Wantirna College Newsletter

22 November 2019
Issue Nineteen
Dates to Remember for 2019
Principal's Report
Assistant Principals
Spanish Cultural Tour 2020
Year 9 Camp Horse Riding 
Year 9 Camp Snowy River
Karoonda Park
Lego League Challenge
Library News
Second Hand Book Sale
PoPa Raffle
General Information
Community News
Wantirna College
90 Harold Street
Wantirna, Vic, 3152

Dates to Remember for 2019


Wednesday 20



Tuesday 26

Year 9 Drama Performances L1


Thursday 28

Year 9 Drama Performances L1


Tuesday 3

Awards Night 7:00pm


Monday 9

Year 10 Formal

Year 7 Orientation Evening


Tuesday 10

Year 7 Orientation Day


Wednesday 11

Parents Association Meeting, 7:30pm


Friday 20


End of Term 4

2019 Term dates:

Term 1: 30 January  to 5 April

Term 2: 23 April to 28 June

Term 3: 15 July to 20 September

Term 4: 7 October to 20 December

2020 Term dates:

Term 1:  28 January - 27 March

Term 2:  14 April - 26 June

Term 3:  13 July - 18 September 

Term 4:  5 October - 18 December


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

Principal's Report


Major Projects

We are currently forging ahead with a number of major projects that have been endorsed by the FARM (Facilities and Resource Management) sub-committee and discussed at College Council. The following projects have progressed past the planning stage and are at the point where we are either signing contracts or scheduling contractors. They include: Synthetic grass for the COLA, Staffroom redevelopment, staff toilet redevelopment, air conditioner installations, Science and Language Centre wall and LED lighting changeover. A number of other projects are still in the planning phase and are likely to be completed after these projects. Students, staff and parents will notice exceptional improvement in facilities next year with considerable investment and works beginning at the end of term 4.

Student Excellence Program

In recent days via the media you may have heard about the Student Excellence Program that has been announced by the State Government. The Student Excellence Program provides $60.2 million to extend the ways in which government schools provide a great learning environment for high-ability students through:


  • structured learning extension programs for high-ability students
  • further developing classroom teachers to better support their high-ability students
  • more resources for government schools to build their programs for high-ability students.


Together these three strategies will support the learning, engagement and wellbeing of high-ability students and help them thrive now and into the future. We have only recently in the last few days received more specific information about this program, so details on how it will work and who it will apply to are still to come.

Uniform and Mobile Phones

Recent changes to mobile phone and uniform policies and process have caused many concerns for our students. Pleasingly the changes which have been well received by parents and have been implemented effectively without major disruption. In particular the response by students to the mobile phone “ban” has been impressive, and the majority of students have responded positively to the changes. As a result today we held a BBQ and Ninja challenge to celebrate the positive response by the students to the changes. This was a fun event and due recognition for our students who have been outstanding in recent weeks.


School Captains 2020

As per my recent email communication to students and parents, I am very excited to announce that the College Captains for 2020 are:

  • Sam Styles
  • Isabelle Davis
  • Connor Winter
  • Jacob Lacchiana

Congratulations to these four students and I look forward to working closely with you throughout the coming year.

I would also like to acknowledge and thank the unsuccessful nominees for these positions. Fortunately, we had a large high-quality field of applicants to choose from.


Kevin Murphy


Assistant Principals

Ninja Warriors 

Great day today, in recognition of how well our students have adapted to the new mobile phone restrictions and emphasis on school uniform, we held the Ninja Warrior competition.

The crew from Proactivity came out and ran a professional style Ninja Course.  Great fun was had by all those who ran the course with the staff providing some stiff competition for our students.


The Year 11 VCAL students made sure everyone was well fed with the sausage sizzle they organised and ran.  A big thank you to all those involved in the organsiation of this event and enjoy the happy snaps.



Year 12 Valedictory Dinner

On Wednesday evening we celebrated the end of year 12 exams and 13 years of formal education with our year 12 students as they graduated from high school.  It was a real pleasure to celebrate with the students and their families after all the hard work that has been put in over the  years and in particular the last 12 months.


Each student and home group was formally awarded their graduation certificate and the most outstanding student for each subject was announced.  Once the formalities were over the dancing began.  It was great to see students, teachers and parents on the dance floor coming together in celebration.  Although it was a joyous celebration there was a few tears from both students and teachers as they recognised the long journey was over.


Although the VCAL students have their results and are firmly focused on their next stage, the VCE students now have to wait until the second week in December for their results.  We wish them all the best and look forward to hearing how they did at the Alumni Assembly in a couple of weeks.


Special thanks to Dina Mingos, Andrew Beavis, Chris Leunig, Wendy Pearce and the rest of team for the organisation of this event.



Car Park Issues

Parents are reminded that the carpark is not a drop off and pick up areas for students.  The carpark gets very busy at key times during the day and is a safety hazard for students.   Parking bays are reserved for staff and parents who have business inside the College.

2020 Subjects and Secondhand Bookstall

Students will receive information about their subjects for 2020 next week in time for the secondhand bookstall on Saturday November 30, 2019 from 9am -11am in the Senior centre.


This is a great opportunity to pick up quality secondhand books for a fraction of the price of new.  Prices vary, and are set by the person who is selling the book.  Students will need to collect books that are not sold prior to the end of the year.  Non collected books will be donated to student wellbeing to assist families who are struggling.

Save the Date
Awards Night


Our annual awards celebration is fast approaching.  This year it will be held at Robert Blackwood Hall at Monash University on December 3rd from 7:00pm-9:00pm.  Tickets are not required.


Students who have received four or more academic awards will be presented on stage in addition to the students who have received major citizenship awards, learning area awards and most outstanding student awards. Families will receive invitations prior to the event.


Catherine Ford, Shane Kruger, Zoe Carolan and

Carrie Wallis

Assistant Principals

Exam and Step Up Update

As our year 12 students leave and the year 11s finish their exams the Year 10 students take over the senior centre for their exams.  The Year 10 exams are an important part of our program. They teach students the importance of study and revision in consolidating knowledge and allow them to revisit ideas and concepts covered earlier in the semester.  Students who have a clash with their exam timetable or another academic commitment need to see Mrs Mingos so she can reschedule their exams


The Step Up programs start immediately after the exams.  These are compulsory programs for students and it is our expectation that all students attend and participate in a productive manner.  These programs are designed to build the skills students will need at the beginning of the year next year.  Each program will have homework expectations for students. This homework is important if they are to set themselves up for the following year and we ask that parents encourage their children to complete it to the best of their ability.  None of the homework will be text book dependent which will allow students to complete it before Christmas.

Catherine Ford, Shane Kruger, Zoe Carolan and

Carrie Wallis

Assistant Principals

Spanish Cultural Tour 2020

We are excited to announce we are in the final stages of planning an adventure of a lifetime for our students in September 2020.  Next year we will be offering a 12 day cultural tour of Spain to all students in years 8-12 covering the three major cities of Madrid, Barcelona and Seville. 


The group will have the opportunity to explore these cities and experience the contrast between the medieval and modern whilst enjoying  the unique way of life in this vibrant and exciting culture. Spain is known for its vast history,  rich and varied architecture, and the rich traditions of art which include the masters Picasso, Goya and Gaudi. 


Students will experience the different pace of life in Spain including the afternoon siesta and dining late into the evening.  We will visit the famous La Rambla Street food market where we will sample paella, tapas and other Spanish delicacies.  We will experience the excitement and music of a traditional flamenco show.


This trip is available to all students in years 8-12.  An information night with more detail will occur in December, details will be made available via Compass.  We anticipate a great deal of interest in this trip and look forward to providing more detailed information including an itinerary at this time.


Azar Rahmatzadeh

Language Program Leader



Year 9 Camp
Horse Riding 

What a week?

 Despite the unseasonally cold weather (it was snowing on Mount Bulla we enjoyed a fantastic week horse riding in the Howqua Valley.  Sixteen students, only two with riding experience, enjoyed 5 days in Victoria's magnificent high country.  We rode along the trails that criss cross the river and head over the hills. Scenery was spectacular as were the magnificent horses we rode supplied by Buckle Up Bushrides and McCormicks Mountain Adventures.  Both providers have a long history and association with the Mountain Cattleman and the families that settled this area.


We relaxed and bonded over meals provided by Kaye (we loved her cakes) and developed new friendships around the camp fire.  Many a marshmallow was eaten with Jamie leading the way to show how to cook one to perfection.


Our horses were amazing and looked after us well.  We only had three falls with no-one being injured and once we all got the hang of keeping our heels down there were no more.  By the end of the week everyone had trotted and cantered except for Missy (a horse), who was not keen on cantering up hill.


Special thanks to Ms Wallis and Alyssa Balej (our sports trainee) for making this week possible.


Catherine Ford

Year 9 Camp
Snowy River


Our crew of rafters began our trip bright and early Monday morning, ready for the long, windy drive up to the Snowy River. We met our raft guides and before we knew it, tarps were set up, firewood was collected, and dinner was prepared on the fire. We were learning new skills including the truckies hitch, half hitch, and the dead man. With our tarps set up on the soft, luscious sand, right next to the river, we were looking forward to a cruisy first night and having a well deserved sleep. Unfortunately for us, the weather decided it was not agreeing with what we had planned. We battled through extremely strong winds, raft guide Arby, who has a lazy 30 years experience of rafting on the Snowy, mentioned it was the windiest night he had ever experienced (welcome to camp life Wantirna).


So, after surviving hurricane Snowy on the first night, we battled on and began our rafting adventure on the picturesque Snowy. It took some time to understand how rafting works, we quickly became experts, and made our way down some crazy rapids. We had splash fights, capsizes, and plenty of good times. The weather luckily turned around, and presented us with sunshine filled days with the occasional head wind. We saw plenty of wildlife including lizards and kangaroos to name a few. At night we had campfires, the marshmallows and damper were very popular, we went swimming at sunset, and had plenty of stories told by our guides around the fire. By the end of the camp, our sweet peas were setting the tarps up all by themselves, learnt how to use ‘the groover’, and also learnt that the sun shines really, really early.


Thanks for a great camp everyone, it was an absolute pleasure taking you.


Mr Burleigh and Mrs Rutherford.



Karoonda Park

Base camp was a wild ride. A long 5 hour trip to Karoonda park was a decent start to the week. We stopped at the Buchan caves, admiring the natural sculptures. At Karoonda, the day activities included horse riding, initiative activities, abseiling, flying fox, rafting on the snowy river, hiking, rock climbing and plenty of games. At night, sometimes we chilled in front of a fire or while watching the movie dodgeball, and other times we got active by hiking in the dark or playing ultimate uno championships. The whole week was thrilling, with great people and teachers, and I highly recommend the camp to any year 8. Bloody Oath!


Elise Carbery 9I



Lego League Challenge

2019 saw the Wantirna College enter into their first FIRST Lego League challenge.  This year the challenge was City Shaper.  Our team, consisting of Nathan Bromfield, Teegan Bruton, Dayle Coughlan, Brody Green, Elijah Haynes, Luca Sharman, Amy Ye, Jeffery Zhang and Roger Zhang had been working on completing the challenge over the last 3 months.


Coached by Clara Bainbridge and Leona Ma, our team, Team Curiosity, faced off with over 19 teams last Wednesday at the State Championships.  The challenge consisted of A programming challenge – designing and programming a Lego robot to complete various tasks on the challenge mat.


Identifying a problem that a local, national or international community is facing, and coming up with an appropriate and creative solution.


Demonstrating the core values of collaboration, creativity and sustainability.


Although Team Curiosity did not progress to the National Competition, they managed to set a new personal best in the programming challenge.  Their solution to the plastic water bottle pollution issue, using water oohos as an alternative packaging, resulting in a finely detailed Minecraft video.  This video showed their rationale and vision in why and how to implement their solution and it was highly praised by the judges.


Congratulations on being the first Wantirna College Lego League team and hopefully we will see you all next year


Peter Kos

Science and KIOSC



Library News

It has been great to see so many students in the Library recently studying hard for their exams and end of year tests. Congratulations on your hard work.


May I suggest that a good way of winding down this Summer would be with some reading? A Summer Reading House Challenge is starting – you could earn points for your House in an enjoyable way while keeping brain fit. All students and staff are encouraged to read one book over the Summer holidays – and follow it up with a conversation with a member of the Library staff within the first two weeks back at school next year. The record of the book read will count as 1 point towards their House. The House with the most points gets their name on a plaque which will be displayed in the Library.


The rules are very simple: students and staff can read any book for the Challenge – EXCEPT their English set novels. The book can be sourced from anywhere (home, school library, public library, bookstore, online, etc). It can be a physical book, eBook or AudioBook. The record of the book must be entered by February 14th 2020 (Library Lovers Day!) to count towards the House points.


We know there are lots of keen readers in our Wantirna College community who would gladly read more – but, for this Challenge it is strictly one book per student/staff. Happy reading and recommending to others. Good luck to all Houses.


Mrs Hall and the Library Team

Second Hand Book Sale

Second Hand Booklist Instructions

The Parents Association organises and runs a secondhand book store designed to allow families to on sell current texts that are no longer needed and other families to purchase secondhand texts at a reduced price.  Details for how to sell your books are included below:

  • If selling books for more than one student  -  Complete all labels and the Books for Sale Form in one student’s name.  
  • Unsold books can be donated to Student Welfare, please tick appropriate box on this form and label.
  • Books For Sale Form  –  Ensure that all information matches the labels attached to the books.  The completed form must accompany books handed-in for sale.  You may photocopy the completed form for your own records.
  • Labels  –  PRINT CLEARLY.  Attach to front of book with 2 pieces of tape only (top and bottom of label).
  • Books – Books should be in good condition with no pages missing. Only books listed on the Second Hand Book List can be sold, so please check titles and editions.
  • Pricing  –  Maximum selling price is given in the Second Hand Book List.  A lower price should be set for books not in top condition.  Please price books in round dollar amounts,
  • CD’s  –  CD’s must be usable.  Tape CD’s securely in their pockets to inside of book covers.  The PA is not responsible for condition of CD’s.
  • DVD’s  -  DVD’s must be usable.  The PA is not responsible for the condition of DVD’s. 

Collection of Money/Unsold Books

  • ID is essential for anyone collecting money/unsold books. Collecting on behalf of another student requires authorisation note and ID.
  • Any uncollected books/money will be considered a donation to the Parent’s Association if not collected by 15 February.

Please Note     

  • Cheaper priced books in good condition usually sell first.
  • 20% of all Sales will go to the Parents Association.


Please contact Jessica on 0425 782 531 or email wcshbs@gmail.com




Book Labels



Second Hand Book List 2020


Book Collection and Collection of Money




Second Hand Book Sale Date

Parents Association

PoPa Raffle

Incredible PoPA Christmas Raffle 2019

WIN a beautiful 4-night stay at The Hive at Hepburn valued at $5200!


Set on an acre of natural bushland only two minutes’ drive from the centre of idyllic Hepburn Springs, The Hive has 4 suites (2 bedrooms and ensuite each) and sleeps 24 people.  Every comfort is provided in this modern, newly built luxury holiday house.  It’s perfect for a multiple family getaway – just take a look and work out who you’d go with!




Further enquires can be made to wantirnapopa@thehiveathepburn.com.au

To go into the draw to WIN this amazing accommodation package simply buy your $5 tickets through Trybooking by 5pm, Friday 29th November: (insert link here)

  • The prize is a 4-night stay gift voucher, valid for 12 months
  • Excludes public holidays, subject to availability - check Stayz calendar for current availability
  • Winner selected randomly
  • Winner announced via Compass on Wed 4 Dec
  • Voucher must be collected from the College


We’d like to remind families that this is an optional fundraising activity and we thank you for your support.


Good luck!

Parents of Performing Arts Committee


Uniform Shop Opening Hours
November– December 2019

November 2019

Mondays and Thursdays



Saturday 23rd




30th 9:00-11:30am, Second Hand Book Sale

December 2019

Day Date Time
Monday 2nd 3:00 - 5.30pm
Wednesday 4th 3:30 - 5.30pm
Thursday 5th 3:00 - 5.30pm
Saturday 7th 2:00 - 4.00pm


Year 7 Information Evening


3:00 - 6.30pm

(Extremely busy, expect lengthy Delays)


Year 7 Orientation Day


2:30 - 4.30pm

(Extremely busy, expect lengthy Delays)

Wednesday 11th 3:30 - 5.30pm
Thursday 12th 3:00 - 5.30pm




(Last Opening Day for 2019)




2:00 - 4.00pm


3:00 - 5.30pm


January 2020


Day Date Time


(Campion Book Collection)

23rd 9:00 - 2:00pm
Friday 24th 11:00 - 2:00pm
Saturday 25th 11:00 - 2:00pm

Monday -





Tuesday 28th 11:00 - 2:00pm
Wednesday 29th 3:00 - 5:00pm


The Uniform Shop will return to usual business hours on Thursday 30th January.


Caroline McCormick

Uniform Shop


Career News



Mr Phil Newnham

Careers Counsellor

General Information

General Office

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

Telephone:                      9801 9700


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.


All visitors to the College must sign into and out of the College using the Compass Kiosc in the General Office.


In line with the Government’s commitment to compulsory attendance, the College is required to ensure all absences are recorded pursuant to DET guidelines. It is the responsibility of a student’s parent/guardian to explain why their child is absent/late. This can be done using the parent portal on Compass, by written note, by phone call to the General Office or by face-to-face conversation with a staff member.  Given the convenience and security the Compass portal offers for this important part of college life, this is the preferred method.


The General Office team will continue to be available for assistance on all attendance and Compass matters, and in every instance, any student arriving late or leaving early must report to the General Office to be signed in or out.


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.

Arriving Late 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 you are aware your child will be late to school, parental approval should be submitted in the Compass portal, or by notifying the General Office.


Students arriving late (after the first roll is marked) must report to the General Office to be signed in. Where a parent approval hasn’t been submitted on Compass prior, the absence will be shown as an unexplained absence until an approval is submitted. Should a written note from a parent be provided with the student when they arrive, it will be entered in Compass.


To promote the importance of being punctual to class, students arriving late to any other class will be recorded as late. Whilst late arrivals do not show on the Compass dashboard, they are displayed on the ‘unexplained’ tab under Attendance. The Compass system does not provide a sensible ‘reason’ for this scenario, however until a more appropriate option is made available, parents wanting to acknowledge/clear the unexplained late arrivals may do so by using the ‘Parent Choice’ reason, assuming no other reason is suitable.

Early Departure from School

If a student has an appointment and needs to leave early, parents should enter an approval in Compass and select the appropriate reason from the list of options stipulated by DET. The approval appears on the class roll to alert the classroom teacher, and the student will be excused from class at the designated time. Students should then attend the General Office to be signed out. If a parent provides a written note on the day, this should be taken to the General Office before school or at recess, and it will be entered into Compass. Students will not be permitted to leave class without an approval entered in Compass.


If you need to collect your child unexpectedly, please contact the General Office.

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 Compass portal under school documentation.


Direct Phone:  9881 7168

Library Hours

Monday to Thursday:

8:15am to 4:30



8:15am to 3.30pm

Lost Property

Lost Uniforms are taken to the Maintenance Office, which is located near Health Centre.  There is a double draw finling cabniet on the right just inside the door.  If you have lost any valuables, ie: phone, watch, etc... they are usually handed in to the main office.

Car Parking

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


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

  • The designated drop off and pick up zone on Harold Street in front of the Home Economics rooms
  • 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, Shane Kruger and Carrie Wallis


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

Community News


Wantirna College Newsletter
Career News Issue 16.pdf
Career News Issue 17.pdf
Yrs 7-12 Second Hand Booklist 2020.pdf
Yrs 7-12 Second Hand Booklist 2020.pdf