Carwatha News

19 November 2017
Issue Seventeen
Principal's Report
New College Uniform
P-12 News
Secondary News
Primary News
Careers News
College General Information
Upcoming Events
Useful forms
Community Page
Carwatha College
03 9795 5848
43-81 Browns Road
Noble Park North, Victoria, 3174

Principal's Report

From the Principal

It is an extremely busy time for staff and students, Year 12, 10 and 11 students have completed their exams.  Year 9 students will sit exams in English and Mathematics on the 8th of December.  Orientation Week for 2018 VCE students will begin on Monday 20th of November. It is an expectation that all students in years 9, 10 and 11 for 2017 attend this program every day. Students who are in VCAL for 2018 will have classes on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday and will be going to TAFE on Friday, but on Wednesday they will not have any classes. Our Valedictory night for our Year 12 students will be held Tuesday the 21st of November.


Preparations are well underway for many other end of year events. Secondary Awards Night will be held on Wednesday December 13th at the Drum Theatre in Dandenong. Letters will be sent home to parents of students who will be receiving awards or performing, in the next few weeks, so that they can book tickets. Primary students are also busy preparing for their concerts, which will be held on the 7th  of December.


The College will farewell a number of long serving staff members at the end of the year. Kevin Fahey, Daniela Szlawski, Korenya Friend and Glenys Hetherton will be retiring. Sally Ross, Wendy Parkinson and Catherine Dunn have accepted positions in other schools. The school has appointed 3 Leading Teachers for 2018, Bree Andrews who has been in an acting position this year has now been successful in applying for a substantive position for the next 3 years. Scott Antony has been appointed as Junior School Leader and Bree Hudson has been appointed as Senior School leader.

This week I was fortunate enough to attend our secondary music performance evening, it was a great night showcasing the talent of our students. A special thanks to our Instrumental music teachers, Damien Maughan and Marina Novelli for preparing the students and for Kate Whitaker for organizing the night.


Carwatha College P-12: Excellence in Literacy and Numeracy Learning

Please read a report created by leading teacher Breanna Andrew on how well our students are performing.

In May of this year, all students in Years 7 and 9 sat for the National Assessment Plan - Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN). There are four tests covering numeracy, reading, writing, spelling, punctuation and grammar.


If you are a parent of a student in one of these year levels, you would have already received a written report of your child's achievement in the tests. These results tell you how your child is progressing in these areas compared to students in the same year across Victoria, but more importantly, about how much growth they have made in their learning between NAPLAN tests. Students in Year 7 would have completed similar tests in Grade 5 and students in Year 9 at Year 7.


Our 2017 results indicate that our students are making considerable learning growth across all test areas. In fact, in comparison to the average growth achieved by students across Victoria, students at Carwatha College P-12 make greater learning growth over the same period. This same trend occurs when comparing our student’s learning growth to students of other government schools in the area.

These remarkable results include our Year 9 students achieving 52% more growth in their writing skill level and 41% more growth in their reading skill level than other Year 9 students across the state.  This means that our students are experiencing on average 3 years of growth in the two years between NAPLAN testing periods. Put simply, our students consistently grow much more than the average student.


The Mathematics program for Years 7, 8 and 9, designed to identify each student’s strengths and weakness’ and catered for by flexible groupings for topics, also continues to produce strong individual achievement and above state growth in the numeracy NAPLAN tests.             

Our college community is extremely proud of these achievements as they are a direct result of the innovative teaching and learning program from P-12, which focusses on meeting every student’s individual literacy and numeracy needs. We are currently making plans to add to our programs in 2018, so that we can continue to strengthen these already outstanding outcomes.

If you would like more information about our programs or the NAPLAN tests, please feel free to contact the college.


The school received from further exciting news last week, we have received a grant from the Department of Education, to upgrade our facilities, the grant of over $170,000 will be used ensure our buildings are in the best condition they can be.


To assist us with our planning, we would appreciate parents letting us know as soon as possible if their children will not be attending Carwatha next year. Also, if you wish to enrol new students, including Preps, this needs to be done as soon as possible.


Pat Mulcahy


New College Uniform

College Uniform 

The college is excited to announce that with the full endorsement of the College Council we will be adopting a new college uniform that will be compulsory for students in Prep and Year 7 starting next year - 2018. We have included for you details of the new uniform including the new price lists. Full details about the uniform is also available on our college website and samples are on display in the college foyer. 

All other students will have a two year phase in period to purchase the new uniform – so our current uniform is valid for the next two years only.  Current uniform stock that has a logo will be heavily reduced by 50 % and this allows parents and students to purchase items at greatly discounted prices. All families are welcome to purchase the new uniform next year in 2018 but it will become compulsory for all students, Prep to Year 12 in 2020.


P-12 News

VCE over 3 years at Carwatha College P-12

At Carwatha College P-12 ALL students in Year 10, 11 and 12 study VCE over three years.

Carwatha College P-12 has an excellent tradition of success at the VCE level, our 2015 and 2016 Dux received ATAR results of: 98 and 95.

The College stands apart from all other secondary schools in the area as it offers the V3 program – where all senior students study VCE over three years. Students start their Unit 1 & 2 subjects at Year 10 (V1) and then spread their Unit 3 & 4 subjects over their last two years of senior school, Year 11 (V2) and Year 12 (V3). Our teaching staff are committed to assisting students to achieve success in all areas of their VCE.

Why V3?

Our Senior Years program maximises our students' chances of success. Over three years students have more choice and opportunity to complete the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE). Each student follows a program, which suits his or her individual needs with the opportunity to study a broad range of subjects and to retake a number of Unit 3 & 4 subjects for a second time if they choose.

Here some students tell you what they like about the V3 program at Carwatha College P-12. If you would like more information on our amazing V3 program or would like to book a tour, please contact Principal Pat Mulcahy on 9795 5848.


Newsletter Competition Winners

Congratulations to the following families who have won 20% off one child’s essential items for 2018 just for reading the newsletter! We have 3 issues remaining for 2017, if you receive the newsletter via email, you will be in the draw!

You can register your email address with the main office.


High Tea

Our special interest baking & cake decorating class presented staff with an amazing high tea during lunchtime. Students worked very hard preparing cheesecakes, scones, chocolate mousse, sandwiches, pinwheels plus other delicious sweets. A great effort from our special interest baking & cake decorating class, which is one of the class options students have while undertaking V3 studies (VCE over 3 years) at Carwatha College P-12.


Science Fun


Secondary News

Carwatha College P-12 Music Night

On Tuesday the 14th of November we had our Annual Carwatha College P-12 Music Night. This is a night where the students involved in the college instrumental music program have the chance to showcase their work from throughout the year.

It was a fantastic night with over an hour of performances from students in years 7-11 playing a wide range of instruments from trombone to keyboard to voice to guitar. It was hosted by Hanna Garrard and Phillippa Smales of year 9, thank you to these girls who volunteered to take on this task!!

We are so proud of our talented students and to see their hard work from the year as the fine, polished performances that were presented on the evening was definitely a highlight of this year. Congratulations to all students who performed and thank you for the continued support from the college community in attending this night.

If you are interested in your child learning an instrument in 2018 places are now open. It is a very affordable program, costing only $30 per term for lessons. Students can learn trumpet, trombone and saxophone with our brass teacher Damien Maughan. Marina Novelli teaches guitar, bass guitar, drums and voice.

Please see or contact Miss. Whittaker to sign up.



7C Science Activities

On Tuesday October 24th, 7C science students learnt about why we see different phases of the moon in the night sky. As part of this lesson, they needed to model and name the 8 different phases of the moon. Students did this in two ways so that they had multiple exposure to this concept. Firstly, students showed how the different phases of the moon are created by in groups of 3, changing the amount of light (simulated by a torch) being reflected by the moon (shown by a polystyrene ball). Students were then asked to model a particular phase of the moon individually, using an Oreo biscuit. Lastly, students completed a worksheet on their own, titled ‘All about the moon’. I encourage students to look up at the night sky every now and then, and name the phase of the moon they see!

Kyla Crawford

9A Science Experiment - Static Electricity

On Thursday October 26, 9A science students performed some science activities to demonstrate static electricity. Students have been learning about energy and energy transfer lately. The focus of this lesson was how static electricity is created. Students bent a water with a charged Perspex rod, picked up confetti with a charged rod and made their hair stand on end after rubbing it with a balloon. The learning goals and success criteria for the lesson are listed below:

Kyla Crawford

Year 11 Report

It has been such nerve-racking period for the V3 students during the past few weeks. The Year 12s have been working hard on completing their last exams of high schooling and aiming to maximize their final results while the rest of us are preparing for our Unit 3/4 or 1/2 end of year exams. November 1st was the day everyone in the state who studied Unit 3/4 English sat their first exam. It was a fearful and new experience for most of the year 11s as the English exam was the first ever year 12 exam we completed. Preparations for more upcoming exams are still ongoing and the current Year 10s are underway to completing their upcoming unit 2 examinations.

As revision and guidance, teachers have aided us by giving students extra days to come back to school, ask questions and complete as much practice as possible. We are also given ‘study periods’ where we are able to spend time revising on what we wish to or need to finish and it really helps to reduce the workload we will need to complete at home.

Exams have always been such a scary experience for me, and many others, but being given the opportunity for a head start and the ability to reduce my worries over a span of three years is honestly a very rewarding opportunity in the long run.

Katrina Hoang 11A


V2 students have been under the pressure of balancing exam revision for their upcoming Unit 3&4 exams, along with their Unit 2 exams. To help ease the load of revising for heavy content subjects, the students have been attending their year 12 classes, using their time productively at school, studying with other classmates and utilising their teachers. To study for the anticipated but not so wanted exams, students have used techniques such as watching Edrolo, making chapter notes and summaries, and completing practice exam papers found on the VCAA website or exams that were given out by teachers. The V2 students who studied English, experienced their first official Year 12 examination in the big gym, on November 1st. For most students, it was a daunting experience, however, most of us could say that we do not need to worry about English anymore! Students will continue to study for upcoming exams, and may even study harder and effectively since they have experienced their first exam. 

Hannah Nguyen 

SRC Report 

As Term 4 is a really busy and important time for our V3 students, due to exams and work-pressure, the SRC team was only able to manage to hold a casual dress day, with the theme “A Touch of Red.” We tried our best to make the most out of this casual dress day, since it was the Year 12s last and final casual dress day. The SRC team decided to run a sausage sizzle at lunch, followed by music that left everyone with good vibes on a beautiful sunny day.

Before the V3 students set off for exams, the school held a special assembly for the Year-12s, to celebrate their last day and the completion of their 13 years of schooling. The Year 12s made their most out of this day, and had the opportunity to say farewell to the school as a whole. They have been one of the greatest groups of students, and we will for sure miss them.  It was great to see that most of the V3 student leaders had been part of SRC through their secondary years. This reaffirmed the value of the hard work we have done this year, highlighting how we have grown as leaders and are ready to step up and take on more responsibilities.

SRC students also volunteered to assist at the Art and Technology Show, which was again a resounding success. We were responsible for ushering, helping out with catering, showing parents around etc. We saw some amazing art work created by P-12 students. This included paintings, sketches, still lives, sculptures, woodwork, metalwork, textiles, food, photography etc. We would  like to congratulate all students and staff for making this show such a success!

This term has been such a nerve-racking period for the V3 students during the past few weeks. The Year 12s have been working hard on completing their last exams of high schooling and aiming to maximize their final results while the rest of us are preparing for our Unit 3/4 or 1/2 end of year exams. November 1st, was the day everyone in the state who studied Unit 3/4 English sat their first exam. It was a fearful and new experience for most of the year 11’s as the English exam was the first ever Year 12 exams we completed. Students in the junior school have also been working  very hard preparing  for their upcoming major assessments and Math and English exams.

As revision and guidance, teachers have been aiding  by giving students extra days to come back to school, asking questions and completing as much practice as possible. We were also given ‘study periods’ where we are able to spend time revising what we wished to or needed to finish. This really helped to reduce the home workload as well as gave us the opportunity to seek extra help and work collaboratively with our peers, helping us improve our understanding of our  subjects.

Exams have always been such a scary experience for many students, but being given the opportunity for a head start and the ability to reduce our worries over a span of three years is honestly a very rewarding opportunity in the long run.

As a SRC team we are honoured to end this year with blasting memories and moments to treasure for life, and we thank the school for giving us the opportunity to work with such a great team.

Anoushka Sharma - College Council Representative


Primary News


P/1M, 1/2Z & 2/3A

Transportation Challenge


These "Little People" need to travel somewhere! Students have been challenged to Design, Make and Test a mode of transportation for the Little People. Students can decide if they travel on land, water or in the air.
For their transportation to be successful:
  • Both people need to fit inside/on the vehicle
  • It needs to move more than 1 metre
  • There needs to be a door for the people to get in and out of
  • It cannot be thrown, the people need to arrive at their destination safely
  • The people need to remain in the vehicle for the whole journey; no falling out!

3L, 4S, 4/5N, 5B, 5/6L & 6E

Chain Reaction Contraption


This week students started a new Design Challenge, to build a Chain Reaction Contraption! The challenge is to PERFORM A VERY SIMPLE TASK IN A NOT-SO-SIMPLE WAY. Rube Goldberg was a cartoonist who liked to draw really complicated solutions to very simple problems. For example, to turn the page of a book, you might roll a ball down a ramp that hits a box. Then the box falls over and scares a hamster that starts running on its wheel, that winds up a string that turns the page. In this challenge, students are going to design their own multi-step machine.
Before starting to invent; there are two important rules:
1) Once you start your machine, it needs to be able to run without any help from you.  Each step must be triggered automatically by the step before it.
2) Your machine should have at least two steps. (Bonus points if you can create more steps!)

Mrs Braybon

Mad On Music Enrolments for 2018


Careers News

Careers News

Work Experience – Year 10 students


Year 10 students are participating in work experience from Monday 27th November – through to Friday 8th December. Student are expected to have arranged at least a 5 day placement in that time. Congratulations to the students that have organised two different locations to experience – this will really assist you with researching your future career options!


Work experience Information packs will be sent home next week. There is important information for parents to read as well as a pack that needs to go to the employer. Please remind students to ensure this paperwork goes with them on the first day of placement.


Students have all participated in [email protected] work activities and have been reminded to contact the school immediately if there are any concerns. Staff from school will be in touch during the student placement to ensure the experience is going well for all parties.


VET first year Orientation

All students doing their first year in a VET course at Chisholm in 2018 are to attend a compulsory Orientation session next Friday 24th November. Any student not having returned permission are required to do so. Parents are requested to access Compass to approve online.


UMAT 2018

Students commencing Year 12 in 2018, and planning to apply for any of the following university courses - Courses requiring the UMAT - are reminded that part of selection into these courses requires that students sit the UMAT – Undergraduate Medicine and Health Sciences Admissions Test.  Students might like to browse UMAT Preparation Strategy.  Applications open early in December 2017. 

For more information, and/or to apply visit UMAT2018 or call (03) 8508 7643.


2017 VCAA Results

Year 12’s and 11 students who may have sat Unit 3/4 exams, are reminded that the study scores come out on Friday 15 December 2017.  To access these results students can:

  • Log on to Results and ATAR any time from 7.00am, Friday 15 December 2017 AEDST.  This service is free and operates 24 hours a day.
  • Type in your VCAA student number and where a PIN is required, type in the first four digits of your birth date, e.g. 22 August = 2208

It should be pointed out that the school is not able to release results or ATARs to parents or other parties as the results are the property of the student. 


*Year 12 students are encouraged to read the attached document that has important change of preference information.


Jodie McCarthy




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:      Rosann Bivens

Accounts:                        Glenice Despard

                                            Megha Malhorta

                                            Ruth Arnold

Front Office:                   Pauline Horbaczow

                                            Nicole Drew

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. 

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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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Upcoming Events


Tues         21st               Valedictory evening

Fri              24th             FTA clinic

                                         Last Day Year 11

Mon          27th              Year 10 Work Experience until Fri 8th Dec 


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Thurs         7th            Carwatha College P-12 Primary Concerts

Fri                8th            Last Day Year 10

Tues          12th           Year 6-7 Orientation Day

                                        Primary Bike Education until Thurs 19th December

Wed           13th           Carwatha College P-12 Secondary Awards Night

Tues          19th            Grade 6 Graduation 

Thurs       21st              Primary Assembly 

Fri              22nd           Last day Term 4


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Useful forms

Qkr: How To Form


International Student Homestay Program


Centrepay form


Anaphylaxis Management Plan


Asthma Management Plan


Primary Mobile Phone Agreement


Community Page

Community Page


Carwatha News
flyer for qkr.pdf
international student for newsletter.pdf
Centrepay Deductions Form.pdf
105 Mobile Phone Agreement - Primary.doc
Change of preference information .pdf