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

IMPORTANT DATES

2020
October

Wednesday, 7th October 2020

  • Virtual Year 7 Information Centre opens on website
    (Student packs posted Tues 6th Oct to all families)

Monday, 19th October 2020 to Friday, 23rd October 2020

  • PAT testing online (Literacy & Numeracy Assessment)

Friday, 30th October 2020

  • 1:1 Notebook Program cut off for delivery pre-christmas 2020. (December)


November

Wednesday, 11th November 2020

  • Lamont Booklist – Orders open

Friday, 20th November 2020

  • Year 7 Enrolment Books and/or Student Enrolment Information to be returned to College Administration Office
  • College Fees for 2021 to be paid or payment plan arranged with Administration staff

Late November 2020

Meet the Teacher (Online)

Friday, 27th November 2020

  • School Bus Program applications due.
  • 1:1 Notebook Program cut off for delivery Day 1, Term 1 2021.

December

Tuesday, 8th December 2020

  • Year 7 2021 Orientation Day (Attendance to be confirmed)
  • 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

Monday, 14th December 2020

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)

2021
January

Friday, 29th January 2021

First Day of School in 2021 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.

Feburary

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

Year 7 Phillip Island Orientation Camp

PAYMENT SHEET

BOOKLIST

The online ordering portal for 2021 booklists will open for orders to be placed from 11 November 2020 onwards.

All orders are to be placed online at www.lamontbooks.com.au

To order, Select ‘Textbooks and Stationery’ and ‘Mount Erin College’

Delivery / Collection Options

Option 1: Free Postage until 14 December

FREE postage for orders over $70 placed on or before 14 December 2020.

Payment is required at the time your order is placed.

Orders placed after 14 December 2020 can still be posted but will attract a postage fee of $9.50 for orders under $100 and $15 for orders over $100.

Option 2: Click and Collect from Lamont in Hallam

Click and Collect orders are to be placed online for collection from the Lamont Office at 6 Technology Circuit, Hallam during our opening hours. See the Lamont website for current opening hours.

  • You will receive a text message with collection instructions once your order is ready to be picked up.

  • Payment is required at the time your order is placed.

If you wish to collect from our office during January you will need to place a Click and Collect order online. There are no over the counter sales during January – all items mustbe pre-ordered via Click and Collect. You will receive a text message once it is packed and ready for collection.

School Collection: Please note that due to COVID-19 the school has decided that there will not be a collection day at school for the 2020/2021 Back to School season.
If you wish to collect your order, please place a Click and Collect order for collection from Lamont in Hallam.

CALCULATOR INFORMATION

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 to 1 COMPUTER PROGRAM

1:1 Laptop Program

Mount Erin College is committed to providing students with rich and engaging learning experiences that harness the power of learning technologies. Advances in technology have provided new opportunities to connect, to show understanding, to think creatively, to problem solve and to work collaboratively. We believe that students accessing technology through a 1:1 program positively engage them in these learning opportunities and support improved learning outcomes.

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 Changes to the Program for 2021

2020 has been a very challenging year for everyone. COVID has had a large impact on how we’ve had to operate as a school and has really revolutionised the way we’ve had to deliver content to students.

We’ve had to make changes to the program to ensure that it can proceed in a safe, but efficient manner.

In previous years, the devices would be delivered directly to the school – The school technicians would setup/image each device then we would arrange for collection on Orientation Day in December. (or handed directly to the student if they are current student)

This year we’ve had to make other arrangements as we cannot host a collection day for the students.

To facilitate this we have changed our procedure to have EduNet image the devices and arrange delivery via AusPost directly to you.

While this process will be new to us, EduNet has had several schools operate this way in previous years and can ensure a smooth delivery.

The machines will arrive to you pre-imaged but not connected to the college domain. This connection will take place during the first day at the College. (or as early as we can organise – We will work with the Year 7 team to make sure this happens as priority but not being disruptive to the students learning.)

This connection will set up a new login profile for your student, that will use their MEC username and password to access.
(These login details will be provided to the students at the time)

You will be given access to the device via a temporary local profile so you can use the machine when you get it, but once the connection to the MEC domain takes place this profile will be disabled.

EduNet

Edunet is our preferred partner for 2021. Mount Erin College has partnered with EduNet for the last 6 years to supply notebooks towards our 1:1 notebook program. We have found them to be a reliable and reputable company trusted by schools over Victoria.

EduNet is a local education supplier based in Mornington and is committed to providing good quality student notebooks at affordable prices. We support our hardware at every stage of the process and pride ourselves on high quality service.

EduNet Portal

Important Dates:

  • Orders that are placed by the end of October (Friday, 30th October 2020)
    Are expected to be delivered in December for a Pre-Christmas delivery.*

  • Orders that are placed by the end of November (Friday, 27th November 2020)
    Are expected to be delivered by Day 1, Term 1 2021.

Please Note: EduNet has let us know that lead times may be subject to change due to slowing of the supply chain. While we can expect delivery pre-christmas – EduNet is unable to guarantee this delivery window once stock runs out. 

BYOD

Mount Erin College is committed to providing a wider access to valuable resources & learning opportunities via its current network. Part of this is the development of our BYOD program – providing access to self serve apps and online resources.

We are only able to provide limited support to BYO devices, assisting students to connect to the College wireless network with their BYO device.

For more information, please check out our BYOD Portal.

Uniform – 2021

Rationale:

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.

Aims:

  • 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.

CAMPBOOK

Downloads

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 2021 close in June

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)

MUSIC PROGRAM

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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