Wheelers News

10 August 2018
Issue Twelve   respect Excellence Creativity
Principal's Page
Assistant Principals' Report
What's on this week
Performing Arts
RYDA Event 
Middle School 
International Students Report
Library News
Community News
Wheelers Hill Secondary College
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Wheelers Hill, Victoria, 3150

Principal's Page

College Review

We have embarked on our College Review this week.  The College Review process is a tremendous opportunity to set clear Goals, Targets and Strategies to further improve student outcomes over the next few years.

The process allows a Panel to review our data, lead focus group discussions and record classroom observations.  This approach allows the Panel to determine areas for investigation in terms of where further improvements can be made in student outcomes.  An independent Reviewer is leading our Panel consisting of WHSC staff, a Department of Education Representative (or DET), our School Council President, together with Principals from other schools.

We have Field Work Days next week whereby some of the Panel members will make some classroom observations, as well as spending some time speaking with our students and staff about our school.

This is an important process for our College and I look forward to the final Review Day on the 30th  August where a potential direction for our great school will be further discussed.

College Production, 2018 - The Wizard of Oz

This year's Production of The Wizard of Oz promises to be another successful musical for the College. 

We are holding this year's Production at the Burrinja Theatre in Upwey and below is taken from their website:


"A fabulous one-hour musical show featuring the best-loved songs from the screen classic including ‘Over the Rainbow’, ‘Ding Dong the Witch is Dead’ and many more.  The story of Dorothy, her faithful dog Toto, Lion, Tinman and Scarecrow is perfect entertainment for the whole family. 

Starring students from Wheelers Hill Secondary College, along with their friends from Brandon Park, Mulgrave, Waverley Meadows and Wheelers Hill Primary Schools – this show is the culmination of the months of hard work and talents of the whole school community (Burrinja Theatre Website, 4 8 18)". 


Our students and staff have worked incredibly hard over recent months to develop what will be another high quality Production for our school.  We thank all involved and recognise the superb leadership of our Perfoming Arts Leading Teacher in Genelle Lentini in bringing it all together.

As a College Community we can no wait to see The Wizard of Oz next month - be sure to purchase your tickets quickly as they are sure to sell out fast!


Key Dates for WHSC Production, The Wizard of Oz:

WED 5 SEP 11.30 AM
WED 5 SEP 7.30 PM
THU 6 SEP 7.30 PM
FRI 7 SEP 7.30 PM


Burrinja Theatre


$27.25 Adult
$22.25 Concession [F/T Student, Health Care, Seniors/Pension] 
$17.25 Youth 16 & under

Tickets can be purchased by using the link below:


(Details from the Burrinja Website, 4 8 18)

Parent Opinion Survey, 2018

We are conducting a Survey to see what our parents and guardians think about our school.  The Parent Opinion Survey is developed and provided by the Department of Education (or DET) each year. Parents and guardians have the opportunity to share their thoughts relating to areas such as school climate, student behaviour and student engagement. Responses from the Survey are made available to the College (September this year) and they are analysed and considered as part of our Strategic and Annual Implementation Plans. 

We made the Parent Opinion Survey available to randomly selected parents / guardians via email.  These parents / guardians have until the 26th of August in which to respond to questions on the Survey.  If you have any queries concerning the 2018 Parent Opinion Survey, please contact the College.

HeadSpace - 'Safe Minds at Home' Presentation, Tue 7th August

Headspace provided their 'Safe Minds at Home' presentation at the College earlier in the week (Tue 7th Aug.) with many families in attendance.   With respect to Mental Health, our College Community are reminded to seek professional medical advice and assistance from suitably qualified medical practitioners as required.  Please read on for more information about the Headspace presentation.

Student Course Selection Process, 2018 into 2019

The Student Course Selection Process (2018 into 2019) has begun with our current 9, 10 and 11 students all having the opportunity to attend Course Selection Information Nights with their families recently.  

The Course Selection Process is important to our students as they consider their course of study for the year ahead.  The Process is also important for the College as it allows us to determine what subjects may be offered for 2019, and this is helpful when it comes to our planning.

The Year 8 into 9 Course Selection Evening for Year 8 students and their families is to be held in the College Library, Thursday, 15th of August commencing at 6:00pm.

Value of the Week - CREATIVITY

A number of our students are involved in our Visual Arts Club where part of their work is to design and develop resources for our 2018 College Production, 'The Wizard of Oz'.  We thank these students for their creative skills and approach - their work will really add to the spectacle of our College Production.

And finally.....

We welcomed a delegation of students from China last week.  We were thrilled to have them visit our College.  They were able to take in a Presentation about our school, together with participating in a College Tour and in a Sport Class as part of their visit.  Please see Jane Xing's (International Student Co-ordinator) report in this Newsletter.








Aaron Smith

College Principal

Assistant Principals' Report

Why School attendance is important-supporting our students to be the best that they can be.

In accordance with the Education and Training Reform Act 2006, schooling is compulsory for children and young people aged from 6 – 17 years unless an exemption  from attendance or enrolment has been granted.

Daily attendance is important for all children and young people to succeed in education and to ensure they don’t fall behind both socially and developmentally:

  • School participation maximises life opportunities for children and young people by providing them with education and support networks.  
  • School helps children to develop important skills, knowledge and values that set them up for further learning and participation in their community.
  • School helps them to make the most of life opportunities.

Children and young people who regularly attend school and complete Year 12, or an equivalent qualification, have: 

  • better health outcomes
  • better employment outcomes
  • higher incomes across their lives.

Research confirms there is a strong link between poor attendance and adverse student outcomes like:

  • early school leaving
  • poverty
  • substance use
  • unemployment
  • negative health outcomes.

Regular absences from school may also be a critical indicator of disengagement, leading to adverse outcomes. It is an easily observable warning sign.

Early identification and intervention is critical in addressing problematic attendance issues and possible student disengagement from school.

A child missing one day a fortnight will miss four weeks in a year, and more than a year of school by Year 10. It is important that children develop regular attendance habits at an early age.


In recent times we have noticed an increase in the number of students arriving to school late.

We understand that from time to time unavoidable delays will occur, however, we do ask that all students make every effort to arrive to school on time- by 8.35 to commence the school day. This not only ensures that students are able to attend all timetabled sessions, but also instills positive habits, which will serve them well as they move into employment in the future. 


Aside from any legislative requirements, in our role as parents and educators it is vital that we support the young people in our care and do everything we can to ensure their regular and punctual attendance at school every day.

As a college, we encourage a working partnership with guardians and parents in relation to supporting the young adults under our care. In order to support our children in becoming them best that they can be, they need to:

* Attend School every day (unless they are unwell)

* Arrive to school on time everyday

* Remain at school for the duration of the day

* Avoid taking family vacations during school terms

As adults who contribute to shaping the lives of young people under our care, it is important that we set high expectations and provide the appropriate conditions and support environment for all children to achieve their best.

In partnership with each other we can work towards ensuring our children have the best possible opportunities and conditions to achieve their best so that they can become successful, contributing members, of an ever increasingly demanding and complex society. 

 Dispensing Medication

Under advice from DET, schools are no longer able to store or dispense analgesics, such as, asprin and paracetamol to students.

If your child requires the administration of these angelsics or any other medication during school hours, a Medication Authority Form for all medication to be administered by the school must be completed  by a medical practitioner or a parent/guardian. Please see the attached form for your reference. Once completed, this form needs to be lodged at the general office.



We have been fortunate enough to expand on the number of Monash Tutors for this semester.

If you are interested in receiving free tuition in these subjects, please contact Andrew Dixon via email on [email protected]


Mrs Judy Anderson & Mr Andrew Dixon   

Assistant Principals

What's on this week


  • Year 10 into 11 Course Counselling
  • Year 7 Study Skills Seminar
  • Year 11 into 12 Course selections due.


  • Chess Competitions & Chess Training Sessions Lunch time
  • Year 10 Work Placement


  • RoboCup Junior Victorian State Competition - Year 10 Robotics
  • Year 10 work Placement


  • Monash Tech School - "Superhealth" STEM Program - 9C Science
  • MIFF - Melbourne International Film Festival - Unit 2 EAL
  • Production Primary School Visit - Mulgrave Primary School
  • School Council Meetings


  • Year 10 Work Placement
  • Intermediate Sport
  • Year 8 into 9 Information Evening
  • Monash Tech School - "Superhealth" STEM Program - 9C Science


  • Year 10 Work Placement
  • Year 9 into 10 selections due
  • Monash Tech School - "Superhealth" STEM Program - 9C Science


  • Chess Competitions & Chess Training Sessions


  • Dolls House Part 2 MTC Performance - VCE Theatre Studies


  • Production Primary School Visit - Brandon Park PS


  • Extended Home Group - Wellbeing

Performing Arts

Tickets On Sale! 

TICKETS ON SALE || Come with us on a journey to somewhere over the rainbow and down the yellow brick road! Tickets for Wheelers Hill Secondary College’s production of The Wizard of Oz go on sale today! 5 – 7 Sept at the Burrinja Cultural Centre. With thanks to our local primary school partners: Brandon Park Primary, Mulgrave Primary, Waverley Meadows & Wheelers Hill Primary. Tickets via: https://tinyurl.com/yd6adpyf or by calling Burrinja Cultural Centre Box Office: 9754 8723.

Genelle Lentini

Performing Arts Leader

RYDA Event 

RYDA Event 31st July 2018

At RYDA, Year 11 students attended six interactive sessions over the course of a school day.

In small peer groups, they were challenged to change the way they think about road safety; participating in a stopping distance demonstration, devising personalised strategies, gaining an understanding of their individual risk profile, leading an investigation into a real life crash and getting tips from road safety experts on how to protect themselves, their friends and family.

RYDA gave students critical information and strategies that do not come from driving lessons, books or the school classroom.

Anna Anetoudis

Year 11 Year Level Coordinator

Middle School 

Middle School Matters

Time Management, Subject Choices and the Personal Best Program have been the highlight of the last two weeks for the Students of Middle School. Students have challenged themselves on the snow, developed intrinsic motivation about their time management, taken the opportunity and respect in giving others the opportunity to talk and developed Communication skills with others. All these extra events are very worthwhile in developing the student’s life skills.

Middle School Students

The students have stepped up these two weeks. They have helped me organise the Expo’s for the Year 8’s by guiding the Junior students and stepping up when asked to do something in order to run the event.

The Middle School Students have designed, made and are wearing badges that are promoting a very important message. Students need to find a Middle School Leader and they will give you one if they are asked about it. 

Alpine School Students

A snippet from Miranda’s Sway account.

Today during free time I went outside with others and we dug a little cave like thing in some snow. We all had quite a fun time hanging out together and we got to know each other a bit better too! To me this was pretty important because I don’t usually interact with people I don’t know well, but we have all become friends pretty fast and it makes me happy to know that I am opening up and making new friendships fairly fast. One thing I definitely want to do is I want to continue to keep opening up to people and getting to know them better so that I can make more good friendships.

Quote of the day

Don’t make a bad decision based on a temporary emotion.

To me this quote means that no matter how you are feeling you shouldn’t make a decision that could effect your future in a negative way.

Community goal:

The community goal today was to make good decisions.

Daily reflection challenge: what are three things I’m thankful for?

I am thankful for the great and caring teachers at the Alpine school.

I am thankful for my really nice roommate.

I am thankful for the chefs here at the Alpine School for serving us really nice meals.


Year 7 Update

The students have had the opportunity to listen to Presenters from Elevate. They werethat was talking about time management. Please discuss what positive things your child gained from the activity.


Year 8 Update

Ski Trip

The students have not stopped in the last two weeks. Some of the cohort had the opportunity to attend the Ski Trip and by all accounts had a very good day. Thank you to Mrs James, Mr Tan, Miss Harris and Mrs Lal for spending the day with the students.



Elective choice Expo's

Then the cohort have all had the opportunity to listen to students and teachers about the subjects that are offered for their Year 9 Course Selection. Many students were excited to see what subjects the school had to offer.

Study Skills Seminar

This week Year 8 students attended a Study Skills session. Presenters from ELEVATE set the focus of “Time Management” Students were encouraged to consider the way they manage their time over the school week. This included schoolwork, home study, hobbies and family time. Strategies were taught to create a balanced schedule of blocking time. The students found this session most valuable and were most positive in their feedback to presenters and staff. We look forward to the students putting their learnt skills into practice.


Jacinta Wilson

Year 9 Update

Many students have given up their time to promote the electives they have had this year to the Year 8 Students. They were so good and spoke well to the students.

Now they have to start thinking about the subjects that they are going to undertake while in Senior School.


Mrs Melissa Robinson

Middle School Leader

International Students Report

Visitors from China

On Wednesday 1st August, a large group of Chinese students and teachers (38 students and 2 teachers) visited WHSC. These students were from a high school in Qingdao, a city on the east China directly opposite Taiwan. They were here to visit a couple of schools and universities in Melbourne. Principal Mr. Smith gave a presentation about WHSC and then a group tour of the campus accompanied by Mr. Smith, Jane Xing, June Li, Siran Gao and middle school leaders, Jackson Steele, Liam Kelly, Jess Phillips and Amelia Paterson. Students also participated in sports activities organized by Mr Ellis. Each of them received a certificate of participation and a small gift from WHSC.

Ms Jane Xing  

Internationals Student Coordinator


Careers in Year 12

From the start of Term 1 till now, I have conducted one to one career counselling interviews with year 12 students. It has been extremely rewarding getting to know them individually and assisting them with their Career Action Plans. I have been impressed with their active participation in our meetings and proactive approach towards their career planning.

It is now getting to the ‘pointy end’ of the year where year 12s start to hone in on consolidating their learning in preparation for their end of year exams. Some will head off to tertiary studies next year while others will enter apprenticeships. However, regardless of their destination, they all have one thing in common, and that this wanting to create a future that motivates and inspires them.

Part of the year 12 year journey involves applying for tertiary courses for 2019. On Wednesday 8th August, all year 12 students attended a VTAC Session which provided them with information on how they can make their tertiary selections and key important dates that they need to be mindful of. The website that handles the applications, VTAC, is now fully available for students to open an account, apply for SEAS (Special Entry Access Scheme) and Scholarships. Students were also provided with a copy of the VTAC Guide to assist them with their course application and selection.

The Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre (VTAC) is running a free webinar on the VTAC process for students and parents if extra assistance is required. This will be held on Wednesday 15th August, 2018 at 7pm and will cover all aspects of the application process. More information and registration is available at https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/applying-for-tertiary-study-in-victoria-free-vtac-webinar-tickets-48724413031

I wish all student the very best with their applications and career planning for next year and will be available for additional consultation if required.


Voula Jakubicki

Careers Coordinator

Library News


The library has some fantastic books available to borrow. Come on down to see our displays and check out some books about science and the scientists who have made a difference with their ideas and inventions.

The theme has been inspired by the following:

* 200th anniversary of the publication of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein (genetic engineering, biotechnologies, prosthetics, bionics, genetic modification, brain enhancement and ethics);

* 40th anniversary of the birth of the first IVF baby (genetic engineering, biotechnology, nanotechnology);

* International Year of the Reef (coral reefs and the scientists who study them).


Jane Callaghan

Library Technician


This month on SchoolTV - Body Image

Kids today are more obsessed with their body image than those in past generations. This is partially influenced by the media and their social connectivity. Encouraging kids to have a healthy body image in childhood, can lay the foundations for good physical and mental health later in life.

A recent study highlighted that body image is one of the top three concerns for Australian youth. Over half of girls in high schools have tried to lose weight. One-third of teenage boys wanted to be thinner and another third wanted to be larger. Children need to understand that their body shape and size is not a reflection of their health or success. Parents and schools need to work together to help kids understand that everyone is born with their own ‘body-suit’.

In this edition of SchoolTV, parents will learn how to encourage their child to have a positive body image and why it is so important to their mental health. We hope you take time to reflect on the information offered in this month’s edition and we always welcome your feedback.

If you have any concerns about your child, please contact the school counsellor for further information.

Here is the link to this month’s edition http://whsc.vic.schooltv.me/newsletter/body-image


Peter Allen & Louise Ford

Student Wellbeing Middle & Senior School

Community News

Second-hand Uniform Shop Times

  • Monday 21st August  1:30pm - 3pm
  • Thursday 6th September  1:30pm - 3pm
  • Monday 18th September  1:30pm - 3pm

Entertainment Book


Eastern Palliative Care Volunteer


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