10 February 2017
Issue One
McKinnon Secondary College
03 8520 9000
McKinnon Road
McKinnon, Victoria, 3204



Friday 10 February


Monday 13 February

2:30pm Early Finish


Tuesday 14 February

7-8pm Year 12 Parent Information Night


Wednesday 15 February

Year 10 Careers Information Session Periods 1&2

7-8pm Year 9 Parent Information Night


Friday 17 February

School Photos


Saturday 18 February

Senior Stage Bands Sunset Festival


Monday 20 February

School Photos (catch-up)

7-8pm Year 11 Parent Information Night


Tuesday 21 February

7:00pm Finance Sub-Committee

7:30pm School Council


Wednesday 22 February

9UP City Day 1

2-3pm Year 7 Parents meet the Principal (afternoon tea)


Thursday 23 February

7-8pm Year 10 Parent Information Night


Monday 27 February

Kingston Division Lawn Bowls

7-8pm Year 8 Parent Information Night


Tuesday 28 February

McKinnon SC Swimming Carnival


Wednesday 1 March

5:30-7:30pm Year 7 Parent Information Night


Thursday 2 March

International Students’ Excursion


Monday 6 March

9UP City Day 2


Tuesday 7 March

5pm Buildings & Grounds Sub-Committee


Wednesday 8 March

Year 7 Camp


Thursday 9 March

Periods 5 & 6: no Year 11 & 12 classes

7:00pm VCE Formal


Friday 10 March

9UP City Day 3

Year 11 & 12 classes LATE START (Period 3)









Welcome back to all staff, students, parents and a special welcome to our new families.  I hope 2017 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 also formally welcome Mr Richard Long who has been appointed to the Principal Class. Richard has been a valued member of McKinnon Secondary College for a number of years and was leading teacher in charge of Curriculum.

Richard began his time at McKinnon as a student in 1995 and, in fact, graduated in 2000 as School Captain.


He has been a wonderful contributor to the McKinnon success story and we look forward to his contribution as Assistant Principal.


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 2016 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 a perfect ATAR of 99.85.


260 students completed Year 12 and applied to VTAC


96% received a first round offer


92% received a University place


4% received a TAFE offer


17% of all study scores were over 40


36% achieved an ATAR over 90 (100 students)


57% achieved an ATAR over 80


72% achieved an ATAR over 70


And of course we hit that incredible 34 as the average study score and we had 8 perfect scores of 50.


I am also thrilled to announce that we are well represented in the VCE VCAA School of Excellence:


Maggie Zhou - Top Designs (Media)

Jason Pun - Top Class (Music Styles)

Bianca Pardo - Top Class (Theatre Studies)

Justine McKelvie - Top Class (Dance)


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 staff members to our College:


Mr Andrew Hemsley - English/EAL

Mr Phillip O’Brien - Geography

Ms Leonie Fryer - Psych/Science

Ms Olivia Karpathiou - Art

Mr George Georgiadis - Maths

Ms Maria-Carmen Jimenez Victoria - French/Spanish

Mr Warren Bardsley - ICT/Maths

Ms Marika McKinlay - Accounting

Ms Kerryn Scott - Science

Mr Cameron Chan - Maths/IT

Mr Kent Zhu - Maths

Ms Lena Nguyen - Maths

Mr Peter Gale - Student Wellbeing

Mr Neil McRobinson - Integration

Mr Matthew Wilkins - Integration

Mr Jonathan Keusgen - ICT


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


This year we embark on the most significant building project ever in McKinnon’s history.


Thank you to our local member Mr Nick Staikos and the State Government, we now have a $9million three storey wing which is about to be constructed.


The tender documents have been distributed and we eagerly await the selection of the successful building company.


We are hopeful that construction will commence in Term 2 and it will be an 18 month project.  Things will be a little difficult but when constructed it will definitely change the face of McKinnon.


Nomination Forms for the School Council are now available from the General Office. Included in this newsletter is a link you can access which explains our School Council Elections. Nominations are being called for 3 parent representatives and 2 Department representatives. Anyone with any queries regarding School Council Elections are welcome to contact me at school.

Information for Parents SC 2017.docx
Notice of School Council Elections and Call for Nominations 2017.docx
School Council Election information for parents 2017.docx



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 7 Meet the Principal afternoon

Wednesday 22 February at 2.00pm


Year 12 Parent Information Evening

Tuesday 14 February at 7.00pm


Year 9 Parent Information Evening

Wednesday 15 February at 7.00pm


Year 11 Parent Information Evening

Monday 20 February at 7.00pm


Year 10 Parent Information Evening

Thursday 23 February at 7.00pm


Year 8 Parent Information Evening

Monday 27 February at 7.00pm


Year 7 Parent Information Evening

Wednesday 1 March at 7.00pm


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, Mrs Mullane 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 Managers, 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.


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 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 2017 they renamed the Victorian Public Transport Concession Card (VPTCC) to PTV School Student ID

  • From 30 January 2017, they increased the age limit for a Child myki concession from 16 years to 18 years.

​This change means that students can use a Child myki until they are 18. 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 will not be asked proof of age. However, when not in school uniform, 17 and 18 years olds may be asked to verify their eligibility to travel on a Child myki.


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 all the Junior School Captains who will be presented with their badges at the first General Assembly for the year on Friday. The Senior School captains will also be announced at this time.





Clare Wever & Lachlan Waldren


Deputy Captains

Talia Raman & Patrick Mullane






Suzy Kim & Oliver Lopez

Deputy Captains

Jessica Salisbury & Seb Skalova




Remi van Denderen & Max van Denderen

Deputy Captains

Sarsha van Denderen & Marcus Sarra




Skyla Isaacs & Matt Dickins

Deputy Captains

Nicola Karavendzas & Will Sharp




Phoebe Lock & Wes McKinnon

Deputy Captains

Tayla Fischer & Isaac Wilson


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 2017 school year. We especially welcome those families who are new to our school community.  We hope all families had a terrific summer break.  


All parents are asked to keep your Compass username and password 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 2016, the same username and password are required in 2017.


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 no longer acceptable. Senior students only may replace our school logo bag with a plain navy or black bag. 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.


This year we are introducing a new sports jacket that is to be worn with Sport/PE uniform only. This replaces the Kia spray jacket that will be phased out and is no longer sold at the uniform shop.  Students in Years 8 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 now have a Chromebook to support their learning at McKinnon. The following expectations have been explained to students:

  • 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 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.

  • 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.


At this point in the year it is important that parents check that your child is getting into the correct habits with their 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 having 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. The due date for parental consent appears on the printed consent forms and online.


School photographs will be taken throughout the day on Friday 17 February. This will cause some disruption to the College’s regular program; please ensure your child attends in correct summer uniform.  


Photo order envelopes have been distributed to all students. The envelope contains information to order/pay online; otherwise the envelope and money need to be given directly to the photographers on the day. Students in Year 8 will be required to attend in full summer uniform and change into their sport/PE uniform at lunch (rather than wearing sports uniform all day, as they usually would every Friday).


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.




A warm welcome back to all of our students and families in the Junior School.  A special welcome to our new Year 7s and students that are joining us for the first time in Years 8 and 9.  We hope your years at McKinnon will be filled with much success and friendship.


Congratulations to the following students that been appointed as Junior School Leaders for 2017. The successful leadership candidates were selected due to the quality of their written applications and personal interviews.  Many thanks to Ms Brown, Mr De Salvo and Mr Hoskin 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:

Clare Wever & Lachlan Waldren  


Junior School Deputy Captains:

Talia Raman & Patrick Mullane



Chisholm House Captains:

Suzy Kim & Oliver Lopez


Chisholm Deputy Captains:

Jessica Sailsbury & Seb Skalova


Flynn House Captains:

Remi van Denderen & Max van Denderen


Flynn Deputy Captains:

Sarsha van Denderen & Marcus Sarra

Gilmore House Captains:

Skyla Isaacs & Matt Dickins


Gilmore Deputy Captains:

Nicola Karavendzas & Will Sharp

Monash House Captains:

Phoebe Lock & Wes McKinnon


Monash Deputy Captains:

Tayla Fischer & Isaac Wilson



A series of Parent Information evenings will be held at 7:00PM in the Assembly Hall on the following dates:

  • Year 8 - Monday 27 February

  • Year 9 - Wednesday 15 February

  • Year 10 - Thursday 23 February

  • Year 11 - Monday 20 February

  • Year 12 - Tuesday 14 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 22 February; and

  • A Parent Information evening from 5:30PM in the Assembly Hall on Wednesday 1 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.

Les McLeod

Head of Junior School



This year McKinnon is implementing an innovative new Year 7 program called “Maths Pathway”. In a typical Year 7 Mathematics class there is an average eight year spread of ability. The Maths Pathway model helps to manage this spread of mathematical ability by moving from a one-size-fits-all maths program, to a fully differentiated and individualised program for each student. In the Maths Pathway program each student will learn maths based on their individual mathematical ability. The program shifts the focus away from grades, and instead places a focus on each student’s level of improvement, allowing all students the opportunity to succeed.

In their first Mathematics lesson, students eagerly began their journey by exploring the online program (which replaces the traditional textbook), as well as completing an adaptive quiz designed to determine their point of knowledge for all Mathematical content areas. Maths Pathway lessons will consist of online modules, completing work in exercise books, group learning, regular testing, and activities based on real life application of Mathematics. Students will also undertake personal reflection and goal setting, and will receive individual teacher feedback designed to help each student progress throughout the year. Year 7 parents will be provided with more information on the Maths Pathway program in the coming weeks.


Alice Carter & Chloe Krommydas

Year 7 Maths Teachers



Welcome to Ms Maria-Carmen JIMENEZ VICTORIA, who will be teaching French to junior students this coming year. She is an experienced colleague who joins us from Parkdale Secondary College. We look forward to her contributions to the Languages faculty.


All French Language students are now using the e-book (course book only) 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 Year 9 and 10 German and Year 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 4 years, all Year 10 French and German students will be enrolled in the

10297NAT Certificate II in Applied Language. This courses 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 3 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.


After hosting their French exchange partners in their homes, it was time for the 22 students to travel to France and experience life as a French teenager. The group consisted of 20 Year 10s, 2 Year 11s, Ms Dickson, Ms Antal and Mrs Fowler flew out of Melbourne Airport on Friday 9 December. Three flights and 24 hours later, we arrived in Nice Airport to 22 very happy families, ready to make the most of the four week experience.

Classes started on Monday and we were officially welcomed by the Principal team.


For the next week, the students followed their partners to classes, exhausted by the long school days and listened to lots of French. They also went to English classes and presented on topics like Australian sport, geography, music and so on. Some days sent us on excursions, exploring the French Riviera. In the first week, we went to the town of Valbonne where we were greeted by the Adjunct Mayor and explored the market and old village streets. We also went to Alpha Loup, a nature park in the mountains that cares for the wolf population. The students were almost as excited to play in the snow as they were to see the wolves.


The students then had two weeks of holidays with their French families. Some went to Paris, some to Milan and other parts of Italy, some went skiing in the Alps, some to country towns in France to visit grandparents. They experienced the Christmas and New Year holidays in France.


After one more week of school which included two excursions (St Tropez and a wattle farm), it was time to say a teary goodbye and fly home. Overall, it was an incredible experience where students learnt so much. Their knowledge and comprehension of French language improved, as did their confidence in speaking French. Their understanding of French culture and daily life also increased significantly. For some students, they have made lifelong connections with their French exchange partner and their families.


Thank you to Mrs Binnion and Mr Kan who made sure this trip could go ahead. Thank you to Ms Dickson and Ms Antal for organising the trip and travelling to France with the students. Thank you to Mrs Fowler and Mr Jewell for accompanying the group to and from France. Finally, thank you to the fantastic students who made the most of the experience and were excellent ambassadors for our school.


Students at McKinnon are counting already the days to their return visit to Germany at the end of March. Over the coming two months students are expected to attend lunchtime sessions to prepare themselves for school and family life in Germany.


McKinnon students will prepare bilingual presentations about Australia and will present them to classes in our sister school. They will also increase their general conversation skills in these additional lunchtime lessons.


An information evening for the departure will be held on Monday 6 March at 7:30pm in the Lecture Theatre.




Welcome back to 2017.


Here are the dates for Intermediate/Senior Sports Term 1 2017:


Senior Boys Cricket & Senior Girls Cricket - Thursday 16 February

Intermediate Boys Cricket & Intermediate Girls Cricket - Monday 20 February

Kingston Lawn Bowls - Monday 27 February

McKinnon Swimming Sports - Tuesday 28 February


Kingston Swimming Sports  - Thursday 9 March


Inter Round Robin - All on Thursday 23 March

Boys Volleyball

Girls Volleyball



Boys Tennis

Girls Tennis


Senior Round Robin - All on Monday 27 March

Boys Volleyball

Girls Volleyball



Boys Tennis

Girls Tennis

Boys Basketball

Girls Basketball

Boys Futsal

Girls Futsal


James Bridges

Sports Manager


Bookings are now being taken for Term 1 2017 Tennis Coaching on Tuesday / Wednesday mornings. All years and standards. Refer to the attached link for further information and registration or call 9813 8484 / email [email protected]






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 are reminded that they should be setting up their rehearsal schedule NOW for 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 at 7:00pm on Tuesday 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 a choral ensemble made up of members from the Senior Singers and Choir who performed solo as well as leading hymns at the Bentleigh Uniting Church's Youth Christmas service on Sunday 11 December at the end of 2016. The group also had fun singing Christmas songs with Coatesville Primary School at the service. Each student received a bauble gift from Graeme Seamer, the organizer. Thank you also to Vitor Fanstone (Year 12) who played bass for the singers and also playing with the small church band/orchestra for the event.



On Saturday 18 February 2017 at 4:00pm the Senior Stage Band will be performing at the Big Bands Sunsets Festival in Mordialloc.  For more information



All fees will be payable online through Compass.


Megan Papworth

Head of Music



It has been wonderful to welcome the new Year 7s to the ICT Department at McKinnon. The students have been really enthusiastic about their new Chromebooks and are quickly learning how to use these in the school environment. In the first few weeks, students will be learning all about their Google Drive and their shared folders. This allows them to create new content and to share that with their teachers across all subjects.

The students are already working on their first topic, “Who I am”, in preparation for the Year 7 Parent Night on Wednesday, 1 March. By then, the students should have prepared a poster about themselves using the web based software application LucidPress. These posters will be on display in the homerooms for parents to see.


Shirley Munro

ICT Teacher



Because of the building works the library will be open to students in Years 7 -11 at the following times:

Daily Before School:           8:15am – 8:50am

Monday – Thursday:           Period 5 - 4:30pm

(commencing on Monday 13 February library will be open to 5:30pm)

Friday:                                    Period 5 - 4:30pm


To borrow, return books and print must be done during the above times only.


The library is reserved for the use of Year 12 students at all other times.


In light of the new times books are now on loan for four weeks.


Students must return items borrowed last year before they can borrow this year.  If you have lost or cannot find a book please come and speak to a member of the library staff.


Russell Absalom

Library Resource 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 is 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 TUESDAY 28 FEBRUARY (attendance is compulsory). 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. Last year it actually 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


This message is for McKinnon parents who might be able to offer a work experience opportunity for our senior students, mainly Year 10.


Students are generally looking at areas like business/office work, engineering, media, medical/health sciences, the creative arts, trades and science. We have many employers in these areas that have taken students in the past, but with increasing student numbers and more financial pressures on business it can be a difficult task.


However it can be a very valuable experience in determining career option and VCE subject choices for VCE.


Employers are required to pay students a minimum of $25 per week and provide a supervised & relevant placement.


Students are covered for insurance by the Department when the work experience arrangement form is completed by all parties.


If your workplace is able to offer five days to give an insight into the world of work to our students could you please send us your details: 

(to [email protected][email protected][email protected] au or call me on 8520 9033). 


The main date is the block placement for students not going to Central Australia, i.e. the first week of Term 2 - Monday 27 March to Friday 31 March. Students can also do work experience during term holidays.


Eddie Mest - Careers Coordinator

Delmar Zachest – Careers Assistant

Jason Evans - Work Experience Assistant


We are seeking the help of parent volunteers for our school canteen commencing Term 1, 2017. Volunteers will need a current Volunteer’s Working With Children Check.


Your help will be required Monday to Friday from 10:00am to 1:00pm approximately to help serve our students.


Please contact our General Office on 8520 9000 to register your name and contact details.


Tania Burnell

Canteen Manager



Just a reminder that if you signed up for quarterly contributions last year you must sign up again for 2017 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;
  • Submit an application to the school by the due date (30 June 2017).

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 Officer Alison Pollock

[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 protected] 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.


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



Tuesdays                                     8:15am - 12 noon

Fridays                                        12:30pm - 4:00pm

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


Cheques must be payable to Fashion Clubwear.


Please ensure all school clothes, books and personal property are clearly labelled with the student’s name. Many items are not returned to their rightful owners because they are not labelled correctly or clearly.


USBs should include a folder with the student’s name and form to assist in returning it to the correct person. If you have lost anything see Mrs Plate in the Sick Bay during recess, lunch or end of day.



Local News



Ormond Amateur Football Club is forming its first Women's Football Team. For further information please click on the following link.

OAFC_Female Footy Poster.pdf