Koonung Secondary College Newsletter

21 February 2019
Issue Two
Dates to Remember 
Principals' Report
College Notices 
College Council Positions
Middle Years 
Wellbeing & Student Engagement 
Careers and Pathways
Library News
Parents and Friends Association  
School Information  
Community Notices 
Koonung Secondary College
615 Elgar Road
Mont Albert North, VIC, 3129

Dates to Remember 

Dates for your diary 


Friday 22 February

House Swimming Carnival


Wednesday  27 February to 

Friday 1 March

Year 7 Camp 



Monday 11 March

Labour Day  Public Holiday


Tuesday 12 March 

Year 9  Information night 6pm


Friday 15 March 

Year 8 Team Building Day

Melbourne Convention Centre 




Monday 18 March 

PFA meeting 



Tuesday 30 April  

KSC Open Day 




Wednesday 6 March - early finish from 12:30pm

Tuesday 11 June 

Friday 21 June 

Thursday 15 August



(no classes)

Wednesday 3 April 

Wednesday 18 September



Term 1

Tuesday 29 January to Friday 5 April , 2:15pm finish 

Term 2

Tuesday 23 April to Friday 28 June  2:15pm finish 

Term 3

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

Term 4

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







Principals' Report

Principal Team Report 

It is very impressive how quickly our new Year 7 students have settled in to the routines of secondary school. After only three weeks, they are navigating the timetable and the College grounds like experts, they have transferred from “tubs” to “lockers” and “play" to “recess” and they certainly look like they feel at home. Last week we shared an evening of music, food and activities with many of our Year 7s and their families at the Year 7 Welcome Picnic. It was a very pleasant evening, not too hot and not too cold, Goldilocks would have been very happy!  Many staff were present and the musical performances were a real highlight.  We were well supported by members of the PFA and student leadership team and Ray White Real Estate once again sponsored a coffee van for the evening. Preparations are well underway for the Year 7 Camp which departs next week and we are pleased that all Year 7 students will be attending this transition camp.  Last Friday they were welcomed to their first whole school assembly and we “badged” our current Year 12s in recognition of their final year at our College. Friday will be the first introduction for our Year 7s to our whole school swimming carnival, once again we are hopeful of pleasant weather.


Over the last three weeks Marianne and I have spent a number of days visiting classrooms across College. We have not only been pleased with how well the Year 7s have settled but also the whole school. Our classrooms are calm learning environments where teachers are clearly planning carefully structured and engaging lessons and students are active learners. If you are wondering what is happening in your son/daughter's classroom please take some time to consult Compass to view Course outlines and lesson plans. This will provide you with valuable information to assist conversations around the learning that is happening every day. Many classes are coming to the end of the first unit of work and so assessment tasks and SACs (School Assessed Coursework – for VCE Unit ¾ subjects) are currently being posted with feedback. This information will form part of the conversations which will take place during Parent/Teacher/Student conferences on 3 April. 


Last week Paul Hamer, Member for Box Hill in the Victorian State Parliament, joined the Principal team, Mat Douglas, our facilities officer, and our College Council President, Kyle Joustra,  on one of our tours of the school. Paul replaced Robert Clark in the recent State election.  Paul indicated that he had been made aware of our need for an injection of funding by many members of the wider community and he was keen to see first-hand the condition of our buildings. We will continue to lobby hard for additional funding for our College and hope our community will support us to ensure that the needs of Koonung Secondary College are high on the Government’s priority list.


This week, Conor Sheehan and the Senior School team have conducted two information evenings. The first, on Monday night, provided valuable information to parents and students undertaking their VCE (Years 11 and 12). Chris Sheehan detailed information about the structure and processes that govern the VCE, Karen Riding outlined the career pathways that students need to start investigating from as early as Year 10 and Conor covered helpful advice to support students and parents navigate these two very demanding years. On Tuesday night the team welcomed the the parents of Year 10 students into the Senior School. This is an important year for our students as they move out of the comfort of their form group and really start to explore their passions and find their future direction. Once again we are very fortunate to have Karen Riding and the careers staff to support our students to navigate this complex environment. We were very pleased with the extremely high attendance rate at these two evenings. We often refer to the importance of a partnership between students, parents and staff and it is so pleasing to see that this partnership is extremely strong at Koonung.

Sandra Greenhill

Assistant Principal 

College Notices 

Important information from the Business Manager

Student accident insurance arrangements

Families are reminded that neither Koonung Secondary College nor the Department of Education and Training provide personal accident insurance for students. Parents and guardians are responsible for paying the cost of medical treatment for injured students, including any transport costs. Student accident insurance policies are available from some commercial insurers. These cover a range of medical expenses not covered by Medicare or private health insurance. It is recommended that families seek assistance in this matter with their insurance broker or find a suitable personal accident insurer.


Collection of receipts

Receipts for payment of monies may be collected by students from the accounts receivable office before or after school, at recess or lunchtime. We will also be emailing statements of outstanding charges each month so that you have a current record of payments made to date.


Occupational Health & Safety at Koonung

The Department of Education and Training has a comprehensive Occupational Health and Safety Management System which has been in place at Koonung for some years. This helps to provide a safe school environment for staff, students, parents and contractors.

Please take note of the following:

Traffic within the College grounds

Student drop-off and pick-up is not permitted within the College grounds unless the student is injured or disabled. All traffic entering the school grounds must observe the speed limit of 10kmh (ie walking pace).



It is an offence to smoke anywhere within the College grounds and within 4 metres of all school ground entrances. This applies 24/7 regardless of whether or not students are at school.



A comprehensive audit has been carried out, testing all building construction materials. Material containing asbestos was found to be in a safe condition and consisted largely of the comparatively low risk asbestos cement (AC) sheet with the majority located out of the way in eaves and ceilings. The results of this audit were used to update our existing asbestos register.


Note that a health risk exists only if safety precautions are not observed if the AC is disturbed.

To guard against any such risk:

  1. All asbestos containing material is labelled either with a sticker (at eye level) or a painted red dot (high points e.g. eaves, ceilings).
  2. Our computer based Maintenance Reporting System allows staff to remotely log any damage. This immediately generates an alert to our maintenance and facilities staff.
  3. Before any construction work is started, the asbestos register is checked to determine whether the area to be worked is listed.
  4. Only contractors with the appropriate licensing are permitted to work with asbestos.
  5. A whole school inspection is carried out each quarter to check for damage or wear and to ensure advisory labels are in place.

Stace Kerr 

Business Manager

Lost Property 

We are having a lot of lost property handed in to Middle School, uniform items, diaries, text books, laptop cases etc.

Unfortunately a lot of these items are not named, which means that they cannot be returned to their owner.

Could you please ensure that ALL of your child's belongings are named so that they can be returned to their rightful owner should they be misplaced.


Please note at the end of each term unnamed lost property items will be donated to  Wellbeing .


Camps, Sports and Excursions Funding (CSEF)

The CSEF will ensure that no student will miss out on the opportunity to join their classmates for important, educational and fun activities. CSEF will be provided by the Victorian Government to assist eligible families to cover the costs of school trips, camps and sporting activities.

If you hold a valid means-tested concession card or are a temporary foster parent, you may be eligible for CSEF. The allowance will be paid to the school to use towards expenses relating to camps, excursions or sporting activities for the benefit of your child.

The annual CSEF amount per secondary student is $225.

The  CSEF application form is attached or it may be downloaded from:  


For more information about the CSEF visit www.educationa.vic.gov.au/csef



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

Compass Photos 


 If you wish to order any photos please go to the 'Order 2019 School Photo Packs' on your Compass  portal.  Compass is using MSP for photos this year.  All payments are handled through Compass, not through Koonung Secondary College. 

Parents can now order individual Compass  photos online. Compass advised  that sibling photos will not be available for another four weeks, at which time they will send out another notification. Parents may wish to wait until then to place their orders. 

Important information for Year 7 and Year 10 parents regarding Secondary School  Vaccinations 2019

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 City of Whitehorse 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 2019 if you do not want your contact details given to The City of Whitehorse 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 www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au

Additionally, the Commonwealth government is funding vaccinations for all children under 20 years of age who missed any scheduled vaccines, including a catch up program for Meningococcal ACWY vaccine for adolescents aged 15-19 years of age who have not already received the vaccine in school. 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).


We are seeking donations - hairsprays  and hairdressers for World's Greatest Shave 

 On Friday 15 March, Koonung Secondary College will be taking part in the World’s Greatest Shave to beat blood cancer! There will be a bake sale at both recess and lunch, and of course the main event – shaving, in the amphitheatre! There will also be hair spraying – so save the date in your diaries! The Student Representative Council is looking for any spare hairsprays and there will be a box in the general office for you to donate them. We are  are looking for any hairdressers – we would love your help on the day!

Please email KoonungSRC2019@gmail.com if you are available to help with hairdressing on the day.

Arun Olifent and Hannah Treisman - SRC Captains

College Council Positions

College Council positions 

Congratulations to the following members of the College community who have been elected to College Council for a 2 year term:

Lou Will and James Chan - parent member category

Sandra Greenhill -  DET member category

Further nominations have been called for the DET member category.





Student ballot for election to School Council

Due to the number of nominations exceeding available positions, a ballot is now required. All current Koonung Secondary College students are eligible to vote. Candidate statements were distributed to the student body via Compass newfeed. Ballot papers are available at the general office. You may cast your vote between the hours of 8 am and 4 pm. The ballot closes on Wednesday 27 February at 4 pm.

 Stace Kerr 

Business Manager 

Middle Years 

Middle Years Update 


When welcoming back our Middle Years students to the 2019 school year I shared a quote which we will be reaffirming throughout the year “Work hard, always work hard and you will be recognised for your efforts” –Rod Laver

We all possess various talents but the key to success is hard work and there is no excuse for anyone to work harder than you work yourself. This is essential for all of us to reach our full potential. With that in mind, we have seen our students begin this year’s academic term in a really purposeful and structured manner and all our students should be congratulated on their approach.


Year 7 BBQ

Last week we enjoyed our Year 7 Welcome BBQ, where parents and staff had the opportunity to mingle with each other. This is an important event for our new families as it allows us to live out one of our College values, collaboration. At Koonung Secondary College we are a partnership; parents, teachers and students.

Making meaningful connections and maintaining them through the life of your time and beyond at our College is important. We subscribe to the theory that it takes a village to raise a child. This week the village got a little bigger for our Year 7 students, and we value this enormously.

We want to connect with our families to grow our community and support you in your journey through our College.




Year 7 Camp

The Year 7 camp is planned for Wednesday 27 February to Friday 1 March 2019. The program will be based at Alexandra Adventure Resort, Alexandra. The Year 7 Camp letter, equipment and medical forms were distributed in late 2018 (and can be located on Compass). We wish all the Year 7 students and the staff who will be accompanying them a wonderful and safe trip! Please remember that students need to arrive at school prior to 8 am to catch the bus. Please feel free to contact the Middle Years Office if you have any further queries.


Year 8 team building day

The Year 8 cohort is excited to be involved in the Arnold sports festival at the Melbourne Convention Centre on Friday 15 March. All Year 8 students will take part in games and group activities which will help build relationships within the students in their class and improve their health and wellbeing.


Year 9 Live Life Program 

The Live Life Program is designed to engage students with curricular and extra-curricular programs that are seen as relevant, challenging, values-based and appropriate to the specific developmental needs of adolescents. 

The students have started really well this year. Students are all wearing their student-designed Live Life t-shirts on Wednesdays when on excursions and extracurricular activities. Each of the four modules – Group, Life, Self, Community- have begun their activities. "Self" students completed their first excursion to 1000 steps in the Dandenong Ranges last week, "Life" completed their budgeting activity at Doncaster Shopping Centre, "Group"  have started their term team-projects, and "Community" students have completed their Scope Disability Training and are doing their first community placement visit this week. Good luck to all students as they enjoy and grow from their valuable experiences in the 2019 Live Life program. A particular thanks to Nicole Moussi and Kate Hindell who continue to do so much work and community consultation to make this innovative program so successful.

Live Life Captains: Liam Wheeler, Helen ball, Ruby Clark, Amelie Sorrenson, Sam Yao 



As with any new year it is important to remind all Middle Years students that their school uniform should always reflect a level of care in their personal presentation and that they are to be correctly dressed at all times – this includes both travelling to and from school as well during the school day. We are extremely proud of our students and our College and our expectation is that students will wear the Koonung uniform with pride at all times.


Upcoming Middle Years events

Wednesday 27 February – Year 7 Camp

Tuesday 12 March – Year 9 Parent Information Evening 6pm

Friday 15 March – Year 8 Team building Day



Middle Years reminders 

  • Year 7 Sport Education Day is Thursdays, students are to wear their PE uniform all day
  • Year 8 Sport Education Day is Wednesdays, students are to wear their PE uniform all day
  • Live Life casual dress days, students are to wear neat casual clothing
  • School starts at 8:50am
  • Students and parents must check Compass every day for room and class changes
  • Students are encourage to bring drink bottles in the warmer weather
  • If your child has Physical Education during the day they must bring their PE uniform and get changed at school
  • Sports equipment can be borrowed at recess and lunchtime at the Middle Years Centre.

Allira Howe

Director of Learning: Middle Years





Intermediate Interschool Tennis - reports from students

On Thursday 14 February, a team of Year 10 boys, along with the Year 9 girls and Year 9 boys, competed in the Whitehorse Division Intermediate Tennis Interschool, which was held at Boroondara Tennis Centre. 

Even though we all played our best, the A team were only able to win 2 sets (Finn and Edwin), and we were unable to proceed to the next round.  Unfortunately for us, Box Hill Senior came out on top overall. Most importantly, we remembered to have fun, which we definitely achieved. 

We recommend that the Year 8s and 9s try out for tennis, just to have a hit, or represent Koonung. It's great to try something different away from the regular school routine and attend these competitions.

Thank you to tennis veteran, Mr Tuffnell,  for supervising us and for being our personal bus driver on the day. 

 Edwin Zhu 10F


Year 9 Tennis Triumph

It was a lovely 23 degree day despite the clouds. The intermediate girls tennis team had been going through their first few games, which went pretty well as we were neither winning nor losing at that point. We were down to the very last game which would determine the fate of our team. It all rested on Amelie's tie breaker in the singles against Blackburn, we soon learned, at this moment,  that we were tied against them. Whoever won that match would go on to Regionals! With that in mind, everyone soon became anxious and there was excitement as we watched and waited. Minutes flew by and everyone had become ecstatic and cheers were coming from both sides. After what looked like an exhausting match, Amelie had managed to win. The excitement wasn’t only on Amelie’s face, it also all spread on all of ours, knowing that we are going to compete in the regionals!

Katherine Hadji-Michael 9F



Alistair Tuffnell 

Year 9 Coordinator


Senior Netball teams 

Our senior netballs teams enjoyed competing at the Whitehorse  round robin with their coach Allira Howe.

Senior A Netball team 

Senior B Netball team 

House Swimming Carnival - Friday 22 February 

 All students are expected to attend and support the House Swimming Carnival on Friday 22 February  at the Boroondara Sports Complex - 271C Belmore Rd, Balwyn North. 


If leaving from Koonung departure time is 8.40am If going directly to venue start time is 9.15am. The event is anticipated to conclude by 2:30pm.


Students wishing to compete in Inter school Sports throughout the year MUST attend the event and compete in at least 1 event (novelty events included). Students are to either meet at the venue at 9.15am OR utilise pre-requested buses from school.  Students who plan to make their own way to and from the venue do not require consent. On arrival all students are to find their allocated sub-school teachers to have their name marked off the roll. Students will be dismissed from the venue at approx. 2.30pm (buses will return those to school with prior consent). Any student who needs to leave before the end of the day for medical appointments must provide a note to their sub-school the day before the event. All students must wear their school sports uniform. An alternative top in their house colour is permitted. Costumes of house colours are also permitted. NO FREE DRESS. Make sure to bring your hat, sunscreen, bathers, towel and lunch/water. The café will be open and a cake stall run by the cast of the musical throughout the day for those wanting to purchase something extra.





2019 Arts Captains 

This week our Arts Captains would like to introduce themselves to you. 


Drama Captains: Joe Healey, Emma Hocking

Hi everyone! We are  Joe Healey and Emma Hocking and we are the Drama Captains for 2019. This year we are very excited to support and promote the performing arts within the Koonung community. We have plans to elevate the annual talent quest by encouraging more students to get involved. As past Drama Captains have done, we will continue to support the extra-curricular performing arts endeavours such as the school play, ‘Something Wicked’ and the musical production of ‘Legally Blonde’. We are heavily involved in these shows and are keen to encourage everyone in the wider Koonung community to see all the creativity and hard work put in by the talented students, dedicated staff and wonderful parent helpers. We would also like to expand the use of room 2 as a space where students can come and watch drama performances and music items at lunchtimes. Be sure to look out for further information about performing arts events coming up throughout the year!

Emma Hocking and Joe Healey





Arts Captains: Erin Smillie, Marina Plithakis 

As Edward Hopper once said ‘If I could say it in words there would be no reason to paint’. As Art Captains for 2019 both Erin Smillie and myself want the students of Koonung Secondary College to be able to express themselves through their artworks. Art is an important part of not only my life, but most people’s whether it is music or drama.  This year I want more students to be a part of the Arts program, from joining ‘Art Space’ on Tuesday at lunch time or choosing Art as an elective. As someone who has grown up sketching and experimenting with paint, it has given me a way to express my emotions.

Marina Plithakis


"Every artist was first an amateur”- quoted by Ralph Waldo Emerson. As Co- Art Captain for Koonung in 2019, my goal is to make the Arts a bigger part of our school. Whether it's painting, sketching, music or drama, the Arts help people to express their emotions and describe experiences or feelings when you cannot find the words to describe it. Art has helped me so much to progress through secondary school and has been such an inspiration to me.  I can’t wait to see other people enjoy art as much as I do.   

 Erin Smillie


Music Captain: Jess Jana

Hi, I'm Jess and I'm the 2019 Music Captain for Koonung. I am keen to be working with the music department to hopefully expand and branch out to more students and encourage them to be more involved with events such as music concerts and mini-performances during SRC events. I also wish to see more members of the school choir and other students involved with the music program. High school is a good opportunity to find out what your strengths are and you may never know, you might be naturally talented at a specific instrument. Hope to see more of you throughout the year! 

Jess Jana 

Invitation to Zart Art Student Gallery

Helen Briffa 

Arts Domain Leader


Update from the Technology Domain 

Students at Koonung College have fantastic opportunities to develop their technological skills across a vast array of technology based subject areas offered at Koonung College.

For example, in Year 9, the Micro: Bit solutions students are designing a board game, centred around an electronic microcontroller. Year 10 Game Development students are building interactive 3D ‘cube racer’ games and Year 11 Computing students are developing research tools for data collection.


Did you know that an astronaut’s inflight space suit is made of cotton? Our year 7s will, as they complete a cotton investigation project in their textiles class. 







In Food Technology our students are travelling the world in 6 dishes. Students decide on an itinerary and take off on a journey of culinary exploration, culminating with a gourmet celebration and feast at lunchtime.


In Wood Technology, the year 8s have created ‘safety in the wood technology room’ short films. Students have researched, scripted, directed and edited their own films in collaboration with their peers. We can’t wait to showcase these films at our Technology festival later in the year.


Kelly Szlachetko

Technology Domain Leader 

Wellbeing & Student Engagement 

Wellbeing Team news

We hope everyone is having a great Term 1!

Our Wellbeing focus this Term is on ROUTINES. We have a few tips about how to create and stick to some good routines that we share with students regularly and have on display outside our offices. Some key ones to follow at home are:

  • Set a daily schedule with the same wake-up times and bedtimes for each school day—and stick to them.
  • Make study time part of your teenager’s daily routine, with more time allocated for study when assignments or exams are coming up.
  • Factor in time off—knowing there’s a reward for all that hard work is a great motivator.
  • Make it visual—draw up a chart, keep a day planner on the fridge, record the routine on your teen’s phone or computer.
  • Include your teenager’s deadlines for school assignments and exams on your calendar or planner so they can see what is coming up.
  • Practise, practise, practise. It might sound obvious, but the only way to make a routine stick is to be routine about it!
  • Don’t worry if you miss a beat. No one’s perfect. If the day does not go to plan, just smile, stay positive and start again the next day.

For YEAR 7 STUDENTS we will be starting up lunchtime games in the clubhouse each Thursday the week after camp.




The Wellbeing Team 





Careers and Pathways

Careers News


Year 11 and 12

Year 11s

If Year 11 students want to discuss career options they are welcome to book an interview with Careers on the interview sheet outside the Careers Office.


Year 12s

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


Year 10

Work Experience for Year 10 students will be held from Monday 24 June to Friday 28 June 2019. Students should explore websites and talk to family and friends of family about opportunities to do work experience. Students need to obtain placements by 1 April 2019. Students will look at work experience options during Pathways classes. Students are welcome to come to the Careers Office to discuss Work Experience options.


Information sessions

Austin Health – Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Careers Week

Austin Health is pleased to offer a Work Experience Program for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Secondary School students seeking to learn more about careers in the Health Industry. The program in 2019 will run from September 16 – 20, during which time students will be mentored by staff across a number of different departments with the opportunity to participate in simulation labs and observe a range of Health services in action.

Applications for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Careers Week are processed in partnership with Banyule Nillumbik Workplace Learning. For details on how to apply, please see below.

How to Apply

Secondary school students who wish to apply for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Careers Week are requested to complete all sections of the application form below and return to Banyule Nillumbik Workplace Learning at bnwl@bnllen.org.au

Student Application Form (Word Format)

*NB. Students must be over the age of 15 at the time of their placement. Placements are available in one week blocks only and limited to one placement per student, per year. If you have any other queries regarding the Austin Health Work Experience Program, please email Banyule Nillumbik Workplace Learning at bnwl@bnllen.org.au

Find out more – http://www.austin.org.au/HR/Workexperience/


Code Like a Girl: Junior Workshop – Coding Skills for the Web

12 April | 2.30pm – 5.30pm | Brunswick


To the untrained eye, code can look like something from the secret service. But in just two hours with Code Like a Girl, you’ll be creating your first HTML/CSS project and putting some new skills in your coding toolbox!


This interactive and fun workshop will cover the following:

• What is the language of the web?

• How do you create HTML documents (websites)?

• What are HTML and CSS and what’s the difference anyway?!

• How to style your new webpage with CSS


Code Like a Girl is a social enterprise committed to liberating the talents of women and girls by providing them with the confidence, tools, knowledge and support to enter, and flourish, in the world of coding.

Where: Siteworks, 33 Saxon St, Brunswick VIC 3056 Participants: Girls, aged 14+

Find out more: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/code-like-a-girl-junior-workshop-coding-skills-for-the-web-with-and-also-presents-tickets-55502071189


Young Women Leaders in AI

It’s a 12-month journey. Starting with our 6-day AI Leadership camp, followed by ongoing mentorship.

We’re scouting Australia for talented individuals who are ready to think big. If you’ve already got AI ideas, or if you simply like the sound of pursuing a passion that really will change the world then get your application in as soon as you can. Places in the program are capped to achieve a remarkable mix of young women.

Who? Women ages 16-26 from all over Australia.

Leadership Camp - 12th to 17th April 2019 | Gold Coast University Hospital, Gold Coast, QLD

Applications close 17 March 2019

Participation in the program is Free. However, any cars, planes, trains and accommodation you need are not included in the camp.

Find out more – http://womeninai.com.au/program/


YDAS seeking emerging young leaders

The Youth Disability Advocacy Service (YDAS) and Awards Victoria are running a pilot program called the Emerging Young Leaders Program for young Victorians who are emerging leaders. Join this free program and gain skills, knowledge and confidence in leadership, advocacy and community outreach.

Young people aged between 14 – 19 and identify as having a disability, being Deaf, neurodiverse and/or having lived experience of mental health issues can apply.

Find out more information and apply here.

Applications close Sunday 24 February.

If you have any questions regarding the application, program, or accessibility needs, please contact Simon Green at 0447 678 653 or sgreen@yacvic.org.au.


Scholarships & Competitions

#STEMstart – $20k grant for the next superwoman of STEM

Are you the next superwoman of STEM? Do you know someone who is keen to expand their skill set and kick-start a career in science, technology, engineering or mathematics? Enter for your chance to win a $20,000 grant to support your career in STEM.

Applications are open for female Australian residents aged 17+

Applications close 30 April.

Find out more – https://www.nowtolove.com.au/lifestyle/career/stem-career-grant-53136

Hansen Scholarship

Worth up to $108,000, the Hansen Scholarship is a flagship scholarship program at The University of Melbourne. From 2020, The Hansen Scholarship will be awarded to talented undergraduate students whose financial circumstances present a challenge to accessing a first-class education. Recipients will be awarded accommodation, an allowance, and financial and personal support.

Applications open 1 Mar 2019 and close 21 Mar 2019

You’ll get:

a standard room for 48 weeks each year, at no charge, for the standard full-time, three year undergraduate degree at Little Hall residence in Lincoln Square South;

an allowance of $4,000 per year for general living expenses for the standard full-time duration of the undergraduate degree;

a one-time grant of up to $4,000 to support an approved activity for the Scholar’s development such as an international exchange, an international subject, an internship or similar role;

access to a mentoring program, pastoral care, and enrichment programs available to all students at Little Hall as well as a tailored program of mentoring and support exclusively for Hansen Scholars; priority access to graduate accommodation at Little Hall should the Hansen Scholar wish to pursue graduate studies at Melbourne after completing their undergraduate degree; and

next steps funding in the year after completion of the scholar’s undergraduate degree (up to $10,000 for a short-term activity or up to $20,000 for further study)

Value up to $108,000


Full benefit details

Find out more – https://scholarships.unimelb.edu.au/awards/hansen-scholarship



Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre (VTAC)

VTAC are the admissions centre for Universities in Victoria.

VTAC receives, collates and forwards applications to institutions. This includes requests for special consideration (SEAS), scholarship applications and other supporting documentation that may be required by institutions.

After selection decisions are made by the institutions, VTAC sends messages of offer to successful applicants.

Click the link below for all the information you’ll need if you’re a current Year 12 student wanting to apply for Uni in 2020.

• Current Year 12 students

• Demonstration applications

• Where do I start?

• How to apply

• Applying for courses through VTAC

• Applying for scholarships

• Applying for SEAS


University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT ANZ)

The University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT) is an admissions test used by the UCAT ANZ Consortium of universities in Australia and New Zealand for their medical, dental and clinical science degree programmes.

The UCAT ANZ test will replace the UMAT (Undergraduate Medicine and Health Sciences Admission Test) from 2019 (for university entry in 2020).

The test helps universities to select applicants with the most appropriate abilities and professional behaviours required for new doctors and dentists to be successful in their clinical careers. It is used in collaboration with other admissions processes such as interviews and academic qualifications.

It is also an opportunity to stand out from other applicants and demonstrate aptitude for a demanding programme of study.

The UCAT ANZ is a computer-based test delivered in Pearson VUE test centres throughout Australia, New Zealand and at some overseas locations.

Please note that some pathways to medicine / dentistry / clinical sciences will not require the UCAT. For some applicants a different test may be required. For details candidates should refer to the websites of the universities to which they intend to apply.

Find the dates for 2019 here – https://www.ucat.edu.au/ucat-anz/dates-and-fees/ UCAT Free Practice Papers

UCAT has now replaced UMAT as the admissions test for entry into medical, dental and clinical science degree programmes in Australia and New Zealand.

The UCAT is a 2 hour computer-based test that will run throughout July 2019. You can download a brochure here – UCAT Handbook

We also have UCAT guides and a free full-length UCAT practice exam available for download on our website: www.matrix.edu.au/beginners-guide-to-ucat/part-8-ucat-practice-paper/

Find out about the UCAT Masterclass here – https://www.matrix.edu.au/ucat-courses/


Hyundai Advanced Apprenticeship Academy

The pathway to be a Hyundai Technician commences as an apprentice technician with at one of 170 dealers across the country.

This is a four year apprenticeship (AUR30616 Certificate III in Light Vehicle Mechanical Technology) requiring attendance at an Registered Training Organisation (RTO).

The Hyundai Advanced Apprentice Academy provides the opportunity to teach apprentices in a structured learning environment together with programs to develop diagnostic skills using the latest equipment available.

To find out more about Hyundai apprenticeship academy, you can download the brochure –

Download Apprentice Handbook

Find out more – https://www.hyundai.com.au/hyundai-info/careers/apprenticeship-program

Study Medicine | New information: FAQs and the AMA

This free resource provides detailed information to questions such as:

  • How do I increase my chances to get into medical school?
  • • What’s Plan B if I don’t get into medicine?


The FAQ links to the Australian Medical Association (the AMA also links to Study Medicine), pointing students to highly credible and authoritative information about a career in medicine.


University of Melbourne – Guaranteed Accommodation Program

The Melbourne Accommodation Program provides an accommodation guarantee for all eligible undergraduate students.

With just a single application you can apply for a range of high quality, secure, student accommodation within walking distance of the university including the new University operated accommodation at 303 Royal Parade.

Find out more – https://study.unimelb.edu.au/connect-with-us/melbourne-accommodation-program


ANZ Bank Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Opportunities

ANZ is a national employer with reach into metropolitan, regional and remote communities across Australia, giving us an excellent opportunity to help create more employment opportunities for Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

This Opportunity Bank has been set up to allow Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to express an interest in current or future work opportunities at ANZ.

This Opportunities Bank is proactively managed and supported by the ANZ Indigenous Employment Team. We will contact you to discuss your application for current positions or when suitable positions matching your profile become available.

You must identify as Australian Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person to register a profile in this Opportunities Bank.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Opportunities Bank – VIC

Find out more – https://www.anz.com.au/careers/programs/indigenous-opportunities/


Carole Marcianti and Karen Riding 

The Careers Team 



Library News

eBooks anytime, anywhere!

eBooks are a new and exciting addition to the library this year and there are a number of ways to access our eBook collection.

 You can go to https://koonungsecondary.wheelers.co or you can do a search in our library catalogue and access them that way.

If you need help accessing ebooks just ask the librarian: it's easier than you think.



Emoji competition

Fun times in the library with an Emoji competition running! Everyday students crowd around the board and have a go at figuring out the book title by the emoji. So far nobody has answered all 16. Never fear there is still plenty of time left to figure them out, competition closes the last day of Term 1 when all will be revealed. SO, don't give up, answer as many as you can and GOOD LUCK! 


Parents and Friends Association  


Hello everyone

A special welcome to all our new families.  Our PFA  is a very active and vibrant part of the Koonung community.  It provides a great way to familiarise yourself with your child's school and meet other families. 


The PFA meet twice a term  in the Middle Years Centre. We encourage you to come along. Throughout the year we are involved in many events including: 

  • Year 7 welcome morning tea 
  • Mother's Day event
  • Parent social function 
  • Koonung Day
  • Father's day event 
  • World teacher's Day thank you morning tea
  • Annual PFA second-hand book sale

PFA meeting dates for 2019

Monday 11 February (AGM & General Meeting)

Monday 18 March

Monday 29 April

Monday 3 June 

Monday 5 August 

Monday 2 September

Monday 21 October

December Christmas Dinner TBA 



Your Committee for 2019:

  President -   Andrew Gifford

  Vice President - Danielle Martin 

  Secretary - George Anastasiou

  Treasurer - Nicky Smith


PFA Contact Details

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



School Information  

General Office

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

Telephone:                                                9890 9662


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


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


ABSENCE LINE  9890 9887

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



8.50 – 9.20          Period 1

9.20 – 9.50          Period 2

9.55 – 10.25        Period 3

10.25 – 10.55     Period 4

10.55 – 11.20     Recess

11.20 – 11.50     Period 5

11.50 – 12.20     Period 6

12.20 – 12.50     Period 7

12.50 – 1.45        Lunch

1.45 – 2.15          Period 8

2.15 – 2.45          Period 9

2.45 – 3.15          Period 10

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

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

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


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



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



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

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






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


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



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

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



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


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

Community Notices 


Click on the flyers below to view the events: 

Umoja fundraiser - A Taste of Tanzania  

The fundraiser is aimed at purchasing the assets of Food Water Shelter in Arusha. (https://www.foodwatershelter.org.au). The project was begun by a group young Australians in 2003. There are 2 blocks of land – the walled school and an administration block 20 minutes away (by foot). FWS has agreed to sell all assets for $US17000. The assets are worth over $500,000. FWS is in disrepair and the organization is close to collapse. Darren Stratti, a Sydney builder and one of the founders, was murdered in Arusha in 2007. His partner and cofounder, Rebecka Delforce,  was traumatized by the event and returned to Australia immediately. She died from cancer 2 years ago. Their sad story was told by the ABC (Australia Story) in 2008 – The Still of the Night (https://vimeo.com/64359499) . I highly recommend watching this.


The plan is for Umoja Tanzania to purchase the assets of FWS and then raise a Rotary Global Grant to refurbish the buildings which are in a state of disrepair. Hopefully the 4 hectares of land that I and the Mont Albert community helped Umoja purchase 2 years ago and was earmarked for the development of the school will be kept as an investment. It is well located adjacent to a new highway that will link Arusha to its international airport and the value is expected to increase substantially in the short to medium term.


I shall be preparing the food for the evening, supported by a local Tanzanian woman. Lots of African music, a new video about Umoja, fun games, excellent food and a great cause. I have the support of Habib Chanzi, a local architect, who is involved with the Tanzanian Association of Victoria.

David Winter

Bread Street


Box Hill Mobile Donor Centre


1st Lower Templestowe Scouts 



Rotary Youth Exchange 



Invitation to Zart Art Gallery opening 



Tennis 4 Tennis 



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