The Lakes South Morang College - Issue 1 2023

Welcome to our first issue of the college newsletter for 2023! IN THIS ISSUE: - 2022 Year 12 update - Celebration of netball team success - Privacy policy at The Lakes - Key Information for 2023 - Week 3 Primary Awards - School Council Elections


Term 1, Week 3 Issue 01 - 2023

The Lakes South Morang College Newsletter


The Lakes South Morang College respectfully acknowledges that beneath the significant River Red Gums that feature across our school's landscape lay the traditional lands of the Wurundjeri - Willam people of the Kulin Nation.

Principal Welcome


Student Perspective


College Connections


Primary Campus Awards


Policy Spotlight



School Council Elections


What ’ s on @ The Lakes



Community Noticeboard


Welcome back to the new school year to all our families and a very warm welcome to the new families joining our Lakes Community in 2023. I hope you all had a terrific summer break and enjoyed lots of quality family time. How good was the weather! A massive shout out to our Preps who have had a wonderful start and have settled into school life with ease. It was great seeing parents, grandparents and other family members supporting students on their first day. Well done to our Prep team who did a power of work to ensure the smooth transition for students and families. 2023 will be a very exciting year for our school. We will continue to work proactively to further develop our home - school partnership as we strive to ensure that our students are provided with an environment and experience that enables them to make strong connections, grow their curiosity and embrace challenges. The Lakes has so many strengths as a school community and this school year is another opportunity for us to take the next steps to keep ensuring that our school is a great place to be in 2023. It is so important that home - school partnership continues to be strong. The door is always open so please don ’ t hesitate to come in and see me on the Primary Campus or Bill and Bonnie up on Secondary. BE ON TIME FOR SCHOOL EVERY DAY Each day we start with the first bell ringing at 8.55am. This is the signal for students to line up in front of their classrooms and get ready for learning before the 9am bell rings. We know that getting off to a great start each day is critical for learning, so we are encouraging everyone to be on time and ready to go inside classrooms by the 9am bell. Before school yard duty commences at 8.45am each morning. This is my favourite part of the day as it gives me a chance to see the students and parents. Please don ’ t hesitate to come have a chat if you see me in the yard or have any questions. At the other end of the day, a bell will ring at 3.15pm where students will be dismissed. A reminder that if your son/daughter arrives to school late, a parent/carer is required to come in and sign them in via


• 2022 Year 12 update

• Celebration of netball team success

• Privacy policy at The Lakes

• Key Information for 2023

• Week 3 Primary Awards

• School Council Elections

Secondary Campus 80 Jardier Terrace, South

Morang 3752 (03) 9401 3919

Primary Campus 275 Gordons Road, South Morang 3752 (03) 9400 9000

The Lakes South Morang College Newsletter PRINCIPAL REPORT


the front office, this is also the process for picking up for early departure. Any student who remains at school after 3.30pm and not picked up will be taken to the front office.

It was my honour last week to announce our Student Leaders for 2023 to our school community at our first assembly. With over 60 students nominating at the end of 2022 for leadership positions and staff working through the process of narrowing it down, we have finally reached a decision of who our student leaders will be in 2023. A massive thank you to all students who nominated and presented to staff. We are proud of the high calibre of applicants which made the panels job extremely hard. Our staff look forward to working with these students across the year.


Please be reminded that students need to be wearing their school hat during all recess and lunch breaks in Terms 1 and 4. It has been great seeing students in correct school uniform to start 2023. Please be reminded that students need to have all black shoes as part of our uniform policy. Any issues, please speak to your child ’ s teacher or come in and speak with me at school.

Congratulations to the following students:

2023 School Captains – Neha P, Kiara T, Ashwin B, Harry S


2023 House Captains –

Speed zones, pedestrian crossings and parking restrictions around school are there to improve the movement of traffic during peak times and maximise safety for children and road users. It is vital that as adults, we lead by example and set good road safety practices travelling to and from school. As such we are asking all parents and carers to observe and obey parking signs. Our kiss and drop zone before school is not for parents to get out of their car and walk their child into school but is used for a quick drop off in the morning. Thank you for your cooperation to keep everyone safe during this busy time. Whittlesea City Council have asked us to remind our school community that it is an offence to:

Jackson – Yvonne Y, Alexia P Evans – Milly D, Olivia V

Rafter – Noah M - T, Ethan Z

Beachley – Tijana M, Milly R

2023 Peer Mediators – Tessa B, Imogen J, Hiya D, Jahmin S, Saanvi C, Tri Thanh L, Miriam M, Maddison B, Taylah G


We have had a slight change to our assembly format in 2023. We will now be having whole campus Prep - 6 assembles every fortnight in our gym. This allows us to celebrate the wonderful achievements of our students as a whole campus. Parents are most welcome to attend. The following dates for Term 1 assemblies are as followed:

double park by stopping next to a legally parked vehicle, even for a short time or to drop off/pick up passengers stop or park across a driveway, footpath or dividing strip stop or park within 10 metres of an intersection or corner that doesn ’ t have traffic lights

Week 3 – Friday 10 th February @ 2.30pm Week 5 – Friday 24 th February @ 2.30pm Week 7 – Friday 10 th March @ 2.30pm Week 9 – Friday 24 th March @ 2.30pm Week 11 – Thursday 6 th April @12 noon (Learner of Term Awards)

stop or park across or in a bus zone

Council Local Laws Officers will be active around our school area to issue warnings. Any concerns regarding this, please speak to the council.

HAVE INPUT INTO OUR SCHOOL … SCHOOL COUNCIL NOMINATIONS OPEN SOON We know that one of our school ’ s key strengths is our strong parent input and involvement. Our School Council is one the main forums in which parents and staff work together for the benefit of all our students. At the beginning of each school year, we have a number of vacancies for School Council. There are 4 x Parent member positions to fill this year for a period of two years. If you are interested in nominating, please speak to our Business Manager, Dale or a member of our Leadership team. Keep your eyes open for information to be sent home to families via the newsletter.

Looking forward to a rewarding 2023. Thank you for all your support.

Have a wonderful weekend.






The Lakes South Morang College Newsletter COLLEGE CONNECTIONS


Our students have chosen a range of options upon completing Year 12. 35.5% of our students are looking for or have found employment for this year, either as an apprentice, trainee or full - time employee. 52% of our students chose to apply through VTAC to a tertiary institute and whilst majority received offers from RMIT University and La Trobe University, students also received offers from Deakin University, William Angliss Institute, Kangan Institute of Technology, Federation University and Victoria University.

Course name


Bachelor of Veterinary and Wildlife Science

Federation University Aus-

Bachelor of Resort and Hotel Management

William Angliss Institute

Bachelor of Media and Communication

La Trobe University

Diploma of Legal Services

Victoria University

Associate Degree in Legal Practice (Paralegal)/ Bachelor of Legal and Dispute Studies

RMIT University

Bachelor of Interior Design (Honours)

RMIT University

Diploma of Information Technology

RMIT University

Bachelor of Health, Physical Education and

RMIT University

Certificate IV in Fashion Design

Kangan Institute

Diploma of Business

RMIT University

Diploma of Beauty Therapy

Kangan Institute

Diploma of Arts and Bachelor of Criminology

La Trobe University

Bachelor of Arts

Deakin University

Bachelor of Arts

Victoria University

Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance

RMIT University

Diploma in Teacher Education Preparation

RMIT University

Diploma in Teacher Education

La Trobe University

Associate Degree in Teacher Education

La Trobe University


Bundoora junior netball coach Emily Duggan is hopeful that the early success of the NFNL junior netball program will inspire more children to get involved in the sport. The Bulls are one of six clubs that compete in the first edition of the NFNL junior netball summer competition and are one of five clubs to boast two or more sides, with both teams competing in the under - 13 section. Duggan explained that the formation of the junior sides came about thanks to a great amount of interest from both the kids and the parents, going on to

that we were able to create two teams.

continuing on to play netball and just being passionate about it and having fun, ” she said. “ The thing that I like the most is just seeing their faces, whether they score a goal or they do something well, that ’ s the most important part for me. ” Duggan hopes that the expansion of the junior netball competition will create a fundamental path for children to get involved in netball from a young age. “ When I grew up, there were quite a lot of teams and you could see the pathways, but between then and now, there weren ’ t as many competitions, and participation in the sport for young children had gone down, ” she said. “ That ’ s why it ’ s very important for this junior competition, so we can get kids back playing not just junior netball, but sport in general. ”

“ That then created two options, one was to play in a Saturday morning competition where I used to play, but I was more drawn to the other option, the NFNL competition, not only because I play for Bundoora but also it was quite convenient being on a Wednesday night rather than a weekend. That was more of a factor not just for me, but for parents too. ” Duggan has been involved with the Bundoora netball program since 2013, playing 171 matches and scoring 2130 goals across both summer and winter competitions as of the end of the 2022 year. The joy and excitement Duggan gets out of playing netball with Bundoora is something she hopes to introduce to her players throughout the summer season, saying that while learning and improving their skills is important, the most crucial thing is that they enjoy their experience on the court. “ I just want to see them gain a passion for netball, that ’ s what I had when I grew up and I guess it ’ s just more of what I want to see, just them

say that joining the NFNL was a convenient choice for everyone involved.

“ I was made coach at the The Lakes South Morang College that I work at as an integration aid and gained quite a bit of interest from the students … they always kept asking me about different competitions that I might know of because they wanted to play netball outside of school, ” she said. “ I created a bit of a presentation for the parents just to grasp interest from them and we just had so much interest

Original article published:

30 Jan by NFNL

https:// articles/7238046?_detail=v1

The Lakes South Morang College Newsletter PRIMARY CAMPUS AWARDS


Prep A

Prep B

Prep C

Mia C

Logan J

Lucas R



Lily B

Shane M



Erica D

Xander M



Stuart Q

Thaemela S



Georgina M

Charlotte M




Nisa K

Kara T

Naeema M




Yvonne Y

Jacob L

Tijana M






Hunter B

William P

Dayan L

Year 1

Eleftheria G

Chelsea J

Gray F

Year 2

Lovya D

Zoe H

Tida K

Year 3

Beatrice R

Isaac A

Joseph F

Year 4

Jonah B

Angie G

Kathy N

Year 5

Ethen S

Grace T

Nathan E

Year 6

Hanan D

Mia C

Matai A


Week 5: Friday 24th February

Week 7: Friday 10th March



This information is also available in ten community languages:

Our school collects, uses, discloses and stores student and parent personal information for standard school functions or where permitted by law, as stated in the Schools ’ Privacy Policy. We ask parents to also review the guidance we provide on how we use Microsoft 365 safely at the school and what parents can do to further protect their child ’ s information. If after reviewing the guidance, you have any questions or concerns regarding your child using Microsoft 365, please contact the school.









Please take time to read our school ’ s policies, found on our website:



Policies are available to all families via the Sentral Portal (under Resources) or via our website -- reports.html


Parents are not to go into the offices unless they are making payments, bringing a child in late or picking up a sick child from sick bay. Students are not to use these areas to wait in before school or after school. It is expected students will be on their way home by 3.30 pm.

Any student on the Primary Campus not collected by 3:30pm will be sent to OSHC (Out of School Hours Care).


We have staff on Yard Duty from 8:45 am until 3:30 pm and due to other responsibilities are unable to provide supervision outside these times.

Please also be aware that both the Primary and Secondary Campus offices will close at 4:00 pm each day.

Students waiting for collection at the end of the day will be directed to the concrete leaves at the front of the school and early arrivals will need to find an undercover spot to play.

Please support us in making sure all students are safe.


The Lakes South Morang College Newsletter SCHOOL COUNCIL NOMINATIONS


The Annual General Meeting of School Council will be held on Tuesday, 28th March 2023 at 6.00 pm onsite or via Zoom to be confirmed. The normal March School Council meeting will follow at 6:30 pm.


School Council Elections will open Monday 13th February and nomination forms may be obtained from the school office and must be lodged by 4.00 pm on Monday 21st February 2023.

School Council candidates list will be posted by 4:00 pm Wednesday 22nd February 2023.

If required, ballot papers will be prepared and distributed by Monday 27th February 2023.

Close of ballot (if required) will be Monday 6th March, 2023.

School Council nomination forms can be printed here:

Please see attached documents for more information about School Council.


School Council nomination for Student Member are now open, nomination forms may be obtained from the school office and must be lodged by 4.00 pm on Monday 21st February 2023.

School Council candidates list will be posted by 4:00 pm Wednesday 22nd February 2023.

If required, ballot papers will be prepared and distributed by Monday 27th February 2023.

Close of ballot (if required) will be Monday 6th March, 2023.

The Lakes South Morang College Newsletter WHAT ’ S ON @ THE LAKES

Breakfast Club on Both Campuses

Every Tuesday & Thursday - 8.15am

(Except for the first week and last week of the term)


Monday 13th

Year 9 Morrisby Profiling

Wednesday 15th

5.20pm Year 12 Information Night

Monday 20th - Friday 24th

Year 9 Morrisby Interviews

Senior Volleyball

Monday 20th

Year 8 ACMI excursion

Monday 27th - Tuesday 28th

Year 7 - 10 Resilience Workshop


Thursday 9th

School Photos

Wednesday 15th - Monday 27th

Year 3, 5, 7 & 9 NAPLAN Testing

Monday 27th

Year 2 Westgarthtown Excursion

Primary School Leader Conference

Tuesday 28th

6pm School Council AGM

Wednesday 29th

Whole School Athletics Carnival

Thursday 30th - Friday 31st

Dental Van (Secondary)

APRIL: Monday 3rd - Thursday 6th

Dental Van (Primary)

3.30pm Primary Parent/Carer Teacher Interviews

Tuesday 4th

Thursday 6th

12pm Primary End of Term Assembly

1.15pm End of Term 1

Book Now for Primary Tours on 9404 9000 for individual 2023 School Tours

Book Now for Secondary Tours on 9401 3919 for individual 2023 School Tours


ATTENDANCE - EVERY DAY COUNTS If you are aware that your child will not be attending school due to illness or other circumstances, please ensure that you contact either office to ensure our attendance records are accurate. Ways of communicating absences include:

BELONGINGS, AMBULANCE & INSURANCE Private property brought to school by students, staff or visitors is not insured and the Department of Education does not accept any responsibility for any loss or damage. Parents and carers are reminded that the Department of Education does not provide personal accident insurance or ambulance cover for students. Parents and carers of students who do not have student accident insurance/ ambulance cover are responsible for paying the cost of medical treatment for injured students, including the cost of ambulance attendance/transport and any other transport costs. NO HAT - NO PLAY We will be enforcing our ‘ No Hat, No Play ’ policy in Term 1 and Term 4 on the Primary Campus. Wide - brimmed hats (with the school logo), are available at the uniform shop. MEDICATION USE AT SCHOOL If your child requires medication, prescribed or over the counter (including paracetamol) whilst at school, there is some important steps you need to take. Contact the office and speak to the First Aid Officer at your campus to obtain a Medication Authority Form Dana P at the secondary campus and Karen T at the primary campus. Fill in and return the form to the school office. Medication brought in by a student needs to be in original packaging and clearly labelled with the:

Placing a future Absence Request through the Parent SENTRAL Portal;

Calling the office;

Sending an SMS on 0427 226 537.

As required by the Department of Education, all schools must notify parents informing that their child is absent. Please inform the office of absences before 10:00 am each morning.


The Sentral Parent Portal is the primary method for home - school communications at The Lakes.

We are excited to say that most families have access to the Parent Portal. The portal allows students and parents\carers to keep up to date with important information and communication. This includes student academic reports, parent - teacher interview bookings and permission for students to attend camps, sport and excursions.

The Student and Parent Portal can be accessed at school, from home and from mobile devices. If you are experiencing any issues with Sentral, please contact either office to assist you.

Students name

The dosage required

The time the medication needs to be administered.

Be in date for use

Some things to be aware of: - Medication such as paracetamol and other analgesics are NOT kept in the First Aid Kit as can mask signs and symptoms of serious illness. Medications should not be with students unless needed for emergency access. Ie. Ventolin inhaler or epi - pen.

Sentral Portal


The Lakes South Morang College Newsletter COMMUNITY NOTICEBOARD


This year the school canteen is offering lunch orders through the Flexischools app.

Follow the steps below to setup an account and select The Lakes South Morang College.

Orders need to be in by 8am on the day.

Please click on the Canteen List image to download a copy of our items and prices.

SCHOOL TIME REMINDER Complaints have been made regarding drivers making U - turns on Gordons Road during School Times (8 - 9.30am and 2.30 - 4pm). Police have advised they will be patrolling the area in coming weeks to ensure this is being adhered to.


Please remember your ABCDs regarding road safety to ensure you are doing the following:

Adhering to speed zones and parking restrictions;

Being constantly aware of your surroundings and looking out for pedestrians;

Concentrating and driving carefully;

Not using any mobile devices whilst driving.


The Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund helps eligible families to cover the costs of school trips, camps, and sporting activities. If you have a valid means - tested concession card, such as a Veterans Affairs Gold Card, Centrelink Health Care Card or Pensioner Concession Card, or are a temporary foster parent, you may be eligible. There is also a special consideration category for asylum seeker and refugee families. Payment amounts this year are $125 for eligible primary school students and $225 for eligible secondary school students. Payments are made direct to the school to use towards expenses relating to camps, excursions, and sporting activities for the benefit of your child. It is important that funding made available in 2022 supports students to participate in school trips, camps, and sporting activities this year rather than being held for future years.

This funding can also be used in conjunction with any funding accrued from previous years. Please note these activities will only take place if they meet COVID Safe requirements. If you applied for CSEF through our school last year, you do not need to complete an application form this year, unless there has been a change in your family circumstances. If you would like to apply for the first time, please contact the Primary Campus office on 9404 9000 or Secondary Campus office on 9401 39419 and ask for an application form. You can also download the form, and find out more about the program and eligibility, on the Department of Education and Training ’ s Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund web page. Check with the school office if you are unsure, and please return completed forms to the school office as soon as possible.

The Lakes South Morang College Newsletter COMMUNITY NOTICEBOARD

We are always looking to build new or foster current connections within our community!

Please call Karen on 9404 900 to discuss further, if you have a service or upcoming event you would like to promote through our Newsletter.

To thrive, children need a safe and supportive environment at school, at home and in the broader community; no exceptions. At The Lakes South Morang College, we believe meeting the physical and emotional needs of our students is paramount in laying the foundations for a fulfilling future. We pledge to provide an environment that has zero tolerance to child abuse and will strive to work in partnership with our parents and community members to keep our students safe every day, in every way.

The Lakes South Morang College Child Safety Statement

PRIMARY CAMPUS: Telephone: 9404 9000  275 Gordons Road South Morang 3752 SECONDARY CAMPUS: Telephone: 9401 3919  80 Jardier Terrace South Morang 3752 ABN 52 938 171 499  PO Box 207 South Morang 3752 

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