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25 August 2018
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Wheelers Hill Secondary College
(03) 9561 5811
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Wheelers Hill, Victoria, 3150

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WHSC and Our College Community

We often get asked about the key areas important to Our College Community.  The four key areas important to our College Community are:

- Academic Excellence across all learning domains

- Sport

- Performing Arts

- Student Leadership

We are renowned for working closely with our families to provide wonderful opportunities to our students in these key areas.  We are proud of the outcomes we are helping to achieve for our students.

Significantly, we continue to offer a personalised approach to Teaching and Learning - we really know our students and we see this approach as one of our real strengths.

Languages Committee

We are establishing a Languages Committee to review our language curriculum.  As discussed at College Council recently (15/8) we are wanting broad representation on this Committee, including parent and student representation.  We would expect that the Languages Committee to meet once per month.  If any of our parents and students would be interested in joining our Languages Committee and then working to develop recommendations for our College in this area of the curriculum, please contact the General Office to register your interest by Wednesday 29th August.


There have been media reports recently of NAPLAN moving to an 'Online' system as of next year.  'NAPLAN Online' has been trialed at a number of schools with the expectation that this system will be more broadly applied from 2019.  The reported benefits of the 'Online' system is that data will become available sooner which is important for both families and schools allowing for any support to be developed and implemented to further assist our students.

We are embarking on some trials of our own in the coming weeks to ensure that we are ready and well prepared for the new 'Online' system in 2019.

Year 6 into 7 Student Enrolments, 2019

Our Year 6 into 7 enrolments for next year currently stand at 140.  This is an excellent result for our College.  We will closely monitor our Year 6 into 7 enrolment numbers over the near future (they may fluctuate) allowing us to complete the necessary planning of required Year 7 Home Groups for next year.

College Review, 2018

As reported in previous Newsletters, we are in the midst of a College Review.  The College Review seeks to develop Goals, Targets and Strategies for our next Strategic Plan which begins at the start of next year.  All DET schools are required to complete a College Review together with a Strategic Plan.  

Parent Opinion Survey, 2018

The Parent Opinion Survey has been made available to randomly selected parents / guardians.  For those selected, please complete the Survey by Sunday the 26th August.  The Survey is developed by the Department of Education (DET) and results from the Survey will be analysed and considered by the College in line with our Strategic and Annual Implementation Plan.  Survey results will become available later in the year.

College Production - The Wizard of Oz 

The excitement is building towards the opening of our College Production, The Wizard of Oz, which begins next month.  Key dates and times are provided below:

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

Admission Costs are as follows:

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

Tickets can be purchased by using the link below:


(Details from the Burrinja Website, 4 8 18)

The venue this year is the Burrinja Theatre (351 Glenfern Rd., Upwey) and our Production this year promises to be another excellent showcase of student talents and skills.  Be sure to get your tickets quickly as you do not want to miss out!

Value of the Week - Excellence

We congratulate our Intermediate Basketball Teams for their recent success at the Monash Division Sports Day. Both teams played incredibly well throughout the day to win their respective competitions - well done!

And finally...........

We are thinking of our our Year 12 students as they enter the last few weeks of classes. They will before embark on exams early next term and I am sure our Year 12 students are thinking, 'where has the year gone'.  We wish our Year 12 students well over the coming weeks.









Aaron Smith

College Principal

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Supporting our Children to Manage Anxiety

In today's fast paced world, our children are increasingly faced with many competing pressures ranging from academic, social, relationships, part time work and the list goes on.

In an attempt to best support the young people in our lives, in partnership with Monash Family Services, we would like to invite our WHSC parent community to an evening on supporting children to manage anxiety, which will be facilitated by Dr Glenn Melvin from Monash University.

Glenn is a clinical psychologist at the Monash University Centre for Developmental Psychiatry and Psychology and an honorary Associate Professor at the University of Warwick, UK. Glenn has a research and clinical interest in school attendance problems. He was a director and clinician at the School Refusal Program at Monash Medical Centre which investigated the efficacy of treatments for school refusal. He is currently leading a statewide survey in attendance problems in students with intellectual disabilities. He provides clinical consultation to services on the management of school attendance problems and works in private practice treating teenagers with school refusal.


Details regarding the evening are as follows:

Anxiety Workshop

  • Date: 17th September
  • Time: 6.30  to  8.00pm
  • Venue: Wheelers Hill Public  Library- 860 Ferntree Gully Rd, Wheelers Hill VIC 3150​

Areas covered

  •    Current thinking on the conceptualisation of Anxiety
  •    Challenges facing parents
  •    School perspectives on Anxiety

Follow up work will be conducted with relevant school staff, in terms of best practice interventions that can be used to support students with their anxiety.

This is a valuable opportunity for parents and guardians. If you think hearing from Glenn would be useful, please note the date, location and time in your diaries.



Parent/Teacher/Student Conferences – Monday 17th September

Bookings for the Parent/Teacher/Student Conferences will be available through the Compass Parent Portal from Friday 7th September.  The Compass link is available via the College website or by using the link: http://whsc.vic.jdlf.com.au/Login.aspx.  It is quite a straightforward process.

Parents and students are advised that Parent/Teacher/Student Conferences will be held on Monday 17th September from 1 to 8 pm in the College E Block. There are no scheduled classes for the day.
Research shows that active parental involvement and interest in schooling is tremendously important in improving educational outcomes for your child. Our experience is that the most productive discussion takes place in partnership with parent, teacher and student.  We urge all parents to take the opportunity to discuss their child’s progress.
It is the expectation that all students and their parents will make appointments with their teachers and attend the conferences.

 If you are having trouble logging into Compass, do not have internet access or are having difficulty making bookings, email [email protected] or call the Office on 9561 5811. Please remember to leave some gaps in your booking schedule in case of time overruns – which we endeavour to keep to a minimum.


Student Reports - Feedback Cycle #4

The fourth cycle of student feedback will be published on Friday 7th September. You will find the report using the Reports tab on your child's Compass dashboard.

The reports provide an oversight of your child's progress in the previous 6 - 8 weeks in all their subjects, listing the work completed, their attendance and 'Attitude' and 'Behaviour'. 

We strongly encourage all parents to view the reports and contact the relevant teachers with any concerns or inquiries about their child's progress.

Instructions on how to interpret the reports are attached.


School of Rock - Year 7 Excursion

In previous years the Year 7s have attended 'Matilda - The Musical' and 'Aladdin'. This year we are offering all Year 7s the opportunity to attend 'School of Rock', a show that is currently showing on Broadway and London's West End.

The students will attend the performance on Wednesday November 6th. Final payment and consent for this excursion is due on Friday 31st August.



Mrs Judy Anderson & Mr Andrew Dixon   

Assistant Principals


What's on this week


  • Year 8 into 9 Selection Due


  • Chess Competition & chess Training



  • Chess Competition
  • Division Athletics


  • Commedia Performance Year 9
  • Year 8 Level Assembly
  • Production Primary School-Wheelers Hill PS


  • Year 10 Level Assembly


  • VICSRC student Voice Workshop


  • Production Tech Rehearsal 


  • Production Dress Rehersal
  • Year 7 Immunisation (Dose #2)


  • Production Matinee Performance
  • Production Open Night



  • Production Night 2
  • Behind the Scenes - Art Spaces of Melbourne

NAPLAN for 2019


For your information, here is an update  on the release of 2018 NAPLAN results.


The VCAA is able to confirm that the delivery of Individual Student Reports (ISRs) to schools will commence from Wednesday 29 August. Once these arrive, the college we will be posting them out to parents as soon as possible. We will keep you updated if there are any changes.


Preparing for NAPLAN On-line

While we all wait anxiously for the release of the data for this year' NAPLAN, at the college we are already looking ahead.

From 2019 our college, along with most schools in Victoria, will be moving to deliver NAPLAN through an online test portal. From 2020, all schools across Australia will conduct the NAPLAN tests online.

NAPLAN Online is delivered to schools via the Online National Assessment Platform (the Platform). Students complete the tests via a secure locked down browser (LDB) on their devices. The LDB prevents students from accessing the internet and other functionality (such as spelling and grammar checks). The LDB will form part of the image for student's device from the start of 2019.

NAPLAN Online delivers numerous benefits, including:

  • innovative use of technology, a more engaging test design and a wider range of item types
  • a ‘tailored test’ design that adapts to correct and incorrect student responses, providing more precise understanding of student achievement, especially for students at the bottom and top of the scale
  • the extension of the ‘test window’ to two weeks, allowing schools greater opportunity to schedule the tests at times that suit them best and increasing student participation.
  • more rapid and detailed access to the results allowing for the college to better inform our teaching practice and apply the information to improve students learning outcomes.

As part of the preparations for the online testing, in the week starting 27th August a number of Year 7 and 9 classes will partake in a School Readiness Test (SRT). This will use the online portal to deliver one of two tests lasting approximately 60 minutes to assess the college's readiness for the actual NAPLAN program next year. This forms part of a series of trials over the next 6 months to ensure schools, teachers and students are ready for NAPLAN online next April.
While this will use NAPLAN style questions and the NAPLAN portal, the results will not be used to assess students or affect their NAPLAN results. The SRT is more a test of the college's infrastructure and ability to use the portal. However if you have any concerns about your child participating in this trial please contact the College.

As mentioned the SRT forms the first step in preparation for NAPLAN Online in 2019.

Through early Term 1 next year Year 7 and 9 students will be given the opportunity to access a number of practice tests to help familiarise themselves with the Platform. Then on March 28th there will be a nationwide coordinated practice test to ensure the Platform is ready for NAPLAN.


The NAPLAN Online will be run between 14th and 24th May and will consist of four tests as with the paper tests, Reading, Writing, Conventions of Language and Numeracy. More details will be shared as we get closer to the event.


Paul McGlynn
Curriculum Implementation Leader.

Performing Arts

Production 2018 - Limited Tickets Available! 

With 2 weeks out of our Opening Night, we are excited to announce that we have officially sold 750 tickets for our entire season! That is two times the capacity of our last show! We are thrilled to have so many people from the community coming on board to support the students and all their hard work! 

There are still some seats available for the production - if you want to make sure you catch the big Performing Arts Event of the year, head over to Burrinja Cultural Centre website and book! 


Genelle Lentini

Performing Arts Leader


Biscuit Cake

On Friday the 16th August, the Year 11 Food Studies class created Layered Biscuit cakes, thanks to my presentation on the cakes that are trending worldwide. A biscuit cake are two large short bread biscuits that a layered with buttercream and decorate with anything sweet a person desires. Due to the endless possibility of shape, colour and flavour, the VCE class was able to let their imagination go wild with no biscuit cakes looking alike. From store bought lollies to home-made macarons, each cake ended up being its own individual masterpiece.



 Ms Sharon Sharpe
Domain Leader Technology 

Robocup Junior Competition

RoboCup Junior Australia is a project-oriented educational initiative that supports local, regional and international robotic events for young students. On Tuesday the 14th August, two team of students (John Sharry, Royce Parker, Leon Ye, Elijah Loader, Ryan Leung) with a keen interest in robotics competed in the Victorian State competition at Melbourne University. There were approximately 279 teams comprising of 739 students from 56 organisations who took part in the competition this year. The teams built their robots and programmed them using LEGO Mindstorms EV3 with both teams competing in the Rescue category. Although the teams didn't make it into the final rounds, they were able to work together as a team on the day to solve problems that were encountered.


Ms Kim Hewlett

Technology Teacher




In an effort to promote student achievement here at Wheelers Hill Secondary College, students work across year levels have been selected to be showcased at ‘The Student Gallery’, run by Zart Art in Boxhill. This is a fantastic opportunity for students to be recognised for their excellence within the arts, and to also be promoted as practicing artists.


Students work was selected from year 7 and 10 comprising of lino cut prints of animals to surrealist paintings. You can view a snapshot of the students work via the Zart Art online Gallery (https://www.zartart.com.au/zartstatic/static-page-types/gallery-2018-term-2) , following the prompts to ‘ANIMALS WITH ATTITUDE’ and ‘SURREALIST PAINTINGS’. Alternatively you can click on the links below under each image gallery.   



For those who still wish to view the exhibition in person, please see the details below:

The current Term 3 Exhibition will be showing until September 11th 2018.

The gallery is open | Mon–Wed, Fri: 8:30am–5:00pm | Thursday: 8:30am–6:30pm | Saturday: 9:00am–2:00pm

The gallery is closed | All Victorian & National Public Holidays






The staff and community here at Wheelers Hill are very proud of these students. We would also like to extend our thank you to Zart Art and hope to see our partnership with Zart Art continfor future exhibitions.



Miss Nicole Harris

Visual Arts Domain Leader

Middle School 

Middle School Matters

As the students keep on pushing through this term, I want to remind all that sleep is very important. A growing teenager needs at least 8-9 hours sleep. Technology can sometimes stop this from occurring. If you find that your child is getting cranky, look at their sleeping habits it may have a negative impact on their ability to learn and function on a daily basis.

Alpine School Students

As our student enter the middle of the Camp, their parents can visit them this weekend. I know that both parents and students will appreciate their time together.

A snippet from Miranda’s Sway

Day 24- Tuesday   14/08/18


Our view from our tents





Today we finished our expo 1 and it ended up getting pretty warm, especially when we started to ski back to school. I had an absolute blast on expo and even though I couldn’t feel parts of my body at times we managed to stay fairly warm. Before we left school yesterday we had a small problem that we had to fix which was that the buckle on the sled broke and we needed it fixed so that we could transport the trangias and tents to JB hut. To solve this issue we got a new buckle and Nick managed to tie it onto the belt that the old buckle was on. Once we left school and started our expo we didn't really have any issues so we had a pretty good ski to the hut with only a couple of breaks. The first thing we did when we got there was make lunch. We found a chair and table like structure dug in the snow so we prepared and ate lunch there. After lunch we went for a walk around the area to find somewhere to set up our tents. We ended up finding a spot that had a really nice view and a nice area to ski on that had hardly been touched. We did a few more things later on including setting up our tents, making dinner and going up to the hut so we could put some

wood in the fireplace and sit next to the fire to end our night. My tent partner was Steph and I think that I have gotten to know her much more because of expo.

The quote of the day was "small actions accomplish great things". I think this means that even if you can only do a small amount or action you can complete a lot.

Year 7/8 Report

Hopefully after the Elevate Seminars the students have worked on their homework timetables. All students should be making sure that they complete CAT’s on time.

Year 8 students have been thinking about their choices for Year 9. It was very good to see most of the Year 8 Community, students and parents attend the Information session.

Year 9 Report

Our year 9’s have been very busy putting in their electives and representing the school at Inter-school sports. We had a coupe of teams make it to the next division and I wish them luck.


Mrs Melissa Robinson

Middle School Leader

Senior School



August has been a busy month for Information Evenings and discussions around student selections for 2019.


During Futures classes, year 10 students attended subject information sessions during which Domain leaders /Specialist teachers explained what was involved in each available VCE subject. They then spent class time researching possible careers, courses and prerequisites in preparation for selecting courses for 2019.


The VCE Information Evening was held in the College Library on Thursday 2nd August. Both Year 10 and Year 11 students were given





information on Future Careers, what to consider when choosing subjects in VCE and how the selection process works. Parents and students were also able to talk to subject teachers about what was involved in each of the available subjects.


During the following week, on Thursday 9th August, it was the turn of current Year 9 students and their parents to hear about moving into year 10 and the Senior School, and what this entailes.

I would like to thank all the parents and students who attended the Information Evenings, and the staff who made themselves available.


Following the Information Evenings, the Year 10 into 11 Course Selection Day was held on Friday 10th August in the College Library. All year 10 students were allocated an appointment time for a one-on-one discussion with a course counsellor in order to select their Unit 1 and 2 units.



VTAC Presentation

Year 12 students are currently applying for tertiary study in 2019 and, in preparation for making such applications, attended a lunchtime session run by Mrs Jakubicki. This presentation was designed to give them information about how to find courses they may be interested in, how to apply for them through VTAC (Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre), how to apply for both SEAS (Special Entry Access Scheme) and scholarships, when and how they can make preference changes and what to do when they receive an offer.

I would like to thank Mrs Voula Jakubicki, our Careers Coordinator, for running this information session for our Year 12 students.


Judith Riddoch

Senior School Leader


Rotation 2 – 13th – 17th August 2018

Several of our Year 10 students undertook work experience in Term 3. Placements varied and included work in areas such as Information Technology, Vet Clinics, Classroom Assistant, Administration at a Local Council, Retail and Construction. Thank you to those year 10 students who successfully completed work experience. I am sure you would have gained many skills and industry insights during your time at work.

Employer feedback has been very positive and we congratulate these students for doing a wonderful job whilst on their placement. A thank you is also extended to the staff who volunteered their time to go out and visit students on their placements. The feedback you provide is valuable and I am sure that the students were very excited to have you visit them. Finally, I would like to thank the year 10 Futures teachers for all the support they provided which ensured the success of this excellent program.

The next and final Work Experience rotation for the year is from Monday 8th October – Friday 12th October 2018. To participate, year 10 students must submit their Work Experience arrangement form, including the completion of the required [email protected] Occupation Health & Safety modules to me, by 3rd September 2018. No work experience arrangements will be accepted passed this date.


Voula Jakubicki

Careers Coordinator


SAFEMinds Headspace

On Tuesday 7th August a good number of our Parents attended a talk given by Sally Kershaw of Headspace on the SAFEMinds initiative.

The program helps parents learn about early detection and support for young people through the SAFEMinds mental health training which is currently being introduced for schools and families across Victoria.

At this session Parents were provided a number of practical tips on how to identify when their child might need support with their mental health and wellbeing. A toolkit of resources, including access to Mental Health Care providers and strategies to assist the young person were identified and discussed. Sally’s presentation recognised the difficulties that both parents and children face in today’s society. She was able to discuss issues using data as evidences and well as giving personal anecdotal connections that resonated with the parents.

For more information on SAFE Minds you could access the Headspace Website https://headspace.org.au or ring Headspace Knox on 9801 6088.

If you have concerns for your child and how they are managing at school, you may also wish to discuss this with the Wellbeing Leaders at Wheelers Hill SC, together with seeing your family's doctor as required.


Middle School Wellbeing Leader:  Peter Allen    [email protected]

Senior School Wellbeing Leader:  Louise Ford   [email protected]


Other Mental Health Care Services

Knox Youth Services                                              9801 8469

Eheadspace     www.eheadspace.org.au or 1800 650 890

Kids Helpline                                                            1800 551 800

Lifeline                                                                        13 11 14

Beyond Blue info line                                           1300 224 636

ECASA (sexual assault)                                         9870 7330 or 1800 806 292

YoDDA (Drug and Alcohol advice)                    1800 458 685

Suicide Line Vic                                                       1300 651 251

Year 9 & 10 Wellbeing Day Friday 14th September

On Friday September 14th Wheelers Hill Secondary College will once again be running a Wellbeing Day for students in Years 9 – 10. This is a proactive day which aims to raise awareness of the importance of being safe, while instilling in students positive behaviours and increasing protective factors around situations that young people are likely to face as they develop their independence and sense of self. Feedback from the sessions in 2018 was overwhelmingly positive and the school is strongly convinced that these are important sessions for students to attend. Students in Year 10 will be involved in different sessions to those that they attended last year. We urge parents to please support these sessions by ensuring that your child attends on the day and also by having conversations with them afterwards to reinforce their important learnings from the day. Information about the sessions will be provided over the coming weeks to enable you to be involved in conversations with your child at this pivotal stage of their lives about their wellbeing and the choices that they make.

Inclusion Extended Home Group Thursday 22nd August

This past week all students in Years 7 - 10 were involved in an Extended Homegroup were they were given some insight into what daily life might be like for students who experience Autism, ADHD or Tourette's Syndrome. Students then created a product providing advice to others on how to support those who are living with one or more of those particular conditions.

We encourage you to discuss this activity with your child and reinforce the important learning which occurred during these sessions so that we as a community can continue to promote inclusion for all students at Wheelers Hill Secondary College.


Peter Allen & Louise Ford

Student Wellbeing Middle & Senior School

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