Wheelers News

05 February 2018
Issue One
Principal's Page
Assistant Principals Report
Dates to Remember
Health & P.E
Middle School Report
Senior School Report
STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths)
Community News
Wheelers Hill Secondary College
(03) 9561 5811
Raphael Drive
Wheelers Hill, Victoria, 3150

Principal's Page

Welcome Back!

We welcome back our students and families to what will be another exciting year at Wheelers Hill Secondary College in 2018. In our first week back, staff and students have quickly settled into their work. 


I would like to make special mention of our new students to the College, including of course our new Year 7's who have started with great enthusiasm working their way through a special transition program in their first week. 


A whole school assembly together with special House Meetings (5/2), our Year 7 Camp (7, 8 and 9/2) and Year 12 Study Skills Day (7/2) are all scheduled for next week.

Be The Best That You Can Be

We believe that our new College motto, 'Be The Best That You Can Be', provides a strong reference point allowing both students and staff to make the most of every opportunity to achieve their full potential.


All schools must have a strong sense of purpose to their work and we are no exception.  Our sense of purpose or Vision is:


"As a school that values respect, excellence and creativity, Wheelers Hill Secondary College strives to develop students capable of being global citizens ready to embrace the future.  We encourage members of our College Community to be ‘the best that they can be’ in all of their endeavours”.


Underpinning our strong sense of purpose are three key Values important to our College Community:


Respect - promoting respectful, inclusive and positive relationships.  Our students and staff act with integrity and value diversity.

Excellence - providing opportunities to demonstrate excellence in all areas of learning and teaching by adopting a focused and committed approach.

Creativity - developing a creative approach to learning and teaching. Our students and staff are encouraged to seek innovative solutions to problems.


We are a College that excels in the four main areas important to our College Community:


Academic Excellence across all learning areas


The Arts

Student Leadership and our Community


Our Priority Areas for further growth and improvement for 2018 remain the same as last year:


Literacy and Numeracy

Student Empowerment

Performing Arts (with more of an emphasis on Music in 2018)

Growth and Identity


The year ahead provides so many exciting opportunities for our staff, students and our College Community.

New Staff at WHSC

We welcome new staff to WHSC in 2018:


Ben Shepherd - Humanities Teacher

Annie Yang - Maths and ScienceTeacher

Andrew Martin - Technology Teacher

Yeneo Pousoulis - Maths and Science Teacher

Kristy Mechielsen - Music Teacher

Jane Xiang - Education Support : International Student Program Co-ordinator

Voula Jakubicki - Education Support : Careers Co-ordinator


We also welcome back Sarah Popelier (English Teacher) and Sarah Bucci (Physical Education, Sport, Health and Science Teacher) back from leave.

Capital Works Program, 2018

As mentioned throughout 2017, the College will embark on a Capital Works Program to overhaul the existing Gym and Performing Arts Complex, together with our VCE Centre.

Works on the Gym and Performing Arts Complex will commence next week meaning that this area of the school will not be in operation for some time.  Works on this area of the school are unlikely to be finished until October this year.  Works on the VCE Centre are likely to commence in November after exams.


There will be some disruption to our normal programming here at the College with the Sport and Performing Arts Domains most affected.  We have made a number of alternative arrangements to support Teaching and Learning for both of these areas, together with trying to minimise the impact of this important work across the College more generally.


To assist with our alternative arrangements, students who have Physical Education and / or Sport subjects on a particular day can arrive at school in their WHSC Physical Education and / or Sport Uniform for that day.  Any queries, please contact the General Office.


College Council, 2018

Please not that the College will need to elect College Council members for 2018.  There are a number of vacancies that need to be filled:


- x 4 Parent Representatives

- x 3 DET Employee Representatives


I would encourage people to consider this important role of serving on College Council.  Further details can be found in this Newsletter.  As per our Constituting Order, we will also co-opt x 2 Community Members.  Nomination forms will be available at the General Office from Monday 5th of February, and nominations close Monday 12th February.   If there are more Nominations against available vacancies, we will need to hold Elections.  If Elections are required, more information will be shared with our College Community as required.


There will also be a category on Council for elected Student Representatives.  The process surrounding how students may be elected onto Council is still being finalised by the Department of Education, and, as a result, elected Student Representation can be confirmed after Parent and DET Representatives are confirmed.


And lastly...............

As the Principal, I am very proud of our College and what we achieve for our students.  I thank families in advance for your continued support as you work in partnership with us in 2018 to get the best outcomes we can for our students


Aaron Smith

College Principal

Assistant Principals Report

Welcome to 2018.

Welcome to 2018! With another year upon us, I would like to take this opportunity to warmly welcome all our new  students and their families to our College as well as welcoming back all our returning families.

2018  promises to be another exciting year with lots of engaging learning activities planned.

On Monday 5th February, we will be holding our first whole college assembly where we will be inducting our college student leaders. 

At Wheelers Hill SC, we have an extensive student leadership program, where around ten percent of our students hold a leadership position.

Our student leadership positions for 2018 are attached :


College Uniform

We are proud of our College and we have high expectations across many areas including, teaching and learning, behavior, student achievement, and the college uniform is no exception.  

At the end of 2017, School Council ratified the College Uniform Policy.

This policy has been pushed out to all staff, students and parents via Compass.

Please take the time to familiarise yourself with all areas of this document as we wish to see all our students wearing complete and correct uniform every day.  Staged responses as per the uniform policy will be followed for students who are out of uniform.



School Photos

Arthur Reed Photos will be here on 16-02-2018
Orders can be placed online at www.arphotos.com.au
Remember there is a range of extra products available ONLINE ONLY
A range of payments options are available online, including ZipPay, so you can order now
and pay later!

Vaccinations- Year 7 and 10 Students

The Secondary School Vaccine Program offers free vaccines to Year 7 and 10 students. These vaccines provide protection against:

·         Diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis (whooping cough) – one dose for year 7 students

·         Human Papillomavirus (HPV) – two doses for year 7 students

·         Meningococcal A,C,W,Y – one dose for year 10 students

Parents/guardians of year 7 and 10 students should look out for the vaccine consent card booklet coming home from school with your child. You need to read the information, complete and return the card regardless of whether your child is being vaccinated at school.

The Monash immunisation service may contact you about the Secondary School Vaccine Program. Schools are authorised to provide basic parent/guardian contact details to local councils for this purpose. Contact the school by 28 February 2018 if you do not want your contact details given to the Monash immunisation service.

To learn more about the Secondary School Vaccine Program, the vaccines, the diseases they protect against, or how you can prepare your child for vaccination, go to betterhealth.vic.gov.au

Additionally, the Commonwealth government is funding vaccinations for all children under 20 years who missed scheduled vaccines. If students have missed vaccines, either in childhood or adolescence, and require catch-up vaccines, they should speak with their immunisation provider. (ie. local council or GP).


Primary and secondary school students aged 5 to 18 can travel on a Child myki. If you're aged 17 and 18 you must carry government issued proof of age ID (such as a passport, learner permit, driver licence, Proof of Age card, Key Pass), or proof of another concession entitlement (such as a PTV School Student ID or Health Care Card).


A Victorian Student Pass gives you unlimited travel on all train, tram and bus services within your chosen zones until the expiry of the pass.

Who's eligible for a Student Pass?

You can apply for a Student Pass if you're:

  • a full time primary or secondary student living in Victoria
  • a full time VCE or VCAL student studying at TAFE

If you're applying for a Student Pass, you also need to apply for a PTV School Student ID (please note, school-issued ID cards are not accepted).

Students with:

  • refugee status
  • studying as part of an approved overseas exchange program,
  • or students with an Australian Awards Scholarship are also eligible.

What student passes are available?

The type of student pass you need depends on where you travel.

Victorian Student Pass

The Victorian Student Pass gives you unlimited travel on all public transport operating wholly within Victoria. The pass is a myki card. 

To get this pass, you must have a PTV School Student ID with your Victorian Student Pass number on it. You need to carry your Student Pass and PTV ID when travelling.

How do I get a Student Pass?

To get a Student Pass, you need to apply for a PTV School Student ID. The PTV School Student ID card costs $9.00 and is valid until 28 February of next year.

Please note a school identification card does not entitle students to buy a Student Pass.

Applying for a PTV School Student ID/Pass

Complete the PTV School Student ID form below:


Student accident insurance, ambulance cover arrangements and private property brought to school

Parents are reminded that the Department does not provide personal accident insurance or ambulance cover for students. Parents and guardians of students, who do not have student accident insurance/ambulance cover, are responsible for paying the cost of medical treatment for injured students, including the cost of ambulance attendance or transport as well as any other transport costs.

Library Opening Times

The  Library opening times for Term One will be:

8.00 am to 3:45 pm


Please note that students requiring assistance with e textbooks or resources will only been seen at lunch time.

Community Links

THE LIONS CLUB OF WHEELERS HILL has actively participated with our school over many years.

 Initially this was with having students participate in the Lions Youth of the Year Program.

Their latest initiative was instituting a Community Service Award for the deserving student selected by our school and a Perpetual Award has been struck and this program is expected to continue over many years.

 The Lions Club is always on the lookout for new members to enable them to continue their service work.

 Are you;




 FOR ANY INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT JOHN ON 9803-8335 OR AT [email protected] net.au.


Mrs Judy Anderson & Mr Andrew Dixon   

Assistant Principals

Dates to Remember


Start of Term 1


Year 7 Camp 

Year 12 Study Skills Day


Year 7 Camp


Year 7 Camp



College Swimming Carnival



Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time - VCE Theatre Studies


School Photos

Health & P.E

2018 Gymnasium Works

The P.E domain would like to advise students and families that the Capital Works Plan on the existing Gymnasium will be commencing at the beginning of Term 1, 2018. We as a domain are excited for these works to commence as once they are completed it will allow for access to new and exciting teaching spaces. However, in the interim the gymnasium will be out of use until the works are completed later in 2018. To minimise disruption to Physical Education classes, the college has put the following policies in place:

  • Year 7-10 students who have Physical Education classes timetabled on a given day will be required to come to school in their full P.E uniform and remain in their full P.E uniform for the remainder of the day. Students will not have access to the gymnasium change rooms, only the toilet facilities around the school. (The one exception to this will be on photo day Friday February 16. All students are to be in full school uniform for school photos rather than in their PE uniform)
  • Full P.E uniform will be enforced. This includes: The College P.E polo, Navy shorts or Navy tracksuit pants, Rugby jumper/School jumper. Leggings, Compression Tights or Hoodies are not acceptable.
  • On days where students do not have timetabled P.E classes, they will be required to wear their full college uniform.

These requirements will be communicated to students in their P.E classes this week. It is also advisable that students bring their own sunscreen and hat to P.E classes whilst using outside spaces. We look forward to what will be a fun and challenging year.


Miss Chloe Parnaby

Health and P.E Domain Leader

Middle School Report

Middle School News

Welcome back Year 7, 8 and 9 students and families.

The Middle School team consists of

Middle School Leader, Mrs Melissa Robinson

Year 7 Co-ordinator, Mr Nicholas Arnold,

Year 8 Co-ordinator, Ms Jacinta Wilson,

Year 9 Co-ordinator, Ms Cian Barrie,

Student Wellbeing Co-ordinator, Mr Peter Allen,

Assistant Principal, Ms Judy Anderson.

There are also many other staff who work tirelessly with our Middle School students to help them through the trials and tribulations of their school life.

This year promises to be a very busy year with many students having the opportunity to develop their learning skills, leadership skills, social awareness skills and community opportunities.

Please make sure that you are following Compass to keep up to date with any important news and  relevant information for excursions and activities.

It is fantastic to see so many students  wearing the full school uniform with pride.

Nearly all of our students have received their lockers and  we expect all students to look after their locker and keep it clean and organized for the duration of the year.

The Year 7 students have settled in very well and have completed the transition program. The Orientation Program helps the students to find the different classrooms around the school. The students have then used this information for their normal classes and most seemed to have found the rooms quite well.

Our Year 8 students will be undergoing the Personal Best Program throughout the Year. The students will have the opportunity to have Philanthropic challenges and physical activities. Please keep an eye out for the first activity later in the Term.

The Year 9 students have been settling into their elective choices. This gives the opportunity for the student to excel in a subject they enjoy.

If at any time you need to speak with someone from the team, please either email or call. If you are helping your child through issues that they may be experiencing, please get them to either email us or come and speak with us in the office. 


Mrs Melissa Robinson

Middle School Leader

Senior School Report


Welcome to the Senior School for 2018. Students from across Year 10 - 12 seem to have settled into the new year extremely well. We hope that it will be a very good year for all students.

Year 12 students will be attending their Study Skills Day on Wednesday, 7th February, at the Theological College on Jackson’s Rd, between 9am and 4pm. We hope that they will gain valuable tips and strategies on how to study well throughout the year.

Congratulations to the Year 12 Class of 2017 on achieving some excellent VCE results. We wish you all the best for your future endeavours.


Mrs Riddoch

Senior School Leader

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths)

Teaching Problem Solving

Teaching STEM skills are an important element in our students becoming global citizens and are seen as central in 21st Century Learning. 

For their first lesson in Year 7 Digital Technologies, the students were introduced to the concept of problem solving and challenged to build boats out of silver foil that would float and be able to carry the largest weight. Once they had, in collaboration with their group members, designed a boat on paper they were given the materials to build the boat and test it.

They recorded their results and were then given the opportunity to discuss the results with other groups and review their own designs.

They were then given the opportunity to produce a second design to see if they could improve their results. Not surprisingly, they did.

All done without a computer!


Community News

Secondhand  Uniform Term 1 Dates

Monday 5th February 1:30pm-3pm

Twilight Art in the Park Community Festival


StudentCover Student Accident Insurance


X-Golf Knox


Wheelers News
2018 student leaders.docx
Wheelers Hill SC-ONLINE FLYER-2018.pdf
Wheelers Hill SC-FAMILY FLYER-2018.pdf
Uniform Policy Ratified Dec 2017.docx