Wantirna College Newsletter

18 December 2018
Issue Twenty
Dates to Remember for 2018 & Start Dates for 2019
Principal's Report
Assistant Principals
Second Hand Book Sale THANK YOU
Later Years
Year 10 Formal
Snowy River School
Automotive Design Presentation
Engineers Without Borders
Health Centre
General Information
Wantirna College
90 Harold Street
Wantirna, Vic, 3152

Dates to Remember for 2018
& Start Dates for 2019

2019 TERM 1

Thursday 24 January

Book Collection Information


Time: 9:00am to 2:00pm

Place: Science and Language Centre


Surnames A-G (9:00am to 11:00am)

Surnames H-M (11:00am to 12:30pm)

Surnames N-Z (12:30pm to 2:00pm)


Thursday 31 January

Commencement Date:

Year 7 and Year 12


Friday 1

Commencement Date

Year 8, Year 9, Year 10 and Year 11, 


Tuesday 5

School Photos

PoPa Meeting 7:30pm, Music Office


Thursday 7

VCE Information Evening, 6:30pm


Wednesday 13

Parents Association Meeting, 7:30pm


Thursday 21

Catchup Photos, 9:00am to 11:00am


Tuesday 26

College Swim Carnival

College Council Meeting, 7:30pm


Tuesday 5

PoPA Meeting 7.30pm


Wednesday 13

Parents Association Meeting, 7:30pm


Thursday 14

Year 7 Immunisations


Wednesday 27

Open Day

Discovery Evening, 6:00pm


Friday 5

Last Day of Term 1

Early Dismissal, 2:30pm

Term 2

Monday 22

Easter Monday


Tuesday 23

1st day of Term 2


Thursday 25

Anzac Day


Tuesday 30

7.30pm POPA Meeting


Wednesday 8

Parents Association Meeting 7:30pm


Tuesday 21

POPA Meeting 7.30pm


Tuesday 28

College Council Meeting 6.30pm


Monday 3

Year 11 Exams


Tuesday 3

Year 11 Exams


Wednesday 4

Year 11 Exams


Thursday 5

Year 11 Exams


Friday 6

Year 11 Exams


Monday 10

Queens Birthday, Public Holiday


Tuesday 11

Year 11 Exams


Wednesday 12

GAT, 9:00am

Parents Association Meeting 7.30pm


Tuesday 18

POPA Meeting 7.30pm


Tuesday 25

College Council Meeting 7.30pm


Friday 28

Last day of Term 2

Early Dismissal 2.30pm

2019 Term date:

Term 1:

January 30  to 5 April


Term 2:

23 April to 28 June


Term 3:

15 July to 20 September


Term 4:

7 October to 20 December

Principal's Report


Year 2018

What a great Year 2018 was, but next year will be even better!


And just like that the 2018 school year is almost over! This time last year I attended my first official school function as a guest at the Grade 6 parent information night the day before orientation day. I was excited then about working at Wantirna College, and I’m even more excited now 12 months on. Every day I work with exceptionally talented leaders, teachers and students, and I am absolutely convinced that we are headed in the right direction and will continue to achieve great things in the future. Our challenge next year is to go one step further, to achieve more, to raise the bar even further and that is one goal I will be focussed on delivering throughout next year. I can promise you there will be some exciting things happening in 2019!

Celebrating achievement

It was a genuine thrill to attend the awards night this week and recognise the significant achievements of many of our students. Whether it be academic achievements, commitment to and success at extra-curricular events or the extraordinary leadership that our students demonstrate on a daily basis, it was great to be at an event with teachers, family and friends to celebrate an amazing year. Significant events like awards night remind us that our students are capable of doing anything they set their mind to and I continue to encourage them to challenge themselves, to raise the bar and to do everything they can to realise their dreams!


As is often the case at this time of year a number of staff are leaving us to take up new opportunities. I would like to say farewell and thank the following staff on behalf of our whole school community for their significant contribution to the college in their time here: Samantha King, Emily Peach, Courtney Lever, Desmond Potts, Jimmy La, Ron King and Marten Visser. These staff have all left a lasting legacy and will be missed by students and staff alike. In particular Marten Visser’s leadership and influence on our Music and Performing Arts program over many years has been profound and he has been a key part of its success and growth in that time. Thank you and good luck to all staff on the next part of your journey.


Finally I wish all members of our College community a Merry Christmas and I hope in particular that our students and staff enjoy a great break!

Year 12 Results

The wait was finally over for our Year 12 students last Friday when they received their ATAR and subjects results for 2018. Many of our year 12 students received outstanding results with Andrew Zheng, the College DUX recording an ATAR score of 97.45. I congratulate Andrew on the dedication and commitment that was required to achieve this result. This year we also had a 30% increase in the number of students receiving an ATAR in the 90’s. These students who completed an outstanding year of study, will be recognised in 2019 on our Honour Roll. The ATAR is just a number however and does not define who a person is or what they will become. All of our graduating Year 12 students have some exciting opportunities and challenges ahead of them.

Top Design

A huge congratulations to Brandon Wong of Year 12 who has just been accepted into the Top Design exhibition.  This is a massive accomplishment as his design project of a remote controlled boat was considered from among 1,000 other projects.  We were excited when he was on the shortlist of 200 and were thrilled today when he was announced as one of the 8 final entrants.

Brandon will be invited to a morning tea at the Top Design exhibition with the Minister for Education in January next year.  Recognition of achievement and opportunities like this open up doors for students in relation to their potential Pathway. 

Congratulations should also go to Brandon's teacher Mr Lewis for the teaching and support he has offered to Brandon over the two year journey in Systems Engineering.

Kevin Murphy


Assistant Principals

College Magazines

Congratulations to Mr Gene Easton and the magazine committee on the wonderful College magazine this year.  It is a tribute to the great work undertaken by students and teachers at this school and gives insight into the vast array of programs and opportunities for students at Wantirna College. 


The front cover is a highlight as it showcases the re launch of the house system which was initiated and driven by students.  The mascots on the shield on the cover were designed by students and represent the spirit of each house.


We began distribution of the magazine last Friday through the Year 12 assembly and Year 7-9 classes.  Unfortunately the magazine arrived after the Year 10 and 11 students had finished for the year.


If you have paid for, and not received, your magazine you may collect one from the General Office this week or early next term.  We will organise for uncollected magazines to be distributed through Home group next year.  They will also be available at the alumni assembly for this years Year 12 students.


If you did not order one there are a few copies available for purchase from the General Office at $24 each.

Media Release

As is consistent with our policy we do not release images of students identified by their name in the media unless we have a signed media release form for them.  This includes the College magazine which we use in our publicity in later years.


As a result there are a number of students whose class photograph has not been included in this year's College Magazine.  We apologise if this has caused distress for some students.

School Uniform Shoe Reminder 

Just a reminder to parents when preparing for next year regarding appropriate footwear for students.  The College uniform requires that students have plain black, leather, low heeled, lace up shoes for their school shoes.  These requirements are in place for the following reasons:

Plain Black:  to ensure uniformity

Leather:  Protection of the foot in case of hot liquid spillage, dropped tools or other items

Low heeled:  Protection of foot on uneven surfaces

Lace Up:  ease of removal in case of injury.


Shoes may have a sports sole for comfort provided that they are not canvas and are plain black.



Book Collection 2019

Books ordered from the College through Campion are delivered to the school in January.  They can be collected from the Science and Language Centre on Thursday 24th January between 9am and 2pm.  


Catherine Ford, Shane Kruger and

Andrew Lewis

Assistant Principals

Second Hand Book Sale


Later Years


Based on feedback from the Learning Mentor Review, the College has restructured the Year 10 Learning Mentor and Bootcamp program. The new program will be called Year 10 Catalyst. The aim of the Year 10 Catalyst Program will be to provide a springboard for students entering the Later Years to have time to focus on evidence based, sequential and embedded study skills; Careers Education and Pathway Planning; Health and Wellbeing programs such as building resilience, time and stress management, Respectful Relationships, drug and alcohol prevention, cyber bullying and road safety; as well as space for whole cohort learning and assessment activities such as English and Maths CAIs, performances and films.


We look forward to working with the Year 10s and will invite feedback on the program throughout the year.


Katrina King

Later Years Catalyst Programs


Year 10 Formal

Year 10 Formal
Main banner photo

On Monday, December the 10th, Year 10 students had their Formal at The Grand on Princes.


Our awards themed night saw guests arriving at the red carpet in gowns and suits. Guests were treated to a 3-course meal and photo booths to pull their glamour poses, all while shaking tail feathers to the upbeat dance music from DJ Lev. Preparation for the night was stressful for some as they had their beauty appointments and last minute haircuts to make, however all the worries of the world dissipated once they had the chance to strut down the red carpet.



“Formal was an amazing night and a great way to finish the year. My highlight of the night had to be when Ryan Jones was doing the Macarena and the DJ joined in! It was really good to see everyone having fun together and by the end of the night we were all dancing and finally letting loose after the long year – Shardia Calvert.”


Throughout the night, the committee presented several prestigious awards ranging from Best Dressed, Best Hair to Best Entrance. The winners gave impromptu speeches, many of which thanked their parents and friends for the privilege to be standing by the stage and to receive such prestigious awards.


“I’d like to thank my mum and friends for everything. I’d never thought I’d be standing here receiving this award today, but thank you for nominating me for this award, it is an honour, woooo! – Jazz Marshall – Best Entrance Winner”


One guest in particular stole the show with his electrifying dance moves. Dancing and moving at the speed of lightning, there was nothing but thunderous applause when he received his award. Despite being pitted against 15 other competitors, Kyal reigned supreme, and was voted the Dance Competition Winner.


As the night drew an end, guests sang their hearts out to the likes of “We are the Champions”, then hobbled around with their blistered feet to farewell their peers after a long year.



A very special thanks to the formal committee: (pictured) Sally Cheng, Jacob Lacchiana, Shaun Perkins, Teagan Kaye, Shardia Calvert, Sam Parker, (not pictured) Paige Spurrell, Leon Xu and Taylah Hocking for dedicating several hours of their time to prepare and plan for the night. These students had spent several lunchtimes, and time after school to coordinate the night. The formal wouldn’t have been half as amazing without the committee’s collaboration behind the scenes.


To the Year 10’s, thank you for a wonderful year. We know the year has been demanding: having to choose pathways, and finding the balance with part-time jobs and school, completing early start VCE, and having to face a whole range of other personal challenges.


We know that the year hasn’t been the easiest for some, and for others, has been a significant year in their lives. Though we believe that seeing you all get to the end and celebrate with each other has made the journey worthwhile. We hope that you all feel the same. Please take some time over the holidays to reflect how far you’ve come. Hopefully you’ll realise that you see the world differently to how you saw it 10 months ago.


You should all be incredibly proud of your achievements this year, and we hope that you continue to be the positive people that you are as the years go on. As we have said throughout the year, throughout every assembly, looking out for each other and being positive is what this cohort does best. Never underestimate the positive impact you can have on someone else.


Aim high and go in strong next year knowing that you can be your best self, and that you will always have teachers at Wantirna College by your side ready to support you with your goals.


We are proud of each and everyone one of you and wish you all a safe, restful break.


All the best,

Mr Jimmy La & Mr John Davison





Snowy River School

Snowy River School for Student Leadership

Throughout Term 4, an exciting opportunity to attend the Snowy River School of Student Leadership was presented to Wantirna College. In Term 2, an application process was implemented to select applicants for the school. The successful applicants were:


Mackenzie, Lane, Zoe, Jack, Grace and Cheyton.


Based in Marlo, this school gave students an opportunity to develop their leadership ability, focusing on improved self-confidence, public speaking, practical leadership skills and overcoming personal challenges. They did not undertake the normal school curriculum for the 9 weeks, instead participants undertook differentiated classes with the aim of developing a community learning project (CLP).


While at the school, students spent a considerable amount of time acquainting themselves with nature through mountain hikes and expeditions, caving, kayaking, mountain biking and even learning to surf! With the term coming to an end, the students were required to present their CLP, which was to create a community garden.


Presenting this project to their peers and teaching staff, the Wantirna team performed their own version of ‘The Block’ with Lane and Cheyton hosting proceedings, and Zoe, Jack, Grace and Mackenzie playing an outstanding role as the contestants. This even involved rapping out their plan and using interpretive dance to explain how it was going to work.


Over the term, the students have all been a part of a valuable team within the school and have successfully enhanced their leadership skills and capabilities. Finishing up on Friday, we wish them all a safe drive home and look forward to seeing them back at Wantirna.


You can track what they did by following their sways at: https://sway.office.com/LwOzAne7WdKRWxZp?ref=Link 


Automotive Design Presentation

Automotive Design Presentation with Toyota

On Tuesday 4th December, 25 lucky students had a talk from Toyota representatives on car design. 


We had Nic, head Creative Designer, and Cameron, a Studio Engineer, give a fantastic presentation that included how cars are designed, Toyota's role in innovative technology and a drawing exercise. Students saw how the design process they use in Art and Technology subjects is vital in creating cars of the future. 


As a surprise to students, we organised small clay models of cars (using automotive clay, which is very different to the clay we use at school) for students to sculpt. These clay models are used towards the end of the design process to help designers and engineers visualise what the final product may look like. Our students made small-scale models, but in real life they can be as big as a real car! 


We were blown away with how our students were so engaged with the presentation. You could hear a pin drop! As you can see from the photos, Nic was not just flattering us when he said our students adapted to the sculpting far better than some adults he's taught! Well done to all the budding car designers who participated in our incursion. We are so happy you got to have such an amazing experience.



Ms. Rumble and Ms. Fiorentino


Engineers Without Borders

Year 7  - Engineers without borders

A big thank you to the volunteers who came out and ran the sessions on the day and to the staff and Year 7 groups that fully engaged in the sessions. Year 7 have shown to be great problem solvers, they used their 21st Century thinking skills to come up with creative working prosthetic limbs.


Kind regards,

Vicky Rumble

Leading Teacher of Visual Arts and Technology





Product Design



Ms Vicky Rumble

Leading Teacher of Visual Arts and Technology


Maths Review

Collaboration is a skill that we are trying to develop in Wantirna College.  During the last term, members of the Maths Team and some of our Year 7 students have clearly demonstrated this.


Outer East Transition Project

Mrs Kylie Armstrong, Mrs Zoë Carolan and 7B have been actively involved in the Education Department’s Outer East Transition project where we worked in collaboration with Mr Adam Williams and Ms Kristy Phang and their students from Templeton Primary School.  The teachers co-developed a unit of work and taught this across the three classes


Templeton students came to Wantirna and were introduced to the project and then worked in small groups with a student coach from 7B.  The students in 7B had already been working on peer coaching within their class as part of Wantirna’s Teachers’ Professional Learning Teams.



“On one Tuesday in term four, we had some year six Templeton students come to our Wantirna College. We had little groups, one Wantirna student and two Templeton students, we did a maths problem Ms Armstrong came up with a story that her daughter wanted a flowerbed and we made different measures and made our own questions at one point. This experience gave my peers and I to have a good understanding of the students and was a great opportunity to talk about how they feel about high school, I think they’re going to love it.James, 7B.


“On the 16th of October, 7B was chosen to mentor two classes of year six Templeton Primary School Students. The year seven’s taught the Templeton children about solving problems with unknown numbers. All of the students had a blast while working productively together to solve the questions.” Michelle, 7B. 


The project was a learning experience for all teachers and we hope to continue working together to better improve learning outcomes for all our students.


The Mathematical Association of Victoria (MAV) hosts a two day conference at La Trobe University, Bundoora, every December.  We regularly send our Maths teachers to engage in new ideas and learning from colleagues across Australia.  This year the Wantirna Maths Team sent three teachers to share our own experiences with other teachers from across Victoria and Australia.


Mathspace, one of our online maths programs, hosted a discussion forum looking at “Technology and online learning environments and the impact on student outcomes.” at the conference.  Mrs Kylie Armstrong was invited to be part of the panel discussion, along with a teacher from Haileybury College and a Mathspace representative. Participants ranged from teachers in University bridging courses, inner city schools, suburban and country schools, both private and public schools. We discussed the challenges and benefits of technology in the classroom, strategies different schools have taken to help students manage their screen use and some of the innovative approaches we have taken to support our learners.


“Just a final massive thank you to both of you for being part of the panel at MAV. I think it was a huge success and the engagement of the people there showed that.” Craig Blake, Schools Liaison for Victoria, South Australia and Northern Territory.


Mr Mark Oudshoorn and Mrs Zoë Carolan presented their Year 12 Methods SAC (an investigative assessment piece).  Year 12 SAC writing is time consuming and can be very difficult to ensure that all the VCAA regulations are met.  This year we were very proud of the SAC we created as we believed it truly “captured the spirit” of a mathematical investigation.  We presented on both days of the conference and had very favourable feedback from the 60+ teachers that chose to come to our session. 


“Great job on taking the risk of creating something of a new style.  Also, thanks for your willingness to share all of your hard work with us.”

“Excellent presentation. Thank-you for being willing to share your SAC, as you have done all the hard work and then are giving this away. Your SAC is MUCH better than any I have purchased :) “


“Thank you for the fabulous session at MavCon. I found it very good and can't wait to improve my own tasks - inspired your terrific work.”


Celebrating Success in Maths in 2018        

In addition to the class academic awards, year level awards and VCE subject awards, 51 students participated in one of three levels of the Australian Mathematics Competition run by the Australian Mathematics Trust.  Students were required to answer a set of 30 questions in 75 minutes.  The questions are broken into three levels of difficulty and get progressively harder throughout the competition paper.


Congratulations to these 24 students who achieved a Credit, ranking them in the top 50% of their cohort:

Year 7: Leon Konstan, Spencer Berry, Lucinda Poutet, Ned Mulholland, Caden Janetzki, Elijah Keam


Year 8:  Adam Mazzeo, Malay Vyas, Isaac Ngo, Nicole Lee, Johnny Yuan, Jamie Soo, Maxamillion Chisholm, Malini Waiwitwuthiwong


Year 9: Richard Ha, Asher Janetzki, Dechen Phuntsok, Tommy Dam, Ashleigh Papic, Adrina Low, Sarah Billingham


Year 11:  Jenny Nguyen, Hannah Maclean, Kerry Lam


5 students achieved a Distinction, which meant they were all ranked in the top 20% of their cohort.  Congratulations to:

Year 7:  Lachlan Lim

Year 8:  Chloe Jolme

Year 9: Eric Lang, Alex Hui, Samantha Burchett

Our top performing student was Tain Corless, from Year 8.  He achieved a High Distinction, and received a percentile ranking of 98, placing him in the top 2 percent of all students in his cohort.  Tain answered 23 of the 30 questions correctly.  Congratulations on your achievement, Tain!

Planning for Maths in 2019 – please help us to help you


Maths Boost

The great team of Maths Teachers run Maths Boost every Tuesday 3:30-4:30 in Rees House.  This is an opportunity for students to:

  • catch-up with missed learning
  • get help with topics that they are struggling with
  • a place to study alone or with a study group where you can access teachers, if required
  • develop summary sheets/logbooks
  • use the internet to access Mathspace
  • play maths games – such as Monopoly, Rummikub, Uno, Yahtzee, Rubik’s Cubes


Year 7-10 students should have access to a scientific calculator for use in maths classes, at home and during assessments.  A mobile phone is NOT a suitable alternative. 


We are continuing our trial of Mathematica in Year 9 and extending into Years 8 and 10.  Mathematica is currently a free alternative technology to the hand-held TI nSpire CAS calculator that we have previously used in Years 9 and 10.  We have had some technical issues with the installation of Mathematica during 2018, primarily for students with BYOD devices.  Please watch out for installation instructions on Compass next week, and support your child if they need to install at home.


VCE Maths students (excluding Year 11 Foundation) will still need to use a TI nSpire CAS calculator.  Students who do not have a CAS calculator are unable to satisfactorily meet Outcome 3 of any of the VCE Maths’ studies, so it is essential that they have regular access to a device both in- and out of class and for assessments.


Workbooks/Logbooks/Note taking

It is important that all students have at least one book to use for working in their Maths classes.  Students cannot efficiently write maths methodology on their computers and will need to write by hand on many assessments.  Grid books are more useful than a lined exercise book as students can line up their working and have a starting point for graphs/tables.


Many teachers will provide notes on the whiteboard during whole-class instruction, but it is not expected that students write everything in their books.  Alternative notes should be available on the OneNote, so that students may refer to these during individual study and/or revision time.  We hope that once students have practised and embedded a skill, that they will write fewer summary notes, or they write their own version of notes/examples that make sense to them.



We do NOT use a textbook in Years 7-10.  We ask that ALL students have access to Mathspace – this costs $20 and is purchased through the student’s Mathspace account at the end of February.  Teachers will use Mathspace to support formative assessment of students to enable them to diagnose where they need to provide support/extend the student in new learning.  It is used as a homework tool to ensure regular skills practice and may also be used to assess students at the end of a topic.  Mathspace also has an online interactive textbook for grades 3 to 12.


Zoë Carolan

Leader of Whole School Mathematics and Numeracy



We have had a successful series of excursion to KIOSC during 2018.  A total of 94 classes attended 10 different programs over 40 days.  The activities ranged from programming lego robots, using virtual reality, eating grasshoppers and solving a murder with all of the programs being an important part of our curriculum to help consolidate the work that we are doing at school with hands on experiences. Thanks for all those that have attended this year and I look forward to next year with new learning experiences for everyone.


Peter Kos

Leader of Science and KIOSC




English Language Centre
Excursion to Healsville Sancturary

On November 22, our classmates made a trip to Wildlife Healesville Sanctuary together. This zoo is different from other zoos. It is a sanctuary that we all wandered through a stunning bush and it was a special experience. We met the teacher in our HG at 8:45 to travel to Healesville Sanctuary by a hired bus.


At the Sanctuary, we participated in various expert zookeeper talks to learn about the animals in their care and the conservation work for various species. We visited kangaroos, koalas, wombats and other native Australian animals. We were impressed by the Spirits of the Sky show. Fierce Falcons, colourful parrots flew around and showed us funny moves.


In the animal hospital, we watched a vet operating on a yellow honeyeater’s tinny broken leg. The job in the Wildlife Health Centre is protect animals and train the animals how to survive in the wild. The deepest memory is that we went to the Wildlife Health Centre, we could see many different ways to protect baby animals and injured animals. And we heard the stories of the wildlife patients. The staff go on to a journey from rescuing, treating for a recovery to releasing animals to the wild. It was so amazing to learn how much work the staff at the Health Centre have attended to. Unfortunately, we was not able to see any platypuses we were so looking forward to seeing. This Sanctuary let us learn more about Australian native animals, which was important for us to understand what we can do to protect animals.


 After visiting the Wildlife at Healesville, Ms Song all of sudden told us, “we will go back to school now” but it was a joke. Ms Song took us to the Yarra Valley Chocolaterie, which was a pleasant surprise. We breathed a very fresh air and very beautiful scenery when we got off the bus. When we entered the Chocolaterie, we could smell the sweet chocolate scent. We saw many types of chocolate and how chocolate was made. We purchased chocolate to present to our family and friends in our home country.


It was a very exciting excursion to experience Australian wildlife and have a wonderful time with classmates for another memory adding to our life.


Chuxuan (Charles) YU 于楚轩 & Boyi (Katrina) YAO 姚搏怡

Bike Ride


On 3rd of December, our whole class went to a bike ride together. Although the sun was hiding behind the clouds, its heat was still glaring at us. The day was amazing but also painful. Firstly, Ms. Hillebrand and the other staff member, Emily, led us to practice some riding skills at school before we started our fantastic tour.


It was our first time to ride a bike on the road in Australia. It was so exciting. We followed Emily across the road one by one and lined up after her. It was easy and relaxing at first. We were laughing, making a joke and singing. Everyone looked happy like a beautiful sunflower.


 On the side of the road, the teacher told us that if we wanted to turn, we needed to lift our hands to the direction of the turn, and then back to check behind to make sure there was no cars. First of all, we set out from the school passing Knox City and followed Emily toward the end. Until then everything went so smoothly but unexpected things happened. When the trip reached out to a half way, the road became bumpy and had many small rocks.


Suddenly we heard the sound of something falling on to the ground. We stopped and found Shirley fell. She got a really serious injury. Ms. Hillebrand took out the first aid kit to treat the wounds. Everyone was encouraging her. Shirley was so strong that she did not even shed one drop of tears.


Around 12 o'clock, everyone arrived at Jells Park. We had our lunch there and played some games together. Shirley was using tissues and cold water to look after her wound. Even her wound was really serious and bloody, she still looked happy and made a joke with us. Later, Mr. Wang and Ms. Zhang came and picked her up to take her to a hospital.


Finally, we rode on the same way back. To be honest, we felt that the return trip made us very painful and tired. When we sat on the bike seat, we felt very painful. The seat was really hard. On the way back, physical strength became a big problem. Although we felt that we recovered at noon, we still felt very tired when we were riding in the afternoon. We felt like our feet were tied with sandbags. It was very obvious when we rode uphill. However, we still persisted. The mutual encouragements of students were the reason for our resilience.


In the end, under the leadership of the teacher, toward the direction of the school to return to the original road, we were very tired, but everyone was pleased to complete our bike ride journey all together. We all hoped Shirley could get better soon.


Lingwen (Tracy) Cui, Yuji (Vaken) Cao & Dingwen (Emily) Cao

Reflection on our time at the ELC

Surely each of us will have their own unforgettable moments of life. For me, the day of breaking up with old school to enter the new school - a new door of life is truly an unforgettable moment. I came to another country away from friends, familiar environment and family, tried to live independently. Now I am looking back my experience in Australia. I do not believe I came to Australia six months ago. It has been so quick. I never forgot the first time I came to Wantirna College. My heart felt anxious because I was a total stranger to this country. But it was so fascinating that I could not imagine a country, valuing equality and peacefulness.


 From the scene of the school and the people: new school, new friends, new teachers, new ways of learning and the whole new environment, but all kept me excited. I thought that I would adapt soon and get acquainted gradually because three years here would almost decide my life. This might be a really difficult journey.


Day by day I have studied in this school not in my mother tongue, but in English, I felt my English has improved a lot. That was two months since I came to Australia and I realized that I was improving my English everyday. I could communicate with other people that were living in a different country not just Australia like my friends and teachers in my old ELC school. For me, this had profound meaning because I realized I could do anything when I tried my best and did not give up. However, there were some difficult things among my classmates. The different languages and culture was very hard for me to understand them. But now when my friend and I studied together, they became my brother and sister. If one person in this class has a problem, we are all always ready to help them.


Now it has been six months and I think that it has been very successful time in my life. I am a grateful child because I have more people to support me. I am grateful to my teachers. They teach me lots of knowledge that I have never known before, teach me how to become a good person. Teachers make me feel this place is like home. For example, Ms Song takes care of us very carefully and it even makes me feel mother’s love just like she is my second mother.


Here I can meet lovely classmates, they always help me when I have a problem, give me lots of advice for me to become better and better. I think the memories of ELC class which everything my teacher and my friend do for me are very important and I want to keep them in my heart. But next year we cannot study together, which makes me feel sad but we are friends forever. I love this class because my class makes me feel safe and comfortable. Thank you to the whole ELC classmates and teachers who have done for me and sorry if I make you sad. Love you my ELC class

Sicong (Tom) LIN & Hoang Gia Han (Hannah) NGUYEN

Reflection on our time at the ELC class

Time flies as a rocket into the sky. We just have 2 weeks left studying at ELC and we are happy. This valuable experience has changed and improved our abilities. We have been grieved as well. Looking back, we realised those first times we had had became the past already.


Each of us has our own experience at the ELC class. However, we always support each other to overcome all the difficulties.  Vimmer, the tallest boy in our class, still remembered the first day he came to the ELC class. He was so confident at that time because his parents commented that Australian education would be much easier than Chinese education. But he did not know there was a big challenge waiting for him. Vimmer did not comprehend he was working so hard but why he could not get a great mark. But from studying, he knew how to be persistent. Changing was not only from study but we changed our thinking. Our ELC class was a big family. We were able to help each other, studied together and were happy with each other. We will miss everything, everyone, every place and moment we studied at the ELC. We met at a cold season and will separate at a warm season. It was like our relationship turning out, from strangers to best friends.


Carol joined in our ELC class in term 4 but she quickly has got accustomed to the new environment and her efforts made everybody love her. These two months of life have affected her a lot. With the help and encouragement from all the teachers, she began to dare to communicate with others and has become confident in learning English. With the help from the classmates she can have a better understanding of the class learning content, and she always tries her best to do her homework accurately, especially her desk mate, Vimmer. His patience on teaching and encouraging Carol helped her a lot. From Vimmer, she has learnt a lot of things that can help her improve herself such as persistence, hard work, earnestness, active communications with teachers, looking for suitable learning methods, having a heart to win and having a kind heart.


6 months ago, Lisa felt that she was really strange to be in this country. At that time, Lisa was very optimistic, she believed that she could soon get used to this environment. Day by day, her English was improving and she was able to communicate with everyone. Now, it has passed 6 months and she thought it could be the hardest time in her life when she left her parents, came over to a foreign country that she had never been to, tried to blend in a completely different environment, faced with the language problem. Lisa feels grateful to her teachers, the people guided her carefully and always willing to help her when she has problems. She feels happy because she has met her classmates, who have the same situations with her. They always gave her advice from what they knew and experienced during these memorable 6 months with her.


From city excursions to Athletics Carnival, from making muffins to Chemistry experiment, from Healesville Sanctuary to bike riding, we have learnt a great deal of knowledge from different class. We all have had unforgettable memories at ELC class. We are sad because we cannot be in a same class next year, but we know that everybody needs to grow and change to a new environment is necessary. No matter how far we can go, the ELC class has brought us the feeling of home that has helped us a lot in our first 6 months in Australia, and we can never forget it.


Haoyang (Vimmer) LIU, Jingyu (Carol) LIU and Nguyen Phuong Linh (Lisa) DO



Health Centre


End of Year


If you have allergy packs, medications or Ventolin kept in the Health Centre that will be needed over the summer holidays please remember to collect before Thursday 20th December.


All medication will then need to be returned on the first school day of 2019.  Health Centre staff will be at the College from Tuesday 29th January if any medical conditions need to be discussed or have changed over the holidays.  Please phone 9881 7125 to arrange a time to come in.



Health warning on mosquitoes and Ross River virus

  1. Residents and visitors to Victoria are being warned to protect themselves against mosquito-borne diseases such as Ross River virus and Barmah Forest virus as the summer season approaches.

  2. These viruses can cause symptoms including joint pain and stiffness, headache, fever, rash and fatigue.  If you suffer any of these symptoms seek advice from your medical practitioner.
  3. Mosquito-borne diseases occur more frequently in regional areas and Ross River virus has now been detected in mosquitoes in the Gippsland Lakes area around Ninety Mile Beach.
  4. The best protection from these diseases is to avoid mosquito bites by regularly using mosquito repellent containing picaridin or DEET on all exposed skin, wearing loose fitting clothing when outside, and ensuring accommodation, including tents, are properly fitted with mosquito nettings or screens.
  5. A range of information relating to protecting against mosquito bites is available on the Beat the Bite campaign page on the Better Health Channel.

Beat the Heat

During extremely hot weather, it is easy to become dehydrated (lose too much water from your body) or for your body to overheat. When the weather is very hot, the body has to work very hard and produce a lot of sweat to keep itself cool. We therefore have to drink plenty of water even if you do not feel thirsty – check the colour of your wee – if it’s pale you’re drinking enough.



SLIP on covering clothing      

SLOP on sunscreen

SLAP on a hat

SEEK shade

SLIDE on sunglasses


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.

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

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


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

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

College Vision

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

Wantirna College


Kevin Murphy


Assistant Principals:

Catherine Ford, Andrew Lewis and Shane Kruger


College Council President:

Dr Joanne Challinor-Rogers


Sub School:

Dina Mingos (Later Years)

Darren Hoogkamer (Middle Years)


College Captains:

Sam Evans and Loren Shinkfield


College Vice Captains:

Nikhil De Silva and Maddie Wright


Parents Association President:

Pam Wade


Parents of Performing Arts Chairperson

Stuart Broadley

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