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Issue 12, 26-Aug-2014
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
3:00pm 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
World Challenge Training Expedition (HOS)

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

Monday 8
Immunisations - Year 7 Boys & Girls & Year 9 Boys

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

Wednesday 10
9:30am Late Start
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

Tuesday 16
Asia Week
7:00pm Year 12 Music Performance Celebration Night

Wednesday 17
Asia Week
2:30pm Early Finish
3:00pm Year 7 & 8 Parent-Teacher-Student Interviews

Thursday 18
Asia Week
Duke of Ed - Practise HIke (Year 9)

Friday 19
Duke of Ed - Practise Hike (Year 9)
Asia Week
2:30pm Early Finish
End of Term III

Tuesday 23
Year 12 Theatre Studies excursion
Wednesday 1
Year 12 Practice Exams

Thursday 2
Year 12 Practice Exams

Friday 3
Year 12 Practice Exams

Monday 6
Start of Term IV

Tuesday 7
7:30pm Education Sub-Committee

Wednesday 8
7:30pm Year 9 2015 Information Night

Thursday 9
Year 7 Reach Workshops

Friday 10
Southern Metro Region Athletics Competition
Year 7 Reach Workshops

A message from the Principal

Our VCE Night was very well attended and successful and I appreciate the wonderful feedback received.  I would like to thank parents, students, representatives from various Institutions and our VCE teachers who came along to respond to student questions and give details of the various subjects and courses on offer.  Thorough research enables the best decision to be made by students.

Students’ final course submissions for 2015 were due last week.
Once again it is VTAC application time for our Year 12 cohort.

It was a pleasure to see so many Year 12 parents attend the VTAC Information Night last Thursday.

Mr Mest, Mr Noble and Ms Felmingham presented a very thorough talk on the application process.  Key dates were given and again it is very important to know and understand what is required so that assistance can be given to each student.

I wish our Year 12’s all the best with their selections of tertiary courses for 2015.
The Tournament of Minds Challenge was held on the 16th and 17th of August at Deakin University.  McKinnon had 4 teams in the event
this year.  The Maths/Engineering team received an Honours Award and the Applied Technology team won their division.  They will now proceed to the State Finals at La Trobe University on 14 September to challenge the State title.  Congratulations to the following team members:

Luka Cote, Andy Kim, Eriks Stepanuks (Year 7) Luka Duggan, Neg Hamedani Zadeh, (Team Captain) Alex Hunter and Phoenix Loquet (Year 8)

Congratulations to Mr Killeen, Ms Mauger, Ms Krommydas for their assistance and to Mr Perry for his team’s success but more importantly for organizing the entire tournament of minds event for McKinnon. Well done to all the students who participated.  You were great ambassadors for McKinnon Secondary College.
Science was celebrated this week with tremendous activities, enthusiasm and challenging problems.

I congratulate Mrs Sweeney and all the Science Faculty staff who continue to inspire and create a love of learning in science.  Enthusiastic participation was evident in all the activities including survivor, the rocket launch and inspirational guest speakers.
Congratulations to the Manager of Instrumental Music, Mr Martin West and the Manager of Classroom Music, Ms Megan Papworth and the Music Faculty for their wonderful celebration of music held at the Robert Blackwood Hall last night.

It was indeed a spectacular event that showcased the musical talents of our staff and students.  Concerts like these allow students’ talent to be recognised and celebrated!  Thank you to all the siblings, parents, grandparents and friends who attended.  As always the extended McKinnon family was there in force.

Well done to all involved!
The Victorian State Schools Spectacular will be held at Hisense Arena on Saturday 13 September.  Tickets are now on sale through  
We wish Alexandra Samulenok (Year 12) and Krystal La (Year 10) all the very best in this production.
The following is a reminder about the accident policy situation at McKinnon Secondary College:
  • Parents/Guardians of students, who do not have student accident insurance, are responsible for paying the cost of medical treatment for injured students, including the cost of ambulance attendance/transport and any other transport costs;
  • Also Parents/Guardians can purchase insurance policies from commercial insurers.
The Department of Education recommends that Parents/Guardians seek assistance in this matter with their insurance broker or find a suitable personal accident insurer in the Yellow Pages or online.

Parent-Teacher-Student Interviews (to be conducted in the last three weeks of this term) can now be booked using Compass.  These nights are an excellent opportunity to discuss your child’s progress and strategies to support their academic work.  We look forward to seeing you at these important evenings.
At the beginning of September, the College will publish progress reports for every student. Teachers in all subject areas will provide feedback in the following areas:
    • Academic Progress - the extent of the student’s understanding of the key skills and knowledge taught in the subject, a judgement based upon the student’s performance in formal assessment tasks, ungraded work submitted to the teacher, participation in class discussion, etc;
    • Attitude & Effort - the student's approach to their learning, including their behaviour in class, how hard they are working, whether they use class time effectively and whether they have sought advice/assistance from the teacher; and
    • Organisation - the student's use of their diary, whether they have revised well for assessment tasks, brought appropriate materials to class and completed homework on time. 
    This feedback will be provided on Compass (parents and students will be notified when this information becomes available).  Whilst not as detailed as end-of-semester reports, we believe these progress reports will provide families with timely knowledge about every student’s performance, and inform our conversations at parent-teacher-student interviews. 
    The Winter Concert is one of the biggest events of the year at McKinnon.   ALL students in Years 7 & 8 and all students undertaking Music in Years 9 - 12 will be performing at the
    Concert.  Full participation by all students in such events is central to being a member of the McKinnon community.

    The Winter Concert is a great celebration of our students' musical talents and hard work; we hope that you will be able to attend this very enjoyable night.
    Parental consent and payment for students’ participation in College excursions can usually be processed on Compass.  The information on Compass will include a deadline for consent/payment that must be adhered to, to enable the College’s staff to finalise bookings, transport, etc.  Please contact the College if you need assistance using Compass.
    At this time of year there are always viruses going around.  If your child is really ill school is not the place to be for their own well being. Some students have attended school lately when they are clearly unwell and have been sent home again.  Not only is this uncomfortable for the student concerned it also spreads the illness in the school community. Please keep your child home if they are too ill to come to school.  Thank you for your cooperation.
    Head of Junior School
    and Manager of ELMS Program
    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.
    Abraham Tsimiklis (Year 12) is a member of Revolution Taekwondo in East Bentleigh and recently competed in the 8th World Cultural Exhibition in Muju, South Korea.
    He competed in the male Blue Belt sparring and won the silver medal.  It is a fantastic achievement to fly to the home of Taekwondo and to be successful taking on many other competitors from around the world.

    Congratulations Abraham on this wonderful effort and we wish you good luck for the future. 
    Ben Ayzelman (Year 8) competed in the 2014 Jiu Jitsu National Championship last weekend at the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre.  
    He competed in the 14 year old and under 48.3 kg division and won the gold medal.  This is a fantastic effort and follows on from Ben's gold medal in the Victorian Championship earlier in the year. 
    Ben also competed in the National Judo championships in June this year and won a Bronze medal.

    What a wonderful achievement, Ben, in both these sports!

    Merryn Walker
    The Arts Key Learning Area has an extensive program of excursions, where students regularly visit a variety of Art Galleries to see both contemporary and traditional artworks and exhibitions from a variety of cultures and styles. 

    All Year 7 students go to the National Gallery of Victoria to spend a day viewing, discussing, analysing, making and writing about artworks in a cross curricular program encompassing both English and Art. 

    In Years 9, 10, 11 and 12, students attend relevant exhibitions to improve their understanding of other cultures, to explore different ways of thinking and making art, and to broaden their understanding of the world and issues artists explore through their art making. The students particularly enjoyed the recent Melbourne Now exhibition that really challenged and broadened  their understanding of what art can be. 

    Ms H Kuriata
    ARTS KLA Manager

    All students have the opportunity to partake in fieldwork, and to enhance this opportunity McKinnon Year 12 students have been undertaking a 3 day camp to Tarra Bulga National Park in South Gippsland for over 12 years.  Clearly there must be something special about the place so here are the facts.

    Students have to develop a data file much like a visual diary in art subjects.  This means students need to take a variety of photographs of the geographic characteristics of the park.  There is no shortage of magnificent vistas for the students to capture from the delicate dewy fern fronds to the towering mountain ash to the golden carpet of
    myrtle beech tree leaves, a cool temperate rainforest species.  This remnant forest has some trees that are over 1000 years old and mountain ash over 100 metres tall.

    Along with photography they complete a range of walks through the park which cover the longer treks (up to 9 km) to shorter walks under the canopy of the ferns and myrtle beech.  The beauty and companionship help overcome the steepness, length and chill of the walks.  A talk is given by the Park Ranger which helps students to understand who is a typical visitor and what are the impacts on park management - a major aspect of their study.

    The highlight of course, is really the time together sharing a real passion for this unique environment and Geography and the camp ground where we stay affords ample opportunity for that to take place.  Students are comfortably settled in cabins
    whilst there is an open sided shelter with an enormous stone fireplace that throws out plenty of much needed welcome heat as temperatures can drop to near freezing by morning.  This is the focus for much geographic discussion each night when we review our findings and reassure students of the hazards that may arise on some of the walks, none more worrying then the leeches on Diaper Track!  The shelter is also used for a slap up BBQ dinner with the requisite Chocolate Bavarian, a meeting place where playing cards or just sitting around chatting is a great way to finish off a day in this superb forest.  A place they will definitely remember fondly.

    Margaret Bourke
    Year 12 Geography

    Tiki Toki is an online app that allows you to create timelines.  The user can include images and videos, add categories and colours and it has an amazing 3D option.  One of the things that makes this software different than others is that it does not require you to download anything.  

    Tiki Toki is free for use but it has a premium account option that allows you to enable more options.  Although it is a good software it does have some limits: A normal account (free account) is not able to create more than one timeline.  A teacher needs a premium account to see their student's timelines directly.  Overall Tiki Toki is good software for students and children but the free version has some limitations.

    Guy Rif - 7B

    ‘Cite This For Me’ is a Google App which is very helpful for completing bibliographical citations for websites. It is easily downloaded from the Play Store and sits next to the address line in Chrome.

    “Cite this for me is and was a very good to use because it is easier and better than just copying the link. I think it helped the bibliography, and i would recommend it to anyone needing to bibliography”

    Tom Johnston 7M

    “I think Cite this for me is an okay app because it just copies the like for me and then I have to paste it. I also find it accesses all my data on every website I go on and that can be a major
    problem for some people. Overall Cite this for me is a decent app while it may be a pain for some people it’s okay to use.”

    Sankalpa Rao 7M

    “Cite This For Me is an extremely useful app. It allows you to get a brief summary of a site and general information about it, such as when it was accessed and safety/ reliability of the site. An example of how the site represents information in only one of it’s optional formats:
    This is only an example and there are several different ways it can be formatted. I found Cite This For Me a very useful app and easy to use, I would definitely use it again.

    [a]This show the name of the website or what has been searched

    [b]orange highlight

    [c]This is a summary of the website

    [d]yellow highlight

    [e]Some basic information about the website

    [f]green highlight”

    Chloe Swan 7H
    McKinnon Secondary College - Number SIX in the world!!!
    Our ongoing efforts with Education Perfect and especially Language Perfect have contributed to an amazing result! Congratulations to all McKinnon students who participated in the Education Perfect World Series!

    ACTFL – The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages has released interesting information on the benefits of Language learning. Please follow the link below to read about latest research studies!

    Things have been very busy in the Music Department over the past fortnight in the lead up to the Winter Concert.  
    Munch then Music was held on Friday 8 August.  A big thank you to Alex Samulenok and Nick Parkinson for compering the performance program at lunchtime.  Congratulations to Ellen Kalaya, Vanessa Wong, Cara Bronstein and Ruby Mather – who made up Soundproof Stanley; James Hardy;  David Yarrow (beatboxing solo); Lena Zhan, George Inglis, Luca Soprano, David  Yarrow and Shaun Samulenok – who made up Puzzles; and Moran Zhou and Alexia Samiotis for their outstanding performances.
    The Ovenden Band claimed a Gold Award at the Victorian Schools Music Festival, Junior Band section.  This is an outstanding achievement to the many students involved in this ensemble and a credit to their conductor, Ms Tracy Videon.  The level of musicianship demonstrated on the day, displays a growing understanding of the language of music.  Well done and congratulations to all involved.
    On Monday 11 August a hot night’s entertainment was provided by the fantastic percussion students and their teacher Mr Golovko.  Thank you to the many solos, duos and group performances that took place over the night as the level of musicianship was exceedingly high.  Congratulations on a fantastic effort.

    As we are publishing this newsletter, the Annual Winter concert will be hours away.  We wish all within the Music Department the best for the evening’s performance.  The many weeks worth of rehearsals will be demonstrated during the performance.
    ·         Clarinet Choir - Thistlelonian’s 50th Reunion, class of 1964,  school hall Sunday 24 August;

    ·         Combined Band (Ovenden Band and Symphonic Wind Band) and String Quartet - McKinnon Secondary College 60th Birthday, School Hall, Sunday 31 August at 3pm 

    ·    Clarinet Choir - Royal South Street Festival of Bands, Memorial Theatre Ballarat, Tuesday 2 September;

    ·   VCE (Unit 4) Music Performance Celebration Night – Tuesday 16 September.

    Megan Papworth
    Head of Music - Classroom

    The McKinnon Secondary College Athletics Carnival took place on Wednesday 6 August.  The theme of the carnival was the 2014 Commonwealth Games being held in Glasgow. Duncan Mackinnon Reserve held many similarities to the host nation, with the Baltic wind chill in the morning, and the subtle sounds of bagpipes filling the air whenever Mr Drummond was around!
    Each house represented a competing nation, Monash were themed as Ireland, Chisholm representing Scotland, Gilmore took influence from Canada and Flynn had a Jamaican flair!

    It was a very successful day with four new school records being set (L Thompson in High Jump, L Zachest in Triple Jump and J Scholz
    in the 200m & 400m) and 112 students qualifying for the Kingston Division Athletics Championships on 4 September.
    The race for the house cup was hotly contended, with the result pending on the final event of the day, the 40/40 relay.  The winning house for 2014 was Monash, closely followed by Gilmore in 2nd place, Chisholm in 3rd and Flynn in 4th place. Congratulations to all students who attended and participated, and a big thank you to all the staff for helping make the day a success.

    Good luck to all the students representing the school in the Kingston Division Championships.

    Miss Pemberton
    On Monday 18 August, Term 3 Intermediate Round Robin took place at a variety of venues across Melbourne.  Congratulations to the Girls Hockey and Boys Basketball who have all won through to the Southern Metro Finals next term. Thanks to all the players for representing the school on the day and the coaches for giving up their time.

    Team                        Position         Coach
    Boys Basketball     A-1st  B-1st      Mr Bridges
    Girls Basketball     A-2nd  B-1st    Miss Schmidt
    Boys Hockey                 2nd             Mr King
    Girls Hockey                  1st         Mr McConnon
    Girls Futsal                    3rd         Mr DeCarlos
    Boys Futsal           A-2nd  B-3rd     Mr Carroll
    Ultimate Frisbee             1st         Mr Cukierman

    James Bridges
    Head of Inter/Senior Sport

    Celebrating Book Week – Author visit from J.C. Burke
    Book week is celebrated nationally during August. At McKinnon, we recognise this time by having authors visit to speak to our students and by running lunchtime events in the library. On Tuesday the 12th of August, J.C. (Jane) Burke spoke to our Year 9 students. Jane is an award winning author of 10 books for young adults and a highly engaging speaker. She had the students enthralled with stories of how she gets ideas for writing and of her writing process. Teasers from her books Pig Boy, The Red Cardigan and Pretty Girl had students keen to borrow her books.
    Congratulations to the six students who won a copy of one of Jane’s books  - Brendan Moncrieff, Grace Nam, Sebasitan Hilton-Delhaye, Kesha Singh, Hayden Kelly and Irene Tartiris

    Use this URL see the JC Burke books in the College library (school login required)
    Book week Book awards
    Each year the Children’s Book Council of Australia nominates a short list of excellent Australian books for children and young adults. See below the books nominated for older readers with the winner being Wildlife by Fiona Wood. All of these books are available from the College library.

    Library – Refurbishment
    Our newly refurbished library has been open for four weeks and the students and staff are enjoying the fabulous new spaces and fresh surroundings. At this important and busy time of the years seniors students are making great use of the new
    classrooms, meeting room and individual study spaces.

    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.

    ASIA WEEK 2014
    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
    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 Tuesday 16 September – 7:00pm to 8:30pm
    Auditorium, Level 1, Glen Eira Town Hall
    Corner Glen Eira and Hawthorn Roads, Caulfield
    Guest Speaker – Dr Michael Carr-Gregg
    FREE EVENT but bookings are essential to secure yourself a seat.  Please call Glen Eira Youth Services on 9524 3676 to book your seat.  Please refer to the attached link for further information.