Alba News

19 December 2018
Issue Eleven
Important Dates & Calendar   
From the Principal Class Team
From the Principal Class Team
From the Principal Class Team
From the General Office
Excursion Consent & Payments on Compass 
Course confirmation, School Charges and Booklists
2018 Sub School Coordinators 
Junior School Report
Middle School Report  
Senior School Report  
Japan study tour
Trinity College Young Leaders Program – Western Chances
Science News
Year 9 Advance News
Camp News
Breakfast Club
Parents and friends exercise class
Community News
St Albans Secondary College
03 9366 2555
289 Main Road East
St Albans, Victoria, 3021

Important Dates & Calendar   

Monday, 17 December

8:45am - 4:00pm End of Year Activities Year 7 & 8

Tuesday, 18 December

All day Year 7 & 8 Activities Program 

Wednesday, 19 December

All day Year 7 and 8 Activities Program  

4:00pm - 6:00pm Year 8 Graduation Dance

Thursday, 20 December

All day Year 7 & 8 Activities Program

All day Last day for Years 7 & 8 students

Wednesday, 23 January 

9:00am - 12:00pm Book Collection Day - Science Centre

1:00pm  - 4:00pm Book Collection Day - Science Centre

5:00pm - 7:00pm Book Collection Day - Science Centre

Monday, 28 January

All day Australian Day public holiday

Wednesday, 30 January 

8:45am First day back 2019 for Year 7, 10 and 11 & 12 VCE students

Thursday, 31 January 

8:45am First day back 2019 for Year 8 & 9 students

Friday, 1 February 

8:45am First day back 2019 for Year 11 & 12 VCAL students

Monday, 4 February 

6:30pm - 7:00pm Year 12 VCAL Parent Information Evening - Nindethana 6:30pm - 7:30pm Year 12 VCE Parent Information Evening - Gymnasium

Wednesday, 6 February

9:00am - 10:30am Whole School Assembly

Monday, 18 February

6:30pm - 7:30pm Year 11 Parent Information Evening

Friday, 22 February

All day Curriculum Day

Monday, 25 February

All day School photo day

Friday, 8 March

All day Swim Carnival

Monday, 11 March 

All day Labour Day Public Holida

From the Principal Class Team

Dear Parents and Guardians

Year 12 VCE Results

Congratulations to the VCE Class of 2018 on their excellent results, the hard work and dedication of both the students and teachers has meant we have maintained or improved upon most of our previous years’ results.  We had almost one third of the cohort (42 students) scoring an ATAR (Australian Tertiary Entrance Rank) of 80 or above, placing them in the top 20 percent of the nation including 14 students with an ATAR over 90.  The school has maintained its median study score of 30 and we had 6.3% of study scores over 40.  A number of subjects had mean study scores above 30. 


We had 23 students obtain the VCE (Baccalaureate) which means they completed their VCE with a study score of 30 or above for English or Literature; or a study score of 33 or above for EAL as well as completing Mathematics Methods or Specialist Mathematics and a VCE Language with a minimum of 5 completed VCE subjects



  • 11% of students = ATAR of 90 or above.  
  • 32% of students = ATAR of 80 or above.
  • Highest Achiever = Shani Nguyen, 99.25
  • Median ATAR = 69.5
  • 6.3% of study scores = 40 or above
  • 36% of students achieved one or more study scores of 40 or above across 12 subjects.
  • Average study score of 30 or above in the following school based subjects:
    • Business Management (31)
    • Chemistry (30)
    • English (30)
    • EAL (33)
    • Informatics (32)
    • Literature (33)
    • Vietnamese First Language (31)
    • Further Mathematics (35)
    • Specialist Mathematics (30)
    • Mathematical Methods (31)
    • VET Information Technology (34)
    • VET Sport and Recreation (31)


Our top achievers for 2018 are:


This is a culmination of the six years of secondary schooling and we acknowledge it relies on a team of dedicated staff from Year 7 right through to Year 12.  We would like to thank all the staff for their work with our students and in particular to acknowledge the level of commitment shown by our Year 12 teachers.


Special thanks to our Senior Sub-school coordinators who have worked tirelessly to support and guide all the 2018 Year 12 students – Ms Stav Bekiaris(Senior Sub-school leader), Ms Anna Woods (Assistant Senior Sub-school leader), Mr Robert Krysinski (VCE Learning coordinator), Ms Laura Gough (VCAL coordinator), Ms Wendy Mair (year level co-ordinator) and Ms Rosemary Bambery (Senior Sub-school Assistant).


Ms Cathy Armstrong, Ms Colleen Lynch and Ms Jaqueline Hunter are available to work with students to either confirm their VTAC course selections, or to revise them as needed.  We thank them for this important work and encourage students to see the careers team if they require any support.


We wish our entire 2018 Year 12 cohort well for the next part of their journey and look forward to seeing their growth and contributions beyond school.  They will always be part of the St Albans Secondary College Community.



This year we acknowledge the retirement of Mr Surjeet Singh, one of our longest serving staff members. Surjeet commenced teaching at St Albans Secondary College in 1992, after beginning his career with the Department of Education and Training three years earlier at Wycheproof. It would have been almost impossible, physically and metaphorically, to be further from St Albans and still in Victoria. A year at Niddrie Technical School brought Surjeet a step closer to his long and successful career at St Albans.


Surjeet brought a change with him to our school, in ways we take for granted now, with a passion for, and skills in, information technology, Surjeet championed new learning opportunities in IT for students and staff, alike. He introduced new subjects into the curriculum, and with his characteristic endless patience, supported staff to develop their computing and IT skills, as well.


As our first Network Manager, Surjeet led the development of the school’s computer labs, the first network, and oversaw the introduction of the internet and wireless technologies. His work made a difference in ways that are difficult to comprehend now.


Surjeet also led and developed the Information Technologies Learning Area, and was responsible for the growth and diversification of this curriculum area over many years.

On behalf of the School Council, staff and students of St Albans Secondary College, we congratulate Surjeet on his successful career in education, and on an outstanding contribution to our community and to government school education.


We wish him all the very best of happiness and health for his retirement.


Two years ago, Ms Melissa D’Amico took leave to work in the Catholic Education system, and in 2019, she will take up a position at St. Columba’s College.  Melissa commenced her teaching career at Essendon Keilor College before joining the staff here as a science teacher 18 years ago. Melissa is a dynamic and innovative teacher, and this was never more evident than in her senior Biology classes where students were inspired to develop a love of science and learning.


Melissa led the Science Learning Area, and was also a Year Level Coordinator and Assistant Sub School Leader.


We thank her for her many different contributions as both a teacher and a leader at St Albans Secondary College, and wish her every success in her new school and role.


Ms Nicole Carbonaro will also leave us this year after four years with us teaching English as an Additional Language, and two years co-leading the English and EAL Learning Areas.


Nicole is a skilled and committed teacher, and her work is valued by colleagues and students alike. We thank her for her significant contributions St Albans Secondary College, and wish her well at Montmorency Secondary College where she will take up a teaching position in 2019.


Our thanks, also, and very best wishes to Ms Tuyet Duong, Ms Paris Ladas, Ms Kathleen Pryor, Ms Nony Simitzis, and Ms Serife Erten who worked with us during 2018.

From the Principal Class Team

Welcome, Year 7s 2019

On Tuesday 11 December, Grade 6 students across the state, spent the day at their new secondary schools. We welcomed 305 students as the Year 7 class of 2019! It was also a pleasure to meet many parents on the day, too. The Grade 6’s experienced a range of subjects, had a tour of the school (fear of getting lost is always high on their list of concerns!), and enjoyed a BBQ lunch. Many thanks and congratulations to Transition Coordinator, Ms Marlene Cassar, and her team of staff for organising such a successful event; and to our student leaders for their leadership on the day, and the excellent way in which they looked after the new students and represented the school.


Year 12 formal

On Thursday 22 November, the Year 12 students had the opportunity to celebrate the end of their secondary school journey at their formal held at the Luxor Reception Centre in Taylors Lakes.  This was a great opportunity for the students to celebrate finishing their VCE or VCAL studies in a really thoughtful and creative way.  Groups of students organised different entertainment that was both humorous and reflective in regards to their secondary school journey.  There were gameshows, quizzes and videos with archived photos and great memories.  One group performed a couple of choreographed dance routines to the delight of the audience.  Overall it was a wonderful way to celebrate together.  Throughout the night students and staff danced to the music of the DJ, posed for photos in the photo booth and were treated to a three-course meal.  Congratulations to all those involved in organising the event, the student organisers and entertainment providers and the staff of the Senior Sub School.  Many staff attended to enjoy the company of the students and colleagues and all who went had a wonderful time.


New staff induction

The induction program for staff new to St Albans Secondary College was run on Thursday, 6 and Friday, 7 December.  The program provided these staff with an overview of the College, its day-to-day running, our guiding principles and other important information.  The calibre of the sessions was exceptional and our Professional Development Team are to be commended on putting together such a comprehensive program which contributes to the connectedness of our new staff members to the St Albans Secondary College community. A very successful part of this program is the assigning of a mentor to support each new staff member.  We are looking forward to working with all our new members of staff and know they will be a great addition to our school.


End of Semester 2 Reports

End of Semester Reports for years 7-11 were placed on Compass on Friday, 14 December.  If you have not already done so please ensure you read your son or daughter’s report and discuss their progress with them.  The feedback provided can be used as the basis for discussion about the performance of your child in each subject. 
Congratulations to the many students who performed well as a result of good study habits and engagement in the learning process.  For those who feel they could improve, this is an opportunity to set some goals and work towards these throughout 2019.
It is important to note that the reports provide a summary of the progress of each student at this point in time and should be viewed as part of the overall educational journey of each individual student.  If you have any concerns about your child’s progress, please do not hesitate to contact their year level coordinator.


Step up and orientation programs for 2019 classes

The VCE Orientation and Year 8-10, 2019 step up programs were run as part of the final weeks of this year and provided students the opportunity to experience their classes for 2019.  This means that students have an idea what to expect prior to starting in Term 1 next year.  Both programs were very successful in preparing students for the next steps in their secondary school journey and helping them to connect with their classes, subjects and teachers.  Those in VCE next year will have some homework to complete over the break but will still have plenty of time to relax and recalibrate prior to starting next year. 


Japan Trip

Over the past 2 weeks 20 students from Years 9, 10 and 11 and three staff travelled through Japan. Highlights of the trip included 5 days in Tokyo, visiting the many and varied neighbourhoods. There was also a visit to our sister School, Nishishiba Junior high school, where our students were able to present to the Japanese about life in Australia. Next stop was Kyoto, where temples and castles were explored, as well as the famous Inari Gates. The last stop was Osaka, for great food! Students were able to do a day trip to Hiroshima, where a very moving visit was made to the Peace Park and the Atomic dome. A day trip to Nara rounded out the trip, where students were able to feed deer and visit another temple.

Congratulations to all the students who attended for representing themselves, their families, the school and their country so maturely.


Also, a very special thank you to Ms Caroline Tran and Ms Emi Narasaki for their great organisation of the trip, and their work with the students in Japan.

From the Principal Class Team

Year 10 Graduation

Our Year 10 cohort stepped out in style at their recent graduation. It was such a privilege to see the personal growth of this wonderful group of students who celebrated their achievements together. The Year 10 band played two fantastic sets and the students had a very memorable evening. A very big thank you to the Middle School Team who organised this sensational event and a big thank you to our Year 10 students who showed the most exemplary behaviour and demonstrated, without a doubt, they are ready to be seniors and role models at our school.


Food bank

A big thank you to our Interact Club who organised a very successful food drive. All proceeds have been donated to Food Bank Victoria who will distribute the food to people in need across our region. Thank you to the members of our school community that donated to this worthy cause to support people in need over the holiday period.


Donations of Uniforms and Textbooks

If you have old uniforms from past students or perhaps items that no longer fit, please donate these back to the school. We will ensure they are distributed to families in need. We also love to receive text book donations as well. Any support you can provide can really make a difference to help someone less fortunate.


Voice for change

Four students form the College that participated in the recent Voice for Change program were selected to work with professional artists and sound engineers and attend a music workshop and recording session at a Port Melbourne Studio. From here students will continue to rehearse and record tracks, while chosen students will perform at the AUSTRALIAN OPEN! Fingers cross for our amazing students, Shalom, Lance, Serena and Amir!


Year 9 Dance Celebration

Our Year 9 dance students put on a dance extravaganza for their entire cohort last week. They danced up a storm and reminded us all of the importance of the Arts in creating a vibrant and rich school community. A big congratulations to the students and their fabulous teachers for their hard work. It was a great show!

Holiday Programs.

The school has established some fantastic partnerships with providers who are offering our students some wonderful holiday programs. These include music and arts programs, coffee making and sport. For more information and to sign up, check out the COMPASS newsfeed.


First day 2019

The first day for 2019 for students is detailed below.

  • Wednesday, 30 January 2019 -  Year 7, 10, 11 and 12 VCE
  • Thursday, 31 January 2019 - Year 8 and 9
  • Friday, 1 February 2019 - Year 11 and 12 VCAL

And finally....

We would like to acknowledge the generous support of our School Council throughout 2018. This year, parent, community and staff members were joined by two student representatives, bringing even greater diversity and strength of voice to the school’s governance. We thank them for their commitment to the continued growth and development of the college, and to always ensuring that it provides high quality education and opportunities to the young people of St Albans.


Our sincere thanks, too, to our staff team, both teaching and education support, for their dedication and work this year on behalf of all our students and families. Their skill, expertise, and passion for education and making a difference in the lives of young people ensure that the school holds the place it does in the eyes of the students and the community.


The partnership with, and amazing support we enjoy from our families are also hugely appreciated, and make our work so much more enjoyable and rewarding.


We wish our students, families and staff a restful, happy and safe break over the summer, and look forward to seeing you again in the new year.


To those students and families who will be leaving St Albans Secondary College, we wish you all the best for the future.

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       

ID Cards

Students are reminded that they require their ID cards with them when they present to the front office. 

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 saves your child time lining up at the general office.


Compass greatly assists parents with approval and payment requirements, and also assists the office staff and teachers by reducing the paperwork and finance components. Parents can 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 that 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.


Course confirmation, School Charges and Booklists

All students will now have received an information pack for the 2019 school year.


The pack includes:

  • A letter with details on how to log in to Compass to complete the tasks required before the commencement of the 2019 school year
  • Our Parent Payment Policy
  • Completing course confirmation through Compass
  • Booklist
  • Sustainable School Shop flyer.

From Friday, 23 November you will be able to log in to Compass and complete your child’s:

  • Course confirmation
  • Make payments for the 2019 School Charges
  • Approve any of your child’s pre-planned camps or excursions for 2019.

You can access Compass through our website:

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

Acting 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 Shona Cowell

Sub School Coordinator

9K, 9J, 10C

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 Wendy Mair

Sub School Coordinator

11C, 12C, 12W

Ms Rosemary Bambery

Sub School Assistant


























Junior School Report

It has been a busy time of the year in Junior School and students have been working hard to get their best results and to complete assessments for reports.  Junior School students are involved in lots of activities around the school and students have had a wonderful year in the Junior School and have also experienced many outings including the State Library and the Melbourne Zoo.


All year 8 classes have also attended the Strathbogie camp this term and students have and a lovely time with their peers and teachers, canoeing¸ swimming and preparing their evening meals. It has been a great way for them to complete their time in Junior School.


End of year activities 

End of Year Activities were planned for Year 7 and Year 8 to attend Fun Fields and it was an absolutely fabulous day.  Students attended other organised activities at the school.


Year 8 Graduation Dance

The Year 8 Graduation Dance will be held on Wednesday 19th December from 4pm to 6pm at the school. Students will be dismissed at 12.40 to go home and get prepared then return at 4pm.

Pizza and other refreshments will be provided. Drinks will be available for purchase on the evening. Cost for drinks is $2 .  We look forward to seeing our Year 8’s all dressed up to celebrate their final Year in Junior School.

End of Year Awards and Concert

The End of Year Awards and Concert are on Thursday, 20 December.  We have numerous awards to present to students for their wonderful Academic and Citizenship Achievements. Students are required to attend these events in full school uniform. The concert will be an exciting way to end the busy year with students and staff performing for everyone.


Lauren Honeycombe

Junior Sub School leader

Middle School Report  

As the school year draws to an end, students in Year 9 and 10 have been involved in orientation and ‘step up’ programs to prepare them for their studies next year.  In the final assemblies of the year, students’ achievements and successes were recognised and celebrated, and there were a number of exceptional music performances too. 



Year 9 Events


On Monday 10th December, Year 9s took part in the sixth annual Dance Celebration.  Students who studied Dance in Semester Two all performed their assessment pieces to the year group.  A number of students also signed up to work with choreographers arranged by Ms De Silva to create dances showcasing a number of different styles: Hip Hop, Contemporary and Jazz.  A traditional cultural dance was also performed.  So many students took to the stage to celebrate the different styles of dance, and it was great to see members of staff on stage showing students how dance is really done!


The final Year 9 assembly of the year also took place on Tuesday 11th December.  It was great to see so many students recognised for their positive contributions to the school, their academic achievements and efforts, and their attendance and punctuality.  At lunch time on the last day of the step up program, there was a BBQ for the students to celebrate the end of the year.


Congratulations to Vivianne Doan who was awarded the ‘Student of the Year’ award having achieved A+ and A grades is all her subjects, and achievement awards in five of her subjects.  A fantastic accomplishment, and very well deserved.


From Wednesday 12th to Friday 14th December, the students attended lessons as part of a ‘step up’ program into Year 10.  All students were given the opportunity to find out more about the subjects they will be studying in Semester One next year, and enjoyed three ‘taster’ lessons for each subject. 


Year 10 Events


Year 10 students have also been very busy over the last few weeks, with the orientation to VCE, VCAL and VET courses taking place following the end of semester exams.


VCE orientation classes ran from Thursday, 29 November until Thursday, 6 December, providing students with an introduction to the curriculum they will study next year.  The feedback from staff and students was very positive, and provided students with a clear direction for their learning next year.  VCAL students and those studying VET courses next year attended a VET orientation class on Tuesday 27 November, and the VCAL orientation program ran in school from Thursday, 29 to Friday, 30 November.


The final day for Year 10 students was filled with celebrations and excitement.  Music performances, speeches and a high number of awards were the focus of the final assembly, and a BBQ lunch was provided afterwards.  Students received awards for their academic achievements and efforts, as well as for their leadership roles, attendance and punctuality.


Congratulations to Ian Alcantara who was awarded a Kwong Le Dow scholarship from Melbourne University.  This scholarship will support him to continue his studies at Melbourne University when he completes Year 12.  Well done!


The Year 10 ‘Student of the Year’ award went to Emma Al Atassi.  Emma achieved A+ and A grades in all six of her subjects in Semester Two, and received the subject award for achievement in four of them.  Her reports in Semester One were equally impressive, reflecting her commitment and enthusiasm for her studies. Negla Ibrahim’s results were equally impressive, and she was awarded the Coordinators’ Choice Award in recognition of her accomplishments since joining the school in Term 3. Amazing accomplishments by both students.  Really well done!!


The final day was rounded off with the Year 10 Formal at the Ultima Convention Centre in Keilor.  A huge thank you to Ms Shona Cowell, Ms Ashwini Mana Mohan, Ms Lynda Vo and the Year 10 ‘Formal Committee’ for their hard work in organising the event.  It was attended by 91 students who spent the night enjoying performances by the Year 10 band, and time on the dance floor celebrating the end their time in Middle School.  There was also a photo booth that was enjoyed by staff and students alike.  These will be made available on the public drive for the students to look through.


To the Year 10 students of 2018, we wish you all the best for Year 11 next year, and thank you for two wonderful years working with you in the Middle Sub School. 


On behalf of the Middle School team: Ms Shona Cowell, Mr Simon Lynch, Ms Ashwini Mana Mohan, Mr Brendan McFarland, Mr Sean Ryan, Mr Matthew Olthod, Ms Lynda Vo, and Mr Robert Winduss, I would like to wish all students and their families a happy, safe and relaxing summer holiday.  For those students leaving St Albans Secondary College at the end of the year, we wish you all the very best for the future.


Merry Christmas!





Becky Annetts

Middle School Sub School Leader

Senior School Report  

Although VCE and VCAL classes have concluded, there has still been plenty of activity in Senior School. Teachers have finished their reports for Semester 2 and Orientation for next year’s Year 11 and Year 12 VCE and VCAL classes has been conducted. The Year 12 students had a ‘Two week’ orientation program where they were given their first formative assessment task to complete in each of their Year 12 subjects.


The Year 11 and the VCAL classes had a ‘One week’ Orientation Program.


If you have a student going into Year 11 or 12 next year, please ask them about the Holiday Homework which they will have received during the Orientation program. Holiday Homework has been set for all VCE and VCAL subjects, and students will have some hours of work that is due in on the first day of classes in 2019.


It is expected that this homework is completed on time so that the classes can begin smoothly. If homework is not completed, students will be required to stay back after school in the first week to finish the work.


The Year 12 students of 2018 celebrated the end of their schooling (what they have known for 13 years or more) by attending their Year 12 formal, which was held at Luxor Reception and Function Centre on Thursday, 22  November.


Once again, they made us so proud to be part of St Albans SC as their behaviour and respect for everyone around them was noted by staff and other guests at the venue. They had a wonderful time and made the most of taking photos in the photo-booth with their friends.


The VCE Results were released on Friday, 14 December and again this year we are celebrating our students’ great results.  On Wednesday, 19  December the college will host a Morning Tea for our High Achievers to celebrate their outstanding successes.


After analysing the ‘Attitude to School’ survey and how students responded to the ‘transition’ programs at the school, the Senior Sub School has decided to meet with each student transitioning from Year 10 into Year 11 at the end of this year.  Students will meet with their coordinator during Wednesday, 12 December or Thursday, 13 December for about 10 minutes.  All Year 10 students have been given their appointment time.  It is also on Compass. Parents are welcome to attend the meeting.


The Year 12 Study camp is on Tuesday, 7 February and Friday, 8 February. All students were given their permission forms on the last day of Orientation. Payments can be made on Compass during the holidays. Just reminding parents, that this is a compulsory school event for all Year 12 students.

The Year 12, 2019 Parent Information evening is on Monday, 4 February starting at 6.30pm.  The camp agenda will be distributed during this time.


The Year 11, 2019 Parent Information evening is on Monday, 18 February starting at 6.30pm. All families will be supplied with the Senior School hand book.


Many thanks to the parents who have contacted 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 for your child. 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 the progress of your child, especially at the beginning of the new school year.







Stav Bekiaris

Senior Sub School Leader

Japan study tour

20 students with Mr Jennings, Ms Tran and Ms Narasaki participated in the  Japan study tour. Students  experienced the bright lights of Tokyo and the beautiful and serene Kyoto. 


Students  also had the opportunity to visit our sister school in Yokohama, Nishishiba Junior High School. There, students practiced conversing in Japanese with students their own age. They also participated in an Japanese style obstacle course organised by the school. 


Every day, students have been engaging in Japanese culture and indulging in delicious Japanese food. We look forward to sharing our experience with the school. 


Trinity College Young Leaders Program – Western Chances

YLP program

The Trinity College Young Leaders Program (YLP) is an experience I never thought nor did I expect I needed. However, after a short period of 1 week, I realised that sometimes the best things in life are often the least expected.


Of course, as the name of the program suggest, it is about leadership but it is also about so much more. I did the English Plus stream and we went on many excursions which included going to the NGV, theatre, meeting an author...


I was constantly pushing boundaries and doing things that I hadn't known I was capable of. I made many new friends every day and learnt so, so much from them. To be honest, I think those were my magic moments and I wouldn't trade them for the world.


There was not a single thing I did that was not worth it and I want to thank those friends from across the world, mentors that guided me and most importantly Western Chances. If it wasn't for you guys I wouldn't have been able to experience this opportunity of a lifetime. 

Chelsea Tran (Year 11)


I came into YLP not expecting much but it didn't take me long to realise how magical one week can become. The Young Leaders Program has enriched with encouragement and guidance of how to be a great leader. Many beautiful friendships were fostered. This is hands down one of the most valuable experience of my life.

Vicky Le  (Year 11) - Science/Engineering Stream


Last week, I participated in the biomedical stream, a program offered at Trinity College, the University of Melbourne, for the period of a week.

Truthfully, in the days before commencing the program, although being excited for the various opportunities to learn and study, I was also quite apprehensive. The idea of meeting so many new people was quite intimidating.

However, through the span of that week, I became fully immersed in the experience. I engaged in brain, liver and eye dissections, used medical technology to understand the complexity of the heart, practised suturing and endoscopy at the College of Surgeons, looked through microscopes to view bacteria, and used biological input to solve crimes under the guidance of a head researcher. I also was a part of the audience at several lectures by current university students and graduates.

It is through these learning activities that have enabled me to evolve my understanding of what the biomedical stream is all about, what distinguishes it from other courses, and if I would like to pursue it in the future.

Moreover, the experience also facilitated multiple opportunities for me to refine my teamwork and leadership skills, working alongside other like-minded students from all around the world, including Indonesia, Malaysia, Russia, South Korea, and Syria.

I can say that this experience has blown me away. There is no way that I can summarise the vast impact it has had on me as an individual, both towards my refined skill set, developed understanding and strengthened confidence in choosing my future academic endeavours at university.

This program has been absolutely amazing, and I definitely encourage all year 10 and 11 students to apply!

Cindy Nguyen, 10E


Science News

GTAC - Parasites in Focus Program

The Gene Technology Access Centre (GTAC) is Victoria’s leading source of Life Sciences learning and education. GTAC and the Australian Society for Parasitology provided a unique program for selected Year 10 students from St Albans Secondary College to explore the nature and diversity of parasitic organisms, their impacts on human and animal health, and to interact with local parasitologists to learn more about their work. The program featured an opening address by an eminent field parasitologist and laboratory and ICT workshops, including microscopy of parasites and molecular-based experiments, guided by a scientist mentor. The students really enjoyed the GTAC experience and increased their knowledge of parasites significantly.

Angela Hanley

Science Co-ordinator

Year 9 Advance News

Awards Victoria: motivating young people to succeed 


Dukes Award – Qualifying hike at Lorne

It has been a great year for our Year 9 Advance class – who recently completed their Duke of Edinburgh’s (Dukes) Award qualifying journey in Lorne. The two day hike was a scenic delight - with breathtaking temperate rainforest; gorgeous waterfalls; giant eucalyptus trees and coastal beauty. The students are to be congratulated for their positive attitudes and for their resilience, collaborative team work and sense of adventure. Successful Dukes candidates will receive their Bronze Award next year.

Student reflection

Initially, I was reluctant to come on this camp as I didn’t know what to expect and so I assumed the worst about it being tiring and unenjoyable. I was right about the tiring bit but the whole camp was very pleasant. Compared to our practice hike, I felt as if it wasn’t that hard . The waterfalls were lovely as well.


The second day was a better hike because 1) it was shorter 2) the waterfall we went to was crazy beautiful. My new record of rock skipping went up to two! The  highlight of the camp was the Lorne beach. The ocean is truly a beauty of its own and even though I hate the smell of seaweeds, I decided to rise above it and just appreciate the people around me and the environment. I had a really nice time in town and enjoyed looking at the sky and ocean harmoniously mixing with each other at the pier. Our campsite that day was absolutely breathtaking with the rocks and trees. I felt like I came out of a movie and I caught myself in a trance a couple of times just admiring the beauty of it. The sleep that night was absolutely amazing as well. I slept like a rock compared to the first night.


I am proud that I did such a hard hike and am also very grateful for the opportunity to be in this program and my classmates for making it a memorable one. Thank you to the teachers (especially Miss Mortimer) for organising the camp and taking care of us.

Ngoc Truong, 9D


Thank you to

  • Teachers, Mark Micallef and Robert Winduss for their practical skills, wise counsel and good company on the Lorne camp.
  • The wonderful General Office staff at St Albans Secondary College for their professionalism, support and patience. In particular, Julie Talevski , Maree Wilke, Liz Hedger, Loan Pham and Sarah Weston.
  • Kristy Le (Daily Organiser); Carmel Castorina (Breakfast Club) and Seijiro Nishioka (School Magazine) and Lynne Borle, Owen McIntrye and Damien St Pierre (camp buddies) for their support over the years.


Final message

Use what talents you possess; the woods would be very silent if no birds sang there, except those that sang the best.                 Henry Van Dyke.


In 2019, Mr Robert Winduss will be taking the Year 9 Advance – Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.


Marion Mortimer

Year 9 Advance Co-ordinator

Camp News

Strathbogie camp

On Thursday, 29 November the St Albans Secondary College awarded local farmer David Steen a Lifetime Achievement Award. A Celebratory Dinner was held at the camp to recognise David’s long term support and involvement in the Strathbogie Camping Program.


For over 32 years David has opened his farm to students visiting the camp. It was a fantastic first hand experience of rural life where students saw sheep sheared, feed David’s herd of goats and toured the farm buildings. Of course David was always good for a story or two. David’s support extended to landscaping the campsite, moving fallen trees, mowing and numerous other maintenance tasks. Most done for nothing more than a thank you.


David was presented with a Special Award Plaque, which will be displayed at camp and a Commemorative Medallion for him to take home.


In his acceptance speech he stated that he always found the students polite, well behaved and a pleasure to work with.


Even the local wildlife turned up to approve the Award.

Student reflections 

During our time at Strathbogie camp, we experienced many fun activities. This included kayaking/canoeing, rock climbing at the Dam wall, walking up Mt Wombat to view the beautiful lookout, exploring the Strathbogie cemetery and many more educational ventures. On our journey, we sought Australian animals such as koalas, kangaroos, wombats and echidnas. While on the Goulburn River, we learnt the basic skills of kayaking and the history of the Chinaman's Bridge and its relation to the gold rush. Overall, our time at camp was very insightful and enjoyable!

-Michelle and Eden


The highlights of 8J’s camp were the activities and games we participated in, such as Capture the Flag and Family Feud. Canoeing was extremely fun, even when two of our classmates capsized and the majority of us got sunburnt and developed tan lines. My favourite part of camp would have been hanging out in the recreation room with everyone, telling stories, having pillow fights, and playing games. Even in the bus, it was never boring, as we played Truth or Dare, Heads Up, and sang along to the songs our classmates chose. Overall, camp was one of the best parts of the year, especially with all our friends to enjoy it.


Breakfast Club

Hi All,

I am very happy to announce that the Breakfast club is as popular as ever! Come and join us in the canteen from 8:15am every Wednesday and Friday morning.


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

Parents and friends exercise class

Every Tuesday, 1:45pm – 2:45pm in Nindethana

Our Parent Group is running an extracurricular exercise class doing Yoga, Zumba and Jazz on every Tuesday 1:45pm to 2:45pm starting 23 October 2018, in Nindethana. No matter your age or your fitness level, anyone is welcome to join in this activity to evaluate your health and stay in good shape.

The more the merrier, please feel free to contact Miranda Truong, 9366 2555, for more information.

Lớp thể dục ngoại khóa cùng phụ huynh và bạn hữu

Ngày: Thứ Ba hàng tuần, từ 13.45 – 14.45 tại Nindethana

Nhóm phụ huynh của chúng tôi đang tổ chức lớp thể dục ngoai khóa môn Yoga, Zumba và Jazz vào mỗi Thứ Ba hàng tuần từ 13.45 – 14.45 bắt đầu từ 23/10/2018 tại Nindethana. Không phân biệt tuổi tác và mức độ thể lực vận động của các bạn, chào đón mọi người tham gia vào hoạt động này để duy trì sức khỏe và giữ gì vóc dáng của bạn.

Càng đông càng vui, vui lòng liên hệ Cô Miranda Trương, 9366 2555, để biết thêm chi tiết.

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