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Issue 11, 08-Aug-2014
Thursday 7
Australian Maths Competition
6:30pm VCE Information Night

Friday 8
Year 10 Outdoor Ed Ski Trip
5:30pm 12 Angry Men Performance (12 EAL Students)

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
7:00pm VTAC Parent Information Night

Thursday 14
Year 10 Outdoor Ed Bushwalk
Casual Dress Day

Friday 15
Victorian Schools Cup Volleyball
Junior Band Festival

Saturday 16
Victorian Schools Cup Volleyball

Sunday 17
Victorian Schools Cup Volleyball

Monday 18
Intermediate Round Robin
Science Week
Book Week
Survivor – Science (Year 8)

Tuesday 19
Science Week
Book Week
5:30pm Finance Sub-Committee
7:00pm Junior Debating

Wednesday 20
Science Week
Book Week

Thursday 21
Science Week
Book Week
7:30pm Winter Concert

Friday 22
Late Start 10:30am (students & staff)
Science Week
Book Week

Sunday 24
Thistlelonians 50th Reunion (Class of 1964)

Tuesday 26
7:00pm Junior Debating

Wednesday 27
Year 9 Camp

Thursday 28
Year 9 Camp

Friday 29
Year 9 Camp

Sunday 31
3:00-5:00pm McKinnon SC 60th Birthday Celebration & Book Launch
Monday 1
Survivor – Rogaining (8I - 8L)

Tuesday 2
6:00pm Finance Sub-Committee
6:30pm School Council
7:00pm Junior Debating

Wednesday 3
Survivor – Rogaining (8E – 8H)

Thursday 4
Kingston Division Athletics Competition
Year 11 Hahndorf Camp
3:00pm Year 11 & 12 Parent-Teacher-Student Interviews
2:30pm Early Finish

Friday 5
9:30am Late Start
Year 11 Hahndorf Camp

Saturday 6
Year 11 Hahndorf Camp
World Challenge Training Expedition (HOS)
9:00am ELMS Admission Test (2015)

Monday 8
Year 10 Market Day

Tuesday 9
Survivor – Rogaining (8A – 8D)
3:00pm Year 9 & 10 Parent-Teacher-Student Interviews
2:30pm Early Finish

Wednesday 10
Late Start 9:30am
Year 10 Outdoor Ed Adventure Camp
7:30pm Year 12 Theatre Studies Monologue Performances

Thursday 11
Year 10 Outdoor Ed Adventure Camp
Australian Maths Olympiad

Friday 12
24/7 Relay Challenge

Saturday 13
24/7 Relay Challenge

Monday 15
Asia Week

A message from the Principal

Parent Opinion Surveys have been distributed over the last few weeks.  278 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.
Our VCE Information Evening was held last night.  It was certainly a full house and demonstrated the strong commitment to educational success from students, parents and staff.

This is a very exciting time for our Senior students, in particular the Year 10s, who are making decisions about subject selections and post compulsory tertiary education.  In particular, I would like to acknowledge the Head of Senior School, Mr Noble, the Careers Advisor, Mr Mest and all the staff in attendance, for their willingness to come along, give advice and information about all the studies on offer for 2015.  I would also like to thank the tertiary providers who showcased their establishments.
Congratulations to all who participated in the Victorian Volleyball Schools Cup.  Many staff, students and parents contributed to make the tournament successful.  I would like to thank and acknowledge the coaches, Phil de Salvo, Ms Dickson, Mr Braniska and Ms Andrieux.

This three day event involves many elite volleyball schools and many students across 8 teams participated.  

Many have commented on the outstanding behaviour and sportsmanship qualities demonstrated by our students and for that alone I am very proud.

Thank you to all for being such admirable ambassadors for McKinnon.  Well done and thank you to Ms Dickson and Mr Braniska for the coordination of this event and their dedication to this tournament.

Thank you also to Mr Hudd and all the parents for coming to watch and cheer the students on.
On Wednesday 30 July the school held a Sportsman Night in the Hall to raise funds for the McKinnon SC Intermediate Girls and Boys Basketball teams who will be travelling to Canberra for the National Schools Basketball Championships.
I would like to acknowledge and thank Damien Hardwick, James Morrissey and our ex-
students, Jack Frost and Max Gawn for their time and participation at this event.  Many students, staff and families enjoyed the opportunity to hear their stories and have photos taken.  I would also like to acknowledge and thank Mr Bridges for his organisation of the night and his tremendous efforts as MC.

Finally I would like to thank the staff, students, parents and grandparents who attended on the night and gave their support.
A very successful Athletics Carnival was held yesterday full of creative costumes, laughter and tremendous physical endeavour.
We were lucky to escape the rain that set in an hour or so after the conclusion of our day.  The dedication and commitment of all staff involved to ensure all students were given the opportunity to share was tremendous and I would like to especially thank Ms Pemberton for her organisation of the day.  I would also like to acknowledge the House Captains for being so encouraging and great leaders for their teams.  These Carnivals bring the school together and help to create great memories.

Congratulations to Chisholm for their much deserved win!
using Compass in the coming weeks - all parents will be notified via email when bookings can be made.
Parents and students are reminded that the College’s buildings and grounds cannot be accessed after-hours and on weekends. Students should ensure they take home all items they may need during a weekend/school holidays on Friday, as lockers and classrooms cannot be accessed.  Students should not attempt to access their locker during weekends and school holidays.
students do not exercise sufficient care they should on the roads. Likewise, we ask all parents to drive and park cautiously around the College before/after school, and to be mindful of the many students riding bicycles to and from the College.

If your child rides their bike to school, they must lock it securely to the bike racks provided behind the Hall (near the Uniform Shop). Please ensure they have a sturdy bike lock and never leave their bikes overnight at school. Bikes must not be locked to the outside of the fencing near the bus shed - if this occurs bikes will be confiscated.  
Parent-teacher-student interviews for Semester 2 will be conducted in September (in the last 3 weeks of Term 3).  These interviews provide a valuable opportunity to discuss your child’s progress, celebrate their successes and plan for further improvement.  Bookings will be made online

Please ensure your child wears a proper bicycle helmet when riding to school and they take extra care when travelling the narrow streets of McKinnon.  We have had some incidents and near misses lately and are very worried that some
Head of Junior School
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

Ben Ayzelman (Year 8) success has continued at the JVI Winter Tournament which was held at Springers Leisure Centre on Sunday 20 July.
Ben won two Gold medals, one in his own division of under 45kg and another in the open category where he competed against heavier and stronger opponents.

Congratulations Ben on this fine achievement!

Merryn Walker
College Publicity

Inquiry has always been a part of Science.  Scientists question everything around them.  ‘’Why is the sky blue?’’  ‘’Why are some metals more reactive than others?”  ‘’How is water able to climb up the stem of a plant?”  A question is the beginning of something much bigger for a scientist.  It allows us to generate a hypothesis which in turn allows us to experiment.  For a long time experiments in Science classrooms have been a fun task that reinforces a scientific theory or fact already learnt.  The new National Curriculum has challenged that narrow use of experimentation in classrooms and asks us to consider alternatives, and we have!  Over the last year or so we have developed a new type of inquiry for our Year 7-10 science classes.  Students are presented with a question that requires them to do a certain amount of background research.  The question will be one that is relevant to the topic being studied, for example chemical reactions or alternative energies.  While researching, students work in teams to develop a hypothesis and a
method.  The scientific method requires them to select an independent variable to manipulate and a dependent variable to measure.  The experiment is carried out once the method is checked by the teacher.  The experimental write-up is done under test conditions.  Students refer to their initial research at this stage to add depth to the discussion of their results.  The validity of the test and reliability of the data is analysed and a conclusion is reached.  
Students develop an understanding that the process is just as important as the outcome and that more can sometimes be learnt from an unexpected result than from one that is expected.  The effect of acid rain on marble, the insulation properties of materials and the effect of household
chemicals on seed germination are some of the inquiries undertaken at McKinnon at various year levels.  

The Year 7 and 8 ELMS students take this one step further.  Year 7 ELMS students have produced a fabulous digital science fair which you can investigate at   The Year 8 ELMS students are currently working towards a CREST Bronze Award.  This award is given by the CSIRO only after a student has completed a self-directed, teacher supported, open-ended experimental project of at least 10 hours duration.  These students are undertaking a range of both fascinating, yet practical inquiries, such as the accuracy of milk expiry dates, salt tolerance in plants, improved traffic barriers, and the effectiveness of stain removers.  These tasks develop critical inquiry skills that are essential for VCE, and allow the application of the scientific method to practical investigations. 

Therese Sweeney
Head of Science

On Thursday, 30 August 2014, nearly 200 German students accompanied by eight staff members were excited to either make their first visit to this restaurant in the Dandenongs, or as for our Year 12 German students, it was a sadly the last opportunity with school to indulge on a very different kind of experience.

This excursion has been the most popular amongst students and staff since introduced at McKinnon Secondary College in the 1980s. We invited our Language Perfect World Championship top teachers this year to reward their efforts in this competition.
Our intentions to introduce students to German food and culture; increase their openness and curiosity towards the new, maybe strange and unusual, has been successful since the beginning.  Starting their meal with a soup, as it is tradition in German culture, especially in winter, might not have been so unusual, as Australians also like their soups in winter. However, I observed many students of different cultural backgrounds collecting a selection of German food, tasting and comparing it to the food they know.  Likes and dislikes were expressed, as Sauerkraut is not everyone’s favourite, but some compared it to the Korean dish, Kimchi.  There was always an awareness of how to behave culturally appropriate in these situations, as this has become an integral part of our curriculum.  The desserts, cakes, traditional German pancakes and doughnuts, and so many more were definitely the favourites of all students.

The entertainment program this year even introduced Santa Claus, as Christmas in July is a popular event at the Cuckoo.  A sing along with traditional and international songs, cowbells as musical instruments and popular dances completed this program. Students participated with enthusiasm and enjoyment and I believe Matthew Parkinson will not forget his 15th birthday!  This excursion offers a small experience of German culture which may have sparked their interest in learning and experiencing more of that.

On leaving the restaurant we received the staff’s praise for our students’ behaviour, not  - 1only for being polite and considerate, but just exceptional for a student group!

Thank you for an enjoyable day!

Andrea Fowler
Head of Languages
This elective was introduced for the first time in BYTES this year.  A small group of students from different cultural backgrounds were the first to learn about job opportunities for students, their legal rights and how to apply for your first job.

They completed role-plays for job interviews, personal CVs and cover letters, and this not only in English, but also in another language of their choice.  This program was designed to make students more aware of the global job market and the skills required in the future.
In their last lesson, on Friday 25 July, we were able to visit the Boston Consulting Group in 101 Collins Street.  The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) is a globamanagement consulting firm with 69 offices in 45 countries.  Students were welcomed in the Board Room on the 52nd floor with a view all over Melbourne.

Two very young employees, David and Phillip, spoke about their work life and movements around the world so far.  One of them an engineer, contributing to the building of oil rigs around the world, the other one a chemist, having left the research laboratory to consult on social projects around the world.  They were talking about the skills needed in the 21st century and our students were encouraged to ask questions.  Many of these skills matched the ones we focus on in the Year 9 BYTES program.  Unfortunately time restricted us from seeing more of their work place, but I believe that all students were quite impressed and at the same time this visit opened to them new perspectives for their future.

I would like to thank BCG for opening their doors and for working with our students.

Andrea Fowler
Head of Languages

On Thursday 24 July 64 students of German in year 9 and 10 headed into the CBD for the German Day Out.  German students from across Victoria packed into the Melbourne Town Hall and were greeted by a number of dignitaries that all imparted some advice on our students.

While still basking in the world cup glory, the mood was very excitable.  Students were privy to the competition winners of the German song and film contests.  They were also encouraged by the awarding of scholarships, where three students were given the opportunity of studying in Germany.  The Language Perfect World Championship results were also announced and the McKinnon Secondary College students took great pride in their 3rd placing for German in the whole of Victoria.
There were also a number of speakers who spoke about the need for multilingualism in the future and why German especially has significant clout in the global jobs market.  However, the message that stuck with the group and resonated with our students was that studying languages is fun, which is as good as any other reason to continue with your studies.

To finish off the day, the students crowded into the iconic Forum Theatre to watch Clara und das geheimnis der Bären (Clara and the Secret of the Bears).  While the film itself didn’t reach great heights, the students loved the cinematography of the mountainous Swiss terrain and were able to break away from the subtitles at times and listen to the spoken German.

The German Day Out validated for many that sticking with learning a language was a terrific decision.

Joshua Kamener

Congratulations to the Orchestra students who participated in the outstanding performance at St Kevin’s Church in Ormond on Sunday 3 August.  The standard of performance was extremely high from both the current and past students, with many members of the audience requesting a return visit.
On Tuesday 5 August all brass students took part in a fantastic concert celebrating the achievements and sound that they can generate.  There were many amazing solo and duo performances, which included the group sounds of Wonder Brass, Honkers Inc., Double or Nothing, Secret Sevens, Heavy Metal and Kiss My Brass.  Special thanks to Mr Serebrianik and Ms Videon for the organisation of this fantastic night.
This concert series returns for Term 3 and we are looking forward to some outstanding performances throughout the term.  Students will be performing at the first concert of the term tomorrow, Friday 8 August in the Lecture Theatre.  We look forward to hearing some amazing sounds.
Grainger by Invitation:  Saturday 9 August,
7.30pm at Madeleine Centre, Genezzano FCJ College, Cotham Rd Kew.  Tickets are $20 Adult and $15 Concession.  For further information and ticket booking

Percussion Night:  Auditorium, 11 August 7.30pm for a 7.45pm start;

Ovenden Band:  performing in the Victorian School Music Festival of Concert Bands at "The Deakin Edge", 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.
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
Rehearsals are held as follows:
  • Symphonic Wind – Tuesday afterschool 3.30pm – 5:00pm
  • Symphonic Strings – Wednesday before school 7.45am
  • Orchestra – Thursday afterschool 3.30pm – 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.
Preparations are now well under way for the annual Winter Concert and we look forward to parents and friends joining with us to celebrate the students’ success.  Tickets are now available online through Monash University by using the following link

Prices:  Adults $20, Concession $15, Family (2 Adults/2 Children) $60 and Group of 6 $81

Thanks again for your ongoing support of the Music Department.

Megan Papworth
Head of Music - Classroom

On 23 July 2014, the McKinnon Junior Squash team embarked on the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre.  Teams had qualified through to State Finals without playing a match this year.

The boys teams played well all day, with the Year 8 Boys (Matias Fernandez, Eric Pagoulatos, Alex Hunter and Advait Tanna) beating Albert Park, Dromana and Gladstone Park on their way to a 4th place finish.  The Year 7 team (Winston Bolt, Matthew Stephens and Nick Livanos) fought hard all day and finished in 8th place. The highlight was beating Camberwell Grammar School.

The girls team (Lilly Felder, Kathy Lee, Amy Kang and Lucia Roohizadegan) won their first match after Lilly Felder won her rubber in a sudden death point. Unfortunately, Melton Secondary were too experienced and took out the title of State champions.  But our girls were proud to be State Runners Up in their first ever squash tournament.

Also, on 30 July the Intermediate Boys and Girls teams competed at MSAC in their Victorian Finals.  The boys team (Harry Nicola, James Hackett-Smith, Dylan Kadish and Johnny Dembo) had a couple of wins during the day and overall finished 8th.  The girls (Angela Chen, Grace Mackay, Grace Mather and Amy Volfson) also had a couple of good wins and also placed 8th.  For many, it was their first squash tournament and all students represented the school with great sportsmanship and enthusiasm.

Tim Blackwood
On 28 July our Intermediate Netball teams competed in the Regional qualifing for the Netball Victoria Schools competition.  Both teams were triumphant on the day, finishing at the top of their pool.  For the first time in McKinnon history, both teams will compete in the all Schools State Championships on 15 September.  We wish both teams the best of luck!

Tim Blackwood
Each year, Volleyball Victoria invite all schools to compete in a three day, state-wide tournament. This includes public and independent schools, sporting academy schools and schools that run elite volleyball programs, such as Eltham College, Girton Grammar and Billanook.  This year’s tournament ran from Friday 25 to Sunday 27 July.

After experiencing several years of success, McKinnon entered four teams who had been training regularly throughout the year.  Throughout the tournament, the students had the opportunity to improve their skills, challenge themselves against fierce competition and build their team spirit.  Each team showed significant development as each match progressed, but it was their attitude and energy that was most impressive.  The students represented the school admirably, consistently displaying positive teamwork, good sportsmanship and respect.

Our Under 15 Boys team consisted of Year 7s and 8s, including several boys who had never played a competitive match before.  Their progress was remarkable as they started to improve their understanding of the game and refine their skills.  After some early losses, they went on to defeat some very strong teams. They finished fourth in their division, narrowly losing the Bronze medal match to an experienced Upwey team.  Congratulations Jesse Scholz, Lachie Vasic, Matt Peel, Max Kennedy, Morgan Watkins, Marom Schell, Jakub Foltynowicz, Danny Hanrahan and Sebastian Sierra-Urban.  A special mention needs to be made of James French, who although injured and unable to play, attended their matches and cheered on the rest of the boys enthusiastically from the bench.

The Under 16 Boys have been playing as a team for the past three years and their hard work is evident on the court.  They played in the elite ‘Honours’ Division, facing the strongest teams in the state.  Their enthusiasm and teamwork was energizing and enabled them to win most of their games in the Round Robin.  In defeating St Bernard’s College in the Semi-Final, the boys won the Bronze Medal and have qualified to play in the Honours League at the National Tournament at the end of the year. Congratulations Luke La Greca, Tom Degering, Sam Halsall, Ryan Diep, Min Shim, Alex Skalova, Josh Wilkins, Brendan Moncrieff, Dylan Kadish and Jason Schwarz.
The Open Girls team included girls from Year 9 - 11, competing against teams largely composed of Year 12s.  These girls were continually positive and incredibly supportive of each other, and should be commended on their amazing attitude. Finishing eighth, the girls worked incredibly hard and will be rewarded in next year’s tournament. Great work Maree Taig, Eliana Adler, Aiyana Alexander, Anita Lin, Seii Chen, Hannah Rosenberg, Anika Duggan and Michelle Weng.

However, the highlight of the tournament was the Open Boys performance in the honours division.  By winning the gold medal match, they earned the highest recognition of the tournament and can proudly call themselves the best volleyball team in the State across all schools.  Several of these boys became interested in volleyball in Year 7 or 8 and after many years of training and dedication, have now gone on to become State and National representative players.  This tournament was an accomplishment to be cherished.  After an undefeated Round Robin, they fought valiantly in a Semi-Final against Billanook to win in five gruelling sets.  The gold medal match was a passionate challenge against Girton Grammar who had not dropped a set the entire tournament, until this match.  Five long sets ensued and McKinnon was crowned champions, with Darcy Taig being recognised as the Most Valuable Player in this division. What an incredible achievement Darcy Taig, Dominic O’Farrell, Liam Adlington, Fraser Rhind, Riley Parker, Ross Sandler, Yo Seop Shim, Ashrey Annavarapu, Matt Wilkins and Nick Markis.  Some the credit is due to Mr Desalvo, who began coaching these boys from Year 7.  After five years of dedication, their combined efforts have been rewarded in the highest manner.
The tournament would not be possible without the support from the parents, who transported the teams to and from Dandenong and cheered enthusiastically from the sideline.  It would also not have been possible without Mr Desalvo running training sessions since the start of the year. 

Thank you Mr Desalvo, for giving up your mornings to train and your entire weekend to coach the tournament.  Thank you also to Mr Braniska and Ms Andrieux for coaching and spending long days at Dandenong.  And thanks to Mr Hudd for coming down to cheer the Senior Boys on!

Ms Dickson
Last week many teams played in the Southern Metro Region Finals.

The following teams won the Region and progress to the State Finals later this term:
  • Year 8 Girls Soccer
  • Inter Girls Soccer
  • Senior Girls Soccer

The following teams finished Runners Up in the Southern Metropolitan Region:
  • Senior Boys Table Tennis
  • Year 7 Boys Soccer
  • Senior Girls Football
  • Senior Boys Hockey
The following teams won the Kingston Division and played in the Southern Metropolitan Finals:
  • Senior Girls Table Tennis
  • Year 8 Boys Soccer
  • Junior Girls Football
  • Senior Girls Badminton
  • Inter Girls Badminton
  • Senior Girls Hockey
Upcoming teams to play in the Southern Metro Finals include:
  • Year 7 B Girls Netball and Girls Netball          - Wednesday 6 August
  • Senior Boys and Inter Boys Netball               - Friday 8 August
  • Year 8 Boys and Year 7 Girls Badminton       - Monday 25 August.
Good Luck to these teams.
Congratulations to the Inter Boys Basketball Team who finished 6th in the State All Schools Basketball Championships on Tuesday 29 July.  On Thursday 31 July the Year 7 & 8 Boys Basketball Team also played in the State All Schools Championships finishing 10th in the State.  Well Done Boys.

Congratulations to the Intermediate Boys and Girls Netball Teams who played in the All-Schools State Qualifying Championships last Monday.  Both team won through to the State Finals later in the term.
  • Intermediate Round Robin                            - Monday 8 August.  
Sports Include Boys and Girls Hockey, Boys and Girls Futsal, Boys and Girls Basketball and Mixed Ultimate Frisbee.

James Bridges
Head of Sport
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Congratulations to the Year 8 Girls Soccer team who are the 2014 Southern Metropolitan Champions.

The defeated:
  • Mentone Girls           1 – 0
  • Dandenong              2 – 1
  • Mornington               1 – 0 in the Final.
They now advance to the State Finals on Friday 5 September at Darebin Soccer Centre.

Good Luck Girls!!
Interschool sport begins this week Friday 8 August for Year 8s and Tuesday 12 August for Year 7s.  Please ensure all hockey players have mouthguards and McKinnon Sport Uniform long school socks so they can participate.
Please encourage your child to regularly check compass for sport messages so they can be at the right place and the right at the right time to support their team.

Go McKinnon!!!

Carole Hooper
Head of Junior Sport
On Wednesday July 30th McKinnon hosted a Sportsman Night in the school hall. Our guest speakers entertained the crowd for 2 hours and were Richmond Coach Damien Hardwick, Former students Collingwood's Jack Frost and Max Gawn and former Hawthorn 3 time Premiership Player James Morrissey. There was also a silent auction which had 50 items ranging from 7 signed AFL jumpers, 2 signed AFL footballs, a wetsuit, coffee machine, Nail Vochers, personal training, Surf Lessons, Movie Tickets and much more. 
The night raised $3000 for the Intermediate basketball team to go to Canberra for the National All Schools Basketball Tournament in December.

Thanks for all those who attended and supported the night.
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
The second hand bookshop will be running again soon.  If you have any spare time late November - early December, you may like to consider volunteering.  All volunteers get first pick of text books they need.

Keep a look out for more information early October with dates and times.

Joanne Robinson
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 (
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.
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.
Bentleigh Cricket Club welcomes parents and players for the 2014/15 season.

Come along to our information night and learn about our philosophy, meet the coaches and junior committee, find out training/playing days, order apparel, discover who is who, and stay on for a beverage in a friendly, family-oriented atmosphere.

When and how can I register my child?
You can register your child right now!
Go to, click on Juniors at BCC | Junior Membership | Online Registration
Registration is $100 ($10 discount after first child) and includes a free cap for 1st time players.

What if I can’t make it to information night?
Attending is preferable but if you can’t, go to our website at:, click on Juniors at BCC | Junior Membership | Frequently Asked Questions

For further junior information/enquiries contact: Michael Foot at