Wantirna College Newsletter

10 May 2019
Issue Six
Dates to Remember for 2019
Principal's Report
Assistant Principals
Cross Country
Run for the Kids
Middle Years
Later Years
Big Freeze
Performing Arts
Library News
Wellbeing News
Parent's Association
Year 12 Study Skills 
General Information
Wantirna College
90 Harold Street
Wantirna, Vic, 3152

Dates to Remember for 2019

Term 2

Monday 13

Year 8 Soccer, Senior Girls AFL


Tuesday 14

Junior Girls AFL

Later Years Expo - Year 12, P2A, Year 10 P2B


Wednesday 15

Year 8 KIOSC


Thursday 16

Year 8 Badminton, Girls Netball B/M AFL

Year 8 KIOSC

4.30pm Pres Ball Rehearsals


Friday 17

Year 8 KIOSC

Presentation Ball Night 1


Saturday 18

Presentation Ball Night 2


Monday 20

Year 7 Soccer


Tuesday 21

Year 10 - Later Years Expo


Thursday 23

Division Cross  Country


Monday 27


Free Dress Day


Tuesday 28

Boys Netball

NEVR Concert & Day Rehearsal Hamer Hall


Wednesday 29

Year 10 Exams



Thursday 30

Year 10 Exams


Friday 31

Year 10 Exams


Monday 3

Year 11 Exams


Tuesday 4

Year 11 Exams


Wednesday 5

Year 11 Exams


Thursday 6

Year 11 Exams


Friday 7

Year 11 Exams


Tuesday 11

Year 11 Exams


Wednesday 12

Year 7 Badminton, Girls Netball, 8/M AFL

Year 10 TAFE and University Visits

GAT, 9:00am

Parents Association Meeting 7.30pm


Thursday 13

Year 11 - Fit to Drive

Year 10 - Defence Force Excursion (optional) 


Friday 14

All Hockey

Assessment Day

Student Free Day


Monday 17

Knox Hockey


Tuesday 18

Cross Country EMR

Vocal Concert 1 with LYC


Wednesday 19

Vocal Concert 2 with MYC


Thursday 20

Senior Basketabll

Vocal Concert 3 with Vox Ens


Monday 24

Northern Territory Tour

Year 10 Work Experience


Tuesday 25

Northern Territory Tour

Year 10 Work Experience


Wednesday 26

Northern Territory Tour

Year 10 Work Experience


Thursday 27

Northern Territory Tour

Year 10 Work Experience


Friday 28

Northern Territory Tour

Year 10 Work Experience

Last day of Term 2


Term 3


Monday 15

Curriculum Day Student Free Day


Tuesday 16

First day of Term 3


Wednesday 17

Parents Association Meeting, 7.30pm


Wednesday 31

Year 11 Course Selection



Thursday 1

VCAL Interviews


Wednesday 7

Year 10 Course Selection

Normal Year 10 classes



Thursday 8



Friday 9



Tuesday 13

House Athletics


Wednesday 14


Parents Association Meeting, 7.30pm


Thursday 15



Friday 16



Monday 19

Year 7 Basketball


 Monday 26

Year 9 City Experience


Tuesday 27 

Year 9 City Experience


Wednesday 28

Year 9 City Experience

Thursday 29

Year 9 City Experience


Friday 30 

Year 9 City Experience


Thursday 3

Free Dress Day


Tuesday 10

Division Athletics


Wednesday 11

Parents Association Meeting, 7:30pm


Wednesday 18

GALA Concert 2019 Melbourne Recital Centre

Term 4

Monday 7

First day of Term 4


Friday 11

EMR Athletics


Monday 14

Year 12 Themed Dressed Day


Tuesday 15

Contemporary Band Program Showcase


Wednesday 16

Parents Association Meeting, 7:30pm


Thursday 17

VCE Dance Showcase

(Unit 2 & 4 Combined)


Monday 21

Art & Technology Showcase


Tuesday 22

Art & Technology Showcase


Thursday 24

Art & Technology Showcase


Friday 25

Art & Technology Showcase


Wednesday 30

VCAA/VCE Exams Start


Monday 11

Year 9 Camp


Tuesday 12

Year 9 Camp


Wednesday 13

Year 9 Camp

Parents Association Meeting, 7:30pm


Thursday 14

Year 9 Camp

Mini Orientation Day


Friday 15

Year 9 Camp


Tuesday 26

Year 9 Drama Performances L1


Thursday 28

Year 9 Drama Performances L1


Friday 6

Year 10 Formal


Monday 9

Orientations Evening


Tuesday 10

Year 7 Orientation Day


Wednesday 11

Parents Association Meeting, 7:30pm


Friday 20


End of Term 4

2019 Term date:

Term 1:

January 30  to 5 April


Term 2:

23 April to 28 June


Term 3:

15 July to 20 September


Term 4:

7 October to 20 December

Principal's Report


Generations in Jazz

Last week a committed team of students, teachers and parents made the long trek to Mt Gambier in South Australia for the Generations in Jazz festival. To give you some sense about what this amazing festival is about, “High school students from more than 150 schools around the nation compete in the Stage Band Awards, while individual Jazz and Vocal Scholarships are also highly coveted, helping to secure the musical destiny of individuals with enormous promise.  And then there are the daily concerts – the sound inside the James Morrison big top pavilion, seating up to 6100 people in the middle of a paddock, is simply incredible!”


It was no surprise that our students performed exceptionally well at the festival with the Stage Band doing us proud on Saturday morning and the Vox Ensemble performing a little later in the day in their section, that had only 2 other public schools out of 26 schools from Australia wide. The Vox Ensemble was recognised for their outstanding performance, winning a 3rd place behind two South Australian Private schools. I would like to thank and congratulate all the students who competed and did us proud, along with our Leader of Performing Arts Danny Van Bergen who led the team and Kim Green and Belinda Parsons for their support and leadership. A special thanks to parent and College Council member Nicolette Rigano who stepped in at the last minute to assist.

New School Zones

Recently the Victorian Government released a new website findmyschool.vic.gov.au. This new website along with some policy changes now provides information that improves parents understanding of their local neighbourhood school, school zones and the transition process. It is important to note that now all primary and secondary schools have a zone. This zone can be found by either typing the name of a school into the findmyschool website or by entering your address to see which school zone you live in. Please note that this new website has not changed the Year 6-7 placement process. We like most schools can still accept enrolment applications from outside our zone. Fortunately, we have been in a position to do so in the past and we will continue to in the future whilst we still have capacity. I always encourage parents of Grade 6 students to place us as their number 1 preference on their placement form if we are their preferred Secondary School.

VIP Night

Recently we held a VIP transition night for parents of our closest local Primary Schools. This event led by Assistant Principal Catherine Ford, was well attended by parents and students and facilitated by a committed team of current students, past students and teachers. This event allowed us to have a positive discussion with parents and dig deeper into some of the reasons that makes us a great school. There was also an opportunity for the students to try their hand at some engaging and challenging maths activities whilst this forum took place. I would like to thank all of our staff and students who assisted on the night as well as our attendees who made it such a successful event.


COLA Update

Get excited! Construction of our COLA begins on Monday 13th May. Whilst the building works will provide some disruption, these will only be temporary and worthwhile in the end!


Kevin Murphy



Assistant Principals

NAPLAN 14th May – 16TH May

As you may be aware, the National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) for Years 7 and 9 students will be held on Tuesday 14th May, Wednesday 15th May and Thursday 16th May 2019 across Australia. The NAPLAN tests are designed to assess student knowledge and skills in Writing, Reading, Language Conventions (spelling, grammar and punctuation) and Numeracy.


Although our students in Year 7 and 9 may have completed NAPLAN testing before, we feel that it is important to let families know about how NAPLAN runs at Wantirna College. We see NAPLAN as an opportunity to provide us with point-in-time information regarding how your child is progressing in literacy and numeracy. We do not look at NAPLAN results in isolation and recognise that NAPLAN is just one of many assessment tools used by the College to assess student learning and to plan for programs that will continue to extend the learning of our students. As educators, we want to ensure that we are providing your child with relevant, engaging and rigorous learning programs that address students individual learning needs. The results of the NAPLAN testing are used by the College to inform our teaching and learning programs so that we are providing your child with the best educational opportunities possible.


Further organisational information about NAPLAN has been distributed to Year 7 and 9 families via Compass. If you would like further information about NAPLAN, please visit the VCAA website at www.vcaa.vic.edu.au or the NAP website at www.nap.edu.au


If you have any questions regarding the NAPLAN, please do not hesitate to contact Shane Kruger, at the College on 9801 9700 or [email protected]


Student Lunch Deliveries

The modern era of fast food deliveries and mobile phones has recently been bought home to us with a number of students ordering Uber Eats for delivery to school at lunch time.


Due to our  duty of care for students this trend has raised  significant concerns for us.  The first and foremost of these is we know some students have been approaching unknown cars on the street in the hope it is their food order. In addition we have had instances of delivery drivers approaching students on the school ground in relation to food orders.  Both circumstances are a concern in terms of protecting our students and managing expectations.


The Department of Education requires us to have a record of a Working with Children check for all adults who may come into contact with students during the school day.  For the safety and security of students onsite we are also required to ensure anyone visiting the College signs in at the General Office.  


Students were informed last week that they may not order Uber Eats (or other similar services) to be delivered to the College.  As a deterrent we have informed them that food that is delivered to the College will be confiscated and not returned. 


We also request that parents or older siblings do not deliver take away to school for students.  This creates food envy among students and can result in students going offsite to McDonalds or similar.  It also makes it more difficult for the team to monitor other food orders.


If your child forgets their lunch you may wish to leave food or money at the General Office.  Students can also access bread, Vegemite and cheese in the Student Well Being Centre or speak to a Yer Level Leader who will assist them in sourcing food. 

Students, Parents and Mobile Phones

Parents can best support student learning and school operations by not texting or calling their children during the school day.  When these calls or messages occur during class, students feel compelled to respond immediately. This results in disruption to their learning and has the potential to lead to conflict with the teacher.


If you need to contact your child urgently during the school day, please contact the General Office who will pass a message on to them.


We also strongly discourage students from ringing their parents to come and pick them up from school.  If your child does this, we ask that you contact the General Office and make arrangements for collection from there.


It has now been 12  months since we finalised our Mobile Phone and Digitial Communicaiton Devices Policy.  This policy  allows students to have their mobile phones on them in class provided they are turned off and only ever used with the explicit permission of the teacher.  We will be evaluating the impact of this policy on student learning in semester 2 to determine whether this is the best approach for our students and community.  More information regarding this evaluation  will be on the Newsletter over the course of term 2 and 3. 


Catherine Ford, Shane Kruger and

Andrew Lewis

Assistant Principals

Cross Country




Run for the Kids

Inspirational Charity Event for Wantirna College


A sea of feet swarmed over the Bolte Bridge as over 22,000 Victorians including members from the Wantirna College Community raised $1.5 million for the Royal Children's Hospital Good Friday Appeal at the Herald Sun/ Transurban Run for the Kids on Sunday, April 7.


The Herald Sun ‘Run For the kids’ is a community event and its primary purpose is to raise funds for the Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday Appeal. After an impressive debut in 2006, the Herald Sun /City Link Run for the Kids has grown to one of Victoria’s largest mass participation Events,


Members from the Wantirna College Running Group proudly participated in the group category of this spectacular event.  Our 2019 Thursday Morning running group led by Our Head of Sports Mr. Nathan Rogers, supported by our Assistant Principal Ms. Catherine Ford and teaching staff including Ms.  Debbie Mantzanidis and Mr. Rasheed Sadeen has provided motivation and inspiration to students within the College.  A major focus of this group has been to improve fitness, but more importantly to recognize the value of giving back to the community via a number of charities.


Our students learn to develop an understanding of the importance of fitness and a healthy lifestyle. At the end of the running session, a healthy breakfast is provided for the group, in order to start their school day.


We acknowledge The Good Friday Appeal and thank the following students and their families for their active participation. 


We look forward to our next charity event Run Melbourne and invite families and friends from our wider college community to support us.


Debbie Mantzanidis



Online Grooming


Young people are quick to embrace and explore the online world, but parents should be aware of the risks.


What is online ‘grooming’?

Online ‘grooming’ is where an adult sexual predator tries to lower a young person’s inhibitions, or heighten their curiosity regarding sex, with the aim of eventually meeting them in person for the purposes of sexual activity.


The process may start with sending pornographic images to ‘normalise’ the discussion of sexual activities, and then move to requests for naked images or to perform a sex act on a webcam.


This can take place via all forms of digital technologies. Social media, gaming sites, email, instant messaging programs, forums and chat rooms with a young person and gain their trust.


Who is at risk?

Online predators will focus on those who are vulnerable. Social networking sites are designed to share personal information, providing a way for online offenders to ‘target’ those who make themselves vulnerable, for example, by not having privacy settings in place.


Young people are naturally curious and will engage in online discussions about things that they would not openly discuss in the real world.


Children may make poor decisions about allowing people into their online lives, believing that those who are ‘nice’ online will be the same in the real world. Teenagers are particularly at risk because they often use the computer unsupervised and are more likely than younger children to seek out and participate in online discussions about sexual activity.



What to do

It is very important to talk to your child about these issues, so that they know that you are aware of things they may confront in their online lives.


Let them know:

  • they can tell you about any problems they are having or if someone online makes them feel uncomfortable
  • it is OK to trust their instincts
  • if something feels odd or strange then it probably is
  • ‘Good friends’ don’t make them do things that make them feel uncomfortable.


Check that your child has all the security settings in place for social networking sites to protect their online privacy.


Warning signs

Signs your child could be at risk include:

  • You find pornography on your child’s computer. Online predators may send pornographic images in order to ‘normalise’ their requests for pictures.
  • Your child is receiving or making calls to numbers that you don’t recognise.
  • Your child is spending an increasing and/or an excessive amount of time online.
  • Your child is receiving unexplained gifts (mobile phones or extra credit vouchers are common).
  • Your child is becoming withdrawn and there is a distinct change in their behaviour.
  • Your child is becoming more secretive in what they are doing online and is trying to ‘hide’ what they are doing online.
  • There are people on your child’s ‘friends’ list that you do not know and your child has never met offline.


Police Assistance

If you are at all concerned about the possibility of your child being the victim of an online sexual predator please contact the police for advice and assistance.


If you believe your or any child is in immediate danger please phone 000.


If you are concerned about online behaviour involving the sexual exploitation of a child you can report it online to the Australian Federal Police, www.afp.gov.au.


Resource: https://www.education.vic.gov.au/about/programs/bullystoppers/Pages/adviceonlinegrooming.aspx


For further information on this topic and some strategies to protect your child online, please visit https://www.esafety.gov.au/parents/big-issues/unwanted-contact


Shane Kruger

Assistant Principal


Middle Years

21st Century Learning Skills

Year 8 Students using their 21st century learning skills to collaboratively design, create and make.



Year 9 Textiles

Year 9 Textiles students creating pattern pieces for their shorts



Vicki Rumble

Leading Teacher of Visual Arts and Technology


Spanish Excursion
Year 8 & 9

Year 8 and 9 Spanish students went to the Spanish Film Festival at Kino Cinema on the 2nd and 3rd of May to see the Spanish fil "Los Futbisimos". It was a great day! Our senior Spanish and Chinese students are Looking forward to the Melbourne International Film Festival in August. 



Azar Rahmatzadeh

Year 9 Parent Student Evening Workshops

Are you in year 9 this year and thinking of taking a year 10 Food Studies elective next year? If you are these workshop are for you.


During term two, the home economics teachers have designed a range of hands on parent/student evening workshops for you to come along to and produce a quick nutritious meal.


The Taste of Europe workshop will run for 90 minutes from 7pm – 8.30pm, where you will work together with your parent to prepare, make and serve a delicious gourmet pizza.


The Hospitality Restaurant night will run for 90 minutes from 6.30pm – 8pm, where you will be able to sit back and enjoy a 3-course meal with one of your parents.


Entrée – Creamy Thai Pumpkin Soup

Main course – Stuffed Chicken Breast served with seasonal vegetables


Dessert – Apple and Rhubarb Crumble

You will have the opportunity to book into one of the workshops only, so be quick before space fill up. Numbers are limited to 12 students plus 1 parent for each workshop.



Students to fill out the application form for themselves and their parents


Click the link next to the relevant workshop to make your booking


The following workshops will run during June in the B block kitchens:


Tuesday 18th June – Taste of Europe making Gourmet Pizza LINK



Monday 3rd June – Hospitality – Restaurant Night three course meal LINK



There is no cost for the workshops, we only ask that for the Taste of Europe workshop you wear closed toe shoes, bring a container and enjoy yourselves.


Each participant will take home a set of recipe cards and a delicious nutritious meal.


Natasha Haggar


Later Years

Later Years Homework Club

Every Tuesday and Thursday from 3.30-4.30pm the Senior Centre is available for the Later Years Homework Club. The Later Years Team recommends that students form small groups with like-minded students in the same class to collaboratively review what they have been learning in class, and to develop effective study notes.


Here are some reasons why study groups are an effective form of study and a few tips to get you started:


Why study groups?

Forming study groups is a very effective strategy for enhancing learning. Groups share insights and learn from each other. Group members can also teach confusing concepts they understand to other group members. Study groups are particularly effective for completing projects, developing presentations and preparing for exams. The following are advantages of study groups and strategies for making study groups effective.

Study groups…


Improve your notes - Study groups allow students to compare notes.  This allows students to fill in any information or important concepts they may have missed.


Share your talents - Everyone has individual talents, so group members can learn from each other. Study groups provide opportunities to benefit from the skills and knowledge of other group members. By being aware of the division of labour, a study group can support students who are weaker in certain subjects, and teaching others will strengthen the knowledge of stronger students.  E.g. Dividing an English text study - one does characters, one does themes, one does setting/background history etc.


Get a support system and be a support person - School can be stressful, so it is good to have support from people in similar situations. A study group is a great way to give and receive motivation and support from fellow students. And if you are unable to attend class, you can get notes from members of your study group.


Learn new study skills - By joining a study group, you will have opportunity to observe a wide variety of study methods in action. After considering the pros and cons, you can improve your own study regimen by incorporating the best methods with your own.


Cover more material - Working in groups makes it possible to focus on more concepts since multiple people can review more material than just one. Groups may assign topics to individual members to study and summarise for the group. This allows students to learn more in a shorter time.  


Beat procrastination - When in a study group, students have to be present at a specific time, and they are not able to procrastinate (unless they skip the study group completely). If you struggle with procrastination, a study group might just be the solution for you!


Real world practise - Working in a study group gives you an opportunity to hone your people skills. In the future, you will often find yourself working with colleagues on projects in a group. If you come across a difficult situation in your study group, you can use it to practice



How Many?

It's recommended to keep study groups between 4 to 6 people. People may socialise too much in smaller groups, and cannot cover as much material. In larger groups, not everyone will contribute equally and organisation can be a problem.



The most effective group is one where members have a common goal of earning good grades. Students dedicated to succeeding in school usually complete assigned reading, take extensive notes, and clear up confusion by asking questions and contributing to the group.



It is best to study in environments without distractions and areas where group members can communicate freely.


What protocols can you develop to ensure the study group is productive and effective?

  • Be on time
  • No phones
  • What else can you suggest?


A few strategies:

  • Create study notes
  • Memory cards
  • Practise tests
  • Find an online quiz
  • Visualisation
  • Active or passive study


Year 12 Elevate Education

The College is providing an opportunity for Year 12 students to participate in an Elevate Education Workshop on Wednesday 22nd May from 1.15-3.15pm in the Theatre. This is an excellent opportunity for students to get a few study skills tips to make the most of their final year in school. Please use Compass to consent and pay for this event.


Katrina King

Catalyst Programs Later Years


Big Freeze



Year 10 Career Discovery Day

Year 10 students participated the Career Discovery Day at KIOSC. Students had the opportunity to trial a range of future career options including green trades, photography, sports leaders, engineering and community services. We hope the students reflected on the experiences with parents and found some inspiration to guide choices for next term.



Katrina King

Catalyst Programs Later Years

Performing Arts

So Many Camps
Ensemble Camp

On the first two days of term many of our ensembles travelled to Mt. Evelyn to participate in our annual ensemble camp. String Orchestra, Concert Band, Symphonic Band, Guitar Ensemble, Stage Band and Percussion Ensemble were put through their paces learning brand new repertoire and working on a variety of skills. The groups achieved a huge amount and came away tired but proud.

Choir Camp

On Friday 26th April we returned to Mt. Evelyn this time with our three choirs. The choirs put in some intensive work and spent a huge amount of time on intricate harmonies, as well as getting a dodgeball and kickball work out!


Generations in Jazz

Our amazing Stage Band and VoxEns spent the weekend in Mt. Gambier participating in the international jazz festival – Generations in Jazz! They were so lucky to be able to hear some amazing international jazz artists including Kurt Elling, Lizz Wright, Joey de Francesco and the inestimable James Morrison. Stage Band performed incredibly well and very early in the moring to a very appreciative audience. VoxEns performed at lunch time and treated the adjudicator to an spine tingling performance which eventually earned them a well deserved 3rd place out of 30 schools!



A huge thank you to all of our amazing students and staff for their hard work and dedication making these events a resounding success!



Daniel Van Bergen

Performing Arts


Library News

Blackout Poetry

Have you seen or heard about blockout poetry? By blacking out unwanted words and images from an already existing text you can create a brand new piece of art/poetry. Students are invited to come into the Library during Tuesday lunchtimes to have a go and maybe join the Thoughts on Paper group – all materials are provided. The launch in the Library on Tuesday 30/04/2019 was well attended and already students are producing some great work. I hope some of the students will let me display their work for everyone to see!



Turn over a New Leaf – Competition closes 24th of May.


There is still time to be in the running to win a $10 Orchard voucher.  Simply write down the name of the staff member you think is behind each of the ten Autumn leaves in the Library, then place your form into the red entry box. Good luck!


Reading for pleasure

“I don’t like reading”, “I don’t have enough time”, “I already have to read X”…There are many reasons why a person may not read as much as they used to but studies have shown that reading (both fiction and non-fiction) more regularly can improve education results, mental health and empathy. The secret is to find books/texts that you want to read, because we all tend to find time to do things that we like. Let a member of the Library staff give you some ideas on what to read (it doesn’t have to be a hard read, just enjoyable), or try reading more regularly (but in smaller chunks), or explore things about your favourite hobby/interest. Turn over a new leaf!



Mrs Hall and the Library team



Wellbeing News

Knox City Council: Night Owl Hoops for Youth


Program Details

Who is it for?    12-18 year olds of all abilities and all are welcome, particularly those who may be vulnerable, isolated, at risk, may benefit from some additional support, and/or just needing an opportunity to socialise and have fun.   


When is it held?  Saturday nights 6.30 pm – 11.30 pm for 6 weeks – starting Sat 18th May – Sat 29 June ( excluding Queens Birthday weekend)


Where?  Boronia Basketball Stadium  

What does the program include?  Each night includes:  


  • At least 3 games of round robin basketball
  • A healthy meal
  • Personal development and a short life-skills workshop run by Council’s Youth Services and Headspace
  • Transport by minibus is provided home for those that need this.


Is there a cost?  The program is FREE 

Who can register? 

participants must live in Knox suburbs of  Bayswater, Boronia, Ferntree Gully, Knoxfield, Lysterfield, Rowville, Scoresby, The Basin, Upper Ferntree Gully, Wantirna, and Wantirna South.


Participant Registrations is on-line and more information at  www.knox.vic.gov.au/nightowl For more information or hard copy flyers contact Helen on t: 9298 8240


Night Owl - Hoops for Youth starting Saturday 18 May. The program will run for 6 weeks Sat 18 May – Sat 29 June ( excluding Queens Birthday long weekend).  


Registrations still open 

Please find attached a revised PR flyer to distribute and provide to potential participants.


Participant Registrations on-line  www.knox.vic.gov.au/nightowl


Katrina Katz          

Leader of Student Wellbeing

[email protected]





Parent's Association

Presentation Balls

Excitement is building as the Year 11 students prepare the the Presentation Balls next weekend.  Last minute preparations in relation to the presentation are all but finished and the anticipation for students and their parents is building.  


The Parents Association has sourced a fantastic array of prizes from businesses and organisations linked with our community for the raffles.  Tickets will be available at the Friday and Saturday Night Balls although the raffles will be drawn on Saturday.


We would like to thank in advance of the evening Tanya Mackenzie, Kate Chamberlain and Krystal Shaw who have gone well above and beyond their roles to organise this event for our students.  We know it will be a fabulaous night.

Democracy Sausages for Sale

The Parents Association will be running a sausage sizzle at the polling booth for the federal election on Saturday May 18th.  We encourage all members of the community to vote here and purchase a 'Democracy Sausage', egg and bacon roll or drink from us.  All funds will be used to enrich student's classroom experience through additional specialist equipment.


Bunnings Fundraiser


Our Bunnings Vermont Sausage Sizzle fundraiser was a great success on Saturday, raising over $1000 in profit for our talented Performing Arts students!


We had a fantastic response to our request for volunteers and wish to thank the following people for donating their time on Saturday: Stuart Broadley, Marylou Gillingham, Nicky Gosios, Kalee Henry & Elijana, Lisa McMillan, Charmaine Clark, Lauren Durant, Adrian English-Russell, Craig Heron, Sam Lowery, Fiona Day, Tani Coath, Stephen Keam, Ben McLean, Leanne Bedford, Saranne McLean and Valentina Smedley who was on standby.


An extra special thank you to Alma Kosmopoulos, Marylou Gillingham, Kalee Henry and Stuart Broadley for purchasing and bringing all the stock and to Delia Campbell for donating a large Esky.

Thank you also to everyone who came down and bought some yummy sausages!

Raffles & Drives

Over the past 12 months we have been trialling different ways to sell our amazing raffles and drives and we have had a positive response from the community.  Thank you for your patience and support!   Moving forward, we plan to offer one raffle and/or drive per term with ordering through Trybooking and the booking fee incorporated in the advertised cost.   Please remember that all our fundraisers are optional activities.

Want to help?

Volunteers are always welcome to attend meetings and/or assist with fundraising.  Please contact the music office if you’d like more information.  We meet monthly on a Tue evening at 7:30pm.  Feedback is always welcome.

Stay Tuned
Term 2

Mother’s Day Hamper Raffle


Drive – details pending


Showcase raffle & refreshments

Term 3

Father’s Day Hamper Raffle


Drive – details pending


Shopping Tour


Gala Concert Raffle

Next Meeting

Tue 21 May


Music office

All Welcome



CSEF forms are now available on Compass


Have you been looking for the CSEF forms and can not find them on our new website?  You will now find them on Compass.


Select the Community Icon

Select School Documentation

Select For Parents from the Document Tree


You will now find the following information on Compass. 





CSEF Application

Parents who received CSEF in 2018, are not required to complete an application form in 2019, providing there has been no change to their family circumstances.

New Families to Wantirna College

Any new families to Wantirna College will be required to fill out the application form attached.

CSEF Information

Financial Assistance Information for Parents 

Camps, Sports & Excursions Fund (CSEF).


Every Victorian child should have access to the world of learning opportunities that exist beyond the classroom. The Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund, will ensure that no student will miss out on the opportunity to join their classmates for important, educational and fun activities. School camps provide children with inspiring experiences in the great outdoors, excursions encourage a deeper understanding of how the world works and sports teach teamwork, discipline and leadership. All are part of a healthy curriculum. CSEF will be provided by the Victorian Government to assist eligible families to cover the costs of school trips, camps and sporting activities.


If you hold a valid means-tested concession card or are a temporary foster parent, you may be eligible for CSEF. The allowance will be paid to the school to use towards expenses relating to camps, excursions, or sporting activities for the benefit of your child. The annual CSEF amount per student will be:


• $125 for primary school students

• $225 for secondary school students.


How to Apply:

You will need to provide a copy of your current Health Care Card with the application. 


For more information about the CSEF visit www.education.vic.gov.au/csef


Parent application close 21 June 2019



General Information

General Office

Office Hours:                  8:00am - 4:00pm

Telephone:                      9801 9700

Attendance Line:        9881 7111


Parents should always make contact with the General Office first when visiting the school or trying to make contact with their children.


Appointments with teachers must be made via telephone or email them directly.


Student absences should be reported to the school prior to 9am.  Please ring the Student absences number directly on 9881 7111.


If your child is in Year 10, 11 or 12 they will be required to supply an absence note when returning to school.  If your child has missed a SAC or been away for more than a couple of days, then they will be required to supply a doctor's certificate.


In order to minimise disruption to class and maximise learning opportunities for our students, we would like to remind you of the school policy regarding late arrival to school. Students are expected to be at school at 8.40am.  Locker Bell rings at 8.44am and Home Group commences 8:54am.  If your child is late for any reason please contact the General Office on 9881 7111 or 9881 7131.

Library Hours

Monday to Thursday:

8:15am to 4:30



8:15am to 3.30pm

Collecting Your Child From School

If your child has an appointment and they are required to leave school early please complete the following:

  1. Write a note explaining why your child is required to leave school.  On this note please supply their name, home group, the reason why they are leaving and your name and phone number.
  2. Your child is required to drop the note off in the Early Leaver’s folder, which is situated in the main office.  If your child is required to leave the school prior to recess, please ask your child to request an Early Leavers pass from Debbie Hopper in the main office.  She will write one immediately.
  3. Your child will be required to sign out on the PINK sign out sheet at the main office, prior to leaving the school premises.

Please note that if your child does not have an Early Leavers pass from the main office, teachers will not allow your child to leave their class.  Also, your child is required to keep the Early Leavers pass so, if they are approached by a teacher outside the school, the student has confirmation they have permission to leave the school premises.


If you write a letter for your child to leave school early, you are NOT required to come in and sign your child out.  Also, your child’s attendance will be marked correctly.  If you need to collect your child unexpectedly, please contact the main office.  We will try our best to organise your child for collection prior to you arriving at school.

Arriving Late to School

If your child has an appointment and they are arriving late to school, please complete the following:


Write a note explaining why your child is arriving late to school.  On this note please supply their name, home group and the reason why they are arriving late.


Your child is required to sign in at the main office, so the attendance officer can make the appropriate changes to compass.

Emergency Pick Ups Only

In extreme circumstances you can ring the office to organise for your child to be collected early. It is extremely disruptive to the classrooms, therefore this procedure is for EMERGENCIES ONLY.

Uniform Shop

Uniform Shop is open on MONDAYS and THURSDAYS from 3:00pm to 5:00pm, and the first Saturday of the Term from 1 - 4pm. Prices and additional trading hours can be found on the College website.


Direct Phone:  9881 7168

Lost Property

Lost Uniforms are taken to the Maintenance Office, which is located near Health Centre.  There are two big draws just inside the door.  If you have lost any valuables, ie: phone, watch, etc... they are usually handed in to the main office.

Car Parking

New parents to the College are advised that the main car park on Harold Street is not a drop off or pick up point for students.  The car park is very busy and very tight at peak times.  It is not a safe place for students and waiting cars create congestion for people entering or leaving the car park.


The best drop off and pick up points for the school are:

  • Georgian Gardens (street opposite school crossing on Harold Street)
  • Amesbury Avenue (fenceline along the bottom oval)
  • Templeton Street (South of the roundabout)
  • Saxon Street (off Harold Street)

College Vision

Wantirna College is committed to educating our students to be inquiring learners with high levels of literacy and numeracy, prepared to be global, ethical citizens in the 21st Century, capable of showing resilience and flexibility of thinking, willing to show initiative and take on challenges throughout their lives.

Wantirna College


Kevin Murphy


Assistant Principals:

Catherine Ford, Andrew Lewis and Shane Kruger


College Council President:

Dr Joanne Challinor-Rogers


Sub School:

Dina Mingos (Later Years)

Darren Hoogkamer (Middle Years)


College Captains:


Tahlia UMI




Parents Association President:

Pam Wade


Parents of Performing Arts Chairperson

Stuart Broadley

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