Wantirna College Newsletter

24 June 2019
Issue Nine
Dates to Remember for 2019
Principal's Report
Assistant Principals
VCAL - Big Freeze
KIOSC - Year 7
Library News
City Experience
General Information
Community News
Wantirna College
90 Harold Street
Wantirna, Vic, 3152

Dates to Remember for 2019

Term 2

Monday 24

Northern Territory Tour

Year 10 Work Experience


Tuesday 25

Northern Territory Tour

Year 10 Work Experience


Wednesday 26

Northern Territory Tour

Year 10 Work Experience


Thursday 27

Northern Territory Tour

Year 10 Work Experience


Friday 28

Northern Territory Tour

Year 10 Work Experience

Last day of Term 2


Term 3


Monday 15



Tuesday 16

First day of Term 3


Wednesday 17

Parents Association Meeting, 7.30pm


Wednesday 31

Year 11 Course Selection



Thursday 1

VCAL Interviews


Wednesday 7

Year 10 Course Selection

Normal Year 10 classes



Thursday 8



Friday 9



Tuesday 13

House Athletics


Wednesday 14


Parents Association Meeting, 7.30pm


Thursday 15



Friday 16



Monday 19

Year 7 Basketball


 Monday 26

Year 9 City Experience


Tuesday 27 

Year 9 City Experience


Wednesday 28

Year 9 City Experience

Thursday 29

Year 9 City Experience


Friday 30 

Year 9 City Experience


Thursday 3

Free Dress Day


Tuesday 10

Division Athletics


Wednesday 11

Parents Association Meeting, 7:30pm


Wednesday 18

GALA Concert 2019 Melbourne Recital Centre

Term 4

Monday 7

First day of Term 4


Friday 11

EMR Athletics


Monday 14

Year 12 Themed Dressed Day


Tuesday 15

Contemporary Band Program Showcase


Wednesday 16

Parents Association Meeting, 7:30pm


Thursday 17

VCE Dance Showcase

(Unit 2 & 4 Combined)


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

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


Tuesday 26

Year 9 Drama Performances L1


Thursday 28

Year 9 Drama Performances L1


Friday 6

Year 10 Formal


Monday 9

Orientations Evening


Tuesday 10

Year 7 Orientation Day


Wednesday 11

Parents Association Meeting, 7:30pm


Friday 20


End of Term 4

2019 Term date:

Term 1:

January 30  to 5 April


Term 2:

23 April to 28 June


Term 3:

15 July to 20 September


Term 4:

7 October to 20 December

Principal's Report

Semester 1 Reports

Semester 1 Reports will be released to families via Compass on Friday 28th June. These reports will provide families with information on the learning behaviours of your child, their progression on the Victorian Curriculum (7-10), their achievement in Units of Learning (7-10) and Outcomes (11-12) and their CAI/SAC results. To delve further into how your child has gone throughout the semester, families are encouraged to look at their learning tasks on Compass. These tasks will provide you with more detailed feedback on what your child has achieved and what they need to do next in order to move along the learning continuum. This may appear as a written comment or as an assessment rubric attached to the CAI/SAC.


We encourage students and their families to use the holiday period to reflect upon their Semester Report and the ongoing feedback that teachers have been providing via Compass. The student can then use this feedback to consider what they could do during Semester 2 to build further upon their learning

Year 11 Northern Territory Tour

This Saturday 22nd June we farewell 82 Year 11 students and 9 staff as they board their early morning bus and head off on their 15 day tour of the Northern Territory. Our students will have the opportunity to explore our amazing country and witness some spectacular sights and breathtaking environments as they make their journey through the Northern Territory to reach their final destination at Darwin. Students always return from this camp praising the experience, the friendships and the memories that they have made after spending 15 days together. I am sure that this years Year 11 students will also return having made life long memories. I would like to take this opportunity to thank our 9 staff for taking our students on this trip and, in particular, Ms Elaine Nieva and Ms Emily Lewis who been working behind the scenes, planning and organising this trip for our students.

Big Freeze

As part of their VCAL Personal Development Skills class, the Year 12 VCAL students organised ‘The Big Freeze at Wantirna’ on Thursday 13th June. This massive event was a day of action to raise and donate money towards finding effective treatments and, one day, a cure for Motor Neurone Disease (MND). The colour theme of the day was blue, and students from all year levels turned up in their blue clothes to ‘Freeze Wantirna’. During lunchtime students and teachers gathered on the lower oval to take part in this whole school event where there was a staff versus students football game, blue themed food and a giant ice bath! With loud encouragement from the crowd, students and teachers submerged themselves in the ice bath to show their support. Our VCAL students should be extremely proud of what they have achieved in organising this event. We have not heard the final figure yet, but based on the number of MND beanies sold, competitions, food purchases and donations, I am sure that the VCAL class will be able to make a significant donation towards MND research. Congratulations to Mr Anthony Cotton and the whole Year 12 VCAL class on such an incredible event.

2019 Performing Arts Showcase

The Performing Arts Showcase wrapped up this week with yet again more outstanding performances by our students. I have been attending these events for a number of years now and it always amazes me how quickly our students grow in their skills and confidence when performing. Some students that I saw perform only two weeks ago, performed again this week and their performance had risen to the next level. This highlights our students dedication and constant crafting of their skills. This of course would not be possible without an amazing Performing Arts Team. I would like thank Mr Danny van Bergen, Leader of Performing Arts, and all the Performing Arts teachers for teaching and instilling their passion for the performing arts with our students.

End of Term & Curriculum Day

Just a reminder that Friday the 28th June is the final day for Term 2 and students will be dismissed from the College at 2.30pm.  Please note that Monday 15th July is a Curriculum Day at the College where teachers will be engaging in a range of professional learning and curriculum development activities. Therefore, Term 3 for students will begin on Tuesday 16th July.


We would like to wish our entire community a restful holiday break. Please stay warm and we will see you all on Tuesday 16th July.  


Shane Kruger

Acting Principal


Assistant Principals

Semester 2 Timetable

Over the school holidays Andrew Lewis and Zoe Carolan will be developing the semester 2 timetable.  In an organisation this size it is like the most complex and difficult jigsaw puzzle you can imagine. 


The new timetable will accommodate the semester based changes as year 7 and 8 students try new subjects in The Arts (Visual and Performing) and Technology.  Our year 9 and 10 students will also flip into their new electives (chosen last year).   


Some classes will have new teachers for year long subjects as we make accommodations for staffing changes that will occur next term. 


Please keep an eye out for the changes on Thursday or Friday of the second week.

Year 10 Learning Mentor Group

A review of year 10 last year indicated a strong need for a greater focus on career planning, study skill and life skills.  As a result the old Bootcamp program was retired, and the Learning Mentor Program was extended from one period a week in semester 1 to three periods across the whole year. 


We have recently reviewed the success of the first semester and have found that students are making great success with developing their career action plans which include Plan A, Plan B and Plan C.


As students prepare for their final years of schooling the focus of the program will shift to study and life skills.  In order to leverage the most advantage for students in relation to this focus, we will be making changes to the current Learning Mentor Groupings.  As a result, students may notice when they get their new timetables that they are in a different group for this program in semester 2.


Subject Selection

We hit the ground running next term in relation to planning for 2020 and a big part of this relates to subject selection.


The Curriculum Handbook for 2020 will be delivered to the College in the first week of term and distributed to students in year 8-10 as early as possible.  In week three of the term we will have the Curriculum Information Night.  This is a great opportunity for students and parents to come to the College and find out the specific options we offer from the people who design and teach the subjects (our teachers).  There will also be a series of presentations for students and parents at each year level outlining the requirements for a course at each year level as well as other key information.  


Following the Curriculum Information Night the portal for students to enter their subject selections will be open.  There will be course counseling for all year 10 students and a program review for year 11 students.  Year 8 and 9 students will have support through Learning Mentor group in relation to selecting their course.


Collecting and processing all this information will take some time and students will notified of the subjects they are doing in term 4 around the time the book list information comes out.

VCE Semester 2

There is no rest for the wicked.....or for VCE students. This week our Year 11 students began unit 2 and our Year 12 students, unit 4.  The academic year in these years goes very quickly and students need to take full advantage of the holiday breaks to get on top of their learning. 


For Year 11 students, activities such as pre reading chapters, developing glossaries, practicing skills, completing questions, looking at exemplars and beginning preparation of revision notes are all useful strategies.


Year 12 students need to keep in mind that they will be examined on unit 3 and 4 at the end of the year.  As well as each of the above activities suggested for year 11 students, they should also be developing strategies to consolidate their knowledge and skill for unit 3.

Winter Uniform

OMG it has been cold and aren't the kids telling us.  We have been chasing our tails with students who are wearing non uniform items to school without any reasonable explanation.  We ask that parents take the opportunity over the holidays to look at what warm options their children have and to supply any additional items that are needed. 


It really is far too cold for girls to be wearing their summer dress and although boys may be difficult to encourage into long pants they would be far more comfortable if they left the shorts for the summer months.


The uniform winter range includes:  long pants for girls and boys, a winter skirt with navy blue tights, a woolen school jumper, a rugby jumper, and a school over jacket.  Combine these with a long sleeved t shirt, and warm scarf in school colors and there should be no reason for students to be out of school uniform because of the weather.


The school holidays are an ideal time for parents to check school uniform to ensure their children have the necessary items, that they are in good repair and they still fit.


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 College website.


Catherine Ford, Shane Kruger and

Andrew Lewis

Assistant Principals

VCAL - Big Freeze

Congratulations to all as the Official Fight-MND 'Big Freeze 5' beanies are now sold out.  

Together we can Freeze MND!!!

Wantirna College Supporting MND


I just wanted to quickly send a very special thank you to everyone in the Wantirna College community for supporting the Senior VCAL’s ‘Big Freeze Day’ and their Fight-MND charity campaign. It has been an overwhelming success and I’m extremely grateful for everyone who got involved and embraced the cause.


To everyone who bought a beanie, a cupcake, a lollybag, played footy in the mud or plunged themselves into the freezing icebath...thank you for turning the day into such a memorable one, and reminding us all that we really do work at a great school, surrounded by great people. 




Anthony Cotton

VCAL and Year 11 Co-Ordinator


KIOSC - Year 7

KIOSC: Mission Mars - Year 7

Last week our Year 7 students and the students from the English Language Centre attended the Earth and Space program at KIOSC.  The students were involved in 3 programs:


Program 1: Building on Mars. Students investigated the importance of construction materials on maintaining a stable temperature within a building.  Using one of seven building materials, students initially investigated how well a building insulates against heating up.  Using this same material, students tested the insulating properties in a cold environment, likened to that on Mars by using dry ice and scoria. Finally, students were challenged to create a building that would lose less than 1 deg in temperature in the martian environment - which a few teams achieved!


Program 2: Programming Robots.  In their introductory year at KIOSC, students code the EV3 lego robots to move precisely to an antennae satellite and push it up.  Once achieved they then needed to return their robots back to base.


Program 3: Virtual Reality. Voted the best activity of the day, students used the VR units as a simulation as to what it might be like to complete a number of mission in repairing and maintaining the various rovers on Mars.





Peter Kos

Leader of Science and KIOSC

Library News

Congratulations to Nicholas Schulte of Year 7 (first prize winner) and Roselyn Chang of Year 10 (second prize winner) for being able to correctly identify all of the teachers hiding behind the autumn leaves in our last competition. You must really observant! I hope you enjoyed your Orchard vouchers. Be on the lookout for more competitions coming up.



Library early closures

Until the end of term, the Library will close at 4.00pm instead of 4.30pm. If students need an area to continue studying or await pickup they are welcome to use the Senior Centre. The Library opening time [8.15am] will remain the same. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Reading suggestions

Understanding that for some, a good “holiday read” is something light-hearted that can easily be put down between activities, while for others it is a chance to fully immerse in another world and “lose yourself”; the year 7 Wider Reading Group would like to offer a few “holiday reading” suggestions for the break:

  • If you like sport:  Specky Magee by Felice Arena
  • Something light and humourous :  Captain Underpants by Dave Pilkey
  • A substantial horror read:  It or Pet Sematary by Stephen King
  • Graphic Novel (with some inappropriate humour & swearing):    Cyanide and happiness (n.b. this is a  Youtube webcomic)
  • A classic others may not have read:  Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux
  • An entertaining entry to fantasy:  Land of Stories by Chris Colfer
  • Fantasy by a female Australian writer:  books by Isabel Carmody eg. Obernewton series
  • Classic saga fantasy:  books by Tolkien
  • Want to expand the world of Star Wars past the movies: “Star Wars” novels  
  • Empathize with others who struggle:  Wonder by R.J. Palacio


Mrs Hall and the Library team

City Experience


With the end of Term Two, our Year 9 students find themselves one step closer to preparations for City Experience.  Scheduled to take place in week 7 of Term Three, from Monday 26th August to Friday 30st August, this week long excursion will be embedded into the Humanities unit of study which they will begin at the start of next term, called City Experience – Melbourne and Me. 


Please be aware of some of the key details for your own planning purposes:

  • Permission to give consent will go live on Compass from:   end of term 2  
  • Cost:  $70
  • Payment and consent for all five days of the excursion due by:  Thursday 8th August       

A reminder that the cost allows students access to a range of places, including: the Shrine of Remembrance, the MCG, Parliament House, Eureka Skydeck, the Queen Victoria Market, Melbourne City Mission and the Magistrates Court. 


If you are eligible to access the Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund (CSEF) then please notify the main office as soon as possible to collect a form and have discussions about transferring some or all of these funds towards the cost of City Experience when payment is able to be accepted.


Over years past students have consistently identified that this week was the highlight of their year in Year 9, and something they still remembered fondly as they moved into more senior year levels.  It will not be long now until our new Year 9s have the same opportunity to attend in Term 3 as those who have come before.  Please keep an eye on Compass for event details and information to be posted from next term.


Joanna Karanikolopoulos

Leader of Humanities and Whole School Research Literacy





Career News



Phil Newnham

Careers Counsellor




General Information

General Office

Office Hours:                  8:00am - 4:00pm

Telephone:                      9801 9700

Attendance Line:        9881 7111


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.


Student absences should be reported to the school prior to 9am.  Please ring the Student absences number directly on 9881 7111.


If your child is in Year 10, 11 or 12 they will be required to supply an absence note when returning to school.  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.


In order to minimise disruption to class and maximise learning opportunities for our students, we would like to remind you of the school policy regarding late arrival 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 your child is late for any reason please contact the General Office on 9881 7111 or 9881 7131.

Library Hours

Monday to Thursday:

8:15am to 4:30



8:15am to 3.30pm

Collecting Your Child From School

If your child has an appointment and they are required to leave school early please complete the following:

  1. Write a note explaining why your child is required to leave school.  On this note please supply their name, home group, the reason why they are leaving and your name and phone number.
  2. Your child is required to drop the note off in the Early Leaver’s folder, which is situated in the main office.  If your child is required to leave the school prior to recess, please ask your child to request an Early Leavers pass from Debbie Hopper in the main office.  She will write one immediately.
  3. Your child will be required to sign out on the PINK sign out sheet at the main office, prior to leaving the school premises.

Please note that if your child does not have an Early Leavers pass from the main office, teachers will not allow your child to leave their class.  Also, your child is required to keep the Early Leavers pass so, if they are approached by a teacher outside the school, the student has confirmation they have permission to leave the school premises.


If you write a letter for your child to leave school early, you are NOT required to come in and sign your child out.  Also, your child’s attendance will be marked correctly.  If you need to collect your child unexpectedly, please contact the main office.  We will try our best to organise your child for collection prior to you arriving at school.

Arriving Late to School

If your child has an appointment and they are arriving late to school, please complete the following:


Write a note explaining why your child is arriving late to school.  On this note please supply their name, home group and the reason why they are arriving late.


Your child is required to sign in at the main office, so the attendance officer can make the appropriate changes to compass.

Emergency Pick Ups Only

In extreme circumstances you can ring the office to organise for your child to be collected early. It is extremely disruptive to the classrooms, therefore this procedure is for EMERGENCIES ONLY.

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 College website.


Direct Phone:  9881 7168

Lost Property

Lost Uniforms are taken to the Maintenance Office, which is located near Health Centre.  There are two big draws 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

New parents to the College 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:

  • 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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