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19 October 2018
Issue Sixteen   respect Excellence Creativity
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Wheelers Hill Secondary College
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Welcome Back for Term 4

We welcome back our College Community to what promises to be another busy and productive term here at Wheelers Hill Secondary College.

Year 12 Class of 2018

Over the recent break, we held practice exams for our Year 12 students and they were of huge benefit to their learning needs.   I would like to thank staff, particularly our Senior Sub School Leader Judith Riddoch, for their efforts in providing the practice exam program.


We would like to wish our Year 12 students all the very best with their up and coming exams.  It is also a chance for our Year 12 students and families to reflect on lots of great memories over thirteen years of schooling. The College Community would like to congratulate all of our Year 12 students on their achievements and we wish them well with their up and coming Exams together with their future endeavours. 


On the 24th October, we will be having a special Whole School Assembly in honour of our Year 12 students.  Families are invited to attend.  It will also be an opportunity to thank our Year 12 teachers for their dedication and commitment through 2018.


We also recognise the special efforts of our 2018 College Captains in Molly Sceney, Nina Notaro, Tash Buckley and Tanja Vejdani.  They have been outstanding representatives of our school and they have shown great leadership throughout the year.  The College would like to thank them for all of their hard work in 2018.

Sports Awards Night, 2018

Our inaugural Sports Awards Night was held earlier this week (15/10).  It was wonderful night with many students, families and staff in attendance.


The Sports Awards Night allowed the College to formally recognise the achievements of so many of our students across a range of disciplines through 2018.  The Night was incredibly well organised with those in attendance enjoying what the Night has to offer.  We congratulate our students on the awards that they received, and we thank Kerrie Lay, Sally Pryde and their team of staff for all of their hard work to ensure that the 2018 Sports Awards Night was so successful.


Maths Pathways

The College has decided to not continue with Maths Pathways in 2019. Maths Pathways is an online, interactive program that we are currently using to support our Year 7 and 8 students with their learning in Mathematics.


We recently conducted a thorough review of the program including surveying and speaking with key groups, analysing learning data and communicating with representatives from the Maths Pathways group.  Our review concluded that it would not be in the best interests of our Year 7 and 8 students to continue using the program.  Our Domain Mathematics Leader (Vincent Lam) will now work with his team, together with our Learning Specialist in Numeracy (Nicholas Arnold) to develop suitable teaching and learning programs to replace Maths Pathways as part of the Year 7 and 8 Mathematics curriculum for 2019.  If parents of Year 7 and 8 students have any queries, please contact the General Office.

Parent Opinion Data, 2018

The most recent Parent Opinion Data (2018) has come through from the Department of Education (or DET) and we have received some very pleasing results from parents surveyed.


Results show that we have grown significantly in a number of areas.  Teacher Communication, Stimulating Learning Environment, Effective Teaching and Parent Participation all rated highly in comparison to the data collected in 2017.


Leadership and staff will analyse the Parent Opinion Data (2018) closely to see if we can find additional ways of making further improvements in key areas important to our parents and families.

New Appointments, 2019 - Learning Specialists

We are thrilled to announce some new appointments commencing next year (2019):


Michelle Galli (Learning Specialist - Numeracy)

Claire Hanley (Learning Specialist - Literacy)

Kim Hewlett (Learning Specialist - Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics or STEM; acting appointment)


Learning Specialists are highly skilled classroom practitioners who continue to spend the majority of their time in the classroom delivering high-quality teaching and learning and have a range of responsibilities related to their expertise, including teaching demonstration lessons, observing and providing feedback to other teachers and facilitating school-based professional learning. Learning Specialists are expected to have deep knowledge and expertise in high quality teaching and learning in delivering improved achievement, engagement and wellbeing for students (from the Dept of Education, 2017).


Both Michelle and Claire are currently working at Emerald Secondary College and they come to our school incredibly well regarded.  Kim is already a member of staff and she too enjoys an excellent reputation in education.


We look forward to working with our new Learning Specialists in 2019.

Visual Arts and Technology Exhibition, 2018, starting Mon 22/10

This is an outstanding event allowing us to showcase student achievement in the Arts and Technology Domains.  This event has been an important part of our College for a number of years and the level of interest and support from our College Community is enormous. 


The Exhibition will see student work being displayed on a rotational basis starting with the work of our Year 12 students on Monday 22nd of October.  The following week will see work from our Year 11 students on display and so on.  Due to our Building Program, it has been difficult to find appropriate space for the Exhibition in 2018, so we will displaying student work in the General Office.


I encourage our students and families to attend the Arts and Technology Exhibition over the coming weeks at the College.  The standard of student work on display will be outstanding.

Value of the Week - Creativity

All of our Year 8 students are currently involved in a STEM Project.  The theme of the Project is 'Waste' and we commend them for their Creativity in developing solutions to better managing waste in our community.  Please read on through the Newsletter to learn more about the 'Year 8 STEM Project' .

Principal For A Day, Friday 12th of October - Stella Axarlis AM

We were able to welcome our 'Principal For A Day' in Stella Axarlis last week (12/10/18).  Please read Stella's biography below: 


From mathematics teacher to internationally acclaimed opera singer, managing director, Board member and community advocate, Stella Axarlis’ career has been one of diversity, determination and inspiration.


She consults with organisations that are undertaking significant cultural change and presents nationally and internationally on issues of business excellence, change management, organisational culture and education and training.


Stella Axarlis holds a Bachelor of Arts degree (Melbourne University).

She has been a member of the Prime Minister’s Science, Engineering and Innovation Council for a maximum of three terms and a member of the Premier’s Victorian Economic, Social and Environmental Policy Council. 


In 1998 she became a Member of the Order of Australia in recognition of her contribution to training, business and children with disabilities.


In 2002 she was recognised in Victoria’s Awards for Excellence in Multicultural Affairs and in 2003 she received a Centenary Medal.


In November 2011 Stella was awarded the inaugural, preeminent Lifetime Achievement Award in November 2011


The Lifetime Achievement Award is Australia’s most prestigious vocational education and training (VET) award. The award is presented to an individual who has an established history of distinguished service and who has made a lasting contribution to VET practice.


Stella returned recently to Opera to become Chair of CitiOpera and to direct the highly successful productions of Verdi’s Otello, Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana, Richard Strauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos and Verdi’s Il Trovatore.


She retired from the Board of CitiOpera on May 2017


Stella had a great day learning more about College and our school community.  Stella was able to speak with students and staff, and share in the activities of the Principal throughout the day.  We thank Stella for her time and her interest in our College.  


And finally....

Well done to all of our students who competed at the recent Eastern Metropolitan Region (EMR) Athletics Carnival last week (12/10).   We had a strong student contingent in attendance on the day with Cameron Coutts (Year 9) and Marnath Ter (Year 12) coming first in their events to win their way through to the State Final next week (22/10) where they will compete in Long Jump and High Jump respectively. Well done Cameron and Marnath on your wonderful achievements, and we congratulate of all of our students who represented the College at the 2018 EMR Athletics Carnival.










Aaron Smith


Assistant Principals' Page

Mulgrave Country Club Scholarship

Thanks to the generosity of the Mulgrave Country Club, a scholarship valued at $2000 is awarded to a Year 11 selected from each of the 13 Secondary Colleges in the Monash area.

The deserving recipient from Wheelers Hill this year was Jasmine Sweeney.

The award ceremony took place on Monday 15th October at the Mulgrave Country Club. The award was presented by Mulgrave Country Club President, Leon Ross and Monash City Councillor, Robert Davies.


Year 8 STEM Project – War On Waste

The basis of STEM learning is to find solutions to real-world problems. For the past fortnight, the Year 8s have been given the challenge of finding solutions to deal with waste at a school, local and global level.


Starting with a whole school rubbish audit, the students have worked on identifying a waste issue, researching and coming up with a broad range of solutions. The Year 8s have also had the opportunity to build a model from recyclable materials. The project concludes this week with the students presenting their solutions to teachers and students.


We have been excited by the level of enthusiasm and interest this has generated. The following email captures the thinking that such a project encourages.


"I had a great idea for stopping the waste problem that we are studying in our stem inquiry!

1 day a week is a rubbish free day where everyone brings their lunch to homeroom and you count how many scraps and plastics are in the classes’ lunches then you can tally it up and at the end of the week the class with the least amount of rubbish gets a prize. This is a great way to persuade people to bring reusable containers and drink bottles.

My other idea was to have a bin free day at school instead so you have to take your rubbish home with you and then it won’t be an issue at school!"


Both great ideas!



Monash Technical School

Wheelers Hill Secondary College is excited to announce that it will continue (and improve) its ongoing relationship with the Monash Technical School.


Having trialed programs for Years 7, 8 & 9 at the temporary facility in Chadstone, all students in these Year levels will have the opportunity to participate in the permanent facility based on the Monash University Clayton campus in 2019.


The College is also currently in negotiations with Monash University Graduate Program and the Monash Tech School to formalize a program of Pre-Service teaching which will further integrate the programs offered by MTS with the curriculum taught at the school.


Robotics Workshop

On Friday 12th October, our college hosted a workshop “Introductory Robotics Workshop Coding Made Easy with LEGO® Education EV3” provided by James Dwyer from Modern Teaching Aids (MTA).


The teachers who attended this workshop were introduced to the EV3 hardware and programming/coding using the introductory level of the EV3 software.  They were able to see how STEM and robotics offers students a highly engaging medium designed to help them develop 21st creative thinking, problem solving, teamwork & communication skills.


Our recently appointed STEM Learning Specialist, Kim Hewlett, was personally asked by the organisers to use Wheelers Hill as the venue; a recognition of her excellent work in this area.


Student Achievements

It is always wonderful to hear about the achievements of our students both within and beyond the classroom.
This week, we have a received news of two outstanding achievements that we wish to recognise and share with our school community.
Blake Teunissen
Blake, who is a member of the Heany Park Scout Troop, has recently earned the extremely prestigious “Australian Scout Medallion”. This is a significant milestone in a youth members Scouting journey.  To attain the top award in each of the five sections in Scouting reflects initiative in tackling this challenge, sustained effort over many months and years, self-discipline, team work and leadership. Only a small percentage of Scout’s achieve this level- these are the top achievers among Scouting’s 47 million members globally. 

Kara O’Gorman
Kara practices artistic roller skating and has been performing at a National level since 2015.
Recently Kara competed in the 2018 Artistic Roller Skating Championships. This event was held in Perth over the July school holidays. This is the 4th Nationals event she has competed in and this year she received a Silver medal in the “Juvenile figures” and a Bronze medal in the “Juvenile Solo Dance”. 
Kara’s success is attributed to her strong commitment towards her training (approximately 10 hours each week) and working with her coaches. Kara is to be congratulated on winning two medals in this years National competition which contained a strong field of skaters. Kara’s future goal is to represent Australia in the Oceanias and then Worlds competitions.

On behalf of the WHSC community, we send our sincere congratulations to both Blake and Kara on their outstanding achievements!

WHSC Alumni 

As well as keeping up with what our current students are up to beyond the school grounds, we are also extremely interested to hear from our existing families about their children who have gone through WHSC and what they may be doing now in terms of study / employment. We are looking towards creating a WHSC  Alumni that we can then share with our College Community. We encourage and welcome families to contact the general office if you have any news to share!


We have recently received news from the Zonnios family, who have updated us with respect to what George, Emily, Louk, Magdalini and Gregory have achieved since leaving WHSC.


George Zonnios

Atar: 96.4


Double Degree at Monash University;

  • Commerce Degree
  • Honours in Chemical Engineering
  • Was in the experimental group, (cohort 3) of Teach For Australia (only 200 final chosen out of 2000 applicants from all over Australia)
  • He has worked as a VCE Chemistry and Maths Methods teacher at many schools in Melbourne, including Melbourne High School.
  • He has had job offers from WPC Accounting and as a full-time teacher at Melbourne High School
  • George has chosen to pursue his interest in education and has been developing a software program that will be revolutionary in our learning methods as adults and children.

Emily Zonnios

  • Achieved her entry into primary school teaching course at Deakin Burwood

Louk Zonnios

  • Achieved entry into RMIT in mechanical engineering and has since changed his preference and is now undertaking Civil Engineering at La Trobe.

Magdalini Zonnios

  • Atar: 89.6
  • Double Degree at Monash University
  • Bachelor of Science (Physics major)
  • Global Arts

Magdalini also volunteered as a helper for homework groups that assisted children in lower-economic circumstances for several years.

As her part-time job while at uni, Magdalini is the recruitment and training officer for ‘Embrace Education’ as well as playing an integral leadership role within its organisation.


Gregory Zonnios

  • Bachelor of Science at Monash University
  • Gregory has also spent one year in Greece serving in the Greek army.

 As parents, we are happy with the school and the opportunities our children have had through receiving a good education at Wheelers Hill Secondary College.

SWEP widget 

If you haven't already, please take the time the look at the "SWEP" widget at the bottom right of our website.

This widget monitors our water and electricity usage and compares our results to other participating schools. It is pleasing to see that our water usage indicates that as a college we are extremely water wise! 

Mobile Phones

It is pleasing to note that all students have adapted extremely well to the "mobile phone free" classrooms. We are now into the second week of the trial and will continue to evaluate its effectiveness over the coming weeks.

Contacting students during school hours

Please be reminded that if parents/guardians need to make contact with their children during school hours, this needs to  go through the general office. The general office can facilitate the delivery of any items that are dropped off or arrange for the passing on if any urgent messages. If students need to leave school unexpectedly, parents are also asked to contact the general office to arrange for the early dismissal of their child. 

Supporting Our Children with Responsible Use of Social Media

Given the high volume of students who utilise the plethora of social media platforms, it is timely to remind parents that if their child is experiencing any issues via these platforms, parents and students are encouraged to familiarise themselves with the following websites:


These sites contain a range of resources for both parents and students, along with security and reporting information.

Given the 24/7 access students have to social media platforms, as educators and parents, we need to make every effort to ensure our children are using these platforms in a responsible and respectful manner.

Please report any concerns regarding inappropriate social media usage to the college so that we can work with families in this space as appropriate.

WHSC Coding Club

Wheelers Hill Secondary College, in conjunction with the Innovate Academy (https://innovatetechacademy.com/whsc/), offer a Coding Club every Wednesday and Thursday at lunchtime (1 – 1:40 pm).  Fees  apply.  If you have any questions regarding this program, please contact our General Office.


Mrs Judy Anderson & Mr Andrew Dixon   

Assistant Principals

What's on this week


  • EMR Intermediate Boys and Girls Basketball


  • State Athletics
  • MasterChef with Wheelers Hill PS


  • Inner East Student Voice Forum


  • Y12 Final Assembly
  • Elevate 'Time Management' - Year 10
  • World Challenge - After School Meeting
  • School Council Meetings
  • Instrumental Music Showcase


  • City Explorer - International Students


  • Art and Technology Showcase
  • Waverley Pitch and Putt - Year 10 Recreational Sport
  • Waverley Pitch and Putt - Year 10 Recreational Sport


  • Art and Technology Showcase


  • Art and Technology Showcase


  • Art and Technology Showcase
  • 2019 Arts Captain Interviews


  • Art and Technology Showcase
  • Year 12 Exams
  • Suitcase Series - Year 10 Drama
  • Elevate 'Memory Mnemonics' - Year 11


  • Art and Technology Showcase
  • Year 12 Exams


  • Year 12 Exams


Monash Division Athletics Championships

On the 28th of August, 104 Wheelers Hill Secondary College students from years 7-12 competed at the Monash Division Athletics Championships, held at the Knox Athletics Track. The athletes represented the College in a range of track and field events against surrounding schools. Our students had great success throughout the day, with a large majority placing in the top three of their event.


This year, a new award was created by the division, based on the total number of points each school accumulated throughout the day, and the number of students at their school. This award was known as the Aggregate award, and allowed smaller schools a chance of winning. Wheelers Hill Secondary College was lucky enough to be presented this award, and we will forever hold the first plaque space on this shield! 


We would like to congratulate all the students who participated in this years divisional athletics.  

The following students were awarded Age Group Champions:

14 Yr Male – Cameron Coutts

17 Yr Male – Kyle Medgyes

The following students broke Division records:

Austin Haynes   20Yr Triple Jump           11.93m

Marnath Ter      20Yr High Jump            1.82m


Tayla Huckel, Jade Golotta, Jasmine Sweeney & Marnath Ter

2018 Athletics Captains

EMR Athletics Championships

Congratulations to all students who represented the College in the EMR Track & Field Championships. It was very pleasing to see the outstanding level of competition and skill displayed by our students.


Individual competitor results include:

Marnath Ter                   Gold Medal          20Yr High Jump

Cameron Coutts           Gold Medal         14Yr High Jump

Cameron Coutts           Gold Medal         14Yr Long Jump

Marnath Ter                    Silver Medal       20Yr Long Jump

Cameron Coutts           Silver Medal       14Yr Triple Jump

Kyle Medgyes                 Bronze Medal   17Yr 400m

David Capron                 Bronze Medal    20Yr 1500m walk

Cameron Coutts            Bronze Medal    14Yr 4x100m relay

Lachlan Palmer              Bronze Medal    14Yr 4x100m relay

Regent Bun                      Bronze Medal    14Yr 4x100m relay

Luke Richardson           Bronze Medal    14Yr 4x100m relay

Emma Ocic                      4th place             16Yr Long Jump

George Grivas                 5th place            13Yr 1500m

Austin Haynes                5th place             20Yr Triple Jump

Patricia Didomenico    5th place            13Yr Long Jump

Catherine Gualtieri       5th place            14Yr High Jump

Dilhan Balic                     6th place            17Yr Long Jump

Sean Power                     7th place            15Yr High Jump

Krystal Nuku                   7th place            17Yr Javelin

Logan McKenzie             9th place           14Yr 800m


Kerrie Lay & Sally Pryde

Sport Coordinators




We would like to welcome the Wheelers Hill community to join the staff and students for our annual Wheelers Hill Secondary Colleges Annual Arts and Technology Festival – ELEMENTS. Due to building works at the school, the exhibition will be running for a series of weeks in Term 4, within the main office.


From week 3, each year level will be showcased with a selection of exemplary work, celebrating students’ creativity and excellence within the arts and technology domains. The exhibition will showcase work from a range of subjects including; visual arts, photography, ceramics, textiles, digital technology, materials and product design.


I would like to formally extend an invitation to all parents, families and friends within the community to experience the work on display. The following dates provide insight into the rotating exhibition:


Week 3 (29/10/19 – 02/11/19) – Year 12

Week 4 (05/11/19 – 09/11/19 – Year 11

Week 5 (12/11/19 – 16/11/19) – Year 10

Week 6 (19/11/19 – 23/11/19) – Year 9

Week 7 (26/11/19 – 30/11/19) – Year 8

Week 8 (03/12/19 – 07/12/19) – Year 7


In addition to this, students work will also be celebrated via our Wheelers Hill Secondary College Instagram page, where we aim to promote the students as practicing artists. We encourage the community to get behind the students in celebrating their efforts. To see their work, visit https://www.instagram.com/wheelers_hill_sc/ or simply search for WHEELERS_HILL_SC via Instagram.


Nicole Harris

Visual Arts Domain Leader

Performing Arts

VCE Performing Arts Success!

It's been a hectic few weeks for the Performing Arts Team in our first few weeks back, as VCE Music and VCE Theatre Studies participated in their external VCAA Performance Examinations. 

Students in the VCE Music class demonstrated tenacity and excellent team skills as they supported each other through their group examinations. Thank you to the extra student volunteers that performed along with the class, to ensure they were well and truly prepared for the examiners. 

Out Theatre Studies students presented their monologue performances as well in the last few weeks - this daunting task was tackled with professionalism and academic rigour, and we congratulate the girls in their approach to their external assessments.

Instrumental Music Night!

Join us for a night of musical talents! Wednesday 24th October, 6pm in the College Library. 

Students from Year 10 and 9 Music class, along with the Instrumental music students will present group and solo work from their lessons over the year. 

This free event is open to all members of the community, and we look forward to seeing you there!


Genelle Lentini

Performing Arts Leader


Work Experience @ WHSC – Rotation 3 8th - 12th October 2018

The last and final Work Experience rotation took place last week with several of our Year 10 students out on placement. Placements varied and included work in areas such as Information Technology, Local Council – Sport & Recreation, Medical, Construction, TV Media. A couple of our student were fortunate enough to witness a surgical procedure, scrubs and all! Thank you to those year 10 students who successfully completed work experience. I am sure you have gained many skills and industry insights during your time at work which can be used with assisting you in making informed future career decisions. And finally, I would like to thank the Principal class who assisted with work experience visits.



Just a reminder that I will be I will be available for course counselling meetings should any student require assistance with their course preferences after results are released on 14th December 2018. I will also be emailing students & parents the ‘Change of Preference’ tertiary contact list of numbers so that direct contact can be made with your preferred institution. Several tertiary institutions will be open during the weekend (15th & 16th December 2018) to assist students during the Change of Preference period so it pays to look on their website and or call them for details. Please note that Change of Preference will close on 19th December 2018 at 12 noon. My days of availability for course counselling sessions are:

Monday 17th December 8.30am - 4.00pm

Tuesday 18th December 8.30am - 4.00pm

Wednesday 19th December 8.30am – 11.15am To make an appointment, students must email me ([email protected]) during the weekend of Saturday 15th December & Sunday 16th December 2018. I will allocate 10-minute appointments in order that emails are received and will email you to confirm your time slot, so please keep a watch on your emails.

Finally, I would like to wish all of you the very best with your exams and future endeavors. It has been a pleasure supporting you with your career aspirations this year.


Aspire Program Recipient

Every year La Trobe University encourage year 12 students to apply for their Aspire Program. This program is open to those who have gained valuable skills, knowledge and experience through volunteering or making a positive contribution to their community. If successful, students are given a conditional early offer into their chosen university course.

Wheelers Hill Secondary College would like to congratulate Tayla Huckel on her successful Aspire Application. Tayla has been given an early offer into La Trobe’s Bachelor of Sports and Exercise Science. Tayla has been recognised for her years of volunteer work as a Gymnastics judge for Knox Gymnastics. Through her work, Tayla has not only developed her interpersonal skills but she has also made a positive contribution in promoting her chosen sport and guiding others on how to become judges themselves. Well done Tayla. We wish you all the best with your future endeavours.


Voula Jakubicki

Careers Coordinator

Middle School 


Middle School News

As I welcome back all students from the break, I hope all had a good rest and have come back ready to start another Term of learning. This week a group of individuals finished a Pilot program of Therapeutic Martial Arts. It is an active therapeutic modality that combines the principles of mental wellbeing and emotional literacy with those of traditional martial art training techniques, games, metaphors and stories. Its format engages and empowers young people to learn life skills, and to better manage the challenges in their lives. The program has been running for 8 weeks and the final lesson involved the group bringing their friends to show them what they have learnt.

Middle School Leaders Report

In the next two weeks the Leaders will be working with Primary Schools and helping in leading MasterChef activities from the school. The groups work in the Food Technology room and help the students create a food that they can eat at the end of the lesson, using the resources in the room.

Year 7 Report

The year 7 cohort have had the opportunity to attend the Zoo this week as part of the Science Curriculum. They have had an organised lesson and were able to walk around the zoo looking at the endangered animals.

Year 8 Report

The year 8 cohort have been very busy in classes in the last two weeks as they have been working on a STEM project looking at Waste and the effects that it creates. It was very good to see students working in groups and recycling materials around the school to create bottle cars. They have also had to look at data from how much waste the school creates in a day.



Year 9 Report

The year 9 cohort have been busy working in groups and creating their report for their Urban Experience excursion. It was very pleasing to hear that some groups had booked meetings with groups in the city and had discussions related to the topic they were looking at.

WHSC Interact and Personal Best Community Project

It with pleasure that we announce this Special Community Project supported by the Glen Waverly Rotary Club. The Launch of the Project to all Year 7- 9 Students will occur Friday 26th October and continue until Friday 23rd November. Each Home Group will have a tub to accept donations of NEW Toys and Books, which we will deliver to The Smith Family depot for their distribution in December.


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.

Our Toy & Book Appeal provides gifts to children in need, allowing them to feel a sense of belonging this Christmas. Your generous gifts will help them acquire the skills and knowledge they need to build a better future.


Our Year 8 Home Group Captains, Middle School Leaders and the Interact Senior students, Issy Jones, Kyle Gwynne and Jasmine Sweeney will be leading this project.

We look forward to an excellent response “filling the tubs” by all our students and thank all families for their initial support.

Jacinta Wilson

Year 8 Coordinator




Senior School



The year is rapidly coming to a close for our Year 12 students. Next Tuesday (23rd October) is their final day of classes, with the Farewell Assembly being held during Period 2 on Wednesday 24th. The VCAA examinations begin on Wednesday 31st October with English.

Many of our students took the opportunity to attend the trial examinations that were held during the first week of the September holidays, receiving valuable feedback from their teachers or the external markers. They now need to take note of the advice and feedback given and work towards achieving their best.

We wish all of our Year 12 students the best of luck for the upcoming examinations.



Published on Youth Central (http://www.youthcentral.vic.gov.au)

Before the exam

Here are some basic pre-exam tips to help you minimise stress and maximise effective study.

1. Don't cram

Studying the night before an exam causes the level of stress in the body to increase. Unfortunately, this stress doesn't decrease when you go to sleep. The best way to reduce anxiety is by taking the night before an exam off to relax: watch TV, talk to a friend, read a novel.

If you're one of those people who become anxious because of not studying the night before an exam, then simply review the main points of your subject earlier in the day and leave the night free for other things.

Note that it is assumed that you have already done some study leading up to the night before your exam.

2. Avoid stressful people

Stress is contagious, so resist the urge to have a study session with your apprehensive friends before an exam, especially if they're complaining about all the work they have left to do and pulling their hair out.

Their stress will only add to your stress and make you doubt yourself, even if you know that you will be fine.




3. Eat well

Good nutrition is a leading factor in a student's academic achievement. A well-balanced diet can help transform a nutritionally imbalanced student into a healthy and dynamic one.

And of course, having breakfast before an exam is a must for a student who wants to focus and be most efficient during their exam.

4. Watch your caffeine intake

Nothing drives up your stress level faster than not being able to fall asleep the night before an exam, so avoid beverages like coffee, or high energy drinks like V or Mother unless they are decaffeinated.

5. Avoid hangovers

Do your best to avoid alcohol the night before your exam because a bad hangover is the very worst thing to be suffering from in an exam room.

6. Prepare to be prepared

Before going to bed the night before an exam, make sure to collect together everything that you will need for the exam - this could include:

  • Pens
  • Sharpened pencils
  • Ruler
  • Eraser
  • Calculator
  • Your lucky shirt
  • Water bottle
  • Tissues
  • A watch

Double (and even triple) check the time of your exam and location. Allow plenty of time for problems like lack of fuel and traffic on the way, making sure to arrive with time to spare so that you go into your exam calmly rather than in a frantic rush sweating.

7. Zzzz

Staying up all night before an exam is the worst thing one can do. You reach a point where your productivity eventually declines, so sleeping is a must to have a refreshed mind the next morning.

Regular sleep is the best ways to control exam stress. Students who follow a regular sleeping pattern have been shown to perform much better than students who stay up late.

Also, don't forget to set your alarm clock the night before!


During the exam

Okay, so you've done everything you can to get prepared in the lead-up to your exam. But how do you avoid stress on the day of the exam itself?

8. Focus

As you work on your exam, focus only on the exam and not on what other students are doing. There will always be students in the same exam room as you whose aim is to annoy and distract others and not to concentrate on the exam they barely started.

If you are the kind of student who taps their pencils, clicks their pens or makes sounds with their mouths due to exam anxiety, be considerate as it may be really distracting to others. Don't do to others what you wouldn't want to be done to yourself.

9. Start strategically

Begin your exam by skimming through the questions quickly and note down any initial thoughts or related memorised facts beside each question. You don't always have to start at the beginning if you know another question better. Start with the questions you know best. This will boost your confidence and get you off to a good start.

Don't forget to spend more time on heavier weighted questions.


After the exam

Finally, it's over! You've worked hard and done your best and now it's time to put the exam out of your mind entirely. Remember - the things that you do after an exam are just as important for dealing with stress as the things you do before and during.

10. Spoil yourself

Reward yourself as soon as the exam is over. If you do not have any other commitments, go out and do something like seeing a movie with a friend. If you have other exams to study for, it's better to postpone for a larger treat. Nevertheless, thirty minutes for a coffee with a friend or a quick swim in the pool will definitely give you the boost needed for the next exam.

Good Luck!


Mrs. J. Riddoch

Senior School Leader

Student Voice

WHSC Fun Run

On the last day of term 3, the Student Voice group organised a Fun Run for all students. Congratulations to the team of Middle School Leaders and Student Voice members who helped to organise the event and either ran events on the day or helped to spread the colour around! Our Middle School Leaders who were part of this team were Chloe Fleming, Felicity Gramberg, Liam Kelly, Amelia Paterson, Jess Phillips, Jake Sia, Jack Steele, Blake Teunissen, Hayley Tidd and Sarah Thompson, and we thank Mrs Robinson for her work with this group of students. Our Student Voice group members who helped to organise this event were Abby Chesson, Gabby Giulieri, Mikayla Harvey, Maddy Huckel, Issy Jones, Jess Naylor, Lachlan Palmer and Emily Tate. Thanks are also due to all the staff who helped out with supervision and running of activities on the day - Mr Kollipara, Ms Barrie, Ms Pauer, Ms Wilson, Ms Lentini, Ms Parnaby, Mr Allen, Ms McKeddie, Ms Clemons, Ms Jepson, Mr Arnold and Mr Molan. We also thank Ms Sharpe, Ms Richey and their team of student helpers who organised and cooked the post-run barbecue lunch, and Ms Ford and her team of students who took photos on the day.

-Gemma McMahon, Student Voice Coordinator.


"On Friday the 21st of September, we held for the second year running, the WHSC Fun Run. Each participant received a t-shirt, wristband and tattoo. 150 students from Years 7-10 participated in the run, completing a range of activities from a rope maze, camo crawl, star jumps, egg and spoon races and so much more. All while they were being covered in a rainbow of colour. The event ran smoothly thanks to great cooperation between leaders, teachers/staff and participants. After completion of the course, each participant received a sausage in bread, satisfying their hunger needs. From all feedback everyone thoroughly enjoyed the day and are looking forward to doing it again next year. You’ll be able to see this joy on all their faces in the below photos. We want to say a huge thank you to all the staff who helped with either running an activity, administration or the sausage sizzle, as well as a massive thank you to Miss McMahon, who was the rock of the event- ensuring all deadlines were met and that everything was thoroughly planned, to ensure the day ran as smoothly as it did."

-The Student Voice Team


Student Voice Workshop

"On Friday the 31st August, four student voice representatives and Ms McMahon attended the Victorian Student Voice Representative (VicSRC) workshop at Scoresby Secondary College. Throughout the day we were given the opportunity to collaborate with other schools, identify strengths and weaknesses within our school and then create an action plan to address one of the key issues. When creating our action plan we needed to come up with questions to ask our student body and had to take into account who, why, how, when, where and what we’re going to ask. From there we were given a flow chart to help us understand how we should listen to the response, think about how to appropriately attack the issue, how we would improve the issue and highlighting the importance of reflecting afterwards. The skills we learnt throughout the day, such as understanding that each leader has their own strengths and own leadership style, which will enable us to improve our student voice team heading into the future."

-Mikayla Harvey 10E



ISMO Graduation

ISMO stands for In School Mentoring Opportunity and is offered by the RAISE Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation contributing to the health and wellbeing of teenagers in our community. ISMO runs in over 80 other schools across Melbourne, Sydney, rural NSW, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth. Selected students who may benefit from such a program are invited to participate in the program for 6 months. Participants are supported to make informed choices, improve their relationships, advance their wellbeing and coping strategies, increase their self-confidence, identify and achieve their goals, and engage in further education and employment. Wheelers Hill Secondary College was a trial school when the program was introduced into Victoria several years ago and we have a long and fruitful involvement with the program.

A significant commitment is required from those involved in ISMO as it runs during Period 3 every Monday for the duration of Terms 2 and 3. Students are required to catch up on any lessons or learnings that they miss during this time. The graduation for the 2018 cohort was held on Monday the 8th October and each of the Mentors and Mentees made a speech about what the program meant to them and what they had learnt from the other person. They were then presented with a Certificate from College Principal, Aaron Smith. It was an honour to be able to attend this ceremony and to see the significant difference ISMO has made. Following the ceremony there was a small celebration, most ISMO sessions end with food. Thanks to Louise Ford for all her organisation and to all the office staff, particularly Paula Moorman, for their support of the program. We look forward to this association with RAISE continuing well into the future.


Exam Stress - SchoolTV Special Report

Students in their final year of school are considered a high-risk group for depression and anxiety. Sleep deprivation, diet and social media are some of the biggest issues faced by this group of teens. Therefore it is vitally important that a student's mental health is looked after as well as their physical health.

Keeping things in perspective for students and parents alike, can help prevent everyone getting overwhelmed. Although this final year is important, it is not necessarily the most important year of your child's life.

There are many strategies that students can implement to help themselves. Parents can provide support, not only emotionally, but also practically by keeping their child well-nourished and encouraging physical activity.

In this special report, parents will find useful tips to support their child during this often stressful time. We hope you take time to reflect on the information offered here and we always welcome your feedback.

If you do have any concerns about your child, please contact Louise Ford or Peter Allen for further information.

Here is the link to your special report http://whsc.vic.schooltv.me/wellbeing_news/year-12-exam-stress-special-report


Peter Allen & Louise Ford

Student Wellbeing Middle & Senior School

Community News

2nd Hand Uniform - Term 4

         Monday 22nd October 2018 – 1.30 to 3.00pm

·        Thursday 8th November 2018 – 1.30 to 3.00pm


·         Thursday 15th November 2018 at 6.00pm to 8pm – Year 7 2019 Parent & Student Information


·         Tuesday 11th December 2018 at 1.30pm to 3.00pm – Year 7 2019 Orientation Day

2018 Family Fun Day


Wheelers News