03 May 2019
Issue Six
McKinnon Secondary College
03 8520 9000
McKinnon Road
McKinnon, Victoria, 3204



Thursday 2 May


Year 12 Theatre Studies Production (Theatre)


Friday 3 May

Year 12 Theatre Studies Production (Theatre)

McKinnon Cross Country (P 5-6)


Sunday 5 May

2:00pm Thistlelonian’s Afternoon Tea


Monday 6 May

Kingston Boys Netball & Girls Football


Wednesday 8 May

7:00pm Open Night


Thursday 9 May

Kingston Intermediate Round Robin


Friday 10 May

9:15am Year 7 School Tour

Year 10 Geography Camp


Saturday 11 May

Year 10 Geography Camp


Monday 13 May

Early Finish (2:30pm)


Tuesday 14 May


6:30pm Finance Sub-Committee

7:00pm School Council


Wednesday 15 May



Thursday 16 May


Kingston Senior Round Robin


Friday 17 May

McKinnon Model UN


Monday 20 May

Year 10 Outdoor Ed Bush Walk

Year 9 Careers Interviews

Year 8 Medieval Day


Tuesday 21 May

Year 10 Outdoor Ed Bush Walk

Year 9 Careers Interviews

9:15am Year 7 School Tour

7:00pm Vocal Night (Theatre)


Wednesday 22 May

Year 9 Careers Interviews

Kingston Cross Country


Thursday 23 May

Year 9 Careers Interviews

Year 12 Outdoor Ed Camp

7:00pm Strings Night (Theatre)


Friday 24 May

Year 9 Careers Interviews

Year 12 Outdoor Ed Camp


Saturday 25 May

Year 12 Outdoor Ed Camp


Sunday 26 May

Year 12 Outdoor Ed Camp


Tuesday 28 May

7pm Senior Concert (Theatre)

7pm Education Sub-Committee


Wednesday 29 May


Year 10 Drama Performance


Thursday 30 May

Year 8 Survivor – Art Challenge


Friday 31 May

Year 12 – student trivia night (Hall)


Monday 3 June

Year 11 Study Day


Tuesday 4 June

Year 11 Exams


Wednesday 5 June

Year 11 Exams


Thursday 6 June

Year 11 Exams

Year 10 Study Day


Friday 7 June

Year 11 Exams

Year 10 Exams


Monday 10 June

Queen’s Birthday – no classes


Tuesday 11 June

Year 11 Exams

Year 10 Exams

7:00pm Buildings & Grounds Sub-Committee


Wednesday 12 June

Year 11 Exams

Year 10 Exams


Year 9 Study Day


Thursday 13 June

Year 11 Exams

Year 10 Clash Day

Year 9 Exams


Friday 14 June

Correction day – no classes

Year 9 Exams








Welcome back to what we hope will be a most productive Term 2.  We hope all staff and students feel well rested, having enjoyed precious time with loved ones. Much happened in Term 1 and we thank everyone for their dedication and commitment to excellence.


Thank you to all families who attended this event.  Almost 10,000 interviews took place on the day - this is impressive and illustrates our community’s commitment to education and improving student learning. A reminder to parents that McKinnon Secondary College undertakes continuous reporting - as such, assessment feedback (i.e. results and comments) is always available on Compass Learning Tasks.


Congratulations to all staff and students who participated in the tour to the Red Centre for 12 days. Year 10 students had a great time and this was certainly a memorable experience. Thank you to the staff who attended and made this opportunity possible.


NAPLAN testing will be undertaken by students in Years 7 and 9 at the College on Tuesday 14 May, Wednesday 15 May and Thursday 16 May. A reminder that Year 7 students will need to report to the front of the Hall, lining up in class groups, by 8:20am on each of the three testing days. Year 9 students will need to assemble in class groups at the front of the Hall by 10:50am, just before the end of recess, on each of the three testing days. We ask students to be punctual, organised and to maintain a mature approach to the NAPLAN tests. Students need to remember to bring a basic calculator on Thursday 16 for the Numeracy test. Your child may bring a reading novel to the test if they finish early.


Results will be sent home to students late in Term 3.  


The VCAA General Achievement Test (GAT) will be undertaken by all students completing a Unit 3 & 4 subject in 2019 on Wednesday 12 June. No VCE classes will be conducted on this day. Students are expected to be at school by 9:00AM. Students must know their VCAA student number, which can be obtained from their Student Managers. Pens, pencils, sharpeners and erasers and an English and/or bilingual dictionary can be taken into the exam room.  No calculators, blank sheets of paper or white out liquid/tape may be taken into the GAT.


Friday 14 June is a Correction Day for staff members. Classes will be not be conducted on this day, so students should not attend school. The only exception is Year 9s who have exams in the morning.


Mid-year examinations are fast approaching, with all students in Years 9 - 11 finalising assessments and revising. Thorough revision and effort in exams in these middle years lays a strong foundation for success in Year 12. Students should set high expectations for their own achievement and seek advice and support from their teachers. We wish all students the best of luck in their exams.  


At home, students can be supported by implementing the following recommendations:

  • Providing a quiet study space at home free from distractions;
  • Encouraging your son or daughter to eat well and get plenty of sleep;
  • Encouraging students to limit social engagements around this time, including their use of social media. Students should focus solely on their studies, without distraction from Instagram, sending SMS to friends, etc, then do so when having a break in their study.


When discussing with your child their academic achievement at school and the feedback provided on Learning Tasks (and through progress reports and parent-teacher-student conferences), it is critical that parents and students look beyond grades and scores. We encourage all students and their parents to instead reflect on each child’s academic progress and growth; our intelligence is changeable, and focussing on growth has a very positive impact on student learning.



All students - regardless of year level and the grades they have achieved - should reflect on what new skills and knowledge they have acquired, what feedback and advice they have acted upon and what their next goal will be.


Hard work and a willingness to persist when facing academic challenges are the keys to success for all students, and emphasising learning progress rather than grades/scores is a simple - but powerful - way to support student learning.


On Wednesday 24 April, Mr Quinn was accompanied by Junior School Captains, Louisa D'Ambra, Andrew Thompson, Alice Connolly, Arjun Jivanjee and Sophia Diegelmann to the Anzac Commemorative Service at the Bentleigh Cenotaph.

On Sunday 28 April, Mr Long was joined by School Captains Erika Phan and Xavier Verdnik at the City of Glen Eira and Caulfield RSL Centenary of ANZAC Day service held at the McKinnon Memorial Gardens.  We thank our student leaders for their involvement in these important events. 


Our football team has started the season extremely well with a thumping victory over St Kevins on Saturday 6 April. The McKinnon community gathered in great numbers to see our 2018 premiership flag being unfurled and flown over our home ground at Packer Park in Carnegie. We are proud of our girls and boys that have joined our fledgling club. Here's to another successful year in 2019!




Year 11 superfish, Will Sharp, participated in the Australian Age Swimming Championships in Adelaide over the holidays. Will moved to the Nunawading Swim Club last year and regularly wakes at 4:30am for training. His swim exceeded all expectations and he won a Silver and four Bronze medals at the championships.


His pet event is Backstroke and in the 100m Backstroke he swam 56 seconds and achieved the World Juniors' qualifying time.


We congratulate Will on his outstanding performances in the pool.



Congratulations to Grace James (Year 10), Yael Greenberg (Year 8) and Audrey Zhou (Year 8) who are part of the Orchestra for the State School Spectacular on September 14 2019. This is a fantastic opportunity to perform with amazing state school music students from around Victoria.


Merryn Walker




House Music Festival winners - Monash - performed "Somebody that I used to know".

House Music Shield presented to winning House - Monash

Simon Hughes says the ANZAC Day commemorative speech and requiem

Oscar Zhang performs the Last Post

Mr Gale announces the Mindfulness initiative in May

Lilly Felder and Liam Atchison present the Sports Report.

Chloe James, Luciana Martinez, Maskit Matityahu and Oliver Wiles reported on the recent music tour to New York and Canada

Quan Duong and Ash Nathan announce the clothing drive for charity

Marcus Sarra and Oliver Lopez promoting the 2019 Great Victorian Bike Ride


TOP CLASS - DANCE - Caitlin Irving

Congratulations to Caitlin Irving, one of our Year 12 students, who was chosen to perform in this year’s very prestigious Top Class Performance at Melbourne Recital Centre, as part of the VCE Season of Excellence.


Every year, the top VCE and VET dance students in the state are invited to audition for Top Class Dance. Top Class Dance is a concert comprising of these dance students to showcase and share their hard work and talent with the public.


This is what Caitlin had to say about the experience:


I was honoured to be a part of Top Class Dance in 2019 and it was a very rewarding and exciting experience. I received an invitation to audition for the performance in late December and then auditioned in January. The audition process involved me having to present the dance I performed for my VET dance exam at the end of last year, which had then been graded by a panel of judges and gone towards my study score for the subject. Shortly after, I was notified of my acceptance. The performance was an amazing experience and I am extremely thankful to have had the opportunity to participate.”


Caitlin Irving

TOP ARTS - Belle Rundle

Congratulations to Belle Rundle, one of our Year 11 Studio Arts students from last year, whose artwork was shortlisted for this year’s very prestigious Top Arts exhibition at the NGV at Fed Square, as part of the VCE Season of Excellence. Having your artwork shortlisted shows the extremely high calibre of work created.


Unfortunately, the NGV is unable to include all of the shortlisted artworks. But to be shortlisted is an amazing achievement and honour. Congratulations to Belle and her teacher, Mrs Pryor.





Congratulations to Vanessa Wong, an ex student who is currently studying at the Cinema School at San Francisco State Uni, who filmed and edited this film clip from our Arts show last year, showing the amazing artworks that were on display.


Each November we hold an Arts Show where we celebrate the achievements of our amazing art students. All visitors to the Arts Show Opening night were asked to vote for their favourite artwork in both the Junior and the Senior schools and the student who received the most votes wins the People’s Choice Award, which includes a cheque and a certificate.


Congratulations to all these students who received votes.


Congratulations to Alyssa Nikolakopoulos who won the People’s Choice Award for the Junior school. She worked really hard not only in Year 9 Ceramics, but also in Art and Visual Communication.


Congratulations to Clare Kim who won the People’s Choice Award for the Senior school for the third year in a row. She is a very talented and hard working student, whose drawing skills are amazing. She has previously been featured in The McKinnon Newsletter because her Instagram account, which showcases her drawings, has such a huge number of followers. is her account name on Instagram and she currently has 129 thousand followers and increasing every day. An incredible effort for anybody, let alone a 17 year old.


Helen Kuriata

Arts KLA Manager



On Monday 25 March, thirteen students in Years 9 -11 (all winners of Writer of the Month in 2018), and Ms Pentland, had the privilege of attending a workshop with multi-award winning poet and author, Maxine Beneba Clarke. This was an extension and enrichment excursion to enhance our writing skills.


The workshop was held at the fascinating Immigration Museum in the city.

To begin Beneba Clarke took us into an exhibition showcasing the journeys of many groups who have migrated to Australia. The exhibition also featured cultural artefacts representing the different phases of Australia’s immigration policy - including the White Australia Policy.


After viewing the exhibition, we returned to the writing workshop space and eagerly took out our pens and paper. Under the skilful guidance of Maxine, we were ready to write! Maxine gave us many helpful hints and strategies to improve our language usage and to write short stories in a limited amount of time (such as under exam conditions). We each wrote a piece about a turning point in our family using the techniques that Maxine taught us. We then shared, and further workshopped, our writing with the group. It was obvious to us all that some excellent writing was underway.


This was a fantastic opportunity for McKinnon students. Erisha Tayal, of Year 11 wrote of the experience:


I thoroughly enjoyed this opportunity. Not only was Maxine fantastic, but the exhibition we got to see at the start was set up brilliantly and really added to the experience of the workshop. I found Maxine's expansion method of writing incredibly helpful and could easily tell what a wonderful storyteller she was just by how she saw impactful stories in things that weren't apparent at face value. I think this experience is something that has, and will, continue to inspire many young writers at McKinnon.


Stephanie Georgantas & Mathilda Groud

Year 9E Students




On Tuesday 12 March, Mrs D’Ambrosio’s Year 11 class made their way to Parliament House of Victoria. After having a lengthy waiting time due to the stringent security process, we were finally able to enter the building. The ambience was grand and beautiful and many students admired the wonderful neoclassical architecture of the 150 year old construction.


We were lead to the lower house (the Legislative Assembly) and sat in the very seats that our politicians do. There, we discussed the law-making process in detail, specifically the steps in passing a bill.

After this, we re-enacted the “Assisted Dying Bill” of 2017, where we embodied the various personnel of Parliament (e.g. MPs, clerk, speaker). This was an interesting role play experience, as it gave us an interactive demonstration of the functioning of Parliament and an insight into the level of detail required to create new laws.


Finally, we briefly visited the upper house (Legislative Council) and discussed their role in examining and altering bills that have passed in the Legislative Assembly.


Overall, the excursion was very beneficial in furthering our understanding and knowledge of the legal and political system.


Mia Borowitz

Year 11 student


On Tuesday 26 March, our legal studies class went to the Victorian Parliament.


Our class was dumb-founded by the sheer size of the building and the intimidating security guards who were searching through our bags, but nonetheless, we were very eager to get inside.


We first entered into the Legislative Assembly (lower house) and were shown a presentation on how laws get introduced and passed in the Victorian Parliament.

After the presentation, we participated in a role-play which was about the Voluntary Assisted Dying Act (2017) which demonstrated to the class how debates normally happen in the Legislative Assembly and how they are handled.


Throughout the rest of the tour, we were shown the Legislative Council (Upper House) and the public gallery which showed us past politicians who have dedicated their time into making Victoria a better place.


The class gave a ‘huge thanks’ to our tour guide and waved goodbye to the Victorian Parliament.  


Liel Vinichnko

Year 11 student



On Friday 15 March, the two Year 11 Computing classes embarked on a journey to Marvel Stadium. We walked down to McKinnon station and once at Southern Cross Station, we walked the short distance to Marvel Stadium. Once there, we were debriefed and introduced to our tour guide,Gary, who gave us a tour of the stadium, including the leisure rooms of both the away and the home teams. Unfortunately, we weren’t here to experience the luxury of the stadium. Instead, the purpose of our visit was to see how the stadium provides Wifi access to about half of the maximum capacity of the stadium. We were shown the communications rooms and the server room before finally being shown the wireless access points scattered throughout the stadium which provide wifi access to thousands of people. Unfortunately, we had to go back to school for periods 5 and 6. Nonetheless, the tour was very educational and helped us to prepare for our SAC.

Andrew Georgescu, Year 11


We went to the Marvel Stadium on Friday 15 March to observe the vast network conduct that is at play in Marvel Stadium. We visited the server room in the Marvel Stadium where an employee told us about the servers, access point, switches and lots of other relevant information. The entire stadium was based on the marvel superhero theme which gave it a cool look. We also got to see the real ground and saw and learnt about many more amazing features.

Tejeshvi Sagwal, Year 10


My visit to Marvel Stadium was very exciting and I learnt and uncovered more things about how they work when they are busy and when they are hosting a major event. I was very interested in their electrical workings and network programming that ensures a great online experience with a shared internet inside the stadium. I loved the many different places that we got to see, what each area had to offer and how each area operated within the scopes of working efficiently with all other areas in the building.


Many of the places that we got to have a look at was interesting and unique in some way and it all links in with each other. Some areas you would see on television so it was very interesting to see how everything works in the background and the behind the scene workings of every area in the building.

Jean Pierre Du Toit, Year 11


On Friday 15 March, the Year 11 Computing students visited Marvel Stadium to learn about their Wifi and computer network. The whole point of the trip was to learn about Marvel Stadium’s servers and what they were for.  Marvel Stadium had an elaborate network setup consisting of numerous wireless access points, servers, switches and hundreds and hundreds of cables. The combination of this would allow the stadium to supply up to 25,000 stadium-goers with internet, and businesses such as radio stations, TV channels and writers to connect to the internet, TV channels and radio waves. The whole operation was run by two separate server rooms that controlled one half of the stadium each, meaning there would always be internet and telephone services no matter what happened.

Douglas Murphy, Year 11

On Friday 15 March, both VCE Computing classes got the opportunity to visit a major entertainment and multi-purpose sports stadium in Melbourne — Marvel Stadium.


You may know Marvel Stadium as the headquarters of AFL, or the Melbourne Victory soccer home stadium, or the stadium where your favourite artists performed at (Ed Sheeran, Coldplay, Eminem, etc.). And while it certainly is all of these, there’s much more going on behind the scenes, to provide the amazing experiences. Lucky for us, we were given a tour around the whole stadium. This included an insight into the network room where we got to see the servers and learn about how they manage the servers on game day, as well as the corporate boxes, and even the designated rooms for the AFL players.


Overall, this was an enlightening and very original experience, and really encouraged us to realise the magnitude of what learning IT could do.

Michelle Gu, Year 10 and

Doris Feng, Year 11


On Friday 15 March, Year 11 Computing went on an excursion to Marvel Stadium to see the server rooms and gain more knowledge on how they work. We started the excursion with a tour around the Stadium to see how many devices were connected and to see how large Marvel Stadium was. We were then allowed to enter one of the two server rooms in the stadium. One of the IT guys from the Stadium gave us a quick rundown of all the technology and devices that are used in matches and how many people it could cater for.

Sam Parades, Year 11


On Friday 15 March two computing classes from McKinnon Secondary College went to the Marvel Stadium to learn about how the network works and is managed in Marvel Stadium. For the students it was a great experience as they learnt about how the network is maintained on a large scale compared to small scale networks such as the school network. The students were shown one of the server rooms and how all the wires around the stadium were connected back into the server room. The Marvel Stadium staff also explained to the students how the stadium network is changed for concerts and other events.

Aryan Shah, Year 11


The visit to Marvel Stadium was very intriguing. We were taken on a tour around Marvel Stadium and got to see the essential services they provide to the crowds. These services include how they operate the Wi-fi. We then saw player locker rooms and the treatments available to them after and before their match. This privilege is only allowed to a chosen few usually family or friends of the players. We also saw how they provided telephone lines to both halves of the stadium and the Communication room where they kept their servers and backup servers. This gave us an insight as to how networks such as these operate on such a massive level and what organisations use. We saw Access points shaped to function in a cone cover area as to maximise the range in which they covered. All in all the visit was very helpful, knowledgeable and a one-of-a-kind learning experience that we are not about to forget anytime soon.

Brij Shah, Year 10 Student


The Marvel Stadium Visit of 2019, Class of CMP-2

Friday 15 March


The excited students bumbled out of the train onto Flinders Street Station, as the day ahead promised much computational learning and discovery.


First, the tour began with a brief historical summary of the Marvel Stadium (previously known as Etihad) by our trusty guide Gary, who lead the bustling bunch of Year 10s and 11s through the hallways and corridors that spanned the Stadium. Exposition on the range of the WAPs (Wireless Access Points) - which lent the WiFi connection to the viewing areas around the oval - was explained patiently and carefully to the tour group, with questions being answered with wise responses.


Next up, the tour was split into two: One group (led by Mr Munro) was shown the server rooms by the expert-on-hand, Jeff, who explained the numerous impressive capabilities of the $1.5 million servers, which provided the storage necessary for the running of the WiFi at Etihad Stadium.


Meanwhile, the second group (led by Mrs Munro) waited patiently until it was their turn, and then both groups were properly educated. Eventually, the tour came to a close with a final inspection of the player rooms - which included an interview room, a spa area and a strategy room. With the culmination of the visit, the VCE students headed back to McKinnon after a long yet fascinating day of immersed computing education.

Michael Stolyarov, Year 11 Student


On Friday 15 March, a group of computing student from McKinnon Secondary College went to The Marvel Stadium to observe the setup of the network. It was a good experience as we learnt the process of setting up and maintaining the network for a building such as the Marvel Stadium. We also learnt how they manage the network for both the staff members of the stadium and also the public users. He also explained how the network changed throughout the year, along with the stadium. Our tour guide, Gary, also showed us the change rooms and the interview room.

Ken Wong, Year 11 Student



Here? There? Our group of exchange students left Germany with mixed feelings, having enjoyed many aspects of their stay with their exchange partner, but also looking forward to getting back to family and home in Melbourne. Having had nearly two weeks of school attendance in Germany with a couple of excursions along the way, our students then experienced Easter holidays with their German partners and host families. The German families generously took their McKinnon Secondary College guests to various destinations around Germany, often hundreds of kilometres away. Our students noticed how much bigger Easter traditions are in Germany than here - one of our group described Easter in Germany being a bit like Christmas!


When it was time to leave and to board the bus to Frankfurt airport it was clear how many close bonds had been formed between McKinnon students and their host families. From the supervising teacher perspective, it was lovely to hear McKinnon students referring to "my German mother" in conversation with each other on the way back.


The photo shows our McKinnon student group during a lunch-break on the three-day Rhine Valley excursion organised for us by the teachers in Germany. Our students are sitting on a bluff above a bend in the river Rhine.



There will be an information evening at McKinnon Secondary College in October for the next round of German Exchange, for students intending to continue learning German into the Senior School. Students currently learning German in Years 8 and 9 will receive information about that meeting via email closer to October.


David Nutting

Organiser of the exchange


Last Friday, the 29th of April, the year 9 Spanish class went on an excursion to the very educational Chadstone Shopping Centre and the San Churro Spanish Cafe, were we could enjoy a traditional Spanish dessert, churros!. We had been looking forward to this excursion for many weeks, and we could barely contain our excitement any longer. As soon as the lunch bell rang, we practically ran to the front of school, where we impatiently waited for the bus to Chaddy. Throughout the entire bus ride we chatted about churros, how the students at school would be so envious, and there were definitely a few heated discussions about which “dip cup” was the best. Would we get milk chocolate, dark chocolate, salted caramel, or even cookie butter.

Once we arrived at Chadstone, we almost raced to San Churros to score a circular booth and search the menu for our favourite dessert. All the options looked so delicious that it was extremely hard to choose. After we placed our orders, we then talked some more, the anticipation building as we could hear the faint sizzling of the churros frying, and the sweet smell wafted through the air. Then finally, our churros came to the table, and looked so amazingly crunchy and sweet, we nearly had to have a moment of silence to give thanks. Nearly… We immediately dug in, and in no time at all, we were full to bursting. Needless to say it was a much slower walk back to the bus and later, school.


Thanks to Ms. Jimenez for organising the excursion, and Mr. O’Brien for coming along with us.


Charlotte Evans 9C



On International Pi Day, Wednesday 14 March, McKinnon celebrated with our annual Pi Reciting Competition. We had class champions across all years compete against their peers to become the year level champion.

The following students were awarded as the year level champions:


In Year 7, Metteya Gharde from Chisholm recited 126 places.

In Year 8, Max Wiseman from Chisholm recited 203 places.

In Year 9, Chris Liolios from Gilmore smashed the school record by reciting 720 places.

In Year 10, Grace James from Chisholm recited 35 places this year.

In Year 11, the Gilmore student Harry Fletcher recited 206 places making him the year level champion for the fifth year in a row.

In Year 12, Yonghan Wang from Chisholm also broke the previous record by reciting 605 places.


Thank you and congratulations to all involved and made the competition a success.


We look forward to Pi Day next year!


Chloe Krommydas and Lauren Mauger

Maths Teachers



During Term 1, the Year 12 Chemistry classes worked on synthesising and analysing biodiesel fuels. Biodiesel is a renewable fuel that can be used to replace petrodiesel in vehicles. It is produced from vegetable oil, so is considered to be a greener alternative to petrodiesel, which is sourced from crude oil.



The aim of this research was to determine how changing the type of oil used to make the biodiesel affected its resulting properties, including energy content, viscosity, and cloud point. Ideally, biodiesel will have a high energy content as well as a low viscosity and cloud point.


The task provided our students with a wonderful opportunity to get some “hands-on” experience with synthetic chemistry and apply their understanding of biofuels. Hopefully some of these students will be inspired to pursue a career in Green Chemistry!


Fiona Wallis

Chemistry Teacher



On Wednesday 24 April, McKinnon had nine students representing the College at the State Swimming Championships. All swimmers were in peak condition for the event and the results were outstanding, with the college finishing in 8th place overall.


Highlights from the day were as follows:

- Bevis Han Li (Year 7) won a Silver medal in the 50m breaststroke;

- Ron Golombick (Year 8) won a Bronze medal in the 50m butterfly;

- Maya Hammam (Year 12) finished 4th, just outside a medal by 0.47seconds in the 50m backstroke;

- Our 12-14 Years Boys Medley Relay (Jarek Soen, Ron Golombick, Bevis Han Li, Oscar Whitney) won a Silver Medal;

- Will Sharp (Year 11) won all five of his events in a dominating display. He also broke state records in the 100m backstroke, 50m backstroke and 200m individual medley. 



On Friday 26 April the SMR and State Diving Championships were also held at MSAC. We had five students participate on the day with the following results:

- Tom Howells and Matt O'Brien finished 1st and 2nd in the SMR finals. Matt turned the tables in the State Finals and finished 7th, with Tom finishing in 8th place in Victoria.

- Sassi Nammontri finished with a Silver medal in the Girls 13 Years diving and Elly Booth won a Bronze medal in the SMR final.


Well done to our state finalists, an awesome effort.


Tim Blackwood

Head of Physical Education



Congratulations to the Touring Orchestra, Stage Band and Singers who returned from a highly successful tour of the USA and Canada on Thursday 11 April. We look forward to hearing and seeing about the many highlights that were had whilst on tour. Thank you to Mr Michael Kan and Ms Robyn Pryor for accompanying the group, and a huge congratulations to Mr Dmitry Serebrianik, Ms Tracy Videon and Ms Blanka West for their organisation of this tour and willingness to develop the students further in their musical abilities.


Congratulations to the junior Saxophone quartet (Jordan Berger, Jonah Rudzki, Ido Shahar and Jay Shen) who helped commemorate Anzac Day at the Bentleigh RSL on Wednesday 25 April. Thank you also to the singers Tia Finn and James Vassiliou who sang the national anthems for the ceremony. Thank you to Mr Martin West for working with these students in preparation.


Thank you to Oscar Zhang who played the Last Post at the Anzac Day Ceremony at Caulfield Primary School on Wednesday 25 April.


It was fantastic to hear the musical development of the Tour Stage Band at the Frankston Music Festival on Saturday 27 April. The group played a great 30-minute set to a very warm and receptive audience. Thank you to Mr Dmitry Serebrianik for his ongoing commitment to this group.


Congratulations to the students from the Monash choral group for their performance of National Anthem and “Somebody that I used to know” by Goteye at the first General Assembly of Term 2 on Thursday 2 May. It was a great way to open the assembly!  Thank you to the music house captains Michael Flavell, Caitlin Irving, Linda Nguyen, Eriks Stepanuks and Fanxuan Xia for their ongoing work and dedication to achieving the best.

Thank you also to Oscar Zhang who played the Last Post to commemorate Anzac Day Ceremony at General Assembly.


Term 2 has a number of performances where students will be able to demonstrate their developing skills. These are the dates for important performances throughout this term:



  • 5-7 May – Symphonic Wind Band Rehearsal Camp
  • 8 May – Open Night (Senior Stage Band and various students)
  • 21 May – Vocal Night
  • 23 May – Strings Night
  • 27 May – Symphonic wind at Lions Festival Cranbourne
  • 28 May – Senior Concert (Orchestra, Ovenden Band, Intermediate Stage Band required)
  • 18 June – Tri-school Senior Bands Concert
  • 25 June – June Ensembles Concert (Junior/Intermediate groups)
  • 27 June  – Year 12 Night

Megan Papworth

Head of Music





Hello from the new Resource Centre Manager. My name is Janene Watson and I recently joined the McKinnon Secondary College staff. To give you a bit of background about me, I am a qualified librarian who has worked in a wide range of library settings including schools and TAFE. I have also worked as a Medical Librarian and as a Family History Librarian. I enjoy helping people to find the information they need or the 'right' novel. I love working in libraries because I get satisfaction from helping people to achieve their goals or grow academically or personally.


I would like to wish Russell Absalom a well deserved and happy retirement.


I've already had the pleasure of meeting many staff members and students and I look forward to meeting many more.


I am excited to work with the teachers and students at McKinnon Secondary College to support teaching and learning.


If you see me around, come and say hello.




The library invites students to recommend new books for the library. Please speak with library staff if you would like to make a recommendation.


Janene Watson

Resource Centre Manager












9UP (Year 9 Urban Project) is a key part of the BYTES program that all Year 9s undertake. It began with us choosing a societal topic that affected Melbournians on a daily basis. For the next few weeks we had to investigate our topic, prepare surveys sheets with relevant questions that would allow us to see people's views on homelessness, as well as a huge master sheet so we could input all our collected data.


Then, on Thursday 28 February, all 390 of the Year 9 McKinnon students caught the train into the city where we would be spending the entire day completing a scavenger hunt... in some pretty hot weather. Our whole group was a sweaty mess but we made our way around the city and answered every single question on the scavenger hunt sheet. This day helped us immensely with navigation. We learnt our way around different train platforms, as well as using google maps and working as a team. That day was probably my favourite day of this entire year so far.

Then, on Friday 8 and Wednesday 13 March, we went to the city to survey the general public and conduct interviews with people with lived and experienced our issue.


With our surveys, we had to go up to random people on the street and ask them if they could complete our survey. It was absolutely nerve-racking. We did this for almost our two whole days but got it done!


Finally, once we were back at school, we had to create a presentation of our findings in the city. We learnt how to use google sheets and make graphs, as well as decorate a slideshow nicely. Then, on the night of Thursday 28 March, we finally presented our six weeks of hard work to the rest of our double mentor group and an audience of about 100.


I am really proud of how our group did throughout this whole journey. 9UP will definitely be a highlight of my high school life, it was the most fun I've had in a while and I would 100% do it again.


Mia Ciccolallo

Year 9D



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 ([email protected]) or telephone 8520 9050 on the day of the absence by 9:00am. 


A note on the day of return to the General Office is required for absences where no parent contact has been possible.



In order to minimise disruption to class and maximise learning opportunities for our students, we would like to remind you of the school policy regarding late arrival to school. Students are expected to be at school at 8:30am. A locker bell rings at 8:35am and class begins punctually at 8:50am. If your child is late for any reason, please notify the school by phone 8520 9050, email [email protected] 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.



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