Wantirna College Newsletter

20 December 2019
Issue Twenty
Dates to Remember for 2020
Principal's Report
Assistant Principals
Resources for 2020
School Uniform Requirements 2020
KIOSC 2019
PoPA Colour Dance Party
Bakery Cafe - Gingerbread Houses
Second Hand Book Sale Collection of Money
General Information
Community News
Wantirna College
90 Harold Street
Wantirna, Vic, 3152

Dates to Remember for 2020


Thursday 23

Campion Book Collection


Thursday 30

Year 7 and Year 12 Students First Day


Friday 31

Year 8, 9, 10, 11 Students First Day

Uniform Shop
Extended Hours

Thursay 23rd

9:00am to 2:00pm


Friday 24th

11:00am to 2:00pm


Saturday 25th

11:00am to 2:00pm


Tuesday 28th

11:00am to 2:00pm

Wednesday 29th

3:00pm to 5:00pm


February 2020

Monday 3

Instrumental Music Lessons Commences


Tuesday 4

Student Photos


Monday 10 to Wednesday 12

Year 7 Transition Camp


Monday 10

Year 12 - VCE Parent Information Evening

6:30pm to 8:00pm


Thursday 13

VCAL Parent Information Evening


Monday 17

VCAL Ferntree Gully Toyota Guest Speaker


Tuesday 18

Catch Up Photos


Tuesday 25

College Swimming Carnival


Tuesday 3

Free Dress Day


Wednesday 4

English SAC P3 & 4


Thursday 5

Staff Music Concert


Tuesday 10

Outdoor Contemporary Court


Monday 16 to Friday 20

Year 8 Challenge Week


Sunday 22 to Tuesday 24 

Production Camp


Wednesday 25 to Saturday 5 April

New York Tour


Friday 27

Early dismissal 2:30pm

End of Term


Tuesday 14

First Day of Term 2


Wednesday 22

College Open Day


Wednesday 29

College Cross Country



Friday 1

Generations in Jazz


Tuesday 5

Unit 3 Theatre Studies


Thursday 7

NEVR Rehearsal


Monday 11

Unit 1 Theatre Studies


Wednesday 13 to Thursday 14

Year 10 Theatre Studies


Tuesday 19

Free Dress Day


Thursday 21

Showcase 4 Dance


Monday 25

NEVR Rehearsal


Wednesday 27 to Friday 29

Year 10 Exams 


Monday 1 to Tuesday 9

Year 11 Exams


Wednesday 10 



Friday 12

Assessment Day

Student Free Day


Monday 15 to Wednesday 17

Music Camp


Tuesday 16

Later Years Expo


Wednesday 17

English SAC


Saturday 20 to Saturday 4 July

Northern Territory Tour


Friday 26

Last Day of Term 2

Early Dismissal 2:3pm


Monday 13 July

Curriculum Day - Student Free Day


Thursday 16 to Friday 17

Production Rehearsal all day


Monday 27

VSMF Concert Band


Tuesday 28

Curriculum Information Night


Wednesday 29

Year 11 Course Selection Day


Thursday 30

VCAL Interviews


Friday 31

VCAL Interviews


Monday 3 to Tuesday 4

Production Dress Rehearsal


Tuesday 4

VCAL Confirmation


Wednesday 5 to Friday 7

College Production


Wednesday 5

Year 10 Course Selection


Thursday 6

Year 9 Course Selection


Friday 7

College Production


Tuesday 11

Athletics Carnival


Wednesday 12 to Friday 14

College Production


Monday 24 to Friday 28

City Experience


Friday 18

End of term

Early Dismissal 2:30pm


Monday 5

First day of school


Wednesday 28

Year 7 and Year 10 Immunizations

Unit 3 & 4 Exams begin


Monday 9

Last Day VASS


Monday 9 to Friday 13

Challenge Camps


Thursday 12 to Thursday 19

Year 11 Exams


Friday 20 to Wednesday 25

Year 12 Step Up


Thursday 26

Year 11 Exam Feedback

Last Day Year 11


Friday 27 to 3 December

Year 11 Step Up



Friday 4

Year 10 Exam feedback

Year 10 Formal

Last day Year 10


Monday 14 to Thursday 17

Activities Week

2020 Term dates:

Term 1:  28 January - 27 March

Term 2:  14 April - 26 June

Term 3:  13 July - 18 September 

Term 4:  5 October - 18 December

Principal's Report


End of Year Wrap Up

I write this editorial in tribute to the hard working students, staff and parents of our school community. It’s the people within them that make institutions great and fortunately we have some of the best. Last week the Year 12s received their VCE results and it is with great pleasure that I announce that our College Dux for 2019 was Benny Mui with an ATAR score of 98.2. Benny joined 9 other students on our 2019 Honour Roll with scores of 90+, I congratulate those students who received outstanding results and all students who successfully completed their VCE or VCAL. Fortunately, a large number of our Year 12 cohort has already received an early tertiary offer from VTAC, an early present before Christmas. I am confident that a number of other students will also receive an offer during January.
Recently, we also celebrated the achievements of many other students from Year 7 to 12 at our annual awards night. It was pleasing to see many of our students awarded honours in front of their family, friends, teachers and members of our school community. Moreover, this year for the first time students receiving achievement and attendance awards received “their wings”. This refers to a series of new falcon badges (our College logo), that will be awarded to students at the end of each year. I ask students receiving these badges to wear them proudly on their school uniform everyday with pride. I want our school community to always celebrate achieving great things, whether that be outstanding achievement, perfect attendance or from next year onwards personal growth.
Sadly at this time of year we say goodbye to many valued members of staff. In particular, I would like to thank Wendy Steele, Andrew Beavis and Ray Wang for their contribution to the College as well as their leadership during those years. I also thank Tanuja Muthukuda, Alex Healey, Katherine Reynolds, Ann McWilliam, Danielle Taylor, Gene Easton, Nicole Beck, Sue Dowdell, Zelda McClintock and Eleanor Canning for their contribution and commitment to the school. Tina Fiorentino will be transferring to work as a teacher in a primary school for the next 12 months. I wish all these valued members of staff all the best in the future. In the first edition of next year’s newsletter, I will take some time to introduce the school community to the many new members of staff that will be starting with us. On behalf of all students, staff, parents and members of our community I would like to pay tribute to all of our hard working who have contributed enormous amounts inside and outside the classroom throughout the year.
Finally, I would like to thank all of our hard working volunteers who have provided enormous benefits to our students and community throughout the year. We are fortunate to have a large pool of volunteers contributing in various ways such as the Parents Associations, College Council, reading volunteers, college production the list goes on and on. In particular I would like to mention two retiring members of our Parents Association. Firstly Phil Riley, a long term member who has been Treasurer for the last 4 years, has made an enormous contribution with his time helping our school in varies ways. And secondly, Pam Wade, retiring President, who has been part of the PA for the last 14 years. Pam has also played the role of secretary during her tenure, and without Pam’s leadership the PA would not have been as effective is it has been during her time. To Pam and Phil I say thank you.
I wish all members of our amazing school community a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. I look forward to the next step of our journey in 2020!


Kevin Murphy


Assistant Principals

2019 Wrap Up


College Year Book/Magazine

The College magazine has arrived in the school and is an excellent reflection of the 2019 year.  Special thanks to Mr Gene Easton and his student led magazine committee for the fantastic job they have done.  This team goes above and beyond and works throughout the year at lunchtime and after school to get the job done.

Unfortunately this year they were completed too late to distribute to students.  As a result we will be handing them out to students in the new year.  The Year 12 students will be able to collect their copy at the alumni assembly in term 1.

We apologise for the inconvenience. 


Semester 2 Reports

Semester 2 Reports are now available for families via Compass. Reports can be accessed by going to your child's dashboard and selecting the 'Reports' tab. 

Semester reports have been designed to provide students and their families with a snap shot of the students progress throughout the semester. Some of the key features within the report  identify the students work habits, their learning progress, achievement of learning intentions/outcomes and a summary of the student's Common Assessment Items (CAI) and School Assessed Coursework (SAC).  As we use ongoing reporting, families are able to access further details and teacher feedback on CAIs, SACs and Learning Tasks via Compass progressively throughout the year. The end of the school year is a great time for students and their families to reflect upon their report and their learning for the year and to plan future learning goals for 2020.  


Academic Excellence Awards

Academic Excellence Awards are awarded to students who achieved academic excellence within a subject. A number of these awards were presented to students at the College Awards Night in early December. For those students who have been awarded an Academic Excellence Award for a subject and did not receive it at the Awards Night, you will receive your award early in 2020 via your home group. We would like to congratulate all students who received an Academic Excellence Award for their commitment to learning.  This is a fantastic achievement and one that should be celebrated. 


End of Year Activities

This week our year 7 - 9 students have been involved in an exciting End of Year Activities program that involved a range of activities both inside and outside of the College. Students participated in Sports Carnivals, an Amazing Race, trips to Scienceworks, Healesville Sanctuary, the cinemas and Luna Park, made sound boxes and constructed gardens to name a few. The hot weather presented a few challenges, however, our students and staff took on this challenge to ensure that all of our students had a great activities week. I would like to thank all of our teachers for organising the events, in particular Ms Tamara Mason, Ms Janine Sanderson and Mr James Anderson for their leadership and organisation of the End of Year Activities Program. 



The Falcon - College magazine

This year we have once again produced our annual college magazine The Falcon. The Falcon is a compilation of various highlights throughout the year, documenting those key events and milestones from 2019. When you look through The Falcon you get a real insight into all of the amazing opportunities our students have had to discover their passions, explore their interests and to challenge themselves in range of academic and extra- curricular programs. I would like to thank Mr Gene Easton for his leadership in the production of The Falcon this year and to his team of students who assisted in its creative development and publication. 

Holiday Wishes

We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our staff, students and families for their ongoing support of the college this year.

Please have a relaxing and enjoyable holiday break and we look forward to us all working together once again in 2020 to support the growth, learning and wellbeing of our students. 


Shane Kruger, Catherine Ford, Carrie Wallis and Andrew Lewis

Assistant Principal 


Resources for 2020


Booklist resources will be available for collection from the College on Thursday 23rd of January from 9am - 2pm



The process of distributing computers will start on Friday the 31st of January during class time. 



Student timetables will be available on Compass from the 28th of January

School Uniform Requirements 2020

School Shoes

When purchasing school shoes over the school holidays please be mindful of the uniform requirements.  Students must have full leather uppers for occupational health and safety.  This year we have noticed an increasing number of brand conscious students who have convinced their parents that they are allowed to wear black runners this is not the case.  We do allow an athletic sole provided the entire upper is hard leather including the tongue.


All other items of uniform are available from the uniform shop.  Please see next page for uniform shop hours in January.



Summer Uniform Options

It looks like its going to be a hot, hot summer.  Just a reminder to parents of girls that the uniform shop sells summer school shorts in addition to the school dress.  These can be worn with the school polo shirt or a white short sleeved business shirt.  Students male, or female, may not wear their PE shorts as school uniform.


The school uniform requires students to wear white socks.  these are more cost effective if purchased in multiple packs in discount department stores rather than as branded sports socks.  Student socks should be long enough to cover the ankle.


School Uniform Shop Hours
January 2020


Day Date Time


(Campion Book Collection)

23rd 9:00 - 2:00pm
Friday 24th 11:00 - 2:00pm
Saturday 25th 11:00 - 2:00pm

Monday -





Tuesday 28th 11:00 - 2:00pm
Wednesday 29th 3:00 - 5:00pm


The Uniform Shop will return to usual business hours on Thursday 30th January.


Caroline McCormick

Uniform Shop

KIOSC 2019

The end of this year saw the year 7 students engage in a Science Fair project.  Students spent 5 weeks investigating, designing, experimenting, modelling and analysing a scientific question of their choice.  On completing of their work, we held a showcase on Monday morning (7A, 7B, 7C, 7D and 7E) and Wednesday morning (7F, 7G, 7H, 7I and 7S) to highlight their hardwork and effort to their fellow classmates.


Each session had student choice awards, with congratulations going to the following students:


Blake Leaman and Ryder Paton:

Plasma Gun


Xavier Weir and Zoe Delahoy:

Raining diamonds on Neptune.

Emerson Watt and Casey Wood:

Elephant toothpaste volcano 


Zach Dixon and Casey Allen:

Egg and vinegar


We also have a large amount of groups who created very interesting research tasks and went above and beyond the requirements of the tasks including the following projects:


Collecting water samples from Silvan Dam all the way to Melbourne and then used the equipment at KIOSC to test water quality.


Reacting metal nails with different strengths of acid.


Growing various crystals

Models, including the brain, an infected arm, the solar system, a polluted vs non-polluted environment.


Overall, all of the students should be commended for the amount of effort that they put into this project, and have set a very high bar for the students next year!


Well done!


Peter Kos

Leader of Science and KIOSC

PoPA Colour Dance Party

Thank you to all those who participated in our first ever Colour Dance Party!!!  What an amazing event!!!!  Students coloured each other, danced, conga lined and played games - all after burying the teachers in the "Teacher's Gauntlet" of course!!!


A huge thank you to the Parents of Performing Arts for running a fantastic day and raising an amazing $1,500 for our Performing Arts faculty!!


Be sure not to miss out on next year's event!



Bakery Cafe -
Gingerbread Houses

Year 9 Bakery Cafe

Year 9 Bakery Cafe students have studied cake/biscuit making and icings as part of their studies this semester. They have used this information in practical work to meticulously make their gingerbread dough, roll and cut out template shapes, bake and construct the house. Students followed their own designs to create their own individual houses - with fantastic outcomes!


Happy holidays from all the Home Economics staff - wishing you and your families a safe and relaxing break.



Linda Davies

Home Economics Teacher



Career News



Mr Phil Newnham

Careers Counsellor

Second Hand Book Sale
Collection of Money


Parents Association


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

Community News




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