Alba News

08 June 2018
Issue Four
Important Dates & Calendar   
From the Principal Class Team
From the Principal Class Team
From the General Office
Excursion Consent & Payments on Compass 
2018 Sub School Coordinators 
Junior School Report
Middle School Report  
Senior School Report  
Teenage Depression information night
Dance News
Multimedia News
Japanese News
Student News
Food News
Canteen News 
Breakfast Club
Community News
St Albans Secondary College
03 9366 2555
289 Main Road East
St Albans, Victoria, 3021

Important Dates & Calendar   

Friday, 8 June

All day  Year 9 Semester Tests

8:00am - 5:00pm Year 7K - Integrated Studies Strathbogie Camp 

8:00am - 3:00pm Year 8 Boys Soccer

8:00AM - 3:45pm RMIT's SNAP - I Belong in Creative Marketing

8:50am - 10:30am 10 Art Exam

8:50am - 10:30am 10 Psychology Exam

8:50am - 10:30Aam 11 Psychology Exam

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

11:00am - 11:50am TAUTAI Year 7 Students

11:00am - 12:40pm 10 Food Studies Exam

11:00am - 12:40pm 11 Biology Exam

11:00am - 12:40pm 11 Computing Exam

1:30pm - 3:10pm 10 Intro. to Programming Exam

1:30pm - 3:10pm 10 Managing a Bus. Exam

1:30pm - 3:10pm 11 Physics Exam

1:30pm - 3:40pm 11 French Exam

Monday, 11 June

All day Queen's Birthday Public Holiday

Tuesday, 12 June

All day Year 11 & 12 - Start Semester 2

Wednesday, 13 June

All day Year 12 - GAT (VCAA)

8:00am - 3:45pm RMIT's SNAP - I Belong in Creative Marketing

Thursday, 14 June

All day Year Level Assembly (Year 10)

8:00am - 3:00pm Year 7 Boys Soccer

8:00pm - 4:00pm Insights into medical research

6:00pm - 7:00pm Wellbeing Parent Information Night

Friday, 15 June

8:00am - 4:00pm Report Writing Day. Student free day.

9:00am - 12:00pm Year 12 - Practice Exam

9:00am - 3:00pm ABCN InRoads Program - Workshop 1 of 4 

Monday, 18 June

All day Year 10 Work Experience

9:00am - 10:00am Year 11 VCAL CHASE - Workshop 5: Mental Health 

Tuesday, 19 June

All day Year 10 Work Experience

8:55am - 3:30pm SEAL History Excursion

10:30am - 3:00pm ABCN GOALS - Session 1

11:00am - 12:40pm Year 9 PE Elective - Bowling/Laser Tag Excursion

11:00am - 12:40pm Year 9 French Film Incursion

Wednesday, 20 June

All day Year 10 Work Experience

8:00am - 3:45pm Women in STEM Program 2018

8:45am - 3:30pm VCE Literature NGV Excursion

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

Thursday, 21 June

All day Year 10 Work Experience

8:55am - 3:10pm Legal Studies - Visit to the courts

Friday, 22 June

All day Year 10 Work Experience

8:00am - 3:45pm RMIT's SNAP - I Belong in Creative Marketing

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

10:00am - 3:30pm Year 8.4 Doxa Future Focus Leadership Camp

11:00am - 11:50am TAUTAI Year 7 Students

11:00am - 12:40pm Year 9 PE Elective (1) - Bowling/Laser Tag Excursion

Monday, 25 June

All day Year Level Assembly (Year 7 to 9)

All day Year 10 start Semester 2

8:35am - 3:10pm Dante Alighieri Poetry Recital Competition

9:00am - 10:00am Year 11 VCAL CHASE - Workshop 6: Action Phase preparation

12:45pm - 1:30pm INTERACT Market Day (Lunchtime)

Wednesday, 27 June

11:00am - 12:40pm Year 12 VCAL - Western Health Partnership Program (Group 1)

Thursday, 28 June

8:00am - 3:00pm WMR Girls Badminton

8:55am - 6:00pm Year 8.2 Doxa Future Focus Workshop & Graduation

3:10pm - 9:15pm Debating 

Friday, 29 June

All day Last day Term 2

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

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

Monday, 16 July

First day Term 3

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

Tuesday, 17 July

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

Wednesday, 18 July 

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

From the Principal Class Team

Dear Parents and Guardians

For two days this week, the Principal Class team, Tracey, Craig, John and I, attended the two day South West Victorian Region Principals’ conference. Titled ‘Unleashing Greatness Together’ the conference brought together 400 schools to acknowledge and reflect on the achievements made over the first 3 years of the Government’s 10 year education strategy, and to consider how  to further strengthen the work we, as a system, are doing to improve teaching practice and the learning of our students. The Victorian government school system is one of the top performing systems in the world, and it was really pleasing to hear that parent confidence in and satisfaction with government schools have increased, as have enrolments across the state. It was also wonderful to see the work of our staff recognised in two Department of Education publications released at the conference. Amplify  ( includes a case study on some of the work we are doing in relation to student voice, and the Literacy & Numeracy Strategy ( showcases our numeracy program and the gains made in student learning in this area.  See page 26 for a copy of our case study. Congratulations to all of our staff involved in these two initiatives. 

School Council – Student Representatives elected

We are very pleased to welcome Selma Jamel of Year 11 and Laura Van Keulen of Year 12 to our school council as student representatives. They will commence their 2 year and I year term of office, respectively, at next week’s Council meeting.


Both Selma and Laura have been active members of the Student Representative Council, and strong advocates for their peers and for students having a voice in all aspects of the school’s core business.

Being members of School Council will enhance their capacity to do this, and, importantly, it will strengthen the role of students in contributing to policy planning at the whole school level.

Congratulations, Selma and Laura! We look forward to working with you.


Year 12 Mid Year Exams

This year, we have reintroduced mid year exams for all VCE subjects. The exams provide students with authentic practice, and an opportunity for further feedback on their understanding and progress to date in each of their subjects.


The exams will be held at the school in the first week of the mid year break, from Monday, 2 July to Friday, 6 July and will be overseen by our VCE exam supervisors.


All students are required to attend the exams, unless they have a medical certificate.

The mid year exam timetable is include on Senior School Report page.


Winter Uniform

Over the last couple of weeks, we have certainly felt the arrival of some colder weather. At this time of year, we often see students unprepared for the change to winter in terms of their uniform.


The College uniform includes plenty of options for winter, including a woollen jumper, fleece-lined jacked, and long sleeved shirt and polo top. The uniform show is open each Monday and Thursday from 12:30 until 1:30pm, and there is also an online store.


Please note that no non-uniform items (hoodies, scarves, jackets) can be worn on the way to and from school, and on school grounds.


Thank you for your support with this – it is important to us that we work together with parents.

We will contact you if your daughter or son is out of uniform.

From the Principal Class Team

Semester Reports

It’s coming up to that time of year again where students receive their reports which summarise their achievements in subjects for the semester.  Years 7-11 Semester Reports will be available on the last day of Term, 29 June. 


Year 12 Unit 3 VCE and VCAL reports will be available after the break at the end of the second week of Term 3, 27 July.  This is to enable assessments for the first Unit to be completed and also so examination results for the Unit 3 VCE subjects can be included on the report. 


The reports provide valuable information on the student’s progress and achievement for the first semester of this year and should be discussed with your son or daughter.  A focus of these discussions could be on developing strategies to assist with implementation of the recommended areas for improvement that are included for each subject.


Proud of You Market Day

In May, the St Albans Secondary College community was proud to host the “Proud of You” market day. The College, Student Leaders and VCAL students in consultation with Brimbank Youth Services, Headspace National Youth Mental Health Foundation and the Rotary Interact Club developed a fun day in support of the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Intersexism and Transphobia. At SASC one of our key messages to all our students (and staff) is that we are proud of you and will support you to be your best self. Some of the activities organised by students at the market day included a BBQ, food stalls, craft activities, a photo booth, badge making, a photo booth, mental health stalls and a pledge against discrimination.  This important day in our school calendar is a reminder of the important role everyone plays in supporting all students at our school to feel safe and secure.  


Sydney Dance Company

Year 9 dance students had an amazing opportunity to work with Sydney Dance Company (SDC) this term. SDC is one of Australia’s premier contemporary dance companies and have performed on stages around the world, including the Sydney Opera House in Australia and the Joyce Theatre in New York. Thanks to the hard work of the St Albans Secondary College Dance Department our dance students were offered a paid excursion to SDC’s latest performance at the Melbourne Arts Centre and were able to complete a practical workshop with SDC dancers at the College.


Proactive Program Week

Next week all Year 10 students will be involved in proactive programs week. During this week students will explore a range of topics and be involved in activities that support their mental health and wellbeing. Outside providers will work with students to understand how to use physical activity to develop wellbeing and a range of lessons will support students’ holistic development.


Resilient Mindsets
The College has formed a partnership with renowned clinical psychologist Andrew Fuller to explore ways we can build the resilience of our school community. All staff at the College have already spent one professional learning day developing an understanding about different mindsets, how to develop a resilient mindset in themselves and how to support students to do the same. Our vision for the future is to continue to develop these skills in all members of our school community to ensure our school is resilient and strong.


Multicultural Day

On Friday 25 May the Year 12 VCAL students ran a very successful multicultural event at the front of the school. food from many cultures was available for purchase, and there was entertainment from a range of performance groups. Well done to all the Year 12 VCAL students for their organisation of the day, as well as to Ms Gough, Ms Cassar and the entire VCAL teaching team.



The past few weeks have been a very busy time in the Careers department. Year 9 students have completed a careers program, ad Year 10 students completed the last stage of Careers  Fast track. Year 10 students have also be getting prepared for work experience, which will take place from 18 to 22 June.


All of these programs are important leading up to Term 3 when students will make important decisions regarding subject for either Year 10 or VCE. Please contact Ms Cathy Armstrong in the Careers Department if you have any questions about our MIPs program.

And finally...

These few weeks are a demanding and very busy time of the year for students and staff, with all that exams and reports entail. Thank you for your support, as parents, during this period.

Next Friday, 15 June is Report Writing Day, and semester reports will be available to families in the last week of this term.

Principal - Ms Kerrie Dowsley 

Assistant Principal - Mr Craig Jennings

Assistant Principal - Mr John Coulson

Assistant Principal - Ms Tracey D'Elton

From the General Office

General Office Hours 

8:15am to 4:15pm       

College Expectations 

Some important expectations are outlined below.

Attendance, Uniform, Punctuality  

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

Being prepared for classes  

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


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


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


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


Uniform Shop Hours:

Monday - 12:15pm to 1:15pm

Thursday - 12:15pm to 1:15pm


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


Please note:

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


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


The consequences for lateness to school are as follows:


1st Late

Coordinator Warning.


2nd Late

After School Detention:  

3:15pm -  3:45pm.  

Sub Schools to contact home.


3rd Late

After School Detention:  

3:15pm -  3:45pm.  

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


4th Late

Friday Night Detention:  

3:20pm -  5:20pm.  

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


Blue Sheet

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


Unsatisfactory Blue Sheet

Parent interview with SSL & PCO. 

Strategies discussed – possible suspension.



Sustainable School Shop

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


Parents can log in or register at any time at

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

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


Excursion Consent & Payments on Compass 

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



Dear Parents / Guardians


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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



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


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



2018 Sub School Coordinators 

 Junior School

Ms Lauren Honeycombe

Sub School Leader

7G, 8J

Ms Marlene Cassar

Assistant Sub School Leader

7B, 7F, 8H

Mr Louis Turner

Sub School Coordinator

7E, 7I, 8B, 8E

Mr Craig Moore

Sub School Coordinator

7J, 7K, 8A, 8I

Ms Emily Dickinson

Sub School Coordinator

7A, 7H, 8D, 8F

Mr Owen McIntyre

Sub School Coordinator

7C, 7D, 8C, 8G

Ms Isobelle Issell

Sub School Assistant

Middle School

Ms Becky Annetts

Sub School Leader

9J, 9K, 10C

Mr Brendan McFarland

Assistant Sub School Leader

9C, 9L, 10B

Ms Ash Mana Mohan

Sub School Coordinator 

9A, 9F, 10E

Mr Simon Lynch

Sub School Coordinator

9B, 9G, 10F

Mr Sean Ryan

Sub School Coordinator

9D, 9E, 10A 

Mr Matthew Olthof

Sub School Coordinator

9H, 9I, 10D 

Ms Lynda Vo

Sub School Assistant


Senior School

Ms Stav Bekiaris

Sub School Leader

11D, 11W, 12D

Ms Anna Woods

Assistant Sub School Leader

11A , 12A , 12V

Mr Robert Krysinski

Sub School Coordinator

11B, 12B

Ms Laura Gough

Sub School Coordinator

11E, 11V, 12E, 12Y

Ms Anna Langley

Sub School Coordinator

11C, 12C, 12W

Ms Rosemary Bambery

Sub School Assistant















Junior School Report

Students have earned a well- deserved break for the long weekend. They have been busy completing work for assessments in preparation for their reports. Reports will be available the end of this term on Compass.  Next term will provide a few very interesting programs for the Juniors to attend and Year 8 Class Camps will commence.


We wish everyone a nice restful break.



Students involved in the DOXA Leadership program attended camp early in the Term 20/4- 22/4 engaging in a series of Programs to develop their Leadership skills. They have attended three Workshops focussing on Citizenship, Gender and Sexuality and Equality. They set goals and learned about team work and learned to improve Public Speaking. This program has been valuable for the students.


Island Dreaming 

Year 7 Students participated in a cultural program presented by Phil Geia. Phil visited the students and discussed the aboriginal culture and dreamtime. They participated in dancing.



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

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


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



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




Lauren Honeycombe

Junior Sub School leader

Middle School Report  

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


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


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


Year 9 Activities

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


Year 10

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


Key Dates

Unit 2 for students studying an accelerated VCE course begins: Tuesday, 12 June

Work Experience: 18 – 22 June

Semester 2 Year 10 Subjects begins: Monday, 25 June


Finally, a reminder to students and parents about school uniform now that the colder weather has arrived.  Students are not permitted to wear non-school uniform jumpers, fleeces, or hoodies under their school jackets; a school uniform jumper must be worn.  Hats must not be worn inside the school building, and scarves must be the school black or white scarf only.  The uniform shop is open on Mondays and Thursdays from 12:15pm to 1:15pm should students wish to purchase a school scarf or other items of uniform.  Thank you for your support in ensuring our students are dressed smartly for school each day.

Becky Annetts

Middle School Sub School Leader

Senior School Report  

The end of Semester 1 is quickly approaching and Year 11 students are currently doing their Unit 1 exams.  The exam period is from Thursday, 31 May until Friday, 8 June. 


There is some opportunity for students to change their Unit 1 subject and start a new subject for Unit 2.

As Year 11 is almost full, making the change might be difficult – the Senior School team will endeavour to do their best to maximise the learning opportunities for your child requesting the change.


On Wednesday, 27 June, once students are in their Unit 2 subjects we will host our special yearly event, the Year 11 assembly to celebrate “100 days of VCE/VCAL success”. This is always an exciting event, with speakers including our alumni students providing helpful advice and sharing their successes. Students will also be receiving awards for their contribution to the school, attendance as well as academic achievements.


On Monday, 14 May, all the Year 12 students attended an assembly where we had a guest speaker, David Howes, the Chief Executive Officer of VCAA (Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority)


The GAT (General Achievement Test) is on Wednesday, 13 June 2018. Any student who is studying a Unit 3/4 subject in 2018 (including language outside the school) is required to do the GAT this year.  It will be held in school’s gymnasium. Students were given their timetable from VCAA.



Information session were also held in Nindethana as preparation for the GAT and for students to ask questions. The Senior Sub School would like to acknowledge Ms Bec Carter for volunteering to run the sessions.


Semester Two for all Senior Sub School students starts on Tuesday, 12 June.


On Friday, 15 June all Year 12 VCE students will be doing their first ‘Practice Exam’ for English/EAL.

External assessors will mark this.  We do this early on in the year as it is the most crucial time for all Year 12 students to start putting in extra time and effort to their studies to get the most out their final year at school.  It is compulsory that all students attend.


Enrichment classes for Mathematical Methods (CAS) have commenced and will continue on a weekly roster for the rest of the term and into Term 3.


We are in the process of organising English Enrichment program to start Semester 2.


Year 12 VCAL

Immigration museum

On 21 May, our Year 12 VCAL students attended the Immigration Museum as part of their Cultural diversity unit. Three students, Harry Gill, Mal Maguang and Kashish Malhortra, planned and organised the event which saw students take part in a museum lead session on ‘Push and Pull’ factors of immigration since the gold rush era. The interactive program allowed students to see the different contributions made by immigrants over time through traditional costumes, secondary source news articles and maps.


We then went on a self-guided tour of the rest of the museum to learn more about the impact of immigration on Australia.


The next stop on our excursion was a brisk walk to China town where we took part in a Chinese banquet lunch at The Crane restaurant. We were spoilt with a range of dishes including black bean beef, sweet and sour pork, lemon chicken, steamed fish and vegetables, fried rice to name a few, Our vegetarian students were also catered for with delicious vegetarian options.


Thank you to the group for planning an informative and culinary experience.


Multicultural Day

Continuing with the Cultural Diversity theme, Year 12 planned a whole school lunchtime activity highlighting the cultural diversity of our school. Students chose a country to showcase with foods and traditional costumes and props.


Ours leaders for the activity Dawnie Elisara and Bao Nguyen work tirelessly with facilities, canteen, hospitality and music faculties to orchestrate a perfect event.


The event took place on a sunny lunchtime Friday, 25 May with our leaders organising traditional music from around the world. We had a Vietnamese dance group perform, a troupe of Year 9, 10 and 11 boys carry out the Haka and the wonderful voices of the Year 11 and 12 students round off the entertainment for the event. A big thank you to Maioa Timoteo for organising the singers and Haka performers at short notice.


We had the following countries and cuisine on display:

Italy –Pizzas, China- dumplings, Vietnam –rice noodles and spring rolls, Philippines-sticky rice

Australia- meat pies and tim tams,   America-Hot dogs, Samoa-curried sausages, potato salad

England –butterfly cakes and iced tea   Malta-traditional sweets, Mexico-tacos and Mexican punch

France- chocolate croissants   Japan –Sushi and origami activities, Romania-traditional sausages, roast potatoes and bread.


A great lunchtime activity was had by the whole school community.


Year 11 VCAL

The Year 11 students are continuing with their program of Financial Literacy in Numeracy. In their other classes they are working on Occupational Health Safety and Chase activities in WRS.  Job Interview skills and self-development programs in PDS. Health, fitness and wellbeing activities in Literacy.

Work placements and Vet courses are continuing but will have a break over the two week holiday period.


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



Stav Bekiaris

Senior Sub School Leader

Teenage Depression information night


Dear Parents


You are invited to attend a Parent Information Night on Teenage Depression.
Thursday, 14 June from 6:00-7:00pm in the SASC library.


Come along to hear from members of the SASC Wellbeing Team to learn about

  • The prevalence of teenage depression
  • How to recognise signs & symptoms
  • Where to get help.

Light refreshments will be available.

Please register your attendance by using the following link: register

Dance News

Sydney Dance Company

We were contacted by the Education Coordinator from Sydney Dance Company last month. Sydney Dance Company is the most prestigious contemporary dance company in Australia, and will be turning 50 next year. The company has performed on stages around the world, including the Sydney Opera House in Australia, the Joyce Theatre in New York and many more. While they were in Melbourne with their latest show, they worked with The Arts Centre Melbourne to offer Dance workshops in schools. We were fortunate enough to receive funding to see the show and participate in a dance workshop.


Cooper from Sydney Dance Company came in and worked with our Semester 1 Year 9 dance class on Wednesday 30 May for a double period. It was so much fun! The students learned to dance a contemporary piece, learning technique along the way. They also had the opportunity to create a short piece and perform this for each other. It was a great afternoon.


Two days later, they had the opportunity to travel into the city and watch the show at the Arts Centre. The performances were amazing, and they even saw the section they had learned two days before at school. What made the experience even more valuable was the choreographer and artistic director of SDC came out before the show, with some of the dancers, and explained the themes and interpretations of the show, with the dancers performing the examples he was speaking about. After the show, he came out again with a panel of dancers and others who work in producing the show, and opened up to any questions the audiences had.


It was a wonderful day and a great opportunity for our Year 9 dance students to access world class dancers. Thanks Arts Centre Melbourne for this magnificent experience.



Tania De Silva

Dance Teacher

Multimedia News

Digital Artistry: Year 10 Multimedia, Art & Design

Students have been learning and using software programs to enhance their digital artistic skills, abilities and practice. Also, students have familiarised themselves with professional practices, on how movies/animations like Star Wars, Marvel, Disney and DreamWorks are made.  We have examined a variety of people working in the industry and their concerns like intellectual property or sharing their work using Creative Commons. Professional artists’ everyday use design elements, design principles and a design process. Students have closely looked at a number of examples and have applied relevant aspects in their work. Students now have a much wider understanding, appreciation and a working vocabulary. Whether that be how to professionally use the features of a digital camera and devices, and create, manipulate and organise assets using software to make an animation or a movie to realise their vision.

Stills from Year10 Multimedia, Art and Design student animations.


John Eckel

Multimedia, Art & Design Teacher

Japanese News

Japanese Calligraphy for Mother’s Day

7F, the Year 7 SEAL class, has really taken to practising their writing skills in Japanese with ink brushes on special practice boards. Having now learnt all the Hiragana (one of the three writing systems used in Japanese), and little by little amassing some Kanji (the characters adopted from Chinese), the students were thrilled to have the opportunity to display their skills on traditional gold-edged Shikishi boards. Rather than setting out their message in the more contemporary yokogaki (writing organised in rows running from left to right, as in English), the students opted to use the more traditional tategaki format, setting out their text in two columns, which are read from right to left. They even finished off their work with a seal dipped in traditional red ink. Once complete, the students wrapped their work up carefully, so as to protect it on the way home and prevent their mothers from catching a glimpse of it before Mother’s Day came around. Their message read: お母さん、ありがとう。(Okāsan, arigatō. Thank you, Mum). Photos by Wendy Huang, 7F.



Bronwyn Salton

Japanese Teacher

Student News

Queen Gaye - 11B

Our very own accomplished actor,  Queen Gaye recently appeared in a car commercial.


Queen explains "I recently did a commercial for Renault and I would like to share my success with the community.  I am a commercial actor and a freelance model who strives for successes in my education and my passion of acting."



Food News

Our Year 7 students, after 3 weeks of other activities, finally were able to cook. Due to our exciting renovations happening in D1, the Year 7’s hit H1 with their cooking skills.


Canteen News 

New meal deals

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

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



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

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


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


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

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


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


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

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

Breakfast Club

Hi All,

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

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

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

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

Thank you

Carmel Castorina

Breakfast Club Coordinator

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