09 February 2018
Issue One
McKinnon Secondary College
03 8520 9000
McKinnon Road
McKinnon, Victoria, 3204



Thursday 8 February



Monday 12 February

2:30pm Early Finish – (Staff PD) 


Tuesday 13 February

7:00pm Year 12 Parent Information Evening


Wednesday 14 February

2:00pm Year 7 parents - Meet the Principal


Thursday 15 February

School Photos


Friday 16 February

Photos Catch Up (Old Conference Room)


Monday 19 February

7:00pm Year 9 Parent Information Night


Tuesday 20 February

9UP City Day 1

7:00pm New Caledonia 2018 Information Night

7:00pm Finance Sub-Committee

7:30pm School Council


Wednesday 21 February

Year 7 Camp

9:00am Year 10 Careers Session (P1&2)


Thursday 22 February

Year 7 Camp

7:00pm Year 10 Parent Information Night


Friday 23 February

Year 7 Camp


Tuesday 27 February

7:00pm Year 11 Parent Information Night


Wednesday 28 February

Swimming Carnival - Carnegie Swim Centre


Thursday 1 March

Outdoor Ed Surf Camp Group 1

9UP City Day 2

5:30pm Year 8 Parent Information Night


Tuesday 6 March

7:30pm Buildings & Grounds Sub-Committee


Wednesday 7 March

Outdoor Ed Surf Camp Group 2

Year 8 Survivor Islands Challenge


Thursday 8 March

Periods 5 & 6 – No Year 11 & 12 Classes

VCE Formal


Friday 9 March

9UP City Day 3

VCE classes – Late Start (Period 3)

Year 7 Immunisations


Monday 12 March

Labour Day Public Holiday


Tuesday 13 March

7:30pm Education Sub-Committee


Wednesday 14 March

5:00pm Year 7 Information Night


Friday 16 March

Year 11 Outdoor Ed Camp





Welcome back to all staff, students, parents and a special welcome to our new families. I hope 2018 will be a most rewarding year filled with many wonderful opportunities for learning and growth.


Congratulations to the school community for such a successful start to the year. I have been very impressed with the excellent way in which students have returned to school looking their best in their uniform, organized with all their appropriate materials and ready to learn.


It is with tremendous pride and honour that I continue as Principal of one of the best schools in the State! I look forward to the wonderful opportunities ahead and give a commitment to continue to serve this community with dedication and professionalism, providing all children with many opportunities to thrive and shine.


I was delighted to attend the Glen Eira City Council Australia Day Breakfast on Friday 19 January 2018 along with Mr Kan, when Cara Morgan (Class of 2017) was presented with the Young Citizen of the Year Award.

We congratulate Cara on this wonderful achievement. She has been a great ambassador for our school and a credit to her family. Wishing you all the best with your future endeavours.


Part of the secret to the McKinnon model of success with student outcomes is the very strong partnership that exists between parents and staff.


We value these quality relationships and I know students benefit from them tremendously.


Parents at McKinnon can be relied upon to attend concerts, drama nights, all information evenings but also they read the newsletter, Compass feeds and keep informed and up to date with all relevant events.


They also assist students to be organised, punctual and in full uniform.


This all contributes to student success and building strong relationships and I thank everyone for your efforts.


Congratulations to our Class of 2017 for their outstanding results. Once again McKinnon was one of the top co-educational, non-selective schools in the State.


100% of our students were successful in attaining their VCE.


Our Dux achieved an ATAR of 99.85


260 students completed Year 12 and applied to VTAC

98% received a first round offer

96% received a University place

4% received a TAFE offer

17% of all study scores were over 40

36% achieved an ATAR over 90

57% achieved an ATAR over 80

33.5 was the average study score


I congratulate all students, staff and parents for these wonderful achievements. Our strong partnership ensures the best educational outcomes can be achieved.


This year we fondly welcome new and returning staff members to our College:


Ms Krishna Fleming  -  Mathematics and IT

Ms Lara Gambino  -  Psychology/Science

Mr Yuriy Verkhatsky  -  Physics

Ms Tracy Griffith  -  Art/Ceramics

Ms Carmen Moloney  -  Health/Food Tech

Ms Cherie Marks  -  Science

Mrs Deb Cowland  -  Art

Mr Jesus Camacho  -  Data Analysis & Assessment

Ms Neg Hamedani Zadeh  -  ICT Support

Mr Tim Oaten  -  AFL Trainee

Ms Ellen Nichols  -  Literacy Support

Ms Cassie Semple  -  Literacy Support

Ms Sarah Mullane  -  Numeracy Support

Mr Max Putamorsi  -  Numeracy Support

Ms Melina Ayers  -  Sport Assistant


I hope they find their work with our community professionally rewarding.


All is going to plan and we should be in the new wing by Term 3. We are in discussions about the transition from B block to the VCE wing and how that will take place in the last few weeks of Term 2.

The Principal Class and Nick Staikos (our local Member) had a tour last week and the views are fantastic and the spaces impressive.


The Library will be the VCE Centre again this year and I thank everyone for their patience.


There are numerous information evenings and “get-togethers” that will be held over the next few weeks. The Principal Class, Heads of Sub-schools, Student Managers and Teachers look forward to meeting as many parents as possible. There is no doubt that one key aspect to success at McKinnon is the very strong partnership that exists between staff, students and parents in this community. See below for details and thank you in advance for your attendance and support.


Year 12          Parent Information Evening

                        Tuesday 13 February at 7:00pm


Year 7            Meet the Principal afternoon

                        Wednesday 14 February at 2:00pm


Year 9            Parent Information Evening

                        Monday 19 February at 7:00pm


Year 10          Parent Information Evening

                        Thursday 22 February at 7:00pm


Year 11          Parent Information Evening

                        Tuesday 27 February at 7:00pm


Year 8            Parent Information Evening

                       Thursday 1 March at 5:30pm


Year 7            Parent Information Evening

                        Wednesday 14 March at 5.00pm


I heard very favourable reports about the Year 12 Camp this week at Phillip Island and I congratulate all of our Year 12s for their respect, dedication, commitment and positive attitude. I would like to acknowledge and thank the Senior School Team, Mr Noble, Ms Cozens, Mr Hudd, Ms Andrieux and all the staff who eagerly participated in the organisation of a very successful camp. I hope it is the beginning of a very rewarding year where incredible success eventuates. Most of all I hope the students feel a strong sense of belonging to their school.

I wish all the Year 12 students the very best in their endeavours and look forward to sharing in their success.


McKinnon is a full uniform school.  We consider our students’ ambassadors for the College and expect all McKinnon students to wear their uniform with pride. All students in Year 7 to 12 are required to wear a blazer.


For Terms 1 and 4 the blazer is optional – however it is the only outer garment permitted if the students want something warmer than their dress or shirt.


Adherence to school uniform rules is about respect for this community and its traditions and culture.


Again I thank parents for their support in implementing school policy. Anyone experiencing difficulties may contact the relevant Student Manager, Assistant Principals or myself.


All students should arrive at school by 8:30am to give themselves enough time to be organised for an 8:50am start. Lateness is considered a lack of respect and it impacts negatively on the good order of our school. Please assist us to ensure everyone is prompt each and every day.


Parents should nominate a drop off and pick up point with their children outside the school buildings. The school reception foyer can become very congested during the day and is not the place to meet your child after school.


While mobile phones have never been encouraged at McKinnon, we have embarked on a much firmer approach to their use. Students will now not be able to use their phones from 8:30am until the end of the day bell (including recess and lunchtime). We have thoroughly considered this shift and are committed to following through to help your child concentrate better in class, build stronger relationships with their peers and ultimately improve their mental health.


This change has been made through extensive consultation with students and staff and after reviewing the current research on the subject. It is pertinent to note that student focus groups were largely in favour of the ban due to the constant disruption they were causing to classroom learning. It is also interesting that, while it is still early in the year, the students have been overwhelmingly observing the new measures.


Students should keep their phones at home or leave them in their lockers at school. If parents have an urgent need to contact their child over the course of the day they can leave a message at the school office. 


As the year progresses we will be reviewing how our policy on mobile phones is working. We ask that parents support us in this new approach.


Make sure your contact details are up to date on our system.


I would also like to remind all parents to be careful when driving along McKinnon Road. It is very congested and at times dangerous.  Please be aware of street signs and adhere to road rules. Parents are being booked daily by parking officers.


The school car park must also not be accessed by parents during school hours. 


The speed limit is always 40km per hour along McKinnon Road and u-turns are not allowed. We have many students riding bikes so please be careful when parking and opening doors.


Public Transport Victoria has written to me to ask that we communicate requirements to all students using public transport in Victoria.


Please note the following:

  • From 1 January 2018 the PTV School Student ID and Student Pass application form will only be available online at (hard copies are no longer available from stations and PTV Hubs)

Child Myki

A reminder that from 30 January 2017, the child age range changed to 5 – 18 years inclusive.


This means students can use a Child Myki until they are 18, up from 16. If a student has a Concession Myki they can continue to use this, it gives them the same concession fare as a Child Myki.


When in school uniform, students won’t be asked for proof of age. However, when not in school uniform, 17 and 18 year olds may be asked to show proof of eligibility.


The Department of Education does not provide personal accident insurance or ambulance cover for students. 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. Parents/Guardians can purchase insurance policies from commercial insurers.


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 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.


Congratulations to both the Junior and Senior School Captains who were presented with their badges at the first General Assembly for the year today.





Sienna Herterich & Alex Hunter

Deputy Captains

Jenna Dimitrakas,  Ramanika Nair,

Jack Richardson & Tim Mullane






Jack Richardson & Lilli Soprano

Deputy Captains

Max Kennedy & Ebony Lockton




Michael Koletsas & Cate Bell

Deputy Captains

Josh Meyer & Anna Donnelly




James French & Evie Krieger

Deputy Captains

Harry O’Dea & Zo-Ellen Stannus




Lachie Arneil & Jemma Owen                                 

Deputy Captains

Claude Elsasser & Teresa Morrissey



Lee-Ling Bristow


Jordan Kellaway






Will Hardy, James Hardy, Helena Manoussios & Sotiri Poulios




Zoe Bartholomeusz, Jordan Kellaway, 

Veronica Dubinsky & Tenzin Sherpa




Elizabeth Tsagliotis, Gabi Basman, Yael Zamir & Jonathan Fletcher




Ofri Shahar,  Lucia El-Osta, Kate Collier,  Lucas Banim & Chelsea Bria                                  





Catherine Braniska & Nicholas Lanaras               

Deputy Captains

Bridget Chapman & Vatsal Ved                          






Jordyn Freeman & Will McCartney

Deputy Captains

Jessica Ginsberg & Ben Kupshik                    




Tara Bajan & Aiden Mosford                                         

Deputy Captains

Rachna Petch & Markus Duggan                                 




Marisha Dinesh & Emmanuel (Manny) Hontzogloy 

Deputy Captains

May Landau & Ben Maxwell                               




Naomi Presser & Fraser Sharman-Smith                               

Deputy Captains

Jackie Verbuk & Christian Lignos                   


We wish them well with their responsibilities and know they will be terrific ambassadors.


Thank you once again for allowing me the privilege of continuing to serve this community.  We will endeavour to do all we can to ensure this important time in your child’s life is rewarding, engaging and prepares them for success and happiness.


I look forward to seeing everyone throughout the year.




Welcome to the 2018 school year. We especially welcome those families who are new to our school community.  We hope all families had a terrific summer break.  


McKinnon Secondary College uses Compass School Manager as our parent portal. It provides effective communication between parents and the College, and simplifies a range of administrative procedures. Using Compass you will be able to view your child’s assessment results through ‘Learning Tasks’, approve student absences, provide consent/payment for excursions, and book Parent/Teacher/Student interview times, among many other tasks.


All parents need to ensure their Compass username and password are kept secure and confidential. As parents have the ability to approve absences online, your login details should not be shared with your child.  In addition to using Compass, parents are welcome to provide notes, emails and/or call the College to inform us of absences.  


Any parents who are new to McKinnon this year and have not received their login details should contact the General Office. For parents who accessed Compass in 2017, the same username and password still applies.


Students who arrive late to Period 1 (which begins at 8:50am), will receive an automatic after school detention, unless a note with an acceptable excuse is provided by a parent. An acceptable excuse is a doctor’s appointment, illness, etc.


We have this system because we believe that:

i. Research shows the best learning occurs early in the day;

ii. Students must be organised and prepared for all classes;

iii. Our professional teachers and students who are punctual should not have their lessons interrupted by late students;

iv. Period 1 sets the ‘tone’ for each day.


Therefore we ask all parents to support our expectations by ensuring students arrive at school by 8:30am with time to organise before our 8:50am start every day.


Please ensure your child comes to school in correct uniform that is in good condition at all times. Uniform should be clean and any tears, holes, etc. repaired. Boys must wear a plain black belt with both shorts and long trousers, with their shirt tucked in. Boys must wear college grey socks this year; black socks are not acceptable. Only polished black lace-up shoes are acceptable for both boys and girls. Facial piercings such as nose studs are not acceptable and students will be instructed to remove such piercings on-the-spot. Clear studs are also not permitted. We want students to wear the uniform with pride and it is an important part of our school culture.


Please make use of our uniform shop located on campus. The opening times are included in this newsletter and on the McKinnon website. Parents in financial difficulty are encouraged to contact the manager of the Student Wellbeing team, Ms Patty Etcell, for assistance with the provision of uniforms.


A reminder to parents that the new sports jacket is only to be worn with Sport/PE uniform. This replaces the Kia spray jacket that will be phased out and is no longer sold at the uniform shop. Students in Year 9 to 12 may still wear this jacket with their sports uniform this year.


The College blazer is the outer uniform garment for all students in Years 7 - 12. Blazers are optional in Terms 1 & 4; however, when travelling to/from school, students wishing to wear an outer garment must wear their blazer (rather than the College jumper). The blazer is the compulsory outer garments in Terms 2 & 3.


All students in the College need to have a Chromebook to support their learning at McKinnon. Our curriculum has been designed with the Chromebook’s functionality in mind and both the leadership team and teaching staff believe it plays a vital role in delivering an effective and engaging teaching and learning program.


The following expectations have been explained to students:

  • Students are expected to bring their Chromebook to every class, every day, just as they would bring books, pencils, calculators, etc. (unless explicitly advised otherwise in advance by their teacher).
  • Students should ensure their Chromebook is fully charged overnight; the battery will support around 7-8 hours use, if fully charged.
  • Chromebooks are provided for educational purposes; students’ use of these Chromebooks (and all ICT resources such as gmail, Google docs, etc.) must be appropriate at all times, regarding the language that is used, the online content students access, etc.
  • Students should assume that nothing is private when using their Chromebook at school; internet access is filtered and monitored, and inappropriate content is automatically reported to the Principal team.
  • Students must never sign in to the school’s network using another person's Chromebook, and they should not permit others to use their Chromebook at school.
  • The Chromebook should be stored securely - in students’ lockers when not in use and in their bag when travelling to and from school.

More information about our Chromebook program, including how to order a new device, can be found here:


We thank all families for supporting this important part of our teaching and learning program.


At this point in the year it is important that parents check that their children are getting into the correct habits with homework. The school diary has recommended homework hours stated for each year level. These suggested times should not just be used to finish set tasks from class but also to review topics covered in class and complete wider reading.


Students are encouraged to write all deadlines in their diary and parents are encouraged to check diary entries, so that students can meet all deadlines punctually.


As all students in Years 9 to 12 have exams in June and/or November, effective revision skills are essential. If no homework has been set for a given evening, students should revise work already completed so that revision is not left to the last minute.


Parental consent is required for students to participate in any excursion or camp, and consent is usually required around at least one week prior to the excursion taking place. Compass displays any events for which consent is required, with an alert under the ‘My News’ heading on the Compass homepage.


School photographs will be taken throughout the day on Thursday 15 February.  Please ensure your child attends in correct summer uniform.  


The College recommends orders/payment are completed online; relevant information has been emailed to parents and can be viewed here:



CSEF is provided by the Victorian Government to assist eligible families to cover the costs of school trips, camps and sporting activities, for students in Years 7 to 12.  If you hold a valid means-tested concession card (e.g. Health Care Card) or are a temporary foster parent, you may be eligible for CSEF. Application forms are available from the Finance Office. For more information about the CSEF visit


Please note the Walnut St Gate will remain locked during the day. Students accessing the school from the north must enter and exit via the Draper St gate.




Welcome back to all our families in the Junior School. A warm welcome to our new Year 7s as well as those students who have joined the college at Year 8 and 9 in 2018. We look forward to sharing in your journey here at McKinnon. All the best for the upcoming year.


Congratulations to the following students that have been appointed as Junior School Leaders for 2018. The successful leadership candidates were selected due to the quality of their written applications and personal interviews. Many thanks to Mr McLeod, Ms Douglas, Mr DeSalvo and Mr Cukierman for facilitating the selection process.  We hope all our Student Leaders have a fulfilling and rewarding experience in undertaking their leadership roles.

Junior School Captains:

Catherine Braniska and Nicholas Lanaras


Junior School Deputy Captains:

Bridget Chapman and Vatsal Ved


Chisholm House Captains:          

Jordyn Freeman and Will McCartney



Chisholm Deputy Captains:

Jessica Ginsberg and Ben Kupshik


Flynn House Captains:

Tara Bajan and Aiden Mosford


Flynn Deputy Captains:

Rachna Petch and Markus Duggan


Gilmore House Captains:

Marisha Dinesh and Manny Hontzogloy


Gilmore Deputy Captains:

May Landau and Ben Maxwell













Monash House Captains:

Naomi Presser and Fraser Sharman-Smith


Monash Deputy Captains:

Jackie Verbuk and Christian Lignos


A series of Parent Information evenings will be held in the Assembly Hall on the following dates:

  • Year 8 - Thursday 1 March
  • Year 9 - Monday 19 February
  • Year 10 - Thursday 22 February
  • Year 11 - Tuesday 27 February
  • Year 12 - Tuesday 13 February

These evenings will be conducted by your child's Student Management team. Each evening will include important information about camps, the academic and extracurricular program at that year level, attendance requirements, the academic and pastoral support provided to students by the College, etc.  Students need not attend these nights, as they are focussed on information for parents.


Parents of Year 7 students are invited to attend the following:

  • Our 'Meet the Principal' afternoon tea, at 2:00pm in the Assembly Hall on Wednesday 14 February; and
  • A Parent Information evening from 5:00pm the Assembly Hall on Wednesday 14 March; this will be conducted by the Student Management team, and attended by all teachers of Year 7 classes.  Further information about this event will be provided closer to the date.

Peter Quinn

Head of Junior School





Congratulations to Wenjing Sun (Year 12) who was invited to participate in the 2018 National Youth Science Forum, following an extremely competitive selection process, held in January this year.


The National Youth Science Forum is a 12-day residential program designed to give students a broader understanding of the diverse study and career options available in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and to encourage them to continue their studies in these fields. Participants also take part in sessions on entrepreneurship, critical thinking and how to work together effectively. The focus is not solely on academic achievements, but on developing well-rounded individuals who have the skills and confidence to determine their futures. What a wonderful experience, Wenjing.


Merryn Walker




Ms Maria-Carmen JIMENEZ VICTORIA, who joined us last year, has developed a Spanish program for beginners for Year 9 students. This program offers a great opportunity to learn another language. The course will be based on social communication and cultural enrichment and includes a closer collaboration with our sister school in Cuenca, Spain. Thank you to Ms Jimenez for developing this course for our students. Her passion for languages and her skills as Spanish native speaker benefits not only our students but the entire school community. We look forward to hearing more about this program throughout the year.


All French Language students and Year 7 and 8 German students are using the e-book version of the course book which needs to be purchased from Campion. Language lessons are a compulsory part of the Curriculum and give students the best start in an increasingly multilingual world.


Your child will require the online version of the prescribed textbook. You will receive an access code for the purchased book. Please make sure you keep this information secure, in case your child's access gets interrupted.


Online resources in Years 9 and 10 German and Years 11 and 12 German and French are online resource subscriptions which are purchased by the school. The cost for these books has been included in school fees. Students will be enrolled by the administrator and have full access for the entire year. 


As in the past 5 years, all Year 10 French and German students will be enrolled in the 10297NAT Certificate II in Applied Language. This course includes social and vocational language and is auspiced by a Registered Training Organisation, Ripponlea Institute.

The course is funded by the Government and encourages each student to complete this certificate.


This national qualification is part of our Year 10 program and acknowledges the students´ language learning. It counts for three units at Unit 1 and 2 level and could be completed with Certificate III in Applied Language in Year 11. Students will receive an increment to their ATAR - 10% of their top 4 subjects.


This course should attract students who do not feel confident in completing VCE languages, but would still like to have their languages qualifications acknowledged in their final VCE statement.  


If your son/daughter studies another language outside of school, the Victorian School of Languages offers this certificate in several languages.


An information session will be held before the Year 10 Information Night. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any further questions.


Please support your child in learning another language! Research confirms that the parents´ attitude towards language learning has a significant impact on the child's success.  Another language is a lasting asset in an increasingly demanding global world whilst many other skills undergo constant change. Languages do not only teach communication skills but also develop flexibility, creativity and higher order thinking. Language learning also adds health and social benefits. As already Goethe said “The more languages you know, the more you are human”.


The following article will give you a few tips of how to help your child!


Andrea Fowler

Head of Languages


Information Evening - 2018 New Caledonia Language and Cultural Tour (Year 9 students of French)


Any Year 9 students of French who are interested in taking part in the language and cultural tour of New Caledonia should attend an information session with their parents on Tuesday 20 February at 7pm in the Lecture Theatre.


New Caledonia is a French-speaking island in the South Pacific, a short 4 hour flight from Melbourne. The tour comprises of language lessons, tourism activities and daily opportunities to interact with French language and Caledonian culture. Students will attend a language school for four lessons of three hours where the classes are tailored to their specific language needs. For five nights of the seven, the students (in pairs) will stay with a homestay family and be immersed in language and culture. The first and last night will be spent in a hotel with the group.


The seven day tour will take place in the final week of Term 3 (around the 17th of September). It is run by GET Education tours.


We look forward to seeing interested students and their families on Tuesday 20 February. If you have any questions, please contact Ms Kellie Dickson on [email protected].


Ms Kellie Dickson

Teacher of French


The annual French Film Festival will be running in Melbourne from Wednesday 28 February to Tuesday 27 March. French films of varying genres will be played at four cinemas across Melbourne: Kino Cinemas (CBD), Como (South Yarra), Palace Brighton Bay, Balwyn and Westgarth. McKinnon families are encouraged to profit from this opportunity to immerse themselves in French language and culture.

Ms Kellie Dickson

Teacher of French


Quelle expérience! McKinnon Secondary College has welcomed home a very happy group of travellers from France. The 2017 Exchange group returned from four weeks with their host families early in January. This was the reciprocal part of the exchange, as our families had already hosted their son or daughter’s correspondant in June last year. 


Our Year 10 French students, now in Year 11, faced many challenges during their stay. (We won’t even begin to discuss the weather). Whilst they had already an established relationship with their French counterparts, it still proved to be difficult initially to make the adjustment to living with them in their own families. This was to be expected, of course, and they should be very proud of the way that they responded. Many of the French parents commented on the positive way that the Australians interacted and how they contributed to the life of the family.

The first two weeks were at school - probably the most challenging part of the experience, if you were to ask our students! - but there were some great excursions in this time, too. This was followed by two weeks of Christmas holidays, where they were able to relax a little more and get to see some different parts of France. Some were lucky enough to visit other countries. Being away from home at Christmas was tough for everyone but this was an experience that we knew we would never forget. The French families really went to a lot of effort to make their Aussies’ stay with them as enjoyable and culturally enriching as possible, just as the McKinnon families had done for their sons and daughters.

The positive outcomes of exchanges such as these can be seen in the students’ renewed enthusiasm for their language learning, the obvious improvements in linguistic skills, the confidence and resilience to tackle new and challenging situations, and the ability to communicate and empathise, to reflect and make considered decisions, just to name a few. And the bonus for many - a life-long friend.



Touring party:  Liam Atchison, Daisy Assauw, Abby Bachrach-Cox, Anna Chapman, Evie Dinkelmeyer, Alexandra Enever, Romy Greenberg, Chloe James, Josh Manning, Jesse Marlow, Luciana Martinez, Chloe Swan, Sophie Van Doorn, Julia Vitiello, Ms Ludmila Antal and Mr Daniel Casey.


Daniel Casey
French Teacher











Welcome back to 2018. At McKinnon we are looking forward to an exciting year in Sport. Below is a list of key dates for Term 1 Sport:


Sport - Term 1

Senior Boys and Girls Cricket - Thursday 15 February


Intermediate Boys and Girls Cricket - Monday 19 February


Kingston Lawn Bowls - Monday 26 February


McKinnon Swimming Sports - Wednesday 28 February


Kingston Swimming Sports - Thursday 15 March


Intermediate Round Robin - Thursday 22 March

Sports Include - Boys and Girls Volleyball, Boys and Girls Tennis, Softball and Baseball


Senior Round Robin - Monday 26 March 

Sports Include - Boys and Girls Volleyball, Boys and Girls Tennis, Softball, Baseball, Boys and Girls Basketball, Boys and Girls Futsal


Year 7 Weekly Inter School Sports Matches commence on Tuesday 13 February 


Year 8 Weekly Inter School Sports Matches commence on Friday 16 February


Students are reminded to check emails and read the daily news feed to sign up for these teams. 


Good Luck to All Teams

Go McKinnon!


James Bridges/Carole Hooper


The annual McKinnon Swimming Carnival is fast approaching this term. The carnival will be held at Caulfield/Carnegie pool, once again, which is located on Moira ave in Caulfield. Parents are reminded that students will be expected to meet at the pool on Wednesday 28 February by 8:45am for roll call. Students will be dismissed from the venue at 2:45pm. The theme for this years carnival is "House Op Shop" and we encourage all students to shop at the local op shops and dress in their House colours. Hopefully we see some funky outfits and the day promises to be an excellent day for students to participate in a range of activities including swimming, beach volleyball, water polo and table tennis.


Please note that attendance is compulsory.


Tim Blackwood

Head of PE/Sport



A warm welcome back to the new year in the Music Department. We are thoroughly looking forward to the fantastic performing opportunities that will present themselves throughout the year.


VCE students should be setting up their rehearsal schedule NOW for the whole year to ensure success in the final performances.


We are excited about the House Music Festival where the students have the opportunity to showcase their talents as arrangers and performers. This will take place 7:00pm Wednesday 21 March in the School Hall. Make sure you mark your calendars for this very exciting event. Once music captains have been announced at the upcoming General Assembly, rehearsals will begin.


The allocation process for new music students has already started with both the band and string classes. This will continue to take place in the band and string classes over the next few weeks. Students will be advised when to bring their instruments for their ensemble practice.


Rehearsals for out of class ensembles will start progressively over the next few weeks. Students are reminded that they will need to be prompt to all rehearsals. 


All personally owned instruments brought to school must be clearly identified with the student’s name and a contact number.  It is also advisable that something that is a ‘point of difference’ is attached to the case so that students can quickly and easily identify their own instrument.


Congratulations to the String Quartet who performed to a very high standard at the General Assembly on Thursday 8 February.

Congratulations also to Gabby Etlis (Year 12) for singing the National Anthem at the opening General Assembly for the year.


On Saturday 24 February at 5:00pm the Senior Stage Band will perform at the Big Bands Sunsets Festival in Mordialloc. For more information


All fees will be payable online through Compass.


Megan Papworth

Head of Music



Code starts in A3 on Monday 5 February. Mr Munro will be running this club every Monday lunchtime so come along and improve your coding skills.



Grok Learning will be running their annual Web Competition starting on 26 February. For the seasoned competitors, you will likely find that you get instant access. For those new to Grok Learning, email Mrs Munro to find out more about this competition. The competition runs for five weeks and, whilst it demands a lot of commitment and effort, it is enormously rewarding. The link below will give you a bit more information on what to expect in this competition.





When writing any computer program, one of the most important stages is testing. Programmers will test their programs rigorously to ensure that it is achieving its purpose. It is quite common for beta versions of computer programs to be released. This allows the programmer to get lots of other people to test the product and give feedback before a final release.


The article below has a new approach to Testing - Test Driven Development. This encourages developers to “write tests of their code before actually writing the code itself”.


Shirley Munro

ICT Teacher



Welcome back everyone!


For the first semester the library will be available for students to use before school (8:15am - 8:45pm) and after school (3:15pm - 4:30pm).  Students are asked to return books to the library during these times. For the period of the building works the library will be a Year 12 Study Centre during class time.


Holidays are a great time for reading.  The library allows students to borrow over the holidays, however now all those books are due back.  Notices have been emailed to students, so please, do the right thing and return your books and let others enjoy them!  Students with overdue books will have restrictions on their borrowing.


This was the heading of an article in last Sunday’s Herald-Sun.  “Parents urged to do more to help” was the sub heading.  The article said the simplest way to do this was for parents to get their students off screens and into books. Digital parenting expert Kristy Goodwin was quoted as saying that increased screen time contributed to poorer literacy skills among children. Education minister Simon Birmingham said parents need to take an active role in their kid’s literacy. 

From WikiHow to do anything (


How to Get Into Reading a Book


If you're the kind of person who doesn't much like reading or finds getting beyond the first few chapters of a book a bit of a chore, you might just be missing out on discovering why books matter. Reading is one of life's escapist pleasures, it's a way of discovering things you never knew and meeting the minds of other human beings without having to actually converse. Why give up these wonderful opportunities just because you've convinced yourself that reading's hard work?


To get into reading a book, and making it all the way through, try these illuminating suggestions.


1. Choose a book that interests you.

2. Allow yourself to go overtime if you do start enjoying yourself.

3. Commit yourself.

4. Choose wisely.

More hints at the site!


Meg Cabot is a very popular children’s author.  Fresh new copies of her books have been purchased and are now available for borrowing.  To find out more about Meg go to


Do you like the James Bond movies? Then try reading the books. Ian Fleming can lay claim to being one of the original thriller writers and his books are not dated. New copies of 007’s adventures have been added to the collection.


Russell Absalom

Library Resource Manager



Just a reminder that if you signed up for quarterly contributions last year you must sign up again for 2018 because you will be authorising us to deduct a different amount. This can be done via Compass.


Please ring the Finance Office if you require us to process quarterly deductions.


For Camps & Excursions

Requests are to be directed to the organising teacher/s.


If the refund is the result of sickness or accident, claims for reimbursements must be made in writing within two weeks of the event and supported by a medical certificate. Alternatively, if a student has been unable to attend a camp/excursion due to personal circumstances (such as bereavement), the request for a refund should be directed in writing to the Teacher in Charge. Refunds for non-attendance at excursions and camps are otherwise not available.


For Essential Materials Charges and Voluntary Parent Contributions

Where payment has been made in the previous year for an enrolment that ceases before the commencement of the new academic year, the parent will be entitled to a full refund.


Where an enrolment ceases beyond the commencement of Term 1, refunds will be paid for the remaining whole term(s) on a pro-rata basis. For example: If student exits the College during Term 1; a refund for Terms 2, 3, 4 are applicable.


If student exits the College during Term 3; a refund for Terms 4 is applicable.


Please note that payment can be made online (including installment plans for subject contributions and payment for events) via Compass which is the school's preferred method.


If you are paying school fees by BPay, could you please email the Finance Office at [email protected] to advise us what the payment is for.  If we do not hear from you we will assume you are paying for the oldest outstanding item on your account & allocate accordingly.


We will no longer be refunding amounts under $50, unless we have a request in writing. Instead these amounts will be credited to the most outstanding amount on your account.


The Victorian Government’s Camps, Sports & Excursions Fund (CSEF) is an annual payment to the school to be used towards camps, sports and/or excursion expenses for the benefit of eligible students. To be eligible for the fund, a parent or legal guardian of a student attending the school must:

  • Be a holder of Veterans Affairs Gold Card or be an eligible Centrelink Health Care Card (HCC) or Pensioner Concession Card (PCC) holder, OR
  • Be a temporary foster parent, AND;
  • Please only submit an application if you have a new student at our college or you have never applied for CSEF previously (due date 29 June 2018).

Secondary school student rate is $225 per year.


Subject to the discretion of the principal, refunds are not available for individual activities within the Year 10 Outdoor Education program, as all camps and excursions are booked and paid for in the year prior to the student undertaking this subject.


Donations to the tax-deductible building fund are non-refundable.


Jennie Kim-Ross

Business Manager



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 Officers Alison Pollock or Joanne Robinson ([email protected]) 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. 



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 [email protected] or by writing a note in the student's diary explaining the reason. 


If no explanation has been received students are given a pass to class and an after school detention for the following day.


Please ensure that if your child is leaving early or arriving late for any reason that a note needs to be written in the diary so that the teachers are aware too.


If your student needs to leave school early for any reason, please write a note in their diary explaining the reason. Teachers will not allow any student to leave their class unless there is authorisation.


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


Families are now able to order and purchase uniforms online. Ordered items can be collected from the Uniform Shop. Please allow three working days for pick-up. Please click on the attached link to order uniforms:

Phone/Fax No:  9578 2151


Cheques must be payable to Fashion Clubwear.


For years 9 - 12 only there are a limited number of old style track pants and old style kea jackets being sold at reduced prices.

Track pants $21.00

Jackets          $42.00

Only available for purchase from the shop.



Tuesdays                                      8:15am - 12 noon

Fridays                                        12:30pm - 4:00pm

1st Saturday every month    9:30am - 12 noon


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.



All parents of Year 7 students are invited to the McKinnon Secondary College Assembly Hall to meet with Mrs Pitsa Binnion, and Year 7 Student Managers. This is an opportunity for a chat with Staff, other parents and to ask questions in a less formal setting. 


The "Meet the Principal Afternoon Tea" is on Wednesday 14 February from 2pm to 3pm.


We hope to see you there.


Jenny de Kretser

Transition Manager


We have adequate shade available for our students at school, but many will choose to walk around or play sport. Therefore, we encourage our students to wear a school hat if they are in the sun at recess or lunchtime.


All students are aware that they MUST wear a hat during PE and sport lessons.


We also recommend that they bring sunscreen from home and apply it during the summer months.


At McKinnon we aim to encourage our students to be SunSmart so they can reduce their risk of skin cancer later in life. We know that a healthy balance of exposure to the sun’s UV rays is important for everyone. However, the latest information indicates that the information we should be paying particular attention to the UV Index reported by the Bureau of Meteorology. This is a far more accurate way of protecting ourselves against skin damage that can lead to skin cancer.  The predicted temperature for the day, the time of day and the month of the year are also important considerations, but UV radiation can be high even on cool and overcast days.


Our Annual Swimming Carnival is WEDNESDAY 28 FEBRUARY. We encourage students to be responsible by wearing hats, sunscreen and covering up whilst waiting for their events or watching other students participate. It is the students’ responsibility to manage their SunSmart behaviour. At McKinnon Secondary College we do remind them to do this, and encourage this behaviour.  If they do happen to forget their Sunscreen on the day, there will be sunscreen lotion available. SPF50+ is the recommended sunscreen and needs to be applied liberally, re-applied every two hours (or after swimming, exercising and towel drying) and used in combination with other sun protection measures including sun protective hats, protective clothing, sunglasses and shade.


It is also important to be mindful that, as we know, Melbourne can have four seasons in one day. In past years it has rained and was a bit cold on our swimming sports day, so be prepared! Leading up to the day, and on the morning of the carnival, check the weather forecast and if it predicts rain or cooler weather then bring raincoat, warm clothes, umbrella etc.   It would be lovely if we have a Goldilocks day – ‘just right’!


Please visit the Cancer Council Australia website for more information including the link to a useful SunSmart App.


Susan Wilken

Community Health


My NYSF journey began with an application to the Bentleigh Moorabbin Rotary Club in Year 11. Back then, I didn’t know what the National Youth Science Forum was until I attended a meeting at school for those who were interested in attending a science program. I thought, ‘I love science. I’m interested in science, and heck, why not?’


I applied to the Bentleigh Moorabbin Rotary Club and was interviewed with other NYSF applicants across the state by people from the Rotary. I was thrilled to be selected!


I attended an Orientation session, and even had the opportunity to be invited to the Governor’s House. There, I met more NYSF representatives, around 80 were from Victoria and it was only then that I began to realise what an honour it is to be an NYSF representative.


I went to Session A, which was held in Canberra from 2-13 January. There were 195 students from other states and countries. During the course of the 12 days we had a very busy schedule full of activities including lectures, lab visits, group activities and social events. Throughout these activities, we all gained a broader understanding of the environment at university, the different aspects of STEM as well as potential fields in STEM that we may undertake in our future careers. What I found most rewarding was to have representatives from different universities to come and talk to us about what they could offer students and what certain jobs entailed. It widened my university choices, extending to even universities overseas.


Despite being clearly labelled as a science program, it was also one of the most social programs I have ever attended. This program encourages you to open up to like-minded science lovers and share your passion for science. The environment that the NYSF provided and the energy from the staff created the perfect atmosphere for students to exchange ideas and thoughts and understand each other more.


I would have never expected such growth in myself throughout this program, nor to have made so many science partners and close friends which I can expect to be in contact with for many years. I now know that I definitely want a career in the STEM field, and may even come back to NYSF as a staff member in the future to relive this wonderful experience and help future NYSF attendees.


I am extremely grateful to all those who have supported me thus far. To my teachers and the Rotarians, more specifically, the Bentleigh Moorabbin Rotary Club, thank you for sponsoring me. To the staff at the program, it was due to your enthusiasm, energy and care that I flourished throughout the course of the program.


To conclude, NYSF is not your typical science nerd camp. It is the best science camp there is. I highly recommend it to all Year 11 students. Applications close around the end of May, so if you want to attend, talk to your teachers and I’m sure they’ll be more than willing to support you.


Wenjing Sun

Year 12 Student



Local Community News


Summer Table Tennis commences on 1 February to 29 March 2018 (Mondays & Thursdays). Refer to attached document for further information or contact Paul Bronstein on 0412 804 036.



A day which includes presentations from Monash University, CAMS and a student engineering design team, Monash Motorsport. This will be followed by a tour of our workshop, various interactive activities and finishing with a BBQ lunch and a live demonstration of a vehicle. The event is open to parents and teachers including students and is on Saturday 17 February, 9:00am - 2:00pm. RSVP by 9 February via online form 


Heartlinks have a number of parenting workshops coming up in February and March 2018.


Workshops include: Positive Parenting after Separation, 1-2-3 Magic & Emotion Coaching and Successful Step Parenting & Blended Families. Please refer to the attached flyers for further information or go to the website



Cabrini Malvern's emergency department is providing any student attending McKinnon Secondary College the discounted rate of $205 (8am - 8pm weekdays) and $240 (8pm - 8am weekdays and weekends). This discount of 50% applies to the attendance fee only and does not include other out of pocket expenses eg X-rays, blood tests etc. For further information please call 9508 1222.


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Caulfield South Netball Club is looking for Under 15 Netball players to join our Team.  So if you are looking to join a fun, friendly group of girls to play netball, give Shelly a call on 0412 214 285



A qualified hairdresser is required in the Carnegie area. Part-time hours which includes Saturday. Contact Colleen on 9568 2797 for further information.


Sophie Pappas has over 25 years’ experience as a VCE teacher of English and Literature and a VCAA Assessor. Sophie provides one-on-one sessions for VCE English & Literature and Years 7 - 10 English. She has a deep understanding of the requirements needed to achieve an excellent study score. For further information please call Sophie on 0487 767 590 or email [email protected].

McKinnon SC-ONLINE LINK-2018.pdf
McKinnon SC-ONLINE LINK-2018.pdf
Phoenix Park Table Tennis 2018-Summer Season Information.pdf
Heartlinks 123 Magic Workshop Flyer Mar18.pdf
Heartlinks Positive Parenting after Separation Flyer Feb18.pdf
Heartlinks Step Parenting Workshop Flyer Mar18.pdf