Wantirna College Newsletter

15 March 2019
Issue Three
Dates to Remember for 2019
Principal's Report
College Communications
Assistant Principals
Parent's Association
Middle Years
Open Day/Discovery Night
Mathematics/Whole School Numeracy
2019: The International Year of the Periodic Table
KIOSC 2019
Performing Arts
Swimming Carnival
Studio Arts
Theatre Studies
Production 2019
Wellbeing News
General Information
Wantirna College
90 Harold Street
Wantirna, Vic, 3152

Dates to Remember for 2019

Term 1

Monday 18

Year 12 Themed Dressed Day

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


Tuesday 19

Year 8 Sport


Monday 25

Year 7 Sport

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


Tuesday 26

Swimming EMR


Wednesday 27

Year 10 Mock Interviews

Open Day

Discovery Evening, 6:00pm


Monday 1

Production Camp

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


Tuesday 2

Parent Teacher Interviews


Friday 5

Last Day of Term 1


Term 2

Tuesday 23

1st day of Term 2

Ensemble Music Camp


Wednesday 24

Ensemble Music Camp


Friday 26

Choir Camp


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


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


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


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


College Council Elections

Recently we held elections for College Council. I would like to congratulate the following parents/staff/students who were successful with their nominations Joanne Challinor-Rogers, Peter Cameron, Nicholetta Rigano (Parent category), Shane Kruger, Catherine Ford (DET category) and Emma Lawler (Student category). A big congratulations to all and I look forward to working the new College Council in 2019.


As communicated in Compass earlier in the week, we have one vacant parent position. I have received multiple nominations for the vacant position and therefore we will need to have an election to determine the successful nominee. This process is detailed within a news item on Compass. The election will be conducted next week.

Swimming Sports

Recently we held our annual swimming sport carnival and fortunately we were greeted by perfect weather for one of our biggest events of the year. This was the first swimming carnival in many years, that was back to being a competition between houses rather than Home Group teams and this change resulted in amazing demonstrations of house spirit and atmosphere. The colour and costumes, the strong level of participation, the Year 12 dancing, the competitive, but friendly nature, all contributed to the day being a real highlight. Fortunately, for me and my house Collier, we triumphed again ( I’m starting to think we might be unbeatable), it’s a cliché I know, but it wasn’t about winning, it was about having fun and we definitely did that! A big congratulations to the Sports Coordinator, Nathan Rogers, and AFL trainee Alyssa Balej, who outdid themselves again, leading another enormously successful whole school swimming carnival. Finally, to emphasise how successful it was and how great our students and staff are, I would like to share these comments from staff at the Croydon public pool as they were relayed to one of our teachers:


“After one of the events, she turned to us and said that we had the best school swimming carnival she'd ever seen! She said the behaviour of our kids, the organisation (yay to Nathan Rogers and his incredible team!) the music (brilliant job, Anthony Cotton!) and just the general atmosphere were all amazing.”


Staff changes

In the next few days, we say goodbye to some current teachers and welcome to others. Will Saccardo leaves us next week to take up a position at an independent school.  Will has been an outstanding teacher who is well regarded by the students he works with. Will has added enormous value to the school, whilst he has been here and his replacement will have big shoes to fill! 

Bruce Dymock has been with us since the start of this year, teaching woodwork and mechanical systems. Although his time has been short, Bruce’s impact in the technology department will be felt for many years to come! Joining us and replacing Bruce is Dennis Taylor. Dennis is working in place of Dale Foster who continue his long service leave. On behalf of the school community I welcome and look forward to working with him!

Mobile Phone Policy

Recently I have had a number of discussions with parents in relation to concerns about mobile phones and their impact at school and home.  Last year, the College initiated a consultative approach to reviewing the mobile phone policy.


We know that for many young people, mobile phones are a key communication tool in their challenging and complex lives, however these devices can create challenges in the classroom and beyond and unfortunately these challenges often impact on the lives of students, staff, parents, family members and friends. In class, mobile devices can create opportunities for high level engagement, but can also be a distraction and may be used inappropriately to bully and harass others.


I would like to remind parents and carers that students are currently allowed to have their mobile phone on their person, switched off and in their pocket. Mobile phones are only to be used in class under the direction of the teacher for educational purposes. I request that parents and carers discuss this with their child. Parents can assist the effective implementation of this policy by refraining from communicating with their child when they are in class.


Kevin Murphy


College Communications

New Web Page

We are very excited with our new web page that was launched this week.  It is fresh, new and quite a departure from the traditional look of a state school web page.


The page was developed as the last element of our four pronged approach to communication with the Wantirna College community, and the broader community.


The most important communication for our immediate community is through the two existing electronic platforms; Compass and the Newsletter.  Compass should be the first port of call for parents who want information about the day to day running of the school.  Here, you can monitor your child's attendance and learning progress, find out about upcoming events, pay accounts, sign off on consent for events and access key information documents.


The newsletter is designed as a space where we can communicate our achievements and successes, get clarity around key school protocols and support parents with information in relation to issues adolescents may be facing.


The third prong is our Facebook page.  This is specifically to celebrate achievement and to share information from the broader community that can assist our students and parents as they progress through school.  We are pleased that we currently have 1134 followers and invite those of you who are on Facebook who aren't following, to check out the page.


The final element of our communication is the new web page.  The key function of this page is to market our message and our school to the rest of the world.  It includes a huge amount of general information for outsiders, it does not include specific information about events or processes.  Due to its size it will only be reviewed once every 12 months to ensure the information is current.  


We do hope you enjoy the new page, we are very proud of how it all came together and think it conveys the experience of being a member of this community very well.


Catherine Ford

Assistant Principal

Assistant Principals


We often talk about how important it is for students to have regular attendance at school, but why is this so important? The research indicates that positive attendance at school correlates with positive educational, wellbeing and lifelong outcomes for students and is a protective factor against school non-completion, poverty, unemployment and poor health outcomes. Daily attendance is important for students to succeed in education and to ensure that they do not fall behind both socially and developmentally.


Initially, when we hear that students are attending school  90% of the time, we can be led to believe that the student has positive attendance at school. When we delve a little deeper however, 90% attendance equates to the student being absent from school for one day per fortnight. Over the course of the year, this is a total of 20 days away from school which means that the student has missed 4 weeks of learning!


Attendance at or above 98%

  • These students have only missed 4 days or less in a school year
  • They have every chance of achieving to the best of their ability
  • These students are likely to have positive friendship groups

Attendance 95% - 97%

  • These students have only missed 5 – 10 days in a school year
  • They are more likely to be achieving well at school
  • With only occasional absences, these students will find it fairly easy to get back in touch with the learning program after absences.

Attendance 90%-94%

  • These students have missed 11 – 20 days in a school year (up to 4 weeks of learning)
  • These students have missed one day of school per fortnight.
  • These students may find it challenging to keep in touch with lessons or with class work
  • These students will need to aim to improve their attendance

Attendance 80%- 89%

  • These students have missed 21-40 days in a school year (up to 8 weeks of learning)
  • These students have missed up to one day every week, which equates to two and a half years of schooling missed by Year 12
  • It will be very difficult to keep in touch with school work and to maintain social connections

Attendance below 80%

  • These students have missed more than 40 days in a school year
  • These students have missed more than one day per week
  • Students will be ‘disconnected’ from school. They are almost certain to experience difficulties both academically and socially

We understand that at times students cannot attend school due to illness and when this is the case, we prefer for them to be at home recovering so that they can return to school healthy and prepared to learn.


We would like all students to aim to attend school every day, so that they can make the most of the learning and social opportunities that school provide.


If you are having difficulties with your child attending school, we would encourage you to contact your child’s Home Group teacher or Year Level Leader.

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.



Collecting your child if they are sick

If your child is sick, they simply inform their teacher that they do not feel well.  The teacher will then give them a lanyard to leave the classroom. They are required to go straight to the Health Centre, which is located near the front office.  Eleanor or Julie will make the appropriate arrangements for the student to be collected and  mark the student on compass as leaving the college, they will return the lanyard.


The students should not ring parents directly to be collected.

Upcoming Events

Keep in mind the following two key events will be coming up pretty quickly as we head into the last few weeks of term 1.


Parent, Student, Teacher interviews are on Tuesday April 2nd from 12:30pm-8:30pm.  To allow parents to see as many teachers as possible on the day of interviews we do not run classes. however students are expected to attend the interviews with their parents. Bookings are made through Compass and will be open in the week before the interviews.  We will have more detail on the next newsletter. 


The second key event is Wantirna College Open day on Wednesday March 27.  This is a key event where we showcase the work of our community to prospective families.  During the day we run  tours every half hour from 9:30am -2:00pm.  These are traditionally very well attended with us touring approximately 200 people across the day.


In the evening the College will be open for visitors to come and explore.  Learning Areas will be putting on a range of different activities and displays and there will be a range of student performances.  Each year we have about 150 students who participate in Open Night.  Each of these students requires consent from their parents.  Forms will be available on Compass next week.


Catherine Ford, Shane Kruger and

Andrew Lewis

Assistant Principals

Parent's Association

Annual General Meeting

On Wednesday March 13, the Parent's Association held their Annual General Meeting. The president's and treasurer's reports were tabled and the committee is in a very good financial position to support the Learning Area requests for resources in 2019.   We would like to thank all members of the PA for their support over the past 12 months and to acknowledge retiring member Dot Roberts for her unfailing support over 10 years.


As required by the constitution of this committee all executive positions were spilled and nominations taken for this year's executive.  As our long term president and treasurer will both be finishing up this year (their children are in year 12) the committee voted to have dual incumbents in the key roles to ensure consistency of practice as we transition to a relatively new team.


Positions are as follows:

President:  Pam Wade and Kiley Tait

Vice President: Jessica Rocca and Jodie Nimmo

Treasurer:  Kerry Paulgar and Phil Riley

Secretary: Val Gallacher and Michelle Gabell


Raffle donations

One of the major fund raiser of the Parent's Association is the raffles that are held at the Presentation Balls in May.  We are in the process of collecting donations of new goods and services that could be raffled off to support the College.


We would love the support of as many families as possible in this endeavour.  If you own, or work in an industry that offers goods or services that would make great raffle prizes and your company has the capacity to donate please contact the PA on their email address:

[email protected]


We can collect prizes that are within the Knox Area.

Apart from helping a worthy cause (state school education) companies can increase their exposure as donating companies will be recognised in the program for the event (about 800 people in attendance) and in the College newsletter (audience of approximately 1400 people).


Catherine Ford on behalf of the Parent's Association





Online interactions are becoming as important as face-to-face ones.  Learn how to manage your online relationships and develop good ‘netiquette’.


Why do we need ‘netiquette’?

Online friendships are so important to young people that many of them would endure pain rather than lose access to them. On average, young people have 56 online friends. As one young man commented:


“I’d rather lose a leg than access to Facebook.”


The strength of online relationships mirrors the best and at times, the worst, of face-to-face relationships. The only problem is that when things go badly online, they go really badly. Unlike the real world, there is no forgetting about it. As we know, things published online are difficult, if not impossible, to remove.   


Almost two thirds of children have had a negative experience online and 20 percent feel badly about something they have done online. In fast-paced heated interactions in chat rooms, people who are usually friendly and positive can post nasty and hurtful comments with devastating  consequences. 


We need to develop ‘netiquette’—standards of behaviour for people online. Netiquette is about relationships and how people behave, rather than about particular websites or pieces of technology.


The following guidelines have been compiled from suggestions made by thousands of young people and may be useful to consider or use as a discussion point. 


The ‘nana rule’

Online actions have real life consequences. If you wouldn’t do it in real life, don’t do it online. Use the ‘nana rule’—if you wouldn’t want your nana to know about it, don’t put it on the web! 


Your future employers, friends and partners can and probably will, trace your cyber-trail.


Be a responsible user of technology

Be honest with yourself. Computer games and fast-paced online interactions reduce dopamine. This means it is hard to get motivated to do anything else once you have been online for a while.  Do your study before you go online.


Take a STAND against cyberbullying


Do not respond to abusive messages. The number one rule for dealing with cyberbullying is: don’t respond, don’t interact and don’t engage.


Take a copy of all abusive messages

These may be useful legally later on. Create a new folder, called ‘Abuse’, and move hate mail and messages into this folder.


Accept that bullies don’t think like you do

Trying to sort it out with them or asking them to stop won’t work. Recognise that you are not dealing with a person who has the same mindset as yourself. Cyberbullies are cowards who often try to hide their identity and behave in nasty ways to build themselves up and to put other people down. Cyberbullying is a pathetic act.


Never deal with this problem alone

Get help! No one can cope with this alone.


Don’t be provoked

Some cyberbullies ‘troll’ or play ‘the baiting game’. A provocative comment is made and those who respond in irritation are encouraged to engage in conflict with those who respond assertively. The provoker watches, waits and stirs the pot. 


Become an observer. Although you may be the target of the bully’s anger, you can train yourself to act as an observer. This takes you out of the firing line and enables you to study the bully and collect evidence.


For parents: don’t ban—plan

Parents should not threaten to ban access to the Internet if bullying occurs.


The main reason young people do not tell their parents when they are cyberbullied is because they fear they will lose access to the computer.


Parents should let their children know that they will help them to cope with upsetting events online but won’t insist they stop using the computer.


Behavioural change is important to pay attention to. While it is tempting to take away the screens, this is not always such a great idea. It is better to ensure computers are in a shared space, and impose some limits, such as a turn off time. If parents are able to get interested in the games and use these in conversations you will be able to more clearly understand the appeal gaming has for their child. It is also good to help children maintain off screen interests and activities.


Some children retreat into an online world to deal with loneliness, distress and depression. Often these kids are very private and difficult to engage in conversations making it hard for parents to gauge how much to worry. It is important for parents to pay attention to other behavioural changes such as poor sleep, low energy, irritability beyond usual levels, and changes in appetite. Get help if needed.


Know that people take cyberbullying seriously and that you will be taken seriously

The Australian Government has committed $125 million to improving online relationships. If you are bullied online, let your school know and let the police know. There are legal avenues that can be taken to stop cyberbullying.


Develop a code of netiquette

Some ideas include:

  • Don’t bully or be mean to others on-line.
  • Let people know that cyberbullying is a weak and cowardly act of hatred online.
  • Don’t harass or stalk people online.
  • Don’t pass on embarrassing photos or posts about others.
  • Parents should not allow kids to have webcams in bedrooms. Skype should only be allowed if the computer is in a shared family room. Chat roulette should be discouraged.
  • Know that circulating some photos means that you risk being charged with child pornography.
  • Only add friends that you know and do not add ‘friends of friends’.
  • If someone online wants to meet you in person, ask an adult to accompany you.


Source: Department of Education and Training | Andrew Fuller - Clinical Psychologist


Shane Kruger

Assistant Principal

Middle Years

Middle Years

Students in Years 7, 8 and 9 have certainly taken this year’s College theme of Challenge seriously, enthusiastically engaging in a range of new subjects, programs and tasks.


One of the new initiatives to boost their community spirit is the allocation of all students from Year 7 to 10 to a House group which meets twice a term, building positive relationships with peers in different year levels with a common goal – supporting their House to victory! Next term, each house will decide on an organisation to support, chosen by the students and facilitated by the illustrious House Leaders.


Year 7 students have not only been busy settling into high school but have been discovering how to keep themselves and their friends safe online. The team from the Cyber Safety Project came to workshop with them recently, as described by Rachel Cameron below. Students are choosing their own Inquiry Project this week, using their voice to raise awareness about a social media issue impacting Wantirna College students.


The Year 7 Scholarship Holders embraced the opportunity to talk to Year 5 students at Primary Schools in our area last week, as described by Elijana Henry below. They reflected on high school so far and shared their experiences with the younger students, building their enthusiasm for the next part of their educational journey.


Year 8 students have explored new classrooms and teachers, revisiting Cyber Safety and embarking on team building challenges, as described by Lochie Howard. Coming up for them in Term 2 is the new and exciting Challenge Week, as well as the revamped Personal Best Project where they will push themselves out of their comfort zone.


Year 9 students have enjoyed the challenge of electives, developing interview skills as well as developing resumes for their upcoming workplace eligibility. Last week, they had a guest speaker Julie Hall at assembly, who engaged their thinking around the prevalence and importance of diversity to our community, as described by Madilyn Geer


Overall, a challenging but exciting start to 2019. It is great to see students discovering their potential, working together with staff to solve problems and implementing solutions across all year levels.


The Middle Years Team

The Cyber Safety Project

A couple of weeks ago Year 7 experienced the Cyber Safety Project workshop. I learnt that you can’t trust everyone on the internet, and that you should be careful of what you do online. We also learnt about cyber bullying, and the different perspectives of the people involved.


After we had talked for a while, we split up into groups and wrote down how we can comfort those that are being bullied on the internet. Some things you can do are: tell a teacher or adult, stand up to the bully or be there for the victim.


I found it interesting to hear about the presenters’ personal stories, and how one small kind action can make a big impact on someone’s life.


It was a great opportunity to know about the effects of cyber bullying, and how we can protect ourselves and others from it.

Rachel Cameron 7S



2019 so far according to…

Lachie Howard 8A

Year 8 so far has presented a few more challenges towards our learning compared to Year 7. New subjects such as Systems Technology and Drama have provided new learning experiences. Even though it has been challenging, we have thoroughly enjoyed learning new things for our future years.


In Mentor Group this term, the teachers have decided to give us a different perspective of team bonding. These team bonding exercises included us as a class solving murder mysteries. We each held clues and we had to talk as a team and figure out who was the criminal. These really made us think and help us collaborate in such a way that everyone gets heard but we listen to each other as well. This has been a highlight so far.


Madilyn Geer 9S

Though 2019 has only just begun, many new changes have occurred. Year 9 is the first year us students get to attend our chosen elective classes. This causes a massive change in our school life, as classes are with new people and on specific topics. This gives us a great chance to meet people and experience different classes we may want to take up as our VCE/VCAL classes.


Currently the Year 9s are working on the Diversity project in Mentor Group. Last week we had a guest speaker, Julie Fall, come to the college to speak to us about “people seeking asylum” as an introduction to the project. We are learning about different organisations that we can make a difference in and will encourage us as students to make a difference in the community.


Open Day/Discovery Night


Mathematics/Whole School Numeracy

Pi (π) Day (14 March)

In recognition of Pi Day (3.14), we held a Pi Recitation Contest in Rees House.


Pi (π) is an irrational number, meaning that it can be written as a decimal that does not terminate (goes on forever).  


Although the turnout was less than had been hoped for, we had a great competition, with our 2019 ChamPIon being Nathaniel Winters.  He correctly recited 106 decimal digits of Pi.  Second place went to Nathan Krause with 68 digits and third place went to Tain Corless with 58 digits.  Following the contest Tain and fourth place, Chloe Jolme, continued to battle it out ending up with Tain reciting 60 and Chloe 61 digits correctly.  With a year to practise, we’re expecting much larger memories next year!


All competing students earned valuable house points, with Rees House grabbing the top three places.

Mathspace – please purchase access ASAP

The Paywall for Mathspace went live over last weekend.  We do NOT use a textbook in Years 7-10, so we ask that ALL students have access to Mathspace – this costs $20 and is purchased through the student’s Mathspace account. 


Students MUST log in to their Mathspace account for the paywall to pop up – you cannot miss it as it prevents the student from accessing Mathspace.


Teachers use Mathspace to support formative assessment of students to enable them to diagnose where they need to provide support/extend the student in new learning.  It is used as a homework tool to ensure regular skills practice and may also be used to assess students at the end of a topic.  Mathspace also has an online interactive textbook for grades 3 to 12 and because of its adaptive nature, it will suggest topic areas that students need to practice, if they have completed all set work.


If you have any problems, please contact Zoë Carolan [email protected]


Zoë Carolan

Mathematics/Whole School Numeracy


2019: The International Year of the Periodic Table

Periodic Table

The Periodic Table of Chemical Elements is one of the most significant achievements in science, capturing the essence not only of chemistry, but also of physics and biology.


1869 is considered as the year of discovery of the Periodic System by Dmitri Mendeleev. 2019 will be the 150th anniversary of the Periodic Table of Chemical Elements and has therefore been proclaimed the "International Year of the Periodic Table of Chemical Elements (IYPT2019)" by the United Nations General Assembly and UNESCO.


 The periodic table organises all of the atoms in order based on the number of protons in the nucleus of the atom and the number of electrons and electron shells the atom has.


When Mendeleev developed the periodic table, not all of the elements had been discovered but he left blanks in the table and predicted that different elements would be discovered to fill those spots.  He did not know about the protons and electrons - he placed the element in their locations based on the similarity in chemical properties and atomic weights.





Peter Kos

Leader of Science and KIOSC

KIOSC 2019


A FAIL at KIOSC is a “First Attempt In Learning”. This program focuses on finding errors and failures in programming, correcting the code and preventing the same errors from occurring. The theme for the program looks at the manufacturing process, dark factories and big data analysis. Students will explain detection of errors in automated systems, flow patterns with big data and nodes highlighted through analysis of big data. This will be done in 3 activities throughout the day using the coding skills used last year in coding Lego-Evo Sensors and Little Bits.

The KIOSC experience for me went very well.  All 3 activities had a different way of teaching and they were all very interactive in different ways. The first activity my class did was the over complicated task.  We had to make a device that made a marble knock over a plastic pin.  However, we had to over complicate the device with loops, mini trampolines, vortexes and more. Personally, the bit I enjoyed most about this activity is when we combined groups. I collaborated with two other groups and we made our 3 machines one!


The second activity we did was the little bits. We had to make a simple, miniature robotic arm. This task was a bit more complicated to understand and create compared to the first task. I also think that with more time, I could have completed the robotic arm and made it work. Activity 3 was to do with coding.  We coded a car to make it drive on a line by itself. As the lesson went on we started to make the line more accurate, faster and smoother. By the end of the lesson some groups were making their car follow a line in a circle. Out of all the activities activity 1 was the most enjoyable because there was the most hands on things to do and I find it easier to learn while being in control. I believe kiosk was a good learning experience and is very interactive.


By Madi Semmens 8G



Year 10 Core Science

Epigenetics is the study of how your environment and lifestyle can affect your physical traits.  This explains how identical twins can have the same genetic makeup, but due to different lifestyles, they still have differences.


Students took the place of doctors at a seminar, they were introduced to the concept of epigenetics and undertook 4 interactive activities to help explain epigenetics.  Once they completed their activities, they were given 2 case studies.  They then determined the likely cause of 2 cases of breast cancer.  Either epigenetic (environmental) or inherited.


Since the cause of breast cancer may differ from patient to patient and the response to treatment may differ from patient to patient, students performed a test to determine the genetic makeup of the 2 patients. Students used a micropipette to test patient samples against various known genes and using these results, they determined the best treatment for each patient.



Peter Kos

Leader of Science and KIOSC

Performing Arts

Hot Cross Bun Fundraiser - PoPA

The Parents of Performing Arts are taking orders for delicious Hot Cross Buns in three flavours from Baker’s Delight.


Buy half a dozen Hot Cross Buns for only $7.50!

Order by Tue 26 March, 5pm https://www.trybooking.com/BBMBT 


Buns should be ready for collection at the music office the following week – just in time for the holidays!.  All fundraising proceeds will support our wonderful students in the Performing Arts program.


Hot Cross Buns are available in three delicious flavours: Traditional, Choc Chip and Apple & Cinnamon.


Anyone can order - Tell your friends! 

This is an optional fundraising activity.  We thank you for your support.


Parents of Performing Arts Committee


New York, New York


Preparations for our proposed trip to New York are well underway.


There will be an information evening in the next few weeks so please watch out for more details on Compass!


Preparations for our proposed trip to New York are well underway.


There will be an information evening in the next few weeks so please watch out for more details on Compass!




Staff Concert Success!

A huge thank you to all our Performing Arts staff who performed at our annual Staff Concert.


It was great to have our special guest Mrs Karen ‘Priesty’ Priest perform as well!


If you missed out on seeing the much acclaimed special combined finale there are rumours of a revival at the 2019 Gala Concert…



Daniel Van Bergen

Head of Performing Arts

Swimming Carnival

Swimming Carnival 2019

The annual Wantirna College 2019 Swimming Carnival was held on Tuesday the 26th of February at the Croydon Memorial Pool. The day started off a bit cloudy but brightened up later as the sun broke through. The warm day and cheerful atmosphere made for a great day for the staff and students of Wantirna College to come together and enjoy a wonderful whole school event. As the staff and students arrived we were all swept away by a sea of colours as each student dressed in their corresponding house colour. The house spirit was prominent as the Year 12 students rocked up in costumes matching the colours of the houses in many different creative ways.


To encourage students to participate there was a range of novelty events available to help them earn points for their houses. Along with points for participation in the competitive swimming events. At the end of the day there can only be one winner. Collier collected the most points on the day finishing on 962 points, followed by Byrne (808 points), Rees (748 points) and Mason (708 points).


A big thank you to all the students who participated in an event, particularly the competitive events.  Continued active participation is our aim for making the swimming carnival a success. I would like to congratulate the following students the who were age group champions:

Age Group

Student Name

U13 Girls

Charlotte Dobson

U14 Boys

Issac Paulger

U14 Girls

Eb Hindhaugh

U14 Boys

Jeffery Zhang

U15 Girls

Elise Zvara

U15 Boys

Dylan Moore

U16 Girls

Sana Lutui

U16 Boys

Luke Smith

U17 Girls

Mia Ward

U17 Boys

Brodie Britten

U18 Girls

Abigail Gojar

U18 Boys

Zeek Hua


Nathan Rogers

Leader of Sport

Studio Arts

Studio Arts

On 4th March, 2019, Year 10 Art and Year 11 Studio Arts went to the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV International) to see the Escher x nendo exhibition. 


This exhibition is the first major Australian exhibition to feature the art of Dutch artist M. C. Escher, a master of optical illusion. It presented his work with the exhibition design of acclaimed Japanese design studio nendo. The layout of the whole exhibition was stunning, with lots of appealing features using things like light, architecture and video to mimic many of the optical illusions found in Escher's work.


Escher's artworks themselves ranged from drawing to printmaking, over a wide range of topics. Students spent a lot of time in the exhibition marvelling at not only his amazing artistic skills but also the precision and detail in his illusions. Later in the day, students participated in a tessellation workshop. Using mathematical thinking, artistic skill and imagination, students created their own translation or rotation tessellation designs that were a key feature in Escher's work. These are now being finished off in class and we hope to put up an exhibition soon of everyone's work!


Escher x nendo "Between Two Worlds" runs until 7th April, 2019. The NGV website has excellent powerpoint resources for students under the categories of primary school, high school, Printmaking, Maths and Psychology. Two catalogues (one for younger children and the standard catalogue) on this exhibition are in our Library for you to explore.


The NGV Education Officers who ran the tessellation workshop gave our students such high praise - they said that they were so impressed by how engaged and responsive our students were with their tasks and with the exhibition as a whole. (Ms. Rumble, Ms. Lin and I beamed about that!) It was a brilliant excursion that has already started to inspire our students in their own folios, and we can't wait to see what Year 10 Art and Year 11 Studio Arts produce next!



Ms. Fiorentino



Theatre Studies

Year 11 & 12 Theatre Studies

On Wednesday the 13th of March, the Year 11 and 12 VCE Theatre Studies classes both went into the city to see Top Class - the best of the 2018 Theatre Studies monologue exams. It was held at the Arts Centre and the theatre was packed with students from all over Victoria coming to see what some of the highest achieving Theatre performances look like.  Though each performance was very different, with every person having their own unique interpretation, they were all amazing showcases of talent. 


Facilitating the event was the Chief Assessor of Theatre Studies performance exams - Richard Sallis. He was very informative, giving us tips and quick run downs of each performance as we went. We saw a variety of interpretations - some males playing female roles, and vice versa, as well as a few musical monologues. 


There was one design monologue wherein, instead of showcasing acting and directing skills, the performer created her own set and props design. She illustrated how they would be used and her intentions behind each choice. This was really impressive and allowed each of us to see another way of approaching the monologue exam. 


Following the performances, we had lunch together which gave us a chance to discuss stand out performances, things we could take away and how we were feeling about undertaking the monologue. We all agreed that in being able to see some of the best monologues in the state, it gave us something to strive for and motivate us in the coming months or year as the case is for some. 


Thanks so much to Ms Birrell and Mr Kruger, both if whom joined us on the excursion and made it an even more enjoyable experience. It was a great day out that was very valuable for all of us, either going into year 12 VCE Theatre Studies next year or already studying it. 


Jacqui Rogers



Production 2019

The Addams Family

I’m Zoey Papadopoulos one of this year’s Production Captains of 'The Addams Family'. I am going to be Alice, the straight laced mum of Wednesday’s boyfriend.


Over the course of 6 weeks the commitment that has been demonstrated by all involved has been so incredible to witness.


The audition process was a great reflection of the standard of shows here at Wantirna College; and we are only just beginning!


When we sat down for our first rehearsal 3 weeks ago, I think I speak on behalf of everyone when I say, the amount of talent that was sitting in that room was amazing.


Production is something that the students take pride in, not only doing what they love by performing to the best of their ability, but creating bonds with students of all ages and with our supportive teachers.


We cannot wait to introduce the Year 7’s and other new Production students to the exciting opportunities that arise by participating in our show, The Addams Family. Bringing the whole cast together at our camp in the last weekend before holidays and then on to start our first lot of rehearsals is the beginning of making lots of memories along the way.


The other production captains and I are excited to lead yet another outstanding show this year and although it’s sad knowing that it is my last year that I will be a part of this family, I know that with the amount of hard work and talent that is put into this show, it’ll be one to remember.




Andrew Lewis

Assistant Principal


Career News


Exploring career opportunities 


Workshop for Parents and Carers of Young People with Disability


26 March 2019 Manningham City Council

7 May 2019 Career Education Association of Victoria


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



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 (or GP) 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 (or GP) 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]

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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