Parent & Student Information
Term 2 & 3
School Blazer with the College Logo
White Business Shirt + Tie
Black Leather School Shoes
Navy (Year 7-9) or Cherry Red (Year 10-12) Jumper with College Logo
Navy School Pants + Socks – white
Winter Skirt with the College Logo + Tights – black or navy
Grey School Trousers with the College Logo + Socks – white or grey
Term 1 & 4
School Blazer with the College Logo
White Business Shirt + Tie
Black Leather School Shoes
Navy (Year 7-9) or Cherry Red (Year 10-12) Jumper with College Logo
School Dress with the College Logo
Navy School Pants or shorts with the College Logo + Socks – white
Grey School Trousers or shorts with the College Logo + Socks – white or grey
Please Note: The school blazer must be worn to and from school and classes, assemblies, excursions and events. Students are permitted to wear a turban, headscarf or hijab plain in style and navy in colour. Shorts, skirts, dresses – minimum length just above knees. Refer to the full College uniform policy above for further details including expectations for grooming and accessories.
OFFICIAL COLLEGE UNIFORM SHOP
Tuesday 8.15am – 1.30pm
Thursday 8.15am – 3.30pm
Phone: 9974 8646
SECOND-HAND UNIFORM SHOP
Tuesday: 3.00pm – 4.00pm
Thursday 3.00pm – 4.00pm
Run by the Parents & Friends Committee
Below are some important items of information for Werribee Secondary College students and parents:
2021 TERM DATES
Term 1: 28th January* – 1st April
Term 2: 19th April – 25th June
Term 3: 12th July – 17th September
Term 4: 4th October – 17th December*
*Varies by year level
Period 1: 8:55 – 9:44am
Period 2: 9:44 – 10:33am
Recess: 10:33am – 10:53am
Period 3: 10:59 – 11:48am
Period 4: 11:48 – 12:37pm
Lunchtime: 12:37 – 1:17pm
Period 5: 1.23 – 2.12pm
Period 6: 2:12 – 3:01pm
HOUSE ASSEMBLY DAY:
Period 1: 8:55 – 9:40am
Period 2: 9:40 – 10:25am
Assembly: 10:25 – 10:49am
Recess: 10:49am – 11.09am
Period 3: 11:15 – 12:00pm
Period 4: 12:00 – 12:45pm
Lunchtime: 12:45 – 1:25pm
Period 5: 1.31 – 2.16pm
Period 6: 2:16 – 3:01pm
READY TO LEARN
‘Ready to Learn’ is a Werribee Secondary College priority. It focuses on ensuring students come to school and attend each class fully prepared to learn and make the most of their school day.
‘Ready to Learn’ begins and ends at home, ensuring students get an appropriate amount of sleep, have an adequate breakfast as well as lunch and at the end of the school day undertake and complete the required homework and home study.
‘Ready to Learn’ at school means that students:
-Attend school regularly with minimal absences
-Arrive at school and class on time
-Bring all required materials to class
-Wear their uniform correctly and in good condition
-Respect the College rules on groomiing – hair, jewellery, piercings
-Do not bring distractions to class – phones etc.
‘Ready to Learn’ is implemented by Werribee Secondary College through its rules and procedures, but it requires the support of all parents to help encourage and instil these priorities in our students.
COLLEGE RULES FOR STUDENTS
- Students at Werribee Secondary College are expected to:
- Behave in a courteous manner
- Respect the physical and emotional well being of others
- Respect the rights and property of other people
- Behave in a way which does not interfere with the teaching and learning of students
- Obtain permission from the College administration before communicating with visitors to the College during school hours
- Wear the College uniform as prescribed to, from and at school
- Use College furniture, equipment, fittings, buildings, and grounds appropriately
- Adhere to College policies
- Provide a written explanation from parents or guardians for any absence from the College
- Remain at the College (within boundaries) during College hours unless the student has a permission note and a pass has been provided
- Be on time to all classes and other school activities
- Care for the College environment, includes no littering or chewing gum on the ground or structures
- When in public, students are ambassadors of the College and should follow relevant rules and respect the rights of the community
Homework is an important part of independent learning for students and provides a foundation for further study; it is used as a way to increase the amount of time students spend working on set tasks. Homework positively influences student attitudes towards learning, attentiveness in the classroom and overall achievement and motivation.
Appropriate types of homework may include:
-Completing unfinished work from class
-Study and preparation for tests/exams
-Reading set novels
-Project or assignment work
-Preparation for the next day’s lessons
As a guide, the minimum amount of homework (per night) expected from students varies as follows:
Year 7: 1 1/4 hours
Year 8: 1 1/2 hours
Year 9: 1 3/4 hours
Year 10: 2 hours
Year 11: 2 1/2 hours
Year 12: 3 hours
Parents need to provide the opportunity for their child to complete their homework in an appropriate location. The College Council recognises the difficulties experienced by some students in gaining resources and the appropriate environment for study; for this reason, College Council make library resources available for student use before school, at lunchtime and after school.
STUDENT PROCEDURES TO FOLLOW
I have been absent:
If an absence is known in advance, your parent/carer should inform the College via Compass, a note or by phoning your coordinator prior to you being away. If you are away, even for part of a day, this should be explained to your Year Level Coordinator by Compass, note or phone call immediately on return.
I will be absent:
If you know you will be absent for a long period (e.g serious illness) parents/guardians should contact the Year Level Coordinator who will arrange work to be provided for you. Parents are advised to request ‘student leave’ (vacation) in writing/via Compass to the Year Level Coordinator.
I am late:
If you are late to school or to class at the beginning of the day, you must report to the General Office before you can attend class. You must have a note explaining your lateness.
I have an appointment and need to leave early:
You must bring a note to your Year Level Coordinator before school, signed/approved by one of your parents/guardians, setting out the time of the appointment and when you expect to return to the College. Your Year Level Coordinator will issue you with an Early Leavers Pass which you should show to your class teacher.
You must then present the note at the General Office and you or your parent/guardian must complete an Early Leaves entry. Your parent/guardian will be required to present appropriate identification.
You must report back to the General Office to sign back in if you return on that day.
I forgot my lunch or money:
If this happens, please see the Student Wellbeing team for assistance.
I missed the bus home:
You should report to the General Office and someone will phone home to arrange for you to be collected.
I want to go home for lunch:
The College offers a canteen service each day and as lunch is only for 40 minutes, all students are expected to remain at school from the time they arrive until 3:01pm. For exceptional circumstances, students who wish to leave the school grounds at lunch time should get a pass from their Year Level Coordinator.
I need to phone home:
Students are able to use the blue phone in the foyer of the General Office before school, recess, lunch time and after school. Students should not use the phone during class time without a note from their teacher. Students are not permitted to use mobile phones when at the College.
If I use a mobile phone:
We recommend that mobile phones are not bought to school. The College takes no responsibility for their safekeeping. If students bring a mobile phone, it must be switched off during school times, stored in the students locker. If students are seen with a mobile phone at school, the phone may be confiscated.
My parents need to contact me urgently:
The General Office staff or your Coordinator will call you up at break times to relay an urgent message. If the emergency requires you to go home, parents or their nominees must come to the school to sign you out.
I am transferring from the college:
You must have a note from your parent/guardian and take it to the Careers Office where you will be provided an Exit Form to complete and have signed by your parent/guardian.
I ride my bicycle to school:
Bicycle enclosures and bicycle racks are provided by the College, but it is each student’s responsibility to provide an adequate locking device. Students are expected to wear their helmets when riding. Students must ‘walk’ their bicycles when on school grounds. (Skates, skateboards, scooters and the like are banned from school)
I am ill or injured:
You should report all illness or injury at school to any member of staff who will take the necessary action. The College sick bay (in the administration building) is where you can get basic first aid if you are ill and/or injured (please report to the General Office if requiring the sick bay). If you are too ill to attend class then staff will arrange for you to be picked up from school by your parent/guardian.
A message to students about Anaphylaxis (food allergy):
-Always take food allergies seriously, severe allergies are no joke
-Don’t share food with your peers who have food allergies
-Wash your hands both before and after eating
-Know what your friends are allergic too (and look out for them!)
-If a peer becomes sick, get help immediately
-Be respectful of peers adrenaline auto injectors
-Never pressure your peers to eat food they are (or may be) allergic to
The College’s grooming/uniform policy state that ‘hairstyles and adornments which are considered unsafe or in the opinion of the Principal, damaging to the personal image of the student or to the reputation of the College will be banned.’
Unnatural hair colours (e.g. pink, purple, contrasting), extreme jewellery including facial piercings and visible body adornments are NOT acceptable. Please check the uniform/ grooming policy or check with your Coordinator or an Assistant Principal if you are still unsure.
BYOD (BRING YOUR OWN DEVICE – iPADS & MACBOOKS): PURCHASING, CONFIGURATION & IT SUPPORT
Students of Werribee Secondary College require their own Apple iPad or MacBook device.
No other devices are currently supported or recommended by the College.
For those who purchase a device through our authorised portal (below), all warranty support can be carried out through the school.
We have also provided documentation below to assist you in the initial set up and on-going management and use of your device.
It is recommended to obtain personal property insurance for items in case of loss or damage.
For any further assistance please contact our General Office or IT Department.
IT Support For Students:
Students requiring IT support for their iPad or Macbook are to log a request via the support center.
Students can log in using their existing school username and password.
The support center also allows you to view the status of existing requests (tickets).
The IT office is located in ‘S’ Block (science area).
All 2021 booklists are now available online via JP Books.
SECONDHAND TEXTBOOK SYSTEM
Register on the Sustainable School Shop website
A pre-paid subscription to this service has been provided by our College enabling you to list for free!
• List Wanted & For Sale Ads
• Booklists are pre-loaded into the system to make the listing process easy, fast and accurate.
• Assistance is provided to accurately price items.
• Ad Matching service
• Buyers contact Sellers & arrange where and when to transact.
• Email and phone helplines available: 0438 743 444
2021 PARENT PAYMENT ARRANGEMENTS (FEES)
There are currently 8 bus services serving our College operated by CDC Victoria
For any additional information please contact CDC Werribee directly on (03) 9977 9911 who can assist you with locating your nearest bus stops and timings.
CODE OF BEHAVIOUR FOR SAFE BUS TRAVEL
Keeping bus travel safe – We all have a role to play
Travelling by bus is one of the safest ways to get to school. However, in recent years across Victoria there have been a number of tragic incidents involving school students, which raised specific concerns about safety. All bus travellers have a responsibility to act sensibly to ensure their own safety and the safety and rights of others. Bus drivers, teachers and parents/carers also have a role to play in keeping bus travel to school safe.
This Code of Bus Behaviour was developed as a result of a VicRoads Bus Safety Workshop, with student representatives and bus drivers. Discussions were held about what behaviour was necessary to keep bus travel safe for all passengers. The information that follows is a summary of what was agreed to be safe and appropriate behaviour for students travelling by bus to and from our school.
Always do the right thing to ensure your own safety and the safety and rights of other passengers
Waiting for the bus:
- Get to the bus stop on time
- Wait quietly and keep a safe distance from the edge of the road
- Wait until the bus has completely stopped before boarding
- Wait until other passengers get off before getting on
- Form a line and board the bus in an orderly manner
Travelling on the bus:
- Find a seat and remain seated while the bus is moving
- If you have to stand then hold on to a handrail or handle
- Keep clear of doors and doorways
- Avoid doing anything that may distract the driver
- Talk with your friends, but keep noise to a respectable level
- School bags should be put in the correct place, such as under the seat and clear of walkways
- Wait until you get off the bus to eat and drink
- Respect the property of others
- Wear seat belts where these are fitted
Prevent serious injury – Do not lean out of windows, keep arms and hands inside the bus
Getting off the bus:
- Wait until the bus has stopped before moving towards the door
- Leave the bus in an orderly manner
- Move to a safe distance away from the bus and wait for the bus to leave
Crossing the road:
- Wait until the bus has moved well away from the stop and will not block your view of traffic
- Choose a safe place to cross – This may not be at the bus stop, but further away where you have a clearer view of approaching traffic – Always use a pedestrian crossing or school crossing where possible.
- STOP one step back from the road
- LOOK & LISTEN for approaching traffic
- THINK about whether it is safe before you decide to cross
- Assist any younger children crossing the road with you
Safety tips for parents and carers:
- Meet younger children at the bus stop
- If driving, park in a safe place away from the bus stop, so that you do not block the approach or departure for the bus
- Park, where possible, on the same side of the road as the bus stop, so that your children do not have to cross the road to meet you
- Walk with your children across the road and show them how to cross safely:
STOP one step back from the road
LOOK & LISTEN for approaching traffic
THINK about whether it is safe before you decide to cross
Make plans for when things go wrong such as:
- Your child misses the bus, it is late or does not arrive
- They lose their ticket or pass
- They leave their belongings on the bus
- They get confused and miss their usual stop
- They have forgotten to tell you about an after-school event
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