School Review

This year is a school review year for Murtoa College. DET requires all schools to undertake a review every 3 years. As such we will do our review in early term 3. Prior to the review the college community will be consulted to gain relevant feedback. This information along with other relevant data sets will assist the review process and help us determine how the college is progressing. To assist this process the college will provide the following to help obtain relevant information to be used in the process. Discussion focus groups will be organised for the community, staff and students. An online survey will be available and also hard copy surveys will be sent home. I would like to encourage the whole community to get involved and help us to work out how to make this educational institution a better place for the young people of Murtoa to grow into better people.

Anzac Day Ceremonies

Anzac Day is Tuesday April 25 and as it is a public holiday students will not be required to attend school. On Monday 24th April our school will be conducting its own Anzac Day service at 8.50am out the front of the college at our flag poles. The ceremony will be led by Mr Steve Thomas from the RSL.

On Tuesday our School Leaders will be representing our college at the Murtoa, Minyip, Rupanyup and Horsham Anzac Day Ceremonies. They will lay flowers at the base of the respective cenotaphs. Many of our other students and staff will also be involved in or attending Anzac Day ceremonies throughout the region. On behalf of the college community ‘Lest we forget’!

Whole College Assembly

I would like to invite the college community to share our whole college assembly this Thursday. We will celebrate the student successes from term 1. Students will receive academic awards, values awards and other relevant rewards that they have achieved throughout term 1. Please come and share in these successes.

Date:     Thursday April 27

Time:    9am

Venue: College Stadium

The 2017 Attitudes to Schools Survey

We want our students to tell us what they think….

Our school is conducting a survey to find out what your child thinks of our school. The Attitudes to School survey is an annual student survey offered by the Department of Education and Training. The survey assists schools in gaining an understanding of students’ perceptions and experience of school.

Our school will use the survey results to plan programs and activities to improve your child’s schooling experience.

This year the Attitudes to School survey will be conducted at our school between Monday May 22 and Friday June23. The survey only takes 20-30 minutes to complete and occurs during your child’s class time.

Students from Year 4 to Year 12 at our school will participate in the survey. Your child will complete the survey online during school hours using a purpose built secure online survey tool.

The survey results will be reported back to the school in Term 3. The school will publish these results as part of the annual report to the community. Some elements of the survey results may also be reported on through the school newsletter and via the school council. We certainly value the opinions of our students and use the results to help us plan and implement programs as a direct result of information gained from the survey.

The Department has updated the survey for 2017 to include important new measures that are known to influence student engagement and performance.

Murtoa Lions Club 2017 Deb Ball

This Friday will see the 2017 Lions Club Deb Ball at the Mechanics Hall. I like to wish the best of luck to the 22 debutantes and their respective partners. I would like to thank, in advance all the people from the Lions Club who will go out of their way to make this night a wonderful event. I know it will be a great night as the year 11 students have put in plenty of dance practice time in preparation for the big night. It will a special night with the couples being presented to the Yarriambiack Mayor and Lion Mr Graeme Massey and his wife Mary.

Netflix ’13 reasons why’

It has come to our awareness that a number of students have viewed the recently released US Netflix series, 13 Reasons Why. Following growing concerns raised by schools, parents and young people across Australia, headspace has issued a warning about some content featured in the show. The series depicts a young woman who suicides. It presents the viewer with very confronting and graphic messaging and imagery inclusive of sexual assault and suicide method and means.

We ask that parents to be mindful of the dangers inherent in the series’ content, and be aware of its potential to cause distress. If you or your child have watched this and found it confronting, Jan our wellbeing corodinator and others at school are available to discuss any questions you have, or provide support.

If you, or someone you know, is going through a tough time or need support, please talk to a teacher, Jan at school, or use the following external supports:

Lifeline on 13 11 14

Kids Helpline on 1800 551 800

Headspace on 1800 650 890

Dunmunkle Cross Country

Congratulations to all the grade 4, 5 and 6 students who participated in the Dunmunkle Cross Country. It was held here in Murtoa on Friday April 21 in the afternoon. The students competed in 3 age groups, 10, 11 and 12 year olds and ran from Rabl Park around the lake to the finish at the rotunda near the swimming pool. This was a 3 kilometre course. Please see the article later in the newsletter.

Term 2 Sport Dates

Please note – there have been several date changes

Week 2

  • Monday April 24 Black Ranges Intermediate and Senior Volleyball Horsham

Week 3

  • Tuesday May 2 Black Ranges Athletics StawelL
  • Thursday May 4 (Period 4) HOUSE Cross Country Murtoa
  • Friday May 5 GWR Intermediate and Senior Volleyball Horsham

Week 4

  • Thursday May 11 Black Ranges Girls Football Horsham

Week 5

  • Monday May 15 Black Ranges Intermediate B Netball Horsham
  • Monday May 15 Black Ranges Intermediate B AFL 9’s Football Horsham
  • Thursday May 18 Black Ranges Cross Country Murtoa (MURTOA CONVENING)

Week 6

  • Friday May 26 Black Ranges Intermediate Basketball Ararat

Week 7

  • Wednesday May 31 Black Ranges Year 8 Netball B Horsham
  • Wednesday May 31 Black Ranges Year 8 AFL 9’s Football B Horsham

Week 8

  • Monday June 5 GWR Cross Country Warrnambool
  • Thursday June 8 Black Ranges Year 7 Netball B Horsham
  • Thursday June 8 Black Ranges Year 7 AFL 9’s Football B Horsham

Year 9 & 10 Hepatitis Information Session

Our Year 9 and 10 students will be attending a Hepatitis Information Session this Wednesday 26th April 2017. The session will be run by Hepatitis Victoria, the state’s peak organisation for viral hepatitis, and StreetShot, a youth health education program.

Over half a million Australians are affected by viral hepatitis, with 50% of new hepatitis C infections and over 25% of new hepatitis B infections occurring in young people in Australia.

In the session, students will be able to :

  • Learn essential viral hepatitis facts including transmission, prevention, staying safe, stigma and discrimination.
  • Receive a program by highly qualified health educators that’s interactive, relevant and fun – and aligns with the

Victorian Curriculum for Health and Physical Education.