Wantirna College Newsletter

26 August 2019
Issue Thirteen
Dates to Remember for 2019
Principal's Report
Sister School Visit
College Production
City Experience
Year 11 VET Spanish
Word of the Week
Big Science Competition 2019  
Athletics Carnival 2019
Wellbeing News
News from the Library
Careers
Gala Concert
General Information
Community News
Wantirna College
0398019700
90 Harold Street
Wantirna, Vic, 3152
AU

Dates to Remember for 2019

Term 3
August

 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

September

Thursday 3

Free Dress Day

 

Tuesday 10

Division Athletics

 

Wednesday 11

Parents Association Meeting, 7:30pm

 

Wednesday 18

GALA Concert 2019 Melbourne Recital Centre

 

Thursday 19

Student/parent teacher Interviews

Students not required at school other than interviews

Term 4
October

Monday 7

First day of Term 4

 

Tuesday 8

PoPA Committee Meeting

 

Friday 11

EMR Athletics

 

Monday 14

Year 12 Themed Dressed Day

 

Tuesday 15

Contemporary Band Program Showcase

 

Wednesday 16

Presentation Ball 2020 Information session - Year 10 students and parents 7.30pm in  Mason House

Parents Association Meeting, 7:30pm

 

Thursday 17

Year 7 & 10 Immunisations

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

November

Monday 11

Year 9 Camp

 

Tuesday 12

Music Information Night - 7.30p,m

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

 

Wednesday 20

Valedictory 

 

Tuesday 26

Year 9 Drama Performances L1

 

Thursday 28

Year 9 Drama Performances L1

December

Monday 9

Year 10 Formal

Orientation Evening

 

Tuesday 10

Year 7 Orientation Day

 

Wednesday 11

Parents Association Meeting, 7:30pm

 

Friday 20

EARLY DISMISSAL,  2:30pm

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

 

Important Changes to Absence Reporting

I have mentioned previously that we were reviewing our attendance reporting processes, and our use of Compass.

 

The duty of care for our students is paramount, and attendance reporting is integral to discharging that duty. 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. 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. The College will retain evidence of each explanation/approval in Compass. The College also recognises the key role parents/guardians play in their child/children’s attendance, and the College will actively use Compass to support and maintain student attendance and keep parents/guardians accurately informed.

 

Many parents have already embraced the Compass portal to submit approvals for student absences. This was most notable last week when more than 80% of absentee approvals for the athletics carnival was submitted by parents directly into Compass. Given the convenience and security the portal offers for this important part of college life, this will be the preferred method going forward. The recent Compass update has seen a link on the home screen of the app created for quick absence reporting (called ‘Approvals’). Should your child not be attending school for any reason, this is the quickest and most appropriate way of letting us know. The absentee hotline will no longer receive messages, and will be redirected to the General Office, who continue to be available for assistance on all attendance matters.

 

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 now also be recorded as late. Whilst late arrivals do not show on the Compass dashboard, they are displayed on the ‘unexplained’ tab under Attendance. We are aware that 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.

 

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.

 

Year 12 and VET students who, because of their schedule, arrive after period 1 or depart before the end of the day, must attend the General Office to be signed in or out. This will now be reported immediately in Compass by the General Office, replacing the sign-in/out book. VCE students who miss a SAC due to illness should continue to provide a medical certificate.

 

Parents will periodically receive an email summarising a student’s unexplained absences. This is in addition to the DET-mandated text message at 10:30am. Both will include the option for parents to click on a link and approve the absence. Please also note that the office team often make minor adjustments to the approvals submitted by parents on Compass so the start/finish times align to the different classes and remove any overlap. Any such adjustment will be noted in the approval.

  

If at any stage parents would like more information or assistance with Compass, please call or drop in to the General Office.

 

Kevin Murphy

Principal

Sister School Visit

What a week

We have had the pleasure of hosting 13 students, 2 teachers and 2 parents from our sister school over the last week.  They arrived on Saturday night for the final night of the production of the Addams Family.  Although the language barrier and cultural differences were huge our visitors enjoyed the show and understood the general story.  Mr Du, their Assistant Principal was in awe of our students' talent and kept asking where we hired the actors from.  Our guests were delighted with the opportunity to meet the cast at intermission. They left bubbly and excited for their weekend tour of Melbourne.

 

Monday morning there was much excitement as our host students met with their buddies in the conference room.  Hosts and buddies were nervous as they found out who they would be living with for the next 5 days.  Some friendships from our trip to China were reignited and new friendships were forged.

 

Monday we all about acclimatizing our guests to our school and our culture.  An assembly and school tour were followed by a typical Australian junk food lunch with classes in the afternoon.  Tuesday and Thursday were full days at school with our guests taking part in their host's classes as well as having a specialist language lesson in our English Language Centre.

 

Wednesday was a big day of sharing the uniqueness of our area and wildlife.  We made an early morning trip to the 1000 steps in the hope of seeing wallabies and lyrebirds in the wild.  It was  partly successful with the students who made it to the top being rewarded with the sighting of a lyrebird.  Back to school, where Mr Davison performed his science show and taught our guests how to do a Science prac which they don't do in China.  Of course Mr Davison had all students in awe as he did his famous flaming hands trick (see the cover photograph for this newsletter).  In the afternoon we visited Lysterfield Lake for a BBQ, some footy and an opportunity to see kangaroos in the wild.

 

Friday was off to KIOSC, not sure what the Chinese students thought about their experience but I know their teachers were very impressed with the learning that was taking place and the facility.

 

Our host families were amazing, everyone going out of their way to ensure students got to experience as much as possible in such a short time.  Activities were many and varied and included:

  • Trips to Jump Deck
  • Bowling
  • Excursions to St Kilda to see the penguins
  • A trip to the snow
  • The movies
  • The Essendon and Collingwood football match
  • White Night
  • Shopping
  • A trip to Jells Park to see the family cows

When we took our students to China, we were thoroughly spoiled, with warm and generous hospitality.  I know as a community we reciprocated in kind and that all involved had a great time.  On behalf of the Chinese students I would like to thank the following students and their families for their involvement last week:

  • Maddison Broder
  • Jordan Brooke 
  • Bella Doughty
  • Alex Evans
  • Candice Goodyer-Scott
  • Elijah Haynes
  • William  Ho
  • Tameka Lewis
  • Shelby Nation Bates 
  • Emily Peters
  • Faith Pike
  • Mind Srisoda
  • Yimao Wang 
  • Indi Wood

We will be offering this experience to year 8 students next year.  There are two components, the visit to China and the Homestay in Melbourne.  Any year 8 student can apply (not dependent on the language they are studying). The trip will run in term 1 next year and details will be out early in term 4.

 

Catherine Ford

Assistant Principal

 

 

 

 

College Production

What a season!

This year’s sold out production of The Addams Family once again delivered to our community a professional performance with all the production values of a performance that you would see in Melbourne’s East End Theatre District. After every performance, during the day, via Facebook, emails and phone calls our audience members shared their enjoyment of The Addams Family with our community. Some of these have been included below.

 

This year’s production of The Addams Family brought together a group of like minded students and staff who became a production family, celebrating and supporting each other over 7 months. The experience of being involved in the Production is unique and students often comment on how it is a place where they feel safe, can take risks without judgement, can be themselves and where age and year level does not matter.

 

We believe that the quality of productions is high, however, the most important thing about our productions, are the relationships. This was highlighted by the tears shed on the Gala Night and the Closing performance where all members of the Production Family knew that it was time to finish up with this particular show. Although the performances have ended, we hope that the memories of The Addams Family will stay with our cast and crew for many years to come.

 

From our family to yours, thank you for your support of The Addams Family. We have had an amazing time and hope that you have all enjoyed our production just as much as we have in putting it together and presenting it to you. Click! Click!

 

Shane Kruger on Behalf of the Production Team

Director

 

Feedback from the Community

"What a fantastic show! I loved every minute of it and was very impressed by the talented performers. A huge congratulations to the staff and crew!"

 

"Really fantastic show!"


"Very impressed. The production just gets better and better every year can’t wait to see what you will do next. Well done to all the staff, performers and tech crew. See you next year."

 

"A fabulous performance to end a truly spectacular season! Congratulations all!"

 

"What a fantastic production! Such talented performers, and so wonderfully cast - each of the leads played their role to perfection. Many thanks to all the teaching staff, past students and members of the Wantirna community who invested so much time and passion to make a show of this standard possible. And thanks to your neglected families too, for their sacrifices. We have two girls eagerly speculating about which show will be chosen for next year!"

 

"Each and every year you continue to amaze me, the array of talent demonstrated across the board of our school productions is purely outstanding. Thank you once again for putting on an amazing show"

 

"Was absolutely blown away by this star cast from Wantirna College.

They put on a wonderful rendition of The Addams Family musical and you’d be excused for thinking these guys were professionals because that’s exactly what it felt like.

I was loving every minute of it and ‘fanboy’d’ a bit when I got to meet the cast after what was a sensational show. I’m certain it was the same for Jake Keogh, Mayor of the Knox City Council.

Do yourself a favour. With only a couple shows left, go see it!

Well done all and can’t wait to see what you come up with next year."

Jackson Taylor MP

Bayswater

City Experience

The City Experience program is HERE!  On Monday our Year 9 cohort will be waking up earlier than usual to be in the city by their set roll call time.  The week is tied to their Humanities curriculum and whilst there, they will collect evidence to assist them in answering their big question, ‘To what extent is Melbourne a well-functioning city that meets the needs of all Melbournians?’.

 

A reminder to all students to check the weather each day before hand.  School uniform (not PE uniform) is required each day, but students can layer thermals underneath, and hats, gloves and beanies in school colours are permitted and encouraged to stay warm!  At this stage we’re scheduled to have a little rain on most days, but hopefully not too much, so pack an umbrella or rain jacket just in case as there will not always be shelter.  Laptops are not required for the week and should stay home.  Myki cards should be topped up in advance in readiness for a week of public transport travel and phones should be fully charged each evening and be able to make and receive calls, as teachers will need to use these to contact students. 

 

Students have been instructed to ring either of the three school mobile numbers they have been given if they are sick and unable to attend on any day, and they should do this before their scheduled roll call time.  However, parents should still ring the school office and formally notify their absence.  Students should also be sure that they allow extra time to travel both in and around the city to avoid being late.  They should aim to catch trains that will get them to their destination at least fifteen minutes prior to their meeting time, to allow time to walk to their destination, and have leeway time in case trains are late, cancelled or full.

 

For students who are unable to attend the program, parents should be aware that there is a school based program that will run at the College over the course of the week.

 

We hope that all Year 9 students have a fantastic week next week, and we look forward to seeing them in the city on Monday morning!

 

Joanna Karanikolopoulos

Leader of Humanities and Whole School Research Literacy

Wantirna College

                         

Year 11 VET Spanish

On Wednesday, 21st of August, our Year 11 VET students who are completing Certificate III in Applied Languages in the Mullum Cluster, attended the Melbourne International Film Festival as part of their study. They watched the Colombian film 'Days of the Whale' about young love and defiance in the streets of Medellin in Colombia. The students took a tour of the graffiti laneways of Melbourne, which was a cultural point of comparison between Medellin and Melbourne. This was followed by a tasting of delicious Spanish donuts at San Churro.

 

Word of the Week

 

Juxtaposition
Definition: two things being seen or placed close together with contrasting effect.
noun: juxtaposition
plural noun: juxtapositions
Example: ‘the juxtaposition of these two images
Synonyms: comparison, contrast
 

 

 

 

 

In our classrooms, Wantirna students are asked to comprehend texts to make meaning. It is a key literacy skill that we explicitly teach our students. One strategy for making and expressing meaning is to juxtapose images and text.

 

Look at the juxtaposition of the texts above and consider what the intended meaning is.

 

Start using more sophisticated vocabulary with your children at home. If they see the word and hear the word, they will start to use the word. We can all broaden our vocabulary together!

Big Science Competition 2019
 

The Big Science Competition ran earlier this year with 33 students taking part.  Students sat a science based test for a period, and for their efforts were rewarded with a pizza lunch.  It was great to see a number of returning students in Year 8, 9 and 10, as well as a number of new students attempting the competition, not just in Year 7 but across all year levels from 7 to 10.

 

We had 8 students achieving a credit, Ulysses Rigano, Lucinda Poutet, Tulio Iotti Tapper; Spencer Berry achieving a Distinction, and Tain Corless achieving his third High Distinction in a row.

Congratulations to all students who took part.

 

Peter Kos

Leader of Science and KIOSC

Wantirna College

Athletics Carnival 2019

On Tuesday 13th August, Wantirna held its annual Athletics Carnival at the Knox Athletics Track. We were lucky enough to avoid the predicted rain for the day. After reintroducing the house program in 2018 it was great to see the students filled with house spirit and wearing their house colours as they arrived on the day.

 

The day was jam packed with many fun filled activities and some great competitive racing. As well as a wonderful array of costumes from the year 12 students.  The events on offer for the day were track events such as the 100m, 200m and 1500m and field events including long jump, triple jump, shot put and discus. A huge congratulations and thank you to all students who attended and actively participated throughout the day. Our house results for the day were Collier in first place with 1956 points, followed by Rees in second with 1662 points. Third place went to Mason with 1382 points and lastly in fourth place Byrne with 1328 points.
 

Congratulations to the following students who were our age champions:

13Yr Female Champion                 Ava LAWLER

13Yr Male Champion                      Rico GOJAR

 

14Yr Female Champion                 Elleshia CALVERT

14Yr Male Champion                      Xander CHAN

 

15Yr Female Champion                 Elise CARBERY

15Yr Male Champion                      Ulysses RIGANO

 

16Yr Female Champion                 Ashleigh PAPIC      

16Yr Male Champion                      Rorey WRIGHT

 

17Yr Female Champion                 Mia WARD

17Yr Male Champion                      Sami LUTUI 

 

20Yr Female Champion                 Abigail GOJAR

20Yr Male Champion                      Regan MOODIE

 

Congratulations to the following students who were our record breakers:

15Yr Female Shot Put         Elise CARBERY                   COLLIER      

New Record: 10.58m           Old Record: 10.55m

 

16Yr Female Shot Put         Sana LUTUI                          MASON

New Record: 11.93m           Old Record: 9.29m

 

16Yr Female Javelin           Sana LUTUI                          MASON

New Record: 29.39m           Old Record: 20.77m

 

Well done also to all place getters – especially to our main race winners.  These students will now be representing the college at the Knox Division Athletics on Friday 11th October. Good luck to those students who will be representing Wantirna.

 

Finally, I would like to thank the many others students who volunteered on the day, as well as the main officials who worked tirelessly in cold and windy conditions to ensure a smooth running carnival. A final thank you to the staff of Wantirna, as it is them who make the carnival a success and without them the event would not be possible.

 

Nathan Rogers

Leader of Sport

Wellbeing News

 

News from the Library

Book Week

The CBCA Book Week is here and the theme is “Reading is my secret power”. These students have certainly got the power!

 

 

Book week Competition

Maybe a student was inspired, because we found poem and clue sheet in an old book which hint at a reward for those clever enough to find the clues around the College. We have decided to add our own prize for those who find the answer (randomly drawn). Entry forms are in the Library. Hurry though, the competition finishes on September 6 and some keen people have already entered!

 

Quiet Study Area

Do you need a quiet space at lunchtime to finish of your assignment or SAC? The Discussion Room has been turned into a quiet, study only area during lunchtimes (except for Wednesdays).

 

Regards,

Mrs Hall and the Library team

Careers

Career News

 

Mr Phil Newnham

Careers Counsellor

Gala Concert

Gala Concert

 

Once again this year our annual Gala Concert will be held at the Melbourne Recital Centre on Wed 18th September. This concert will showcase our entire Performing Arts Faculty and celebrate the hard work and achievement of all our students this year.  Please join us for this amazing event - tickets are available through  https://www.melbournerecital.com.au/events/2019/the-gala-concert-2019

 

 

 

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.

Absences

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

 

Friday:

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

Principal:

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:

Jacqui ROGERS

Tahlia UMI

Sami LUTUI

Liam PAPIC 

 

Parents Association President:

Pam Wade

 

Parents of Performing Arts Chairperson

Stuart Broadley

Community News

 

 

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