Wheelers News

26 July 2019
Issue Eleven   respect Excellence Creativity
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Wheelers Hill Secondary College
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Vale Dawne Brown - Wheelers Hill Secondary College School Council President

We are shocked and saddened by the tragic news of the sudden passing of our School Council President, Dawne Brown.  Dawne passed away on the 13th of July after short illness surrounded by her family.  Dawne had a number of children enrolled here at the College over an extended period of time with Thomas Brown currently enrolled in Year 11. 

Dawne was an important part of our College Community who made an enormous contribution to our school as a parent, as a College Councilor and, more recently as our School Council President.  She was a thoughtful, positive and well respected member of our College Community who worked hard to serve the best interests of our school.  Dawne was incredibly supportive of our College in so many ways and she will be sorely missed by all who knew her.

Dawne's funeral was last week (19/7/19) whereby a number of students, staff and School Councilors were in attendance.  Dawne's funeral service was a fitting tribute to a person that was admired, respected and loved by so many.  We extend our deepest sympathies to Dawne's family and our thoughts are with them at this difficult time.  


Vale Dawne Brown

College Production, 2020 - Singing in the Rain

The 2019 College Production of 'Singing in the Rain' is nearly upon us with the opening night next week on Wednesday 31st of July.  Tickets went on sale recently and it is no surprise that they have been selling out fast!


The recent Production Camp (19 to 21/7/19) allowed both staff and students to further fine tune acts, costumes and sets as we move into what will be another high quality performance from our Performing Arts Program here at the College.  We again thank everyone involved, particularly Genelle Lentini (Performing Arts Leading Teacher) for her outstanding leadership of this year's Production.  We wish all of our students all the very best with their involvement in Singing in the Rain - our College Community is proud of your participation and achievements.

Social Media 

Social Media provides a wonderful platform allowing people to communicate and connect with one another.  Information, thoughts, opinions and ideas can all be shared using Social Media.


Unfortunately, Social Media can be used in such a way that can be harmful to others.  On occasions, we do see the fallout at school of posts made on Social Media, and the impact of some of these posts can be damaging to those involved.


We encourage all of our families to continue to work with us in the responsible and appropriate use of Social Media platforms.  We encourage our students to be responsible 'digital citizens' and to use Social Media in a positive and respectful manner.  


We referred to the importance of students having a high level of attendance at school in our last edition of the Newsletter (28/6/19).  Research shows that there is a significant correlation between high levels of attendance and positive learning outcomes.


We ask families to continue to work with us to promote and encourage strong levels of school attendance for students.  The start of a new term allows us to place a renewed focus on School Attendance and we welcome the ongoing opportunity to work with our families to get the best attendance rates we can for our students.

WHSC Parents and Friends Committee - Trivia Night 13 9 19

Our WHSC Parents and Friends Committee for 2019 are organising a Trivia Night for Friday the 13th of September.  Any donations of gifts and services that could be used as prizes on the night would be most appreciated.  If families are able to make donations to support our Trivia Night, they are asked to contact our General Office.


Monies raised from the night will go towards supporting our Performing Arts Program here at the College.  More details will be shared with our College Community closer to the date, but try and 'keep the date free' (13/9/19) for what promises to be a fun night at the school.

Course Selections, 2020

We are entering an important time of the year where students with their families will shortly embark on the 2020 Course Selection Process.


The 2020 Course Selection Process allows the College to best understand what types of subjects students may be interested in studying for the year ahead.  Through the Process, data is collected and analysed helping us to generate a curriculum program for the year ahead.


All of our current Year 8, 9, 10 and 11 students will have the opportunity to work their way through the 2020 Course Selection Process.  There will be important Course Selection Information Nights provided at the College for both students and their families throughout Term 3 (please check the College Calendar for details). 


Please take up the opportunity of attending the relevant Course Selection Information Night with your child to learn more about the 2020 Course Selection Process.

Parent Opinion Survey, 2019

We are conducting the Department of Education and Training Parent Opinion Survey for 2019.  The Survey is randomly offered to families whereby responses assist us to understand more about the College from a parent's point of view.


Information has been sent to randomly selected families allowing for the Survey to completed online.  Survey results can assist in the development of our Annual Implementation Plans for the College from one year to the next.


The Survey itself only takes a short time to complete (eg. 10 minutes) and a variety of devices from smart phones to desk top computers can be used to complete the Survey.


We thank those families randomly selected for completing the 2019 Parent Opinion Survey.

Value of the Week - Excellence

We acknowledge Ashleigh Mangan for reaching the State Final of the Cross Country last week (18/7/19).  Well done Ashleigh on your wonderful achievement!  

And Finally.....

Thank you to all staff and students for their important work in Semester One this year.  We welcome everyone back for Term 3 for what promises to be another busy and successful term at Wheelers Hill Secondary College!


We encourage all of our students to be best that they can be with all of their studies and co-curricular activities at the College,









Aaron Smith


Assistant Principal's Page

Good to be Back.

Having spent last term with the Department of Education working in the Literacy and Numeracy Strategy, I am glad to be back.


It was a wonderful experience being involved in the development of educational policy for the whole state, providing a school’s perspective on many of the topics being discussed and even featuring in an Education Department promotional video.

I learned a great many things and had some great experiences. However, what the Department did lack was the day-to-day dealing with students, the most important part of education.


I would like to thank Claire for looking after things in my absence and I look forward to working with her in Judy’s absence this term.

College Policies

Three College policies were ratified by College Council last term:

  • Homework Policy
  • Work Submission Policy
  • International Student Homestay Policy

These policies can be viewed on the College website (https://www.whsc.vic.edu.au/)

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

A reminder to all Year 7 families of the excursion to the musical, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory at Her Majesty’s Theatre on November 6.


Thanks to all those who have purchased their tickets. There is a strictly limited number and they are selling fast. Details can be found on Compass.



Thank you to all the students who began Term 3 in full school uniform. It is great to see students proudly wearing WHSC colours and representing our College in a respectful way. Thank you for the parent support in this matter as we try to encourage our students to present themselves in an appropriate manner in keeping with the College uniform policy. Please also be mindful of correct fitting uniform as many of our students experience growth spurts which impact on the length and fit of uniform items. Students who fail to wear correct school uniform will face graduated consequences in line with the uniform policy. Please refer to the college website for a copy of the uniform policy.

Year 12 Parent/Student/Teacher Afternoon Tea

Thank you to all the parents who attended the Year 12 Afternoon Tea session on Tuesday 16th July. The parents and students greatly benefitted from talking to Year 12 teachers; they received final strategies and study tips to help them achieve their best results in the upcoming VCE SACs and Exams. If you were unable to attend, please contact the subject teachers via Compass, email or phone. It takes a community to raise a child. During the final stages of Year 12, it takes a community to support the child through study and a WHOLE other community to comfort the parents through the terror, tears and late nights of anxiety. Stock your cupboards with chocolates and special treats because someone in the household will need it!


English Road Trip

On the first day of term the English Domain took a road trip to various schools and participate in professional learning. We were among the privileged few who received the latest curriculum documentation from the Department. We also had the opportunity to tour schools and investigate whole school reading programs. WHSC has already implemented a Class Reader’s Notebook program in Year 7 – 10 English classes, but want to extend this idea and encourage reading in all classes. Our aim is to have our students reading at least 20 minutes per day. See the image for relevant reasons why.

Andrew Dixon and Claire Hanley

Assistant Principals

Mark Your Calendar


Year 12 Progress Interviews


Production Week

Production Week - Bump-in (8:30am-3pm)


Production Week

Production Week - Tech Rehearsal (9am-4pm


Production Week

Production Week - Dress Rehearsal (9am-3pm)

Production Open Night (5:30pm-9pm)

Mental Health First Aid (Yr10)

School Council Meeting



Production Week

Production Night (5:30pm-9pm)

Junior and Inter - Mathematics Competition 

Cheap Thrills - Year 9

Year 10 Info Evening (9 into 10) (6:30-7:15)


Production Week

Closing Night (5:30pm-9pm)


Year 11 Progress Interviews

Year 7B & 7D Monash Tech School

Year 8 Expo


Year 11 Progress Interviews

Year 7B & 7D Monash Tech School

Year 8 Expo


Year 11 Progress Interviews

Year 7B & 7D Monash Tech School

Mental Health First Aid - Yr 10


Year 11 Progress Interviews

Whole School Assembly

One The Bear - VCE Theatre Studies

Northern Territory Trip Information Evening(5pm-6pm)

VCE Info Night (11 into 12 - 10 into 11) (6:30pm-8:30pm)


Year 11 Progress Interviews

Yr 10 selections due

Ski Trip - Year 8

Year 11 Legal Studies - Magistrates Court 


Cross Country Team 


Monash Division Cross Country Championships

On Thursday the 23rd May, sixty students competed in the Monash Division Cross Country Championships at Norton’s Park. Each student performed well and ran their very best over the difficult course. 31 students finished in the top 15 places and made it through to Region level. A special congratulations to the following students who medalled:

Samantha Mangan                          Gold                      13Yr 3000m

Ashleigh Mangan                             Gold                      16Yr 3000m

Jasmine Hamilton                           Silver                     13Yr 3000m

Jake Sia                                                Silver                     16Yr 5000m

Lachlan Johnston                            Bronze                  14Yr 3000m

Erin McKenzie                                    Bronze                  20Yr 3000m

Kyle Gwynne, Reganne Jardine, Jake Sia & Ashleigh Mangan - 2019 Cross Country Captains


EMR Cross Country Championships

A team of students represented Wheelers Hill Secondary College in the Eastern Metropolitan Region Cross Country Championships at the Yarra Valley Racecourse. These competitors qualified for this level based on their outstanding places in the division competition. All students ran particularly well and we congratulate them all.


Ashleigh Mangan                             4th place               16 Yr 3000m

Jake Sia                                               17th place             16 Yr 5000m

Erin McKenzie                                   25th place             20 Yr 3000m

Reganne Jardine                             26th place             20 Yr 3000m

Jasmine Hamilton                          26th place             13 Yr 3000m

Samantha Mangan                          27th place             13 Yr 3000m

Lachlan Johnston                            29th place             14 Yr 3000m

Kyle Gwynne                                       34th place             20 Yr 5000m

Jai Edwards                                        36th place             20 Yr 5000m

Kynan Wilkins                                     43rd place             20 Yr 5000m

Logan McKenzie                                49th place             15 Yr 3000m

Matilda Davies                                   50th place             14 Yr 3000m

Jarrod Briggs                                      51st place             16 Yr 5000m

Jackson Steele                                   53rd place             16 Yr 5000m

Dylan Archer                                        58th place             20 Yr 5000m

Catherine Gualtieri                           65th place             15 Yr 3000m

John Morris                                          68th place             16 Yr 5000m

Noah Fox                                               78th place             13 Yr 3000m

Megan Bowey                                      81st place             13 Yr 3000m

Grace Alexander                                 98th place             13 Yr 3000m

Mitchell Plant                                      106th place          13 Yr 3000m

James Woodcock                              107th place          13 Yr 3000m

Isayah Schellebeck                           108th place          13 Yr 3000m


School Sport Victoria State Cross Country Championships

An enormous congratulations to Ashleigh Mangan (Year 10) who represented Wheelers Hill at the SSV State Cross Country Championships at Bundoora Park. Ashleigh ran in the 16 Year event and completed the 3km course in 13 minutes and 11 seconds. It is a wonderful achievement to compete at this level. Well done Ashleigh.

Thank-you to Kyle Gwynne, Reganne Jardine, Jake Sia and Ashleigh Mangan who helped organise and encourage the team in their role as Cross Country Captains.


Kerrie Lay & Sally Pryde -Sport Coordinators

Performing Arts

Production Opens Next Week! 

We have had a wildly successful Production Camp - we danced, we sang, we sewed, we painted, we lip-synced for our lives.. and we have a truly special show on our hands. Here are some photos from camp with a black and white filter - we don't want to give all of it away!

You can purchase tickets for the production here: TICKETS FOR SINGIN IN THE RAIN

This show has snappy dialogue, toe tapping dances, beautiful songs... the costume designs by our Design Internship Team are remarkable... Our Primary School Partners are the cutest things to hit the stage... and our Wheelers Hill Secondary Cast? Well, they are just *Super*

Cannot wait to share what we have created with you all! 

Calling all Musicians!

The Melbourne Recital Centre, offer an Accelerando program - which is designed help encourage and inspire any talented young musicians at Wheelers Hill Secondary College.


This free year-long program is open to Victorian Government Secondary School students in Years 10-12. Successful applicants will have the opportunity to;

·         receive instrumental lessons with leading industry professionals,

·         access world-class concerts,

·         participate in music workshops with the highest quality resources and technology, and

·         perform in an end of year recital in the Primrose Potter Salon.

 Here is a highlights reel from their 2017 Program!

All instrumentalists and vocalists are welcome to apply for 2020, with online applications closing Friday 4 October 2019. 

More information can be found at melbournerecital.com.au/accel2020.


Growl with Candy Bowers!

VCE Theatre and Drama students had the privilege of working with groundbreaking artist, Candy Bowers. Speaking about theatre, creativity, representation, culture and social norms - the hour they spent with Candy will hopefully open minds and hearts! 

We look forward to seeing Candy perform in her show One The Bear at Arts Centre Melbourne in a couple of weeks! 

Thanks to Arts Centre Melbourne for making opportunities like this possible for our students. 

Genelle Lentini

Performing Arts Leader


Numeracy in Material Studies

The class of 7A have begun the subject of Materials Studies this Semester. Their first activity is to research, design and build the Tower of Hanoi.


The Tower of Hanoi is a famous problem posed by a French Mathematician in 1883. What you need to do is move all the discs from the left hand post to the right hand post. You can only move one disc at a time and you can never place a bigger disc on a smaller disc. The aim is to move all the discs in the least possible number of moves. If you have 3 discs then the smallest number of moves is 7. An example of a 3 disc Tower of Hanoi is shown below.


The students have already completed research into learning about The Tower of Hanoi in a previous lesson. They needed to find out who designed it, when it was made and research 3 other wooden toys.


The next part of the process is for the teacher, Holly Jepson, to demonstrate to the students how to us the T square and Tri square rulers to accurately draw squares on a page that will become the blocks in the Tower of Hanoi. Using the rulers correctly is an essential learning as part of the process.



Lillian Kleinman explained to me that Tri squares are called squares as they have a right angle and four right angles of the same sized sides relates to a square. The students have also talked about how to convert mm to cm and vice versa.


The T square ruler is on the left and side and Tri square ruler is on the right hand side.


The next step in the process is for the students to start their own design of The Tower of Hanoi following the modelling by the teacher.  This is a trial run using paper for the students to accurately draw the blocks of varying sizes, posts and base. 


Photos of the students completing this initial  process are shown below.



The students in order from left to right are: Jomana Almaz, Kim Pillig, Lillian Kleinman, Sireen Kaiss, Megan Bowey, Hamish Jones, Brendan Davidson and Shanelle Langford. 


The initial designs are coming together as shown below.



The final step will be to cut the pieces for the Tower of Hanoi out of wood. The students will produce a product similar to below.


I thank Holly Jepson for letting me into her class to talk to the students and find out how Numeracy is embedded into Materials Science.


Michelle Galli

Numeracy Learning Specialist


Year 10 Work Experience : 24th – 28th June 2019

The last week of term 2 saw over 100 year 10 students participate in work experience. This compulsory and valuable school program provides students with experience on what the world of work is like and in particular, allows them to explore one of their fields of interest.


Students undertook their placement in a variety of fields. Fields included – Travel, Costume Design, Physiotherapy, Retail, Education/Childcare, Construction, Hairdressing, Accounting, Dance Studio, Engineering and Taxation, just to name a few!


The feedback I have already received from employers has been extremely positive and I commend all our students for doing a wonderful job whilst on placement. I have received employer comments such as,


“a pleasure to have”

“presented professionally”

“showed great initiative”

“the best work experience student we have ever had”

“energetic and enthusiastic”

“valuable member of our team”


It takes a huge amount of ‘man power’ for the Work Experience program to run successfully so therefore I would like to thank all Futures teachers for assisting students prepare for their placement and all year 10 teachers, including some teachers who do not take year 10 classes, for either visiting students out on placement or contacting them.



Voula Jakubicki

Careers Coordinator

Middle School Report

Middle School Matters

Welcome back! Seeing and speaking with many students it seems that most had a more relaxing break, sleeping in being the pick of the replies.

Well the Term has begun at a rapid pace. Students of Production went to camp and by all accounts had a very successful time with rehearsals and I hope as many people can go next week to watch and support the students and staff. All students of Middle School this week had an opportunity to read their reports and write down some personal goals that they wish to achieve in all their subjects and look closely at Literacy and Numeracy. Please take the time to read what your child has written and discuss what they want to achieve in the next term. This can be found in the Home Group Learning Tasks.

Middle School Leaders

Our students have been hard at work and have been able to obtain 6 bins that will be placed around the locker-bay areas that are for recycling rubbish only. Please look at for these bins as they will be the ones with images on them.

As it is still quite cool the students are having a Kahoot competition among Year Levels. Please look out for the details in the coming weeks to get your teams organised.

Year 7

The students in the first week have had the opportunity at lunchtime to have a Dodge Ball competition. This was organised and run by three Year 9 students, Lachlan Palmer, Christian Lay and Sam Kasapoglou.

Well done to all students who took the time to be involved or supported the teams.


Year 8

The Year 8 students have settled in and after their assembly they were reminded of the importance of the Learning. Also as part of the students learning the students will have the opportunity to partake in two expos where they have the opportunity to see and hear what happens in subjects with Community Connections and the electives on offer for next year.

Parents and students are asked to save the date – 15th of August for the Information Night on how to electronically select subjects. 

Year 9

The Year 9 student Information Night will be taking place on the 01st of August. This becomes very important for our Year 9 students entering Senior School as certain decisions need to be considered which will affect the future subject choices.


Mrs Melissa Robinson

Middle School Leader

Senior School Report


Information Evenings

During week 3 and week 4, Wheelers Hill Secondary College will be holding Information Evenings for students entering and moving through the Senior School in 2020.



On Thursday 1st August, the Information Evening is for current Year 9 students and their parents. The evening will be held in the library between 6:30 and 7:15pm



On Thursday 8th August, the Information Evening is for all parents of students entering Years 11 and 12 in 2020.

The evening will consist of two sessions:


Session 1 (6:30 – 7.00pm) for current Year 11 students and their parents will be held in the  library.


Session 2 (7.15 – 8.00pm) for current Year 10 students and their parents will be held in the same venue.

From 6.00 – 7:30 pm in L1 and L2 there will be a display by Domain Areas of the VCE subjects that will be offered in 2020. Staff members will also be available to answer questions and give information and advice.


These evenings will be an important opportunity for parents and students to learn about and discuss course options for next year.


Selection Process

This year, the student selections for Year 10 and Year 12 in 2020 will be completed online. At the Information Evenings, students will receive a letter outlining the procedure to follow with a unique password to use.


Year 11 2020

Current Year 10 students will be making their selections for 2020 during the individual interviews that will take place on Friday 16th August. Each student will be given a time to meet with one of the subject advisors. Parents are encouraged to attend the meeting with their son/daughter. No Year 10 classes will be running on this day.


Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns.

Judith Riddoch

Senior School Leader


NAIDOC week is a very special week in July, it celebrates the culture, history and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. To me NAIDOC week is important as it makes me reflect on my aboriginal heritage and think about the aboriginal culture and how it has changed over time. I find it to be a very inspirational week to see the indigenous peoples and culture which has shaped the world we live in today. I am 6th generation aboriginal, and I have no immediate family who is full-blood aboriginal although I still celebrate this week no differently. I watched the documentary on the great Adam Goodes during the week and was fascinated by him and his achievements in his AFL career. The documentary was very moving to see what he had experienced and how he overcame the issues. I am proud of my aboriginal background and I related to his documentary, I know of the issues my ancestors went through which were similar to Adam’s. It is important that we as a nation commemorate the week every year, as these people are the owners and the first peoples on our land, and they make us who we are as a country!

Zoe Robertson


Community News

Second-Hand Uniform Shop

Dates for Term 3


  • Monday 5th August 
  • Thursday 22nd August
  • Monday 2nd September
  • Thursday 19th September


Glen Waverley Cricket Club


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