Wantirna College Newsletter

28 February 2020
Issue Two
Dates to Remember for 2020
Principal's Report
Assistant Principals
Year 7 Transition and Camp
Respectful Relationships
Later Year's Sub School
Swimming Carnival
Senior Boys Tennis
Literacy News
Wellbeing News
Parents' Association
Library News
Page 15
Community News
General Information
Wantirna College
90 Harold Street
Wantirna, Vic, 3152

Dates to Remember for 2020


Tuesday 3

Free Dress Day - Whole School


Wednesday 4

Year 12 - English SAC P3 & 4


Thursday 5

Staff Music Concert


Tuesday 10

Outdoor Contemporary Court


Monday 16 to Friday 20

Year 8 - Challenge Week


Sunday 22 to Tuesday 24 

Production Camp


Wednesday 25 to Saturday 5 April

New York Tour


Friday 27

Early dismissal 2:30pm

End of Term


Tuesday 14

First Day of Term 2


Wednesday 22

College Open Day


Wednesday 29

College Cross Country - Whole School


Friday 1

Generations in Jazz


Tuesday 5

Year 12 - Unit 3 Theatre Studies


Thursday 7

NEVR Rehearsal


Monday 11

Year 11 - Unit 1 Theatre Studies


Wednesday 13 to Thursday 14

Year 10 - Theatre Studies


Tuesday 19

Free Dress Day Whole School


Thursday 21

Showcase 4 Dance


Monday 25

NEVR Rehearsal


Wednesday 27 to Friday 29

Year 10 - Exams 


Monday 1 to Tuesday 9

Year 11 Exams


Wednesday 10 



Friday 12

Assessment Day

Student Free Day Whole School


Monday 15 to Wednesday 17

Music Camp


Tuesday 16

Later Years Expo


Wednesday 17

English SAC


Saturday 20 to Saturday 4 July

Northern Territory Tour


Friday 26

Last Day of Term 2

Early Dismissal 2:3pm


Monday 13 July

Curriculum Day - Student Free Day


Thursday 16 to Friday 17

Production Rehearsal all day


Monday 27

VSMF Concert Band


Tuesday 28

Curriculum Information Night


Wednesday 29

Year 11 Course Selection Day


Thursday 30

VCAL Interviews


Friday 31

VCAL Interviews


Monday 3 to Tuesday 4

Production Dress Rehearsal


Tuesday 4

VCAL Confirmation


Wednesday 5 to Friday 7

College Production


Wednesday 5

Year 10 - Course Selection


Thursday 6

Year 9 - Course Selection


Friday 7

College Production


Tuesday 11

Athletics Carnival


Wednesday 12 to Friday 14

College Production


Monday 24 to Friday 28

City Experience


Friday 18

End of term

Early Dismissal 2:30pm


Monday 5

First day of school


Wednesday 28

Year 7 & 10 - Immunizations

Year 12 - Unit 3 & 4 Exams begin


Monday 9

Last Day VASS


Monday 9 to Friday 13

Challenge Camps


Thursday 12 to Thursday 19

Year 11 - Exams


Friday 20 to Wednesday 25

Year 12 - Step Up


Thursday 26

Year 11 - Exam Feedback

Last Day Year 11


Friday 27 to 3 December

Year 11 - Step Up


Friday 4

Year 10 - Exam feedback

Year 10 Formal

Last day Year 10


Monday 14 to Thursday 17

Activities Week

2020 Term dates:

Term 1:  28 January - 27 March

Term 2:  14 April - 26 June

Term 3:  13 July - 18 September 

Term 4:  5 October - 18 December

Principal's Report


Off to a flying start!

Before we know it, we are halfway through the first term of 2020, with a number of significant events already behind us. Year 7 students recently travelled down to South Gippsland for their 3 day stay at Camp Rumbug. This transition camp allowed the close to 270 new students an opportunity to build positive and strong relationships to prepare them for the year ahead.

These students were supported by an enormous team of staff and peer support students who worked closely with them over the 3 days.


The camp was not only an opportunity for students to develop a close bond but also a chance to challenge themselves in a camp environment that was full of adventure. This year was the first time that all Year 7 students attended the camp at the same time for many years. It was also the first time our school has had students attend Camp Rumbug.


I would like to thank Middle Years Leader Kathleen Timms for her hard work preparing, executing and reviewing what was the biggest Year 7 camp we have undertaken in many years. Likewise, on behalf of students and parents, I would also like to thank the teachers and peer support students who contributed significantly to another successful camp.


This week we held our annual whole school swimming sports. Fortunately the weather was warm and mostly dry, enabling the right conditions for a competitive and fun day. The atmosphere was full of colour and excitement with our Year 12s and their fancy dress leading the way. With a strong level of participation, it was Rees House who came out on top and took the honours on the day. Well done to Sports Co-ordinator Nathan Rogers who again led a successful whole school sporting event with the support of a large team of teachers.


Learning is our focus

Recently we have completed our Annual Implementation Plan (AIP) for 2020. This key document provides specific details about school goals, strategies, actions and targets for the year ahead. I encourage parents to access the document (via Compass/School Documentation/For Parents) to better understand our foci and key work for the year. Regardless of whether you do read the AIP or not, you will notice, almost immediately some of the key changes that will come about as a result of our goal this year.  In particular our focus on improved assessment and reporting practices and building positive relationships between students and teachers, should be noticeable pretty soon. These evidenced based changes will result us having a stronger learning and teaching focussed and better outcomes for students. Fortunately this year we are also scheduled to hold our school review (which occurs ever 4 years) which will set our strategic direction for the next four years. This intense process will help us further refine our teaching practices to focus on improvement.

Mobile Phone Ban

The new mobile phone ban policy taking effect this year, began early for us in term 4 last year. Therefore,  the process of students keeping phones stored in lockers from first bell to last has not been a significant change for most. Teachers and students have noted a positive change in social interactions in class and particularly in the yard. Students are also reporting they are less distracted in class. I would like to congratulate our students who have embraced this change with positivity and optimism.

New Staff

I would like to officially welcome a last minute addition to teaching staff for 2020, Mel Zulfic who joins us to teach digital technologies and I.T. Welcome Mel!


Kevin Murphy


Assistant Principals

College Values Wheel 

The core value at Wantirna College is Respect:  respect for self, respect for others and respect for the environment.  As a school we have clearly defined respect by identifying 13 attitudes that we expect all members of our community to demonstrate. These are:

  1. Reflecting high expectations in all our achievements
  2. Accepting all individuals regardless of difference.
  3. Sustaining relationships through courtesy and support.
  4. Acknowledging the rights of all to a quality education.
  5. Seeking to understand the viewpoints and experiences of others.
  6. Caring for our shared resources and environment.
  7. Fostering a safe and supportive environment.
  8. Working in a team.
  9. Promoting a drug free environment.
  10. Contributing to a calm and supportive learning environment.
  11. Taking pride in how we present ourselves.
  12. Taking calculated risks to improve learning
  13. Persisting to improve learning.

There is also series of observable  behaviors that we expect to see in relation to each of these attitudes.  Some of these are general positive behaviours, whilst others are more explicitly identified as rules.

e.g. We speak and use positive and constructive language (general)

We walk our bikes on school premises and wear our helmets whilst riding. (rule)


We also have consistent expectations across the school regarding students being ready to learn in classes.  These were developed in consultation with students over the years and hang in every classroom.  They include:

  1. Be prepared for every class:  This includes having the correct equipment and ensuring any preparation activities or homework has been completed.
  2. Be punctual for class:  Including being on time, being ready to begin and meeting set dates for tasks.
  3. Be respectful of self, others and the environment:  Including the majority of things on the College values wheel.
  4. Be actively involved in your learning:  Including attempting all tasks, asking questions, seeking feeedback, responding to feedback and engaging in class discussions.

We ask that all parents reinforce these values and behaviours at home and use them to frame discussions about respect, school and commitment to learning.

A copy is attached below:


College Council Scholarships and Endowments

We have a number of  students whose talents and passions take them into elite competition including at state, national and international level.  These experiences are highly valuable for students and more often than not expensive for parents.  As a school we are passionate about supporting students in these endeavours and as a result of College Council offers small scholarships or endowments for this type of experience.  Students and families are able to apply for financial support for students to attend state, national and international elite competition.  This support can contribute to entry fees, accommodation or transport.


Interested students and families should apply in writing to the College Council president care of the school website address.  Each application will be discussed at Council and will be considered on merit.  Students who receive the scholarship are required to report back to the school community through the newsletter and a direct report to council.

Student ID cards

Public Transport Victoria (PTV) issue a card for school students to allow them access to concession fares. Previously this has been done through a paper process where the student fills in the details and the College signs off that they are truly a College student. With the new Student ID cards, being issued soon, this will be a thing of the past. The 2020 Wantirna College ID card will have PTV logo and will be sufficient for students to use a proof of concession status. A separate PTV card will no longer be required.

Student Drop Off and Pick Up

There have been a number of near misses in the car park lately particularly at the beginning and end of the day.  In order to keep the congestion to a minimum and to ensure cars can park and leave safely we ask that parents do not use the carpark as a drop of zone for their children.


The safest places to drop students off are on Amesbury Avenue at the bottom of the College, on Saxon Avenue and Georgian Gardens both off Harold street near the school crossing and on Templeton Street heading towards Burwood hwy past the roundabout.


We thank you for your cooperation with this.

School Uniform and Hoodies

There has been a massive improvement in student uniform since we implemented the new uniform pass system last year.  However we have noticed with the cooler weather this week that some students are beginning to wear hoodies both under and over their school uniform.


Although we understand there may be the odd occasion where a student's rugby or school jumper is not available for them to wear we will not ever issue a uniform pass for a hoodie.  Where the jumper is unavailable we require students to be wearing a standard pullover in a colour as close as possible to the school uniform.


If the students require another layer for additional warmth we introduced a new polar fleece lined soft cell jacket last year. These garments are extremely warm and durable and provide additional protection from wet weather.  They are in stock and are  available from the uniform shop.

Introducing the Assistant Principals






Catherine Ford






Andrew Lewis






Shane Kruger






Carrie Wallis

Year 7 Transition and Camp

Starting Year 7

Overview of camp:

On the 10th of Feb, the Year 7s left for their transition camp at Camp Rumbug. After arriving on our first day and settling into our cabins, we were sorted into our activity groups, who we did most of our activities with. Since lots of people didn’t know each other, camp was a great way to meet more people and make new friends. Everyone participated in different activities together like the mud run, canoeing, the zipline, sensory trails, and many more activities for people to participate and form new friendships in. After these you would go back to your cabins and relax for a bit until your next meal. All the food was delicious and after dinner you would do a game with your dinner group, such as watching a movie, playing trivia, or doing a treasure hunt. On Feb 13th we left, but everyone had a great time, and got a lot out of camp!  


Highlights so far:


Transitioning to secondary school has certainly been a challenge, but it has given us so many opportunities such as letting us explore new subjects, join fun clubs and make new friends. I'm sure that we all have started settling in to our new school environment. So far, we have enjoyed meeting new people in joint lessons, playing instruments in the music program and spending a wonderful day of swimming together on Tuesday for the Swimming Carnival. As someone in the music program, I have thoroughly enjoyed learning instruments in small groups with people I might not have met otherwise. I speak on behalf of every Year 7 when I say that we have enjoyed our start of high school experience.



Sabine Carey and Annaliese Main, 7S

Respectful Relationships

Building Respectful Relationships in our schools

On the day Hannah Clarke and her three children, Laianah (6), Aaliyah (4) and Trey (3) were brutally murdered in an act of domestic violence, a small team of staff from Wantirna College were attending the Respectful Relationships training introduction at the Regional Offices of the DET.   Respectful Relationships is an initiative being rolled out across all Victorian schools based on the  recommendation from the Royal Commission into Family Violence that identified schools as having a critical role in creating a culture of respect to change the story of family violence for future generations.


The program is a whole school approach designed to "support school leaders, educators and our school communities to promote and model respect and equality-and to teach our children how to build healthy relationships, resilience and confidence."  It is based on the knowledge that "changes in attitudes and behaviours can be achieved when positive attitudes, behaviours and gender equality are lived across the school community, and when classroom learning is reinforced by what is modelled in our school community." (Respectful Relationships Resource Kit, Page 1 2015).  There is a strong emphasis on challenging gender equity, in particular cultural stereotypes around femininity and masculinity. 


As a whole school approach there are 6 facets we will be auditing, reviewing and developing:


1. School Leadership and Commitment:  Leaders drive school wide commitment and action to promote gender equality.


2. Professional Learning Strategy: All staff engaged in whole for school approach:  Selected staff equipped to deliver curriculum and respond to disclosures.


3. Teaching and Learning:  Students have skills, knowledge and attitudes to engage in respectful relationships.


4. Community Partnerships: Support to school to build long term, holistic strategies to prevent violence against women.


5. Support for staff and students: Staff and students who experience or perpetrate violence are supported with appropriate response and referral.


6. School Culture and environment:  Structures procedures, policy and values that support gender equity.


At the moment our team consists of Sandra Middleton (Coordinator), Catherine Ford (Disclosures Coordinator) and Shane Kruger (Assistant Principal).  We will be expanding this to a larger working party which will include additional staff and students.  The working party will report to the College Policy and Education Committee (CPEC), which is a sub committee of College Council with parent representatives.  We will update the community regularly regarding our progress via the newsletter and Facebook.


Next Steps

  • Discuss with students at assemblies
  • Identify additional members of the working party
  • Whole staff training session (90 minute session after classes).

Catherine Ford

Assistant Principal




Later Year's Sub School

VCE and VCAL Information Evenings

The later Years Team recently hosted the VCE and VCAL Information Evenings. The evenings provided families with an opportunity to meet with some of the Year 11 and 12 teachers and the Later Years Team. The VCE presentations focused on enabling parents and students to reflect on the best ways to approach study in their final year of school and in preparation for their exams, whilst the VCAL Information Evening was an opportunity for parents to build their understanding of the sometimes complex VCAL program.


A highlight of the evenings were the keynote speakers from Elevate Education and Australian Apprenticeship Support.


Elevate Education are experts in providing study skills support to students particularly in the areas of time management and motivation. The College will be inviting Elevate Education back to the College for a number of workshops with Later Years students throughout the year. Year 12 VCE parents are encourage to access Compass for the event details.

Year 10 Mock Interviews – Thursday 19th March


On Thursday 19th March, all year 10 students will be participating in the Mock Interview program. 


As part of the Year 10 Catalyst program this term, students will be preparing for the interview by developing the skills to create a resume and cover letter and have participated in a presentation by expert interview skills coach James Lynch.  Students will also be given information about what clothes are suitable to wear to an interview. 


Students have been provided with a range of entry-level and experienced positions for which they can ‘apply’.  They have been instructed to choose one position to apply for on the day of the interview, and to bring with them their resume and cover letter suitably adapted for that particular position. 


Students will be given a specific interview time in Home Group next week. On the day, students will need to report to the Senior Centre 15 minutes prior to their interview time, and let the staff member on the reception desk know they have arrived.  After their interview, they will complete a reflection of their interview, as well as receiving feedback from the guest interviewers.  Students can leave school after their interview process is completed.  There are no formal classes on this day, except for early start and peer support.


Parents are also invited to volunteer to be guest interviewers on the day. Volunteers will work as part of a team of two with a staff member and/or member of the local community.  Interview questions, student feedback forms, morning tea and lunch provided.


Volunteers who are Year 10 parents are exempt from providing a Working With Children’s Check. All other volunteers must provide a copy of a current Working With Children’s Check on the day. WWC are available free of charge for volunteers at http://www.workingwithchildren.vic.gov.au/home/.


Katrina King

Later Years Catalyst Programs Leader

Swimming Carnival








Senior Boys Tennis

Senior Boys Tennis

On Monday 24th February our senior mixed tennis team consisting of 10 male students and one brave female student set off to Wantirna Tennis Club for our district round robin competition. We split our players into two teams, Wantirna A and Wantirna B. On the day we played two teams from Upwey High School and one team each from Rowville East and Fairhills. After not losing a single round the A team won through to play in a semi final ultimately winning that while our B lost in the other semi final. This set up a grand final for Wantirna A with the Rowville East tennis academy team, or team played brilliantly on the day and held their own against players with professional rankings, however, ultimately we came short of a win. Under the circumstances second place was a fantastic effort. All players displayed exceptional sportsmanship on the day and represented themselves and their school in a manner they should be proud of. A special mention must go to Isabella Davison who played and defeated several male players on the day all the while suffering a back injury. A big thank you to Nathan Hocking's grandma for her devoted support and assistance throughout the entire day.  Looking forward to seeing the year 11 players return next year, and to the year 12 players all the best for your sporting endeavours in the future. Congratulations to all!


Jacinta Gallagher

Leading Learning Specialist



Literacy News



Year 9 & 10 Textiles

Year 9 & 10 Textiles classes off to a great start to the year.


Year 9 Boxer short task - Skills hand embroidery and pattern piece construction.


Year 10 - Skills exploration - Screen printing and seam samples.


Vicky Rumble

Arts and Technology



Wellbeing News

8 Secrets of Happiness (Summary)

What is the problem?

  • The number of stressed Aussies has jumped by about a third to 4.9 million during the past decade, research by health fund Medibank shows. (Medibank report)

  • PWC estimates the cost to Australian business is approximately $10.9 billion per year. (Healthy workplace PWC)

  • the Australian Red Cross says 5.6 million Australians are currently lonely and almost half the population don’t have someone they could turn to for help or companionship. Experts are now calling it the “modern epidemic”

only 52% of employees believe their workplace is mentally healthy compared to 76% for physical safety. 
Only five in ten (56%) believe their most senior leader values mental health (beyondblue report)

 What is the solution?

  • Put psychological “eggs” in your own basket - but how?

  • invest in your relationships - a poor relationship can shorten your life by 4 to 6 years 

increase chances of getting sick by 35%


The 8 secrets of wellbeing and websites/apps that can help

  1. If you can’t change it, change the way you think about it (ecouch/this way up/moodgym)

  2. See life as it is, but focus on the good bits (Three Good Things)

  3. If you want to feel good, do good (The kindness app)

  4. When we are together, everything is better (Happify)

  5. Be active, rest and relax (Couch to 5K)

  6. There is more to life, when you stop and notice (Headspace/Smiling Mind)

  7. Find time to lose yourself in what you love (Blinklist)

  8. It helps to know what you are looking for (Bucketlistly/Soon)

Extra Resources

Favourite Books


Michael Carr Gregg



Parents' Association

Who we are

We would like to extend a warm welcome to any parents who are interested in being a part of Parents' Association.   We are a group of parent's who work to support students through raising funds for the curriculum which allow our students to have enriched learning experiences.  Over the years this has led to significant improvements in access to technology and equipment and has included among other things the purchase of:

  • drones for photography and media
  • digital printers in technology and science
  • rowing machines and exercise bikes in PE
  • a new lighting board and leg curtains for the Production
  • Matilda the lizard for Environmental Science

We also provide financial support for our recognition and award programs including:

  • the Gold awards program which recognises students in year 7-9 who are consistently working towards their goals and demonstrating respect.
  • Graduation gifts for the graduating year 12 cohort.

Parents' Association is also a key consultative group that is regularly canvassed about potential changes in the College.  As well as sharing our own personal views on issues, we also represent the view of other parents.  Current members are:

  • Pamela Wade (outgoing President)
  • Kiley Tait (outgoing Vice President)
  • Phil Riley (outgoing Treasurer)
  • Val Gallacher (secretary, yr 9 & 11 parent)
  • Greg Jelley (year 12 parent)
  • Delia Campbell (year 10 parent)
  • Jodie Nimmo (year 10 parent)
  • Sloane McGennisken (year 9 &  11 parent)
  • Moqshada Pillay (year 12 parent)
  • Jessica Rocca (year 11 parent)
  • Michelle Gabel (year 11 parent)
  • Kerrie Paulger (year 8 parent)
  • Heidi Slattery (year 7 and 8 parent)
  • Catherine Ford (Assistant PrincipaL)

At our last meeting we welcomed new parents:

  • Tina Holmes (year 7 parent)
  • Cathy Jackson (year 7 parent)
  • Dennis Jackson (year 7 parent)
  • Travis Geary (year 7 parent)
  • Roshan Hapuarachchi (year 7 parent)

We hope all new parents felt welcomed and saw value in the meeting and the work that we do. We look forward to seeing them at the Annual General Meeting.

Welcome to new parents

We warmly invite parents from any year level to join the Parents' Association so we can be bigger and better than ever and make a difference for our students in the classroom.  We are a friendly group who values new ideas and initiatives so we can make a difference for the students who attend our school.


March is the ideal time to join as we begin with our Annual General Meeting and then head into our first formal meeting for the 2020 school year. (runs from March to March).


At the AGM we will review the annual financial statements, endorse the constitution, identify office bearers for the year and be briefed around the schools Child Safe Policy and requirements for working with children's checks.  Following this we will launch into the first meeting of the year.


Meetings occur once a month for ten months with the last been held off site as a Christmas celebration.  They begin at 7:30pm and generally last for 60-90 minutes.  Other commitments include being able to assist with fundraisers, attending parent events at the school and representing parents views in forums with the College leadership.


We would love to see you there.

Annual General Meeting


Presentation Ball 2021 Sub Committee

The Presentation Ball has historically been a major fundraiser for the Parents' Association. 


Traditionally it was run almost entirely by parents resulting in a large profit that could be fed back into classrooms to provide enriched experiences for our students.


Over the last 5-6 years we have relied more and more heavily on staff at the College to undertake the administration of this event and the supervision of dance rehearsals.  Unfortunately, this has cut heavily into the funds raised for classrooms and is an unsustainable model moving forward.


We know the school community values the Presentation Ball as a fantastic experience for year 11 students and their families enjoys the long held traditions around this event.  In order to be able to keep this event going in its current form we are looking for a group of enthusiastic parents who would like to take on board the organisation for 2021.


If you would like to be a member of this sub committee please respond via email to:



by March 27, 2020.

Library News

News from the Library

Summer is almost over. Did you remember to let the Librarians know about the books you read? Everyone who did boosted their House Team’s chance of winning the Summer Reading Challenge for 2020 and earning House Points. The winning team, which will be announced shortly, has had their house named engraved on a shield and will be presented at a special event.

 What were the most popular books of the last 12 months? Books belonging to series were popular: the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, the Harry Potter series, the Once series, The Fault in our Stars, Tomorrow when the War Began, Gone … but there was also renewed interest in some of the “Classics” such as Black Beauty, Little Women and I am Legend. Books by Stephen King made a resurgence. More recent publications that made the top 30 were: I Believe in a Thing called Love, One of us is Lying, Halfway to Good, Asylum, Avenged and Flight Path.


Visitors to the Library will notice there have been some changes to the arrangement of the Library; a new teaching area has been carved out, complete with projector and screen and the reading area has been moved to the front of the Library. Fiction is in the process of being “genrefied” – with books being put into interest areas such as Fantasy, to hopefully make it easier for students to find the kind of story they enjoy reading. Let us know what you think of these changes and what could still be changed or improved, as alterations are still happening!


Lunchtimes continue to be busy with students reading, playing games, using computers, taking part in the daily word quiz, creating art on the webex [digital whiteboard / conference device] etc.


 Speaking of Art, Craft and Digital Technology, the Library, in conjunction with the Art and Technology Department, are keen to promote an Artisan of the Month. Simply email the Library a photo of one of your designs/creations and a panel will decide whether to have your piece nominated and displayed. If we get enough good content we may bring out a calendar at the end of the year!


Ms Hall and the Library Staff



Celebrating 40 Years: 1980-2020

Did you know Wantirna College turned 40 this year? As part of our celebrations we will be regularly posting photos on our facebook page from the last  40 years.  If you haven't 'Liked' us yet on facebook, now is a good time.  Check it out at https://www.facebook.com/wantirnacollege/


Wantirna High School opened its doors to students on the first school day of 1980. There was a great deal being done to get the school ready for students and construction continued throughout the year. These pictures capture those first few days.



Over the last 40 years we have gone from Wantirna High School, to Wantirna Secondary College, to Wantirna College.  See how our logos have changed.






CSEF Application

Parents who received CSEF in 2019, are not required to complete an application form in 2020, providing there has been no change to their family circumstances.

New Families to Wantirna College

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

CSEF Information

Financial Assistance Information for Parents 

Camps, Sports & Excursions Fund (CSEF).


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


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


• $125 for primary school students

• $225 for secondary school students.


How to Apply:

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


Parent application close 26 June 2020



Claiming Your CSEF Benefit

From early March you will be able to claim your CSEF on a Compass when giving consent to events.  

Community News




General Information

General Office

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

Telephone:                      9801 9700


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.


All visitors to the College must sign into and out of the College using the Compass Kiosc in the General Office.


In line with the Government’s commitment to compulsory attendance, the College is required to ensure all absences are recorded pursuant to DET guidelines. It is the responsibility of a student’s parent/guardian to explain why their child is absent/late. This can be done using the parent portal on Compass, by written note, by phone call to the General Office or by face-to-face conversation with a staff member.  Given the convenience and security the Compass portal offers for this important part of college life, this is the preferred method.


The General Office team will continue to be available for assistance on all attendance and Compass matters, and in every instance, any student arriving late or leaving early must report to the General Office to be signed in or out.


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.

Arriving Late 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 you are aware your child will be late to school, parental approval should be submitted in the Compass portal, or by notifying the General Office.


Students arriving late (after the first roll is marked) must report to the General Office to be signed in. Where a parent approval hasn’t been submitted on Compass prior, the absence will be shown as an unexplained absence until an approval is submitted. Should a written note from a parent be provided with the student when they arrive, it will be entered in Compass.


To promote the importance of being punctual to class, students arriving late to any other class will be recorded as late. Whilst late arrivals do not show on the Compass dashboard, they are displayed on the ‘unexplained’ tab under Attendance. The Compass system does not provide a sensible ‘reason’ for this scenario, however until a more appropriate option is made available, parents wanting to acknowledge/clear the unexplained late arrivals may do so by using the ‘Parent Choice’ reason, assuming no other reason is suitable.

Early Departure from School

If a student has an appointment and needs to leave early, parents should enter an approval in Compass and select the appropriate reason from the list of options stipulated by DET. The approval appears on the class roll to alert the classroom teacher, and the student will be excused from class at the designated time. Students should then attend the General Office to be signed out. If a parent provides a written note on the day, this should be taken to the General Office before school or at recess, and it will be entered into Compass. Students will not be permitted to leave class without an approval entered in Compass.


If you need to collect your child unexpectedly, please contact the General Office.

Bell Times


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 Compass portal under school documentation.


Direct Phone:  9881 7168

Library Hours

Monday to Thursday:

8:15am to 4:30



8:15am to 3.30pm

Lost Property

Lost Uniforms are taken to the Maintenance Office, which is located near Health Centre.  There is a double draw finling cabniet on the right 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

Parents 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:

  • The designated drop off and pick up zone on Harold Street in front of the Home Economics rooms
  • 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, Shane Kruger and Carrie Wallis


College Council President:

Dr Joanne Challinor-Rogers


Sub School:

Dina Mingos (Later Years)

Darren Hoogkamer (Middle Years)


College Captains:

Sam Styles

Isabelle Davis

Connor Winter

Jacob Lacchiana


Parents Association President:

Pam Wade


Parents of Performing Arts Chairperson

Stuart Broadley

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