Carwatha News

25 August 2017
Issue Twelve
Principal's Report
P-12 News
Secondary News
Primary News
Careers News
Parents & Friends News
Upcoming Events
College General Information
Useful forms
Carwatha College
03 9795 5848
43-81 Browns Road
Noble Park North, Victoria, 3174

Principal's Report

From The Principal

I have spent the last week hosting my first “Have a Say Day” It has been great to hear from the students about ways they would like to see the school improved. The amount of thought and the way they have presented themselves has been outstanding. The Leadership team will now carefully consider all ideas presented to see what we can implement to improve the experiences for our students.


We will be continuing our tradition of holding a P-12 Multicultural Assembly.  I have heard outstanding reports about this event and I am looking forward to it immensely. The assembly led by the secondary SRC, will be on the 5th of September. I am sure it will be an outstanding success and a wonderful reflection and celebration of not only the multi-cultural nature of our school, but the respect that our students have for each other and the diversity that they bring to our school community. 


Our Annual Presentation Ball will be held on Friday September 1st. Students have been practising hard for the last 7 weeks to perfect the dances they are learning. It should be a very special evening. I look forward to seeing many parents and families on the night.


Parent / teacher interviews will take place on Thursday September 14th from 4.00 to 8.00 p.m. Students in Years 3 to 12 are expected to attend interviews with their parents. This night is an extremely important night for parents to gain feedback on how their children are progressing in their studies and how they can improve.


We have completed trials for the Football/Soccer Academy for 2018. It has been great to see the interest that this Academy has attracted and parents and students will be receiving notification in the coming weeks to see if they have been successful in gaining entry. There will be further trials later in the year during term 4. So it is not too late to be a part of this exciting program, details on the next trial will be on our website.


Tell us What You Think - Parent Opinion Survey 2017

Our school is conducting a survey to find out what parents think of our school. The Parent Opinion Survey is an annual survey offered by the Department of Education and Training that is completed by a group of randomly selected parents at each school.

It is designed to assist our school in gaining an understanding of parents’ perception of school climate, student engagement and relationships with our parent community. Our school will use the survey results to help inform and direct future school planning and improvement strategies.


Parents who have been randomly selected to be involved in the survey, have either come into the College to complete the survey or have received a letter on how to complete the survey at home.
The survey will be conducted online by ORIMA Research Pty Ltd and only takes 15 minutes to complete.

Approximately 30 per cent of our parents have been invited to participate in this year’s survey. All responses to the survey are anonymous.

I would like to thank everyone in advance who has been selected and takes part in this important survey. 


Pat Mulcahy

College Principal




We have completed trials for the Football/Soccer Academy for 2018. It has been great to see the interest that this Academy has attracted and parents and students will be receiving notification in the coming weeks to see if they have been successful in gaining entry. There will be further trial later in the year during term 4. So it is not too late to be a part of this exciting program, details on the next trial will be on our website. There are still places availble so please contact the college or FTA for more information.



P-12 News

SRC Report- August

The SRC have been planning the Annual Multicultural Day which will be held on Tuesday,  5th of September. We will be holding an assembly in the morning and have had a number of students express interest in performing on the day. We believe it will be a spectacular assembly with different cultural performances including songs, dances, presentations etc. We will also have a guest speaker, Diana Nguyen, present on the day. She is a singer-comedian, who grew up in Springvale, and will share experiences which will be relatable to our community. We will also have food stalls and sell cultural foods such as cevapis, Greek skewers, pizza, pasta, churros, muffins etc. Another addition to the day will be the opportunity for students to get temporary henna tattoos at school. We have contacted tattoo artists in our local community who will be providing their services to our students for a small fee.

We hold a multicultural assembly every year to promote diversity at Carwatha College P-12 and help our students feel proud to be in a school where they are acknowledged and accepted for being different or coming from a different country. We welcome all parents and our local community to attend on the day.

The College began this term with a casual dress day which was organised on Tuesday, the 8th of August with a tracksuit theme. SRC also held a sausage sizzle for both the primary and secondary students during lunch time, which was very successful with all sausages and drinks being sold out. The student body enjoyed their time outside in the sun relaxing and chatting with friends. We would like to congratulate the SRC team for putting in their best for such a successful event.


Anoushka Sharma & Adela Srebic

College Council Representatives

Earn And Learn Is Back

The Woolworths Earn & Learn program is back for 2017. Now anyone can help schools earn amazing equipment by shopping at Woolworths up until Sep 8.

Our collection box for the Earn and Learn stickers is in the main office, as you walk in.

Please drop off any stickers at the office or pop them into the box – we can win some amazing equipment for our school!

It’s easy for students, parents, grandparents, staff, neighbours, friends - absolutely anyone - to help Carwatha College. Below is how it works:


Science Facts


Secondary News

Simba Mak And DJ Dohreimee Visit 

Carwatha College P-12 has an amazing and dedicated Wellbeing team. They assist students with their wellbeing needs as well giving students some well-deserved fun during lunch times. A program run for students in years 7 to 9 is the 180 Program and involves students having fun at lunchtimes playing games, doing activities and enjoying food. Today’s special activity was a visit during lunch from Simba Mak, a brilliant rapper & DJ Dohreimee, a seriously skilled DJ. Simba was talking to and hi fiving students in between his rapping and was loved by all the students. Students went to class this afternoon relaxed and feeling fabulous after the wonderful vibes in JBlock at lunchtime today. Thank you to Simba Mak & DJ Dohreimee, the Wellbeing Team and the wonderful 180 program volunteers. 


Year 7 Report

We recently welcomed Optus’ free digital education program, Digital Thumbprint to deliver their workshops to our Year 7 students. Delivered in class to students by a facilitator, the program’s fun and interactive workshops are tailored to the needs of specific year groups. Designed to empower and inform Australia’s young digital natives, the workshops taught students the advantages of having a positive online presence and armed them with the vital information they need to stay safe online.

 Overall, the program proved to be a highly beneficial experience for students and was thoroughly enjoyed by all. 


"On Monday the 7th of August, 2017, the year 7’s had an incursion about how to stay safe using technology and social media. 

We learnt that as technology increases and becomes more complex, it will become a major part of our lives, so staying safe online is really important. 

We covered the importance of having secure passwords – making them complicated so hackers can’t access them.  We were also told to not share personal information online. 

We found out that connecting to free Wifi, increases the chances of being hacked.  What shocked us the most is that if you post anything on snapchat, Instagram, Facebook,…they can do whatever they like with the photos or videos!  Even if you delete a comment or photo, it still belongs to the owners of those apps. 

This workshop was so informative.  It made us more aware of the pros and cons of social media and technology."

Cassie Lazarakis 7A


7C Science Experiment - Skeletons

On Tues August 15, 7C students participated in a science experiment about skeletons, as part of our unit of work on classification. Students learnt about exoskeletons and endoskeletons, and then dissected a raw prawn and a raw chicken wing. There was a practical report based on this experiment, which was submitted on the day. All students participated actively and enjoyed this task, despite it being quite smelly! I congratulate students on their safe use of equipment and their enthusiasm.

Kyla Crawford

7C Science Experiment - Classifying Animals

On Thursday August 17, 7C students participated in a science experiment about classifying animals, as part of our unit of work on classification. Students observed real preserved animals in jars, and had to classify animals using observations (for example: body covering, way of movement, limbs and habitat) All students participated actively and enjoyed this task, despite some of the animals looking very scary! Students then completed a Kahoot quiz about Classification. I congratulate students on their behaviour and focus today.

Kyla Crawford 

Year 8 Girls & Boys Interschool Basketball

On Friday the 18th of August, the Year 8 girls and boys basketball teams travelled to Dandenong stadium to participate in the regional interschool competition.

The boys team, who on the day were coached by School Captain Jordan Hallet, faced a tough draw in the pool stages and struggled tirelessly against the bigger bodies from opposing schools.

Despite improving through the day and gelling as a team they were unable to record a win.

The girls team played in a round robin and went on to record 4 wins and 2 losses from their 6 games. The team were lead on the court by Mela Basic (picture below), who lead in scoring and steals and Sahar Madibo, who lead the team in rebounds while all players assisted and fought out every game. The Girls team finished 3rd overall.

Damien Luci

9A Science Experiment - Adaptations & Populations

On Monday August 14, 9A students participated in a science experiment about adaptations and populations, as part of the Ecosystems unit. Students pretended to be eagles eating food in the wild, and saw the impact that injuries and competition can have on a population. Once their results were recorded, students had to analyse them, graph them and come up with some conclusions about populations in terms of adaptations, competition and resources. All students participated actively and enjoyed this task.

Kyla  Crawford 

Year 9 Community Leadership Program

As part of the Year 9 English program, all students participate in the Community Leadership program during term 3. This includes students spending two full days volunteering at the Salvation Army’s Doveton premises and participating in a range of activities such as sorting donated items, gardening and construction, mural painting, catering and using multimedia to document the whole experience. The feedback from students has been very positive and it is a wonderful opportunity for students to give back something to the community.

Kevin Fahey

Danielle Weber Studio Arts and VCAL Visit

Studio Arts and the VCAL students were treated with a visit from an inspiring artist, Danielle Weber.

She spoke to students all about her school life and how she has followed her dream of becoming an artist.

You can follow her on Instagram and Facebook. 😊daniellesartworks

Danielle is an amazing artis who has had her work purchased from The Rock - Dwayne Johnson. She paints portraits and murals to name some of her talents.


Year 11 and 12 End of Year Unit 3.4 Examinations

This week students were provided with their navigator from the VCAA. This booklet provides all students completing a 3/4 Unit their individual November examination timetable, as well as the rules and regulations regarding exams.

It contains vital information about the administration of each exam including the permitted materials list.

Students are encouraged to read this navigator and ensure that they are familiar with their examination expectations for Unit 3.4 Exams. There is also some excellent study and examination preparation advice in the booklet.

The back page of the navigator also explains how students can access their results and ATAR in December.

If you have any questions or queries regarding end of year examinations for Unit 3.4 subjects please do not hesitate to contact the Senior School Office on 9795 5848.

The link below will take you to a copy of the navigator on the VCAA website.


Primary News

Primary Swimming Program


I See, I Care Ambassadors Excursion

On Thursday 10th August our I See, I Care Ambassadors, Prerana, Georgia, Christian and Sandeep, attended an excursion with other local schools, to check the health of our local waterways. We first visited the Melbourne Water Wetlands near the Dandenong Basketball Stadium where we inspected the litter traps to identify the types of waste that makes its way into our waterways. We were shocked to discover that after rain they can clear up to 160 bags of rubbish from just one site and that it costs up to $180,000 a year to clean the local litter traps.

After inspecting the waste, we moved on to a planting area where we helped the Dandenong Council Bushland Management Team plant approximately 1000 plants, native to the Dandenong area. The purpose of the planting was to build up habitat for the local wildlife. Once the planting was complete we made sure the local area was cleared of rubbish, to prevent more litter from making its way into the waterways.

We then headed on to Tirhatuan Park to test the quality of the water in the wetlands. We did this by identifying the bug life in the water and by checking the quality of the water using a variety of tools. We discovered that the water quality was quite poor, which indicated that the wetlands are doing their job of treating the water before it enters Port Phillip Bay. We discovered that the quality of the water is affected by homeowners’ use of fertiliser, paint not being disposed of properly and people not cleaning up after their dogs. We also learned that approximately 6 million tonnes of plastic makes its way into the oceans every year, and this adds to the 50 million tonnes of plastic that is already in our oceans. We thought it was an important reminder to make sure that we dispose of our litter properly.

Please remember to recycle whenever you can and ensure you place all of your litter in the bin.

Below are photos and a video from the day.


Prep Gymnastics Ribbon Wands

Gymnastics is being taught this term as part of the College PE program for all students.

Our prep students are doing really well with ribbon wands in gymnastics! Students are showing you their best routine with the ribbon wand


Primary Science Fair

Primary classes held a Science Fair last week. Parents were invited to visit classes and see the wonderful Science on display. Students completed their projects at home and in class and had the results on display. Outstanding work by all of our Primary students - well done!


Primary Art - 3L Kimmy Cantrell Collages

Students viewed artwork created by the American sculptor Kimmy Cantrell. We looked at how the features such as eyes, nose and eyebrows etc. were asymmetrical. Another common feature was red lips. The students then designed and created a Cantrell inspired head of their own using different coloured and textured cardboard.

Chrsitine McAleer

Careers News

Careers News


*Opportunity Knocks permission forms need to be returned – event day is Thursday 31st August with guest speaker day on Monday 4th September


*Year 10 Work Experience forms need to be completed and returned to careers centre. Dates are Mon 27th November – Friday 8th December.

  • ‘ASPIRE’ applications are open at La Trobe University; close 31 August
  • VTAC Applications are open for Year 12; timely applications close 28 September
  • VTAC CLOSING APPLICATION DATE FOR SOME VCA COURSES – applications for Animation, Dance, Film and Television, and for Screenwriting close at VTAC on 31 August
  • SEAS applications close for Year 12’ on  10 October (5pm)



  • BOX HILL INSTITUTE –Sun 27 August (Box Hill)
  • DEAKIN UNIVERSITY –Sun 27 August (Melbourne)
  • FEDERATION UNIVERSITY – Sun 27 August (Ballarat, Berwick and Gippsland)


You are reminded that applications for courses for 2018 are now open on the VTAC website. You will need your VCAA student number to create an account, the first step in the application process.

  • Timely applications close on 28 September (cost $35.00). Late applications cost $103.00.
  • Special Entry Access Scheme (SEAS) applications are also open and can be completed following a VTAC course application (close 10 October).
  • Scholarship applications done through VTAC close on 13 October.
  • You can change your VTAC course application as much as you wish at no extra charge.
  • applicants for all Victorian university ITE courses must undertake the CASPer test.
  • The test requires applicants to demonstrate personal attributes such as motivation to teach, strong interpersonal skills, willingness to learn, resilience, self-efficacy, conscientiousness and organisational skills.
  • CASPer is taken on-line and is composed of 12 sections. Each section contains video or word-based scenarios followed by three open-ended, follow-up questions. Applicants have five minutes to answer the questions that follow each scenario.
  •  CASPer can only be taken on-line; international students must complete it by 10 November 2017 and applicants for undergraduate and graduate-entry teaching Round 1 offers must complete it by 30 November 2017.
  •  You will need to enter your VTAC ID when registering and will be asked to provide government issued photo ID eg passport, drivers licence or learner permit card. Your results will be sent directly to VTAC and the institutions to which you apply. Results are not given to the applicant.

NOTE: If you sit CASPer and get an offer and defer, you do not have to sit the test again.

When applying for courses, VTAC recommends applicants place some pathway courses in their preference list as they will not know the outcome of their CASPer test and therefore, whether they will be accepted into teaching courses. Eg - a Bachelor of Arts may be suitable for those interested in primary teaching or teaching Humanities or Studies of Society and Environment.

  • ACCESS MELBOURNE 2018 – Guaranteed entry for Access Melbourne applicants have been approved for 2018. Students from a rural or isolated area, or those who have a disadvantaged financial background could be eligible for a guaranteed place at Melbourne by applying through Access Melbourne – even if their ATAR is below the clearly-in rank.


Students must have completed Year 12 in Australia or the International Baccalaureate in 2017

Student is eligible for the consideration in one or both of the categories ‘ and

The student satisfies the for their chosen course

Achieved an ATAR or notional ATAR in 2017 of:

  • 78+ guarantees a place in Design or Science
  • 80+ guarantees a place in Arts
  • 88+ guarantees a place in Commerce
  • 92+ guarantees a place in Biomedicine

 For more information see:




The Monash Art, Design and Architecture (MADA) Careers and Creativity Day is a great way to find out more about the courses available and the varied careers to which they can lead. The day will start with a panel discussion between MADA’s lecturers and alumni about their career paths and job prospects. The afternoon session will provide the opportunity to take part in a hands-on workshops focusing on different areas of interest.  Students interested in Fine Art will have the application process explained, covering the folio and what happens in the interview. When: Sat 16 September; Where: Caulfield campus; Information and bookings:

Compiled by: m.walker


Jodie McCarthy

Parents & Friends News

Fathers' Day Raffle

All tickets to be returned by Thursday August 31st.

Fathers' Day Stall

The College Fathers' Day stall, run by the fundraising committee,  will be held on Thursday 31st August. Each grade visits the stall with their teacher. There will be a variety of gifts and cards.

Chocolate Drive

Thanks to all the families who have taken a box of chocolates to sell to friends. Just a reminder that monies are due back on Thursday August 31st.


Upcoming Events


Wed         30th            Year 7 Boys Futsal

Thurs      31st             Last Day For Fathers' Day Raffle Tickets

                                       Fathers' Day Stall

                                       Last Day Of Chocolate Fundraising  


Fri               1st             9B Community Leadership Excursion

                                        Primary Assembly

                                        Bell Shakespeare Incursion grades 3-6

                                        Bell Shakespeare Incursion  years 7-9

                                        Presentation Ball 2017

Mon           4th             3/4 Biology Excursion to GTAC Parkville

Tues          5th             Multicultural Assembly

                                        Mad On Music Concert

Wed           6th             Primary District Athletics

Thurs        7th             Year 12 Casual Dress

                                        Year 9 Phillip Island Nature Park Science Excursion

Fri                8th            9C Community Leadership Excusrions

                                        Primary Greater Dandenong Maths Day

Tues         12th            Year 8 Melbourne Museum Science Excursion

                                        Year 9 Gravity Zone Excursion

Thurs       14th            Parent Teacher Interviews

Mon          18th            Grade 5 & 6 Camp back on Thurs 21st

                                        Greater Dandenong Athletics

Tues         19th            Prep to Grade 3 Responsible Pet Ownership Incursion

Fri            22nd            Primary Assembly

                                        Last Day Term 3


Mon          10th            First Day Term 4

College General Information

The Main Office

Office Hours:         8.15am - 4.00pm


Parents should always make contact with the Main office when visiting the college. 

Office Staff:

Buisness Manager:      Wendy Parkinson

Accounts:                        Rosanne Bivens

Front Office:                   Pauline Horbaczow

                                            Ruth Arnold

                                            Glenice Despard

                                            Megha Malhotra

First Aid:                          Donna Azzopardi

Term Dates 2017

Term 1  

Monday, 30th January  to Friday, 31st March  (9 weeks)

Term 2

Tuesday,  18th April to Friday, 30th June (11 weeks)

Term 3

Monday, 17th  July to Friday, 22nd  September (10 weeks)

Term 4
Monday, 9th  October to Friday, 22nd December (11 weeks)

Term Dates 2018

Term 1  

Tuesday, January 30th to Thursday, 29th  March  (9 weeks)

Term 2

Monday, 16th April to Friday, 29th June (11 weeks)

Term 3

Monday, 17th July Friday, 22nd  September (10 weeks)

Term 4

Monday, 9th  October  to Friday, 22nd December  (11 weeks)

Secondary Contacts 2017

Year 7      Mrs Rentzis

Year 8      Mr Skadins

Year 9      Mr  Skadins

Year 10    Mr Haddad

Year 11    Mrs Bawa

Year 12    Mrs Christopher

Secondary Junior Leader    Mr Fahey

Secondary Senior Leader    Mrs Ross

Assistant Principal ( Year 7-12)   Mrs Spina


To Speak to or book an appointment with a coordinator, College Leader  or Assistant Principal please contact the main office.

Primary Contacts 2017

Prep M     Mrs McPhie

1/2Z          Ms Zelazo

2/3A          Mrs Abraham

3L              Mrs Lilburne

4S             Mr Spina

4/5N        Ms Novakovic

5B             Ms Bishop

5/6L         Ms Arnold-Levy

6E             Mrs Elias

STEM      Mrs Brayon

Art           Mrs McAleer

PE            Mrs Peters (Prep-2)

PE           Mr Richards (3-6)


Assistant Principal: Mrs Sheila Horn

Primary Leading Teacher    Mrs Beauchamp-Wylie



To speak to or book an appointment with a class teacher, leading teacher  or  Assistant Principal please contact the main office.

Bell Times



All students are expected to be punctual and regular in attendance. After each absence, a note of explanation, dated and signed by the parent/guardian must be brought to the school or absences can be monitored and/or approved online via compass. 

College Map


Useful Forms

For useful forms:

  • Fee Sheets
  • Book Lists
  • Canteen List
  • Uniform Lists
  • Medical Plans
  • Qkr  How To
  • Edrolo Information
  • Centrepay
  • International Home Stay Information
  • Primary Mobile Phone Agreement

See the last page of newsletter titled "Useful Forms".

Lost Property

Lost Property is located in Sickbay. If your child has lost an item please call or see Nurse Donna in Sickbay.

Sustainable School Shop: 
Second Hand Uniforms
Second Hand Books

The College is conscious of the need to provide an efficient process for families to be able to buy and sell second hand uniform.

We are happy to announce the sustainable school shop website that Carwatha College P-12 has previously directed parents to use for second hand books now offers buying and selling of second hand uniforms.

Please go to


For the best results:

  • Register on the Sustainable School Shop website
  • List your second-hand uniform items for sale
  • List wanted ads for those items you are looking to buy
  • The College’s uniform lists are loaded into the system to make listing ads easy
  • The system matches the ads of buyers with sellers and notifies the buyer via email
  • Buyers contact sellers and arrange where and when to trade.
  • The school is not involved in the transaction
  • Parents are well supported via Sustainable School Shop’s telephone (0438 743 444) and email help lines
  • The system is simple and easy to use - If you don’t have a computer, internet access or an email address, please call the Sustainable School Shop for assistance.


Our prefered method of payment is Qkr.

See our 'Qkr How To' information sheet on newsletter page titled Useful Forms.

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Useful forms

Book List and Parent Payment Forms


Qkr: How To Form


International Student Homestay Program


Centrepay form


Uniform Price Lists


Anaphylaxis Management Plan


Asthma Management Plan


Primary Mobile Phone Agreement


College Photos 2017


Edrolo Information


Carwatha News
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year 10-11 pack.pdf
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flyer for qkr.pdf
international student for newsletter.pdf
Centrepay Deductions Form.pdf
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Primary Uniform from PSW April 2016.pdf
Secondary Uniform from PSW April 2016.pdf
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Student Photo Form.pdf
Family Photo Form.pdf
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