Collingwood College

16 November 2017
Issue Thirty-five
Dates To Remember
School News
Community News
Collingwood College
Corner Cromwell St and McCutcheon Way
Collingwood, Victoria, 3066

Dates To Remember

Important Dates 2017

Term Dates

Term 1: 30th January to 31st March

*Easter Monday 17th April

Term 2: 18th April to 30th June

Term 3: 17th July to 22nd September

Term 4: 9th October to 22nd December


Public Holidays

Labour Day Monday 13th March

Anzac day Tuesday 25th April

Queen's Birthday Monday 12th June

Melbourne Cup Tuesday 7th November



Tuesday, 5 December

Community & Fundraising Committee Meeting -

Library, 3:30 - 4:30pm


Tuesday, 12 December

Step-up Day for Year 6 at secondary school (all primary classes go to 2018 classrooms for the morning session)


Wednesday, 13 December

Year 6 Graduation lunch and

Year 6 Graduation Ceremony - 5pm


Monday, 18 December

Year 6 Speech Night (Ben/Mel & Mary-Ann's Classes) 5pm in Library


Wednesday, 20 December

Last day of school, 3PM finish


Thursday, 21 December

Parent teacher conference - appointment based


School News




The College is reviewing arrangements for programming and staffing for 2018.  Expressions of interest are being called for prospective Dance teachers in 2018.

Dale Perichon

Collingwood College Principal




1ST AID INFORMATION - November 2017

New ASTHMA Action Plan Regulations

Our school works in partnership with parents and carers of our students with ongoing and/or occasional medical needs following the policies and resource guidelines from Department of Education and Training Victoria (

Therefore we are notifying our school community of the development of new Victorian Asthma Plans, which will supersede your child’s previous Asthma plan. These are medication and/or spacer specific plans to correlate with each Asthma medication prescribed. Please read the following supplied information, as well as the resource links for resources in languages other than English and information regarding Thunderstorm Asthma.

All students with Asthma listed on their enrolment form should have a current Asthma Action Plan (in colour with students photograph) supplied to the office for processing. As our school Asthma policy requests, all students who have Asthma listed on their enrolment form should also have their in date- medication and spacer (if required) also at school at all times.

All medicines are to be labelled with the students name, in-date and in original packaging.

Please provide any new plans directly to the office staff for processing, including the medicines. Our Office staff can colour photocopy your plans if needed and print out a colour plan if required.

Asthma requires

• In date colour printed Asthma Action plan for schools provided by your Doctor with current passport sized photo of the student.

• In date medication, such as Ventolin reliever medication (and spacer if required) labelled with students name.

• Primary students medication will be kept in an accessible/labelled medical box with their plan in the students’ classroom & taken to all specialists and excursions with the teacher. If you require your child to carry their medication on them, please speak to the classroom teacher for school documentation of your decision and its use-by date.

• High school students may carry their medication. However your teachers need to be shown the medication and where the student keeps it to take note of the use-by date.


The following Information has been copied from: The Asthma Foundation Victoria website


Victorian Asthma Action Plans

The Asthma Foundation of Victoria in consultation with the Department of Education, Catholic Schools and Independent Schools, have developed children's service and school specific Asthma Action Plans. This is to meet the needs of the Education and Training Reform Act 2006, the Education and Training Reform Regulations 2007 and the Schools Policy Advisory Guide.

These plans are designed to complement the child’s Asthma Management Plan, whether it be the National Asthma Council’s Asthma Action Plan, or Asthma Australia’s Asthma Care Plan in an Education and Care Setting.

The Victoria Asthma Action Plans have been developed to assist staff members identify the student’s asthma signs and symptoms including their severity and what action needs to be taken in regards to administering the child’s asthma reliever medication.

Please refer to important information at the bottom of this page for more information about these Action Plans.


Some fact sheets:


Different Types of Action Plans

It is important to note that these are all medical documents and therefore must be completed and signed by the treating Doctor or Nurse Practitioner where appropriate. To save Victoria Asthma Action Plans that have patient details typed into the text fields you need to "save as" and save to document with a new name (e,g including the patient name).


Asthma Action Plan - for Salbutamol when using a puffer and spacer


Asthma Action Plan - for Bricanyl Turbuhaler


Asthma Action Plan - for Symbicort Turbuhaler
(Health Professional to insert dose)


Asthma Action Plan - for Symbicort Rapihaler (Health Professional to insert dose)


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) and Answers:

Q1: Why has another type of Action Plan been developed?

The Department of Education and Training approached The Asthma Foundation of Victoria to develop a unified Asthma Action Plan for Victorian Schools. Feedback they had been receiving from schools and parents was that there are many different types and formats of Action Plans being provided to schools, and staff members were becoming confused. A lengthy consultation process involving schools from all three-school sectors, Government, Catholic and Independent, was undertaken and the Victorian Asthma Action Plans were produced.

Q2: Can schools or parents complete an Asthma Action Plan for their students or children?

No. The Asthma Action Plan for Victoria Schools have been developed as medical documents and must be completed, signed and dated by the patient's medical doctor. If copies are required the original signed copy should be colour photocopied or scanned.

Q3: Is it possible to obtain an electronic copy of the Asthma Action Plan so that the child's information can be inserted by parents or school/childcare staff?

No. The Victorian Asthma Action Plans have been developed in a PDF format to ensure the documents are concise, consistent and easily understood. They now have fields that can be directly typed into by the treating doctor, but not by parents, or school, as they are medical documents.

Q4: How often does an Asthma Action Plan need to be updated?

Asthma Action Plans should be reviewed when patients are reassessed by their doctor, and approximately every 12 months.

If there are no changes in diagnosis or management the medical information on the Asthma Action Plan may not need to be updated. However, if the patient is a child, the photo should

be updated each time, so they can be easily identified. The Victorian Asthma Action Plan includes the date of next Action Plan review.

Q5: Do I have to complete an Action Plan, if the child only has seasonal asthma, or asthma symptoms when they have a cold?

Yes, any time asthma medication is prescribed and expected to be taken at school or the children's service, it must by-law be accompanied by a medical management plan. If the health professional is concerned about diagnosing the child with asthma, it is recommended that they put a shorter review date on the action plan, and write a covering letter to the school or children's service explaining the expected time frame the child will need reliever medication

Q6: When do we need to start using these Asthma Action Plans?

Schools can start to transition to these Asthma Action Plans now, as with the Action Plans released in 2016, there should only be a transition period of a year. It is hoped that no further changes will be made now, unless something major occurs.

Q7: What changes have been made to the Action Plans from 2016 version?

Although feedback provided by schools during the initial consultation was they preferred the look of the ASCIA Action Plan for Anaphylaxis, after the roll out into schools, some staff were starting to get confused between the two. The layout has changed so that all the students details are on the top edge instead of the side, additional changes made due to feedback from schools and the inquest are;

• Information on what to do if the child has been diagnosed with allergy / anaphylaxis and asthma has been moved to the top of the Action Plan

• An additional tick box has been added for if a child also needs to use a facemask with their spacer

• An area for child specific signs and symptoms has been included
• The writable blue reliever puffer and pre-filled 4 x4 x 4 plans have been merged into one

Action Plan that the Doctor can adjust as needed

Resources for parents and carer’s.

Including new information regarding Thunderstorm Asthma

Asthma resources in other languages than English:










  • DARI



With thanks in anticipation of your support

For any further questions at our school level, please email Desley Insall (1st Aid officer)

[email protected]


Address any concerns or queries to our Leadership team

*** See also The Community Asthma Program (CAP) on the 'Community News' page


Primary Principal
Sam Luck [email protected]

Secondary Principal
Craig Bradley
 [email protected]




Dear Parents/Guardians,

Please take a moment to read about some news relating to the Primary School:


Primary School Sports Captain Report

In the 5-6 Learning Community, the current focus is Australian Football League (AFL) football. This includes how to kick a football; how to handball a football; the rules; the playing positions; and scoring, which is unique.

In Australia we currently have eighteen teams in the AFL. Teams can change because the AFL Association adds new teams from time to time.


The AFL game is only played professionally within Australia. This year the AFL introduced a professional women's league, known as the AFLW.


The Premiers for the men's 2017 competition was Richmond (who I support- YEAH!!). The inaugural Premiers for the women's 2017 competition was Adelaide.

Hamish Nosko

Primary School Sport Captain

Class 6D


SRC from the perspective of two Year 6s

The SRC’s recent contribution to our school community has been slow coming with Liria being away in the first few weeks of term, but as soon as she returned and even before that the SRC has been continuing an ice-cream stall at the Thursday market.

The stall raises money for St Mary’s House of Welcome in Collingwood, which is a place where less fortunate people are fed three meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Not only is being an SRC rep a responsibility, but it’s also fun and enjoyable. You meet people from different age groups and make friends from other classes. If you’re considering putting your name down next year (and even if you’re not); we would definitely recommend it.


Nina and Leo

Class 6D


Prep 2018 Enrolments are currently engaged in the transition program.  Please make sure if you have a child that is eligible for Prep in 2018 that you come to the front office and collect an enrolment form.  Both Steiner and Reggio places are filling faster than expected.  Enrolments are taken on a 'first in-first served' basis. 


Sam Luck

Primary Principal




Dear Parents/Guardians,

Please take a moment to read about some news relating to the Secondary School:




Homework Club runs in the school library for secondary students from Monday - Thursday (3pm-5pm). 


Primary students are welcome to attend homework club with approval from their parents, the Principal, or the Homework Club Supervisor. 

(This applies to those primary students that have been coming up from Afterschool Care, from the beginning of Term 4)





Please click on the link below to read the current menu on offer at the school canteen:




Are you interested in Hosting an International Student?

Collingwood College is looking for caring families or individuals who can offer accommodation to our international students.

You may be eligible to become a host if you:

  • Can provide a caring, supportive, safe environment to a young person.
  • Can provide a clean, comfortable home with a private bedroom near the school.
  • Are fluent in English or native speakers of English.
  • Provide healthy food.

In return you will be rewarded with:

  • Payment for full board accommodation.
  • Cultural enrichment.
  • A friend for your children.
  • A lifetime relationship.

If you are interested and would like more information contact

Lucy Wang or Angie Pantelidis

Phone: 03 9412 7729 / 03 9417 6681/ 0431 055 123

Email: [email protected]

[email protected]






Click here to read the current edition of the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation newsletter.


Chef of the Day

Grade 6 students are experiencing real world leadership opportunities within our kitchen classroom setting. Each week in Term 4, a Year 6 student from each stove group is the "Chef of the day", experiencing the associated responsibilities a Head Chef would have.



Click on the links below for reflections by our Chefs of the Day:



This week's Recipes:

Please click on the links below to read the current recipes being prepared in kitchen-garden classes:



Potato Gnocchi Pan-fried in Herbs & Garlic, Lemon Zest


Garden Salad Greens, Radishes, Herbs, Fennel and Vinaigrette


Chargrilled Pumpkin Slices, Legumes & Herbs


Rice Pilaf with Our Garden Greens, Celery, Corn & Herbs


Here are some photos of recent recipes and the excited chefs:


And our first garlic crop of the season:




PATHS (Promoting Alternative Thinking Strategies) is an extensive and holistic program for encouraging social skills and emotional literacy in Primary and Secondary students. PATHS is designed to be used by educators and psychologists and effectively addresses behavioural problems.

PATHS was implemented in the Primary School at Collingwood College in 2014 and later adopted by the Lower Secondary School.

Lessons in the PATHS program are adapted to the disparate pedagogies within Collingwood College and include guidance in identifying and articulating emotions; appropriate emotional expression; interpreting social cues; controlling impulses; using strategies for problem solving; developing a positive sense of self and learning to value the perspective of others.

PATHS lessons often form the basis for rich class discussion and assist students of all ages to develop emotional intelligence.

The PATHS focus in the Upper Primary School this term has included conflict resolution; learning de-escalation strategies; stress management; and developing awareness and respect for divergent views and beliefs. 

Please speak to your child's teacher about current PATHS lessons in their classroom.

Kate Schmeiszl

Year 3-6 Leading Teacher




See below for Thursday Market Rosters for Term 4




Click on the link below to see groups for young people interested in:

  • Yoga
  • Mindfulnes
  • Conversation Club
  • Art Well




The year 8's took part in a presentation with Jessica Kelly on the topic of sexting. Not sure what this is? Here is some information from the governments e-safety site


SpinChat is an initiative of Independence Australia and aims to promote prevention and educate secondary school students about spinal cord injury. The year 9's met Rhiannon last week and learnt about her heartbreaking story of how she went from being a carefree 21 year old on her first holiday in Bali to being injured by diving in a swimming pool. The importance of taking care of yourself and others was very compelling after hearing Rhiannon's story.


Thank you to Jessica for organising both sessions.

Craig Bradley

Secondary Principal




Yarra Youth Services have a group in partnership with The Drum youth services called Euphoria Youth which is a social and creative group for young LGBTIQ people and their friends or allies. This group meets up on the last Monday of every month between 3:30pm-5:30pm at the Yarra Youth Services on 156 Napier Street, Fitzroy.

Jessica Kelly & Stephanie Moussi

Adolescent Health Nurse & Health Promotion Leader




As Australia’s largest national education-oriented charity, we support disadvantaged Australian children to participate fully in their education, giving them the best chance at breaking the cycle of disadvantage. Our learning support and mentoring programs help children in need to fit in at school, keep up with their peers, and build aspirations for a better future for them. The smith Family can provide financial support for families and children in need to assist them through school and education.

To get in touch with the Smith Family go to:

Or call them on; 1300 326 459


Headspace is the National Youth Mental Health Foundation providing early intervention mental health services to 12-25 year olds, along with assistance in promoting young peoples’ wellbeing. This covers four core areas: mental health, physical health, work and study support and alcohol and other drug services.  

Information and services for young people, their families and friends as well as health professionals can be accessed through this website; , headspace centres, online counselling service eheadspace, and postvention suicide support program headspace School Support. 

Ph: 1800 650 890.


Since 1877, Berry Street has chosen to work with children, young people and families, with the most challenging and complex needs, including those for whom we are often the last resort. Last year, we helped over 18,000 of the most disadvantaged children, young people and families across our community.

We believe all children should have a good childhood, growing up feeling safe, nurtured and with hope for the future.

Services include; Family services (ChildFirst), Education and training, Family violence, Foster and Kinship care, residential care and youth services.

To contact Berry Street go to their website or call them on; 9429 9266


3 million Australians are living with depression or anxiety

Beyondblue provides information and support to help everyone in Australia achieve their best possible mental health, whatever their age and wherever they live.

Beyondblue has a 24hour helpline 1300 22 4636 and their website is



The Centre for Multicultural Youth is a Victorian not-for-profit organisation supporting young people from migrant and refugee backgrounds to build better lives in Australia.

Their purpose is to ensure that young people have every opportunity to succeed in Australia. Through a combination of specialist support services, training and consultancy, knowledge sharing and advocacy, we are working to remove the barriers young people face as they make Australia their home


Community News




Friendship, fun, challenge and achievement!

Girl Guides is a volunteer-run not-for-profit youth organisation that aims to empower girls and young women to grow into confident, self-respecting, responsible community members. We do this through our unique non-formal education programs – fun, games, experiences, under the care of trained volunteer Guide Leaders.


Yarra City District Girl Guides meet weekly during school terms:

  • Junior Guides ages 7-10 (Mark St. Hall North Fitzroy, Wednesday  6.30-8PM)
  • Girl Guides ages 10-14 (Edinburgh Gardens Community Rooms North Fitzroy, Tuesday 7-9PM)
  • Senior Guides ages 14-17 (Edinburgh Gardens Community Rooms North Fitzroy, alternate Mondays 7-9PM).

Our units are open to girls and their parents to visit– come and see how you like it. Adult volunteer enquries are also welcome.

Find us online at or email [email protected].




The Community Asthma Program (CAP) provides free asthma education, support and help for children (under 18) and their families 

Education is done to your needs and provided in an easy way.

It can be in your home or at an area that works for you and your child.

Please click on the link below for more information and referral form:




The Collingwood toy library is a community-owned resource for families in the City of Yarra and surrounding areas, operated on a non-profit basis and managed by a committee of volunteer members who are elected annually.

We are getting in touch with local schools in the area to promote our activities and resources for school-age children.

We have recently added a large collection of  board games for school-aged children and more games in foreign languages including Chinese, French, German, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Spanish and Vietnamese. We also have a board games club and holiday activities, as well as other family-friendly community events throughout the year.




 drawing school @ collingwood college

- after school drawing classes (ages 8-12)

- tuesdays 3.30 - 5.00pm

- observational drawing skills and techniques



Most children LOVE drawing! They have an innate need to process their view of the world and to create along the way.

At a certain level of their expressive exploration (around age 8), they often start to feel the need for things to look “right” in their drawing.


FROM LINE TO COLOUR drawing classes will introduce your child to observational drawing techniques such as perspective and shading, enabling them to take their creations to the next level, looking ‘real and 3D’!


Observational drawing engages the brain in a different way to most other learning. It is absorbing while relaxing and emotionally expressive. A great sense of achievement and empowerment accompanies the ability to get it ‘right’.


Think your child would be interested? Consider joining us!

There are only a few spaces available, so do book your spot as soon as you decide.


If you would like to try the class out before committing, come along to a:



To register, contact Mateja on 0403848843

Cost:      $200 Term 1 2018

Location:      Artroom 117, ground floor CC

Contact :      Mateja on 0403 848 843 or 




For those who have asked about coming to visit our place, check out the goats, the pottery studio, etc, this is your chance. 


We are opening our micro suburban farm to the public on 18 November.


The Hibi Farm is an award-winning micro suburban farm in Melbourne’s north that produces bread, beer, cheese, chocolate, honey, preserves, pottery and bicycles from scratch, amid thriving fruit and vegetable gardens.

It is a flourishing social experiment in sustainable living, and the hub of a spontaneous community known as ‘the hood’. Care of dairy goats has matured into an intricate, cooperative system involving over 25 people from the hood.

Sharing resources, converting front and back yards to orchards and edible gardens, cycling, and keeping dairy goats, chooks and bees, are all conscious steps towards pursuing the good life.

The farm is home to two families in a small two- bedroom house, and hosts two artisan studios where ceramics and custom bicycle frames are crafted.


When: 10am–2pm Saturday, 18 November

11am – Farm tour and produce tasting

12pm – ‘Good bug’ garden walk

Ceramic wares will be on display in the pottery studio and available for purchase

Where: 12 Hibiscus Court Heidelberg West

This event is FREE!


All welcome. Click here to see flyer.


Links to related info:




Click here to read the November edition.










Day: Tuesdays, 3:15 - 4:15 pm

Location: Performing Arts Room, Collingwood College (first floor above the storage place for Thursday Market appliances and tables)

Who Can Participate: Parents, Students, Teachers or friends of Collingwood College

What to bring: simple yoga mats are provided, but you are more then welcome to bring your own

Facilitated by: Reina Hoctin Boes, certified yoga teacher and mother of Mahdee (grade 2) and Luna (grade 8) 

Golden Coin Donation.

Reina Hoctin Boes

0403 488 141

[email protected]

Collingwood College
Community asthma program.pdf
Cap GP flyer Referral form.pdf
Collingwood College Menu.pdf
Angelina Reflection 5_6 .pdf
Isaac Reflection 5_6 .pdf
Kiya Reflection 5_6 .pdf
Phoebe Reflection 5_6 .pdf
Rocky Reflection 5_6 .pdf
Homemade Potato Gnocchi, Garden Herbs, Lemon Zest 24.10.2017.pdf
Perfect Salad greens with perfect dressing.pdf
Salad of green bean , lima, chargrilled Pumpkin & yoghurt dressing.pdf
Rice Pilaf-our Herbs, Corn, Shallot & Greens.pdf
2017 Thursday Market Rosters updated 20 March.pdf
Asthma Action Plan_Puffer Alone_2017.pdf
Asthma Action Plan_Bricanyl Turbuhaler_2017.pdf
Asthma Action Plan_Symbicort Rapihaler_2017-1.pdf
Asthma Action Plan_Symbicort Rapihaler_2017-1.pdf
Asthma Action Plan_Symbicort Turbuhaler_2017.pdf
AA Thunderstorm Asthma_DL Brochure-Aug 2017.pdf
Fact_Sheet-Spacers-in AEKs 2012_ V2.pdf
Cantonese basic facts factsheet-Asthma.pdf
NAC2012 Asthma Wheezing in the First Years of Lif.pdf
Headspace Workshops - Terms 3+4.pdf