Wheelers News

28 May 2018
Respect Excellence Creativity   issue Eight 
Principal's Page
Assistant Principals Report
Whats happening
Performing Arts
Visual Arts
Middle School Report
Senior School Report
Community News
Wheelers Hill Secondary College
(03) 9561 5811
Raphael Drive
Wheelers Hill, Victoria, 3150

Principal's Page

Literacy and Numeracy

More opportunities can be realised with well developed Literacy and Numeracy Skills.  In recent times, the Department of Education (or DET) has emphasised the importance of schools to make Literacy and Numeracy a real priority with their school communities.  Literacy and Numeracy are priority areas within our College.  In working in partnership with our families, we are wanting students to have strong Reading, Writing, Speaking, Listening and Numeracy skills. 


Last Friday (18/5) we had our Professional Development Day where the focus for teaching staff was Literacy and Numeracy.  We heard from our Learning Specialists in both areas with presentations and activities provided to renew our focus and further develop our understanding of these important areas.  We thank our Learning Specialists in Emma Humpfrey (Literacy) and Nicholas Arnold (Numeracy) for their outstanding leadership on the day.


Both Literacy and Numeracy is a whole school responsibility - it does not just sit with the English and Mathematics Domains.  After our work from the Professional Day, we are more confident that we now have some more tangible plans across all Learning Domains to best assist our students with developing their Literacy and Numeracy Skills in to the future. 

Pre Review and Strategic Planning Process, 2019 - 22

We are in the midst of working our way through the Pre Review and Strategic Planning Process.  As a result of this work we will eventually develop our new Strategic Plan for the College (2019 - 22). 


This is a significant opportunity for our College.  Through our work, we will be able to set goals, targets and strategies to further improve student outcomes for the next four years of our new Strategic Plan (2019 - 22).


We are currently preparing a Pre Review Self Evaluation (or PRSE).  We have a Pre Review Panel made up of representation from key groups (students, staff and parents) to best develop our PRSE.  The PRSE will provide an indication of our College is performing, and it will be used to develop our Strategic Plan (2019 - 22) later in the year.


As part of the Pre Review and Strategic Planning Process, we will also seek opinions and ideas from students, staff and parents more generally.  Our parents / guardians can expect a Survey vai Compass in the coming days asking them for their opinions about our College.


If anyone has any queries about the Pre Review and Strategic Planning Process, they are welcome to contact me via the General Office.


We continue to develop opportunities with respect to STEM - Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.  We are currently planning new STEM Progams and Units of Study for 2019 and beyond.  Importantly, we have plans to further support this important area of learning through additional resources, together with the potential of re-purposing some of our existing classroom spaces.   


We continue to enjoy a productive relationship with the Monash Tech Schools Program whereby many of our Middle School students have the opportunity to learn STEM skills and use high tech equipment at the specially designed campus in Oakleigh.  Our students are enjoying their involvement with the Monash Tech Schools Program.

Student Feedback

We value student feedback at our College.  We want to hear from our students in terms of how we can be better in the classroom and throughout the College more generally.


Students completed a feedback activity recently where they were asked a series of questions relating to their learning across a number of subject areas.  We are currently using an online system called PIVOT which allows for the distribution of surveys to students.  Student responses are then collated and considered by staff.


Whilst we need to consider the data more carefully, our initial analysis shows that our students are reporting that we have made measurable improvements in the following areas:

- 'Knowing our Students and How they Learn'

- 'Knowing the Content and How to Teach It'

- 'Maintaining Safe and Supportive Learning Environments'


The next round of Student Feedback using the PIVOT system will be in Semester Two.

College Tours

Our College Tours have been running every Wednesday morning throughout the year with great success.   We have had a high number of prospective families through the school so far this year and we should know our Year 7 intake for 2019 in the coming weeks.

College Uniform

The redevelopment of our Gymnasium and Performing Arts Complex has meant that students who have Physical Education classes on a given day can arrive at school on that day in their Physical Education Uniform.  Without changeroom facilities, the College has taken this decision to allow students to wear their Physical Education uniform under these circumstances. 


Due to these circumstances, we are seeing a mix of our Regular and Physical Education uniform being worm by students through the week.  This situation is not ideal as we would much prefer greater consistency with respect to our uniform requirements.  Nevertheless, we appreciate the support of our College Community during this time. 


We would like to remind all families that we have prescribed uniform requirements for our Regular and Physical Education Uniforms and, as representatives of our College, we expect that students wear their uniform to the highest of standards. 

Working Bee, 24th of June

Please be advised that we are planning a Working Bee for Sunday the 24th of June, from 9 to 12 noon.  Gardening will be our main areas of focus during this event. Please register your interest and attendance with the General Office.

Value of the Week - Excellence

Our VCE Theatre Studies group have their Alice in Wonderland presentation next week (Mon 28/5 and Tue 29/5) here at the College. They have worked hard to put together what will be an excellent presentation for our College Community - we wish them well.








Aaron Smith


Assistant Principals Report

Help keep our school healthy this flu season

With the flu season upon us, there are a few important steps we can take to reduce the spread of infection in our school.

Key tips to keep our staff and students healthy

  • Encourage children to regularly wash their hands.
  • Encourage children to cough or sneeze into their elbow, not their hands.
  • Students with cold or flu-like symptoms should be encouraged to seek medical attention.
  • Students exhibiting such symptoms should limit contact with others, and stay at home until the symptoms have passed.
  • If a child becomes ill at school with these symptoms, we will contact the family and arrange for the child’s collection.


Student Reports - Feedback Cycle #2

The second cycle of student feedback will be published today. You can find the report using the Reports tab on your child's

The reports provide an oversight of your child's progress in the past 6 - 8 weeks in all their subjects, listing the work completed, their attendance and 'Attitude' and 'Behaviour'. 

We strongly encourage all parents to view the reports and contact the relevant teachers with any concerns or inquiries about their child's progress.

Instructions on how to interpret the reports are attached



Same-day notification of unexplained student absences

The School Attendance Guidelines specify that from the end of Term 2 2018, government schools must contact parents/carers as soon as practicable on the day of an unexplained student absence.

Protecting the safety and well-being of children through the reporting and monitoring of absenteeism is the responsibility of both parents/carers and schools. Parents/carers have an obligation to notify the school of their child’s absence and schools are required to notify parents/carers on the day of an unexplained student absence. This responsibility is underpinned by shared understandings and expectations about the procedures for the promotion, monitoring and follow-up of student attendance as outlined in our school’s Attendance Policy.

Clear communication and building a positive and collaborative relationship between schools and parents is critical to the successful implementation of same day notifications. In addition, in order to implement this requirement, it is essential that we have accurate and current parent/carer contact details. 

  1. Contact details

There are times when we will need to contact you, including on the day if your child is absent and you haven’t informed the school as to why. Do we have your most up to date contact details?  If not, please contact the school on 03 9561 5811 so we can update our records. Please include parent/carers’ name, address, phone numbers, email address and emergency contact details. Please remember to contact the school if any of these details or your circumstances change.

Notify the school of your child’s absence

Protecting the safety and well-being of children through the reporting and monitoring of absenteeism is the responsibility of both parents/carers and schools.

Please remember to call the school on Absence Hot line 03 9582 7128 or email at [email protected] or log your child’s child’s absence using our school’s IT platform Compass   early in the morning if your child is going to be away or late for school so your child’s absence can be recorded correctly.

For further information on the processes and procedures our school uses to record, monitor and follow-up student attendance and absence please read our Attendance Policy.

Same-day notification of unexplained student absences

Our school will SMS on the day of an absence if a student is not at school and you haven’t notified the school as to why. If you are notified by the school that your child is away without a reason, please contact us as soon as possible by calling 03 9561 5811 or email a[email protected] to let us know where your child is. If we cannot reach you because we don’t have your correct contact details (i.e.: message notification fail, disconnected number), then we will make contact with any emergency contact/s nominated on your child’s file held by the school, where possible, on the same day of the unexplained absence.

Please remember it is your responsibility to contact us to provide an explanation for your child's absence from school, and where possible, please inform us in advance of upcoming absences.

For further information on the processes and procedures our school uses to record, monitor and follow-up student attendance and absence please read our Attendance Policy.


New Attendance Requirements

If your child is sick or absent, you are required to notify the school as soon as possible on the day of absence, by calling the absence Hot Line on 03 9582 7128 or email [email protected]

Notifying the school of your child’s absence either prior to, or on the day that they will be away, helps ensure the safety and well being of children and will fulfill your legal responsibility.

From the end of Term 2 2018, all Victorian government schools are required to contact parents/carers as soon as practicable on the same day of an unexplained student absence. If your child is absent on a particular day and you have not contacted the school to explain why, the absence will be marked as unexplained.

This system also promotes daily school attendance. Going to school every day is the single most important part of your child’s education, they learn new things every day – missing school puts them behind.



At the start of term one, we published the newly ratified College Uniform Policy. This document was sent out via Compass and is also available on the college website.

We are extremely proud of our college and the correct wearing of our uniform communicates a sense of pride, creates a shared identity, and gives students a sense of belonging to a particular school, that being, WHSC.

We would like all members of the college community to revisit the uniform policy so that all students can be wearing correct uniform in the prescribed manner from day one of term 2.

Items that generally require attention among some students include:

  •  the wearing of plain white socks instead of logo socks, 
  • removal of hoodies,
  • removal of excessive jewellery,
  • removal of bright coloured nail polish
  • ensuring that black leather lace up school shoes are worn rather than the sports styled school shoes.

Please refer to the full policy on our website to clarify any questions. (Found under the School Tab, College Uniform)

Students in breach of the college uniform policy will be managed in line with the specified staged response as per the policy.

Staged Response:

First and Second time without a note.

Lunchtime detention on the day and recorded on school file.

Third Time

Lunchtime detention on the day and parents notified.

Subsequent occasions

Parents/carer contacted, further disciplinary interventions- refer to Engagement and inclusion Policy

With the cooler weather upon us, we remind students that hoodies and track suit pants are not part of the school uniform. 


Mrs Judy Anderson & Mr Andrew Dixon   

Assistant Principals

Whats happening


  • Intermediate Sports
  • VCE Production Tech Rehearsal


  • VCE Production Dress Rehearsal
  • VCE Production Opening Night


  • Superpowers STEM Program- Year 8
  • UNSW Science Competition
  • VCE Production Closing Night


  • Superpowers STEM Program -Year 8
  • Synchrotron Excursion 
  • Australian Geography Competition
  • Performing Arts Cabaret Tech Rehearsal
  • Waverley Meadows Visit - Year 9 Community
  • Waverley Tertiary Information Session - Year 12
  • Performing Arts Cabaret Night


  • Superpowers STEM Program -Year 8
  • GTAC - Year 12
  • Meningococcal Vaccine - Year 10
  • Being a Smart Consumer - 7B Humanities


  • Year 12 Casual Dress Day
  • Year 9 Study Skills Program


  • Year 11 Exams
  • Being a Smart Consumer - 7A Humanities
  • Being a Smart Cinsumer - 7E Humanities


  • Year 11 Exams


  • Year 11 Exams
  • Media Studies Excursion - Year 9
  • Mock Interviews (Futures) - Year 10
  • Wonderful Women's High Tea (Personal Best) - Year 8


  • Year 11 Exams


  • Year 11 Exams 


David Capron - State Representative

Congratulations to David Capron (year 11) who was selected in the Victorian U/17's Men's Netball team as a mid-court player. The National Championships were held from the 1st-7th of April at the Genea Netball Centre in Sydney. The Victorian team finished first on the ladder and competed in the grand final. They had a thrilling win over Queensland (59-57).


David has also been selected in the Australian U/17 Men's Netball team. He will tour New Zealand and compete in the 23's age group of the 2018 New Zealand Men's National Championship held in Wellington. Congratulations David.


Kerrie Lay & Sally Pryde

Sport Coordinators

Performing Arts

Performing Arts Cabaret Night

Come and join us on Wednesday 30th May for a night of entertainment at the Performing Arts Cabaret!

The night will showcase the talents of the VCE Music class and the Dance students of Wheelers Hill Secondary College. 

The show will be performed in the college library, as light refreshments will be served as you enjoy the musical talents of the students of the college. Each ticket comes with a ticket for the door prize raffle, for a chance to win some lovely prizes donated by our community partners.  Tickets can be purchased at www.trybooking.com/VTOR  - seating is limited, so make sure you get in early to book your spot! 

Production Design Internship Program!


After interviewing all of the incredible applicants, we would like to congratulate our Production Designers for the Wizard of Oz are:

Emily Clement 8A

Jade D’Angelo 11C

Megan Norton 8B

Paris Trapouzanlis 9E

Imogen Walker 8B

These students are working with Anna Diacos, our artist in residence, the cast and staff to bring The Wizard of Oz to the stage.

The production design internship program is an extra-curricular activity for students to get involved with the major school production of The Wizard of Oz. As designers, they are bringing life to the costume, props and makeup of all characters in the show. Our twice-weekly meetings give the designers a chance to discuss their designs, source materials, learn practical requirements of construction and receive tailored lessons discussing all aspects of the theatrical production process.  As a vital part of the major school production, they are key players in conveying the story, characters and visual delights that are coming soon to the stage!

Sign-ups to be a part of the stage crew will be released in Term 3, so stay tuned!


Genelle Lentini

Performing Arts Leader


Visual Arts

Arts Education Week 2018


Running from the 20 to 26 May, Education Week provides students, teachers and the community the opportunity to get involved in a range of music, dance, drama, visual art and media arts.


Now in its 74th year, Education Week is also an opportunity for schools to open their doors to the community and showcase what is being done to drive student achievement in the arts.

In an effort to promote student achievement here at Wheelers Hill Secondary College, students work across our year levels have been selected to be showcased at ‘The Student Gallery’, run by Zart Art in Boxhill. Students and their families will be invited to view this fantastic opportunity later in Term 3. Please see details in next Terms newsletters for further information.


In addition to this, the Arts week focuses on the education state target of ‘Learning for Life’, which aims to improve learning outcomes for every child, in every classroom, in every community to provide the best chance of success in work, and in life.


Student engagement in the arts can help improve educational outcomes by boosting motivation and creativity, building confidence and self-esteem, leadership skills, cooperation and collaboration as well as forging friendships and a sense of belonging.


At Wheelers Hill Secondary College, we have recently provided our VCE Visual Communication Design and Studio Arts students with a career and future driven excursion to Top Arts and Top Designs in Melbourne CBD. Each session provided students with an intimate forum where industry speakers divulged their creative processes and avenues for career paths. Students followed this with a review of student folios from 2018, where they achieved the highest results in the state. This was a fantastic opportunity to expose our students to a range of learning opportunities for not only their present schooling, but for their life post high school.  

Ms Nicole Harris

Visual Arts Domain Leader

Middle School Report

Middle School News

Middle School has been a very busy place throughout the weeks. There are many extracurricular activities that are offered to our students before school, lunch and after school. The activities that your child could be involved in are


Middle School Leaders

In our meetings in the last couple of weeks we have been organising Year 7 Club and are getting the Year 9 Homeroom competition ready. They are going to trial the activities and in Term 3 run the activity lunch for Year 7 and 8.


Year 7

Naplan took place last week and I would like to congratulate all the Year 7 students on how they handled themselves. Wheelers Hill Secondary College receive the survey results that assist us to identify areas that we can use to improve the learning growth of each student.


Year 8

Brainstorm Productions attended Wheelers Hill on Wednesday. The following article from our students gives a fantastic review from the activity provided.


Year 9

The Year 9’s have been involved in training for the Interschool Sports. Hopefully all goes well and they represent our school with pride.

Year 8

Cyberia bullying performance

On the 23rd of May, the whole of the year eight level came together to watch a performance based on cyber bullying, performed by Brainstorm Productions. The production taught us all something different as we are all unique, but the main point of the production was to not make snap decisions that you’ll regret and to not always be trusting of the things you see/hear on social media.

The idea of this play was to inform the year 8’s about cyberbullying and trusting people online. The four main characters (Tim, Ruby, Jake and Sophie) helped tell the story of what can happen when others share a personal secret of another and then turn to social media to let all of the frustration or anger out on the person, like what happened with Ruby and Sophie. Sophie trusted Tim enough to tell him about her dad, Tim went on to tell his sister Ruby and Ruby was so full of frustration after her parents separating, she went and told everyone on social media about Sophie’s secret. They also helped us understand that we can’t trust everything we see advertised on social media or every website out there, like what happened to the character Tim while trying to create an X box game; he was scammed and lost all of his money.

The play we watched was all based on true events and facts that actually happened to innocent people, so that is another reason why we have to be so careful about who we talk to and what we do on social media. We have learnt that we must be careful of the things we post on social media because certain things, we would find funny, could hurt other people’s feelings.


Laura Saldutto and Erin September-Jones

Year 8 May 2018

Wonderful Women in Our Lives


Mrs Melissa Robinson

Middle School Leader

Senior School Report


It is hard to believe, but we are half way through Term 2 already. The first half of the term was busy, but the second half will be even more so.


The next few weeks are destined to be very busy weeks for the Senior School. SACs are still being completed and examinations are just around the corner.

  • Year 11 exams commence in the VCE Centre on Monday June 4th and continue for the whole week.
  • The following week, beginning on 12th June, both Year 12 and Year 10 students will be completing their end of semester assessments. Year 12 exams will be in the VCE Centre, and Year 10 in E block.
  • Please note that all students who are completing a Unit 3/4 subject will need to complete the GAT, to be held in the VCE Centre on Wednesday 13th June, from 10:00 am until 1:15 pm. Students are asked to report to the VCE Centre by 9.30 am.


Exams can be extremely stressful, especially if you have more than one in a short period of time.

Here are a few tips to help you:

Develop a positive attitude

  • Being well prepared will boost your confidence.
  • Believe in yourself and what you know.
  • Avoid negative self-talk and thoughts.

Formulate clear goals

  • Remember your long-term, medium-term and short-term goals and how the exam will help you achieve them.

Plan your study time

  • Make a study timetable.
  • Plan your revision time.
  • Develop effective tools to help you study (flash cards, diagrams, mind maps etc.)

Effective revision

  • It is never too late to start revising.
  • Your goal should be to commit short-term memory to long-term memory.
  • Re-visit, re-read, remember your revision notes that you have made.
  • Write summaries of key points.
  • Cramming does not help long-term memory.

(adapted from Study Success – Deakin University)

We wish all students well for the upcoming assessments.


Home Group Captains

I would like to acknowledge and congratulate the Senior School Home group Captains as elected by their peers.

       Captain                                Vice-Captain

Year 10  
A     Royce Parker                      Deanna Pallantzas
B    Austin Agathogleous      Erin McKenzie
C    Jemma Frisina                 Jake Collins
D    Emily Fitzpatrick             Gabby Giulieri
E    Chad McCosh                    Andre Pittams
Year 11        
A    Nick Chronopoulos        Ben Segal
B    Renée Nayef                      Jamie Goltsios
 C    Issy Jones                         Oliver Wang
D    Nyadeing Kier                  Olivia Stones
Year 12        
A    Nathan Carideo               Nina Notaro
B    Hannah Scaplehorn     James Yallop
C    Lochie Martin                   Elise Bentley
D    Laura Kelly                        Jordyn Pratt
E    Nikola McGuane              Prisha Rai


Mrs J. Riddoch

Senior School Leader




On Wednesday 23rd May the year 10 students were introduced to and completed the online career assessment tool Career Voyage.  Career Voyage is an internationally recognised, high quality career guidance system designed for career seekers of all ages (15+). This online assessment tool aims to identify types of work which match ones interests, preferences and education goal and generates a personalised interest profile and 20 job suggestions. 

Furthermore this assessment tool helps;

  • Clarify occupational interest patterns
  • Broaden ones horizons by looking at the range of occupations currently making up the workforce
  • Confirm (or otherwise) existing ideas and provides back-up suggestions
  • Often suggests types of work not previously heard of or considered
  • Alert the Advisers to problems some may be experiencing (eg inconsistent, negative, confused) and suggests how assists may be given
  • Provide a model of career decision making
  • Facilitate career action planning to achieve identified goals/assists with VCE subject selection


During the online registration process students were asked to select the educational level they wished to pursue once they had completed school.  There are five educational levels –


  • Level 1&2 – Minimum schooling plus more intense on the job training. VET training courses of up to 6 months at TAFE or similar may be needed. Job involves very little responsibility but a minimum skill level is required
  • Level 3 – TAFE or similar qualifications equal to Certificate II or III are required. Higher standard of skill, more responsibility and work autonomy than Level 1&2
  • Level 4 – Completion of year 12 with suitable grades for entry to two or three year Diploma course at TFE or similar. Covers semi-professional and some managerial jobs. A high degree of technical skill and responsibility is required
  • Level 5 – Completion of year 12 with strong grade suitable for university entry to minimum 3 year degree.  Higher level professional and managerial jobs than Level 4.  Jobs require moderate to extremely high degrees of knowledge and responsibility

Student’s educational level then determined the types of interest areas that they needed to respond to.  All interest areas in the program are based around the following six interest types listed below.  So, interest areas presented for a student who chose Level 5 would be different to a student who chose Level 3.

  • PRACTICAL & TECHNICAL – Practical Work, making & repairing things, engineering, computing & technical work, physical sciences – maths, physics
  • WORKING WITH LIVING THINGS – Working with plants, animals & people. Farming, forestry, medical work. The biological/environmental sciences – biology, botany, zoology, biochemistry, ecology
  • BUSINESS, SALES & MANAGEMENT – Office work, selling & retailing, using figures & calculations, bookkeeping, management, business, finance, accounting, economics
  • VISUAL ARTS & CRAFTS – Making things look attractive, using craft materials, creative work, art & design
  • HELPING PEOPLE IN NEED – Helping the elderly, children, people with special needs, nursing, community welfare & social work
  • ORAL AND WRITTEN COMMUNICATION – Meeting and talking to people, explaining things, work with languages, giving talks, writing, acting, journalism

All students have been encouraged to use their Career Voyage Profile/Job Suggestions Report to commence completing their individual Career Action Plan (CAP) which they can assess via their Student Account in the school’s careers website.   Students were asked to consider the following - What occupations have been suggested to me? What qualifications do I need in order to work in this occupation?  What are the related jobs around this occupation that I could also consider as a possible career?  What VCE subjects would I need in order to meet prerequisite requirements of courses I am considering?  We reminded students that this is assessment was just one part of the career planning process and that they may not agree with everything that appears in their reports which is okay - this was about raising their awareness.

Student’s individual Career Action Plan is an important document and they will be required to bring these along during their VCE Subject Selection Interviews next term.


Voula Jakubicki

Careers Coordinator


Mental Health: Question and Answer Evening​


Community News

Second-hand Uniform Shop Times

  •  Thursday 31st May 1.30pm -3pm
  •  Monday 18th June 1:30pm - 3pm

Entertainment Book


Student Voice and Fundraising for EB

For the last four weeks of this term, the Student Voice group will be facilitating the PB4EB campaign – Personal Best for Epidermolysis Bullosa.


Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB) is a genetic condition that causes blistering of the skin and tissues, so the funds raised by this campaign will help to provide much needed medical care for those suffering from this condition.


The idea is to commit to doing your personal best in some aspect of your life for a month – some examples could be:


-Reading every day
-Doing revision every day
-Doing more exercise
-Giving up an unhealthy snack for a month.

Students can choose how they want to strive for their personal best, and will find people to sponsor them to meet their challenge for the month. The money they raise will then be donated to DEBRA, the volunteer organisation that supports people living with EB.


This organisation supported Eliza Baird, a student at our school from 2013-2017, who lived with this condition.  Eliza passed away late last year - she was an inspiration to our school community for the way she always managed to do her best at school, despite the challenges of living with EB.  We think it is a fitting tribute to Eliza that we support the foundation that helped her by also striving to do our best.

Wheelers News
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