Wantirna College Newsletter

08 September 2017
Issue Twelve
Dates to Remember for 2017
Principal's Report
On their way to glory!
Science Week Competition
Year 12 Education Degrees in 2018
Wellbeing News
General Information
Wantirna College
90 Harold Street
Wantirna, Vic, 3152

Dates to Remember for 2017

Term 3

Monday 11

Division Athletics

Interim Reports on Compass


Monday 18

Gala Concert 2017


Thursday 21

Parent Teacher Interviews


Friday 22 

End of Term 2.30 Finish

Term 4

Monday 9

First Day of Term 4


Tuesday 10

Yr9 KIOSC Excursion


Wednesday 11

Yr 9 KIOSC Excursion


Tuesday 17

5-7pm Year 8 Personal Best Showcase


Monday 23

Spring Fest - farewell to Year 12s


Wednesday 1

Yr 12 Exams Commence


Tuesday 7
Melbourne Cup


Thursday 9

2018 Presentation Ball Information Night


Friday 10

Yr 10 KIOSC Excursion


Monday 13

Yr 9 Camp Experience

Primary School Visits


Tuesday 14

Yr9 Camp Experience

2018 Year 7 Music Information Night

Primary School Visits


Wednesday 15 

Yr 9 Camp Experience

Primary School Visits


Thursday 16

Yr 9 Camp Experience

Primary School Visits


Friday 17

Yr 9 Camp Experience

Mini Orientation Day


Monday 20

Yr 7 KIOSC excursion


Tuesday 21

Yr 7 KIOSC excursion


Wednesday 22

Yr 7 KIOSC excursion


Thursday 23

Yr 7 KIOSC excursion


Friday 24

Yr 12 Exams 


Tuesday 28

Yr 12 2018 Enrolment Confirm



Friday 1

Yr 11 2018 Enrolment Confirm


Thursday 7

Awards Night


Monday 11

Yr 7 2018 Orientation Night


Tuesday 12 

Yr 7 2018 Orientation Day (TBC)


Thursday 14

Yr 10 2018 Enrolment Confirm


Monday 18

End of Year Activities


Tuesday 19

End of Year Activities


Wednesday 20

End of Year Activities


Thursday 21

End of Year Activities


Friday 22

End of Year Activities


Principal's Report




Beauty and the Beast


There are so many comments I've heard since the Production - people have been writing, and ringing and just dropping in to tell us how amazing it was!  The primary school students who saw the preview were seen leaving, in the pouring rain, singing along to "Be Our Guest"!


From one very proud grandmother: " We are so proud that our granddaughters are attending Wantirna College.The College is a very nurturing school and gives all students the opportunity to pursue different areas that they may not have considered before and the encouragement and confidence to extend themselves.   We look forward to attending more concerts and productions."


I certainly thought it was one of the best productions I've seen, and I've seen a lot - both at Wantirna and previously when I was at Melbourne High with the combined productions we did there with Macrobertson Girls High. 

It was certainly one of the slickest - the timing of everything was perfect and the settings looked amazing.  


Congratulations to all the students who were in the Ensemble, the Character Ensemble and the Dancers - your performances were noticeable as individuals, but the cleverness of the choreography had you moving as one.  I can never work out how so many performers can be on stage at the same time and not trip over each other. 


Congratulations to the Tech Crew - you get better and better each year and one day will do Mr Lewis out of a job.  Particular thanks to our past students (and parent, Clive Savoury) who return each year to work on the Production.  And I bet many of our audience members didn't even know there was a full orchestra back stage, led by Danny Van Bergen - thank you to all of them.


Once again having the animations on the LED screens gave life to support the superb performances of the cast. The lighting and sound were flawless and meant it was really easy to view and to hear.  I found one of the standout features was the articulation of the words as the cast sang; it is really hard to follow a story through song and to get all the jokes when a cast mumbles.  Each of the characters was crystal clear, which is especially important for characters like LeFou played by Liam Papic and Cogsworth played by Lochlan Evans.  The comedy in their performances was in their lines as well as their brilliantly executed physical humour.


Nikhil deSilva, playing Lumiere, was many people's favourite character, probably for his cheekiness!  It was terrific to see Rebecca Smedely step up into the important role of Babbette which she portrayed so well.  Mrs Potts, Tineque Law, and Chip, Ben Barrett, stole the show for the mother and son pathos, and cuteness factor, and for the amazing singing of the title song.

I had many favorites, but one was Stacey Alexander, playing Madam de La Grande Bouche.  I have a really clear memory of Stacey at her first concert in Year 7 and of the little voice and shy demeanor.  When she first sang, as a wardrobe, and the remarkable operatic voice came out, I almost fell off my seat!  Watching that growth in ability over a period of time is one of the things I find most fun about this job - thank you Stacey!


And what can you say about Gaston - he was horrible!  Which meant James Keam did a really fantastic job!  It is hard to play a villain, but James did it perfectly, becoming the perfect foil for the kind man we eventually see as the Beast.  Patrick Rogers, playing Belle's father Maurice brought back memories of when he was Gavroche in Les Miserable.  What an extreme of casting - from young boy to old man in about four years!  Fortunately Pat's  growing acting skills were up to the task!

Lachlan Cowman moved to a more serious part as "The Beast", leaving the Mad Hatter and those sleazy DJs behind him.  I thought he brought great sensitivity to the role, which is very hard to convey when you are weighted down by all that hair!  He was perfect for the part and we all gasped in wonder as he emerged as the handsome prince (thank you Leyton!)  Lachlan's comic timing also came through and really highlighted the depth to his acting,  and of his character, helping us as the audience to engage deeply with the story. 


Which brings me to Belle - what can you say? I think Amelia is the consummate professional.  Every minute she was on that stage she was totally in character.  The subtlety of her facial expressions showed she was living each moment for Belle.  Her voice soared to heights I didn't think were possible and sent shivers through the audience.  I can't wait to see what she does next.  We'll all be waiting at the stage door to congratulate her! 


On behalf of all in our community I would like to congratulate all students who were involved in the Production - it brings us all great joy.

And on behalf of the community I would like to extend our sincerest thanks to the staff  team who make this happen.  To Andrew, Beryl, Shane, Jacki, Marty, Kate, Ash, and Carolyn - THANK YOU!!!

Interim reports

Interim reports for every student for Term 3 will be available on Compass from Monday afternoon, next week.  You will receive a push notification from Compass when this happens, and the link will take you to the report.


Parent & Teacher Interviews

At the same time as the reports being available, the Parent Teacher interview bookings will open on Compass.  Parent Teacher interviews are on Thursday 21 September, in the last week of term.  The program for the day is that students should come to school on that day for the Interview only, with their parent.


This is the first time we've used Compass for booking interviews, so it will look a little different to what you've seen before.  The concept is exactly the same and it is very user friendly.  


When bookings open you will receive a push notification to tell you, and there will be a note in your Newsfeed about them.  There will be a link to take you to the booking page.


If you want to find it manually, go to the Community menu item - the two heads, (see below) and Conference bookings.  Choose your child, and fill in the times you wish to com. There are three sessions from which you can choose:


-  1.00pm to 3.00pm,

-  3.30pm to 6.00pm 

- 7.00pm to 9.00pm


If you have any dificulty, please just call the Office and they will assist you.


Long Service Leave

I will be on Long Service Leave for the last week of term, leaving after the Gala Concert (which I wouldnt miss!) on the Monday evening, and for the first week of Term 4.  Ms Catherine Ford will be Acting Principal in my absence.  I'll be back in time to farewell the Year 12s.


Sue Bell



By Lachlan Cowman Year 12

Being in Production is easily compared to being in a family... with 100+ members.  For the months leading up to opening night we sing, act, dance and practise until either our muscles give out or we've gotten every thing down pat.  But another thing happens during those months, we start spending time with people that we wouldn't have met otherwise, spanning every year level.  Year 7's dance with Year 10's.  Year 12's perfect harmonies with Year 8's.  Barriers are taken down by the simple unified love of performing.  But the Production is not all about people who were born to be on the stage.  It's open to anyone who wants to audition and join our family, and even for seasoned production veterans in Year 12, going on stage can be nerve-wracking. But a fortunate side effect of overcoming these nerves is a huge boost in confidence.  And for someone just starting in Year 7, that is an amazing feeling, in an otherwise uncertain time, in a new and large school.  The staff and teachers who make up the Production Team have the enormous task of creating a show that includes everyone, dazzles the audience and gets you on the edge of your seat.  The do this, for no other reason, than they love seeing all the people in the production shine.... as a family.

By Stacey Alexander and Sarah Dobson

Year 12 can be a very stressful year with a very heavy workload, but coming to Production rehearsals every Thursday is the absolute highlight of our week.  Seeing our entire Production family and the effort everyone puts into the show makes all the additional stress and time management worth it.  What better way to end our time at the College than with a show like "Beauty and The Beast"!  We've both been doing production for a number of years now, and "Beauty and The Beast" has been one of our favourite shows.  We've had so much fun putting this show together, and we're so excited to perform to sold out audiences every night.  We know all of the Year 12's are both incredibly excited and sad to be performing in our last show at Wantirna College, but we are very glad that it has been this show with these people.  If we were to give any advice to future Year 12's who are considering doing Production but are worried about balancing study and other commitments, we would say do it.  With time management and commitment, both aspects can be completed in a successful way.  We can't thank our Production staff enough for all they have done for us over the years in mentoring us and just being absolute awesome people.  We will miss the cast very much, but for now, we cannot wait to put on this spectacular show.  We will definitely be back to watch next year!




Emma 7H

It was an awesome experience.  You got to work as a team and no one judged you for what you did.  Everyone was committed to trying their hardest.  We got to call the teachers Chambers, and Krugs and Marty. When we see them now we call them by their proper names, but we know inside that we can call them the other names.

Dancer, one of the wolves, Villager and Can Can girl

Tayla 7H

I loved it - it was amazing!  You get to meet so many new people who you then meet in The Orchard and you know Year 12s and 11s and 10s. It makes you feel part of the group.  It was a great way to start at Wantirna College.

Villager, singer and Knife in the battle

On their way to glory!

Congratulations to the Symphonic Band!


They came first in the Concert Band division of the Royal South Street Eisteddfod in Ballarat which is one of the most prestigious music competitions in Australia.


This was an amazing feat as they were competing against bands with 60+ students and many private schools.  The students felt they played at their absolute best. 

Mr Danny VanBergen is their Conductor and Mrs Kim Green is their manager.We know that these two provided great inspiration to the students. 

Science Week Competition

Big Science Competition

Earlier this year, students had the opportunity to compete in the Big Science Competition.  This competition gives students a chance to test their science knowledge and understanding against students around Australia.  The Big Science Competition also gives them a valuable opportunity to practice their decoding of multiple choice questions and a valuable opportunity to complete a test under test conditions.


This year we had an unprecedented amount of student taking place, and all were rewarded with an awards lunch last Friday.


High Distinction





















































Science Week Competition

National Science Week was delayed for one week at Wantirna College due to our Athletics Carnival.  The first Science Week Challenge for Wantirna College saw 4 teams challenged to create a trebuchet, that could fire a mini marshmellow the greatest distance but with accuracy.


The students were given a limited supply of materials to work with, and they could trade materials with other teams if they wished.  The materials that they used included icypole sticks, skewers, straws and masking tape.


After working with great dedication over 4 lunchtimes, with much trial and error, refining their trebuchets, they had a fire off in C-block corridor.


The maximum distance was 69 cm, but accuracy was also consideration and the teams needed to land in the target.


After much deliberation, the first prize was split between two teams, one was more accurate but the second landed their marshmellows consistently at a further distance.


A big thankyou and congratulations to the competing teams:


Ben Hall, Emma Lawler, Ulysses Rigano, Jamie Soo

Evan Henderson, Jason Henderson, Kane Yeomans, Nicholas Shearer

Ronin Morris, Tyler Simpson

Tommy Dam, Josh Driessen, Eric Lang, Stanley Low



Year 12 Education Degrees in 2018

Important information for Year 12 students applying for teaching and education degrees in 2018


Students applying for teaching and education degrees for 2018 need to be aware of an extra requirement, the CASPer test, which has been introduced by all universities. The information required is shown in all relevant courses in Coursesearch on VTAC. I have attached a fact sheet to a news feed item on Compass which is also available on the VTAC website, or at http://vtac.edu.au/files/pdf/publications/CASPer.pdf.  Please note that ACU has a no-cost alternative, and some universities may offer to re-imburse students upon enrollment. 


Further to the CASPer test, students will need to achieve a minimum ATAR of 65. Students who have experienced some form of disadvantage are encouraged to make a SEAS application prior to October 10th, 5.00pm. Details can be found on the VTAC website and within students' VTAC account. There are also alternative pathways into teaching which students may need to consider for next year, or may choose to access at a later stage in their education.


Parents may contact me at the College for further questions and students may book an appointment to discuss any aspect of their application.   


Mr Phil Newnham

Careers Counsellor



  • VTAC Applications are open for Year 12; timely applications close 28 September
  • SEAS applications close for Year 12’ on  10 October (5pm)
  • Dookie Open Day 18 October
  • CASPer to be completed by 30 November (17th November for international students)
  • VCE HHD and Psychology Revision Lectures at Monash – When: HHD, Tues 26 Sept; Psychology: Wed 27 Sept; See: www.monash.edu.au/medicine/news/events/events/vce-revision-lectures 
  • CAREERS AND CREATIVITY DAY FOR ART, DESIGN AND ARCHITECTURE AT MONASH - Sat 16 September (Caulfield campus); Information and bookings: www.monash.edu/mada/workshops.


APPLY WITH VICTORIAN TERTIARY ADMISSIONS CENTRE (VTAC) – Don’t forget to complete your application for courses for 2018 (www.vtac.edu.au) if you haven’t already done so. Remember, you can change your application as much as you wish at no extra cost ($35.00) so long as you apply by 28 Sept. After that it will cost you $103.00. You can also change your application once you have your ATAR in December, and between offers of places.


DO YOU WANT TO DEFER YOUR STUDY IN 2018? Most university courses allow deferral for up to 12 months, so even if you plan a break from study in 2018, you are still encouraged to apply in 2017. Institutions have different deferment policies. For the deferment policies of the various institutions see:   http://www.vtac.edu.au/courses-inst/institutions/deferment.html.


SPECIAL ENTRY ACCESS SCHEME (SEAS) – Don’t forget to organise your SEAS application if you are eligible. Category 1 simply requires you to click the YES box and also to indicate whether you are the first in your family to attend university. All other categories (2 – 4) require you to supply extra information or evidence. If you need assistance from school staff, get it soon. Applications close 5pm, 10 October. See: http://www.vtac.edu.au/applying/seas.html. Don’t leave it until the last minute to apply as it can take some time to organise some aspects of the application.


SCHOLARSHIPS – Most institutions have scholarships available to applicants to ensure equitable access to education and to reward academic excellence. Some scholarships require applications to be made directly to the institution. For all other scholarships, applicants should use the VTAC scholarship application www.vtac.edu.au/scholarships.

Examples - ACU offers scholarships recognising everything from rewarding academic achievement to supporting equity with nearly 400 scholarships – some are a one-off payment, while others provide support for each year of a student’s degree. Eg you could apply for the $5,000 ACU Law Equity Scholarship which lends a hand to students from low socio-economic backgrounds.

La Trobe offers scholarships for a range of criteria, including academic achievement, along with scholarships for those having disadvantage. Students can search the newly updated website to find appropriate scholarships and read about requirements. 


You are advised to check out all university scholarships. NOTE: Some universities offer scholarships to second and third year students, so keep an eye on university websites. 


HIGHER EDUCATION REFORM PACKAGE – The Australian Government has announced a set of proposed reforms to the higher education sector within the 2017-2018 budget. If legislation is passed by the Senate, there are likely to be significant changes to the levels of student contributions and repayment thresholds, and the eligibility of non-Australian citizens for CSP courses. For information on HELP, student income support and Commonwealth scholarships see the Australian Government’s Study Assist website at www.studyassist.gov.au


HOW DO I FIND OUT ABOUT COURSES AT UNIVERSITY AND TAFE? The new VTAC App brings together CourseSearch and the Prerequisite and Course Explorer. The app is searchable offline and will update with any changes when the device is connected to the internet. Users can also save course entries to a shortlist so they can find them easily later. The VTAC App is free; you can download it from the Apple App Store or Google Play.



EARLY ENTRY OFFER PROGRAM – VU has announced their Early Entry Offer Program (EEOP) which provides three avenues for VCE students to receive a guaranteed place. Students demonstrating leadership, educational disadvantage or attending an eligible school in the west may apply.  Applications close: 13 October. See: www.vu.edu.au/early-entry.

LAW AND JUSTICE OPEN DAY – This is for students considering a career in law - pathways, world-class partnerships and practical placement opportunities. When: 11.00-2.00pm, Sunday 17 September; Where: City Queen Street Campus; Info: www.discoverlaw.vu.edu.au.


NAO ROBOT CODING MASTERCLASS – Victoria Polytechnic is running a one-day workshop for students interested in IT and coding. This hands-on masterclass equips students with fundamental coding skills to program a NAO humanoid robot using Choregraphe software and basic Python code. When: Term 3 holidays; Register/Information: [email protected]  

STUDENTS APPLYING FOR EDUCATION COURSES AT ACU - Students applying to ACU have the option of sitting either CASPer test or else undertaking the ACU Teacher Selector Statement as part of their VTAC application. The Teacher Selector Statement (TSS) is only an alternative for ACU education courses. A student wishing to submit a Teacher Selector Statement as part of their application to study at ACU will be required to write approximately 1000 words addressing 2 separate categories demonstrating interest in teaching and their personal learning and leadership qualities.


Category 1: motivation and suitability for teaching

Category 2: involvement in learning and/or leadership activities that demonstrate capacities See:  http://www.acu.edu.au/about_acu/faculties,_institutes_and_centres/education_and_arts/schools/suitability_for_teaching.

SWINBURNE ADVICE NIGHTS – Swinburne University is conducting Advice Nights offering assistance to Year 12 students. You can choose to attend a VTAC information session, consult academics, find out about alternative pathways to university or find out about Swinburne scholarships. When/Where: 4.00pm-6pm, Monday 11 September at Wantirna campus and 4.00pm to 6.00pm on Wednesday 13 September at the Hawthorn campus; Information and bookings: http://www.swinburne.edu.au/choose/advice-night/.


PARENTS CHAT ABOUT SCIENCE AT MONASH UNIVERSITY – Monash Science Faculty is offering a resource for parents who need more advice regarding their child’s selection of a Science degree. University information can be complicated and confusing, so this is an opportunity for parents to speak directly with a Science VTAC Selection Officer. If you missed out at Open Day, you might like to find out things like Science subject bonuses, SEAS or how the Monash Guarantee affects the ATAR, the Monash entry requirements and subject prerequisites, the difference between courses and majors, or what to do if your child doesn’t achieve the ATAR they were hoping for and so on. If so, email [email protected] with a contact number and Monash be in touch soon. 


WILLIAM ANGLISS INSTITUTE NEWS – the Institute is offering workshops for school students in the holidays. When: Hospitality – 25 Sept; Tourism & Travel – 27 Sept; Cookery – 28 Sept. Info: visit www.angliss.edu.au/schoolholidays. William Angliss is also holding a Course Information Evening for all courses. When: 6.00pm-7.15pm, Thurs 21 Sept, 555 La Trobe St, Melbourne.



The B. Commerce is offering a new major in food and agribusiness at the Warrnambool campus

The B. Environmental Engineering will be available at Geelong Waurn Ponds

Media, communications and Creative Arts are offering three new design courses – 3D Animation, Digital Technologies and Visual Communication. More info: www.deakin.edu.au/courses/find-a-course/media-communication-and-creative-arts

B. Communication (Advertising) – focuses on brand communication


Compiled by: m.walker

Wellbeing News


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 absent 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.

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 and 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.

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.

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


Sue Bell


Assistant Principals:

Catherine Ford, Bruce Churchward and Andrew Lewis


College Council President:

Dr Joanne Challinor-Rogers


Sub School:

Mark Oudshoorn (Later Years)

Darren Hoogkamer (Middle Years)


College Captains:

Gabi Cameron, Sam Brasher


College Vice Captains:

Sarah Dobson,  Jayden Mitchell


Parents Association President:

Pam Wade


Parents of Performing Arts Chairperson

Lee Cartwright