Collingwood College

21 June 2019
Issue Eighteen
Dates To Remember
School News
Kitchen Garden News
Community News
Collingwood College
Corner Cromwell St and McCutcheon Way
Collingwood, Victoria, 3066

Dates To Remember

Important Dates 2019

Term Dates 2019

Term 2: 23 April to 28 June

Term 3: 15 July to 20 September

Term 4: 7 October to 20 December


Public Holidays 2019

Melbourne Cup: Tuesday, 5 November


2019 KEY DATES (updated 15 May)

Click on the attachment below to see current 2019 Calendar of Events



Friday, 28 June

Last Day Term 2 - 12:00pm Finish


Monday, 15 July

First Day Term 3


Sunday, 15 September

Spring Fair

School News




A sell out every year - the 2019 Year 12 Theatre Production is always a hot ticket - do not be disappointed - book now!

Adapted from the 19th-century production by Frank Wedekind, The Awakening of Spring paints a haunting picture of the systemic injustice in our society. Originally set in 19th century Germany, this oppressive setting is reinvented for modern audiences to serve as a backdrop for the events that explore the themes of adolescence, abuse and corruption. Performed by the theatrical talents of the 2019 Fitzroy High School and Collingwood College Year 12 Theatre Studies cohort, it's a show not to miss. 


Please note: Strong themes and content are presented including the depiction of sexual assault and suicide. It may not be suitable for all audiences. Viewer discretion is advised. 

3 shows only - All tickets $10
Collingwood College Theatre
Friday June 21 7.00pm
Saturday June 22 1.30pm  & 7.30pm


Kind regards,

Kate Ferraro 

Performing Arts Leader  


Mess Up At the Manor - Primary School Production

The primary school students are preparing for an amazing night when they present the Primary School Production ‘Mess Up At The Manor’ on Thursday 25th July from 5:30PM. Every student from the Primary School will be performing with their class.

On the night, alongside the production, the students will be creating a Mini White Night at Collingwood College by projecting art works onto the walls of our buildings.

Artists Daniel Calvo and Angela Hernandez visited Collingwood College during the week to work with our students, teaching the students how to create and present their Mini White Night artworks.


Family tickets available at the Front Office - $10.00

Thursday 25 July, 5:30PM

Mezzanine, Collingwood College


Angela Dionysopoulos 

Primary School Performing Arts




Our annual Spring Fair is on Sunday, 15th September, 2019: 11:00am - 4:00pm

Please keep this date free.

From this week we will have a special Spring Fair Page included in the newsletter


Many thanks for your support.

Collingwood College



The Australian Mathematics Competition will be held on Thursday, 9 August.

This event has traditionally been well represented by our students, and there are many past papers for students to practise with beforehand.

The cost this year is $8 per student. 

Students will need to pay through Compass once enrolled. Parents will be notified when enrolments are confirmed in June. Don't pay until then.

Those students who have done the Maths Competition in the past have enjoyed it and they all receive a certificate for their participation and achievement. 

Thank you

Hannah Young & Tim Arundell

Secondary & Primary Maths Coordinators






Collingwood College will be participating in Woolworths Earn & Learn Program for enhancing our sporting equipment.

It is simple to participate - when you shop at Woolworths you can collect Woolworths Earn & Learn Stickers from the checkout operator, or through an online order, and place them into our collection boxes located inside our local Woolworths store on Smith Street or within our reception area.

Our school will then redeem the Woolworths Earn & Learn Stickers for valuable sporting equipment for our students to access at recess and lunchtime.

Let’s all get behind this promotion to help support our students in keeping active and enjoy the many benefits of healthy exercise.

Thank you

James Agombar

Head of Physical Education and Sport


Premier's VCE Awards 2018


Collingwood College is delighted to announce that Charlie Thorpe from the class of Year 12, 2018 has been recognised at the Premier's VCE Awards on June 3rd for his 2018 study in;


Engineering Studies (VCE VET)


The Premier's VCE Awards recognises students who have demonstrated outstanding achievement in the Victorian Certificate of Education and pays tribute to the principals, teachers and families who play a valuable role in supporting these students during their VCE studies. 

A study award is determined based on the individual graded assessment score in each study area. Students must have a study score of 46 and above to be eligible for an award. The number of awards in each study is calculated using the enrolment base in that study. 

On behalf of the college we would like to congratulate Charlie and wish him all the best for his studies in Tasmania where he is currently undertaking a Bachelor of Applied Science specialising in Marine Engineering. He is currently completing a work placement on the Spirit of Tasmania.


Skyline Program

We were visited by The Honourable Richard Wynne MP Minister for Multicultural Affairs, Planning and Housing. The Minister personally visited Malaz at school! Acting Principal Sam Luck and our team warmly welcomed them to Collingwood College. The Minister acknowledged Malaz's achievements and leadership, particularly noting widespread recognition and praise for the great job she did as MC earlier this week at Skyline's Annual Reception with The Honourable Julia Gillard AC 27th Prime Minister of Australia. Congratulations Malaz!




This semester, Year 8 Photography students have been involved in a collaborative photography project with RMIT University.  The project, titled “Ordinary/Extraordinary” involved students painting with light, using studio gels, and playing with perspective and the natural environment in order to turn the ordinary and mundane into something exciting and beautiful.

The project culminated in a showcase of their work, and works from other community projects that were part of ‘The Social Turn: Collingwood Studio’ initiative, at the Melbourne Polytechnic (Collingwood Campus).  Every student received a copy of a book that includes some their best images produced during the collaboration.

Students were thrilled to share their works with a wider audience and discover the importance of photography in representing (or misrepresenting) the self, the community and people’s cultures.  It was a truly wonderful event and the school and students enjoyed the opportunity to participate in this exciting project.

A copy of the book, “Ordinary/Extraordinary”, can be found at the front office and in the school library for all to enjoy.

Tim Webster

Year 8 Photography



Collingwood College Library Homework Club has recently resumed. Our school library is open to all secondary students as a place to complete their homework from 3PM to 5PM, Monday through Thursday. Free tutors from Melbourne Uni Embrace will be available for students for extra support over the coming weeks. 



Monday 3-5 pm

Tuesday 3-5 pm

Wednesday 3-5 pm

Thursday 3-5 pm



Collingwood College is going online! Feel free to follow us on: 

Instagram and like us on our Facebook page to keep up to date with everything that our school has to offer our students and the community.



Junior String Orchestra 2019

Please download the enrolment form for more information and to join the new Primary School string orchestra starting in Term 3.
Marguerite Boland

Instrumental music coordinator



Please click on the attachment below to see a recently updated list of Stringed instruments for sale. If you have an instrument for sale please email Naomi at: [email protected]






Homework Club

International students are reminded that Homework Club is compulsory every Tuesday after school. During Homework Club, students have the opportunity to complete work and to be assisted by university students who come to tutor our students. Furthermore, students are reminded that they can organise through COMPASS one to one (1:1) language support and assistance with their EAL work.


Collingwood College

International Students’ Team

Lori Michael – EAL Learning Specialist

Lucy Wang - International Students’ Coordinator

Angie Pantelidis – International Students’ Support & Well-being



[email protected]

[email protected]

[email protected]






Canteen Menu for the Week: Monday, 17 June - Friday, 21 June

*Look out each week for new SPECIALS - Usual Main menu is attached below                 


Term 2 Menu

At Green Apron Catering we focus on providing wholesome, homemade, meals using seasonal ingredients. Almost all our food is made on site from scratch, even down to our delicious tomato sauce. We source our produce from Australian farmers and retailers, our eggs are from a free range Victorian poultry farmer and all our meat is purchased from a Halal certified butcher. We endeavour to have meat and vegetarian options available, with gluten free options available on request. We will do our best to cater to other dietary requirements. We aim to keep costs as low as possible, enabling you to use our canteen more often, to ease the burden on busy families. Pre-ordering your lunch in the morning is preferable to avoid disappointment and enables us to cater for your specific needs. We have an assortment of hot and cold food as well as drinks available for over the counter sales before school, at recess and lunch. Please let us know if you have any specific requests, we welcome your feedback.

We offer a catering service for your morning teas, meetings, class parties and private events.

Please come in and discuss your needs, email [email protected] or call on 0410447891.


Miriam Eldridge

Green Apron Catering






Building or Library Fund

With tax time just around the corner it is an opportune time to make a tax deductible donation to our Building or Library Fund.


All funds donated to the Building Fund enables us to continuously improve our physical environment both inside and outside the classroom.  The funds donated go directly into improving our school to create a welcoming, attractive and well maintained space for our students, staff and school community.


Donations to the Library Fund enables us to purchase additional resources including books, bookshelves, training equipment, digital software and computer hardware, which is available for students to use both within the library and classrooms.


All donations to the College’s Building and Library fund are tax deductible, please contact the office if you wish to make a donation. 


Personalised tax receipts will be mailed to all families who have generously donated to either fund before the end of term.

Martina Owen

Business Manager


Financial Assistance for Families


School camps provide children with inspiring experiences in the great outdoors, excursions encourage a deeper understanding of how the world works and sports teach teamwork, discipline and leadership.  All are part of a healthy curriculum.  CSEF is provided by the Victorian Government to assist eligible families to cover the costs of school trips, camps and sporting activities.

If you hold a valid means –tested concession card or are a temporary foster parent, you may be eligible for CSEF.  A special consideration category also exists for asylum seeker and refugee families.

The allowance is paid to the school to use towards expenses relating to camps, excursions or sporting activities for the benefit of your child.

The CSEF payment cannot be used towards voluntary school charges, books, stationery, school uniforms, before/after school care, music lessons, or formals/graduations.

The annual CSEF amount per student is:

  • $125 for primary school students
  • $225 for secondary school students

How to apply

New applications should contact the school office to obtain a CSEF application form or download from

Please check with the school office if you are unsure.

More Information

For more information about the CSEF visit

Claire Gibson

Office Administration Manager





Welcome back to Term 2 everyone.

We now have calendars for markets for the rest of 2019. Please see below:

Term 2

Term 3

Term 4

Kathy and Kylie



Ferment Fervour

Hi, we’re a new Collingwood College family and wanted to become more involved in the school community while sharing some of our cultural background - so we took the plunge and volunteered to set up a stall at the Thursday market last week!

We are looking forward to meeting some of you down there each Thursday, as there are loads of great foods and other interesting offerings for sale to support the school community. It has a great vibe, and there are rumours there might even be a busking band appearing soon if it continues to grow in popularity.

For us, fermented foods are our focus, as they play an important role in traditional south German cuisine. Sauerkraut, Quark and Sourdough breads have all received increased attention over recent years for their rediscovered health benefits.

Our interest in fermented foods has expanded further to include Kefir, Kombucha and Kim Chi as we have searched for more nourishing foods for our family, particularly those now thought to strengthen the immune system by promoting a healthy digestive system (and combat digestive disorders such as gastritis and reflux). Fermented foods are also considered to be effective against anxiety and depression, and best of all – they’re delicious!

We would love to share with you some of our home-made fermented foods (and to have a chat about what we’ve learnt), together with various other South German traditions, including Kinder Punch (an alcohol-free version of gluhwein) and German Flan-style Cakes.


Last week was our first ever stall, so please be gentle as we are total newbies to this game.


We are currently selling:

·         German Sourdough Loaves (wholemeal and white)

·         German Sourdough Fruit Bread

·         Upside-down Pear Cake (whole or per slice)

·         Kombucha

·         Milk Kefir

·         Quark (a ricotta-like sour curd made from buttermilk or kefir)

·         Kinder Punch (warm, spice-infused berry drink)


NB – If you are interested in our Kombucha you can also bring your own bottles to fill (but no metal).

So auf Wiedersehen for now, see you at the market on Thursday!


Keir and Ruth





The Collingwood College Wellbeing team have returned in 2019 to the exciting news that they are soon to move into two new office and consultation spaces. Once completed, the team will have a fresher and more welcoming environment with which to engage with students around their Wellbeing. These rooms will be announced shortly.


Our Wellbeing staff, Nisa Venerosa and Gareth Rego, are highly trained social workers, and have many years experience in supporting students and their families in establishing and maintaining a safe and productive school experience.


Both our Wellbeing staff work across both the primary and secondary, with Gareth available every day except Wednesday; and Nisa Monday to Thursday.


The team is also working alongside Travis Marke, in the newly established position of Wellbeing Coordinator, to continue to provide outstanding support services to students and families. The coordinator role has been created to assist with both the administration of the team's work, and the liaison between the school, students, and external support services.


Across the whole school, Respectful Relationships continues to gather momentum as our flagship program for embedding the core values of equality and respect in all aspects of our teaching. The primary school has embarked upon a rich implementation phase in 2019, with plans for the secondary school to follow suit very soon.


Please view our dedicated Wellbeing Page each week in the newsletter.

Travis Marke

Wellbeing Coordinator




Parents and Carers are invited to participate in a free parenting program called Tuning in to Kids (TIK). The program has already been delivered to over 120,000 parents in Australia. The current study is to compare three different delivery methods of the program and to see what works best for which families.


Previous studies of TIK have shown the program has helped to reduce aggressive behaviour in children, promote social and friendship skills, and help build better emotional connections between parents and children.


Participation in the study is for any parent or carer who has one or more children, between 4 and 10 years of age who is exhibiting behaviours that are challenging or of concern for you. Participation is free and voluntary. The study is being run by the University of Melbourne in conjunction with Swinburne University of Technology. It is independent of your school, kindergarten or childcare centre.


Please click on the attachment below for more information and expressions of interest:



On Monday lunch times, students in Years 5 to 12 are welcome to join Collingwood College's Pride Club. The group discuss and share current events and activities relevant to young LGBTIQ+ people. The group plan for IDAHOBIT day each year and have plans to paint a mural for the school in 2019! All students are welcome. 





The Community Asthma Program provides free asthma education and support for children (under 18) with asthma and their families. In Melbourne’s inner North and Western suburbs

An asthma educator works with children and their families to:

  • understand asthma, its signs and severity
  • identify triggers and learn how to control them
  • understand their medications and administer them correctly
  • develop a written asthma action plan
  • learn asthma first aid

The program is tailored to the individual child and family The Community Asthma educators are able to see children and parents/ carers at one of the many Cohealth sites or at home. The CAP educators are also able to visit schools, kindergartens and child care centres to educate staff to support the child.

To refer, fill out the attached referral or please contacts:

9448 6825 or [email protected]





Australian Multicultural Foundation (AMF) product called CyberParent which is an interactive learning tool that aims to teach parents and families about how to use the internet safely. The app was launched in 17 different languages and AMF has received overwhelmingly positive responses from the community. Since then, AMF has developed a downloadable version of CyberParent, which has just been released on the Apple App Store.


CyberParent is available in 17 different languages, which can be found in different language packs on the App Store. This includes: 

Central Asia: 
- Dari | دری
- Farsi | فارسی 
- Pashto | افغانی
- Urdu | اُردُو


CyberParent is available to download from the App Store today! Click below to download now:





Not sure what this is? Here is some information from the governments e-safety site




As Australia’s largest national education-oriented charity, we support disadvantaged Australian children to participate fully in their education, giving them the best chance at breaking the cycle of disadvantage. Our learning support and mentoring programs help children in need to fit in at school, keep up with their peers, and build aspirations for a better future for them. The smith Family can provide financial support for families and children in need to assist them through school and education.

To get in touch with the Smith Family go to:

Or call them on; 1300 326 459


Headspace is the National Youth Mental Health Foundation providing early intervention mental health services to 12-25 year olds, along with assistance in promoting young peoples’ wellbeing. This covers four core areas: mental health, physical health, work and study support and alcohol and other drug services.  

Information and services for young people, their families and friends as well as health professionals can be accessed through this website; , headspace centres, online counselling service eheadspace, and postvention suicide support program headspace School Support. 

Ph: 1800 650 890.


Since 1877, Berry Street has chosen to work with children, young people and families, with the most challenging and complex needs, including those for whom we are often the last resort. Last year, we helped over 18,000 of the most disadvantaged children, young people and families across our community.

We believe all children should have a good childhood, growing up feeling safe, nurtured and with hope for the future.

Services include; Family services (ChildFirst), Education and training, Family violence, Foster and Kinship care, residential care and youth services.

To contact Berry Street go to their website or call them on; 9429 9266


3 million Australians are living with depression or anxiety

Beyondblue provides information and support to help everyone in Australia achieve their best possible mental health, whatever their age and wherever they live.

Beyondblue has a 24hour helpline 1300 22 4636 and their website is



The Centre for Multicultural Youth is a Victorian not-for-profit organisation supporting young people from migrant and refugee backgrounds to build better lives in Australia.

Their purpose is to ensure that young people have every opportunity to succeed in Australia. Through a combination of specialist support services, training and consultancy, knowledge sharing and advocacy, we are working to remove the barriers young people face as they make Australia their home


Kitchen Garden News

Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation Newsletter

Welcome to 2019 Collingwood students and families.


This Fortnight's Recipes


Roasted Jerusalem Artichokes with Herbs, Garlic, Lemon Zest & Shallot Dressing


Pizzas with Kale, Chard and Herbs

Garden Pumpkin “agro dolce” with Dates and Herbs


Autumn Cannellini Salad: Fennel, Radish, Herbs, Tarragon Dressing







Garden News

Garden Renovations

Recently in the Kitchen Garden, we have been renovating our garden beds in order to make them more accessible to all our of students. 


Trevor and Simon have worked very hard to dig out and build new areas and parts of the garden.


Parsley Seedlings


About the Kitchen Garden Program


Collingwood College students participate in our Kitchen Garden Program as part of their school curriculum in Grades 3-6. Garden classroom occur outside in all weather conditions, with students learning, exploring and practising the skills and knowledge to grow a diverse range of vegetables, fruit and herbs using organic growing methods. Students then harvest our seasonal produce for cooking a range of (95% vegetarian) delicious dishes in their kitchen classroom. The student’s learn and practise kitchen skills, techniques and terminology and also importantly, their communication skills, creativity and teamwork while dishes are being prepared.


Students, staff and volunteers sit at beautifully set tables sharing the dishes created. Voicing opinions respectfully, as all students can benefit from sharing their individual learning efforts. Knowledge is documented in Kitchen garden books and shared to our school community via email, E/news, display boards and importantly by our students.


For our students, an integral part of the enjoyment and richness of the classroom experience is the depth and loyalty of volunteering we have for our school program. These exceptional people of all ages, interests, backgrounds and skills ensure our curriculum goals are supported for our students.  Potential volunteers do not need garden or cooking experience! Attributes we seek are a personal interest to support our K.G program philosophy, assisting students in their learning around food diversity, seasonality, sustainability, garden and cooking skills. The K.G learning importantly supports and explores student’s emotional connection and enjoyment in regards to growing and cooking seasonal food. Good humour and the excitement of learning new skills and knowledge in a shared environment, the ability to commit to a day/time are also attributes we seek in our volunteers.


We welcome applications from persons in our school community, or friends/family who wish to apply to be a Kitchen garden volunteer. Please send an email to me at

[email protected]


Please look at our school website (K.G page), if you are new to our school community for more information. Classes run in kitchen Monday-Wednesday. and garden Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.

For those who may want to support our students and teachers in another way-we are always thank-full for people to garden outside class times or on other days. Please feel free to email me with any questions. Tours for potential volunteers will usually occur after school hours with arrangement.



With thanks,


Desley Insall

Kitchen Garden Specialist Teacher & Volunteer Coordinator



Volunteer Information Kit


Permission Forms, Media & Allergy for Volunteers



Community and Fundraising Committee











Further details:




-  [email protected]

Spring Fair Coordinators


We look forward to you joining this exciting project and helping make this well-loved event a HUGE success.

Community and Fundraising Committee

Community News











Click HERE  to read what's on in JUNE.










My name is Kathy Vlassopoulos and I specialise in teaching teenagers creative dance and yoga. I have been teaching at Mangala Studios in Carlton for many years and have now relocated to Thornbury. Please click on the attachment below for more information.

Kathy VlassopoulosKroma Dance - Creative Dance




The Homework Club is located in the Fitzroy Library, 128 Moore St, and is open:

Monday: 4-6pm; Tuesday: 4-6pm and 6-8pm (Year 10 and up); Wednesday: 4-6pm and 6-8pm (Year 10 and up); Thursday: 4-6pm; Friday: 4-6pm

The tutors are able to provide support for VCE subjects including maths and sciences.They also have a Yarra Youth Services providing the Future Pathways programs to help young people apply for jobs every Thursday from 4 pm to 6:30 pm.







Join the mailing list for the Yarra Youth Arts E-News for young people and parents. You can subscribe through the City of Yarra website at the bottom of the page: 




The Collingwood toy library is a community-owned resource for families in the City of Yarra and surrounding areas, operated on a non-profit basis and managed by a committee of volunteer members who are elected annually.

We are getting in touch with local schools in the area to promote our activities and resources for school-age children.

We have recently added a large collection of  board games for school-aged children and more games in foreign languages including Chinese, French, German, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Spanish and Vietnamese. We also have a board games club and holiday activities, as well as other family-friendly community events throughout the year.




With a photography career spanning decades, Jim Berg, a Gunditjmara Elder, turns his focus to Scar Trees. These trees are a window to the past, bearing witness to the way of life and freedom for Victoria’s First Peoples.

Scar Trees are a reminder of the past and are a link to all trees.

Click on the attachment below to see details about this special exhibition at Melbourne Museum showing until 9 June.

Collingwood College
Kroma Dance.pdf
Silent Witness - Jim Berg Exhibition - Melb Museum 2019.pdf
Little Sophia Advertisement .pdf
Yarra Libraries School Holiday Program.pdf
List of instruments for sale - CURRENTLY UPDATING May 24th 2019.pdf
Canteen Menu for the Week T2 Wk8.pdf
Term 2 Menu.pdf
Canteen Menu for the Week T2 Wk 9.pdf
Junior Orchestra 2019.pdf
Canteen Menu for the Week T2 Wk 10.pdf
TIK Invitation Letter - For Parents 2019.pdf
CAP self and family referral.pdf
Key Dates 2019 updated 15-05-19.pdf
Roasted Jerusalem Artichokes with a Parsley, citrus & shallot sauce.pdf
Pizza Dough 2019.pdf
Pumpkin Agrodolce.pdf
Cannellini Salad of Fennel, Radish,Garden greens,Orange, Herbs & Creamy Tarragon Dressing 2019.pdf
Volunteer Information Kit Collingwood College.2019.pdf
Permission forms-media & allergy for Volunteers 2019.pdf