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Issue 5, 24-Apr-2015
Thursday 23 April
9:40am  LATE START
7:30pm Year 11 Theatre Studies Night

Saturday 25 April
German Exchange Returns

Monday 27 April
7:00pm Year 9 Parent Information Session:  Study Skills

Wednesday 29 April
7:00pm DAV Senior Debating
7:30pm Drugs 101: Parent Information Evening
7:30pm Year 10 Drama Night
Clarinet Choir Festival

Thursday 30 April
Equal Opportunity Sports Day
8:50am General Assembly
1:30pm Flu Vaccine - VCE Students
Friday 1 May
Senior Stage Band Tour: Mt Gambier (SA)
VCE Geography Fieldwork Camp

Saturday 2 May
Senior Stage Band Tour: Mt Gambier (SA)
VCE Geography Fieldwork Camp

Sunday 3 May
Senior Stage Band Tour: Mt Gambier (SA)

Monday 4 May
8:50am Year 10 Careers Information Session

Tuesday 5 May
7:00pm Open Night

Wednesday 6 May
Intermediate Round Robin
12:00pm Melbourne University Maths Competition

Thursday 7 May
9:15am – 10:15am College Tours

Friday 8 May
1:00pm MSC Cross Country Carnival

Monday 11 May
Outdoor Ed Bushwalk/Adventure Camp
7:00pm Vocal Night
7:30pm Education Sub-Committee

Tuesday 12 May
Outdoor Ed Bushwalk/Adventure Camp
NAPLAN Year 7 & 9
9:15am – 10:15am College Tours
7:00pm Vocal Night

Wednesday 13 May
NAPLAN Years 7 & 9
Outdoor Ed Bushwalk/Adventure Camp

Thursday 14 May
NAPLAN Years 7 & 9
Senior Round Robin

Monday 18 May
NAPLAN Years 7 & 9
Immunisations - Year 7 Boys & Girls

Tuesday 19 May
Immunisations - Year 8 Boys & Girls
Music Exchange Camp

Wednesday 20 May
8:50am General Assembly
7:00pm DAV Senior Debating
Music Exchange Camp

Thursday 21 May
Music Exchange Camp
7:30pm Year 11 Theatre Studies Night

Monday 25 May
7:30pm Buildings & Grounds Sub-Committee

Wednesday 27 May
7:00pm Senior Ensembles Concert

Thursday 28 May
7:30pm Year 10 Drama Night
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A message from the Principal

Term 2 has now arrived and I warmly welcome all members of our McKinnon community back to school.  I hope all staff and students feel well rested, having enjoyed precious time with friends and family.

I hope the term ahead is one where all students enthusiastically engage in their learning and excellent outcomes and success are attained.  Consistent effort, listening attentively and revision should assist each student to achieve their best.
A note of thanks appeared in the Herald Sun newspaper ‘Black & White’ section on Page 22 of Thursday 16 April, 2015.  It was a letter from Gloria thanking a stranger who happened to administer life-saving timely medical attention to her husband who collapsed after the football at the MCG.  

That ‘stranger’ was our very own Mr Bridges who administered CPR.  One never knows when first aide training may be required.  Well done Mr Bridges
Each year gifted and talented young musicians are invited to nominate for the Accelerando program at Melbourne Recital Centre.  This is a three year program that helps support students to prepare for a career in music performance.
Ceridwen (Winnie) McCooey of Year 10 has been successful.  Congratulations Winnie and we wish you continued success!
Last Sunday I attended two local Anzac Day commemorative services.  

In the morning the Junior School Captains, Anita Voloshin, James Hardy, William Hardy and Negar Hamedani Zadeh laid a wreath at the Bentleigh RSL service.  We also had representation from Tim Greenwood (Year 12) and Angus Keating (Year 10) and Alex Hunter (Year 9) in the Cadets.
I thank them for representing our community so admirably. This ceremony was a tremendous acknowledgement of a significant milestone.

In the afternoon there was a commemorative service held by the Glen Eira Council at Caulfield Park.  This time the College was represented by our Senior School Captains, Matt Mahoney and Allira Lignos and also by Joe Magee (Year 12).  
The Mayor, Jim Magee, our School Council Vice President presided over this service and despite very inclement weather, it was a wonderful commemoration of the Centenary of Gallipoli.

A lone pine was planted to commemorate this special anniversary.
After the capture of the Lone Pine ridge in Gallipoli (6 August 1915), an Australian soldier who had taken part in the attack, in which his brother was killed, found a cone on one of the branches used by the Turks as overhead cover for their trenches, and sent it to his mother.  From seeds shed by it she raised the tree, which she presented to be planted in the War Memorial grounds in honour of her own and others’ sons who fell at Lone Pine.
The Yarralumla Nursery began collecting and propagating seeds from the tree in the late 1940s. Since then, many seedlings have been distributed to RSL branches, schools and other organisations for commemorative purposes.

Two pines were taken to Gallipoli in 1990.  They travelled with a group of First World War veterans,
who returned to Gallipoli to attend the memorial service marking 75 years since the landing at Anzac Cove.  Mr Alf Garland, National President of the RSL planted one of the pines at Lone Pine during the wreath-laying ceremony.

In October 2009, a seedling was presented to Mr Ray Hasler to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the planting.  Mr Hasler had attended the planting in 1934 as a 13 year old Scout.

There are currently no seedlings available from the Memorial or Yarralumla Nursery.

We are very fortunate to have one planted in Caulfield Park.
This Friday night forty Year 9 students and eight teachers will be attending Camp Gallipoli at the Melbourne Showgrounds. The camp is a once in a lifetime opportunity to help commemorate the 100th anniversary of the landings at Gallipoli.

Our staff and students will experience a special night of remembrance and the ANZAC spirit by sleeping under the stars, watching movies and documentaries about the ANZACs, and a very special Dawn Service the following morning on Anzac Day.  As they say we hope we are all worthy of their sacrifice.
to Warwick Meerwald (McKinnon SC cleaner) who will be leading the Ceylon Ex-Servicemen’s march as Master of the Flag on Anzac Day.  Well done Warwick!
We began this week with our Parent/Student/Teacher Conferences held on Wednesday 22 April and I thank everyone for their tremendous efforts.

It was a very successful event and hopefully the timely feedback will ensure improved student learning outcomes are achieved.

It is a very important opportunity for families to meet and discuss with teachers student learning. These conversations are crucial and I thank everyone for their attendance.
All parents are invited to attend a forum being held at the school on Wednesday 29 April from 7.30pm – 9.00pm in the Lecture Theatre.

An invitation and letter has been extended to all parents via Compass.  I look forward to seeing many of you in attendance.
During the last week of Term One, the Victorian Association of State Secondary Principals (of which I am a member), was involved in conducting a symposium on “What Next for Victorian School Funding”. It brought together over 170 of Victoria’s educators, parents, the not for profit sector, public servants and politicians. The event examined the state of equity in Victorian schools and the capability of our school funding model to provide an excellent education for all students.

Deputy Premier and Education Minister the Hon. James Merlino MP addressed the forum to outline his ambitions for the 'education state', announcing: 
  • In 2016 School budgets will include a line item which specifies how much funding has been allocated as a result of the Gonski deal between the State and Federal Governments;
  • A full account of how Gonski deal funding has been spent to date;
  • Funding to Victorian schools will be raised to bring them closer to the national average.
I welcome these commitments and look forward to seeing the detail in the coming State Budget. I also want to see the Minister increase needs based funding and update the funding model to increase the equity component. At the symposium there was robust questioning concerning the recent legislation linking the non-government school funding envelope to government school funding. Many believe this undermines the core Gonski principle of sector blind needs based funding.
On Friday 8 May we will be holding our annual Cross Country afternoon.

This is a whole school event and it is an expectation that the entire school participate.  Please do not write notes excusing your son/daughter from the event unless there is a specialist medical appointment or serious reason for their non-attendance.  Everyone can walk the track if they don’t want to run.

I thank parents for their support.
Tremendous success was achieved at the Swimming State Championships.  Mr Blackwood has a detailed report later in this newsletter but I would like to congratulate Will Sharp (Year 7) who won the 50m Butterfly event, Sienna Beaves (Year 8) who came 3rd in the 50m Freestyle and the 12-14 Years Medley Relay group who came 3rd.  Well done to all involved.

It was a great relief to welcome back 173 very weary students and 13 staff who returned from Central Australia last week, having had the ‘best time ever’!!  
Students have returned with wonderful experiences and great memories – seeing some of the most majestic parts of our country.  I thank the staff who generously give up so much of their personal time to ensure these adventures and experiences are possible.

Thank you to Pip Andrieux, Grace Greenwood, Jonathon Jhoomun, Maddie Oh, Carmen Maloney, Georgia Schmidt, Ange Arena, Chelsea Buntine, Max Newton, Hai Nguyen, Liam Adlington, Patty Etcell and Dan Blackmore for your efforts towards making this trip so successful.

This is a wonderful tour and one that is fondly remembered forever.
to Ellie Adler (Year 12) who performed throughout the United States during the first term break performing a Rock/ Pop Glee Show called 'This is Australia'. 
After auditioning last year and being one of fifty to be selected, she attended intensive rehearsals and performances in Melbourne to prepare for New York, Los Angeles, Washington D.C and Chicago. She along with her troupe, performed at local schools, festivals and major theme parks and was lucky enough to be filmed and followed by channel 9 during their Los Angeles and Disneyland shows.

Congratulations once again to Ellie and we wish her well with her future performances.
Ashley Nathan (Year 8) who has received a Certificate of Appreciation for giving up his Sunday morning to make an impact by helping pack gift hampers for the 700 Victorian women and their children expected to be in crisis accommodation this Mother’s Day as they flee extreme violence at home.
Thank you Ashley, you are a terrific ambassador for our school.
All students should now be in full winter uniform.  A blazer must be worn by Year 7-11 students and Year 12 students have a choice of the blazer or bomber jacket.

We thank parents, on whom we rely, to assist us by ensuring their children are impeccably dressed in their uniform.
At the start and end of each school day the traffic situation outside the school along narrow McKinnon Road is chaotic at best.  Please do not park illegally or in the bus zone.  Try and pick up your children a distance away from the school if possible.  Please do not drive into the school at all and take care on the wet roads.   Thank you for your support in this matter.
Mr John Joseph O’Loughlin who was an ex-School Council President at McKinnon Secondary College passed away on 12 August, 2014.  We would like to offer our sincere condolences to the family.
Personal property is often brought to school by students, staff and visitors. This can include mobile phones, iPods, electronic games, calculators, toys, musical instruments, sporting equipment, and cars parked on school premises.  The Department of Education and Early Childhood Development does not hold insurance for personal property brought to schools and it has no capacity to pay for any loss or damage to such property.  
The Department does not provide personal accident insurance for students.  Parents and guardians are responsible for paying the cost of medical treatment for injured students including any transport costs.  Student accident insurance policies are available from some commercial insurers.  These cover a range of medical expenses not covered by Medicare and Private Health Insurance.

I recommend parents investigate and invest in suitable insurance cover as injuries can be extremely costly.

On Tuesday 12 May, Wednesday 13 May and Thursday 14 May our Year 7 and Year 9 students will be undertaking the NAPLAN tests. NAPLAN (National Assessment Program for Literacy and Numeracy) tests are conducted by the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA).  There are five tests in total, including an assessment of students’ writing skills, use of language conventions, a reading test and two numeracy assessments.

IMPORTANT: Please note all students will need a calculator for one of the Numeracy tests on Thursday 14 May. Any calculator that can perform basic addition, subtraction, multiplication, division functions is suitable. CAS calculators are NOT suitable. All students will be provided with a pencil and eraser; students may bring a black or blue biro for the writing test on the Tuesday.

Students must not bring mobile phones in to any NAPLAN test.

Year 7 students will need to report to the front of the Hall, lining up in class groups, by 8:20am on each of the three testing days. Year 9 students will need to assemble in class groups at the front of the Hall by 10:50am, just before the end of recess, on each of the three testing days.

The results of these tests provide diagnostic information about each child‘s performance in English and Mathematics.  This information is used to support teaching and learning programs and improve student achievement. It is important that all Year 7 and 9 students are present during the testing period. For further information please ring Michael Kan on 8520 9000.

Later in 2015 the results are distributed to parents (towards the end of Term 3). Parents are supplied printed information regarding their child’s progress in relation to State and National benchmarks. NAPLAN achievement will not be recorded on students’ end of semester reports.

For further information please access the NAPLAN website: &
Families are reminded that all students should now be in full winter uniform. School blazers (or senior school jackets for Year 12 students) must be worn to and from school. It is also important to note that nail polish and facial piercings are not acceptable at school.  We have noticed recently that some boys are wearing branded black socks as part of the school uniform.  This is not acceptable and the only type of socks boys may wear are plain black or grey school socks. Thank you to all families for your continued support of our strict uniform policy. 
Many families are taking up the option of explaining student absences online using Compass, which can be done in advance or retrospectively.  Please continue to provide the College with explanations for student absences, either using Compass, emailing or calling 8520 9050.   
Thanks to all parents and students for their attendance at the recent Parent-Teacher-Student conferences. These valuable conversations make a significant contribution to maximising students’ academic performance.

For future reference, if you have not been able to make a booking with a particular teacher, it is because they are fully-booked for the day. Please send an email to (or call) the teacher for feedback; please do not try to squeeze in an interview, as it puts undue pressure on fully-booked staff and unfairly causes delays for parents that have scheduled appointments. If parents can book appointments with a 5 minute space in between, this will allow for movement
around the various locations interviews are conducted. 
In 2015 we have changed our reporting procedures to provide parents with information about students’ academic progress online via Learning Tasks on Compass.  We invite all parents to provide feedback about the use of Learning Tasks, to assist the College in further improving its reporting procedures and communication between the parents, students and teachers.  A brief survey can be completed by following the instructions in the Compass news item; thanks in advance for your feedback. Thanks also to the many parents who have already taken the time to respond.

To clarify a few queries about Learning Tasks:
  • You may see some variation between subjects’ assessment schedules, which will be completely normal - in some classes, students complete a high volume of smaller assessment tasks (every few weeks), while other subjects have a small number of ‘larger’ assessment tasks (which may be submitted later in the semester). This would explain why teachers’ use of Learning Tasks may appear to be inconsistent.
  • End-of-semester reports will still be published at the end of Terms 2 & 4; these will be a compilation of all feedback provided on Learning Tasks throughout the semester (which parents will be able to print, if you wish).
  • When student work is returned it will often include more, explicit feedback from the teacher (in addition to that provided on Learning Tasks).
As with any significant change in procedure at a large school there have been a few challenges along the way, including some technical issues in how Compass has worked (in particular, some tasks have been flagged as overdue, even though the teacher indicated on Compass they’d been submitted on time). We are working hard to address these issues, and thank all parents and students for their patience and understanding during this period of transition. 
As winter is upon us it is important for parents to consider the flu vaccine for their children. Students in Year 11 and Year 12 can receive the vaccine at the College on Thursday 30 April. If you would like your child to be immunized please approve the event on Compass and provide $20 cash to be supplied directly to the Doctor on the day.

Will Ockenden, Josh Kah and Max Meuleman (all in Year 10) formed a team representing McKinnon Secondary College a week before the Team Trials on Tuesday 3 March. They achieved 5th place out of 17 and considering the team was only put together a week before the trials this was most impressive. Congratulations, boys, on your achievement and for flying the flag for McKinnon Secondary College!  

In March Will Ockenden (Year 10) competed in the Junior National Steeplechase in Sydney. The steeples have gone up to a standard height this year and a torrential lightning storm delayed the race for two hours, Will managed to place 15th in the race. Well done on your fantastic achievement! 

Genevieve O'Brien (Year 7) competed in the Little Athletics Victorian State Track and Field Championships at the Lakeside Stadium on 28 and 29 March. She competed in the Under 12 Girls 400m and 800m and won Silver and Bronze respectively. Congratulations Genevieve on these fantastic results.

One of our very own Year 9 students, Indigo Erez, has won fourth prize at the prestigious Adelaide Poetry Competition. Indigo submitted a poem earlier this year and she was pleasantly surprised at her success. The English Learning Area congratulates Indigo for her efforts and we encourage her and all other aspiring writers to enter our own Writer of The Month competition (entries to Ms Pentland at and external competitions such as the one Indigo entered.

The link to Indigo’s poem can be found here:

Reece Simon (Year 12), Alannah Zapedowski (Year 8) and Lily Hannah (Year 7) all had the opportunity to impress 'The Terminator" by winning Gold in their respective categories at the Arnold Schwarzenegger Classic.  All had been training hard for this very big festival. Congratulations on this wonderful achievement.

Monique Kostelac (Year 12) attended the 20th National Schools' Constitutional Convention held in Canberra in March. She was selected to represent Victoria as a delegate along with 119 equally passionate delegates from around the nation to discuss the topic "Should Australia have a Bill of Rights". 

This opportunity was the result of attending the 2014 State School's Convention where students were able to apply for the National Convention. The three day event was filled with an abundance of political discussion relating to the topic and would have been a wonderful experience for Monique. Congratulations and we hope the friendships and knowledge you have formed from this experience will continue.
Congratulations to Nic Chapman (Year 12) and Oscar Abram (Year 11) who were named in the Victorian Team to play in the National Championships in Adelaide last week.
The team went through the tournament undefeated and played Western Australia to win the Final and to be crowned National Champions.  Nic was also named in the Ten Man All Stars Team for the tournament and also won a Most Valuable Player for his team in one of the games. Well done boys on the great result!
Three students, Michelle Androsenko (Year 7), Stefani Grinberg (Year 7) and Artem Potemkin (Year 8), who belong to "Inspiration" Children's Talent School have been invited to attend the Prague Spring Festival in Europe, visiting Berlin and Paris as well as Prague. They will perform alongside other countries in a musical play which includes acting, singing and dancing. This will be a wonderful experience and we hope you enjoy your trip and the Festival. 
Palmer Rosenberg (Year 7) recently auditioned for the Australian premiere of "My Name is Asher Lev". Palmer belongs to the "Stage Left" Drama School and was awarded a leading role. "My Name is Asher Lev" will be playing at the Phoenix Theatre, Elwood, from 25 April to 10 May. Break a Leg, Palmer!! 

Merryn Walker
A group of McKinnon students are currently in Kirchhain, Germany, on a linguistic exchange. Two teachers accompany them: Frau Fowler and Herr Kamener. Students are staying with host families and attend the local Gymnasium or high school with their exchanger partners. Students are writing a blog where they talk about their experiences and thoughts:

It is really an interesting read and it shows the richness and the depth of students learning and reflection that take place during an exchange. It is a real privilege to share the daily life of a German family. The benefits are not only on a linguistic level; it helps students form an understanding of another culture. They gain an intercultural knowledge that strengthens their skills as global citizens.

Our students had the chance to visit several parts of the country with their host families. Some went to Berlin and Hamburg whilst others tried to snowboard in the Italian Alps. They also had the chance to experience Easter in Germany or to have a “special” birthday cake. We are looking to their safe return this week.
A pre-arrival meeting was held this week for the Australian families hosting French students. Our French exchange partners will visit our school from Sunday 7 June to Saturday 18 July 2015. The group of 21 French students and their French teacher will attend our school with their Australian host partner. They will also visit French classes of all year levels to meet our students and support their learning of French as well as their cultural understanding.

On 18 and 19 July 2015, the State Library is organizing a French festival to celebrate Bastille Day. For French families and Francophile, it will include cultural displays, performances, entertainment as well as a selection of French food and wine.

Pierrick Hubert
Teacher of French
Languages Assistant KLA
The English faculty recently purchased a class set of 28 small whiteboards that may be booked via a Google Document created by Ms Naomi O'Brien. When teachers want students to indicate the gaps in their knowledge on a particular topic (eg how to write an introduction or what they did last lesson), they jot down their questions/answers etc. on the whiteboard and hold them up. In this way, the teacher can gain a timely and relevant list of questions/gaps that need further discussion/study. They can be used for spelling, word games, group work, essay planning and so on. They are magic and we love them.

In addition, each English teacher now has a class set of 28 icy-pole sticks.  We all name the sticks and they are used when students are to present either (formal or informal) oral presentations or when we put them in groups. The teacher pulls out a stick with a name on it and that student goes first/joins that group. This ensures that there is an absolutely fair order for all oral presentations and that all students get to work with people they don't normally chat to. The feedback from teachers and students has been overwhelmingly positive, since all need to be ready on the same day and they all get to practise oral skills in different groups.

Jason Jewell
Head of English
One of the recent activities in Year 9 Control Technology classes involved the creation of a duck (the animal) using exactly 15 available Lego pieces and then writing instructions to enable someone else to independently identify the pieces from the given set and build exactly the same duck.  

The educational idea behind the task (called Duckumentation) was to help students understand the need to provide clear and unambiguous diagrams and text instructions as well as to work through the problem stages of Investigating the features that help identify a duck. Design an appropriate figure within the constraints of the pieces available. 

There was tremendous variety in the duck models and most of the Duckumentation provided enabled test students to create very similar, if not identical, duck models.
One of the most important design considerations in Information Technology is readability.  There should be a clear hierarchy of text formatting with Headings standing out the most, followed by Subheadings et cetera until the actual body text.  Choice of typeface, style (Italic, Bold) and size should be deliberate to support this hierarchy as well as general readability. Captions and headers/footers may be smaller than general body text.  Size becomes even more important in electronic presentations where text has to be readable from a distance - around 22 point is generally considered to be the minimum you should use for body text. Adhering to this will also prevent you from trying to put too much text on a slide.

Choice of colours for text and background should always have good contrast to make it easy for the reader.  In particular, when considering using an image as a background for text, the choice of formatting of the text becomes critical.  It is very difficult to make text over colourful images easy to read and in general is best avoided.

Diana Hatch
Timetabler, ICT Learning Area Manager
On Wednesday 15 April, eleven of McKinnon’s best swimmers descended upon Albert Park for the State Swimming Championships.

This was the biggest team that McKinnon has sent to the State Championships for many years, and expectations were high after great results at both Kingston and Southern Metropolitan Region Finals.
Results from the day were as follows:

·         Sienna Beaves (Year 8) had two individual races and two relays on the day. In the 50m Breaststroke, Sienna pushed all the way and finished in 4th place. In the 50m freestyle, Sienna pumped out a personal best time (29.87sec) and won a Bronze Medal.

·         Will Sharp (Year 7) had three individual races and two relays. Will, the current butterfly State Sprint Champion for his age, won three Gold Medals and a Silver Medal on the day. This included the 50m Butterfly and 50m Backstroke events in personal best times.

·         Will Sharp, Daniel Gershenzon, Jacob Gray and Alan Tang swam a blistering Final in the Freestyle Relay to claim Gold almost 10 seconds faster than the Silver winners. Their time of 2.03.79 seconds was only 1 second away from the state record!

·         Our Junior Girls (Sienna Beaves, Brittany Ennor, Angelique Lignos, Anna Willaton, Sophie Roberts) also had a successful day finishing fifth in both the Medley and Freestyle Relays.

·         Maya Hammam also qualified for the State Championships, however she was away representing her club at the Australian Championships in Sydney. The team was inspired to hear that Maya had won a Bronze Medal in the 100m 13yrs butterfly. Her time of 1.03.80 was a massive personal best and narrowly missed out on a Silver Medal. The following night Maya also added a Silver Medal in the 200m butterfly. Outstanding results for Maya!

Well done to all swimmers and divers involved in this year’s very successful events.

Tim Blackwood


Equal Opportunity Sports Day - Thursday 30 April

Boys Netball
Girls Football

Inter Round Robin - Wednesday 6 May  

Girls Netball 
Boys Football 
Boys Soccer 
Girls Soccer
Squash (Senior and Intermediate)
Table Tennis (Senior and Intermediate)

McKinnon House Cross Country - Friday 8 May 1pm - 3pm

Senior Round Robin- Thursday 14 May

Girls Netball 
Boys Football 
Boys Hockey 
Girls Hockey
Boys Soccer 
Girls Soccer

James Bridges
Head of Sport

Congratulations to the following Junior Teams who are the 2015 Kingston Division Champions:

·         Year 7 Boys Tennis
·         Year 7 Girls Cricket
·         Year 8 Girls Cricket
·         Year 8 Girls Softball

Good luck in the Southern Metropolitan Regional Final.

The multisports group had the pleasure of a Lacrosse clinic run by the local Caulfield Lacrosse Club in the last week of Term 1.

These community links are very important to the school and we are grateful to these clubs for volunteering their time.  

Term 2 Junior Sport has begun in earnest and all students have now been placed into their Term 2 sports.

The following are the interschool dates for football, netball, badminton and soccer: 

Year 7 
R 1 v Parkdale - 19 May
R 2 v Sandringham - 26 May
R 3 v Brighton - 2 June
R 4 v Bentleigh - 9 June 
R 5    (Bye) - 16 June 
Final: Tuesday 23 June

Year 8 
R 1    (Bye) - 8 May 
R 2 v Sandringham - 15 May 
R 3 v Brighton - 22 May
R 4 v Parkdale - 29 May 
R 5 v Bentleigh - 5 June
Final: Friday 19 June  

For the wet, windy and cold weather an additional McKinnon School Logo spray jacket is available from the Uniform Shop.  Students can wear it to and from school and it is to be worn ONLY ON SPORT DAYS (Tuesdays - Year 7 students) & (Fridays - Year 8 students).  As explained to the students these jackets MUST not be worn on any other day and NEVER inside the classroom.
In the colder weather students have the option of wearing the school logo tracksuit pants / rugby top and their school spray jacket to sport.

These items are available from the Uniform Shop.

Good Luck to all students in Southern Metropolitan Region Finals.

Go McKinnon !!
Carole Hooper
Head of Junior Sport


Congratulations to the following Art Club students, whose work was on display at the Youth Art Expo 2015, which was held on Thursday 16 April at the Glen Eira Town Hall Auditorium:

  • Sally Park – Year 10
  • Amy Zhao – Year 8
  • Weijia Liao – Year 7
  • Genevieve O’Brien – Year 7

Ms Kuriata
Arts KLA Manager
Welcome to Term Two.  We trust that all students have spent some time practising over the break.  A reminder to Year 7 students that at this stage they should be aiming to practise a minimum of 20 minutes four times a week to improve on their instrument.  We look forward to improving performances over the term.
Term two has a number of performances where students will be able to demonstrate their developing skills. These are the dates for important performances throughout this term:

·         Tuesday 5 May – Open Night

·       Saturday 9 May – Symphonic Wind by invitation with Grainger Wind Symphony

·         Monday 11 May – Vocal Night

·         Tuesday 19 – Thursday 21 May Music Exchange in Daylesford

·       Wednesday 27 May – Senior Ensembles Concert

·         Tuesday 16 June – Brass Night

·        Thursday 18 June – Year 12 Music Performance Night

·         Tuesday 23 June – Junior Concert

·        Thursday 25 June – Year 11 Music Performance Night

Please mark these in your diaries now.  We look forward to seeing you all at these events.
Congratulations to the students and staff who took part in the Symphonic Wind Band camp, held at Dromana on 19 – 21 April.  It was a highly successful rehearsal and performance camp.  Further details will be provided in the next newsletter.  Thank you to Ms Su Rogerson for her organisation of this outstanding event.
Good luck to the Senior Stage Band and their tour to the Jazz Festival in Mount Gambier on 1 - 3 May.  We look forward to hearing about the successful tour.
Mr Sergei Golovko will be taking leave until the end of term.  We wish him all the best in his travels.

Welcome to Mr Adam Coad who will be replacing Mr Golovko for the remainder of the term.
Congratulations to Ceridwen McCooey (Year 10), who has been accepted into the inaugural Accelerando program.  This program is funded by the Melbourne Recital Centre who are seeking to encourage and inspire the next generation of musicians.  Gifted and talented students will be supported through Year 10 to VCE, to help them prepare for a career in music performance or a related field.

As you can see, we have begun the term in a very busy fashion and look forward to the continuing success of our music students for the remainder of the term.  Keep practicing!

Megan Papworth
Head of Music - Classroom


Does your child ever say they don’t like reading?  Sports biographies have proven to be very popular, especially amongst students who might not generally like to read.  Some of our latest books are pictured above.  There are a lot more biographies in the library, including surfers, cricketers, Australian Rules Footballers, etc. If you want to find a biography or autobiography of someone search the catalogue under their name.  If you are just browsing, search using the terms “Biography” or “autobiography”.  The library also has collections of sports writings that appeal to sports fans.  These can be found in the sport section: 796.  Students are encouraged to recommend books for the McKinnon library.  If you know of a great book you think should be in the library please come and tell us about it.

As mentioned in the last newsletter the library will open until 5:30pm Monday - Thursday during Term Two.  This is a great time for students to come and complete school work, including homework, printing, research etc.  Students can also come to the library during morning recess for printing etc.
All students (and staff) at McKinnon can use this video streaming service.  Think of it like Netflix, Stan etc. except educational. The easiest way to login is via Google +.  Log in to your McKinnon email.  The Enhance TV app should be with the other Google apps.

Russell Absalom

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 (

In order to minimise disruption to class and maximise learning opportunities for our students, we would like to remind you of the school policy regarding late arrival to school. Students are expected to be at school at 8:30am.  A locker bell rings at 8:35am and class begins punctually at 8:50am. If your child is late for any reason, please notify the school by phone 8520 9050, email or by writing a note in the student's diary explaining the reason. 

If no explanation has been received:

·         students in Years 7 - 10 are withdrawn from class and given an after school detention for the following day;

·         students in Years 11 and 12 are given a pass to class and an after school detention for the following day.

We appreciate your support in this. If you have any questions please call Alison on 8520 9050.
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.