Wantirna College Newsletter

29 March 2019
Issue Four
Dates to Remember for 2019
Assistant Principals
English & Literacy
Sherbrooke Rone Excursion
Sport and Physical Education
Student Representative Council
General Information
Wantirna College
90 Harold Street
Wantirna, Vic, 3152

Dates to Remember for 2019

Term 1

Monday 1

Production Camp

Pres Ball Rehearsals 4:30pm to 8:00pm


Tuesday 2

Parent Teacher Interviews


Friday 5

Last Day of Term 1


Term 2

Tuesday 23

1st day of Term 2

Ensemble Music Camp

Uniform Shop open 3pm to 5pm


Wednesday 24

Ensemble Music Camp


Friday 26

Choir Camp


Saturday 27

Uniform Shop Open, 1pm to 4pm


Monday 29

Senior Soccer, Intermediate Girls AFL

Pres Ball Rehearsals, 4:30pm to 8:00pm



Tuesday 30

Year 12 Themed Dress Day


Wednesday 1



Thursday 2

Senior Badminton, Girls Netball

Boys AFL


Friday 3

Generations in Jazz

Stage Band & VoxEns


Monday 6

Intermediate Soccer

Pres Ball Rehearsals, 4:30pm to 8:00pm


Wednesday 8

House Cross Country Period 3 & 4

Parents Association Meeting, 7:30pm


Thursday 9

Intermediate Badminton, Girls Netball, Boys AFL


Monday 13

Year 8 Soccer, Senior Girls AFL

Pres Ball Rehearsals, 4:30pm to 8:00pm


Tuesday 14

Junior Girls AFL

Later Years Expo 2A &2B Year 10



Thursday 16

Year 8 Badminton, Girls Netball, B/M AFL


Friday 17

Presentation Ball


Monday 20

Year 7 Soccer


Thursday 23

Division Cross  Country


Monday 27


Free Dress Day


Tuesday 28

Boys Netball

NEVR Concert & Day Rehearsal Hamer Hall


Wednesday 29

Year 10 Exams



Thursday 30

Year 10 Exams


Friday 31

Year 10 Exams


Monday 3

Year 11 Exams


Tuesday 4

Year 11 Exams


Wednesday 5

Year 11 Exams




Thursday 6

Year 11 Exams


Friday 7

Year 11 Exams


Tuesday 11

Year 11 Exams


Wednesday 12

Year 7 Badminton, Girls Netball, 8/M AFL

Year 10 TAFE and University Visits

GAT, 9:00am

Parents Association Meeting 7.30pm


Thursday 13

Year 11 - Fit to Drive


Friday 14

All Hockey

Assessment Day

Student Free Day


Monday 17

Knox Hockey


Tuesday 18

Cross Country EMR

Vocal Concert 1 with LYC


Wednesday 19

Vocal Concert 2 with MYC


Thursday 20

Senior Basketabll

Vocal Concert 3 with Vox Ens


Monday 24

Northern Territory Tour

Year 10 Work Experience


Tuesday 25

Northern Territory Tour

Year 10 Work Experience


Wednesday 26

Northern Territory Tour

Year 10 Work Experience


Thursday 27

Northern Territory Tour

Year 10 Work Experience


Friday 28

Northern Territory Tour

Year 10 Work Experience

Last day of Term 2


Term 3


Monday 15

Curriculum Day Student Free Day


Tuesday 16

First day of Term 3


Wednesday 17

Parents Association Meeting, 7.30pm


Wednesday 31

Year 11 Course Selection



Thursday 1

VCAL Interviews


Wednesday 7

Year 10 Course Selection

Normal Year 10 classes



Thursday 8



Friday 9



Tuesday 13

House Athletics


Wednesday 14


Parents Association Meeting, 7.30pm


Thursday 15



Friday 16



Monday 19

Year 7 Basketball


 Monday 26

Year 9 City Experience


Tuesday 27 

Year 9 City Experience


Wednesday 28

Year 9 City Experience

Thursday 29

Year 9 City Experience


Friday 30 

Year 9 City Experience


Thursday 3

Free Dress Day


Tuesday 10

Division Athletics


Wednesday 11

Parents Association Meeting, 7:30pm


Wednesday 18

GALA Concert 2019 Melbourne Recital Centre

Term 4

Monday 7

First day of Term 4


Friday 11

EMR Athletics


Monday 14

Year 12 Themed Dressed Day


Tuesday 15

Contemporary Band Program Showcase


Wednesday 16

Parents Association Meeting, 7:30pm


Thursday 17

VCE Dance Showcase

(Unit 2 & 4 Combined)


Monday 21

Art & Technology Showcase


Tuesday 22

Art & Technology Showcase


Thursday 24

Art & Technology Showcase


Friday 25

Art & Technology Showcase


Wednesday 30

VCAA/VCE Exams Start


Monday 11

Year 9 Camp


Tuesday 12

Year 9 Camp


Wednesday 13

Year 9 Camp

Parents Association Meeting, 7:30pm


Thursday 14

Year 9 Camp

Mini Orientation Day


Friday 15

Year 9 Camp


Tuesday 26

Year 9 Drama Performances L1


Thursday 28

Year 9 Drama Performances L1


Friday 6

Year 10 Formal


Monday 9

Orientations Evening


Tuesday 10

Year 7 Orientation Day


Wednesday 11

Parents Association Meeting, 7:30pm


Friday 20


End of Term 4

2019 Term date:

Term 1:

January 30  to 5 April


Term 2:

23 April to 28 June


Term 3:

15 July to 20 September


Term 4:

7 October to 20 December

Assistant Principals

Open Day/Discovery Night Success!

On Wednesday 27th March we held our Open Day/Discovery Evening for our future Wantirna College families. It is always a real pleasure taking tour groups around the College throughout the day so that they can see for themselves the great things that are happening within our school. Families regularly made comments on the positive things that they had heard about Wantirna College and the younger primary school students were excited by all the amazing opportunities that our school provides.


This excitement continued into our Discovery Evening where there was a real ‘buzz’ around the College. Parents and students were able to participate in a range of activities and exhibits from all of our Learning Areas, were entertained by our Performing Arts students and were well fed by our Food Studies students. Events like Open Day/Discovery Evening are a wonderful opportunity for our community to share with others the wonderful things that are happening within our school.


During Open Day/Discovery Evening we clarified to our prospective families that Wantirna College does not have a zone and we do take enrolments from outside our immediate area. We are even looking at increasing our year 7 intake for 2020. A key message was that if Wantirna College is the school that you would like your child to attend, place us as your first preference.

Tours of our College will continue on a Tuesday and Thursday at 9.30am and we would encourage all prospective families to come along and see us in action. Tour bookings can be made via the College Website.

Parent Teacher Student Conferences

Last week families would have received their child’s Interim Report via Compass. The purpose of the Interim Report is to provide families with some feedback on how often students are demonstrating positive learning behaviours in class. The Interim Reports, along with the feedback that students receive on their Learning Tasks can be used to inform conversations at the Parent Student Teacher Conferences.


Parent Student Teacher Conferences will be held on Tuesday 2nd April between 12.30 – 8.30pm. There will be no scheduled classes on this day, however, students are required to attend their conferences with their families. This is a great opportunity for the student, family and teacher to work in partnership and reflect upon the students’ progress in Term 1 and to plan for future learning.


Bookings for Parent Student Teacher Conferences can be made via Compass.

Term 1 Break

As we come to the end of a busy and exciting Term 1, we would like to remind families that students will be dismissed from the College at 2.30pm on Friday 5th April.


On behalf of the College, we would like to wish all students and families a restful holiday break and look forward to seeing students back in classes on Tuesday 23rd April.


Catherine Ford, Shane Kruger and

Andrew Lewis

Assistant Principals

English & Literacy

Getting to know our year 7 students is a major focus of our year 7 English Curriculum in term one. It has been a privilege reading about their lives and finding out about significant moments that have had a lasting impact on them. We hope that you enjoy Kate Elliot’s piece as much as we did.

Hearing Malala Yousafi speak

You never realise how lucky you are until you hear other people’s stories, having a roof above your head, a mattress to sleep on and even an education, are all taken for granted these days. Have you ever stopped to think about how lucky you are? To live in a country with no wars, to be able to go to school and even to drink clean water, these are the privileges that we don’t think about enough and often let go unnoticed.


I realised how privileged I was and how much I took for granted after hearing the courageous story of Malala Yousafi, this strong women and her family had gone through so much pain and suffering just to get a right to girls’ education. In Malala’s home country Pakistan, the Taliban ( a group of Afghan people) had different views on girl’s education to the rest of the world. Their beliefs included that any girl should not have the right to an education. So, for example at Wantirna College, any female student would have been expelled from the school and would have no access to any form of education at all. If the school insisted on girls going to school the College would be bombed, listening to this made me furious, and even today thinking about it today makes my blood boil.


Malala though, made a stand against the Taliban and continued going to school, which resulted to her being shot 3 times in the face, on the local bus on the way to school. This was empowering and inspiring  to hear about the sacrifices she would make just for an education and to get all other girls the rights to an education. It also made me disgusted thinking about the Taliban shooting innocent girls who just wanted to learn. Hearing this story and hearing her say it in person, made me feel so much more grateful for my education I just couldn’t believe the sacrifices she was willing to take, and the pain she went through just to get an education.


Hearing Malala speak made me realise how having all these amazing things and opportunities in my life is such a blessing. Heaps of people in this world barely have the essentials. My feelings and thoughts haven’t changed much from this experience to now, but most certainly my morals have. This talk has heavily impacted me and my emotions, it’s taught me many life lessons and helped me see things in a different light. This has taught me that some people don’t have opportunities to go to school or even get to sleep in a bed, so we need to be more grateful for what we have and start to help people who need it. This life changing experience has helped me in so many ways but overall it has taught me to be grateful for what you have and never take anything for granted. Hearing Malala talk brought on a huge pile of emotions, I was sad in some parts and overjoyed in others, but to me the strongest emotion I felt was gratefulness, I have always felt more grateful from this experience and it’s made me appreciate the smaller things in life.


- by Kate Elliot


Carrie Wallis

English/Whole School Literacy



Sherbrooke Rone Excursion

Year 9
Quicker and Smarter Classes:

Excursion to Rone’s Empire at Sherbrooke 
Mansion, Burnham Beeches

On a crisp, Autumn morning, the two Quicker and Smarter classes visited a dilapidated mansion in the Dandenongs, where street artist, Rone, has created an art installation amongst the ruins. Here are some of the students’ reflections:


Photographs: Amy Ye 9C ­­

Sharlise: I liked the story that the house told.


Evan: The best thing was the scenary and the location was great, too. They had iPads to show what the rooms were like before and after the installation.


Jarrad: I liked the virtual-reality room because it showed how it was done.


Amy: Went to an old mansion full of paintings.


Michayla: Something I liked about the excursion would have to be looking at all the detailed painting, and the way they organised it.


Emily: What I liked best about the excursion was being able to independently walk around the mansion.


Parth: I liked the wall paintings in the rooms and and library and the virtual-reality tht told us the story behind the scenes.


Jeani: I liked the water-room and the photo gallery.

Mrs. Mantzanidis and Mrs. Graham-Prowse would like to extend our grateful thanks to those parents and volunteers who were willing to assist us with this excursion: Caz McCormick, Joanne Pullen and Ben Crofts. We couldn’t have done it without you.


Felicity GRAHAM-PROWSE and Debbie Mantanzandis


Sport and Physical Education

Year 7 Tennis

Last week, the Wantirna College girls’ tennis team went to the District Competition.


Angel, Nuam Pi, Teegan, Katarina and myself walked down to Wantirna Tennis Club to play.


Overall, we drew several, lost a couple and won two. We ended up having the same amount of points as another team, so we went into a tie breaker. Unfortunately, the Wantirna Girls team lost 3 to 1 in the tie breaker, so we didn’t end up going through to the next round. We all had a good day and can’t wait until next time!


By Elijana Henry 7S



Year 8 Tennis

On Tuesday the 19th of March, we had tennis at Wantirna Tennis Club. When we got there we were one of the first teams to get to the club. The day started off warm then ended up hotter later in the day. I played two games, lost one and then won one against Fairhills and the final score was 4-0. We had fun playing the games even though the boys team lost most of their games. Rowville won most of their games so they had to play the final. The day ended when we walked back to school and got Zooper Doopers, it was great everyone had fun and I wish I could do it again.


Joshua Dobson 8D



Year 8 Baseball

A highlight this year for me, was playing baseball for the school. Although some of us had never played baseball before, it was going to be interesting to see how we would go. We had one game against Fairhills, they were in the same boat as us, not having many kids who had actually played baseball. As the game went on we seemed to play even better, and more as a team. This helped us get a comfortable win with the end score being 24-7. This meant we were through to the next round in Term 4.  


Lachlan Howard 8A

Intermediate Boys Baseball

On Tuesday the 12th of March, the Wantirna College Intermediate Boys Baseball team went out to Gilbert Park Baseball ground to compete against Upwey High School in the Knox Division Level. The Boys played an awesome game and competed outstandingly with college spirit, smashing Upwey 24-2. Even though we only got to play one game the boys certainly put everything that they had into the game. Everyone was able to make an impact on the game in some way which just goes to show our team work and dedication. After the game we had a solid defensive training session in order to ready the boys for EMR. We are all eager to play in the next round and can't wait to continue representing our school.


-Kurtis Smith, 10C



Nathan Rogers

Leader of Sport

Physical Education Teacher


Student Representative Council

What is SRC?

SRC stands for the Student Representative Council, and people from all ages and year levels can join. We are the student voice of Wantirna College and we are trying to improve some of the facilities around Wantirna. We want to help the students of our College to create momentum for positive changes in our school and enable students to input their ideas for improvements.

The free dress day!

The free dress day on Tuesday the 5th of March was a huge success, and everyone looked amazing in their House colours. It was great to see people of all ages getting into the House spirit. We raised a lot of money for the House charities and the Zooper Doopers sold during lunch time were very popular. If you have feedback regarding the free dress day, make sure you share this information with the SRC by responding to the survey sent to your school email 27/03/19, or by emailing one of the addresses found at the end of the newsletter.


Just a reminder that ANZAC Day is happening during the first week of Term Two. There will be SRC members selling ANZAC Day badges in preparation for this day of commemoration. We will be selling badges around the school during recess and lunch times, and also during some class times closer to the date.

The themes for this year are:

Term 1: House spirit

Term 2: Diversity

Term 3: Environment

Term 4: Celebrations

SRC executive team:


Mr Andrew Bevis

Mrs Bethany Gaschk   


Kelsey Haigh


James Keam


David Chhea


Later years

Alyssa Gardener

Olivia Bedford


Middle years

Laura Hutchens


Nicole Lee


If you have suggestions regarding improvements around the school, free dress days, charities you would like to see fundraised at free dress days and anything else that could help around the school, please ensure you fill out our surveys! Also please feel free to email SRC at:


[email protected]


Alternatively, you are also welcome to join us for an SRC meeting during Thursday lunch times in Mason House. 


Thank you.

The SRC team 



Social Networking

A social network is an online community, often with a common interest.


What is social networking?


Social networking sites allow users to share comments and post photos in a contained environment with the user in control. The most common site is Facebook.


Many other popular sites have social aspects but are not strictly ‘social networking’ for example:


Instagram: a photo sharing application

Twitter: a micro blogging site

YouTube: a video sharing site

Tumblr: a blogging site

MSN: an instant messaging program

Skype: a voice over internet protocol (VOIP) service

Online games such as Club Penguin


What are the risks of social networking?


Social networking can be a lot of fun, but can carry risks, especially for children and young people. Many social networking sites have age restrictions (usually 13 years) and it is important for parents to understand the site’s Terms and Conditions of Use. You don’t pick and choose which rules you obey in the real world, don’t do it online either. There is a valid and legal reason for online rules. Children should not be permitted to access prohibited accounts. Talk about the rules and why they are important rather than working out a way to circumvent them.


Social networking sites require a large amount of time invested in them, not only to set up, but also to continually check to see that the security/privacy settings are at their highest level. This is particularly important when the account holder is a child.


Many social networking sites work on ‘real name’ culture, which means that being truthful in the setting up of an account makes the account safer. You are far better being truthful and then using the security settings to protect your privacy, rather than setting up a fake account, or lying about certain information such as age. Facebook for example has a range of important safety settings as the ‘default’ when the account holder is 13 - 17 years. Many parents are misguided and tell their children to set up the account with an older age for ‘safety’. This is NOT a guarantee of safety, sets a poor example and puts the child outside the secure part of the site. You are far better to set up an account with your child together, with clear rules and guidelines, rather than have them set one up at a friend’s house behind your back.


Social networking is certainly not all bad, although the media can focus on negative aspects. Embrace social technology with your child and ensure that you have an account on all sites your child does.


What are some ways to assist children and young people in social networking?


Please remember that to assist your child to be safe on social networking sites you must:


  • Ensure that they comply with the age restrictions (DO NOT let them on Facebook under 13 years of age)
  • Ensure that they understand how the privacy and security settings work
  • Ensure that they can change their passwords and they know how to report a problem
  • Ensure that they know where to go if they have an online issue
  • Set up an account yourself and be your child’s friend (this is not going to ensure safety but is part of what is expected of you as a parent)
  • Know your child’s password
  • Have house rules about what your child can post and when they can add new ‘friends’ (must ask you first) and ensure they know and understand them.

Where can I find out more about specific social media sites?


Many social networking sites create their own help guides. These guides provide tips and advice specifically for parents. You can download these guides from the site’s Help or Support section. Alternatively, simply Google ‘Parent’s Guide to <Insert Social Networking Site>.


Resource: https://www.education.vic.gov.au/about/programs/bullystoppers/Pages/advicesocialmedia.aspx


For further information, please see:





Shane Kruger

Assistant Principal


Career News



Phil Newnham

Careers Counsellor

General Information

General Office

Office Hours:                  8:00am - 4:00pm

Telephone:                      9801 9700

Attendance Line:        9881 7111


Parents should always make contact with the General Office first when visiting the school or trying to make contact with their children.


Appointments with teachers must be made via telephone or email them directly.


Student absences should be reported to the school prior to 9am.  Please ring the Student absences number directly on 9881 7111.


If your child is in Year 10, 11 or 12 they will be required to supply an absence note when returning to school.  If your child has missed a SAC or been away for more than a couple of days, then they will be required to supply a doctor's certificate.


In order to minimise disruption to class and maximise learning opportunities for our students, we would like to remind you of the school policy regarding late arrival to school. Students are expected to be at school at 8.40am.  Locker Bell rings at 8.44am and Home Group commences 8:54am.  If your child is late for any reason please contact the General Office on 9881 7111 or 9881 7131.

Library Hours

Monday to Thursday:

8:15am to 4:30



8:15am to 3.30pm

Collecting Your Child From School

If your child has an appointment and they are required to leave school early please complete the following:

  1. Write a note explaining why your child is required to leave school.  On this note please supply their name, home group, the reason why they are leaving and your name and phone number.
  2. Your child is required to drop the note off in the Early Leaver’s folder, which is situated in the main office.  If your child is required to leave the school prior to recess, please ask your child to request an Early Leavers pass from Debbie Hopper in the main office.  She will write one immediately.
  3. Your child will be required to sign out on the PINK sign out sheet at the main office, prior to leaving the school premises.

Please note that if your child does not have an Early Leavers pass from the main office, teachers will not allow your child to leave their class.  Also, your child is required to keep the Early Leavers pass so, if they are approached by a teacher outside the school, the student has confirmation they have permission to leave the school premises.


If you write a letter for your child to leave school early, you are NOT required to come in and sign your child out.  Also, your child’s attendance will be marked correctly.  If you need to collect your child unexpectedly, please contact the main office.  We will try our best to organise your child for collection prior to you arriving at school.

Arriving Late to School

If your child has an appointment and they are arriving late to school, please complete the following:


Write a note explaining why your child is arriving late to school.  On this note please supply their name, home group and the reason why they are arriving late.


Your child is required to sign in at the main office, so the attendance officer can make the appropriate changes to compass.

Emergency Pick Ups Only

In extreme circumstances you can ring the office to organise for your child to be collected early. It is extremely disruptive to the classrooms, therefore this procedure is for EMERGENCIES ONLY.

Uniform Shop

Uniform Shop is open on MONDAYS and THURSDAYS from 3:00pm to 5:00pm, and the first Saturday of the Term from 1 - 4pm. Prices and additional trading hours can be found on the College website.


Direct Phone:  9881 7168


Uniform Shop will be open at the start of Terrm 2 on Tuesday 23rd April 3.00-5.00pm and Saturday 27th April 1.00-4.00pm.


Lost Property

Lost Uniforms are taken to the Maintenance Office, which is located near Health Centre.  There are two big draws just inside the door.  If you have lost any valuables, ie: phone, watch, etc... they are usually handed in to the main office.

Car Parking

New parents to the College are advised that the main car park on Harold Street is not a drop off or pick up point for students.  The car park is very busy and very tight at peak times.  It is not a safe place for students and waiting cars create congestion for people entering or leaving the car park.


The best drop off and pick up points for the school are:

  • Georgian Gardens (street opposite school crossing on Harold Street)
  • Amesbury Avenue (fenceline along the bottom oval)
  • Templeton Street (South of the roundabout)
  • Saxon Street (off Harold Street)

College Vision

Wantirna College is committed to educating our students to be inquiring learners with high levels of literacy and numeracy, prepared to be global, ethical citizens in the 21st Century, capable of showing resilience and flexibility of thinking, willing to show initiative and take on challenges throughout their lives.

Wantirna College


Kevin Murphy


Assistant Principals:

Catherine Ford, Andrew Lewis and Shane Kruger


College Council President:

Dr Joanne Challinor-Rogers


Sub School:

Dina Mingos (Later Years)

Darren Hoogkamer (Middle Years)


College Captains:


Tahlia UMI




Parents Association President:

Kiley Tait  and Pam Wade


Parents of Performing Arts Chairperson

Stuart Broadley

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