Wantirna College Newsletter

24 October 2019
Issue Seventeen

Extraordinary Newsletter regarding the Department of Education's new policy on mobile phones and changes to our implementation of the school uniform policy.

Mobile Phones
School Uniform
School Uniform Requirements
General Information
Wantirna College
90 Harold Street
Wantirna, Vic, 3152

Mobile Phones

Implementation of the Department Mobile Phone Policy

By now, you have no doubt heard about the Department of Education's policy regarding mobile phones in schools.  We will be implementing this policy from Monday October 28th.

From next Monday students will be required to lock their mobile phones and earphones in their lockers  from the time they arrive at school until the time they leave at the end of the day.  This means that there will be no mobile phones or earphones in classes or in the yard.  The DET has made this decision as there is no longer any debate about the detrimental impact of these devices on student learning and social relationships.



The DET has allowed for a number of exceptions to this rule and we have developed protocols in relation to these exceptions to ensure students, parents and teachers have clarity.


Health Conditions

There are some serious health conditions such as diabetes, that students monitor using mobile phone apps.  Where this is the case the health centre will provide the student with a pass to keep in the phone case that indicates how the phone is used for the condition.  This will be done in consultation with the students health plan.


Learning Use

The DET recognises there are times that students use their phones for legitimate learning activities such as:

  • Filming in media
  • Digital photography
  • Filming performance in dance and PE
  • Photographing or filming the outcomes of science experiments etc.

To avoid any confusion, where a device is required, the teacher will notify students and parents in a Class News Feed on Compass at least 24 hours before the lesson.


Consequences of Breaching the Rule

Students who do not leave their phones in their locker will have them confiscated by the teacher.  The phone will be placed in a named zip lock bag and taken to the General Office.  Students will need to show their ID card to collect their phone at the end of the day.  On the third occasion a phone is confiscated we will be asking the parent to come to the school to collect the phone.



We really require parent support on this process and ask that you encourage your child to leave their phone in their locker.  If you need to contact them during the school day please call the General Office and we will get a message to them.


School Uniform

Getting our kids in school uniform

Our school uniform helps define who we are as a community and, whether we like it or not, people outside our community form perceptions of the quality of our school and education based on how our students wear the uniform.  We have undertaken extensive consultation with parents and students about the uniform and as a result have made some changes in the last 18 months to make it more comfortable and practical for students. These changes include the new rugby jumper, the 'Face Off' style pants girls prefer to wear and a new warmer outer shell jacket.  Unlike some other schools, our students have a range of options within the uniform.............and yet still we have resistance.


As a result, and in response from frustration vented by parents, we are changing the processes around how we monitor and respond to students out of uniform.  These new processes will begin on Monday October 28th.


Each morning during Home Group all students who are out of uniform without a pass will be sent to the Assistant Principal's offices. There they will be met by the Uniform Duty staff member.  Students who are out of uniform will be issued with a uniform pass and a uniform detention for lunchtime that day.  Students will be required to show their pass in the period 1 class.  Any student who is late and does not have one will be sent to the Assistant Principals office to get a pass and a detention.  Students who have additional non school items of clothing such as hoodies will be required to leave them at the Assistant Principals office and collect them at the end of the day.


Students will still receive demerit points and once they have reached 10 demerit points will receive a 45 minute after-school detention.  At this point we will also be talking to parents to see what we can do together to get the student in uniform.



  • Students who are wearing alternative footwear because they are on crutches or in a moon boot will not be required to have a uniform pass.
  • Students who have a note from a parent stating a temporary reason (1-2 days) for a missing item usually around something suddenly been in disrepair will receive a uniform pass and demerit points but no uniform detention.


The wearing of school uniform can be an ongoing battle with some teenagers as they try to test boundaries and express their individuality.  As parents and teachers we need to work on this together and hold a consistent line.  If your children are telling you we don't mind, or they are telling you that (insert here whatever is the fashion item of the moment) is okay, they are not telling you the truth.  For clarity around the uniform expectations please check the next page.


Uniform Shop

This process will start next Monday October 28th. This gives your child time to hunt out those pieces of uniform they have not been wearing and be ready.  Our uniform shop is fully stocked should you need to purchase new items.


A note on shoes

As part of our ongoing consultation with students around school uniform we extended our shoe requirements from strictly school shoes to a plain black, leather (or pleather), lace up shoe with a sports sole.


Black and white sports shoes are not appropriate for everyday wear nor are canvas or soft fabric shoes. Canvas and soft fabric shoes do not meet OH&S requirements in workshops, kitchens and labs.


Thank you for your support on this.


School Uniform Requirements


We take pride in our students wearing their school  uniform well.   It is required on all school excursions unless otherwise notified in writing. There is a range of options to choose from:


Option 1

  • Navy Wantirna College shorts with polo shirt or plain white business shirt

Option 2

  • Summer Wantirna College School Dress

Option 3

  • Navy Blue school pants with polo shirt or plain white business shirt

Option 4

  • Winter Wantirna College skirt with polo shirt or plain white business shirt


Option 1

  • Grey Wantirna College shorts with polo shirt or plain white business shirt

Option 2

  • Grey Wantirna College pants with polo shirt or plain white business shirt


For Warmth

Year 7-9

  • Wantirna College Navy V Neck woolen Jumper

Year 10-12 

  • Wantirna College Maroon V Neck woolen Jumper 

Whole School

  • Wantirna College Rugby Jumper
  • Wantirna College outer jacket
  • A plain white long sleeved t shirt maybe work under the polo or business shirt provide an additional layer is on top,


  • Plain Black, Leather (pleather), lace up, low heeled (or sports soles) shoes. 
  • White socks
  • Navy tights with skirt in winter


  • Wantirna College Blazer
  • Tie
  • Maroon, Navy or White gloves or scarf

Not Acceptable items

  • Hoodies
  • Soft topped shoes
  • Black and white runners as school shoes
  • Black leggings as tights or pants.
  • Hats with offensive or inappropriate logos
  • Track suit pants
  • Non collared shirts
  • Non Wantirna College jackets
  • Long sleeved t shirts with writing/logos

All items except shoes are available in the uniform shop


October 2019 Mondays and Thursdays 3.00-5.00pm

November 2019 Mondays and Thursdays 3.00-5.00pm

Saturday 23rd 2.00-4.00pm

Saturday 30th 9.00-11.30am – Second Hand Book Sale

General Information

General Office

Office Hours:                  8:00am - 4:00pm

Telephone:                      9801 9700


Parents should always make contact with the General Office first when visiting the school or trying to make contact with their children.  Appointments with teachers must be made via telephone or email them directly.


All visitors to the College must sign into and out of the College using the Compass Kiosc in the General Office.


In line with the Government’s commitment to compulsory attendance, the College is required to ensure all absences are recorded pursuant to DET guidelines. It is the responsibility of a student’s parent/guardian to explain why their child is absent/late. This can be done using the parent portal on Compass, by written note, by phone call to the General Office or by face-to-face conversation with a staff member.  Given the convenience and security the Compass portal offers for this important part of college life, this is the preferred method.


The General Office team will continue to be available for assistance on all attendance and Compass matters, and in every instance, any student arriving late or leaving early must report to the General Office to be signed in or out.


If your child has missed a SAC or been away for more than a couple of days, then they will be required to supply a doctor's certificate.

Arriving Late to School

Students are expected to be at school at 8.40am. Locker Bell rings at 8.44am and Home Group commences 8:54am.  If you are aware your child will be late to school, parental approval should be submitted in the Compass portal, or by notifying the General Office.


Students arriving late (after the first roll is marked) must report to the General Office to be signed in. Where a parent approval hasn’t been submitted on Compass prior, the absence will be shown as an unexplained absence until an approval is submitted. Should a written note from a parent be provided with the student when they arrive, it will be entered in Compass.


To promote the importance of being punctual to class, students arriving late to any other class will be recorded as late. Whilst late arrivals do not show on the Compass dashboard, they are displayed on the ‘unexplained’ tab under Attendance. The Compass system does not provide a sensible ‘reason’ for this scenario, however until a more appropriate option is made available, parents wanting to acknowledge/clear the unexplained late arrivals may do so by using the ‘Parent Choice’ reason, assuming no other reason is suitable.

Early Departure from School

If a student has an appointment and needs to leave early, parents should enter an approval in Compass and select the appropriate reason from the list of options stipulated by DET. The approval appears on the class roll to alert the classroom teacher, and the student will be excused from class at the designated time. Students should then attend the General Office to be signed out. If a parent provides a written note on the day, this should be taken to the General Office before school or at recess, and it will be entered into Compass. Students will not be permitted to leave class without an approval entered in Compass.


If you need to collect your child unexpectedly, please contact the General Office.

Uniform Shop

Uniform Shop is open on MONDAYS and THURSDAYS from 3:00pm to 5:00pm, and the first Saturday of the Term from 1 - 4pm. Prices and additional trading hours can be found on the Compass portal under school documentation.


Direct Phone:  9881 7168

Library Hours

Monday to Thursday:

8:15am to 4:30



8:15am to 3.30pm

Lost Property

Lost Uniforms are taken to the Maintenance Office, which is located near Health Centre.  There is a double draw finling cabniet on the right just inside the door.  If you have lost any valuables, ie: phone, watch, etc... they are usually handed in to the main office.

Car Parking

Parents are advised that the main car park on Harold Street is not a drop off or pick up point for students.  The car park is very busy and very tight at peak times.  It is not a safe place for students and waiting cars create congestion for people entering or leaving the car park.


The best drop off and pick up points for the school are:

  • The designated drop off and pick up zone on Harold Street in front of the Home Economics rooms
  • Georgian Gardens (street opposite school crossing on Harold Street)
  • Amesbury Avenue (fenceline along the bottom oval)
  • Templeton Street (South of the roundabout)
  • Saxon Street (off Harold Street)

College Vision

Wantirna College is committed to educating our students to be inquiring learners with high levels of literacy and numeracy, prepared to be global, ethical citizens in the 21st Century, capable of showing resilience and flexibility of thinking, willing to show initiative and take on challenges throughout their lives.

Wantirna College


Kevin Murphy


Assistant Principals:

Catherine Ford, Andrew Lewis, Shane Kruger and Carrie Wallis


College Council President:

Dr Joanne Challinor-Rogers


Sub School:

Dina Mingos (Later Years)

Darren Hoogkamer (Middle Years)


College Captains:


Tahlia UMI




Parents Association President:

Pam Wade


Parents of Performing Arts Chairperson

Stuart Broadley

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