Wantirna College Newsletter

10 August 2019
Issue Twelve
Dates to Remember for 2019
Principal's Report
Assistant Principals
News from the Library
Mid Year Awards night
Later Years
Year 12 Formal
Art and Technology News
Gala Concert
Community News
General Information
Wantirna College
90 Harold Street
Wantirna, Vic, 3152

Dates to Remember for 2019

Term 3

Tuesday 13

House Athletics


Wednesday 14


Parents Association Meeting, 7.30pm


Thursday 15



Friday 16



Monday 19

Year 7 Basketball


Tuesday 20

PoPA Committee meeting


Wednesday 21

Parents Association Meeting


 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


Thursday 19

Student/parent teacher Interviews

Students not required at school other than interviews

Term 4

Monday 7

First day of Term 4


Tuesday 8

PoPA Committee Meeting


Friday 11

EMR Athletics


Monday 14

Year 12 Themed Dressed Day


Tuesday 15

Contemporary Band Program Showcase


Wednesday 16

Presentation Ball 2020 Information session - Year 10 students and parents 7.30pm in  Mason House

Parents Association Meeting, 7:30pm


Thursday 17

Year 7 & 10 Immunisations

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

Music Information Night - 7.30p,m

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


Wednesday 20



Tuesday 26

Year 9 Drama Performances L1


Thursday 28

Year 9 Drama Performances L1


Monday 9

Year 10 Formal

Orientation Evening


Tuesday 10

Year 7 Orientation Day


Wednesday 11

Parents Association Meeting, 7:30pm


Friday 20


End of Term 4

2019 Term dates:

Term 1: 30 January  to 5 April

Term 2: 23 April to 28 June

Term 3: 15 July to 20 September

Term 4: 7 October to 20 December

2020 Term dates:

Term 1:  28 January - 27 March

Term 2:  14 April - 26 June

Term 3:  13 July - 18 September 

Term 4:  5 October - 18 December

Please note commencement dates and Curriculum days have not yet been finalised for 2020.

Principal's Report


We are almost half way through our production run of The Addams Family with opening night last Wednesday and sell out performances since.  I made no secret in the last newsletter that based on what I had seen in rehearsal, that this was a show you couldn’t afford to miss!!  Now that I have actually seen the show in full, I couldn’t have been more right! For me, it’s the sum of all the parts that makes our productions a standout from the rest.  From the moment you walk in the door you become immersed in the show, from our front of house team to our backstage team, all of our cast and crew, the sets, the music, the lights, the sounds, rarely will you find better.  The production is an example of why we are a great school.  It’s our people, staff, students and volunteers: they are outstanding.  It’s as simple and as complex as that. 


Well done to the whole Addams Family team!


Parents may have noticed changes to the Compass portal and app since the start of term. These enhancements, done by Compass for all schools, happened to coincide with a review we were already undertaking of how we use Compass school-wide, particularly relating to student attendance.  Over the next month, we will be communicating changes to some processes. At any stage, we welcome feedback from parents on Compass and any such changes, and should you like to know more about what Compass can provide you, regarding your children and the school, please drop in or get in touch with the General Office.


Attendance Processes

As is stated above, recent changes to Compass have forced us to evaluate the processes we used to check and communicate attendance issues with students, teachers and parents. This week, as an example, we emailed home a communication that listed unexplained absences asking parents to assist us in reconciling them so that they could become explained absences. The feedback from parents has largely been positive and as a result, many have been able to go into Compass and add record reasons for unexplained absences. This helps our teachers and leaders by providing more accurate data and information and allows them to greater support students and parents.  


Thanks to one of our diligent Year 9 students Jason Henderson who proactively contacted Ventura Bus Lines about a consistently late bus. We now have details about the Ventura App that allows you to track school buses in real time. The app is available here: https://apps.apple.com/au/app/ventura-tracker/id1218261347 


Assistant Principals

College Uniform   


We would like to congratulate and thank all of those students who have been following the College Uniform Policy by wearing the correct uniform at school. The College Leadership Team have been doing a series of uniform checks over the past few weeks to monitor and challenge those students who are choosing not to follow the school rules and to congratulate those that are following the school uniform policy. Those students who have been wearing their complete school uniform have been placed in a draw and, if chosen at random, received a prize. This is a just a small recognition, however, we do want to acknowledge that there are a large number of students at Wantirna who do the right thing every day and wear the correct uniform. 

The purpose of having a school uniform is to provide a sense of belonging and pride of association in students to the College. It also serves a purpose of safety and security. Our College uniform has been developed via consultation with students, parents and teachers to ensure that all groups are happy with the uniform, that it meets safety requirements in the practical subject classrooms and promotes a sense of security by allowing for the identification of students that belong to Wantirna College. We have spent some significant time over the last few years adapting our uniform after consultation with students to determine what it is that they would like to wear. The most recent of these was the introduction of the College Rugby Jumper.

We do expect that all students will wear their full College Uniform to school every day. We understand that it does get cold during these winter months, however, there are a number of uniform options that students can choose from to keep themselves warm. These are all outlined on the College Website https://wantirnacollege.vic.edu.au/parents/student-materials

We understand that at times, a student may not be able to wear an item of the uniform. When this occurs, there is a simple process that the student needs to follow. They are required to bring a note from home outlining why they are out of uniform and present this to their Home Group Teacher who will issue the student with a uniform pass. When the student is questioned throughout the day why they are not in uniform, they will be able to present their uniform pass and nothing further will occur.

When a student does not bring a note from home, the uniform breach is recorded via Compass and the student will receive 3 demerit points. The student will then be issued with a uniform pass so that when they are questioned throughout the day, they will be able to show their pass and no further action will need to occur. Once they receive 10 or more demerit points, the student will receive an after school uniform detention.

We request that all students continue to wear the correct College Uniform to school each day and ask families to assist their child in meeting the school’s uniform policy. If you require new uniform items, these are available via our College Uniform Shop. Information on the Uniform Shop opening hours can be accessed via the College Website. If there are financial reasons why a students is unable to wear the College Uniform, please contact our Student Wellbeing Team as they may be able to provide families with some assistance.


Subject Selection Process

Students in Year 8-11 are currently going through the Subject Selection process for 2020. This process has been slightly different for each student depending on their Year Level and has involved activities such as, looking through the Curriculum Handbook, attending the Curriculum Information Night, participating in ‘taster’ workshops, application and interviews for selected subjects and course counselling interviews. To ensure that students are making informed decisions about their pathway options through the school, we do invest quite a lot of time and resources into this process so that students have all the information that they need prior to selecting their course for the following year. Subject Selections need to be completed via Web Preferences by Friday 16th August. Once the subject selection process is completed, the relevant subject charges will become available on Compass from the 21st August and will close on Monday 2nd September. The College will then work on putting all of the relevant information together and will notify students of their 2020 subjects in Term 4. As this is an ongoing process, students and families will be notified of relevant information via Compass and/or the College Newsletter.


The Addams Family

Production this year has been insane.  The amount of hard work that has been put into this show is admirable. The level of dedication and commitment shown by the cast and crew never fails to amaze me.  This year, as one of the Production Captains, I’ve had the opportunity to  experience a new level of responsibility and leadership.  It has  given me a whole new level of understanding as to just how much goes into putting on these shows. 


This is my sixth year as a member of our production family and each year that I have been involved, our bond with each other continues to grow.  It has been a crazy and hectic year trying to organise my time between portraying Wednesday Addams, the responsibilities of being a Captain and managing school work in my final schooling year. 


Singing, dancing and acting rehearsals aren’t the only things happening in our theatre during production time.  The hard work put into the construction of our sets and various other elements is never unnoticed.  The love and support we all give to each other helps us perform to our best abilities.


This crazy, wacky musical has left a permanent place in my heart that I will always treasure. Performing every night with people I love for the last time is a memory from my high school years that I won’t forget.  I can’t wait to come back in the years to come and see us only progress and continue to blow audiences away.  Good luck for the future! Click, Click! 

- Rebecca Smedley



News from the Library

Gothic readings continue

More fabulously fun gothic “movies” were made this week by Year 8s in the Library, and The Addams Family production crew added to the gothic vibe. Be on the lookout for some creepy gothic poetry produced by students that will be displayed in the Library in the next coming weeks.


Book Week

The CBCA Book Week is almost here (August 17-23) and the theme is “Reading is my secret power”. Thanks in part to a generous parent donation, there will be many new books available that week. There will also be a competition happening that will rely on students’ powers of deduction. More information to follow.

Artist of the Month

The Library has always loved being able to display student artwork in the Library. Have you seen the “inspired by Vincent Van Gogh” artwork of 7E that is currently on display in the Library?


We want to take things further by showcasing the creative works of individual students so we have decided to start featuring an “Artist of the Month”. If you have created a piece that you are proud of and want to share (can be anonymously) let us, or your Art and Design teacher, know and we may display it.

Quiet Study Area

From week 6 we will trial using the Discussion room as a quiet, study only area during lunchtimes.



Mrs Hall and the Library team

Mid Year Awards night

On Monday 29th of July, we were fortunate enough to host a wonderful Awards Afternoon to recognise the academic successes of our students in Semester One. Many of our students received multiple subject awards which is a testament to their hard-work and motivation to excel in their studies. Thank you to all of the parents who came to see their children receive their award and thank you to their teachers for always believing in them and supporting them to achieve their very best. 



Later Years

Year 12 Formal


Wantirna College’s Year 12 Formal, 2019

On Saturday the 27th of July, we had our 2019 Year 12 Formal. As part of the  Year 12 Social Committee, we worked together to make the event an incredible and memorable evening. We were responsible for organising the entire Formal from beginning to end and once we had chosen our venue, DJ and Photographer, we had to write and submit proposals for the event to the School Council. After getting approval, the committee spent a lot of time making our dream a reality by selling tickets, choosing and organising the seating arrangements, menu, entertainment and running plan for the night.

After two terms of hard work, our Formal was held at Showtime Events Centre at South Wharf, a gorgeous venue including a marque and dining hall with a dance floor. Not only did the venue have a 2 metre Hollywood style lightbox reading “Wantirna College's Year 12 Formal”, but we were able to order balloons to further decorate the venue and hire a Photo Booth.  We sold nearly 200 tickets and got to enjoy our night with a 3 course meal, a DJ, Photo Booth and Photographer. We even had a rap performance by one of our own and after dessert, awards (voted by the year level) were given out. These included: Best Bromance, Best Comedian, Gift of the Gab and Best Dancer on the Night. Overall, the Year 12 Formal was definitely worth the hard work as we all had a wonderful night. 

Having to balance the large time commitment required for planning the event, alongside SAC work and even other leadership commitments, itwas tough, however, the committee had an incredible amount of support from all of the staff and students, especially Ms Ford and Ms Mingos. So thank you to everyone who supported the committee in making our year 12 Formal a truly memorable evening.

Tahlia and Jenny (year 12 Formal committee)

Art and Technology News

Technology Captains

The Art & Technology Captains are working on developing their CADCAM (Computer aided design and computer aided manufacture) skills whilst using the laser cutter. They are in the process of designing and making their own captains badges. 


Artist of the month

We would like to congratulate Lauren Evans 10C on her beautiful art piece and for becoming Wantirna College's first artist of the month. You can view Lauren's art piece in the Library.


Watch out for Compass posts to see how you can enter to become the next artist of the month. 

Art & Technology student representatives

The Art & Technology team would like to acknowledge the support and hard work of the student representatives last week. Students volunteered to represent their chosen electives and support students in younger years to make informed decisions about their electives. All students showed true leadership skills by either talking in a Year 8 assembly or running an expo stall in the year 9 exploration day. A big thank you to all of you. 


Textiles workshop

Year 9 Textiles students, ran a successful Tote bag workshop last week for year 8 students. Students learnt how to thread a sewing machine and how to use step by step instructions to create their own Tote bag. The second workshop will be running on Friday. We can't wait to see the end results. 



Career News

Mr Phil Newnham

Careers Counsellor

Gala Concert

Gala Concert


Once again this year our annual Gala Concert will be held at the Melbourne Recital Centre on Wed 18th September. This concert will showcase our entire Performing Arts Faculty and celebrate the hard work and achievement of all our students this year.  Please join us for this amazing event - tickets are available through  https://www.melbournerecital.com.au/events/2019/the-gala-concert-2019




Community News







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


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

Parents 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:

Pam Wade


Parents of Performing Arts Chairperson

Stuart Broadley

Wantirna College Newsletter
Career News #10 19th July 2019.pdf
Career News #11 2nd August 2019.pdf