Alba News

29 June 2018
Issue Five
Important Dates & Calendar   
From the Principal Class Team
From the Principal Class Team
From the General Office
Excursion Consent & Payments on Compass 
2018 Sub School Coordinators 
Junior School Report
Middle School Report  
Senior School Report  
School for Student Leadership  
Year 10 Work Experience
Girledworld WOW Summit
Year 9 Advance News
History News 
Solar News
Environment News
Food Studies and Textiles
Camp News
Woodwork News
Sports News
Breakfast Club
Canteen News 
Community News
St Albans Secondary College
03 9366 2555
289 Main Road East
St Albans, Victoria, 3021

Important Dates & Calendar   

Friday, 29 June

All day Last day Term 2

9:00am - 10:00am Year 7 - 11 Semester 1 Reports available on COMPASS

9:45am - 10:35am TAUTAI Year 8/9 Students

Thursday, 5 July

9:30am - 11:30am University of Melbourne Winter School (VCE Literature)

Friday, 6 July

9:30am - 11:30am University of Melbourne Winter School (VCE Literature)

Monday, 16 July

First day Term 3

8:55am - 3:10pm Year 8.4 Doxa Future Focus Workshop

All day Year 9 start Sem 2

All day Year 9 Pre-Course Selection Assignments completed in Learning Manager groups

8:55am - 03:10PM Year 8.4 Doxa Future Focus Workshop

Tuesday, 17 July

8:55am - 10:35am Year 9J & 9I - Bowling & Laser Tag Excursions 

Wednesday, 18 July 

11:00am - 12:40pm Year 12 VCAL - Western Health Partnership Program

Friday, 20 July 

8:00am - 3:00pm Inter Boys and Girls Basketball

8:00am - 3:00pm Inter Boys and Girls Table Tennis

8:00am - 3:00pm Senior Boys and Girls Table Tennis

9:00am - 3:00pm ABCN InRoads Program - Workshop 2 of 4

9:45am - 10:35am  TAUTAI (formerly Walk it Out Program) Yr 8/9 Students 11:00am - 11:50am TAUTAI (formerly Walk it Out Program) Yr 7 Students

12:45pm - 5:00pm VCE Physics Scienceworks excursion

Saturday, 21 July 

9:00am - 12:00pm Year 12 Workshop, Nindethana, Ms Salton

Monday, 23 July 

8:45am - 3:00pm Western Treatment Plant and Werribee Park Geography

9:00am - 10:00am Year 11 VCAL CHASE - Workshop 1: Action Phase Introduction

Tuesday, 24 July 

8:45am - 3:00pm Western Treatment Plant and Werribee Park Geography

Wednesday, 25 July 

8:45am - 3:00pm Western Treatment Plant and Werribee Park Geography 8:55am - 10:35am Year 12 Elevate The Finishing Line (periods 1 & 2)

10:30am - 3:00pm ABCN GOALS - Session 2

11:00am - 12:40pm Elevate Education, Year 11 VCE students (in their classes)

11:00am - 12:40pm Year 12 VCAL - Western Health Partnership Program

11:30am - 1:00pm Victoria University Polytechnic Information Day

Thursday, 26 July 

8:45am - 3:00pm Western Treatment Plant and Werribee Park Geography

Friday, 27 July 

9:45am - 10:35am TAUTAI (formerly Walk it Out Program) Yr 8/9 Students

11:00am - 11:50am TAUTAI (formerly Walk it Out Program) Yr 7 Students

Monday, 30 July

8:55am - 3:10pm Year 8F - Geography Fieldtrip

Tuesday, 31 July

8:00am - 3:00pm WMR Senior Girls Badminton

8:55am - 3:10pm Year 11 – 12 Course Selection Day (Library)

8:55am - 3:10pm Year 8.4 Doxa Future Focus Workshop

8:55am - 3:10pm Year 8G & 8I - Geography Fieldtrip

9:00am - 9:45am Facilities 

4:45pm - 6:45pm VCE/VCAL EXPO Evening – Nindethana and PFA (Time TBC)

Wednesday, 1 August

8:00am - 3:00pm WMR: Intermediate Boys Soccer

8:00am - 3:00pm WMR Intermediate Girls Badminton

8:45am -3:10pm Year 11 Alliance Française Berthe Mouchette Speaking Interview

8:55am - 3:10pm Year 8C & 8D - Geography Fieldtrip

11:00am - 12:40pm Year 12 VCAL - Western Health Partnership Program

Thursday, 2 August

All day Year 10 into Year 11 Course Selection Day

8:55am - 3:10pm Year 10 Course Counselling

8:55am - 3:10pm Year 8E & 8H - Geography Fieldtrip

Friday, 3 August

8:15am - 2:45pm Year 12 Biology GTAC excursion

8:55am - 3:10pm Year 8A & 8B - Geography Fieldtrip

9:45am - 10:35am TAUTAI (formerly Walk it Out Program) Year 8/9 Students

11:00am - 11:50am TAUTAI (formerly Walk it Out Program) Year 7 Students

Saturday, 4 August

9:00am - 12:00pm Year 12 Workshop - Nindethana

Monday, 6 August

All day MAC

8:00am - 3:15pm Birchip Classroom Connection

9:00am - 10:00am Year 11 VCAL CHASE - Workshop 2: Risk Assessment, Teamwork, Community and Conflict Resolution

Tuesday, 7 August

All day MAC

8:00am - 3:15pm Birchip Classroom Connection

8:55am - 3:10pm Year 9 – 10 Course Selection Day (Library)

8:55am - 12:40pm Brimbank Young Researcher Training

From the Principal Class Team

Dear Parents and Guardians

With the weather closing in, and the term into the eleventh week, students and staff alike are well and truly ready to welcome the holidays. We’re definitely noting how programmed we have become for a 10 week term!


Congratulations to all our students on their achievements over the first semester. We have marvelled at their sporting prowess, been entertained by fabulous music and dance performances, enjoyed their artistic creations, been inspired by their leadership and advocacy, and, of course, felt joy and pride in seeing them grow as learners and young people. Just some of these achievements are reflected in your child’s semester report which will be made available to students and families this week via Compass, and we encourage you to take time to celebrate with your child.



At the end of this term we bid farewell to several staff: Ms Clara Campbell will be taking family leave, and we wish Clara and her partner well for the birth of their baby. Mr Mario Orsini and Mr Simon Marrow will take leave for Term 3, and Mr Eli Goldbaum will be on leave for Semester 2. We hope they enjoy their time off.


We would also like to thank Mr Steven Angelkovski, Mr Bruno Bonanno, Ms Simone Papagianopoulos, and Mr Peter Sinclair who have replaced staff on leave during the first semester. We appreciate the enormously their support, work and commitment to the students, and wish each of them all the very best.


Ms Nicole Thompson joined the Student Wellbeing Team as a social worker in 2010 and subsequently took on the leadership of the team, as Student Wellbeing Coordinator. Nicole led her team in the provision of a comprehensive range of support, counselling and referral services, as well as in the development and implementation of proactive programs to enhance students’ wellbeing and mental health.


Nicole was instrumental in leading the school’s successful application for the GP in Schools program, and in establishing the operation of this hugely valuable service. Her commitment to excellence in student wellbeing, to the development of a skilled team of allied health professionals, and to the wellbeing of families was evident in every aspect of Nicole’s work, and, importantly, in the strong legacy she leaves at the school.


Nicole has announced her resignation, and on behalf of the students, staff and families of St Albans Secondary College, we acknowledge and sincerely thank her for the impact she has had on shaping a rich, high quality Wellbeing Team and program. We wish her well and every success and happiness in her future career directions.

Vale, Terry Murphy

It is with great sadness that we learnt of the passing of Mr Terry Murphy, a former teacher of what was then St Albans High School.


Terry joined the staff as an English, Art and Drama teacher. His passion for the visual and performing arts was evident in his classroom, dedication to his students and to instilling that passion and love of the arts in them; but never more so than in his work as writer and director of MAC. 1999: Condition Wasted, Just Hot Gossip, and Flake Failure are legendary in the history of MAC, and it was Terry’s energy, creativity and vision that saw him take Flake on tour to perform in Ballarat. His organisation of art exhibitions featuring the work of students and staff was further testament to his belief in students and his determination to have their work publicly shown and recognised.


In recognition of Terry’s enduring contribution to the College, and with support from former student and School Councillor, Mr Fred Schober, the school will establish the TJ Murphy Performing Arts Scholarships for a Year 9 student. The inaugural scholarship will be offered this year.

From the Principal Class Team

Year 10 Work Experience

Year 10 students have recently completed a week's work in experience as part of the College's comprehensive Managed Individual Pathways program. Students attended a range of work placements, including health, retail, education and business.

 This program allows students to experience a different type of environment, and to gain a better understanding of the workforce before they make important subject selections for Year 11 and 12. If you have any questions about the MIPs program at the College please contact Ms Cathy Armstrong.


100 Days of VCE success

On Wednesday, 27 June the Year 11 cohort celebrated 100 days of success. This was marked with an awards ceremony and celebrations for all of the Year 11 cohort during the afternoon.  Students and staff enjoyed celebrating the particular success some students had achieved in individual subjects and a mesmerising performance was given by an illusionist.  Each of the VCE/VET Music groups performed a set to the delight of all those present.  Congratulations to all our Year 11 students on reaching this milestone in the final part of their secondary school journey.  We wish them well for the next eighteen months as they complete their final years at school.


Years 7-11 Reports

On the last day of term, Friday 29 June, all Year 7-11 reports will be issued. Year 12 Unit 3 VCE and VCAL reports will be available after the break at the end of the second week of Term 3, July 27.  This is to enable assessments for the first Unit to be completed and also so examination results for the Unit 3 VCE subjects can be included on the report. 


Please take the time to read your son or daughter’s report.  The report provides valuable information on the student’s progress and achievement for the first semester of this year.  A focus of a discussion with your son or daughter about the report could be focused on developing strategies and work habits to assist with implementation of the recommended areas for improvement that are included for each subject.


Year 12 Mid Year Exams

As previously reported, this year we have reintroduced mid year exams for all Unit 3-4 VCE subjects. The exams provide students with practice of examination style questions completed under exam conditions and will enable staff to provide targeted feedback to students about their understanding and progress to date in each of their subjects.


The exams will be held at the school in the first week of the mid year break, from Thursday, 5 July to Tuesday, 10 July and will be overseen by VCE exam supervisors.


Please note that all students are required to attend the exams, unless they have a medical certificate.


Supporting Mental Health

Supporting the mental health of all students and families at our College is a significant priority for us. In support of this priority the Wellbeing Team delivered a seminar to parents on the ways they can support their children in relation to depression, anxiety and support them grow. They will continue to deliver more parent seminars next term. Building everyone’s capacity to be their best self is an important aspect of our work and we aim to model it to our students every day. We also will continue to work with experienced Clinical Psychologist Andrew Fuller to grow the knowledge of our students and staff to develop each other’s resilience. Over the next six months, we aim to grow the ways our students feel connected, protected and respected at our school. If you need to discuss how to support a young person with their mental health, please contact your local GP or a member of our mental health team.


Proactive Program

Recently all Year 10 students were engaged in a significant proactive programs week. During this week students explored a range of important topics that help them to grow into healthy young adults. Respectful relationships, drugs and alcohol and consent information was explored in age appropriate ways to help build student capacity. Students also explored self-care, how to relax and manage stress as well as engaging in some fantastic physical exercises together. They played African drums, attended Zumba and Yoga classes and spent some much needed time recharging their batteries. The week was a credit to the leadership of the Middle School and Wellbeing Teams at the College.  


Refugee Week

Last week at the College we acknowledged Refugee Week, an important day  in our College calendar.  The theme for this year’s refugee week was With Refugees.  The Refugee Council of Australia says that, “today, more than ever, we need a global movement to demand the safety and rights of refugees are protected. In Australia, it is the responsibility of our Government, and each one of us to ensure people forced to flee from their homes can live with dignity and with hope.” At St Albans Secondary College we welcome and support all people to our school. We welcome our refugee students and families and we want you to know that today and every day we are with you!


And finally...

We thank our staff for their hard work and their commitment to the students and families throughout the semester; and our students for their dedication to their learning.


We wish everyone a happy relaxing and safe break over the holidays and look forward to seeing you on 16 July for the start of Term 3.

Principal - Ms Kerrie Dowsley 

Assistant Principal - Mr Craig Jennings

Assistant Principal - Mr John Coulson

Assistant Principal - Ms Tracey D'Elton

From the General Office

General Office Hours 

8:15am to 4:15pm       

College Expectations 

Some important expectations are outlined below.

Attendance, Uniform, Punctuality  

We greatly appreciate the support we receive from parents to make sure that your child attends school regularly and punctually, is in full uniform, and is well prepared for all classes with books and equipment.

Being prepared for classes  

It is expected that students have the required books and equipment for each subject, as well as a student diary to record homework and assignments.


If you need any assistance with ordering books, please contact the General Office.


Students must have a minimum of 90% attendance in all classes at each year level.


Full uniform must be worn to and from school, at school and on all school excursions, including interschool sports.


Uniform Shop Hours:

Monday - 12:15pm to 1:15pm

Thursday - 12:15pm to 1:15pm


Alternatively, you can purchase the school uniform online through our school website:


Please note:

  • Only the 3 approved styles of school shoes are to be worn
  • PE / Sports shoes must be lace up runners with non-marking soles
  • Facial piercings are not to be worn at school
  • Make-up is to be kept to a minimum.


Students are expected to be punctual at the start of each day and for all classes. Any student who is late more than 4 times will have a Friday detention from 3:20pm to 5:20pm. 


The consequences for lateness to school are as follows:


1st Late

Coordinator Warning.


2nd Late

After School Detention:  

3:15pm -  3:45pm.  

Sub Schools to contact home.


3rd Late

After School Detention:  

3:15pm -  3:45pm.  

Sub Schools to contact home  – advise that next late will be a Friday Night Detention.


4th Late

Friday Night Detention:  

3:20pm -  5:20pm.  

Students that complete their Friday Night Detention have their next late treated as a 3rd LATE.  A subsequent LATE means a second     Friday Night Detention & student is placed on a ‘Blue Sheet’.


Blue Sheet

Student is on a ‘Blue Sheet’ for 2 weeks. Coordinator meets Parent/Guardian to explain the Blue Sheet process.


Unsatisfactory Blue Sheet

Parent interview with SSL & PCO. 

Strategies discussed – possible suspension.



Sustainable School Shop

The Sustainable School Shop website is available to purchase and/or sell second-hand uniforms and used textbooks.


Parents can log in or register at any time at

When selling items, click the Sell Uniforms button and follow the prompts. Assistance is given to construct your For Sale ads including a pricing guide.
To see the ads for items currently on sale or to obtain the seller details, you will need to log-in to the Sustainable School Shop website, click the blue Stocktake button and then click the item you need. Buyers contact the seller directly.

Sellers are asked to delist For Sale Ads as items sell.


Excursion Consent & Payments on Compass 

Did you know that you can now Consent & make a Payment on Compass for your child’s excursion



Dear Parents / Guardians


Your child will be attending excursions / events throughout the year.  Log into Compass on the Parent Portal via the schools website for each excursion to approve the consent and make a payment (if applicable) online by the due dates. 


This will save your child time lining up at the general office.


Compass Pay will greatly assist parents with approval and payment requirements, and will also assist the office staff and teachers by reducing the paperwork and finance components. Parents will be able to easily access their child’s activities, keep the school up to date with important information, and complete the permission & payment process.


Compass Pay is available to you through the Parent Portal which you can access via the schools’ website with your individual username and password at


To provide the consent/payment required, parents click on the notification which will appear on the home screen under “My News”.  This will take you to the Events page, where you can see all events that require consent/payment, and those that you have already consented to/paid for.


Parents have the option of completing the consent/payment online, or of printing the consent form and handing it in to the office with payment.


By clicking the "Process Now (Online)" option, parents will be prompted to enter information regarding emergency contact details, as well as any relevant medical information.


Full instructions for using this module are illustrated below.  You can also access the Instruction Booklet on Compass under the School Documentation Tab and click on Parents Information.



If you require any assistance, please contact the General Office on 9366 2555.


You can also click on the link below to view more information on COMPASS.



2018 Sub School Coordinators 

 Junior School

Ms Lauren Honeycombe

Sub School Leader

7G, 8J

Ms Marlene Cassar

Assistant Sub School Leader

7B, 7F, 8H

Mr Louis Turner

Sub School Coordinator

7E, 7I, 8B, 8E

Mr Craig Moore

Sub School Coordinator

7J, 7K, 8A, 8I

Ms Emily Dickinson

Sub School Coordinator

7A, 7H, 8D, 8F

Mr Owen McIntyre

Sub School Coordinator

7C, 7D, 8C, 8G

Ms Isobelle Issell

Sub School Assistant

Middle School

Ms Becky Annetts

Sub School Leader

9J, 9K, 10C

Mr Brendan McFarland

Assistant Sub School Leader

9C, 9L, 10B

Ms Ash Mana Mohan

Sub School Coordinator 

9A, 9F, 10E

Mr Simon Lynch

Sub School Coordinator

9B, 9G, 10F

Mr Sean Ryan

Sub School Coordinator

9D, 9E, 10A 

Mr Matthew Olthof

Sub School Coordinator

9H, 9I, 10D 

Ms Lynda Vo

Sub School Assistant


Senior School

Ms Stav Bekiaris

Sub School Leader

11D, 11W, 12D

Ms Anna Woods

Assistant Sub School Leader

11A , 12A , 12V

Mr Robert Krysinski

Sub School Coordinator

11B, 12B

Ms Laura Gough

Sub School Coordinator

11E, 11V, 12E, 12Y

Ms Anna Langley

Sub School Coordinator

11C, 12C, 12W

Ms Rosemary Bambery

Sub School Assistant















Junior School Report


Students have earned a well- deserved break for the end of their first Semester.

They have been busy completing work for assessments in preparation for their reports.

Reports will be available the end of this term on Compass.  Next term will provide a few very interesting programs for the Junior’s to attend and Year 8 Class Camps will commence.

We wish everyone a nice restful semester break.


Walk It Out Program contributed by Owen McIntyre

Since the beginning of the year a selection of Year 7 and 8 students from St Albans Secondary College have participated in the Walk it Out program. ‘Walk it Out’ is a mentoring program that is designed to support Pasifika students in their school learning environment by using the strength of the Pasifika Cultures to build character and help make positive choices within differing environments and towards their career choices and dreams.


Our students have embraced the program, which has introduced them to the idea of a school community. The sessions often involve a summary of how the week has been, followed by some goal setting both short and long term. This includes both academic and extra-curricular goals that any of the students may be aiming for. One great example is the desire of many of our students to undertake further study through University or TAFE. The sessions help to break down these long-term goals into easier, achievable short term goals thus providing stepping stones for our students to follow.


Another aspect of the sessions has been to explore the student’s background to see common links in family trees, the meaning of a student’s name, from what region a family resides or what customs this heritage brings with it. The students have grown to really value the sessions and have shown an increased maturity and connectedness to the school since the commencement of the year.


We thank the mentors for helping with the organisation and the weekly running of the sessions. Without their tremendous support the sessions would not run. We will continue to run these sessions through Semester 2 and we look forward to the continued student involvement in this program.


State Library Victoria

Next term the Year 7 students will be attending the State Library to participate in the Research Launchpad Program.  We are very privileged to be participating in this Program.


Research Launch Pad is a free full-day excursion at State Library Victoria for Year 7 students from eligible schools in greater Melbourne.


In this interactive program, students will:

  • go on a guided tour, getting to know the Library and discovering its amazing historic spaces, including the iconic domed reading room
  • be introduced to special collection items, choosing one to explore in-depth
  • go on a research quest in pairs, asking exploratory questions and capturing their journey in photos along the way
  • create and share their research journey via a digital narrative using Animoto, an easy-to-use video-creation platform.

Digital Thumb Print

All Year 7 and Year 8 classes will participate in a workshop about online presence and safety in September.  Digital Thumbprint seeks to develop savvy, proactive members of Australia’s online community, now and in the future.


Student Reflections for Semester 1

“ We love maths and Sport! We enjoyed camp and when we arrived there we went to the rock pool. It was very funny as five or six people fell in the water. We are kept busy with homework but overall we are having a great time!”

Gurang Maror and Kim Vuong  7J


“The first semester of our Year 7 trajectory has been filled with exciting events and daily classes. A ‘few’ of the awesome experiences we’ve been through are: Camp, Sports Carnivals, Our Subjects, The Year 7 Expo., and Year 7 Assemblies.


 The camp was one of the major parts of the first semester which most of us looked forward to. The camp consisted of many enjoyable activities including a visit to the rock pools, swimming, locating landmarks in Benalla (Team Building), night walk, the talent show (Team building?), and EATING (BEST PART!).  We went to a set of rock pools with a stream running next to it. During swimming, we played a game of volleyball. Our class also played a game of finding the most graffitied art professional art pieces located across Benalla. Night walk was astounding as we on the mountaintop we got a tonne of reception great view of the surrounding area. Most importantly though WE ATE! The food was incredibly de-li-ci-ous! Like we mean it!


Along with the other kids, we enjoyed both the swimming and athletics carnival. There were many different sporting activities and we loved them all! Many people challenged their limits in fitness and participation.


 Our learning in all our subjects has played a huge role in our semester and the very dreadful important and crucial EXAMS. English, one of the most vital subjects, has helped us develop crucial literacy skills. Another subject that has helped us develop as students is Maths, which has helped us through the difficulties of mathematical problems. As part of History, we visited the NGV on behalf of our studies.


 The main part of Year 7 so far, is the expo. We could show our parents (and get them thinking and solving equations instead of us) what we were learning, and participate in activities about our work. The subjects that were covered on the night were Science, Maths, English, and Japanese. 


For the Year 7s, an assembly is held every once in a while. These help us catch up on upcoming events and information about what’s happening. At the start of an assembly, there are a group of students who play some music. It gets us all in the mood! After that, some teachers and coordinators give us some information on some important points.


 The first semester of Year 7 was truly spectacular. There has been so much homework much fun and many interesting events to take part in. There was so much that happened and so much to look forward to!”

Dragon Fan and Preet Trivedi   7F



We require attendance of 90% in order to pass subjects.

If your child is absent we require either a note signed by the parent or guardian explaining the reason for the absence. The note needs to include your child’s name, their class and the date of the absence. If your child has attended a doctor or dentist please ask for a medical certificate as that will not count as an absence.

You may also ring a leave a message explaining your child’s absence. The phone call or note need to be brought to the coordinator on the day the student returns to school.



Now that winter has approached please ensure your child has a jumper and or wet weather jacket. Only white or black scarves are permitted. Please don’t leave shoes outside overnight and your child’s name should be written on all articles of clothing.  Hoodies, canvas shoes and coloured t-shirts are not permitted. Please ensure all clothing is labelled.


 10 Ideas for the Holidays

  1. Go to a local bike track and go bike riding or rollerblading. A great way to get out in the fresh air and enjoy the sunshine and exercise.
  2. Have a movie afternoon great for a rainy day. Rent a couple of good movies, make some popcorn and snuggle up with blankets and enjoy the movies.
  3. Cook some special treats or family favourites
  4. Smile! Get the camera out and take some photos, download them on the computer and create a slide show.
  5. Do some Gardening or make a herb garden pot, they are fantastic and useful too
  6. Write and create a play or short story, see who is great at drama, acting and writing.
  7.  Play board games Monopoly, Scrabble, Hungry Hippos, and more if there are a few of you have a tournament.
  8. Do a Jigsaw, set up a special area and let everyone help - the harder the better.
  9. Lots of Local Libraries hold story-telling/writing workshops during school holidays, and then you  can borrow some new books to read
  10. Have Fun!

Happy Holidays from the Junior School Team

Lauren Honeycombe

Junior Sub School leader

Middle School Report  

Over the last few weeks, students in both Year 9 and Year 10 have completed their end of semester tests and exams.  This can be a stressful time for students, especially as it often involves some disruptions to their usual timetables.  All of the students deserve huge congratulations for their behaviour during their exams.  There was very good attendance at all the Year 10 exams, and the students arrived on time and prepared to do their best.


A number of programs were organised for Year 10 students after the exam period and before they commenced their work experience placements. These included a guest speaker invited to speak about being safe during social situations, the laws related to alcohol consumption, driving and private parties, and where to go for support and guidance.  Workshops run by a group of African drummers, mindfulness and relaxation workshops to support the management of anxiety and stress, resilience and positive mind set sessions, and a celebratory assembly.


*Reminder to Year 10 students studying Units 1-2 VCE this year.  You will need to attend your Year 11 classes during the 3 day week please. 


Year 9 Activities

The ABCN Goals program was launched in the CBD on Tuesday 19 June, with the students beginning their goal-setting journey with their mentors.  We hope they enjoyed this opportunity and that their experiences are helpful in preparing for the challenges of Year 10 in 2019.


Year 10

Semester Two began for Year 10 on Monday 19 June, with changes to students’ electives, and in some cases, their English and Maths teachers. 


Finally, a reminder to students and parents about school uniform now that the colder weather has arrived.  Students are not permitted to wear non-school uniform jumpers, fleeces, or hoodies under their school jackets; a school uniform jumper must be worn.  Hats must not be worn inside the school building, and scarves must be the school black or white scarf only.  The uniform shop is open on Mondays and Thursdays from 12.15-1.15 should students wish to purchase a school scarf or other items of uniform.  Thank you for your support in ensuring our students are dressed smartly for school each day.

Becky Annetts

Middle School Sub School Leader

Senior School Report  

Semester Two started on Tuesday, 12 June and VCE students are now doing a Unit 2 or Unit 4 study.

VCAL students are working at meeting their competencies.


The Unit One exam results for Year 11 students are an indicator about a student’s readiness for a Unit 3/4 study, so now is a good time to start speaking to your child about pathway choices beyond Year 11.  A number of students have already changed into a new Unit 2 study. 


Your child’s report will be available on Compass from Friday, 29  June.


On Wednesday, 27 June, we will host our special yearly event, the Year 11 assembly to celebrate “100 days of VCE/VCAL success”. This is always an exciting event. Students will be receiving awards for their contribution to the school and it’s values as well as academic achievements.  Afternoon tea will also be provided.



During the first week back in Term 3, all Year 12 students will be attending a presentation about VTAC (Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre). This will outline the tertiary application process,  how students apply for further education and training and how they may receive assistance throughout the process.


On Wednesday, 25 July all VCE student will have their next workshop with Elevate Education.

Year 12 students workshop is ‘The finishing line’ and Year 11 one is ‘Memory and Mnemonics’.


On Tuesday 31 July, there will be no formal classes for Year 11 students as they will be choosing their Year 12 subjects. They will only be required to attend school for an appointment with a course counselor.  It is vital that students choose their subject carefully once they receive their booklets and are realistic about their choices. Once they start in Year 12, it will almost be impossible to change a subject or unit of study.


The GAT (General Achievement Test) was on Wednesday, 13 June 2016. There were about 250 students who sat the GAT in school’s gymnasium.


On Friday, 15 June, all Year 12 VCE students did their first Mid-year exam for English/EAL This is going to be marked by external assessors.  The school has put hours of work and resources into organising this for students to benefit from and get the most out of it. We do this early on in the year as this is the most crucial time for all Year 12 students to start putting in extra time and effort to their studies to get the most out their final year at school. 


The VCAL students are still working with our community and are thoroughly enjoying their work and the responsibilities they have been given.  They are continuing their work at the Sunshine Hospital, Chase, Scope and the Smith Family. 


CHASE Program

The Year 11 VCAL students are completing the Education Phase of their Chase program and will begin the next step with the action phase.


The Action or Project component enables students to implement their knowledge and skills into projects that will improve health in their school or within their community. These projects may include implementing healthy foods in the canteen, petitioning to local council members about improving bike paths or developing lunchtime running groups. The students may also develop projects that incorporate into already existing school groups. The projects will be facilitated by the mentors and driven by the students.


Financial Literacy

Year 11 VCAL are completing a certificated course on Financial Literacy supported by the Smith Family during their numeracy classes.


The Smith Family has taken selected activities from the MoneyMinded resource and developed our Financial Literacy Course consisting of five 2 hour sessions. Completion of all 6 elements of this course allows you to gain the qualification of FNS10110 Certificate I in Financial Services.

This Course will show you how to:

  • Set financial goals
  • Create a budget
  • Look at Needs vs Wants
  • Develop a savings plan
  • Recognise scams
  • Better understand credit, debt and debt traps
  • Find assistance if you are in too much debt
  • Understand taxation
  • Understand the basics about superannuation
  • Understand the role of regulators such as the ACCC and ASIC and how they can help you.

A facilitator with nationally accredited training qualifications will deliver the course.  Students will receive a certificate at the end of the sessions if they complete all modules


Again, we would like to thank parents who contact us when their child is absent for any reason. This is of great assistance to the Year Level Coordinators, as we call home regularly if there are any unexplained absences. The Case Management process continues to monitor closely the attendance, achievement and individual needs of all our students. Please contact us on 9366 2555 if you have any queries or concerns about your child. 



Stav Bekiaris

Senior Sub School Leader

School for Student Leadership

They’re coming home!

Jolanta, Jordan, Sarah and Vinh from year nine have spent the last term on campus at the Gnurad-Gundidj School for Student Leadership, near Colac in southwest regional Victoria. During their time there, a major focus for the students was on developing a Community Learning Project (CLP). The CLP is a project designed by the student to benefit their local community. It is a big undertaking for the students and will require dedication, organisation, teamwork and leadership skills when they implement their project later this year.


On Friday, 22 June, the four students presented their CLP proposal to peers and guests. Their CLP, titled ‘Danger in St Albans!’ aims to tackle the issue of rubbish, particularly hazardous waste in the St Albans community. The presentation was informative, creative, inspiring and humerous! The students were also awarded a certificate in recognition of their participation in the program.


All four students found the School for Student Leadership program challenging and extremely rewarding. They described how the experience has changed them as people, exposing them to new ideas, challenges and friendships.


We look forward to welcoming Jolanta, Jordan, Sarah and Vinh back to St Albans next term and will be eagerly anticipating the rollout of their CLP.



Year 10 Work Experience

Once again the Year 10 students from St Albans Secondary College completed their Work Experience in a wide variety of work settings. Some students used the week to work in retail with the aim of securing ongoing part-time or casual work and others set out to investigate a future career area of interest.

Students worked on building sites, in supermarkets, offices and other retail stores, CSIRO, cafes and restaurants. Already we’re hearing of students who have been recruited by Target and Woolworths. The feedback from visiting staff and employers has been overall very positive.


Work Experience at places such as Victoria Police and Western Health Services (Sunshine and Footscray Hospitals) are advertised at the end of Year 9. These opportunities were put on COMPASS last November inviting students to apply. A much larger group of students from St Albans Secondary College were successful in gaining placements with Western Health Services in 2018 and were given the opportunity to work in departments including Accident and Emergency, Food Services, Administration and Laboratories. Yvonne Dang of 10E was even able to witness a Bone Marrow Transplant!


Students wishing to work with Victoria Police apply in November (of Year 9) and each school is only able to put forward one student. This is always hotly contested and even then schools are not guaranteed their applicant will be chosen. In 2018, Isabella Janceva of 10B was selected.

Isabella writes of her experience:

It was a privilege to be selected to do work experience for Victoria Police 2018. I spent a week at Keilor Downs Police Station, where I met many intriguing officers. They were friendly, respectful and always willing to help, and they always offered me breakfast and lunch every day. 


During the week, I spent some time in different areas such as the watch house, weapons room, the fingerprinting and mug-shot room, and other areas relating to different crimes. Throughout the week I was paired up with many different officers where they elaborated on how to write a documents that are used when an offender is taken to court. I was shown and learnt about different types of drugs as well as new drugs that have been confiscated from offenders. I was also able to view many different arrests throughout the week and learnt the procedures of an arrest. Not only did I get to view arrests, but I was able to travel in police vehicles throughout the week. 

I understood the privacy and the confidentiality rules within the working environment of the Police Force.


Even though, I was limited in what resources I could access during the week (due to privacy and confidentiality rules), I absolutely enjoyed my experience and was devastated that it had come to an end.


My experience has given me a better understanding of working for the Victorian Police. Participating in the Victorian Police Work Experience was a long and challenging procedure, as there were many contracts I had to sign due to privacy reasons, I had to have fingerprinting done and a Police Check, but I would not have been able to partake in a once in a life time experience without the help from Ms Armstrong and Ms Jacqui. Without their help I would not have had such an enjoyable time for my work experience placement. 


Overall, it was a pleasure in engaging and experiencing in such an interesting field of work. And thank you to Ms Armstrong and Ms Jackie for helping me fulfil in such a wonderful experience. 


Isabella Janceva

Year 10 Student 

Girledworld WOW Summit


This event was run on 16 & 17 June at RMIT and girls aged 14-18 were invited to attend.


The purpose of the Summit was to bring a diverse mix of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) experts together with young women to help equip and educate the next generation of girls with the skillsets, mindsets and techsets they’ll need to lead, succeed and thrive in the ever changing, technology dominated 21st century workplaces.


RMIT sponsored 50 girls from partnership schools (Schools Network Access Program partners – of which St Albans Secondary is one) around Melbourne to attend the 2 day event. Our college was lucky enough to have 9 students from years’ 9 – 12 attend. The event was advertised on our COMPASS system and girls had to follow a link to apply and RMIT selected the successful candidates based on their applications.

Participants came back feeling really inspired and have built networks with RMIT, STEM experts and like-minded students from other schools.


Janet Huynh from 9H reports:
“The girledworld WOW (World of Work) Summit partnered with RMIT University that ran for two days, it was an eye-opening experience and opportunity to meet and hear from top speakers, industry experts, career mentors and the first female elected as Lord Mayor of Melbourne, Sally Capp! Other guests that attended were the Microsoft Chief Digital Advisor, Airbnb Lead Interior Designer, UniSuper Chief Information Officer, Zoos Victoria award-winning Educator, Career4Connect Career Consultant, professional CEOs, entrepreneurs, to name a few. 


It was an interesting weekend because it allowed the time for high school students to develop interactive learning, problem solving, leadership, industry mentorship and entrepreneurship skill-building. All attendees were exposed to empowering educators that equipped students with ideas and preparation about their individual career pathway for the future.

It's not every day you get the chance to learn and develop all those skills in just two days! I especially want to thank girledworld, SNAP (Schools Network Access Program) and Ms Armstrong for providing a great opportunity for me to be a part of the girledworld WOW Summit this year”. 


Laura Van Keulen (School Captain Year 12) writes:
If I was to describe the Girled World,  World of Work Summit in one word it would definitely be inspiring. The two days consisted of women sharing their stories with us and we were able to see that we can also do amazing things in the world, just like them and then brainstorming some of the world’s biggest problems and pitching a solution. Over the two days we learnt so much about the world of work for women and top tips for success. It was a really rewarding experience and I am so grateful to the RMIT SNAP program and Ms Armstrong who shared this opportunity and scholarship with me and the other attendees from SASC. 


Cathy Armstrong
Careers/VET/Pathways Coordinator


Dante Alighieri

On Monday, 26 June, the Italian department had the pleasure of escorting 68 students from Years 9, 10, 11 and 12 into the city to participate in the prestigious Dante Alighieri Poetry Competition at Melbourne University. Students travelled into the city by train and competed alongside many other secondary schools in Melbourne. Over 3,000 students will compete in the language competition across Melbourne.

Students were required to recite by memory selected poems in front of a panel of expert judges. They were marked on their pronunciation, fluency and delivery.


Students and teachers then made their way to the famous Lygon St, Carlton where they practised their language skills, tasted the culinary delights and shopped for all things Italian!


Many thanks to all the teachers that worked hard to once again make this day possible. It was an extremely enjoyable day for all. Good luck to all the entrants and we look forward to the results which will be posted in week 1 of Term 3.

Piera Biondi



Year 9 French Berthe Mouchette Competition

Félicitations to 26 of our illustrious Year 9 French students! On Wednesday, 2 May, these students turned their hand to poetry recital for the annual Berthe Mouchette Poetry Competition. We travelled to Eildon Mansion in St Kilda, home to Alliance Française, and a Melbourne icon as one of the oldest houses in Melbourne.


This competition challenges students in numerous ways. Firstly, they must memorise a French poem, this year around the theme of “voyage.” Students need to work on their pronunciation, tone and expression, developing their confidence and public presentation skills, to deliver their best performance to the judges.


Comments from some of the participants included mixed emotions. “At first I was so scared, but after I did my poem I felt so happy – it wasn’t as hard as I thought!”


“I had all this energy after the poem, and I liked the croissants.”


Our hosts at Alliance Française taught us that áprès l’effort, le réconfort (after effort, comes comfort) and rewarded students with French croissants and chocolat chaud, helping students to celebrate their artistic endeavours of the day. St Albans students then had the incredible privilege of descending to the usually strictly off-limits cellars of Eildon Mansion. Amidst its stone walls and excellent acoustics, 2 of our students sang their poem for a rapt audience, showing great bravery and skill!


And as testament to the incredible work put in by the students, we are proud to announce two finalists this year – Le Khanh Phan and Christine Vong. Finals will be held Sunday, 29 July – best of luck to them both!

Year 9 Advance News

Year 9 ADVANCE Dukes Award Adventurous Journey Practice Camp

Our Year 9 Advance class completed their Dukes Award practice hike at the Rowallan Scout camp located at Riddells Creek. Kindly accompanied by Outdoor Education Teacher, Mr Winduss, we were blessed with reasonable bushwalking weather and the students adapted well to hiking with a backpack and applying bushcraft skills. Sincere thanks to Mrs Borle who attended the camp at late notice – this was very much appreciated. Our next challenge is the Strathbogie Mt Stirling camp in August. Well done, Year 9 Advance class.


Student Camp Reflections

Marianne Nguyen (9L) - I was excited yet nervous at the same time for the Rowallan camp hike since it’s been a few years since I went hiking and camping out in the wild. I had calculated the amount of breaks, which were 5 and the amount of time it would take to get back to the campsite, which was approximately 3 hours. Statistically speaking, I was correct. I was mentally prepared...however I was not physically prepared. I was exhausted, relieved and my legs were aching after the 3 hour hike. Not only that, to add insult to injury, I had to sleep on a bumpy floor, in a cramped tent that did not provide enough space for the body to sleep comfortably. Also, next time I would prepare more healthy food. Overall, the camp was exhausting, fun and very eventful.


May Nguyen (9A) - The practise hike was really fun and I learnt many survival skills. It really put the knowledge of reading topographical maps into use during the orienteering. After the camp, I was tired and drained as I had used so much energy hiking and hanging out with my classmates. Next time I go camping I will pack lighter, bring more layers for warmth, bring more food and pack thicker socks.


Sonya Pham (9C) - This camp was extremely fun. I enjoyed the hike and encouragingly, I managed to walk at a constant pace and the shortcut was fun and interesting. My group produced a delicious meal using the trangia – which was great.


Emily Thompson (9A) - Overall, camp was a wonderful experience. Of course, the walk was quite tiring – however, it was definitely worth it in the end - once we made it back to the campsite! I learnt new skills and was able to socialise with my classmates.


Anna Majstorovic (9D) - This camp was very different from anything else I have really done but I had such a great time and got even closer to everyone in the class. I'm definitely excited to hang out with everyone on the next hike, but not the longer walking distance.


Victoria Truong (9G) - Overall, this camp was such fun and exciting, as I got to experience new things that I have never thought I would.



Marion Mortimer

Year 9 Advance Co-ordinator

History News 

History Revolutions

Year 12 History Revolutions class has started revising the Russian Revolution with the help of Mathew Zaraspe.


On Friday, 8 of June, Mathew arranged an after school class for all Revs students. He put together a power point, which summarised the Romanov dynasty outlining the main problems in Russia and why conditions led to revolution.


Students were highly engaged; they interacted with the information and they were rewarded with sweet treats provided by Mathew. Altogether the revision session was entertaining, with amusing visuals and lively discussion led by the students.

Regular revision sessions have been organised for the future.

Thank you to Mathew for providing the revision classes

Kiran Pannu


Solar News

Shining a light for energy poverty

According to the UN Foundation 18% of the world’s population has no access to electricity and a further 15% only has access to unreliable and inconsistent electricity. With this in mind, our Year 9 Advance class sought to make a difference and help light up the lives of those affected.


We purchased thirty-six Solar Buddy kits with the funds raised from the Earth Hour event held at St Albans Secondary College in March. The Solar Buddy torches were assembled by the students and distributed to children living in remote communities in Papua New Guinea. Each Solar Buddy provides one hour of light output for each hour it is exposed to the sun.


The Year 9 Advance students really enjoyed building the torches and sending messages, whilst being educated about energy poverty, renewable energy and global citizenship.


To the St Albans Secondary College community - thank you for your generous Earth Hour donations to aid global energy poverty.


To quote,

“Illuminating futures, one light, one child and one community at time”




Environment News

Celebrating World Environment Day

World Environment Day (WED) occurs on the 5 June annually, and is the United Nation’s principal vehicle for encouraging awareness and action for the protection of our environment. WED has become a global platform for public outreach, with participation from over 143 countries. This year celebrated the event’s 18th anniversary.


The theme for this year’s event was: ‘Beat Plastics Pollution’, and the challenge was “If you can’t reuse it, refuse it!” The World Environment Day celebration was organised by the Brimbank City Council (BBC) Environmental Education officer, Karina King. The day included an entertaining and informative performance by Mrs Ticklebottom, illustrating the issues of plastic pollution and how we can fix it. Additionally, the Mayor, Cr Margaret Giudice launched the Council’s new recycling and litter strategy.



The four schools who attended the event were University Park PS, St Albans Meadow PS, Catholic Regional College and of course, St Albans Secondary College (SASC). Our SEAL class really enjoyed celebrating World Environment Day with teachers, Ms Donaldson, Ms Mortimer and Mr Steven Vo. Furthermore, Year 7F students - Victoria Au, Dragon Fan, Wendy Huang, Belinda Nguyen, Tania Santhosh and Preet Trivedi spoke confidently about the positive sustainability activities implemented at SASC.

Our key message was that “teachers and students need to work together to reduce waste at our school.”



Dragon FAN, 7F















Food Studies and Textiles

It has been a busy Term in Food Studies and Textiles with some fantastic results. Year 9 Textiles completed their cushions, and year 7, 8 & 9 Food Studies cooked for the term in H1, our industrial Kitchen. Well done. We are looking forward to our new kitchen in D1 being ready for the start of next term.


Camp News

Semester One Strathbogie Camps

Over the course of Semester One, our 11 Year 7 classes have enjoyed 3 days of camping fun, activities and quality time to bond with each other and their teachers. It was such a pleasure seeing off our school bus each week filled with the smiling faces of our Year 7’s, who enjoyed campfires, farm visits, archery, swimming, art walks and many other experiences that helped the groups bond with each other. All of these camps ensured that the College’s Strathbogie Campus had a most successful semester, running 11 camps attended by a staggering 222 students, supported by 34 teachers and aides.

As an Integrated Studies teacher myself, I love getting to know my new I.S. class as it is a rare opportunity to have some real quality time with my newest students. I enjoy challenging students to try new things and spend some time in the beautiful Victorian countryside. Camp is full of lovely conversations, walks through nature, fun, laughter and shared experiences.

On behalf of the students and wider school community, I would like to thank all of the staff who have generously given their own time to spend three days with their classes in Strathbogie in order to truly get to know each other; the children, parents and your fellow teachers thank you.

In Semester Two, the Year 8 students can look forward to more fun filled camps and precious memories.


Mark Micallef

Camps Co-ordinator

Woodwork News

Spice Up Your World!

Who knew so long ago that the Spice Girls were so Woodwork savvy! Everyone? Year 8 woodwork students have been busily working on their spice racks. They designed their own unique model. Their designs needed to be mostly symmetrical (clever designs went beyond this) and have a theme. They have followed safe work procedures, become aware of and regularly used tools and equipment, and then onto assembling.

John Eckel
Woodwork teacher

Sports News

Junior Interschool Netball Competition

The Junior Interschool netball competition was held on Tuesday 22nd May at the Altona Stadium. Our teams tried their best and displayed fine sportsmanship. Coached by Ms Williams, the Year 7 team was highly competitive and excelled at collaborative court play. The Year 8 team displayed great team spirit and thrived on the physical contest. Special thanks to Junior School Sub-School Leader, Ms Honeycomb for her support, enthusiasm and coaching advice. Both teams did St Albans Secondary College proud – displaying a sense of camaraderie and caring for each other. It was a very enjoyable competition – with a good time had by all.


Year 7 Interschool Netball Team Members

Rebecca Baker, 7K

Pauleen Corrales, 7K

Karli Keskin, 7A

Akok Madol, 7H

Alisha Mai, 7A

Moilia Nili, 7A

Isabelle Paterson, 7C

Grace Robertson, 7K

Luana Tuhua, 7A


Year 8 Interschool Netball Team Members

Thao Bui, 8C

Edvina Mathew, 8C

Gabrielle Pequierda, 8B

Patsy Quan, 8H

Angel Tumusa, 8A

Faatali Vaiusu, 8C

Tina Vo, 8I

Hannah Whitfield, 8C



Breakfast Club

Hi All,

Welcome back to St Albans Secondary College. I am very happy to announce that in 2018, Breakfast club will run in the School Canteen.

Many of our students come to school early in the morning without eating breakfast due to economic or family problems, some just simply don’t have time to eat breakfast.

Breakfast club has made a positive impact to our school. It not only fills the tummies of our students with hot milo and toast but warms them up with a welcoming smile which initiates a positive morning.

I would appreciate anyone who would be interested in helping with the Breakfast club to please come and see me.

Thank you

Carmel Castorina

Breakfast Club Coordinator

Canteen News 

New meal deals

This year we have introduced something new in our Canteen, we will be offering a Meal Deal Package

If you purchase the following items you will received a drink either a 600ml Bottle of Water or Berri Juice



Lasagne, Twista Pasta, Mac n Cheese, Cannelloni or Potato Bake - and a drink as above for a discounted cost of $6.50

Chicken Burger - and a drink as above for a discounted cost of $7.00


Chicken Burger - and a drink as above for a discounted cost of $7.00


Healthy Hamburger - and a drink as above for a discounted cost of $ 7.50

Chicken Burger - and a drink as above for a discounted cost of $7.00


Chicken Burger - and a drink as above for a discounted cost of $7.00


Tortilla - and a drink as above for a discounted cost of $ 7.50

Chicken Burger - and a drink as above for a discounted cost of $7.00

Community News


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