Wantirna College Newsletter

09 September 2019
Issue Fourteen
Dates to Remember for 2019
Principal's Report
Year 11 Northern Territory Tour 2020
Artist of the Month
City Experience
MAV student games day
Health Centre
Word of the Week
Gala Concert
General Information
Year 12 VCE Study
Wantirna College
90 Harold Street
Wantirna, Vic, 3152

Dates to Remember for 2019

Term 3

Tuesday 10

Division Athletics


Wednesday 11

Parents Association Meeting, 7:30pm


Wednesday 18

GALA Concert 2019 Melbourne Recital Centre


Thursday 19

Student/parent teacher Interviews

Students not required at school other than interviews

Term 4

Monday 7

First day of Term 4


Tuesday 8

PoPA Committee Meeting


Friday 11

EMR Athletics


Monday 14

Year 12 Themed Dressed Day


Tuesday 15

Contemporary Band Program Showcase


Wednesday 16

Presentation Ball 2020 Information session - Year 10 students and parents 7.30pm in  Mason House

Parents Association Meeting, 7:30pm


Thursday 17

Year 7 & 10 Immunisations

VCE Dance Showcase

(Unit 2 & 4 Combined)


Monday 21

Art & Technology Showcase


Tuesday 22

Art & Technology Showcase


Thursday 24

Art & Technology Showcase


Friday 25

Art & Technology Showcase


Wednesday 30

VCAA/VCE Exams Start


Monday 11

Year 9 Camp


Tuesday 12

Music Information Night - 7.30p,m

Year 9 Camp


Wednesday 13

Year 9 Camp

Parents Association Meeting, 7:30pm


Thursday 14

Year 9 Camp

Mini Orientation Day


Friday 15

Year 9 Camp


Wednesday 20



Tuesday 26

Year 9 Drama Performances L1


Thursday 28

Year 9 Drama Performances L1


Monday 9

Year 10 Formal

Orientation Evening


Tuesday 10

Year 7 Orientation Day


Wednesday 11

Parents Association Meeting, 7:30pm


Friday 20


End of Term 4

2019 Term dates:

Term 1: 30 January  to 5 April

Term 2: 23 April to 28 June

Term 3: 15 July to 20 September

Term 4: 7 October to 20 December

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

Please note commencement dates and Curriculum days have not yet been finalised for 2020.

Principal's Report


Year 9 City Experience

One of the things (of which there are many!) that makes us a great school is the countless opportunities that students have to experience life and learning outside the classroom. The Year 9 City experience program exemplifies this with students venturing outside the traditional classroom and instead learning in places like the Shrine of Remembrance, MCG, Parliament House and the Queen Victoria Market. The week whilst exhausting for students (and teachers) also promotes the concept of giving students greater independence and being less reliant on teachers and parents.


One of the other things that makes us great is the willingness and enthusiasm of our staff to facilitate these kinds of learning opportunities. I would like to thank all staff who attended for their significant commitment to this program, and in particular, I would like to recognise and thank Joanna Karanikolopoulos for her leadership and supreme organisational skills.

Sister School Visit

Earlier this year, 15 of our Year 8 students and 3 staff ventured a long way north to visit our sister school in China, The International Bilingual Academy of Huizhou Number 1. Middle School. A couple of weeks ago we had the opportunity to reciprocate the visit when our students and families and school hosted students and staff from Huizhou. The Chinese students and staff began the visit at the school production which they enjoyed despite the language barrier.


The following Monday when they arrived at school they looked nervous, shy and not sure what to expect. At the end of the week, after 5 days of fun activities, excursions, classes and homestay with host families they were full of confidence with big smiles on their faces. This cultural exchange is another example of what we can offer our students outside of the normal classroom environment. We look forward to the next group of Year 8s (current Year 7s) taking this opportunity up again next year.


Thank you to the families who hosted our chinese visitors for the week, this was a significant commitment and it added significantly to their experience. A big thanks also to Catherine Ford, Carrie Wallis and Ray Wang for their leadership of this experience.

Maintenance funding boost

This week I received notification from Jackson Taylor MP that we would be receiving an additional $221,000 of maintenance funding for 2020. This significant investment from the government will help us continue to improve the learning and school environment for our students, staff and community. 

Year 11 Northern Territory Tour 2020

Northern Territory Tour

We are now calling for expressions of interest for the upcoming NT Tour for 2020. Departure dates are Saturday 20th June until Saturday 4th July. Parents and students interested can refer to the information outlined in the below. Please be advised that final payment prices are dependent on the number of students going. Parents wishing to pay can do so via the payment plan on Compass. Please be advised that the original letter sent out to students included the incorrect year, however the dates remain correct. Our apologies for the oversight. This has been amended in the attached letter. 

Letter for Parents

Dear Parents, Guardians and Year 10 students,


Expressions of interest for the Year 11 Northern

Territory Tour 2020

Wantirna College is pleased to announce that it will once again be offering 2020 Year 11 students the chance to join the annual Northern Territory Tour. The Tour will commence on Saturday 20th June and return 15 days later on Saturday 4th July. The Tour will take place during the last week of Term 2 and the first week of the school holidays.


The Tour provides students with a wonderful opportunity to experience the wonders of the Australian Outback. Highlights of the Tour include: Uluru, Kings Canyon, Katherine Gorge, jumping crocodiles, camel rides, bush tucker tour, Darwin Mindil Beach Market, Litchfield National Park and river cruises.

Based on the 2019 cost, the Tour has an estimated total cost of $2900-3200. Price is subject to change depending on student numbers and final costs of airfares.


This cost includes:

  • Coach travel
  • Meals
  • Accommodation
  • Entrance to all tourist attractions
  • Return flight to Melbourne
  • Camp hoodie, shirt and hat
  • Compulsory travel insurance

Accommodation is twin-share, in canvas tents. All meals are included, except meals between Melbourne and Uluru during the express overnight travel.


There will be a Parent Information Evening in May 2020 to answer any questions. Details for this event will be available on Compass closer to the date.


Determination of Places

In the event of there being more students interested in the tour than places available, a randomised process will take place to determine who will be offered a seat on the tour. Those students who were not successful will be offered a place on the waiting list and their deposit money will be refunded. The order of the waiting list will be determined by a random draw, and this list will be published.


Northern Territory Tour 2019 - 2020 Payment Details

This Tour is an extra-curricular activity and is therefore not compulsory.


College Council advises that parents should prioritise the payment of the Essential Curriculum and Service items before considering enrolling their child in extra-curricular events with charges. In order to ensure Wantirna College can continue to offer the rich programs offered currently, College Council actively promotes the payment of the Compulsory Essential Curriculum and Service Items, as outlined on the College Fees and Charges sheet, either via payment in full or through an agreed payment plan.


Payment plans need to be  agreed to, in advance with our Business Manager, Mr. Peter Cameron or Nerilee Fletcher and payments made by the due dates.


Airline seats are booked early, so to confirm the booking at the best possible price, we require a non-refundable deposit payment of $600 by Friday, 25th October. The final cost of the Tour will be confirmed once student numbers are established.


A schedule for payments is as follows:

Amount due:

Payment due:

$600 deposit (non-refundable)

Friday 25th October 2019


Thursday 6th February 2020


Thursday 5th March 2020


Thursday 9th April 2020

$600 – 800

Dependent on the final cost of the Tour.

Thursday 14th May 2020


All payments can be made on Compass. There will be three compass events, one for the deposit, one for the next three payments and a third, which will be made available to parents in May 2020, once the total amount has been finalised.


Please note that all payments MUST be finalised by Thursday 14th May 2020.


For more information relating to any of the above information, please don’t hesitate to contact Elaine Nieva at nie@wantirnacollege.vic.edu.au or Emily Lewis at lee@wantirnacollege.vic.edu.au


Elaine Nieva and Emily Lewis,  NT Tour Coordinators;  Andrew Lewis,  Assistant Principal

Artist of the Month

Septembers Artist of the month goes to .....

Congratulations to Jack Reynolds 9E for becoming Wantirna’ Artist of the month. To see Jack’s amazing Photography skills please head over to library where you will see his photo of display.  Congratulations!


The level of creativity was very high and we would like to take the time to thank all those who entered.


We look forward to seeing what students have to show next month. 


Kind regards,

Vicki Rumble

Arts and Technology


City Experience


Well done to all Year 9 students who attended the City Experience weeklong excursion last week, from Monday 26th to Friday 30st August!  It was great to see so many students acting as ambassadors for the College, showing respect and courtesy to the range of people that they met as they undertook their scheduled activities.


Over the course of the week we saw students build their independence, overcome fears, further develop and fine tune their team work skills, develop some important foundational knowledge of Melbourne, and build a more clear understanding of Melbourne as a society.  Students also met and interacted with a range of people whilst engaged in the program, which assisted them in collecting data to be able to respond to their big question: To what extent is Melbourne a well-functioning city that meets the needs of all Melbournians? 


Besides collecting information to assist them with their big question, students were actively engaged in their home group scavenger hunt, getting to know the city and developing their organisational and research skills by finding obscure things such as, ‘Melbourne’s version of Diagon Alley’ aka Centre Place, ‘the three businessmen who forgot their lunch’ and ‘a forest of bells’.  Class teachers are currently working out who the winning team in their home group is, and prizes for them and an overall year level prize will be issued by the end of term.


Whilst in the city, students visited the MCG and took a tour around the grounds and through the coaching and media rooms.  Some were lucky enough to run out onto the MCG grounds as well just like AFL players!  Students visited the Magistrates Court and came back with stories of crazy things that they’d heard people do that they were now paying the price for.  Students visited Eureka Skydeck and many conquered their fear of heights by undertaking the Edge experience.  Classes were introduced to real social issues by visiting Melbourne City Mission and their Front Yard Youth Services team.  A lot of walking was completed, as they went outside the boundaries of the CBD grid to visit the Shrine of Remembrance, the Queen Victoria Market and tour through the many hidden and not so hidden laneways of Melbourne.  Lastly, they strengthened their knowledge of democracy and our government processes through visiting Parliament House.


Now that everyone is back in the classroom, students are hard at work refreshing their knowledge of writing an essay, so that they can put all their data into a clear argument that answers their big question.  Having put their knowledge and learning in classrooms earlier this term into context by visiting the city, students are now much more confidently able to build an opinion and an argument on the nature of Melbourne as a city that functions to meet our needs.


Well done on a successful week Year 9s! 



Ms Joanna Karanikolopoulos




MAV student games day

We were lucky enough to participate in MAV’s annual Student Games Day which was held at Williamstown High School on Thursday the 15th of August. Our team consisted of ourselves, Chloe Jolme and Tain Corless. It was a great opportunity to meet other like minded (math) people and test our math prowess against theirs. The competition was friendly, and we left with more friends than when we had arrived. The questions challenged and stretched our thinking. From worded puzzles to ‘Make 24’ games, Hexagon races to Ken-Ken’s and a relay competition, we successfully finished 32nd out of the 64 schools. It goes without saying that a big shout-out is needed to Miss Lobriza who was our mentor throughout the entire day; thank you for taking us to such an incredible event! Also, we’d like to thank Mrs Carolan for being the driving force behind the more practical side of getting a Wantirna representation at the competition. The Games Day was an undeniable success and an experience that we all loved!!


Ben Hall and Emma Cameron 9S


On Wednesday the 28th of August, Leon, Tulio, Elijah H and I went with Miss Lobriza to MAV’S annual Student Games Day hosted by PEGS (Penleigh & Essendon Grammar) in Kelior East. The day consisted of problem-solving questions, puzzle questions and an assortment of games. Overall, we came 57th out of 98 schools. It was an amazing day despite the rain and the cold weather. It challenged all our brains and really pushed us to the limit.


Lachlan Lim 8S

On Wednesday the 28th of August, Leon, Tulio, Elijah H and I went with Miss Lobriza to MAV’S annual Student Games Day hosted by PEGS (Penleigh & Essendon Grammar) in Kelior East. The day consisted of problem-solving questions, puzzle questions and an assortment of games. Overall, we came 57th out of 98 schools. It was an amazing day despite the rain and the cold weather. It challenged all our brains and really pushed us to the limit.


Lachlan Lim 8S


Health Centre

Spring is here which means hay fever is not too far away….

Unfortunately, Education Department guidelines do not allow the Health Centre to supply anti-histamines to students.  If you suffer from hay fever, please complete a medication consent form and bring a supply of anti-histamines to the Health Centre that we can administer when needed.


Asthma often is worse with the pollens that spring bring. Everyone with asthma should have a reliever medication, such as Ventolin, to use whenever they experience symptoms.  If you need to use your reliever more than two days per week, other than before exercise, your asthma may not be well controlled and you should see you doctor.  If seeing your doctor please ask for an up to dated Asthma Plan and return it to the Health Centre.


Please follow the following link to access both the Medication Consent Form and Asthma Action Plans.



Eleanor Canning & Julie Dance

Health Centre

Word of the Week




To convert a verb or an adjective into a noun.  Nominalisation helps to achieve a more academic voice in writing. Across the College we are teaching this skill of nominalising to improve our students formal writing skills.  Have a go at the following activities:




























Nominalise the following sentences:

  1. In her book, Davidson promotes indigenous rights when she learns to respect and understand indigenous culture and tradition


  1. When Robyn meets Mr Eddie she realises how important it is to respect and understand the land.

Gala Concert

Gala Concert


Once again this year our annual Gala Concert will be held at the Melbourne Recital Centre on Wed 18th September. This concert will showcase our entire Performing Arts Faculty and celebrate the hard work and achievement of all our students this year.  Please join us for this amazing event - tickets are available through  https://www.melbournerecital.com.au/events/2019/the-gala-concert-2019





Career News

Mr Phil Newnham

Careers Counsellor

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 and Shane Kruger


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

Year 12 VCE Study

Study Support Sessions Tuesdays and Thursdays

The final examination period for Year 12 VCE is fast approaching and our Year 12 students are flat out finishing off their courses.  Over the last four weeks of their course students will be finalising their SACS, undertaking practice exams and guiding their own revision.  This can be overwhelming for some and it is important that we encourage the students to stay positive and keep focused.


To support students, the school is offering a number of initiatives and although these are voluntary in nature we would like parents to encourage their children to take full advantage of the opportunities.


Beginning Tuesday September 10 our teachers have kindly offered to run study support sessions for students after school for an hour (3:30pm-4:30pm).  These will run twice a week Tuesdays and Thursdays until the exams begin.  We currently have 24 teachers who have volunteered to be on hand to assist students with any of the following:

  • General study advice
  • Specific subject advice
  • Practice questions
  • Feedback
  • Revision Strategies that work
  • SAC preparation

Mr Murphy has also offered to keep energy up with a supply of Krispy Creme donuts.

All sessions are in the Senior Centre.


Knox Network VCE Lecture Series

There are many commercial companies that offer VCE revision lectures to students over the school holiday period. These usually cost somewhere in the vicinity of $50-$80 per lecture and require the students to travel to a central city location.  


This year the Knox Network of State Secondary Schools has put together a series of lectures in the first week of the holidays that are free of charge for our students.  They have sourced outstanding external educators for each session.  Students have been provided with the program of what is running when and should have already signed up for what they will attend. 


This is a fantastic opportunity to get ahead of the pack with no additional cost required.  Students will also be provided with study materials that they can take away with them.


All sessions  will run at 1330 Ferntree Gully Road Scoresby.  Bookings are required and should be made through Compass.

Revision Lessons and Practice Exams over the holiday break

In addition to the previous two initiatives a significant number of teachers have made themselves available over the second week of the holidays to run revision sessions and practice exams.  Again this is a fantastic chance for students to get some feedback and to be able to pinpoint the ares where they need to invest their energies in their revision.


we hope all year 12 students take advantage of these opportunities and put themselves in the best place possible to ace their exams.


Teachers running sessions will have advised students of times and dates during class time.

Year 12 Last Days

It is really important the the year 12 students keep focused until the very end.  It can be very tempting to begin celebrating the last of everything:  the last SAC, the last class, the last home group etc.  We have found through previous experience that this is detrimental to study and that it is important that students keep the celebration till after the exams.  We ask that parents talk to their children about the importance of staying the distance and on task until the very end.


As a result of wanting to keep students focused the key celebration of year 12 will be after the final exam.  This is the Year 12 Valedictory Dinner on Wednesday 20th November and will be held at:


The Grand

Cathies Lane,

Wantirna South,  3152


This is a great occasion where students, parents and teachers come together to celebrate the achievements of year 12 after the exams period is over.  Information regarding tickets and purchase price has been published on Compass.


Catherine Ford 

Assistant Principal 

Later Years


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