Viewbank College

18 October 2017
Issue Thirty-one
Important Dates:
Principal's Report
Assistant Principal Report
Senior School News
Careers News
Music News
Sport News
Health and Wellbeing News
General College Information
Canteen News
Viewbank College
9458 2811
Warren Road
Rosanna, Victoria, 3084

Important Dates:

Tuesday 17th October

Year 8 Volleyball (2017 Comp)

Year 9 Elevate Exam Session (p1 & 2)

Friends of Viewbank (FOV) Meeting 7.30pm

Wednesday 18th October

Year 8 Boys Cricket - Northern Metro Final

Education Committee Meeting 6.30pm

Health & Wellbeing Committee Meeting 7.30pm

Thursday 19th October

Intermediate Girls Table Tennis Northern Metro Final

Intermediate Girls Basketball Northern Metro Final

Handover lunch for Year 12 Captains

Friends of Health & Well-Being (FOHAWB) Meeting 6.30pm

Laptop Information Evening:

- Year 7,  2018 at 7pm

- Year 10, 2018 at 7.45pm

Friday 20th October

Year 8 Level Assembly

G'Day USA BBQ at lunchtime

Monday 23rd October

State Athletics

Year 12 Connect Education

Tuesday 24th October

Year 12 Connect Education

Year 7 Boys Cricket - Northern Zone Metro Finals

ICT Meeting 5.30pm

Buildings and Grounds Meeting 6.00pm

Finance Meeting 6.30pm

Wednesday 25th October

Year 12 Final Assembly (Senior School & Year 7's) - Year 7 - 11 dismissed at lunchtime

Year 8 Boys Basketball - Northern Metro Finals

Year 8 Girls Basketball - Northern Metro Final

College Council Meeting 7.30pm

Thursday 26th October

Year 7 Boys Hockey

Year 7 Girls Basketball - Northern Metro Finals

Year 7 Boys Basketball - Northern Metro Finals

Saturday 28th October

Dance Group - AASCF Spring Carnival - MSAC 7am - 10pm

Trivia Night 7pm - College Gymnasium

Wednesday 1st November

VCE Exams begin

2018 Intermediate Round Robin

Year 9 Level Assembly

String Soiree - Library 7pm

Thursday 2nd November

VCE Exams

Friday 3rd November

VCE Exams

Year 7 & 8 Assembly

Monday 6th November

VCE Exams

Classes running as per normal timetable

Tuesday 7th November

Melbourne Cup Day - Public Holiday

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’.


The first week of Term 4 has been a blur of wondrous activity with lots of uplifting events and student achievements to celebrate.

College Captains Elections:

I would like to congratulate the following students who were elected last week to form the 2018 Senior Student Leadership Team.  Joining Amanda Zhou and Patrick Molony, are the following students:


SRC - Community Captain:                Owen McConville
SRC - Diversity Captain:                      Halima Weli
SRC - Sustainability Captain:            Uche Ejorn
STEM Captain:                                         Laura Wines
Visual Arts Captain:                              Max Willis
Debating Captain:                                  Lucy Olsen
Drama Captain:                                       Eloise Lohrey
LOTE Captain:                                          Rhylee Hunt
Technical Support Captain:              Tara Draper
Health and Wellbeing Captain:       Carla Moran
House Captain - Ignis:                          Hayden Cooper
House Captain - Hydra:                       Hayley Ralph
House Captain - Stella:                        Chelsea Owen-Smith
House Captain - Terra:                        Aaron Grant
Student Voice:                                         Sean Mortell
Sport Captain:                                          Connor Rutland

Music Captain:                                         Matthew Jones


It is very heartening to think that 63 students nominated and we thank all students who were prepared to step up into leadership to give back to their College.  As in all elections there are disappointments but from this election, the Year 11s and teachers have voted in a group of students who I am sure will make a difference for their peers in 2018.  We wish them every success and again thank all nominees.

Year 9 City Experience Presentations:

Last Thursday evening was the culmination of the City Experience collaborative learning experience for Year 9’s.  I wish to congratulate the Year 9s for the way they conducted themselves during the entire project week and I am sure parents were keen to see what they had discovered during their days in the city.  

The final group presentations serve to demonstrate not only the group’s hypothesis but their research and how they went about trying to find answers to their questions.  It also demonstrates their presentation skills in terms of public speaking and using technology.  Another aspect of the presentations was the opportunity to assess the effectiveness of each team.  For the groups that Ms Perkins and I were assigned to, it was evident how positive the experience was for the students and their families.  It was lovely to get feedback from parents.  City Experience has been a challenging and exciting learning experience with multiple layers of learning.  Not only did the Year 9’s enjoy it but I am sure they learnt lots about themselves, their team mates, the city of Melbourne and of course, the differing aspects of their project.  Well done to all the teachers and students who made this such a success.

Ms O’Connor’s Leave:

Unexpectedly, Ms O’Connor has had to leave immediately to await the birth of her baby.  We are wishing her every good wish for this momentous event.

However, we are mindful that the Unit 3&4 students are also facing the momentous event of an exam in History, not too far from now.  Ms Fiona Ellis, who takes VCE English and VCE History has immediately stepped in to take the Year 12 class through to the exams.  Ms Ellis has VCE History experience and we are very fortunate that she has been able to take over on such short notice.  We have adjusted her allotment to ensure that all History classes are in effect.  Our VCE students over these next weeks are at this time our greatest priority.


Yesterday, it was a pleasure to introduce Ms Vita Cottone (who was ready to take over when needed) as the Acting Year 9 Well-Being Leader to replace Ms Lisa-Marie O’Connor.  The Year 9’s will have two Assistant Well-Being Leaders, Mr Nick Morley and Ms Liana Ben.  They will work with Ms Cottone, to lead Year 9 and ensure that the changeover is seamless.   

Students looked very happy with their new Level Leaders this morning and we wish the new team every success.

VCE Art/Technology/Media Show:

Last Thursday evening, the VCE Art/Technology/Media works were displayed in the Library and Seminar Room for all to see the array of very sophisticated VCE work.  In all folio studies such as these, the development towards the final piece, is meticulously documented.  To examine the folios carefully, it gives a real indication of the depth of thematic explanation.  The final pieces are the “wow” factor.  We salute the creativity and the workmanship of our VCE Art/Technology/Viscom/Media students.  Many thanks to Ms Jennifer Varrasso, Ms Georgia Goonan and Art/Tech/Media teams for this fine exhibition.  Thank you to Mr Andrew Van Gemert for organising music.

Reception for SAGSE (Scholarships for Australian-German Student Exchange) Scholarship Achievers:

Last Friday, along with German Teachers Ms Clare Fleming and Ms Jaclyn Curnow, I attended a reception for the 2017 recipients of the SAGSE Scholarship.  In an earlier newsletter, I announced that Bridget Kennedy and Joshua Munro of Year 12 had each received a prestigious scholarship for all expenses paid travel to Germany, which included a homestay with a family and then a week’s tour of Berlin with their SAGSE peers. 

The reception this year, held at the MCG, was ‘uber’ special.  It was the 50th Anniversary of the SAGSE Scholarships and as many recipients from over all the years, were attending.  It was an evening of excited reunions, giving Bridget and Joshua and their parents, a full appreciation of the fact that this scholarship is much more than travel.  They are joining a very select group of German language students.


This year, there were 14 scholarships awarded and Viewbank College along with Billanook, were the only schools to have two students sponsored.  Fomer College Captain and Scholarship holder, Patrick McKinlay was in attendance and so was Ms Toni Molony, parent of next year’s College Captain, Patrick Molony.  Toni travelled to Germany in the same year as our teacher, Ms Clare Fleming.  Another surprize was that we learnt that Mr Michael Ingvarson, father of Jade, Ben and Nichola, also was a past scholarship member.  We would have liked to catch up with Riaza Rigby, our other past recipient, but she was not in attendance.  We wish Bridget and Josh every good wish for safe and happy travels at the end of their VCE exams.

The Year 11 Presentation Ball:

Saturday evening, 14th October, the Year 11 Presentation Ball was held at Melrose Receptions in Tullamarine.  Of the twenty-two candidates who were presented, I could not praise them enough for their social maturity and their finely scripted dance routines.  The girls were so tastefully, elegant and the boys handsome beyond anything I have seen in terms of their usual College uniform.  Their dancing prowess was very evident from the start. 

When I popped into their very first dance practice, back on the 4th of September, I asked if they had already had one practice that I was unaware of,  as they were already dancing so well.  Helen Burnett the dance teacher said, that she was amazed at their capacity to pick up the steps so quickly.  In fact she was so thrilled with their progress that they got to do extra, far more difficult routines and of course, on Saturday night, they did her proud.

This evening was organized in every detail, by Mrs Lynette Matthew who has organised 7 Presentation Balls for Viewbank College.  Lynette has given so much time and energy to these Presentation Balls and I am sure, all the students over those 7 years will have fond memories of their Presentation Balls and it is due to Lynette’s commitment to excellence.  Mrs Matthews you have made such a fine contribution; more than we could have ever expected!  THANK YOU LYNETTE!  Catherine Matthew of Year 12, has from Grade 6 been her mother’s supporter and I remember first encountering her at the 2010 Presentation Ball when she had a basket of certificates, handing them to me to give the candidates.  Catherine’s commitment each year, has been huge and this year, she helped our dance teacher Helen, with dance coaching.  Catherine sees this as a possible business opportunity for the future.  And we wish her every success.  My P.A. Mrs Deanne Ioannidis, every year at this time becomes yet another great supporter and her involvement is so very appreciated.  Mr Damian Schulz, College Council President, attends some of the practices too, so as to organize each of the students to give a profile statement to read out as the couples walk across the dance floor to be presented.  We thank Damian for his involvement.  This week, it meant attending the Presentation Ball as well as the Gala Concert.  Many thanks Damian.   

While some say the Presentation or Deb Ball seems anachronistic and, on one level it might be.  However, in this world of a fast, cyber focussed life, how often do families get to dress up and share a dance evening and just have fun?  Mums, Dads, grandparents and siblings, not to mention all the Year 11s who came as supporters, really got into the swing on Saturday evening.  Because of our twenty-two presentation couples, everyone was given the chance to go formal and celebrate.  I see a sense of community as really important to a successful school and this night was all about our Year 11 cohort and their families and friends coming together as a community.     


Gala Concert:

On Monday evening, 16th October, the Gala Concert was held at Plenty Ranges  to a sell-out audience.  Our honoured guests were local Member of Ivanhoe, Mr Anthony Carbines and his chief staffer, Ms Bronwyn Jones, and Mr Piero D’elia who is the Music Coordination Officer for the North-West Region.  The program for the evening was an amazing showcase of music students ‘Caring for Excellence’.  Every student who performed gave their best.  This year’s program was the most varied to date and the two VCE solo performances were breathtaking.  Mislav Boltuzic‘s violin performance of “Summer” from “The Four Seasons” by Antonio Vivaldi, was faultless!  Very different, but no less faultless, was Ben Ingvarson-Favretto’s solo drum performance of “Fusion Boulevard” by Frank Corniola.  Both boys are master musicians.  It was also a night to farewell 21 Year 12 students who have been committed to ‘growing’ their music since Year 7 and who will leave us as accomplished musicians.  We hope they all find an outlet to continue their love of music in their future lives.

Our Year 9 Music Captain, Alex Tyzak who co-compered with Year 12 Music Captain, Ben Ingvarson-Favretto, did a wonderfully polished job to complete his Year 9 responsibilities.  We hope Alex continues his journey in leadership and wish him well.  Ben was, as we have come to expect, a model of confidence, good humour and very much a fine compere hosting this evening.  Certainly, he has been an exceptional role model and energetic leader of Music for 2017.  Bravo Ben! Bravo Alex!

As is the College tradition, this is the evening when the new Music Captain is announced and it was with great pleasure that Matt Jones was welcomed into his new role.

To all students who performed and those helped behind the scenes with the highly technical stage craft, a very big congratulations.  Our music students had rehearsed well, worked hard to perfect their pieces and then, went that bit extra to produce performance magic.  The choirs were a credit to Ms Wellins.  All the instrumental teachers should be proud of their students.  A special feature was the Symphony Orchestra playing ‘Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Selections’ which gave our students the opportunity to experience the magnitude of playing in an orchestra.  This was a new inclusion this year and very appreciated by the audience.  Two other special mentions should go to:

  • The Senior Concert Band for their rendition of ‘The Great Steamboat Race’ which features students using half filled milk bottles to create the water swishing.  This was an amazing percussion effect to accompany the band.
  • The Funk Band’s Finale for the evening meant everyone left on a super high.  Jake Lonergan, Anastasia Grekos and Bridget Kennedy sang ‘Escher’, a very snappy final song.

If our students were magnificent, then it is very directly related to the quality of the teaching they are receiving.  When you see the Year 7s starting out and then all the levels along the way, until they become very polished Year 12’s, it shows the great journey.  Music is about building skills and techniques and our teachers are certainly great mentors.  Mr Tom Krieg, Mr Anthony Citino, Mr Mark Eagling, Ms Cheryl Clark, Ms Monica Edwards, Mr Patrick Broadbent, Mr Craig Harrison, Mr. Marcus Kurban, Mr Neil Jowsey, Mr Spencer Nelson and Mr Matt Poynter - take a bow!  Music Director, Mrs Sarah Williams and Assistant Director Mr Andrew Van Gemert are great leaders.  Well done!!

Thank you Mrs Gabriella Favretto for taking pictures of the evening and thank you to Friends of Music for ticket distribution and the raffle.    We so appreciate the support of this parent volunteer group.

Jenny Macklin’s Jaga Jaga  Sporting Awards:

Viewbank College congratulates the following students who received the Jaga Jaga Sporting Awards for All-Round excellence in their sport.


  • Silas Harris –Swimming
  • Tara Draper –Swimming
  • Emily Rowe- Netball 
  • Brodie McCarthy-Orienteering

We are thrilled that these students have received community recognition as they are not only great in their areas of sport but are indeed, good sports.

Trivia Night – Saturday 28th October:

Friends of Viewbank are really busy.  They have been collecting prizes and organizing the big Trivia Challenge for a 7.30pm start, for Saturday 28th October, at 7pm in the Gym.  Ian Moore who is our quiz master will ensure a fabulous evening.  This is about our community coming together to have fun and enjoy lots of frivolity.  Get some friends together and book a table online or if you would rather, we can organize a table.  Don’t be shy, it’s a great way to meet other parents.  We are also hoping that Years 10, 11 and 12 students might like to organize their own tables.  This is not a night for seriousness.


What to bring?  Please bring your own basket supper to share with your table and your own refreshments.  Please remember to bring your own plates and glasses.  Bring along gold coins as you will be tempted to go for prizes and there are some lovely prizes.

We are looking forward to a night of lots of fun.  Please come along, to book click on the following link

Can you help?

If there is anyone at all who can contribute a prize or a service for a prize, we will certainly acknowledge your contribution.  We are also in need of groceries to make up a hamper so a small donation towards that would be great.  Also, have you been given a gift that is still in its wrapper but you do not need it, it would be very appreciated as we certainly will ‘re gift’ it.  We have some great prizes but all the little donations just add to the fun of the evening.  Our College community can be very generous and we are putting out a ‘please help if you can’.


My long newsletter this week is about recognising so many students striving to ‘Care for Excellence’ but it is also about teachers, College Councillors and parents who come along to support students.  This is a true community for learners and I thank all the parents who are involved.


Judith Craze


‘Caring for Excellence’

Assistant Principal Report

FOV Trivia Night – Saturday 28th October at 7.30pm in the College Gym

Currently we have bookings open for our Trivia Night coming up on the 28th October, Saturday night, in the College Gym at 7.30pm.   It would be great for you to come along and support Friends of Viewbank and the College in a great night of fun and laughter.   Invite your friends, families and children along.

Students from Year 10 to Year 12 can also arrange their own tables. It is a great chance for students to have a break from their studies, especially our students who have been studying VCE Units 3 and 4 this year.


Tickets are $18.00 for adults and $13.00 for students. 


Prizes include an Apple Watch, a gift voucher from a gardening service “Two Birds and a Barrow” worth $120.00,  Plants, books, toiletries, vouchers from Fun Fields, Café Matto, our Uniform Suppliers Buxwear and Noone, the Old England, the Greenery to name a few.   We have had great support from the local business community who have been extremely generous with their donations.

Of course, there will be plenty of games as well as lucky envelopes, silent auctions and live auctions.

So get your food and drink together and come along and enjoy a great night. 

To organise your tickets please book via trybooking at .                        You can either organise a table or book for a few and we will assist with a table placement for you. 


Donations required -Viewbank College Trivia Night - October 28th

To make our upcoming Trivia Night a great success, the FOV group are seeking donations to go towards the prizes for the different activities that will be taking place on the evening.

If you have any new items at home that you don't need such as toiletries, books, tins of biscuits or lollies, hair accessories, kitchen utensils, gardening items, accessories etc that we can use as part of a hamper or stand alone prizes please send them along to the College.  If you would like to purchase an item to donate it also would be appreciated.

Also donations from business would greatly appreciated.

All donations will be acknowledged via the newsletter and on the evening and also with a certificate of appreciation from the College.
It would be greatly appreciated if the donations could be here by next Tuesday the 17th October as we will begin to sort through the donations and our quiz master will be here for our meeting to select the prizes he wants for the evening.

Your support is greatly appreciated.


Mrs Maree Gaffney
Assistant Principal

Senior School News

Key dates:

  1. Connect Education Units 3/4 Revision Workshops – Monday October 23
  2. Connect Education Units 3/4 Revision Workshops – Tuesday October 24
  3. Year 12 Final Assembly – Wednesday October 25

Year 12 – 7 days to go!

Next week marks the culmination of six years of secondary schooling for our Year 12 students.  It is an exciting time as they embark on the next phase in their lives.  To help support them, a ‘final days’ assembly was held last week to ensure that students are well informed of the expectations we have of them during their final formal days at the College.

Ms Allan spoke to the students about the importance of utilising their final days well, working productively during their study week, seeking assistance from their teachers and taking advantage of Connect Education workshops.  She also expressed the importance of supporting and helping one another to achieve one’s best.

Mr Munro informed the students, as required by law, of the Trespass and Summary Offences Act.  Year 12 students are not permitted on the College premises, outside of College hours, during the days before and after their final formal classes.  Security guards will be on the College premises at these times. Students are, of course, encouraged to attend within College hours to consult with their teachers and use the study facilities available.  Parents will receive a copy of the Trespass Act information via Compass.

Students are expected to celebrate their final days at the College in a manner that is safe, dignified and acknowledges the contribution that the College has made to their lives.  Students are also reminded to re-familiarise themselves with the 2017 Navigator booklet e.g. exam conditions, what’s permitted into the exam room and what is not, exam timetable and VCAA student numbers.

We strongly encourage students to seek assistance from their teachers during what can be a very demanding time.  Please note that teachers should be available during normal Year 12 class times.  However, a phone call, or email prior to confirm a meeting time, is recommended.

We are working to ensure that the final few days are fun and safe, with good memories for all.  Whilst we don’t anticipate trouble, we do ask the students be mindful of the College Policies relating to behaviour, attendance and uniform and celebrations should reflect these.   Any breaches will receive appropriate consequences.

Program for the last 4 days

Friday Oct 20 - Dress Up Day and photo booth.  Students to attend scheduled classes.
Monday Oct 23 - Exam Workshops with Connect Ed. Students to attend regular classes if not in a workshop (see below).
Tuesday Oct 24 - Exam Workshops with Connect Ed. Students to attend regular classes if not in a workshop (see below).

Wednesday Oct 19 

  • 9.10am Year 12 Only Assembly.
  • 11.15am School Assembly (Yrs 10 & 11).  Years 7, 8 & 9 students will be in their normal scheduled Periods 3 & 4 classes. 
  • Parents are invited to attend the assembly which will be held in the Gymnasium beginning at 11:15 am.  Please email Ann at [email protected] so that seating can be organised.
  • 12.30pm BBQ, uniform signing followed by activities on the soccer pitch. No Year 12 classes on this day. 

Units 3 & 4 Exams

We wish all of our Year 12 students, and those students undertaking a Units 3/4 subject, the very best for the study period in preparation for their final exams, beginning with English and EAL on Wednesday November 1.  Already, exams have begun for students who are studying a subject that has a performance or oral component such as languages, dance, drama, theatre studies and music. 

Years 10 and 11

Students in these year levels will begin their Course Counselling sessions in the next couple of weeks.  During the short interview, students will receive their subjects and parent payments (if applicable) for 2018.  Course Confirmation will take place Friday November 17. 

Careers News

Engineering – Real World Experience

On Friday October 13th, I had the pleasure of witnessing five of our Year 10 students (Jordan Corelli, Jessica Gale, Sara Nair, Alexis Patman and Alexander Van Zyl Smit) present their final Ecological Sports and Aquatic Centre proposal to the Engineering Team at global engineering firm Norman, Disney and Young.  The program, supported by Engineers Australia, Victoria Division, ran for five days and aims to foster an interest in engineering.  Throughout the week, students were mentored by acoustic, electrical, mechanical and civil engineers as they responded to the design brief.  This real world experience and project-based exposure to working in an engineering firm has provided the students with important knowledge and inspiration to assist them with deciding future pathways.  One of the graduate engineers at the firm had actually participated in the program when they were in Year 10!


It was impressive to see such confidence using engineering terminology while delivering their presentation to the firm’s engineers and management.  The substantial hourly billing rates of their mentors did not go unnoticed by the students and the whole experience has opened their eyes to some of the many engineering opportunities possible when designing and modifying the built environment.  Well done to you all!


“The week at Norman Disney and Young Engineering Services was a fulfilling week that taught us the benefits and importance of engineering in the future as a career. We participated in meetings, visited visual structures and designed our very own building, filled with innovations and designs, essential to our society. Our group worked efficiently with the help of engineers and professionals, in order to create a sustainable design for the future. This experience brought us closer together as a group and taught us many life and educational experiences. It was a fantastic week overall.”  Jordan Corelli 10D

Music News

String Soiree

Our annual String Soiree will be held on Wednesday 1st November, in the Viewbank College Library.  All violin, viola, cello and double bass students are working towards either playing a piece on their own or in a small group in their Instrumental Music classes. All students who are having lessons at the College are expected to perform in the concert.


Details for the evening are as follows:

 Date:                                           Wednesday 1st November 2017

 Performance Time:             7.00pm – 8.30PM

                                                       (Students to arrive at 6.30pm)

 Dress:                                         Neat Casual

 Free Entry:                              ALL PARENTS AND FRIENDS WELCOME

Upcoming Dates

Wednesday 1 November String Soiree for all violin, viola, cello and double bass students. Library – 7pm.

Tuesday 14 November Victorian School Music Festival – The Deakin Edge, Federation Square, Flinders St. Junior Concert Band: 1.30pm – 5.30pm

Saturday 18 November Rosanna Primary School Fair. Jazz Band: 10.50am – 12pm

Thursday 23 November BBQ Concert – Junior, Intermediate and Senior Band, Stage Band, Latin Band, Flute, Saxophone & Clarinet ensembles. Viewbank College Outdoor Stage: 6.30pm – 9pm.

Friday 24 November Valedictory Dinner. Year 12 Ensemble.


Sarah Williams

Director of Music

[email protected]

Sport News

Jaga Jaga Community Sports Award

Congratulations to Brody McCarthy, Silas Harris, Tara Draper and Emily Rowe for being awarded a Jagajaga Community Sports Award.


The sports they participated in were:


  • Brody McCarthy – Orienteering
  • Silas Harris – Swimming
  • Tara Draper – Swimming
  • Emily Rowe – Netball

Sport Dates - Term 4

Thursday 19th October:   Intermediate Girls Table Tennis and Basketball Northern Metro Finals.

Monday 23rd October:   State Athletics

Tuesday 24th October:   Year 7 Boys Cricket Northern Metro Finals

Wednesday 25th October:  Year 8 Boys and Girls Basketball and Table Tennis Northern Metro Finals

Thursday 26th October:   Year 7 Boys Hockey, Girls and Boys Basketball and Table Tennis Northern Metro Finals.

Wednesday 1st November:  Year 8/9 Round Robin.  Baseball, Softball, Tennis, Cricket, Volleyball

Wednesday 15th November:   Year 7 Round Robin: Baseball, Cricket, Softball, Tennis.

Thursday 23rd November:  Year 8 State Tennis Finals. Year 7 Girls State Softball Finals.

Friday 24th November:  Year 7 Boys State Tennis Finals.


Mark Eagling

Director of Sport


Health and Wellbeing News

This month on SchoolTV - Exam Jitters

Every year, more and more emphasis is placed on achieving good results in exams causing many students to feel extraordinary pressure and having unrealistic expectations. This month on SchoolTV, parents will find advice on how to help students cope with the pressure and how students can work smarter to achieve the results they desire.

Exams are like a game. Once you know how to play the game, your chances of achieving great results rapidly increase. Parents can learn how to assist their kids to maintain perspective and keep their sanity intact during exam time.

Diet, exercise and sleep all play an important part in helping a student balance a busy schedule and study smarter. Keeping stress levels to a minimum and reducing anxiety can be easily achieved through careful planning and having a supportive environment.

We hope you take time to reflect on the information offered in this month’s edition and we always welcome your feedback.

If you have any concerns about your child, please contact the school counsellor for further information.

Here is the link to this month’s edition



Darren Murray

Health & Wellbeing Leader

Marriage equality survey campaign

The current public campaign around marriage equality may be a difficult time for some members of the VBC community. In particular, some hurtful comments have been made about the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) community.

Viewbank takes great pride in being an inclusive environment for all staff, students and families, where diversity of race, gender, sexual orientation, religion and culture is valued, and everyone feels safe, supported and included.

Everyone is entitled to their personal views on this issue but now, as Australians participate in this survey about whether or not the law should be changed to allow same-sex couples to marry, it is an important time to be considerate and supportive towards each other and to demonstrate our shared value of respect, regardless of those personal views.

I’d also like to remind members of our College community that assistance and support is available if the debate is causing stress or anxiety. 

  • Switchboard Victoria is a community based not-for-profit organisation that provides a peer-based, volunteer-run support service for LGBTI people, their friends and families. They can be contacted on 1800 184 527.
  • ReachOut provides online support for young people and their families across a range of mental health needs.
  • Kids Helpline can be contacted on 1800 55 1800

Resources are also available to support young people at Bully Stoppers, Safe Schools and SAFEMinds.

Jacqui Moss

General College Information

After School Study Groups

Mondays - in C5 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 Tuesday and Friday morning from 8am - 9am 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.


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.

Natalie Kennan

Business Manager

Canteen News

Canteen Roster

Canteen volunteers for the week of 16th October to 20th October

Monday  16th                 Help Needed Please

Tuesday 17th                Help Needed Please

Wednesday 18th           Aphro Papandreou

Thursday 19th               Marion Ford

Friday 20th                      Catherine Maguire 


Canteen volunteers for the week of 23rd October to 27th October

Monday  23rd                Help Needed Please

Tuesday 24th                Help Needed Please

Wednesday 25th           Kim Graps

Thursday 26th             Help Needed Please

Friday 27th                      Heather McCaffrey


Canteen Menu


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.


Gluten Free Options

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


Community News


An Important message for students from Dysons on Myki Compliance and Bus Safety:


An important message from PTV

More trains at peak times


From Sunday 27 August, we’re updating train timetables on the Sunbury, Werribee, Craigieburn, Hurstbridge and Frankston lines.

We’re adding new services on the Craigieburn, Sunbury and Werribee lines, extending some services on the Hurstbridge line, and all weekday services will run direct between Altona and Flinders Street Station.

To learn more visit


Viewbank College
Secondhand Textbook and Uniform Trading User Guide Viewbank College .pdf
Copy of Copy of Viewbank Menu 2017.pdf
Canteen Helpers.pdf
Myki Compliance Bus Safety.pdf
trial form.pdf