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21 June 2019
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Education Week, 19 - 25/5/19 - 'Careers'

It was Education Week last week with the theme, 'Careers' being used by the Department of Education (DET) to help mark the occasion.  We provide significant support to our students in the area of Careers.  All students for example are required to develop and reference a Career Action Plan from one year to the next, whilst different presentations and activities are offered to students throughout the year.  Please read on on our Newsletter to learn more about how we support of our students in this area.

National Reconciliation Week, 27/5 to 3/6/19

This week is National Reconciliation Week. It is a time for all Australians to learn about our shared history, cultures and achievements, and to explore how each of us can contribute to achieving reconciliation (Jenny Atta, Secretary - Department of Education and Training, 28/5/19).


Please see an article below from one of our Year 11 students, Jared Cooke, :


"Reconciliation is all about strengthening relationships between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and non-indigenous people, for the benefit and celebration of all Australians. On May 27, 1967, Australians voted in favour to change our laws to improve and provide more services to our Indigenous Australians. These changes focused on two sections of the constitution the first of which specified that our federal laws, designed to protect all Australians, now included indigenous people. Another change to the constitution allowed indigenous people to be included in the national census, thus for the first time, being recognised as Australians. This week is a designated time to teach others and learn about our shared histories, cultures and achievements, including the five dimensions of reconciliation; Historical Acceptance; Race Relations; Equality and Equity; Institutional Integrity and Unity. This year’s theme to Reconciliation Week is “Grounded in Truth, Walk Together in Courage”. Australia has come far over the past years when it comes to reconciliation. Learn about the importance of this week at https://www.reconciliation.org.au/"


The National Reconciliation Week provides pause for reflection on the importance of Reconciliation, together with opportunities for us all to further recognise and pay respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and their culture.

College Tours, 2019

We hold regular College Tours for families thinking of enrolling their children here at WHSC.  Every Wednesday offer a tour of the College allowing families to see our school in action.


The interest in our College from these tours remains strong.  We are hoping for a similar number of Year 7 students to enrol with us in 2020 as we have had this year in 2019.  We expect to know our Year 7 numbers for 2020 by the end of the semester.

Attitudes to School Surveys, 2019

DET expect schools to implement their Attitude to School Surveys during this time of the year.  The Surveys are a way for schools to capture and analyse data.  Students are asked a series of questions from a number of areas ranging from engagement with their learning, to wellbeing and connectedness to school.


All of our students completed the Survey last week.  The data captured is analysed by staff to then consider and develop areas for improvement throughout the College.  It is hoped that we will have access to the data as soon as possible.

Division Cross Country, 2019

Congratulations to over 60 of our students who competed in the Division Cross County event last week (23/5).  The event was held at with students completing quite a challenging course on the day.

As a result of their achievements, over 30 of our students were able to move through to the next round of competition being the Eastern Metropolitan Regional Finals on the 18th of June at Yarra Glen Racecourse on the 18th of June - we wish these students all the very best with this next level of competition.

Mid Year Assessments, 2019

As mentioned in an earlier Newsletter, the Mid Year Assessments are coming up very soon.  Already exam timetables for relevant year levels (Years 9 to 12) are being developed and considered.  It is a very busy time for our students (and staff!) as we embark on the Mid Year Assessments, and we wish our students all the very best at this time of year.

Value of the Week - Creativity

A number of our Year 8 students traveled to the Monash Tech Schools complex this week to further their learning in the area of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). 


The Monash Tech School is one of ten new Tech Schools across the state, and is the only one in metropolitan Melbourne.   Wheelers Hill Secondary College is one of 12 partner schools that are able to access their cutting-edge facilities.  The overall goals of the programs offered to our students by the Monash Tech School are to use new technologies to encourage a fresh understanding of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), to develop collaboration skills and to introduce students to the Design Thinking model in an experiential way.


Our year 8 'Superpowers' program has been centred on development of new energy, where students were able to take a tour of the facilities of Monash University and use programs, equipment and software such as Cospaces, Metaverse, smart grids and simulation tables.  Our students have collaborated to explore energy use in different types of households, as well as creating a profile of a local town in Victoria. They then use their new knowledge of technologies to develop prototypes for cleaner energy use, which has significant applications to everyday life.  Well done to our Year 8 students!

And Finally..........

Please be reminded that all of our Year 10 students are expected to complete Work Experience in the last week of this term (24 to 28/6/19).  The Work Experience Program is invaluable to our students allowing them to experience how a work place operates.  Any queries concerning our Work Experience Program should be directed to the General Office.


Also, please be reminded that we have a Professional Development Day on Friday 7th of June - this is a student free day








Aaron Smith


Assistant Principal's Page

Events, events, events!

Our students have many opportunities to go on excursions or experience incursions at school. With six year levels and multiple domains, each with a rich curriculum, we want to make sure our students receive the best education at WHSC. This is why we are grateful for Compass and the way we can communicate to the community. Being paperless means you have the ability to approve an event at the tip of your fingers. You have so much power just by clicking a button. But with great power . . . comes great responsibility. 


Teachers want all their students to get the best out of their learning but they can't be expected to ring all parents to ensure every student gets that chance. So, we are asking you to check Compass regularly to ensure you have seen the events and have had time to see what is happening. At times, staff may make phones call as a friendly reminder or as a check-in but this should be treated as a rare occasion and not an expectation.

Look up!

Who doesn't love a podcast? Do you ever find yourself putting your earphones in and shutting out the world by listening to a podcast? No, not your thing? That's alright. It was just a lead in to this news item. We were just trying to make a connection. Now that we have it, we just want you to make sure your child is road safe and can turn off their music/podcast while walking across a road on their way to school or on their way home. If their music is off and their eyes are looking at the road and not at their phone we have a better chance of seeing them arrive at their destination, safe and sound.

College Uniform and Attendance

This article appeared in the newsletter earlier in May. Given the current weather conditions, we would like to take the opportunity to remind students and families of the uniform requirements at the College and reiterate our expectation that all students continue to wear full School uniform as outlined in the College Uniform Policy which can be found on the website. Please also note that from the start of term 3, we will be reinstating the following arrangement where students who have a scheduled Physical Education class in Period 1 may come to school in full sport uniform. Students who have a scheduled Physical Education class in Period 4 may leave school in full sport uniform. For all other periods, students must change at school.students can arrive to school. We thank students for adhering to the temporary arrangment duirng semester 1 of arriving and leaving in full school unifrom. 


Parents/Guardians are also asked to support their children by ensuring regular attendance at school. 

Schooling is compulsory for children who are 6 to 17 years old. 

Students are expected to attend  school during normal school hours every day of each term, unless:

  • the student is registered for home schooling and has only a partial enrolment in a school for particular activities
  • the student has an approved exemption from school enrolment or attendance.

Daily attendance is important so students don’t fall behind socially and developmentally.

School helps:

  • maximise life opportunities for students by building education and support networks
  • develop important skills, knowledge and values that set them further learning and participation in the community
  • students 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.

Regularly missing school may be an indicator of disengagement, leading to adverse outcomes. It is an easily observable warning sign.

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.

If you require support from the college to further support the young people under our care, please contact a member of the subschool team.

Middle School

Leader of Middle School: Melissa Robinson- rn@whsc.vic.edu.au

Year 7 YLC: Ben Shepherd- bshe@whsc.vic.edu.au

Year 8 YLC: Angela Field-afie@whsc.vic.edu.au

Year 9 YLC: Jacinta Wilson- wi@whsc.vic.edu.au


Leader of Senior School: Judith Riddoch-  rn@whsc.vic.edu.au

Year 10 YLC: Max Ellis- me@whsc.vic.edu.au

Year 11 YLC: Megan Hodgkinson- mhod@whsc.vic.edu.au

Year 12 YLC: Anna Anetoudis- aa@whsc.vic.edu.au


Student Wellbeing Coordinator: Louise Ford- fd@whsc.vic.edu.au


Judy Anderson and Claire Hanley

Assistant Principals

What's Coming Up Next


  • Year 8 Monash Tech School 
  • DanceFair 2019
  • Yakult Excursion - Business Management 
  • Year 11 Exams


  • Year 11 Exams
  • Year 9 Monash Tech school
  • Year 7A Humanities


  • Year 11 Exams
  • Year 9 Monash Tech school


  • Year 11 Exams
  • Year 9 Monash Tech school
  • Australian History Competition
  • 7B Humanities - Woolworths


  • Year 11 Exams
  • Brainstorm Production
  • Yr 10 Leadership Mulgrave PS
  • 7C Humanities - Woolworths
  • 7D Humanities - Woolworths


  • Student Free Day


  • Queens Birthday Public Holiday


  • Year 10 Exams
  • Year 12 Exams


  • Year 10 Exams
  • Year 7/8 Inter-school sports
  • Year 12 GAT


  • Year 10 Exams
  • Year 12 Exams
  • Year 10 Immunisation


  • Year 10 Exams
  • Vis Com Excursion



Well, despite apocalyptic rumours in the media to the contrary, NAPLAN seems to have run relatively smoothly. Or as smoothly as anything can go for activities that involve computers. While a few students had issues, that were managed on the day, most had few if any interruptions to their tests. It seems our planning has helped overcome problems quickly and kept the process on track. This was in no small part to the work of our IT Department lead by Peter Niforas and John Cheung, the calm professionalism of our staff and the resilience of our students.

Well done all round.

The testing period is now over, with students having completed assessments of their Numeracy and Literacy levels. We now wait for the results to be processed and returned to the college, parents and guardians so we can all work together to improve the learning of our students based upon better understanding of where they are at.

This should be available late term 3, but with NAPLAN Online hopefully a bit sooner than in previous years.


Paul McGlynn

Curriculum Implementation and Data Leader


Don’t get triggered, life’s LIT

I thought I would use recess and lunchtime as an opportunity to get the low-down on our students’ vernacular. What better way is there but to catch them out while they are eating and being social with their friends?


Plan A


Weave in and out of groups and listen to their various conversations. I would nod and smile and somehow work out their lingo by listening and attempting to use it in chats. I would be one of them.


I was unsuccessful.


Somehow, they knew it was me.


They saw me coming a mile away. As soon as I commando rolled into their group, wearing my work attire, they would shut down their dialogue and just stare at me in a confused manner.


I admit. It was a bad technique.


Plan B


Just walk near the groups and pretend to tie up my shoe (which was a classy boot with no laces). Genius!


It worked, and this is what I discovered.


The new terms stem from materialist items or violent connotations. ‘Gucci’ has obviously come from the Italian fashion line. However, words like ‘slaying’ and ‘triggered’ seem to evolve from violence. Although ‘slaying’ has a positive meaning it derives from quite a vicious act. ‘Triggered’ has less than ideal imagery, especially with mass gun shootings in America.


I have to say, I am not surprised that students are using unsettling terms to describe innocent moments in life. I am not surprised students are using materialistic brands to describe situations. We know our society is becoming more and more desensitised to violence and more exposed to labels. We are intrinsic consumers, and we expect and demand a better product as soon as the first one has launched. We know we are open to more horrific stories via social media, movies, and gaming.


The phrases our students are using are clever and creative and we shouldn’t be ‘triggered’ by them. Shakespeare formed phrases to create imagery of the moment; his audience could immediately connect because they were relevant, intense and gained an audience attention. The infamous Lady Macbeth speaks of an infant in the following way:


I would, while it was smiling in my face,

Have plucked my nipple from his boneless gums

And dashed the brains out, had I so sworn

As you have done to this.


See? That’s raw. That’s intense. That gets you thinking AND talking.


So, let’s talk to our teens. Let’s work out what they are REALLY saying before we get triggered.


It is what it is. It’s ‘Lit Fam’. No need to be ‘shook’ about it. Just get with it and connect.



Claire Hanley

Literacy Learning Specialist


Numeracy in Physical Education

This week we will go into a Year 7 Physical Education class and see Numeracy in Action. Students set up the SEMO agility test by measuring out the length and width of the rectangle before completing the agility test. The SEMO agility test is the SouthEast Missouri Agility Drill and tests the agility of the participant in maneovering forwards, backwards and sideways. 

A picture of the agility drill test is shown below.

Photos of students setting up and completing the SEMO agility drill are shown below.



Michelle Galli

Numeracy Learning Specialist

Performing Arts

Performing Arts Highlights Semester One!

Students involved in the performing arts have had a wonderfully successful semester! Drama, Music and Theatre Students have all created, rehearsed and presented outstanding work for the community. Please enjoy a highlights reel from the variety of events we have already presented! 


Primary School Production Partners! 

We are thrilled to have students from Wheelers Hill Primary School and Waverley Meadows Primary schools joining us on stage for our upcoming production of Singin in the Rain Jnr! 

Spent the afternoon with some students and boy oh boy - the cute factor has turned all the way up to 11 and these students are truly going to shine! 

Genelle Lentini

Performing Arts Leader

Middle School Report

Middle School News

Parents are a very important component in our community. They have decided to send their child to WHSC and many undertake roles such as school council members or working in the uniform shop at our school. However, parents work behind the scenes at home, trying to provide support for their child with homework, extra-curricular activities and social supports. As your child moves through these turbulent teenage years the responsibility of doing many things for the child to helping them become independent learners is the most obvious. Add also into the mix technology and social media, parents have a lot to contend with. Luckily, technology also provide supports for parents such as support groups, networks and speakers.

If you need any support in areas within the family the City of Monash has this service available.


Year 7

Elevate came to the Year 7’s this week and talked about Time Management and Organisation. Students were actively involved, looking at techniques that they can apply to all areas of their study. Please speak about what activities your child completed in the session and how they can use it to help them study.


Year 8

The first group of Year 8 (A&F) visited the Monash Tech School. On the first day they were given a complete tour of Monash University in action. The students were able to visit areas where research and development were in action. They looked at new initiatives for sustainability and recycling. The students were shown areas in ways the new buildings were being developed to help the environment. In one area the students were shown how the scientists were using 3D printing in making things like a bike or finding different materials that will help in being super conductors and insulators so that things such as mobile phones can work efficiently. The students could see where the initiative of a bicycle garage is free, where if you ride your bike you can store your bike safely and showering rooms are provided if required. The bus hub is the largest one in Victoria to promote less cars being on the road and many buses flow through the area regularly and some are free.


Year 9

On Wednesday the 22nd of May, Mr Ben Shepherd and Harmony P, Adam W, Jacob O, Aarav P, Haydee W ventured out to the Jells park Open Night in the evening. Here they were able to display their skills that they have learnt from Robotics and STEM. Thank-you for all volunteering and showing people in the community what our school has to offer.

Mrs Melissa Robinson

Middle School Leader



The theme for Education Week 2019 is ‘Celebrating Careers’ so I would like to take this opportunity to showcase the valuable contributions that Wheelers Hill Secondary College makes towards offering students, parents and staff career and pathway support.

Every student has their own dreams and goals and at WHSC we offer Careers Education programs that provides each student with the opportunity to work towards meeting their own aspirations. In addition, we recognise the importance that parents and teacher’s play in a student’s life and endeavour to keep both parties informed on career events and programs. We are very proud to be able to offer the following Career Education programs/services at our College.

In keeping with the theme of ‘Celebrating Careers’ below are some staff member’s reflections on their own careers and what lead them to working for the Education Department.


Jacinta Wilson

Year Level Coordinator – Year 9


My career aspirations as a Year 9 (Form 3) student "in the last century" began with a Work experience week at Crawford Productions, an iconic Production house with a fascination of television productions and media. This led to part time work offer at Crawfords in each school holiday for the next eighteen

months, in various departments. I had dreamed of a career in the Media: journalism, production or politics. Following HSC (VCE) I was offered full time work with Crawfords working on TV series The Sullivans, Cop Shop and at Channel 9. During my time there I was fortunate to learn many skills, meet dedicated and creative people and make connections with professionals who believed in me and my skills. A television director from that time thought I "may like theatre" and this opportunity led to eight years working in Professional theatre in a range of musicals, operas and plays, whilst in a teaching career and balancing my life. The theatre work has availed me opportunities, travel, experiences, adventures and lifelong friendships amidst the creative and artistic lifestyle.

At the same time of working in television, I had always valued education, so completed a Bachelor of Education and 'fell into teaching'. I thought I would give "teaching a go for two years" when I started and now 32 years plus, I continue to learn, be challenged and be inspired by a career that makes such a difference for young people. Further study included Sports Management as I was interested in this area and thought it may have been a career move at the time into promotions and managing of sportspeople.

My roles in Education are far beyond the classroom: student programs, management, promotions, curriculum and sports. However it is the working with dedicated colleagues, part of an enthusiastic team, developing students' talents and respecting their potential that allows me to enjoy my teaching career. How fortunate I have been!

If you take on opportunities in whatever manner they present themselves and are prepared to work positively, your career can be as rewarding.



Voula Jakubicki

Careers Coordinator


My career started of rocky! My dream of moving into my ideal role in Human Resources after completing my Bachelor’s degree in Business was short lived! I remember applying for several jobs (over 80) but simply having no success. I knew I had to start somewhere so after nine months of applying for work I was offered a place in Westpac Bank’s Graduate program. This role was not even close to what I wanted to do but I saw the value of gaining some employability skills which I hoped would increase my chances of getting into a role that I really wanted later on in my career. After six years as a Retail Banker I entered into a Recruitment Consultant role which was right up my alley. Although I had no experience in recruitment, my role in the Bank provided me with several transferable skills which I used to land this job. So yes, deciding to start ‘somewhere’, earlier on in my career, even if not in my ideal role, really paid off.

Several years in Commercial Recruitment and Career Consulting roles led me to working for the Education Department as a Careers & Pathways Advisor at a local High School. That was back in 2006 and I haven’t looked backed since. Joining Wheelers Hill Secondary College in 2018 has provided me with wonderful career opportunities. This role has expanded my skills set and provided me with the challenges I was seeking. I am lucky enough to say that I am in my ‘dream job’. Careers Education is constantly changing which makes working in this space very exciting, however my major job satisfaction really comes from seeing students achieve their potential and achieve their career aspirations.😊


Voula Jakubicki

Careers Coordinator

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