Carwatha News

11 November 2016
Issue Seventeen
Principal's Report
P-12 News
Secondary News
Primary News
Careers News
Upcoming Events
Parents & Friends News
Useful forms
Community News
Carwatha College
03 9795 5848
43-81 Browns Road
Noble Park North, Victoria, 3174

Principal's Report

From The Principal

Year 12 exams are almost finished.  Year 10 and 11 students commence their exams on November 18th.  The exam period will be followed by 2 days of exam feedback. Students in Years 9, 10 and 11 will be commencing their VCE or VCAL studies, beginning on Monday November 28th in our Orientation Program, in preparation for 2017.  Year 11 students’ final day of school for 2016 will be Wednesday November 30th.  Year 10 students will be participating in Work Experience in the week beginning December 5th.   Year 9 students will be participating in a number of special activities and excursions, and the camp at Deakin University, in addition to normal classes, after the Orientation Program.   They are expected to be at school every day.


As I mentioned in the last newsletter, we are introducing an exciting new service for second hand book sales this year.  We will not be running sales at the school, however parents are encouraged to use the service provided through the Sustainable School Shop.  This service will be available throughout out the year and a wider selection of second hand textbooks is expected to be available for purchase.  Details are provided later in this newsletter.


Preparations are well underway for many other end-of-year events.  The secondary instrumental music evening is on Tuesday November 29th, our Annual Primary concert takes place on Thursday December 1st and Secondary Awards Night will be held on Wednesday December 7th at the Drum Theatre in Dandenong.  Grade 6 graduation will be on Tuesday December 13th. I look forward to seeing many parents and families at these important events.


Bronwyn Hamilton

P-12 News

Sustainable School Shop


Secondary News


Accessing VCE Results via SMS

You must pre-register if you wish to receive your results by text message.  To pre-register you will need to send a message to 19 787 888 with your  VCE student number (just the eight-digit number, not including the letter on the end) then a space and then their PIN (4 digits). 

Year 12 students: The PIN is the first four digits of  your date of birth e.g. 21
November = 2111 unless you changed your PIN online as was recommended. 

This SMS will cost $1.10 max (incl. GST).  Students, you must send this message from the mobile number you want the results delivered to.  Registrations open at 9.00am on Monday 7 November, and will close at 12 midnight on Sunday 11 December and the results and ATAR will then be sent to the registered mobile number at approximately 7.00am Monday 12 December 2016. 


Students who will be overseas at this time should NOT register to have their results sent by SMS, but rather access them on the internet.


Students encountering problems should contact the helpline on 1800 501 083. Instructions on registering for SMS are also available on the VTAC website at VTAC SMS .


Year 12 students who have paid their VTAC fees will receive a copy of their ATAR statement through the post commencing on Tuesday 13 December 2016.

Primary News

Como House Excursion

This term the students in grade 4S and 5E have been learning about explorers and life in Australia in the 1800’s. On Tuesday 8th November we went on an excursion to Como House in South Yarra. This excursion gave students an opportunity to participate in some of the activities that the wealthy Armytage family, who owned Como House, would have done in the late 1800s. Students had the chance to dance in the ballroom and to explore some of the rooms in the house. They also had the opportunity to play games like “Tug of War”, “Oranges and Lemons”, “Drop the Hanky”, and Quoits, just like children in those times.


We also had the chance to explore the beautiful gardens as we completed a Scavenger Hunt to find clues to solve the mystery of who broke Laura Armytage’s porcelain doll. The final activity students participated in gave them the opportunity to have a taste of what life might have been like for the servants of the time. They washed some laundry by hand and put it through a mangle and practised carrying drinks on a tray to serve to the family during one of their many parties. It was a fabulous day and the students had a great time learning about what it was like to live in the 19th century.


Explorer’s Walking Tour : 
An excerpt from a recount   by Brian 3L

Everyone was so excited to go on the Explorer’s Walking Tour of the City.


When we got there, we met our guides, Eve and Meyer. Meyer took us to really cool places like Flinders St and we did really fun things like going to Captain Mathew Flinders’ Statue.


My favourite part of the excursion was when we were up the hill because we could see the buildings, playground and the Yarra River.


When we got off the hill, we went to the sand drawing pit and we had paper that Meyer gave us that had aboriginal symbols. Everyone got a stick to draw.


Nude Food Challenge


Careers News

Careers News

Year 9 Event – Opportunity Knocks

This week the Year 9 students participated in their Careers event Opportunity Knocks. 8 Community Partners welcomed our students into their working environments and exposed the students to a wide variety of occupations and knowledge about the industry they are from. We ran 11 different visits and workshops on the day.


Our students are all to be congratulated on the way they represented the school. They got involved in the workshops, asked lots of questions and gained a lot of information –which will start to form the basis of their research about what career path is of most interest to them.


A special thank you to our community partners Monier Roofing, Chisholm Institute, The Valley Private Hospital, Dandenong Magistrates court, Monash University's Bio EYES and Robogals programs, Aryzta Bakery and Hilton Engineering.


The follow-up day on the Friday involved our guest speaker futurist Marcus Barber talking about the in-demand job areas of the future as well as how to be successful in the ever-changing world in which we live. This was followed by Coaching for Success –where students did some activities around goal setting and career planning.


A special thank you to all of the staff involved in running the days, including the team members from Monier Roofing who helped mentor students in the Coaching for Success sessions.




News for finishing Year 12 students…Low Income Healthcare Card for Australian Students

Once you have finished school you are no longer a student and you may be eligible for a Low Income Health Care Card. This card gives access to a range of concessions, not only on some health care items but also on a range of other goods and services.  In particular, TAFE and other short courses offer substantial discounts for cardholders.


You may also be eligible for public transport concessions (note that if you are studying interstate you are not eligible for public transport concessions in Victoria).


Eligibility for a Low Income Health Care Card is based on YOUR income over the previous 8 weeks.  As long as your income is less than $4296 over that period you should qualify.  You will maintain the Low Income Health Care Card as long as your income does not exceed $4296 in any 8 week period.


It is recommended that all graduating Year 12 students consider applying for this card once the exams are over. 


Visit Low Income Healthcare Card and find out more!


Interested in working with animals?

Students interested in a career working with animals are encouraged to consider going to the RSPCA Discovery Day.


The day will be jam packed full of useful information with speakers from various areas within the organisation and some fun activities as well to break up the day! 


For more information and to download a registration form visit :


Date:   Thursday 1st December

Time: 9:00am – 3:30pm

Location: Burwood East RSPCA

Cost: $65 includes registration, morning tea, RSPCA career show bag, and all activity costs.



Students considering looking for part time or casual work over the Christmas and New Year break, might like to consider Woolworths & Big W, Coles, Kmart, Target, McDonalds and KFC just for some ideas.

Students are reminded to not limit themselves to the above stores, but to also think about places near to their homes – think about things that are close by, the shops they go to, the places they eat, etc. 


Remember, there are so many different ways to keep busy during school holidays, and activities do not have to always be paid work.  For example, volunteering for local charities is a great way to contribute to the community and to build your CV.


Any questions? Please pop into the Careers Centre!


Jodie McCarthy

Careers and Pathways Manager






Upcoming Events


Fri        18th            Year 10 and 11 students commence exams

                                   Primary Assembly

Tues    22nd           Mad On Music Exam

Thurs  24th            Primary Coffee Morning

                                   Prep Transition

Tues    29th            Secondary Instrumental Music Evening


Thurs    1st            Year 9 Deakin Camp

                                  Primary Concert 

Fri           2nd          Year 9 Deakin Camp

Mon       5th            Year 10 Work Experience

                                   Primary Coffee Morning

Tues      6th            Year 10 Work Experience

Wed       7th            Year 10 Work Experience

                                   Secondary Awards Night

Thurs    8th            Year 10 Work Experience

Fri           9th            Year 10 Work Experience

                                   Primary Assembly

Tues    13th            P-9 Assembly      

Fri        16th            Primary Assembly

Tues    20th            Last Day Term 4


Mon     30th            Term 1,  2017 begins         

Parents & Friends News

Fundraising Committee

If you would like to volunteer to come onto the Fundraising Committee please just contact Michelle Coxhill or Wendy Parkinson.  We meet just before school council 8 times a year (you don’t have to come to all!)  and we run events during the year that, if available, you could volunteer to help at.

Breakfast Program


Useful forms

2016 Fee Sheets


2016 Book List


Centrepay form


Ipad Program


Canteen Price List


Anaphylaxis Management Plan


Asthma Management Plan


Primary Mobile Phone Agreement


Community News



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year 7 fee sheet.docx
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year 10 & 11 fee sheet.docx
year 12 fee sheet.docx
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Carwatha Year 7 final 2016 Booklist .pdf
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