Koonung Secondary College Newsletter

04 April 2019
Issue Five
Important Dates 
Principals' Report
College Notices 
Middle Years 
College Council 
Umoja fundraiser 
Library News
Careers and Pathways
Parents and Friends Association  
Community Notices 
School Information  
Koonung Secondary College
615 Elgar Road
Mont Albert North, VIC, 3129

Important Dates 

Dates for your diary 


Thursday 25 April 

ANZAC Day public holiday


Friday 26 April 

ANZAC Day assembly


Tuesday 30 April  

KSC Open Day 



Friday 3 May

VCE Careers Expo

Interact Movie Night


Tuesday 7 May 

House Athletics Carnival


Friday 10 May

Mother's Day Breakfast



Thursday 16 May 

Multicultural Night 



Monday 27 - Friday 31 May

Arts/Technology Week 

College Play

Thursday 23 May to  Saturday 25 May 


Wednesday 29 May 

Winter Music Concert 



Monday  10 June

Queens Birthday public holiday


Wednesday 12 June 

GAT exam


Thursday 13 June

Year 10 & 11 exams commence




Wednesday 6 March - early finish from 12:30pm

Tuesday 11 June 

Friday 21 June 

Thursday 15 August







(no classes)

Wednesday 3 April 

Wednesday 18 September




Term 1

Tuesday 29 January to Friday 5 April  2:30pm finish 

Term 2

Tuesday 23 April to Friday 28 June  2:30pm finish 

Term 3

Monday 15 July  to Friday 20 September, 2:30pm finish 

Term 4

Monday 7 October to Friday 20 December, 3:15pm finish 







Principals' Report

Principal Team Report 

This week we have the opportunity to pause and reflect on the progress made by each of our students over the past ten weeks. Throughout the term learning tasks and assessment tasks have been posted on compass and formal feedback has been provided, lesson plans have been posted to help keep parents informed of the learning program within each class.  In addition, interim reports have been finalised and shared, providing a brief snapshot of progress to date and Parent Student Teacher (PST) conferences have occurred, with over 2,150 interviews booked. These conferences enable a three-way dialogue where we each seek to gain a greater understanding of how student learning is progressing. Also, throughout the term, our sub school teams have been conducting student support group (SSG) meetings to facilitate a team based approach towards supporting students with particular needs. These needs can include involvement at an elite level in sport to challenges related to wellbeing. Where there is an identified need, individualised learning/education plans have been developed in consultation with the classroom teachers and these are utilised to support each student to achieve their potential. Our SWAN (Students With Additional Needs) team work across the College supporting our funded students both in the classroom and around the school to ensure that all students with a disability are catered for and fully included in College life. Regular SSG meetings are conducted for each of our SWAN students.

Talent Quest 

In addition to student achievements in the classroom I would like to acknowledge the amazing talent demonstrated by so many of our students in last Friday’s Talent Quest. Throughout the day students from all levels had the opportunity to shine before their peers as they sang, danced and played a range of musical instruments. In the evening they had the opportunity to perform before their parents and members of the wider community. It was extremely pleasing to see so many of our younger students, particularly Year 8, performing.  The depth of talent which was evident ensures that the performing arts at Koonung will continue to flourish. I would like to thank our student leaders Emma Hocking, Jo Healey and Sebastian Jose for their work leading this event. They were well supported by staff: Peter Hodkinson, Chelsea Thomas, Mark Anderson, Emily Biernacki, David Forward, Stephanie Grant, Kylie Poppins, Pauline Volpe and  Ms Yates.

Open Day

As the term draws to a close, we are already planning for our major events for next term. These include our College Open Day on Tuesday 30 April. College tours run each Tuesday morning, but on April 30 our doors are open for the entire day and there will be presentations in the Library and Theatre at 7 pm. If you know of anyone who may be interested in attending Koonung Secondary College in the future please let them know. In the lead up to Open Day we visit many of our feeder primary schools to answer questions about life at Koonung. We would like to acknowledge and thank the student ambassadors who accompany us on these visits.  Our students enjoy the opportunity to return to their primary school and share what life at high school is like. We know that standing before a large group can be quite daunting and we have been very proud of the manner in which each of these students have conducted themselves.

Working Bee 

The focus of our recent working bee was to undertake some garden maintenance and to freshen up the corridors. An environment which houses over 1000 people on a daily basis understandably develops a few scuff marks and broken plants and as a result this form of maintenance is ongoing, however, we do ask that our students think before they rest their foot against the wall or stand in the gardens!  We would like to sincerely thank the 32 parents, students and staff who so willingly volunteered their time on a wet Saturday morning to undertake these tasks. With so many we achieved so much.

Taste of Tanzania

Last Saturday, the College provided a venue for a charity dinner hosted by David Winter to raise funds for Umoja, a school supported by David in Tanzania which provides educational pathways for youth who would not otherwise have access to education post primary school. The dinner, entitled Taste of Tanzania, was a celebration of culture and food and also designed to provide insight into the programs offered at the school. David has been a long standing patron of Koonung Secondary College. His contributions to the College over the years have included: attending working bees (not as a parent), financial support by working with rotary to source grants for paint and labour, and most notably, his ongoing support of our fundraising efforts and events (eg: Year 12 breakfast, Mother’s and Father’s Day breakfasts) by providing us with seemingly unlimited supplies of bread and pastries. As a result, we were very pleased to be able to support David in this endeavour. I would particularly like to acknowledge the contributions of three of our students: Isabelle Lakey, Shane Leung and Eliza Hocking, who came to help out preparing food for a couple of hours late on a Saturday afternoon and who then stayed until late in the evening serving food and cleaning up. They truly gave above and beyond. I would also like to thank two of our staff, Gill Ross and Allison Hart, who supported David throughout the day preparing food. It really was a team effort.

Staff Changes 

Next term Mary Eade joins the Principal team as Acting Assistant Principal, replacing Mark Quinlan who was appointed to the Acting Principal role at Box Hill Senior late last year. It has been a busy term without Mark and we are looking forward to having Mary in this role. Mary’s main focus will be curriculum and teaching and learning. Replacing Mary for most of her class load is Glenda Hanslow. Mary will retain her Year 12 English class. Other staff movements include the appointments of a new science laboratory technician, Etienne Folliot and a new food technology assistant, Sarah Lane. Paula Pringle will be moving from her role as food technology assistant to join the SWAN team, replacing Katrina Pumpa who is on family leave.

On behalf of the staff at Koonung, I wish you all a safe and relaxing break with chocolate galore.


Sandra Greenhill   

Assistant Principal


College Notices 

Working bee thank you 

On Saturday 23 March, we held our first working bee for 2019 and we would like to warmly thank the more than thirty hard workers who attended. A combination of parents, students and staff (listed below) revitalised the gardens around the senior centre/science/food technology courtyard and painted the corridors of the main building. It really is amazing what can be achieved in a short time with our community working together. Once again, thanks to David Winter  for providing a generous morning tea from Bread Street. We hope all members of our community appreciate the efforts and treat the corridors and gardens with care as they go about their work. 

Thank you to the following attendees: 

Michelle Allen

Jon Sedawie

Angela    Booth

Grazia Sedawie

Ava Booth

Darren Sencek

Alfonso Constaneda  

Rachel Sietzema

Louise Constaneda

Rebecca Sietzema de Vries

Simon Constaneda

Allan Shadfer

Thomas Constaneda

Mingxia Su

Andrew Gifford

Tara Payne

Dominique Gifford

Suellen Whitebrook

Joe Healey

Lou Will

Gary Howell

Mat Douglas

Jack Hughes

Lesley Fulford

Alison Jobson

Sandra Greenhill

Martina Johnson

Stace Kerr

James Liu

Marianne Lee

Jason Liu

Gill Ross

Yvette Ross




Parent/Student/Teacher Conferences

Thank to our families and staff involved in parent/student/teacher conferences.  These sessions support  three-way partnership that exists in a child’s journey through school.  


We are aware that some teachers were unavailable as their appointment times filled up very quickly. If you missed out on an appointment, it is important that you now log into Compass with your child to view reports and teacher feedback. If the feedback indicates concerns, please email your child's teacher. 


If you are having any password issues logging onto Compass contact the general office for assistance. 


Interact Movie Night 


Tickets to the Interact Movie Night fundraiser are now available via Trybooking.  Details are as follows: 

Event:    Interact Movie Night - "Avengers Endgame"
When:    Friday 3 May 
Time:     Arrive 5:30 pm for 6 pm movie
                 An area is reserved pre-film for 30 mins  (Self-catering food)
Where:  Palace Balwyn Cinemas 

Trybooking Link: http://www.trybooking.com/BBXWN

Come along and help Interact raise funds for "Backpack Beds for the Homeless"



If you paid for a Fossicker last year and haven't received it, please ask your child to collect it from the general office. 

Middle Years 

Middle Years Update 

It has been a fabulous start to the school year and I would like to thank the hard work and dedication of our Middle Years team. The coordinators have welcomed students warmly in assemblies, spent hours preparing classes, allocating lockers and have been responding to the inevitable string of queries and concerns in the first term.

Thank you to all the Year 7 students that represented the school so well while visiting a variety of primary schools over the last couple of weeks. Marianne Lee and I have been busy inviting the primary school students to our upcoming Open Day on 30 April. It is so important to continue to strengthen the links between our feeder primary schools and Koonung. It is always a lovely way to showcase our students. These visits are a great leadership opportunity and a place where our students can put their public speaking skills into practise. It also provides reassurance to the grade 6 students that secondary schooling is something to look forward to. I would like to thank and congratulate the following students. Shannon Yap, Jai Reddy, Eleora Suryahardja, Liam Hansen, Elka Sorrenson, Luka Stefanovic, Abby Hocking, Braden Lawson, Holly Burgess, Lex Bemrose, Dustin Ford, David Yan, Annabelle Field and Corey Lord. 

The holidays are a wonderful way to recharge our batteries. I encourage everyone to get some sleep, do some exercise, work off or make room for those Easter eggs. Get on top of any overdue homework and start preparing for Term 2. To our parents, enjoy your children, enjoy having them home, spend time together and talk to one another.   

Enjoy the break with your family and friends and thank you once again for a great Term 1.  



Extra-Curricular Excellence 


Annabelle Field has been competing at the Blackburn Calisthenics for the past 7 years. She trains every Saturday, Sunday and Monday after school. This year Annabelle made the Victoria team!

Calisthenics is a mixture of both dancing and gymnastics. There are many different routines including rods, clubs, march, free arm, ascetics, song and dance. Her favourite is the review because it is a dance with the whole team and this year Annabelle is playing the character Tarzan. Last Sunday Annabelle won the solo competition and received a trophy. Earlier in the term she came 4th so she was over the moon to improve her ranking and take out the competition.

Fellow Koonung student Imogen Allen came second. Well done girls!

Photos sent Annabelle Field





Hi everyone, back in February, I went on a trip to Tokyo with the NSW fencing team to represent Australia in fencing. Fencing is sword fighting and the types are; Sabre, Epee and Foil. The one I do is foil. Fencing is a fast sport, you always need to be

ready and alert, non-stop thinking about your next move. It has pain, action, excitement, disappointment, joy, fear, anticipation, friendship, envy and pride.  There are loads of emotions that go on inside you as you salute and go en-guard. Every bout is different and tests your skills and abilities.

The competition was on Sunday the 24th of February. The tournament was for girls doing Foil, 14 years old and under. When we arrived at the venue, it was packed! We had to take our shoes off before going upstairs to the warm up room with bags and equipment everywhere. In the competition, I had two NSW girls in my poule (the people who I fenced against) as well as two other Japanese girls.

The bouts were hard, confronting and intense (given the Japanese girls screamed every time they got a point to egg themselves on). In the end, I got a pretty good result, equal third with a NSW girl. It was an amazing experience and I can’t wait to share more adventures soon.

Taneka Huber 8F



Primary School visits

Last week I went back to my primary school Kerrimuir. The talk went really well, (Well, Mrs Lee assures me at least J) and it felt quite nice going back to see my old primary school. It was familiar just being in the buildings. Liam and I answered questions on our feet, it was just things that we already knew from our experience of starting Year 7. For example, things like the music program, the sport program, SEE@K etc. Some questions that the grade 5 and 6s asked shocked me a little bit. One, for example, was when a little girl simply asked, with a little awe in her voice, “What’s it like?!” I was caught out a little bit. Koonung seemed so much like my school now, I was so used to it. “Well,” I started, racking my brain back to when I was in Primary School, wondering what questions I would’ve been thinking about Koonung. “It… It’s very big?” I looked at Mrs Lee and she nodded me on. “You may think that it’s very hard to find your way around, but It’s really not. There’s a map in your diary, which isn’t hard in the least to follow.” I also remember wondering how I would find friends. “And finding new friends isn’t hard. Just remember everyone is in the same boat as you at the start, so… You’re not alone.” The girl nodded, seemingly happy with that response. I think it all went really well, it was great experience. Hopefully some new faces from Kerrimuir will be seen next year at Koonung Secondary College.

Elka Sorrenson  7D 


 Year 7 students who went and visited their primary schools.

(L-R) Shannon Yap, Jai Reddy, Eleora Suryahardja, Liam Hansen, Elka Sorrenson, Luka Stefanovic  



Change to winter uniform

Thank you to parents for their support in ensuring students have worn the correct summer uniform during Term 1. We are changing our uniform but we are not changing our strong uniform culture.

Please note the following information for the changeover from the summer uniform to the winter uniform:

• Due to the variability of the weather, either summer or winter uniform may be worn for the first two weeks of Term 2 – from Tuesday 23 April to Friday 3 May, 2019;

• Students must not mix the summer uniform and winter uniform during these two weeks; • Winter uniform must be worn from Monday 6 May, 2019; and

• The winter uniform is outlined in the Student Diary.

The transition from summer uniform to winter uniform raises the following key points that students, parents and teachers need to work together on to maintain the uniform culture at Koonung Secondary College:

  • Shirts - students can wear long sleeved shirts which must be tucked in. Shirts must be able to be done up at the top button and sleeves are to be rolled down. Jill blouse for girls or school logo jack shirt for boys.

• Ties - are worn by all students and the tie is to be worn properly to the collar.

• Skirts - the summer dress is replaced by the winter skirt and must not be rolled or hitched up. Only wear black tights can be worn with the winter dress - socks are not permitted.

• Trousers/Shorts - students may wear either long pinhead grey school trousers or the school’s grey shorts.

• Blazers - must be worn to and from school as the outer garment. Blue school jumpers can be worn under the blazer but not as the outer garment to and from school.

• Shoes - same as for summer, black Oxford style shoes for boys and girls.

• Socks - black socks are worn with the grey school trousers or plain white mid-calf socks with the school shorts.

• Scarves - a navy blue or black scarf may be worn only with the winter uniform.


Upcoming Middle Years events

Year 7 Cyber Safety Session     2 May

Koonung Athletics Carnival      7 May

Mother’s Day Breakfast             10 May



Allira Howe

Director of Learning: Middle Years
















Arts and Technology Week 

Arts and Technology Week will be held on from Monday 27 May to Friday 31 May. This week is a highlight in the KSC Arts & Technology calendar and is a great way to showcase examples of students' works,   providing an appreciation of the skills and knowledge displayed across a number of  areas.


There will be many interactive activities for students  to participate in as well as a number of competitions. 


  Click on the poster below for details of  the Arts competition. 



Helen Briffa 

Arts Domain Leader



Holiday activity 

Call out for keen teens wanting to get hands on experience of stencil design and live art sketches with experienced international public artist Brett Ashby 


Mixed Media with Ashby (12+ years)

  • 1 day course 15 April, 2019, 10.30am – 3pm, Cost $60.
    At this Box Hill Community Arts Centre, 470 Station Street Box Hill.


Exhibiting BHCAC Artist in Residence Brett Ashby will guide you to develop unique stencil designs and live art sketches.  You will trace your limbs, paint this sketch and then photograph your painting.  This photo will be added to an online slideshow and each participant will receive a QR code sticker to take home, scan and view their artwork online.

To Book Mixed Media with Ashby (12+ years) - Box Hill Community Arts Centre


Brett Ashby - Blue Light in BHCAC Gallery Space

6 April – 5 May

Opening: Thursday 11 April, 6pm – 8pm

In a world of digital technology and mobile devices, the artist exposes his audience to blue light, digital technology and mobile device engagement. He explores the effects of blue light and how it can consume you. The QR codes featured in this exhibition reveal a series of works by the artist before being diagnosed with cancer.


Box Hill Needs a New Logo Competition 

 Aim: To update the logo for the Box Hill Metropolitan Activity Centre.
Background:  The current Box Hill Logo was developed in 2008 and it represented the dynamic mixing pot/wok of Box Hill encompassing the railway hub, food, retail, restaurants, cafes and diversity of people with a dose of fun.
It was presented in a number of color options, with and without the words,” East Meets West” to allow for flexibility in application.


In the past 10 years, the Box Hill has experienced unprecedented growth and change, driven by private investment and development. Box Hill is now firmly established as the pre-eminent growth centre for Melbourne’s eastern region – Melbourne’s Second CBD.

To position Box Hill as the home of the largest commercial business hubs and transport interchanges outside Melbourne CBD, the branding for Box Hill needs to move away from the existing “playful” theme and become more corporate.

Box Hill now represents: tourism, transport, health, education, jobs and population growth. 


Logo Application
Logo will be used across a range platforms including (and not limited to):
 Full digital suite
 Banners
 Brochures, Newsletters, Lanyards
 Shop Front Window Decals
 Bin Surrounds
 Flags
 T-Shirts
 Reusable bags
Design considerations
The logo needs to emphasise Box Hill as the place / location, (as does the “Melbourne” Logo) and must be clear and recognisable. Consideration must be given to:
 Name: Box Hill
 Minimal use of imagery or use wording only
 Suitability for a number of publications/digital platforms
 Design to compliment “Whitehorse Discover the Advantage” branding
 Logo design to be available in Colour and Black & White
 Move away from the Asian theme
 No Slogan
The logo competition opens Monday 18 March 2019 and closes 5pm, 29 April 2019.
Further Details
All entrants must complete and sign the Box Hill Logo entry form (found at wbiz.com.au), have read the terms and conditions and email their design with the completed entry form to business@whitehorse.vic.gov.au by 5pm, 29 April 2019.
For further information visit wbiz.com.au or contact the Investment and Economic Development unit on 9262 6333.


Fun at lunchtime activities - Artspace 



Technology Domain news

 As part of the Arts/Technology week, which is running next term, a number of interactive Technology activities will be operating around the school for students to participate in. Arts/Technology week is a great way to showcase what our current Technology Students are working on, while also offering new students a hands-on opportunity to experience Technology at Koonung Secondary College.

The poster below includes all the details for the decorate a cupcake competition, that will take place during the Arts/Technology week. It is a great way to get involved and prizes will be awarded to 1st, 2nd and 3rd placegetters.


Kelly Szlachetko

Technology Domain Leader 


Athletics Carnival - Tuesday 7 May 2019

We look forward to seeing all our students participate at our whole school athletics carnival. The event details are: 


When:    Tuesday 7 May 

Where:   Hagenauer Reserve, Elgar Road, Box Hill North

Time:      8:30pm  - 3pm  


All students are required to be at the event for the whole day unless prior permission (in writing) has been arranged with the sub-schools. The day will start at the school with roll call at 8.50am at the College, students will then walk  to Hagenauer Reserve. At the end of the carnival  (approximately 2:45pm) students will leave directly from the reserve or walk back to the College. 


Students wishing to compete in Interschool Sports throughout the year MUST attend the event and compete in at least 1 event (novelty events included).


House meetings will occur early next term for students to sign up to events. We encourage all our students to get on board and support their house. Parents are very welcome. In fact, if there are any parents who wish to assist on the day we would 


Sam Prosenak 

Coordinator, House Sports

EMR Swimming and Diving Regional Finals

I had the opportunity to attend this event with Six students from Years 7 and 8 and a number of parents. The competition was held at Aquanation in Ringwood. The girls who participated all did extremely well, often competing against athletes who were quite a lot taller and at times older than them. Helene Fleischer, Ella Will, Katinka Schmid and Keira Tait competed in a number of individual events. All swam extremely well and should be proud of their efforts. Keira had great success earning 2 Gold Medals and a Bronze in her events and will be continuing on to the State Titles. The freestyle and medley relay teams consisting of Ava Booth, Cora Davis, Katinka Schmid and Ella Will performed extremely well, being awarded Silver medals for each event. All in all, it was a very positive day, the girls were very encouraging and supportive of each other. It was also lovely to see the support from parents. I thoroughly enjoyed spending the day with a number of parents and students in this environment.


                                  Keira Tait receiving one of her medals 


Marianne Lee


Year 8 Softball team




College Council 

2019 College Council 

All government schools in Victoria have a College Council that operates under a legislative framework within the Victorian government school system with particular functions in setting and monitoring the school’s direction.

Being a member of our College Council is a rewarding and challenging experience. Our College  Council partners with College leaders to assist with the efficient governance of the College and make sure decisions are made in the best interest of our students.


Following call for nominations and elections held (where necessary) earlier this term, the following people form the College Council membership for 2019:



Umoja fundraiser 

A Taste of Tanzania 

On Saturday night 80 generous people  enjoyed Tanzanian food, crafts and presentations in aid of Umoja. Carolyn Hall and George Elmo provided an overview of the wonderful work being conducted in Tanzania, providing disadvantaged young adults with educational opportunities.   Thank you to event organiser David Winter (Bread Street) and his team of young helpers who waited on the tables and assisted with set up and clean up. Thank you also to our wonderful Year 10  students Eliza Hocking, Isabel Lakey, and Shane Leung who gave up their Saturday afternoon to assist with the cooking for the event. 





 The Wellbeing team has had a busy term spending time with students, participating in some extracurricular school events and we are now gearing up for a good holiday break.

This term has been a great one here at Koonung, we’ve been running Lunchtime Activities for Year 7 students in the clubhouse every Thursday, joining in on sports days and excursions and have loved building better relationships with students and staff as we all work together to create a great community.


It’s important to promote a good balance of rest, physical activity and revision of school work over the break. For the 7-9 students,  revision is the key – for some of our senior students (10-12) there will be homework set and SACs coming up in the first few weeks of Term 2, so some gentle reminders of this could be helpful for the young people in your home!


Some options in the wider community for young people during the holidays can be found here:





We hope you have a safe and happy break!”








The Wellbeing Team 





Library News

Term 1 nearly done and dusted!

Soon it will be time to binge watch (Clickview @ home) binge read (new books from the library) and NOT think about school! Come in and check out all the new books we have on offer, there is something for everyone, quite a few books have been turned into movies as well! If you are unsure of how to use Clickview or the eBooks, please come and see me and ask, I am more than happy to help.


Film Fridays are a blast

Most Fridays you will need to get in early as seats are minimal and films are enjoyed by all! So far this term, the most popular film has been "The Nutty Professor" staring Eddie Murphy. Think we will continue the 80s/90s themed movies into Term 2 - talk about popular!


Prettiness all around

Not just a pretty face, the library is also a pretty space! Come and check out our flower wall, located where the new books are and pick up a holiday read as well.


Careers and Pathways

Careers News


Year 11 

As part of the Yr 11 Careers Program all Year 11 students will complete their Career Action Plan and meet with careers team to discuss their plans for post Year 12.  This provides the students an opportunity to reflect on their aspirations and goals and to plan their pathways.


Career Sessions will be run on:

Wednesday 24 April Period 1 for Year 11 D, E & F


During Term 2, the students will meet with the Career Team to discuss their plans.


VCE and Career Expo

On Friday 3 May, all Year 11 students will attend the VCE and Career Expo.  At this Expo there will be exhibitors representing a wide range of areas including Universities, TAFE, Private RTO’s, Employment, Apprenticeships and Traineeships, GAP Year and Volunteering organisations, ect.


Throughout the day there will be 30 minute seminars on a range a different topics including preparing for work, VCE studies, industry specific.

Compass consent is required by 1 April.


Year 12 

Please book in for a compulsory Careers Interview to discuss career pathways after Year 12. Make a booking on the Careers Interview Sheet outside of the Careers Office. Compulsory Careers Interviews will be scheduled on Compass if students have not already booked one.


Year 10

Work Experience for Year 10s will be held from Monday 24 June to Friday 28 June, 2019. Students need to explore websites and talk to family and friends of family about opportunities to do work experience.

Students are required to have secured a placement and return their Work Experience Forms to Careers Office by 1 April, 2019. Students will look at work experience options during Pathways classes. Students are welcome to come to the Careers Office to discuss Work Experience options.




Year 10s were inspired by the Shape Your Destiny Workshop held on Monday 1st April, 2019. Students were encouraged to pursue their passion and explore their careers options. It was a two and a half hour workshop with activities to motivate students to explore what they would love to do for a career. One of Himal Phillay’s (guest speaker) quotes was ‘Love what you do. Do what you love.’



Victoria University | Business Course Information Sessions

Thursday 9 May | 6.30pm - 7.30pm | Melbourne Campus

Want to work in the thriving, fast-paced world of business? Come along to hear about studying at Victoria University in 2020! Whether you are interested in accounting, finance, human resources, logistics, supply chain management, or tourism and events management – we have some of Australia's most progressive business courses.

Find out more and register here: https://www.vu.edu.au/about-vu/news-events/events/business-course-information-sessions

ACU | Melbourne Midyear Open Evening

Wednesday 15 May | ACU Melbourne Campus

Discover our upcoming midyear open evening sessions. Come along and learn about course details, admission pathways and career opportunities – for both undergraduate and postgraduate study. More information about 2019's Midyear open evenings will be available soon.

Find out more - https://www.acu.edu.au/study-at-acu/important-dates#Midyear%20open%20evenings


Victoria University | Music Course Info Sessions

Thursday 16 May | 6.30pm - 7.30pm | Kindred Studios

Passionate about music? Come along to hear about studying at Victoria University in 2020! If you want to make music or mix some serious sounds, you can learn it all at VU. We offer contemporary performance and sound-engineering courses, from certificate to bachelor degree level. Find out about our cutting-edge music technology and recording facilities at Kindred Studios. And learn how you can be a part of collaborative projects with students, industry professionals, and community organisations.

Find out more and register here: https://www.vu.edu.au/about-vu/news-events/events/music-course-information-sessions


Victoria University | Building & Engineering Course Info Sessions

Tuesday 21 May | 6.30pm - 7.30pm | Footscray Park Campus

See your future in building or engineering? Come along to hear about studying at Victoria University in 2020! If you think that building and engineering are interesting and clever career choices, you're right. Come and learn why graduates of our programs are in hot demand. Find out about the 20-plus courses in building and engineering offered at VU, at all levels, and including architectural, electrical and civil engineering. When you study with us, you'll learn to approach building and engineering problems independently, resolving issues with creative and practical solutions. You'll take part in site visits, work placements or industry projects that give you the practical experience needed to confidently begin your career.

Find out more and register here: https://www.vu.edu.au/about-vu/news-events/events/building-engineering-course-information-sessions


Victoria University | Law, Criminology & Legal Services Course Info Sessions

Thursday 23 May | 6.30pm - 7.30pm | City Queen Campus

Interested in the law, solving crime or protecting the rights of citizens? Come along to hear about studying at Victoria University in 2020! Find out about our range of courses in legal practice, criminal justice, legal administration, management and other specialist roles – at short course, TAFE, degree or postgraduate level. Learn how we ensure you gain the knowledge, skills and professional recognition you'll need through internships, mooting programs and experiencing real cases.

Find out more and register here: https://www.vu.edu.au/about-vu/news-events/events/law-criminology-legal-services-course-information-sessions


Victoria University | Education & Early Childhood Course Info Sessions

Tuesday 14 May | 6.30pm - 7.30pm | Footscray Park Campus

Interested in becoming a teacher, tutor or childcare worker? Come along to hear about studying Education or Early Childhood at Victoria University in 2020! Discover our huge variety of education courses. We offer a range of learning in education so you can study at short course, TAFE, degree or postgraduate level. We are one of the few universities in Australia to offer a Bachelor of Education (P-12) which allows you to teach at any school level. Attend the session to find our about our teaching and childcare placements, that make sure you'll be well prepared for your career.

Find out more and register here: https://www.vu.edu.au/about-vu/news-events/events/education-early-childhood-course-information-sessions


Victoria University | Health & Biomedicine Course Info Sessions

Thursday 30 May | 6.30pm - 7.30pm | St Albans Campus

Want a career in the health care or medicine-related science? Come along to hear about studying at Victoria University in 2020! VU health and biomedicine students flourish in our technology-enhanced programs and our strong partnerships with the healthcare industry. Attend this information session to learn about the many short courses, diplomas and degrees we offer to set you down the path to your ideal job.

Find out more and register here: https://www.vu.edu.au/about-vu/news-events/events/health-biomedicine-course-information-sessions


Victoria University | Beauty & Dermal Science Course Info Sessions

Thursday 13 June | 6.30pm - 7.30pm | City Queen Campus

Interested in working in the beauty industry or specialising in skin-related treatments? Come along to hear about studying at Victoria University in 2020! Attend this session to learn more about how you can enter the beauty and dermal-science industries. We offer a range of courses to help get you started. By studying at Victoria University, you can get the skills to enter the beauty and spa industry through one of our short courses, TAFE certificates or diplomas. You can also gain advanced skills studying acute and chronic skin conditions (dermal therapies) to graduate with a university bachelor degree.

Find out more and register here: https://www.vu.edu.au/about-vu/news-events/events/beauty-dermal-science-course-information-sessions


Victoria University | Sports & Exercise Science Course Info Sessions

Tuesday 4 June | 6.30pm - 7.30pm | Footscray Park Campus

If you are interested in sport and recreation management or even becoming a physical education teacher, find out what VU can offer you. We are Australia's largest provider of teaching programs in sport and exercise science. Find out about our close links with groups such as the Victorian and Australian Institutes of Sport, Western Bulldogs and the AFL. And talk to us about our state-of-the-art, $68 million sport and learning precinct. Attend this session to learn how to advance your career studying at TAFE, degree or postgraduate level.

Find out more and register here: https://www.vu.edu.au/about-vu/news-events/events/sports-exercise-science-course-information-sessions


Victoria University | Psychology & Social Work Course Info Sessions

Tuesday 28 May | 6.30pm - 7.30pm | Footscray Park Campus

If you are interested in counselling or community care, come and learn about the many short courses, diplomas and degrees we can offer you.

Find out more and register here: https://www.vu.edu.au/about-vu/news-events/events/psychology-social-work-course-information-sessions


Victoria University | Science & IT Course Info Sessions

Thursday 20 June | 6.30pm - 7.30pm | Footscray Park Campus

At our information session, you can hear about our Bachelor of Science specialisations in biotechnology, and ecology and environmental management. Find out how these are aligned with industry need and career opportunities – and take the first step towards a career finding solutions to today's most pressing issues.

Find out more and register here: https://www.vu.edu.au/about-vu/news-events/events/science-it-course-information-sessions


Victoria University | Tourism, Hospitality & Event Management Info Sessions

Tuesday 25 June | 6.30pm - 7.30pm | City Flinders Campus

Want to work in the exciting world of Tourism, Hospitality and Event Management? Come along to hear about studying at Victoria University in 2020! VU is a recognised leader in hospitality, event and tourism management training. When you study with us, you'll gain the skills to take your career further – whether you're just starting out or you're running your own business. Attend this information session to find out about studying at short course, TAFE, degree or postgraduate level. Find out about our School for the Visitor Economy, which builds on VU’s long history of producing highly-qualified tourism and destination management graduates. And learn about our strong industry links, workplace learning opportunities and expert lecturers that help you to graduate work-ready.

Find out more and register here: https://www.vu.edu.au/about-vu/news-events/events/tourism-hospitality-event-management-course-information-sessions


Victoria University | Youth Work & Community Development Course Info Sessions

Tuesday 18 June | 6.30pm - 7.30pm | Footscray Park Campus

Interested in community development or youth work? Come along to hear about studying at Victoria University in 2020! Attend this session to find out why VU is the place to train to become a community-development officer or youth worker. Our Youth Work degree is the largest in Australia, and is delivered by experts in the field. We also offer qualifications to work with community organisations – both local and international – from short skill-set courses, to degrees and postgraduate research. Learn about our substantial professional work placements, that will help you to graduate well prepared for a rewarding career.

Find out more and register here: https://www.vu.edu.au/about-vu/news-events/events/youth-work-community-development-course-information-sessions


Australian Catholic University – Open Day

Sunday 11 August | 10.00am - 3.00pm | Melbourne Campus

Sunday 25 August | 10.00am - 2.00pm | Ballarat Campus

Open Day is your chance to find out everything you need to know about studying at ACU before you enrol. You’ll be able to tour the campus, meet staff and students, discuss entry pathways, and talk to experts about your study options and career goals. Jump on a tour led by a current student to discover all the facilities your new campus will have to offer, from the library to the health science labs. Sit in on information sessions from each of the faculties and see what units you might be studying. Ask all of the questions you want – and hear the answers you need.

Find out more: https://www.acu.edu.au/student-life/experience-uni-before-you-start/open-day


La Trobe | Bendigo Campus Talk and Tours

Monday 8 - Friday 12 April | 9.00am - 5.00pm | Bendigo Campus

Tour the campus and our accommodation with one of our friendly student ambassadors who can tell you all about student life at La Trobe University. This is a chance to meet with one of our friendly team to have your course and career questions answered as well as enjoying a walking tour of our biggest regional campus. Registrations are now open for personalised consultations and tours of our Bendigo campus these school holidays.

Find out more: https://www.latrobe.edu.au/events/all/bendigo-campus-talk-and-tours


Australian Defence Force – Information Sessions

April 9

Australian Defence Force Information Session Tuesday | 18:00 | Melbourne, VIC


The Hotel School | Student Discovery Day – Melbourne

Wednesday 10 April | 12.00pm - 1.30pm | The Hotel School, Melbourne

This is a great opportunity to join our students, SRC members and Alumni at an exclusive event.

  • Gain valuable industry insights
  • Observe students practicing their networking skills
  • Meet business leaders from the Hotel Management Industry
  • Socialise with current students of The Hotel School and senior industry leaders

Find out more and RSVP: https://hotelschool.scu.edu.au/events/student-discovery-day-melbourne/


University of Melbourne | JD and LSAT Information Session

Wednesday 10 April | 6.00pm - 7.30pm | University of Melbourne, Parkville Campus

Hear from Professor Anna Chapman, Associate Dean (JD), about the highlights of the course and how to apply. There will also be a special session about how to best prepare for the LSAT led by Dr Chantal Morton, Senior Lecturer in Legal Writing and Academic Skills at the Law School. This is the first Melbourne JD and How to Prepare for the LSAT session for the year and will be useful for those considering sitting the June LSAT and applying for our February 2020 intake.

Find out more: https://events.unimelb.edu.au/events/12044-melbourne-jd-and-lsat-information-session

SAE Institute Melbourne | Open Day

Sunday 11 August | 10.00am - 2.00pm | SAE Institute Melbourne

If you're considering studying creative media (Animation, Audio, Design, Film, Games, or Web & Mobile) this event is a great opportunity to speak to our experienced team and find out more about this dynamic and expanding industry.

You can check out our amazing equipment and facilities, meet your future mentors, talk to current students and discover the career opportunities that await you after graduation.

Find out more and register: https://sae.edu.au/news-and-events/events/melbourne-campus-open-day-11-august-2019/?date=2019-08-11&id=558



Workshops and Courses

La Trobe University Engineering Link Project

Thursday 11 & Friday 12 April | 8.45am - 4.00pm | La Trobe Bundoora Campus

An Engineering Link Project follows the design – make – appraise model of problem-solving. Students in Years 10, 11 and 12 will participate in a different engineering module each day, facilitated by a local engineer. Each module is designed to showcase an example of engineering in that discipline, as well as being:

  • hands-on
  • practical
  • relevant to maths and science being studied at school
  • interesting
  • challenging
  • fun!

Students will choose two experiences (one per day).  After the engineer has presented the problem to be solved, each group will fully prepare their ideas and proposed engineering solution, present it to the engineer for approval and then construct their prototype.  Each group’s solution will be tested to ensure it meets the criteria set, then extended beyond the scope of the design, usually to destruction! La Trobe University staff will also provide detailed information about studying engineering (in general) and at La Trobe University (in particular). Find out more and register here: https://telg.com.au/events/ltuelp2019_1/



JMC Academy | Animation, Game + Design Exhibition Melbourne

Thursday 9 May | 5.00pm - 8.00pm | SmartArtz Gallery

This May, the staff and students of the Melbourne Animation, Game Design and Digital Design courses at JMC Academy invite you to view their showcase of work! Discover the creativity of the JMC Academy students and view a selection of the innovative and inspiring work from all trimester levels, including multiplayer games, interactive art, production breakdowns, 3D sculptures and designs, concept designs and much more.

Find out more and RSVP: https://www.jmcacademy.edu.au/events/animation-games-gallery-melbourne-2017


JMC Academy | Think Visual Workshop Melbourne

Thursday 4 July | 10.00am - 3.00pm | JMC Academy Melbourne

The workshops are a great opportunity to check out the JMC Academy campus while getting a taste of what studying your passion with Australia's leading Creative Industries provider is like at this fun, engaging and hands-on program! In this one-day crash course, you’ll learn how to use visual language to communicate your ideas. You’ll practice sketchnoting and develop a visual library that you can use in different contexts; whether you’re brainstorming an idea, making study notes, or designing an app, this essential skill will help you create strong designs. Bring along your simplest but most powerful tools: pen and sketchbook, and unlock their power!

Find out more and register: https://www.jmcacademy.edu.au/events/workshops/brisbane-high-school-workshops


JMC Academy | Digital TV Studio Workshop Melbourne

Friday 5 & Friday 12 July | 10.00am - 3.00pm | JMC Academy Melbourne

The workshops are a great opportunity to check out the JMC Academy campus while getting a taste of what studying your passion with Australia's leading Creative Industries provider is like at this fun, engaging and hands-on program! This practical workshop, designed specifically for high school students aims to provide an introduction to the Film + TV studio recording processes.

Find out more and register: https://www.jmcacademy.edu.au/events/workshops/melbourne-high-school-workshops


JMC Academy | Perform, Record + Create Music Workshop Melbourne

Friday 5 & Friday 12 July | 10.00am - 3.00pm | JMC Academy Melbourne

The workshops are a great opportunity to check out the JMC Academy campus while getting a taste of what studying your passion with Australia's leading Creative Industries provider is like at this fun, engaging and hands-on program! This workshop will be an immersive experience where you’ll join a band to perform songs ready for a live recording! You’ll move from the stage to the computer Lab engaging with music technology using Apple Garageband and Ableton Live. Find out more and register: https://www.jmcacademy.edu.au/events/workshops/melbourne-high-school-workshops


University of Melbourne | A Day at Melbourne

Saturday 13 April | 9.00am - 2.30pm | University of Melbourne, Parkville Campus

If you’re wondering what university is like, or getting ready to pick your VCE subjects, then it’s the ideal time to attend A Day at Melbourne. A Day at Melbourne is an immersive event for year 10 students that includes opportunities to speak with current students and academic staff about what life is like at the University of Melbourne. This is NOT an Open Day. Places are limited and registration is required. 

Find out more and register here: https://study.unimelb.edu.au/connect-with-us/events-for-future-students/all-events-listing/a-day-at-melbourne


Academy of Interactive Entertainment | Industry Experience Day Melbourne

Wednesday 17 April, Friday 12 July & Tuesday 1 October

10.00am - 2.30pm | Academy of Interactive Entertainment, Melbourne Campus

AIE's Industry Experience Days are a great opportunity for students in Years 10, 11 and 12 to learn about the local and international game development, 3D animation and visual effects industries. Students will get the opportunity to learn about the different pathways to get into the industry, what should be in a portfolio and will be able to get creative in practical workshops using industry-standard 3D animation and game development tools. The sessions are run by industry professionals who have worked on some blockbuster games and films. Everything is provided for you to participate in the hands-on workshops and you will be using the same software that is used in the industry. If you are thinking about a career in the games or film industry then we highly recommend registering for the free event.

Find out more and register: https://aie.edu.au/aie_event/industry-experience-day/


Scholarships & Competitions

Australian Catholic University (ACU)



Central Queensland University (CQU)



Charles Sturt University (CSU)



Deakin University



Federation University Australia (FedUni)



La Trobe University



Melbourne Institute of Technology (MIT)



Monash University



RMIT University



Swinburne University of Technology



University of Melbourne



Victoria University (VU)



What are Soft Skills and why do you need to know about them?

Why your soft skills matter

When you apply for a job you know you’ll need to have the right qualifications and technical skills, they’re the hard skills, the absolutes for each specific job.


Soft skills are your personal attributes, the things that will enable you to function well in your role, work well in a team, interact with other people and basically make you shine in your job.     


Why do employers like them  

Imagine you're an employer - you've got 2 employees with the exact same qualifications and technical skills. One of them is positive, adaptable, a great team player and always receives good feedback from customers and colleagues. There is nothing wrong with the second persons skills and ability to get the job done, but they never go the extra mile.

You have to let one employee go.... who would you choose to keep?  


Soft skills go beyond what you’ve learnt at school or Uni, they’re the things that aren’t generally taught but are really important in creating a well-rounded employee.

Things like:

  • common sense
  • initiative
  • the ability to deal with people
  • a positive attitude
  • being adaptable 


Let’s face it, many ‘hard skills’ are rapidly being replaced by robots, which makes your ‘soft skills’ more valuable than ever.


Who needs Soft Skills?   

Everyone. That’s the short answer.   


Lots of recent reports indicate that the majority of employers view soft skills as more important than academic qualifications. 


Whether you’re academically gifted, or more of a hands-on type of person, working on your soft skills is something that you should put to the top of your priority list  - and never stop working on. 


Top 7 Soft Skills for 2019

  1. Communication skills
  2. Critical Thinking 
  3. Leadership
  4. Positive Attitude 
  5. Collaboration 
  6. Work Ethic
  7. Emotional Intelligence 

Carole Marcianti and Karen Riding 

The Careers Team 



Parents and Friends Association  

 PFA news

Hello everyone

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


Upcoming events

 Mother's Day Breakfast


PFA meeting dates for 2019

Monday 11 February (AGM & General Meeting)

Monday 18 March

Monday 29 April

Monday 3 June 

Monday 5 August 

Monday 2 September

Monday 21 October

December Christmas Dinner TBA 


Your Committee for 2019:

 President -   Andrew Gifford

 Vice President - Danielle Croyden 

 Secretary - George Anastasiou

 Treasurer - Nicky Smith


PFA Contact Details

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



Community Notices 


Click on the flyers below to view the events: 

KSC Mother's Day Breakfast 

This event is one of our most widely supported events for the year. Come along and meet other mums, enjoy a free breakfast as you listen to our College Captains share a reflection on their wonderful mums. 


Tennis 4 Teens 




Mont Albert & Surrey Hills Rotary Club 



Junior Futsal Templestowe 



2019 Multicultural Night 
You are invited to 2019 Koonung Secondary College Multicultural Night. Let's celebration multiculturalism together! 


School Information  

General Office

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

Telephone:                                                9890 9662


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


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


ABSENCE LINE  9890 9887

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



8.50 – 9.20          Period 1

9.20 – 9.50          Period 2

9.55 – 10.25        Period 3

10.25 – 10.55     Period 4

10.55 – 11.20     Recess

11.20 – 11.50     Period 5

11.50 – 12.20     Period 6

12.20 – 12.50     Period 7

12.50 – 1.45        Lunch

1.45 – 2.15          Period 8

2.15 – 2.45          Period 9

2.45 – 3.15          Period 10

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

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

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


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



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



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

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






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


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



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

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



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


USBs should include a folder with the student’s name and form to assist in returning it to the correct person. If you have lost anything please check with your subschool office during recess, lunch or end of day.

Koonung Secondary College Newsletter
Box Hill Logo Competition entry form online version.pdf
Competition Terms and Conditions final.pdf
2019 Multicultural Night CHN 2019.pdf