image of the school in the community.



CSEF – 2021

If you have a current Health Care Card or Pension Card, you may be eligible for the Camps/Sport/Excursions Fund (CSEF) payment. This funding will be used towards excursions, camps and sporting activities run through the College.

If you applied for the CSEF at your child’s school in 2020, you do not need to complete an application form in 2020 unless there has been a change in your family circumstances. Your child’s school will apply for the CSEF on your behalf.

You will only need to submit an application form in 2020 if any of the following changes have occurred:

  • new student enrolments (all year 7 students): your child has started or changed schools in 2020;  or you did not apply at the same school in 2020;   or
  • changed family circumstances such as a change of custody, change of name, concession card number, or new siblings commencing at the school in 2021.

Schools are able to accept and process applications up until the end of term two each year. CSEF payments are made to schools from March onwards each year. Application forms are available, click on tab to access.  Please complete and return this form to us along with a copy of your concession card. Payment is $225 per student for all students in all year levels.

Applications for 2020 close on 25th June 2021.

States Schools Relief – 2021

Who is SSR?

State Schools’ Relief is a not-for-profit organisation that works closely with all government schools across Victoria. Each year State Schools’ Relief provides assistance to families experiencing financial disadvantage with school uniforms and footwear.  When paying your College fees, there is provision on the ‘Payment Sheet’ for families to donate money to this organisation, if they are able.

Year 7/2020 Uniform Package for CSEF recipients

Year 7 students for 2021 that are recipients of the Camps, Sports and Excursion Fund (CSEF) automatically qualify for the uniform package and/or vouchers.

What’s in the package?  The 2021 package contains the following items:

1 x Shirt

1 x Trousers / Pants    or    Shorts    or  Summer Dress

1 x Pair of Shoes (Lace Up only)

Please note the following:

– PE items are not included as part of this package

Shoes must be requested in UK sizes (A3 size chart is available from our website)


Instrumental Music

Mount Erin Secondary College offers a comprehensive instrumental and classroom music program which develops and enhances all students’ musical abilities through performances and extending their theory skills.

The College offers individual and small group lessons on: Brass, Woodwind, String, Guitar, Percussion, keyboard and Voice. We encourage involvement in a range of ensembles such as: The College Choir “Take Note”, Rock bands, and instrumental ensembles.

There is other fantastic performance opportunities including the College Production, school concerts, Battle of the Bands competition, choir competitions, and numerous community events. We teach students skills in songwriting and provide them with the latest software and music technology.

This extensive instrumental/classroom music program prepares all students for VCE Music Performance Group/Solo and Music Investigation where the students have achieved outstanding results.

College Bus Program

School Bus Program

The school is well serviced by public transport and the School Bus Program operates buses through the surrounding areas. The School Bus Program assists parents by transporting students to school. Categories of eligibility determine whether a student travels at no cost or travels upon the payment of a fare. Students wishing to access a seat on a bus must complete an application form and parents/guardians must agree to the conditions of travel including, if applicable, the payment of a  fare.

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