Carwatha News

22 September 2017
Issue Fourteen
Principal's Report
New College Uniform
P-12 News
Secondary News
Primary News
Library News
Careers News
College General Information
Upcoming Events
Useful forms
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Carwatha College
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43-81 Browns Road
Noble Park North, Victoria, 3174

Principal's Report


Once again, it has been a very busy term, full of many opportunities for our students to learn and grow, both inside and outside the classroom. Term 3 ends today, Friday, September 22nd. Students will be dismissed at 2.30 p.m. Term 4 begins on Monday October 9th.


Our grade 5 and 6 students returned from camp on Thursday the 21st of September and from all reports it was a great experience for all students. A big thank you to the staff and parents who gave up their time to attend the camp. It is only through the dedication of our great staff that we can continue to offer such enjoyable programs for our students.


Also on Thursday the 21st  we had our year 9 Community Leadership Celebration night.  It was great to hear from our students.  They presented on the activities they participated in with the Salvation Army during term 3. The students were outstanding; a huge thank you to the year 9 English teachers Ms Chippett, Mr Kwong and Mr Fahey who supported the students in their learning.


It was good to see many parents and students at the parent-teacher interviews last week. Many staff commented that it was the best attended night for many years. Working in partnership helps us to ensure that our students are able to achieve their best.


The year is rapidly drawing to a close for students in Year 12 as they head towards their exams, which will commence at the start of November (Languages and Performance Based exams will commence earlier). It is important that students maintain their focus at this time of year, developing a systematic study timetable and making the most of the holiday period to prepare for their exams.


The College will be introducing a before school and after school care program in 2018. Many parents’ in particular new prep parents have indicated that it is a service that they would like. We have met with a number of providers over the last month and have chosen to partner with Youth Leadership Victoria to provide this service in 2018. More details about the program will be supplied in term 4.


The College is also very excited to introduce a new uniform for 2018. Samples of the uniform can be seen in the college foyer and further information about the introduction of the new uniform will be mailed home to parents.


I would like to wish all of our families a relaxing and enjoyable break.


Pat Mulcahy


New College Uniform

College Uniform 

The college is excited to announce that with the full endorsement of the college council we will be adopting a new college uniform that will be compulsory for students in Prep and Year 7 starting next year - 2018. We have included for you details of the new uniform including the new price lists. Full details about the uniform is also available on our college website and samples are on display in the college foyer. 

All other students will have a two year phase in period to purchase the new uniform – so our current uniform is valid for the next two years only.  Current uniform stock that has a logo will be heavily reduced by 50 % and this allows parents and students to purchase items at greatly discounted prices. All families are welcome to purchase the new uniform next year in 2018 but it will become compulsory for all students, Prep to Year 12 in 2020.


P-12 News

Thunderstorm Asthma - Do You Know What It Is?


Carwatha College P-12 is on Facebook!


Science Facts


Secondary News

Year 7 Term 3 Report

It has been a whirl wind term with the Year 7 students participating in a variety of excursion, incursions and school events.

The French Film excursion to the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) inside the Federation Square precinct provided insight into the French language and culture home.

The Science excursion to the Aquarium allowed the students to  embarked on an underwater journey through SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium and learned about the scientific classification of animals on display.

The Digital Thumbprint workshop, empowered and informed Australia’s young digital natives, about the advantages of a positive online presence and armed them with vital information they needed to stay safe online.

Sport days were a favourite amongst year 7 students, with enthusiastic participation in the College, athletics and cross country, culminating in advances to district and zone representation.

Congratulations to all of the year 7 students who have made great achievements in all aspects of their learning!

Mrs Rentzis


Year 8 Term 3 Report

Term 3 was an eventful and rewarding term for many of our Year 8 students. Below, is a small selection of highlights.  Many thanks to those who contributed their insights and helped make the term so successful.

Mr Skadins


This term in Sport Ed. I got to choose Futsal as my sport. After weeks of learning how to play, we competed against other schools in our District. Our team consisted of; Laura K. Amber D. Taj R. Kristen M. Crystal I. Reannin C. Jemima S. and myself. It was a great day. We played competitively with excellent sportsmanship. Carwatha came third and we all had a great day.

Sara Knezevic 8C


The highlight of term 3 for me was the Rocks, Camera, Action. excursion at the Melbourne Museum. We spent a period of time in the Dynamic Earth Gallery. The gallery showcased a wide range of rocks and minerals. We were then asked to create a one minute documentary about a feature in the rock cycle. The gallery also included a wide variety of interactive displays using technology to teach about rocks and minerals and why they are so important to earth.

Anna Gavalovic  8B


In term 3, people from Bell Shakespeare came to Carwatha to perform a play called “Shakespeare is Dead”. All students from Year 7 – 9 attended. The performance was held in the gym. They performed very well and we all had a good laugh and walked out with more knowledge about Shakespeare and the plays he wrote.

Laura Kustura  8C


This term a number of Carwatha students competed at District Athletics. Each of us competed in several events. The day went very well and we were able to meet and compete against other students from other schools. Most of us came home with ribbons and enjoyed the day. Carwatha came 6th overall.

Mela Basic  8B


My highlight of term 3 was when Shar, Angel, Mela, Ifi, Jess, Non and I got to play District Basketball for Sport Ed. We went for the day and played six games. We ended up winning four of the six games, which put us in 3rd place. As a team we learned each others strengths and weaknesses and became stronger together. Unfortunately, the boys lost all of their games, and us girls got bragging rights. It was a great day.

Grace Garcia  8A


The highlight of term 3 for me, was when Ms Andrew, our Math teacher, organised and ordered pizza for the whole year level. The Pizzas were delivered at lunch and  Raph, Tirron, Amber, Josh and I carried the pizzas to J Block and set them down on tables. We were then kicked out and had to wait for Period 4 before we were allowed to come in. It was a long wait. When we were allowed in we were all given a sheet with math questions based on measuring  pizzas. We found a place to sit and got our pizza. After we completed our sheets, we happily devoured our pizza. Being smarter than the others, I was the only one who brought a can of drink to have with my pizza.

Ethan Spicer 8A


My highlight of term 3 was Multicultural Day. The day was for all students to share their culture with the whole school. All SRC representatives, including myself, helped organise the event with the help of Ms. Bawa and Ms. Naylor. A big assembly was held with many multicultural acts. It was great. At lunch, food from many different nationalities was available for people to try. Paul A. and I made Greek souvlaki. It was excellent, but hard work. Everyone enjoyed the day. So many dressed up in their traditional costumes and it was amazing to see. This was my highlight of term 3.

Raph Delisavvas 8C


There have been a lot of interesting events during term 3. An event that particularly caught my attention was High Resolves Day. This event lasted two periods. It was held in J Block and all students from Year 8 participated. Our presenter John, split us into groups and we participated in a number of activities about being a global citizen. What captured my attention was when he explained that even one person can make a difference. This motivated us to improve ourselves as global citizens. At the end of the session we were each asked to make a positive resolution that we thought might help make a difference.

April Hoang 8B


Year 8 Science Excursion – Melbourne Museum

On Tuesday September 12, Yr 8 students went to the Melbourne Museum for the ‘Rocks, camera, action program’ Students have been studying ‘Rocks, Minerals and Fossils’ in science classes this term, and this excursion aimed to consolidate our work on this topic.  Activities at the museum included: making a film about an aspect of rocks/minerals/fossils, an educator-led session about the rock cycle and viewing exhibitions such as the ‘Dinosaur Walk’ and ‘600 million years’. Students enjoyed the hands-on activities, interactive areas and 3D animations. Next term, Yr 8 science students will study Physics.

Mrs Crawford

8A and 8C Fossils Experiment

Recently, students in 8A and 8C created their very own mold and cast fossil in science. Year 8 science students in yr 8 have been learning about rocks, minerals and fossils in Term 3 and recently attended the Melbourne Museum excursion program: ‘Rocks, camera, action’. Students used shells and plastic animals to make an imprint into playdough, and filled it with a Plaster of Paris mixture. Students then saw and got to take home their  fossils, and they discussed the comparisons of this fossil to real fossils in the wild!

Mrs Crawford 

Year 9 Term 3 Report

This was a very busy term for Year 9. One of the major highlights would have to be the Community Leadership Program. This very successful program concluded last night when all available Year 9 students presented an overview of their participation in the program to their families. The event was very well attended and students enjoyed being given the opportunity to present their achievements and receive their awards. A major focus of this program is community service. Community service activities involved several workshops at the Doveton Salvation Army Warehouse and numerous sessions where volunteers assisted junior primary classes with reading.


Excursions and field trips were also a major highlight for the term. These included trips to Phillip Island and Lysterfield Lake, where students examined ways in which we can protect fragile habitats. The Phys Ed Excursion to Gravity Zone was very popular and much anticipated.

Another major focus involved our pathways team. Jodie and Pam, once again, organised and ran very successful Opportunity Knocks, and Coaching for Success days. Students were presented with opportunities to examine and explore a wide variety of career options. Visits to; Dandenong Magistrates Court, Aryzta Bakery in Dandenong South, The Valley Private Hospital in Mulgrave, Monash University Biology Department, CSR Monier in Noble Park and Yakult in Dandenong South were very instructional and well received.


Three senior executives from Monier CSR attended and assisted with group discussions during   Coaching for Success. Students were divided into four groups and explored career options through an in depth examination of their strengths, aspirations and interests.

Students and parents were also heavily involved with the course selection process in preparation for V3 next year. As we bid goodbye to Term 3 we look forward to Term 4. This will be a perfect opportunity for all students to continue to build on improving subject specific skills and positive work habits in preparation for next year.


Mr Skadins

Year 9 Gravity Zone Excursion

On Tuesday, September 12 all year 9 students attended Gravity Zone, Seaford at the conclusion of their gymnastics unit. This allowed them to expand on and practice the skills they have learnt in a fun and safe environment whilst challenging themselves with new activities.

Mr Murphy

Year 9 Opportunity Knocks

This year’s event involved the students selecting a tour group and visiting two different locations. The groups visited the following locations- Tour group one CSR Monier Roofing & Yakult, Tour group 2; Dandenong Magistrates Court and Arzyta Bakery, and Tour group 3 visited The Valley Private Hospital and Monash Science precinct.

Big thank you to all of our community partners that open the doors to their business to allow us to visit. Special thanks to our ABCN Business partners – CSR Monier roofing for playing a pivotal role in our Opportunity Knocks day and Coaching for Success follow up day.

These tours are a fantastic opportunity for students and Carwatha College P-12 is proud to offer this program to our students. They visited CSR Monier roofing, Yakult, Valley Hospital and Arzyta bakery.


Rotary Youth Program Of ENrichment - (RYPEN)

On the weekend of 16th of September, Ben Bright and I had the opportunity to attend the RYPEN (Rotary Youth Programme of ENrichment) camp at Mt Evelyn.  The camp provided us with the chance to improve our leadership, teamwork, communication skills, make friends and increase our confidence.  All of the staff were very friendly and welcoming from the time we arrived.  We participated in a range of friendship and trust-building activities, which helped us to feel comfortable and open with each other.  We then moved on to sessions that were designed to increase our self-esteem, self-awareness, consider the impact of our choices, and help us deal with stress.  We were also involved in a programme called the ‘Hundred Acts of Kindness’, in which we were able to nominate a charity.  At the end of the camp, the more tasks that we had completed, the more money was donated to our chosen charity.  It was a rewarding feeling to know that we had contributed to some worthy causes.  Overall, it was a enjoyable experience, where we made friends and learned a lot about ourselves.  Thank you to Rotary for this remarkable opportunity to learn and have fun.

Caitlin Mann

VCAL Crepe Day

This week as part of Carwatha College P-12’s amazing VCAL program, students were busy making and selling crepes. The crepes were a huge success across the college enjoyed by staff, primary and secondary students.  Well done to our hard working VCAL students. 


Busking Trio Performace at Belvedere Nursing Home 

This week, our Senior Busking Trio: Filimon Moutis, Winona Bonne and Hayley Lucas went to Belvedere Nursing Home in Noble Park to sing some songs and spread some cheer. The students were greeted by a room full of residents aged between 80 and 103 years. Despite the fact that the residents weren’t familiar with “modern “ music by the likes of Ed Shearon or Bruna Mars, the residents stayed and watched and sometime added their own rhythmic clapping. Hayley, Winona and Fil played a 45 minutes set of a variety of songs – some soulful love tunes and some upbeat dance tunes. They put on a wonderful performance and I would like to congratulate them on their excellent musicianship and representing Carwatha so well.


Primary News

3A and 3L Excursion to the Melbourne Museum

On Wednesday, 13th September 2017, our Grade Threes went to the Melbourne Museum. Our students were excited and engaged when they saw things that they had learnt about at school, during History lessons. They participated in the First Peoples Ehibition- Bunjilaka and The Melbourne Story Exhibition- Fun and Games. It was a fun, enjoyable experience for all our students.


Book Character Dress Up Day

This week, Primary staff and students dressed as their favourite book characters. There was Greg from diary of a wimpy kid, Wally, Wanda, Harry Potter, Hermione, Dorothy with Toto, Matilda, Grouchy lady bug, Mickey Mouse, spider-man, superman, batman plus lots more. 


Mad On Music Concert

The Mad on Music concert was a great success. The students played well and everyone enjoyed the evening. 



Prep – 2/3A

Students have returned to coding lessons to further develop their understanding of creating algorithms (steps to complete a task). This week 2/3A created mazes using a variety of materials. They then created algorithms to help Bee Bot (a robotic bee) get through the maze. This was challenged their coding skills, with many groups successfully navigating the maze.


As the term draws to a close students in Grades 3L-6E are finalising their designs for the Yard Upgrade Challenge. They have created how they will share their designs with Mr Mulcahy. It has been a fantastic unit with many creative ideas being shared.  There are designs for cubby houses, rainbow hopscotch, twister, mini-roadways, seating, tee-pees, a toy car and much more.


Grade 5 And 6 Camp

Students in grades 5 and 6 were luckly enough to attend the Doxa camp at Malmsbury this week.
Students participated in a variety of team-building activities, and activities designed to build team-work, resilience and self-reliance.


Library News

Library Crafts

Over the last few weeks, our craft activities have focused on some of the Children’s Book Council of Australia short listed books.

Our first book was ‘All I want for Christmas is rain’ by Cori Brooke. For this we made Rain Makers which mimic the sound of rain. Catherine Dunn brought in her authentic rainmaker for the students to use and to listen to.

Next we ran a colouring competition for which the students each had a letter to colour in from the theme for Bookweek “Escape to Everywhere… Bookweek 2017”. These then formed part of our display. We had some beautiful and imaginative entries. Our two winners were: Jessica Ryan and Calvin Nguyen. Each received a drawing book as their prize.

Our third book was ‘Gary’ by Leila Rudge. This story is about a racing pigeon who was unable to fly but dreamt of adventure.

Last week we made wrapped animals based on the book ‘Go home cheeky animals!’ by Johanna Bell. The students enjoyed this and made some interesting animals produced out of twigs, newspaper and wool.


Careers News

From the Pathways office.....


A group of Year 9 Carwatha College students had the opportunity to attend South East Business Network Lunch with the Winners. Sponsored by local business students had lunch and heard from MC  Glen Manton (retired AFL player and co founder White Lion),  Emerging Business’ Woman of the year Jacky Savage – whose innovation and entrepreneurship will see her launch her “band aid type” full body sensor thermometer in 18 months’ time. It is hoped that this technology will assist in the early detection of infection in cancer patients and prevent them from dying from this infection complication.



HIGHER EDUCATION REFORM PACKAGE – The Australian Government has announced a set of proposed reforms to the higher education sector within the 2017-2018 budget. If legislation is passed by the Senate, there are likely to be significant changes to the levels of student contributions and repayment thresholds, and the eligibility of non-Australian citizens for CSP courses. For information on HELP, student income support and Commonwealth scholarships see the Australian Government’s Study Assist website at



  • VTAC Applications are open for Year 12; timely applications close 28 September
  • SEAS applications close for Year 12’s 10 Oct
  • CASPer to be completed by 30 November (17th November for international students)
  • VCE HHD and Psychology Revision Lectures at Monash – When: HHD, Tues 26 Sept; Psychology: Wed 27 Sept; See: 
  • CAREERS AND CREATIVITY DAY FOR ART, DESIGN AND ARCHITECTURE AT MONASH - Sat 16 Sept (Caulfield campus); Info and bookings:


NAO ROBOT CODING MASTERCLASS – Victoria Polytechnic is running a one-day workshop for students interested in IT and coding. This hands-on masterclass equips students with fundamental coding skills to program a NAO humanoid robot using Choregraphe software and basic Python code. When: Term 3 holidays; Register/Information: [email protected] 


SWINBURNE ADVICE NIGHTS – Swinburne University is conducting Advice Nights offering assistance to Year 12 students. You can choose to attend a VTAC information session, consult academics, find out about alternative pathways to university or find out about Swinburne scholarships. When/Where: 4.00pm-6pm, Monday 11 September at Wantirna campus and 4.00pm to 6.00pm on Wednesday 13 September at the Hawthorn campus; Information and bookings:


ABCN – Entrepreneur Unearthed.

Congratulations to Year 10 student Kian who has made it through to the final round in the state wide competition. Kian has attended a number of workshops and presentations around developing his entrepreneurial concept and will now present in the city at EY (Ernst & Young). The winner will be flown to Sydney and visit the Commonwealth Banks innovation Hub. Good luck Kian – as a school community we are very proud of you for progressing to this final round!



Conoco Phillips Science camp

Congratulations to the Year 9 students attending the Swinburne Conoco Phillips camp this week. You have all put your selves forward to learn more about the emerging in demand STEM (Science, Engineering, Technology and Maths) area. Enjoy every minute – and huge thanks to Pam for organising our students to attend and the Noble Pa rk Rotary group for sponsoring our students!


Jodie McCarthy

Careers Manager/ VET co-ordinator



College General Information

The Main Office

Office Hours:         8.15am - 4.00pm


Parents should always make contact with the Main office when visiting the college. 

Office Staff:

Buisness Manager:      Wendy Parkinson

Accounts:                        Rosanne Bivens

Front Office:                   Pauline Horbaczow

                                            Ruth Arnold

                                            Glenice Despard

                                            Megha Malhotra

First Aid:                          Donna Azzopardi

Term Dates 2017

Term 1  

Monday, 30th January  to Friday, 31st March  (9 weeks)

Term 2

Tuesday,  18th April to Friday, 30th June (11 weeks)

Term 3

Monday, 17th  July to Friday, 22nd  September (10 weeks)

Term 4
Monday, 9th  October to Friday, 22nd December (11 weeks)

Term Dates 2018

Term 1  

Tuesday, January 30th to Thursday, 29th  March  (9 weeks)

Term 2

Monday, 16th April to Friday, 29th June (11 weeks)

Term 3

Monday, 17th July Friday, 22nd  September (10 weeks)

Term 4

Monday, 9th  October  to Friday, 22nd December  (11 weeks)

Secondary Contacts 2017

Year 7      Mrs Rentzis

Year 8      Mr Skadins

Year 9      Mr  Skadins

Year 10    Mr Haddad

Year 11    Mrs Bawa

Year 12    Mrs Christopher

Secondary Junior Leader    Mr Fahey

Secondary Senior Leader    Mrs Ross

Assistant Principal ( Year 7-12)   Mrs Spina


To Speak to or book an appointment with a coordinator, College Leader  or Assistant Principal please contact the main office.

Primary Contacts 2017

Prep M     Mrs McPhie

1/2Z          Ms Zelazo

2/3A          Mrs Abraham

3L              Mrs Lilburne

4S             Mr Spina

4/5N        Ms Novakovic

5B             Ms Bishop

5/6L         Ms Arnold-Levy

6E             Mrs Elias

STEM      Mrs Brayon

Art           Mrs McAleer

PE            Mrs Peters (Prep-2)

PE           Mr Richards (3-6)


Assistant Principal: Mrs Sheila Horn

Primary Leading Teacher    Mrs Beauchamp-Wylie



To speak to or book an appointment with a class teacher, leading teacher  or  Assistant Principal please contact the main office.

Bell Times



All students are expected to be punctual and regular in attendance. After each absence, a note of explanation, dated and signed by the parent/guardian must be brought to the school or absences can be monitored and/or approved online via compass. 

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Useful Forms

For useful forms:

  • Fee Sheets
  • Book Lists
  • Canteen List
  • Uniform Lists
  • Medical Plans
  • Qkr  How To
  • Edrolo Information
  • Centrepay
  • International Home Stay Information
  • Primary Mobile Phone Agreement

See the last page of newsletter titled "Useful Forms".

Lost Property

Lost Property is located in Sickbay. If your child has lost an item please call or see Nurse Donna in Sickbay.

Sustainable School Shop: 
Second Hand Uniforms
Second Hand Books

The College is conscious of the need to provide an efficient process for families to be able to buy and sell second hand uniform.

We are happy to announce the sustainable school shop website that Carwatha College P-12 has previously directed parents to use for second hand books now offers buying and selling of second hand uniforms.

Please go to


For the best results:

  • Register on the Sustainable School Shop website
  • List your second-hand uniform items for sale
  • List wanted ads for those items you are looking to buy
  • The College’s uniform lists are loaded into the system to make listing ads easy
  • The system matches the ads of buyers with sellers and notifies the buyer via email
  • Buyers contact sellers and arrange where and when to trade.
  • The school is not involved in the transaction
  • Parents are well supported via Sustainable School Shop’s telephone (0438 743 444) and email help lines
  • The system is simple and easy to use - If you don’t have a computer, internet access or an email address, please call the Sustainable School Shop for assistance.


Our prefered method of payment is Qkr.

See our 'Qkr How To' information sheet on newsletter page titled Useful Forms.

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Upcoming Events


Mon           9th              First Day Term 4

Tues        10th             VCAL City to School Walk

Wed         11th             Year 8 Medieval Incursion

Thurs      12th             Year 9 History Shrine Of Remembrance Excursion

Thurs      19th             Casual Dress Day

Fri            20th              Secondary Crepe Day

Wed        25th              Year 12 Final Assembly         

Thurs      26th             Year 11 Fit 2 Drive

Fri            27th              Year 7 Sporty Maths Scienceworks Excursion

Tues        30th               Carwatha College P-12 Art & Technology Show                                       



Wed            1st             Year 12 Exams Start, Finish Mon 20th November

Thurs        2nd            Year 7 Ancient Day Incursion

Thurs         9th             Year 8 Orienteering - Cardinia National Park Excursion

Mon          13th             Year 10 and 11 (V1 & V2)  Exam Week

Tues         14th              Music Celebration Evening

Tues         21st               Valedictory evening

Fri              24th             Last Day Year 11

Mon          27th            Year 10 Work Experience until Fri 8th Dec 


Thurs         7th            Carwatha College P-12 Primary Concert

Fri                8th            Last Day Year 10

Tues          12th          Year 6-7 Orientation Day

                                        Primary Bike Education until Thurs 19th December

Wed           13th           Carwatha College P-12 Secondary Awards Night

Fri              22nd           Last day Term 4

Useful forms

Book List and Parent Payment Forms


Qkr: How To Form


International Student Homestay Program


Centrepay form


Anaphylaxis Management Plan


Asthma Management Plan


Primary Mobile Phone Agreement


College Photos 2017


Edrolo Information


Community Page

Community Page

First National Real Estate Noble Park North

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