We are aware that during upcoming Term 3 students need a few extra layers to keep warm. We recommend that students wear layers underneath the College Uniform such as - long sleeve t-shirts or thermals.The navy rain jacket is to be worn to and from school when it is raining.
Navy Trousers: All student wearing navy trousers to school must purchase them from the Uniform shop. These pants have a navy emblem embroidered just below the waist band. A reminder to all families that the new College Winter uniform for males is Navy pants- not shorts.
The upcoming school holidays is a great time to have the College Blazer dry cleaned, school shoes polished and to do general check on the College Uniform.
Note to families of a child in Years 10-12: the yellow and blue spray jacket is no longer able to be worn with the College Summer or Winter Uniform- this has been the expectation for the last two years. The only rainproof jacket that can be worn to and from school when it is raining in the navy blue one with the College Emblem. Students who continually wear the incorrect rain proof jacket will be asked to take it off, and it will be taken to Student Hub. We really need parental/guardian support with the uniform expectations. The navy jacket is available from the Uniform Shop.
Numerous activities will be on offer in Term 3 for students to participate in.
Some activities on offer are:
Watch out on Schoolbox News at the beginning of Term 3 for the Lunchtime Activities Schedule, and posters around the school.
Meningococcal is the name given to a type of bacteria that happily lives in the back of the nose and throat of about 10 per cent of the population without causing illness. These people are known as 'carriers'. Carriers can pass the disease on to another person without being unwell themselves. In some unlucky people, the bacteria can make its way through the membranes in the lining of the throat where it then enters the bloodstream.
Although generally Meningococcal bacteria is difficult to spread it does have higher transmission rates amongst young people and people who smoke. Young people are more likely to be infected because the Meningococcal bacteria is transmitted by close, prolonged contact with infected secretions. Activities such as sharing drink bottles, sharing unwashed cutlery and kissing all increase the risk of transmission. Smokers are at increased risk because the nicotine in the cigarettes causes thinning of the membranes in the back of the throat which makes the membranes permeable to bacteria entering the blood stream.
Meningococcal disease is life threatening if left untreated however if diagnosed early enough, most people make a complete recovery. Death occurs in 5-10% of cases. Unfortunately the signs and symptoms of Meningococcal are similar to that of the common cold which makes diagnosis difficult hence the relatively high mortality rate.
Listed below are some of the common symptoms seen in adults with Meningococcal. The symptoms highlighted in bold are the key symptoms that could indicate that the person is suffering from more than a common virus.
Treatment for Meningococcal is time critical and outcomes may vary which is why prevention is so important. In Australia there are 5 main strains of the disease, all of which are preventable with vaccinations. The most prevalent strains are Meningococcal B and W.
In April 2019, a free meningococcal ACWY school based vaccination program will be provided on the National Immunisation Program for secondary school students in Year 10, or age equivalent. Young people aged 15 to 19 years of age, who have not already received the vaccine in school, will be able to be vaccinated by their immunisation provider.
This year, year 10 students will have the opportunity to receive the Meningococcal vaccination for the A, C, W, Y strains here at the college on Monday 5th of August. Consent cards and CareMonkey notifications have already gone home to families. All cards need to be filled out and returned to Student Hub ASAP regardless of whether or not your child is participating in the school vaccination program. Immunisations can also be done at your local GP or at a Hume City Council catch up session. Click here for more information on how you can catch up on missed immunisations.
Read an update from Acting Principal, Mrs Angela Romano
An update from our Principal, Mr Mark Brockhus, as we prepare to commence the 2019 school year.
Cricket great, Darren Lehmann, visited last week as part of our Ashes Oval Redevelopment Project and our Father's Day Breakfast