Wheelers News

20 September 2019
Issue Fifteen  

Respect Excellence Creativity

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College Captains for 2020

We once again adopted a rigorous process to decide our College Captains for next year.  As part of the process, we had students submit written applications, present to staff and students, and sit a formal interview.  Students and staff were also able to vote as part of the process.  After some careful consideration, the following students have been appointed for 2020:


College Captains - Mikayla Harvey and Jemma Frisina

College Vice Captains - Aidan Smith and Erin Mckenzie


The College is thrilled with our appointments to these very important leadership positions.  We know that Mikayla, Jemma, Aidan and Erin will all be outstanding representatives of the College and we wish them well in their leadership roles in 2020.

Welcome to New Staff at WHSC

There are a number of new staff that we would like to welcome to the College:


Helen Charalambous - Social Worker.  Helen has been working with us for the last few weeks and has recently been appointed until the end of 2020 as the College's Social Worker.


Michelle Galea - Leading Teacher, VCAL and Pathways.  Michelle is currently working at Cragieburn Secondary College and will start in this role at the beginning of 2020.


Pedro Mello - Learning Specialist, STEM (or Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics).  Pedro is currently working at Casterton Secondary College and will start in this role at the beginning of 2020.

Year 7 and 8 Inter-School Sport Success!

We had a large contingent of Year 7 and 8 students represent the College in Inter - School Sports last week (11/9/19).  Students were participating in a number of sports such as table tennis, hockey and basketball.


We achieved some terrific results last week with Year 7 Boys and Girls Basketball Teams winning their respective competitions allowing them to progress through to the next round of competition.   


We acknowledge all students for their wonderful participation on the day, and we thank both staff and senior school students in attendance for their supervision and coaching.


We made reference to STEM in our last Newsletter (6 9 19).  Whilst STEM is short for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, 'STEM' at our College is seen as more than just teaching and learning in these subject areas.  In fact, STEM is really an opportunity for students to use the the '4C's' across all subject areas with Critical Thinking, Collaboration, Communication and Creativity being integral to the STEM learning process.


Last week (6/9) our staff engaged in a STEM workshop with Neil Cameron - Vickery from the Monash Tech Schools.  The Monash Tech Schools allow students from schools in the Monash Local Government Area to engage in high tech STEM learning activities.  It was important for our staff to hear from Neil as he explained that 'Design Thinking' can be applied to all learning areas.  The workshop was incredibly informative and helpful to our staff as we look to ways of incorporating more STEM activities and 'Design Thinking' into our Teaching and Learning.


Last Friday (16/9) was the conclusion of our Year 8 STEM Unit.  The two week Unit allowed our year 8 students to use the 'Design Thinking' process to develop solutions to problems using the theme, 'Adapt or Abandon'.   The Unit was delivered using a number of subject areas and our students really enjoyed the opportunity to demonstrate and further develop their critical thinking, collaboration, creative and communication skills as part of the work.  Students were able to present their projects on the last day of the Unit with some incredibly creative designs developed and presented.  Well done to all of our staff and students involved in the Year 8 STEM Unit for 2019.

NAPLAN, 2019

Whilst the NAPLAN (National Assessment Program - Literacy and Numeracy) is a snapshot of a child's ability with respect to Numeracy and Literacy, we received some excellent results with respect to NAPLAN this year.  Our Year 9 Writing results were exceptional with the data revealing that we are above the State and Network average for this part of the Assessment.  The number of Year 7 students in the top two bands for Reading aligns with the State Average, while for Writing in this same measure we are above Similar Schools.


There are some areas where we can make some improvements.  For example, our Year 9 Numeracy and Reading results are areas that we will be focusing on in 2020.  Our Leadership Team, together with our Mathematics and English Teams, have already started discussing and developing some plans for next year in an attempt to improve these results.

Year 7 Scholarship Program, 2020

The interest in our 2020 Year 7 Scholarship Program was enormous this year.  I was incredibly fortunate to meet a number of our new Year 7 students for next year with their families as part of the process. 


The caliber of the Scholarship candidates for 2020 was outstanding with existing School Captains, House and Sports Leaders, together with students who excel in a number of different areas all applying for Scholarship for next year.


Students successful as part of the process have been informed, and we congratulate them on their Scholarships for 2020.  We thank all students and their families for their interest in the Year 7 Scholarship Program for next year.

Year 12, 2019

The year is quickly coming to a close for our Year 12 students.  The Year 12 Exam Period will commence in late October meaning that our Year 12 students will only have classes for the first few weeks of Term 4 Four. 


We wish our Year 12 students all the very best as their secondary schooling comes to an end.  This can be quite an emotional time for students and families alike.  As a College, we will continue to support all of our Year 12 students with their studies, together with their exam preparation and participation.

WHSC and the Central Australia Trip, 2019

An enthusiastic group of intrepid travelers set out for Central Australia this week.  Students and staff commenced their Central Australia Tour on Wednesday (18/9) and they will be kept busy as part of packed itinerary of sightseeing.  We wish the group all the very best with what will be a very exciting and worthwhile trip.

WHSC Parents and Friends Committee Trivia Night, 2019

Our hardworking WHSC Parents and Friends Committee organised and lead the Committee's inaugural Trivia Night last week (13/9) to raise funds for our successful Performing Arts Program.  The night was a tremendous success!  Using a 'Friday the 13th Theme', a lot of fun was had by all as table groups fought it out to be crowned Trivia Night Champions for 2019.  Silent auctions, raffle prizes and other fun activities were also a feature of the night.  We thank the families, friends, staff and students in attendance for their support of the College.  The event raised over $2,500.00 for our Performing Arts Program which is an outstanding result.


We thank the WHSC Parents and Friends Committee for their excellent work in organising such a successful event.  Special thanks must go to Sarah and Mick Gason (parents of Adam Gason, Year 11) at the College for running the Trivia Night questions and activities.  A very special thank you though must go to Carol and Steve Kourtis (parents of Chloe, Year 8) who did a power of work in organising so many high quality goods and services as raffle and auction items to support the Night - your efforts here are very much appreciated.  The College thanks all involved for their wonderful support of our great school.


Value of the Week - Creativity

Our Year 8 students have demonstrated one of our key values in Creativity given their involvement in the Year 8 STEM unit recently.  I was impressed with the work created and the solutions developed as part of their work - well done to all involved 


And Finally........

I would like to take the opportunity of wishing our College Community a safe and restful holiday period, and we welcome back students on the 7th of October for what will be another busy term at Wheelers Hill Secondary College,










Aaron Smith 


Assistant Principal's Page

Wheelers Hill Secondary College is committed to creating a safe and inclusive environment for all its students, including LGBTI students.

National and international research shows that positive and inclusive school environments lead to improved academic results, increased confidence and better attendance at school. All young people have a right to feel safe at school but many young people who identify as LGBTI, or same sex attracted, gender diverse or living with an intersex variation, have negative experiences in Australian schools. Many studies around the world show that LGBTI students experience higher rates of harassment, social exclusion and bullying than their non-LGBTI peers. Writing Themselves In 3, the third national study on the sexual health and wellbeing of same sex attracted and gender questioning young people found that:


61% of LGBTI young people report experiencing verbal homophobic abuse

18% report physical homophobic abuse

69% report other types of homophobia, including exclusion and rumours

80% respondents experienced the reported abuse at school


In addition to poorer educational outcomes, LGBTI young people are at greater risk of self-harm, suicide, excessive drug use and sexual risk behaviours compared to non-LGBTI young people. In many cases, this is due to the effects of school bullying and can be even more pronounced for young people from multicultural or multi-faith backgrounds, or from regional, rural and remote areas of Australia. Schools can be places where same sex attracted, intersex and gender diverse students experience discrimination, and severe bullying, leading to feelings of not belonging and isolation. These experiences significantly affect students’ emotional wellbeing and social health as well as their engagement in learning and school activities.


It is unlawful to discriminate against a person on the grounds of their sexual orientation, gender identity or intersex status.


Anti-discrimination laws:


• require schools to take reasonable and proportionate measures to eliminate discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity or intersex status, including by taking positive steps to promote an inclusive school environment

• prohibit direct and indirect discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity or intersex status.


We encourage all members of our College community to familiarise themselves with the appropriate legislation:

  • Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities Act 2006 (Vic)
  • Equal Opportunity Act 2010 (Vic)
  • Sex Discrimination Act 1984 (Cth)


Update from
Judy Anderson.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Claire Hanley for performing my role during my extended absence. As you may be aware I have been away from the college for most of this term. The first few weeks of term was dedicated to long service leave, where I  traveled in the US, while the following 5 weeks was spent as an intern Principal at Dandenong High School. The Principal internship is part of my studies relating to the Graduate Certificate of Principalship which is facilitated through Monash University in partnership with Bastow. Whilst at Dandenong High School, I had the privilege of being directly involved in a variety of areas in relation to the  leadership of a large secondary school. While taking on a range of tasks, my internship provided me with the opportunity to take a balcony view into the leadership and operations of the school. It provided me with the chance to reflect upon and synthesise my own understanding of instructional school leadership to provide for the best conditions in improving student outcomes.  Whilst the internship took me out of the college , I feel that I have not only learnt from my experiences but I have also affirmed many of my beliefs about the breadth and importance of the role of a school Principal as an instructional leader. I would like to thank Aaron Smith for supporting me in my studies by releasing me for the internship and also for the related workshops.



To ensure our students are attired appropriately, we request that over the break students and parents check items of the school uniform to ensure that they are fit for wear, the correct size/length and ready for term 4. Items that may require replacing can be sourced from Lowes at Knox City. Day 1 of term 4, we look forward to all students wearing clean, correct and appropriately fitting school uniform. For your information, please refer to the college website for the uniform policy.


Finally, We would like to wish all members of the college community a safe term break. During this time many of our year 12 students and their teachers will be preparing for the final examinations. Use this time wisely so that you are prepared and ready for the final sprint in November- as your supporters, we are with you all the way!


Judy Anderson & Andrew Dixon

Assistant Principals

Mark Your Calendar


  • Northern Territory Camp 18th September till the 30th September
  • WHSC Fun Run 2019
  • End of Term 3



  • Start of Term 4
  • Monologue Examination -



  • Commedia Performance - 9 Drama



  • Music Performance Examinations 
  • Year 8 Wellbeing Day


  • EMR Athletics
  • Business Presentations


  • Melbourne Zoo - Year 7


Healesville Sanctuary Excursion 


  • Solo Examination


  • State Athletics
  • Whole School Assembly - Official Opening of the Stadium

Performing Arts

Term 3 Music Concert!

In an already action packed Term, we welcomed the college community into our theatre space for a lunchtime concert! Many groups around the college performed for the enthusiastic crowd, including: Guitar Ensemble, Choir, VCE Music Class and Stage Band!

We look forward to further showcases to the wider community in Term 4 this year! 

Enjoy a highlights video of this wonderful lunchtime event:

Genelle Lentini

Performing Arts Leader


Monash Division Athletics Championships

On the 27th of August, 100 Wheelers Hill Secondary College students from year 7-12 competed in the Monash Division Athletics Championships. We are proud to say that our athletes put in an amazing effort and would like to thank them all for their participation. We were very happy with students stepping up and participating in other events that weren't their own. We appreciate the hard work and determination that students had while competing. 


Results for the say were outstanding. Our students had great success throughout the day, with a large majority placing in the top three of their event. Wheelers Hill won both the Intermediate Shield and the Overall Aggregate Shield. That would not have happened without the willingness to give it all when competing.


Special thanks to Miss Lay, Miss Pryde and Ms Louden for your support and help on the day and organising such a big event. It encourages everyone to be the best that they can be.

Caitlin Golotta, Paris Trapouzanlis, Dylan Archer & Ben Segal - College Athletics Captains


Official results of the Monash Division Athletics Championships are as follows:


1st Brentwood           

2nd Wheelers Hill     

3rd South Oakleigh         

4th Wellington           


1st Wheelers Hill        

2nd Brentwood           

3rd John Monash       

4th Wellington            

5th South Oakleigh       


1st John Monash           

2nd Wheelers Hill            

3rd Brentwood                

4th Wellington                

5th South Oakleigh        


1st Brentwood               

2nd Wheelers Hill          

3rd John Monash           

4th South Oakleigh        

5th Wellington                


1st Wheelers Hill            

2nd John Monash           

3rd South Oakleigh         

4th Brentwood                 

5th Wellington                 


The following students were awarded Monash Division Age Group Champions:

13 Yr – Jasmine Hamilton

14 Yr – Lachlan Johnston

15 Yr – Catherine Gualtieri

15 Yr  – Cameron Coutts

16 Yr – Ben Pepper

16 Yr – Ashleigh Mangan

17 Yr – Jarrad Twigg


The following students broke Monash Division records:

Catherine Gualtieri         15Yr 100m                    13.66s

Sean Power                        16Yr High Jump         1.50m


These students won their event and will now represent the College in the EMR Championships early term 4. We wish them luck.

Sophie Bertram             14Yr Hurdles

Nicola Himbury             16Yr Hurdles

Catherine Gualtieri       15Yr 100m, 200m, Long Jump, Triple Jump & High Jump

Samantha Mangan        13Yr 400m

Ashleigh Mangan           16Yr 400m, 800m & 1500m

Reganne Jardine           17Yr 800m & 1500m

Erin McKenzie                 17Yr 800m,  1500m & 4x100m relay

Patricia Didomenico      14Yr Long Jump

Jasmine Hamilton          13Yr High Jump

Dakota Nye                       14Yr Javelin

Ashlea Foster                   17Yr Long Jump, Triple Jump & 17Yr 4x100m relay

Caitlin Golotta                 20Yr Long Jump

Issy Jones                         20Yr High Jump

Brandon Nguyen           16Yr Hurdles & 4x100m relay

Jake Sia                            16Yr 100m,  800m & 4x100m relay

Jarrad Twigg                   17Yr 100m

Luke Richardson           15Yr 800m & 4x100m relay

Jai Edwards                    17Yr 800m & 20Yr 3000m

Liam Kelly                        16Yr 1500m

Sean Power                     16Yr Long Jump & High Jump

Cameron Coutts            15Yr Triple Jump & High Jump

Christopher Doros         13Yr Shot Put

Joshua Richardson       20Yr Shot Put

Max Charles                      14Yr Javelin

Ben Pepper                      16Yr Javelin

Lachlan Palmer             15Yr 4x100m relay

Kai Jenkins                      15Yr 4x100m relay

Regent Bun                      15Yr 4x100m relay

Kyle Chow                       16Yr 4x100m relay

Tyler Oliver                     16Yr 4x100m relay

Paige Thomas               17Yr 4x100m relay

Iliana Suliman               17Yr 4x100m relay


Kerrie Lay & Sally Pryde - Sport Coordinators


Monash Tech School Program – Year 9

9C & 9D participated in a STEM program (SuperHealth) this week at the Monash Tech School (MTS).

The program involves research, planning and designing a "hospital of the future" that would incorporate 21st-century skills such as collaboration, digital literacy, critical thinking, and problem-solving.

In the 3 days, students visited the Yakult factory and used this experience to see how the types of equipment they saw, can be utilized in their hospital. They then visited the biomedical facilities at Monash University Clayton Campus. Here they explored the current technologies in 3D printing and how they are being used in health care. Students visited the Monash Children's Hospital to gain experience of the structure of a hospital and Holmesglen to look at the technology currently available for students to learn with.

Students then worked in groups to plan and design their hospitals using the knowledge gained through their observations made at the places visited. They recorded and presented a video of what they thought "The Hospital of the Future" looked like.

Year 8 STEM unit – Abandon or Adapt?

The Year 8 students completed a 2 week STEM unit last week. Students completed projects focusing on developing their 21st century skills of collaboration, critical thinking, creativity and problem solving. Many students were engaged in creating their prototypes to solve the problems abandoning earth or adapting on earth to live. Students were able to present their solutions in showcases last week.


Year 8 STEM project.

Through weeks eight and nine of term 3, the entire year eight cohort have been focusing on one of the biggest CATs that any of us have undertaken. I am talking about the year 8 STEM project which was given to everyone to do in groups of four or five students.

This project took over all Maths, English, STEM, Humanities and Science classes. The task itself was to decide whether to adapt of abandon Earth because of the drastic effects of climate change. The groups had to decide whether to leave or stay after we learned more about climate change and how it impacts upon human civilization. All the classes looked at how dramatically climate change is impacting the Earth. We all learned about what the impacts specifically are, and if we had any questions about climate change we were asked to write it down and answer it.

We then moved on to the next part which was to create a piece of technology that would help human life survive and thrive on another planet, or a piece of technology that would help human civilization survive on Earth by trying to cut down on carbon emissions. We drew diagrams and researched all the aspects of our idea, such as what will it be made of, how it will work and what it will look like.

Once all the diagrams were finished, all groups had to create a physical prototype of this design. Some of these prototypes were futuristic in design, others were more streamlined and basic. We all had to present our finished prototypes to our peers. This project also reminded students how to work in a collaborative team.

My group worked very well together as we managed to create a prototype of a greenhouse that would be able to survive on Mars. It would run on wind power as Mars has extremely high wind speeds which are perfect for wind power. The materials that would be used to create the actual greenhouse have been proven to work in the conditions of Mars. The materials we chose consisted of Kevlar, High-grade Steel, Titanium and Bacterial building blocks.

This project also taught us how precious the world is, and how we must take care of it. If we don’t then that world as we know it will die because of climate change.


William Mann (8F)

Innovation Professional Learning Day – Teachers

On Monday 9th September, teachers were involved in a Professional Learning Day where they participated in a workshop from the Monash Tech School which included information about the school and programs that our students were involved in at Years 7 to 9. They were able to show teachers the importance of STEM skills (collaboration, creativity, critical thinking and problem solving skills) and modelled strategies that could be used in the classroom. Teachers had the opportunity to work collaboratively in groups to design a hospital

Kim Hewlett

STEM Learning Specialist


Preparing for Tertiary Studies

Moving away from thirteen years of schooling and entering into tertiary studies can bring about a mixture of emotions, from being excited to feeling overwhelmed. A new environment, a different style of learning and making new friends are common challenges students are faced with. The good news is that these feelings are normal and that in the long run new routines are established and life goes back to feeling familiar again.


Most tertiary institutions run ‘transition programs’ specifically designed to assist the ‘new kids on the block’. I highly recommend getting involved with some or all of these programs so that your transition into tertiary life is as smooth as possible.


Below are some tips on how you can positively transition into tertiary life –


  • Make the most of orientation. Join clubs, sports teams. Make new friends. Enjoy the free food. Also find out about the services you can access and the facilities on campus
  • Check out the library – library staff are there to help you work out where things are and how to best conduct your research. Usually during orientation week there are library tours so it’s a good idea to attend one of those
  • Take responsibility for your own learning. Check the unit guide for each unit you’re studying so you are prepared for the semester ahead. Even get a head start by completing some readings prior to classes commencing
  • Ensure your keep up to date with your email account as most notices are sent via this means. It’s up to you to be informed, no one will chase after you to see if you have received key messages!
  • Plan on working hard but also allow yourself to have fun and relaxation – to achieve this develop a study timetable
  • If studying full-time ensure you only work part-time as a full-time load will require a study commitment of around 36 hours per week
  • Prepare a budget especially if living away from home
  • Gain an understanding of the academic requirements that will be expected of you – attend workshops around this
  • Know where you can seek academic and personal assistance if needed
  • Learn about how the timetable works and what the attendance requirements are
  • Do not be afraid to seek help. University staff, teachers and support staff want students to do well and are willing to assist you in any way they can
  • Adopt the right mindset – when faced with new content/assignments that are unfamiliar to you adopt a positive can do attitude and accept the fact that it might take you a while to get the hang of this new ‘system’
  • Remember the big picture – signing up to another lengthy period of study requires commitment. You will have highs and lows. When faced with lows reflect on the
  • reason as to why you enrolled in the first place and what you want to get out of it in the end

Voula Jakubicki

Careers Coordinator


Don’t get triggered, life’s LIT

The Test That Shall Not Be Named . . .


Did I lose you already?


I said the word TEST.


Why? Why? For the love of God why?


Not only did I say test, but I said ‘The test that shall not be named . . . ‘


Even worse!!!


No one wanted to bring it up but I’m going to. I’m bold like that. It’s how I roll.


There was a test that came to our school in May and it rhymed with ‘Map-land’ or a synonym of ‘Tired Idea.’ Ha ha, the latter was funny because it embodies a lot of people’s thoughts about the test that shall not be named . . .


A Tired Idea. I get it. It’s controversial. It’s ONE DAY. One test. One snapshot of student achievement. And how successful you are in Map-land sometimes depends on how you are feeling on that day.


For example, if I did the test today, I would soon be sitting in Mr Smith's office trying to convince him that I do know a little about Literacy and I am indeed the right person for this job.


In this new role of mine, I find myself talking and thinking about Map-land every day. Some mornings I wake up and scream ‘WHHHHHYYYYY? Why have this test?!’ Other mornings I wake up and think ‘YES!! Let’s do this!’


This article is not filled with quotes from scholars passionately defaming or robustly pontificating about the test that shall not be named. You may already have an opinion, or you can read what is out there and make up your own mind. I am just going to offer my thoughts from my perspective as a teacher and parent.


  1. First and foremost, data in schools is critical. It is my job to analyse our Map-land data and identify point of need teaching and improve curriculum and student outcomes. Without standardised data, this is extremely difficult. We would have to create other tools to identify areas to improve, and these would mostly like be a test or assessment.


  1. As a parent myself, it is incumbent upon me to know how I can support my son and daughter in their education. I look forward to the results of their Tired Idea. My main priority as a parent is always:


‘How can I best support my children?’


The answer to that question is not found through millions of dollars on tutors, private schools or outraged emails demanding why a teacher dares discipline your child. The answer is teaching them resilience.


We’ve all watched the Olympics and we see the combination of success stories and heartbreak. We see utter devastation or amazing elation. These athletes were not thinking ‘I won, but remember it was only an indicator of how I was feeling that day!’ or ‘I lost, and all the years and years of training came down to the fact that the race was on my least favourite day.’


In VCE, our students achieve either terrific grades or a low ATAR. Universities do not select students based on their mood on the day of the exam, or whether their parents march up to the enrolment office and demand why their child was not accepted. Those parents would be escorted off the University premises, while the enrolment office continued offering places to the highest scoring students.


In job interviews we need to prepare ourselves by dressing appropriately and planning for all manner of possible questions. We then attempt to articulately answer them while trying to remain composed. Of course, the panel will quickly flick through our resume and selection criteria, but 90% of their opinion will be based on our responses and appearance. ON THE DAY.


You may have noticed that all of the above examples are from participants who have actively prepared for the test, race, game or interview. But how do our students prepare for Map-land? How can they prepare for a test they cannot explicitly study for?


The answer is, they are already preparing for it. Every day at school since they entered Prep. They write. They count. They learn about subject specific vocabulary, structuring text types and appropriate language conventions. That’s how school should be. It should be hard, and it should challenge us. To learn and improve we must get out of our comfort zone.



Anyway, my point is. The test that shall not be named/Tired Idea/Map-land, the results are out. And although it is just one test, on one day, make sure you see the results as an opportunity to help your child to grow.



Claire Hanley

Literacy Learning Specialist


Numeracy in Physical Education

This week I was able to pop into they gym to see 9B and 9D using Numeracy whilst completing a BEEP test in their Sport classes. The BEEP test is a running test used to estimate an athlete's aerobic capacity.  In the test, athletes must run from one line to another before a timed beep. Athletes must continue running back and forth, each time reaching the line before the next beep. Once one can no longer run, the test is over and the number of laps is recorded. As the test continues, the time between beeps gets shorter. 

All the data from the BEEP test is recorded in a table as shown below.


After completing the BEEP test, students were then taken out to the oval. They were required to use tape measures to measure 50 metres and use timers to measure how quickly students can run 50 metres.

It is great to see how Numeracy has been incorporated as part of this Physical Education session.


Michelle Galli

Numeracy Learning Specialist

Middle School Report

Middle School News

As the Term ends I reflect back on all the opportunities the Year 7,8 and 9 students have had this Term. There have been extra activities for learning in the classroom such as study skills, there have been incursions and excursions to enhance the learning of the curriculum. The students have had the opportunity to experience extra – curricular activities such as sport and the Production and they have also had the opportunity to support the school community with events such as Cultural day. Term 4 is also a busy term, so I hope all students have a good rest, take the opportunity to take self-care time, and not spend too much time in front of technology.


Middle School Leaders

The Leaders have had a busy Term, running events for the Year levels such as Dodge Ball, Kahoot competition, getting the recycling bins organised, supporting events such as Cultural Day and Colour Run and finally stepping up when tours of the school need to take place. Next term will also be a busy term for the students, please keep an eye on the activities that are running.

Alpine School Students

Last week I had the opportunity to visit Ika and David at the Alpine School – Gnurad Gundiji in the Western District. I was very proud as a teacher seeing the boys present their Community Project to all the other schools and their Liaison teachers. The pair talked about the experiences they had faced, what they had learned about life in general and had a lot of time for self reflection on themselves and how the experience gave them an opportunity to be leaders. The two represented the school very well. Well done!


Year 7

In the last two weeks the Year 7 students have been very busy completing CAT’s, competing in inter-school sports and presenting at the music performance. All the students have been supportive of each other in these areas and have improved over the time. Congratulations to the Girls and Boys basketball Teams who will be going to District Sport

Year 8

Like the Year 7’s the Year 8’s have been very busy completing their STEM project and presenting to their classmates. The cohort have also been out on sport. The Year 8’s had a very successful day on Monday with the Medieval Day and by all accounts the students had a good time experiencing dancing, games, costumes that were around at that time.

Year 9

The last group of the cohort have had the opportunity to visit Monash Tech School and look at Health and super humans. It has been a very good opportunity for the Year 9 students building the STEM program from Year 8 and establishing knowledge of the Health sector in Year 9.

On the 11th of September, the Year 9 Urban Connection students went for a Homeless excursion to Anglicare, Big Issue and Hosier Lane where the Youth Project centre and its fundraising shops are.

Students had the privilege to listen and speak to Chris de Paiva, Anglicare Homeless Support Team Leader and Parish Partnerships. We gained an insight of the cause of Homelessness in general and the social and economic needs surrounding the issue both individually and politically. 

At Big Issue, students participated in an immersive workshop gaining a better understanding of how it would be like to be marginalised and excluded when one is put into the unfortunate situation of homelessness. We also had the honour to listen to guest speaker who was once Homeless and found the Big Issue where he was able to rebuild his life again.

At Hosier Lane, we were able to see how the organisation like Youth Project develop a self funding effort in providing the basic needs of the homeless. In that lane which is covered wall to wall with exciting and ever changing street art lies two shops to raise funds and in-kind help for the homeless which includes an op-shop and a 'pay-it-forward' cafe.

It was a successful and fun day for all. We have not only enjoyed the good day out with new knowledge but also a fresh sense of social awareness. This excursion has also made us think about how we can further create more awareness in the wider community through possible social action in the ways of givings and fundraising effort.

(Mr Khairi Razaii)

Have a safe and enjoyable break.



Mrs Melissa Robinson

Middle School Leader


Senior School Report

Senior School Update

Year 12

On Wednesday 11th September, Year 12 students attended examination preparation sessions conducted by presenters from Elevate Education.

The Ace Your Exams seminar covered:

  • Exam preparation tasks
  • How to ensure consistent improvement
  • How to allocate time during exam preparation
  • Techniques for managing stress and time pressure in exams

The Finishing Line seminar covered:

  • Overcoming weaknesses in the lead up to exams
  • The role of exam study groups
  • Stress management techniques and wellbeing
  • Study routines for “swotvac” and holidays

The students were fully engaged in the sessions and interacted well with the presenters. They now need to put the advice and strategies given into action.



A reminder that the VCE Trial Examinations will be taking place in the first week of the September holidays. The timetable has been published on the Compass Newsfeed.

All students are expected to attend the exams and to take them seriously.


Judith Riddoch

Senior School Leader


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