Viewbank College

21 April 2017
Issue Ten
Important Dates:
Principal's Report
Assistant Principals Report
Year 8 News
Health and Well-Being News
Music News
ADF News
Save the Gorilla's in Africa
Canteen News
General College Information
Camps, Sports and Exursions Fund
Viewbank College
9458 2811
Warren Road
Rosanna, Victoria, 3084

Important Dates:

Monday 24th April

German Exchange

ANZAC Day General Assembly

Year 12 English SAC 3.20pm - 5pm

Debating (Yr 9 - 12)

Tuesday 25th April

ANZAC Day Public Holiday

German Exchange

Wednesday 26th April

German Exchange

Geography Competition

SSV Swimming (MSAC)

Year 8 Round Robin

Community Focus Evening 7pm

Thursday 27th April

German Exchange

Geography Competition

Grade 6 into Year 7 (2018) Information Evening

Friday 28th April

German Exchange

Geography Competition

Apprenticeship Information Session (Period 3)

Sunday 30th April

VCE Unit 3 Drama Excursion 4pm

Monday 1st May

Year 10 into 11 Course Counselling

Geography Competition

Music Workshop Week - Banyule Theatre

Tuesday 2nd May

Year 10 into 11 Course Counselling

Geography Competition

Music Workshop Week - Banyule Theatre

Year 11 Public Speaking (Period 1 & 2)

Wednesday 3rd May

Year 10 into 11 Course Counselling

Geography Competition

Music Workshop Week - Banyule Theatre

Unit 1 Biology Excursion to Queenscliff

Education Committee Meeting 6.30pm

Uniform Committee Meeting 7.30pm

Parent Evening - "Tuning into Teens"

Thursday 4th May

Year 10 into 11 Course Counselling

Geography Competition

Music Workshop Week - Banyule Theatre

Nillumbik/Banyule Division Athletics - Meadowglen

Friends of Music (FOM) Meeting 7.30pm

Friday 5th May

Year 10 into 11 Course Counselling

Geography Competition

Music Workshop Week - Banyule Theatre

Senior Choir - Generations in Jazz

Year 10 VCE & Careers Expo

Principal's Report

From the Principal

Our construction is now underway and throughout 2017 and 18 we need to keep this vision at the forefront of the College ‘Caring for Excellence’.


Welcome to Term 2 with all its busyness.  Next week we have ANZAC Day Assemblies on Monday; the Open Morning on Wednesday;  the focus on’ Future Directions’ Community Evening on Wednesday evening and the Grade 6 Parents Information Evening.

In May, there is the Year 7 Camp to Phillip Island, the Year 8 Heads Up Parent Information evening, the Autumn Festival, lots of sport and lots of course counselling primarily for Years 10 and 9. 

June brings the Year 9 into 10 and Year 10 into 11 Parent Information evenings; the Year 9 Camp; Year 10 Work Experience and MOST importantly the exams for Years 10, 11 and 12 as well as the GAT.  

These are just some of the events that need to come to parents’ attention as we start out.   

Staffing changes for Term 2:

I wish to advise that there are a number of staffing changes for Term 2 to accommodate staff leave.

  • Ms Jessica Gordon-Chong replaces Mr John Handford who is on Long Service Leave for the duration of Term 2.
  • Ms Catherine O’Reilly will take some of Ms Tanya Abrahams classes while she is on Long Service Leave for 8 weeks.
  • Ms Sally Hughan (Food Tech) and Ms Di Bilsborough (PE & Health) will share Mr Mike Matthews allotment while he is on Long Service Leave for the duration of Term 2.
  • Mrs Emma Ford will be Acting Assistant Principal replacing Mr John Munro for the next 6 weeks.
  • Mr Nicholas Morley will take on Year 12 and Literacy Support for Ms Lesley Morris who is on extended sick leave.
  • Ms Helen Bruch has replaced Mrs Anne Budge as the Canteen Assistant.

Retirement Mrs Anne Budge:

I would like to recognise the fine contribution to Viewbank College made by Mrs Anne Budge who officially retired on the last day of Term 1.  Many parent volunteers will have come to know Anne over the years as she has worked tirelessly in the Canteen for the past 17 years as Canteen Assistant.  Anne’s first association with the Canteen was as a parent volunteer while her two girls Emma and Jessica, attended the College.  Both girls now have families of their own and Anne felt it was time to devote more time to her family as well as travel.  Today we will hold a special morning tea to thank Anne for her contribution and for always ‘Caring for Excellence’ in the Canteen.  Bravo Anne Budge!

‘Future Directions – The Next Stage’ - Community Evening

This week, via Newsfeed, I invited all parents and students to participate in our community evening this coming Wednesday, 26th April from 7.00pm – 9.30pm in the Library.  College Councillors will be leading discussions on tables and it is vital that we have parents and students as well as staff, involved in discussions that will help shape what targets and goals, need to be set in the Strategic Plan for the next 4 years.  This will not be an onerous night but an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of the past 4 years and to look at what we need to do to take the College to the next stage in meeting student needs and ensuring strong learning outcomes.

We have had a modest response to the invitation to date but we urge parents and students to make every effort to come along.  To help cater for the supper, we need for parents and students to book on the following link 

Annual Report for 2016:

It was a pleasure to table the Annual Report for 2016 at the AGM on March 29th, 2017.  This report is to be celebrated.  Fundamentally, in all measurement areas, the College is performing well above the median for Victorian Government Secondary Schools.  I invite all members of the College community and prospective parents to access the report on the College website in the College Reports link under the “About Us” tab.  This is a document which attests to the capacity of staff, students and also parents in their support, to meet high expectations for improved student outcomes.

The Autumn Festival:

It is not long until the Autumn Festival is in full swing.  The first big occasion is the Autumn Night on Thursday, 18th May at 7.30pm at the Banyule Theatre followed by the grand Autumn Brunch on Sunday, 21st May, 10am-12.30pm in the Gym.  These are premiere events on the musical calendar and I am sure that anyone who loves good music would find these two events completely uplifting.  Bookings will open next week, so please get in early too book to avoid disappointment.  Keep an eye open for the newsfeed with booking details.

Can You help?

Friends of Music are doing a mighty job to organize all the catering, raffle prizes etc for these two events.  I am again calling for donations of food for hampers.  We would like to create some “themed” hampers such as a gourmet hamper or a supper hamper of tea, coffee etc. or a pasta hamper.  Can you help?  Just a small donation of some grocery items to be left at the General Office would be of great help and we would be very grateful.  I know that I have been asking every week for a while but I want to support this parent group as their work makes all the difference to the Music Program that is one of the biggest in the College with over 330 students involved.  If you can, please help.



Judith Craze


‘Caring for Excellence’

Assistant Principals Report

2017/2018 Entertainment Books

Viewbank College is raising funds.  Here's how you can help....


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"The Entertainment Book is such a great way to try new restaurants.  It's also a great opportunity to help community organisations. - Ali"

Maree Gaffney

Assistant Principal

Year 8 News

Year 8 Heads Up Week
Parent Information Evening
Monday 8th May 2017
7-9pm in the Viewbank College Library

All Year 8 parents are invited and encouraged to attend the Year 8 Heads Up Week Parent Information Evening.  Heads Up Week is designed to raise awareness about the importance of positive mental health and is done in Year 8 to prepare students and families for any impacts of Mental Health difficulties during the teenage years.


The information is part of the SAFEMinds program and will cover the following information.

  • Information about child and adolescent positive mental health
  • Identifying signs of issues or problems with a young person’s mental health
  • Asking and talking about mental health with young people
  • Knowing when to get professional help and avenues of support
  • An interactive panel discussion with local representatives of mental health services in this area


Michaela  Muscat: headspace Greensborough
Community Mental Health Practitioner
Barbara Collard: Austin Child & Adolescent Mental Health Service – Mental Health Promotion Officer


The Victorian Government, through the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, has partnered with headspace the National Youth Mental Health Foundation to:

  • develop training and resources for school staff and parents and carers
  • specifically focus on early intervention strategies for anxiety, depression and self harm
  • help schools and families understand the mental health system and how they can access it
  • enhance mental health support for young people

Please register your interest by booking at

Bookings close 3pm sharp on Monday 8th May, 2017

Gold Coin donation on the night will contribute towards tea/coffee/biscuits.


Science Talent Search Competition

Do you love writing or media creation or developing computer games or love tinkering or you have burning question in science that you would love to investigate on your own terms?

…… Then here is the opportunity you have been waiting for ….. 


SCIENCE TALENT SEARCH is an interschool state wide competition aimed at discovering the scientist in you.

The top winner in each category in all age groups receives a cash prize and a certificate.

Check out the categories in the STS through the following link


Contact Mrs Nair for more Information and sign up on the Sheet on STEM Board ( outside Maths –Science Staffroom G block)


Veena Nair

STEM Special Project Leader

Run the World: Techformation

On Saturday the 11th of March, I went to the Run the World: Techformation, that focuses on encouraging and supporting female entrepreneurs in the tech sector.  It was a long day (9am-5pm on a Saturday!) but totally worth it. 


There were quite a few high school students from other schools in Melbourne, as they gave us free tickets. It was great fun meeting girls from all around the city, and talking about what programs they had running. Plus one of my friends won the Twitter prize, a massive facials kit, which was pretty cool.


There were a range of female speakers who spoke about their experiences as entrepreneurs, as well as their difficulties in the tech sector.  Most of them, especially , talked about how their gender and race forced them to overcome obstacles that their white, male colleagues did not.


The speakers were:

Holly Liu: Co-founder of Kabam, a $1 billion gaming company.

Holly talked about the importance of defining the moments instead of letting the moments define you, and the ability to make decisions and judgment calls dependent on the situation. Her experiences in Silicon Valley have been incredibly successful, and the company she is a co-founder of makes games for many major movies, games and comics, including Star Wars and a variety of Marvel comics/movies.


Holly Cardew: Founder and CEO of Pixc; 500 Startups Alumni

Holly Cardew talked about the importance of not being discouraged by negative assessments. She talked about her personal experiences, where a bigwig in Silicon Valley told her her idea would never be a successful product, and now (only a couple months later!) her app is processing a million pictures a month.


Adina Jacobs: Co-founder and CPO of STM Goods

Adina discussed how changing your products and brands is important to remain relevant, and the necessity of prioritising the customer's needs and wants. She also described her background in fashion design and merchandising enabled her to develop her company, which worked closely with Apple in its formative years.


Jessica Wilson: Founder and CEO, Stashd app

Jessica Wilson is a young Australian woman, who is the embodiment of success. The app she helped develop is similar to Tindr, but for clothes, and enables people to compare fashion from a variety of stores across the world. In particular, Jessica stressed the importance of seizing opportunities instead of waiting for that elusive light at the end of the tunnel.


Gretta Van Riel: Serial Entrepreneur

Gretta Van Riel has over 17 million followers on social media, and is famous for her ability to transform her audience into a brand, and subsequently into a product she can sell. She has developed and established many successful businesses, and she discussed her ability to use social media to share her ideas, and connect with the consumer.


Kate Morris: Founder and CEO, Adore Beauty

Kate Morris was a pioneer in the online beauty stores, she did it before there it was cool, and before there was a market for it. Her business' growth has been quite slow because of this, and it wasn't until 2012 that her business began generating a substantial profit (its revenue is now over $30 million annually). Subsequently, Kate stressed the importance of being aware of what was needed in the market, and the persistence.


Shruti Shah: Co-founder, Move Loot (raised over $22 million) 

Shruti Shah is another speaker who flew in from Silicon Valley. Her business, which she co-founded with a couple friends after college, bought and sold old furniture. The business was quite successful (they earner $22 million in crowd funding), but however it went under when they tried to expand to a national level. Shruti once again explained the importance of communicating with the customer and maintaining a sense of integrity, whilst also having an intimate knowledge of how the company operated - particularly technologically. Shruti spoke candidly about her experiences as a Jewish Indian woman, and how she was constantly undermined because of her religion, race and gender. 


We also got a goody bag filled with a variety of goods that were courtesy of the events sponsors and speakers (so food, books, pens, badges, stickers, journal, business cards, A GOLD EYE MASK!) 

All in all it was a good, albeit exhausting, day! And I made friends, and a couple connections, that I can look forward to using in the future!


Lucy Olsen

Year 11

Exciting Career Opportunities in STEM!
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  • Students can follow their mentors and their Careers in online Mode  at their own pace and gain inspiration in the variety of careers that require STEM.


There are four programs each with multiple journeys that students and parents can try out:

1. Women in STEM Address 

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2. Collingwood STEM Cup  LifeJourney Address:
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3. Optus Cyber Security Experience LifeJourney Addresshttps://prod.lifejourney.u

Student Registration Key: eeshq8l

4. Australia 2020  LifeJourney Address
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Health and Well-Being News

Tuning into Teens

Viewbank College will be hosting a "Tuning into Teens" parenting program beginning in May.

Please see below flyer for further information.

Darren Murray

Health & Well-Being Leader

Music News

Music Workshop Week Monday 1 – 5 May

In the third week of this term the Music Department will be holding their Music Workshop Week at Banyule Theatre.  A letter outlining the details is attached below.  Please note that for students to attend these workshop days, consent and payment of $15 must be received by the due dates indicated on the attached notice.

2017 Music Workshop details.pdf


A.M.E.B (Australian Music Examination Board)

Any students who have been learning their instrument for at least a year, who would like to enrol for an A.M.E.B exam should speak to their instrumental music teacher before enrolling. These external exams give students a goal to work towards and are an experience that enhances their playing/singing skills immensely. Enrolment forms are available from the Music Office. The relevant dates are as follows:


Final date for enrolment                                          Exam dates

3rd session: Monday 24th April                                 (between 13 June – 1 July)

4th session: Monday 5 June                                       (between 14 August – 10 September)

5th session: Monday 24 July                                      (between 9 October – 19 November)


Upcoming and Important Dates:

Music Workshop Week Monday 1 – Friday 5 May

Friday 5 to Sunday 7 May Generations in Jazz Camp for Senior Choir

Thursday 18 May Autumn Night: 7.30pm Banyule Theatre – Intermediate and Senior choirs, Intermediate & Senior guitar ensembles, Senior Strings, Flute ensemble, Latin Band, Double Bass ensemble and Percussion ensembles.

Sunday 21 May Autumn Brunch: School Gym – 10am-1pm

Junior, Intermediate & Senior Concert Bands, Jazz, Stage and Funk bands, Junior and Intermediate Strings.

Wednesday 20 September Jazz Night – Jazz Band, Stage Band, Funk Band and Latin Band

Monday 16 October Gala Concert, Plenty Ranges Conference Centre – All Concert Bands, Jazz Bands, Guitar Ensembles, String Ensembles and Choirs


Sarah Williams

Director of Music

[email protected]

ADF News

Australian Defence Force Family

Welcome back to a new term!  

We begin the term with ANZAC DAY remembrances.  The College will hold two assemblies one each for Middle School and Senior School students.  There are also a range of services outside of the College, to obtain information about these events it is best to contact local RSL branches for details.  Watsonia RSL will conduct their Dawn service at 5.45 am, Greensborough RSL, War Memorial Park at 6am and the Shrine of Remembrance, St Kilda Road Melbourne at 6am.

Lets hope that all our kids will benefit from understanding the sacrifices past and present generations have made to make this country really great.


Workshops will again be offered to senior students throughout this term and the drop in Friday lunchtime session will be again open to students to come and chat.


The pizza luncheon went down well with students at the end of term, we had a really good roll up to this event, something similar will be organized for the end of this term.  For those of you who might not as yet viewed the College website, under the Enrolments tab, I have included some information that may be a starting point for ADF families who are going to be posted to the local area.

Warm regards

Michael Walton

Save the Gorilla's in Africa

They're calling on Viewbank

Viewbank College in partnership with Melbourne Zoo is calling on you to help save the Gorilla’s in Africa. If you or your family have any unused mobile phones around the home,  please bring them into the collection box in the main office next to the Compass kiosk.

Mobile phones donated to ‘They’re Calling on You’ raises much needed funds for primate’s conservation and reduces the demand for conflict minerals such as Colton.

For further information on the program visit: or see Mr Dunn in the G Block staffroom.


Chris Dunn



Canteen News

Canteen Roster

Canteen volunteers for the week of 24th April to 28th April:

Monday 24th          Help Needed Please

Tuesday 25th          ANZAC Day Public Holiday

Wednesday 26th     Aphro Papandreou

Thursday 27th          Marion Ford

Friday 28th                Catherine Maguire


Canteen volunteers for the week of 1st May to 5th May:

Monday 1st            Help Needed Please

Tuesday 2nd          Help Needed Please

Wednesday 3rd      Kim Graps

Thursday 4th           Morena Negro

Friday 5th                 Heather McCaffrey

Canteen Menu

Copy of Copy of Viewbank Menu 2017.pdf


Canteen Helpers Required

If you have a few hours available once a week, fortnight or month - in particular on a Wednesday, Thursday or Friday, we would greatly appreciate your time to assist in our Canteen at the College.  Please contact Denis, our Canteen Manager on [email protected]  if you can offer the College your valuable time.   


Volunteering in the canteen is easy and fun and your duties can include:

making simple lunches, a few dishes and serving at the counter at recess and/or lunchtime.

Canteen Helpers.pdf


Gluten Free Options

The Canteen offers gluten free options, to order, please speak to one of the canteen staff or order via lunchorder.

General College Information

After School Study Groups

Mondays - in C5 with Ms Morris and Ms Ellis 3.15pm - 4.30pm

Thursdays - G3 with Mr Papadakis and Ms Ho 3.15pm - 4.30pm


The Library is also open before school on a Friday morning from 8am - 9am and after school on Monday from 3.30pm - 4.45pm where students can go and complete work and Mr Handford is there if assistance is required.

Viewbank College Uniform Suppliers

Noone Imagewear

is located at 283 Lower Heidelberg Road, East Ivanhoe 9499 1439.

Opening hours Mon to Fri 9-5 pm and Sat 9-1pm.

We have a special offer for Year 7 students in 2017 - save 10% on all schoolwear until the 24th December, 2016.


Buxwear Uniforms

Buxwear Uniforms are the new dual supplier of your uniform.

Our shop is at 218 Settlement Rd. Thomastown. 9464 7555

Opening hours Mon to Fri 9-5 pm and Sat 9.30-2 pm.

We are offering a 10% discount on all of your Year 7 uniform bought at our shop until the end of January.

In January we will also have a website available for the purchase of uniform on line at

We look forward to helping you get the correct uniform so your child can start school with confidence.

Viewbank College Uniform Shop

Is run by Noone Imagewear (Stewarts of Ivanhoe) and Is open every Wednesday morning (during school terms) in R13.  Hours :  8.15am - 9.00am

Second-hand Uniform and Textbooks

Dear Parents

The College is conscious of the need to provide an efficient process for families to be able to buy and sell second-hand uniforms and other student resources.

I am delighted to inform you of the College’s initiative to provide parents with the ability to trade these second-hand items via the Sustainable School Shop.


On this website you can see the second-hand uniform items currently for sale on the Sustainable School Shop, by viewing the Stocktake Report:


The service provides access to second-hand uniforms, calculators, musical equipment, etc all year.  Results from other schools have been excellent and families have enjoyed a more comprehensive and convenient method of trading these items; many schools use this service.


For the best results:

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

Once an annual subscription expires families are offered three levels of access: 

  • Search only - registering/logging-in on the Sustainable School Shop, searching all the for sale ads and gaining the sellers’ contact details is free.
  • Single items cost $1.50 to be advertised
  • Subscription - an annual subscription costs $21.95 and is the most anyone will pay. These are taken by families who have many items to advertise.

We are very excited about this new initiative and we hope you will make the most of this opportunity and gain the benefit from recycling your student’s school items.

Secondhand Textbook and Uniform Trading User Guide Viewbank College .pdf

Natalie Kennan

Business Manager

Limited Edition - College
Back Pack for Sale

Special edition College Back Packs are available from the General Office.

Cost $10.

Be quick numbers are limited.


Community News



Methni is a past student from Viewbank College.

She is tutoring English for Year 8 to 12 students.

Methni received a 41 study score in VCE English and has one year's tutoring experience.

Contact 0406813235 or email [email protected] for more information.




Diamond Valley Athletic Club

The Diamond Valley Athletic Club invites students - & their parents - interested in a season of Cross Country running with Athletics Victoria, to attend a TRIALS & REGISTRATION DAY at Willinda Park, Greensborough (Melways 21 A4) at 9:00am on Saturday 8th April, 2017.


Regular training sessions are held at Willinda Park on a Tuesday & Thursday afternoon from 5:00pm.


Competition age groups for girls and boys are Under 14, Under 16, Under 18 and Under 20. As well, the competition is available to Open age, 40+ & 50+ age categories. Training sessions are conducted on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons at Willinda Park from 5:00pm as well as on Saturday mornings.

The season of Cross Country running with AV commences on Saturday 22nd  April with Cross Country relays at Jells Park, Wheelers Hill.

 Come along to the DVAC Trials & Registration Day to:

- Find out more about the season of Cross Country running with AV and training sessions.

Take part in the 3km (Juniors) or 6km (Seniors) Trail run.

- Register for a season of Cross Country running


For further information, contact DVAC Secretary, Max Balchin on 0409 350 280 or check the website


Camps, Sports and Exursions Fund

CSEF Applications 2017

CSEF Application Form 2017.pdf

Please note application for CSEF Funding 2017 is now available.  If you have a Health Care Card which is valid with Centrelink either Term 1 on 30th January 2017  or Term 2 on 18th April 2017 you are eligible to apply. 

Please complete the attached form and return to the General Office.

We will need to copy your Health Care Card, please bring with you. 

Further information is available on following website


Maria Rosewarne

Accounts Receivable Officer