Wantirna College Newsletter

24 May 2019
Issue Seven
Dates to Remember for 2019
Assistant Principals
Presentation Ball
Middle Years
English & Literacy
English Language Centre
Big Freeze
Parent's Association
General Information
Wantirna College
90 Harold Street
Wantirna, Vic, 3152

Dates to Remember for 2019

Term 2

Monday 27


Free Dress Day


Tuesday 28

Boys Netball

NEVR Concert & Day Rehearsal Hamer Hall


Wednesday 29

Year 10 Exams



Thursday 30

Year 10 Exams


Friday 31

Year 10 Exams


Monday 3

Year 11 Exams


Tuesday 4

Year 11 Exams


Wednesday 5

Year 11 Exams


Thursday 6

Year 11 Exams


Friday 7

Year 11 Exams


Tuesday 11

Year 11 Exams


Wednesday 12

Year 7 Badminton, Girls Netball, 8/M AFL

Year 10 TAFE and University Visits

GAT, 9:00am

Parents Association Meeting 7.30pm


Thursday 13

Year 11 - Fit to Drive

Year 10 - Defence Force Excursion (optional) 


Friday 14

All Hockey

Assessment Day

Student Free Day


Monday 17

Knox Hockey


Tuesday 18

Cross Country EMR

Vocal Concert 1 with LYC


Wednesday 19

Vocal Concert 2 with MYC


Thursday 20

Senior Basketabll

Vocal Concert 3 with Vox Ens


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

Curriculum Day Student Free Day


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

Assistant Principals

Presentation Balls

The two Presentation Balls were a smash hit last weekend.  The students looked amazing and so grown up.  The dancing, although not without the odd glitch here and there, looked like fun.  Families clearly thought so as once the formalities were over the dance floor was pumping on both nights.

The year 11 students have clearly worked hard over the year to prepare for the night and although there  was some nerves they managed to carry it off well.  It was a treat to hear about their aspirations and dreams and to see how dearly they hold their families.

Special acknowledgement to Kate Chamberlain and Krystal Shaw for all the additional hours they put in.  Their work on the Balls goes above and beyond, as it occurs on top of their other roles not instead of.  We'd also like to acknowledge Jess and Crystal, the dance teachers and Tanya Mackenzie for the back ground administration of the event.

Please check out the photos on the next page.

School Uniform

Just a reminder that now that the winter months are on us that students should be dressed warmly for school whilst still being in school uniform.  We ask for parents support in discouraging students from wearing hoodies and other non uniform options in place of, or under school uniform.  


This year, in consultation  with students we introduced the rugby jumper as an alternative to the woollen school jumper.  The students who are wearing them are reporting that they are soft, warm and comfortable and they like the way they look.  For an additional layer students may wear a long sleeved white t shirt under their shirt.


We know that despite our best intentions that school uniform is a fashion statement for students and that getting boys and girls into long pants can be difficult however this is clearly the warmer option in winter. 


The uniform shop has girls and boys pants as well as rugby jumpers and warm jackets in stock.

Car Park Issues

Due to concerns about safety for our students and staff we ask that parents do not use the main carpark as a drop off and pick up zone at the beginning or  end of the school day.  The double parked cars waiting for students are a hazard that prevent a clear line of sight for students walking through the car park and create mayhem at the end of the day in terms of access.  


Please consider the ample parking on the streets around the College as a safer pick up point for your child.



Catherine Ford, Shane Kruger and

Andrew Lewis

Assistant Principals

Presentation Ball

Presentation Ball





Middle Years

Predator Poem

Speedy, Deadly, Heavily Armoured.


Deadly animal, the sharp rear-end

The tip of its tail is the needle sharp end

Poisonous dagger, to write all your wishes

Silent assassin, will spoil your wishes


Sneaky arachnid, under its stone

Waiting for a victim of its own

Once it stabs you on the skin

You should know that he will win


Eight legged beast, could pop a ball

The scorpion is a predator to all

If you see one, please don’t run

Cos if it stings you, it won’t be fun


These little critters are not adorable

And these animals are dislikeable

Different colours, from brown to black

If you get it angry, it will attack


Written By Nathan Winters 7S.

Snake Poem

Written By Teegan Bruton 7S.



Year 7 Biggest Morning Tea

Year 7 Biggest morning tea, to raise funds for those suffering from cancer.  Excellent Work.



Year 8 Challenge Week


Canoeing and Amazing Race




Trees Adventure




English & Literacy

In our classrooms…

As we approach the half-way mark of the term, our students and teachers are gearing up for a busy final five weeks. Most of our year levels have got lots of assessments coming up. Our year 10 students have got exams for the first time next week and we are hoping that they are studying hard. Our year 11 and 12 core English students are writing (or have just finished) creative responses to their respective texts and our year 9 students are learning about the art of persuasion evident in many reality television shows. Our year 8 students have been reading Things A Map Won’t Show You and our year 7 students are analysing song lyrics. It’s a busy time of year.


Debating is a fantastic way for students to develop their critical thinking and public speaking skills. This year, we have got two teams representing the College in the Debaters Association of Victoria's inter-school debating competition: an A grade team, made up of Year 11 and 12 students, and a C grade team, made up of students from Years 8 and 9. Both teams have now completed three rounds of debates, on topics including politics, the environment and human rights. Last week, both teams competed in a secret topic, where they had only an hour from the announcement of the topic to the beginning of the debate.


Early next week, there will be a call-out for Year 7 and 8 students who are interested in the Junior Debating program. This program is designed for students with no formal debating experience. They will receive training from Wantirna College staff, as well as from representatives from the DAV, and will have the opportunity to compete in three debates against neighbouring schools. Any interested Year 7 and 8 students are encouraged to participate to build their confidence, public speaking skills and their ability to develop and defend reasoned arguments.


A big thank you to Ben Karwan who is leading our two debating teams and training them at lunchtimes to perfect their skills.


Please don’t hesitate to contact him if you would like further details.


In the library…

BLACK OUT POETRY.   On Tuesday lunchtimes, students can repurpose old books by blacking out words to create poetic works of art. Led by the wonderful Debbie Mantzanidis and Diane Seehunsen students have produced some stunning work. Please pop past he library and see their gorgeous poems on display. (Siobhan Haynes 9F poetry).



Carrie Wallis

English/Whole School Literacy

English Language Centre

Students at English Language Centre (ELC)


After our initial visit to Melbourne City exploring Eureka Tower, Federation Square and Hosier Lane in Term 1, our ELC class made another fascinating journey to the bustling and vibrant Melbourne City on May 13. We visited three attractive places, which are located in the heart of picturesque Melbourne. The atmosphere was very charming and we had so many fascinating experiences and enjoyed every moment with our classmates.  


Our first venue was the Shrine of Remembrance. Kevan, our tour guide, was a very compassionate and considerate person when he explained a lot of WWI history in detail. He also shared his own family involvement during world wars. When Kevan showed us the video to briefly explain WW1, I thought about the worst war the poor soldiers had to experience and how terrible environment they had to be placed in. After watching, Kevan, a navy veteran, explained one of the permanent exhibitions, a safety ship, which held 60 soldiers to land at Gallipoli. I felt the WW1 was very terrible and thought that the soldiers were very brave, patriotic and willing to sacrificed themselves for their country. When we headed to the sanctuary, you would see the stone in the middle. The sentence ‘’GREATER LOVE HATH NO MAN ‘’ was inscribed on the stone. While sunlight fell directly on the Stone of Remembrance, we had two minutes’ silence. Miss Song told us the ceremony would be conducted at 11:00 am everyday. Because the WW1 finished at 11:00 on 11th November, people commemorate during Remembrance day. I experienced this solemn place and paid my respect to fallen soldiers. When we came from “John Simplon with Donkey Statues”, Ms Song led us to the eternal flame and mentioned it symbolised eternal life for those who have died.


After the memorable visit of the Shrine of Remembrance, we travelled to the National Gallery of Victoria on foot. It is an enormous place of exhibition about the outstanding artworks to show the memories of the past centuries and commemorate those artworks so that people can approach the power of the art and feel the breath-talking wisdom and infinite imagination of human. It is a very captivating and enchanting place. Firstwe looked at some fashionable dresses. There have distinctive styles and I was amazed/impressed by each dress having its own story. We discovered/explored Victorian ceramics, and very abstract and picturesque oil paintings. The last one was stained glasses which looked like church windows. Many colours made up a perfect work and every piece of art was striking and impressive. I could stay and enjoy each piece for whole day. After we visited the National Gallery of Victoria, I felt those exhibitions were awe-inspiring and I respected those all the exquisite art work displayed. It was a very meaningful place because I intoxicated myself with it. It was an unforgettable experience for me in my life forever. If I can, I will never leave the NGV building.


Lastly, we had an unforgettable excursion to Parliament House. Tt’s a very enormous building and I learnt this inspiring building took only 9 months to complete. I suppose people at the time had to work really hard to construct this spectacular building. I was very surprised that six million dollars’ worth of gold were used to decorate the Council Chamber. The guide, Craig explained that if someone abused others during meetings, the general administrator had the responsibility to drive them out of the door. I thought everybody in there should be gentle and follow the rules. There are four flags in the Queen’s Hall, which is between of those two Chambers. They are Australian flag, Victorian flag, Aboriginal flag and Torres Strait Island flag and they are really iconic for the whole Australia. It was really fascinating that the hall can be hired by anyone to have a party or weddings, which is impossible in China. I reckon Australia is more democratic than other nations.


After this trip, I learnt lot of knowledge about Australian history. Although I had to travel for a long way, I feel this trip was worth it. Experiencing a new culture in Australia is an exciting thing, and I hope I have more opportunities to visit other beautiful places in this country. Australia is as beautiful as pictures everywhere and people are very hospitable.


Sunyi Song

English Language Centre




Big Freeze

Official Fight-MND 'Big Freeze 5' beanies are now available to purchase for $20.00.  You can buy one from the Big Freeze store every Monday, Tuesday & Thursday @ The Orchard Cafeteria or see Mr Cotton in the Later Years office.

Together we can Freeze MND!!!





Parent's Association

Learning Area Support

The key role of the Parent's Association is to raise funds to support the Learning Areas to provide our students with additional resources to enrich their experiences and learning at school.  At our last meeting we considered the requests from Learning Areas and allocated funds for the following initiatives and programs:

1.  Four new spin bikes the Fitness Training Centre.  This is the last of the major purchases for this fantastic facility.  The Fitness Centre is used by all year levels, but in particular allows our older students to use a wide range of quality equipment to apply their learning.  As parents we would like to acknowledge the great work undertaken by the Health and PE teams led by Mr Dave Black and Mr Nathan Rogers in creating new programs for our kids and providing them with a great learning space.

2.  New equipment for the Product Design workshop including a laser cutter, cordless drill, foam cutter, digital printer, lego kits and saw.  Ms Vicky Rumble and her team of Product Design Teachers continue to review and redevelop our workshop to ensure our students are working with the latest technology.  These are fantastic additions to the 3D printer, Laser Cutter and CNC machine purchased last year.

3.  A new set of bike helmets and four new kayaks for the Outdoor Education program.  The bike helmets ensure there is quality control in relation to head protection for all our students when out on the bikes.  They are maintained and monitored by the school and replaced when needed.  The four kayaks supplement the existing fleet and ensure we are able to take larger groups of students onto the water.  We thank Mr Kimberley Graham and all the teachers who take Outdoor Education experiences (including camps) for how much they give of their own time to make these days memorable for our kids.

4.  A class set of Lab coats and an appropriate rack for Science. Much needed due to the high number of practical classes our Science teachers organise and run for our students so that their learning is hands on rather than entirely theoretical.

5.  Ongoing funding for the student Art Club run by Ms Suzanne Tate.  This is an after school class run for students of all ages to allow them to pursue their passion or to learn a new skill.  We also once agin provided funding to the Middle Years sub school to run the Gold Awards initiative.  This has been running for a couple of years and acknowledges and rewards those who show good citizenship around the College.  Mr Darren Hoogkamer, Miss Kathleen Timms and the Year Level Leaders work hard to ensure that our students efforts are acknowledge both formally and in a fun atmosphere.



Presentation Balls

Last weekend we held the Presentation Balls.  This is the major fundraiser of the Parent's Association each year.  We would like to thank the following staff for making this event was the great success it was.

Miss Kate Chamberlain and Miss Krystal Shaw for their countless hours coaching students in their dancing, supervising rehearsals and problem solving the myriad of issues that come from such an event.

We would also like to thank Mrs Tanya Mackenzie for all the administrative work she does in the background.

Both nights were a great success with students showcasing their new dancing skills and families enjoying a night out.  The raffle was a huge success.  Probably due to the large number of quality prizes.  We were lucky enough to have 33 hampers full with gifts donated by the schools suppliers and local businesses.


Democracy Sausages

The Election Day sausage was a huge success. We were sold out by 10.45am and had to make an emergency dash to the butcher for more supplies. These too, went very quickly and we were again sold out and packed up by 2:00pm.  A big thank you to those parents who manned the BBQ and also to all those who chose to cast their vote at the College and bought a sausage.  All funds go back into the pool to allocate to Learning Areas next year.


Career News







Careers Expo


Later Years students attended the expo to start thinking about career pathways.  Many industries and services were represented, so students could ask questions.




Phil Newnham

Careers Counsellor


CSEF forms are now available on Compass


Have you been looking for the CSEF forms and can not find them on our new website?  You will now find them on Compass.


Select the Community Icon

Select School Documentation

Select For Parents from the Document Tree


You will now find the following information on Compass. 





CSEF Application

Parents who received CSEF in 2018, are not required to complete an application form in 2019, providing there has been no change to their family circumstances.

New Families to Wantirna College

Any new families to Wantirna College will be required to fill out the application form attached.

CSEF Information

Financial Assistance Information for Parents 

Camps, Sports & Excursions Fund (CSEF).


Every Victorian child should have access to the world of learning opportunities that exist beyond the classroom. The Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund, will ensure that no student will miss out on the opportunity to join their classmates for important, educational and fun activities. School camps provide children with inspiring experiences in the great outdoors, excursions encourage a deeper understanding of how the world works and sports teach teamwork, discipline and leadership. All are part of a healthy curriculum. CSEF will be provided by the Victorian Government to assist eligible families to cover the costs of school trips, camps and sporting activities.


If you hold a valid means-tested concession card or are a temporary foster parent, you may be eligible for CSEF. The allowance will be paid to the school to use towards expenses relating to camps, excursions, or sporting activities for the benefit of your child. The annual CSEF amount per student will be:


• $125 for primary school students

• $225 for secondary school students.


How to Apply:

You will need to provide a copy of your current Health Care Card with the application. 


For more information about the CSEF visit www.education.vic.gov.au/csef


Parent application close 21 June 2019



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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