Carwatha News

10 February 2017
Issue One
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


Dear Families, Students and Community Members,

Welcome to the 2017 school year;  a special welcome to all of our Prep students, new year 7 students and to new students at other year levels who are joining us for the first time and to their families. I hope everyone had a fantastic holiday break with family and friends and is looking forward to a positive year ahead.


My name is Pat Mulcahy and I am extremely excited to have been appointed the Principal of Carwatha College P–12.


I am proud to be the Principal of Carwatha College P-12 and I hope you are proud to be a part of our community. I am looking forward to the year ahead and hope that all students make the most of the opportunities and challenges that are presented to them.


My ongoing mantra to everyone here is to provide a safe, inclusive and supportive environment, where all school members are empowered to achieve their personal best, to become lifelong learners and to be productive members of our society. Underpinning this focus are our core values of Respect, Commitment, Teamwork and Excellence. It is so important that they continue to be evident in how we all work together throughout the year.


As a school community focused on achieving the best possible outcomes for all of our students we need to continually reflect and seek improvement in everything we do. I am currently finalising our Annual Implementation Plan a document that will guide our decision making for the year. Our key improvement strategies for 2017 will be to:

  • Build teacher capacity to develop high impact teaching strategies.
  • Continue to develop a vibrant and explicit curriculum that meets the needs of our students.
  • Continue to build strong relationships with the school community.

Key contacts for 2017

We welcome and encourage open communication with parents.  I am happy to speak with parents about any matter. Please feel free to contact me or one of the Assistant Principals, Sheila Horn, or Rosanna Spina, if you would like a matter clarified or if you have a concern. 


Primary parents are encouraged to communicate openly and regularly with their child’s teacher.  Please understand that teachers are busy at the start of the school day, welcoming and supervising students so it is always best to make an appointment if you wish to meet with your child’s teacher.


For secondary parents, the following staff are the main contacts:


Year 7, 8 & 9

Junior school leader (Years 7, 8 & 9) – Kevin Fahey

Year 7 Year Level Co-ordinator – Georgia Rentzis

Years 8 & 9 Year Level Co-ordinator – Barrie Skadins


Years 10, 11 & 12

Senior school leader (Years 10, 11 & 12) – Sally Ross
Year 10 Year Level Co-ordinator – Joe Haddad   

Year 11 Year Level Co-ordinator – Ipshita Bawa

Year 12 Year Level Co-ordinator – Lambrini Christopher


Student Wellbeing Co-ordinator - Catherine Dunn


Careers Manager - Jodie McCarthy


Excursion Levy

The cost of the excursion levy covers the main excursions for the year level for the year.  These excursions are a compulsory part of our program and all students are expected to participate. Details for each year level were provided with the information about Materials and Services payments and Voluntary Contributions.  This arrangement makes it easier and more convenient for parents. If you have not yet paid the levy, please do so as soon as possible.   If you have any concerns about payment of the excursion levy, please contact Wendy Parkinson, our Business Manager.


School Council elections

Nominations for School Council are called for. The closing date for nominations if Monday the 20th of February at 4.00 pm.  Nomination forms can be collected from the office.  Serving on Council, or one of its sub-committees is an excellent way of supporting our college and playing a role in its development.  Further information on School Council can be found later at the end of the newsletter.  Please feel free to contact me if you wish to discuss issues associated with School Council.



We have a strict uniform policy at Carwatha College P-12 and I do ask for parents’ support in ensuring that students are wearing the full and correct uniform each day. In particular, secondary students must wear appropriate footwear (black lace up or T-bar).  Sneakers and “ballerina type” shoes are not permitted.

The only acceptable school jacket for secondary students is the official jacket available from our uniform supplier.  Year 5 & 6 students can also wear this jacket.


Full details of uniform requirements are outlined in secondary student planners, primary diaries and other information brochures about the school.  Please contact the school if you are unsure.



For the safety of students, please observe the 2 minute drop off times at the front of the school.  Parking officers patrol this area regularly and will fine you if you park longer than 2 minutes.  Parents are not permitted to park in the staff car parks when dropping off or picking up students. In the interest of safety please do not double park or park in front of driveways.


I would also like to remind parents that school starts each day at 8.45 a.m.   All students should be at school in time to enter classrooms at that time.  Secondary students need to allow time to go to their lockers before Period 1, so should aim to arrive at school by 8.30 a.m.  I would also like to remind primary families that all primary students are required to have a school hat which must be worn whenever students are outside during Terms 1 & 4 as part of the school’s “Sunsmart” policy.


Once again, welcome back to the new school year.  The staff and I look forward to working with you to ensure a productive and successful year for our students.


Pat Mulcahy


P-12 News

Parent Teacher Conference


Sustainable School Shop


Variety Night 16th May 2017

Students are encouraged to get their acts organised and ready for the Variety Night!

Acts of singing, dancing, bands, comedy acts, circus acts plus anything else you can think of is welcome. If you have a talent, we would love to see it!

This is also a great night for students, staff and family members to come along and be entertained by some of our most talented students, so keep the date free!

College Photos
Thursday 9th March

You can find order forms on newsletter page 'useful forms'.

International Student Homestay Program


Secondary News

From The Assistant Principal...

Welcome back parents and students.

A really great start to the year – student behaviour has been excellent and we continue to be proud of them. A special welcome to the new Year 7’s.


A few reminders:

All students need to come with a charged electronic device everyday.

Juniors – IPAD leased from either the school or BYOD (bring your own device) that meets our specifications

Seniors – BYOD device.  Should you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me.


Student in V3 will be using Edrolo this year – to assist them in their VCE studies.  It is important that payments for Edrolo be made asap – as senior course work has begun and Edrolo is needed to assist and enhance their learning.  Edrolo we believe will be of valuable assistance to our students.


Locker and student planner distribution – are progressing well. Once essential items payment has been made then all students will receive their locker and student planner.  Parents can make payments via the office or via the app Qkr.  Any parent/guardian requiring financial assistance must make contact with our student wellbeing coordinator or the general office.


We look forward to working with you to ensure that all students achieve their best and ask that you make contact with us at any time to assist you with any concerns or questions. 


I look forward to working with you in 2017 and remind you always that I am happy to be of service to you at any time.


Rosanna Spina

College Captain Profiles 2017

Kirsten Hallett 12A 

My name is Kirsten Hallett and I am one of the 2017 College Captains for Carwatha College P-12. I participated in the V3 program and have already completed Biology  

3&4 Chemistry 3&4,  and English 3&4. In 2017 I will be studying Health and Human Development 3&4, Further Mathematics 3&4 Psychology 3&4 and First Year University Biology, via the Monash Extension program.

When I finish high school I hope to attend university and study nursing or medicine. I have been at Carwatha since Year 7 and it has been a goal of mine since then to become a College Captain. Outside of school I enjoy playing netball and field hockey, attending church and working at my part-time job.

My memorable moments of 2016 include participating in the Deb ball and speaking on behalf of Carwatha College P-12 at the Mock United Nations Assembly. As a leader, I hope to promote a greater focus on maintaining a healthy mental state during VCE. I look forward to working with everyone in 2017.


Jordan Hallett 12A 

My name is Jordan Hallett and I am one of the College Captain for 2017. I have always aspired to be a College Captain and I believe that this role will give me the opportunity to develop my leadership skills as I work in a team to support my College activities. I have been at Carwatha College since Year 7 and have been involved in various sporting events, activities and leadership positions since then.  

Last year I studied two Unit 3 and 4 subjects: Physical Education and Health and Human Development. This year I am studying Biology, English, Further Maths and Psychology. I plan to study a Bachelor of Primary Teaching once I have finished my final year of schooling. I enjoy playing basketball, spending time with friends and family and watching Netflix. I also work part-time as a basketball referee, which I thoroughly enjoy.

Some of my most memorable moments at Carwatha have been making new friends and participating in the debutante ball. As part of my role this year, I plan to set an example in work ethic in all areas of my learning and involvement at Carwatha College. I am a friendly and approachable person, so if you see me around the school, do not hesitate to say hello.


Dylan Amante 12A 

Hi, my name is Dylan Amante and I am one of the Carwatha College Captains for 2017. My previous studies include English 3&4, Legal Studies 3&4 and Further Mathematics 3&4. This year I will be studying several subjects: Psychology, Literature, History and Legal Studies, to contribute to my goal of becoming a criminologist. I have been at Carwatha since Year 7 and have forged many friendships with my peers.

Previous College Captains have inspired me to become a College leader. Now that I have achieved this, my only wish is to live up to the expectations of my predecessors. I hope to assist the College in its endeavours in any way I can. I will proudly represent the College and my peers and promote this great school so that the wider community can appreciate how amazing our school truly is.

Aside from being an avid student, I also love to read books and watch films, specifically sci-fi, as space has always fascinated me. However, my favourite pastime is playing videogames, partially due to my enjoyment of them and partially due to the insatiable curiosity I have towards how far video games have come and how far they will go in regards to development.

One of the reasons I was so inspired to become a leader was being at my first school assembly in Year 7 and listening to the High Achievers of 2011 deliver their advice speeches to the student body. One speaker, who I regret not knowing the name of, described Year 12 as like being pregnant – having to work incredibly hard for 9 months before being rewarded with a great gift and a new beginning. That speech was powerful enough to have stayed with me to this day, and although it seems odd, it empowered me to pursue a leadership position and have the opportunity to be standing up there, giving that speech to my successors.


Jarvis Ho 12A 

Hello, my name is Jarvis Ho and I am one of the College Captains for 2017. I have been at Carwatha since the start of my schooling, back in Prep. Over the course of the V3 program, I have completed English 3&4 and Mathematical Methods 3&4, but I am retaking these subjects this year as I believe I can achieve a greater score than I did last year. This year, I am also studying Psychology, Media and Informatics.

After graduation, I would like to go to RMIT and study a course in Digital Media, as I wish to work in the film and television industry. In my spare time I enjoy playing video games with my friends, reading comics and graphic novels, relaxing with my family and socialising with my friends.

I try to be as positive as I can, as I believe that just having a smile on your face can make someone else’s day just that bit better. If I can make even one person smile each day, I consider it as a successful day. This is just one of the reasons why I wanted to be a leader this year – to give everyone a chance to make the best of their time at school and enjoy it, even with the workload of VCE.

I have a lot of ideas for our school that I would like to make into reality this year and I believe that we can make 2017 one of the best years for Carwatha College P-12.  If anyone in the school has problems or questions that they would like help with, please do not hesitate to talk to me and I will try my best to support you in any way I can.

SRC Elections

On Tuesday, February 7, secondary students voted for their peers in the annual SRC (Student Representative Council) elections. The SRC consists of secondary students (guided by staff) who are responsible for representing their peers in leading the way for positive changes to our school. It was great to see so many students at each year level nominating themselves for this important role, and talking to their peers at assemblies about the personal qualities that would make them a successful leader. All secondary students voted in an official ballot. Congratulations to Ms Bawa, her team of student helpers and all students involved in this event – it was conducted very formally and efficiently. Good luck to all of the nominees!


Mrs Crawford.


Music At Carwatha
College P-12

Yesterday on February 7, the Year 7 students were treated to an amazing musical performance by Yr 11 students: Winona Bonne, Hayley Lucas and Filimon Moutis, ably assisted by music teachers Damien Maughan and Marina Novelli. A reminder to parents/guardians and secondary students that we offer lessons to students in singing and the playing of musical instruments. If you wish to participate in this program, please contact the school.


Mrs Crawford


Year 7 and 12 Buddy Day

On Wednesday, February 8th, a new Year 12 program took place.  Year 12 students were assigned a Year 7 buddy to welcome them to the school community and make them feel included in our special Carwatha family. We met our buddies at lunchtime and after the initial introductions, we got the opportunity to get to know them. I can confidently say that everyone had a great time making new friends and enjoying the experience. It was nice seeing new faces around, and talking with the Year 7's brought back a feeling of nostalgia for us in Year 12. We found ourselves turning the clock back, reminiscing, and sharing our loved Year 7 memories with our buddies. I know I speak for all the Year 12s when I say that I can't wait to spend more time with them throughout the year. This will be a rewarding experience not only for  the Year 7's but no doubt for us, the Year 12's as well.

Viktoria Karkatzoulis

Year 12

Fraser House Captain.


From The Year 7 Coordinator...

Welcome to our new year 7’s!!


I’d  like to take this opportunity to welcome our Year 7 students and their families to Carwatha College for 2017. Starting at a new school can be an exciting, but also a daunting time. Getting used to new routines, navigating the timetable and making new friends.  It has been great to see all our Year 7 students settling in well and having a very positive start to the school year.


The standard of behaviour has been excellent both in lessons and around the school, with many teachers commenting on the good progress being made by students, even at this early stage. It has been particularly encouraging to see how supportive the students have been of each other. Students also look very smart in their uniforms and are proving to be a credit to themselves, to you and to Carwatha College P-12.


During these first couple of weeks, students have experienced their first whole school as well as year level assembly.  A musical performance by our amazing music department, and a very successful meeting with Year 12 buddies!   To help students transition into their first year of secondary school I strongly recommend that you check that your child’s uniform, books, planner and equipment are clearly labelled with their name. To help students with their studies, a quiet place at home to complete their homework/ home study would be an advantage.  To support this process, I encourage parents to check the planner on a regular basis to ensure that tasks are being recorded and completed. 


If you have any concerns about your son or daughter’s progress please contact our General Office to arrange an appointment . 


Mrs Georgia Rentzis

Year 7 Coordinator


First ever year level assembly

Year 7 Maths activity

Fun in the Yard


Primary News

From the Assistant Principal...

Welcome back everyone and a special welcome to our preps and to all our new students!

It has been a really smooth start to the term, congratulations to our students for settling into their new grades so well. 

Most book packs have arrived and materials have been unpacked, ready to be used. If you have any difficulties in getting a book pack for your child, please contact me as soon as possible.

Once the essential items payment has been made, students will receive their diary, which is an important part of their school materials. Payment for the essential items can be made at the office or via Qkr. Should you have any questions or require financial support, please come and see me.

One of our first community activities for the term is our annual Twilight Sports evening to be held on Thursday 23rd February. It is a wonderful opportunity to meet the teachers and other families in a relaxed atmosphere, enjoy a barbeque and of course join in some fun activities.

Once again our students will have the opportunity to participate in an interest based activity every Friday afternoon in our Clubs program. Of course we welcome support from parents! If you are interested in helping in any of the following activities, please let me know.

The activities on offer are: gardening, dance, knitting, craft, indoor board games, yoga/mindfulness, coding, outdoor games, Zumba/fitness, film making and African drumming.

 I look forward to meeting you for a coffee and a chat.


Sheila Horn

College Captain Profiles

Georgia Vishnaikov

Hi , my name is Georgia Vishnaikov. I am 11 years old and I am one of this year’s Primary College Captains. I have been at Carwatha College P-12 since I was in prep. I am very excited and am looking forward to all the opportunities and challenges in this role.


Sandeep Kulkarni

HI , my name is Sandeep Kulkarni and I am one of the four Primary College Captains. I am 11 years old and have been here at Carwatha College since I was in Prep.  I am looking forward to all of the jobs and roles I will be taking on but I am most excited about running the assemblies.  I am also excited about being able to help around the school and look forward to all the leadership opportunities I will be getting.


Prerana Mohithe

My name is Prerana Mohithe and I am one of the College Captains for 2017. I am 11 years old. I have been at Carwatha College P-12 for 7 years and I have enjoyed all my years at school. My favourite subjects at school are writing, reading and maths. This year is going to be different and nerve-wracking as I have the role of College Captain, but I am up for the challenge. I am really looking forward to helping around the school and being a good role model.


Christian Filleul-Zama

Hi, I am Christian Filleul-Zama. I am 11 years old and have been at Carwatha College P-12 since I was in prep in 2001. I was excited to be selected as a College Captain and I am a little bit nervous, but also excited about the leadership opportunities I will have this year especially the leadership conference.


What an amazing start to 2017!

Prep/1M started the year confidently, no tears (not even from the parents) with many confident children.

All of our students are eager to learn and make new friends.

Welcome to our new families, it has been a pleasure getting to know you.

I look forward to building relationships and learning together.

Thanks for a great start to the year.

Sonia McPhie


What we are doing.....

Talisha and Brayden getting ready to do a puppet show for the Preps.


Harley drawing a beautiful house.


Alannah was busy reading a novel during reading time.


Tammy was very proud of her writting and wonderful drawing.


Monet was having fun learning about notes in music.

Twilight Sports Night


Primary STEM Centre

This year we have an exciting new Primary Specialist subject, STEM.


What is a STEM?


Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, in simple terms,  is an area that allows for creativity and innovation to occur so that students can engage in learning experiences that allow them to make real life connections and solve problems.

For example, within STEM our students will be presented with challenges that encourage them to design, engineer, fabricate, create, build, code and collaborate.


We are so excited to bring this opportunity to our students, but as this is a new program we need more materials and are hoping you may have some of the items listed below that we can use:

  • Kid friendly tools - screwdrivers, wrenches, safety glasses, measuring tapes
  • Old electronics
  • Wheels and axles from old toys
  • Wires, pipe cleaners/chenille sticks
  • Speakers
  • Toys: lego, building toys, science kits, broken toys
  • Packaging materials such as bubble wrap
  • Cardboard, including cardboard boxes
  • Newspaper
  • Paper towel tubes, popsicle sticks, paint stir sticks, buttons, origami paper
  • PVC pipe
  • Storage containers: plastic tubs, organizers with drawers such as metal toolboxes used for automotive tools


If you have any of these items that you are willing to donate please bring it along on your child’s STEM day or contact


Mrs Braybon.

Careers News

From The Careers Team...

Hey Everyone!

This Careers update will keep you in touch with career events, expos, courses, Open Days and so on. Attending career events will assist you to make wise career decisions. Students who do research, attend events, collect information, and talk to others about careers frequently find it easier to make their own decisions.

In order to get information to students we need to make sure that each student in years 10, 11 and 12 has supplied an up to date email address that they regularly check so that the Careers team can communicate with you!!!


In the coming weeks the Careers team have the following events taking place

  • Thursday 16th February – period 3, V3 students (Year 12’s) will have a Careers and VTAC session
  • Thursday 16th February – period 3, V1 & V2 students (Year 10’s and 11’s) will have a study skills session presented by Deakin University Ambassadors.
  • During term one- all Year 12 students will have a careers conversation, where they can outline their plans for 2018 and beyond. I’d like to stress that it is alright  if the students are unsure  about what they would like to do once they have finished school. We can use this session to start working on some ideas.

Year 10 & Year 11 Girls….Who wants an amazing experience ????? .......

  • Tata Consultancy Services are offering our female students in year 10 or year 11 the opportunity to apply for a week’s work experience at their IT firm based in St Kilda. They plan a week of activities with guest speakers and trips to other workplaces to introduce students to the employment growth area of IT.

Students can apply by following this link.

If you do apply please come and see me to let me know and I can add you to my list!


RMIT ConocoPhillips Science experience

Congratulations to Jovan and Allison from Year 10 who participated in the ConocoPhillips Science Experience at RMIT in the January school holidays.


“The science experience was amazing, we got to try out different fields like haematology and biotechnology, and see what they do, go to Werribee zoo and learn about bandicoots, and even make incredibly creamy ice cream. Not to mention playing around with robots, go to the VSSEC (a space centre) and do some experiments. 


The RMIT team had organised a science show to finish things off, from colour changing chemicals to supercooling metals to make them levitate.


The experience didn't change what we wanted to do, but it did open our eyes to the possibilities. The mentors had also shed some light on University life, and gave us some tips on how to maximize our productivity, especially during exams and stressful times. The program was definitely worth it.”

Jovan Vales & Alison Hughes 



  • UMAT Please read the attached Careers document for up to date information on UMAT testing. In Victoria there are some Health sciences and medicine courses that require students in year 12 to sit the UMAT.  Please see Jodie with any questions.
  • VTAC’s  “30 minute mentor”

VTAC  (Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre) invites any interested Year 12 student keen on being a part of their publication “30 minute mentor” to apply by Friday 24th February. Students who participated last year were paired with mentors who could answer questions about their industry and what it is like to work in their field of interest, day to day. The mentors last year included a psychologist, a photographer and a pathologist. Each of the students involved  had a 30 minute conference call with their mentors in which they could ask questions about career pathways, salaries, typical duties, lifestyle considerations and anything else they wanted to know about their future careers. All of the students had great questions and got a lot out of the experience.


VTAC are keen to publish a broad range of students and careers, so whether you are       interested in becoming a biologist, ballerina, park ranger or plumber, they want to hear from you!


If you are interested come and speak to Jodie in Careers for further information and instructions on how to apply.  The deadline for submissions to VTAC  is Friday 24 February at 5pm.


Looking forward to working with you all this year!

Jodie McCarthy

Careers Manager


Upcoming Events


Thur    16th         Primary First Aid Training 

Fri        17th          Primary Assembly

Mon    20th          Senior Volleyball

Tues    21st          College Swimming Carnival

Thur    23rd         Senior Summer Sport

Thur    23rd         Primary Twilight Sports Night

Fri        24th          Primary Assembly

Fri        24th          Year 7 to 9 Lunch Time Activities              


Fri        3rd             Primary Assembly

Fri        3rd             Year 7 to 9 Lunchtime Activities

Wed    8th             Year 7 Bushwalk

Thur    9th            College photos  

Fri        10th          Pupil Free Day

Tues    14th         Greater Dandenong Swimming Carnival

Wed    15th          Year 7 Team Building Day

Fri        17th          College Athletics Carnival

Fri        17th          Primary Assembly

Wed    22nd         Year 8 Interschool Sport

Fri        24th          Year 7 to 9 Lunchtime Activities

Tues    28th          Year 7 Interschool Sports

Tues    28th          Parent Teacher Conferences

Wed     29th         Southern Metro Swimming Carnival

Thur    30th          Year 8 French Film Excursion

Fri        31st           Year 7 to 9 Lunchtime Activities

Fri        31st           Term 1 Ends - 2.30pm


Tues    18th           Term 2 Begins 

Parents & Friends News

Fundraising Team


Useful forms

Book List and Parent Payment Forms


Qkr: How To Form


International Student Homestay Program


Centrepay form


Canteen Price List


Anaphylaxis Management Plan


Asthma Management Plan


Primary Mobile Phone Agreement


College Photos 2017


Edrolo Information


Community News



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