Newsletter Term 1 2024

Secondary Report Term 1 2024

After a successful 2023, we have started the 2024 year in the same way. It is with great excitement and pride we announce that Blackburn won the first big house event of 2024, the House Swimming Carnival. Our collective efforts, determination and spirit propelled us to victory, showcasing the true essence of teamwork and camaraderie. Congratulations to everyone from Blackburn who got involved in the day and contributed to winning the day.

With the introduction of a fifth homegroup in 2024, students have had the opportunity to engage in an array of home group team building activities to foster new relationships and to create memories together. From collaborative challenges to laughter-filled moments, these activities have not only been enjoyable but have strengthened the sense of belonging within our house community.

A focus for 2024 has been recognising and celebrating our students who demonstrate positive behaviours and learning within our College community. Positive House Points are awarded to students by our staff when they model our school values – Respect, Commitment, Team Work and Excellence.

Congratulations to the following Blackburn students who have been identified by staff as going above and beyond in this area and have received the most points in Blackburn:

  • Primary – Adia Phua (Grade 3)
  • Secondary –Tonu Peni (Year 7)

A huge congratulations to the following students who have been selected as Learning House Ambassadors for 2024. We look forward to working with you all throughout this year to continue to make Blackburn a great house!   

  • Blackburn Primary House Ambassadors – Neloofar Fidaei and Reya Iumae Reya
  • Blackburn Secondary Junior Ambassadors – Indie Bateson, Madhulika Balijepally, Isabella McIvor and Madison McIvor
  • Blackburn Secondary Senior Ambassadors – Seneja Alles, Rudrani Balijepally, Austin Tran, Pema Yangzom

We look forward to the upcoming house week, where we celebrate all things Blackburn. We hope to have an extraordinary week filled with a plethora of fun-filled activities and opportunities that showcase our special house and all it stands for. All fundraising efforts from the week will go towards the Royal Children’s Hospital. We hope all members of our school community embrace the essence of community, support and inclusivity throughout Blackburn Week.

We are also looking forward to House Cross Country on the last day of term! Let’s hope we can bring home the second carnival of the year. Good luck to all students involved in the day.

Ms Farrington-WIllimas, Mrs Rentzis, Ms Hrissinis

We’ve been excited to welcome many new people to Chang in 2024. Along with our new Preps and Year 7’s, we also have a lot of new Chang students across the other year levels. In our Primary area, Miss Kavanagh takes on the role of Chang Leader, and Mr Amante is the new Assistant Head of House in Secondary.

A new year also means a new Chang Ambassador Team. Congratulations to the following students who were successful in the application process. We are confident you will represent the Chang students well:

Senior Ambassadors – Sofia Kaur, Glenn Ng, Amelia Watson, Bhargav Vidya Shankar

Junior Ambassadors – Abby Baker, Michael Harding, Lachlan Ng, Andrew Souvatzis

Primary Ambassadors – Annie Hrant, Ava Metcalfe

The Chang House have got off to a great start to the year, competing well in every event so far. Our efforts at Swimming sports were sensational with so many students participating in whichever way they could, only just missing out on the win in the final moments of the day!

Our students continue to show the school values in a range of ways, with teachers recognising those who display them to a high level with individual house points. Well done to the Chang students who’ve achieved the most house points over the first 7 weeks of the school year.

Junior Primary – Luis Papa, Candice Kadenge

Upper Primary – Zaedon Asquith-Mcleod, Liyana Ali, Kuda Marembo

Junior Secondary – Mueez Ali, Michael Harding, Tristan Kadenge, Taylan Nguyen

Senior Seconday – Chuong Le, Sash Mirkovic, Aushyn Taurima-Maea

We look forward to continuing to celebrate our Chang students achievements throughout the year!

Mr Roberts, Mr Amante and Miss Kavanagh

What an amazing start to the year for our Cowan Learning House students! All of our Cowan students have demonstrated incredible teamwork, pride and peer support in all Home Group activities, College events, and also in their daily school life.

It is this culture amongst our students that led to a very good participation rate by Cowan in the College Swimming Carnival and a great start to the Learning House Positive Point competition. More importantly, it is what has led to the continuing strengthening of respectful relationships between students in different year levels, with many students taking on varied and exciting new leadership opportunities and achieving personal triumphs in the areas of academic and sporting excellence.

A focus for the start of the year has been on recognising and celebrating students demonstrating positive learning and social behaviours.  Learning House Positive Points are awarded to students by staff when they model the School Values - Respect, Commitment, Team Work and Excellence – inside and outside of the classroom.

Congratulations to the following Cowan students who have been identified by staff as going above and beyond in this area:

Highest individual Points:

Primary – Aaron Sajadi (Grade 3)

Secondary – Jessica King (Year 7)

Also, congratulations to our Learning House Ambassadors who have shown exceptional leadership qualities in the organisation and running of activities for new Year 7 students, facilitating House Assemblies and leading House pride during the College Swimming Carnival. These students are true role models of our School Values.  We would like to thank them for their work so far and are extremely excited to see their vision for the reminder of the year come to light. Well done:

Cowan Primary Ambassadors – Sophie Doleman and Belma Mujaric

Cowan Secondary Junior Ambassadors – Sabra Tavinor, Jessica King, Louisa Cui and Rayyan Cader

Cowan Secondary Senior Ambassadors – Ivona Sukurica, Kiara Dissanayake, Montana Manga and Sienna Brunning

The term has been packed with incursions, excursions, camps, events and carnivals and we know, like us, our Cowan Learning House students will be looking forward to what Term 2 has to bring. We hope all our students have a restful break over the holidays in preparation for what will be another great term together.

Ms Andrew, Ms Witt and Mrs McPhie

What a busy start to the year we are having! Swimming Carnival and Homegroup challenges to name a few of the activities we have seen.

Congratulations and welcome to Mabo Learning Ambassadors, Eliza Chew, Lily Perceval, Ayman Hawili, Nazanin Rostomi, Hassan Hassan, Beiju Tyab, Keira Chew and Layla Widan.

It has been very reassuring to read and see how well our students are engaging with their homegroup teachers, and to see the relationships that are being built.

The Swimming Carnival was a massive day of fun in the sun! It was great to see so many students getting involved in races, novelty activities and cheering on their team! It was also a very successful day with Mabo learning house finishing third overall on the day.


We also recently participated in Blackburn week, which has been great with students wearing read, making green Mabo bracelets, eating ice-creams and hopefully winning the homegroup events.

We are looking forward to Mabo week next term, along with the Athletics Carnival and Cross Country.


Mr Hammond, Ms Go and Ms Bishop

Our Year 7s have hit the ground running! Already, they are confidently finding their way around the school, they have submitted assessment tasks, sat NAPLAN, and they are slowly getting better at organising themselves for each class.

We have held the Year 7 Wellbeing Day, where students thought about their goals and how to be a successful high school student. They also learned about different ways of dealing with stress, worry and friendships. The Year 7s also battled it out in some House challenges with Cowan students winning the day for their Learning House.

This term we’ve also had a workshop on keeping safe online, a presentation on violence never being the answer, and plenty of fun events like the Swimming Carnival, Interschool Sport, Cross Country and Blackburn Week. One term of high school down, many more to come…

Year 9 Science
Students in Year 9 completed a practical where they had to mix vinegar and baking soda and see the effect it had on a balloon. This created an acid-base reaction which produced carbon dioxide that caused the balloon to inflate!

Ms Toul - Science Teacher

It has been a great start to the year in the area of Secondary PE and Health. The junior years (7-9) predominantly focus on their physical health in the PE practical classroom and learn about all the dimensions of Health in their theory lessons.

The PE/Health domain has many other areas that allow Carwatha students to explore a range of activities that contribute to their overall health and well-being, such as, Outdoor Education & Environmental Studies at VCE level and an elective, Recreational Pursuits, at Year 10. These subjects give students great opportunities outside of school and many physical activity experiences they may not otherwise get the chance to experience.

Both Outdoor Ed students and Rec Pursuits have been surfing as well as partifcipating in many local activities such as Archery, Trampolining and a visit to Lysterfield Lake.

The VCE PE classes have been learning about Human Movement in greater depth, as well as exploring Biomechanical Principles (such as Impulse). They will often combine fun, practical learning, like the recent egg activity, where many concepts were investigated.   

Mr Collings

It has been a massive term of sport at Carwatha! We have had our P-12 Swimming Sports Day and will have our Cross Country Lap-a-thon on the last day of term!

We have also had our Greater Dandenong Division Round Robin Sport days for all secondary year levels.

We have sent out Year 7 boys and girls volleyball teams, Year 8 boys and girls volleyball teams, as well as Senior (Year 11/12) and Intermediate (Year 9/10) volleyball teams as well. Although we didn’t win any pennants this term, most of our teams were extremely competitive and finished between 3rd and 5th at all of these events.

The most pleasing aspect of sport this term was the commitment of the players. Mr Pieta has been running an afterschool Volleyball Practice Session for any secondary student wishing to improve their volleyball skills and gameplay. This session has had as many as 40 students staying behind on a weekly basis, which is fantastic! We hope to continue these sessions every Thursday next term and I’d like to thank Mr Pieta for giving up his time.

The other positive is the behaviour, sportsmanship and attitude demonstrated on these sport days. We are always proud of the way our Carwatha students represent the College in sport and on excursions. It makes the time commitment of the teacher/coaches worthwhile. I would also like to thank all the coaches and teachers who have given up their time to coach this term; Miss Farrington-Williams, Miss Weller, Miss Opperman, Mr Pieta and the student coaches also…Brian and Brenden Luc, Nhiessen, Mele and Emania and all of the other random helpers we had throughout the term.

Speaking of awesome behaviour and fun…the Swimming Carnival was very well attended and everyone had a great time. We had some brilliant individual efforts and we also had some house fun with the novelty events at Secondary and Primary levels.

The age group champions are below along with the overall House points. Congratulations to all students who participated on the day, and the staff that did an amazing job planning, supervising, assisting, running events and programs…these days cannot run without your enthusiasm and effort!



 Primary Champions:

Zaedon Asquith-McLeod

Amalia Mao


12/13 Age Group: Abdullah Dervisbegovic and Selina Al Hajj

13 Age Group: Chan Yoon

14 Age Group: Chris Nguyen and Yuhansa Amarasekara

15 Age Group: Ashley Zhou

16 Age Group: Mai Vu

17 Age Group: Frank Gu and Kiera Chew

Open: Hoang Vu


1st Place: Blackburn 1280

2nd Place: Chang 1234

3rd Place: Mabo 1128

4th Place Cowan 857


THANKS EVERYONE! We can not wait until next term! The sports will be Soccer, Badminton, Netball and Division/SMR Cross Country.

Mr Collings 

It has been a very busy term at Carwatha Careers! We would like to introduce a new Careers team at the school – new staff member, Celine Hong and returning staff member, Dianne Salmon. We will both be running the Careers Office at Carwatha this year.

Early in the term, Year 9 students sat their "My Career Insights Morrisby Profiling Assessment". This is a very long and full-on online aptitude assessment run by CEAV, and the Year 9’s took on this challenge without complaint! Following this, year 9 students will receive individual counselling with a professional careers counsellor in Term 2 to review their aptitude assessment and discuss future careers and jobs. We look forward to the results that come from this assessment as the Year 9’s begin their long journey of planning for a ‘career’!

A group of Year 10-12 female students had the opportunity to attend a “Women in STEM” luncheon and workshop run by Casey Tech in Berwick to celebrate International Women’s Day. This was an absolutely amazing day for our students who received lunch, an inspirational speech from Dr. Morley Muse and a series of workshops in STEM areas. Our group was chosen to do VR in space – looking at blackholes and amazing phenomenon that occurs beyond our planet.

We had the opportunity to welcome Access Monash to our school. A group of students from Year 11-12 had applied to join the Access Monash Mentoring Program. This a great program where our students are paired with a mentor Monash University student who stays with them throughout the year. The mentor helps them with all things VCE and university, to help them get through a very busy time of their life. We conducted our in-school launch where Monash students and Carwatha students mingled, completed a series of activities and received some freebies to start off the mentoring process for the year.

We finished off the term with the Monash Koorie Experience Day at Monash University, Caufield Campus. Our Indigenous and Torre Straight Islander students were invited to Monash University faculty of Art, Design and Architecture to participate in a series of workshops and a luncheon with Monash students.

We look forward to a very exciting and jam-packed Term 2 at Carwatha Careers!

We invite all families and students to explore our Careers website at

Carwatha Careers

Ms Hoang - Careers 

Primary Report Term 1 2024

We have had a fabulous start to 2024!

We have all started the year by making new friends and learning many new things together.

We have been learning how to get along with our friends, show respect towards each other and how to show our commitment to our learning.

Here are a few comments from the students…

Alex – I want to learn to read.

Hunter – learning my words and reading is fun.

Lexi- I love playing with my friends.

Asees- I love Mrs McPhie and learning.

Ella – I love the whole school and my friends.

Shakira – I love learning my Golden words.

Arlo – I love playing with my best friends and going to sport.

Celina – I love meeting my new friends Maja and Madison.

Taylin- I am trying my best to write my letters.

Khitam- I love seeing my teachers.

Maja- I love playing with my friends.

Muhammed- I like the playground and soccer.

Jordan- I love P.E.

Jovan – I like soccer and lunch orders.

JoHana loves writing.

Allira likes playing with her friends at lunchtime.

Jakob loves everything about school and learning new things.

Madison enjoys playing with her amazing new friends.

We have been busy learning the letters of the alphabet. We are enjoying reading books together and making personal connections to the story. We have also been making predictions about what might happen next or what will happen at the end of the story.

Every student has tried their best to write about their experiences, both at school and on the weekend. We have been learning to use capital letters and full-stops correctly. Everyone has tried to write the sounds we have been learning and they have drawn a picture to match.

In Maths, we have been working on counting to 20 and skip counting to 100. It has been amazing to find out what students already know about numbers. We have had a big focus on writing numbers to 10 correctly and we will then begin to practise writing two-digit numbers correctly.

What do you love about Maths…

Lexi loves counting to 20

Ella enjoys making the number with popsicle sticks

Alex likes completing pages in his Number book.

Everyone has enjoyed the Specialist classes. Performing Arts has been a particular favourite with singing and role playing. Students have enjoyed learning new vocabulary to describe the weather in STEM. In P.E, everyone has had fun riding bikes, learning to throw and catch and how to be a good sport.

The first term in our new class is almost over! We have enjoyed many special events, including Twilight Sports, Swimming Carnival, Meeting our Grade 6 Buddies and celebrating Blackburn Week. It has been busy and loads of fun! I can’t wait to see how we all challenge ourselves and succeed in Term 2!

Thanks for your support.


Mrs McPhie - Classroom Teacher

Prep C have had a wonderful start to the school year!  They have demonstrated so much passion and excitement for their learning and have made some amazing progress in their first term of Primary School! They have settled in nicely to classroom routines and have quickly become members of the Carwatha P-12 community.

This Term we have achieved a great number of things as a class. We have been working hard every day on our reading and writing by learning the letters and their sounds. We have even started to use them to help us write about our experiences and read stories. In Numeracy, we have learnt our numbers up to 20, and can count by 10s to 100! 

In addition to all this hard work in the classroom, Prep C have been very lucky to have participated in some exciting events this term! We went to Twilight Sports and the Swimming Carnival. We had loads of fun swimming all day and playing games with our friends. In Prep, we also have Buddies. We got to have a special Buddy picnic together so we could learn more about our Buddies. They wrote us some lovely letters about themselves that we got to keep and take home!

What an eventful term we have had! We are looking forward to the many exceptional things we will do next term!

Mrs Coleman - Classroom Teacher

What an incredible start to the school year for 1A! I am so excited to be teaching our awesome students this year. They all look so smart in school uniform and have settled in quickly to the routines at school and our very new classroom. They are feeling safe and happy at school and are building strong friendships.

We have had many exciting learning experiences in our classroom this term. We started with a huge focus on getting to know each other and our school values. I am so proud of our students who are doing their best to show excellence, commitment, teamwork, and respect.

I am so impressed with how our students have been using the reading strategies they are learning, and the reading routines they are developing at home. They love writing stories and recounts. They are so proud of their remarkable efforts. Our students have amazed me with their Mathematics abilities in Number and Place Value and Data Representation and Interpretation. They love singing songs and listening to stories.

Twilight Sports was one of our highlights this term. It was good to meet our students' families. Our students enjoyed the fun activities and of course we all enjoyed the sausage sizzle. The Swimming Carnival was such a relief for us on a sweltering hot day! Our students had so much fun cooling off in the cold water.

Thank you, parents and carers, for your continual support in our learning programs and activities. We are really looking forward to many exciting activities and learning next term.

Enjoy the term break and Easter, if you are celebrating!

Mrs Abraham - Classroom Teacher

1/2O have made a wonderful start to the year and have had a fantastic first term of school! 1/2O have settled nicely into classroom routines. They have shown great interest and engagement in their learning, have begun to grow as learners and as members of Carwatha College P-12.

This term we have achieved a great number of things as a class. We have been building positive relationships, working hard every day on reading strategies and writing. Students have completed some fantastic narrative stories, and have written very persuasive texts about which animal would make the best pet. We have been doing some fantastic work in Maths, learning about Place Value and investigating different numbers and patterns. We have also started our Mandarin lessons and learning about making good choices in Integrated Studies.

In addition to all our hard work in the classroom 1/2O have also been working hard in their Specialist classes.

What an eventful term we have had! We are looking forward to the many exceptional things we will do next term.

Miss Oxley - Classroom Teacher

2G have had a fantastic start to the year. They are experts in our classroom routines and have been showing our school values of respect, teamwork, commitment and excellence. It has been wonderful to see how enthusiastic and engaged 2G have been in their learning.

This term, in Writing, 2G created some amazing narrative stories, convinced me with their persuasive texts and wrote a procedural text on how to make delicious fairy bread. Reading has been equally fun, focusing on reading fluently, close reading, solving words and learning the difference between fiction and non-fiction texts. In Mathematics, 2G have been improving their Place Value skills, investigating numbers and creating surveys to help them with Interpreting and Representing Data.

As well as the hard work 2G have been doing in our class, they have also been loving their Specialist subjects; Drama, Sport, PE, STEM, Mandarin and their visits to the library.

2G have helped create an incredible learning environment, where we are all supportive of each other and strive to make growth in our learning. I am so proud of 2G, and I can’t wait to see all the amazing things we do in term 2.

Miss Gardner - Classroom Teacher

3W have had a very positive start to the school year. All students have settled in well, have great routines and are coming into school with a smile on their faces every day.

Our Integrated topic for this term has been ‘Civics and Citizenship’. Students have been learning about rules and laws and our constitution, alongside the traditions and celebrations of other cultures.

Place Value, Data Interpretation and NAPLAN preparation have been the key focuses of our Mathematics lessons this term. The engagement and development shown by 3W has drawn positive comment from many teachers.

3W have demonstrated positive skills, energy and enthusiasm in our Literacy learning this term. Writing has provided the students an opportunity to demonstrate their narrative, persuasive and procedural writing skills. In particular, many amazing stories have been written.

There have been many events throughout the term that have given the students a reason to be active and positive in school. Among these the Swimming Carnival, CFC cup and Blackburn Week have been firm favourites with 3W students.

Mr Wixon - Classroom Teacher

3/4 P have made a terrific start to the school year. All students have settled in well and have devleoped great routines for coming to school each day.

Our Integrated Studies topic for this term has been ‘Civics and Citizenship’. During our Integrated Studies periods, students have been learning about rules and laws, democracy and different cultural backgrounds of people in our community.

During Mathematics, students have developed their skills in the topics of Place Value and Data Interpretation. They continue to amaze us with their growth in these concepts.

During Literacy, students have developed their confidence in writing both  narrative and persuasive pieces. They have also worked on reading fluently and solving unfamiliar words while reading.

We have had a few special events, which have definitely been the highlights of the term for the students, these have included Valentine’s Day Biscuit Decorating, the Swimming Carnival, Blackburn Week and the Police Officer Visit.

Here is what some students from 3/4 P have had to say about the start of the school year:

  • I’ve learnt how to be a fast swimmer at the Doveton Pools- Zaedon
  • It’s fun when we go to the Swimming Carnival and race- Sasa
  • I enjoyed the Swimming Carnival- Allira
  • I’ve improved my handwriting- Atilla
  • I’ve enjoyed learning and going to different teachers for maths groups. I have also enjoyed being in Grade 4 and doing more challenging work- Queeniolani
  • I’ve learnt about data and enjoyed helping the Grade 3s. I have also enjoyed having different teachers for different groups. - Ezarae
  • I’ve enjoyed going to maths groups and being a role model for the Grade 3s- Star
  • I’ve enjoyed seeing my friends- Mariel

Ms Pritchett - Classroom Teacher

4/5B students have had a fabulous start to the year. They have thoroughly enjoyed settling in to our new classroom and their classes. Term 1 has had lots of fun events, and it’s been great to see our students participating enthusiastically.

This term, we have focused on Place Value in Numeracy. Students learnt about the place value system and how to apply this knowledge to different mathematical concepts. They have also learnt about different types of graphs and how to construct and interpret them.

In Reading, they have learnt about monitoring their understanding, correcting errors, and adjusting to reading different text types. They have also focused on using different strategies to help them read and understand new words. It has been great to see their enthusiasm to borrow books from the library and to share their recommendations with each other.

We have had a strong focus on students’ readiness to learn for each period at school. Students monitor their own thoughts and feelings about learning, and they have been developing strategies to help them overcome any challenges, so they are ready for learning.

The College Swimming Carnival was definitely a highlight for students. They participated in all events enthusiastically and displayed a strong sense of house spirit throughout the day.

In Respectful Relationships, students have focused on Emotional Literacy. They have learnt about different things that can trigger emotions in their classmates, both in the classroom and in the yard, and they have learnt how to understand body language. Students created some great short plays about recognising other people’s emotions which has assisted them to care for their peers.


Ms Bishop - Classroom Teacher

We have been learning a lot throughout Term 1 in 5/6T. We started the year doing exciting getting to know you tasks, such as a team cup stacking challenge, and have since done many other fun activities. Our visit from State Parliament member Eden Foster, an incursion about the Parliament of Victoria, and the Swimming Carnival have been highlights.

During Literacy this term, students have learnt how to write engaging narratives and interesting persuasive pieces. We have also looked at procedural writing, where we have practiced following recipes. In our reading lessons, students have learnt strategies to solve words that they are unsure of, to read fluently and to adjust their reading for different text types.

In Maths, students have delved into Place Value, Investigations, and Statistics. The students looked at how Place Value extends into both smaller and larger numbers. They also learnt how to display information in graphs.


Ms Brady - Classroom Teacher

We have had a busy and exciting Term 1 in 5/6K! The students have participated in lots of fun activities including fairy bread procedural writing, incursions about Parliament house and meeting MP member Eden Foster.

During Literacy this term, students have learnt how to write detailed persuasive pieces, focusing on a topic that each student was passionate about. In reading lessons, students have learnt to search for evidence to answer questions and define language that they may not have come across before.

In Maths, students have worked with the topics of Number, Data and Sstatistics. The students looked at number lines and worked with decimal number patterns. They also learnt how to sort information into graphs and tables.

5/6K have had a great first term and we all can’t wait for Term 2!

Ms Kavanagh - Classroom teacher

Over the past term, our junior students from Prep to Year 2 have been engaging in a range of Physical Educational classes focusing on developing their fundamental movement skills.

Students have specifically focused on developing their kicking, throwing, catching, and coordination skills to ensure they develop a strong foundation for future sporting endeavours.

Additionally, students have delved into a unit on Indigenous games, providing them with a unique opportunity to engage in and appreciate the rich history and culture connected to these traditional games.

This term, our Senior Primary students in Grades 3-6 have been thriving in their Physical Education classes. Grade 3-4 students have been honing their fundamental motor skills through engaging activities centred around throwing, catching, and kicking.

Additionally, they've been exploring the rich cultural heritage of indigenous games, fostering a deeper understanding and appreciation of these sports.

Meanwhile, our Grade 5-6 students have been delving into the importance of teamwork, while refining their fundamental motor skills in throwing, catching, and kicking. They've also been focusing on various fitness components, promoting healthy habits and active lifestyles.

Ms Opperman & Ms Weller - PE Teachers

Grade 5/6 Students have been learning how to create a painted self portrait.  They have been tracing the contour lines of their face before mixing paint colours to create skin, eye and hair colours. Then, they experimented with watercolour paints to create a background of their choice.

PLC and 4/5 Students have been studying the work of abstract artist, Alma Thomas. Then, they used acrylic paints to create an abstract piece of their own.


3/4  Students have created an underwater jellyfish scene using oil pastel. They studied images of jellyfish and other sea animals before planning out and drawing a scene of their own. Students used blending, smudging and experimenting with different shades of a colour to create interest.

Mrs McAleer - Art Teacher

International Student Report Term 1 2024

The International Student Program at Carwatha College P -12, is made up of of a diverse group of fifty-five students, who are currently participating in the program. This year we welcomed twelve new students to the college from various countries in Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. It is encouraging to see students from all over the world coming together to further their education at our school. We extend a warm welcome to all new and existing students and wish them success in their studies

In other exciting news, we are thrilled to announce that Daniel Kwenda, has been shortlisted for academic excellence based on his outstanding year 12 results in 2023. The winners of this prestigious award will be revealed in May at a ceremony hosted by the International Education Department (IED). We are incredibly proud of Daniel's achievement and wish him the best of luck not only in the upcoming award ceremony but also in his future academic pursuits, particularly in the field of medicine.

This year the College is participating in The International Student Voice Project alongside other government and independent schools in Victoria. This project brings together international and local students to promote a welcoming and inclusive school community. The goal is to help international students feel more at home and to encourage local students to develop a broader understanding of different cultures and a global perspective. Watch this space for updates on the Student Voice Project.

Mrs Leventakis - International Student Coordinator

Library Report Term 1 2024

A Poem: 

Open A Book


Open a book

And you will find,

People and places of every kind;

Open a book

And you can be,

Anything you want to be;

Open a book

And you can share,

Wondrous words you find in there;

Open a book

And I will too,

You read to me,

And I’ll read to you!

Our library has been an active place.  Students in classes, students in small groups, Primary students with their teachers. Lunchtimes can be colouring in or it can be creative and independent.

We have Fun Tuesdays organised by Jenni F with the help of Jenny B, Julie and Janet. This day is always a hit, as is playing a simple game of UNO with friends.

We are adding books to our collection regularly – Secondary Fiction, Lower Secondary Fiction, Secondary Graphic Novels, Primary Fiction, Primary Graphic Novels, Picture Story Books, Younger Picture Books, Primary Non Fiction – there is a good book for all students.

Our library acknowledges happenings and events outside of our everyday school life.  So far we have appreciated and learned more about the Lunar New Year, Valentine's Day, World International Wildlife Day, Clean Up Australia Day, International Women’s Day and Ramadan. We are looking forward to Easter.

Recently Ms Hudson and I attended an exhibition at the East Melbourne library. One of our ex-students, Molica Silk, showcased her amazing artwork.

Students at Carwatha are keen to showcase their skills. I am currently working on a display which will showcase our student Joshua Grace and his writing prowess, along with now grown-up student Molica Silk. We currently have a couple of student groups working together and independently on graphic booklets that they would like to showcase and share with all at Carwatha.

Library Monitors - 6 students have submitted written applications and will begin their leadership journey with me in the library. The new monitors will be announced in term 2.

Library Crafts

Mrs Naylor - Library Manager

College Information Term 1 2024


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:     Theresa Jarvis

Accounts:                  Roseann Bivens                        

                                Pauline Horbaczow

Reception:                 Eftalya Coskun

First Aid:                   Donna Azzopardi

Term Dates 2024

Secondary Contacts 2024

MABO           - Mr Hammond/Ms Go
COWAN         - Mrs Andrew/Ms Witt
CHANG         - Mr Roberts/Mr Amante
BLACKBURN  - Mrs Rentzis/Ms Farrington-Williams

Secondary Junior Leader    Mr Roberts

Secondary Senior Leader    Mr Hammond

Assistant Principal ( Year 7-12)   Mr Oke

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

Primary Contacts 2024

Assistant Principal: Mrs Beauchamp-Wylie

Primary Leading Teacher: Mrs Beauchamp-Wylie/Mrs Elias


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


PrepM              Mrs McPhie

PrepC               Mrs Colman-Hrissinis

1A                   Mrs Abraham

1/2O                Ms Oxley

2G                   Ms Gardner

3W                  Mr Wixon

3/4P                Ms Pritchett

4/5B                Mrs Bishop

5/6T                Ms Brady

5/6K                Ms Kavanagh 

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. 

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Lost Property

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

Uniform purchase 

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.

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