Koonung Secondary College Newsletter

08 August 2019
Issue Twelve
Important Dates 
Principals' Report
College Notices 
Legally Blonde the Musical 
Matsudo Sister School Visit
Senior School 
Middle Years 
Koonung Day
Library News
Careers and Pathways
Parents and Friends Association  
School Information  
Community Notices 
Koonung Secondary College
615 Elgar Road
Mont Albert North, VIC, 3129

Important Dates 

Dates for your diary 


Tuesday 6 August - Friday 9 August

Ski Camp 


Wednesday 7 August 

Year 8 Course selection assembly 


Thursday 15 August 

Student free day 


Thursday 22 August

Middle Years Interact pizza lunch fundraiser


Friday 23 August 

Edutest SEE@K testing 1-4pm 


Thursday 29 August 

Father's Day Breakfast



Friday 6 September

Interact Trivia Night


Wednesday 11 September

Spring Music Concert


Friday 13 September 

Koonung Day 


Wednesday 18 September 

Parent Student Teacher interviews



Friday 18 October 

Year 12 breakfast & assembly 

Year 12 Valedictory Dinner














Principals' Report

Principal Team Report

Legally Blonde the Musical 

Koonung’s annual musical production was yet another spectacular success. Huge congratulations to all involved in the presentation of Legally Blonde. The show was great fun with lots of belly laughs and as always terrific performances from our students as well as the odd cameo from some staff. The lighting, sets, music, sound and costumes were fantastic. It was such a fun night out and all shows in the final week were a sell out.  We specifically would like to thank these staff for their hard work and dedication: Chelsea Thomas, Mark Anderson, Zoe Taylor, Steph Grant, Sandy Angliss, Paul Dailey. As always, a dedicated and skilled team of parents and past students have also contributed to support the students and staff from Koonung. The list is huge and a true testament to the teamwork and collaboration that underpins a major event such as this one. Eight months in the making and it is over in the blink of an eye, but for the students involved the realisation of a full scale production on such a scale will be a memory that will remain with them for many years to come. I think that the number of students who return year after year to help us to maintain this tradition indicates how valuable this experience truly is. Mark and Chelsea are taking a well earned rest at the moment but stay tuned for the announcement of the 2020 Production and have a think about participating in the next one.


1:1 student  interviews

At the same time as the Production was occurring, we were conducting 1:1 interviews with students in Years 9 -11 as we commence planning for 2020 classes. This is always a great opportunity to sit down with students and parents to reflect on the learning to date, set goals and realign if needed. We have completed interviews with approximately 500 students over the last two weeks and we would like to thank the parents who were able to come along to these interviews. It is an incredibly valuable time and really assists us to get to know your child and their needs. We will commence the process of establishing which classes will be running in the next couple of weeks, then look at how they can be configured in our line structure to enable as many students as possible to obtain their preferred courses. I would like to thank the Senior School team and the Careers team for the work that they do each year to help our students to make informed decisions. It is always interesting to reflect after the three days have been completed on the level of preparation that the students have undertaken prior to the sessions. As expected, the Year 11s arrive with a fairly clear path in mind for their final year, the Year 10s sometimes need more direction and the Year 9s appear a little overwhelmed by the options available to them. We feel that our Year 10 program and the parameters that we have put in place ensure that students at this level will have a broad range of options available to them as they enter Year 11 as it is vital that they do not narrow their options down too far too early.


Building works update

This week we have also been interviewing architects for the proposed building works at Koonung. The Victorian School Building Authority (VSBA) manages the project with significant input from the  College community during the design process. We interviewed three companies who outlined their experiences in managing projects such as ours and they each presented some ideas that they might have for us moving forward. Our College Council President, Geoff Spicer, was present as part of this process along with our Principal team, a VSBA representative and a representative from the Department. The time frames established by the government mean that the development of a Master Plan will occur before the end of this year, with the schematic diagrams of the proposed building works finalised in February. It really is an exciting time.


Ski Trip

This week we have 42 students and staff along with some experienced volunteers head off to the snow fields for our annual Ski Camp. The weather has turned a little inclement but it would appear that this has resulted in some additional snow. It really is unfortunate that you need such cold weather to make this sport a success, probably why I am not a real fan!


Great Victorian Bike Ride 

This weekend Anthony Hasseldine is conducting the first training ride for the Great Victorian Bike Ride. The preparation for this event is significant as students develop both their fitness levels, to enable them to ride around 70 km per day, and their road safety skills.


Finally, while I am mentioning road safety, I would like to remind students of the need to follow instructions and pay attention when crossing the roads around the College. Students are only permitted to cross the road at controlled intersections and are required to follow the direction of the crossing supervisor. This includes not entering the crossing until the supervisor indicates that it is safe to do so. Please ensure that you are not reading your phone when you are crossing the road. Your safety is very important to us.


Sandra Greenhill 

Assistant Principal




College Notices 

Student accident insurance arrangements

Families are reminded that neither Koonung Secondary College nor the Department of Education and Training provide personal accident insurance for students. Parents and guardians are responsible for paying the cost of medical treatment for injured students, including any transport costs. Student accident insurance policies are available from some commercial insurers. These cover a range of medical expenses not covered by Medicare or private health insurance.
It is recommended that families seek assistance in this matter with their insurance broker or find a suitable personal accident insurer.

Student free day - Thursday 15 August 

Thursday 15 August is a professional learning day
for all staff at Koonung Secondary College.
As such, there will be NO classes on this day.

2019年8月15日 周四

Second hand uniform shop closed on Thursday 15 August 

Please note that due to 15 August being a student free day, the second hand uniform shop will not be open.

Interact Club Trivia Night - 6 September

 It's time to get your tables  organised for another great Interact Trivia Night. This year the Interact group are raising funds for Rotarians Against Malaria.  Purchase your own ticket or book a table via the Trybooking link: 


MASH Information Night - 27 August

It's great to see past student Alice Terrill  involved with Rotary. Alice  worked with MASH during her time  in the Interact Club during Year 12.

PFA Father's Day Breakfast - 29 August

The popular Father's Day Breakfast will be held in the Senior School on Thursday 29 August. Don't forget to register your attendance on the Trybooking link to assist the PFA with catering for the event. 


Legally Blonde the Musical 

What a fabulous show!

A big congratulations to all involved in the presentation of this year’s musical. The show is great fun, lots of belly laughs and as always terrific performances. Seven performances and almost all of them totally booked out! The lighting, sets, music, sound and costumes were fantastic. Thank you for your hard work and dedication, Chelsea Thomas, Mark Anderson,  Zoe Taylor, Steph Grant, Sandy Angliss, Paul D and the rest of the team. As always a dedicated and skill group of parents and past students have also contributed to support the students and staff from Koonung.



Marianne Lee


Matsudo Sister School Visit

Matsudo Sister School Visit

Straight after the Winter Break we had the pleasure of hosting our friends from Ichimatsu, our Sister School in Japan. The 10 high school students and accompanying teacher, Mrs Yukiko Arimura, were hosted by our generous Koonung families and staff member, Mr. Hasseldine and his family, for their 8 days stay.

Within minutes of arriving at Koonung, the group was whisked off to a whole school General Assembly to be formally welcomed by Principal Mrs Marianne Lee and Japanese teacher Ms Stephanie Van Ekeris. The group were then able to relax with their hosts and begin to get to know each other while enjoying their first lunch together before a tour of the school.

Over the following days, the Ichimatsu group experienced taking normal classes with their hosts and extra activities such as discussions with senior Japanese language students, cooking ANZAC biscuits, giving their own presentations that included Origami, “Darumasan ga koronda”, using chopsticks to make a toy to flick rubber bands, and performed a traditional folk dance. There were also two excursions, one to Healesville Sanctuary to see some of Australia’s unique wildlife and a day-trip to Mornington for fun on the beach, some country town shopping, and a 'fish and chip' lunch.

At the final farewell there were tears and many hugs, demonstrating a strong bond that had developed in such a short time between the Koonung and Ichimatsu students.

A very big thank you to the generous families that hosted; Mr. Hasseldine and family for hosting Yukiko, Claire Morgan for Miyuki, Nanako Masuda for Nodoka, Hudson Birch for Emina, Jacob, Veronica and Ryan Howell for Kurumi and Kou, Chloe, Jamie and Campbell Pedlar for Haruna and Runa, Ryan and Jordy McDonald for Wataru, Jasmine Newcombe for Minami, and Keanen Thai for hosting Ritsuki. A further “thank you” to the Japanese teachers Mia Poulton and Stephanie Van Ekeris for their extensive activities and support, to the Food Studies teachers, Alison Hart and Kelly Szlachetko for their generous assistance and preparation of the cooking activity, and all the Koonung staff that assisted in various ways during the visit.




Paul Dailey

Languages Domain Leader

Senior School 

Senior School update 

Semester two is now in full swing and students in all year levels are studying hard as well as looking into the future at subjects for next year and pathways beyond Year 12. 

Last Friday, it was great to see many Year 10 and 11 parents and students attend subject selection interviews for 2020. Please feel free to contact the Senior School if you any concerns or questions, or need any further information regarding subject selections for 2020.


Year 10 

This semester, students are participating in TeenAid: a first aid program where students are able to learn basic first aid skills including CPR and how to handle emergency situations. It was great to see so many students showing interest and enthusiasm in the first session. First-aid skills are very valuable in our community, and we are pleased that students are taking the sessions seriously to learn beneficial life skills. 


Year 12 

It’s getting down to the pointier end of the year and students are studying hard. There are a number of reminders from Senior School:

  • Students should be looking at getting their VTAC applications organised for tertiary studies.

  • Valedictory tickets and Yearbook payments should also be available on Compass soon.

  • A reminder to parents not to plan holidays during Term 3 break as students will have revision during this time.


Senior School Team 2019


Director of Learning - Senior School 

Mr Conor Sheehan



Senior School Administrator

Mrs Zaiga Bendrups



Year 12 Coordinator

Mr Chris Sheehan



Year 11 Coordinator

Dr Michael Harte



Year 10 Coordinator

Ms Stephanie Van Ekeris






Middle Years 

Middle Years Update 

How many friends do you have? 50? 100? 150?

Facebook, Instagram and Social Media in general, have changed our understanding of the word 'friend'.

Social media followers are very loosely called 'friends' and for some teenagers there is significant status in the number of 'followers' or 'friends' they can acquire.  


Real friendships are far more difficult for some young people as they face the challenges of adolescence.


To some young people, making friends comes naturally. They are confident and many have been exposed to mixing with a wide range of other young people in environments in which they excel, such as sporting clubs, drama groups, youth clubs, scouts or guides.


There are however, many adolescents who struggle, and often this can become more obvious when they move from Primary to Secondary School. Sometimes they can be  overwhelmed by the sheer number of  students.


How can this hurdle be overcome? There is no easy quick fix.


For students who are basically shy, a starting point can be to learn how to chat to people they don't know very well. A starting point that has worked for some is to ask the other person questions: 

  • Did you do anything exciting over the weekend?
  • How did your cricket team go? Did you make any runs? Take any wickets?
  • What kind of music do you like? Who is your favourite artist?

The actual questions don't matter much, it is the fact that you are showing an interest in the other person, starting a conversation and listening respectfully.


We cannot expect instant results in our attempts to make friends. We need to realise that there will be some people who simply do not want to be our friends, so it is wise to accept that fact and move on. Don't be discouraged by knock backs, there are plenty of other people who will be grateful for the friendship you offer.


Adopt the policy of treating other people the way you would like to be treated. Try to include others in your group activities. Don't be afraid to chat to the kid who always seems to be left out. If someone is left on the edge of a group, try to be the one who says "Come and join us."  Try to become aware of other students who might be struggling to find new friends. 


Overall the value of a smiling friendly nature should never be underrated. In addition if we can treat others, including those we don't necessarily like, with respect, we too will gain respect and hopefully friends. Real friends!


Legally Blonde the Musical

I would like to congratulate all the students who were part of the production of Legally Blonde the Musical. We had so many Year 8 students involved, both  on stage and as part of the crew. The future is very bright with our very talented Middle School students.


I have always enjoyed performing. So that’s why when I saw my first Koonung Musical “The Wedding Singer” (2016), I knew that was what I was going to do. So as you can imagine, I was quite excited when I found out I had landed a spot in this year’s  "Legally Blonde the Musical". I wasn’t alone in this, there were eight other Year 8s with me, several from my own class, 8D. I felt really welcomed by all the older kids in the cast, everyone was so kind, it really felt like we were all part of one big family. We rehearsed every Wednesday from 3:30pm to 9:00pm. Over the long rehearsal I as able to meet other kids, even Year 8s, that I wouldn’t have talked to otherwise, and I really cherish these new friends I’ve made through  my involvement in the musical. We've made many memories together, rehearsing and performing. I am now really looking forward to next year's musical. 

Katinka Schmid 8D

L-R Keira Singleton, Imogen Adams, Sarah Croyden, Katinka Schmid 


Middle School Interact Club 

The Middle School Interact Club are organising a pizza lunch on Thursday  22 August to raise money for the 'Books for Homes Campaign.  Pizza slices will be available for $2 per slice in the Amphitheatre.



Breakfast Club



Friday mornings from 8am in the MYC




Homework Club


A homework club is now available to students.  It is held every Monday  in the library from 3:30pm to 4:15pm.


Uniform reminders

  • Blazers are to be worn to and from school
  • Scarves must be plain black or navy  
  • Spray jackets are for PE and Sport Education classes
  • Everyone must be wearing a tie 




Allira Howe

Director of Learning: Middle Years


Congratulations Max Dooley 

Max Dooley (9E) has been nominated as Whitehorse Young Person of the Month.  Well done Max!


Andrew Mangonis

Maths Teacher

Year 9 Live Life  

On 17 July two members from Scope came to visit our class to teach us on how to interact confidently with people with disabilities. They explained  how to approach and help people with disabilities and to see the person before the disability. We learned some strategies to help people with vision impairment, hearing impairment and physical disability.  We also learned that people with disabilities want to be treated the same as everyone else, and examples of how to offer polite and respectful assistance were provided. 


A week later on 24 July we went to visit the Endeavour Foundation to assist the workers. The factory packaged and shipped different food products.  Our class split into groups to help in different areas of the factory. My group’s task was to help pack the spices and we worked together with two male workers. There were four flavours of spices and we had to to pack them into cardboard boxes in a certain order and then push it off to the workers for them to seal. We lunched with everyone and were able to interact with many different people.  Everyone was kind and welcoming and always willing to help us if we didn’t know what we were doing. We now have a good understanding of how to treat people with disability, how hardworking and friendly they are and how we need to always see the person before the disability. 

Zoe Keys 9A




On Wednesday 24 July our Live Life Community group went ice skating with people with disabilities. When we arrived we were given a pair of skates to practice on the ice. Everyone really struggled to ice skate at first. When the participants arrived we found it easier to ice skate with them, as the wheelchairs helped with balance.   Everyone took turns at helping the participants in wheelchairs around the rink.   One of the participants was named Josh. When Josh first started to ice skate last year, he had to do it in a wheelchair and was set on being able to ice skate by himself. With help, courage and persistence, he is now able to skate on his own, with just the help of a frame.  It was really great to see how much the participants enjoyed their time on the ice.  Once they had gone, we were able to skate for ourselves. Everyone had an amazing time ice skating and enjoying the company of the participants. 

Aiden Lord 9C


Nicole Moussi and Kate Hindell 

Live Life Coordinators

Global Village Speech Competition 

Keiko Rice (9F), Su-Su Leeding (9D) and Tahlia Williams (9D) recently competed in the 11th Global Village Chinese Speech Competition.  Their speeches were excellent and insightful so we have included the student reflections  and their speeches in our newsletter for you to read.  


From Keiko, Su-Su and Tahlia:

We competed in the 11th Global Village Chinese speech competition on 26 July at Melbourne Grammar. Over 80 students from private and government schools participated in this great event. We worked very hard to complete our speeches over the holidays and during the first two weeks of term, the hard work definitely paid off. Although we did not make it through to the next round of the competition, we found it was a very educational experience for all of us. We would definitely recommend this opportunity or a similar one to others in the future.


"China in my eyes"

China is a beautiful country. Having lived in Hong Kong for a year and a half, I was lucky to experience being and living in China. Walking down small alleyways, bargaining, eating delicious food in tiny shops, you name it, I’ve done it all! My experience in Hong Kong was a very enjoyable one, although it was very humid and hot at times. I especially enjoyed the Lantern Festival. My family and I thoroughly enjoyed a night out, gazing at the enormous lanterns crowding the market. The Mid-Autumn Festival was also very fun, with colourful mooncakes and delicious food. Although I have had amazing experiences in China, my favourite was by far the celebrations of the New Year. The food was absolutely scrumptious as I watched red-clothed dancers parade the streets. Red can be seen everywhere and the music goes on well after midnight. Beforehand, my Chinese teacher had given me a red packet, with a little bit of money inside. In western culture, this does not happen at all, so it was much to my surprise and enjoyment when I opened the packets and found 5 dollars.

China, in my eyes, is a beautiful place, although some of the culture remains a mystery to me. My experience there was very amazing and fun, and I hope to go back there someday.


My name is Tahlia Williams. I attend Koonung Secondary College. What is ‘China in my eyes’? My view of China is mainly based on stereotypes as I am not experienced Chinese culture in China. Instead, I will speak about what I know about Chinese culture as an Australian.

Chinese culture is a blend of tradition, modern and international influences. This is shown in the mix of skyscrapers and heritage buildings and also through the contrast of western fashion with the traditional qipao dress. This means that their culture represents their history and also everything that is happening in China right now and in the future. I can only imagine that Chinese culture will become richer as years, decades and centuries pass. Even in Australia, many Chinese families bring their culture with them.

For Chinese people, food is important as it brings together families over a good meal. Meals such as hot pot is a way to bring together friends and family. Although I am not Chinese, I frequently go out to eat Chinese food for lunch with my friends. If Chinese families did not come to Australia and bring their food and culture with them, there would not be such a variety of Chinese food to choose from when I am choosing what to eat.
I know that there is a variety of religions in China but the most common is Buddhism so I will speak about that. I think Buddhism is a good insight into Chinese culture and also cultures from many other Asian countries. Most Buddhists share a goal of overcoming suffering by finding peace and enlightenment. Even in a busy city such as Beijing, people living there can still find peace.

In conclusion, China in my eyes is a culture with many different influences. I believe that family, culture, food, peace and religion are very important to the average Chinese person. 



Hello my name is SuSu, I go to Koonung and this is China in my eyes.

Although I have never been to China myself, I have always wanted to go. In my eyes the country looks to be a beautiful country in their infrastructure, nature, culture and the people themselves.

First the infrastructure, China is home to the second tallest building in the world: the Shanghai Tower. China also has many other buildings that are listed on the list of the world’s tallest buildings. One of the most famous places in the China,and probably the world, is the Great Wall of China. I have seen many pictures of this historical wall, and want to be able to walk along the wall and to take pictures there one day.

The nature in China through my eyes is very ethereal. Although I have not been to visit places like Guilin or Kunming, these places look to be a calm and relaxing environment to spend time in. The animals in China are quite cute. The giant panda in particular is one of my favourites. I feel that China is a place where you could get lost in the natural surroundings but still enjoy it.                The culture in China has also fascinated me, such as festivals like the mid-autumn festival. Although we are in Melbourne, this festival is still celebrated each year, and in China it is most likely celebrated on a bigger scale. With lanterns, the eating of mooncakes and the tales of the jade rabbit or the legend of Chang E. Family culture in china appears to be a big part of the Chinese people’s lives. I have seen the close family bonds, especially between different generations. I have listened to Chinese music and watched Chinese dramas one of which being, ‘put your head on my shoulder’ which was one of my favourites to watch.

Lastly, the food in China through my eyes. I’m a huge foodie and my favourite foods are Chinese foods. I personally feel that china has the best food in the world. I have watched many videos online about foods in China, and all the foods shown all look delicious. The Chinese have an amazing cuisine from hot pot to chicken feet. One of things I have seen with Chinese foods is that it gives a really homely feel. In my eyes food in China is really important especially during special events, such as Chinese new year. I can picture a big table with a family around enjoying and celebrating Chinese new year.

Overall China in my eyes is an amazing place, filled with amazing things. A place with many people with kind and welcoming personalities. Delicious tasting foods, a unique culture and innovative infrastructure. Thank you.



Ning Zhang 

Chinese Teacher

















Koonung Day

Koonung Day - Friday 13th September

Koonung Day 2019 is fast approaching and this year's event promises to be an exciting celebration of all things Koonung. The whole day will be dedicated to appreciating our community and school, boasting a large selection of stalls, events and performances from students and staff. 


Business Management Market Day will be held on Koonung Day this year and should be bigger than ever. The student leadership team, SRC and many of our clubs are holding competitions and events too. A map and event rundown will be released in week 8 of Term 3 allowing students to plan their day and to attend the events that most interest them. From eSports finals, cooking and sports to music, art and trivia - KD 2019 will have it all. Homebase will be the oval and students are encouraged to bring picnic blankets to set up a comfy spot in front of the main stage. From here they can grab food, join in events, or spend some time listening and watching the talented performing artists of Koonung. 


I'd also like to put the call out to any families who might offer some support to the day.  For instance, I'd love to have a coffee van on site or some fabulous, speciality events. If you have an idea or could offer something please contact me at phodkinson@koonung.vic.edu.au


Put the Friday 13 September in your diary and prepare for an amazing Koonung Day in 2019. 


Peter Hodkinson

Director of Learning - Engagement and Leadership


Art space timetable

Please click on the table below to view the weekly lunchtime Art space activities.

This week Artspace had students creating African masks with intense colourful designs scratched in to the surface.

Artspace will run lots of fun activities every Tuesday lunchtime in rooms 34 and 35  for the remainder on this term. Come along bring your lunch and chat, eat and create some amazing artworks.


David Foote 

Art Teacher 







City of Whitehorse Competitions





What careers can art subjects lead to? Click on the pdfs below for more information.


Library News

Game on

Recently we were lucky enough to have the support of the PFA and purchased some new games for our Book Week event!

Lunchtimes are crazy busy in the library, it will be good to see more people joining in the fun.


Speaking of lunchtimes..........

Full house last Friday for the movie! Rowan Atkinson does a marvelous job of playing a character everyone loves. Safe to say there wasn't a spare seat, lots of laughing, great way to end the week!


Reading is my SECRET POWER

Book Week is fast approaching and we have a week full of fun activities for students to participate in happening in the library............watch this space!






Wellbeing update


Flu Season is here!


Please be aware that the 'flu season has struck. I have had to send students home with the early symptoms of the 'flu. PLEASE do not send your student to school when they are not feeling well in the morning. Inevitably they feel worse as the day goes on and I have to interrupt your day to organise them to get home. 


The student's health is a great concern to all here at Koonung and we want to minimise the spread of all virus, especially the Influenza virus. Your cooperation with this would be greatly appreciated.
Please remind your student to wash their hands frequently and to cough or sneeze into their elbow to help minimize any droplet spread of virus.
Also, just a reminder to keep your contact details and your back up contact details up to date.

Helen Lamers

School Nurse




Michael Oaten

Director of Learning: Learning Enhancement  







The Wellbeing Team 





Careers and Pathways

Careers News


Year 11 and 12

Year 11 and 12s should attend as many Open Days at Universities as possible to gain an understanding of their chosen courses. Please see compass for Open Day information.


Subject Selection for Year 11 into Year 12 for next year has been completed. If a student have not completed a subject selection interview please ring Senior School to organise a time.


Year 10

Year 10’s should attend as many Open Days at Universities as possible to gain valuable information about courses and to get an understanding of the campuses and how to access them.


Subject Selection for Year 10 into Year 11 for next year has been completed. If a student have not completed a subject selection interview please ring Senior School to organise a time.


Year 9

In Term 1, DET introduced a Career Program for all Year 9 students which is being rolled out across Victoria.  The program includes a student career test and a 30 minute interview with a consultant to discuss the results of their career test.


Student interviews will finalised early in Term 3. Parents are very welcome to come to the interview with the Consultant and your child.


Subject Selection for Year 9 into Year 10 has now been completed. If a student has not completed a subject selection interview please ring Middle Years to organise a time.



Monash Information Evening – Peninsula

15 August 2019, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Monash University Peninsula Campus

Monash knows that choosing a university is a big decision. Get all your questions answered at their information evening conveniently on one of their campuses.

Hear everything you need to know about life at Monash. They’ll tell you all about their undergraduate courses, accommodation, scholarships and student life. Hear from a current student or graduate about where their Monash degree has led them.

Find out more: https://www.monash.edu/information-evenings/peninsula


Defence Force Information Sessions – VIC – August

August 8

Melbourne – Navy Trades Information Session
Thursday | 6.00pm | Melbourne Defence Force Recruiting Centre

August 10

Melbourne – Try Our Fitness Test Information Day
Saturday | 11.30am | See Change PT

Melbourne – Try Our Fitness Test Information Day
Saturday | 2.00pm | See Change PT

August 15

Melbourne – Health Careers Information Session
Thursday | 6.00pm | Melbourne Defence Force Recruiting Centre


August 28

Melbourne – Women in Defence Information Session
Wednesday | 6.00pm | Melbourne Defence Force Recruiting Centre


EducationUSA Melbourne – General Information Session

13 August 2019, 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Monash University Public Health and Preventive Medicine

Would you like to study at an American university? EducationUSA will be offering a free general advising session that is open to students, parents, coaches and teachers. The session is relevant for all students and addresses general guidance on U.S. undergraduate study, including university application procedures, processes and standardised testing.

Attending this session could be very helpful – it will be a great way to provide resources to you that will allow you to start your university research. For those that have already started this task, it could be an opportunity for you to refine how you are researching to find your best fit U.S. college.

Find out more: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/educationusa-melbourne-general-information-session-tickets-65620670191


Deakin University | CASPer Webinar

13 August 2019, 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm


Students applying for initial teacher education degrees at Deakin University must also successfully complete the CASPer test – an online situational judgement test that measures non-academic suitability for teaching.
Hear from a current Deakin teaching student and staff from the School of Education about:

  • How CASPer works and what to expect on test day
  • Helpful tips on how to prepare for the CASPer test
  • Upcoming CASPer dates, how to sign up and reserve a test
  • Test day tech tips.

Find out more: https://www.deakin.edu.au/about-deakin/events/casper-webinar


Police Information Session

21 August 2019, 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC)

If you are seeking a stimulating, challenging and rewarding career and have values aligned to those of Victoria Police, we encourage you to consider a career in policing.

Please join us at this session to learn about the Police role, the recruitment process and training at the Academy.

Find out more: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/police-information-session-august-tickets-66529516575


iCanMed Free Parent Seminar: Guide to Med School Entry

15 September 2019, 10:00 am 4:30 pm

50 Tope Street, South Melbourne

This parents-only seminar is a 2.5-hour session that covers all aspects of medical and dental entry (especially UCAT, interview, medical applications, and the academic challenges of Year 12), as well as a quick overview of medicine as a profession.

Find out more: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/icanmed-free-parent-seminar-melb-complete-guide-to-successful-meddent-entry-year-11-below-repeat-tickets-64297184610


Planning Ahead: Your US & UK Application Timeline – Melbourne

30 August 2019, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Hawthorn Arts Centre

Are you in Year 9, 10 or 11 and thinking about applying to universities like Harvard, Stanford, Oxford or Cambridge?

The single biggest mistake Australian students make is leaving the application too late.

Many students try to start their overseas application during a busy Year 12. With a steady stream of exams, many students simply don’t have time to put together every element of their US or UK application.

At this event, expert speakers from Crimson Education will use successful student case studies to map out all the steps you can take to give yourself the best chance of gaining admission to top US & UK universities.



New Space-Focussed Short Courses at Swinburne

Swinburne University is preparing to launch two new short courses that are focussed on the space industry. They will be aimed at researchers, consultants, entrepreneurs and legal professionals looking to work in and with these fast-growing industries.

The two new courses will be “Space Applications in the Australian Context” and “Space Regulatory Frameworks”. They are the first of their kind to be offered by an Australian University.

The space industry is growing in importance globally. Opportunities in this industry include artificial intelligence, robotics, big data analytics and next-generation communications.

Swinburne will be launching the new courses in August.

Read more about the new courses here.


National Skills Week 2019 – Victoria Launch

25 August 2019, 4:00 pm

Box Hill Institute, Elgar Road

Join Box Hill Institute for the official state launch of National Skills Week 2019, in Victoria.

The launch is a celebration of the diversity, talent and practical, hands on approach to skills that categorise Vocational Education and Training (VET).

The launch coincides with the Worldskills East Melbourne Regional Competition, which draws competitors from Chisholm, Holmesglen, Melbourne Polytechnic, Swinburne, and Box Hill Institute.

With access to the campus all day, come early to see the best of TAFE battle it out an compete in beauty therapy, electrical installation, fashion technology, floristry, graphic design, hairdressing, refrigeration, visual merchandising, and VETiS automotive – construction – plumbing skills based activities.

Find out more: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/national-skills-week-2019-victoria-launch-tickets-62693360529


Simulated UCAT Day Workshops

Are you in year 10, 11 or 12 and considering career in medicine or dentistry? You may benefit from attending one of NIE’s Simulated UCAT Day Workshops.

The events will be conducted by the National Institute of Education in partnership with UCAT Preparation Australia, MICAS (Medical Interviews and Career Advise Services) and PTTI (Pro Training Tutorial Institute).

The workshop is designed to cover fundamental techniques in navigating all five sections of the UCAT test. Students will spend the day with one of NIE’s specialist teachers in the field and will be able ask questions and address any concerns they may have about the test. Students will also be able to undertake a practice test, and receive an introduction to UCAT Medical Interviews.

See a full list of dates and locations, and enrol here: https://www.nie.edu.au/ucat-courses/simulated-ucat-day-workshop


MedEntry Online UCAT Preparation Course

MedEntry is a company that offers a comprehensive online UCAT preparation course. Through their online learning platform you will have access to hundreds of resources, including ten full-length practise exams.

Being fully online gives you the flexibility to study for the UCAT from anywhere at anytime.

They also have a MedEntry Smartphone App, allowing you to study on-the-go.

Check out all the details here: https://www.medentry.edu.au/our-services/ucat-packages/online


Scholarships & Competitions

Choosi Futures Grant Program

Value: $5,000

Open/Closing Dates: July 1, 2019 – October 31, 2019

The Choosi Futures Grant Program offers financial assistance to those studying the health, fitness and medical disciplines to help them, help others lead healthy lives.

  1. To be eligible, you must be enrolled full-time in an accredited Australian Education Institution and be studying for a certificate, diploma, degree or traineeship in any of the following areas:
  • Medicine
  • Health Sciences & Healthcare industry
  • Specialist healthcare
  1. Only citizens or permanent residents of Australia can apply.
  2. You must have reached 18 years of age to enter.

Find out more



Early offer closing dates 2019

If you’re interested in applying to Uni and receiving a conditional offer* before you’ve sat your exams, then there’s still chance to apply to some of the early offer schemes around Australia.


* A “conditional offer” means it’s based on your predicted ATAR / OP score. It’s not guaranteed, you’ll have to achieve your predicted or higher score to be able to accept the offer. Most offers from Uni, but not all, are issued on this proviso.


If you know where you want to study and what you want to do, then you could save yourself some stress by knowing you already have an offer in the pipeline and an application in. Then you can knuckle down to getting the best ATAR you possibly can.


Here are the closing dates:


(Universities are listed in alphabetical order)


Australian Catholic University’s Community Achiever Program (CAP) closing dates for each campus are:

Melbourne - Wednesday 14 August


La Trobe’s ASPIRE program application closing date is 31 August 2019.


Macquarie Uni’s Leaders and Achievers early entry scheme closes Monday 26 August 2019.


Torrens Uni Early Entry Program for QLD & NSW students apply before September 27, 2019


Victoria University’s VU Guaranteed program 11 October 2019 for Year 12s and 13 December 2019 for Year 11s.


Not all Institutions have a program that you can apply to directly, but some have the Schools Recommendation Scheme (SRS) which you can apply through via UAC. The closing date for SRS through UAC is Monday 30 September 2019. Participating institutions include:


There’s plenty more information on our website about early offers, if you’d like to read more about these programs.


TAC Opening Dates 2019

If you’re looking at applying to Uni in 2020, and you want to apply through one of the Tertiary Admission Centres (TAC), you’ll be able to get your applications started, or done, really soon.

Open dates

Victorian University applications go through VTAC. It’s open from 9.00am Monday 5 August 2019.

There may be fees associated with lodging applications through TACs. If you get your applications done soon, then you may be eligible for the “early bird” fees. It’s worth doing if you want to save money as the early fees can be significantly reduced.

We’ll be posting more soon about the key dates you’ll need to be aware of (closing dates, offers etc.), what else you can apply for through TAC’s (admission schemes, financial aid and more), as well as how to apply.

Keep watching the Study Work Grow website for up to date information.


Carole Marcianti and Karen Riding 

The Careers Team 



Parents and Friends Association  

 PFA news

Hello everyone

 Our PFA  is a very active and vibrant part of the Koonung community.  It provides a great way to familiarise yourself with your child's school and meet other families. The PFA meet twice each term  in the Middle Years Centre. We encourage you to come along.


Second Hand Uniform Shop -adjusted opening hours

Koonung Secondary College parents run the Second Hand Uniform Shop and families are able to buy and sell uniform items through this shop.  It is located on campus next to the library and is open every Thursday from 12.45pm to 3.45pm during each school term.  Please note however that Thursday 15 August is a student free day and the second hand uniform shop will not be open.  Please refer to the College website and newsletter for further opening times.


At the moment we have experienced an overwhelming need for Ties, Winter Skirts and Spray Jackets.  If you have any that are no longer in use please complete a Second Hand Uniform Lodgement Form (or for donations no form is necessary) and hand to the school office or second hand uniform shop.


Buying a Uniform:

  • There is no refund or exchange on Second Hand Uniform items purchased.
  • We accept cash or credit card.

Selling a Uniform:

  • Uniforms are sold on a commission basis. Payments will be made by electronic funds transfer to consignors when the goods have been sold.
  • All items will be priced by the Koonung Secondary College Second Hand Uniform Shop according to condition.
  • 30% of the sale price will be deducted as a handling fee. This fee is donated to special interest groups within the school.
  • The Koonung Secondary College Second Hand Uniform Shop reserves the right not to accept items they consider do not meet the College Uniform regulations.
  • Old style dresses and skirts can be donated but will not be resold. These items will, down the track, be sent to less fortunate regions/schools.
  • All items must be clean and in saleable condition, ie. no tears, stains, holes, fading, missing buttons or broken zips.
  • Blazers must be dry-cleaned with the dry-cleaning tag attached.
  • A Second Hand Uniform Items for Sale form needs to be completed with your details and included with items for sale.
  • Items can be left at the College office during business hours 8am to 4pm Monday to Friday.

Please do not hesitate to contact the Uniform Shop on 9897 4726 during shop hours (Thursdays from 12.45pm to 3.45pm) or email enquiries to secondhanduniforms@koonung.vic.edu.au

Remember: If you wouldn’t buy it, neither will anyone else!


Seeking volunteers for Father's Day Breakfast 

As you may be aware we have our annual Father's Day Breakfast happening on Thursday 29 August.


We are looking for several volunteers to help make this event a success.  To help me keep track of things, please use the volunteer app attached, it shows what we need to organise before and on the day.


It will be a fun-filled event with lots of food and fun to say thank you too all of the wonderful dads within the Koonung Community.  


If you can offer some time on the day or bring a plate it would be warmly welcomed.






Upcoming  PFA meeting dates for 2019

Monday 2 September

Monday 21 October

December Christmas Dinner TBA 


Your Committee for 2019:

 President -   Andrew Gifford

 Vice President - Danielle Croyden 

 Secretary - George Anastasiou

 Treasurer - Nicky Smith


PFA Contact Details

If you have any questions or would like to help out with PFA events or come to our meetings, please email pfa@Koonung.vic.edu.au - we would love to hear from you.



School Information  

General Office

Office hours are:                        8:00am - 4:00pm

Telephone:                                                9890 9662


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.


ABSENCE LINE  9890 9887

All school absences require written or online approval from a parent/guardian of the student.  Student absence approvals can be entered electronically through our Compass Parent Portal, or, alternatively, a letter of approval must be provided to the school.  Absence approvals can be provided prior to the absence, during the absence or immediately after the absence. The school has a legal obligation to monitor and record student absences and attendance. Failure to provide approval for an absence may impact VISA conditions, VCE conditions and Centrelink payments.



8.50 – 9.20          Period 1

9.20 – 9.50          Period 2

9.55 – 10.25        Period 3

10.25 – 10.55     Period 4

10.55 – 11.20     Recess

11.20 – 11.50     Period 5

11.50 – 12.20     Period 6

12.20 – 12.50     Period 7

12.50 – 1.45        Lunch

1.45 – 2.15          Period 8

2.15 – 2.45          Period 9

2.45 – 3.15          Period 10

NB:  There is a 5 minute changeover in the morning:

Periods 2&3 from 9.50 – 9.55 (Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri)

Periods 3&4 from 10.20-10.25 (Wednesday only)


If a Unit 3/4 teacher is absent periods 1-3 or 8-10 the class will be cancelled unless indicated on Compass. Students should check Compass in this case. 



The  College  employs a part-time nurse and has a range of level 2 qualified first aid staff to deal with injuries or illness that occur at school. In addition to this the wellbeing team consists of 2 counsellors and a visiting psychologist who are available to support the needs of our students. 



Early leavers require parental approval or acknowledgement. Approvals for early leavers from school can be completed either online (through the Compass Parent Portal) or by handing in a written letter of approval to your Sub School Office at the beginning of the day.

Immediately prior to leaving the school grounds, the student must sign out using the Compass Kiosk at the General Office.



Electronic rolls are kept in all classes. Students who arrive late to school are required to sign-in using the Compass Kiosk at the General Office and then immediately go to class. Students will be issued with a Late Pass. The Late Pass must be provided to the teacher when arriving in class.


All late arrivals require parental approval or acknowledgement. Approvals for late arrival to school can be completed either online (through the Compass Parent Portal) or by handing in a written letter of approval to your Sub School Office. SMS notifications may be sent to parents where a student arrives late to school.



The second hand uniform shop (situated near the Library at Koonung SC) will be open every Thursday from 1pm – 4pm.

Any enquiries please email secondhanduniforms@koonung.vic.edu.au



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 please check with your subschool office during recess, lunch or end of day.



Please find attached the 2019 canteen menu. The canteen staff will be serving a selection of items from this menu each day. Please note that not all items are available every day but there will be a variety of foods available for students to choose. The canteen is open every day from 8 am. To avoid disappointment and the possibility of long queues, students are encouraged to place lunch orders at the start of the day. 



Community Notices 

PFA Father's Day Breakfast


MASH Information Evening


Koonung Interact Trivia Night 


Australian Plants Expo 2019



Koonung Secondary College Newsletter
Koonung Secondary College Cafe menu 2019.pdf
Koonung Secondary College Cafe menu 2018.pdf
Career options in Art.pdf
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Career options in Industrial Arts.pdf
Career options in Media Studies.pdf
Career options in Music.pdf
Career options in Performing Arts.pdf
Career options in Textiles and Design.pdf
Career options in Art.pdf
Career options in Industrial Arts.pdf
Career options in Music.pdf