Wantirna College Newsletter

26 July 2019
Issue Eleven
Dates to Remember for 2019
Principal's Report
Assistant Principals
NT Tour 2019
SRC News
Wantirna Student Techs
Year 10 Sports Excellence & Peer Support Program
Term 3 Sport
2019 Languages Expo
News from the Library
Parents Of Performing Arts
Gala Concert
Wellbeing News
Health Centre
Community News
General Information
Wantirna College
90 Harold Street
Wantirna, Vic, 3152

Dates to Remember for 2019

Term 3

Tuesday 30

Curriculum Information Night 6pm - 9pm


Wednesday 31

Yr 11 Course Selection - Selected students only



Thursday 1 & Friday 2

VCAL Interviews


Monday 5

Production Dress Rehearsal

Year 12 Theme Day


Wednesday 7

Year 10 Course Selection (NO YEAR 10 CLASSES THIS DAY)



Thursday 8



Friday 9



Tuesday 13

House Athletics


Wednesday 14


Parents Association Meeting, 7.30pm


Thursday 15



Friday 16



Monday 19

Year 7 Basketball


Tuesday 20

PoPA Committee meeting


Wednesday 21

Parents Association Meeting


 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


Thursday 19

Student/parent teacher Interviews

Students not required at school other than interviews

Term 4

Monday 7

First day of Term 4


Tuesday 8

PoPA Committee Meeting


Friday 11

EMR Athletics


Monday 14

Year 12 Themed Dressed Day


Tuesday 15

Contemporary Band Program Showcase


Wednesday 16

Presentation Ball 2020 Information session - Year 10 students and parents 7.30pm in  Mason House

Parents Association Meeting, 7:30pm


Thursday 17

Year 7 & 10 Immunisations

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

Music Information Night - 7.30p,m

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


Wednesday 20



Tuesday 26

Year 9 Drama Performances L1


Thursday 28

Year 9 Drama Performances L1


Monday 9

Year 10 Formal

Orientation Evening


Tuesday 10

Year 7 Orientation Day


Wednesday 11

Parents Association Meeting, 7:30pm


Friday 20


End of Term 4

2019 Term dates:

Term 1: 30 January  to 5 April

Term 2: 23 April to 28 June

Term 3: 15 July to 20 September

Term 4: 7 October to 20 December

2020 Term dates:

Term 1:  28 January - 27 March

Term 2:  14 April - 26 June

Term 3:  13 July - 18 September 

Term 4:  5 October - 18 December

Please note commencement dates and Curriculum days have not yet been finalised for 2020.

Principal's Report


Welcome back to Semester 2, Term 3.  There is another very exciting term ahead of us with a great deal happening.....


Production – Addams Family

With just under 2 weeks to the launch of this year’s College Production my message to you is book your tickets now to avoid disappointment!!! I have sat in on rehearsals at various stages over the last few months and based on what I have seen, I can confidently say that our students and staff have outdone themselves again this year.


Our talented cast will dazzle you with their impressive music and dance abilities and the sets and costumes will leave you awestruck. The storyline is full of highlights and laughs and will keep you engaged to the very end. The Addams Family production journey began all the way back in February, and the performances over a fortnight will be a culmination of many months worth of preparation and many hours of dedication and hard work.


I encourage all members of our College community to get along and support our large cast in this year's production. You won’t be disappointed.

 Building Update

 I am very pleased to report that both our major projects that have been constructed over the last few months are only days away from completion. The Covered Outdoor Learning Area (COLA) has been completed, however we are  finalising some fence repairs, concreting and path works before opening it to classes. The colossal 2000sqm project will allow year round use for PE and Sport allowing coverage from rain in winter and sun in summer. It will be a home for future whole school assemblies in the warmer months. In the future, surface and lighting upgrades will complete the project and provide us with an outstanding facility that can be used day and night for a multitude of different sports.


The D block toilet rebuild is days away from being completed. The only remaining loose end is the installation of the automatic door which is expected to be completed by the end of this week. I anticipate us formally opening this world leading facility early next week. Our community will also get an opportunity to have a look at the completed project when it is open for use during the production.


Staffing changes

In recent times there have been a number of staffing changes for a variety of different reasons. At the start of the term Mr Oudshoorn began a six months secondment with the Department of Education’s curriculum team and he has been replaced by Katherine Reynolds. In a week and a half we say goodbye to Mr Seedeen who unfortunately leaves us to take up a position with Eltham HS. Mr Seedeen is a well respected teacher and Year Level Leader who will be sorely missed by students and staff. We expect to have a replacement finalised before Mr Seedeen’s departure. Bethany Gaschk will be the Year Level Leader replacement, joining Phuong Le.


We also have a number of staff joining us for varying periods of time to replace staff on leave this term, I would like to welcome and thank Patricia McGready, Yibo Zhao, Timothy Cawthorn, Polycratis Sofianopoulos, Ahmet Latifoglu, Gloria Chen and Kallum Wallace.


A real life hero in our midst

 Last week at Boronia train station a sight impaired elderly man, Jim, fell from the platform onto the tracks causing significant injuries. Fortunately a number of bystanders jumped to action, leaping onto the tracks to rescue the man and carry him to safety before a train arrived. I am proud to say that one of the heroes who leapt into action was Year 11 student Max Thomas. Max downplayed his role but the elderly man’s wife was in no doubt that Max and the other heroes “saved his life.”


As a school and community we are extremely proud of Max who is an outstanding representative of a school. His humble nature and care for others is something that needs to be recognised and applauded. This week Max met Jim’s wife Janet, who gave him a hug, presented him with a small gift and testimonial and thanked him on behalf of her family.


Well done Max, what an outstanding representative of our school you are!


Kevin Murphy



Assistant Principals

Semester One Awards Presentation

Monday July 29, 4:30pm-6pm

Throughout semester one, many of our students strived hard to achieve outstanding results and we acknowledge and invite parents to celebrate their significant achievements with us. 

 At the end of each semester, teachers are asked to nominate students for Academic Excellence Awards. Staff usually nominate up to four students per class, however this can vary according to how many students deserve the accolade.  The following three criteria are used for deciding nominations:

1. Displays excellence and rigour consistently in the work they produce throughout the subject.

2. Achieves the assessment criteria to a high level.

3. Strives for improvement and academic excellence.

Students who are nominated in multiple subjects are invited to our End of Semester Awards Afternoon to receive their well-deserved certificate. If students demonstrate academic excellence in both semesters, students are invited to our End of Year Awards Evening.

Students who are nominated in singular subjects will receive certificates in their end of semester reports.

The Semester One Awards Presentation is on Monday 29th July in the College Theatre from 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm. A celebratory afternoon tea with the Principal, Mr Kevin Murphy, in the Orchard prior to the presentation, will commence at 4.30 pm. If you're child is receiving an award, please ensure that you have confirmed your child's attendance to assist us with seating arrangements and catering.

We look forward to celebrating the wonderful academic achievements of our students on Monday.


Carrie Wallis

Acting Assistant Principal

Curriculum Evening

Tuesday 30th July, 6.30pm to 8.45pm

As our students progress on their schooling journey, their decisions regarding subjects and pathways become incredibly important. Our annual Curriculum Evening will help and support your family to access information, advice and support to ensure that you collectively make informed and appropriate choices about subjects for the following year. 

There are two important components to the information evening. The first is the Curriculum Marketplace where parents and students can meet with teachers from each learning area to ask questions and seek advice about individual subjects. Our Careers team will also be available for information and advice regarding TAFE and university options, as well as information regarding entering the workforce.
The second part is a formal presentation which will provide students at each year level with specific
information related to course requirements, the subject selection process and how to access support for
students and parents. As VCE and VCAL are both two year courses there will be one presentation for
students entering year 11 and 12. Families may attend the marketplace and presentation in the order that is most suitable for them.
Further information about the times for the presentations and marketplace can be found in your Compass newsfeed. We look forward to seeing you there.

School Buses

We are fortunate at Wantirna College to have a number of dedicated bus services provided by Public
Transport Victoria. In recent times, these services are getting busier and busier, and the feedback from our students is that they are now often overcrowded to the point of some students not being able to board their preferred bus. Unfortunately, the data gathered by PTV based on Myki activity doesn’t reflect the same story, indicating not all students are tapping on and off. PTV use the ‘tap on tap off’ data to inform their decisions about buses servicing the College. When students don’t ‘tap on’ it sends the message that there are not many students on the bus and extra services cannot be justified. We therefore ask parents to remind their children that tapping on and off is always required, even if the bus is very full and the queue is long, and that significant fines apply for fare-evasion. The school supports the work of the PTV and their officers in enforcing correct fare payment, and will continue to work with PTV to add additional services where the data shows the need.


Thank you to all students and families for their support with this.


Shane Kruger

Assistant Principal

NT Tour 2019

Another year, another fantastic trip to the NT! Students this year were fortunate to experience a myriad of swimming opportunities, which many considered a highlight. It was a wonderful camp— full of bonding, learning life lessons and a sense of camaraderie. The hikes and walks, particularly around King’s Canyon were extraordinary. The scenery was iconic and breathtaking as usual. Students also got to see the surrounding native wildlife. 


The camp was a great learning experience. Not only did the students learn about native flora and fauna, but they were also able to learn more about Indigenous Australians; learning about their culture and their history. Students were able to interact with the local community, as well as have the chance to give back, by donating proceeds raised to the Royal Flying Doctors Service. Students also came away learning more about themselves as young people. 


'NT tour was the best two weeks of my life. Spending two weeks with everyone was a great experience. The tour brought everyone closer, as a year level. The activities we did were amazing; from the swimming in the waterfalls to the King’s Canyon hike. This will be something none of us will forget. I think everyone should go on this trip; you won’t regret it.'        -   Brianna Meehan


A camp such as the NT Tour would not run without the amazing support of ten very dedicated teachers/staff. A massive and heartfelt thank you to Miss Le, Mrs. Davies, Mr. Rogers, Miss Lobriza, Miss Shaw, Miss Brotto, Alyssa the AFL trainee and Dean, who supervised all the swimming activities. Extra special thanks to Miss Nieva and Miss Lewis for being fabulous NT Tour Coordinators and all the effort they put in to make this camp happen. These staff not only gave up their personal time to ensure that students were able to experience the best Australia has to offer, but also made it their priority to care for students’ wellbeing, their safety and enjoyment of the camp.


We would also like to extend our thanks and gratitude to Tourism NT for their generous grant. We very much appreciate the continued support.



SRC News

Term 3 SRC News

In Term 3 Wantirna College’s SRC will have a theme and focus of the Environment. We are hoping to provide a range of opportunities for students to learn about the local environment as well as organisations and agencies which promote sustainability and a healthy environment.


Throughout the term we have some great lunch time activities. The first of which is a year level Kahoot challenge. There will be prizes for each year level, with the winner having the opportunity to be the ‘Champion of Kahoots’ at Wantirna by competing against all the other year level winners. 


Reflections on Term 2

In Term 2 we had our focus on diversity. We raised over $800 for different organisations as well as supporting the LGBTIQA+ with running an international day against discrimination and phobia (IDAHOBIT day). 

Our movie club was a great success, drawing students out of the cold and into the Theatre to watch Monsters Inc. There will be more movies in Semester 2 to follow.


Facilities upgrades

In early Term 1 we sent out a student survey about what you would like to see improved around the school. The top improvement students said they would want to see was more seating and more colour. Well we listened and can proudly announce that we have completed school improvement work with laying synthetics grass leading up to the Orchard. We can see already it has been well received and students using it at each break. 


We hope it is something we all continue to enjoy for years to come. Please continue to talk to your SRC members about improvements and issues affecting you.


Wantirna Student Techs

Students at Wantirna College are demonstrating skills in social awareness and empathy as they form the Wantirna Student Tech. Team and begin to volunteer their time to solve computer problems and assist fellow students to connect with their learning.


 The key focus of the Wantirna Student Techs is to work collaboratively with the I.T Team, teachers and librarians to support student learning through the use of multi- modal technology. The students adhere to a strict code of ethics and uphold the Wantirna College core school values, dedicating their skills and knowledge by giving back to the school community. The I.T. students are passionate individuals, part of student voice and keen to help other students learn how to use technology effectively and appropriately to get organised and get their learning back on track.  


The Student Techs will be available every Wednesday lunchtime 12.45-1.30pm in the Discussion room.


Debbie Mantzanidis

Year 10 Sports Excellence & Peer Support Program

Year 10 Sports Excellence & Peer Support Program

Applications and expression of interest forms due Friday 26th July.

  • A reminder all Sports Excellence applications and Peer Support expression of interest forms are due this Friday 26th July at middle years no later than 4pm.
  • Please submit these in the boxes provided.
  • Forms and applications can be found on Compass or can be collected from the middle years office.

If you are unable to meet this deadline please email Mr Black or Ms Timms.


Year 10 Peer Support Program Description


The Peer Support program aims to educate students on the value of peer-to-peer support. It is designed to provide support between groups of junior students and trained senior leaders. By applying the “student-help-student” principle, Peer Support taps the energies of the most valuable resource a school has  - the students. The empowerment of young people in this way encourages them to grow in confidence and responsibility. It has been shown that pro social behaviours amongst the school community are encouraged by educating peer support leaders on the effects they can have on younger students. 


The Peer Support Program aims to create a thriving school environment that puts students at the centre of their learning, nurturing them and providing them with the necessary skills and strategies to navigate school and life. The program allows students to develop empathy, form relationships  and develop a sense of responsibility towards students they might not typically engage with. While working within these structured groups, older students (year 10 students) lead younger students through planned and engaging lesson activities that explore a range of topics. Students take responsibility for a number of incoming Year 7 students and create a supportive learning environment for younger students during Semester 1, in which Year 7 students develop:  

  • Character building and respect for self and others, including empathy and compassion 
  • Positive and respectful relationships and social skills 
  • Skills needed to be an effective learner 
  • Strategies to promote mental health, through resilience, mindfulness, gratitude and kindness 
  • Student agency 
  • School connectedness 
  • Responsibility for self and others, including values, friendship and anti-bullying. 
  • And to empower young people to build improved help-seeking behaviour through increased knowledge of available support, the development of positive coping strategies and the development of skills needed to access help. 

Becoming a trained peer support leader and undertaking the program creates a sense of empowerment that results in their ability to take responsibility for the learning of younger students. It also empowers them to take ownership and responsibility over their own learning and wellbeing, including an increase in self efficacy. It also provides students with leadership skills and opportunities for self-development and self-reflection. Year 10 students learn how to become an effective leader in the 21st century and develop employability skills such as communication, creativity, collaboration, problem solving, critical thinking, self-management and planning and organising.  


The introduction of peer support programs have been conclusively proven to have a long term preventative effect on the incidence of bullying by contributing to the development of positive relationships and a safe school culture (McGrath, H & Stanley, M 2006).   


If you have any questions regarding the Peer Support Program, please speak to Mr Black, alternatively contact him via email ([email protected]).



Term 3 Sport

A reminder to all parents and students that the athletics carnival is coming up on Tuesday 13th August. Compass events will be up shortly to provide consent. Students are encouraged to dress up according to their house colour on the day and compete to earn points towards their house total! Stay tuned for more information...


Term 3 sign ups for basketball and table tennis have now closed. We had over 230 students across Year 7 -10 sign up for Term 3 sport. Coaches will be distributing information regarding meetings, tryouts and training early this term. All students will be informed via the Compass news feed and via email.


Parent and students are reminded of the following: 

  • All students must provide written consent and payment online via Compass 2 days prior to the event to be eligible to play.
  • Wantirna PE uniform must be worn, including Wantirna polo and jacket.
  • Sport leggings are acceptable (with no branding or logos).
  • If there are any questions regarding sport, please don’t hesitate to contact, Nathan Rogers (Leader of Sport).


Good luck to all competitors and teams in the coming months.



On Thursday 18th July, five students from the Wantirna College athletics team participated in the School Sport Victoria State Track and Field Championships at Bundoora Track.

The state competition has a very high standard with approximately 100 students per race and our students competed with great determination, and resilience on a tough track. Congratulations to Ava Lawler (Year 7), Amber Law, Katie Law, Amy Hamley (Year 9) and Mia Ward (Year 11).


Ava Lawler – 53th

Katie Law – 62nd

Amber Law – 75th

Amy Hamley – 84th

Mia Ward – 33rd



2019 Languages Expo

On Wednesday 25 July during Period 2, all Year 8 students attended our annual Languages Expo assembly, which has been run by the Languages team for almost two decades. This year the assembly was hosted by four student volunteers:  two Year 9 Chinese students (Ziniu Huang and Laura Hutchen) and two Year 11 VET Spanish students (Jacob Lacchiana and Sally Cheng). Our Principal Mr Murphy delivered a keynote speech at the beginning of the assembly.


During the assembly, students learned about their language pathways beyond Year 8. They found it very interesting when Elijah Haynes and Faith Pike from Year 8 shared their sister school exchange experience in China earlier this year. College Captain Jacqui Rogers and Career Counsellor Mr Newnham also shared the benefits of learning languages from their own perspectives with the students. Our special guests performed Spanish dancing and played Chinese guzheng (a traditional Chinese musical instrument) for entertainment and interaction. 


At the conclusion of the assembly ten students received language awards and were presented with their certificates.  These awards are in recognition of outstanding academic achievement in Chinese or Spanish studies at year 8.



The Languages Award recipients are:

8A Spanish - Kevin Thai

8B Spanish - Niamh Gallacher

8C Chinese - Rodger Zhang

8D Chinese - Yoya Supo

8E Chinese - Maliya Desianto

8F Chinese - Jordan Brooke

8G Spanish - Madison Semmens

8H Spanish - Amber Higgins

8I Spanish - Lorraine Joy Legaspi

8S Chinese – Caden Janetzki


The Language team would like to thank all teachers and students who supported the assembly ensuring it ran smoothly. 


The Languages Team 






News from the Library

As the weather gets colder and the light gets darker, thoughts in the Library turn gothic!


Looking forward to seeing The Addams Family production later this term.


Recently Year 8 students visited the Library to hear some gothic tales. They also tried their hand at storyboarding some gothic movies using Imovie on either an Ipad borrowed from the Library or their own phone. Most students chose to select from the character props and backgrounds provided while a few brave groups decided to try their hand at “green screening” their backgrounds.


I was very impressed with the thought students put in to make their short films truly “gothic” as opposed to comedy horror, with consideration given to camera angles, voice overs, gothic archetypes and plotlines.



While borrowing horror and fantasy books is proving popular at the moment, other students have been spending their time in the Library at lunchtime playing card or computer games, writing poetry or joining in with one of the latest activities such as squishy [playdough] circuitry or word finds. A new competition will be coming soon to help celebrate Book Week in August – keep an eye out for it!



Mrs Hall and the Library team

Parents Of Performing Arts

News - July 2019


Stay Tuned


Term 3

Father’s Day Hamper Raffle


Gala Concert Raffle


Term 4

Shopping Tour

Sun Oct 27


Christmas Raffle


Christmas Tarts



Next Meeting

Tue 23 July


Music office

All welcome




Showcase Hamper  Raffle

Congratulations to John Antenellos who was the winner of our fabulous Showcase Hamper!  Raffle tickets were sold at front of house over the three weeks of showcases and drawn at the end of the last performance.  Thank you to everyone who supported this fundraiser.  We raised $216.50!


During the showcases, fifteen members of the POPA Committee volunteered across ten events to sell refreshments and tickets at front of house. 


Production VIP Package Raffle

Congratulations to Mandy Bruton who was the winner of our first every VIP Package Raffle to Wantirna College’s 2019 Production of The Addams Family!  Mandy won 2 Premium seats to our VIP night with refreshments and 2 fully autographed Programs.  Thank you to Valentina Smedley for suggesting this fundraising idea.  We raised $360!


Kidman Kandles Drive

Congratulations to Michelle Styles who was the winner of a deliciously scented Double Wick candle in our Facebook Competition.  The competition ran on the ‘Wantirna College Performing Arts’ Facebook page to promote our Kidman Kandles fundraiser.  Thank you to everyone who supported our candle fundraiser.  The candles and reed diffusers proved to be the most popular items and we raised $69!


Shopping Tour Sun 27 October – Save the Date!

We are organising a fun, social day of shopping at discount outlets around Melbourne (including clothes, luggage, confectionary, giftware, books & shoe stores!).  Come along and do some Christmas shopping!  Bring a friend, make friends, have fun!  Food will be BYO or purchase on the day.


$50 per person

Fri 9 Aug:  $25 deposit due

Fri 6 Sept: $25 balance due


This is an optional fundraising activity and we appreciate your support.  Look for the notice on Compass to book your spot!


Want to help?

Volunteers are always welcome to attend meetings and/or assist with fundraising.  Please contact the music office if you’d like more information.  We meet monthly on a Tue evening at 7:30pm.  Feedback is always welcome.


Gala Concert

Gala Concert


Once again this year our annual Gala Concert will be held at the Melbourne Recital Centre on Wed 18th September. This concert will showcase our entire Performing Arts Faculty and celebrate the hard work and achievement of all our students this year.  Please join us for this amazing event - tickets are available through  https://www.melbournerecital.com.au/events/2019/the-gala-concert-2019




Upcoming Dates

Concert Band @ VSMF
Tues 30th July
Hawthorn Arts Centre

Symphonic Band @ VSMF
Wed 21st August
Hawthorn Arts Centre

Symphonic Band @ South Street
Tues 3rd Sep
9am – 7pm
Founders Hall, Federation Uni
Mount Helen

Wed 18th Sep
Melbourne Recital Centre

Wellbeing News

Courses, Conferences & Programs


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On page 2 you will see an index of contents so that you can easily find the section you are interested in.

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We're super excited to have secured Term 3 funding from a Vic Health and Tennis Victoria Grant to run a 9 week long Tennis 4 Teens Program at Miller Park.  The program is specially designed to cater to students aged 12 to 17.

Wednesdays after school
4:00pm - 5:00pm
9 Sessions: commencing July 17 & concluding September 11
For first time visitors, we're located on the corner of Mountain Highway and Liverpool Rd, The Basin



Participants are welcome to join us for all 9 sessions, or just turn up on the day.  This relaxed structure allows the program to fit in with other commitments like homework and part time jobs


Optionally, you can follow the link provided to Tennis Victoria's official Tennis 4 Teens page and seek out "Miller Park TC" as your nearest location.  From this site you'll be encouraged to create an account with MindBody and complete an online registration form.

**You can register at Miller Park Tennis Club from the commencement of each session - no bookings required.

All equipment including racquets are provided at no cost. (Teens are welcome to bring their own racquet if they prefer.)  Comfy sports attire and runners are recommended. 

The aim of our program is to ensure that teens enjoy a fun and safe environment that encourages fitness and fosters friendship.

Teens can bring along a friend or two, and there is no need to have have any previous tennis experience.



<div style="text-align: center;">Our clubroom will be open for teens to fix a snack, listen to music or to have a hit. The session is fully supervised by a Pro Touch Tennis Academy coach so activities may include cardio tennis, technique coaching, match play or social play. Teens are encouraged by their mentor to determine how they would like to use the tennis courts and clubroom facilities.</div>

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Orygen’s National Youth Advisory Council and Youth Research Council 2019-2021 – APPLICATIONS OPEN! 
If you’re a young person aged 17-25 years with a lived experience of mental ill-health, have a passion for advocating and promoting mental health needs of young people or are perhaps a keen researcher, then we’d love to hear from you.
To learn more about youth partnerships at Orygen you can go to our Young people as partners page.
What is the YAC?
The Youth Advisory Council (YAC) is a group of up to nine young people from around Australia charged with providing strategic advice, direction and overall development with regard to the work of Orygen and in particular the organisation-wide Youth Engagement and Participation program. YAC members will constitute a mix of young people with a lived experience of mental ill-health and those with a particular passion or interest in the field of youth mental health and capacity for advocacy at a national level.
Visit the YAC page for full details including the application form, position description and council terms of reference.
What is the YRC?
The Youth Research Council is a group of up to nine young people who will be charged with the responsibility of providing strategic advice and guidance to Orygen on matters related to our research work, in particular this will see the council work closely the Research and Translation area of Orygen. Youth Research Council members will constitute a mix of young people with a lived experience of mental-ill health and those with experience or interest in the field of youth mental health research and may include emerging young researchers.
Visit the YRC page for full details including the application form, position description and council terms of reference.
What is involved?
Commit to a two year council membership
Attend and actively participate in nine monthly online meetings per year
Attend two face-to-face meetings in Melbourne per year (all costs covered by Orygen)
Participate in partnership and co-design opportunities and projects related to the work of Orygen
For specific YAC or YRC council activities please visit the YAC page or YRC page
Who is eligible to apply? 
Young people aged 17-25 years (for the duration of the two year membership) who have a lived experience of mental ill-health and/or a passion for youth mental health are invited to apply.
How do I apply?
To apply please visit either of the YAC page or YRC page and complete the online application form, attached your CV and any additional supporting documents and click submit. If you wish you can download the application and complete offline. Email with your completed application form and CV to [email protected] or you can post your documents to the address cited on the recruitment pages. Please note: if you’re interested in being a member of either the YAC or YRC you can submit applications for both councils.   
Applications for YAC and YRC must be received by 5pm Sunday, 21 July 2019
If you have any questions or need assistance to complete your application, please contact:
Kristi van-der-EL
Youth Engagement Program Manager
Orygen, The National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health
Mobile: +61 421 762 524
Email: [email protected]



Katrina Katz          

Leader of Student Wellbeing

[email protected]






Career News


Mr Phil Newnham

Careers Counsellor

Health Centre

Meningococcal ACWY Vaccine

The meningococcal vaccine is available for adolescents from 15-19 years of age.  This is a free vaccine and Year 10 students, with parental consent, will receive it in term 4.  Alternatively, it can be given by a GP or through the council sessions.  The Knox City Council attend the College to administer the vaccine.

Meningococcal is a serious illness caused by a type of bacteria which can lead to meningitis (infection of the lining of the brain and spinal cord).  The disease can be spread from person to person-through close contact or prolonged contact, ie, living in the same household.  The illness often occurs without any warning symptoms.  About 10% of the population carry the disease in their throat without ever becoming unwell.


Studies have shown that the vaccine can provide 97% immunity in adolescents.  The vaccine will boost the C strain they had as infants and protects against A, W and Y strains.  Immunisation against meningococcal bacteria is the best protection against meningococcal disease.


Side effects of the immunisation may include redness at the injection site and a mild low-grade temperature.


Consent forms should have come home with your student during the week, please return them to the college Health Centre ASAP.  There are space forms in the Health Centre if you did not receive one.

Further information regarding the School Vaccine Programme can be accessed through ImmueHero Website  http://immunehero.health.vic.gov.au/.


Eleanor Canning & Julie Dance

Health Centre

Community News






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

Parents 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

Wantirna College Newsletter
Career News #10 19th July 2019.pdf