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Your one stop shop for information on starting school at Mernda Hills Christian College. Click on the relevant links below or browse this page for answers to your most asked questions.

Getting Ready | Dates & Times | Where to Go | Services | Procedures | Online Platforms | Common Questions

Getting Ready

Handbook

We strongly recommend that all new families read through the Parent and Student Handbook before commencing at Mernda Hills. This should be your go-to resource for information about all aspects of the school.

If you are also interested in our policies and other documentation, please visit our Publications page.

ICT Agreement

Every student must read and sign the ICT Agreement along with their parents before commencing at the school. Students that have not completed this form will not be able to access school ICT resources, network or email at school. ICT usage is an essential part of our program across all year levels and students without access will be unable to participate in the school program.

If you and your child have not yet completed this form, please click here to access it online.

ICT Devices

Students entering Years 5-8 must purchase a Chromebook through the school's Order Portal. In order to make sure all devices meet the high technical specifications and cybersafety requirements of the school, all Chromebooks must be purchased through the order portal. Only one type of device is available via this portal. This ensures that all devices match our requirements, are up to date and are configured correctly for school management and control. Purchasing or on-selling of second hand devices is not available.

Students may also choose to purchase accessories such as carry bags or headphones through the portal.

We recommend that students order their device at least one month prior to commencement in case of delivery delays.

Bus Application

If you would like your child to use our school bus for transport to and from school each day, please make sure to complete our Bus Application Form as early as possible.

Please note that our service has limited seating and service locations. Therefore a place cannot be guaranteed to all applicants. Current students already using the bus service will take priority over new applicants.

Click here to learn more about the bus service.

Uniform

Academic and Sports uniform can be purchased from our supplier A Plus Schoolwear in Mill Park.

Unit 3, 30 Heaths Court, Mill Park

Phone: 03 9436 4005

Email: info@northernregionaluniforms.com.au

Please refer to the handbook for uniform requirements and guidelines. All students should wear academic uniform on their first day unless otherwise specified by their teacher.

Stationery

Primary

All stationery for Primary students is provided by the school and is included in school fees. Students will receive their resources at school they are needed.

Secondary

Stationery for Secondary students is to be purchased by the student. Resource requirements may vary by subject. Please refer to the stationery lists in the Student/Parent Resources for a breakdown of what to buy. Students may make their own choices in purchasing as long as they meet the provided specifications.

Foundation - Preparation Activities

Before starting school, we recommend that new Foundation students start engaging in preparation activities at home. Click here to download our countdown calendar of suggested activities. For more ideas and information, please refer to our school readiness page.

Update Your Details

Shortly before commencing, you will receive an email request to update your student's information via the Consent2Go system. Each parent will receive a separate invitation to update. Please make sure to review all details to ensure they are accurate and up to date.

This includes information such as:

  • Address and contact details
  • Census data (eg. education and occupation)
  • Student medical conditions and plans
  • Student photo permission
  • Emergency contacts

If the student's citizenship/visa status changes at any point before or during enrolment, please make sure to update the school in writing as soon as possible.

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Dates & Times

Orientation Days

The school currently holds orientation days for students entering Foundation and Year 7 only. Students will receive an invite before the event with detailed information.

Foundation

Students entering Foundation are invited to attend three orientation days to help ease them into the normal routine of school. Rather than full days, the students attend for a few hours at the beginning of each day. Orientation days are usually held in November over a weeks.

Year 7

New and currently enrolled students entering Year 7 are invited to attend one orientation day in November. This is a full school day and includes a range of activities, including hands-on classes, sports activities, and relationship building.

Start Date

For Years 1-12, the first day of school in 2025 will be Wednesday 29 January.

As Foundation do not attend school on Wednesdays in Term 1, the first day for Foundation will be Thursday 30 January.

For other important dates, please refer to the calendar.

School Times

Homeroom for all students starts at 8:45am each day. All students should be prompt to report to homeroom when the bell rings. School finishes for Primary at 3:20pm and for Secondary at 3:30pm.

Supervision is provided for students between 8:15am - 3:50pm. Students on campus outside these times must be registered with OSHC (Primary) or attend Study centre (Secondary).

Other Dates

For other important dates, please refer to the calendar. Notifications may also be sent for upcoming events via email, Consent2Go and the school newsletter.

Where to Go

Students

On the first day of school, students will meet for a group assembly before being shown to their classrooms. Staff will be on hand to guide students to the assembly locations.

If you are joining us partway through the year, please report to reception at 8:30am. A photo will be taken for school ID and you will then be guided to your classroom.

All students should wear full academic uniform on their first day unless otherwise specified by classroom teachers.

Parking

Parking is available between Reception and The Village per the map below. We ask that you do not park in the Drop & Go Zone as this is a high throughput area. If you wish to park and walk with your child, please use designated parking areas and pedestrian crossings.

Please do not block the emergency or delivery zones outside reception. If you need to speak to reception, please park in a designated area first.

Students may ride their bikes to school, noting the legal requirement to wear a helmet while riding. Students may not ride their bike on campus and should walk it to and from the bike racks located near the building entrances.

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Services

OSHC (Outside School Hours Care)

Mernda Hills provides before and after school care for Primary students starting from 7am until start of school, and from end of school until 6pm. There is an additional fee and sign-up for this service.

Secondary students may attend Study Club at the school library after school on Monday-Thursday. Study club runs from end of school until 4:30pm. Students are expected to use this time for study or homework, not for socialising.

Click here to see further information on OSHC and study club.

Canteen

The school canteen runs on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. All food served at the canteen is vegetarian.

Lunches must be ordered prior to 8:45am using the Spriggy Schools app. Lunch orders are delivered to Primary classes by student representatives. Secondary students may collect their lunch orders from the canteen window.

Snacks and drinks may be purchased at the canteen window during recess and lunch time. Purchases at the window must be made with cash or with physical credit/debit card. Phones may not be used for purchasing during school hours, in accordance with the school's ICT device guidelines. There is a $10 minimum charge for card based purchases.

Buses

The college runs a limited school bus service in the local suburbs. For further information, click here.

Private Music Tuition

The college provides access to private instrumental tuition through the Whittlesea Music School. For further information, click here.

Procedures

Late to School

The bell for homeroom goes at 8:45am. Arrival after that time is considered late and students are expected to come through reception before going to class. Students sign in at reception and are given a late pass to show their teacher.

Leaving Early

If you need to pick up your child early, you need to give reception at least 20 minutes advanced notice. Students are not always readily available as they may be in the middle of a project, out at sport, or in another building for specialist classes. Any student leaving early must be signed out by their parent/carer through reception.

Students are expected to remain at school for the whole day. Students who leave early may miss out on important learning. We ask that parents allow their children to remain at school for the full school day excepting where urgent or emergency circumstances apply.

Absences

If your student not coming to school due to illness or other reason, please notify the school by phoning reception or emailing admin@merndahills.vic.edu.au so that the roll can be marked appropriately. Please do not only contact the teacher as they cannot correctly update the record.

If a student becomes unwell at school or injures themselves, they will be sent to sickbay who will then contact parents if appropriate. Parents may need to make arrangements to collect a sick or injured child.

Students that may have a highly contagious condition such as gastroenteritis are required to remain away from school for at least 24 hours after symptoms cease (eg. vomiting).

Planned Leave

If your student will be away for over a week (eg. for a family holiday), please notify the school by completing an Extended Leave Application.

Please note that students that are away during school periods may miss out on important learning and assessments. Teachers are not required to provide work for students while they are away.

Volunteering

There are various volunteering opportunities at the school such as reading in classrooms, assisting with swimming, and supervising groups on excursions/camps.

In order to meet with child-safety regulations and keep our community safe, all volunteers must go through the school's clearance process before engaging in volunteer work at the school. The requirements for Volunteer Clearance include:

  • Child Safety and OHS training (provided by the school)
  • WWCC (Working With Children Clearance)
  • Signed Code of Conduct
  • 2 Reference Checks

If you would like to volunteer at the school, please make sure to obtain a WWCC and attend one of our annual group training sessions. For further details, please contact reception.

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Online Platforms

What is Consent2Go

Consent2Go (C2G) is a consent platform primarily designed to make school excursions safer. It allows medical conditions and emergency contacts to be available on the teachers phones without requiring internet, and is an easy way for parents to provide their consent for school activities.

Once a student is enrolled at the school, the only way to update personal and medical details is through the C2G platform. Parents are invited to update their details through the platform before school commences, and before any excursions/camps.

Consent2Go Parent Responsibilities

It is essential that parents familiarise themselves with Consent2Go and, when invited, check that information is up to date. New asthma management plans, anaphylaxis plans, medical reports, and educational psychologist reports must all be added via this platform to keep the school up to date. Some of this information may have been provided to the school, however if it is not there when parents sign in, we ask them to add it again or contact the school. Please do not assume the information will be available to staff if it is not appearing in C2G.

It is also essential that parents respond and give consent via the app when their child is scheduled for an excursion, camp or other outing requiring consent.

The app is also used to give consent for photos to be used in the different school publications such as the website and facebook account. So please be sure to keep this updated with your preferences.

What is SEQTA

SEQTA is an online learning management system used by students, teachers, parents and carers to engage with learning and college communications. There are separate portals for students and parents.

School reports are published through the portal for parent viewing and download. Secondary students may also use the portal to view classwork and assignments, exam timetables, and general notices.

SEQTA Login

Secondary students will receive their account and login instructions for SEQTA within the first day or two of school. Staff can help to guide them in logging in and navigating the platform.

Parents will receive an email with instructions for how to login to SEQTA within the first few weeks of their child starting at Mernda Hills.

For more information about SEQTA, or to access the login page, please click here.

Common Questions

Class allocation

Prior to the start of the year, each teacher will contact the students in their class by email or phone to let them know their class allocation and any important information for commencement.

Vertical Homerooms

In the Secondary, each student is allocated to a homeroom which contains students from multiple different year levels. This is referred to as a Vertical Homeroom.

Students will remain in the same homeroom each year, with the same teacher. Throughout their school life they will build a community with their homeroom, being mentored by older students and helping younger students as they themselves mature. Your homeroom teacher is your first point of contact for any questions or concerns.

Year 9 is an exception for the Vertical Homerooms due to their dedicated Learning 4 Life program. Year 9 students have their own homeroom which is not cross-year level. After completing Year 9, students will return to their prior homerooms.

Communicating with teachers

You can email your child’s teacher any time using the format firstname.lastname@merndahills.vic.edu.au. They will reply or call when time allows.

Teachers are generally not available during school time as they are in class.

Secondary Elective Subjects

New students in Secondary will choose their elective options on their first day of school in conjunction with a staff member. After this, their electives will be added to their timetable in SEQTA.

Foundation Day Off

During Term 1, Wednesdays are a day off for Foundation students. This gives the students time to rest as they get used to full time schooling.

Individual assessments for Foundation students also take place on Wednesdays, with students coming in for 1 hour of scheduled one-on-one time with the teacher.

ICT Devices

Foundation - Year 4

Devices are provided by the school for use in classrooms. You do not need to purchase one, and students do not take them home.

Years 5 - 8

Students must purchase a Chromebook through the school's Order Portal. In order to make sure all devices meet the high technical specifications and cybersafety requirements of the school, all Chromebooks must be purchased through the order portal. Only one type of device is available via this portal. This ensures that all devices match our requirements, are up to date and are configured correctly for school management and control. Purchasing or on-selling of second hand devices is not available.

Students may also choose to purchase accessories such as carry bags or headphones through the portal.

Years 9 - 12

Students are provided with a Macbook by the school on payment of a security deposit (bond). In order to make sure all devices meet the high technical specifications and cybersafety requirements of the school, all Macbooks are loaned to students by the school directly. This ensures that all devices match our requirements, are up to date and are configured correctly for school management and control. Students are not able to provide their own devices.

When the student's enrolment ceases, they may choose to purchase their loan device for an additional fee, or can return it to the school. The bond may be refunded if the device is returned in good condition with its box and accessories.

For further information, please refer to the Device Information handout.

Mobile Phones at School

Mobile phones are to be kept in bags or lockers during school hours and only be used for coming to and going from school. Phones may not be accessed during school hours unless students are invited by teachers to bring them for a particular purpose.

Dress Code

All uniforms are to be worn appropriately, with attention to neatness and hygiene.

Hats must to be worn while outdoors during Terms 1 & 4. School beanies are not considered hats for this purpose as they do not shade the face.

Academic shoes are to be black polishable leather lace-up (or Velcro closures for Foundation if required), not black runners or loafers. Sports shoes must be quality runners and should be predominantly black, white or navy.

Any makeup should be kept to a minimum and appear natural. Hair should be kept away from the face and naturally coloured.

Sport uniform is to be worn on scheduled sports days. Teachers will let students know which days these are for their class.

For further uniform guidelines, please refer to the Handbook.

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Further Resources...

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Student/Parent Resources

Student handbook, device program and more information for Mernda Hills Christian College Students and Parents.

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Uniforms

Mernda Hills Christian College students have a reputation for maintaining a dress code with a high standard. We are pleased to offer our families multiple ways to purchase academic and sports uniforms. Click through to find out more.

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Canteen

The College canteen provides an excellent range of food that is both healthy and tasty. Currently, the canteen runs 3 days per week; Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. All food served at the canteen is vegetarian.

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College Buses

Mernda Hills Christian College buses travel to our surrounding area, providing convenient access to our school. Click through to learn the exact pick up and drop up locations.

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Out of School Hours Care

Mernda Hills Christian College offers before and after-hours care for those parents who need more flexible hours picking up or dropping off children. The school also provides a study centre program that allows Secondary students to have a place where they can study in a quiet environment with access to study resources.

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Wellbeing

The support structures of Mernda Hills Christian College ensures every student has the opportunity to reach their full potential. As we know, students thrive when they feel supported and are happy in their learning environment.

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SEQTA Login

SEQTA is an online learning management system used by students, teachers, parents and carers to engage with learning and College communications.

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Calendar

Stay up to date with all things happening at Mernda Hills. Should you have any questions please reach out to our admin staff and we will be happy to help.

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FAQ

View answers to common questions about Mernda Hills Christian College.

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