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Absence & Early Departure Notification

In line with our new processes for students to sign in and out of our College, we require parent/guardian notification when a student needs to leave the College before home time or is absent for the day.

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Be Involved - Parent & Guardians

We place an emphasis on Parent and Guardian involvement in our College.

One opportunity exists in Parents as Partners is a reading partnership between parents and our Prep and Year 1 classes. We hope you can join us in this worthwhile and rewarding volunteer literacy program.

Parents are trained to listen to students read aloud, as well as encourage sound comprehension through the use of phonic skills and other reading strategies. This results in students reading more fluently and expressively and gaining an improved understanding of what is read.

All volunteers are required to have a Working with Children Check and Heathdale Christian College must be registered as a nominated organisation. See more information below.

Letters will be forwarded to parents the first week of Term 1 giving you the opportunity to list your preferred rostered day and also register to attend one of the following ‘Parents as Partners’ training sessions.

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Bus Transport

Please find below our bus transport options to our Melton and Werribee Campus.

Melton Campus for 2022

We provide a number of buses from surrounding suburbs to our Melton campus. We offer full-time bus user only. Please see our different routes below.

If your address is not near a current bus stop, please ensure you submit your interest for a future bus stop to buscoordinator@heathdale.vic.edu.au

Werribee Campus for 2022

We provide a number of buses from surrounding suburbs to our Werribee Campus. We offer both full-time and casual bus travel options to this campus.

Pricing is based on Zones, with Zone 1 areas located inside the red zone and Zone 2 areas located outside the red zone in the map below. Zones are determined where bus students live, not on which stop they will be using.

You can view the Werribee Campus Bus Zones here

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Booking Parent Teacher Conversations & Viewing Student Reports

Parents/Guardians of Melton and Werribee Primary students can book Parent-Teacher conversations and access their child's reports online through the Heathdale Community Portal. (Please note student reports are released at the end of each semester (June/December)).

Parents/Guardians can log into the Community Portal via the link below.

For assistance on how to login and book conversations or view reports, please read the following Parent Guides and Troubleshooting FAQs.

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Canteen facilities are available at both campuses provided by Flexischools.

Melton — Prep to Year 8 students are able to pre-order lunch via the Flexischools website.

Werribee — Prep to Year 12 students are able to pre-order lunch via the Flexischools website (please note, Prep canteen orders are only available on Tuesdays). Year 5 to Year 12 are also able to purchase items directly from the canteen during their recess and lunch times.

**Students who forget their lunch can speak with the office and be issued with a fruit snack.**

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Communication between School and Home

Communication is an integral part of every relationship. We encourage parents to engage in conversations with teachers during the year, at the Parent Teacher meetings during the year and throughout the year as required. For non-time sensitive queries, please email the below links.

Any urgent matters can be phoned through directly to your campus office, who will assist you.

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CSEF Applications are Now Closed

CSEF Applications for 2021 are now closed. We will contact families in 2022 when applications reopen.

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Outside Hours Care Program

Outside of Hours Care Program for before and after school hours, is provided by Big Childcare. This is available at both campuses for students from Prep to Year 6.

For bookings and further information, please go to www.bigchildcare.com

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Parent Handbook 2021

We highly recommend all parents/guardians take note of the 2021 Parent Handbook, as it contains important information relevant for the 2021 year.

Any queries can be emailed to questions@heathdale.vic.edu.au

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Pastoral Care

Our Pastoral Care program supports students and families within our College.

If you need to contact our student pastoral carers, we ask that this is done through a conversation with your teacher, relevant Assistant Principal or directly to the Pastoral Carer.

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Private Music Lessons

We are keen to encourage the God-given gifts of our students and offer the option of private music tuition within our school program.

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Quick Summer Uniform Guidelines

Term 1 & Term 4 is summer uniform.

For a quick look at the Summer Uniform Guide, please click on the link below.

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Second Hand Uniforms

We have partnered with Sustainable School Shop to create a seamless second hand program for our parents/guardians to source uniforms and textbooks. Parents/guardians can register and list items for sale at no cost to them. Register now by clicking on the link below.

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Sign In and Sign Out Procedures

We use Student Terminals to sign students in and out of the College outside of normal school times. These read the barcode on our student cards, which when scanned automatically update the student absence status.

This sends parents/guardians and teachers automatically-generated emails when students sign in after school starts or sign out during the school day.

These Student Terminals are located at Melton Administration building and at Werribee: Kindergarten Foyer (sign in only), Primary School office and Secondary School office.

The Terminal will generate a late arrival docket and notify the teacher and parent(s)/guardian(s) via email.

Students hand the docket to the teacher on arrival to the classroom.

Signing in students who have arrived late?

Melton Students (Prep to Year 7)

Parent/Guardian proceed to the Melton Administration office and sign your child in at the Student Terminal, using your child's student card. (Year 7 students can sign themselves in at the Student Terminal)

Werribee Primary Students (Prep to Year 6)

Prep: Parents/Guardians can sign in Prep students at the Student Terminal located in the Kindergarten building.

Year 1-6: Parents / Guardians proceed to the Primary School office and sign your child in at the Student Terminal, using your child's student card.

Werribee Secondary Students (Year 7 to Year 12)

Students proceed to the Secondary School office and sign in at the Student Terminal using their student card.

Does your child need to leave school early?

We require parent notification if your child needs to leave school early. Simply email your relevant sub-school office one day prior, including child's name, year level, reason and expected time of departure.

Primary School Students (Prep to Year 6)

Parents/Guardians proceed to the Primary School office and sign your child out at the Student Terminal using the student card or the student barcode ID (located on the student card).

Once approved by College Staff, this Terminal will generate a docket and notify the teacher via email.

Parents/Guardians then proceed to the classroom to collect your child and give the docket to the teacher.

Secondary Students (Year 7 to Year 12)

Students proceed to the Secondary School office and sign out at the Student Terminal using your student card.

Once College Staff verify that notification from a parent/guardian has been received, they will approve the sign out.

The Terminal will issue a pass out docket, and automatically notify parent(s) and the homeroom teacher via email.

Students, please have this docket with you for proof of sign out for this day.