Wheelers News

13 December 2019
Issue Twenty 

Respect Excellence Creativity

Principal's Page
Assistant Principal's Page
Mark Your Calendar
Performing Arts
Food Tech Activities
Middle School Report
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Principal's Page

Presentation Evening, 2019

Our Presentation Evening is fast approaching with students being recognised for their achievements across a range of areas on Tuesday the 17th of December.  The Evening is being held at The Drum Theatre in Dandenong commencing at 7:00pm.  

Our Presentation Evening is such an important event on the College Calendar.  It is a tremendous opportunity for families and staff to come together and help celebrate the achievements of our students in 2019.  Our College Magazine, 'The Hill', will also be available on the night.  If you families have any queries, please contact the General Office.  We hope to see you there for our 2019 Presentation Evening.

Student Leadership Camp, 2019

Our 2019 Student Leadership Team went to the Forest Edge Camp in Neerim East last week to work through some activities to help best prepare the Team for the year ahead.

Our students were exceptional.  They demonstrated the College Values of Excellence, Creativity and Respect such was their participation in the activities provided.

We look forward to working with all of our designated student leaders in 2019 and we thank them in advance for their work and leadership next year.  Please read on for a full report of the 2019 Student Leadership Camp as part of this Newsletter. 


Overseas Tour - USA and NASA, 2019

Our 'NASA Team' are back and what terrific time they had!  In what was a very full itinerary, our students and staff were able to access the facilities at NASA, together with participating in a number of high tech and scientific activities.  furthermore, the 'NASA Team' saw many of the wonderful sites that the USA has to offer.   Reports show that our students were exceptional - they were outstanding representatives of the Wheelers Hill Secondary College Community.  We thank our students for their excellent participation whilst on Tour, and we must thank Judy Anderson (Assistant Principal) and Ben Shepherd (Year 7 Coordinator) for their outstanding efforts in looking after and supervising our students.  Please read on for a full report of the Overseas Tour to the USA and NASA as part of this Newsletter. 


Professional Learning Communities (or PLCs), 2020

As mentioned in previous Newsletters, we will be introducing a program called Professional Learning Communities (or PLCs) in 2020.

PLCs allow staff to work in small teams to best identify student learning needs.  Once needs have been identified (eg through the use of data), strategies can be developed and implemented to meet and improve student learning.  Using data, these strategies are then monitored and evaluated closely by the PLC team to find out where improvements have been made.

PLCs have been in operation for some time within the State School system, particularly at a primary school level.  The PLC trial we have been involved with semester, together with some research of what is happening at other secondary schools, has taught us how we can best apply the program more broadly in 2020.

PLCs will allow our staff to collaborate more strongly and we are looking forward to the positives that PLCs can bring to our College Community in 2020.

Welcome to Shelby Morwood

We are thrilled to welcome Shelby Morwood as a new English Teacher to the College.  Shelby will start with us in 2020.

Farewell to our Colleagues in 2019

We farewell some long serving members of our teaching staff of the College at the end of 2019.

After 28 years, Terry Ashton has decided to seek other opportunities outside of Wheelers Hill Secondary College.  Through her years of teaching English and leadership of various programs within the College (eg English Domain Leader, International Students Program, Overseas Tours, etc), Terry has had such a positive impact on the lives of so many at the College.  Terry is incredibly well respected by our College Community her English.  Our students, staff and families are incredibly grateful for the positive contribution Terry has made to our College.  We thank Terry for her tremendous work over an extended period of time, and we wish her all the very best with her future endeavours.

Similarly, Kim Hewlett has also decided to seek other opportunities.  After 17 years, Kim has been appointed to a teaching position at Caulfield Grammar next year.  In her extended time at the College, Kim has been held in high regard for her teaching and leadership skills.  Kim has lead our STEM, Reporting and other ICT initiatives within the College, whilst her teaching skills have had such a positive impact on our students.  We thank Kim for her work and we wish her well for the future.

Finally, Judy Baxt has decided to be closer to family by accepting a teaching position at Tempe High School in NSW next year.  Judy has been with the College for the last 11 years teaching mainly in the area of Food Technology.  Judy's content knowledge is strong and she has been an important contributor to the Food Technology Department over a number of years.  We thank Judy for her hard working approach when teaching students in this area of the school, and we wish her well for the future.

Cycle 4 Reports, 2019

Please be reminded that the Cycle 4 Reports will be available via Compass on the last day of term, Friday the 20th of December.  All queries concerning this last round of reporting for the year should be directed to the General Office.

Value of the Week - Excellence

We recognise and say 'well done' to all our students acknowledged at this year's Presentation Evening - congratulations on your achievements.

And Finally...

This will be our last edition of the College Newsletter for 2019.  I would like to take this opportunity to thank our College Community for your wonderful support of our school.  We are a great school and we enjoy working with our families to try and get the best results for our students.

I wish all of our families a safe, happy and restful holiday period, and we look forward to again working with our students in 2020,











Aaron Smith



Assistant Principal's Page

The Eagle has Landed- NASA 2020 tour has returned.

Ten students and two weary teachers have recently returned from an action packed trip of a lifetime. Over the past 10 days, students who attended the G'Day space excursion to the USA were privileged to visit the Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral. During this time students completed a behind the scenes tour looking at such things as the Vehicle Assembly Building, and launch Complex 39, which was used for the Apollo and Space Shuttle missions. We also visited the Apollo Saturn visitor center and took in many interactive exhibits and also touched a moon rock. There were several highlights during the NASA visit;  ATX Astronaut Training Experience, Mars Base 1 simulation experience and of course our lunch with and Astronaut- Winston Scott. 

The next stage of our journey took us to San Francisco where we walked the Golden Gate Bridge and completed a S.T.E.M to Stern program at the USS Hornet and learnt how chemistry, physics, and mathematics applied to the operational functions of the World War 2 aircraft carrier. On our second day in San Francisco, we visited the Californian Academy of Sciences which is the only place on earth to house an aquarium, planetarium, and natural history museum. 

Our third and final stage of the tour took us to Los Angeles where students attended an "Energy in Motion" program at Knott's Berry Farm. Our final day involved a visit to Universal Studios prior to boarding our flight home.

During our trip students not only furthered their study of STEM, but also learnt such things as:

-Personal time management

- Managing personal finances

- Working together as part of a travelling team

- Negotiating international airport check in and security checks

- Building resilience when at the mercy of forces beyond our control (delayed flights)

- Learning to fit as much shopping into a suit case with only a 23 kg allowance

- Learning to work with students from another school during STEM activities

- Navigating through Americas limited food menu's and making smart choices.

I would like to extend a very big thank you to the 10 students who attended the G'Day Space tour. It was an absolute pleasure to travel with such an amazing group of students who were outstanding in every respect and who were fine ambassadors for our college. Finally, I would like to thank Ben Shepherd for accompanying me on the tour to assist in chaperoning our students- I truly appreciate the time taken out of his already busy schedule to support our students on their trip of a life time.

I would highly recommend this NASA STEM tour to any student. I envisage that the next NASA tour would be offered through our college in the next 2 to 3 years.


College Uniform Reminder

A reminder to families that the tri- coloured WHSC spray jacket will not be part of our college uniform items in 2020. This jacket has not been in production for several years now as it was replaced by the navy soft-shell and polar fleece. To support families in the transition, we have provided a phase out period over the past couple of years. As of 2020, students will not be permitted to wear this item. Thank you for your support in this matter.

For a full copy of the college uniform policy, please visit the college website.

Congratulations to our Year 12's

A big congratulations to all our Year 12s who received their results this week. The College will update everyone on our success in the coming weeks.


We would like to congratulate Jack Thomson who completed his VCE Theatre Studies Monologue Exam, received 100% from the VCAA assessors and received an invitation to audition for the VCE Season of Excellence. This is a formal recognition by the VCAA as they often showcase the top performers of the state at the Arts Centre in the start of the year.

Our School - 31 Years Ago

From the archives...


Mobile Phone Reminder

You would be aware of the total ban on Mobile phones in schools announced by the Department of Education which will commence in 2020.


In addition to the Department's policy (the link for which was provided in the last newsletter), school's have been asked to provide an outline of how this policy is to be implemented. 


Please take the opportunity to read the Wheelers Hill Secondary College's Implementation policy. This policy outlines what is covered by the Department's policy, exemptions and the College's response to breaches of the policy. 

Please forward any feedback you might have regarding this policy to dx@whsc.vic.edu.au 

A Christmas

Tis the week before Christmas, we're all going nuts;
With so much to do, there's no ifs, ands or buts.
Buy presents, hang tree lights, pop cards in the mail,
Send gift packs, thread popcorn, find turkeys on sale.

Decorations need stringing up all through the house.
And you haven't a clue what to buy for your spouse.
School concerts, receptions, open houses with friends,
Long line-ups, short tempers, tying up the loose ends.
Take time for yourself-though hard as that seems—
Enjoy your kids' laughter, excitement and dreams.
Take a moment out now, don't get overly riled,
Instead make an angel in sand with your child.

The shortbread can wait, and so can the tree;
What's important to feel is a child's sense of glee.
The holidays aren't about push, rush and shove;
They're for friendship and sharing and family love.

Hear the bells, feel the warmth, light up with the glow
Of a message first sent to us so long ago:
Peace, love and goodwill, and hope burning bright.
Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night!

(With apologies to Clement Clark Moore)

Wishing all of our College community a safe and enjoyable holiday season.


Judy Anderson & Andrew Dixon

Assistant Principal 

Mark Your Calendar


  • End of Year activity Day
  • Family Transition Sessions Year 7 Parents


  • Presentation Evening


  • Term 4 break 2019


  • Term 1 Starts 2020

Performing Arts

Instrumental Music 2020

Make sure you get your forms in to sign up for Instrumental Music lessons next year! 

Genelle Lentini

Performing Arts Leader

Food Tech Activities

Year 7 Activities Day 2019

Year 7's spent the day making Gingerbread Houses. They made the cookie dough from start to finish and displayed excellent techniques decorating and creating their houses. Fun was had by all.



Career Action Plans – Year 7 & 8

On Monday 2nd December all year 7 & 8 students gathered in the Library to complete their Career Action Plan (CAPs). Prior to completing their plans, students participated in a Q&A centred on the meaning of various career terminology. I was very impressed with the answers students provided especially to the question, what difference is the difference between a career and a job?


The Career Action Plan exercise is one that WHSC regards highly and every student at every level has completed one. CAPs stay with students as they progress through their year levels. The CAP is a planning document owned and managed by students and helps with -

· Goal setting – study, career & personal

· Clarifying actions that need to be taken to achieve the goals

· Committing to participating in planned activities


Student’s CAPs are fluid, that is, they can be updated at any time anywhere. To ensure that student CAPs hold the most recent information WHSC has committed to providing each student with at least one session throughout the year where they solely focus on updating their CAP.


Why do students need a CAP I hear you ask? This document is a great tool which helps students document what they like, where their strengths, interests and skills lie. It also helps them list careers that they are interested in and want to start exploring. It is never too early to start thinking about careers. The earlier that career conversations can take place the better equipped students will be when they are faced with making decisions about choosing a work experience placement, electives/VCE subjects, senior school pathways or finding out who they can talk to about a career they are interested to see what it’s really like? Having time to reflect on the above not only assists students with ‘creating’ their own future but also provides invaluable information to WHSC staff so that they can provide effective support during career conversations.

I have encouraged all year 7 & 8 students to keep updating their CAP after any career exploration that they take part in. Next year both year levels will be taking part in additional career activities and students will be encouraged to update their CAPs with the outcomes of these activities.

I have asked students to log into their CAP to show their parents the work they have done. I am sure it will be a great conversation starter!


Voula Jakubicki

Careers Coordinator


Don't get triggered, life's LIT!

There are a number of views on what separates humans from the rest of the animal kingdom.


For some time, it was believed that humans were the only species to use tools. But studies have shown that many species use tools in their day-to-day lives; some species of ravens use sticks to lure ants from their nests, apes use rocks to crack shells. The list goes on.

Then it was thought that only humans had language. But this too has been proven wrong – chimpanzees can learn sign-language, whales have unique songs that can be learned by other whales, bees can communicate (through dance) their locations of flowers.

So, what is special about us? What do we do that sets us apart from other animals?




Only humans tell stories.


To quote our current Prime Minister, “How good is that?” Only we, in all the world, can understand the importance of a start, middle and end to a story. Only we can identify the heroes and villains.

Stories are what make us, us. From the stories we tell about ourselves to the stories we watch and read. Stories that begin with ‘Once Upon a Time…’ or ‘Anything interesting happen today?’ are what we base our lives around. In short, we are the stories we tell. We are the heroes of our own stories.


So, this holiday season, make your story a happy one and try to be a hero in as many stories as possible. Listen to the stories of others, share yours and stay safe so your story will be a long and happy one.


A Boomer and Claire Hanley

Literacy Learning Specialist

Middle School Report

Middle School News

As the school year ends, I would like to say congratulations to all students of Middle School who have showed improvement across their subject areas and have participated in extra- curricular activities with enthusiasm.

I would also like to thank my team for Middle. They have worked tirelessly with the students, parents and staff so that all students have felt comfortable, supported and cared for. Thanks Mr Ben Shepherd, Miss Angela Field, Miss Jacinta Wilson, Mrs Helen Charalambous and Mrs Judy Anderson.

As this is my final year as Middle School Leader, I wish everyone all the best, have a safe holiday and I look forward to teaching the students in the future.


Mrs Melissa Robinson

Middle School Leader

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