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19 November 2018
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Wheelers Hill Secondary College
(03) 9561 5811
Raphael Drive
Wheelers Hill, Victoria, 3150

Principal's Page

Annual Implementation Plan, 2019

We are drafting our 2019 Annual Implementation Plan (or AIP) with leadership, staff, parents and students all invited to provide input.  Our AIP will set the agenda for our work as a school in 2019.

Our Priority Areas for next year (and for the next Strategic Planning period, 2019 - 2022) are:

- To maximise student learning and achievement outcomes

- Empower students to actively engage in their learning

- Improve student outcomes relating to differentiated teaching and learning with a focus on further building staff capacity

Our 2019 AIP will include Targets, Key Improvement Strategies and Actions that align with each of these Priority Areas.

Our planning for 2019 is well underway with staffing, timetabling and student programs being developed and we hope to confirm our 2019 AIP very soon.

Student Leadership, 2019

We have now confirmed our Student Leaders for 2019:

We congratulate these students on their appointments and we wish them well in their leadership roles next year.

Student Learning Data, 2018

We have achieved some pleasing Student Learning Data in 2018.  Our Year 9 NAPLAN Writing and Spelling results improved from 2017, and our results in this area compare favourably with schools similar to our own.  We have also seen some growth with Numeracy.

Our students are also reporting improvements in areas such as Stimulating Learning, Learning Confidence and Student Voice and Agency.  We are looking forward to seeing our Year 12 VCE results at the end of the year.

Exam and Transition Period, 2018

Year 12 students have been completing their VCE Exams in recent times, and our other year levels from Years 9 to 11 are about to commence their end of semester exams.  This is a busy time for our students as they begin their exams and finalise their assessments (eg Common Assessment Tasks) from across their subjects.  For those students sitting exams we wish them well.

Importantly, we see the value in providing our students the opportunity to embark on Transition Programs as a way of linking them in with their studies for the year ahead.  For example, our current Year 11 students will start their Year 11 into 12 Transition Program next Monday (19/11), and they will get a sense of what to expect from their subjects for next year given their participation in the Program.

We thank staff for their organisation of these Transition Programs and we trust that our students will receive plenty of benefit from them.

Building Program - Gymnasium and Performing Arts Complex

The Building Program associated with our Gymnasium and Performing Arts Complex is really gathering momentum.  More and more of the inside of the Complex is starting to take shape with plasterers and painters plying their trade.  The wooden Gymnasium floor is being laid and external works relating to access continue.  The Program is a little behind schedule but the Builder is trying to make up 'lost ground'.  Expected completion of the Gymnasium and Performing Arts Complex is mid December, 2018.


Value of the Week - Respect

We were well represented at the recent State RSL Remembrance Service at the Springvale War Cemetery, Sunday 5th of November.  Our Middle School Leaders in Amelia Patterson, Jackson Steele, Sarah Thompson and Liam Kelly were outstanding on the day.  A special mention must go to Liam who provided a reading to the hundreds in attendance, including the Premier, Mr. Daniel Andrews.  Well done to our Middle School Leaders!


And finally..................

The fifth cycle of student feedback will be published on Friday 16th November. You will find the report using the Reports tab on your child's Compass dashboard.

The reports provide an oversight of your child's progress in the previous 6 - 8 weeks in all their subjects, listing the work completed, their attendance and 'Attitude' and 'Behaviour'. 

We strongly encourage all parents to view the reports and contact the relevant teachers with any concerns or inquiries about their child's progress.










Aaron Smith


Assistant Principals' Page

Mobile Phone Trial 

We have now concluded the trial with our mobile phone free classrooms. Students have adapted extremely well to this approach and we have had extremely positive feedback from staff (and some of our students) in relation to this trial. Given the  positive impact this has had on the classroom learning environment,  as a college we have decided to continue with this initiative moving into 2019. 

STEM Programs for 2019

Innovate Academy have expanded their program to offer a robotics program on Wednesdays and Coding (Mobile and Web Development) on Thursdays. They are hoping to launch a Game Design Academy possibly later in 2019.

The WHSC Innovate Academy program brochure is attached.


The programs currently offered for 2019.

WHSC - Innovate Teen Robotics & Systems Engineering Academy for Grades 7 to 12 (WEDNESDAYS)

Teen Robotics & Systems Engineering Academy is a lunch times school robotics academy program for teens in Melbourne, Australia who are interested in advancing their robotics, systems engineering and coding knowledge and skills in computer science. The Robotics Academy program is part of the Innovate Program which has the primary focus on getting students to design, build and program SMART machines and  challenge themselves through problem solving.

Robotics Academy is an integrated STEM academy for students from Grades 7 to 12. Academy students will learn robotics, coding, technology, simple machines, CAD, 3D printing, virtual robotics and more through  the year as each term has a different focus.

Following Innovate Academy’s core values, students also learn and develop their teamwork, problem solving and interpersonal skills. Students may also apply to join in robotics competitions and sit for robotics certification programs (held at Wheelers Hill Secondary School twice a year) if they wish to take their skills to a higher level.

With a wide range of STEM resources provided by Innovate Technology and Robotics Academy (the premium STEM education company which provides programs to schools and government STEM projects), WHSC students are continually given the latest and most up to date tools and curriculum which Innovate Academy also provides to teachers in Australian schools and government STEM education initiatives.  With the successful introduction of robotics certification programs and Digital literacy certifications, students can choose their learning track and achieve more, in preparation for their future.

WHSC Innovate Teen Robotics & Systems Engineering Academy for Grade 7 to 12 details:

Each term program is for 9 weeks

Location: WHSC Computer Lab

Time: 1.00 pm to 1.40 pm

Cost: $200.00

Remembrance Day 2018

The College would like to extend its thanks to Middle School Leaders Amelia Paterson and Sarah Thompson for presenting this year's Remembrance Day speech on Friday 9th November. The text of the speech is presented below.


"Remembrance Day is held each year to commemorate the end of World War One.


World War I began in 1914 and lasted for four years.  More than 416 000 Australians volunteered for service in World War I. Of these, 324 000 served overseas.  More than 60 000 Australians were killed, including 45 000 who died on the Western Front in France and Belgium and more than 8 000 who died on the Gallipoli Peninsula in Turkey.  


As well as Australian soldiers, many nurses in the Australian Army Nursing Service served on the Western Front.  These nurses worked in overcrowded hospitals for up to 16 hours a day, looking after soldiers with shocking injuries and burns. Those who worked in hospitals close to the fighting were also in danger of being shelled by the enemy.


The armistice to end the war became effective at 11am on 11th November, and as the guns fell silent on the Western Front in France and Belgium, four years of hostilities ended.


Today the loss of Australian lives from all wars and conflicts is commemorated on Remembrance Day.


On this coming Sunday, the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, the poem “For the Fallen” is traditionally read to acknowledge all who have died in war:


They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.


We will now observe a minute’s silence."

Booklists 2019
All orders are to be completed online 
using "
ZUSZ" as your code.

2019 Booklists are now available.


• The easiest way to get all your education resources is to submit your order online at www.campion.com.au by Wednesday 5th December.

• If you miss placing your order by the due date, you may pay a higher delivery cost and may experience a longer waiting period to receive your full order.

• Place a tick in the box to select each item you need.

• For easy delivery, we recommend using an office address (please include parent name). If you will be away from home during delivery periods, consider providing a delivery address you can use as an alternative, such as grandparents, neighbours etc.


Ordering access to digital products

• Your resource list may contain digital items that can only be purchased by ordering them online at www.campion.com.au

• After you order them, access to these products will be provided via email for each product or will be provided at school.

• Please order your digital products carefully as returns and refunds cannot be provided on these items. • Access to digital products cannot be purchased in Campion Retail Service Centres and must be ordered online.



• Full payment is required at the time the order is placed. Payment can be made via:

◦ Credit Card (Visa or Mastercard only)

• Cheques or cash cannot be accepted.

*Prices are correct at the time of printing and are subject to change without notice.


Collecting your order

• Collect your order on the date and at the location specified on the front cover of the resource list.

• A friend or relative can collect on your behalf if you are unavailable. Uncollected orders may be subject to additional handling charges.

• Refunds may be provided on unwanted items on the day of collection, except for digital products


Thank you to the students and parents who attended the G'DAY SPACE, NASA tour, information evening last Monday. 

As a reminder, deposits are due by Monday 26th November. Any queries regarding this tour can be directed to Judy Anderson, Ph: 95615811.


Mrs Judy Anderson & Mr Andrew Dixon   

Assistant Principals

Whats Coming Up Next


  • Year 12 Exams
  • Year 11 Exams Finish
  • Art & Technology Showcase - Year 9



  • Year 12 Exams
  • Year 11 into 12 Transition
  • Year 10 Exams
  • Art & Technology Showcase - Year 8



  • Year 12 Exams
  • Year 11 into 12 Transition
  • Year 10 Exams
  • Art & Technology Showcase - Year 8




  • Year 12 Exams Finish
  • Year 11 into 12 Transition
  • Year 10 Exams
  • Art & Technology Showcase - Year 8
  • School Council Meeting
  • World Challenge



  • Year 11 into 12 Transition
  • Year 10 Exams
  • Art & Technology Showcase - Year 8
  • World Challenge



  • Year 11 into 12 Transition
  • Year 10 into 11 Transition
  • Art & Technology Showcase - Year 8
  • World Challenge



  • Year 10 into 11 Transition
  • World Challenge
  • Art & Technology Showcase - Year 7


  • Year 10 into 11 Transition
  • World Challenge
  • Art & Technology Showcase - Year 7
  • Alpine School Students Fundraiser.


  • Year 10 into 11 Transition
  • World Challenge
  • Art & Technology Showcase - Year 7


  • Year 10 into 11 Transition
  • World Challenge
  • Art & Technology Showcase - Year 7
  • Nadrasca - Volunteering

Performing Arts

Production 2019!

What a glorious feelin', we're happy again! 

It's official - WHSC will be Singin' In the Rain next year for our 2019 production! Applications for the Design Program have opened and selection process for the Internship will be completed in the coming weeks. Make sure you keep your eyes peeled on the Compass newsfeed to find out how you can be involved! 

If you want to watch the announcement video, you can catch it here:


State School Spectacular

Auditions for the 2019 State School Spectacular are open! They are looking for singers, dancers and actors alike! Make sure you follow this link to find out more about how you can get involved! VICTORIAN STATE SCHOOL SPECTACULAR 


Instrumental Music Lessons, 2019!

Genelle Lentini

Performing Arts Leader

Middle School 


We began our journey by being welcomed to the show by a spectacular rock performance with one of the guitarist jumping and sliding while everyone just stood and played their instruments. This displayed that you were born to stand out and this gave us a little taste of what we will be witnessing during this fun filled show. From the lights, and the talented musicians it gave the audience a feel of being a part of the performance. The actors were confident and had the ability to interact with the audience. We would both watch the performance again in a heartbeat and would recommend it to others.

Mrs Melissa Robinson

Middle School Leader

Toy & Book Appeal 2018

This week we launched the Smith Family Toy and Book Appeal.  

Each Home Group for Year 7, 8, 9 has their own tub, stored in the Middle School office, awaiting donations of NEW toys and books. We will deliver these tubs to the Smith Family depot in early December for their distribution   


The Smith Family’s Toy & Book Appeal is your opportunity to help bring a smile to a disadvantaged child’s face this Christmas. Sadly, thousands of Australian kids will go without receiving a gift this holiday season simply because their families can’t afford it. This year, with your help, The Smith Family aim to deliver over 75,000 new toys and 50,000 new books to children in need around Australia. 

We welcome parents and families donations for this Appeal. 

Thank you  

Miss Jacinta Wilson 

Year 8 Coordinator 

Community News

2nd Hand Uniform - Term 4 

  • Thursday 15th November 2018 at 6.00pm to 8pm – Year 7 2019 Parent & Student Information Evening
  • Tuesday 11th December 2018 at 1.30pm to 3.00pm – Year 7 2019 Orientation Day


As previously informed via SMS to all parents at the College, payment information for Essential Educational items, Optional Extras and Voluntary Contributions have now been uploaded and can be accessed on Compass at https://whsc-vic.compass.education via the Course Confirmation tab on the main screen.  This portal also contains agreements, policies and other important information that require your attention so do ensure you log in via Google Chrome with your user name and password to address these items.  Copies of all supporting documentation are available on the Community Tab – School Documentation – Course Confirmation 2019.  Should you wish to set up an alternative payment plan, pay via other preferences or have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact the Business Manager at the College.


Thank you on behalf of College Council to a large number of families who have already paid both voluntary levies and elective charges or have committed to payments plans for the year.  When budgets are set, we aim to provide the best environment and resources for our students.  We set our levies at a minimum knowing that families have a lot of commitments but we really do rely on the revenue to allow us to provide the breadth of programmes and resources we have here at Wheelers Hill Secondary College.  We need your ongoing support to maintain and develop our school and students.  Please make every effort to support this critical component of our whole school funding.

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Jells Park Primary School Twilight Market



This month on SchoolTV - Mindfulness

Over the last decade, mindfulness has been slowly rising in popularity with many individuals practising it on a regular basis. Evidence based research has found that there are many benefits to mindfulness which has prompted schools across the nation to implement this practice into their daily routines.

Mindfulness can be described as attention training for your brain, enabling you to focus on something without judgement and to stimulate curiosity. Mindfulness can be practised in a number of ways and is something that can be done by everyone - no matter what your age! It has been practised by many cultures around the world, but it is not exclusively affiliated to any particular philosophy or religion.

Mindfulness helps improve memory, engagement and performance. Its positive effect on the brain can improve immunity, mental wellbeing, learning ability, emotional health and even, time management. It is especially important in this era of information overload as our attention is constantly being pulled in many directions making us more distracted.

In this edition of SchoolTV, parents can learn the best way to introduce mindfulness to their children, implementing it into their daily lives to have an overall positive impact on family relationships. We hope you take time to reflect on the information offered in this month’s edition and we always welcome your feedback.

If you have any concerns about your child, please contact the school counsellor for further information.

Here is the link to this month’s edition http://whsc.vic.schooltv.me/newsletter/mindfulness



Peter Allen & Louise Ford

Student Wellbeing Middle & Senior School


Senior School Report

Year 12

On Wednesday 24th October we said farewell to our Year 12 cohort of 2018. Following a breakfast of pancakes and fruit, the students, in well thought out fancy dress costumes, attended a special whole school assembly followed by a barbeque at Jells Park. The students conducted themselves admirably throughout the day, and I would like to thank them for making the day so enjoyable.

Since Wednesday 31st October, the students have been completing the end of year VCAA examinations, with English being the first of many. The examinations finish on Wednesday 21st November.

We wish the Year 12 students of 2018 the best of luck for their future endeavours. We thank them for their many contributions to the College and hope to see both the students and their families and friends at the Valedictory Dinner on Tuesday 20th November.


This week, year 11 students have been completing their end of semester exams. Next week they will be starting their Unit 3 studies during the Transition Program.

Friday 23rd November, is their last day of classes, however all year 11 students are required to enrol into year 12 on the VCE Enrolment Day that is to be held on Friday 30th November.


Next week, year 10 students will be completing their end of semester exams. They then move into their Transition Program that starts on Friday 23rd and finishes on Thursday 29th November.

All year 10 students will then need to enrol as VCE Year 11 students on the VCE Enrolment Day also.


VCE Enrolment Day

Friday 30th November is VCE Enrolment Day. All current year 10 and year 11 students are required to attend on the day to enrol or re-enrol as VCE students. Payment of fees, subject levies and any other costs may also be completed on this day.

Venue: S1

Times: Surnames beginning A to K - 9.00am until 12.30pm

             Surnames beginning L to Z - 12.30pm until 3.00pm


Mrs J. Riddoch

Senior School Leader


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Innovate Academy WHSC Programs Brochure 2019.pdf