Kurunjang Secondary College Newsletter

23 February 2018
Issue Six
Term 1 Important Dates
Principal's  Report
KSC Swimming Carnival
Year 7 Evening BBQ
Senior School News
KSC Activities- Term 1
In the Classroom with.....
Sports for Schools
W.B Leadership Project
National Assesment Program
School Council
Kurunjang Secondary College
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Kurunjang, VIC, 3337

Term 1 Important Dates

Term One 2018


Mon 26th- Wed 28th- Yr 7 Camp



Mon 5th- School photo catch up day

Mon 12th- Labour Day Public Holiday

Wed 14th- VCE & VCAL Info night

Thurs 22nd- Open Night.- Early finish at 12:24 pm

Thurs 29th- Term One Ends- 3:10 pm finish time

Friday 30th- Good Friday Public Holiday



Principal's  Report

February 2018

Newsletter- February 2018

The beginning of the school year has started productively. Students have come prepared, wearing their new uniform, with their books and equipment, all ready to learn. Importantly they have been displaying a positive attitude towards their learning.  At our recent first School Assembly, I stressed the need for students to work with their teachers to achieve their highest level in their learning. Our school motto of ”Learn, Grow, Achieve Together” was emphasized as were our values of high expectations, respect, and perseverance.


The new vertical Junior and Senior School Team structure has started well. Our students, families and staff should be complemented on how well they have been able to transition to the new arrangements. I have been impressed by the level of acceptance and how quickly the 3 teams have been able to begin to connect to each of their team members.


The Year 7 students, in particular, have started well.  The enthusiasm they bring with them when they first join us never seizes to amaze me. We recently had our Information Night with the Year 7 students and their families.  It gave our staff an opportunity to talk to the parents and students and learn more about them and how their children are feeling about their new school.  All feedback was extremely positive.  The Student Success program is in its fourth year now and still continues to receive very positive feedback from students and families. 


Our new psychologist, Sarah Dixon, has begun the process of assessing each and every Year 7 student to identify any learning support that they might need. The intention is for all of our Years 7s to have this testing completed by the end of Term 1. For those who have been identified as needing further support, our plan is to also have their Individual Learning Plan completed by the end of this term as well. No doubt this will give our teachers a much better understanding of their students’ needs.


My plan is to continue conducting Student Focus Groups in the form of ‘morning teas’ each week with all year levels as a way of monitoring student learning and student issues across the College. Both the students and I found them of great benefit last year.


In the College’s Annual Implementation Plan, we intend to create a parent body to better engage with the college. We are looking at reintroducing a ‘Parents, Teachers and Friends Association (PTFA)’ type of group to allow the College to better consult with its community. This will be part of the core work of the new council which I will be hoping to start as of their first meeting next month. We will notify our school community when this new group will be meeting and I look forward to meeting with many of you then.

Finally, I wish to take this opportunity to invite all of you to the College’s Open Night on Thursday, 22 March 2018, from 3pm to 7pm. The program, on offer this evening, will begin with a short welcome and it will then be followed by a tour of approximately an hour in length showcasing some of the exemplary programs that are offered by the College. These tours will begin on the hour, with a 3pm, 4pm, 5pm and 6pm options offered to those wishing to attend so we can finish as promised by 7pm.

John Mitsinikos

College Principal

KSC Swimming Carnival

Record Breaking Day!

Kurunjang has had one of its best ever Swimming Carnivals! Students from all teams displayed their sporting abilities in the pool with some outstanding results.


Out of the pool, there was a sea of colour with the newly formed House teams wearing their colours on the day to great effect. From volleyball to an inter house Dance Off, the atmosphere on the day was immense. The day demonstrated that participation and engagement is well and truly on the rise.


We had many students break Kurunjang records on the day:


50m Breaststroke 14 boys: Liam Heimann 40.70

50m Breaststroke 15 Girls: Joanna Denoual 41.00

50m Freestyle 14 Boys: Liam Heimann 28.69

50m Backstroke 14 Boys: Liam Heimann 34.53

50m Backstroke 15 Girls: Joanna Denoual 37.87

50m Backstroke 17 Girls: Tiana Taylor 53.78

50m Butterfly 14 Boys: Will Murray 32.77

50m Butterfly 15 Girls: Joanna Denoual 33.06


The winning students in each of the races now have the opportunity to take their talents to the regional competitions.


The overall house results were,

1st           B House (Blue)                  215 points ***winners***

2nd          A House (Red)                   213 points

3rd           C House (Gold)                  212 points



Year 7 Evening BBQ

A successful night it was

Year 7 BBQ was held on the 6th February. A number of families came on the night. Thank you for your participation. We are always here to fully support your child. I think this was a message that was positively received on the night.

Mr Bykersma



Senior School News

Senior School

I would like to introduce the Senior School Team for 2018 – Mrs Carmela Sant is the VCAL, VET and Year 12 Coordinator, Ms Kelsey Ryan the Year 11 Coordinator and myself Angela Narayan-Butler the Senior Team Leader. I have been teaching Science, Biology, PE and some Maths at Gisborne Secondary College for the last 15 years, and for many years in the area before that.  I have 4 children (the same as Mrs Sant), and know first- hand the challenges you face dealing with teenagers! We, the team are very experienced and excited to work with you and your children to ensure they have a successful year.

Students have made a really positive start to the school year. Especially those new to the school. Welcome! We have been really impressed with the great work ethic displayed by students. The set holiday homework was generally well done and really beneficial to students. Thanks to all parents and guardians for your great support in ensuring holiday homework was completed, and in equipping students with uniform and books.



School Assessment Task Dates are included on this Newsletter and on Compass. These dates are really important. If students are absent from these, we require a medical certificate. Remember students attendance at school is really important.



Students wishing to purchase a Year 12 jacket may still do so. It will close at the end of the month 28th Feb. They cost $102. Students need to use the following web link and order themselves.





Great to see students making use of this facility (especially as it is air-conditioned!) available till 6pm most nights. One of the best ways to learn is to teach someone else. It’s great to see many students using the whiteboards to do this. Awesome!




Thanks to the students who have shown great initiative in cleaning and setting up the kitchen area. There are many cups and students are encouraged to use the facilities and make a donation for tea, coffee, Milo and milk as appropriate.





The Year 11 students did a fantastic job cooking and serving pancakes to the school. It was an impressive sight. Ms Ryan taking orders with students and the production line generously providing dollops of jam, spoonfuls of sugar, squirts of maple syrup topped with swirls of canned cream. YUM!!! Luckily I didn’t teach period 5, as perhaps some students may have been on sugar highs!


Ms Baker was ably supported again by the students. They cooked many sausages, providing sauce and drinks to the hungry. Excellent opportunities and skills learned. Thanks to our capable staff.


The Senior School Team and Tute teachers are working on an exciting plan for sessions. These include guest speakers from Universities including Melbourne, RMIT and ACU. A motivational speaker is under consideration, and study skills planned.



We look forward to meeting and working with you. Please contact us if you have any concerns.


Ms. Kelsey Ryan                                   [email protected]

Mrs. Carmela Sant                               [email protected]

Mrs. Angela Narayan-Butler                 

[email protected]

KSC Activities- Term 1

It's all happening here at KSC

Whether you want to get your heart rate up in the gym or up close and personal with reptiles, we have lunchtime covered!  Take some time out in the library or try and solve those maths quizzes.  Don't forget to start your day with a hot Milo and cheese toastie from Breakfast Club.


In the Classroom with.....

Ms Melanie Hayward

What is one of your hidden talents?       

I play piano


What makes a ‘great’ day at school?       

When students are happy and engaged in their learning


Your dream vacation would be?              

  Vietnam is next on my list. I love to explore!





What inspires you?                                        



What would students be surprised to find out about you?

I’ve travelled to over 30, maybe 35 countries.


If you could pass on any wisdom to your students, what would you share?





If you don’t succeed the first time, try again. There is always an alternate pathway to success!


What is your favourite subject to teach? 



The best thing about being a teacher at the College?

Helping students to succeed.

Sports for Schools

Coles Sports for Schools is back!

KSC has registered for the "Coles Sports for Schools" program.

Every $10 spent at Coles during the program, will earn a Coles Sports for Schools voucher. The more vouchers we collect, the more gear we could receive. 

Vouchers can be dropped off at the Library.  Don't forget to pop them in your House box.  The more vouchers collected for your house, the more chance you have to win house points.



W.B Leadership Project

Nominations are open for the next cohort of the Western Bulldogs Leadership Project!

It’s a six month social leadership program for;


  • Young people aged 14-16
  • Male and Females
  • Emerging leaders – young people who are displaying leadership potential who aren't yet engaged in a leadership program currently
  • Representatives from a cross section of the community


What is the Western Bulldogs Leadership Project?


The Western Bulldogs Leadership Project is a dynamic education program delivered by the Western Bulldogs Football Club in partnership with local councils.


The intensive 6-month program provides local young people with hands-on opportunities to build capacities in leadership, teamwork, communication, goal setting and resilience and connect, contribute and grow as leaders in their community.


The Western Bulldogs are seeking nominations for young people who are willing to challenge themselves, eager to learn and want to contribute to their community. Candidates need not excel athletically or play sport to be considered but must be dedicated and passionate about developing themselves and contributing to their community.


We would love your help with identifying participants for 2018


All nominations are strictly confidential and the information provided will only be used to assist The Western Bulldogs Leadership Project selection panel in considering the merits of the nomination. A legal parent or guardian must be consulted by the nominator and their contact details provided. Please note, a nomination does not guarantee selection into the Project and incomplete nominations will not be considered.


Participants will be selected based on the strength and detail of the responses in the application. Participants must be prepared to attend 80% of workshops over the 6-month program and support the delivery of their councils Community Leadership Project.


Apply at https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/nomination-western-bulldogs-leadership-project-2018-registration-39855142805


Nominations close February 27th at 11:30pm and all applicants will be contacted mid-March regarding the outcome of their nomination. For more information, questions, or guidance in the preparation of nominations, please contact Youth Leadership & Development Manager via email at [email protected]


National Assesment Program

PISA 2018

Dear families,

In 2018 Kurunjang Secondary College will take part in an international sample assessment of students’ skills and knowledge in reading, mathematics, science and financial literacy. The results of PISA provide information towards monitoring how well young Australians are meeting important educational goals, assists in identifying areas of strengths and weaknesses in the Australian education system and enables policymakers, researchers and teachers to learn from other educations systems around the world.



  • The Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) is one of the international assessments in Australia’s National Assessment Program.
  • PISA was first administered in 2000, and is conducted every three years. PISA 2018 is the seventh PISA assessment that will be conducted.
  •  PISA measures how well 15-year-olds are prepared to use the skills and knowledge in particular areas to meet real-life challenges.
  •  PISA is conducted every three years and provides data for key performance measures specified in the Measurement Framework for Schooling in Australia.
  • PISA results are used to evaluate progress towards the Educational Goals for Young Australians and the National Education Agreement outcome that Australian students excel by international standards.
  • PISA 2018 will involve more than half-a-million students (representing about 29 million 15-year-old students) from around 80 countries and economies.
  •  PISA is managed by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) on behalf of the Australian Government Department of Education and Training and the State and Territory Departments of Education.
  • PISA will be administered to a sample of 15-year-old students between 30 July and 7 September 2018. Under the Australian Education Act 2013 and the Australian Education Regulations 2013, all sampled schools are required to participate in PISA. 

Further information will be available in Term 2 and a letter will be sent to all selected students and families.

Ms Aylin Gökmen

Assistant Principal




School Council

2018 School Council Election 


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