Carwatha News

11 September 2017
Issue Thirteen
Principal's Report
Presentation Ball 2017
P-12 News
Secondary News
Primary News
Library News
Parents & Friends News
College General Information
Upcoming Events
Useful forms
Carwatha College
03 9795 5848
43-81 Browns Road
Noble Park North, Victoria, 3174

Principal's Report

From The Principal

New Uniform

The college is excited to announce that, with the full endorsement of the college council, we will be adopting a new college uniform next year, 2018.  It  will be compulsory for students in prep and Year 7 starting next year, 2018.  Full details about the uniform will be available on our college website and samples will be on display in the college foyer.

All other students will have a two year phase in period to purchase the new uniform. This means our current uniform  can be worn for the next two years. The new uniform will then be compulsory for all students, prep to year 12,  in 2020.  

All stock of the current uniform will be heavily reduced to allow parents and students to purchase items at greatly discounted prices.  However, any families that wish to purchase the new uniform may do so as well. 

Further details will be sent to all parents about the uniform in the coming weeks.



On Tuesday the 5th of September we held our annual multi-cultural assembly. This was an amazing event that celebrated not only the multi-cultural nature of our school, but also the cultural diversity that makes Australia such a great country. It was also very special, because it was initiated, organised and run by our students. We were entertained by  talented students who performed wonderful cultural dances, songs, music and recitals. It was good to see so many parents in attendance.  There was a strong sense of respect and celebration throughout the school. The day was an excellent example of what makes Carwatha such a special place. Thank you to the secondary SRC for organising the assembly, Ms Bawa and Ms Naylor for their support, the students and staff who dressed in cultural costumes and the parents for so proudly supporting the day.


Presentation Ball

On Friday September the 1st I had the pleasure of attending my first Presentation Ball as Principal of Carwatha College P 12.

It was a great night with the students looking amazing and performing brilliantly in their dances.

I would like to thank Ms Tzilantonis for leading the event and Ms Bawa, Ms Ross and Ms Coxhill for all the hard work they put into the event from the practices to the planning for the evening-  it is an enormous amount of work. The students had a great night and it is a memory they will cherish for ever. 

It is only possible to have these events through the hard work and dedication of staff.


Parent Teacher Night

Parent Teacher night is on Thursday the 14th of September. I encourage all parents to make appointments with their children’s teachers. It is a great opportunity to receive feedback on your child’s progress and to help them to achieve their best for the remainder of the year.

School will start at 10.00 am on Friday the 15th.


Pat Mulcahy 

Presentation Ball 2017

Carwatha College P-12 Presentation Ball 2017.

Congratulations to all participants in the 2017 Presentation Ball. Participants looked fantastic and all the attendees had a fantastic time.


P-12 News

Email Address

During the course of each year the college sends out information via your email address, including the college newsletter.  Please ensure we have your upto date email address and that you keep this updated with any changes via the parent portal on compass or by contacting the college office. 

Please take the time to check that we have your  correct email address.

The Student Enrolment Information Form for each student will be sent out shortly and needs to be checked for accuracy.  If changes need to be made, this can be done through the parent portal on compass or by contacting the office. 

Multicultural Day 2017

We celebrated the Multicultural Day on Tuesday, 5th September.


We take pride in saying that this SRC initiative has become a tradition at our school. The students, staff and parents came together and enjoyed cultural performances, traditional dress and food on the day. We were able to express our pride in the acceptance and celebration of different cultures at our school.  Emilia Alvarez Chaves and Noryelle Timoteo, SRC Presidents, reflected on the ethnically and racially diverse student population at our school, the subtle yet significant benefits of multiculturalism and also the consistent accepting and welcoming attitude from our school community, which made them feel valued, thus enriching their sense of belonging. These experiences resonated with our school community, as was visible in the applause they received. 
We all came together as Australians with rich and unique backgrounds. Students felt confident and comfortable in sharing their cultural backgrounds with the school community; showcasing the mutual feelings of respect that are integral to our school. We had performances from Indigenous, Argentinian, Filipino, Indian, Australian, Vietnamese, Cook Islander, Samoan, Greek, Jamaican, American, Malaysian, Chinese and Polish backgrounds. Aleks Bajagic and Jemima Simms recited a poem in English and Auslan, which was very special. We also had a guest speaker, Diana Nguyen, who is an actor, comedian and singer and works with young people in the City of Greater Dandenong. Diana’s performance was hilarious, yet insightful about the experiences encountered by migrants and their children in their new environment. She had the audience in stitches as students could relate their own experiences to her act, and could reflect on feelings of confusion, cultural constriction as well as liberation. 
In addition to the special assembly, we had organised multicultural food stalls at lunchtime. Students had the opportunity to buy food such as Margherita pizzas, Napoli pasta, nachos, cevapi rolls, churros with caramel or chocolate sauce, Greek chicken souvlakis and vegetarian samosas. We had also invited some henna artists who created temporary henna tattoos on students’ hands. Students and staff dressed up in their cultural clothes and it was great to see many parents attend our special assembly. This day provided the school community the opportunity to help promote inclusion at a very special forum. 
It has been amazing to be a part of something so rewarding. This has truly been a remarkable experience that we will never forget. 


Science Facts


Earn And Learn Is Back


Secondary News

Year 7 Science- Working Like A Scientist Experiment

 Egg Drop: Students were required to work in a team and using knowledge from science to design and make a device to protect an egg while it was falling from aproximately two metres height. Students had fun learning in Science participating in the egg drop.

Kong Chan

Year 9 Science - Flame Test Experiement

Students were required to describe how electrons fill up an atom around the nucleus and explain how electrons can cause different materials give out different flame colour when they burned. This experiment was educational and the students gained a foundation and base for Science studies in readiness for VCE Science.


Year 9 Phillip Island Excursion

On Thursday September 7, students in Yr 9 attended an excursion to the Phillip Island Nature Park as part of their science Unit on Ecosystems. They braved the cold to learn about the world-famous ‘Little penguins’ (formerly known as Fairy Penguins). Students learnt about the diet, breeding and adaptations of Little penguins and also what threatens their survival. Students then went for a walk on a nearby beach and discussed the consequences of litter and oil spills on our marine life, and how to protect our marine life. I congratulate students on their focus and behaviour on a very cold (but luckily not rainy) day!

Kyla Crawford

Year 11 Biology  - Pedigree Charts

On Thursday August 31, students in the Yr 11 Biology class participated in an activity about the inheritance of genetic traits. Students have previously learnt about alleles, genotypes, phenotypes and Meiosis. In pairs, the task was to fill in a sheet to create a Pedigree Chart, by following instructions. The activity was a simulation of Meiosis and how during fertilisation, alleles are randomly passed onto our offspring. The task focused on heart disease as a genetic disorder and the fact that more than one variety of allele can be inherited from our parents for many genetic disorders. Students showed good comprehension skills, teamwork and the ability to analyse information.

Kyla Crawford

Year 11 Biology - Reebop Activity 

On Thursday August 24, students in the Yr 11 Biology class participated in an activity about the inheritance of genetic traits. Students learnt about alleles, genotypes, phenotypes and hybrids. In pairs, the task was to build an imaginary animal called a ‘Reebop’ by randomly selecting alleles for certain traits. These alleles were then ‘passed from parent to offspring’. Some of the traits of the ‘Reebop offspring’ were represented by edible materials, such as marshmallows. Students then answered questions based on this activity and ate the left-over lollies! I congratulate students on their creative and critical thinking, their cooperation with each other and their enthusiasm.

Kyla Crawford

Yr 12 Biology GTAC Excursion

On Monday September 4, students in the Yr 12 Biology class went on an excursion to GTAC (the Gene Technology Access Centre) in Parkville, to undertake experiments involving DNA manipulation tools and techniques. In class, students had previously learnt about genetically modified organisms and experimental procedures such as PCR (polymerase chain reaction), gel electrophoresis and bacterial transformation. Before the experiments began, students did some hands-on activities in groups, led by the staff at GTAC. They then set up and ran a gel electrophoresis and performed a bacterial transformation. Students enjoyed these activities, learnt lots of new things and it re-enforced their knowledge about DNA manipulation techniques, which is the basis of the final SAC of the Yr 12 Biology course.

Kyla Crawford

Primary News

Grade 5 and 6 go for a tour of our Year 7 centre

In readiness for 2018 & 2019, our current grade 5 and 6 students had a tour of the year 7 centre. Experiencing all that the facility and college offers, students were motivated and excited about their education and futures at Carwatha College P-12. Enrolments are open for all classes across the college.


Primary Gala Soccer Day

Grades 5 and 6 students participated in Gala day, a round robin competition in conjunction with other schools in Greater Dandenong region.

The soccer event had students engaged in pop up bubble soccer activites giving them a opportunity to demonstrate their skills in a fun way.

Danii Levy

Primary Art 

Grade 5B Emoji Drawing

Students learnt how artists can use different colours to represent feelings or emotions. Red for anger, danger or love. Orange can represent energy, warmth or excitement etc.

They also experimented with creating different lines to express their chosen emotion; swirls for confusions, zig zag for anger etc.

After selecting an emoji (a small digital image or icon used to express an idea or emotion in electronic communication) they thought carefully about the colour and line choice for their background.

Can you guess which emoji they created?

Grade 1/2Z Radial Symmetry

Students viewed artwork that was radially symmetrical. We went on a scavenger hunt around the school to collect natural items such as leaves, seeds, sticks and rocks.

Our fingers then got very busy creating a collaborative radially symmetrical piece of artwork for our upcoming Art Show.

The Art Show will be held on Monday October 30th. Every primary student will have at least one piece of artwork in the display.  There will also be an outstanding selection of high school work to be enjoyed.


Primary District Athletics

Sixty students from Carwatha grades 5 and 6 competed in district athletics this week. Students returned some amazing results: Jaydine, 2nd in long jump; Brayden, 3rd in long jump; Declan, 2nd in high jump; Angie 2nd  in the 200m  and Ahmed 2nd  in 200m. Well done to all students!


Swimming Safety

During the Primary swimming program, students were involved in a swimming safety session. Students were taught all aspects of being safe whilst around water. 


Grades 4, 5 & 6 Science Incursion

Monash University Bio Medicine students visited Carwatha College P-12 and ran a Science program for grades 4, 5 & 6. During the session, students gained an understanding of the cardiovascular system. 


Book Fair

The Primary Book Fair was held in August and once again it was a great success! Thank you to our school community for getting involved and I hope you are all excited about your new books. Your support means that we have earned quite a few books for our school, so keep your eyes out for new books in your classroom libraries.

Book Character Dress Up Day

Primary students are invited to dress up as their favourite book character on Friday 15th September and participate in some special book-related activities on this day. There will be an assembly on the day to showcase everyone’s costumes. Due to the late start, this assembly will start at 10:15am in the theatre. We look forward to seeing everyone’s costumes!

Library News

From The Library

Over the last few weeks, our craft activities have focused on some of the Children’s Book Council of Australia short listed books.

Our first book was ‘All I want for Christmas is rain’ by Cori Brooke. For this we made Rain Makers which mimic the sound of rain. Catherine Dunn brought in her authentic rainmaker for the students to use and to listen to.

Next we ran a colouring competition for which the students each had a letter to colour in from the theme for Bookweek “Escape to Everywhere… Bookweek 2017”. These then formed part of our display. We had some beautiful and imaginative entries. Our two winners were: Jessica Ryan and Calvin Nguyen.

Each received a drawing book as their prize.

Our third book was ‘Gary’ by Leila Rudge. This story is about a racing pigeon who was unable to fly but dreamt of adventure.


Next week we will be making wrapped animals based on the book ‘Go home cheeky animals!’ by Johanna Bell

Mrs Famularo, Mrs Sal and Mrs Wood

Parents & Friends News

Father's Day Raffle Winners

Congratulations to all our lucky winners.

A big thank you to the parents and friends group who volunteered their time, not only with the raffle but also our amazing father's day stall, you ladies did an amazing job. 

College General Information

The Main Office

Office Hours:         8.15am - 4.00pm


Parents should always make contact with the Main office when visiting the college. 

Office Staff:

Buisness Manager:      Wendy Parkinson

Accounts:                        Rosanne Bivens

Front Office:                   Pauline Horbaczow

                                            Ruth Arnold

                                            Glenice Despard

                                            Megha Malhotra

First Aid:                          Donna Azzopardi

Term Dates 2017

Term 1  

Monday, 30th January  to Friday, 31st March  (9 weeks)

Term 2

Tuesday,  18th April to Friday, 30th June (11 weeks)

Term 3

Monday, 17th  July to Friday, 22nd  September (10 weeks)

Term 4
Monday, 9th  October to Friday, 22nd December (11 weeks)

Term Dates 2018

Term 1  

Tuesday, January 30th to Thursday, 29th  March  (9 weeks)

Term 2

Monday, 16th April to Friday, 29th June (11 weeks)

Term 3

Monday, 17th July Friday, 22nd  September (10 weeks)

Term 4

Monday, 9th  October  to Friday, 22nd December  (11 weeks)

Secondary Contacts 2017

Year 7      Mrs Rentzis

Year 8      Mr Skadins

Year 9      Mr  Skadins

Year 10    Mr Haddad

Year 11    Mrs Bawa

Year 12    Mrs Christopher

Secondary Junior Leader    Mr Fahey

Secondary Senior Leader    Mrs Ross

Assistant Principal ( Year 7-12)   Mrs Spina


To Speak to or book an appointment with a coordinator, College Leader  or Assistant Principal please contact the main office.

Primary Contacts 2017

Prep M     Mrs McPhie

1/2Z          Ms Zelazo

2/3A          Mrs Abraham

3L              Mrs Lilburne

4S             Mr Spina

4/5N        Ms Novakovic

5B             Ms Bishop

5/6L         Ms Arnold-Levy

6E             Mrs Elias

STEM      Mrs Brayon

Art           Mrs McAleer

PE            Mrs Peters (Prep-2)

PE           Mr Richards (3-6)


Assistant Principal: Mrs Sheila Horn

Primary Leading Teacher    Mrs Beauchamp-Wylie



To speak to or book an appointment with a class teacher, leading teacher  or  Assistant Principal please contact the main office.

Bell Times



All students are expected to be punctual and regular in attendance. After each absence, a note of explanation, dated and signed by the parent/guardian must be brought to the school or absences can be monitored and/or approved online via compass. 

College Map


Useful Forms

For useful forms:

  • Fee Sheets
  • Book Lists
  • Canteen List
  • Uniform Lists
  • Medical Plans
  • Qkr  How To
  • Edrolo Information
  • Centrepay
  • International Home Stay Information
  • Primary Mobile Phone Agreement

See the last page of newsletter titled "Useful Forms".

Lost Property

Lost Property is located in Sickbay. If your child has lost an item please call or see Nurse Donna in Sickbay.

Sustainable School Shop: 
Second Hand Uniforms
Second Hand Books

The College is conscious of the need to provide an efficient process for families to be able to buy and sell second hand uniform.

We are happy to announce the sustainable school shop website that Carwatha College P-12 has previously directed parents to use for second hand books now offers buying and selling of second hand uniforms.

Please go to


For the best results:

  • Register on the Sustainable School Shop website
  • List your second-hand uniform items for sale
  • List wanted ads for those items you are looking to buy
  • The College’s uniform lists are loaded into the system to make listing ads easy
  • The system matches the ads of buyers with sellers and notifies the buyer via email
  • Buyers contact sellers and arrange where and when to trade.
  • The school is not involved in the transaction
  • Parents are well supported via Sustainable School Shop’s telephone (0438 743 444) and email help lines
  • The system is simple and easy to use - If you don’t have a computer, internet access or an email address, please call the Sustainable School Shop for assistance.


Our prefered method of payment is Qkr.

See our 'Qkr How To' information sheet on newsletter page titled Useful Forms.

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Upcoming Events



Tues         12th            Year 8 Melbourne Museum Science Excursion

                                        Year 9 Gravity Zone Excursion

Wed          13th            Grade 3 Melbourne Museum Excursion

Thurs       14th            Parent Teacher Interviews

Fri              15th            10.00am late start

                                         Year 9A, B & C Community Leadership Program Excursion

                                         Primary Book Character Assembly

Mon          18th            Grade 5 & 6 Campers leave 

                                         Greater Dandenong Athletics

Tues         19th             Prep to Grade 3 Responsible Pet Ownership Incursion

Thurs       21st             Grade 5 & 6 Campers Return

Fri             22nd            Primary Assembly

                                         Last Day Term 3 - 2.30pm dismissal



Mon           9th              First Day Term 4

Tues        10th             VCAL City to School Walk

Wed         11th             Year 8 Medieval Incursion

Thurs      12th             Year 9 History Shrine Of Remembrance Excursion

Thurs      19th             Casual Dress 

Fri            20th              Secondary Crepe Day

Wed        25th              Year 12 Final Assembly         

Thurs      26th             Year 11 Fit 2 Drive

Fri            27th              Year 7 Sporty Maths Scienceworks Excursion

Tues        30th               Carwatha College P-12 Art & Technology Show                                       



Wed            1st             Year 12 Exams Start, Finish Mon 20th November

Thurs        2nd            Year 7 Ancient Day Incursion

Thurs         9th             Year 8 Orienteering - Cardinia National Park Excursion

Mon          13th             Year 10 and 11 (V1 & V2)  Exam Week

Tues         14th              Music Celebration Evening

Tues         21st               Valedictory evening

Fri              24th             Last Day Year 11

Mon          27th            Year 10 Work Experience until Fri 8th Dec 


Thurs         7th            Carwatha College P-12 Primary Concert

Fri                8th            Last Day Year 10

Tues          12th          Year 6-7 Orientation Day

                                        Primary Bike Education until Thurs 19th December

Wed           13th           Carwatha College P-12 Secondary Awards Night

Fri              22nd           Last day Term 4

Useful forms

Book List and Parent Payment Forms


Qkr: How To Form


International Student Homestay Program


Centrepay form


Uniform Price Lists


Anaphylaxis Management Plan


Asthma Management Plan


Primary Mobile Phone Agreement


College Photos 2017


Edrolo Information


Carwatha News
Prep pack.pdf
grade 1 pack.pdf
grade 2 pack.pdf
grade 3 pack.pdf
grade 4 pack.pdf
grade 5 pack.pdf
grade 6 pack.pdf
year 7 pack.pdf
year 8 pack.pdf
year 9 pack.pdf
year 10-11 pack.pdf
year 12 pack..pdf
flyer for qkr.pdf
international student for newsletter.pdf
Centrepay Deductions Form.pdf
Secondary Uniform from PSW April 2016.pdf
Primary Uniform from PSW April 2016.pdf
105 Mobile Phone Agreement - Primary.doc
Student Photo Form.pdf
Family Photo Form.pdf
Edrolo for VCE - 2016 Brochure - Email.pdf