Wheelers News

07 September 2018
Issue Fourteen   respect Excellence Creativity
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Wheelers Hill Secondary College
(03) 9561 5811
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Wheelers Hill, Victoria, 3150

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College Review, 2018

As mentioned in previous Newsletters, we have been working through the College Review process as outlined by the Department of Education (or DET).  All Victorian State Schools are required by DET to undertake a formal Review.   The Review process allows the College Community to assess progress made by the school with respect to improving student outcomes, and also provide an opportunity to discuss and set plans for the years ahead. 

The Review process does provide an important platform for the development of the College's Strategic Plan.  The School Strategic Plan outlines the Goals, Targets and Strategies for the school across a four year period.  Our College Review process will help us develop our next School Strategic Plan (2019 - 2022 inclusive).

Our Review process has been positive, thorough and authentic.  The independent Reviewer (as appointed by DET) has lead this important work from analysing existing data and speaking with key student, staff and parent groups, to help us form our Goals, Targets and Strategies for the years ahead.  The Reviewer's work with the Review Panel (consisting of School Council, DET, College representation, together with representatives from other schools) concluded last week (30/8) and he will now write a formal report outlining his findings of our College.  We will use his Report as a reference to the creation of our next School Strategic Plan.

These are exciting times for our College.  The Review process has been very empowering allowing our College Community to not only take stock but to also plan ahead for the future in a way that will help us further improve student outcomes.

Our Teaching and Learning Model

Our Teaching and Learning Model is central to our practice at our College:



The Model explains the expectations that the College has of both teachers and learners.  

Our Teaching and Learning Model has been developed with the benefit of research and it has been in operation at our College since 2016.  Regardless of what you may teach, it is expected that all of our teaching staff apply the Model to allow for greater consistency of practice.  Research shows that it is consistency of practice that can deliver stronger results for students.  Importantly, the Model has strong expectations for our students as learners too.

Our Teaching and Learning Model is proudly displayed in our College Foyer and throughout the College in staff and classroom areas, and it also featured in a Teaching and Learning Journal last year. Please contact the College should you have any queries about our Teaching and Learning Model.

College Production, 2018 - The Wizard of Oz

It has been a big week for the Performing Arts at WHSC with The Wizard of Oz featuring at the Burrinja Theatre (Upwey) to rave reviews.  Matinee and evening performances through the week have been first class showcasing the immense talents of our students.  Attendance at each of the shows has been outstanding highlighting the strong level of interest in our Production from our College Community.  

Our 2018 Production has involved the wider College Community with many of our local primary schools having their students play an important role in The Wizard of Oz this year - we thank them and their families for their involvement.


The Production concludes tonight (7/9) with what promises to be another great performance.  Once again, we acknowledge the hard work of cast and crew in bringing the Production together for 2018.  Furthermore, we recognise the incredible commitment of our staff, superbly lead by our Performing Arts Leading Teacher in Genelle Lentini, who have been so helpful and supportive of our students.  Lastly, we also thank our families at WHSC for their tremendous support.  Please look out for a more detailed report of the 2018 WHSC College Production in the next Newsletter.

NAPLAN, 2018

Families of students in Year 7 and 9 will receive their child's 2018 NAPLAN results via the post.  The Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (or VCAA) has made the Year 7 and 9 student assessments available to the College, and we will post these assessments out to families.

Importantly, we will spend some time as a College considering, analysing and discussing the Year 7 and 9 cohort Data (2018) to determine where further improvements could be made in Numeracy and Literacy.  A thorough review of the Data can also allow us to consider what programs, initiatives and activities we may plan and implement for the future in the areas of Numeracy and Literacy to allow for further improvement by students in these key areas.

WHSC Athletics Champions - Monash Division Athletics, 28th August, 2018

Congratulations to our students who participated in the recent (28/8) Monash Division Athletics Carnival. On a per capita basis, Wheelers Hill Secondary College were the winners of the competition such was the strength of our participation and performances on the day.   The reaction of our students to the news of their win was one of real joy and excitement. Well done to all of our students involved!


Sport is one of the four key areas of the school important to our College Community (Academic Excellence, Sport, Performing Arts and Student Leadership). We work hard to provide so many opportunities to our students in the area of sport.  Our Sport Leaders in Sally Pryde, Kerrie Lay, Chloe Parnaby and their wider staff team, are to be commended for their efforts and dedicated approach.

Congratulations once again to the 2018 WHSC Athletics Team - Monash Division Champions in 2018!


Value of the Week - Creativity


And Finally...............

We have Parent Teacher Student Conferences coming up in the last week of term:

Monday 17th September, 1 - 8:00pm

Further details concerning our Parent Teacher Student Conferences will be shared with our College Community on Compass.











Aaron Smith


Assistant Principals' Page

Video Games

We have had a number of inquiries regarding access to computer-based games during school hours.

The Acceptable Use Agreement 2018, signed by both parents and students declares:

  • I am aware of the SONAR Sonar software network device which monitors all devices connected to the school internet. (This does not apply to use at home/off-site internet usage)

As a consequence, any games played on the Steam and Epic platforms will be blocked by the College’s security software while a student is using the College wifi system.


These platforms will be available to students (pending appropriate parental permission) when they are logged into their home systems.


However, if a student is found to be playing computer games during College hours they will be considered in breach of the agreement and receive the appropriate penalties. The penalties may vary from exclusion from the College network to disciplinary action. If students are able to access such games during College hours by bypassing the College wifi system, they may also be able to access sites which may contain explicit and inappropriate material as these will not be blocked by the College’s security systems.


For further information regarding Video Games and their effects on brain development, you may wish to view the recent report on 'Sixty Minutes'. 

Should you have any questions regarding this matter, please don’t hesitate to contact the College on 9561 5811.



Ever heard of the saying "Reach for the Stars"? Well, now you can!!

We have 2 extremely exciting opportunities , one local and the other, international:


  • Mission Discovery Melbourne Program- during the 2018 September School Holidays
  • G'Day Space- Kennedy Space Center Camp in Florida USA.- expressions of interest at this stage for 2019 December camp.


At a local level we have on offer the  Mission Discovery Melbourne Program  Mission Discovery Melbourne program is happening in the September school holidays?

  • Australia’s most exciting School holiday Program, inspiring the next generation of leaders.
  • 1st time in the Southern Hemisphere. Has run in London, Scotland, USA and India previously.
  • Team up with NASA astronaut Steve Swanson and other specialists on the cutting-edge of human experience and exploration and launch ideas into space.
  • In teams, participants will develop space science experiments which could benefit the human race.
  • The winning experiment will be launched into space and tested aboard the International Space Station!

Participants will have the chance to

  • Meet like-minded young people
  • Learn the secret to brilliance in learning and discovery
  • Spark a passion, perseverance and engagement in science
  • Develop creative confidence by thinking without boundaries and constraints
  • Become an empowered agent in their own learning with the confidence to change the world
  • Have their idea tested by astronauts on the ISS
  • Work with an astronaut without having to go to the USA!

Students in years 7-12 can book as individuals on the website (incl parent permission/medical and payment) www.missiondiscovery.com.au .

Program subsidies are available on the website.
Dates: The program will run from 24th-28th September 2018. (Please note that although 28th September is a public holiday, the program will still run that day)
Times: 9:30am to 4.30pm daily (registration at 9am on the Monday. Arrival by 9.15 other days)
Location: The University of Melbourne, Sidney Myer Asia Centre, Carrillo Gantner Theatre (Room B02), 325/761 Swanston St, Parkville VIC

This is an extraordinary event that would certainly provide an opportunity for our students to apply their creativity and problem solving skills, all while working with a range of people, whom they would otherwise never have the chance to collaborate with.
Please consider the timing and cost of this event and let me know if your child would be interested in attending this unique event.

G'DAY Space- Kennedy Space Center Camp

As America's spaceport, the Kennedy Space Center in Florida is recognized worldwide as the place where space exploration takes flight. At Kennedy, this preeminence provides a unique educational backdrop in support of the NASA educational goals to inspire, engage, educate and employ.

Emphasising STEM, the Kennedy Space center brings STEM to life by hearing form space experts, experiencing real flows spacecraft, and engaging in interactive simulators and exhibits. Students participate in hands on learning scenarios whereby they must put into practice scientific reasoning skills, analytical skills, lateral thinking design skills and the ability to challenge each others thinking in constructive ways. Students also have the opportunity to conduct real science experiments, solve engineering challenges using robotics and defy gravity in a microgravity simulation. 

Students can experience the wonders of space like nowhere else in the universe- going behind the gates to NASA's restricted areas and launch pads, standing next to the Space Shuttle Atlantis (that flew in space more than 30 times), touch a moon rock, walk under the largest rock ever launched at the Apollo/Saturn V Center and learn how NASA is preparing for future missions.


This is a 10 day program, where students visit:

  • NASA Kennedy Space Centre (Day 1 to 5)
  • San Francisco- USS Hornet and Golden Gate Bridge (Day 5 to 6)
  • Los Angeles- Knott's Berry Farm Physics Program ( Day 7)
  • Los Angeles- Universal Studios and leave for Australia ( Day 8 to 10) 

This is an all inclusive tour (excluding government taxes of $198 pp) - airfares, coaches, accommodation, travel insurance and most meals.

Students would travel with a teacher from our college.

The cost of the tour is approximately $5,595.


In term 4 we will be arranging a representative to come and speak to students in year levels 8 to 11 to explain further about this once in a lifetime opportunity and to gauge interest.

If the tour was to go ahead, we would be working on a tour date in December 2019.

If you think your child would be interested in participating in this tour, please contact Judy Anderson on 95615811, for further information.


Mobile Phones

As a college we place a high value on academic excellence and the opportunity for every student to achieve their personal best. While technology certainly has its place in the classroom, in some instances it can also be a source of distraction, which in turn, may hinder learning opportunities.

At WHSC we are confident that the laptop program sufficiently supports the learning needs of students from a technology point of view. We are, however, becoming increasingly concerned about the distractions caused through students use of mobile phones during class time.

We are mindful of ensuring that there is balance between technologies that actually enhance student learning in the classroom and those that can compromise student learning.  After consultation with the Student Development Committee, we have decided to trial from the start of term 4, mobile phone free classrooms.


This trial will apply across all year levels and will commence from day 1, of Term 4.

Essentially, students will not be permitted to access their mobile phones whilst in class. At the start of each lesson, students who have mobile phones with them will be asked to turn them off and place them in a sealed plastic tub which will be kept at the front of the classroom for the duration of the lesson. At the conclusion of the lesson all phones will be returned to students under the teacher's supervision.

We believe the trial of this practice supports the high value we place on student outcomes, where every student has the appropriate conditions to fully engage with the learning and activities for their relevant subject sessions. Mobile phones will only be permitted for use if required for educational purposes at the explicit instruction from the subject teacher.

We will trial this for the first 4 weeks of Term 4 and then review.

Students will be informed about this procedure in the coming weeks so that everybody is fully aware of the trial moving into term 4.


Students achieve better outcomes, formulate stronger relationships with teachers and peers, and generally have  higher levels of self confidence when they arrive on time each day and attend school  regularly.

We have noticed lately that a number of our students are arriving late to school on a regular basis. While we understand this may be unavoidable from time to time, we encourage all families to make every effort to ensure their children arrive to school by 8.40 so they can prepare for period one and attend their first session of the day.


Why is it so Important to attend every day?

• Learning is a progressive activity; each day's lessons build upon those of the previous day(s).

• Reading the material and completing work independently does not compensate for the loss of insight gained during class discussion or the loss of competency acquired through explanation or supervised drill.

• Many classes use lectures, discussions, demonstrations, experiments and participation as part of the daily learning activities, and these cannot be made up by those who are absent.

• Regular student participation in daily classroom activities plays a significant role in a student's school success.

Are there other benefits to my child?

• Students with good attendance records generally achieve higher grades and enjoy school more.

• Having a good education will help to give your child the best possible start in life.

• Regular school attendance patterns encourage the development of other responsible patterns of behaviour.

• Students who develop an "on the job" attitude toward school will be more desirable to future employers.

What are the risks of frequent absences?

• A child who does not attend school regularly will be unlikely to keep up with the work.

• Research suggests that students who miss school are more likely to be at-risk for anti-social or criminal behaviour.

What can parents do to help?

• Parents must model the value of education, including the importance of regular attendance.

• Make sure that your child goes to school regularly and arrives on time-you will establish a good habit that will carry through life.

• If your child starts missing school, work with the school to put things right. Make sure your child understands that you do not approve of him/her missing school.

• If your child is ill or must miss school for some other reason, contact the school immediately. If you ask for homework, make sure your child completes it.

• Whenever possible, arrange family vacations during school holidays so that children miss as little school as possible.

• Take an interest in your child's school work and be involved in the school as much as possible-your child will value school more if you do.


Remember, regular attendance is necessary for success in school. Help ensure that your child has the best opportunity for success by making sure he/she is in school every day.


We would like all members of the college community to revisit the uniform policy so that all students can be wearing correct uniform in the prescribed manner from day one of term 2.

Items that generally require attention among some students include:

  •  the wearing of plain white socks instead of logo socks, 
  • removal of hoodies,
  • removal of excessive jewellery,
  • removal of bright coloured nail polish
  • ensuring that black leather lace up school shoes are worn rather than the sports styled school shoes.

Please refer to the full policy on our website to clarify any questions. (Found under the School Tab, College Uniform)

Students in breach of the college uniform policy will be managed in line with the specified staged response as per the policy.

Staged Response:

First and Second time without a note.

Lunchtime detention on the day and recorded on school file.

Third Time

Lunchtime detention on the day and parents notified.

Subsequent occasions

Parents/carer contacted, further disciplinary interventions- refer to Engagement and inclusion Policy

With the cooler weather upon us, we remind students that hoodies and track suit pants are not part of the school uniform. 

It is our hope that parents can support the college  uniform policy by ensuring that their child is wearing the correct uniform prior to leaving home for school each week day.

Excursions - Parent Concerns

When consent is provided online to any event published on Compass, the parent/guardian is consenting to all aspects of the excursion. This includes costs associated with the event and travel arrangements.


It is essential that all information regarding the event is read and agreed to. Please read all the information and, if you have any questions or concerns regarding the details supplied, contact the organising teacher to discuss them.


Parent/Teacher/Student Conferences - Monday 17th September.

Bookings for the Parent/Teacher/Student Conferences are now open.  The Compass link is available via the College website or by using the link: http://whsc.vic.jdlf.com.au/Login.aspx.  It is quite a straightforward process.

Parents and students are advised that Parent/Teacher/Student Conferences will be held on Monday 17th September from 1 to 8 pm in the College E Block. There are no scheduled classes for the day.
Research shows that active parental involvement and interest in schooling is tremendously important in improving educational outcomes for your child. Our experience is that the most productive discussion takes place in partnership with parent, teacher and student.  We urge all parents to take the opportunity to discuss their child’s progress.
It is the expectation that all students and their parents will make appointments with their teachers and attend the conferences.

 If you are having trouble logging into Compass, do not have internet access or are having difficulty making bookings, email [email protected] or call the Office on 9561 5811. Please remember to leave some gaps in your booking schedule in case of time overruns – which we endeavour to keep to a minimum.

Year 8 STEM Project

In the first two weeks of Term 4, all Year 8 students will be completing a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) project on the theme of ‘Waste’. The basis of a STEM project is to allow students to develop skills in real-world problem solving, collaboration, research skills, design, prototyping and effective communication. The project will be taking place in English, Maths, Science, Humanities and Technology and contains elements of each of these subjects in the assessment. The project will be used as the first assessment in all these subjects.


Should you have any questions regarding this project, please contact the College on 9561 5811.


Mrs Judy Anderson & Mr Andrew Dixon   

Assistant Principals

What's on this week


  • Production Closing Night


  • Footy Colours Day


  • MOMA Exhibition and Talk - Years 10 & 11 Art
  • Year 7 & 8 Sport


  • Urban City Experience - Year 9
  • Medieval Day - Year 8
  • Elevate 'Ace Your Exam' - Year 12
  • School Council Meetings


  • VCE Food Studies Student Day Out -Unit 4 Food Studies


  • Year 9 & 10 Wellbeing Day


  • Parent/Teacher/Student Conferences ( Pupil Free Day)


  • Urban City Experience - Year 9
  • Nadrasca - Volunteering


  • SRC Fun Run

Performing Arts

"There's No Place Like Home"... 

And just as if we clicked our heels together three times, the production is coming to an end. What an extravagant, wonderful, joyful experience this has been for all students and staff involved! Thank you to Burrinja Cultural Centre for their wonderful facilities and staff, our community partners Harcourts Wheelers Hill with their support in marketing material, our colleagues at Brandon Park, Wheelers Hill, Waverley Meadows and Mulgrave Primary for their hard work and dedication! And of course, the wonderful passionate members of the Wheelers Hill Secondary College Community. The time and dedication all members of this team (staff and students included) is what has made this experience so wonderful for so many. A summary of the event will appear in the next issue. For now, enjoy some sneak peek photos of the students during their Dress Rehearsal. 

Genelle Lentini

Performing Arts Leader

Middle School 

Middle School Matters

A few students from our Year 8 and 9 Cohort have had the opportunity to take part in a trial program called Therapeutic Martial Arts Program. It has been an excellent opportunity to attend once a week for the last 8 weeks. The students have come for different reasons but they have taken away the Mantra “Be strong, be calm, be kind and try hard.


Alpine School News

Sunday, 2nd September - Day 44

Quote of the Day: The greatest gift you can give someone is your time because when you give your time you are giving a portion of your life away that you can never get back.

Community Goal: Self-Awareness & Management – Being on time to headcounts and meals.

Today was a really good day. The things that made it good were: it being a rest day, going down to Omeo and playing netball, and showing my Community Project at the start of DEARR.

A group of us went to Omeo for the morning and played footy, netball and mucked around a bit. It was nice to get out of the snow and chill away from a group of 46 people. While playing netball, I took on the role of the ‘biased umpire who doesn’t know how to umpire’. This was a great role for me as I didn’t call any actual rule breaking and only called on Ryley for being too tall.

At the start of DEARR, I showed everyone my Community Project. The Project was a video involving some of the other students talking about their insecurities and what they like about others. Seeing people get embarrassed and hide their faces when they came on but smiling while they listened to others compliment them made me feel like what I had made was having a positive effect. I made the video to show that everyone has insecurities but there are so many other good things about us. I was nervous at first to show it because of the parts with me in it but after the first clip of myself I didn’t care, I realised it wasn’t that bad and I really enjoyed showing it.

To make tomorrow as good as today I’m going to do things I enjoy, talk to and spend time with my friends as well as work hard in classes.

From Sarah T

Year 7 News

The Year 7 students have had the opportunity to attend the Wheelers Hill School Production at Burrinja Cultural Centre this week.

Year 8 News



In the tradition of celebrating our Male Role Models

the Year 8 Personal Best Personal Best Program will be hosting

the BBQ - Wednesday 17th October 5.30- 7.30pm for

Dads, Uncles, Grandfathers and Coaches of Year 7&8 students.

Guest Speakers details and Invitation to come soon.

Year 9 News

The year 9 students are preparing themselves in classes for their Urban experience over the next two Wednesday’s. They will have an opportunity to look at sustainability in cities.


Mrs Melissa Robinson

Middle School Leader

Senior School


Year 12

With only 2 weeks left of this term, the Year 12 students are completing SACs and preparing for the end of year VCE exams. As part of this preparation, Elevate Education will be running sessions on how to “ace your exams” and use your memory more effectively on Wednesday 12th September. The sessions will run in the VCE Centre from 12:00pm until 2:30 pm. All Year 12 students sitting exams are expected to attend.


Trial Examinations

This year the College will be holding the Unit 3/4 Trial Examinations during the first week of the September holidays, i.e. 24th – 28th September. This means that valuable class time can still be used up to the end of the term, and it allows for comprehensive feedback to be given to students at the start of term 4.

Research suggests that these examinations are important preparation for the “real thing”. We would, therefore, expect that all students who are completing Unit 3/4 Studies would attend these trial examinations, take them seriously and use them as solid preparation for the VCAA examinations that begin with English on Wednesday, 31st October.











Exams/Assessment Wellbeing

Build Positive Engagement through self-discipline to stay focused on upcoming exams and/or assessments.

Every exam or assessment is an opportunity to strive, thrive and flourish. To shine you need to adjust your priorities leading up to the exam period.

Social life

  • reduce parties and social activities
  • reduce time spent texting and on social media.                    


  • exercise for at least an hour daily                                                     
  • it clears the mind, and creates positive emotions
  •  increases oxygen intake; benefits the brain.   












  • 8-10 hours sleep a day will rest both your brain/eyes
  • turn off your phone at 9:00 pm.


  • eat healthy foods to provide brain energy                              
  • avoid excessive caffeine, junk food, sugar and fats
  • drink around 2 litres of water daily.

Travel Time

  • listen to study recordings on your phone
  • plan what you will focus on when you arrive home.


  • timetable and begin your final revision 8 weeks before the exams
  • last minute cramming and late night studying; little return for effort.

(adapted from The Learning Curve Planner)


Mrs. J. Riddoch

Senior School Leader


School Careers Website

Voula Jakubicki

Careers Coordinator


This month on SchoolTV - Sleep

This month on SchoolTV - Sleep

Students today have extremely busy schedules, with ever increasing responsibilities at school and at home. Many kids, especially adolescents, are going to bed later and later and are at risk of sleep deprivation. This affects three areas of a child’s development: psychological, physiological and psychosocial. All three are essential to a child's growth, learning ability and overall wellbeing. Sleep is vital to a child’s overall health and is as important as diet and exercise.

Sleep also strengthens a child’s immune system and supports their ability to function properly on a daily basis. Children who do not get enough sleep show increased levels of aggressive behaviour, are less attentive and are much less active. Trying to catch up on sleep on weekends is not the answer and can still lead to severe sleep deprivation.

In this edition of SchoolTV, parents will learn about the importance of sleep and how sleep deprivation can have adverse effects on a child’s health and wellbeing. We hope you take time to reflect on the information offered in this month’s edition and we always welcome your feedback.

If you have any concerns about your child, please contact the school counsellor for further information.

Here is the link to this month’s edition http://whsc.vic.schooltv.me/newsletter/sleep

Year 9 & 10 Wellbeing Day Friday 14th September

A further reminder that on Friday September 14th Wheelers Hill Secondary College will once again be running a Wellbeing Day for students in Years 9 – 10. This is a proactive day which aims to raise awareness of the importance of being safe, while instilling in students positive behaviours and increasing protective factors around situations that young people are likely to face as they develop their independence and sense of self. Feedback from the sessions in 2018 was overwhelmingly positive and the school is strongly convinced that these are important sessions for students to attend. Students in Year 10 will be involved in different sessions to those that they attended last year. We urge parents to please support these sessions by ensuring that your child attends on the day and also by having conversations with them afterwards to reinforce their important learnings from the day. Information about the sessions is available through Compass Newsfeeds to enable you to be involved in conversations with your child at this pivotal stage of their lives about their wellbeing and the choices that they make.


Peter Allen & Louise Ford

Student Wellbeing Middle & Senior School

Community News

Second-hand Uniform Shop Times

Dates for Term 3

  • Monday 18th September  1:30pm - 3pm

Dates for Term 4

  • Thursday 11th October 2018 – 1.30 to 3.00pm
  • Monday 22nd October 2018 – 1.30 to 3.00pm
  • Thursday 8th November 2018 – 1.30 to 3.00pm
  • Thursday 15th November 2018 at 5.00pm  – Year 7 2019 Parent & Student Information Evening
  • Tuesday 11th December 2018 at 1.30pm to 3.00pm – Year 7 2019 Orientation Day

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