Wantirna College Newsletter

30 April 2019
Issue Five
Dates to Remember for 2019
Principal's Report
Year 8 China Trip
City Experience
Production Camp
Northern Territory
Health Centre
Library News
Theatre Studies
Wellbeing News
General Information
Wantirna College
90 Harold Street
Wantirna, Vic, 3152

Dates to Remember for 2019

Term 2

Monday 29

Senior Soccer, Intermediate Girls AFL

Pres Ball Rehearsals, 4:30pm to 8:00pm



Tuesday 30

Year 12 Themed Dress Day


Wednesday 1



Thursday 2

Senior Badminton, Girls Netball

Boys AFL


Friday 3

Generations in Jazz

Stage Band & VoxEns


Monday 6

Intermediate Soccer

Pres Ball Rehearsals, 4:30pm to 8:00pm


Tuesday 7

Year 10 - KIOSC Career Exploration Day 


Wednesday 8

House Cross Country Period 3 & 4

Parents Association Meeting, 7:30pm


Thursday 9

Intermediate Badminton, Girls Netball, Boys AFL


Monday 13

Year 8 Soccer, Senior Girls AFL

Pres Ball Rehearsals, 4:30pm to 8:00pm


Tuesday 14

Junior Girls AFL

Later Years Expo 2A &2B Year 10



Thursday 16

Year 8 Badminton, Girls Netball, B/M AFL


Friday 17

Presentation Ball


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


Welcome back!

Whilst the start of the term has been interrupted with a couple of public holidays, last Tuesday was the beginning of what will be a very busy term. There are a number of significant events happening this term such as NAPLAN and the Presentation Balls, with almost every week containing an important event for our students. The weather starts to turn colder and wetter and it is great to see a significant number of students wearing the new rugby jumper, a uniform item introduced in response to feedback from students and a uniform item designed by students. I encourage all students to hit the ground running in term 2, to work harder and smarter to achieve more and to get involved in as many school activities or events as they can.

Federal Election

With the upcoming federal election on May 18 getting closer, I have made efforts to meet with representatives of the major parties and their candidates to discuss policies for education, and their impact on our school. Recently we were involved in a Principals meeting with Alan Tudge MP, from the Liberal Party and last week hosted Dr Kadira Pethiyagoda from the Labour Party. I will always proactively advocate for public education and Wantirna College in these meetings.



Sister School Visit

In the final weeks of term 1, 15 Year 8 students and 3 staff visited our sister school in China, International Bilingual Academy of Huizhou Middle School No.1. The students and staff spent time experiencing school life in China, forming strong positive relationships with teachers and students and touring the sights of Huizhou and Beijing. Our touring party were shown outstanding hospitality and treated like celebrities during their stay. Life as a student in China is very different and demanding, and our students experienced this first hand, with early starts, long days and compulsory exercise (running laps in military like formation). This sister school relationship will continue to expose our students to cultural experiences both inside and outside the classroom, embedding deeper cultural understanding in the curriculum and further expanding the breadth of extra-curricular experiences that we offer.




This term from Tuesday the 14th to Thursday the 16th of May, Year 7 and 9 students will be completing the National Assessment Program for Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN). It is important that students are at school to complete the tests on those days. These tests will provide us with important data that will better help us identify the strengths of our students as well as determine our progress in key annual goal areas. There will be more information to come in the following weeks.


Construction update

We currently have two significant construction projects underway that will be completed this term. The D Block toilet project is progressing well despite some minor delays due to issues discovered during demolition. The ceiling and floor have been completely replaced, the plumbing has been roughed in and the new dividing wall will be built this week. It is hoped that the project will be completed within the next 6-8 weeks.


The new COLA project (Covered Outdoor Learning Area), over our tennis courts is anticipated to begin next week. Architectural and engineering drawings have been finalised and we are ready to go. We are hoping that this project will be completed before the end of the term so that we can maximise its use during the colder, wetter months. From next week temporary fencing should be erected, restricting access to our lower gravel carpark.


Kevin Murphy





Cyberbullying can be pervasive and incessant. Parents should be aware of what they can do to help.


What is ‘cyberbullying’?


Cyberbullying is bullying behaviour, using digital technology, including the internet, email or mobile phones. 


Like any bullying, cyberbullying often occurs between people that know each other—students at a school, members of a sporting club, people from the same social circle, ‘friends of a friend’. 


Cyberbullying is pervasive and incessant. It differs from face-to-face bullying in that the bully can ‘follow’ their victim 24/7, and continue the bullying in the home. Cyberbullies may take advantage of the perception of anonymity (e.g. using an account in a fake name, or a blocked number) but in many cases it is clear who is behind the bullying. 


Cyberbullying can be particularly harmful as it is often a public form of humiliation and many others are able to see what is written or posted. Once something is published online, it is difficult if not impossible to remove all traces of it. 


Forms of cyberbullying

  • Sending nasty texts, picture messages, emails, or instant messages
  • Repeated prank phone calls
  • Using a person’s screen name to pretend to be them (setting up a fake account)
  • Using a person’s password to access their account and then pretending to be them
  • Forwarding others’ private emails, messages, pictures or videos without permission
  • Posting mean or nasty comments or pictures on chat or forums
  • Sending and/or forwarding sexually explicit images (‘sexting’)
  • Intentionally excluding others from an online group.

Signs your child may be being cyberbullied

Mental anguish is often harder for parents to identify than the signs of face-to-face bullying. There is no definitive list of signs that indicate cyberbullying. 


Although there are some things to look out for:

  • Change in mood, demeanour and/or behaviour: for example being upset, angry, teary or rebellious when not previously 
  • Change in friendship groups: it can be normal to change friends many times during school days. Teachers can often provide insight, as they see class dynamics in action every day
  • Spending more time with family instead of friends: adolescence is generally a time where friends become very important and parents less so
  • Lowering of marks: often students who are being bullied show a distinct change in application to studies and a lowering of marks
  • Not wanting to go to places: a dramatic change in enthusiasm for going to school or sport—this can manifest as non-specific ailments (headaches, stomach-aches, generally ‘feeling sick’) 
  • Being extra secretive in online activities: being online under the doona, or in a ‘secluded’ part of the house
  • Distinct change in online behaviours: being ‘jumpy’ when text messages arrive, not leaving their phone alone, wanting to be online all the time, or never wanting to be online.

Aren’t these things normal?


Many of these behaviours may have different causes or may just be stages of your child’s development. In general, it is important to keep an eye on your child’s behaviour patterns and if you feel something is amiss, be aware that things may not be OK in their world (either on or offline), and be there for them.


Ask: “Are you ok?  Has something happened that is bothering you?  Do you want to talk?”


If you are still concerned then enlist the help of our school welfare staff, your GP, a counsellor or adolescent psychologist.


What can I do if my child is cyberbullied?


Praise them for coming to you.


This is a big step as many young people may be frightened to tell a parent about cyberbullying. Even if you don’t really understand, let them know that you will help them.


Do not be angry with your child


Remember that they are the victim and it is someone else who is doing the wrong thing. Do not threaten to take technology away from them because of what someone else has done.


Do not respond to the bullying


It is important not to respond to nasty emails, chats, SMS or comments. This is usually what the bully wants, so ignore them. It is natural in many cases to want to ‘fight back’, but responding with a threat may get your child into trouble as well.

Inform your child’s Year Level Leader or Home Group Teacher.


It is important that the school knows what is going on so we can provide support and monitor any issues that may spill onto the playground or classroom. If the bully is a student from our school, we will work through the situation as we would with any other bullying behaviours reported to us.


Save and store the content


Keep copies of emails, chat logs, text messages, comments or posts. Take a screen shot of the evidence—ask your child for help to do this if necessary.  


An easy, non-technical way to get hard copies is to bring the content up on the screen of a mobile phone and use a photocopier to take a copy of the screen.


Help your child to block and delete the bully from all contact lists


Most social networking sites allow the user to control who has access to communicate with them.  Many people feel ‘mean’ blocking another person, even if that person has already been mean to them—you may want to sit and support your child as they do this. 


Use the ‘report abuse’ button


Most social networking sites have a method to let the site administrators know that a particular user is behaving unacceptably. Depending on the rules of the site, users can be warned or banned. 


Have some ‘down time’ without technology

It is important for both mental and physical health that your child’s life is balanced—so they are not constantly ‘online’ or spending hours on a mobile phone. This should not be used as punishment, rather as some peaceful time where they are not being bothered. 


Get new online accounts and/or a new phone number


There are programs that can be added to a mobile phone which will allow parents to set restrictions on the phone’s use. Check with your mobile phone provider. Technology at the moment does not allow for individual numbers to be blocked in the same way that online applications do. Phone numbers can be changed at no cost, if the request for a new number is as a result of ongoing abuse.


If ongoing, report to police


Most cyberbullying between students can be resolved at the school level, but we may not be able to report cyberbullying between individual students to the police so it is up to the parent to make a police report if warranted.


A police report should not be in place of a school investigation, rather, in addition if required. A police report may be necessary where: despite the best efforts of the school, bullying does not stop; when it is not possible to know who is behind the abuse (e.g. fake accounts/blocked numbers); or when threats have been made to your child’s personal safety.


Each State has laws that prohibit online bullying and stalking. You don’t have to put up with it.

What if my child is the bully?


It often comes as a shock to be told that your child has been bullying another student online. It is important that parents support schools in their handling of the situation. Don’t try and play it down. 


Schools have policies and programs to deal with all parties, (bully, target and witness), involved in bullying incidents.


Parents have the ability to prevent the vast majority of online bullying. Be involved, and aware of what your child is doing online. Once you are aware that your child has bullied someone else online, you can help them understand that their behaviour is both unacceptable and possibly criminal as well.


Steps to take if your child is bullying online


As a parent you could:

  • Discuss why it is not acceptable to be nasty or mean online and offline
  • Let them see there are consequences—don’t bail them out
  • Acknowledge that they may be feeling guilty or awful about their behaviour, and discuss ways they can rectify the situation 
  • Work together to improve the situation by offering an apology to the victim
  • Talk to them about their actions and try and find out why they behaved in this way
  • Ask them to imagine they were the victim—how would they feel
  • Develop a home-based Acceptable Use Agreement—set clear rules and boundaries about their online behaviour and your expectations and consequences for breaching this agreement
  • Enlist the help of our school welfare staff, your GP, a counsellor or adolescent psychologist.


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


Shane Kruger

Assistant Principal


Year 8 China Trip

We had a blast!!!

We had the absolute privilege of escorting 15 of our year 8 students to China on the inaugural visit to our sister school the International Bilingual Academy of Huizhou No 1 Middle School. For five days we lived the life of students and staff at a Chinese boarding school. 


The days were long, beginning with a wake up call at 5.45 am for morning exercise at 6.30am.  Classes went from 7.30am to 9.30pm with substantial breaks for lunch and dinner before lights out at 10.30pm.  As teachers we were astounded with the commitment to learning of students and the impact of no digital technology on this.


The hospitality of the staff and students was amazing and we were all treated like rock stars wherever we went.    Many students had never seen someone who is not Chinese in real life so they were all wanting to talk with and get to know us.  At times it was overwhelming.


We also spent 4 days in Beijing visiting popular tourist and historical sites including:

  • The Olympic Precinct
  • Tienanmen Square
  • The Forbidden City
  • The Temple of Peace
  • The Great Wall of China
  • The Market

You could not have asked for a better group of students to travel with or a better school to visit.


We are now excitedly looking forward to the sister school visit to us.  Each of the students who attended the Chinese school will be welcoming a Chinese buddy into their home for a home stay experience.  The Chinese students will be attending classes at Wantirna College for a week with the intention of learning as much about our culture and practice as possible.


Catherine Ford and Dina Mingos

My China trip experience was amazing due to the fact that I had great sister school buddies and they made me enjoy my time in China. I am glad we have a great sister school and that we chose that particular school. In the end, it was a fantastic trip and I hope the connection between both schools stays strong.

Tameka Lewis


My highlight for the China trip would be the visit to the kindergarten because I really enjoyed doing all of the fun activities with the younger children and learning about what they learn. All of the teachers and kids were really nice and welcoming from the moment we got there. My favorite part of the trip to the kinder was when they did a performance with them and we had to join in even when we didn't know the steps. it was so much fun and I loved spending time with China's younger generation.

Jordan Brooke 


My highlight of the trip was experiencing a different lifestyle, the way they live, eat, and work. It was very different compared to our lifestyle as they start school at 6:00 am and finish around 9:00. The foods they eat are also very different compared to ours. It was also a great experience going to Beijing, and going to different cultural places.

Jaryd Hammant 


One of my highlights of the trip was making new friends not only with each other but with all the other kids at the school. I didn't think that being at the school would be much fun, but it was a lot of fun. I loved being in class with my buddies, even though I didn't understand what the teachers were saying half the time it was so much fun and we all really want to go back to the school. I didn't expect everyone to be so nice. The last day at the school was really fun, but really sad because it meant we had to leave all our friends and fly to Beijing. it was sad because when I had to say goodbye to my buddy Rocky because he had to go home, I ask if I could hug him and he said yes, but when he had to leave he started crying and that made me cry and I made my teacher and Mind cry. I am so excited for our buddies to come to Australia and stay with us.

Faith Pike


During my trip to China I really enjoyed the experience of going to school and seeing how different school in China is to school in Australia. I also really liked the Forbidden City, the Great Wall and the Flea market. It was really nice getting to know people that I go to school with and developing knew friendships.

Madison Broder


The highlight of the trip for me would’ve been getting to walk along the Great Wall. I’d seen pictures and been told about how long it was, but seeing it in person was completely different. The size of it was beyond imagine.

Shelby Nation Bates


My best memories in China are going to the Great Wall Of of China and meeting the people in the sister school. The Wall was not how I thought it would look and the school was very different to our school, I would love to go back.

Isabella Doughty


The highlight for me on this amazing cultural experience was The Great Wall of China because the views were priceless and the climb wasn't too bad.

Emily Peters




City Experience


Planning for the Year 9 City Experience program is getting underway!  Scheduled to take place in week 7 of Term Three, from Monday 26th August to Friday 30st August, students were first introduced to City Experience in an assembly last term and were given a brief outline of the program – more detailed information will follow in subsequent assemblies this term.    


Please be aware of some of the basic logistics for your own planning purposes.  Permission for the event will be available on Compass either in the last week of term 2 or the first day of term 3.  The cost is still to be confirmed but will likely cost a minimum of $80.  This cost allows students access to a range of places, including: the Shrine of Remembrance, the MCG, Parliament House, Eureka Skydeck, the Queen Victoria Market, Melbourne City Mission and the Magistrates Court.  If you are eligible to access the Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund (CSEF) then please notify the main office as soon as possible to collect a form and have discussions about transferring some or all of these funds towards the cost of City Experience when payment is able to be accepted.


The City Experience program has been running for many years now and over that time has evolved in various ways.  This year the program will continue to tie in directly with the Term 3 core Humanities program, focusing on civics and economics.  Specifically, it will allow students to place a lens on how civic responsibility and economic enterprise allow for a well-functioning city that serves the people who live in it well, and whilst in the city they will be conducting research to support their theories.  In addition, the program is designed to allow students to dive into building team work and communication skills.  As young people, having Melbourne CBD be their classroom for the week will also help to develop a better sense of self and build independence.


Over years past students have consistently identified that this week was the highlight of their year in Year 9, and something they still remembered fondly as they moved into more senior year levels.  We look forward to having a new group of Year 9 students be able to enjoy this experience in 2019.  Please stay tuned for more information as we get closer to Term 3!


Joanna Karanikolopoulos

Leader of Humanities and Whole School Research Literacy



Production Camp

Production Camp - from a dancer’s perspective

I’m Rebecca Smedley, one of the Production Captains of our 2019 Production of ‘The Addams Family’, where I will be portraying Wednesday Addams. 


Each year the teachers and cast participate in a camp workshop, spending those few days bonding and working hard to create a cohesive group of dedicated members of all ages. This camp is ideal for welcoming the new students into our family, presenting an example of the expectations we set and kicking off rehearsals with our whole cast as we headed up to Mount Evelyn.


The camp is full on with rehearsals, the teachers working with groups and perfecting scenes. Meal time is nothing but smiles with songs playing and people singing and dancing. Nothing is as uplifting as seeing a room full of people who are just doing something they love with people they love. After a long day of rehearsing, we all gathered in the eating hall and participated in a trivia night, working in a mixed Year level group. Teamwork and competitive flair was shown as we all bonded and fought to win, rounds with musical theatre knowledge and even basic knowledge of our beloved teachers. 


After non-stop working and rehearsing the cast got together to show our hard work to everyone. As we ran through the show you could see the dedication and commitment each and every member of our production cast and team had put in. Each of the main cast blowing us away with their acting abilities and memorising of lines, the dancers continued to amaze us with their routines that they worked so hard on, that they will continue to perfect, as well as the dedication of the ensemble members being moved around on stage, constantly acting, singing and dancing. 


The Monday of Camp was April Fool’s Day and you can be sure that the students were planning something. Over the course of the camp, students from all year levels conspired and worked together secretively to play a prank on the teachers. Run by us production captains, balloons filled the rehearsal hall, chairs scattered everywhere, as all the students gathered ready to sing and dance, surprising the teachers. 


We also had the honour of learning about the plans for the technical aspect of our show, including the music and set, the talent and hard work that is being put in will help create something magical. 


Of course none of this would be possible without the hard work of our amazing Production team, teachers who put their time in for us, to make everything look as incredible as it does every year. Camp bringing us all together, starting rehearsals the right way. I know I speak for everyone when I say that I can’t wait to get back into rehearsals and put on a fantastic performance of ‘The Addams Family’ with my production family.


Bec Smedley

Production camp was such an amazing experience for the entire cast and the first stepping stone to becoming a family in 2019 and putting on spectacular shows for our audience this August.


We do a range of activities on camp and it is the time we bond and get to know each other, forming new relationships as well as the time rehearsals begin and our focus must kick in.

The production dancers are an essential part of the family and over the course of the camp we learn choreography for different sections of the show, building up our performance skills and pizzazz and having a laugh along the way as we make mistakes, but then refine them.


It was so much fun working with Jordan, an amazing and well-known choreographer, over 2 days of the camp as well as learning from our fantastic production dance teachers for 2019 Ms. Chamberlain and Ms. Taylor.


The routines have begun and being a dance captain I can already tell we have a great team this year as everyone but in their best efforts and tried again when something went wrong.

We absolutely loved showing the rest of the cast what we had learnt each day and I think they were pretty amazed.


The dancers always have an incredible bond that no one can beat or take away. We all look out for each other and will work extremely hard as a team to put on the best performance we can and shine once we get on stage.





Northern Territory



It’s nearly time to go! Students are getting very excited and gearing up for their trip to the Northern Territory.



Northern Territory Tour 2019


Information Evening

Thursday, 9th May 2019

at 7pm

In the Theatre.



Elaine Nieva

NT Tour Coordinator 



Health Centre

Staff and Students Unwell

A friendly reminder to staff and students that for the health and well being of everyone in the College community to please stay at home when you are unwell. 


There are some communicable conditions where students and staff must stay home due to the high likelihood of contagion.  These include: head lice (until after 1st treatment), gastro (until 24 hours after last episode), conjunctivitis (until no discharge from eyes). Students and staff should also stay at home if they have a cold or fever.  People often feel they must go to school and can tough it out, however what often ends up happening the the illness just gets spread.  


Other medical conditions such as Chicken Pox, Pertussis (Whooping Cough), Mumps etc that has been diagnosed by a doctor must not attend school until instructed by your doctor.   Please notify the office/health centre if suffering from a contagious illness so a general non identifying notification can go on Compass.


Not every condition needs to see a doctor, but if concerned or unsure seek medical attention from your local doctor and get advice as to when to return to school.  Attending school while unwell not only will this delay recovery, it is inconsiderate to other children, parents and teachers in that it needlessly exposes them to the risk of contagion. A day or two at home to recover properly is more than worth the time missed at school.

Medication in Health Centre

The Health Centre stocks paracetamol tablets for minor pain management such as headache or period pain. Unless you have provided a medication administration consent form (see link below or collect from the Health Centre) you will be contacted for verbal consent if paracetamol is required. If you wish your child to have any other medications kept in the health centre, such as liquid pain reliever, ibuprofen tablets, antihistamines, they must be provided in original packaging, including expiry date and a medication consent form completed.




Eleanor Canning & Julie Dance

Health Centre

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. There is a launch in the Library Tuesday 30/04/2019 at 12:45 to explain it more and to give you the chance to try it out; all materials will be provided. Blackout poetry sessions will continue every Tuesday lunchtime this term. We hope to see you there!



Turn over a New Leaf – Competition


There is a new competition in the Library. 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, then place your form into the red entry box. Good luck!



Future Library direction survey


Thanks to all the students who replied to our recent survey regarding what furniture, activities, equipment etc. you would like to see in the Library. We are collating the answers now and incorporating some of the things you wrote on our suggestion window.  We want to get any changes to the Library right so feel free to add more comments/suggestions to either the newly cleaned window or to the suggestion box.





Mrs Hall and the Library team

Theatre Studies

Year 12 Theatre Studies Production of ‘Animal Farm’ 

‘Animal Farm’ by George Orwell, tells the story of a group of farm animals who rebel against their farmer in hopes of creating a farm where all animals live equal, happy and free.


‘Animal Farm’ is an allegorical fable which reflects the events leading up to the Russian Revolution of 1917 and then onto the Stallinist era of the Soviet Union.


This show is completely student run by the 2019 Year 12 Theatre Studies class and they have been working extremely hard on preparing for their production.


Thursday 9th May 7:00pm

Saturday 11th May 3:00pm


$5 tickets will be available later this week via the College website.

Please book prior to attendance as seating is limited.


Sammy Albach on behalf of the Yr 12 Class




Year 11 Theatre Studies Semester 1 Showcase

The Year 11 Theatre Studies class would like to invite you to attend their

Unit 1 Presentation Evening.

This event will showcase the work students have been doing this semester in the areas of Costume and Set Design and Performance.

Date – Tuesday 14th May

7pm – L2 - Gallery Viewing of Student Costume and Set Designs

Light Refreshments will be available.

7.30pm – L1 - Presentation of Scenes from Antigone.

Admission is via gold coin donation

but bookings are essential as seating is limited.


Please email Beryl Birrell

[email protected] in order to reserve seats.


Career News

Phil Newnham

Careers Counsellor

Wellbeing News

Mental Health and Normal Emotions


Being mentally healthy is a goal for all of us. But what is 'mentally healthy'?


Good mental health means more than the absence of symptoms. It means the ability to manage life competently and to deal in a reasonably robust way with the challenges it inevitably throws at us from time to time. It means being able to take satisfaction and pleasure in everyday life. This includes the range of feelings and thoughts we have in life, in response to what happens to us. It’s normal to feel sad, lonely, disappointed, or confused at times, for example. We all know these feelings. They are part of being human.


When these feelings persist − but don't seem to have a cause that justifies them − and interfere with the ability to lead and enjoy everyday life, then it’s a good idea to talk to a doctor or other health professional about any possible mental health problem that might need attention. (Excerpt from SANE https://www.sane.org/mental-health-and-illness/81-mental-health-and-mental-illness)


When parents speak to me about their son/daughter, they often want to know whether the emotions that their child are experiencing are ‘normal’ or if they should be concerned. The reality is that for every young person the concept of ‘normal’ is different. However, it is important to note the following:


  • When life throws difficulties our way it is normal and incredibly important to experience what may be sometimes seen as ‘negative emotions’. There are appropriate times to feel angry, sad, lonely and disappointed. In fact, not honouring what we are feeling can be detrimental in the long run. By pushing down these emotions, they can later manifest in negative and anti-social behaviours, that can affect performance at school and relationships with others.


  • When there are no big issues present in a young person’s life and yet they seem to be experiencing low mood or anxious behaviours, this may not just be ‘teens being teens’. This instead may require further investigation. Parents often find it hard to understand why their son/daughter may be acting this way when they want for nothing at home. What we know is that mental health issues can occur for people with all kinds of backgrounds and situations – mental illness does not discriminate!


  • If symptoms of low mood or anxiety persist, or there are major changes in sleeping, eating and/or exercise patterns, then it is important that you seek advice from your son/daughter’s paediatrician for a physical and mental health check up.


  • If you would like your son/daughter to be engaged with an external psychologist you can ask your paediatrician for a mental health plan which gives you up to 12 sessions under Medicare.


If you would like to discuss appropriate resources and services for your child, please get in contact with myself or Guiseppe Relia (social worker) via phone or email.


Katrina Katz          

Leader of Student Wellbeing

[email protected]




Katrina Katz

Leader of Student Wellbeing

[email protected]

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