The Score

09 November 2016
Issue Twelve
  Diary Dates & Events                                      
College Principal's Report           
Assistant Principal's Report
Junior School
Senior School 
Staff Profile
Community News
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Scoresby Secondary College
03 9765 4100
2 Cavell Street
Scoresby, Victoria, 3179

  Diary Dates & Events        


Diary Dates & Events


Monday 7 - Friday 11 November

Year 9 City Experience


Tuesday 8 - Friday 11 November 

Year 11 Exams


Wednesday 9 - Friday 11 November

Year 10 Exams


Tuesday 15 November

Finance Committee Meeting 6 pm


Wednesday 16 - Thursday 24 November

Year 11 into Year 12 Headstart Program


Wednesday 16 November - Friday 2 December

Year 10 into Year 11 Headstart Program


Thursday 17 November 

School Council Meeting 7 pm


Friday 25 November

Report Writing Day - Students not required to attend 


Tuesday 29 November

Finance Committee Meeting 6 pm



Thursday 1 December 

School Council Meeting 7 pm


Monday 5 December 

2nd hand Book Sale 6 pm-7 pm


Wednesday 7 - Tuesday 13 December

End of Year Activities Year 7-9


Thursday 8 December 

Orion Night 7 pm


Tuesday 13 December

Last minute 2nd hand book sale 8:30 am- 10:30 am - Collect unsold books

End of year reports distributed from 2:30 pm


Wednesday 14  - Monday 19 December 

Community Service Environment Days


Monday 19 December

Last day of Term 4 





College Principal's Report           

Welcome to this edition of Score

It is hard to believe we are almost half way through Term 4 and there are only six weeks until Christmas.  It is with great pride I look at where the year started and the achievements that are often at the forefront at this stage of the year.  There are many opportunities for the wider school community to join together to acknowledge and celebrate the achievements of our students within our wonderful College and beyond.  Some of these are highlighted in this newsletter with more to take place before the end of the year.


Final Days of Year 12

I have had great pleasure of watching the manner in which our Year 12 Class of 2016 conducted themselves throughout their end of school celebrations. Parents/guardians of our young adults should be proud of how they presented. All of them modelled exemplary behaviours to our other students, showing them how you can have fun and celebrate positively.  As a result the Year 12 students created so many great memories for not only themselves but also for the community as their time with us came to an end. 

The evening after their final day  I attended the Valedictory Dinner at Vogue Ballroom. The word ‘valedictory’, means to ‘say farewell’, and while there were many ‘goodbyes’ on the night , the night provided the students time to reflect on, to recognise and to acknowledge the contribution that many other people have made to getting them from their first day of school until their completion. 

Students enjoying the Valedictory prior to maximising their study time, working with teachers and undertaking their exams.


Art & Technology Showcase

Our students showed off their creative side at our recent Arts and Technology Showcase. More than one hundred and fifty people attended the showcase which included art and performances from not just our College but also local primary schools including Carrington, Knox Gardens, Knox Park, Park Ridge, Karoo and Scoresby Primary Schools.  Work included painting, sculpture, design folios, print making, photography, architectural models, wooden products and short films.  The performances from the opening with Year xx student singing and accompanied by on guitar to dance, choir and cheer leading. I was so impressed by our students and it was wonderful to be able to join with the talent of our local primary schools to celebrate the talents of students in our community.

Student Leadership

‘The number of Australians aged 65 and over is expected to increase rapidly, from around 2.5 million in 2002 to 6.2 million in 2042. That is, from around 13 per cent of the population to around 25 per cent’


What a frightening statistic. It need not be if we can have student leaders like our own. Each week a group of student leaders are undertaking community service as part of a new partnership we have developed with Arcare, a large aged care facility opposite Knox District Centre. As part of their weekly visits students are engaged in activities to keep many of the older residents in contact with younger people through activities including knitting for rescue animals, music, art and a variety of other activities. The benefits to the students are evident. What better way to learn about history than through direct conversations with the residents about what the world was like when they were young.  Congratulations to our student leadership coordinator who is leading this initiative.


Sporting Achievement

Brad Bishop represented the College by at the State Schools Athletics competition winning a silver medal in the high jump . He was selected to compete last weekend in the All Schools Athletics Championships against independent and catholic school winners coming first with a jump of 1.99m.  

Brad will now represent Victoria in the upcoming Australian All Schools Competitions.


Teaching and Learning

The staff at the College are to be commended on their professionalism and commitment to student improvement with the final delivery and assessment of coursework at all year levels. It is a busy assessment and reporting period.  

Testing at years 7-9 and examinations for Years 10 and 11 provide students an opportunity to demonstrate their understanding of the skills and knowledge they have covered over the course of the year. It also provides valuable data on the level to which we have delivered our guaranteed and viable curriculum.


Evidence is showing that we are well on track and our Year 11 students entering Year 12 are well prepared for the challenges their final year presents.  


City Experience

I would like to thank Ms Su-Nhi Kim who has coordinated the Year 9 City Experience. The week long experience is an integral part of the humanities program in Year 9 and has direct links with applying many of the key employability skills we are developing in our students.  You can look forward to feedback from the students and photos in our next newsletter.


Gail Major



Assistant Principal's Report

Attendance - Everyday Counts

At the end of each term we have acknowledged students who have achieved 100% for the Term/Semester. In this latest acknowledgement I would like to congratulate the following Year 12 students who achieved 100% for the Year.

Rami Al-loos

Damon Brammall

Jayden Brown

Alana Carroll

Steven Clarke

Lucinda Formaini

Jaxon Franzi

Jayden Gebert

Teah Hallam

Kaitlin Harris

Bec Holter

Elijah Koch

Megan Olasiman

Cam Prissmann

David Toogood

Samuel U

Tina Waldron

Andrew Wittmer


Vocational Education Training (VET) Awards

On Tuesday 18 October I had the pleasure of attending the Mullum Cluster VET awards ceremony. On the night I was lucky to be able to represent Scoresby Secondary College in presenting some of the awards. The highlight of the evening for me was watching a number of our students nominated for awards and we also had a few student who won their category. It is a honour to be nominated for these awards and the following students should be very proud of their achievements.

Congratulations to these students:

Jayden Gebert – Nominated and winner in Certificate III in Music Industry (Technical Production)

Monique Wessman – Nominated in Certificate III in Music

Layla Zebian – Nominated in Certificate II in Make-up and Skin Care

Bradley Bishop – Nominated and winner in Certificate III in Sport and Recreation

Rami Aloos – Nominated and winner in Certificate III in Information Technology

Jesse Knight – Nominated in Certificate III in Information Technology

Cameron Prissman – Nominated and winner in Certificate II in Engineering Studies


Save the Date - Orion Night

Orion Night will be held on Thursday 8 December at Burrinja Theatre, Corner Glenfern Road and Matson Drive, Upwey. The ceremony will begin at 7:30pm. Students who will be receiving an award or who are being asked to perform on the night will receive a letter closer to the date.


Chris Knight

Assistant Principal

Junior School

Term 4 

We are half way through Term 4 and exams are fast approaching for year 7, 8 and 9 students for English and Maths. The exams will take place on the following dates:


Year 7 Maths:    Wednesday 23 November (non calculator)

Thursday 24th November (calculator)

Year 8 Maths:    Thursday 17th November (no calculator)

Friday 18th November (calculator)

Year 9 English:   Friday 18th November

Year 9 Maths:    To be confirmed

The year 9 Maths exam is still yet to be confirmed and students will be informed soon.


Students will be preparing for these exams in their maths and English classes and I encourage them to ask questions to clarify understanding and complete revision tasks provided.


At this time of year teachers are also in the process of writing reports and students are reminded to complete all assessment tasks on time so they can be included on their report.


Casey Lawson

Year 8 & 9 Coordinator


7-10 Brainstorm Production - Verbal Combat

On Friday 14 October, Years 7-10 participated in watching a production based on verbal combat.


During the play each class watched a young teenage girl, Emily, who was new to the school, get bullied verbally as well as cyber bullied by another class member Katrina. While a young man Daniel helped Emily feel accepted, another, Rocky, was pressured by Katrina to bully her, but in the end everything backfired onto Katrina and her so called "friend" Gabriel.


After the production the students were asked to focus on questions such as:


WHO’S responsible for the bullying?


WHAT drives cyber bullies to send a mean message, post a hurtful comment or embarrassing photo or comment on social media?


WHY are some people more likely to be a target rather than somebody else?


WHY is it hard for victims to be assertive or resilient?


WHERE can a person go and what can they do when they are being cyber bullied?


HOW can we all stop cyber bullying in its tracks?


We were also instructed to ask ourselves how and if we may be affecting or hurting others.


Skye Nielsen 

Year 8


Start Smart - Guest Speaker for year 8 Maths class

On the 18 Tuesday October, we invited a guest speaker from the Start Smart Program to come and talk to our year 8 Maths’ class. The Start Smart program changes the way young people learn about money. By making money management interactive, engaging and fun through a series of free workshops and online resources, they equip students with the confidence and competence to make smart decisions about money.


This workshop explores the foundations of financial decision making. Students have been involved in making decisions about how they can spend money wisely. Through a series of activities designed to stimulate thinking and have students reflect on their current spending habits, Smart Choices encourages discussion around the influences and factors that shape financial choices. Students have been able to justify the selection of a range of goods and services in a variety of ‘real-life’ contexts.


Demonstrate awareness that advertising can influence consumer behaviour and financial decision-making.


The workshop helps students to question their purchases and understand the wider implications of their decisions.


Leanne Wilson  & Mervat Youssef

Math Coordinator & Commerce


World War 1 Memorial Box

Year 9 students recently had the opportunity to examine and handle some artefacts from the First World War which were sent from the Australian War Memorial in Canberra.


 These included an Australian Military Forces overcoat, a slouch hat with emu plume, a metal helmet, a nurse’s cape and armband, a sailor’s uniform, various badges and medals, postcards, photographs and magazines, eating implements, a field map as well as many other items.

This display was planned to coincide with the students’ study of the Great War and by being an interactive experience allowed them to understand some of the conditions which our servicemen and women endured.

'Lest We Forget'



Linda Duncan

Resource Centre Manager





Senior School 

Senior School Report

There is so much currently happening is Senior School!


Our Year 10, 11 and 12 students are in the final stages of their exams. Year 10 and 11 students have finished their coursework for the year and we are about to commence the Head Start Program to prepare our students for their 2017 studies!


Senior School Exams

To conclude Semester 2 studies, both our Year 10 and 11 students undertake an extensive examination period.  During this examination period students complete an exam for each of the semester studies they have undertaken.


Evidence indicates that the more opportunities students have to study for and practice under examination conditions the better prepared they are for the rigors of VCE study and subsequent end of year exams at the conclusion of Year 12.  Therefore, this examination period is aimed at equipping our students to gain these vital skills in readiness for their Unit 3 and 4 studies.  It also provides the opportunity for our students to consolidate the key knowledge and skills gained over the course of their semester studies.


I would like congratulate our students for the preparation and diligence they demonstrated throughout the Semester 2 examination period.


Head Start

Each year Scoresby Secondary College runs a Head Start Program to support our Senior School students in getting the most out of their upcoming 2017 studies. We have found that this program appropriately prepares our students for the demands of the year ahead and gives them a great opportunity to get a head start on the completion, in a VCE system that places our students against other students from across the state.


The 2016 program will provide our students with the opportunity to attend numerous classes for each of the studies they will undertake in 2017. Giving them the opportunity to familiarise themselves with their units of study, ask questions of their teachers and begin the coursework in readiness for a big 2017.

During the initial two days of the Head Start Program, time has been allocated for MIPS interviews to take place with selected students. If students have not been asked to attend a MIPS interview during this time, they will not be required at the school. However, if students wish to meet with the Careers Coordinator during this time they will be able to do so, provided they prearrange a meeting time in advance.


To help the program in running smoothly please follow the specified deadlines for returning any indemnity forms to the college in relation to this program


We are look forward to working with all our students throughout the upcoming program as we prepare with excitement for the year ahead!



As from the 18 November 2016, I will be taking Long Service Leave and heading overseas with my family.

Upon my return I will be commencing in a position as Assistant House Leader at Dandenong High School. As such, I would like take to take this opportunity to thank the staff, students and families I have worked with during my 11 years at Scoresby Secondary College.


I have learned countless lesson from so many individuals within the school that will stay with me throughout my career and have been able to come to school each and every day with a passion to see students growing, developing and learning.


Thankyou and farewell Scoresby Secondary College! 


Aaron Mackinnon

Head of Senior School


Forensic Science at KIOSC

Year 10 science students attended a day of Forensic Science at KIOSC on Monday 7 November. They adopted the role of trainee investigators and were given the task of assessing evidence in order to solve a crime. The crime was based on an actual case, however, the names and some events were changed.

Students performed a number of tests which included: analysis of footprints, powders, tyre marks, finger prints, soil and blood. They then had to present their case to the two judges. The discussion that ensued was lively with students becoming immersed in the task.


Infectious diseases - Bacteria vs Humans

On Thursday 27 October, the Year 10 Biology/Psychology class participated in a Webinar  organised by Convergence Science Network & John Monash Science School.

This was the third Scientific Convergence and Innovation in Schools Cluster (SCISC) event. SCISC focuses on the promotion of STEM education and its importance in society to drive research, innovation, growth and development.

 The presenters were:

  • Dr Renae Walsh, Senior Medical Scientist, Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity.  Her scientific expertise is in the fields of virology and protein biochemistry.
  • Josh Newson, Graduate Researcher, Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity. He is a graduate researcher, working towards a PhD on the molecular mechanisms of Salmonella pathogenesis.

Bacteria are everywhere - they live all around us in the environment, on our skin, and even inside our bodies. Most species of bacteria are harmless to people, and others are even helpful. But some bacteria can cause disease - they infect the cells that make up our bodies, grow to large numbers, and spread on to infect new people. How can microscopic creatures have such a powerful effect on our bodies, on our health, and on our society? Over millions of years they have evolved incredibly specific and powerful tools to take control of our cells. This talk focused on a few different species of bacteria that cause disease in humans. Even though these bacteria infect different parts of our bodies and cause different diseases, their tools and tricks for controlling human cells are very similar. The scientists looked at some of the science and technology behind how they investigate these bacteria, how they uncover their tricks for causing disease, and how they're looking at helping human cells fight back.

Following the presentation by Dr Walsh and Mr Newson online conference attendees were invited to ask questions via the virtual classroom environment using WebEx chat or twitter.

The Year 10 class was very attentive during the session and made the following observations:

  • I found out that there’s more than one path you can take to become a scientist. – Marie
  • The structure of Salmonella and E.coli are similar and have the same way of inserting themselves into a host. – Mikayla
  • Today I learnt that Salmonella digs itself into cells and makes a protective pocket. – Dylan
  • The field will never stop doing what it does because bacteria keeps changing and becoming immune. – Aaron
  • Scientists work collaboratively across the world. – Jacob
  • I found out how Salmonella and E.coli work. – Evan
  • I discovered that equipment used in these fields can be extremely expensive ($200,000 plus) and it’s a lot of work to apply for a grant. – Jake
  • Does Salmonella kill in large numbers? – Chris
  • I learnt about bacteria. – Joel
  • The infection rate of Hepatitis B is greater in the very young as a child’s immunity is still growing. – Jazmin
  • Bacteria adapts and becomes immune to antibiotics. – Joel
  • Salmonella can be passed on in salads if proper hygiene is not followed. – Kirrily

Sylvia Wood

Science & Year 11 Coordinator






Staff Profile

John Healy

John Healy is current head of the Science Faculty at Scoresby Secondary College.


John actually started teaching many years ago in rural NSW when he ran a physics revision class after school on Thursdays whist completing his Year 12 studies. After High School, John started a chemistry degree at the University of NSW eventually graduating with honours. In his second year John began tutoring at a residential college at the university and was appointed head tutor during his 3rd and 4th year at the University.


 After graduating, John began work at what was then Imperial Chemical Industries (ICI) but would soon change its name in Australia to Orica. After four years of research and development work in chemical and materials science, he relocated to Melbourne and started research and teaching at Monash University in the School of Physics and Materials Engineering.


John taught several subjects from 1st to 4th year while completing his research degree.

After completing his work at Monash, John’s love of teaching and science education led him to join the Teach For Australia program as one of the first cohorts of teachers. The program is designed to train teachers with specific skills to combat educational disadvantage in its many forms.


John’s first teaching position was at Glenroy Secondary College where he taught VCE Mathematics, Chemistry and Science subjects. John moved to Scoresby Secondary College in 2013, and has taught a variety of subjects including mathematics, science, robotics, VCE Physics and VCE Chemistry.


Community News

2nd Hand Book Sale

Its that time of year again!!!!!!!

Don’t miss this great opportunity to convert your unwanted textbooks into money……      and also purchase next year’s books at significant savings!

There are 2 SALES:

Monday 5 December, 6.00 – 7.00pm

Sale of books for Years 7-12 

Tuesday 13 December, 8.30am – 10.30am

Last Minute Sales - Room 109.


Sales are by CASH or CHEQUE only, on the day of sale only. (Strictly no phone orders, sales or resevation of books prior to the sale)

Textboooks to be sold can be dropped off at the college to Rooom 109.


Unsold books can be collected from Room 109 on Tuesday 13 December- 8.30am – 10.30am ONLY 

Any books not collected on Tuesday 13 December, will become the property of the Chaplaincy Committee.


If you could spare some time to assist the Chaplaincy Committee at any stage of the book collection or sale, please contact Keith Talty (volunteer) via the School Office 9765 4100, or via email on [email protected]


Thank you for supporting your Chaplain (Andy Phillips) at Scoresby Secondary College.


Keith Talty

Chaplaincy Committee


Potential Health Hazards fron Mosquitoes

Recent heavy rainfall across the state has led to ideal breeding conditions for mosquitoes leading to high numbers that will continue well into the summer months. The following information from the Department provides important protection measures that may prevent spread of diseases, particularly if travelling north of Victoria towards the end of the year.

While the overall risk is considered low, some mosquitoes carry viruses, so an increase in mosquitoes​​ may increase the risk of mosquito-borne diseases.

  • Most mosquitoes found in Victoria do not carry diseases, but are more of a nuisance.
  • Diseases that can be spread by mosquitoes in Victoria include Ross River virus and Barmah Forest virus, or very rarely Murray Valley encephalitis virus
  • Ross River and Barmah Forest viruses can cause joint inflammation, pain and rash in about a third of those infected. The majority will show no symptoms
  • Murray Valley encephalitis virus (MVE) is a brain infection that in rare cases can cause the brain to swell, leading to brain damage or death. The last known case in humans was reported in Victoria in 1974.

Reduce the risk of mosquito bites by ensuring:

  • any stagnant water is removed so mosquitoes cannot breed
  • any rain water tanks or water storage devices are sealed
  • use mosquito repellent that contains picaridin or DEET on exposed skin
  • loose-fitting clothing is worn outdoors
  • mosquitoes are prevented from entering buildings by:
    • repairing holes in flyscreens
    • closing windows and doors without flyscreens
    • using knockdown sprays or electronic zappers
    • cleaning guttering and storm water pits
    • undertaking routine maintenance.

Dusk and dawn is when most mosquitoes are more active but some will also bite during the day​.

If anyone has any concerns regarding mosquito bites, please:

  • ​​​See your doctor
  • Ring nurse on call on 1300 606 024

For more information on protecting against mosquito bites


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Next week when the Year 9 students return from City Experience,  I will be giving them information about Work Experience in 2017, there will be forms to complete and an information letter for parent/guardians about supporting your child to organise a Work Experience Placement.


Some of the information and resources in the careers news:

  • Dates to Diarise in Term 4
  • Key VTAC Dates 
  • Medical Reception Course
  • Advanced Diploma of Justice at Holmesglen Institute
  • Bachelor of Oral Health (Therapy/Hygiene) 
  • Diploma of Product Design at Swinburne University
  • Gap Medics
  • ANU Advisory Day - Melbourne
  • Interested in studying Law at the University of Melbourne?
  • Tertiary Enabling Program (TEP) at La Trobe University
  • Automotive Modern Apprenticeship Program
  • Careers in Water
  • How do you Think Young Quiz
  • Accessing VCE Results via SMS
  • Dates of Main Round Tertiary Offers for all States
  • Low Income Healthcare Card for Australian Students
  • Photographic Imaging College (PIC)
  • Looking for Work?
  • VCA & MCMs 2017 Intensive Summer Schools
  • RACV Free2Go Program
  • Dates of Main Round Tertiary Offers for all States
  • Low Income Healthcare Card for Australian Students
  • Looking for Work?
  • RACV Free2Go Program

To find out more visit


Please note that I am available Monday through to Thursday to meet with students or parent/guardians to talk about anything Careers Pathways related, please call 9765 4118 or email [email protected]


Bronwyn Haines


The Score
Head Start Program – Year 11 VCE VCAL.pdf
Head Start Program – Year 12 VCE & VCAL.pdf