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Our Executive Principal, Genevieve Simson, has provided an pdf update letter for students, parents and carers (248 KB)  on school arrangements for the first week of Term 2. This includes important arrangements for students needing to access education materials and information for the small number of students who qualify for on-site attendance. Please refer to Compass and our website's Latest News for more updates from the GSSC Executive Team as we commence Term 2 on 15 April.  

Our Executive Principal, Genevieve Simson, has written a  pdf letter to students, parents and carers (154 KB) in our school community now that we have more clarity around Term 2 arrangements. Please refer to Compass and our website's Latest News for more updates from the GSSC Executive Team as we move closer and commence Term 2 on 15 April.  

Telstra has partnered with Greater Shepparton Secondary College and RMIT University to equip 100 Year 10, 11 and 12 students with a new laptop computer to keep and free internet access for the household for up to two years.

The pilot project is aimed at low income households to track study activities, daily routines and internet use over an extended period. To take part in Telstra Connected Students Program, eligible households must have:

  • A child in Year 10, 11 or 12 enrolled at Greater Shepparton Secondary College
  • A Low Income Healthcare Card
  • An interest and ability to help university researchers understand the impact of internet access costs

Participating households will be offered a monthly broadband internet plan for the duration of their participation in the project, which may last up to two years. Years 10, 11 and 12 students in participating households will also be provided with a laptop – theirs to keep at the conclusion of the project.

Participation in the Telstra Connected Students Program involves participation in an evaluation project conducted by researchers at RMIT University. This would involve a researcher coming to the student’s home (or agreed place of choosing) and asking questions about household work and study activities, daily routines and internet use. The researcher will visit two to three times over the duration of the project to ask these questions.

Participation will also involve completing surveys on the employment, study activities and internet use of parents, carers and other members of the household. Surveys will be conducted every six months for up to two years.

If your household is interested in participating, please submit the Expression of Interest form.

Most Victorian students will be educated from home when Term 2 starts next week to ensure the physical distancing will help slow the spread of coronavirus, with free internet access and laptops for those students who need it most.

Premier Daniel Andrews joined Minister for the Coordination of Education and Training – COVID-19, James Merlino to announce that following advice from the Chief Health Officer all Victorian government primary, secondary and special schools will move to remote and flexible learning and teaching .

Read the full statement

In the event of a delayed start to Term 2, GSSC is providing school laptops on loan to students who do not have access, or have strictly limited access, to a home computer. Parents and carers are encouraged to register their interest on our student management system, Compass.

The Compass home page has a link to some simple terms and conditions for students to borrow a laptop until the resumption of normal school routines. With remote learning for most students a possibility from the commencement of Term 2, we encourage parents and carers to register their interest now on Compass.

To manage social distancing and stay-at-home health measures, GSSC staff will deliver laptops to student homes. While GSSC has a large number of laptops available for loan, preference may need to be given to higher year levels in the unlikely event demand is greater than supply. Please note: the offer of a laptop on loan is to support students with a genuine need and not for convenience purposes.

If you encounter any difficulty logging in or using the Compass program, our Compass Helpline will be available from 9am to 3pm, 6-9 April on 03 5858 9882. Parents and carers can also register their interest in borrowing a laptop on this helpline.

We are preparing for remote learning from Term 2. This page provides an explanation and guides to the online tools we will be using in the event schools remain closed from the start of Term 2 on 15 April. Compass is our main online learning tool. If you encounter any difficulty logging in or using the program, our Compass Helpline will be available from 9am to 3pm, 6-9 April on 03 4804 5600.

Compass                                                                     

  • Compass is our only learning management system
  • All school work will be posted on Compass. Students are to work from Compass and parents will receive feedback via Compass
  • The link is https://gssc-vic.compass.education
  • Usernames and passwords have been distributed to parents. You can contact our Compass Helpline if you need it resent
  • Usernames and passwords for students are their school username and password.

Helpful Guides:  

  pdf Compass Introduction Logging In and Locating Support (Student) (175 KB)  

  pdf Compass Introduction & Logging In (Parent) 26 03 2020 (331 KB)                           

  pdf Instructions for setting up email on Compass (107 KB)

  pdf Compass Parent Email Guide March 2020 (201 KB)                                  

Microsoft Teams

  • Students can use Microsoft Teams to easily communicate with other students and their teachers.
  • Teacher may use this platform to host additional supporting materials, such as live video chats and supporting files
  • Link is https://teams.microsoft.com/downloads
  • Microsoft Teams can be installed on any laptop/phone/tablet
  • Username is: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (eg This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and their Compass/school password
  • NOTE: Anything on the platform is viewable by the school. Abuse is not acceptable and will be actioned.

Helpful Guides: 

  pdf MicrosoftTeamsforEducation QuickGuide EN US 1 (600 KB)    

   pdf Accessing Teams via Compass Student (126 KB)

Office 365/school email

  • This is the school email system
  • Link is https://outlook.office.com/gssc.vic.edu.au
  • Username is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (eg This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and their compass/school password

Clickview

  • Clickview is an online Video platform
  • Link is https://saml-in4.clickview.com.au/Shibboleth.sso/ADM1069946
  • Username is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (eg This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and their compass/school password

Please refer back to this page for further updates.

Telstra has partnered with Greater Shepparton Secondary College and RMIT University to equip 100 Year 10 and Year 11 students with a new laptop computer to keep and free internet access for the household for up to two years.

The pilot project is aimed at low income households to track study activities, daily routines and internet use over an extended period. To take part in Telstra Connected Students Program, eligible households must have:

  • A child in Year 10 or Year 11 enrolled at Greater Shepparton Secondary College
  • A Low Income Healthcare Card
  • An interest and ability to help university researchers understand the impact of internet access costs

Participating households will be offered a monthly broadband internet plan for the duration of their participation in the project, which may last up to two years. Years 10 and 11 students in participating households will also be provided with a laptop – theirs to keep at the conclusion of the project.

Participation in the Telstra Connected Students Program involves participation in an evaluation project conducted by researchers at RMIT University. This would involve a researcher coming to the student’s home (or agreed place of choosing) and asking questions about household work and study activities, daily routines and internet use. The researcher will visit two to three times over the duration of the project to ask these questions.

Participation will also involve completing surveys on the employment, study activities and internet use of parents, carers and other members of the household. Surveys will be conducted every six months for up to two years.

If your household is interested in participating, please submit the Expression of Interest form.

Greater Shepparton Secondary College is well prepared to provide remote learning to students if required next term.

Our student management system, Compass, will be used to provide lessons and team classes. Our teachers and support staff are working to provide the best online learning we can should students be required to work remotely when Term 2 recommences on 15 April. For those students who don’t have access to a computer and the internet, hard copies of learning activities will be made available for collection at their campus next term.

For parents and carers who are not already familiar with Compass, please refer to this instructional document: pdf Compass Introduction & Logging In (Parent) 26 03 2020 (331 KB)

If you encounter any difficulty logging in or using the program, our Compass Helpline will be available from 9am to 3pm, 6-9 April on 03 5858 9882.

We believe that it is very important to maintain our relationships with students and families. During the break, our Learning Mentors will ring students in their groups to touch base and see how they are going.

You can also message your child's teachers by following these instructions: pdf Compass Parent Email Guide March 2020 (201 KB)

 

 

Quiche, toasted sandwiches, milk, fruit and more was on the menu for the final day of Greater Shepparton Secondary College’s School Breakfast Club on Monday, 23 March.

Providing a nutritious lunch at 1pm followed breakfasts that were served up at GSSC’s Mooroopna, McGuire and Wanganui campuses in the morning – as they have every morning – during Term 1.

With the term ending early, leftover food was then packaged up on Monday for children to take home for the holidays – helping less advantaged families and those affected by supermarket hoarding in recent weeks.

“The Breakfast Club has been one of the great success stories for the new college,” Nick Bamford (pictured), GSSC Director of Wellbeing and Inclusion, said.

“The research is clear – having breakfast has a positive impact on our students’ health, how they get along at school and their ability to concentrate and learn in class.

 “At the end of the day it improves attendance at school and lifts academic outcomes.”

 Nick said anywhere from 200 to 350 children were fed every morning during the term, with GSSC accommodating kids at special Breakfast Club facilities set up and operating at all campuses.

The campuses take a breakfast-for-all approach to the program however it is of particular benefit to the estimated one-in-five children in our region who might otherwise arrive at the school gate having not had a nutritious start to the day.

“Teachers report these kids are far more likely to manage the demands of a normal school day when they’ve had a good breakfast,” Nick said. “The clubs also provide an inclusive and engaging place for them to start the day, and to learn about the benefits of healthy eating.”

The School Breakfast Clubs were introduced to GSSC this year as part of a range of initiatives to support students and parents at the new college. 

The program began in 2016 as part of a partnership between the Victorian Government and Foodbank Victoria. By the end of 2020, School Breakfast Clubs are expected to be operating from 1000 Victorian secondary and primary schools.

Snapshot: School Breakfast Clubs

  • What: Program to provide breakfast to disadvantaged students who might otherwise go through the school day hungry.
  • When: Breakfasts served every morning at school. Recent research has revealed that students not having breakfast at home often also missed out on lunch and healthy food over the school holidays. To address the issue, lunches and take-home Holiday Supply packs have been added to the program.
  • Where: Breakfast Clubs take place at school, with cooking, cleaning and common area facilities to promote an inclusive, healthy atmosphere.
  • Why: The program seeks to address the impact of food insecurity on learning, with a focus on improving educational outcomes for students. Having breakfast has been shown to have a positive impact on factors such as physical and mental health, social skills, concentration, behaviour, attendance and academic outcomes.
  • How: In the 2019-20 budget, the Victorian Government committed $58 million over four years to expand the School Breakfast Clubs Program to include lunches and school holiday food supplies. The program is administered through Foodbank Victoria which has been funded to help schools launch the program, provide ongoing program support, support schools in ordering food and providing deliveries.
  • Who: Eligible schools are chosen on the most recent Student Family Occupation Education (SFOE) index data (an accurate measure of disadvantage). Schools can tailor their School Breakfast Club program to the needs of their students and school community.

 

Students are currently on school holidays until the scheduled start of Term 2 on 15 April..

Teachers are using this week to plan remote learning activities for their classes in the event schools remain closed. These remote learning activities will be distributed to students via our student management system Compass. For those students who don’t have access to a computer and the internet, hard copies of these learning activities will be made available for collection at their campus next term.

Year 12 students

Year 12 students can pick up hard copies of work from their campus on Friday, 27 March, if they are unable to access it on Compass.

GSSC asks that our families enjoy the holidays and stay safe.