Wantirna College Newsletter

29 June 2018
Issue Ten
Dates to Remember for 2018
Principal's Report
Assistant Principals
Middle Years
Later Years
English News
Reading Volunteers Needed
News from the Library
Sport
Year 9 Lifestyle Classes
City Experience
Parents Association
Careers
Wellbeing News
General Information
Community News
Wantirna College
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90 Harold Street
Wantirna, Vic, 3152
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Dates to Remember for 2018

Term 3 July
 
1ST Day of Term 3
Tuesday 17 July

 
Monday 16 July
CURRICULUM DAY
- STUDENT FREE DAY

 

Thursday 19

College Production Rehearsal

 

Friday 20

College Production Rehearsal

 

Wednesday 25

Year 8 Humanities KIOSC

Year 10 Macbeth Incursion P3&4

 

Thursday 26

Year 8 Humanities KIOSC

 

Friday 27

Year 8 Humanities KIOSC

Presentation Ball 1

 

Saturday 28

Presentation Ball 2

 

Monday 30

Mid Year Awards

 

Tuesday 31

Curriculum Information Night

 

August

Wednesday 1

Year 10 Uni Tafe Tours

 

Monday 6 

Course Selection Days

College Production Rehearsal

 

Tuesday 7

Year 8 Humanities KIOSC

Course Selection Days

 

Wednesday 8

Year 8 Humanities KIOSC

Course Selection Days

College Production

 

Thursday 9

Year 8 Humanities KIOSC

Course Selection Days

College Production

 

Thursday 10

Year 8 Humanities KIOSC

Course Selection Days

College Production

 

Friday 10

Year 8 Humanities KIOSC

Course Selection Day

College Production

 

Monday 13

Year 8 Maths KIOSC

 

Tuesday 14

College Athletics

 

Wednesday 15

Year 8 Maths KIOSC

College Production

 

Thursday 16

Year 8 Maths KIOSC

College Production

 

Friday 17

Year 8 Maths KIOSC

College Production

 

Monday 27

City Experience

 

Tuesday 28

City Experience

 

Wednesday 29

City Experience

 

Thursday 30

City Experience

 

Friday 31

City Experience

September

Friday 14

Knox Division Athletics

 

Wednesday 19

Parent Teacher Interviews

 

Thursday 20

Immunisations

 

Friday 21

Last day of Term 3 Early Dismissal

Term 4 October

Tuesday 9

Year 9 Science KIOSC

 

Wednesday 10

Year 9 Science KIOSC

Unit 4 VCE Music Recital

 

Wednesday 17

Performing Arts Gala Concert

 

Monday 22

Year 9 Humanities KIOSC

Springfest

 

Tuesday 23

Year 9 Humanities KIOSC

Year 12 Celebration Day

Year 11 Fit to Drive

 

Wednesday 24

Year 9 Humanities KIOSC

 

Thursday 25

Year 9 Humanities KIOSC

 

Wednesday 31

Unit 3/4 Exams

Unit 2 Music Recital

November

Thursday 1

Unit 3/4 Exams

 

Friday 2 

Unit 3/4 Exams

 

Monday 5

Unit 3/4 Exams

 

Tuesday 6

Melbourne Cup

 

Wednesday 7

Unit 3/4 Exams

 

Thursday 8

Year 10 Science of Crime KIOSC

Unit 3/4 Exams

 

Friday 9

Remembrance Day Assemblies

Year 10 Science of Crime KIOSC

Unit 3/4 Exams

 

Monday 12

Unit 3/4 Exams

Year 9 Camp Experience

 

Tuesday 13

Unit 3/4 Exams

Year 11 Exams

2019 Music Info Night

Year 9 Camp Experience

 

Wednesday 14

Unit 3/4 Exams

Year 11 Exams

Year 9 Camp Experience

 

Thursday 15

Unit 3/4 Exams

Year 11 Exams

Year 9 Camp Experience

 

Friday 16

Unit 3/4 Exams

Year 11 Exams

Year 9 Camp Experience

 

Monday 19

Unit 3/4 Exams

Year 11 Exams

Summer Vocal Concert #1

 

Tuesday 20

Year 7 Humanities KIOSC

Unit 3/4 Exams

Year 11 Exams

Summer Vocal Concert #2

 

Wednesday 21

Year 7 Humanities KIOSC

Unit 3/4 Exams

Year 10 Exams

Year 11 Assessment Day

Summer Vocal Concert #3

 

Thursday 22

Year 7 Humanities KIOSC

Year 10 Exams

Year 11 to 12 Step Up

Valedictory Dinner

 

Friday 23

Year 7 Humanities KIOSC

Year 10 Exams

Year 11 to 12 Step Up

Year 7 Hums KIOSC

 

Monday 26

Summer Contemporary Bands

Concert

Year 10 Assessment Day

Year 11 to 12 Step Up

 

Tuesday 27

Summer Piano Concert

Year 11 to 12 Step Up

Year 10 Exam Feedback

Year 7 Maths KIOSC

 

Wednesday 28

Summer Dance Concert

Year 11 to 12 Step Up

Year 10 Exam Feedback

Year 7 Maths KIOSC

 

Thursday 29

Year 11 Exam Feedback

Year 10 to 11 Step Up

Year 7 Maths KIOSC

 

Friday 30

Year 11 Exam Feedback

Year 10 to 11 Step Up

Year 7 Maths KIOSC

December

Monday 3

Year 10 to 11 Step Up

 

Tuesday 4

Year 10 to 11 Step Up

 

Wednesday 5

Year 10 to 11 Step Up

 

Principal's Report

 

End of Term 2

The end of Term 2 marks the half way point of the year and I would like to take this opportunity to recognise the hard work of all students and teachers throughout the first semester. I personally have really enjoyed Term 1 and 2 and in particular the opportunity to get to meet, engage with and learn from the staff and students at Wantirna College has been a lot of fun. I look forward to this continuing in Semester 2 and I am enthusiastic about experiencing events like the Presentation Ball, College Production and Year 12 Valedictory for the first time. More importantly however I am excited about the opportunity to further improve our teacher practice and classroom experiences for students. This will be the major focus on the Curriculum Day on Monday 16th July with all of our leaders presenting workshops focused on improving teacher practice and student outcomes.

 

I wish all staff and students a happy and safe break over the holidays so they can return refreshed and ready to tackle Semester 2 head on!

Student members of College Council

During the last week we have completed the election process for the two new student members of College Council.  Fortunately, we had a number of students willing to nominate as a student voice representative indicating a real depth in the number of student leaders at the College.  The work that our teachers and leaders do supporting the development of student leaders is evident not only by the depth of nominations for College Council, but also the quality. The two successful candidates were Samuel Evans (Year 12) and Richard Ha (Year 9) and I congratulate them on their election. I would also like to thank Olivia Bedford, Teagan Kaye and Madilyn Geer for putting their hand up and nominating. The fact that we had 5 students willing to dedicate time to serve on College Council is pleasing. I would also like to thank students who took the time to vote for their representatives. Samuel and Richard will be joining future council meetings from August. It is important that all students use Sam and Richard to communicate issues that matter to students to members of College Council. As with any other Council member, these two representatives will have the opportunity to influence many of the key decisions that will impact not only on the day to day operation of the College, but also to shaping its future. I encourage all students to engage with their representatives.

Staff changes

Recently we employed a new English teacher to start next term, Ben Karwan. Ben will be replacing Alice White who is on leave. Aaron Hawton was replacing Alice in Semester 1, and he will be leaving us to take up another position. I thank Aaron for his hard work and commitment whilst he has been here and wish him well.

Helen Duncan has been on leave during Semester 1 and during that time she has made the decision to retire. Helen has been a long standing and valuable contributor to the College Community over many years. She now gets an opportunity to enjoy the next phase of her life and on behalf of all the students and staff that have worked with her over many years, I thank her for the positive impact she has had on many lives and no doubt her legacy will last long in to the future.

 

Kevin Murphy

Principal

Assistant Principals

End of Semester Reflections

We often ask our students to reflect upon their semester of learning so that they are able to acknowledge the achievements that they have made and can plan for their future learning. At this time of year, we felt that it was also important for us, as a school, to reflect upon some of the key strategies that have occurred throughout the semester so that we can acknowledge both the work that has been done and to celebrate the successes that we have had.

 

This semester saw the introduction of the classroom ‘Ready to Learn/Teach’ behaviours. The introduction of this strategy across the College has allowed all students and teachers to have a consistent understanding of what the expectations are when we all walk through the classroom door. We are all prepared, punctual, respectful and ready to engage in the learning. The impact of this initiative has been reflected in some of the comments that we have been receiving from new families who have been touring the College. Comments are often made about how calm the school feels and that the students are engaged within their classrooms. It is wonderful to see that this strategy, along with our Codes of Cooperation and College Values Wheel having the impact that we all desire.

 

Our College tours and Open Day/Discovery Night were also a great success this year which has led to the College receiving a healthy number of Year 7 applications for 2019. This continues to show us that Wantirna College is the school of choice in Knox.

Semester 1 also saw the introduction of the College wide Postcards. These postcards were developed to recognise those students that were demonstrating team work, perseverance, their personal best, courage, kindness and being healthy. We always believe that it is important to recognise the many students at Wantirna College who consistently demonstrate and live the College values through their positive contributions and actions related to their learning and the community.  Both students and staff have been receiving these postcards in the mail to acknowledge the exceptional work and effort that they have demonstrated in a range of areas.

 

There have been many great things occurring this semester, with the above being just a few. We are excited about what Semester 2 will bring and the many opportunities that are available for students to learn, both within and outside of the classroom.

Semester 1 Reports

Semester 1 Reports will be released to families via Compass on Friday 29th June. The Semester 1 reports will appear as a transcript of results with a cover page that outlines how to read the report. These reports are designed to provide families with an overall view of how their child has progressed over the semester, with key information about their child’s Victorian Curriculum level (7-10) and/or their completion of Unit 1/3 for VCE. Further details on the individual Learning Tasks (CAIs/SACs) can be found in your child’s Learning Task section on Compass. We would encourage all families to discuss their child’s report with them, reflecting on their learning and setting goals for Semester 2.

Mid-Year Awards Afternoon

On Monday 30th July the College will be holding our annual Mid-Year Awards afternoon in the College Theatre to recognise and celebrate those students that have achieved outstanding academic success in Semester 1. For each subject, teachers are asked to nominate students to receive an Academic Award for high academic achievement to recognise excellence and effort in their academic progress. Further details about this afternoon will be sent out to award recipients via Compass early in Term 3.

First Day of Term 3 for Students

The first day of school for students in Term 3 will be Tuesday 17th July. The reason for this is that on Monday 16th July (Student Free Day) teachers will be engaged in a range of professional learning activities. It is important for us as educators to continually learn and develop our capacity so that we are able to provide the very best education to our students. We would like to wish all our College Community a restful holiday break and look forward to seeing all of our refreshed students on Tuesday 17th July.

Catherine Ford, Andrew Lewis, Shane Kruger

Assistant Principals

Middle Years

Middle Years Report

Semester 1 2018 has been a busy semester for all students in Middle Years, with excursions, incursions, camps and a range of subjects full on interesting and engaging content.  Late last week we celebrated the achievements of 60 students, across Year 7, 8 & 9, on our Gold Level Excursion to Zone Bowling at Knox City.  Gold Level students are students who consistently demonstrate positive learning behaviours (e.g. attending class on time, respecting others, putting their best effort into their class work etc).  To achieve ‘Gold Level’ students are required to self-nominate by completing the application form.  This involves, collecting recommendations from all of their classroom teachers.  All students that attended had a great time and I would strongly encourage everyone to consider applying for Gold Level Status in Semester 2.


 

Student Reflections:

Friday last week we headed to Knox City to play 2 games of bowling at Zone Bowling and eat lunch together in the food courts. The overall bowling experience was entertaining, and it was great to see some of the younger students introducing themselves to older students, and all having a great time bowling together. I would highly recommend applying for a Gold Level award the next time the opportunity arises, even if you decide to not take part in the possible large reward.  The day provided an opportunity to meet and befriend people of other year levels.  I found that the ability to do that further assisted me in understanding the needs of the students, by being able to do so, I can work with my fellow captains to further improve the school.

Benjamin Barrett 9S

 

I had a great time at Gold Level and would recommend it for anyone who is feeling like they would feel comfortable participating next semester.  It was a great opportunity to go and helped people interact with other students in their year level and the levels around them. We had a team building exercise at the start of the day to make us interact with one another and finish the challenge that was made for us.

Rorey Wright 9I

Finally, I would like to take this opportunity to thank all students from Year 7, 8 and 9 for their amazing efforts.  I can wait to see what exciting opportunities the next semester holds for all students.

 

Darren Hoogkamer

Middle Years Sub School Leder

Later Years

Safe Minds Parent Evening

Thank you to Sally Kershaw from Headspace who presented the Safe Minds Parent Information Evening.  It was fantastic to see so many parents in the Theatre on Wednesday learning how to support the mental health of our young people.

 

Some parents have requested copies of the resources from Wednesday night. We will make these available on Compass shortly.

Later Years

Its been a busy and successful first semester in the Later Years. Some of the achievements have included: The Year 12 GAT, Year 11 and 10 examinations, the Women in Leadership program, the Later Years Expo, Career Exploration Day, Mock Interviews and Work Experience.

 

Next term, all students in the Later Years will begin to consider a program for 2019; whether that is at Wantirna College (for Year 10s and 11s) or outside of the college in tertiary studies for our Year 12s.

The Curriculum Information Evening will be held on Tuesday 31st July and more details about this event will be advertised closer to the date.

Year 10 News

Many Year 10 students will be continuing in structured Bootcamp on a Wednesday afternoon throughout Term 3. For those students who have been ‘released’ it is important to remember that this time should be allocated to independent study either at school or at home. In addition, where a college event has been organised it is compulsory for students to attend these events.

 

The English incursion will take place on Wednesday 25th July during periods 3 and 4. A university and TAFE discovery day excursion has been scheduled for the following Wednesday on 1st of August. Please see Compass for further details.

 

Katrina King

Later Years Catalyst Program

Safe Minds

 

English News

English and Whole School Literacy

This semester has been a busy one for all of us. Below is an overview of what we have been doing in our mainstream English classrooms.

 

Reading/comprehending texts and writing/composing texts are the core skills that we teach however, fundamental to these skills is knowledge and understanding of how to make meaning. As our students grow into young adults, it is essential that we equip them with the skills to understand how meaning is made. This is the fundamental component of literacy and a core skill that we all need in everyday life.

 

 

As our students embark on a well - deserved break, please remember that literacy skills are like any other skills – kicking, cooking, driving etc. They need plenty of opportunity to practice their skills in order to improve them - reading, writing and meaning making is no different!

 

Have a safe and happy holiday,

Carrie Wallis

Leader of English and Whole School Literacy

 

 

Year 7 English: reading, box of me, narrative, poetry, grammar ninja

 

Year 8 English: reading, film study of Edward Scissorhands, gothic story, text response essay, writing Folio

 

Year 9 English: reading, text study of Tomorrow When the War Began, reality television unit and writing folio

 

Year 10 English: reading, comparative text study of The Happiest Refugee and Brooklyn, analysing argument – written and oral

 

Year 11 English: film study of Gattaca, creative response to Dark Roots, analysing argument written analysis and oral point of view

 

Year 12 English: text study of Extinction, creative response to The Golden Age, analysing argument written analysis

Reading Volunteers Needed

Wantirna Reading Volunteers – Are you interested?

Our junior English classes at Wantirna College begin with 20 minutes of independent reading.  To support our students, we have a team of volunteers who spend a double period per week working with students from one class.

 

Our team of volunteers are always looking for more enthusiastic and dedicated people to join our growing team.

 

Helen Batty – Our Reading Volunteer Leader:

 

“On average I spend about 10 minutes with each student.  I keep a record of our discussions for their teachers so that progress can be monitored. Without exception the students have been polite and courteous.   I am really enjoying this small part and I am playing in encouraging all the students to get more out of the books they read.”

 

Now we are looking for more volunteers for the WSC reading program to assist in 2018.  Any adult of any age, who has a Working with Children Check and is a competent reader would make an excellent candidate for this role.  Working with Children Checks are easy to obtain – please ask assistance from the school.  

 

If you are interested in assisting please let me know as soon as possible, providing your contact details telling me what days and hours you are free. 

 

If you are undecided and have further questions, please do not hesitate in contacting me.”

Email - [email protected]

 

Telephone: 9802 1193 / 0447 543 791

Helen Batty (Reading Volunteer Leader)

 

On a side note, if you are interested in volunteering at the school in another capacity, ie helping with the sports program, please don’t hesitate to contact Helen.

 

We look forward to hearing from you.

 

Carrie Wallis

Leader of English and Whole School Literacy

 

 

News from the Library

Library News

I hope our recent displays on Books vs Films inspired some people to read or re-read some of the fabulous books that we have, that have been turned into movies. Maybe you are going to watch a film these holidays based on a book you have read. Regardless, we hope you have a happy and warm Term break.

 

We’d also like to thank Angelo Koulouris [pictured] for updating the FIFA World cup scores every day on the Library’s outside board. Both students and staff alike enjoyed talking about the results.

 

Mrs Hall and the Library Team

 

 

Sport

Term 2 Summary

Term 2 has been an extremely busy time in the sports program with all apart from two weeks having at least one sports event. Term 2 Sports included Soccer, Australian Rules, Badminton, Netball and Cross Country within the Knox competition. It was also exciting to have multiple teams competing at Region and State level.

 

Special congratulations to the Intermediate Baseball Team and Grace Flanagan (Cross Country) for making it to the State Finals. An outstanding achievement. You can read more about the baseball team in this newsletter, and we wish Grace all the best for the state finals in Term 3.

 

I would also like to congratulate the following teams who won their division and will compete in EMR in Term 3.

  • Senior Girls Soccer
  • Senior Boys and Girls Badminton
  • Intermediate Boys and Girls Badminton
  • Year 8 Boys Badminton
  • Year 7 and Boys Badminton
  • Senior Netball Boys
  • Junior Netball Boys

I would again like to thank the teachers who volunteer their time to coach and train the students and the many student coaches who have assisted the teams. 

Sports Review

Over the past semester I have been reviewing the Wantirna College Sporting Program to develop goals for improvement.  Throughout this process I have received feedback from staff and students regarding the current program. I am now seeking Parent Feedback on the program.  I have added a feedback form on Compass for Parents who would like to have input with ideas and assistance within the program.

 

Nathan Rogers
Leader of Sport

State Baseball

On Wednesday 30th May  the Wantirna College Intermediate Baseball team headed to Cheltenham Baseball Club for the 2018 State Finals. This was a huge achievement by the team as this meant back to back state appearances but also because the team was made up of solely Year 9 students in a Year 9 & 10 competition.

 

The team was made up for the following students.

Nichloas Ascenzo, Michael Aulesbrook, Luke Bithell, Liam Chown, Max Fiscalini, Lane Heppell, Lachlan McCarthy, Cheyton Perez, Luke Plumridge, Jai Sandbrink, Kurtis Smith, Darshan Varsani, and Rorey Wright.

 

In the competition we were placed in a pool against Parkdale SC, Strathmore SC, and Chairo Christian College. In each of our games we were competitive and showed an ability to score runs, however, as we couldn’t stem the flow of runs from the other teams, Wantirina end with 2 losses and 1 draw.

 

We look forward to 2019 when the team becomes top aged (Year 10) and hopefully they can take it a step further. Thank you to Mr Hoogkamer and James Keam (Year 11) for coaching and supporting the team.

 

Nathan Rogers
Leader of Sport

Year 8 AFL inter-school sports

 

Year 9 Lifestyle Classes

Peninsula Obstacle Racing Course

On Wednesday 13th June the Year 9 Lifestyle Boys and Girls classes went to the Peninsula Obstacle Racing Course. In the lead up to this excursion both classes undertook activities such as circuit training, gym work and much more to improve their overall fitness. I was a part of the Boys Lifestyle class, who during this past semester have learnt about how the muscular and skeletal systems work and how to develop certain areas of our bodies. These lessons also included practical work, to use this knowledge to help ourselves and others improve their fitness.

 

Finally the day came to go to the obstacle course and it was awesome. The first course we did was predominantly dry seeing as it was the Dry Course but was a great way to kick off the day. The Dry Course had many challenging activities such as climbing a large vertical wall without any ropes and crawling underneath barbed wire. Knowing every person had different capabilities, the group worked as a team to help each other make it to the end of each obstacle. After we finished the Dry Course we had a quick break and a small snack to regain energy for the Wet Course where we split into smaller groups to speed things up. The Wet Course started off reasonably dry until we made it to the dam where it got super wet and muddy. My group was the first to go through the obstacles so we had to lift nets and ropes out of the mud to get the other side of the obstacles. This was very hard work as the mud came up to our hips in some places making it very hard to move.

With lots of team work and motivation from each other everyone completed the course. Due to the mud and water we had warm showers in the facilities provided. After we changed into warm clothes, we had a sausage sizzle with drinks and all supplied by the teachers then went home. Overall the obstacle course was super fun to do and I would recommend it to anyone who is willing to get a bit dirty.

 

Lane Heppell, 9C

 

 

 

On Wednesday 13th  June, the boys and girls Lifestyle Fitness classes went on an adventure, to say the least.

 

It was very cold that morning, I know that I am not the only one that tried to wear as many layers as possible that morning. We had a bus ride that lasted under an hour to get to our destination, Peninsula Obstacle Racing Course.

 

Us girls were off! Throughout this course we all helped support each other through the harder tasks, encourage each other to fight our fears and be there to catch each other when we fell (physically and mentally). During this course we had to; climb up tires, over walls, up ropes, over frames; jump over tires or logs; crawl under barbed wire, ropes, walls; and overall try and get over, under or through each thing together.

 

Next up was the Wet Course. Us girls did not expect how dirty we were going to get, until we saw the first mud obstacle. We were now split into smaller groups so that we could get through each obstacle quicker, and focus on spotting and making sure everyone in the small group is safe. In this course we did things such as crawl under wire in the mud, swim through lakes of mud, swing on monkey bars over mud, climb over mountains of dirt and mud and just overall try not to slip over and fall in.

 

Overall, the day was really fun for everyone and we all enjoyed the challenge. Something that not only the girls class, but the boys class as well, developed is a stronger sense of team work, and trust throughout both courses that we will now use in the rest of the time we have doing Lifestyle Fitness with them, but also out of class.

 

Shayla Pritchett 9S

City Experience

CITY EXPERIENCE

 

With the end of Term Two, our Year 9 students find themselves one step closer to preparations for City Experience.  Scheduled to take place in week 7 of Term Three, from Monday 27th August to Friday 31st August, this week long excursion will be embedded into the Humanities unit of study which they will begin at the start of next term, called City Experience – Melbourne and Me. 

 

Please be aware of some of the key details for your own planning purposes:

 

  • Permission to give consent live on Compass from:   Monday 16th July  
  • Cost:  $80 
  • Payment and consent for all five days of the excursion due by:  Tuesday 7th August

               

A reminder that the cost allows students access to a range of places, including: the Shrine of Remembrance, the MCG and MCG Sports Museum, Parliament House, Eureka Skydeck, the Queen Victoria Market, Melbourne City Mission, Urban Scrawl and the Magistrates Court. 

 

If you are eligible to access the Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund (CSEF) then please notify the main office as soon as possible to collect a form and have discussions about transferring some or all of these funds towards the cost of City Experience when payment is able to be accepted.

 

Over years past students have consistently identified that this week was the highlight of their year in Year 9, and something they still remembered fondly as they moved into more senior year levels.  It will not be long now until our new Year 9s have the same opportunity to attend in Term 3 as those who have come before.  Please keep an eye on Compass for event details and information to be posted from next term.

 

Joanna Karanikolopoulos

Leader of Humanities and Whole School Research Literac

 

 

Parents Association

Appeal for Raffle Prize Donations
 
Can you help out?

 

The Wantirna College Parent’s Association are seeking donation of goods and/or services that can be used for raffle prizes for the Wantirna College Presentation Balls. 

 

The Presentation Ball raffle is one of the major fundraisers for the Parents Association.  This year, we are endeavouring to raise $3,000 towards the purchase of new equipment for learning areas, and enhance the learning opportunities of our students.

 

Any donation will be gratefully received, and the generosity of your business will be acknowledged to the College community.

 

Donations are required by Friday, 20 July.  They can either be dropped off at the Main Office or pick up can be arranged by calling Pam Wade on 0414 256884.

 

If you have a business or a contact and are in a position to provide a prize for the raffle, your generosity would be greatly appreciated.

 

Careers

Careers Newsletter

 

 

Wellbeing News

 

Katrina Katz

Leader of Student Wellbeing

General Information

General Office

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

Telephone:                      9801 9700

Attendance Line:        9881 7111 

 

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.

Absences

Student absences should be reported to the school prior to 9am.  Please ring the Student absences number directly on 9881 7111.

 

If your child is in Year 10, 11 or 12 they will be required to supply an absence note when returning to school.  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.

 

In order to minimise disruption to class and maximise learning opportunities for our students, we would like to remind you of the school policy regarding late arrival 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 your child is late for any reason please contact the General Office on 9881 7111 or 9881 7131.

Collecting Your Child From School

If your child has an appointment and they are required to leave school early please complete the following:

  1. Write a note explaining why your child is required to leave school.  On this note please supply their name, home group, the reason why they are leaving and your name and phone number.
  2. Your child is required to drop the note off in the Early Leaver’s folder, which is situated in the main office.  If your child is required to leave the school prior to recess, please ask your child to request an Early Leavers pass from Debbie Hopper in the main office.  She will write one immediately.
  3. Your child will be required to sign out on the PINK sign out sheet at the main office, prior to leaving the school premises.

Please note that if your child does not have an Early Leavers pass from the main office, teachers will not allow your child to leave their class.  Also, your child is required to keep the Early Leavers pass so, if they are approached by a teacher outside the school, the student has confirmation they have permission to leave the school premises.

 

If you write a letter for your child to leave school early, you are NOT required to come in and sign your child out.  Also, your child’s attendance will be marked correctly.  If you need to collect your child unexpectedly, please contact the main office.  We will try our best to organise your child for collection prior to you arriving at school.

Arriving Late to School

If your child has an appointment and they are arriving late to school, please complete the following:

 

Write a note explaining why your child is arriving late to school.  On this note please supply their name, home group and the reason why they are arriving late.

 

Your child is required to sign in at the main office, so the attendance officer can make the appropriate changes to compass.

Emergency Pick Ups Only

In extreme circumstances you can ring the office to organise for your child to be collected early. It is extremely disruptive to the classrooms, therefore this procedure is for EMERGENCIES ONLY.

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 college website.

 

Direct Phone:  9881 7168

Lost Property

Lost Uniforms are taken to the Maintenance Office, which is located near Health Centre.  There are two big draws 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

New parents to the College 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:

  • 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

Principal:

Kevin Murphy

 

Assistant Principals:

Catherine Ford, Andrew Lewis and Shane Kruger

 

College Council President:

Dr Joanne Challinor-Rogers

 

Sub School:

Dina Mingos (Later Years)

Darren Hoogkamer (Middle Years)

 

College Captains:

Sam Evans and Loren Shinkfield

 

College Vice Captains:

Nikhil De Silva and Maddie Wright

 

Parents Association President:

Pam Wade

 

Parents of Performing Arts Chairperson

Stuart Broadley

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