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Issue 10, 25-Jul-2014
Term 3
14 July - 19 September

Term 4
6 October - 19 December

Tuesday 29
7:00pm DAV Senior Debating

Wednesday 30
6:45pm McKinnon Sportsman Night

Thursday 31
11:00am Year 12 VTAC Briefing (All Year 12 Students)


Monday 4
Project Rockit Sessions Year 7
3:30pm Curriculum Committee

Tuesday 5
11:00am Year 12 VTAC Briefing (All Year 12 Students)
7:00pm An Evening of Brass Excellence
7:00pm Finance Sub-Committee 
7:30pm School Council

Wednesday 6
2014 MSC Athletics Carnival
Thursday 7
Australian Maths Competition
6:30pm VCE Information NIght

Friday 8
Year 10 Outdoor Ed Ski Trip

Monday 11
7:00pm Percussion Night

Tuesday 12
Author Visit - All Year 9 Students
7:00pm Junior Debating
7:30pm Buildings & Grounds Sub-Committee

Wednesday 13
Year 10 Outdoor Ed Bushwalk
7:00pm VTAC Parent Information Night

Thursday 14
Year 10 Outdoor Ed Bushwalk
Casual Dress Day

Friday 15
Victorian School's Cup Volleyball
11:00am Junior Band Festival

Saturday 16
Victorian Schools Cup Volleyball

Sunday 17
Victorian Schools Cup Volleyball

Monday 18
Book Week
Science Week
Intermediate Round Robin
Survivor - Science Year 8

Tuesday 19
Book Week
Science Week
7:00pm Junior Debating

Wednesday 20
Book Week
Science Week
Author Visit - All Year 8 Students

Thursday 21
Book Week
Science Week
7:00pm Winter Concert

Friday 22
Book Week
Science Week
10:30am Late Start - Staff & Students

Sunday 24
Thistlelonians 50th Reunion (Class of 1964)
A message from the principal
As I write this newsletter our nation is truly in mourning for the loss of 37 Australian lives.  Our flag is being flown at half-mast in memory of 29 Australian citizens, as well as 8 Nationals calling Australia home, who will never return to our shores following the unspeakable act of violence in bringing down Malaysian flight MH17.

It is difficult to comprehend this level of violence.

Our condolences and heartfelt sympathy is extended to friends and family who have lost their loved ones in this senseless act of violence.


The Term has commenced well and students look well rested and very impressive in their uniform.  I hope they have reflected on Semester 1 Reports and will continue doing their best or alternatively take on board advice given by teachers for Semester 2 improvement.
Mr Martin West has been awarded first prize in a major Australian competition for Music Composition.  The competition was sponsored by the Australian Band and Orchestra Directors Association (ABODA) and in addition to the prize money, Martin’s piece, entitled Jasper Road, which he composed for the 2013 Year 7 Band, will be published by the Australian publishers Brolga Music to be released internationally in 2015. Jasper Road will also be performed by the Melbourne Wind Ensemble at the next ABODA National Conference in September when Mr West will be officially presented with the prize.  It will also have a further performance at the world’s largest Music Educators conference known as ‘The Mid-West’ in Chicago USA in December this year at a showcase for Australian compositions.

This is such a wonderful achievement for Mr West, congratulations from all of the McKinnon Secondary College community.
Our French Exchange students were farewelled at the end of Term 2 and returned home with much sadness at leaving these shores.  They thoroughly enjoyed this intercultural experience and have made lifelong friendships.  Our students will travel to France in December and I am sure they too will really enjoy this opportunity.
I would like to acknowledge and thank the following families for their willingness to host a visitor and ensure their time in Australia was memorable.  The success of exchange programs is only possible with the generosity provided by
families:  Mullane, Parker, Pardo, Pedersen, Sandler, Kellaway, Lahrech, Todd, Carter, Clifford, Lumsden-Smith, Earls, Drenth, Cohen, Hackett-Smith, Wilkins, Kalisse, Hooper-Duffy, Lamb-Tjahjono, Stevens 
and Zagroon.

I also acknowledge and thank Mr Hubert, Ms Dickson and Ms Fowler for the organisation of this wonderful program.
A mascot has been sent from Cuenca in Spain. Miguel is a Spanish bull (stuffed toy) and is wanting to see special places and visit different parts of our State and Nation.
We will have a visual diary and pictures of Miguel in different parts of Melbourne to showcase on our Cuenca website for all to see.

If families are doing anything exciting and would like to take Miguel along, please let me know.

Read further details in the report by Ms Fowler later in the newsletter.
Eight McKinnon students from Years 7-12 were selected from the Philosophy Club to participate in the 2014 Australasian Philosothon: Adam El-Horri, Chad Aizicowitz, Geordan Tyzack, Lochie Carey, Gideon Stein, Oscar Abram, Daniel Ledda and Tom Turner.

Our student philosophers travelled to Perth to take part in the philosophy camp over the school holidays, where they engaged in philosophical dialogue with students from thirteen schools across Australasia.  They spent four days and nights boarding comfortably at Hale School, with accompanying teachers, enjoying the lush campus and completely immersed in intellectually challenging and rigorous daily activities. They listened to lectures from leading national and international philosophers, and contributed thoughtful ideas as well as asking thought-provoking questions during their intense, five-hour long community of inquiry discussions.

During this term, our school welcomes the return of international philosopher and educator, Dr. Laurance Splitter from the Hong Kong Institute of Education, as our Philosophy Club guest.  

I would like to congratulate and thank Ms Rocca for organizing this event and to Mr Fernandez for his assistance.
Chess Club began again this week at McKinnon and there was a room full of excitement.  I would like to thank Gary Xia (Year 7) who persisted with his request for this to take place.  
Thank you to Ms Polan, Ms Bainbridge and Dr Brown, who enthusiastically volunteered their time and energy to make this possible.  The commitment and dedication of staff at McKinnon never ceases to amaze me!
This year the McKinnon intermediate boys and girls basketball team are travelling to Canberra for the Nationals Schools Basketball Championships. To raise money for the trip the team has organised a Sportsman Night on Wednesday 30 July  from 6.45-9pm.

Speakers on the night include former Essendon and Port Adelaide Premiership Player and current Richmond Coach Damien Hardwick, three time Hawthorn Premiership Player James Morrissey and former McKinnon students and Current AFL players Melbourne Ruckman Max Gawn and Collingwood Fullback Jack Frost.

There will be a Silent Auction, Door Prizes, Quizzes and a Q & A session with our 4 fabulous speakers.

Tickets are available at the Bursars Office at a cost of $10 for adults and $7 for students. Tickets will sell out so get in early. Tickets are on sale now.

Students, parents, friends, team mates are all encouraged to attend this terrific event.

For more information please contact Mr Bridges at
Parent Opinion Surveys have been distributed this week.  250 families have been randomly selected to participate in this survey that is an important part of accountability for our school.

These surveys are returned to the Education Department who collate the responses and return the results back to the school.

Feedback of this kind allows us to reflect on our community opinions and gives us an opportunity to celebrate the positives and to address any concerns.  I thank the families involved.  We appreciate your co-operation and support.
The School Council Library refurbishment project is concluding and it is definitely an impressive addition to the buildings of our school.

On behalf of the school community I would like to acknowledge the incredible support from the School Council.

It will be a building enjoyed by students and staff for many years to come.
McKinnon Road is particularly busy around the start and end of the school day.  Our staff have observed drivers disobeying the road rules during these times and creating safety hazards for our students and families.  Please observe all road rules, such as no “U” turn in McKinnon Road and keeping to the 40km speed limit, which is at all times not just during school hours, to ensure students start and end the day safely.  Please ensure your child is wearing a helmet if riding a bike and is aware of the rules regarding riding to school.
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One of the many information sessions coming up is the VCE Information Night on Thursday 7 August for our current Year 10 and 11 students.  The night begins in the Hall for an overview of the VCE program.  This is followed by an expo in the Library and Auditorium that showcases the range of subjects offered at Year 11 and 12.
Full winter uniform must be worn throughout Term 3.  Jewellery and make-up must not be excessive, and facial piercings are unacceptable.  All students must wear traditional leather lace-up shoes which are polished.  Our students should now have a School Blazer or Senior School Jacket which
must be worn to and from school in Term 3. We will conduct several uniform checks during form assemblies throughout the term and the Student Managers and Principal Class will be monitoring our students’ uniform before and after school. 
Each semester students in Years 7 - 10 are required to complete personal learning goals, reflecting on their strengths and weaknesses, as well as strategies they can employ to improve their academic progress.  Completing these goals allows teachers and parents to support student learning.

These goals are to be completed by students on Compass, following a set of instructions emailed to all students last week.  On Compass, parents will be able to see students' responses to the set questions – click '
Student Profile → Reports → Personal Learning Goals - Semester 2'.

Please encourage your son/daughter to complete this task as soon as possible, and discuss with them how they can achieve their best at school. 

When setting their goals, students should reflect on the advice provided by teachers in their Semester 1 report.
In the coming months, teachers at McKinnon will be able to provide parents with more frequent, timely feedback on students’ academic performance (such as grades and comments) via Compass.  We are enthusiastic about the positive difference this will make to students’ progress at school, and in Term 3 we will be trialling this process in a selected group of classes.  Students and parents affected by this pilot program will be notified when this occurs.
All students in the senior school will be interviewed by the student management team in the coming weeks, to reflect on their progress this year and identify ways to continue to improve.  In preparation for these interviews, all students in Years 10, 11 and 12 must complete a brief questionnaire, which parents can view on Compass.

To view your child’s responses and the comments made by the student management team, log in to Compass, select ‘Student Profile’, select the ‘Insights’ tab and click (for example) ‘Mid-Year MIPS Yr 10’.
At the end of each year, there are usually a small number of vacancies that arise in our Year 8 to 10 ELMS classes.  In order to fill these vacancies in the fairest and most equitable manner, we will offer the opportunity to sit for an ELMS selection test to the students that have achieved the highest grades for Maths and Science in their Semester 1 Reports.  These students will be approached later
this term and given a package of bridging Maths exercises to complete before they sit the selection test at school early in Term 4.

A position in the 2015 ELMS class will then be offered to students in rank order of their performance in the selection test.  The number of vacancies available in the ELMS program at each Year Level will be determined early in Term 4.  Parents, students and teachers are not required to make nominations or requests to enter the ELMS program.  The selection process will be based on the objective evidence of the student’s achievements in their reports.

Please contact Mr McLeod if you have any questions concerning our ELMS program.
Head of Junior School 
and Manager of ELMS Program

Congratulations to Sophie Highnam (Year 9) who was selected to be part of the Secondary School Victorian Cross Country team to compete at the National Championships to be held in Albany, WA, in August.

This is a fantastic achievement, Sophie, and we wish you success in the upcoming competition.
Lauren Beardsmore (Year 11) who belongs to the Ceres Girls' Calisthenics Club in Ashwood, was selected to represent Victoria in the Intermediate division at the National Calisthenics Championships held at Hamer Hall in Melbourne during the school holidays.

Congratulations, Lauren, on representing Victoria and gaining 3rd place overall in the competition.
Ben Howell (Year 10) competed in the State and National Indoor Archery Championships held in Morwell last weekend.  He won the State Cadet (U17) Indoor Title and was the silver medalist nationally, as well as coming a very close 4th in the State Junior (20 and under) category (with a ranking of 6th nationally).  His next competition is the National Archery Titles (Open age division) in October in Geelong.
Caitlin Arneil (Year 10) has just been called into the SSV Under 16 Victorian Hockey Team.
She was originally named as a ‘train-on’ and has attended all of the training sessions.
The team plays in Adelaide from the 9th to the 16th of August.  Congratulations Caitlin, what a wonderful achievement.
Congratulations to Ivan Kravchenko (Year 11) who did very well in the Honey Based Baked Goods Competition and the Photographic Competition at the Rotary Club of Caulfield Honey Festival held in early July.  He came First, Second and Third in the Baked Goods competition and Second and Third prizes in the Novice Digital Images section of the Photographic Competition.  Well done Ivan!

Merryn Walker

This year the McKinnon intermediate boys and girls basketball team are going to Canberra for the Nationals Schools Basketball Championships. To raise money for the trip the team has organised a Sportsman Night on Wednesday 30 July from 6.45pm-9.00pm.

Our speakers include former Essendon and Port Adelaide Premiership Player and current Richmond Coach Damien Hardwick, three time Hawthorn Premiership Player James Morrissey and former McKinnon students and Current AFL players Melbourne Ruckman Max Gawn and Collingwood Fullback Jack Frost.

There will be a silent auction, door prizes, quizzes and q & a with our four fabulous speakers.

Tickets are available at the Bursars Office at school at a cost of $10 for adults and $7 for students. Tickets will sell out quickly so get in early. Tickets are on sale at the start of Term 3. 

Parents, friends, team mates are all encouraged and welcome to attend.  

Come along as it promises to be an awesome evening.

For further information contact James Bridges via email on

James Bridges
Head of Sport

On Thursday 17 July the State Cross Country Championships were held at Bundoora Park. Eleven of McKinnon's finest athletes headed off to compete on the day and some outstanding results were achieved.

In the Senior Girls our team of Georgia Riordan (17th overall), Phoebe ParkerAllira LignosAsh Haw and Seika Chen finished runners-up claiming the silver medals.
In the Under 15s Sophie Highnam finished 4th
overall in the girls to be the school's best individual result on the day.  Will Ockenden finished 14th and Max Meuleman finished 16th in the Under 15 Boys, whilst Jack Highnam finished 17th in the Senior Boys to be some of our other highlights from the day.

Well done to all eleven runners for the fantastic achievement of competing in the State Championships.

Mr Hudd
Congratulations to the following Kingston Division Champion teams who play in the Southern Metropolitan Regional Finals in the coming weeks:
·         Year 8 Boys Soccer - 29 July at Kingston
·         Year 8 Girls Soccer - 30 July at Kingston Heath
·         Year 7 Boys Soccer - 31 July at Kingston Heath
·         Year 8A Netball - 6 August at Dandenong
·         Year 7B Netball - 6 August at Dandenong
·         Year 8 Boys Badminton - 25 August at Springers
·         Year 7 Girls Badminton - 25 August at Springers

Good luck to all teams.
Term 3 Junior Sport has got off to a smooth start.  A reminder that payment to the Bursar is due by Week 3 for all Squash, Self Defence and Fitness students.
Go McKinnon!

Carole Hooper
Head of Junior Sport
Welcome back to Term 3.  This term proves to be a busy and exciting one.  The annual Winter Concert (21 August) is the main focus for the Department.  This concert is a showcase of the work that the students in the core ensembles have been undertaking over the past eight months.  Tickets will be on sale as of 1 August via the Monash University website.  More details will follow in the newsfeed and newsletter.
Again, congratulations to all students who took part in the Junior Concert, held at the end of Semester 1.  It was fantastic to see so many parents and friends supporting the developing musicianship of the junior students.  Thank you to all the students who took part in this event, and to the many teachers who made this event possible.
AMEB exam applications have now closed and the school should receive notification of this date by the end of term.  Thank you to all students who applied to be part of this examination process.
Congratulations to the Senior Stage Band who earned a Gold Shield by performing exceptionally well at the Victorian Band Festival on Tuesday 22 July.  Thank you to Mr Serebrianik for his organisation of this group.
We are pleased to be host to the ANATS Performetunity the evening of Friday 25 July.  The Australian National Association of Teachers of Singing will be running a performance based Professional Development that will benefit the many students they teach around Victoria.
Please note these dates in your diary for the term for upcoming Performance Nights for Term 3:

·    Touring Orchestra Fundraising Concert – St Kevin’s Church, Ormond.  Saturday, 3 August at 7pm.
·    Brass Night – Auditorium, Tuesday 5 August at 7pm.
·    Percussion night – Auditorium, Monday 11 August at 7pm.
·    Ovenden Band performing in the Victorian School Music Festival of Concert Bands at "The Deakin Edge", Friday 15 August
·    Orchestra - Royal South Street Area Orchestra competition, Memorial Theatre in Ballarat, Saturday 30 August
·    Clarinet Choir - Royal South Street Festival of Bands, Memorial Theatre Ballarat, Tuesday 2 September
·    Symphonic Wind - Royal South Street Festival of Bands, Memorial Theatre Ballarat, Thursday 4 September
·    VCE (Unit 4) Music Performance Celebration Night – Tuesday 16 September at 7pm. 

In preparation for the many performances that will be taking place over the semester, students are reminded that they need to keep their attendance up at the core ensemble rehearsals.  All music students, instrumentalist and elective, are required to be in one of the main ensembles that are held at the school.  Being a part of these ensembles helps develop group skills, aural work, sight reading, widens their experience and musical style and often involves performing for community groups, other schools and functions within the school community.  Rehearsals are held as follows:

·         Symphonic Wind – Tuesday afterschool 3.30 – 5pm
·         Symphonic Strings – Wednesday before school 7.45am
·         Orchestra – Thursday afterschool 3.30 – 5pm
·         McKinnon Choir – Thursday lunch time
·         Ovenden Band – Friday before school 7.45am

We look forward to seeing all students at their respective ensemble rehearsal.

Megan Papworth
Head of Music - Classroom

Literature is an adventure that begins with the ancient texts – the Epic of Gilgamesh and the Iliad
– dallies with the Norsemen and their sagas, spends happy days and hours with Chaucer and Shakespeare before moving into modern times with the great novelists and poets and playwrights of the last 150 years; Dickens, Austen, Wilde, Eliot, Yeats, Pinter and Beckett. As they traverse the wide ocean of story, literature students know how Odysseus felt resisting the call of the sirens. They are Captain Ahab searching for that elusive white whale Moby Dick. And they are right up there in blackest space with Dave battling the mad computer HAL in 2001: A Space Odyssey

The greatest joy of Literature at Year 11 is that we get to look under the bonnet of the machine of language. And what a beautiful engine it is. Never again will we take words for granted as we joust with big ideas that stimulate and challenge at the same time. A line of
poetry, a story, a scene from a play can change the way you think forever. Now that’s what you have to call REAL interactive text.
So far this year we have looked at the heterosexual world from the other side of the fence in Christopher Isherwood's A Single Man. We recommend it to football commentators. 

At present we are grappling with Peter Carey who invites us to have conversations with unicorns, change our bodily appearance for the sake of vanity or kill scorpions with a lone soldier in the Australian
outback in stories which are seriously weird. But also somehow very familiar. 
Increasingly, young people are bombarded from many directions with versions of reality which they need to be able to analyse and make sense of. Literature helps our students make crucial judgments about what is happening in the world, from which they can proceed accordingly.

Mr Simon Hughes
Year 11 Literature Teacher

ACARA (Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority) has made the first four languages – Chinese, French, Indonesian and Italian – available. ACARA has now released the Australian Curriculum for eight learning areas, a significant moment in Australian education history.

The curricula of the four languages are yet formally to be endorsed by the Education Council, but have been made available to states and territories.

ACARA will continue to support the implementation and French teachers will be able to start soon with their planning for 2015 and beyond.

As ACARA’s CEO Rob Randall pointed out, this is the opportunity for Australian children to learn a language in addition to English from early years. Mr Randall also added and I quote
Learning a Language while at school will enhance young people’s skills to engage socially, culturally and economically in areas of business, trade, science, law, education, international relations and many other domains when they are adults.”
The national languages curriculum for thirteen foreign languages has been prioritised by the Federal Government and the revised draft curricula for German, Korean, Modern Greek and Spanish were recently considered by the ACARA Board and are now to be considered by the Education Council.

With our focus on international education I encourage all parents to have discussions about Language learning with their children during the upcoming subject selection. Check out the VET Certificate II in Applied Language and consider the mark-up in your VCE!

If you still wonder “Why learn another language when everyone speaks English?” please read the following Guardian article about a roundtable discussion including views of the British Academy and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences!

The Victorian School of Languages will be offering Certificate II and III in Applied Languages (French, German, Japanese, Indonesian and Mandarin) from 2015.

The Victorian School of Languages has supported community languages for 79 years. The Certificate II in Applied Language provides a national accreditation of Language learning by the end of Year 10. I encourage students to aim for qualifications in their native language to maximise opportunities in the future.

If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact me or the VSL

May I introduce to you our visitor from Spain – Miguel.
He will be staying with us for a while and will explore our school, participate in events and trips and will give ongoing feedback about his experiences on our Sister School website. Please invite Miguel and show him what Australia and its people and cultures are like!

This project with our Spanish sister school will be conducted over the next year. We are also looking for an Australian icon that we could send to our Spanish friends. If you have any suggestions please email

Last Friday our French exchange students spent their last day at school and invited all staff who offered their support to this program to a lovely morning tea. Our Principals and teachers were spoilt with beautiful cakes and I must say that this was so far our most successful exchange program with the Centre International de Valbonne.

Last Saturday it was time to say good-bye and there were many tears at the airport before our French friends finally disappeared behind the sliding doors.
I would like to thank the French students who made it very enjoyable for us to work with them, the host families for making their home the French students’ home and all teachers (too many to name all of you) who accommodated the French teacher - Madame Kefi, offered additional lessons for the French students or accompanied the excursions. A special THANK YOU to Mr Hubert and Miss Dickson for their ongoing efforts from communicating with sister school colleagues, parents, our colleagues and students to organising excursions, timetables, host-family BBQs and farewelling students at the airport. I would also like to thank our Principals for their ongoing support of this program which allows our students to engage internationally on a personal and educational level.

If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.   Nelson Mandela (1918 – 2013)


A taste of a European Christmas market is coming to Melbourne's Madame Brussels Lane, 50 Lonsdale Street, over the next four Friday evenings. (4pm – late)

Maybe you have some time to enjoy!

Congratulations to our senior student, Michael Aguilera, for being appointed Club Captain. Michael often leads our discussion during the club on Friday lunch times, and has recently added discussion links on our Philosophy Club google page so students (and staff!) can continue the conversation outside of club time.  Also, here you will find notices for upcoming events at school and off campus.  All year levels are welcome to attend our meetings, so grab a friend and/or your favorite teacher and come along!

Senior philosophers, Michael Aguilera and Sara Cooper will attend the Philosophy Matters Conference this Friday, 25 July at Preshil Senior School, Kew.  Keynote speakers include Peter Singer, Frank Jackson and Damon Young. Students will have an opportunity to engage with professionals in the field of Philosophy and Education, as well as with other senior students on matters concerning one’s place in our modern day, complex world and to consider and question how philosophy may play a role in life outside the classroom. 

As our Principal mentioned in her bulletin, eight student philosophers were selected from Philosophy Club for their keen interest and participation in lunch time discussions.  These students from Years 7 – 12 participated in the four day philosophy camp over the school holidays at Hale School in Western Australia, which culminated in a competition with thirteen other schools.  The goal of the discussion groups was not to ‘win’, but rather to come to a better understanding of topics as a collective.  Students learned to consider multiple points of views, ask questions for clarity when they disagree, offer counter examples to introduce different perspectives, as well as give examples and build on the ideas of others.  The process in which they engaged for better understanding is the philosophical community of inquiry model, adapted from American philosopher and scientist Charles Sanders Peirce.
and Deweyan pragmatism and Vygotskyan psychology.

Students attended lectures by top educators in the field of philosophy and education from Israel, America and Australia.  One interesting presentation by Professor Stephan Millett of Curtin University was the presentation of research which claims that engaging in one hour of philosophical inquiry per week for six months has immediate as well as long term benefits which can be observed in academic as
well as social and well-being outcomes.
Inspiring, and all the more reason to come to Philosophy Club! and Benefits of Collaborative Philosophical Inquiry in Schools,
Stephan Millett & Alan Tapper, Centre for Applied Ethics and Philosophy, Curtin University.  Journal of Educational Philosophy and Theory, 2011

Our students’ achievements go way beyond having participated in the Australasian Philosothon, now in its fourth year.  Success in their achievements can be observed in the way they interact respectfully with others and their care and concern for the future of world in which they live.  Students will be formally recognized at the next General Assembly.

Thank you to School Council for their ongoing support of this ‘valuable opportunity’ in the Philosothon events, both State and Australasian.  Also, a huge thank you to Mark Fernandez, for accompanying us and keeping a watchful eye over our student philosophers in the boarding house as well as about town in Fremantle.  I’d also like to extend my gratitude to parents for their support and interest and entrusting the intellectual and physical care of their gorgeous philosophers to us.

Watch this space for more photos, links, reflections and information regarding all things Philosophy!

Michelle Rocca
Philosothon Coordinator
Year 10 Artwork
Omer Gonen 10C

Aska Narai 10D

Shakya Lahrech 10E


Renee Huang 10E

Lachlan Wiles 10G

Isabella Blumberg 10I

Talia Rose 10J

Mikaela Sharman-Smith 10J

Chelsea Martin 10J
Monday – Thursday       8:15am - 5:30pm
Friday                            8:15am - 4:30pm

Staying open late after school for students to complete homework, study, research, to print, read and browse online etc.  Closed at recess.
The library is being refurbished as part of the building works currently under construction adjacent to the library. This is a very exciting time and we look forward to the students enjoying fresh surrounding in term three.

To allow for these works, the library is closed until August. During this time some limited library services are available in T8 including the lending of fiction for holiday reading and VCE revision guides, study guides, practice exams.
The Divergent series is a favourite among many of student and teachers at McKinnon secondary College. The series is set in a
dystopian world and is written Veronica Roth is a twenty-two-year-old debut author and recent graduate of Northwestern University's creative writing program. While a student, she often chose to work on the story that would become Divergent instead of doing her homework. Now a full-time writer, she lives near Chicago. (HarperCollins)

Divergent has recently been released as a movie and the production of the movie of  Insurgent is already underway.

Divergent, written by Veronica Roth, will be sure not to disappoint. Its unique, yet intelligent tale will cause you to be deeply immersed in every single page. This exquisite novel, all revolves around a sixteen year-old girl named Beatrice Prior. She lives in a dystopian world were society is divided into five separate factions, each division dedicated to a solitary value. After Beatrice receives her inconclusive aptitude test results, she is forced to make a both terrifying
and forbidding decision that would ultimately affect the outcome of her future. Once she transfers into a faction, there is no turning back. She is traumatized by her ruthless new life, where she is forced to complete both extreme physical tests, and excessive psychological simulations. Beatrice must discover where she truly belongs. Divergent will be most suited to fans of science-fiction, romance, fast-paced action, or those who seek an intellectual read. This novel is appropriate for teenagers and older. Divergent is truly a mesmerizing novel, which would be certain not to fail its readers for many more years.
(Lucia 8F)

McKinnon library has all of the Divergent series by Veronica Roth in ebook and hardcopy. See them at this link. School logon required.

Mr Kamenar presented awards to staff and students for recent Language Perfect international competition participants.

Ms Bourke presented awards for the Australian Geography Competition.

Senior Stage Band conducted by Mr Serebrianik.

Flynn House Captains, James Landman and Phoebe Parker report on Sport - Including Senior Boys Volleyball, SMR/State Cross Country.

Daphne and Yann, French Exchange Students, speak on their experience here at McKinnon in the last 6 weeks.

Jenny Tran and Angela Cheng report on their experiences of being an international student at McKinnon.
Office hours are:   8:15am - 4:30pm
Telephone:             8520 9000

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.

Student absences should be reported to the school before 9:00am.  Please email the Attendance Officer Alison Pollock ( or telephone 8520 9050 on the day of the absence by 9:00am. 

A note on the day of return to the General Office is required for absences where no parent contact has been possible.  Proformas for absence explanations can be downloaded from our website (
Phone/Fax No:  9578 2151

Tuesdays                                           8:15am - 12 noon
Fridays                                               12:30pm - 4:00pm
1st Saturday every month          9:30am - 12 noon

Cheques must be payable to Fashion Clubwear.
Please ensure all school clothes, books and personal property are clearly labelled with the student’s name.  Many items are not returned to their rightful owners because they are not labelled correctly or clearly.

USBs should include a folder with the student’s name and form to assist in returning it to the correct person.  If you have lost anything see Mrs Plate in the Sick Bay during recess, lunch or end of day.
On Wednesday 23 July, four students took part in the Regional Qualifiers of the Legacy Public Speaking Competition.   Will and James HardyBianca Denisenko and Dana Pilli took part in the Australia-wide competition along with thousands of other students around Australia. They each presented a prepared speech on some of the values that Legacy embodies and also had to deliver an impromptu speech on the value of handwriting.
Whilst the four McKinnon ambassadors did not make it through to the next stage of qualification, they did receive honourable mentions from the judges and represented the school with great enthusiasm, class and effort.  Dana and Bianca will have a chance to compete again next year as the competition is open to students between the ages of 12 and 14.

Well done!

Joshua Cukierman

Recently on Wednesday 25 June, thirty Year 7 students visited McKinnon Primary School to conduct Language Games.  These were prepared by Andrea Fowler and her staff.  Half of the group who study German, carried out Language Games in German, teaching each Grade 6 class some commonly used German words.  Our students also did the same in French.  Each Grade 6 student had to speak the French and German words used.

The Grade 6 students were rewarded with small prizes as a momento of our visit.  Some of our Year 7s also had the opportunity to speak with their Grade 6 teachers. 
Transition activities in our main feeder Primary Schools assist Grade 6 students in the journey to Secondary School allowing these young people to feel more confident about the step up to Year 7.

Later in Terms 3 and 4, Year 7s will get together with Grade 6s to talk about preparation for a secondary learning environment.  Grade 6 students will be able to ask questions, enabling them to gain an insight into a different daily routine and the experience of preparing for the next stage in the learning journey.  

Jenny de Kretser (Transition Manager) &
Andrea Fowler (Head of Languages)

This year the McKinnon intermediate boys and girls basketball team are going to Canberra for the Nationals Schools Basketball Championships. To raise money for the trip the team has organised a Sportsman Night on Wednesday 30 July from 6.45pm-9.00pm.

Our speakers include former Essendon and Port Adelaide Premiership Player and current Richmond Coach Damien Hardwick, three time Hawthorn Premiership Player James Morrissey and former McKinnon students and Current AFL players Melbourne Ruckman Max Gawn and Collingwood Fullback Jack Frost.

There will be a silent auction, door prizes, quizzes and q & a with our four fabulous speakers.

Tickets are available at the Bursars Office at school at a cost of $10 for adults and $7 for students. Tickets will sell out quickly so get in early. Tickets are on sale at the start of Term 3. 

Parents, friends, team mates are all encouraged and welcome to attend.  

Come along as it promises to be an awesome evening.

For further information contact James Bridges via email on

James Bridges
Head of Sport
The 2014 McKinnon Athletics Carnival is going to be held at Duncan Mackinnon Reserve on Wednesday 6 August.

All students are expected to meet at the Athletics Track at 8:30am for a roll call with their Form Teacher.  Students will then need to congregate with their House for the commencement of the Carnival starting with the fashion parade.  Don't forget to get your outfits/costumes planned and compete in as many events as possible to win points for your House.  Last year’s winners were Chisholm. Can they do it again????

Students will be dismissed from the track at approximately 3:00pm.  In the event of inclement weather Mrs Binnion may dismiss students earlier in the day.

Good luck to all students and may the best House win!

Jennifer Pemberton
Athletics Carnival Organiser

McKinnon Secondary College is an Access Asia School and have an emphasis on Asia in the curriculum to prepare our students for their future in a truly globalised society.  We celebrate our 20th Asia Week during the last week of third term with activities, decorations, costumes and food all contributing to a wonderful atmosphere anticipated by students and staff alike.

We are seeking support from families, community members and local businesses to help make our Asia Week celebrations successful.  Support such as presenting or volunteering with workshops, or providing goods which can be used for student prizes or raffles would be useful.

If you are able to assist in any way, please contact Mrs Rekha Nayyar at school.  Any contribution would be acknowledged through this newsletter.

Mrs Rekha Nayyar
Access Asia Coordinator