10 March 2019
Issue Three
McKinnon Secondary College
03 8520 9000
McKinnon Road
McKinnon, Victoria, 3204



Thursday 7 March

Year 12 Formal


Friday 8 March

Year 7 Immunisations

9UP Day 2


Monday 11 March

Labour Day Public Holiday

No classes


Tuesday 12 March

7:00pm Education Sub-Committee


Wednesday 13 March

9UP Day 3

5:00pm Year 7 Information Night


Thursday 14 March

Kingston Swimming


Friday 15 March

Cabaret Night (Hall)


Saturday 16 March

Production Rehearsals


Sunday 17 March

Production Rehearsals


Tuesday 19 March



Wednesday 20 March

7:00pm House Music Festival


Thursday 21 March

Year 11 Formal

Kingston Intermediate Round Robin


Monday 25 March

Year 7 Camp


Tuesday 26 March

Year 7 Camp

7:00pm Buildings & Grounds Sub-Committee


Wednesday 27 March

Year 7 Camp

6:30pm 9UP Presentations


Thursday 28 March

Music Tour begins

6:30pm 9UP Presentations


Friday 29 March

German Exchange begins


Sunday 31 March

Year 10 Central Australia Tour (Trip A departs)


Monday 1 April

Year 10 Central Australia Tour (Trip B departs)

Year 10 Work Experience

Kingston Senior Round Robin


Tuesday 2 April

6:30pm Finance Sub-Committee

7:00pm School Council


Wednesday 3 April

Parent Night: Sex 101


Friday 5 April

Year 8 Survivor – Sports Challenge


2:30pm Early Finish


Tuesday 23 April



Thursday 25 April



Tuesday 30 April

Parent-Teacher-Student Conferences – no classes


Wednesday 1 May

Year 12 Theatre Studies Production (Theatre)

Late Start (Students arrive at 9:30am)


Thursday 2 May


Year 12 Theatre Studies Production (Theatre)


Friday 3 May

Year 12 Theatre Studies Production (Theatre)

McKinnon Cross Country


Sunday 5 May

2:00pm Thistlelonian’s Afternoon Tea


Wednesday 8 May

Open Night


Thursday 9 May

Kingston Intermediate Round Robin


Friday 10 May

9:15am Year 7 School Tour


Monday 13 May

Early Finish (2:30pm)


Tuesday 14 May


6:30pm Finance Sub-Committee

7:00pm School Council


Thursday 16 May


Kingston Senior Round Robin





Congratulations to the School Council Members for 2019.


Parent Representatives:

            Andrew Brough

            Alan Bullas

            Gerd Diegelmann

            Therese Drummond

            Lana Kaper

            Peter Kay

            Paul Strangio

            Anat Vernik


DET Representatives:

            Emma Mullane

            Lachlan Noble

            Peter Quinn

            Georgia Schmidt


Co-opted Members:

            Alan Naylor

            Geoff Woolnough


Student Representatives:

            Jack Mills (Year 12)

            Genevieve O’Brien (Year 11)


I look forward to working with School Council and thank all of you for your willingness to serve this community in this capacity.


School Council - Education Sub-Committee

At the next Education Sub Committee of School Council on Tuesday 12 March we will be presenting the College's 2018 Annual Report.  All members of the school community are invited to attend. We will commence at 7pm and meet at the General Office.


Our Year 12 Formal was held last night at Merrimu.   As always, much effort was undertaken to ensure this event was a tremendous success.

Students looked glamorous and I was very grateful for the efforts of Mr Noble, Ms Felmingham, Mr Hudd, Ms Andrieux and Mr Blackmore for their organisation of this important event. I also thank our student leaders for their assistance and the many staff who were in attendance and make this event possible.


Our Year 11 Formal will be held on 21 March at Merrimu.


With the international theme of "Balance For Better", Glen Eira City Council held a community high tea to celebrate International Women's Day attended by our Year 12 leaders, Sophie Van Doorn, Anna Chapman, Amy Bulman, Amy Wooller, Hannah St John, Chloe James and Mersades Kyrou. The inspiring words from the keynote speaker Madeleine Grummet highlighted how a more gender-balanced world is essential for communities and economies to thrive. The students left feeling empowered with a strong message of equality being something to continually work towards.    


I would also like to thank and acknowledge Ms Felmingham for organising this event for the students.

BYTES PROGRAM – 9UP (Year 9 Urban Project) for 2019

This program is a most successful event for our students. I congratulate staff for their efforts and guidance and all the Year 9 students. I received many positive calls about the behavior of our students in the city.  Albeit a very hot day – students were exceptional.


You may have heard that there was an issue regarding some Year 12 students on the day.


We have navigated our way through this difficult time and I know the cohort has learned from the adversity. However, we cannot take away from the fact that this was a very successful carnival.


It was our 10th anniversary of ‘Mankinnon’ and a show that has become an important part of our celebration.


The theme this year was ‘Hawaiian’, a great theme which provided students the opportunity to represent their house with lots of colour and a wonderful sporting spirit.

Once again the tradition of ‘Mankinnon’ vs the Year 12s was a highlight, and the talent was most impressive.


This year the Year 12 team won the title for 2019.

A true spectacle! Well done to you all.


Congratulations to Mr Blackwood for his organisation of a very successful Carnival. I would also like to thank the House Captains for engendering a great spirit of competition, the staff and students who enthusiastically participated and some of the parents for their attendance.


Thank you also to the Year 11 Antipodeans who organised a very successful sausage sizzle to raise money for their upcoming trip to Cambodia in June.


Congratulations to Chisholm House who won the trophy on the day.


CONGRATULATIONS to Samantha Toler (Year 11) who has been nominated by the Bayside Hockey Club for a Bayside Youth Award in the Community category. The awards showcase young people who contribute to the Bayside community and this category includes those that dedicate time and energy through volunteering in clubs and groups. Well done Samantha!


Thanks to all the parents who have attended the Information Evenings held so far this year. Again, a great opportunity to share stories, meet others in the same situation and reflect on our students’ journey. The support of our parent community is always very much appreciated and the Heads of Sub-school, Student Managers and teachers enjoy the strong partnerships that are built.


We all want our students to get a great education, and the building blocks for a great education begin with students coming to school each and every day.


School participation helps people to develop important skills, knowledge and values which set them up for further learning and participation in their community. Children and young people who regularly attend school and complete Year 12 or an equivalent qualification have better health outcomes, better employment outcomes, and high incomes across their lives.


Missing school can have a major impact on a child’s future.


There is no safe number of days for missing school. Every Day Counts.


Each day a student misses puts them behind and can affect their educational outcomes.


I thank parents for their support regarding this matter.


With the 2019 school year underway, some students riding to and from school may be tempted to ride on footpaths. However, doing so can place pedestrians at significant risk of harm. The Road Safety Rules 2017 state that cyclists over 12 years are NOT permitted to ride on the footpath unless:

  • they are accompanying a child under 12 years e.g. a parent supervising their child): or
  • they have a physical or intellectual disability making it undesirable, or impracticable to ride on the road (and they have a certificate signed by a registered medical practitioner).

Please be vigilant at all times. Please use the school crossing and the roundabout which are there for your safety whilst crossing the road.





Parents are reminded to check their children’s school diaries regularly. All students should be making entries for all their subjects each day. They are required to record whether homework is given, what tasks are required and when they are due. If no specific tasks are set for homework, students should revise and prepare for approaching assessment tasks, such as tests and exams. Students who have difficulty using their diary appropriately, revising effectively and completing homework on time should approach their student managers for assistance and support.


Schools photos were taken on Thursday 14 February. As was outlined in the first newsletter of the year, once parents have registered on the Arthur Reed Photos online portal, they will be notified when their child's’ photos are ready to view. This should be occurring in the coming weeks. There will now be an option to customise photo packages. There will be a deadline for ordering online if you want the photos sent to the school. Otherwise, there will be a home delivery option.


Staff from Glen Eira City Council have recently been photographing (and issuing infringement notices to) drivers that are drop-offing children in the bus zone outside McKinnon Secondary College and stopping in the ‘no parking/standing’ zones. Please be careful to observe and obey all signs in McKinnon Road. Traffic congestion is a continuing problem near the College and we ask for your cooperation in driving carefully and ensuring the safety of all children in the surrounding streets (including the many students who cycle to and from school). Please encourage your child to always wear a bike helmet when riding to and from school and to take particular care when approaching the school in the morning and leaving at the end of the day. Also, if your child is catching the bus to/from school, please ensure they have a topped-up MYKI and remind them about the importance of using appropriate manners when travelling on public transport. As ambassadors for the College, all our students should be displaying and promoting our values of ‘Respect’ and ‘Community’. 


All students from Years 7 to 9 will have completed a Progressive Achievement Test in the areas of literacy, numeracy and science. These tests are well-regarded and easy for our students to complete using their Chromebook. Most importantly these diagnostic tests give our teachers instantaneous feedback regarding the individual ability of their students and therefore insight into how to progress their learning, and how to differentiate learning for the various ability groups in any class.



On Thursday 25 April, Alyson Frost (Year 8) will be travelling to Hachinohe, Japan, representing Australia in an ice hockey tournament. She will be competing with her team the Gliders and coaches Jonno and Terry. She will be staying with a Japanese family and will be experiencing Japanese culture. She has been to Brisbane and Adelaide for ice hockey in the past but this will be her first time going overseas for a tournament. We wish you all the best for the tournament, Aly!


Merryn Walker




Another busy year ahead for the Thistlelonians, as we prepare for several special occasions when former students and staff of McKinnon High/Secondary College return to their school and catch up with old friends.


Sunday 5 May

A special celebration when Principal Mrs Pitsa Binnion invites the class of 1969 back to honour their 50th Anniversary of graduating from McKinnon. An afternoon tea followed by a tour of the school will reignite old memories.


Saturday 26 October

The classes of 1959 (the original McKinnon graduating class) 1964, 1969, 1974, 1979, 1989, 1999, 2009, 2014 will gather in the hall, take a tour of the school and catch up with old school mates.


Invitations to these events are sent via email/SMS. We are missing many contact details, so if you know anyone likely to be an ex student who hasn’t updated their current contact information, this can be done via our website.


For more than 20 years, the Thistlelonians have been providing special awards to outstanding Year 9 students selected by their Student Managers for General excellence and contributions to the college.


Our most recent award winners were presented at the college Presentation Night in December and we were delighted to congratulate Jessica Ginsberg (absent on the night), Matthew O’Brien and Michael Yang.



Keep in touch with us via our Facebook page or contact our administrator Melanie Lynch on 8520 9092.


Geoff Woolnough



YEAR 7 & 8 ART

It has been a wonderful start to 2019 in Years 7 and 8 Art with students busy making a variety of artworks. Year 7s have been working on their drawing skills and learning about line, tone and colour through a variety of drawing and rendering techniques. Semester 1 Year 7 Art students are looking forward to attending a Year 7 Art/English excursion to the National Gallery of Victoria next Term.

Year 8s who are in Art this term are creating a Pop Art style painting in acrylic paint on canvas and are learning about colour and painting techniques. Year 8 students who are currently in Ceramics are making a pinch pot and a Japanese inspired ceramic character from clay. Students are learning about how to use clay and about working in a ceramics room. They are learning various handbuilding techniques and how to apply underglazes.


Mrs Griffith

Art Teacher


Art Club is running on Thursday lunch times with Mrs Griffith and Miss Sip and as in previous years is very popular with students. In fact our club has grown so much this year we now take up two classrooms - T06 and T07!

It is fantastic to see so many students who have returned from last year. We also welcome a big group of very excited Year 7 students as well as some new enthusiastic Year 8s who have joined us.


Mrs Griffith

Art Teacher



On Wednesday 20 February, Units 3 & 4 Business Management students gathered at the MERC for an exciting and informative incursion from Thankyou. Kalvin, who is founder and Justine’s brother, began the talk by telling us a story about his own childhood; how this story related to how the business went about their journey to success.

He discussed the importance of persistence in establishing a brand, how a social enterprise like Thankyou runs their operations and their various successful social media campaigns, some you have probably heard of. His passion for the Thankyou mission was evident and inspired us all to get behind their cause.


Imogen Doherty-Brown (12C), Mia Stikoltzik (12K) and Marina Ueda (12K)



In Year 07ICT, we introduce the concept of touchkeying to our students using an online program called Students are encouraged to learn and practice the optimum fingers to use for each key and how to find them without looking so that they have the best chance of attaining a usable and accurate speed with the entry of text into a keyboard. This is not an easy skill and takes regular practice to achieve a workable speed, but the time saving possibilities are huge - especially at senior levels where there are more essays to be written.


Monash University is now conducting e-exams for several subjects where students are expected to type their text on a keyboard instead of writing by hand. If a student is not proficient with keyboard use, they will be severely handicapped in this endeavour. Students have already reported that they feel disadvantaged if they can’t efficiently and effectively use a keyboard for these exams and that it significantly adds to the stress of the examination period.


We invite all school members to access any of the range of free typing instruction offerings on the internet and practice to achieve proficiency. We would recommend as a starting point.

This is a skill that is still, very much part of the 21st century!


Ms Hatch

ICT Learning Area Manager



Year 11 German students participated in the first session of the Intergenerational Conversations last week. Senior participants of our community, all German native speakers, visit the college every fortnight to converse with our students on topics related to our curriculum.


Our volunteers, many of them have been part of this program for many years, contribute their time and enjoy engaging with young people. Students work in small groups with our participants and discuss topics in German. The program, a research program initiated by Monash University, connects the generations to benefit our students and the older generations in our society.


We thank all our participants for the contribution they make and look forward to another year with them.


If you would like to read more about this program please click on the following link


If you are a German native speaker and interested in participating in this program, please contact Andrea Fowler, KLA Manager Languages via email or call 8520 9000.


The French Film Festival started this week and offers highlights of French cinematography every day.


Enjoy a French film with your family or friends!


Book here


We still experience issues with the login of e-books in Year 7. Please make sure you keep a copy of the code as it is valid for Years 7 and 8. Please assist us and login your son/daughter to have access to this compulsory online resource!


A VET in Applied Language Information session for parents was held on Monday 4 March, before the Year 10 & 11 Information Night. If you were unable to attend and require further information please contact Andrea Fowler, KLA Manager Languages via email or call 8520 9000.


And for all our readers interested in

The Bilingual Advantage in the Global Workplace, please click on the following link:


Andrea Fowler

KLA Manager Languages



Every Tuesday and Thursday lunchtimes, A14 and A17 becomes a hive of industrious mathematical thinking during Maths Help Class.


Students from across all year levels use the time to complete homework, catch up on missed class time or to simply explore and expand their mathematical knowledge.


Looking around the rooms many faces are familiar, regular attendees who come to work collaboratively with friends, teachers or independently. Some are completing missed assessments, others are conferring with their teacher at the whiteboard as they discuss a tricky problem.


Maths Help is run by Miss Greenwood on Tuesday and Mrs Mullane on Thursday but Mr Manolas, Mr Zhu and many other teachers can often be found there.


Students can seek help on whatever concepts they are currently working with and Mr Manolas is often advising senior students on the use of the CAS calculator. He also runs specific lunchtime classes dedicated to CAS.


At particularly busy times (usually when a Year 12 SAC is around the corner) the classes often spill over into A15 as well! It is wise to get there early to get a seat.


When asked why they came to Maths Help students responded with:


I come every week because it helps me get ahead.” - Nina


There are many teachers with a range of expertise in varying maths subjects.”- Khue


I think it’s a really good time to catch up and get help that I can’t get a home after school.”- Lee-sa


I like that I can come with my friends from other classes and do work.”- Illy


So come along and check out Maths Help Class. See you there.


Mrs Mullane and Miss Greenwood

Senior Maths Teachers



On Wednesday 27 February we held our annual McKinnon Swimming Carnival. The weather was superb (30 degrees and sunny!) and it was great to see all the students dress up in the Hawaiian theme.


Early on in the day students were involved in the junior water polo and beach volleyball. The barbeque was also a popular spot for students to re-energise between events and raise much needed funds for the Antips trip later in the year.

Half time and that only means one thing...Staff v Student dance off! The staff tried their guts out and performed a well oiled rendition of Thriller (Michael Jackson). However, it was no match for the students amazing compilation of around 20 songs with over 150 students involved. Well done to the students on some outstanding choreography.

In the afternoon, it was becoming clear that one team was dominating the majority of events. Despite a late charge in the relays from Flynn, it was Chisholm that was crowned the 2019 Swimming champions.


Tim Blackwood

Head of Physical Education and Sport


Congratulations to McKinnon's first participants in the Victorian All Schools Triathlon Championships. Three students signed up for the early Sunday morning event in perfect conditions.


Noah Koulaouzos-Chun (Year 7) completed the 200m swim/10km bike/2km run in 44 minutes and finished 41st in the state.


Matthew Day (Year 9) tackled the 400m swim/10km bike/4km run finishing 35th in the state. 



Finally, Monique Andjelic (Year 9) finished the same course (400m swim/10km bike/4km run) in just over an hour and finished in 6th place.


Well done to these pioneers in McKinnon sport. 


Tim Blackwood

Head of Physical Education and Sport


After being sent in to bat, the McKinnon girls set Parkdale a respectable 110 runs for Victory. Lily Felder exited early on, however, Emma Langley, Tess McCartney and Emily Daemon showed some strong skills with the bat. 

Katrina Gill and Emily Damon starred with the ball, producing some excellent deliveries and maiden overs. However, fantastic bowling and fielding from the girls sadly wasn't enough to stop Parkdale from scoring the runs in the last over, and the McKinnon girls bowed out of the Kingston division for the first time in five years.


Thanks for a great day ladies and here's hoping 2020 can bring back that McKinnon winning feeling!


Coach Jobson


The Intermediate Boys Cricket team ventured to King George Reserve on Wednesday 20 February for the annual Kingston Round Robin.


We ran into a very hot Bentleigh unit in the first game and they smashed up 97 off their 8 overs with their opening batsman getting 62 of those! Vrushank Manchana, Ben Williams and Kevin Pious were our only wicket takers.


In reply we managed a respectable 63 off our 8 overs with Jacob Horvath top scoring with 16.

This opening loss to the eventual champions Bentleigh made it very hard to win the Round Robin but we showed a lot of fight for the rest of the day to beat every other side.


Highlights of the day included Ben Williams’ 22 against Mordialloc, Andreas Bouris’ two wickets and Adam Paliatsos’ 31 against Parkdale, Ben Kupshik’s 35 retired against Sandringham.


Well done to the boys for their commitment on the day


Greg Hoskin



The college sent six teams to compete in the Kingston Division Lawn Bowls competition held recently at McKinnon Bowls Club.

Congratulations to both the Junior Team (Tarkyn Isaacs, Oliver Ledger, Lewis Sellenger & Alex Skahill) and Senior McKinnon teams (Jeremy Zivin, Ben Traynes & Josh Feder) on winning the Kingston Lawn Bowls Pennant. 


Both teams now go onto compete at the Southern Metro Region finals at Hampton Bowls Club on Friday 29 March. 


Good Luck and Go McK!!


Mrs Hooper






Congratulations to the Choir and the Senior Singers who took part in the World Day of Prayer service on Friday 1 March at St James’ Church in Bentleigh. Thank you to Ms Blanka West for her organisation of this event, and to Mr Martin West and Ms Katarina Vrisk for their attendance.



Another reminder to students and parents:,that privately owned instruments that are brought to school should be clearly identified with the relevant students’ name and telephone number.


Year 8 Band and Strings will be performing at the Year 7 Parent Information evening on Wednesday 13 March at 5:00pm.


Come along to support the travelling musicians on Friday 15 March in the School Hall. This amazing night is to help raise money for the 40+ students who are travelling to the United States of America and Canada at the end of term.  Lots and lots of prizes are available. Book a table with your friends on


Please join in the night of excellent music, festivities, raffles and games.


BYO Food and drinks

Ticket information:  30 Tables of 10 have been set-up. 


The ticket categories are:


Full Table: $180

Half Table: $95

Single adult: $20

Concession: $15

McKinnon students: $10




Students are working hard towards the House Music Festival. Another reminder to keep 7pm Wednesday 20 March free for the House Music Festival. The students are looking forward to presenting this to a large audience. We look forward to seeing you then.


Megan Papworth

Head of Music
















On Monday 4 March students from Year 7 selected books for the library. It is great to see the enthusiasm students displayed when selecting. The books will soon be ready for the students.


Don’t forget to have a look at the Macquarie dictionary online during our 3 month free trial. {Note: The site can be accessed when your computer is on the school network but not from a computer at home.}


If you want to borrow or return a Chrome book during lunch be quick!  Please note the following times when you can borrow or return Chrome books, adaptors, etc:

  • 8:20am to the end of period 2
  • Period 3 to the 10 minutes after the start of lunch
  • 10 minutes before the end of lunch until 3:20pm


If you want to borrow or return a Chrome book during lunch be quick!  Please note the following times when you can borrow or return Chrome books, adaptors, etc:

  • 8:20am to the end of period 2
  • Period 3 to the 10 minutes after the start of lunch
  • 10 minutes before the end of lunch until 3:20pm


For the last two years McKinnon has seen a lot of building activity. Our old evaporative air conditioning meant a lot of building dust entered the library. With the building works now completed and the installation of reverse cycle air conditioners it is expected that the library will stay more dust free. Staff and students are removing books from the shelves and dusting them down when necessary. The shelves are being washed and the books returned to the shelf.  Many thanks to the Duke of Edinburgh students; Skylar Ruthven, Zoe James and Arjun Jivanjee of Year 9 for your ongoing help with this task!


I think it is really important because if you expose kids to books really early on they get a love of reading and I think that really helps with their spelling.  Reading is something much bigger than a story. Reading is also about comprehension, it is also about understanding, it’s also about being able to comprehend circumstances, scenarios, situations. These things don’t have to be chore – they can be fun”.  His comments came in the light of a report ‘Progress in International Literacy Study’ which found that one in five Australian children do not meet international benchmarks for reading. His comments were reported in the Herald-Sun 3/3/2019 as part of their promotion of “The Kids News Spelling Bee”.


Russell Absalom

Library Resource Manager



Office hours are:                        8:15am - 4:30pm

Telephone:                                                8520 9000


Parents should always make contact with the General Office first when visiting the school or trying to make contact with their children.


Appointments with teachers must be made via telephone or email them directly.



Student absences should be reported to the school before 9:00am. Please email the Attendance Officers Alison Pollock/Joanne Robinson ( 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 or by writing a note in the student's diary explaining the reason. 


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


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


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


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


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

Phone/Fax No:  9578 2151



For years 10 - 12 only there are a limited number of old style track pants and old style kea jackets being sold at reduced prices.

Track pants $21.00

Jackets          $42.00

Only available for purchase from the shop.



Tuesdays                                      8:15am - 12 noon

Fridays                                        12:30pm - 4:00pm

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


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


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



Local Community News


If you are interested in any of the following events/services offered by the Glen Eira Council Youth Services please click on the attached link for further information:

  • Autumn Teen School Holiday Program – activities are open to young people aged 12-18 years who live, work or study in Glen Eira;

  • Sounds of Glen Eira 2019 – Applications Open Now! This is your chance to win a two day professional recording session and photo shoot;

  • Skate Park Comp – Monday 8 April, 11am – 4:30pm at Bailey Reserve Skate Park, 200 East Boundary Road, Bentleigh East;
  • Taskforce Healthy Decisions Leadership Program – will host a one day interactive leadership workshop for selected students from local secondary schools.
  • Party in the Park


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