Newsletter 21st March 2024

From the Principal

Term 1 is nearly complete and it has gone by very quickly! It has been a very busy term with lots of getting to know each other, excursions, special days, learning and the School Review. It is hard to believe next week is our last week of school.

Today students from the Cobden Campus had a great time participating in the ‘Food Fight’ for Food Bank (see Facebook photos for some fun) and the Terang students will participate next Thursday as part of their last day of celebrations. The VPC program students along with Jen Finnerty organised the day for all the students. While the students had a great time, the cause is well worth it, thank you to all the families that financially supported the day.

This week we were lucky enough to secure the services of Simon Dewar from The Real Schools Program, Simon spent Monday at Terang and Tuesday at Cobden. Simon specialises in building the capacity of staff to manage students with challenging behaviours in a positive meaningful manner. Staff have completed extensive professional learning in wellbeing and positively supporting students in all aspects of their schooling. This year we have also committed to 3 years of training in SWPBS (School Wide Positive Behaviour Supports) this also promotes positive relationships with students and staff.

I wish everyone a happy and safe weekend and look forward to seeing everyone for our last week of term 2.

Thank you


Take care

Kylie Carter


Later Years Update

Middle Years

Middle Years Cooking

Middle Years have had a productive time in cooking sessions this term! Each week, a class has visited the local IGA for shopping and then returned to school for cooking, clean up and most importantly…sitting down together to eat! We will continue this program next term.

Early Years Report

Dental Van

All forms for the dental van need to be returned by Wednesday 27th March. If you require another form for your child, you can pick one up at the office.

Child Safe Policy Update

Child Safety and Wellbeing at Hampden Specialist School: information for families and the school community

The Victorian Government has announced new Child Safe Standards to further strengthen child safety across organisations, including schools. The new standards recognise the critical importance of families and the broader school community in maintaining and promoting child safety and wellbeing. 

Hampden Specialist School has reviewed and updated our child safety policies and procedures to ensure they meet the requirements of the new standards. These are available to view  on our school’s website and at the school’s front office.  

We are committed to continuous improvement in our approach to child safety and wellbeing and welcome feedback from families and members of our school community on ways we can further strengthen our child safety policies, procedures and practices. 

As valuable partners in promoting and maintaining child safety and wellbeing at Hampden Specialist School we welcome and encourage your feedback.  

If you have any suggestions, comments or questions, please contact principal or business manager. 

Hampden Specialist School is committed to providing a child safe and child friendly environment, where students are safe and feel safe.  

Our child safety and wellbeing policies outline the measures and strategies we have in place to support, promote and maintain the safety and wellbeing of our students: 

  • Child Safety and Wellbeing Policy 
  • Child Safety Code of Conduct 
  • Child safety Responding and Reporting Obligations Policy and Procedure 
  • Complaints Policy 
  • Student Wellbeing and Engagement Policy 
  • Bullying Prevention Policy 
  • Volunteers Policy 
  • Visitors Policy 
  • Digital Learning Policy 

Please click on website links to view policies.

Easter Family Fun Day