Alba News

22 March 2018
Issue Two
Important Dates & Calendar   
From the Principal Class Team
From the Principal Class Team
From the General Office
Excursion Consent & Payments on Compass 
Parent Portal – Payment of School Charges
2018 Sub School Coordinators 
Junior School Report
Middle School Report  
Senior School Report  
Vaccinations in 2018
Canteen News 
Breakfast Club
Food News 
Arts News 
Music News
Camp news
Arts news
Swimming Carnival
Community News
St Albans Secondary College
03 9366 2555
289 Main Road East
St Albans, Victoria, 3021

Important Dates & Calendar   

Friday, 23 March

Curriculum Day - Student free day

Monday, 26 March

1:30pm - 3:10pm Senior School Soccer Challenge

Tuesday, 27 March 

9:00am - 12:30pm Year 7 Immunisations 

Wednesday, 28 March

Parent teacher interviews. Student free day.

Thursday, 29 March

Last day Term 1

8:00am - 3:00pm Western Metro Regional Swimming

8:55am - 12:40pm DOXA University Pathways Discovery Workshop

Monday, 2 April

All day World Autism Awareness Day

Monday, 16 April

First day Term 2

All day OH&S Industry Modules with all Year 10 students

9:00am - 10:00am CHASE Workshop 1: Nutrition in Nindethana

Tuesday, 17 April

All day OH&S Industry Modules with all Year 10 students

8:00am - 3:10pm Year 11 Biology - Ecolinc Excursion

8:55am - 10:35am Careers Fasttrack - Stage 2 (10A)

9:00am - 10:35am Year 12 Elevate Ace Your Exams (periods 1 & 2)

11:00am - 12:40pm Careers Fasttrack - Stage 2 (10B)

1:30pm - 3:10pm Careers Fasttrack - Stage 2 (10C)

Wednesday, 18 April

All day OH&S Industry Modules with all Year 10 students

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

1:30pm - 3:10pm Macbeth incursion

Thursday, 19 April

All day OH&S Industry Modules with all Year 10 students

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

8:55am - 10:35am Careers Fasttrack - Stage 2 (10D)

11:00Aam- 12:40pm Careers Fasttrack - Stage 2 (10E)

1:30pm - 3:10pm Year 11 Elevate Time Management (periods 5 & 6)

1:30pm - 3:10pm Careers Fasttrack - Stage 2 (10F)

Friday, 20 April

All day OH&S Industry Modules with all Year 10 students

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

8:30am - 4:00pm Year 11 Team Building Day

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

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

Saturday, 21 April

9:00am - 12:00pm Year 12 Workshop - VCE Study Centre

9:30am - 12:30pm SEAL Edutest - Nindethana

Monday, 23 April

All day Careers Fasttrack commences to 4 May

Tuesday, 24 April

8:30am - 3:00pm Year 10 People and Places Excursion

5:00pm - 8:30pm Year 7 Expo

Wednesday, 25 April

All day ANZAC Day

Thursday, 26 April

3:10pm - 9:15pm Debating

Friday, 27 April

9:00am - 12:30pm Year 10 Meningococcal Vaccination

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

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

Monday, 30 April

9:00am - 10:00am Year 11 VCAL CHASE - Workshop 2: Physical Activity, Nindethana

11:50am - 3:30pm History Revolutions visit to Mao Please Restaurant

Tuesday, 1 May

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

Wednesday, 2 May

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

8:00am - 9:30am Beacon Business & Community Partnerships Breakfast 

Thursday, 3 May

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

All day Year level assemblies

All day VCE Careers Expo 2018

Friday, 4 May

All day Athletics Carnival

9:30am - 5:00pm 'Hungry Ghosts' Performance at MTC

Saturday, 5 May

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

Monday, 7 May

All day Curriculum day

Tuesday, 8 May

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

8:55am - 3:10pm Year 11 Biology Ecolinc Excursion 

Wednesday, 9 May

8:00am - 3:30pm Brimbank Careers & Job Fair VCAL 

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

8:45am - 3:10pm Grade 6 Taster Day

Thursday, 10 May

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

8:45am - 3:10pm Grade 6 Taster Day

Friday, 11 May

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

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

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

Monday, 14 May

All day Year Level Assemblies (10,11 & 12)

9:00am - 10:00am Year 11 VCAL CHASE - Workshop 3: Sexual Health in Nindethana

Tuesday, 15 May

9:00am - 3:10pm NAPLAN Language Analysis & Writing Tests

Wednesday, 16 May

9:00am - 3:10pm NAPLAN Reading Test

Thursday, 17 May

9:00Aam- 3:10pm NAPLAN Numeracy test

From the Principal Class Team

Dear Parents and Guardians

Dear Parent/Guardians,


Welcome to our last newsletter for Term 1. Whilst it is a relatively short term, it is an incredibly busy one, with lots going on in the College.


Our college Principal, Ms Kerrie Dowsley is currently in Vietnam meeting the parents of our international students, to give progress on their progress and to gain feedback on how they are settling in. This is a very important aspect of our International Students Program.


Swimming Carnival

On Friday, 2 March all of our Year 7 to 9 students, plus lots of Year 10 - 12 students ventured to St Albans Swimming Pool for our annual swimming carnival. It was a great day, with lots of participation and enjoyment. Well done to Mr Robert Lakovski, Sports Coordinator, and Ms Piera Biondi and Mr Eli Goldbaum, House Coordinators, for their excellent running of the event.

Subsequent to this our selected swimming team competed, and won, the Keilor District swimming event. Well done to all involved!


Year 7 Open evening

The Year 7, 2019 open evening for parents and students was a huge success.  Many families attended and there were a range of activities, performances and sessions running for each Learning Area.  Students participated in tasters for many subjects and it was evident that they were enjoying the evening with some very positive feedback received on the night.


Progress reports

Progress reports have been issued and are available on Compass.  We recommend you regularly check on Compass to see how your son or daughter is progressing but particularly at reporting time to access their full term or semester reports.  If you are unsure how to access the parent portal, please contact the general office and they will be able to assist you. 


Parent teacher interviews

Parent teacher interviews are being held on the last Wednesday of Term 1, 28 March, between 1:00pm and 7:00pm. Students need to book a time with each of their teachers. We look forward to seeing students in attendance along with their parents or guardians. This is a great opportunity for you to discuss your child’s progress report and strategies that may assist them in each of their subjects. It is a time for them to reflect on their learning for the term and to set some goals to assist them achieve continual growth.


Curriculum Day

The Curriculum Day on Friday, 23 March is a day where the staff will be working together in teams to implement the Victorian Curriculum General Capabilities.  Staff will take part in a presentation with Dr David Howes from VCAA in a session designed to set up the tasks for the day.  In their KLA groups staff will look at implementation across the year levels.  It will be a very worthwhile day and is an important part of our curriculum development.  Please note this is a student free day and no student is required at school.


Instructional Learning Cycle (LATAR)

This year we are again working with Jane Pollock to assist our newest staff members to make the most effective use of the Instructional Learning Cycle (LATAR) we have implemented.  In Term 1 she has worked with the new staff to ensure they are comfortable using this cycle and to provide guidance and support around planning and implementing the cycle during lessons.  She also worked with the group who started as new staff to SASC in 2017 to build on the work they started with her last year.  Both days have been very well received by staff, who have reported feeling more confident in the use of LATAR.

From the Principal Class Team

Principals Forum

On Thursday, 8 March the Principal Team attended the Brimbank Melton Principals Forum.  Our school was one of two that presented to the representatives of more than 60 schools in the audience.  The presentation was on our development of student voice which has been a priority for St Albans Secondary College over the past couple of years. Ms Dowsley gave an overview of how student voice has been developed at our school and introduced the three student speakers; Laura Van Keulen, Hannah Eniery and Gabriel Chan, who were part of the original team that initiated the Student Learning Advisory Team (SLAT).  To say the speech they presented was well received is an understatement, the feedback from the other schools was extremely positive and generated a great deal of discussion around how we use student voice at our school.  The three presenters were fantastic and we should be proud to have such articulate and creative students completing Year 12 at SASC.


The SLAT team consists of students from Years 7-12 and is very active in the school.They have already developed a poster that outlines the school’s Learning Cycle for each class that is displayed in every classroom.They also spoke to new staff on one of the induction days and provide feedback on the use of the Learning Cycle and make recommendations to assist us improve elements of the teaching and learning program.


National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence

The College is proud to officially support the National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence. On Friday, 16 March, the schools Wellbeing and VCAL Teams lead the school in a day of promotion and action to continue to grow the compassionate culture of support that we have fostered at St Albans Secondary College.


During student assemblies that week, the focus was on the promotion of anti-bullying and not being a bystander. All Year 11 and 12 students were given a ‘say no to bullying’ wristband and asked to wear it on Friday to show their commitment to a bully free environment and to signify that they are there to support younger students throughout the school. On the day, the VCAL students ran a BBQ and along with SRC and Interact Club students ran activities throughout lunch to promote the school culture our students wish to foster. The students made lasting artefacts that will be on display in the library and around the school as a reminder of how to keep our school a Bully Free Zone.


Although it is important to stop on a day like this and raise awareness of the importance of stamping out bullying and violence in all areas of our lives, at St Albans Secondary College, we believe every day, is a day of action against Bullying and Violence. Our Sub School teams are committed to supporting all students and are available every day, if any student has a concern they wish to discuss. Furthermore the school has a dedicated Wellbeing Team with trained Social Workers and Counsellors who students can speak to at any time.

And finally...

We would like to wish all of community a safe and happy Easter, and wonderful term break. Looking forward to seeing the students return after the holidays relaxed and ready for Term 2.

Acting 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.


Parent Portal – Payment of School Charges

Your will now have received a course confirmation and school charges package from the school. This pack outlines information for your child’s 2018 enrolment. If you are yet to pay your child's school charges, please log on to our parent portal, Compass, to make your payment. Your pack will have information on how to complete the online payment process.

It is important for parents/guardians to not share portal login details with your child. Portal login details must only be known to the parent/guardian.

Course Confirmation and Payment Portal

Firstly, families will be prompted to complete any agreements and questions that have been set up in the template. If the ‘Parent to sign’ or ‘Student to sign’ box has been ticked, the families will be prompted to digitally sign the agreements.

Once all agreements and questions have been completed the family will then be asked to pay for the Template-Wide charges and any Per-Subject charges, if these have been included in the template. For ‘Locked’ payment items the parents must pay the suggested amount, however for payment items where this is not the case, the parent may choose the amount they wish to pay.

Once the family has determined the fees that they are going to pay they select ‘Pay and Finalise’ to complete the payment online. 


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

Junior School is very busy with Swimming Carnivals and preparation of rooms for the Expo which will be held in Term 2. Students are working very hard to get great results for the Progress reports and Parent teacher Interviews which are later in the term.


In Integrated Studies – Students are learning some History of Australia and completing Timelines.  Year 8 are studying Medieval History. Students are earning their Bunsen Burner Licences in Science and in PE Sport they are practicing the techniques for Athletic events.


Japanese classes are studying the various alphabets and symbols. In French and Italian the students are learning greetings and participating in role-plays. 


Class Captain Elections have been held and the results are as follows. Congratulations!!


Swimming Carnival

The Year 7 and 8 students competed in the School Swimming Carnival in their house colours on Friday 2 March.  The day was filled with enthusiasm and excitement as students barracked for their house colours. The winning house for the day was BUTTROSE HOUSE. The students enjoyed the free time swim on such a hot day and many competed in the various events including the Bocce and Tug of War was a huge hit!  Well done to all our students for such great participation. We have a number of students who also participated in the Regional Carnival.

Progress Reports

Teachers are in the process of completing Progress reports for Coordinators. All students must be up to date with homework and class work. All students are reminded to complete at least one hour of study a night. If they are having difficulties they should speak to their class teacher.


Please ensure that your child has a lock on their locker. We cannot be held responsible for things taken from unlocked lockers. Also every child must have a spare key lodged with their Learning Manager. Could you also ensure your child’s clothing and books are labelled. Mobile Phones are to be turned OFF before entering the school and locked in the Locker. They are not to be used during school hours.  We do not take responsibility for lost or stolen phones.

Year 7 SEAL - NGV Excursion 

Report by Dragon Fan 7F

The excursion to the NGV was an extremely fun learning experience. We began the day by lying down in a large hall with a glass roof. The glass was made of small and large coloured squares and rectangles which depicted different animals. Afterwards we continued upstairs to look at artefacts about well-known people that we were assigned to.


Later, we went to the Japanese and Chinese Exhibition. Japanese art was very colourful and wild and the Chinese art was eccentric and sometimes modern in style.


At lunchtime, everyone gathered at Southgate and we went to NGV Australia. We studied and Australian painting then we wrote a piece based on the picture.


It was a great experience learning about artefacts in the galleries. There was a diverse amount of art. I am sure everyone had a great day there!!!


Lauren Honeycombe

Junior Sub School leader

Middle School Report  

With Term 1 coming to an end, the Middle School team would like to congratulate all the Year 9 and 10 students on a very good start to the year. There have been a number of excursions and activities over the last few weeks, and students have enjoyed a range of extra curricular activities.


During assemblies, students from both Year 9 and Year 10 were spoken to about a number of extra curricular activities that are available, as well as recognising the importance of the National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence.  The importance of respect for one another was discussed, and students who have modelled the school values of Honesty, Integrity, Leadership, Excellence and Respect were awarded with certificates in recognition of their behaviours.  Year 10 students who completed the Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award in 2017 also received their certificates and badges.


On Tuesday 6 March, a lunch was held for all the students who have joined us this year.  A big thanks to Ms Mana Mohan and the Peer Mentors for their work in organising the lunch and running a forum to collect feedback on how the students have been supported since arriving.


Year 9

ABCN Goals applications will be made available from the start of Term 2 for Year 9 students interested in this opportunity for leadership and mentoring.  Students should see Mr Olthof or Ms Annetts for more information.


Year 10

The Beacon Ambassadors have begun working to prepare for our first Beacon event this year, the Beacon Business Breakfast, which was rearranged to take place on Wednesday 2 May. 


Parent Teacher Interviews will take place Wednesday 28 March, and is an excellent opportunity for parents to meet with children and discuss learning progress.


The Middle School Team wish you all the best for a restful Easter holiday break.

Becky Annetts

Middle School Sub School Leader

Senior School Report  

It is nearly the end of Term 1. The Year 11 students have started to settle and become more comfortable being part of the Senior School and are working productively and effectively.


The Sub School has interviewed students and in some cases have had parent meetings regarding Progress Reports. These reports are continuously being used to monitor students at risk, and identify students who are ready for further extension in their studies.


The Year 12 Progress Reports were informative for both students and parents as they closely monitor individual students’ progress on a regular basis – reporting on formative tasks as well as the SACs.

Parents can access all reports through Compass.


Co-ordinators are continuing to conduct class visits to encourage punctuality to classes. It is essential for students to organise their time and be punctual to classes so that everyone can make the most of their class time and disruptions are minimised.


Co-ordinators will be checking diaries to make sure students have made appointment times for the Parent Teacher Interviews which are held on Wednesday 28 March.


There were assemblies held on Wednesday 14 March. The Year 12 VCAL students presented information about ‘National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence’ and the activities that were going to run on Friday 16 March.  Year 9 Advance students spoke about ‘Earth Hour’.



There was also a presentation about students reflecting on their Progress Report

  • What have they done well?
  • Where do they need to improve?
  •  Are they on track to achieving their goals for the year?

These conversations can continue at home with their families.


Nicole LAI - 12B, Laura VAN KEULEN - 12E and Thinh LUONG  - 12B shared their experience at the ‘Earthwatch’ challenge that they were involved in last year. Alana NGUYEN - 12C spoke about her experience at the ‘National Youth Science Forum’. These students were so passionate about the programs they were involved in that they wanted to encourage other students to apply.


We also had some awards for our senior students.

  • Tinh-Tinh PHAM   11D – Modelling our school values
  • Steven TO 12D – Modelling our school values
  • Christina SAID 12Y – Leadership
  • Toby COLLINS-SMITH 11A –  Outstanding achievement in Swimming
  • Jessica JANCEVA 11B – Outstanding achievement in Swimming
  • Holly ZIESSLER 11E – Outstanding achievement in Swimming
  • Phillip HOANG  12B - Outstanding achievement in Swimming.

The Year 12 VCAL classes ran lunchtime activities for the ‘National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence’. They aimed to have 1000 cranes made to hang up in the library to display compassion and support of the cause and as a reminder of our school values. A BBQ , postcard writing and more crane making also took place. Well done to all involved. They also gave out ‘Anti Bullying’ bands to all the senior school students as a symbol of how we do not tolerate any type of bullying at St Albans SC. 



Just a reminder that all ‘Learning Tasks’ and the ‘Students Weekly Planners’ are accessible through Compass for parents/guardians to see what tasks are being done in various subjects during the semester.


The After School Study Program is running smoothly in the Library on Thursday after school for one hour. All students are welcome to attend this group. Students who are behind with work will be required to attend, as directed by their teachers. Study enhancement programs for both Year 11 & 12 students will commence soon.


 The Lady Northcote excursion for all Year 11 students is on Friday 20 April. Students who don’t attend, are required to be at school. 


On Thursday 3  May all Year 11 VCE students will be attending the VCE Careers Expo held at Caulfield.  This is an important event for students as there are representatives for different universities and TAFEs that provide students with information about different courses.


All VCAL students will be attending the VCAL Expo in Wednesday 9 May at Lakeside Convention Centre.

Parents need to log onto Compass to give permission for their child to attend the expos.


Our SRC continues to work tirelessly to improve the social and physical environment of our college. The Year 12 Captains are the backbone of our SRC and they attend numerous events to promote the work we do in the college. They are now preparing for the ‘Soccer Challenge’ – Year 11s v Year 12s – which is being held at 1.30 pm on the oval on Monday 26 March.  They are also preparing to facilitate the Student Forums which will be held early Term 2.


Many thanks to the parents who contact us when their child is absent for any reason. This is of great assistance to the Year Level Coordinators, as we will call home regularly if there are any unexplained absences.


The Case Management process has begun and the attendance, achievement and individual needs of all our students continues to be monitored closely.


Please contact us on 9366 2555 if you have any queries or concerns about the progress of your child.


Stav Bekiaris

Senior Sub School Leader



Vaccinations in 2018

Secondary School vaccinations in 2018

The Secondary School Vaccine Program offers free vaccines to Year 7 and 10 students. These vaccines provide protection against:

·         Diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis (whooping cough) – one dose for year 7 students

·         Human Papillomavirus (HPV) – two doses for year 7 students

·         Meningococcal A,C,W,Y – one dose for year 10 students

Parents/guardians of year 7 and 10 students should look out for the vaccine consent card booklet coming home from school with your child. You need to read the information, complete and return the card regardless of whether your child is being vaccinated at school.

The Brimbank immunisation service may contact you about the Secondary School Vaccine Program. Schools are authorised to provide basic parent/guardian contact details to local councils for this purpose. Contact the school by 28 February 2018 if you do not want your contact details given to the Brimbank immunisation service.

To learn more about the Secondary School Vaccine Program, the vaccines, the diseases they protect against, or how you can prepare your child for vaccination, go to

Additionally, the Commonwealth government is funding vaccinations for all children under 20 years who missed scheduled vaccines. If students have missed vaccines, either in childhood or adolescence, and require catch-up vaccines, they should speak with their immunisation provider. (ie. local council or GP).

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

Food News 

Our chefs have gotten off to a great start this term and are cooking up a storm of delicious meals.


"Food tech this year has been a great experience. I have learnt many cooking methods. Thank you Miss Hanna." Anonymous, Year 7


"Week cooked food and it was good, surprisingly! It was enjoyable." Anonymous, Year 7


"Food Tech was a very exciting experience for me. I managed to learn basic cooking skills that will help me with making food at home." Anonymous, Year 7





Arts News 

Design Technology: Year 8 Woodwork is a-mouse-zing!

Students have been working hard on their set class projects. As a further challenge, they firstly watched a popular woodworker who created a mouse maze and its interesting and amusing results. Students were given advice, a sample maze and they were asked to consider what made a good design. Afterwards, they designed their own mouse maze. They voted for the two best designs in their class - congratulations to 8E students Ha Pham and Tam Trinh and 8J students Anthony Tran and Sarah Vo. Those students in their separate classes collaborated by drawing up a maze template from their designs that combined their best features. Students are now constructing it, aided by their classmates.  Later, we will test the different models to determine which class has the best. Let the mice decide!


John Eckel
Woodwork teacher



Music News

Music is one of my favourite subjects as it is extremely diverse and enjoyable. I have had prior experience in music but music classes never seem boring. Our music classes are set in a small music classroom. The environment is usually quite chatty, though it’s mostly small bands making decisions. Ms Tran, our music teacher, allows us to go into practice rooms, if available. It’s a more peaceful place to play music with a band or friends. My first impressions of the class were “wow, add that to my list of favourite subjects” and that every day would be a new learning experience. We have two types of lessons, practical and theory. Practical classes is learning and playing musical instruments. Theory is understanding the musical notation and language behind music. Though I am good with my theory, it is always good to be reminded, as I tend to forget. As the year moves on, I hope we will be learning more complex and challenging things to exercise my musical mind.

Dragon Fan, 7F




The first Year 9 ADVANCE camp was held at the Lady Northcote Recreational and Leadership Camp at Bacchus Marsh. The intrepid students accompanied by Ms Mortimer and Mr Winduss were challenged to “get out of their comfort zone” by exhilarating activities run by the YMCA Outdoor Education Instructors. The camp highlight – “the young people” - who were courageous and supporting, encouraging and caring for their friends.


Checkout the camp reviews:

This camp had countless positive aspects such as the activities, team building games, cabins and learning about everyone in general. The activities included the Giant Swing, High Ropes, the Survivor Challenge, Initiatives, Mission Impossible and the Sports Session. Being around my encouraging peers helped me to try my best in all of the activities. … Some things I found interesting at camp were our nightly games of mafia and spoons, ambush, 40/40 home-base and star gazing. Although these activities didn’t require much of an adventurous side, it challenged our minds and how we input strategy into games. These games were a lot of fun and pulled the whole class closer together as a team.   Tiffani TRAN (9A)


The Year 9 ADVANCE Camp of 2018 was undoubtedly one of the best experiences of my life, not only because I become friends with the entire class and made a number of new friendships that I will cherish forever, but because I was also able to take part in many new unforgettable activities which I never dreamed I would be able to do, and overall I had so much fun!   Cindy LE (9A)


Wow, what an amazing experience! I felt like those were the longest, craziest and exciting days I have ever encountered whilst having my stay at a campsite. I had an amazing opportunity to bond with all the people in my advance class, it was also a great opportunity for us to be stress free from school!   Sonya PHAM (9C)


This camp was unforgettable. You got to build qualities that can be put into your life, like leadership, being social, having courage and facing fears.   Vincent PHAN (9I)


My favourite activity was the “Mission Impossible” team activity because the challenges brought the team closer together and it was my favourite because team AKA WE LIKE TO PART won! … Another highlight was the boys dancing down the corridor to wake up the girls in the morning.   Alan QUACH (9I)


Waking up to my peers dancing in the hallway trying to get us up wasn't as bad as it seemed. The whole time I dreaded the high ropes and in the end that was the thing that had the most impact on me, but with the encouragement of my peers, it made the whole experience so much better and easier and not as life-threatening as it looked.   Anna MAJSTOROVIC (9D)


On my first turn on the giant swing, I unfortunately couldn’t make it up to the highest point, but in my second attempt I realised that it wasn’t as bad as I had thought so I swallowed my fears and ascended up to 21 metres off the ground! … One of the highlights of this camp was definitely the star gazing. The twinkling and dazzling little lights were so beautiful it couldn't be described with just words.   Iris WEN (9D)


The High Ropes were completely different to the giant swing. For the giant swing, the only thing you have to do is pull a rope and the swing does the rest but for the high ropes, you have to do the work yourself. I did the third course aka the Tarzan swing and the fifth course aka the playpen or something along those lines. It was a great experience and probably the best activity at camp.   Daniela NESVADBA (9A)


I really liked how we just all got along, I loved playing mafia with everyone because it was hilarious. Playing spoons was also really fun and building a hut with Anna and Ngoc was amazing. I had never done this before so I'm glad I got the chance - even though it was really hot and frustrating, we got the job done and we were proud of our achievement.   Jolanta Jodko (9H)


It was a good feeling when everyone had to work as a team to complete the initiatives course. Together we were able to develop vital team building skills while solving all the puzzles and challenges that were thrown our way. We also managed to make a new record of 33 seconds while balancing on the huge seesaw, which I’m sure we are all very proud of. Emily THOMPSON (9A)


Star-gazing was one of the most beautiful moments the whole class had shared together. While we were wrapping up our night game “Ambush’” with all torches on, we were told to turn off our lights and look up into the sky. Within that split second, it was a moment of silence through the beauty of nature that everyone one of us had indulged. The stars were a rare, incredible sight.   Janet HUYNH (9H)


The main purpose of this camp was to build new relationships and form strong bonds with each other, which is exactly what we all did. ‘Having friends encourages the development of qualities such as respect, trust, tolerance, good communication skills and honesty.’   Cindy DANG (9G)



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First Aid Training – what is DRSABCD?

As part of their community service for the Dukes Award, the Year 9 Advance class completed a Level 1 First Aid/CPR course. The important information taught by first aid educator, Mr Darren Schrek, focused on emergency response actions, major bleeding, shock, anaphylaxis, asthma, choking, stroke and heart attack. The students were most attentive, asked thoughtful questions and excelled at the practical activities.

So what does DRSABCD stand for?

D- Danger; R – Response; S – Send for Help; A – Airway; B – Breathing; C – CPR; D – Defibrillation.

Who are you going to call? 000 or 112


Clean Up Australia Day 2018

On Thursday, our Year 9 Advance class participated in Clean Up Australia Day for their community service for the Dukes Award. Our goal to clean up the Errington Reserve Children’s playground and oval was successfully achieved by the enthusiastic and highly motivated students. We collected hundreds of cigarette butts and plastic material and enjoyed working as a team to tackle the St Albans waste problem. Interestingly, a significant proportion of the waste collected was recyclable. Special thanks to Laboratory Technician, Mr Tim Clay for his support and leadership on the excursion. Congratulations on a job well done!

Camp news

Year 7 Strathbogie Camp in photos


Arts news

Middle school Art students visit NGV Triennial

The NGV Triennial exhibition show cases works by 123 international artists from 32 countries. The exhibition occurs every three years.  Installations were the feature of this year’s exhibition. Middle school students attended a full day of activities that included becoming part of interactive artworks and participating in floor-talks.


The exhibitions really made an impression on our students. Australian Hyper-realist sculptor Muek’s field of giant skulls, Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama poppy room and Teamlab’s interactive light installation were our students’ favourites.

Swimming Carnival

On behalf of the P.E Department, The House system , Mr Lakovski and Mr Winduss, we would like to thank everyone for their tremendous efforts with the Swimming carnival on Friday, 2 March. The day saw unprecedented involvement by students and a day filled with exciting events and results.


A big congratulations to Buttrose House who finished first place on the day with an impressive 1018 points. Second was Irwin with 964 , third was Rosewall on 820 , followed by Freeman on 522. These points have been added to the running tally which now stands at:



We look forward to seeing everyone at the Athletics carnival on Friday, 4 May and at all the multitude of activities planned throughout the year.


Piera Biondi and Eli Goldbaum

House Coordinators


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