Wheelers News

02 November 2018
Issue Seventeen   respect Excellence Creativity
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Whats Coming Up Next
Performing Arts
Middle School 
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Wheelers Hill Secondary College
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Wheelers Hill, Victoria, 3150
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WHSC Review, 2018

As mentioned in previous Newsletters, our College has been involved in a College Review in 2018.   An independent Reviewer has developed a Final Report from this important process with the Report tabled at Council last week (24/10).  The Report includes our progress over the last Strategic Planning Period (2015 - 2018), together with providing recommendations for the future.

The Report highlights a number of positives for the College.  We are making progress in a number of areas such as some of our VCE and NAPLAN results to some of the opinion data about our school.

The Report also highlights areas where we can make further improvements.  These areas can be linked to the recommended Goals for the next Strategic Planning Period (2019 - 2022):

- Maximising student outcomes and achievements

- Further empowering students to actively engage in their learning

- Further developing teacher and leadership capacity relating to differentiated learning

We are interested to hear from our parents and guardians in relation to our next Strategic Plan.  We will be holding a special forum on Wednesday 14th of November at 5:00 to 5:45pm at the College for parents and guardians.  Please register your interest at the General Office.

Presentation Evening, 2018

The WHSC Presentation Evening, 2018, promises to be another fantastic event for our College.  Our Presentation Evening allows our students to be recognised for their achievements across all learning domains and in a number of co-curricular areas.

This year we are fortunate to have as our key note speaker, Susan Alberti.  Susan has achieved so much in her life and we are really looking forward to hearing her message to our College Community as part of our Presentation Evening.  

Please read on for Susan's biography:

 

College Captains, 2019

The role of College Captain is a significant role within the College. Our College Captains are expected to adhere to high standards with respect to their learning and participation, together with being outstanding representatives of our school.

We use a very thorough process to help us appoint our College Captains consisting of written applications, presentations to staff and students as well as formal interviews to help us decide who should be appointed to these important positions.

After working through what was a rigorous process, we can now announce our new College Captains for 2019:

College Captain - Issy Jones 

College Captain - Jasmine Sweeney

College Vice Captain - Kyle Gwynne

College Vice Captain - Ben Segal

We congratulate our new College Captains on their appointments for 2019.

WHSC Languages Committee, 2018 - Parent Focus Group

The WHSC Languages Committee is interested to hear more from our parents and guardians about our Languages Program.

We are running a Parent Focus Group on Thursday 15th of November from 5:00 to 5:45pm at the College.  The WHSC Languages Committee has planned a discussion activity on the day. To register your interest for this important event, please contact the General Office.

Social Media

We encourage responsible use of Social Media amongst our students.  There has been a number of instances in recent times where posts on Social Media platforms have had an impact on relations between students at the College. Our staff have had to spend an inordinate amount of time and effort to then try and resolve any issues emanating from these posts, which then takes them away from their core business of teaching and learning.

Please read on in the Newsletter for some helpful 'hints and tips' with respect to the use of Social Media.

Value of the Week - Creativity

We congratulate all of our students who have contributed to the successful Arts and Technology Exhibition for 2018.  We recognise the effort and creativity of all of the students involved.

The Exhibition will continue over the coming weeks and we encourage families to drop in and view the spectacular works on display.

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

The Year 12 Celebration Day (24/10) was a huge success with staff, students and families all in attendance. Our Year 12 students were very creative with their costumes on the day! We commend our students for their respectful and responsible approach to their festivities, and we wish them well for their exams.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Aaron Smith

Principal

Assistant Principals' Page

Applications for scholarships for years 4 to 12 students now open

Students in years 4 to 12 can now apply for a share of scholarship funding

More than 140 scholarships, ranging in value from $600 to $30,000, are available to Year 12 students undertaking further study in 2019. Recipients are able to use their scholarships to pay for iPads/computers, tertiary fees, and accommodation.

More than 100 scholarships, ranging in value from $300 to $1,000, are available to students in years 4 to 11. Previous recipients have used their scholarships to purchase textbooks, school uniforms, and computers.

 

Applications for all scholarships are now open.

To explore the scholarships available and for information on how to apply, see: https://www.education.vic.gov.au/parents/learning/Pages/student-scholarships.aspx

Students are encouraged to identify and apply for all scholarships where they meet the criteria.

 

For more information or queries, contact Student Scholarships Coordinator Andrea Constantino via phone: 7022 1895 or email: [email protected]

Supporting Our Children with Responsible Use of Social Media

This article was published in issue 16 of the newsletter, however, in case you missed it, we have included it in this edition.

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:
https://www.esafety.gov.au/

https://www.thinkuknow.org.au/

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.

 

Mrs Judy Anderson & Mr Andrew Dixon   

Assistant Principals

Whats Coming Up Next

November 
2nd

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

5th

  • Year 12 Exams
  • Art & Technology Showcase - Year 10

6th

  • Melbourne Cup Public Holiday
  • Art & Technology Showcase - Year 10

7th

  • School Of Rock -Year 7
  • Art & Technology Showcase - Year 10
  • Year 12 Exams

8th

  • Art & Technology Showcase - Year 10
  • Year 12 Exams

9th

  • Year 12 Exams
  • Art & Technology Showcase - Year 10
  • SRC - Out of Uniform & Bake Sale Fundraiser
  • EMR Year 7 Girls Tennis

12th

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

13th

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

14th

  • Year 12 Exams
  • Year 11 Exams
  • Art & Technology Showcase - Year 9
  • World Challenge Preparation Day

15th

  • Year 12 Exams
  • Year 11 Exams
  • Art & Technology Showcase - Year 9
  • Year 6 into 7 Parent and Student Information Evening

16th

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

Performing Arts

10 Drama - Suitcase Series

The Malthouse Theatre is the heart of independent theatre and culture in Melbourne. Each year they invite schools across Victoria to be involved in their bold program - The Suitcase Series. The brief is simple: Group of students are to devise a 20 minute piece of theatre, based on the topic of Climate Change. They provide a script to serve as a stimulus, and the instruction: "All your props must fit into a single suitcase".

The elective class of Year 10 Drama students rose to this challenge, and for the last 5 weeks - including holiday and after school lessons - have poured their hearts and soul into some of the most original and thought provoking theatre presented on the day. Feedback from the industry professionals included remarks on the originality, cohesiveness of the group and the use of humour to highlight such a dark issue. There were 23 students up on the stage - one of the largest on the day, and each student absolutely shone. 

Congratulations to all students involved - you should be very proud of the work you produced on the stage. You have once again, proved to the wider community the strength of the Performing Arts at our College. 

 

Instrumental Music Night 2018

A night of musical talents were enjoyed for one final concert in our College library! Students in the Year 9 and 10 Class bands, along with instrumental students presented to an audience of friends and family. Many of these students presented for the first time with their instrument of choice, and should be very proud of their efforts. 

Congratulations to all students involved in the evening! 

Genelle Lentini

Performing Arts Leader

Middle School 

Middle School News

As the students finish Cycle 5 CAT’s in their subject areas and submit their work for feedback, it would be very beneficial to work with your child and compare work they completed at the beginning of the year to the work they are completing now. Ask your child if they can see a pattern of improvement? Are they taking the suggested feedback and have implemented it in these cycles?

Alpine School Students update

The Alpine School Students have been working very hard in getting there CLP Project organised and prepared. I ask that all WHSC community support this project if possible

This week we have completed interviews with our Year 8 students who applied for the Middle School Leader Positions. I would like to congratulate all students for being prepared and handled the process very well. I look forward to working with the following students as part of the team

BEACH THEMED PARTY!

 

Middle School Team 2019

Middle School Captains

Jasmine Kleinman                 Lachlan Palmer

 

Middle School Leaders

Emily Clement                         Sean O’Callaghan                       Megan Norton

Jordan Plant                            Kaylah Weir                                   Mitchell Wills

 

Mrs Melissa Robinson

Middle School Leader

Toy & Book Appeal 2018

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

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

 

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

We welcome parents and families donations for this Appeal.

Thank you

Miss Jacinta Wilson

Year 8 Coordinator

Community News

2nd Hand Uniform - Term 4 

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

G'DAY SPACE

 

Family Fun Day 2018

 

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