Wheelers News

11 February 2019
Issue One   respect Excellence Creativity
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Middle School Report
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Wheelers Hill Secondary College
(03) 9561 5811
Raphael Drive
Wheelers Hill, Victoria, 3150

Principal's Page

Welcome Back for 2019

We welcome back to all of our students and families to what will be another big year at Wheelers Hill Secondary College.   We hope that everyone had a restful and enjoyable school holiday break.


We would like to especially welcome our new Year 7 students for 2019.  Our new Year 7 students have started the year incredibly well and reports also show that they have really enjoyed the Year 7 Camp this week in Alexandra.  Well done to all of our Year 7 students.


We wish all of our students all the very best with their learning in 2019.


Our College Motto, 'Be The Best That You Can Be' 

I remind our College Community of our Motto, Vision and Values.  We want our staff and students 'To Be The Best That They Can Be' in all of their endeavours. 


Our Vision is provided below:

“As a school that values respect, excellence and creativity, Wheelers Hill Secondary College strives to develop students capable of being global citizens ready to embrace the future.  We encourage members of our College Community to be ‘the best that they can be’ in all of their endeavours”.


Guiding us in our Vision are our Key Values of:





The Key Areas important to our College Community remain as:

Academic Excellence Across all Learning Domains


Performing Arts

Student Leadership and Our Community


We are looking forward to working in partnership with our families to get the very best outcomes for all of our students.

Annual Implementation Plan, 2019

All Department of Education (or DET) schools are required to develop and implement an Annual Implementation Plan (or AIP) to guide them in their work to improve student outcomes.

Whilst our AIP for 2019 can be found on our website, our three Goals this year are:


- to maximise student learning and achievement outcomes

- to empower students to actively engage in their learning

- to improve student outcomes relating differentiated teaching and learning (including continuous improvement with respect to staff capacity)


All staff have a Summary Guide of the 2019 AIP and we made reference to the Guide as part of our planning on the Student Free Day last week (29/1).  Please contact the General Office should you have any queries relating to our 2019 AIP.

Performing Arts and Gymnasium Complex

We were provided access to the Performing Arts and Gymnasium Complex for Day One of classes last week (30/1).  We are thrilled with the outcome of this area of the school.  Whilst the external surrounds are still to be completed, the finished product will be a vast improvement on what we were using in the past. The Performing Arts and Gymnasium Complex will support teaching and learning in the Performing Arts, Physical Education, Sport and Health.  The Complex can also be used for presentations and assemblies, and we will form connections with local community groups in the use of this exciting space.

(Please note - Our VCE Centre is currently under renovation and it is expected to be completed by the end of Term One, 2019).

WHSC Languages Committee

The work of the WHSC Languages Committee continues with another Survey being distributed (4/2/19) to key groups asking for further feedback that will be helpful for the Committee.

The WHSC Languages Committee has been reviewing our current Language Program over the last few months.  Through its work, the Languages Committee will determine which language (s) should be a part of our curriculum on the basis of:

-  Ongoing relevance with our Global Community

- Having the strongest chance of being studied from Year 7 all the way through to Year 12

- Further improving connections and enrolments from our College Community

The Languages Committee hopes to make a final recommendation on the Language (s) that will be studied at our College in the future in the coming weeks.

WHSC College Council, 2019

All government schools in Victoria have a school

council.  School Councils are legal entities that are given powers to set the key directions of a school within state-wide guidelines. In doing this, a school council is able to directly influence the quality of education that the school provides for its students (DET., Feb 6 2019).


Please note that the College will need to elect College Council members for 2019.  There are a number of vacancies that need to be filled:


- x 4 Parent Representatives

- x 2 DET Employee Representatives

- x 2 Student Representatives


I would encourage parents/guardians (including our new Year 7 parents/guardians) to consider this important role of serving on College Council.  College Council normally meets once per month and there are a number of Sub Committees made up of Council Members that report to Council on a regular basis.  The work of College Council is important and rewarding for members and I would urge parents/guardians to nominate for the College Council in 2019.  Further details can be found below. 


As per our Constituting Order, we are able co-opt Community Members.  For 2019, we are able to co-opt x 1 Community Member.  Nomination forms are now available at the General Office from today (8th of February) and Nominations close Friday 15th of February.   If there are more Nominations against available vacancies, we will need to hold Elections.  If Elections are required, more information will be shared with our College Community as required.


Value of the Week - Respect

'Respect' is one of our key Values at the College and students continue to be respectful in their dealings with staff.  Students have been happy to discuss their Summer break, what they are already doing in their classes and how they have settled back into the College for 2019, in a friendly, polite and positive manner.  

And Finally.....

Term One of any given year is a very busy time.  We have Camps, a Study Skills Day, Whole School Assembly, Swimming Carnival, Photos and not to mention the work we are completing in the classroom.  We thank our families in advance for working in partnership with us to provide as many opportunities as we can to our students,










Aaron Smith


Assistant Principal's Page

Student Management Teams 2019

Welcome to 2019!

As a College we place a high importance on communication between home and school. To facilitate this process, please refer to the student management contact list below.

Aside from subject specific matters, where communication with the class teacher is most appropriate, the first contact point for most student related matters should be directed to the relevant sub school. Please see the attached list of contact names and emails for each sub school.


School Photos

College photos will be taking place on Friday February 15. Closer to the date, students and class teachers will be provided with a time table indicating their photo time. Due to the nature of the day the timing of photos will need to be flexible. Announcements in relation to any changes on the day will be communicated to students as required.

All students are expected to wear correct SUMMER school uniform and ensure that items such as plain white socks, and black leather lace up school shoes are worn. We will aim to have minimal disruption to regular classes on the day.

Sibling portraits will be taken during lunch time. Students will need to go to C1 at lunchtime on photo day to have their sibling portraits taken. 

Please refer to the attached document outlining the process to follow if you would like sibling photographs and to order photo packs. 


In addition, further to my Compass post earlier this week , this year all student ID cards will include the PTV (Public Transport Victoria) logo which will enable students to use their college ID cards as concession cards on public transport. This will now negate the need for students to arrange a separate student ID concession card to travel on public transport. 

Uniform and Punctuality

It has been a pleasing start to the year in relation to the correct wearing of the college uniform.

We are proud of our College and we have high expectations across many areas including, teaching and learning, behavior, student achievement, and the college uniform is no exception.  

At the end of 2017, School Council ratified the College Uniform Policy.

Please take the time to familiarise yourself with this document as we wish to see all our students wearing complete and correct college uniform every day.  Staged responses as per the uniform policy will be followed for students who are out of uniform. In the interim, we would like all students to travel to and from school in their college uniform regardless of the time they have a PE class. 


As a reminder to members of our college community, all students are required to be at school and ready for the commencement of Home group each day.  Home group starts at 8.50 each morning and this is an important session for the students that signals the start of the school day.  Students need to ensure that they arrive to school in plenty of time prior to the start of home group to unsure that they can prepare themselves for period one which commences immediately after home group. While students may occasionally experience glitches to their routine which impacts on their ability to arrive to school on time, such as heavy traffic, sleeping in etc, we generally expect, that each and every student is arriving on time every day. Continued late arrival will be followed up by a member of the Student Management Team.

School Grounds Traffic Management

 To ensure student safety, it is timely to remind all parents/guardians that vehicle drop off and pick up is to take place from outside the school grounds. Unauthorised vehicles are not to enter the grounds from Raphael Drive (front of college) or Phoenix drive (back of college).  Only approved vehicles are permitted in the car parks/grounds.  WHSC does have a traffic management plan, which  provides for the safety of all students. Thank you for your support in this matter.

Supporting Our Children with Responsible Use of Social Media

As a reminder at the start of the school year, given the high volume of students who utilise the plethora of social media platforms, it is timely to remind parents/guardians that if their child is experiencing any issues via these platforms, parents and students are encouraged to familiarise themselves with the following websites:


These sites contain a range of resources for both parents and students, along with security and reporting information.

Given the 24/7 access students have to social media platforms, as educators and parents, we need to make every effort to ensure our children are using these platforms in a responsible and respectful manner.

Please report any concerns regarding inappropriate social media usage to the college so that we can work with families in this space as appropriate.

Student accident insurance, ambulance cover arrangements and private property brought to school

Parents are reminded that the Department does not provide personal accident insurance or ambulance cover for students. Parents and guardians of students, who do not have student accident insurance/ambulance cover, are responsible for paying the cost of medical treatment for injured students, including the cost of ambulance attendance or transport as well as any other transport costs.

Secondary Schools Vaccinations in 2019

The Secondary School Vaccine Program offers free vaccines to Year 7 and 10 students. These vaccines provide protection against:

·         Diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis (whooping cough) – one dose for year 7 students

·         Human Papillomavirus (HPV) – two doses for year 7 students

·         Meningococcal A,C,W,Y – one dose for year 10 students

Parents/guardians of year 7 and 10 students should look out for the vaccine consent card booklet coming home from school with your child. You need to read the information, complete and return the card regardless of whether your child is being vaccinated at school.

The Monash Council immunisation service may contact you about the Secondary School Vaccine Program. Schools are authorised to provide basic parent/guardian contact details to local councils for this purpose. Contact the school by 28 February 2019 if you do not want your contact details given to the Monash Council immunisation service.

To learn more about the Secondary School Vaccine Program, the vaccines, the diseases they protect against, or how you can prepare your child for vaccination, go to betterhealth.vic.gov.au

Additionally, the Commonwealth government is funding vaccinations for all children under 20 years of age who missed any scheduled vaccines, including a catch up program for Meningococcal ACWY vaccine for adolescents aged 15-19 years of age who have not already received the vaccine in school. If students have missed vaccines, either in childhood or adolescence, and require catch-up vaccines, they should speak with their immunisation provider. (ie. local council or GP).


Whole College Assembly

On Thursday February 14th we will be holding our first whole college assembly in our brand new gymnasium. We will follow an assembly timetable on this day.

This assembly will officially welcome our school community for 2019 and we will be inducting our 2019 school leaders.

Please refer to the attached document detailing our 2019 student leaders.


Computer Use at WHSC

There is some misinformation in the College Community that the Wheelers Hill Secondary College's Information Technology environment supports the use of Apple Computers (including Macbooks).
This is not the case.

All systems within the College, including access to printers and the internet, are based on a Microsoft platform. This is incompatible with any operating system other than Microsoft computers operating on the Windows 10 system.

We advise all parents and students to contact the College before purchasing computing hardware unless purchases are made through the Learning with Technologies (LWT) portal.


Library Opening Times

The  Library opening times for Term One will be:

8.00 am to 4:00 pm (Mon- Thurs)

8.00 am to 3.45 pm (Mon - Thurs)

Lunch times (Mon to Fri)

The library also has a film running during Friday lunchtimes.


Mrs Judy Anderson & Mr Andrew Dixon   

Assistant Principals

What's Coming Up Next


  • Year 7 Camp


  • College Swimming Carnival


  • Photo Day


  • Year 10 Transition Camp


  • Year 10 Transition Camp
  • Senior Inter-School Sport


  • Year 10 Transition Camp
  • Year 9 Media Excursion
  • School Council


  • Year 7 Immunisation 

Performing Arts

Performing Arts 2019

The curtains have opened to another action packed year for the Performing Arts! Relocated back in the beautiful Performing Arts Centre, the team of dedicated staff and passionate students are excited to showcase the talents of Wheelers Hill Secondary College students to the wider community! 

Instrumental Music Program 2019

Lessons have commenced for the  year - but it's not too late to sign up to participate in our wonderful Instrumental Music Programs. 

Enrolment forms are available in hard copy from the Performing Arts Office, or online via Compass School Documentation. Get in touch with the Performing Arts Leader to find out how you can get involved!


Singin' in the Rain!

Auditions for being a cast member in the upcoming production of Singin' in the Rain Jr are taking place over the next few weeks! 

The show will open 31st July and run until the 2nd of August at the incredible Burrinja Cultural Centre! Keep your eyes peeled for more exciting announcements for this show!

VCE Theatre Studies Productions

With the success of the 2018 VCE Theatre Studies class production of Alice in Wonderland, we are excited to announce that there will be two VCE Theatre Studies Productions running in the week of the 25th of March! Details about how you can get tickets to see these remarkable Senior productions, will be released soon! These are two productions you do not want to miss! 

Genelle Lentini

Performing Arts Leader

Middle School Report

Middle School News

Welcome back to Middle School News for 2019. As the students get back into the swing of school life I would like to introduce the Middle School Team.

Year 7 Co-ordinator – Mr Ben Shepherd

Year 8 Co-ordinator – Miss Angela Field

Year 9 Co-ordinator – Miss Jacinta Wilson

Wellbeing Co-ordinator – Miss Louise Ford

Assistant Principal – Mrs Judy Anderson

Year 7 News

The students have had their transition program, collected their laptops and have gone to the Transition Camp.

 We have also had the opportunity to have our Youth Liaison Officers visit the Year 7 Parents to speak about Social Media Issues.

Year 8 and 9 News

These students have settled in well, they have been given their lockers and have begun their learning. It has been very good to see all students settling in but also seeing how well our students have welcomed all new students to our school and have stepped up as mentors when asked.


Next week we will be having School Swimming Sports on Wednesday (all students looking great in their house colours) and School Photos on Friday ( all students looking fantastic in their uniform and wearing it with pride). Please keep an eye on the calendar and Compass of any important events coming up in the near future.


Melissa Robinson

Middle School Leader

Senior School Report


Welcome to the Senior School for 2019. Students from across Year 10 - 12 seem to have settled into the new school year extremely well. We hope that it will be a very successful year for all students.

Congratulations to the Year 12 Class of 2018 on achieving some excellent VCE results. We wish you all the best for your future endeavours.


Study Skills Day

On Wednesday 6th February, our Year 12 students attended the annual Study Skills Day held at the Stirling Theological College on Jackson’s Road, Mulgrave.
The morning started with a group session in which the students, ably guided by Louise Ford, our Senior School Wellbeing Coordinator, discussed the Trademark Behaviours that they would like to be defined by throughout the year.
After morning tea, the students moved through two rotations of the three sessions on offer. These were:
Study Sensei – run by Eilish from Elevate Education who showed the students how to:   

-Utilise the VCE study design to frame study
-Structure and review organised notes

-Learn conceptually to develop deeper understanding            
-Utilise practice exam papers and
-Stand out through independent learning

Relaxation Techniques – Lucky, from The Winged Dragon, showed the students how to use Tai chi as a method of relaxation. It was very interesting watching the students trying the movements for themselves.

VCE facts – Andrew Dixon looked at why students complete VCE, and the “no excuses” rule amongst other things.

After lunch, the students completed the third rotation of the three sessions provided.

The final session of the day was conducted by Voula Jakubicki, the College Pathways Coordinator, who highlighted and discussed many of the resources available to the students to help them make informed decisions about their future pathways. The students also completed their Career Action Plans.

Our College Principal, Aaron Smith, presented some concluding remarks to finish off the day.

I would like to thank all those who contributed to the running of the day, especially the Year 12 students who participated fully in all the sessions presented, in spite of the oppressive weather conditions.


Year 10 Transition Camp

The inaugural Year 10 Transition Camp will take place at the Anglesea Valley Lodge from Monday 18th until Wednesday 20th February. The program at the camp will involve outdoor activities, workshops and presentations designed to prepare the students for the coming year so that they can achieve their best.


Mrs J. Riddoch

Senior School Leader


This month on SchoolTV - School Transitions

Whether it is starting school for the first time, moving up to a higher grade or embarking on a journey through secondary school, there is no doubt that any school transition is a very exciting time for children and parents. It means your children are growing up!

However, transitioning is an ongoing process. It can continue long after students have entered their new environment and may encounter difficulties at a number of different stages. These stressors may appear as anxiety and frustration and result in negative or disruptive behaviours. Such behaviours can become problematic making the transitioning process even more difficult for children and parents.

In this edition of SchoolTV, parents will learn practical strategies to assist your child during the transition process and reduce stress and anxiety levels. 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 https://whsc.vic.schooltv.me/newsletter/school-transitions

SchoolTV - Surviving Year 12

The final year of secondary school is a year of hard work and a huge commitment for students. With so much going on it can be hard to find the balance between study and life. It is a time when personalities start to emerge, there are more complex interpersonal relationships and there is the pressure to perform academically. With all of this going on, it’s not surprising that some students have an emotional response and it is therefore extremely important for parents to know how to support their children during this time.

Some kids will need more support than others. Keeping the communication lines open with your child, their teachers, mentors and other parents will be crucial. Being aware of your child’s mental and physical wellbeing can play a vital role in their success.

In this edition of SchoolTV, parents will discover practical advice for students and parents to help get through the final year of secondary school. 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 https://whsc.vic.schooltv.me/newsletter/surviving-year-12


Ms Louise Ford

Student Wellbeing Senior School


Community News

Secondary School Vaccinations in 2019

The Secondary School Vaccine Program provide by Monash Council offers free vaccines to Year 7 and 10 students. These vaccines provide protection against:

· Diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis (whooping cough) – one dose for Year 7 students

· Human Papillomavirus (HPV) – two doses for Year 7 students

· Meningococcal A,C,W,Y – one dose for Year 10 students

The Monash Council Immunisation Service may contact you about the Secondary School Vaccine Program. Schools are authorised to provide basic parent/guardian contact details to local councils for this purpose. Contact the school ASAP if you do not want your contact details given to Monash Council Immunisation Service.

To learn more about the Secondary School Vaccine Program, the vaccines, the diseases they protect against, or how you can prepare your child for vaccination, go to betterhealth.vic.gov.au

Year 7 vaccinations are scheduled for 21st February 2019 and 19th September 2019 and Year 10 vaccinations will take place on 13th June 2019.


Second Hand Uniform Term 1 2019 Dates

Monday               11th February

Thursday             28th February

Monday               11th March

Thursday             28th March

We want you!!! - All Girls Cricket Come and Try Day




During the year 12 Study Skills Day on Wednesday 6th February students were asked to complete their Career Action Plan which are going to be used as a reference point for when they meet with me for their one to one careers conversation this year.

The primary focus of these career conversations will be to assist each student with making informed career decisions about which direction they wish to take beyond year 12. Discussions will be centred on student’s interest areas, what their passionate about, what they enjoy doing and options that they could be considering. Students were advised that regardless of their desired destination – university, tafe, apprenticeship or employment – they needed to commence their career research now! Various career research websites were provided to them to assist with this research.

Career conversations will commence in March and go through until Term 3. I have strongly encouraged students to seek out career information/assistance throughout the year so that they can be as prepared as possible prior to end of year exams.

In addition to the above assistance, year 12 students were advised that they will be emailed regularly so it was vital that they checked their email account at least once per day. Emails will include such things such as – career profile information, career events/tertiary open days/courses, VTAC course application process and key dates, tertiary assessments such as UCAT (formerly UMAT), CASPSER test etc.

I wish all the year 12s a successful year and look forward to supporting them with their journey.


Voula Jakubicki

Careers Coordinator

Wheelers News
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