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McKinnonNEWS
Issue 9, 18-Jun-2015
Friday 26 June
END OF TERM 2
2:30pm EARLY FINISH
Year 8 Survivor Sport Challenge
JULY
Monday 13 July
START OF TERM 3

Thursday 23 July
8:50am GENERAL ASSEMBLY

Friday 24 July
Victorian Volleyball Schools Cup Tournament

Saturday 25 July
Victorian Volleyball Schools Cup Tournament

Sunday 26 July
Victorian Volleyball Schools Cup Tournament

Wednesday 29 July
7:00pm DAV Senior Debating

Thursday 30 July
Proposed:  Symphonic Wind Band Tour (Gippsland)
Australian Maths Competition

Friday 31 July
Proposed:  Symphonic Wind Band Tour (Gippsland)
AUGUST
Monday 3 August
8:50am General Assembly
7:00pm Junior Debating

Thursday 6 August
Cuckoo Excursion (German Years 8 – 12)

Friday 7 August
Year 10 Outdoor Ed Ski Trip

Monday 10 August
7:00pm Junior Debating
7:00pm Finance Sub-Committee
7:30pm School Council

Tuesday 11 August
7:00pm Senior School Information Night

Wednesday 12 August
MSC Athletics Carnival

DATES TO REMEMBER
JUNE
Thursday 18 June
Year 11 Camp (Gold Coast)
7:00pm Year 12 Music Performance Night

Friday 19 June
Year 11 Camp (Gold Coast)
Proposed:  Year 12 English Performance (Periods 5 & 6)

Saturday 20 June
Year 11 Camp (Gold Coast)

Monday 22 June
7:00pm Finance Sub-Committee
7:30pm School Council

Tuesday 23 June
7:00pm Junior Concert

Wednesday 24 June
7:30pm Year 9 Drama Night

Thursday 25 June
Year 8 Survivor Art Challenge
7:00pm Year 11 Music Performance Night

PRINCIPAL'S REPORT
A MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL

COUNCIL OF INTERNATIONAL SCHOOLS
As I have reported previously we are on a journey for International Accreditation with the Council of International Schools (CIS).  This is part of our continuous improvement focus.

We completed our self-study last week which has involved all staff, students and parents.

It is indeed an impressive document that remains as a substantial gift to our school.

It has provided an opportunity for detailed analysis and reflection on how we believe we meet the 32 International Standards and has links to the evidence we think is relevant.

In August we have our CIS representatives visiting and providing an external assessment on what we have said in our self-study.

Everyone has participated in our detailed response but the CIS leadership team of Mr Hughes, Mr D’Ambra, Mr Long and Mr Evans have worked tirelessly and I thank them for their dedication and attention to detail in completing the self-study.  We now look forward to the CIS team visit.
LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS
Congratulations are definitely in order to the staff, students and parents involved in putting together this year’s production of The Little Shop of Horrors.

The standard was outstanding!

An amazing team have worked tirelessly for many months to enable a most entertaining production to be put together and, in particular, I would like to thank the following people:

Ms Doctor – Director
Ms Ginsberg – Producer
Blanka West – Musical Director
Mr Van Langenberg – Rehearsal Pianist
Nick Xanthoudakis – Sound/Lighting and Theatre Coordination
I also would like to acknowledge families, friends, ex-students and staff who attended each session and supported the cast and crew.

These productions create long lasting memories for kids and bring about wonderful friendships.

Congratulations and thank you for flying the McKinnon flag so high.
SISTER SCHOOL VISIT : QINGDAO CHINA
Today we welcomed a delegation of 7 staff from our Sister School in Qingdao, School No. 66 in China who are on a very short stay in Melbourne. 
 
They were most impressed with students and staff and appreciated the opportunity to visit classrooms and engage in conversations with our teachers.
I would like to particularly thank Anna Zhang our International Student Assistant Coordinator who has been instrumental in arranging this first visit.
YEAR 11 CAMP
Our Year 11 camp to the Gold Coast left yesterday.  120 students and 7 staff boarded planes at 6:30am on Wednesday for four days of fun in Queensland.

We know how important these trips are to building wonderful relationships and fond memories of days at school.  I hope to hear about their wonderful adventures on their return.

It is a great way for them to be finishing Term 2.
EXAMINATION WEEKS
School exams were conducted over the last two weeks including the GAT for 700 students on 10 June.

Examinations are taken very seriously at McKinnon and I would like to thank all Year 9, 10, 11 and 12 students.

Their punctuality and determination to do their best was commendable.  The Supervisors commented on our students’ excellent attitude and the great endeavour they have demonstrated.  I wish them all the best with their results.
MODEL UN
We are looking forward to the first McKinnon Model UN Conference which will be held on Wednesday 24 June here at school. The topic for this conference, which will be held in English, is Refugees: Rights and Risks – a very topical thought provoking theme.

We have invited schools to participate and are looking forward to an invaluable experience for all students involved.  I thank Mrs Fowler for organising this event.
CONGRATULATIONS
I am very pleased to be able to inform you that Christopher Roach (Year 10) has been selected as an Australian Football umpire to represent School Sport Victoria at the School Sport Australia Australian Football Championships to be held in Geelong, Victoria in July 2015. 

Congratulations Christopher on this great effort.  Well done!
I am also delighted to mention Skyler Kah (Year 10) who won gold on the floor at the State Men’s Gymnastics Championships last weekend.  This is a wonderful achievement and we wish Skyler all the very best in his future endeavours.
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHY COMPETITION
I am delighted to inform you of the impressive geography results for the competition and I thank Ms Bourke for organising this opportunity for our students.  43 students participated and 10 students received a High Distinction, 11 students received a Distinction and 7 students received a Credit. 

Congratulations to all students.  Excellent results for the number of students who participated.
SCHOOL HOLIDAYS
May I also take this opportunity to wish everyone a very healthy and restful break!




ASSISTANT PRINCIPALS' REPORT
REPORT

PUNCTUALITY TO SCHOOL
It has been the College’s policy for many years that students who arrive late to Period 1 (which begins at 8:50am), will receive an automatic after school detention next day and miss the first period (not allowed entry to class), unless a note/phone call with an acceptable excuse is provided by a parent. An acceptable excuse is a doctor’s appointment, illness, etc. We ask all parents to support our expectations by ensuring students arrive at school by 8:30am, allowing enough time to get organised and in class before our 8:50am start every day.
REPORTS
End-of-semester reports will be available on Compass at the end of Term 2.  Please read these reports carefully and discuss with your child how they can further improve their academic performance in the second half of this year.  These reports will include a transcript of all information provided via Learning Tasks throughout Semester 1. Progress reports reflecting on students’ effort, attitude, behaviour and organisation will also be published at the end of Term 2.

When reflecting on their reports, students should focus upon the attributes and behaviours teachers recommend for further improvement - perseverance, hard-work, asking for help, taking pride in their learning and setting high expectations.  Educational research has proven that intelligence is changeable (not predetermined or fixed), and that academic growth can be achieved by all - working hard, being resilient and acting on the advice in end-of-semester reports are the keys to achieving this growth.
YEAR 12 STUDENTS - ENROL TO VOTE
All Year 12 students have recently been advised of the importance of enrolling to vote, and understanding the Australian electoral system. All citizens can enrol once they turn 17, and must enrol once 18.  Our College’s vision includes a desire to “assist our students to become global citizens who can actively participate in the emerging and interconnected world of the 21st century.  We encourage them to recognise that a strong sense of belonging, social responsibility, empathy, compassion and knowledge of the world are required to make a positive difference to the quality of their own and others’ lives.” To this end, it is critical students enrol to vote and begin to consider their place in our democratic society.  We strongly encourage all parents to discuss this message with students at home. Information about enrolling to vote can be accessed at http://www.aec.gov.au/enrol/
DET POLICY - CAMPS, SPORTS & EXCURSIONS FUND
Please take note of the following information provided by the Department of Education & Training:

Every Victorian child should have access to the world of learning opportunities that exist beyond the classroom. The Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund (CSEF) will ensure that no student will miss out on the opportunity to join their classmates for important, educational and fun activities. School camps provide children with inspiring experiences in the great outdoors, excursions encourage a deeper understanding of how the world works and sports teach teamwork, discipline and leadership.  All are part of a healthy curriculum. 

CSEF will be provided by the Victorian Government to assist eligible families to cover the costs of school trips, camps and sporting activities. If you hold a valid means-tested concession card or are a temporary foster parent, you may be eligible for CSEF. The allowance will be paid to the school to use towards expenses relating to camps, excursions, or sporting activities for the benefit of your child.

The annual CSEF amount per student will be:
• $125 for primary school students
• $225 for secondary school students.

How to Apply:

Closing Date:
You should lodge a CSEF application form at the school by 26 June 2015. For more information about the CSEF visit www.education.vic.gov.au/csef
SCHOOL HOLIDAYS
We wish all students and families a great holiday and look forward to another wonderful term at McKinnon beginning Monday 13 July.
CENTENARY ANZAC DAWN SERVICE
STUDENT'S PERSPECTIVE
In April this year I was given the opportunity by Vasey RSL Care to attend the Centenary ANZAC dawn service in Canberra. It was a humbling to travel to Canberra with six veterans and be there as they reminisce and remember all that they had been through. I find it hard to put into words how in debt we are to these veterans and how grateful I am that they have allowed me the opportunity to live my life in a free country as united as ours. The small things many of us take for granted, aren’t really that small at all. We owe these privileges to the men and women who fought to protect them.
Over one-hundred-thousand people attended the Canberra Dawn Service on Saturday 25
April and witnessed as the sun slowly rose above the horizon. We stood united in silence to commemorate those who have fallen.
The highlight of my time in Canberra was being able to hear from the six veterans there. I saw their experiences as a valuable source of information, that would later be able to guide me and others in the future. One of the most important things that I took out of this experience was what I had learnt from the veterans. The knowledge, stories and wisdom I gained from the veterans will remain with me for life.

When asked, “What do you think is the most valuable quality a person can have?”, the veterans responded: “Mateship is as important if
not more important than anything else”. Kevin Berry one of the veterans who served in the Korean war said “You always look after your mate. If he was in trouble you would do anything to help him even at the risk of your own life. It was an instinct. You don’t do anything wrong by your mate. We were stuck so close together, we thought ourselves invincible because we knew everyone had our backs and in turn we had theirs.” In all of their responses, mateship remained a recurring theme; “Something as horrific as war can make a beautiful friendship. And I’ll tell ya, me and my mates, we couldn’t be broken as long as we had eachother.” The respect these veterans shared for each other was humbling. I realised that such friendships were rare and were to be valued.

I would like to thank Vasey RSL Care for giving me the opportunity to accompany them to the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli landing and I would like to acknowledge the brave veterans for their contribution to our society that can never be repaid.

Anita Voloshin - Year 9G
LANGUAGES
First GERMAN MODEL UN Conference in Melbourne
On Tuesday 2 June, Daniel Ledda, Hannah Cole, Chelsea Chum and Cassandra Semple represented McKinnon Secondary College at the first UNAA German Model UN Conference on CLIMATE CHANGE, at the Australian-German College of Climate and Energy Transitions, at the University of Melbourne. They stepped into the shoes of diplomats and discussed and negotiated to pass a final resolution on the day.
Our students represented Iran, and considerable research on German websites had to be completed to gain a better insight into the country’s environmental problems and political issues. Students needed to extend their vocabulary on this topic and were practising phrases on how to make comments in moderated and unmoderated caucus sessions. They had to learn how to address the members of the assembly and realized quickly that the language in a United Nations assembly is quite formal. Students needed to represent the country’s point of view, which might have been quite different from their personal one. To argue for peaceful atomic power was clearly not an easy task, however, they had learned that only on 2 April this year, the G5+1 states (the US, Russia, China, France, Britain and Germany) had agreed on allowing Iran to use nuclear power for peaceful purpose.

After several meetings at school and ongoing on-line collaboration, Daniel Ledda and his team were ready to present their country’s position paper, a two minute speech that had to be written and read out in front of the assembly.

The day at the Australian-German College of Climate and Energy Transitions, The University of Melbourne, started with the opening address
of the General Secretary, who welcomed special dignitaries of the German Academic Exchange Service, Monash University and the Department of Education. A speech by a representative from the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany and the key address on the topic The Heat is On: Climate Change and the Environment by the guest speaker, A/Prof Malte Meinshausen, Director of the Australian-German College of Climate and Energy Transitions started this first German Model UN conference.

Then it was the delegates’ (students’) turn to present their country’s position statement. Daniel Ledda, who read the opening statement, must have felt incredibly proud, when he was asked if German was his background language - Daniel’s background is Italian.

This event was without doubt a very challenging experience for anyone learning German as a second language. It was great to see how engaged students listened to the speakers and it was definitely not easy to respond in the fast moving moderated and unmoderated caucus sessions.

Overall, I believe that these events are a great opportunity for our highly able students to extend their language skills and to gain an insight into the workings of a UN conference.

I would like to thank our students for their incredible effort and all sponsors of this event who make these opportunities possible for our students.

Andrea Fowler
Head of Languages











FRENCH EXCHANGE STUDENTS AT MCKINNON
The 22 French exchange students and their accompanying teacher, Mrs Dorothy Fox, arrived on Sunday 7 June and they have begun their McKinnon experience this week. Students spent one day on an excursion exploring the Melbourne Museum and admiring the views from the Eureka Skydeck.
Thursday morning was their first day at our school. They wore the McKinnon uniform for the first time with élégance. In France, students don’t wear uniforms at school and they always experience a mix of surprise and excitement the first time they have to wear the uniform.

The day started with a very warm welcome from the principal team. Mrs Binnion greeted the students in French. Students were very touched and immediately felt they are more than just visitors, as they are now part of our community. Mrs Fox presented Mrs Binnion with a gift sent by the French Principal or proviseur as they are called in France.

After the group photos, students met all the staff involved in the exchange: Frau Fowler, Ms Kellie Dickson and the Year 10 Student Managers. They received information about the exchange and all the necessary documentation to start classes in Period 3. A group of Year 11 and 12 McKinnon students ran the last part of the induction session. Hanna Gutkin, Eren Hagar, Mariel Beiers and Greta Skahill took the French students on a tour of the school.

Overall, it is a fantastic start for the French Exchange and we look forward to the many other activities planned.

Pierrick Hubert
Languages Assistant KLA
LEARNING MATTERS
"MCK RIDE SAFE WEEK!" - A YEAR 11 POLITICS SOCIAL CAMPAIGN
This term the Year 11 Australian and Global Politics class undertook a study of political and social movements and campaigns as a method of exercising and challenging power. In relation to politics, power is "the ability to control or influence the behaviour of an individual or group and make them behave in ways that you choose".  

For Area of Study 2 we explored different theories of leadership, from thinkers such as Machiavelli, and applied these ideas to evaluate the effectiveness or modern leaders such as President Obama, former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and even Fidel Castro.  We also looked at grassroots movements as agents of political and social change, thus providing an opportunity to study both top-down and bottom-up forces.
In order to get a feel for real power, the students were given the challenge of creating a campaign that could influence the way the school community behaves in order to create positive change.   They came up with the idea of "McK Ride Safe Week" which would comprise different methods to influence riders to be safer on the roads, given the recent wet conditions.

The campaign was multi-faceted and included posters, announcements, social media, handing out rewards to safe ‘helmet-wearing riders’ before and after school, and the running of a raffle where all those who rode to school safely received an entry.
Congratulations to Job Meuleman in Year 7 for winning the raffle (a JB-Hifi gift card), and the entire Year 11 politics class for organising this successful campaign.

Mr Joshua Cukierman
Year 11 Politics Teacher
 


 

ICT AT McKINNON
RUBBER-BAND POWERED DISTANCE VEHICLES
In Control Technology at Year 9, students have been creating vehicles using Lego pieces and a single rubber band. The original task was to create a Speed Racer (see the previous newsletter for results) but the ensuing task was to adapt their vehicles to see which could travel the furthest - still powered by a single rubber band. For the 09ICT-1 class, they also had to compete over a different surface (concrete instead of carpet).
In 09CTc-1, the winners of this challenge were Ben and Marcus with the Silver Medal going to Mihai and Lewis and the podium rounded off with AlexFreddie and Alex.

Diana Hatch
Timetabler, ICT Learning Area Manager
GROK WEBCOMP (BEGINNERS)
By the end of Week two, we have six students on full points so far for this HTML and CSS competition:  Jacob Georgantas (7), Amit Ben-Harim (8), Incy Lin (8), Edward Lay (9), Jonathan Keusgen (11) and Nicholas Whittaker (11).  We wish them all the best in their trek to full points at the end of five weeks.

Some students are not aiming for the five-week deadline, but are working through the tasks at
their own pace. The subscription allows them to access all the training material for a whole year, so there is no hurry. Sample solutions are also provided once a week is over so that students can learn from them.

Ms Hatch and Mr Munro, Code.Club

SPORT REPORT 
SENIOR BOYS SOCCER TEAM
On a cold Thursday (14 May) morning, the Senior Boys Soccer team embarked on a jovial quest to overcome the challenges to go through to regionals for the first time since Year 7. Anxiousness arose when the captain Max Griffin was plagued with back injuries, causing him to be a late withdrawal from the heart of defence. It also meant that we didn’t have a Captain…….

A valiant man named Rahul Thimmareddy kicked away all the stress possessing the team; as he stepped up to the plate to be the new captain of the team. When the team arrived at the venue (Dendy Park) the bold captain Rahul accidentally forgot the uniforms in the bus. Luckily the team is gifted with a smart and athletic coach named Jonathan Jhoomun who sprinted faster than Usain Bolt to catch up to the infamous bus and regain the Senior Boys’ kits.

Just before the first game begun, an astonishing young prospect named John Villanueva was shocked that Mr Jhoomun had decided to move the young star from his preferred position of a right wing to an unknown position, right back. Although it shocked the whole team that John was placed in this new position, he exceeded expectations.

By the end of the day a young blonde named Daniel Rockman acquired the golden boot netting eight goals over the four games. He had already established himself as the best striker in McKinnon Secondary College, but by accomplishing this goal he proved the doubters wrong as he proves that he is the best striker in the district. Another exceptional talent named Theo Papageorgiou locked-in his position in the starting line up by also scoring a handful of goals during the day. Overall we would like to thank Mordialloc, Brighton, Bentleigh and Parkdale (whom we beat) and all the other schools that participated on the day.

Our hats go off to Jiawei Thing, an interesting young boy who participated as a lines-man on the day. We also salute our bold captain Rahul as he sacrificed himself against Parkdale in the final game, to give the soccer team a much needed win. We would also like to thank Mr Lachlan Noble and Mr Jonathan Jhoomun for providing the team with an appropriate celebration lunch. And last but not least, congratulations to the Senior Boys Soccer Team for overcoming the challenges kicked at them. Good Luck in Regionals! #PlaylikeArsenal on Thursday 30 July.

Team: Max Griffin, Daniel Rockman, Tony Kim, Calvin Loh, Tom Lo Casto, Theo Papageorgiou, Matej Cubic, John Villanueva, Rahul Thimmareddy (C), Aristotle Otis, Shwinny Jayaprakash, Chris Kaev (GK), Harry Huo, Con Georgiadis, Harry Amner, Duc Minh Hoang and Jiawei Thing

Scores:
      McKinnon FC 11 – 0 Mordialloc SC
      McKinnon FC 5 – 1 Brighton SC
      McKinnon FC 5 – 1 Bentleigh SC
      McKinnon FC 2 – 1 Parkdale SC

Written by John Villanueva (Year 12)
JUNIOR SPORT REPORT
Indoor Bowls & Year 8 Sport
BRIGHTON INDOOR BOWLS CLUB
The college continues to enjoy great community links with local associations.  We are always striving to expose students to a variety of sports.
This is evident this term with the opportunity for our students to play indoor lawn bowls at Brighton Indoor Bowls Club.  On a weekly basis Year 7s have been learning the intricacies of the sport with expert tuition from club members.  The group is certainly improving their skill and knowledge of the game and thoroughly enjoying the opportunity.
YEAR 8 SPORT
Year 8 Girls and Boys Badminton and Soccer teams will play in a Semi Final against Brighton on the morning of Friday 19 June.  The badminton match will played be at Brighton Secondary College and the soccer match at Bailey Reserve.  The winning team will advance to play the Final in the afternoon at Westall Secondary College for the Kingston Division pennant.

Our football team will head to Mordialloc Secondary College in the afternoon of 19 June to play in the Kingston Division Final.

Good Luck to all teams!!

Go McK!

Carole Hooper
Head of Junior Sport
SOUTHERN METRO REGION CROSS COUNTRY
On Monday 15 June 61 McKinnon students represented the school at the Southern Metropolitan Region Cross Country Finals at Ballam Park in Frankston.

All McKinnon students performed exceptionally well throughout the day with some outstanding individual and team results. Sixteen students have won through to the State Finals to be held on Thursday 16 July at Bundoora Park. Good
Luck to these students.

RESULTS

17-20 Girls
3rd in Team event: (Rachel Braude, Freya Parker, Allira Lignos & Ashleigh Bell)
6th: Rachel Braude
9th: Freya Parker

17-20 Boys
2nd in Team event: (Jack Highnam, Harry Amner, Jack Strangio, Jon Krieger & Theo Papageorgiou)
5th: Jack Highnam
9th: Harry Amner

16 Girls
2nd:Sophie Highnam
9th: Bella Lignos
2nd in Team event by 1 point: (Sophie Highnam, Hunter Ennor, Bella Lignos, Melina Ayres & Zhara Sangoor)

16 Boys
2nd: Will Ockenden
3rd in Team event: (Will Ockenden, Braydon Ross, Matt George & Lee Laskaridis)

15 Girls
6th in Team event: (Ebony Lockton, Jacinta Schepisi, Angela Chen, Lilli Soprano & Erin Thit)

15 Boys
5th: Josh Kah
2nd in Team event: (Josh Kah, Alex Boul, Josh Boul, Sean Bass & Ash Hunter)

14 Boys
3rd: Jason Clayton
2nd in Team event: (Jason Clayton, Sam Kristensen, Harry Mouzakis, Jasper Jorgensen & Lachlan Zachest)

13 Girls
1st: Geneive O'Brien
4th: Katherine Hart

13 Boys
1st: Will Sharp
5th: Nick Poulos
1st in Team event: (Will Sharp, Nick Poulos, Ishan Malakar, Nathan Smith & Levi Scholz)

James Bridges
Coach
MUSIC NEWS
WELCOME BACK & THANK YOU
As we come to the end of the semester, there is much to celebrate in the Music Department.  We welcome back Ms Christine Vincent and say a heartfelt thank you to Ms Imogen Manins.
VICTORIAN FLUTE GUILD
Congratulations to Hannah Cole and Alexia Samiotis who took out the Under 18 Duet competition run by the Victorian Flute Guild on Sunday 31 May.  The two girls were very impressive in their performance and had been prepared brilliantly by Ms Bernie Russo.  Well done!
BRASS NIGHT
On Tuesday 16 June, all brass students took part in a fantastic concert celebrating the achievements and amazing sound that they can generate.  
There were many brilliant solo, small group, and large group performances.  Special thanks to Mr Serebrianik and Ms Videon for the organisation of this fantastic night.
YEAR 9 MUSIC PERFORMANCE
Congratulations to all the students in the Semester 1 Year 9 Music Performance class who performed at Claremont Terrace on 5 June.  The students, under the direction of Ms Theresa Kirk, composed and arranged music, rehearsed and presented a vast range of music the residents. It was fantastic to see and hear the residents joining in singing of a number of performances.  Well done!
ENSEMBLE REMINDERS
The main ensembles that run at McKinnon are Ovenden Band, Keenan Strings, Symphonic Wind, Orchestra and Choir.  All music students, instrumentalist and elective, are required to be in one of the main ensembles that are held at the school.  Being a part of these ensembles helps develop group skills, aural work, sight-reading, widens their experience and musical style and often involves performing for community groups, other schools and functions within the school community.  Rolls for these ensembles are marked on Compass and students are required to see the director of each ensemble if they miss a rehearsal or performance.
UPCOMING PERFORMANCES

A reminder of the dates for the remainder of Term 2:
  • 18 June – Year 12 Music Performance Night
  • 23 June – Junior Concert
  • 25 June – Year 11 Music Performance Night
FUTURE AMEB PERFORMANCE EXAMS
Any student who is interested in undertaking an AMEB performance exam this year should talk to their instrumental teacher over the next few weeks.  Application forms will be available next week and need to be completed and submitted by the end of term.
BENEFITS OF MUSIC EDUCATION
Please refer to the following interesting article about the benefits of music education from The Age, Monday 15 June.

HOLIDAYS
We are advising all instrumental students to ensure that they are diligent in their practice over the holidays.  By keeping up practice, skills will continue to improve.  Students need to work at practising every day.  The Music Centre will be open until 3:45pm on the last day of term for students to collect their instruments from the storerooms.

Keep practising!

Megan Papworth
Head of Music - Classroom
LIBRARY
BORROWING ARRANGEMENTS FOR THE HOLIDAYS
The holidays are a great time for reading.  Lots of new fiction has been added over the last few weeks and students are encouraged to come in and browse.  Please note that any books borrowed in the last two weeks of term will be due back on the first day of Term 3.  Overnight loan books borrowed on the last day of term will also be due back on the first day of Term 3.  The holidays are a great time for reading.  Lots of new fiction has been added over the last few weeks and students are encouraged to come in and browse.
OVERDUE BOOKS
Emails have been sent out regarding overdue books.  Please check your email.  If you have any questions come into the library and speak to a staff member.  Students with very overdue books will have their borrowing restricted.  You can renew loans online, but you have to renew before the book becomes overdue.
NEW BOOK COMING SOON TO THE LIBRARY:
Simple Act of Reading review: How a book can save your life and other stories

A collection of essays written by celebrated writers about reading will necessarily be bought and read by readers. And all dedicated readers have an unspoken hope, indeed most have a powerful inner sense, that reading is making them wiser, larger … better. This belief is affirmed again and again in these 21 essays. It is a paean to the solitary, silent act of ingesting words and inhabiting the worlds they create.

Many of these essayists came to reading seeking refuge. They repeatedly mention that reading took them away from a hostile world, gave them surcease and sanctuary.
The Simple Act of Reading, edited by Debra Adelaide.

I came to reading via the low road. Other
people used books to quell me. By pandering to my reading habit there would be peace in their valley for an hour or so. Giving me a Secret Seven was like tranquillising a wolverine.

Not long after entering the refuge of reading, our essayists become hooked, stealing time from other life to read. Many of them mention reading by torchlight under the covers with an ear out for parents. And they cite censorious librarians and careful parents preventing them from reading "beyond their age". What started out as a refuge has become a world so vibrant, so risky, with its frontier expanding so rapidly, that has overwhelmed quotidian Australia and they are willing to cheat and steal to become its citizens. 

This new book is coming into the library soon.  In the meantime please come and select some reading material for the semester break.
DOCTOR WHO
Many new titles in this popular series are now available for borrowing.  They feature the new Doctor and have been written by different authors.  To keep them together on the shelf they all have the call number “Doctor Who”.

Russell Absalom
Resource Centre Manager
SCHOOL INFORMATION
GENERAL OFFICE
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.

ABSENCES
Student absences should be reported to the school before 9:00am. Please email the Attendance Officer Alison Pollock
alisonp@mckinnonsc.vic.edu.au) 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 (www.mckinnonsc.vic.edu.au).

LATE ARRIVAL TO SCHOOL
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 alisonp@mckinnonsc.vic.edu.au 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.
UNIFORM SHOP
Phone/Fax No:  9578 2151
NORMAL SHOP TRADING HOURS
Tuesdays                                       8:15am - 12 noon
Fridays                                           12:30pm - 4:00pm
1st Saturday every month      9:30am - 12 noon

SCHOOL HOLIDAY OPENING HOURS
During the school holidays the Uniform Shop will be open on:

Tuesday 30/6/15                  11:00am – 3:00pm
Saturday 4/7/15                     9:30am – 12:00noon
Tuesday 7/7/15                     11:00am – 3:00pm
Thursday 9/7/15                   11:00am – 3:00pm

Cheques must be payable to Fashion Clubwear.
LOST PROPERTY
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.



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SCHOOL HOLIDAY SQUASH TOURNAMENT
Moorabbin ‘Blue Health and Rackets Club’, 10 Independence Street, Moorabbin is running a School Holiday Squash Tournament from Wednesday 8 to Friday 10 July from 10:00am to 4:00pm.  

The tournament is open to student from Year 9 and above.  For further information email sarah@bluehealth.com.au

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