Wantirna College Newsletter

08 November 2019
Issue Eighteen
Dates to Remember for 2019
Principal's Report
Assistant Principal's Report
End of Year Activities
Step Up Program
Second Hand Book Sale
Colour Dance Party
General Information
Community News
Wantirna College
90 Harold Street
Wantirna, Vic, 3152

Dates to Remember for 2019


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


Parent Payments

Yesterday, parents received a communication in relation to school fees for 2020. College Council is very conscious of the financial demands placed on parents with school fees and therefore always endeavours to keep them as low as possible. In particular our parent representatives provide a valuable insight into how these school fees impact on families and whether they are providing value for money. I encourage all parents to read the information in relation to parents payments, to login to Compass and to contribute by paying the school fees. This year we have been able to complete a number of significant projects around the school which have made an enormous difference to the learning and school experience for our students. The construction of the COLA and landscaping of the surrounds, the construction of the new D Block toilets and the purchase of new learning technologies (e.g. 3-d printers, drones) and equipment are significant examples of the improvements we can make with the financial support of parents. I firmly believe that government schools should strive to have facilities and resources that are as good as those in private schools, and fortunately parent payments are helping us to provide the best for our community.

Mobile Phone Ban

This week we began to implement a change in mobile phone policy that required all students to keep mobile phones in their lockers from the first bell to the last. This has been a significant shift in our policy, after the recent announcement from the state government that mobile phone use in schools will be banned from 2020 onwards. Fortunately, the policy introduction this week has been a success with the vast majority of students complying with the requirements of the new policy. Clearly, this change is harder for some than others, and as a result a very small percentage of mobile phones were confiscated by teachers, taken to the office and collected by students at the end of the day. These numbers have been decreasing as the weeks has gone on. Encouragingly, it is clear when walking around during classes and through the yard during the day that there is an increased level of concentration, a lessening of distractions and an improvement in social interaction and engagement. These were some of the intended consequences of the policy change and it is pleasing to see them being realised. There have been some challenges, with students now being unable to pay for items at the canteen through touch and go via their phones. This phase of implementation will see us further refine our policies and processes, ensuring that we will have all the “kinks ironed out” by the start of the 2020 school year. I’d particularly like to thank the vast majority of parents who have been very vocal in support of implementing the new ban.

School Uniform

Also this week, we have changed our processes for managing indiscretions in relation to students being out of uniform. Unfortunately during the colder months, the standard of the uniform tends to slip and this has occurred over the last few months. Since beginning at the school at the start of 2018, I have been keen to work alongside College Council further refining our school uniform. As a result we have introduced the new rugby jumper, soft shell jacket and face off style pants at the uniform shop. Every single one of these items has been introduced as a result of student feedback. We must provide uniform options that are comfortable, durable, practical and presentable for students. I want to work closely with students to ensure that we are delivering a school uniform that is responsive to their needs. Therefore it is reasonable for us to expect that students will respect the uniform policy and present themselves accordingly. Our teachers and leaders are committed to ensuring that we implement a consistent policy that has clear transparent rules for all our students. We thank parents for their support.

Intentions for 2020

It may be that time of year, where parents are aware of changes to circumstances that will impact enrolment for 2020.  I would encourage any parent who is ware that their student will not be returning in 2020 for whatever reason to contact our office asap.


Kevin Murphy


Assistant Principal's Report

More on Mobile Phones 

Our implementation of the DET new mobile phone policy has gone pretty smoothly in the first two weeks (although week two was a short week).  Although we were prepared for the onslaught less than 4% of phones in the school were collected on the first day.  This number has been in steady decline over the week which is great.  As I am sure most parents can imagine there was lots of whinging and lots of students making a case for their own special circumstances but all in all we are very pleased.


A small number of students have been repeat offenders, and... we get it, they are breaking a pretty ingrained habit. To support them in this, when a student has had their phone removed 3 times we will be contacting their parent to discuss what we can do to deter the phone related behaviour.  We have had some interesting suggestions from parents such as:

  • The parent will keep the phone for a time
  • The student will sign the phone in at the office in the morning
  • The parent will collect the phone at the end of the day.

The difference around the school has been stark. We have students in the Orchard, Library and Student Wellbeing playing board games and connecting with each other. The sports fields are being used more and students are being far more active.  Teachers are reporting that students are more attentive in class and more learning is being undertaken.


We would like to thank the parents who have sent through supportive comments and suggestions about the process, especially the parent (you know who you are) who sent through the bag of chocolate to get staff through these early stages.

More on School Uniform 

Uniform is looking much better and students are being much more accountable in how they present themselves and how they represent the community.  Students are sent to the Assistant Principal's office in the morning to get a uniform pass.  If they have a note from home they are given a pass and sent off to class.  When they don't have a note they are given a 30 minute lunchtime detention on the same day.  During the detention students undertake a reflective learning activity where they consider the importance of wearing school uniform.

As of this week students who miss their lunchtime detention will be on the detention list for Friday afternoon.  These detentions will be 45 minutes in length starting at 3:20pm and finishing at 3:55pm.  We appreciate parent support in this matter.

Exams, Valedictory Dinner and Alumni Assembly

We have just completed the second week of VCE Unit 3 and 4 exams with many students now finished and others facing the last one next week.  The process has gone really smoothly and students are saying they feel confident with the work they have done.  

On Wednesday November 20, we will celebrate the graduation of our Year 12 students at the Valedictory Dinner held at The Grand on Cathies Lane.  Although we won't have student's final results yet, we will be acknowledging and recognising student achievements.  All students will receive their graduation certificates on stage and the most outstanding student for each VCE and VCAL subject will be awarded.   I should be a fabulous night of celebration.

VCAA releases the VCE results on December 12.  On this day we will hold an alumni assembly for all VCE students. This is a great opportunity for students to share their results with teachers and peers.  Mr Newnham will be available on this day to assist any student who wants to reassess their options on the basis of their results in a change of preference.  We strongly encourage all VCE students to attend.

Once the Year 12 exams are over, our Year 10 and 11 students move into exam mode.  All exams will take place in the senior exam centre and a seperate exam timetable will be in operation.

Students in Year 10 and 11 should be in the process of getting their notes together for the revision process and exam preparation.  As well as good training for year 12 it is a great opportunity for students to consolidate their knowledge and skills.

Step Up Programs

Further in this newsletter you will see details about the Step Up program that occurs later this term. This program is designed to give the 2020 Year 11 and Year 12 students a head start in their VCAL or VCE.  This program is compulsory for all students.  It will focus on the skills and base knowledge that students will be expected to have at the start of VCE.

Each subject will have some homework tasks for students to undertake over the holiday break.  As we believe students should have a balance between preparation for the following year and having a break teachers we encourage students to undertake this work prior to Christmas.

Year 10 Formal

December 9th, the date of the Year 10 formal is fast approaching.  This is an exclusive event for Wantirna College Year 10 students only.  Students have the opportunity to dress to impress for a night of dining and dancing at The Grand on Princes, 2251 Princes Hwy (Service Road), Springvale.

To ensure everyone has a safe and enjoyable evening, this is a fully supervised event with strict entry and exit procedures.  No student will be allowed to exit the venue unless their parent or guardian is there to collect them

The event will appear on Compass next week, tickets are $85 which includes a three course meal, DJ and photo booth.


Catherine Ford

Assistant Principal


End of Year Activities

End of Year Activities– Monday 16th December – Thursday 19th December, 2019

During the final week of this term, students in Years 7 to 9 are invited to participate in our regular End of Year Activities program.  This program gives students a chance to experience opportunities not usually afforded to them during the regular school year and allows them to connect with students from other home groups and year levels.  A range of activities will be offered, including excursions (which usually incur a cost) and in-school activities.


The program for 2019 is outlined below:







External excursion

Option 1



Includes return bus travel, entry, planetarium show

Healesville Sanctuary


Includes return bus travel, entry, meet a keeper experience


Knox Cinema


Includes ticket to movie

Luna Park


Includes bus travel, entry

External excursion

Option 2



Bike ride – To be confirmed.

No cost.









Internal activity

Option 1

Sports Carnival


Soundbox construction / Amazing race


Soundbox construction / Dance and Drama through props and costume


Word games, film and trivia


Internal activity

Option 2


Garden bed construction / Amazing race


Garden bed construction / Dance and Drama through props and costume




Parent Action required

  • Students need to be signed up to either one External or Internal activity each day (a total of 4 events for the week).  Look for ‘EOYA: day of the week’ on Compass.

Should a chosen activity incur a cost, this needs to be paid by Friday 15th November

Absences during this week

Our expectations regarding student attendance remain the same throughout this period of the year as they are at all other times. We realise that many families use this week to go on holiday, therefore: 

  • If you know your child will not be attending school on a particular day during Activities Week, we ask that you indicate that your child will be absent from the program by clicking the ‘EOYA – not attending’ event for that day
  • Parents will also need to indicate on Compass that their child is absent, citing ‘Parent choice’ as the reason.

For Years 7 - 9 students, regular timetabled classes will continue up until Friday 13th December.  The Activities program will run from Monday 16th December to Thursday 19th December.


Tamara Mason

EOYA Coordinator


Step Up Program

Step Up

The Wantirna College Step Up program aims to provide current year 10 and 11 students with the skills and mindset to enable them to be successful in Year 11 and 12. VCE and VCAL programs will run discrete schedules tailored to the specific demands of each program.

Step Up Year 12

Year 12 Step Up - Friday 22nd November - Friday 29th November.


Monday 25th November - VCAL Applied Learning excursion to the Melbourne Cable Park.


Wednesday and Thursday 27th and 28th November - VCAL students will attend work placement . Alternatively students may be at school to complete final Step Up assessments.


Friday 29th November - both VCE and VCAL students will have no scheduled Step Up class, students are only required to attend if they are required to make up a day missed or have final assessments to complete.

Year 10 Step Up

Year 10 Step Up - Friday 29th November - Friday 6th December

Monday 9th December - Year 10 Formal


Katrina King

Catalyst Programs Later Years

Second Hand Book Sale

Second Hand Booklist Instructions

The Parents Association organises and runs a secondhand book store designed to allow families to on sell current texts that are no longer needed and other families to purchase secondhand texts at a reduced price.  Details for how to sell your books are included below:

  • If selling books for more than one student  -  Complete all labels and the Books for Sale Form in one student’s name.  
  • Unsold books can be donated to Student Welfare, please tick appropriate box on this form and label.
  • Books For Sale Form  –  Ensure that all information matches the labels attached to the books.  The completed form must accompany books handed-in for sale.  You may photocopy the completed form for your own records.
  • Labels  –  PRINT CLEARLY.  Attach to front of book with 2 pieces of tape only (top and bottom of label).
  • Books – Books should be in good condition with no pages missing. Only books listed on the Second Hand Book List can be sold, so please check titles and editions.
  • Pricing  –  Maximum selling price is given in the Second Hand Book List.  A lower price should be set for books not in top condition.  Please price books in round dollar amounts,
  • CD’s  –  CD’s must be usable.  Tape CD’s securely in their pockets to inside of book covers.  The PA is not responsible for condition of CD’s.
  • DVD’s  -  DVD’s must be usable.  The PA is not responsible for the condition of DVD’s. 

Collection of Money/Unsold Books

  • ID is essential for anyone collecting money/unsold books. Collecting on behalf of another student requires authorisation note and ID.
  • Any uncollected books/money will be considered a donation to the Parent’s Association if not collected by 15 February.

Please Note     

  • Cheaper priced books in good condition usually sell first.
  • 20% of all Sales will go to the Parents Association.


Please contact Jessica on 0425 782 531 or email wcshbs@gmail.com




Book Labels


Second Hand Book List 2020


Book Collection and Collection of Money




Second Hand Book Sale Date

Parents Association

Colour Dance Party

Summer Vocal Concerts

It is my pleasure to invite you all to our Summer Vocal Concerts.
Students from our vocal program have been working together to present a hugely exciting and varied performance.

Monday 18th and Tuesday 19th Novmember
Tickets available at 

Hope to see you there

Colour Dance Party

Our amazing Parents of Performing Arts association along with the Performing Arts staff are holding a Colour Dance Party fundraiser at the end of the year.


On Friday 13th Dec during periods 3&4 students who have purchased tickets will attend the Colour Dance Arena where they will have the opportunity to colour each other, dance and be sprayed with a light mist machine for cooling.


There will also be a ‘teacher’s gauntlet’ – so tell your teachers to get involved and be coloured!

This is an optional, opt-in event so please watch Compass for more details!



New York

Preparations are well underway for our Performing Arts tour to New York in 2020. The itinerary is very close to being  finalised. There will be an itinerary reveal for students so watch this space!

Piano Recital

The end of year Piano Recitals are being held on Monday Nov 25th at 7:30pm in the Theatre.

Tickets available at https://www.trybooking.com/BGNKB

Please join us to celebrate a wonderful year of Piano music.

Music Information Night

This event for students entering Year 7 in 2020 is being held on Tuesday 12th Nov – 7:30pm commencing in the Theatre.


This is an amazing opportunity for students to find out more information about our amazing Music program, trial a variety of instruments and find out how to become involved.


Older students who would like to become involved in our Instrumental Music program are also more than welcome to attend.


If you would like to attend please email Cathy Rouse cr@wantirnacollege.vic.edu.au

Re-enrolment for 2020

Students currently enrolled in our Instrumental and Vocal programs should have received information about re-enrolment for 2020 as well as the 2020 Instrumental Music Handbook and 2020 Fee Information.


If you have not received this information please contact Cathy Rouse in the Music Office – cr@wantirnacollege.vic.edu.au or 9881 7149


Danny Van Bergen

Leader of Performing Arts


Career News




Mr Phil Newnham

Careers Counsellor

General Information

General Office

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

Telephone:                      9801 9700


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.


All visitors to the College must sign into and out of the College using the Compass Kiosc in the General Office.


In line with the Government’s commitment to compulsory attendance, the College is required to ensure all absences are recorded pursuant to DET guidelines. It is the responsibility of a student’s parent/guardian to explain why their child is absent/late. This can be done using the parent portal on Compass, by written note, by phone call to the General Office or by face-to-face conversation with a staff member.  Given the convenience and security the Compass portal offers for this important part of college life, this is the preferred method.


The General Office team will continue to be available for assistance on all attendance and Compass matters, and in every instance, any student arriving late or leaving early must report to the General Office to be signed in or out.


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.

Arriving Late 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 you are aware your child will be late to school, parental approval should be submitted in the Compass portal, or by notifying the General Office.


Students arriving late (after the first roll is marked) must report to the General Office to be signed in. Where a parent approval hasn’t been submitted on Compass prior, the absence will be shown as an unexplained absence until an approval is submitted. Should a written note from a parent be provided with the student when they arrive, it will be entered in Compass.


To promote the importance of being punctual to class, students arriving late to any other class will be recorded as late. Whilst late arrivals do not show on the Compass dashboard, they are displayed on the ‘unexplained’ tab under Attendance. The Compass system does not provide a sensible ‘reason’ for this scenario, however until a more appropriate option is made available, parents wanting to acknowledge/clear the unexplained late arrivals may do so by using the ‘Parent Choice’ reason, assuming no other reason is suitable.

Early Departure from School

If a student has an appointment and needs to leave early, parents should enter an approval in Compass and select the appropriate reason from the list of options stipulated by DET. The approval appears on the class roll to alert the classroom teacher, and the student will be excused from class at the designated time. Students should then attend the General Office to be signed out. If a parent provides a written note on the day, this should be taken to the General Office before school or at recess, and it will be entered into Compass. Students will not be permitted to leave class without an approval entered in Compass.


If you need to collect your child unexpectedly, please contact the General Office.

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 Compass portal under school documentation.


Direct Phone:  9881 7168

Library Hours

Monday to Thursday:

8:15am to 4:30



8:15am to 3.30pm

Lost Property

Lost Uniforms are taken to the Maintenance Office, which is located near Health Centre.  There is a double draw finling cabniet on the right 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:

  • The designated drop off and pick up zone on Harold Street in front of the Home Economics rooms
  • 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, Shane Kruger and Carrie Wallis


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

Community News


Wantirna College Newsletter
Career News #14 Friday 13th September 2019.pdf
Career News Issue 16.pdf
Yrs 7-12 Second Hand Booklist 2020.pdf
Yrs 7-12 Second Hand Booklist 2020.pdf
2019 SHBS Parent Info Bulletin 7-12.doc
Yrs 7-12 Second Hand Booklist 2020.pdf
Yrs 7-12 Second Hand Booklist 2020.pdf