Carwatha News

23 October 2017
Issue Fifteen
Principal's Report
New College Uniform
P-12 News
Secondary News
Primary News
Careers News
Library News
College General Information
Upcoming Events
Useful forms
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Carwatha College
03 9795 5848
43-81 Browns Road
Noble Park North, Victoria, 3174

Principal's Report

From The Principal


This week is the final week for our Year 12 students, before they begin their final exams.  They will be farewelled at a special P-12 assembly on Wednesday 25th October. On November 21st students, their families and staff will attend our Valedictory night where we will formally acknowledge the end of 13 years of schooling for these students.  Our Year 12 teachers have been working very hard to support our students and they should be commended for the work and extra hours they have invested into helping our students achieve their goals. I also extend my thanks to the Year 12 Coordinator- Ms Lambrini Christopher, Head of Senior School -Ms Sally Ross, all teachers, support staff, parents, guardians and families who have supported and encouraged these young people to achieve their goals throughout their entire time at Carwatha. It is with some sadness that we farewell these young people we have watched grow from little Year 7s and in some cases preps, in too big uniforms and with a bag as big as themselves, to young adults, through all the turmoil of teenage years, and we wish them every success in the future. On behalf of the whole school community, I would like to wish the class of 2017 the very best for their exams and for the future.


Our annual Arts and Technology Show will be held on Wednesday October 30th.  Our students have completed some amazing pieces of work which will be proudly on display.  Thank you to all of the Arts and Technology teachers for all of the work involved in putting the show together.  Congratulations to our incredibly talented students for their outstanding work. Awards will be presented at a special ceremony in the evening.  I encourage all members of our school community to come and see the marvellous work that has been created. The work will be on display in the MPC building until Wednesday November 1st.


Our prep transition program will commence in a few weeks.  If you have children ready to commence Prep in 2018 please contact Mrs. Sheila Horn to organise enrolment.


This term we have already had an enormous amount of incursions and excursions provided for our students. They include the VCAL city to school walk, Year 8 medieval day, year 9 excursion to the Shrine and the Primary soccer clinic run by Football technique Australia, I thank all staff who have put in the huge efforts to organise these experiences for our students.


Pat Mulcahy


New College Uniform

College Uniform 

The college is excited to announce that with the full endorsement of the college council we will be adopting a new college uniform that will be compulsory for students in Prep and Year 7 starting next year - 2018. We have included for you details of the new uniform including the new price lists. Full details about the uniform is also available on our college website and samples are on display in the college foyer. 

All other students will have a two year phase in period to purchase the new uniform – so our current uniform is valid for the next two years only.  Current uniform stock that has a logo will be heavily reduced by 50 % and this allows parents and students to purchase items at greatly discounted prices. All families are welcome to purchase the new uniform next year in 2018 but it will become compulsory for all students, Prep to Year 12 in 2020.


P-12 News

Year 12 Important Information

Unit 3.4 Classes conclude on Tuesday 24th October. All year 12 students will be required by the end of this day to empty their locker and take all of their possessions home. On Wednesday 25th October year 12 students will be invited to their final farewell assembly. At the conclusion of this assembly there will be a parent, staff and student morning tea. Students will be dismissed at the conclusion of the morning tea celebrations.


Unit 3.4 End of Year VCAA Examinations

On Wednesday 1st of November the 2017 VCAA Unit 3.4 Examinations will commence. All students sitting a Unit 3.4 examination have been provided with their end of year examination timetable along with the VCAA Navigator. This explains the VCAA rules and guidelines for the conduct of all end of year exams.


All year 11 and 12 students that are sitting end of year examinations should be completing their revision work by:

  • Revising notes
  • Completing past paper examinations
  • Writing practice essays
  • Using EDROLO exams and quizzes

to assist in their examination preparation.


Year 10 and 11 Important Information

Year 10 and 11 students will shortly commence their Unit 2 and End of Year VCAA Unit 3.4 External Examinations. Year 11 students are expected to attend school during their revision time and attend all Unit 2 classes. Students are only approved absences on the day of their Unit 3.4 Exam. Once the Unit 3.4 classes conclude students will be provided with a study space in the V3 Centre to prepare for examinations during this time. A full timetable of Unit 3.4 and Unit 2 examinations is below.


Unit 2 classes for Year 10 and 11 students will conclude on Friday 10th November. On Monday 13th November to Friday 17th November students will complete their Unit 2 exams. Students must attend in full and correct college uniform for their set examination time only.


Carwatha College P-12 will be running an orientation for 2018 week from Monday November 20th – Friday November 24th. Attendance at this orientation timetable is compulsory for all V3 students.


If you have any questions or queries in relation to this program, please do not hesitate to contact Mrs Sally Ross on 9795 5848.


Art & Technology Show 2017


Places still availble for Football Techniques Australia 


Science Fun


Secondary News

City To School Walk

On Tuesday 10th October 35 VCE and VCAL Students boarded a train at 6am to Flinders Street Station. Once we arrived at the station we walked over to Federation Square for some group shots before making the long 30km walk home.

We began walking the Main Yarra Trail to Gardiners Creek trail. We had our first stop at Burke Road Camberwell. We continued on our path to Pheonix Park Chadstone. We had another toilet stop before making our way along Scotchmans creek trail to Ferntree Gully Road. We took a break on Ferntree Gully Road to refuel at BP Hungry Jacks. We continued our path to Brandon Park shopping Centre. Once we arrived here we knew we were so close to home. We walked Brandon Park drive to Waverley Park- our final stop before we walked the last 1km to Carwatha College P-12 to be greeted by our Prep-Grade one students.

A challenging and rewarding experience to top off our fundraising and awareness for the Cancer Council. We will be making a $1000 donation on behalf of the college through our fundraising efforts in 2017. Congratulations to all students involved and making it back in one piece, with some added blisters and sore muscles.


Year 9 Community Leadership Program

Last term, on Thursday September 21, Yr 9 students participated in their final event of the Yr 9 Community Leadership Program in the school theatre. This program was in conjunction with the Salvation Army. Each form group presented a slideshow displaying their achievements during this program and students spoke about what they had learnt from completing various activities. Students were also presented with a certificate and a medal to recognise their completion of this program.


Many students reported that their experiences had made them feel very grateful for what they have, and  they realised that with teamwork and generosity we can change the lives of people who are less fortunate than us. Some activities the students participated in during the program included: toy sorting, creating food hampers, painting murals and building furniture. To do these activities, students used skills such as cooperation, leadership, time management and effective listening & communication. We congratulate students on their enthusiasm towards this program and they should be very proud of the positive impact they have had on our community.

Fiona Chippett, Kevin Fahey and Reuben Kwong


French Celebrations

On Friday 20th October, a celebration of all things French was held. Ms Friend announced to the College that while Bastille Day, a French National holiday is usually celebrated in France on 14th July and at Carwatha in the second week of term 3, this year our celebrations were delayed due to other school  activities.  However, this didn’t make the day any less special. She briefly explained to the College community the historical and social significance of this day and its relevance to our Australian way of life, in French and English.  Also, from 9.30am until the end of lunch, Monsieur Garrie from French Accent Crêpes successfully catered to the queuing students ordering crêpes, without having to wait too long. As the photos show they were much enjoyed.

And there was also the French Year 7 and 8 Fashion Competition. Congratulations to Tim Morgan of 8A for his stylish and very French winning entry, for which he was awarded two movie passes.

So, all in all it was a successful day, with all year 7 and 8 French students ordering their crêpes in French. Bravo to all!

Ms Friend


Year 9 Shrine Of Remembrance Excursion

As part of their work in History on World War 1, Year 9 students took part in the Spirit of Anzac program at the Shrine of Remembrance. Students learnt about conditions for the soldiers and significant battles that Australian soldiers fought in. They toured the Shrine Museum and saw interesting displays, documents and artefacts, including one of the boats that was used in the Gallipoli Landing in 1915. The students said, ‘it was amazing’ and ‘even though I find History boring this made it really interesting.’

Barrie Skadins

Year 8 Medieval Day

Last Wednesday was ‘Medieval Day’. Year 8 students participated in a day of activities and learned about what it would have been like to live in the Middle Ages. Topics covered included crime and punishment, social classes, entertainment, and weapons and armour.  There was lots of laughter as students learned games and dances, screams in the scary demonstrations of some brutal punishments and many eager volunteers to dress up in the armour. Despite some determined battles, no-one managed to defeat the Lorenzo the knight!

Barrie Skadins

9A Science Experiment

On Monday October 23rd, 9A science students dusted off their Yr 7 ‘Bunsen burner’ licences and participated in an experiment titled ‘Convection’. Students have been learning about heat, temperature and methods of heat transfer lately. This experiment tested their knowledge of convection as a type of heat transfer. Students boiled water with glitter in it, to observe a convection current. They completed a practical report based on their observations.

Kyla Crawford

Primary News

Primary Art News

Last week there was great excitement in the Primary Art room as students got to see their glazed ceramic work come out of the kiln. We now have shiny dragons, figurines, ladybirds, mice, clay bowls, looms and bird baths. Much of this work will be on display at the annual Carwatha College P-12 Art and Technology show on Monday October 30th in the MPC (Multi Purpose Centre) from 3.30 – 7pm, with awards being presented at 6pm. There will also be a range of drawings, paintings, wire sculptures and collages on display.  Each primary  student has at least one piece of artwork on display. I encourage you to come along and view the amazing work that has been produced throughout the year.  As it is a P12 event, there will also be a great display of art and technology works from the high school.


Sneak peak of work on display:

Christine Mcaleer

Mad On Music 2018


Careers News

Careers News

Hi everyone and welcome back to term four!



  • Year 10 Work Experience – Mon 27th Nov- Friday 8th Dec.

ALL work experience paperwork is now overdue.

All students are expected to attend at least 5 days of work experience across the two week allocated time. Congratulations to those students who have submitted their signed documents. 

Can I please ask for parents support in assisting their son/daughter with the process of securing a work experience location.

  • Year 10 Safe at work modules - Thursday 26th October. All students need their work experience finalised by this time so they can access the related safe at work modules that are appropriate for their chosen work place.
  • VETis 2018 students: Students starting a Chisholm Institute VETis program in 2018 will attend an information session on Friday 24th November. Further details to follow shortly.
  • Year 12 Student reminders VTAC update
  • VTAC late applications – throughout October until 3 November
  • VTAC Personal Statement- Friday 8 December 2017
  • ATARs Released- Friday 15 December 2017
  • Change of Preference (COP) closes- Wednesday 20 December 2017
  • Main Round Domestic Offers- Tuesday 16 January 2018
  • Further Offer Rounds- Friday 2 February 2018 onwards
  • For a full list of cancelled, amended, and new courses, visit VTAC Course Updates                        

What's the Right Health Job for You?

Are you considering a career in the health industry but are undecided about the range of careers you may be suited to? 

Check out Health Heroes  browse the various videos and numerous jobs in the health industry from administration officers to social workers and many in-between!


 Cadetships in Logistics

The VTA Logistics Cadetship is a two-year program which has young people aged 18-25 employed fulltime with transport and logistics companies while they study for a Certificate IV in Logistics and a Diploma of Logistics.


Cadets are allocated a mentor within their workplace to guide them through the program and assist with assignments.  They are moved into different areas of the company to give them an understanding of the business, not to mention, the advantage of increasing their skills.  In conjunction with Victoria University (Melbourne metropolitan area) and Gordon TAFE (regional areas), the VTA Logistics Cadetship enables future leaders in Transport and Logistics industry to be developed.  This exciting program provides more opportunities for young men and women to enter the Transport and Logistics industry.


At the completion of the two-year Cadetship Program, cadets graduate with a Certificate IV in Logistics and a Diploma of Logistics that is recognised both nationally and internationally. Past cadets have continued onto studying for a Degree in Logistics, providing even greater opportunities for their future.

Find out more by contacting Leni Carrion, Member Services Coordinator on (03) 9646 8590.  Students might also like to browse Victorian Transport Association website.


Paperless Recruitment…..  

I came across this advice below from Interview Skills Coach James Lynch 

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The paperless office?  We’re still waiting! But paperless recruitment is here now! The NAB is recruiting entry level positions online with no CV and no interview. The process now consists of a cognitive test, and if you’re successful, you’re invited to do an online video interview with three questions. This video is then reviewed by HR and the final talent pool is selected. Applicants are then invited to a group session at an engagement centre, to hear about life at NAB and here they have the opportunity to accept or decline the offer.

The results to date have been very positive; with the quality of hire being increased, attrition rate down and recruitment costs slashed. This has the potential to become the norm for all large organisations in the future.

How do you prepare for this?

For the cognitive test, it’s hard, but online Apps such as Lumosity or free online CEB/SHL practice tests could be of help. With the video interview, it’s basically three x  two minute answers to nail the interview. Set yourself and your environment up to look as though you care. The rule is, you’re selling they’re buying. Practice the “Why” answer, then consider the topics - Team, Conflict, Add value, Goals, Relevant skills, experience and knowledge. Also try to demonstrate good listening, interpersonal and problem solving skills, which are important in the customer service business. Look as though you are motivated and keen and imagine that you are engaging in a real interview with a live person! 

Some interesting information for students entering the world of job seeking!!


Jodie McCarthy


Library News

Library Crafts

Making Paper People

Debbie Sal

College General Information

The Main Office

Office Hours:         8.15am - 4.00pm


Parents should always make contact with the Main office when visiting the college. 

Office Staff:

Buisness Manager:      Wendy Parkinson

Accounts:                        Rosanne Bivens

Front Office:                   Pauline Horbaczow

                                            Ruth Arnold

                                            Glenice Despard

                                            Megha Malhotra

First Aid:                          Donna Azzopardi

Term Dates 2017

Term 1  

Monday, 30th January  to Friday, 31st March  (9 weeks)

Term 2

Tuesday,  18th April to Friday, 30th June (11 weeks)

Term 3

Monday, 17th  July to Friday, 22nd  September (10 weeks)

Term 4
Monday, 9th  October to Friday, 22nd December (11 weeks)

Term Dates 2018

Term 1  

Tuesday, January 30th to Thursday, 29th  March  (9 weeks)

Term 2

Monday, 16th April to Friday, 29th June (11 weeks)

Term 3

Monday, 17th July Friday, 22nd  September (10 weeks)

Term 4

Monday, 9th  October  to Friday, 22nd December  (11 weeks)

Secondary Contacts 2017

Year 7      Mrs Rentzis

Year 8      Mr Skadins

Year 9      Mr  Skadins

Year 10    Mr Haddad

Year 11    Mrs Bawa

Year 12    Mrs Christopher

Secondary Junior Leader    Mr Fahey

Secondary Senior Leader    Mrs Ross

Assistant Principal ( Year 7-12)   Mrs Spina


To Speak to or book an appointment with a coordinator, College Leader  or Assistant Principal please contact the main office.

Primary Contacts 2017

Prep M     Mrs McPhie

1/2Z          Ms Zelazo

2/3A          Mrs Abraham

3L              Mrs Lilburne

4S             Mr Spina

4/5N        Ms Novakovic

5B             Ms Bishop

5/6L         Ms Arnold-Levy

6E             Mrs Elias

STEM      Mrs Brayon

Art           Mrs McAleer

PE            Mrs Peters (Prep-2)

PE           Mr Richards (3-6)


Assistant Principal: Mrs Sheila Horn

Primary Leading Teacher    Mrs Beauchamp-Wylie



To speak to or book an appointment with a class teacher, leading teacher  or  Assistant Principal please contact the main office.

Bell Times



All students are expected to be punctual and regular in attendance. After each absence, a note of explanation, dated and signed by the parent/guardian must be brought to the school or absences can be monitored and/or approved online via compass. 

College Map


Useful Forms

For useful forms:

  • Fee Sheets
  • Book Lists
  • Canteen List
  • Uniform Lists
  • Medical Plans
  • Qkr  How To
  • Edrolo Information
  • Centrepay
  • International Home Stay Information
  • Primary Mobile Phone Agreement

See the last page of newsletter titled "Useful Forms".

Lost Property

Lost Property is located in Sickbay. If your child has lost an item please call or see Nurse Donna in Sickbay.

Sustainable School Shop: 
Second Hand Uniforms
Second Hand Books

The College is conscious of the need to provide an efficient process for families to be able to buy and sell second hand uniform.

We are happy to announce the sustainable school shop website that Carwatha College P-12 has previously directed parents to use for second hand books now offers buying and selling of second hand uniforms.

Please go to


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.


Our prefered method of payment is Qkr.

See our 'Qkr How To' information sheet on newsletter page titled Useful Forms.

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Upcoming Events


Wed        25th              Year 12 Final Assembly         

Thurs      26th             Year 11 Fit 2 Drive

Fri            27th              Year 7 Sporty Maths Scienceworks Excursion

Mon        30th               Carwatha College P-12 Art & Technology Show                                       



Wed            1st             Year 12 Exams Start, Finish Mon 20th November

Thurs        2nd            Year 7 Ancient Day Incursion

Thurs         9th             Year 8 Orienteering - Cardinia National Park Excursion

Mon          13th             Year 10 and 11 (V1 & V2)  Exam Week

Tues         14th              Music Celebration Evening

Tues         21st               Valedictory evening

Fri              24th             Last Day Year 11

Mon          27th            Year 10 Work Experience until Fri 8th Dec 


Thurs         7th            Carwatha College P-12 Primary Concert

Fri                8th            Last Day Year 10

Tues          12th          Year 6-7 Orientation Day

                                        Primary Bike Education until Thurs 19th December

Wed           13th           Carwatha College P-12 Secondary Awards Night

Fri              22nd           Last day Term 4

Useful forms

Book List and Parent Payment Forms


Qkr: How To Form


International Student Homestay Program


Centrepay form


Anaphylaxis Management Plan


Asthma Management Plan


Primary Mobile Phone Agreement


College Photos 2017


Edrolo Information


Community Page

Community Page

First National Real Estate Noble Park North

Proud supporters of Carwatha College P-12 Breakfast Club.

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