Wantirna College Newsletter

28 June 2019
Issue Ten
Dates to Remember for 2019
Principal's Report
Assistant Principals
Parent & Student Workshop
Year 10 Peer Support Program
General Information
Wantirna College
90 Harold Street
Wantirna, Vic, 3152

Dates to Remember for 2019

Term 3


Monday 15


Uniform Shop is closed on Monday 15th July- Curriculum Day.


Tuesday 16

First day of Term 3

Uniform Shop open Tuesday 16th July,



Wednesday 17

Parents Association Meeting, 7.30pm


Wednesday 31

Year 11 Course Selection



Thursday 1

VCAL Interviews


Wednesday 7

Year 10 Course Selection

Normal Year 10 classes



Thursday 8



Friday 9



Tuesday 13

House Athletics


Wednesday 14


Parents Association Meeting, 7.30pm


Thursday 15



Friday 16



Monday 19

Year 7 Basketball


 Monday 26

Year 9 City Experience


Tuesday 27 

Year 9 City Experience


Wednesday 28

Year 9 City Experience

Thursday 29

Year 9 City Experience


Friday 30 

Year 9 City Experience


Thursday 3

Free Dress Day


Tuesday 10

Division Athletics


Wednesday 11

Parents Association Meeting, 7:30pm


Wednesday 18

GALA Concert 2019 Melbourne Recital Centre

Term 4

Monday 7

First day of Term 4


Friday 11

EMR Athletics


Monday 14

Year 12 Themed Dressed Day


Tuesday 15

Contemporary Band Program Showcase


Wednesday 16

Parents Association Meeting, 7:30pm


Thursday 17

VCE Dance Showcase

(Unit 2 & 4 Combined)


Monday 21

Art & Technology Showcase


Tuesday 22

Art & Technology Showcase


Thursday 24

Art & Technology Showcase


Friday 25

Art & Technology Showcase


Wednesday 30

VCAA/VCE Exams Start


Monday 11

Year 9 Camp


Tuesday 12

Year 9 Camp


Wednesday 13

Year 9 Camp

Parents Association Meeting, 7:30pm


Thursday 14

Year 9 Camp

Mini Orientation Day


Friday 15

Year 9 Camp


Tuesday 26

Year 9 Drama Performances L1


Thursday 28

Year 9 Drama Performances L1


Friday 6

Year 10 Formal


Monday 9

Orientations Evening


Tuesday 10

Year 7 Orientation Day


Wednesday 11

Parents Association Meeting, 7:30pm


Friday 20


End of Term 4

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


This week I returned from a few weeks long service leave and a trip to the US and Canada, back in time for the last week of term. Fortunately, we have an experienced and capable Principal and Leadership Team who managed the school outstandingly well in my absence. A big thank you in particular to Shane Kruger who was Acting Principal in my absence and Dina Mingos who stepped up into the role of Acting Assistant Principal to cover for Shane. These temporary leadership and staff changes are common and more are scheduled in the second half of the year, with Catherine Ford completing a Principal Internship at Glen Waverley Secondary College in the first four weeks of term 3. Carrie Wallis our current Head of English and Literacy will step into the role as Acting Assistant Principal for Later Years during this time.  The following staff will be taking long service of varying lengths at the start of term 3, Carolyn Parkes, Benn Pollock, Azar Rahmatzadah, Joanna Karanikolopolous, Jacki Baldri and Jane Walker. As a result we have a number of new staff replacing them during this time and I will introduce them in the first newsletter of next term.


Whilst I was away, as noted in the previous newsletter, we had two new staff join us in Peter Cameron (Business Manager) and Chris Young (Facilities Manager). I am excited to have them start and look forward to working with both of them in the future.


As you may be aware our two major projects the COLA and D Block toilet projects are nearing completion. The D Block toilet project has taken us longer than anticipated to complete but I have no doubt that the final product will be well worth the wait. It is anticipated that this project will be finished very close to the start of next term. The COLA has gone up very quickly and as a result we are beginning to appreciate how important it will be for our staff and students. This immense structure is also likely to be completed close to the start of next term.


Finally, I would like to thank all students and staff for their hard work this term, encourage everyone to enjoy the break and look forward to the exciting things happening next semester.


Kevin Murphy



Assistant Principals

Year 10 Learning Mentor Group


Just a quick reminder in case you missed the last newsletter.  In semester 2 we launch the new semester of the Learning Mentor Program at year 10.  After the subject selection process early in term 3, the program moves from careers and pathways planning to study and life skills.  To facilitate this and to enhance the transition to the senior years of study student groupings for the Learning Mentor program have changed.

When students access their semester 2 timetable they will probably find they are in a different learning mentor group or have a different learning mentor teacher. 


Catherine Ford

Assistant Principal


Semester 2 Reports

Student reports are available on Compass.  Please download the report and discuss with your child.  Our reports are designed to give parents and students feedback on a range of learning behaviours that are known to produce positive learning outcomes for students.  If your child has been here longer than this year, it is a good idea to cross reference these with previous reports to see what the improvement has been.


The Victorian Curriculum requires us to assess students against the standard for the year level.  A C grade means the students in performing at standard.  This can be interpreted as they are performing as an average student at the year level would be expected to perform.  A D grade means they are 6 months behind their peers and a B grade 6 months ahead.  Again, it is a great idea to compare to previous reports to see if progress is being made.  If your child was a D grade at the end of last year and a D grade this semester, then they have achieved 6 months growth in 6 months.  If they were a D grade at the end of last year and they are a C grade this semester they have made 12 months growth in 6 months.  Please emphasise with your children that growth is what we are aiming for rather than the grade.


Each unit of work the students complete has learning intentions (year 7-10) or learning outcomes (year 11-12).  These intentions/outcomes articulate the knowledge, skills and understanding that the student should be able to demonstrate by the end of the topic.  If a student receives a Not Satisfactory grade (N) for an intention/outcome it is important to inquire with them why they think this has occurred.  Was it an issue with the learning being too difficult, or did they not complete the necessary tasks to demonstrate they had the knowledge, skill or understanding?


The Common Assessment Item grades relate to specific tasks the student has completed and give you a clear idea of how they have performed at key points during the year.  Teachers provide feedback in the form of a comment or an assessment rubric for common assessment items on Compass.  Please access this in conjunction with reading their grades.


The school holidays are a great time to have these conversations with your children. They will be more relaxed and will have the time to reflect on their achievements and areas for improvement.  Students can also use time on the holidays to consolidate learning by reviewing and practising new knowledge and skills.  Its also a great time for students to consider their work practices and how they can use their time at home to facilitate their learning at school further.


If you have any questions about your child's assessment/report please don't hesitate to contact your child's teacher at the start of next term.


Catherine Ford 

Assistant Principal

Parent & Student Workshop

Early last week the Food Studies teacher’s ran a series of Parent/Student workshops for year 8 and 9 students. These workshops highlighted the types of meals students make in Year 9 Bakery/Café, Taste of Asia and Year 10 Taste of Europe.


The Bakery/Café workshop took on a Mexican feel by producing delicious chicken burrito bowls. The parents and students worked together to make their bowl out of the burrito and fill it with a range of tasty ingredients such as char grilled peppers, coriander and lime rice and marinated chicken.


Taste of Asian made traditional pork rolls, also known as Banh Mi Tiht. The recipe used traditional Vietnamese flavours such as coriander, fish sauce and lemongrass.


The Taste of Europe class took a tour to Italy and produced gourmet roasted vegetable pizzas. Parents and students learnt how to make pizza dough, which they then topped with a range of freshly baked Mediterranean vegetables.


It was wonderful seeing parents and their children working together to make a meal, which they were able to take home and enjoy for dinner or share with the rest of the family.


Due to receiving, such positive feedback from parents and student’s we are happy to announce another series of workshops for year 8 students, second week term three Tuesday 23rd July.

Bakery/Café – Fro Fro’s (delicious raspberry cupcakes)


Taste of Asia – Thai Hamburgers.


See information below on how to enrol in the workshops.

Year 8 Parent student evening workshops number 2.

After the success of last week’s workshops, the Food Studies department has decided to run a couple of workshops early term 3

Are you in year 8 this year and thinking of taking a year 9 Food Studies elective next year? If you are these workshop are for you.


Second week term three, the home economics teachers have designed a range of hands on parent/student evening workshops for you to come along to and produce a quick nutritious Asian meal or some yummy cupcakes.


The workshops will run for 90 minutes from 7pm – 8.30pm, where you will work together with your parent to prepare, make and serve a delicious product. 


You will have the opportunity to book into ONE of the workshops only, so be quick before space fill up. Numbers are limited to 12 students plus 1 parent for each workshop.

How to book:

Students to fill out the application form for themselves and their parents


Click the link next to the relevant workshop to make your booking.


The following workshops will run on 23rd July in the B block kitchens:


Tuesday 23rd July – Taste of Asia making Thai Hamburger LINK

Tuesday 23rd July – Bakery/Café making Fro Fro’s (delicious raspberry flavoured cupcakes) LINK


There is no cost for the workshops, we only ask that you wear closed toe shoes, bring a container and enjoy yourselves.


Each participant will take home a set of recipe cards and a delicious product.


Looking forward to see you on the night.


Natasha HAGGAR

Year 10 Peer Support Program


Are you interested in building your leadership skills?


Are you interested in developing your employability skills for life after school?


Are you interested in teaching year 7 students the knowledge and skills to be an effective learner?

Are you interested in nurturing and supporting the transition of year 7 students into high school?


Then the Year 10 Peer Support program in 2020 is for you!


  • Any year 9 student interested in the Peer Support Program for 2020 must complete and submit an expression of interest form to Middle Years by Friday 26th July.
  • This form can be found on Compass, alternatively can be collected from the Middle Years office. A recommendation from two of your teachers must also be included in your application.


Program Description


The Peer Support program aims to educate students on the value of peer-to-peer support. It is designed to provide support between groups of junior students and trained senior leaders. By applying the “student-help-student” principle, Peer Support taps the energies of the most valuable resource a school has  - the students. The empowerment of young people in this way encourages them to grow in confidence and responsibility. It has been shown that pro social behaviours amongst the school community are encouraged by educating peer support leaders on the effects they can have on younger students. 


The Peer Support program aims to create a thriving school environment that puts students at the centre of their learning, nurturing them and providing them with the necessary skills and strategies to navigate school and life. The program allows students to develop empathy, form relationships  and develop a sense of responsibility towards students they might not typically engage with. While working within these structured groups, older students (year 10 students) lead younger students through planned and engaging lesson activities that explore a range of topics. Students take responsibility for a number of incoming Year 7 students and create a supportive learning environment for younger students during Semester 1, in which Year 7 students develop: 


  • Character building and respect for self and others, including empathy and compassion 
  • Positive and respectful relationships and social skills 
  • Skills needed to be an effective learner 
  • Strategies to promote mental health, through resilience, mindfulness, gratitude and kindness 
  • Student agency 
  • School connectedness 
  • Responsibility for self and others, including values, friendship and anti-bullying. 
  • And to empower young people to build improved help-seeking behaviour through increased knowledge of available support, the development of positive coping strategies and the development of skills needed to access help. 


Becoming a trained peer support leader and undertaking the program creates a sense of empowerment that results in their ability to take responsibility for the learning of younger students. It also empowers them to take ownership and responsibility over their own learning and wellbeing, including an increase in self efficacy. It also provides students with leadership skills and opportunities for self-development and self-reflection. Year 10 students learn how to become an effective leader in the 21st century and develop employability skills such as communication, creativity, collaboration, problem solving, critical thinking, self-management and planning and organising.  


The introduction of peer support programs have been conclusively proven to have a long term preventative effect on the incidence of bullying by contributing to the development of positive relationships and a safe school culture (McGrath, H & Stanley, M 2006).   


If you have any questions regarding the Peer Support program, please speak to Mr Black, alternatively contact him via email ([email protected]).


David Black

Physical Education, Health and PE

General Information

General Office

Office Hours:                  8:00am - 4:00pm

Telephone:                      9801 9700

Attendance Line:        9881 7111


Parents should always make contact with the General Office first when visiting the school or trying to make contact with their children.


Appointments with teachers must be made via telephone or email them directly.


Student absences should be reported to the school prior to 9am.  Please ring the Student absences number directly on 9881 7111.


If your child is in Year 10, 11 or 12 they will be required to supply an absence note when returning to school.  If your child has missed a SAC or been away for more than a couple of days, then they will be required to supply a doctor's certificate.


In order to minimise disruption to class and maximise learning opportunities for our students, we would like to remind you of the school policy regarding late arrival to school. Students are expected to be at school at 8.40am.  Locker Bell rings at 8.44am and Home Group commences 8:54am.  If your child is late for any reason please contact the General Office on 9881 7111 or 9881 7131.

Library Hours

Monday to Thursday:

8:15am to 4:30



8:15am to 3.30pm

Collecting Your Child From School

If your child has an appointment and they are required to leave school early please complete the following:

  1. Write a note explaining why your child is required to leave school.  On this note please supply their name, home group, the reason why they are leaving and your name and phone number.
  2. Your child is required to drop the note off in the Early Leaver’s folder, which is situated in the main office.  If your child is required to leave the school prior to recess, please ask your child to request an Early Leavers pass from Debbie Hopper in the main office.  She will write one immediately.
  3. Your child will be required to sign out on the PINK sign out sheet at the main office, prior to leaving the school premises.

Please note that if your child does not have an Early Leavers pass from the main office, teachers will not allow your child to leave their class.  Also, your child is required to keep the Early Leavers pass so, if they are approached by a teacher outside the school, the student has confirmation they have permission to leave the school premises.


If you write a letter for your child to leave school early, you are NOT required to come in and sign your child out.  Also, your child’s attendance will be marked correctly.  If you need to collect your child unexpectedly, please contact the main office.  We will try our best to organise your child for collection prior to you arriving at school.

Arriving Late to School

If your child has an appointment and they are arriving late to school, please complete the following:


Write a note explaining why your child is arriving late to school.  On this note please supply their name, home group and the reason why they are arriving late.


Your child is required to sign in at the main office, so the attendance officer can make the appropriate changes to compass.

Emergency Pick Ups Only

In extreme circumstances you can ring the office to organise for your child to be collected early. It is extremely disruptive to the classrooms, therefore this procedure is for EMERGENCIES ONLY.

Uniform Shop

Uniform Shop is open on MONDAYS and THURSDAYS from 3:00pm to 5:00pm, and the first Saturday of the Term from 1 - 4pm. Prices and additional trading hours can be found on the College website.


Direct Phone:  9881 7168



Monday 15


Uniform Shop is closed on Monday 15th July- Curriculum Day.

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:


Tahlia UMI




Parents Association President:

Pam Wade


Parents of Performing Arts Chairperson

Stuart Broadley

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