Useful Information

Important Dates 2015

  • Term One – Tuesday 28 January (teachers start) to Friday 27 March
  • Term Two – Monday 13 April to Friday 26 June
  • Term Three – Monday 13 July to Friday 18 September
  • Term Four – Monday 5 October to Friday 18 December

2015 VCE Examination periods

  • General Achievement Test (GAT) Wednesday 10 June 2015, 10.00 am – 1.15 pm
  • Extended Investigation Critical Thinking Test Wednesday 5 August 2015, 10.00 am – 11.10 am
  • Performance and Languages Oral examinations and the Extended Investigation: Oral presentation Monday 5 October 2015 – Sunday 1 November 2015
  • Languages (CCAFL) written examinations Tuesday 20 October 2015
  • AUSLAN examination Wednesday 21 October 2015
  • October/November written examinations Wednesday 28 October 2015 – Friday 20 November 2015

Note: The above exam periods have been approved by the VCAA Board.​​

2015 VCE Examination timetable

The 2015 VCE end-of-year written examination timetable will be published in May.

Bell times

  • 8.30 – Form Assembly
  • 8.37 – Changeover
  • 8.40 – Period 1
  • 9.52 – Recess
  • 10.11 – Warning Bell
  • 10.16 – Period 2
  • 11.28 – Changeover
  • 11.31 – Period 3
  • 12.43 – Lunch
  • 1.26 – Warning Bell
  • 1.31 – Period 4
  • 2.43 – Dismissal

College Structure

Mount Erin College is a co-educational College of 938 students, offering a broad curriculum, extensive support and enrichment, and extra curricular activities.

The College is organised into two sub-schools for the purposes of student wellbeing, with each sub-school organised into Home Groups.

Junior School – Years 7 to 9

Senior School – Years 10 to 12

Home Group Teacher and Student Wellbeing Leaders are the people to help you, whatever your enquiry or concern.

The school year is divided into two semesters, each of approximately twenty weeks. The school day begins at 8.30am and ends at 2.43pm. Students should be at school at 8.20am each day to access lockers in preparation for the day. Students are given a copy of their own timetable and are expected to attach this to the inside of their school diary and carry it with them at all times.

Whole School, Sub-School, Year Level and Form assemblies are held regularly.

Student Support Centre

The Student Support Centre staff work with the students at Mount Erin College who require assistance in the classroom and one-on-one with their class work. They offer a range of supports and programs to the teachers and the students across all Year levels to ensure successful academic outcomes. All staff who work within the Student Support Centre are trained Integration Aides. In class, work is modified and Individual Learning Plans are developed for students as required.

The Student Support Centre is open during lunch and after school and in some class times for students to access.


The College recognises and rewards endeavour, citizenship, sporting and academic achievements through the College Awards Scheme.

If your children..

Are absent from the College

  1. Ring the Attendance Hotline on 5971 6098
  2. On the day you return bring a note of explanation signed by a parent/guardian. Please ensure your name, Form and the absence dates(s) are on the note and deliver it to your Home Group Teacher or the Attendance Officer.
  3. If you know you will be absent, ask your parent/guardian to contact the Attendance Office advising the length of your absence and organise work with your teachers for while you are away.

Are late to College

  1. Bring a note from your parent/guardian stating the reasons why, and take this to the Attendance Officer. You will receive a Late Pass entry which is given to your Class Teacher.
  2. If you do not have a note, you must report to the Attendance Officer to receive a Late Pass. A note of explanation must be brought in on the next College day.

Need to Leave College early for any reason

  1. Bring a dated note from your parent/guardian stating the reason, the time you need to leave and your Form Group.
  2. Take the note to the Attendance Officer by Recess for an early leave pass.
  3. Show your pass to the Classroom teacher at the time of leaving.

Are out of uniform

  1. Bring a note from your parent/guardian stating the reason.
  2. Take this note to your Home Group Teacher before school to receive a Uniform Pass.
  3. If you have no note, you must still obtain a uniform pass.
  4. Detentions are given for non-compliance with these expectations.
  5. Students will not be given notes exceeding two weeks. Parents will need to contact the relevant sub school in these circumstances.

Have to leave the classroom during a lesson

  1. Ask your teacher for a pass – passes will only be given in exceptional circumstances.
  2. Go straight to your destination – return to class promptly.
  3. Students are not expected to need to go to the toilet during class time.

Are feeling sick at College

  1. Ask your teacher for a pass and report to the Attendance Office.
  2. Should you need to go home, the First Aid Attendant will telephone to have you collected from school.
  3. All students must be signed out through the First Aid Office/General Office.

Wish to exit from the College

  1. Your parent/guardian is required to make an appointment with the appropriate Sub-School Head/Assistant Principal who will organise the appropriate paperwork and procedures.

Are having trouble understanding your work

  1. Speak to your Home Group Teacher first, and of course the Class Teacher involved.
  2. Visit the Student Support Centre for extra assistance (see the ‘Where to Get Assistance’ section)

Are found to be smoking

  1. Smoking is totally banned anywhere on the College property.
  2. Students must not bring cigarettes, lighters or matches to school and must not be smoking while on any school sponsored activity, while traveling to and from school or in the College uniform. Sanctions will apply for those smoking, or in the company of smokers.

Are having personal difficulties at school or home

  1. Talk to your Home Group Teacher, the Student Welfare Counsellor, or to a trusted teacher or Mentor (see ‘Where to Get Assistance’ section)

Study Habits – How much study should you do?

The following provides a guide as to the amount of homework you can be expected to complete each night:

Year 7 – up to one hour
Year 8 – 1 – 1.5 hours
Year 9 – 1 – 2 hours
Year 10 – 2 hours
Year 11 – 2 – 2.5 hours
Year 12 – 3 hours