Wheelers News

01 November 2019
Issue Seventeen

Respect Excellence Creativity

Principal's Page
Assistant Principal's Page
Mark Your Calendar
Performing Arts
G'Day USA Tour 2020/2021
Senior School Report
Community News
Wheelers Hill Secondary College
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Principal's Page

Class of 2019 - Year 12 Final Assembly

Our Class of 2019 Year 12 students had their Final Assembly last week (23/10) with staff, families and the wider student cohort all in attendance to share in this special occasion.


A lot of fun was had by all with our Year 12 students dressed in costume on the day.  Our College Captains (Issy Jones and Jasmine Sweeney) spoke incredibly well about their learning experiences at Wheelers Hill Secondary College, while our College Vice Captains (Ben Segal, Kyle Gwynne) announced some very special 'teacher awards' for our 2019 Year 12 teachers.   


We thank all of our Year 12 teachers this year, and staff generally, for their efforts in teaching and caring for our Year 12 students.  We wish our Year 12 students all the very best with their exams and in to the future.

Student Leadership 2020

We have embarked on a rigorous process to fill our Student Leadership positions for next year.  Our student leaders play a vital role within the College role modelling expected behaviours to a high standard, together with providing important leadership and support in key areas within the school. 


We congratulate the following students on their appointments for 2020:



Arts and Technology Show

Creativity is one of our key values at the College.  It is important for all of our students to have the opportunity to demonstrate Creativity in their work, and the Visual Arts and Technology Domains support our students in this aspect of their learning.


The 2019 Arts and Technology Show has been a  real showcase of the creative talents of our students from across all year levels.  It has been so pleasing to see staff and families support our students through the week  by getting along to view the many student exhibits as part of the Show.  


Congratulations to all involved.  The Opening Night (28/10) together with the whole show itself was a tremendous success.  We thank Holly Jepson (Visual Arts Domain Leader) and her team for all of their hard work in putting together what was a wonderful event. 


As Principal, I have the privilege of awarding The Principal's Award as part of the Show.  There were so many high quality pieces of work to choose from but in the end I have chosen a piece that I think is befitting of such an award. The piece titled, 'Which Person Do You Want To Be?,' was inspired by the Anime artist 'Hirohiko Araki', and was created by Samuel Shi of Year 9, and it is an outstanding piece of art work.  Congratulations Samuel!  


Sports Awards Night

Sport is one of our key areas at the College and it was wonderful to see so many of our students recognised for their efforts and achievements this year at the 2019 Sports Awards Night last week (21/10).  We had a bumper crowd in attendance taking in what was a very professional and well run event in our recently named Bunjil Centre.


We know that sport provides opportunities for healthy participation and competition, yet it also develops important characteristics and attributes such as leadership, team work, communication skills, resilience, courage, responsibility and confidence.  We congratulate all of our students on their Sports Awards in 2019.


Not only did we have students receive many Awards on the night, but we had a number of students involved in compering the event and they are also to be commended for their efforts.  


We thank everyone involved in what was a real celebration of everything Sport at the College.  We especially acknowledge the hard work and leadership of Sally Pryde and Kerrie Lay, who were both instrumental in making the night such a success.  Please read on in this Newsletter for further details of our 2019 Sports Awards Night.


VCE Performing Arts Showcase

Another key area of our College of course is the Performing Arts and some of our VCE students had their chance to shine as part of the VCE Performing Arts Showcase last night (31/10).


The audience was treated to some quality performances on the night and we congratulate our students on their participation.

Exam Period

The Exam Period has begun in earnest with our Year 12 students sitting the English Exam on Wednesday (30/10) this week .  The Year 12 Exam Period concludes on Wednesday 20th November.


Our Year 11, 10 and 9 students will begin their Exam Periods over the coming weeks, and we wish them well.  Following the Exam Periods, students in each of these year levels will be involved in Transition Programs allowing them to get a sense of what the learning can be like for the year ahead.  

Value of the Week - Creativity

The 2019 Arts and Technology Show demonstrated the Creativity of so many of our students.  We congratulate our students for exhibiting their work, together with the many student award winners from this wonderful event.

And finally.......

We once again congratulate our Year 12s for their fine contribution to our College.   Families of Year 12 students are reminded of the Valedictory Dinner on Tuesday 19th  November (7 to 11:00pm) at Merrimu Receptions in Chadstone,










Aaron Smith



Assistant Principal's Page

School Program - Monday 4th November

Historically, we have had low numbers of students attending on the day preceding the Melbourne Cup public holiday. As a consequence, the College will be running an alternative program for students who do attend.

The College canteen will not be open on this day.

The Further Maths and Business Management Examinations for Year 12 will  run as scheduled.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Year 7

A reminder to all Year 7 parent/guardians that the Year 7 Excursion to see Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is on Wednesday 6th November.

Period 1 will run as normal.

Students will not be allowed to bring their school bags as there is nowhere to store them at the venue. Opportunity will be provided for students to purchase lunch in the Collins Place food court before the show. Students can bring their own lunch in a disposable bag if preferred.

An alternative program will be running for those students not attending the excursion.

Please note that the students will be returning to school at 4.30 pm.


Judy Anderson & Andrew Dixon

Assistant Principal 

Mark Your Calendar


  • G'Day USA Assembly - Years 8 & 9
  • Division Lawn Bowls Gala Day


  • Melbourne Cup


  • Year 8 Boys cricket
  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Year 7
  • Holmesglen Talk and Tour - Year 10


  • Year 11 Exams
  • Halogen Leadership Day
  • G'Day USA Information Evening, 6:30pm


  • Year 11 Exams
  • L’Oréal-UNESCO Girls in Science Forum


  • Year 11 Exams


  • Year 11 Exams
  • Grade 6 to 7 Parent and Student Information Evening


  • Year 11 Exams

Performing Arts

Suitcase Series 2019

Once again Year 10 Wheelers Hill students graced the stage of the Beckett Theatre at Malthouse to present their latest work for the Suitcase Series. Event organisers at Malthouse were very excited to see our students as our ongoing relationship with the theatre has been nothing but positive. The students performed their piece called "Survivors" - a grim post apocalyptic take on the world that did not take action to prevent Climate Change. A topical issue and a powerful performance that left the other colleges across the state in awe. 

Well done Year 10s on your incredible creativity, respect and excellence. 


Instrumental Music 2020

Sign up to learn an instrument at our College! Students at all levels are welcome. Download the enrolment form and return to the General Office to get set up for the new year!

Genelle Lentini

Performing Arts Leader

G'Day USA Tour 2020/2021

Expression of Interest! 

We are thrilled to be offering Year 9 - 12 students of 2020 the opportunity to participate in the exciting 'G'Day USA Tour'! Download the attached form and send in your interest to the front office, or directly to Miss Lentini by Wednesday 6th November! The expression of interest doesn't lock you in to any contracts - but will help us plan moving forward. 

There will be a Families Information Night on Monday 11th November, 6:30pm in the College Library where you can talk to the program coordinators and find out more information first hand. 

Looking forward to organising this exciting program for our college Community! 

Genelle Lentini

G'Day USA Tour Leader


Year 10 Work Experience 2020

Wheelers Hill Secondary College values links between school and industry and one way it does this by offering Year 10 students the opportunity to undertake a work experience placement in a field of their choice.


Work experience is a short- term placement of secondary school students with employers to provide insights into the industry and the workplace in which they are located. It provides students with the valuable opportunity to:


· develop employability skills

· explore possible career options

· understand employer expectations

· increase their self-understanding, maturity, independence and self-confidence


Students link with employers primarily to observe and learn – not to undertake activities which require extensive training or expertise.

Year 10 Work Experience for 2020 is from Monday 22nd June – Friday 26th June 2020

All Year 10 students are expected to participate in this valuable program. I strongly recommend that Year 9 students commence their placement search from now or over the school holidays to avoid missing out on an experience that they really want. Remember, securing a ‘meaningful/highly sort after’ placement is competitive with several other schools also having their work experience during the same time. Students will be supported by myself and their Year 10 Futures teachers with regards to this program, however the responsibility of finding a placement rests with students.


I will be coming around to Year 9 classes over the next fortnight to distribute a Work Experience Kit which has helpful information on how you can get started with finding your placement, what paperwork needs to be completed and by when in 2020. Year 9 families will also be emailed a copy of this Kit. In the meantime, here are some suggested opportunities to assist you with commencing your search–


The Royal Melbourne Hospital - https://www.thermh.org.au/health-professionals/careers/work-experience


Department of Defence - https://www.defence.gov.au/WorkExperience/


Youth Central Work Experience - Youth Central Work experience


The Royal Women’s Hospital Work Experience - The Royal Women's Hospital Work Experience


Victoria University – Work Experience of a Lifetime - Victoria University - Work Experience of a Lifetime Careers and Work Experience


Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium - https://www.melbourneaquarium.com.au/schools/work-experience


Austin Health Work Experience - http://www.austin.org.au/careers/work-experience/


YMCA Victoria Schools Work Experience - http://victoria.ymca.org.au/about/careers/work-experience.html


ABC Careers & Work Experience - https://help.abc.net.au/hc/en-us/sections/360000213015-Careers-Work-Experience


Supreme Court Work Experience/Volunteering - https://www.supremecourt.vic.gov.au/about-the-court/careers/work-experience-and-volunteering


Baker IDI - https://www.baker.edu.au/research/students/work-experience


Metropolitan Fire and Emergency Services Board- Work experience - Metropolitan Fire and Emergency Services Board


Work Experience at Cabrini - https://www.cabrini.com.au/careers/work-experience-at-cabrini/

Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Work Experience - https://www.mso.com.au/about-us/employment/work-experience/


Melbourne Theatre Company - https://www.mtc.com.au/discover-more/education/students/work-experience/


Monash City Council - https://www.monash.vic.gov.au/About-Us/Careers/Career-Pathways/Work-Experienc


Monash Aquatic Recreation Centre - https://www.monashaquaticrecreationcentre.com.au/About/Join-the-Active-Monash-Team/Work-Experience-Placement

City of Stonnington - https://www.stonnington.vic.gov.au/Careers/Work-Experience-Programs



I wish the current Year 9 students all the best with securing their work experience placement 


Voula Jakubicki

Careers Coordinator


Academic Transitioning

The ball is rolling, and we have launched our first Academic Transitioning Project (ATP). Our Year 11 Literature class visited Waverley Meadows on Friday 25th October and began working together on poetry. Before the visit, all students were given the same stimulus and created a poem.

On Friday, students shared their poems and spent the lesson sharing ideas and feedback. Waverley Meadows will visit us in a few weeks which will give students time to re-draft their poetry, acting on feedback and preparing to present a new and improved piece. This is a unit of work, and it is important that we work on the task together and visit each other as much as we need to. On the last visit, students will share their finalised piece to the two classes. It’s a genuinely exciting adventure.



With the increased pressure on schools to assess and measure growth in student learning, we often lose sight of breaking the tasks down. We must allow time for students to experiment with the basic writing process and appreciate the entire experience. For example, to write that last sentence I needed to edit and rephrase before I was happy with it. But if I am honest, in a moment of complete disclosure, I needed to stop and rewind the same scene in The Bachelorette three times before I got the sentence to an acceptable standard.


The important thing is that I realised my error and I had to stop everything, stop distractions and focus on the basic process. What was my main idea/subject in the sentence and how could I express it effectively and concisely? Who am I kidding? I am rarely concise, if you read my work, you know I use 20 words when I could just use 5.


Anyway, (did I digress?) students need to see their older and younger peers working on the same project and actually take their time to share and support each other in the writing process. They need to see each other go through the challenges and the triumphs, development of ideas, the planning, editing, drafting and refining stages. Writing is tough and if we are more open and transparent about how difficult it is, we can start to relax more and appreciate that there is a process AND a rewarding finish line.




When in doubt, stop yelling at Jamie because he will eventually go from The Bachelorette (the producers are obviously keeping him there for ratings). Stop everything and take the time to focus on the process.  

The ATP is about learning from each other, engaging in substantive talk and activities. The difference in year level doesn't indicate that there are tasks out of reach for some or too simplistic for others; writing is already a differentiated task.



The ATP will continue every year and term, when a different English class will be working with Waverley Meadows. Teachers will have the opportunity to moderate the work created and identify the specific skills that students need to grow to become eager writers and readers.


Thank you, Waverley Meadows, we know that this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship (we are going to friend-zone each other - Bachie style.)


Claire Hanley

Literacy - Learning Specialist


Peer Teaching in Numeracy

On Thursday 24th  of October, the Year 9 students participated in creating a Numeracy activity for Junior students. Two of the Year 9 classes went to Waverley Meadows to run Numeracy activities for Grade 3 and 4 students. The other two Year 9 classes stayed at school and ran Numeracy activities for the Year 7 students. The Year 9 students were broken into small groups and needed to research the Mathematics curriculum to develop activities that were appropriate for the Junior students. It was an informative research assignment as Year 9 students needed to think about how to teach a mathematical concept and break it down to a level the students could understand. This is exactly what mathematics teachers need to do and was eye opening for the students. The Junior students were divided into small groups and rotated through the various numeracy activities. 


Here are some photos from Year 9 students teaching Grade 3 and 4 students at Waverley Meadows Primary School.


Here are some photos from Year 9 students teaching Year 7 students at Wheelers Hill Secondary College. 


The Year 9 students were great role models for the junior students and lots of fun was had by all.


Michelle Galli

Numeracy Learning Specialist

Senior School Report

Senior School Update

Year 12

On Wednesday 23rd October, we said farewell to our Year 12 cohort of 2019. Following a breakfast of pancakes and fruit, the students, in well thought out fancy dress costumes, attended a special whole school assembly followed by a barbeque at Jells Park. The students conducted themselves admirably throughout the day, and I would like to thank them for making the day so enjoyable.

Since Wednesday 30th October, the students have been completing the end of year VCAA examinations, with English being the first of many. The examinations finish on Wednesday 20th November.

We wish the Year 12 students of 2019 the best of luck for their future endeavours. We thank them for their many contributions to the College and hope to see both the students and their families and friends at the Valedictory Dinner on Tuesday 19th November.



VCE Enrolment Day

Friday 29th November is VCE Enrolment Day. All current year 10 and year 11 students are required to attend on the day to enrol or re-enrol as VCE students. Payment of fees, subject levies and any other costs may also be completed on this day.

Venue: S1


Surnames beginning A to K - 9.00am until 12.30pm

 Surnames beginning L to Z - 12.30pm until 3.00pm


Mrs J. Riddoch

Senior School Leader


Monash Youth Services

Headspace in Monash


A Headspace psychologist is now based at Monash Youth Services (MYS) on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays. We are very excited to have this service in Monash. If you wish to know more get in touch with MYS on 9518 3900 or email yrc.reception@monash.vic.gov.au


MYS outreach initiative

MYS are working hard to engage a diverse group of young people in the Monash community. Over the next month we will be outreaching to Monash libraries to engage and support young people during their exam period to ‘Take 5 with MYS’. We are encouraging young people to take a short break from their studies to spend 5 minutes with a MYS youth worker to talk about how they are feeling about their exams and to provide emotional support, tools and education to assist them in managing any exam related stress they may be experiencing.


Events for young people and families

Monash Moonlit Cinema

Quiksound Productions is proud to present Monash Moonlit Cinema!

Grab your family and friends and enjoy Monsters Inc. under the stars at Warrawee Park, Oakleigh.

Arrive from 7:45pm for an 8:00pm start.

Entry is FREE! BYO bean bags & blankets, limited bean bags available for hire for $5.

Canteen & coffee van available for purchases. For more information call MYS on 9518 3900 or visit www.monashyouth.org.au


City of Monash 2019 Family Fun day

This a free event on Sunday 17th November 11am – 3pm at Batesford Reserve, Chadstone

Corner Batesford Rd and Power Avenue

There will be rides and attractions, games, workshops, performances, food stalls and many local service providers will be there on the day. MYS staff from our active program will be there on the day running an activity and a chill out tent. Activate is a free recreation program for young people aged 10-17. It runs every Wednesday afternoon at Batesford Reserve Youth & Community Hub (where the fun day is taking place). We are always keen for more young people to join the Activate program. Come down to the family fun day to meet the Activate staff or contact MYS to learn more about it. See attached flyer for more details or go to https://www.monash.vic.gov.au/Leisure/Upcoming-Events/Family-Fun-Day-2019


Louise Ford

Student Wellbeing 


Community News


Thank you on behalf of College Council to a number of families who have already paid both voluntary levies and elective charges or have committed to payments plans for the year.  Payment information for Essential Educational items, Optional Extras and Voluntary Contributions have been uploaded to Compass and can be accessed at https://whsc-vic.compass.education via the Course Confirmation tab on the main screen.  This portal also contains agreements, policies and other important information that require your attention to confirm enrolment at the College.  Copies of all supporting documentation are available on the Community Tab – School Documentation – Course Confirmation 2020. 


Should you wish to set up an alternative payment plan, require alternative payment preferences or have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact the Business Manager at the College.  We need your ongoing support to continue to provide the breadth of programmes and resources for our students.  Please ensure you have confirmed some arrangements with the Business Manager before the end of Term 4, 2019.


Second-Hand Uniform Shop

Term 4

  • 28th October
  • 14th November
  • 25th November
  • 12th December

Monash Mini Maker Faire


Wheelers News
G'Day USA Info and Expression of Interest.pdf
Instrumental Music Lessons 2020 Enrolment Form.pdf