Carwatha News

28 July 2017
Issue Ten
Principal's Report
P-12 News
Secondary News
Primary News
Careers 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

Welcome back to Term 3. The end of semester one reports for all students were available via the parent and student portals on Compass on the last day of term 2 for parents and students to access. Please contact the College if you have not been able to access your child’s report. I hope parents had the opportunity to discuss the report with their student/s over the holiday break and have discussed appropriate actions to put in place to address any areas for improvement highlighted.

The College was extremely fortunate to have the Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews visit the college on Wednesday the 26th of July. Mr. Andrews took a tour of our school while I explained to him my vision for the College moving forward.

Mr. Andrews took time out to meet our Year 11 Food technology class and to meet with a number of our school leaders from both the Primary and Secondary sections of the college. It was a great opportunity to meet with our local member of Parliament and I thank him for the ongoing support he has always provided our College.


Whether students are in Grade Prep, who started their school years with such enthusiasm, or Year 10 who have chosen to embark on the challenges of senior schooling – we encourage our students to grasp every educational opportunity made available to them and to do their best at whatever they undertake. As a college we are extremely proud of our students and the enthusiastic way they approach their education and embrace the learning opportunities they are provided with.


For Year 12 students in particular, who are in the final 14 weeks of their school life, there is not only the very immediate challenge of investigating future career prospects, but also the need to ensure that they satisfy educational standards that qualify them for entry into their career choice. It is important that students use their time appropriately and productively in order to achieve to a level which reflects their abilities and talents. I encourage all of our year 12 students to continue to strive to achieve the best possible outcomes.


Following the Senior School Information Night and Careers Expo which was held on Wednesday the 26th of August, individual interviews for students entering Years 10, 11 and 12 in 2018 are being held next week with members of the College leadership team.  Year 11 into 12 nterviews will be on Wednesday 2nd of August, Year 10 into 11 will be on Thursday 3rd of August and Year 9 into 10 will be on Friday 4th of August. It is very important that parents and students attend the interviews planned during this time, to discuss potential pathways and to submit their intended courses for 2018. Each student and their parents have been allocated an appointment, during which time course selections will be made and strategies put in place to ensure achievement and effort over the remainder of the year are sufficient to guarantee places in chosen subjects.   Please note the vast array of VCE and VETiS subjects on offer and note too the VCAL program which is another possible pathway. We look forward to students continuing their education with us next year but need everyone to meet appropriate deadlines in order for our planning to be completed accurately.


A reminder to parents that Monday the 31st of July will be a student free day. Staff will be receiving Professional Development on Growth Mindset, terms fixed mindset and growth mindset are used to describe the underlying beliefs people have about learning and intelligence. When students believe they can get smarter, they understand that effort makes them stronger. Therefore they put in extra time and effort, and that leads to higher achievement. Staff will then will be working in their domains on High Impact Teaching Strategies that the government has identified to improve student outcomes.


Carwatha College P 12 and Football Technique Australia are extremely excited by the level of interest in our Football Academy for 2018. The Academy is aimed at providing an integrated academic pathway driven by young students' sporting aspirations. The elite program will allow young students to enhance and develop their talent while receiving their education. It is crucial to our College that the  student’s academic pursuits are of the highest priority and that each student’s interest and aspiration in sport assists them in achieving high results both academically and athletically.


To find out more about our exciting new program come to our information night on Tuesday August the 1st at 7.15 pm. The information evening will be held in the College Theatre. Further details can also be found on the Colleges website


Pat Mulcahy

College Principal






Football Academy Coming To Carwatha College P-12

Carwatha College P-12 and Football Technique Australia are proud to announce a newly formed partnership to bring you the FTA  School Academy starting in 2018!
The FTA Academy will deliver a high level football program for Carwatha College P-12, years 5-9 enrolled students as part of the school curriculum. There will be an annual intake of 25-50 motivated students into the program per year level. 
Enrolment is via application and a skill assessment. 
The program will feature the latest training methods and include;
⚽ Skill acquisition 
⚽ Conditioning
⚽ Mental preparation
⚽ Game intelligence
⚽ Football awareness
For more information and applications please 
contact the college or the FTA.
Looking forward to bringing in the new year with FTA!


Information evening Tuesday 1st August - 7:15pm at the college.

we hope to see you there! 

P-12 News

Competition Winner For Issue 10 

The first winner of our amazing competition has been won!

To win, all you have to do is recieve the newsletter via email and read it!

Anyone who opened and read the newsletter after recieving their email has had their email adress put in this box.

Our lovely Assistant Principal Mrs Horn drew out our lucky winner.

Congratulations to The Sweeney Family!

You have won 20% off Lachlan's essential items for 2018.

Make sure your email adress is registered with college to be in the chance to win.

There will be winner with each newsletter fot the remainder of 2017 - good luck!

Multicultural Day - September 5th

Our annual Multicultural Day will be held on Tuesday 5th September. On this day, all staff and students are encouraged to show off their culture by coming dressed up in cultural clothing and colours. In the morning, there will be a special assembly where everyone will have the chance to showcase these cultures, either by dancing, singing, reading a poem or by just taking part in the parade.


This year there have also been a few additions to the way this event has been organised in the past. We will be having a guest speaker, Diana Nguyen, coming in to perform during the assembly, as well as an opportunity for students to get temporary Henna tattoos for a small fee, as one of the cultural activities during the day. After the feedback received last year, the SRC have also decided to run food stalls again this year, giving everyone a chance to purchase a variety of different foods from various different cultures.


We are all very excited to be organising this special day, and we are looking forward to seeing you all dressed up on Multicultural Day.

Australian Mathematics Competition

One of the world’s largest school-based mathematics competitions with more than 14 million entries since 1978.


The Australian Mathematics Competition (AMC) was introduced in Australia in 1978 as the first Australia-wide mathematics competition for students. It has become the largest single event on the Australian education calendar, allowing students to attempt the same tasks on the same day in over 30 countries around the globe.


Running since 1978, the AMC is for students of all standards. Students are asked to solve 30 problems in 60 minutes (Years 3–6) or 75 minutes (Years 7–12). The problems are designed to test mathematical thinking rather than focus on calculations themselves, thus such questions are designed so that they can be answered just as quickly without a calculator as with one. The problems get more difficult through the competition, so that at the end they are challenging to the most gifted students. Students of all standards will make progress through the problems, and also be challenged along the way.


Carwatha College participated on Thursday 27 July 2017 with 44 of our secondary students participating in the competition. Competition results including certificates will be sent to the school in November. We wish our students much success and look forward to seeing this prestigious competition grow and attract more students participants in years to come.

Thank you to those parents and students that supported this event by registering and paying on time.


Joe Haddad

On behalf of the Mathematics faculty

Science Facts


Respite and Recreation Expo


Secondary News

Year 10

I would like to take this opportunity to welcome our year 10 students and families to Semester 2 of our exciting V1 program.

Semester one provided many new opportunities, challenges and successes along the way - Most certainly we witnessed growth and personal development in each of our children as they embarked on their first phase of V1.

All parents and students would have received Semester 1 reports, via compass, on the last day of Term 2. It is vital that all parents log into compass, view the reports and discuss it with their child.

I am very pleased to report that it has been a busy and relatively smooth start to Semester 2. Our year 10’s settled into their classes well. We welcome our newly enrolled students and look forward to witnessing their growth throughout the next two and a half years. So, to this extent I thank teachers, families and friends for assisting with uniform, books, technology, etc.. 

Throughout the last few weeks of Term 2 and the first two weeks of Term 3 all year 10 students had an interview with our MIPS Team. Our Senior School Course Expo was held last Wednesday evening. Next Thursday (3/8/17) will be the year 10 course selection interview day. It is expected that all parents and students would have read the reports, attended the course expo evening and arrive to their 15 minute interview ready to make informed decisions about next year’s subject selections.


Joe Haddad


Registrations for the 2017 ANCQ being held on Tuesday 1 August are now open.

The ANCQ is a great opportunity to promote chemistry and the role it plays in our society as well as providing a useful benchmarking resource for gauging the understanding your students have of chemistry. 

The Quiz consists of 30 multiple choice questions, taking approximately 1 hour, split into four divisions.  The age divisions are Junior Years 7 – 8, Intermediate Years 9 – 10, Senior Division Year 11 and Final Division Year 12.  The ANCQ can be taken either online or hard copy.


The cost per entry is $5.75 incl. GST.  Registrations for this competition close on Friday 2 June.


All students are awarded for their efforts and receive a Certificate of Participation; we anticipate that approximately 40% of entrants will receive Certificates of Merit to acknowledge their efforts at Credit, Distinction and High Distinction levels.  Students who obtain a perfect score of 30 out of 30, receive a Certificate of Excellence and a lapel badge.

The ANCQ is a truly International competition with translations into seven different languages.  The Quiz attracts over 110,000 entries from over 1,600 schools throughout Australia and 17 neighbouring countries.  We anticipate an even greater response for the 2017 Quiz, including entries from Austria and Germany.


To register for the 2017 quiz please visit and use the following information to log in.


Username:                          admin

Password:                           ancq2017

School Code                       317401


If you require any further assistance please contact the ANCQ schools coordinator at [email protected]


Kyla Crawford 

Primary News


Prep – 2/3A

Students in P/1M, 1/2Z and 2/3A have been focusing on designing a strong house to protect our Little Pig from the Big Bad Wolf. This fortnight students have been making their houses. Students have been thinking about how to join materials together and make the house the right size for the pig. It has been a big challenge to assemble their houses.

Next week the Big Bad Wolf is expected and students will get the opportunity to see how successful their design has been at protecting our Little Pig.


Grades 3L-6E

Students have been challenged to think about, redesign and improve some areas of our outdoor environment. Students will be guided through the Design Process to come up with a plan to improve their allocated space. Students will then have the opportunity to make a model, use computer images or other methods to demonstrate their design.

The focus areas for each grade are:


  • Synthetic grass area
  • Wall of P13
  • Concrete beside P13
  • Chess storage
  • Music Room wall



Garden bed alongside Mrs BW’s office

  • Four Square
  • Pavement near P-2 line up



  • Outside S block Undercover area  beside S block
  • Triangular garden bed
  • Pavement beside brick wall
  • Brick wall



  • Path between the water tank to the canteen
  • Under window sills along the back of S block



  • Grass area between P12 & Children’s Garden
  • Grass beside Children’s Garden


  • Behind the water tank
  • Garden bed


This fortnight students have brainstormed ideas for their space, thinking about how the space could be utilised and either made more functional or more FUN!

Stay tuned for the upcoming weeks as students start measuring and gathering data about their spaces to create their Design Plans.

Remember Remember

Please collect cereal boxes, muesli bar boxes, cardboard rolls, clean milk or soft drink bottles, bottle lids, egg cartons, plastic containers…. These materials are used for students to make their designs during STEM, as demonstrated by the Little Pig houses the Prep to Grade 2s are making.
Your assistance is required to keep a steady flow of these materials so students have a wide selection when making choices about their designs.



Art - Grades Prep/1M and 1/2Z

Heavy Machinery Drawing and Printing

Students learnt how to draw heavy machinery by looking carefully at the shapes and lines in pictures of trucks, earth moving equipment, cranes and other heavy machinery. They selected an image to recreate using a lead pencil. Afterwards, we used a variety of different tyres to print mud (brown paint) around the border of our drawing.


Primary Pe 

PREP-Grade 2 PE

The new favourite fitness game of students in Prep – Grade 3 Physical Education is Harry Potter Tag. The Slytherins (taggers in green colourbands) cast a “Glacious “(GLAY~CEE~US) or freezing spell on the Hogwart’s students. Harry or Hermoine in the Griffindor scarf must cast a “Finite”(fi-NEE-tay) spell on those petrified to release them back into the game. Everyone loves to be a student at Hogwarts P-12.

Bobbie Peters


Prep/1M Gymnastics

Students are working on fundimental skills  such as balancing, locomotion, jumps and safe landings. They are improving their skills on floor, beam, vault and rings.

Students were showing great improvement and are very keen to try new moves and routines.

Bobbie Peters

Primary Swimming Payments

  • Payments and Forms are due back on 3rd August 2017
  • Payments can be made through QKR.
  • On QKR, you have the option to select CSEF (if eligible) thereby giving an online consent for the event.

School Banking

We had a special visit from PAT the dollarmite dog in assembly today.

Pat was here showing students the wonderful prizes they can win with school banking.

School banking is a fantastic way to teach your child about earning and saviong money. 

For more information on school banking please contact the office or pop in to the Commonwealth bank Waverley Gardens.

Careers News

Careers News


Coming into Course advising interviews next week – some useful websites that students have been using are listed below. Parents are encouraged to look at these websites as well – lots of great information that can help with the decision making process!  - You can download the app (free) or use the website. Students are encouraged to use the prerequisite course explorer and nominate the year they will be entering tertiary study ie (2020 for this year’s Year 10 students). Important to look at prerequisite subjects and under additional selection requirements to see what Bonus subjects they look at.  -Most students should have created a log in this year or last. Parents can create an account if you would like to access the resource. – Great website where you can SEE and HEAR what a particular job is really about. There is also a great quiz to use as a starting point for future career ideas.  You will need to use the following log in details to access as the school has a membership.   

                                                               Log in: Carwatha   

                                                               Password: carwatha15


  • Year 12 VCE VTAC Day – Thursday 10th August – all day.  Guest Speakers will cover Centrelink payments for school leavers, Scholarships, Special Entry Access Schemes, VTAC applications, Monash Guarantee. Students wanting to apply for courses next year will set up a VTAC account and start to add courses they are considering. It would be great if all students can come prepared to make an online payment for their VTAC application – 2017 registration fee is $32.
  • TERTIARY OPEN DAYS START THIS WEEKEND  - Swinburne Uni  this Sunday 30th July – check their website!
  • Prerequisite conversations – Year 10 students have been having their Managed Individual Pathways conversations over the last 2 weeks. Students have been checking out what careers interest them and what courses they might like to study to reach that career goal. Students also explore what subjects are “prerequisite subjects”  that they need to study in order to be considered for entry into the courses they are looking at. It is very normal for students to change their ideas and as such are encouraged to keep their subject options open.
  • VCAL –Guest speakers from Skillinvest came out Thursday to meet with the VCAL students to explain what group employers do and how they assist students to gain an apprenticeship/traineeship.  Group trainers like Skillinvest (there are many others example MEGT, AGA, VACC, AIG) actually employ the student and then place them with a business to carry out their apprenticeship/traineeship. They pay the wages, handle work cover claims, monitor progress of apprentice, have routine visits and provide ongoing care of apprentice/trainee etc. The presentation was times perfectly for our students that are considering the next step in gaining apprenticeships at the end of Year 12.
  • Congratulations to Kian Harrison of Year 10 whose entry was selected in the competition to take part in the  Australian Business Community Network upcoming Entrepreneur Unleashed Program. Kian is only 1 of 20 students in Victoria selected to participate in the 2 day boot camp being held in the city during August and will have the unique opportunity to gain hands on experience in entrepreneurship and be mentored by professional entrepreneurs from Commonwealth Bank and Ernest Young.  Good luck with the next stage of the competition Kian we look forward to hearing about your amazing experience Kian!


Jodie McCarthy

Careers & VET Manager

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


Mon        31st              Pupil Free Day        


Tues           1st            Semester One High Achievers Assembly

                                        Football Academy Information Evening

Wed          2nd             V3 Year 12 2018 Course Counselling

Thurs        3rd             V2 Year 11 2018 Course Counselling

Fri               4th             V1 Year 10 2018 Course Counselling

                                        Presentation Ball Practice

Tues          8th             Casual Dress Day

                                        Presentation Ball Practice

Thurs      10th             Year 12 VTAC/SEAS Day

                                        Year 7 Melbourne Aquarium Excursion

Fri             11th             Presentation Ball Practice                    

Tues         15th             Presentation Ball Practice

Wed          16th            Year 8 Boys Futsal

Thurs       17th            Primary Science Fair

 Fri            18th            Presentation Ball Practice


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
uniform sec.pdf
unifrom prim.pdf
105 Mobile Phone Agreement - Primary.doc
Student Photo Form.pdf
Family Photo Form.pdf
Edrolo for VCE - 2016 Brochure - Email.pdf