20 October 2017
Issue Fifteen
McKinnon Secondary College
03 8520 9000
McKinnon Road
McKinnon, Victoria, 3204



Thursday 19 October

Year 12 – last day of classes


Monday 23 October

Year 8 Camp (Group 1 departs)

Year 8 Maths Survivor


Tuesday 24 October

Year 8 Camp (Group 1)

7:00pm Studio Arts Exhibition Library (L1 & L2)

7:00pm Debating – Round 2

7:00pm Finance Sub-Committee

7:30pm School Council


Wednesday 25 October

Year 8 Camp (Group 1 returns & Group 2 departs)

7:00pm Year 12 Valedictory Dinner


Thursday 26 October

Year 8 Camp (Group 2)

7:00pm Year 11 Music Performance Night


Friday 27 October

Year 8 Camp (Group 2 return)

Year 8 Maths Survivor


Saturday 28 October

Thistlelonians Grand Reunion


Wednesday 1 November

Outdoor Ed Surf Camp

VCE exams commence


Thursday 2 November

Outdoor Ed Surf Camp

7:00pm Year 11 Theatre Studies


Friday 3 November

Outdoor Ed Surf Camp


Monday 6 November

2:30pm Early Finish


Tuesday 7 November

Melbourne Cup Holiday

(Public Holiday) - no school


Thursday 9 November

Arts Show Opening Night


Friday 10 November

7:00pm VCE Media Night


Tuesday 14 November

7:00pm Debating – Round 3


Wednesday 15 November

Year 11 Study Day

7:00pm Year 10 Music Performance Night


Thursday 16 November

Year 11 Exams


Friday 17 November

Year 8 Kingston Sports Gala

Year 11 Exams


Monday 20 November

Year 11 Exams


Tuesday 21 November

Year 11 Exams

Year 10 Study Day

7:30pm Buildings & Grounds Sub-Committee


Wednesday 22 November

Year 11 Exams

Year 10 Exams


Thursday 23 November

Year 11 Exams

Year 10 Exams


Friday 24 November

Year 10 Exams


Saturday 25 November

Great Victorian Bike commences


Wednesday 29 November

Year 9 Study Day


Thursday 30 November

Peer Support

Year 9 Exams





Students, staff and parents celebrated the end of compulsory schooling for our Year 12s this week.


I sincerely thank the staff at McKinnon who have shaped the next generation of Graduates.


I appreciate your incredible efforts on providing the best learning for our students.


Many parents end their formal association with the school and I thank all of you for your support over the many years.


The special relationship between parents and staff is part of the McKinnon magic!


I wish the Class of 2017 all the very best with their future endeavours and thank them for their service to McKinnon Secondary College.


Recently we have been recognised as Australia's first "Google Reference School". This rare distinction from Google is a tremendous Recognition of efforts to embrace change in the way we teach and learn and this distinction is a reflection of the hard work carried out by staff and students.


To date we are highly engaged in our technology plan, with over 1000 Google documents created every school day, 1200 students and teachers using Google Classroom every week and many self-directed learning tools like Edrolo and Maths Pathways have been integrated into the curriculum with great success. 


We look forward to the continued support of our staff, students and parents in using technology to improve the way we learn.



Congratulations to the Junior, Intermediate and Senior Stage Bands who performed at the Friday 13th themed Big Band Bash last Friday night.


It was a great night with excellent entertainment, parent support and incredible talent on show.


Putting this show together takes a lot of time and effort and I thank the Music Faculty and Ms Robyn Pryor for their tremendous efforts.



Congratulations to our McKinnon philosophers who were placed 2nd in the Australasian Philosothon over the school holidays.

We also won 1st place in two other year level categories!  Jedd Stein (Year 9) was selected by AAP as Most Promising Philosopher.  Well done!



Over the school holidays Ms Chelsea Han (Staff Member) rode her bike 650kms to Mildura in the Great Cycle Challenge.  


Chelsea did this to raise money for research into children’s cancer. Her dedication and compassion for this cause is truly commendable.  This is a fantastic achievement and we congratulate her for her efforts.


During the challenge Chelsea was met by staff members Ms Lauren Melios and Ms Melissa Brush who accompanied her on the final leg.


Thank you to all three for their resilience and camaraderie.



Tobie Webster (Year 8) competed in the national Taekwondo championships in Bendigo on Sunday 8 October. She was competing in "Poomsae" (patterns) and won the Gold Medal for 12-14 year old Black Belt Girls.


Tobie is currently the 2017 National Champion for Taekwondo Black Belt Poomsae in the 12-14 Age Division.  She worked very hard and her aim was not to be in last place!  We wish her all the very best in her future Taekwondo endeavours!



The Netball Victoria State Titles provide a fantastic opportunity for all 19 regions in Victoria to come together and compete in 15/Under, 17/Under, Open and All Abilities netball divisions.


The weekend competition not only brings quality players, coaches and umpires from all areas across the state but is also recognised as an invaluable development tool and promotes a structured pathway for those playing netball in Victoria.

Mckinnon's very own, Anna Donnelly (Year 11) and Neo Taufa (Year 11) were part of the U/17 Henderson team. They played 19 games over the entire weekend and were victorious in the Grand Final 18 - 8 against Barwon.



Melina Ayres (Year 12) has gained a place in the Australian Young Matildas Under 19 Soccer team and headed to China on Tuesday 10 October.


Melina is a great ambassador for McKinnon and Australia and we wish her every success.



On Saturday McKinnon Volleyball sent 60 athletes to the Victorian Open in Mornington. 


All 6 teams that participated did so with effort, teamwork and respect for their opponents. 


The best result was the Under 15 Boys (Year 8) who won the Silver Medal in the competition. This team only narrowly beat our Under 14 Boys (Year 7) in the Semi-Final. The Under 14 Boys (Year 7) finished third in the Under 15 division.

A special thankyou to our Year 12 students Anika Duggan, Hannah Rosenberg, Alex Skalova and Brendan Moncrieff who coached some of our junior teams on the day.




Year 12 students will be required to attend revision sessions conducted by their teachers (in their scheduled double-periods and additional subject lectures), as advised by their Student Managers. All students are encouraged to meet with their teachers to discuss their revision and seek assistance with their work. We require all students to attend the College in full school uniform when meeting with teachers, submitting/collecting work and studying at the College; we also advise students to contact teachers in advance to arrange a time to meet with them. We wish all students preparing for the Units 3 & 4 examinations every success.


Until Melbourne Cup Day (Tuesday 7 November) students may wear either winter or summer uniform. From Wednesday 8 November all students must be in full summer uniform. We remind all students that you are ambassadors for the McKinnon community at all times, and should therefore wear the McKinnon uniform correctly. For both summer and winter uniforms, the blazer is the required outer garment; in warm weather students may choose not to wear the blazer to/from school, however the College jumper must not be worn as the outer garment.


Over the coming weeks, many senior students in the College are preparing for and undertaking exams and junior students are completing important assessment tasks. Whilst this is a time of celebration for the Year 12 students, it is critical all students are focused on their studies and we expect McKinnon’s high standards of behaviour to be maintained throughout Term 4.


In recent months many families and former students have made generous donations to our tax-deductible Building Fund. The College plans to use such funds to support the next stage of our redevelopment of the College’s teaching facilities. This next phase of construction will see new Science laboratories, general purpose classrooms and senior study centre replace facilities built in the 1950s. Further information about our building fund - including diagrams from our architects H2o - can be found on our website at


On behalf of all staff and students of McKinnon Secondary College, we sincerely thank all those who have contributed to our Building Fund and the future of our school.



Congratulations to Jai Curran-Nicholls (Year 7) who captained Victoria in the Under 13 National Football (Soccer) Championships held in Coffs Harbour. Victoria finished 2nd behind Western Australia and finished above South Australia, New South Wales, Queensland, the Australian Capital Territory and Northern New South Wales. Well done on your fantastic achievement, Jai!


Conor Flood, Number 22 (Year 9) and Brandon Tran, Number 8 (Year 8), played in a Victorian representative Lacrosse team “Southern Crosse” at the U15 Australian Lacrosse National Championships. The team came third in the championships overall, and played some brilliant matches. Both Conor, who plays face-off/midfield, and Brandon, who plays in attack, received MVP (Most Valuable Player) awards during the week long tournament in Perth.


Merryn Walker




A group of 28 students and 3 teachers enjoyed eight days in New Caledonia at the end of Term 3. New Caledonia, only a short 4 hour flight from Melbourne, is a French speaking island nation, known for its beaches and love of water sports.

The aim of the tour was language and cultural immersion. The students stayed with host families, communicating in French and experiencing life as a New Caledonian. They also attended a French language school every morning where the lessons were conducted entirely in French, carefully pitched at the students' level. Each afternoon, we visited different parts of the island, taking in the sights and speaking with the locals in French. We went on a 'Tchou tchou' train tour around Noumea, visited the Jean Marie Tjibaou Cultural Centre to learn about the Kanak (indigenous New Caledonians) culture and history and spent an afternoon at the beach. One afternoon was spent learning how to play petanque (the French version of bowls or bocce) along the beach where some generous locals offered their time as coaches.


One highlight was the day spent on Amedee Island, a tiny islet which is a 45 minute boat ride from Noumea. The scenery was incredible. The students climbed the lighthouse for an incredible view, went on a glass bottom boat ride looking at the fish, turtles and coral. They even swam and snorkelled with turtles. There was a delicious buffet lunch and a show of traditional dancing and music.


The trip was a great success and the students learnt a lot: about French language, about New Caledonian culture and history and about themselves as they stayed with a different family in a different country. Thank you to Ms Antal, Mr King and Ms Dickson for accompanying the group and ensuring the tour could go ahead. We look forward to travelling with next year's Year 9 students of French!


Ms Kellie Dickson

French Teacher


Congratulations to the Year 9 and 10 German students whose film productions to the topic `Deutschland im Jahr 2017´were selected for the finals of the Goethe School Film Festival 2017. The Year 9 film crew and the Year 10 classes will attend the screening on 26 October at the ACMI in Federation Square. 


Oral Laguage examinations have already commenced and we wish all McKinnon Language students the best of success in these challenging exams!


Andrea Fowler

Head of Languages


500 Jahre Reformation 2017

Reformationstag am 31.Oktober


Saturday 21 October 2017 at 7:30pm

Sunday 22 October 2017 at 3:30pm

German Lutheran Trinity Church invites the community to a Luther Musical.

LOCATION: German speaking Catholic St Christopherus Church, 595 Riversdale Road, Camberwell


Ticket $25 and Concession $10 via TryBooking:



The Netball Victoria State Titles provide a fantastic opportunity for all 19 regions in Victoria to come together and compete in 15/Under, 17/Under, Open and All Abilities netball divisions.


The weekend competition not only brings quality players, coaches and umpires from all areas across the state but is also recognised as an invaluable development tool and promotes a structured pathway for those playing netball in Victoria.

McKinnon’s very own, Anna Donnelly and Neo Taufa (both of Year 11) were part of the U/17 Henderson team. They played 19 games over the entire weekend and were victorious in the Grand Final 18 - 8 against Barwon.


Tim Blackwood

Head of Physical Education and Sport


On Thursday 12 October, sixty McKinnon students descended on Casey Fields with the hope of retaining the premiers flag we successfully won in 2016, a truly magnificent achievement.


The day started well with McKinnon winning medals in the first couple of events. Our winning streak continued throughout the day, which saw McKinnon bring home eight Bronze Medals, twenty Silver Medals and an amazing eighteen Gold Medals. It was this combined team effort that earned McKinnon’s second place.

Highlights from the day and Athletes who are progressing to the State Athletics Championships on Monday 23 October are:


Jemma Owen for coming 1st in the 17 years Javelin & Discus

Jasmine Brown for coming 1st in the 18-20 years Long and Triple Jump

Seamus O’Brien for coming 1st in the 12-13 years Triple Jump and 400m

Victoria Sinyavker for coming 1st in the 12-13 years High Jump

Will Sharp for coming 1st in the 15 years 800m

Jason Clayton for coming 1st in the 16 years 800m & 2nd in the 1500m

Will Ockenden for coming 1st in the 18-20 years 800m & 1500m

Skyler Kah for coming 1st in the 18-20 years Long Jump

Yotam Kimchi for coming 1st in the 17 years Triple Jump

Nick Poulos for coming 2nd in the 15 years 1500m

Stephanie Baker for coming 1st in the 12-13 years Shot Put

Grace McKay for coming 1st in the 18-20 years High Jump

Sophie Highnam for coming 1st in the 18-20 years 1500m


Also, congratulations to the 17 years Boys Relay team (Jesse Scholz, Josh Kah, Yotam Kimchi and Nick Angelopoulos.


Once again, congratulations to all the athletes who competed, everyone did an amazing job, well done!


Alice Carter



On Monday 16 October we saw over 25 of McKinnon’s finest athletes take part in the annual Beep Test Challenge held in the Gym at lunchtime. Many of the competitors lined up to try and break some of McKinnon’s long standing records. Unfortunately, it wasn’t a day for records broken but it was great to see so many students giving up their lunchtime to battle it out in their respective age groups.  

It was a mixture of endurance and speed that saw many of the 25 plus competitors reach level 10. Many students went on and in the Junior Girls we had Victoria Poulos (Year 8) take out the win with an impressive score of 10.9 achieved.


The Junior Boys a very hotly contested age group saw many running to their limits with young Flynn Lu (Year 7) boasting a great 11.11. Lastly, but not least, we had the senior half of the field and with two senior girls competing to win the prestigious award. Emma Hattingh (Year 10) came out on top after a late call up, achieving a score of 11.2. On the boys side of the draw our esteemed AFL umpire Mr Foot showed just how fit an AFL Umpire has to be pushing Will Ockenden (Year 12) right to the end with an impressive 14.1. Will has the record for Year 9 with a 15.2, however he could not achieve that this year with a 14.10 - an outstanding effort in 30 degree temperatures.


Liam Adlington

Sport Assistant
















Congratulations to Orr Zaacks (Year 10) for her involvement in Glen Eira City Council's 2017 Youth Art exhibition. Her artwork, Another Starry Night was selected as the winner for the Senior Section. Congratulations to Orr and the many other of our students who entered the exhibition.


Thank you to Miss Olivia Karpathiou for organising the involvement of our students in this exhibition.


Ms Kuriata

Arts KLA Manager


The Year 12 Studio Arts exhibition will be held in L1 and L2 (near the library) on Tuesday 24 October at 7:00pm. Drinks and nibbles will be supplied. We would love to see you there to help celebrate a year of creativity and talent.


Mrs Pryor

Year 12 Studio Arts Teacher


The annual Year 7 - 12 Arts Show will be held on Thursday 9 November. Due to the limited space because of ongoing building works, the Awards Ceremony will be held in the Lecture Theatre from 7:30pm. 


Students receiving awards will be notified through Compass. "Arts Awards Ceremony" will appear on Compass in the same place where Excursions appear. Guardians will then need to give consent as for an excursion, which will notify us of the students’ attendance at the Awards Ceremony.


The exhibition of the artworks will be held in the T block art rooms with music, drinks and snacks, starting from 8:00pm. All are welcome.


With the limited space available in the Lecture Theatre, however, we ask that only two members of each award recipient attend the Awards ceremony in the Lecture Theatre.


Thanks for your understanding and looking forward to two great exhibitions.


Ms Kuriata

Arts KLA Manager



Great things are happening in the Music Department at the moment. VCE performance exams have started and students have prepared well for these. Students have been rehearsing and practicing very hard to perfect their programs for these exams. Thanks to Mr Kurowski for allowing the VCE students to run full scale practice exams during the last holiday break. Students who are yet to complete their performance exams are reminded to keep practicing each and every day.


Congratulations to the school Orchestra who performed the National Anthem with Maddie Brown-Graham, Tess Hodgson, Maggie Rose Scott-Hill and Amy Thit at the General Assembly on Thursday 12 October. The Orchestra also performed Spellbound by Jack Wilds. The standard was very high and we thank Ms Videon for her preparation of this ensemble.


The Big Band Bash was held on Friday 13 October and was an outstanding success. Congratulations to all the students involved in the Senior, Intermediate and Junior Stage Bands and the band “Immature” for their ongoing commitment to a high level of musicianship and ensuring that night was a great success.

Thank you to Mr Dmitry Serebrianik, Mr Martin West, Mr Gordon Stooke and Ms Robyn Pryor for the organization of the ensembles and the evening.


Dates for the remainder of 2017:

  • Thursday 26 October – Year 11 Music Performance Night
  • Monday 15 November (am) – VSMF Young Band Section Year 7 Band
  • Monday 15 November (pm) – VSMF Young Band Section Year 8 Band
  • Wednesday 15 November – Year 10 Music Performance Night
  • Wednesday 6 December – Junior Music Concert

Megan Papworth

Head of Music



2017 Subject Contributions:

Thank you to the parents who have completed their payments for the year. This enables the school to provide the high quality education and facilities expected by the McKinnon community.


We have just mailed out the final statement for those with outstanding fees & request they are paid as soon as possible.  If you have difficulty paying please contact the Business Manager or a member of the Principal team regarding this matter.



2018 Subject Contributions:

The School Council has in consultation with the Finance Committee has approved the parent payments for 2018 as follows.


Year Level 07

Students Essential Materials & Service Charges - $856

Additional Essential Materials

French $40

German $50

Maths Pathway $65 (not Elms)


Year Level 08

Students Essential Materials & Service Charges


Additional Essential Materials

French $45

German $50

Maths Pathway $65 (not Elms)


Year Level 09

Students Essential Materials & Service Charges

- $691

Additional Essential Materials

Additional depending on electives


Year Level 10

Students Essential Materials & Service Charges

- $581

Additional Essential Materials

Additional depending on electives


Year Level 11

Students Essential Materials & Service Charges


Additional Essential Materials

Additional depending on electives


Year Level 12

Students Essential Materials & Service Charges


Additional Essential Materials

Additional depending on electives


The total price payable is dependent on the electives chosen at each year level.


Your student will be interviewed shortly regarding their course for 2018 and will be provided with a subject contribution sheet for the coming year. A letter detailing what is covered in the Essential items will be attached. Payment via Compass (either full or by establishing a quarterly instalment payment plan) is the College’s preferred option.


McKinnon’s school leaders and the School Council work hard to ensure costs to families are  kept as low as possible, whilst also striving to provide an education of the highest quality. A copy of the parent payment policy is available on the school website.


While the College reasonably expects all parents to pay the Student Materials and Services Charge (and charges for elective subjects in year 9 – 12) we are, as always, sensitive to those in financial difficulty. Families in financial difficulty should contact a member of the Principal team or the Business Manager to discuss alternative payment options.


Lee Xanthoudakis

Finance Manager


Congratulations to all who participated in our Casual Dress Day in the last week of Term 3. We raised over $3600, which will be shared equally between 'The Alannah and Madeline Foundation' and 'Oxfam'. Special congratulations and well done to the students in 7J, who raised the most money - $116 in total - a fantastic effort!!


Year 7J will receive a free pizza lunch, courtesy of the Junior School Council.


Les McLeod

Head of Junior School



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 Officer Alison Pollock

[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.


We appreciate your support in this. If you have any questions please call Alison 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


Cheques must be payable to Fashion Clubwear.


For years 9 - 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.


NORMAL SHOP TRADING HOURS (not during school holidays)

Tuesdays                                      8:15am - 12 noon

Fridays                                        12:30pm - 4:00pm

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


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


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



Local News


Glen Eira City Council is currently preparing for an upgrade to the playground at McKinnon Reserve. There are some concept designs undertaken which are currently being presented to the community for consultation. Feedback can be provided to Council until Friday 3 November – via email, phone or via our ‘Have Your Say’ online forum. Please refer to the attached link for all the details regarding this. As many McKinnon families utilise this park it would be beneficial for everyone to have some input on this project.




Holmesglen Institute in collaboration with Rosie Batty invites you to a 5km or 10km fun run/walk. All proceeds will support the Luke Batty Foundation and Impact for Women in refuge. This event will take place on Sunday 29 October at the Chelsea Sports Centre Bicentennial Park. Please refer to the attached link for further information.



Would parenting be easier if you were on the same team? Could your communication do with some focus? A workshop organised by Heartlinks will run across four Thursday evenings from Thursday 26 October 7-9pm until Thursday 16 November 7-9pm. Held at the Family Life meeting room, 197 Bluff Rd, Sandringham Cost: $390 per couple ($350 concession). For further information please refer to the attached link.





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McKinnon Reserve DL Brochure_DRAFT2.pdf
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