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21 September 2018
Issue Fifteen   respect Excellence Creativity
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Wheelers Hill Secondary College
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Wheelers Hill, Victoria, 3150

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The 2018 WHSC College Production of 'The Wizard of Oz'

What a wonderful Production of ‘The Wizard of Oz’!  The Burrinja Theatre in Upwey was a fitting venue for such a high quality performance.  On each of the nights last week (5, 6 and 7/9/18) our College Community was treated to such a wonderful theatrical experience.


Our students were exceptional.  We have such talented students at our College and their skills were there for everyone to see given the superb dancing, singing and acting that was on show.  Furthermore, our committed crew together with a number of other dedicated and hardworking students supported the Production in a number of ways from sound and lighting, to props and costuming.  The efforts of our students ‘behind the scenes’ did not go unnoticed.


We say thank you to our staff and families who began our Production journey many months ago with our students.  Without the commitment from our hardworking staff, together with the support of our families, the opportunity of featuring in our College Production this year just would not have been possible.  We also thank our Primary School Partners (and families) in Mulgrave, Waverley Meadows, Wheelers Hill and Brandon Park Primary Schools for joining with us and having their Year 4 students be a part of the Production this year.  The primary school students were outstanding.


Whilst many staff worked tirelessly in the development of the Production this year, so many of the plaudits must go to our Performing Arts Leading Teacher in Genelle Lentini.  Genelle lead the way from start to finish and it was through her skilful and dedicated leadership that allowed for such a successful Production in 2019.


Well done to all involved.  We are proud of our students and what they have achieved with their superb performance of the Wizard of Oz this year.

Year 12, 2018

The end of the year is fast approaching for our current Year 12 students.  The school holidays will allow students to embark on some practice exams, with Year 12 classes concluding by week three of next term.  The conclusion of classes allows students to spend some time completing some revision before the end of year exams start with VCE English on Wednesday 31st of October.


We wish all of our Year 12 students all the very best with their studies and impending exams as the year quickly comes to an end.  Our Year 12 students will be having a special Whole School Assembly on Wednesday 24th of October starting at 10:40am with families invited to attend.

Building Program

A quick update on the current Building Program with progress continuing to be made at the back of the College with respect to our Gymnasium and Performing Arts Complex.


The Program is becoming more and more ‘weather tight’ allowing for more internal development of the site.  Expected completion remains December, 2018.  Works to modernise and renovate our existing VCE Centre will not begin until after the Year 12 exams being late November / early December this year with the expected completion to these works scheduled for the end of Term One, 2019

Parent Teacher Student Conferences, Monday 17th September, 1:00 to 8:00pm

Our Parent Teacher Student Conferences were held on Monday 17th September, from 1:00 to 8:00pm at the College.  It was a tremendous opportunity for families to come along and speak with teaching staff about the progress of their children across their subjects.  The Parent Teacher Student Conferences aligned with our Cycle 4 Reports that were released to families.  Attendance from families was strong and the Conferences were worthwhile for both families and teaching staff.

WHSC Languages Committee

Our Languages Committee met for the first time recently (5/9).  The Committee has broad representation from staff, leadership, students, parents and staff.

The purpose of the WHSC Languages Committee is to determine which language (s) should be a part of our curriculum on the basis of:

  • Ongoing relevance with our College and Global Community
  • Having the strongest chance of being studied from Year 7 all the way through to Year 12
  • Further improving connections and enrolments from our College Community

The Committee is committed to reviewing and discussing our Languages Program in light of our agreed purpose.  The Committee next meets on Friday 12 10 18.  At this meeting, we will further discuss how to consult with our College Community in this important curriculum area of our College.

Value of the Week – Respect

We have had a number of Year 7 students 'meet and greet' prospective families as they arrive to take in a College Tour throughout the year.  Our Year 7 students have been polite and respectful, representing the College to the highest of standards.  They have also been able to discuss their experiences of their first year at WHSC with our guests.  

Whole School Assembly - Eliza Baird


On Tuesday this week (18/9), we had special Whole School Assembly for Eliza Baird.  Eliza was a student of our College and she passed away late last year after a prolonged illness.

The timing of our Assembly coincided with a memorial having been developed at the College, and Eliza's family was in attendance on the day.

There were a number of moving tributes to Eliza as part of the Assembly and we thank all those involved, particularly Eliza's family, for being a part of a Whole School Assembly.


We were always very proud of Eliza and her achievements.  Our lives are so much richer for knowing her - we will always miss Eliza Baird.


Principal For A Day

We are participating in the Principal For A Day Program in 2018.

The Principal For A Day Program gives a wide range of community and business leaders from all walks of life a first-hand experience of a normal day in a Victorian government school. This year’s participants include several past and present Australian of the Year Award recipients.

Principal For A Day aims to:

  • increase understanding and awareness between schools, business and the wider community
  • promote the great work that schools do
  • provide business and community leaders with first-hand and current experiences of schools
  • enable school principals to develop on-going relationships with leaders from other spheres, and
  • increase opportunities for schools and the community to work together in mutually beneficial ways

On Friday the 12th October, we will be partnering Stella Axarlis AM, Former Maths Teacher, Opera Singer and Australia Day Ambassador on the day.  We look forward to working with Stella as part of the Principal For A Day Program.


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


I would like to take this opportunity to wish all of our families a safe and relaxing holiday period.  It has been another very busy term at WHSC in term three and we look forward to term four after the school holiday break.










Aaron Smith


Assistant Principals' Page

Mobile Phones

Included in the last newsletter was a notification about a change in process concerning mobile phones.

A copy of the article is provided below for your information in the lead up to day one of term 4.


As a college we place a high value on academic excellence and the opportunity for every student to achieve their personal best. While technology certainly has its place in the classroom, in some instances it can also be a source of distraction, which in turn, may hinder learning opportunities.

At WHSC we are confident that the laptop program sufficiently supports the learning needs of students from a technology point of view. We are, however, becoming increasingly concerned about the distractions caused through students use of mobile phones during class time.

We are mindful of ensuring that there is balance between technologies that actually enhance student learning in the classroom and those that can compromise student learning.  After consultation with the Student Development Committee, we have decided to trial from the start of term 4, mobile phone free classrooms.

This trial will apply across all year levels and will commence from day 1, of Term 4.

Essentially, students will not be permitted to access their mobile phones whilst in class. At the start of each lesson, students who have mobile phones with them will be asked to turn them off and place them in a sealed plastic tub which will be kept at the front of the classroom for the duration of the lesson. At the conclusion of the lesson all phones will be returned to students under the teacher's supervision.

We believe the trial of this practice supports the high value we place on student outcomes, where every student has the appropriate conditions to fully engage with the learning and activities for their relevant subject sessions. Mobile phones will only be permitted for use if required for educational purposes at the explicit instruction from the subject teacher.

We will trial this for the first 4 weeks of Term 4 and then review.

Students will be informed about this procedure in the coming weeks so that everybody is fully aware of the trial moving into term 4.

Rotary 4 way Public Speaking Competition

On Wednesday 12th September, Mikayla Harvey and Jemma Frisina competed in the "Rotary 4 way Public Speaking Competition. 

The speech competition is based on the theme of the Rotary Four-Way Test:
“Of the things we think, say or do

  • Is it the TRUTH?
  • Is it FAIR to all concerned?
  • Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?”

Aims of the Public Speaking Contest:

  • To promote to young people the ideals and ethical values of Rotary by drawing attention to the wide applications and implications of Rotary’s Four Way Test.
  • To encourage and foster proficiency in the art of public speaking.
  • To develop confidence and self-esteem in the young participants.
  • To provide opportunities for students to test their skills before an audience.
  • To develop relationships between Rotary and schools.

Both Jemma and Mikalya delivered outstanding speeches on the evening. Mikayla  spoke about "domestic violence" , while Jemma spoke about "sexualisation of youth in the media" . I was so proud to hear the polished and well constructed presentations from both girls. While they did not make it through to the finals, they certainly did our school proud!


Rotary RYPEN camp

Last weekend, two of our students attended the RYPEN camp (Rotary Youth Program of Enrichment).

This two day camp is sponsored by the Rotary Club of Glenwaverley.   Participants are involved in a variety of workshops and activities, which provide an opportunity for them to personally develop, gain self confidence, improve communication skills, challenge themselves, build friendships, and develop life skills. This is the third year we have been lucky enough to be involved in this initiative. This year we sent two year 9 students, Jessica Phillips and Chloe Fleming. In addition, Jemma Frisina from year 10 was  requested to return this year as one one the colour leaders of the camp!

Please enjoy Jessica and Chloe's reflection about their camp experience.

On the 14th of September, we attended the RYPEN (Rotary Youth Program of ENrichment) camp, sponsored by the Rotary club of Glen Waverley. The camp was located in Mt Evelyn and was run by fantastic volunteers including WHSC year 10, Jemma Frisina. The camp aimed to teach 14-17 year olds about leadership and resilience. On our arrival we were split up into separate groups, called colour groups, forming our families for the weekend. Over the space of the weekend we met so many amazing people and have made strong new friendships. We have become so close to other youth with the same intentions as ourselves-to be responsible young adults with as many skills as possible. Throughout the camp, sessions were conducted on relationships, trust, communication and collaboration. We also chose charities to raise money for, and at the conclusion of camp, each colour group donated this money to their chosen organization. The camp was a great opportunity for fun and learning and we are very thankful for the chance to attend. A huge thank you to Glen Waverley Rotary Club for making our attendance at this extraordinary event possible!

Jessica Phillips and Chloe


Canteen EFTPOS

Next term the school canteen will be introducing an EFTPOS facility. Students who have a transaction card will be able to access this service at he canteen. The minimum amount accepted via the EFTPOS facility will be $5.00. Families of students who intend to use the EFTPOS facility are encouraged to have a discussion with their children about responsible use of this facility.


As the term draws to a close, we would like to wish all members of the college community a well earned break- time to recharge the batteries for our final term of 2018!


Mrs Judy Anderson & Mr Andrew Dixon   

Assistant Principals

What's on this week


  • SRC Fun Run

24th Stepember to 5th October

  • Term 3 Break


  • Term 4 Starts
  • Year 10 Work Placement
  • Year 8 Stem Project


  • Year 10 Work Placement
  • Year 8 Stem Project


  • Year 10 Work Placement
  • Year 8 Stem Project


  • Year 10 Work Placement
  • Year 8 Stem Project


  • Year 10 Work Placement
  • Year 8 Stem Project


  • Year 8 Stem Project
  • Sport Presentation Evening


  • Year 8 Stem Project


  • Year 8 Stem Project
  • South Melbourne Market Tour
  • Marvelous Males BBQ


  • Year 8 Stem Project
  • Year 7 Zoo Excursion



Year 8 Medieval Day

On Wednesday 12th September the Year 8’s were immersed in a day of engaging activities in the form of a Medieval Day. Students were able to take part in a number of exciting and hands-on sessions to support their current unit of Medieval History in the Humanities classroom.


Sessions included:

* Arms and Armour - Students were able to try on armour, as well as give jousting a go. The highlight of this session was definitely students creating a shield wall to protect themselves from incoming ‘arrows’ (tennis balls).

* Music and Dance – Students were introduced to a number of songs and instruments popular in medieval times. They were involved in playing these instruments, as well as undertaking a medieval dance across the oval

* Costume and Lifestyle – Students were involved in an engaging session where they learned about the medieval social structure and lifestyle, as well as trying on many different costumes.

* Games – Students were shown and participated in a number of games and leisure activities undertaken in medieval times.


Student Reflections:

On Medieval Day we learnt about the medieval culture and lifestyle, along with games and the way they dressed. I really enjoyed the music and dance activity, we learned about the kind of music they listened to and the instruments used. At the end of the lesson we did a medieval dance and it was really fun. Another activity I really enjoyed was medieval warfare, where we learnt about battle in medieval times. We got to look at the armour and held some of the weapons and shields. Later in the lesson we had a pretend fight where one team held shields, standing in a line, while the other team attacked with tennis balls. Overall I really enjoyed the Medieval Day and it was very educational. Charlotte Bowley.


Medieval Day was a very good experience for everyone that participated. We learnt a lot of things while having fun. My favourite activity was the games. We learned about how the people entertained themselves and also got to play some games like axe throwing and the tiggy game we played. It was a great experience and learning opportunity. Kyren Sandhu


On Medieval Day I enjoyed the fun activities and everything else we did. We learnt all about the games they played, the weapons they used, the clothes they wore and the musical instruments they had. The staff were really knowledgeable about medieval history and they were all really nice. Overall I had a really fun day! Jemma Burley

Elisa Pauer

Humanities Domain Leader


Sport Presentation Evening

We are pleased to announce the first Wheelers Hill Secondary College Sport Presentation Evening is coming soon.

VENUE: College library

DATE: Monday 15th October

TIME: 5pm for a 5.30pm start

Further details will be forwarded to all award recipients and families very soon.


Kerrie Lay & Sally Pryde

Sport Coordinators

Performing Arts

Production 2018 - There's No Place like Wheelers... 

88 students, 4 primary school munchkins, 900 tickets, 1 dog. Wheelers Hill Secondary College's Production of "The Wizard of Oz, young performers edition" was a display of the dedication and talent our community has to offer. 

Staged at the stunning Burrinja Cultural Centre, we are so proud of all the people involved in such a monumental school event. 

Congratulations to everyone involved - and stay tuned... 2019 production may be announced sooner than you think...


Welcome to Munchkinland!

For production this year, our school worked with four of the primary schools in our area; Wheelers Hill Primary School, Mulgrave Primary School, Brandon Park Primary School and Waverly Meadows Primary School, so that the primary school students would have a chance to participate and perform in the Wizard of Oz.

This worked well, with a group of Wheelers Hill Secondary students travelling to schools every Wednesday afternoon for a term and a half to teach choreography and scenes for Munchkinland to the primary school students.

As the Wicked Witch, I was very proud to see the hard work they put in, going from happy and giggling to cowering and being terrified of me. I’m also sure that after several lessons and lots of drilling, they finally know how to do the perfect box step. Without the primary school’s cooperation and continuous help, the Munchkin land scene definitely wouldn’t have been quite as good!

The primary schools worked very hard on the songs and dances we had given them, and helped us make the Wizard of Oz even more special. This production has strengthened the relationship between these schools and our own, and has created more opportunities for our wider community.

- Chelsea Gottliebsen, 9C, "Wicked Witch of the West"

VCE Music Students

Unit 4 Music Students will undertake their external performance examinations early in Term 4! They have worked tirelessly with their music teacher, Mr Lijnders, to ensure they are ready and prepared for this big day. We are very proud of the achievements of our VCE Music students and know they will do themselves and the college community, proud. 

VCE Theatre Studies  - Monologue Night

VCE Theatre Studies students will also be undertaking a performance examination - a performance or design presentation of a monologue, as stipulated by VCAA. 

The students will be sharing their work to the community in a free intimate presentation night. All members of the community are welcome to support our students and their presentations. Details are below!

Genelle Lentini

Performing Arts Leader

Middle School 

Middle School News

Well as the Term comes to an end, I reflect on all the activities inside and outside the classroom that our students have had the opportunity to experience. The students have shown excellence, creativity and respect in the classroom and we have seen many students stepping up and organising themselves and handing in their work on time. The students have had organised activities in relation to certain curriculum areas. They have also had the opportunity outside the classroom and have experienced activities such as Interschool Sports and the School Production.

Middle School Leaders

The students have been busy in the last few weeks and have been helping the SRC and Miss McMahon in organising the fun Run. They have stepped up at meetings and are being involved on the day.

Alpine School Students

The students will finish their final days this week up at Dinner Plain. I would like to say a very special Thank-you to Ms Helen James for making the trek up and visiting the students. We look forward to their Community Leadership Project that will take place in Term 4.


Snippet from Matt’s Sway

Sunday 9th of September 2018 (13 days until end of program)

Today was our 2nd last rest day, I had a lot of fun and just chilled mostly. We had 2 past students from the Gnurad campus named Tyler and Gabe. They're really cool people and I've had a lot of fun hanging out with them. Tyler and I have very similar music tastes, he really likes Muse and he can

play some songs on the bass. Gabe is really cool too. He can play a bit of guitar and they both have a really good sense of humor. They are really nice guys and they are really fun to hang out with.

It's beginning to kick in that I don’t have that much more time here, we have 13 days left and I'm nervous that we won't stay in contact after this. I'll miss everyone but I want to go home at the same time. Miss Guy told us we are at the stage to begin packing anything we won't be using, we leave NEXT WEEK.






Snippet from Spencer’s Sway

Snippets from Classes or experience:

Today, our classes were Gallery Walk Pred Gallery

Classes or experience: Today, we got back from Expo 2. Expo 2 overall was fun, but it was challenging and quite tiring. On the first day, we arrived at Biathlon Hut. The trip to Biathlon Hut was around 3km, and wasn’t that challenging. We arrived there with quite a lot of time to spare. We had lunch around 12, and went for an afternoon ski at 1-2pm. The afternoon ski was probably more tiring than the trip to Biathlon Hut, but it was sunny so that made it easier. After dinner, around 9pm some of us were just lying on the snow looking up at the stars and were talking about them. It was quite a nice experience, but we couldn’t do this on the second day.


On the second day, we woke up at 6am to rain hitting our tent. We were warned about a lot of rain coming in, and were hoping to get to our next destination before the rain hit us, but it had already rained and it was very overcast. Because of this, we stayed at Biathlon Hut another night, as the terrain would be too difficult to traverse whilst it was raining. Majority of the day we just sat in the hut around the fire and talked, but we did go skiing for around 2 hours in the rain. We went through 

a skier’s tunnel, and went to Dargo’s Lookout. We couldn’t see anything from there, because of all the trees. We then caught a bus back up to where we started, and back to Biathlon Hut in the rain. We couldn’t sleep very well because of how much rain there was.


Year 7 News

The students have had the opportunity to involve themselves in Interschool Sports. I had the opportunity to be with the students at Table Tennis. They played very well and improved across the day.


Year 8 News

The Year 8’s have been very lucky this last fortnight as they have had interschool sports and a fantastic Medieval day. By all accounts the students got a lot out of the day, learning about costumes, games and the type of activities that they took part in the Medieval era.


Year 9 News

The Year 9 students have had a busy fortnight. They have been involved in two Urban experience days and had the opportunity to view different parts of the City. They had the opportunity to listen to a speaker from The Big Issue. The students have also taken part in a Wellbeing Day. We had people from Motiv8, Melbourne Vixens, SECASA, Headspace and MAT life speaking with the students.


I wish all students a safe and restful holiday.



Mrs Melissa Robinson

Middle School Leader

Senior School


Year 12

On Wednesday 12th September, Year 12 students attended examination preparation sessions conducted by presenters from Elevate Education.

The Ace Your Exams seminar covered:

  • Exam preparation tasks
  • How to ensure consistent improvement
  • How to allocate time during exam preparation
  • Techniques for managing stress and time pressure in exams

The Memory and Mnemonics seminar covered:

  • How to overcome reliance on rote learning
  • The role of attention in memory and managing distractions
  • Semantic learning techniques for higher level memorization

The students were fully engaged in the sessions and interacted well with the presenters. They now need to put the advice and strategies given into action.


Thursday 20th September saw Year 12 dress up as their favourite book/TV show/movie character. There were many different characters on display.



A reminder that the VCE Trial Examinations will be taking place in the first week of the September holidays. The timetable has been published.


Judith Riddoch

Senior School Leader



The trip to the USA is slowly approaching for those students going on the next ‘G’Day USA’ tour. As we travel with 4 other schools from Victoria, our colour group is ‘Lime’.


Flying United Airlines, we will depart on January 5th 2019 and return to Melbourne on January 25th 2019. Apart from spending 4 nights in Los Angeles and 2 nights in San Francisco, students and staff will be hosted by American families in San Diego, California for 9 nights.


Ms Terry Ashton

G’Day USA Coordinator

Community News

2nd Hand Uniform - Term 4

·         Thursday 11th October 2018 – 1.30 to 3.00pm

·         Monday 22nd October 2018 – 1.30 to 3.00pm

·         Thursday 8th November 2018 – 1.30 to 3.00pm


·         Thursday 15th November 2018 at 6.00pm to 8pm – Year 7 2019 Parent & Student Information


·         Tuesday 11th December 2018 at 1.30pm to 3.00pm – Year 7 2019 Orientation Day

Walk for Wings

In relation to the Whole School Assembly for Eliza Baird earlier in the week, we would like to inform our College Community of the Walk for Wings event at the Melbourne Botanical Gardens on Sunday 21st of October at 11:00am.


Walk for Wings is DEBRA Australia's walk where all EB supporters come together to raise awareness and show their support for families affected by EB.


Costs for this events are provided below:


$15 per person

$25 per family (4 people); $5 for additional children

Marvellous Males Invitation


Recycle Your Old Mobile Phone


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