Wantirna College Newsletter

20 October 2019
Issue Sixteen
Dates to Remember for 2019
Principal's Report
Springfest 2019
Annual Mullum VET Cluster Awards
Mobile Phone Update
News from the Library
Mosaic Workshop
Wellbeing News
General Information
Community News
Wantirna College
90 Harold Street
Wantirna, Vic, 3152

Dates to Remember for 2019

Term 4

Monday 21

Art & Technology Showcase


Tuesday 22

Art & Technology Showcase


Thursday 24

Art & Technology Showcase


Friday 25

Art & Technology Showcase


Wednesday 30

VCAA/VCE Exams Start


Monday 11

Year 9 Camp


Tuesday 12

Music Information Night - 7.30p,m

Year 9 Camp


Wednesday 13

Year 9 Camp

Parents Association Meeting, 7:30pm


Thursday 14

Year 9 Camp

Mini Orientation Day


Friday 15

Year 9 Camp


Wednesday 20



Tuesday 26

Year 9 Drama Performances L1


Thursday 28

Year 9 Drama Performances L1


Monday 9

Year 10 Formal

Orientation Evening


Tuesday 10

Year 7 Orientation Day


Wednesday 11

Parents Association Meeting, 7:30pm


Friday 20


End of Term 4

2019 Term dates:

Term 1: 30 January  to 5 April

Term 2: 23 April to 28 June

Term 3: 15 July to 20 September

Term 4: 7 October to 20 December

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

Please note commencement dates and Curriculum days have not yet been finalised for 2020.

Principal's Report


Indigenous day

This week on Wednesday we recognised indigenous day by holding a number of events and activities for all students to engage in. These included art, cultural and sporting activities facilitated by our staff, members of the Knox School Focused Youth Services team and EACH. These activities helped to further educate all of our students who participated about the importance of understanding and recognising our indigenous history and heritage. I have had the pleasure of working with our indigenous students recently and I am excited about some of the activities we have planned that will be unveiled soon. In particular thankyou to Katrina Katz for her leadership of what was a very positive day.


Victorian Education Excellence Awards

Zoë Carolan named as a finalist in the 2019 Victorian Education Excellence Awards


Thirty-five finalists from government schools across 12 award categories have been shortlisted for the Victorian Education Excellence Awards 2019 and we’re delighted that Mrs Carolan is among the finalists. 

Zoë has been chosen as a finalist in the Most Outstanding Secondary Teacher category and will attend an award presentation ceremony on 25 October, 2019 at the Plaza Ballroom in Melbourne where the winner will be announced. Zoe was nominated for her great work outstanding teaching of and leadership of Mathematics. As a former missile launcher engineer “rocket scientist”,

Zoë careered changed into education and in now possibly the most passionate math’s teacher in the state!  Award categories include outstanding primary and secondary teachers, principals and business managers, school improvement, Koorie education, inclusive education and education support. New specialist award categories in 2019 will also recognise excellence in global teaching and learning, and in physical education. All finalists are in the running to win professional development grants of up to $25,000 to support their work in schools. The Victorian Education Excellence Awards highlight exemplary government school education and innovation in Victoria. The awards demonstrate what success in public education looks like and to be a finalist is a great achievement and should be celebrated.  It is just one way Victorians can be proud of the great government schools in their communities and the people who work in them, highlighting Victoria as the Education State.


For more information about the Victorian Education Excellence Awards and a full list of finalists visit www.education.vic.gov.au/veea

Year 12s last week of classes

This week marks the finale of structured classes for Year 12 students and Friday has ended with our traditional SpringFest celebration which has allowed the Year 12 cohort to enjoy a number of fun and engaging activities along with students from all other year levels. Whilst this week is the end in some ways, in others it is just the beginning with the start of the exam period only a couple of weeks away. I would particularly like to thank Year 12 teachers for their hard work and support of the Year 12 students particularly over the last few and coming weeks. I wish our Year 12s all the best not only in the coming weeks, but throughout the next stages of their journey and I look forward to celebrating with them and their families at the Valedictory Dinner.



Insurance for student injury at school

I would like to remind parents that the school does not have insurance for students who sustain injuries at school. I strongly encourage parents to have up-to-date ambulance cover and parents should note that they are responsible for any medical expenses such as ambulance costs incurred if their child is injured or requires an ambulance at school, or whilst participating in a school activity.


Kevin Murphy


Springfest 2019

Thank You School Leaders

Today, the  student and staff community celebrated the last formal day of schooling for our year 12 students.  A great program of activities was planned and put on by our student leaders to show our appreciation of the teaching and learning undertaken by our students and staff.  A range of fun activities created a carnival like atmosphere with students and staff enjoying:

  • An inflatable obstacle course
  • Roving entertainers including a balloon artist and fire twirler
  • Body artists:  a face painter and air brush tattoo artist
  • Cup cake decorating
  • A sausage sizzle
  • Fairy Floss and an Ice Cream truck
  • A caricature artist and photo booth
  • MND fundraiser

Special thanks to: Tahlia Umi, Jacqui Rogers, Sami Lutui, Liam Papic, Maddi Geer, Bailey Lubin, and Evan Henderson for their planning and organisation of event.  Also thanks to the year 11 VCAL class for organizing the sausage sizzle, the fundraising activities and assisting with setting up morning tea for teachers and year 12 students. 


A big shout out to Evan Henderson who stepped into Mr Lewis' shoes with the assistance of Sam Holeness who managed the event on the day.  We couldn't have done it without them.  


Catherine Ford

Assistant Principal

Annual Mullum
VET Cluster Awards

VET Awards

The annual Mullum VET Cluster Awards were held last Monday. More than 1,000 students from 40 Government, Catholic and private schools are enrolled through the Cluster in Vocational Education and Training (VET).


Wantirna College are very proud of the 26 nominees from year 10, 11 and 12, both VCE and VCAL students. Congratulations to all these students who were chosen as one of the top two or three students in their respective classes. These students received Merit awards and nine students received Excellence awards.


Bailey Abraham - Year 12 - Merit

Sara Al-Nasser - Year 11 - Excellence

Shardia Calvert - Year 11 - Merit

Brooke Delaney - Year 11 VCAL - Merit

Joshua Evans - Year 11 VCAL - Merit

Melanie Geer - Year 12 - Merit

Jasmine Hall - Year 12 - Excellence

Jonathan Harding - Year 12 - Merit

Aleah Hooley - Year 12 - Excellence

Hayley Johnston - Year 11 - Merit

Tahlia Lacy - Year 12 VCAL - Excellence

Amy Martinez - Year 11 - Excellence

Darcy McDonald - Year 11 VCAL - Merit

Shivam Patel - Year 11 - Excellence

Evie Phan - Year 12 - Excellence

Pavan Pillay - Year 11 - Merit

Gracelyn Quinney - Year 12 VCAL - Merit

Isabella Randone - Year 12 VCAL - Merit

Brayden Reddington - Year 11 - Merit

Levi Riches - Year 11 - Merit

Robert Sheppard - Year 12 - Excellence

Vanshbir Singh - Year 11 - Merit

Connor Tobschall - Year 12 - Merit

Shannon Voogd - Year 10 - Excellence

Kyal Waldron - Year 11 VCAL - Merit

Olivia Walter - Year 11 VCAL - Merit

Building and Construction





Caterine Ford

Assistant Principal


Think You Know Cyber Safety Workshop

Wantirna College will host a Think You Know Cyber Safety Presentation on Thursday 24th of October from 6.30-7.30pm.

The program is a partnership between the Australian Federal Police (AFP), Microsoft Australia, Datacom and the Commonwealth Bank, and is delivered in collaboration with Victoria Police as well as Neighbourhood Watch Australia.

Like anything in life, children and young people will make mistakes using technology. By understanding how young people use the internet and the challenges they might face, parents, carers and teachers can provide them with strategies to overcome these in a safe and ethical way and build resilience.This will also give you more confidence in speaking to your children about their use of technology.

The presentations cover topics such as social media reputation management, cyberbullying, ‘sexting’, online grooming, online gaming, inappropriate content, privacy management, identity theft, how to protect your devices, and how to report matters when things go wrong.

The program bridges the knowledge gap between adults and young people so that everyone has an understanding of the roles they play and what they can do if something goes wrong online.


For more information visit - https://www.thinkuknow.org.au/

Parents attending the workshop are encouraged to visit the Wantirna College Art and Technology Showcase that will follow in the Theatre.


Katrina King

Catalyst Programs Later Years


Mobile Phone Update

As you may be aware, the Victorian government has announced a new mobile phone policy that will require students to switch their phones off and securely store them away during the school day.

The policy is designed to support teaching and learning in an environment that is free from unnecessary distractions, disruptions and student inattention caused by the urge to check their phones. At recess and lunch times, students will be better-placed to communicate with each other face to face and/or be involved in activities rather than being focused on a device or on social media.
The school is currently working on our own mobile phone policy that will implement the Government’s announcement in a way that reflects the needs of our own community. As such, we will be undertaking consultation with students, staff and families to ensure our approach to implementing this policy meets the needs of our whole community.

Details about consultations and the finalised policy will be made available throughout Term 4. Additional information regarding the policy is available on the Department of Education and Training’s website.


News from the Library

Did you happen to see the picture of Mr Murphy with wings on the front of the last newsletter? Those wonderful wings were made out of paper feathers decorated by many, many students and staff from around the college. Each feather has something unique on it – poetry, cartoons, digital art, tattoo art, words of inspiration … - each one a reflection of the artist’s place in the college and their hopes. It is hoped that the experiences the students have at Wantirna College will help them “find their wings”. Come into the Library, find your feather, and maybe get your photo taken in front of it!


Thanks to everyone who contributed a feather, to the Design team who helped cut some of them out and to Jaryd Hammant and Constanze Hau who helped put the wings together.


Last term the year 8s had fun in the Library producing Gothic poetry in groups of about four where they could not see the line produced by the previous student. Some of the results were hilarious and strange but often there were some wonderful lines such as “I transmit this pain into despair” or “and there was screaming on the wind”.


Below is a gothic progression poem by Niamh, Michelle, Tim and Adelaide of Year 8.


Dripping, dribbling, weeping

Creak, creak, creeping

A knock upon a heavy door

Finally blood drips to the floor

Black eyes, sweet, lies, nothing means anything anymore

But there is death waiting at the door

The words it says, nevermore


We are continually looking for new ideas on how to improve the Library. Earlier in the year we surveyed students and staff for their input and have been having meetings which include student participation but we are also interested in hearing from the wider community (different layout, new technology, more books?). Please send any ideas to kha@wantirnacollege.vic.edu.au


Karlene Hall and the Library team



Mosaic Workshop

Mosaic Workshop

Thanks to the generosity of Bunnings, we were able to celebrate Design & Technology week with a Mosaic Workshop.  Bunnings hosted a mosaic workshop at the College. 



Ms Tina Fiorentino



Career News


Phil Newnham

Careers Counsellor

Wellbeing 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.

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 and Shane Kruger


College Council President:

Dr Joanne Challinor-Rogers


Sub School:

Dina Mingos (Later Years)

Darren Hoogkamer (Middle Years)


College Captains:


Tahlia UMI




Parents Association President:

Pam Wade


Parents of Performing Arts Chairperson

Stuart Broadley

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