Collingwood College

13 December 2018
Issue Forty
Dates To Remember
School News
Kitchen Garden News
Community News
Collingwood College
Corner Cromwell St and McCutcheon Way
Collingwood, Victoria, 3066

Dates To Remember

Important Dates 2018

Term Dates 2018

Term 1: 29 January to 29 March

Term 2: 16 April to 29 June

Term 3: 16 July to 21 September

Term 4: 8 October to 19 December


Public Holidays 2018

Queen's Birthday: Monday 11 June

Melbourne Cup: Tuesday 6 November





Wednesday, 19 December

Last Day for Students (finish 3:00pm)


Thursday, 20 December

3-way conferences - 8:45am - 3:00pm (by appointment only)


Friday, 21 December 

3-way conferences - 8:45am - 12:00pm (by appointment only)



Wednesday, 30 January

Year 3-6, 7, 9 & 10 Students Start


Thursday, 31 January

Year 8, 11 & 12 Students Start



Friday, 1 February

Prep, Year 1 & 2 Students Start


Monday, 4 February

Student Photo Day

School News





Our school was lucky enough to have be involved in the 2018 Canine Comprehension Animal Assisted Therapy Program.  This program, which runs for 8 weeks, works with a tutor and a specifically trained therapy dog had great success in reducing students anxiety, helping them understand their learning, getting them to communicate more effectively and enjoying coming to school.  Our students have had a great time learning to train a dog, understand body language and even meditate around a dog! For more information


Jessica Kelly

Adolescent Health Nurse




A group of very kind Collingwood parents served a special morning tea for staff on Tuesday as a thank you for their work with all the students at Collingwood College in 2018. The teachers certainly appreciated the wonderful spread.




The College of Teachers performed St Brigid of Iona to an appreciative audience of students, families and staff in the Theatre this morning. This was their annual Christmas gift to the Collingwood College community. The play was followed by a shared breakfast in the Canteen. 




Instrumental Music Enrolments for 2019 - Limited Spaces Available - Enrol ASAP

Enrolments are now open for our 2019 instrumental music program.

Instrumental music lessons are offered to all students from Grade 3 onwards.  The study of a stringed instrument is compulsory for students participating in the Steiner Program from Grade 3 – 6.  Instrumental music lessons are also offered to students in the main program and secondary Steiner students as an optional extra-curricular activity.  The attached instrumental music enrolment form and a 50% deposit are required as soon as possible to secure your position in the 2019 program. Please complete enrolment online via compass or contact the office 


Secondary School Ensemble Program 2019 - Expression of Interest ASAP

In 2019 we are excited to be extending our instrumental music program to include Secondary School Ensembles.  Please see the attached form for further information and to express your interest in enrolling into the ensemble groups.  Expression of interest forms must be returned to the office ASAP


Parent Payment Charges 2019

2019 parent payment charges have been sent home with students and emailed home via Compass this week.  Payment can be made online via Compass, BPay or in person at the office with cash or eftpos. 

Payment plans can be completed by selecting the 'complete via payment plan' option in Compass with instalments due on the following dates:

25% Friday 7th December 2018

25% Friday 18th January 2019

25% Friday 1st February 2019

25% Friday 15th March 2019


Please contact the office on 9417-6681 if you require any further information.

Martina Owen

Business Manager





Dear Year 8 students and parents/guardians,

Great news for our upcoming Year 9 students. Collingwood College has initiated the 2019 Victorian Young Leaders to China Program preparation process!

We are very proud to say that this is the fifth time we have been selected to participate in this program. As you may all know we have successfully run an immersion and exchange program in China for the past decade, long before this program was offered by the government. This year, seventeen Year 9 students participated in the VYLC Program which was another resounding success. The group travelled across 9 separate cities which included language and cultural exchanges with our 6 sister-schools across various locations in China.

This program provides a great opportunity for our students to enhance their Chinese language ability and cultural understanding, which is a life-long rewarding experience for them.

Any student who is interested in the program and would like to apply should go to Will to get an application form.

Will Yue

LOTE Teacher





Please click on the attachment below to see a recently updated list of Stringed instruments for sale. If you have an instrument for sale please email Naomi at: [email protected]





Homework Club runs in the school library for secondary students from Monday - Thursday (3:00-5:00pm). 

Primary students are welcome to attend homework club with approval from their parents, the Principal, or the Homework Club Supervisor. 


English Support

If English is an additional language for you and you would like some extra support, book in for a one-on-one hour with a volunteer tutor. 

You can choose between three options: 

  • 1. Reading and Understanding
  • 2. Writing and Spelling
  • 3. Proof Reading and Planning

 To book a session, click on the following link and enter your details:

Hannah Young







Intensive English Language Program (IELP)

Our new on-campus Language Centre will open Term 1, 2019 (rooms 308 & 309) and will deliver an Intensive English Language Program (IELP) to support Collingwood’s international secondary students with their language development and emotional wellbeing.  Students will undertake a rigorous 20 week language program to acquire the skills and language proficiency needed for entering mainstream classes.  They will be actively assisted with their transition to studying in another country with a different school system with the aim of building confidence and school connectedness. The class will consist of no more than 15 students each semester.

The facility and resources will also be available to other English as an Additional Language (EAL) students; additional assistance and separate classroom instruction will be offered.  The Language Centre will benefit all students at Collingwood College by providing opportunities for intercultural relationships and enriched global understanding. This is very exciting news for our school community and we are looking forward to the centre opening.  More information will be provided about the Language Centre in upcoming newsletters.

Seven of our new Year 7 international students visited the Language Centre this week, while attending Orientation Day, and were very excited to discover that they will be ‘foundation’ students for the centre.  We welcome: Yuhao Luo, Ngoc Hai Nguyen, Zhile Huang, Meng Satya Ly and Thi Hoang Yen Co.

Lori Michael, Lucy Wang & Angie Pantelidis 

International Students’ Team.



Homework Club

International students are reminded that Homework Club is compulsory every Tuesday after school. During Homework Club, students have the opportunity to complete work and to be assisted by university students who come to tutor our students. Furthermore, students are reminded that they can organise through COMPASS one to one (1:1) language support and assistance with their EAL work.



Are you interested in

Hosting an International Student?

Collingwood College is looking for caring families or individuals who can offer accommodation to international students.


You may be eligible to become a host if you:

  • Can provide a caring, supportive, safe environment to a young person.
  • Can provide a clean, comfortable home and private bedroom.
  • Are fluent in English or native speakers of English.
  • Provide healthy food.

In return you will be rewarded with

  • Full Board Accommodation Payment.
  • Cultural enrichment.
  • A friend for your children.
  • A lifetime relationship.

If you are interested and would like more information contact

Collingwood College

Lucy Wang or Angie Pantelidis

Phone: 03 9412 7729 / 03 9417 6681


[email protected]

[email protected]






Exciting News from Your Friendly Canteen…..

We now have card payment facilities

Using ‘Square’

FINAL CANTEEN DAY FOR 2018 - Wednesday, 19 December

The canteen will be OPEN on the last day for students on Wednesday, 19 December.


Lisa, Jacky, Rebecca & Miriam

Kitchen Garden News

Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation Newsletter

Click HERE to read the December edition of the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation newsletter.


This Fortnight's Recipes


Our Baby Salad greens, Stuffed Eggs & Radishes


Pizza with Chard, Caramelised Onion, Sage & Ricotta


Roasted Pumpkin & Onion Wedges, Herbs & Balsamic Vinegar


Smashed broadbeans


Warm Potato Salad, Broad beans & Herbs



Grade 5&6 - Final Celebration Meal. Students have engaged in the Design Process, to research, design, create 6 dishes that adhere to the  constraints & consideration of the Design brief.


Bernice's Class 6- designed & created menu





Bernice's Class 6 last lesson - Creating their designed menu​



Mel & Ben's Grade 5-6 Last Lesson



Amy's Class 3 KG theory


Garden News


Oysters mushrooms grown by grade 5 & 6 classes in garden. Students cloned a bought mushroom onto a Petrucci dish.

The mycelium were grown out into sterilised wheat grain.
Students then fruited the mushrooms onto pasteurised straw.



Raspberry Harvest



Early Summer Flowers



About the Kitchen Garden Program

Collingwood College students participate in our Kitchen Garden Program as part of their school curriculum in Grades 3-6. Garden classroom occurs outside in all weather conditions, with students learning, exploring and practising the skills and knowledge to grow a diverse range of vegetables, fruit and herbs using organic growing methods. Students then harvest our seasonal produce for cooking a range of (95% vegetarian) delicious dishes in their kitchen classroom. The students learn and practise kitchen skills, techniques and terminology and also importantly, their communication skills, creativity and teamwork while dishes are being prepared.


Students, staff and volunteers sit at beautifully set tables sharing the dishes created, voicing opinions respectfully, as all students can benefit from sharing their individual learning efforts. Knowledge is documented in Kitchen garden books and shared to our school community via email, newsletter, display boards and importantly by our students.


For our students, an integral part of the enjoyment and richness of the classroom experience is the depth and loyalty of volunteering we have for our school program. These exceptional people of all ages, interests, backgrounds and skills ensure our curriculum goals are supported for our students.  Potential volunteers do not need garden or cooking experience! Attributes we seek are a personal interest to support our K.G program philosophy, assisting students in their learning around food diversity, seasonality, sustainability, garden and cooking skills. The K.G learning importantly supports and explores student’s emotional connection and enjoyment in regards to growing and cooking seasonal food. Good humour and the excitement of learning new skills and knowledge in a shared environment, the ability to commit to a day/time are also attributes we seek in our volunteers.


We welcome applications from persons in our school community, or friends/family who wish to apply to be a Kitchen garden volunteer. Please send an email to me at

[email protected]

(see forms below)


Please look at our school website (K.G page), if you are new to our school community for more information. Classes run in the kitchen Monday-Wednesday and garden Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.

For those who may want to support our students and teachers in another way-we are always thankful for people to garden outside class times or on other days. Please feel free to email me with any questions. Tours for potential volunteers will usually occur after school hours with arrangement.


With thanks,


Desley Insall

Kitchen Garden Specialist Teacher & Volunteer Coordinator


Volunteer Information Kit

Permission Forms, Media & Allergy for Volunteers




Tuning in to Teens is an evidence-based 6-week program for parents of pre/early-teens, to help understand the important developmental stage coming up, build a stronger relationship with their child and build their emotional intelligence.


There is a participant fee for this program, however I can definitely waive/discount this if it helps a parent to attend.

There is no additional support, such as interpreters or child minding, as part of this program. However if you know someone who would benefit from participating in the program but needs additional support, please do get in touch. There are a number of other programs organised in Yarra for 2019 so we can hopefully find a suitable program.


Program details

Dates: Tuesday evenings 6-8pm

Commencing 19 Feb, conclude 26 Mar

Venue: Richmond West Primary School, 25 Lennox Street, Richmond

Ideal for: Parents/carers of Gr 4-6 students at Richmond schools

Cost: $150 per couple / $100 per individual (can be waived)

Facilitators: Naomi Pullen (City of Yarra) & Naomi Gilbert (Relationships Australia Victoria)

Bookings: Visit and enter the password tint to reserve your place.

More information: Contact Naomi Gilbert on 0488 688 908 or [email protected]


Relationships Australia Victoria is running this program in partnership with City of Yarra & Richmond West Primary School as part of the Yarra Communities that Care initiative.

Jessica Kelly

Adolescent Health Nurse




The Community Asthma Program provides free asthma education and support for children (under 18) with asthma and their families. In Melbourne’s inner North and Western suburbs

An asthma educator works with children and their families to:

  • understand asthma, its signs and severity
  • identify triggers and learn how to control them
  • understand their medications and administer them correctly
  • develop a written asthma action plan
  • learn asthma first aid

The program is tailored to the individual child and family The Community Asthma educators are able to see children and parents/ carers at one of the many Cohealth sites or at home. The CAP educators are also able to visit schools, kindergartens and child care centres to educate staff to support the child.

To refer, fill out the attached referral or please contacts:

9448 6825 or [email protected]








Australian Multicultural Foundation (AMF) product called CyberParent which is an interactive learning tool that aims to teach parents and families about how to use the internet safely. The app was launched in 17 different languages and AMF has received overwhelmingly positive responses from the community. Since then, AMF has developed a downloadable version of CyberParent, which has just been released on the Apple App Store.


CyberParent is available in 17 different languages, which can be found in different language packs on the App Store. This includes: 

Central Asia: 
- Dari | دری
- Farsi | فارسی 
- Pashto | افغانی
- Urdu | اُردُو


CyberParent is available to download from the App Store today! Click below to download now:





Not sure what this is? Here is some information from the governments e-safety site






As Australia’s largest national education-oriented charity, we support disadvantaged Australian children to participate fully in their education, giving them the best chance at breaking the cycle of disadvantage. Our learning support and mentoring programs help children in need to fit in at school, keep up with their peers, and build aspirations for a better future for them. The smith Family can provide financial support for families and children in need to assist them through school and education.

To get in touch with the Smith Family go to:

Or call them on; 1300 326 459


Headspace is the National Youth Mental Health Foundation providing early intervention mental health services to 12-25 year olds, along with assistance in promoting young peoples’ wellbeing. This covers four core areas: mental health, physical health, work and study support and alcohol and other drug services.  

Information and services for young people, their families and friends as well as health professionals can be accessed through this website; , headspace centres, online counselling service eheadspace, and postvention suicide support program headspace School Support. 

Ph: 1800 650 890.


Since 1877, Berry Street has chosen to work with children, young people and families, with the most challenging and complex needs, including those for whom we are often the last resort. Last year, we helped over 18,000 of the most disadvantaged children, young people and families across our community.

We believe all children should have a good childhood, growing up feeling safe, nurtured and with hope for the future.

Services include; Family services (ChildFirst), Education and training, Family violence, Foster and Kinship care, residential care and youth services.

To contact Berry Street go to their website or call them on; 9429 9266


3 million Australians are living with depression or anxiety

Beyondblue provides information and support to help everyone in Australia achieve their best possible mental health, whatever their age and wherever they live.

Beyondblue has a 24hour helpline 1300 22 4636 and their website is



The Centre for Multicultural Youth is a Victorian not-for-profit organisation supporting young people from migrant and refugee backgrounds to build better lives in Australia.

Their purpose is to ensure that young people have every opportunity to succeed in Australia. Through a combination of specialist support services, training and consultancy, knowledge sharing and advocacy, we are working to remove the barriers young people face as they make Australia their home


Community News


Inner South East Metro region we are running 2x School Holiday Programs throughout January with the Melbourne Stars and Melbourne Renegades. Please click on attachments below for more information.


**Any participant that signs up to a Holiday Program prior to December 10, 2018 will receive a Family Fun Pass including 4x General Admission passes to a Melbourne Stars or Melbourne Renegades home match.

Andrew Warrick                                                                    Participation Officer - Inner South East Metro




Photo: Sustainability Awards 2014


Want to influence positive environmental change? Live, work or study in Darebin or Banyule?

Learn about project management, leadership, grant writing and more, then run a community project. Community groups are encouraged to apply.

Applications close: Thursday 3 January 2019.

For more information: or [email protected] , 8470 8405.





Click HERE  to read what's on in DECEMBER.




If your child is ready to start swim lessons ore needs a change, there are places available for 2019 at the Jan Grutzner Swim School, located at the warm, clean, private pool at Epworth Hospital, (on-site parking available).


I have over 40 years experience, and cater for 3 year old beginners right through to pre-squad level. Check my website for further information, (, and give me a call to arrange a visit or assessment.


Looking forward to meeting you,

Jan Grutzner






The Girls Do Jazz short course studio program was created in 2018 to adjust a gender imbalance within the jazz and music industry. Due to its huge premier success we are delighted to be bringing Girls Do Jazz back in it's sophomore year for 2019 - with enrolments open now!
Want to be inspired, get more involved in the world of jazz and improvised music, foster relationships with emerging and established musicians, engage with a likeminded creative community and develop your musical skills and career path through informal performances, rehearsals and discussions? 


[email protected]




Do you have existing musical ability?  Are you interested in jazz and improvisation?  Join VCA's Youth Jazz Ensemble Studio and take your musical creativity to the next level.  

Located in the arts precinct at Southbank, this part-time year-long program for young adults will help you enhance your musical knowledge and understanding alongside ensemble, improvisation and performance skills. Each weekly session includes a Fundamentals of Improvised Music class followed by a practical Small Ensemble session.

Gain practical experience through guided performance practice and an end-of-year public performance, learn from professional musicians and educators, collaborate with like-minded musos and have fun.


Saturdays: 10am - 1pm
23 February– 26 October  2019

(excludes breaks and public holidays)

Prior musical ability is required, as this course is designed for those who would like to develop their skills and ideas further.  
Perfect for those intending to audition for tertiary courses in future.
This course is suitable for 15 – 20 year olds.

Places are limited.


Second Chance Early Bird $2,250

Second Chance Early Bird closes 7 January 2019
Full Fee: $2,400


[email protected]





Join the mailing list for the Yarra Youth Arts E-News for young people and parents. You can subscribe through the City of Yarra website at the bottom of the page: 





The Collingwood toy library is a community-owned resource for families in the City of Yarra and surrounding areas, operated on a non-profit basis and managed by a committee of volunteer members who are elected annually.

We are getting in touch with local schools in the area to promote our activities and resources for school-age children.

We have recently added a large collection of  board games for school-aged children and more games in foreign languages including Chinese, French, German, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Spanish and Vietnamese. We also have a board games club and holiday activities, as well as other family-friendly community events throughout the year.


Collingwood College
Melb Renegades Holiday Program - Edinburgh CC.PDF
Melb Stars Holiday Program - Monash Tigers CC.PDF
Instrumental Music Enrolment form 2019.pdf
Secondary School Ensembles2019.pdf
Instruments for sale - UPDATED 19 November.pdf
Term 4 Collingwood College Menu.pdf
Jindi eggs.pdf
CAP self and family referral.pdf
Our Baby Salad greens, Stuffed Eggs & Radishes.pdf
Pizza with Chard, Caramelised Onion, Sage & Ricotta.pdf
Roasted Pumpkin & Onion Wedges, herbs & Balsamic Vinegar.pdf
Smashed broadbeans.pdf
Warm Potato Salad, Broad beans & Herbs.pdf
Volunteer Information Kit Collingwood College.2018 doc.pdf
Permission forms-media & allergy for volunteers 2018doc -.pdf
Instrumental Music Enrolment form 2019.pdf
Secondary School Ensembles2019.pdf
Instruments for sale - UPDATED 19 November.pdf
Term 4 Collingwood College Menu.pdf
Jindi eggs.pdf