Collingwood College

23 March 2017
Issue Seven
Dates To Remember
School News
Community News
Collingwood College
Corner Cromwell St and McCutcheon Way
Collingwood, Victoria, 3066

Dates To Remember

Important Dates 2017

Term Dates

Term 1: 30th January to 31st March

*Easter Monday 17th April

Term 2: 18th April to 30th June

Term 3: 17th July to 22nd September

Term 4: 9th October to 22nd December


Public Holidays

Labour Day Monday 13th March

Anzac day Tuesday 25th April

Queen's Birthday Monday 12th June

Melbourne Cup Tuesday 7th November




1-31 March

Premier's Reading Challenge


Monday, 27 March

3-Way Conferences Prep - 12


27-31 March

Senior VCAL Work Experience


Friday, 31 March

End of Term - 12:40PM school finish


Monday, 17 April

Easter Monday - Student Free Day


Tuesday, 18 April

Term 2 Start Date all Students


Saturday, 29 April

Working Bee


Tuesday, 2 May

Athletics Day


Thursday, 4 May 

Open Day


Friday, 5 May

Community Fundraising Meeting


Tuesday, 9 May - Thursday, 11 May

NAPLAN Years 3, 5, 7, 9


Tuesday, 9 May

Open Night – Year 7


Thursday, 18 May

Year 7 Immunisations 2


Friday, 26 May

National Sorry Day

School News




The Victorian Premiers’ Reading Challenge is now open and Collingwood College P-6 classes are excited to be participating.


The Challenge is open to all Victorian children from birth to Year 10 in recognition of the importance of reading for literacy development. It is not a competition; but a personal challenge for children to read a set number of books by 9 September 2017. 


Children from Prep to Year 2 are encouraged to read or ‘experience’ 30 books with their parents and teachers. Children from Year 3 to Year 6 are challenged to read 15 books.  


All children who meet the Challenge will receive a certificate of achievement signed by the Victorian Premier and can choose to have their name included on the online Honour Roll. If you would like your child‘s name to appear on the Honour Roll, please sign the form your child recently brought home and return it to your child's class teacher. This letter also has your child's login details.


To read the Premier’s letter to parents, view the booklists and for more information about the Victorian Premiers’ Reading Challenge, visit:



Katherine Watson

Grade 3 & 4 Learning Community Leader



Secondary school progress reports have been published on Compass. Please login to Compass and select your child's profile page. Select 'Reports' and scroll down. 

Progress reports are designed to give you a snapshot of how your child is progressing currently. This can change from week to week. They are a great conversation starter with Parent Teacher Interviews coming up on March 27th, 11-7PM. 



Term 1 Three Way Conferences

Hello everybody.
The Term 1 Three Way Conferences will be held on Monday 27th March, between 11:00 am and 7:00 pm.

For parents/guardians of students from Year 1-10, bookings can be made through Compass using the following steps:

1.     Log onto Compass using your parent/guardian details.

2.     Navigate to the ‘Community’ tab; it’s the icon that looks like two people.

3.     Click on the relevant booking link for your child.

4.     Click on your child’s teacher

5.     Select a booking time.

For a VCE 3WC, bookings will NOT be through Compass.
Parents/Guardians will need to follow the booking instructions in the attached file.

Parent instructions for VCE 3WC.doc

If there are any difficulties/issues, please email me as soon as possible.
Vincent Vignuoli



Dear community,

As a school, we would like those with Anaphylaxis and who use an Epi-pen to be aware there is a Australia-wide recall of Epi-pens with the following information from The Australian Government.


Reason for Recall  – potential failure to activate or need to apply increased force to activate


Consumers and health professionals are advised that Alphapharm, in consultation with the TGA, is recalling four batches of EpiPen 300 microgram adrenaline injection syringe auto-injectors. EpiPens from affected batches can be returned to pharmacies for a refund or exchanged for one from a different, unaffected batch free of charge.


EpiPen is used in emergency situations to treat people who are having a severe allergic reaction (also known as anaphylaxis).


It has been identified that EpiPens from the four affected batches may contain a defective part that could result in the auto-injector failing to activate or a need to apply more force than normal to activate.


The affected batch numbers and expiry dates are:

5FA665 - April 2017

5FA6651 - April 2017

5FA6652 - April 2017

5FA6653 - April 2017


There have been two confirmed reports of auto-injectors from these batches failing to activate correctly world-wide from approximately 80,000 devices distributed. 


With thanks

Desley Insall

First Aid Coordinator



EARTH HOUR is an hour of contributing to the prevention of climate change. For those of you who don't know what Earth Hour is, it's when you turn off your lights for an hour and in doing so, reduce the amount of electricity that our population uses. Earth Hour will be held this Saturday, March 25th between 8:30-9:30pm.

Thank you,

Nina McCarthy-Gray, Calima Janssen & Maxim Tait

Class 6D

On behalf of the Welcome Swallows.



All families and teachers are warmly invited to attend the Teachers Harvest Play on Friday 31 March in the Southside kitchen garden commencing at 7:30am.

We will have a festive breakfast in the Canteen afterwards. Please bring a plate of food to share.

Chrissy Cowan



Students in Performing Arts have been exploring Dance.

Prep students were introduced to Belly Dancing, Country Dance, Irish Dancing and more. Students created a dance piece including many Dance styles.

Year1/2 students have been exploring Rock and Roll and Elvis Presley.

Year 3/4 students have been learning the meaning of ‘Ego’ while dancing to the song ‘Ego’ by Willy Williams. Students also included large barrels used as drums as part of their dance piece.  

Year 5/6 students have taken a theatrical and some a circus approach while dancing.

Several of these pieces were shared amongst the Reggio - Main Program classes and parents in the theatre. Well done Performing Arts students.

Angela Dionysopoulos

Performing Arts



 In Art, Reggio Year 1/2 students have been discussing how creative expression can be explored in different art forms.  The students have been listening to different music from a range of cultures: music from Iran, Africa, Turkish Gypsy music and many more. Students have been discussing the influence of music and culture. While listening to music students have explored silk - screening and have created a piece of art focussing on flowers.  

Angela Dionysopoulos

Primary Art



There have been some revisions to the musical instrument list. If you are wanting to buy an instrument for this year, or move on from an out grown one then have a look at this list. There is no point in buying a brand new one if you can get one second hand! And if you have one you want to sell, contact me at [email protected] and I will add it to the list.

Naomi Durston


Please click on the link to see full list of instruments for sale:

Instruments for sale - 3 March 2017.pdf




Please click on the links below to read the current recipes being prepared in kitchen-garden classes:


Quinoa Salad with Corn, Beans, Apple & Garden Herbs

Quinoa Salad 21.3.2017doc.doc

Zucchini & Basil Frittata

Zucchini and Basil Frittata 21.3.2017.doc

Late Summer Tomato, Roasted Capsicum & Herb Salad

LateTomatoes, roasted capsicum & herb salad 21.3.2017.doc

Polenta & Rosemary Pan Bread

Rosemary and Polenta Pan Bread 21.3.2017.doc

Homemade Dips: Potato Skordalia & Carrot, Cumin & Yoghurt

Potato Skordalia with Broad beans.doc




Head lice, yes the subject that we all do not like to discuss but is a common problem that needs to be dealt with. 

This school year but we have had several cases of head lice already so it is very important to  "PLEASE check your child’s hair TONIGHT!!!"    

Please then check your child’s hair on a regular basis and if head lice or eggs are found, treat appropriately.  Health regulations require that where a child has head lice that the child should not return to school until the day after appropriate treatment has started.

Finding head lice:

Step 1: Comb any type of hair conditioner on to dry, brushed hair.

Step 2: Now comb sections of hair with a fine tooth head lice comb

Step 3: Wipe the conditioner from the comb onto a paper towel or tissue.

Step 4: Look on the tissue and on the comb for lice and eggs.

Step 5: Repeat combing for every part of the head at least 4 or 5 times.

If lice or eggs are found the child’s hair should be treated.  Purchase head lice treatment products from your local chemist and the product must be applied to all parts of the hair and scalp.

No treatment kills all of the eggs so treatment must involve two applications, seven days apart. The purpose of the first treatment is to kill all lice, the second treatment is to kill young lice hatched over the next six days.

There is no product available to prevent head lice but tying back long hair can help prevent the spread.

For further information see website:

Stephanie Moussi 

School Health Coordinator 



See below for Thursday Market Rosters for Terms 1- 4

2017 Thursday Market Rosters updated 20 March.pdf


Community News





There is a free school holiday creative activity being held at Yarra Youth Services in week 1 of the school Holidays. 

It is supported by the City of Yarra and the Department of Premier & Cabinet Victoria.


Be part of a new crew creating an original theatrical multi-media show about what it means to BELONG, to be performed in November. The project includes a free 2-day creative development beach camp in term 3. This is your chance to make a difference in your community!

FREE WORKSHOPS including lunch - For young people aged 12-25 years

Tuesday 4 April 

11:00am to 3:30pm

Yarra Youth Services: 156 Napier St, Fitzroy


More info contact Dave:   0411 710 081

YARRA April school holidays Activity.pdf




27th April, 2017


Kathleen Syme Community Centre

251 Faraday St Carlton, VIC

Click here for more information regarding format, costs and registration




Please click on the document below for more information on this course running in July.

Biodynamic Farming Pamphlet.pdf




Saturday, 25 March 


Celebrating and giving thanks to the good earth, our farmers and the cycle of the seasons.

Click here for more information.





Please click here to read the March newsletter from the State Library of Victoria




The following may be of interest to some parents especially Steiner Families:


The Technological Age of Human Life with Orlando Bishop

Events -- Moral Technologies 2.pdf
Orland Bishop 2.pdf


Playing With Fire - A Spiritual Retreat



The Social Art - Transforming Individual and Social Fields

Social Art.pdf