07 September 2017
Issue Thirteen
McKinnon Secondary College
03 8520 9000
McKinnon Road
McKinnon, Victoria, 3204



Thursday 7 September

Year 11 Hahndorf Tour

Kingston Division Athletics

7:00pm Vocal Night


Saturday 9 September

ELMS Selection Test (for Year 7, 2018 accepted students)


Monday 11 September

Survivor Rogaining

7:00pm Percussion Night


Tuesday 12 September

Outdoor Ed Bushwalk

Survivor Rogaining

7:00pm Inter-School Debating – Round 3

7:30pm Buildings & Grounds Sub-Committee


Wednesday 13 September

Outdoor Ed Bushwalk

Survivor Rogaining


Thursday 14 September

Parent-Teacher-Student Conferences

(no classes)


Friday 15 September

9:30am Late Start (Students arrive)


Monday 18 September

Asia Week

French New Caledonia Trip (8 days)


Tuesday 19 September

Asia Week

7:00pm Finance Sub-Committee

7:30pm School Council


Wednesday 20 September

Asia Week

Casual Clothes Day


Thursday 21 September

Asia Week

7:00pm Year 12 Music Performance Night


Friday 22 September

Asia Week

Australasian Philosothon Camp (start)

Term 3 concludes

2:30pm Early Finish


Monday 2 October

Unit 3/4 French Mock Orals


Tuesday 3 October

Year 12 Practice Exams


Wednesday 4 October

Year 12 Practice Exams


Thursday 5 October

Year 12 Practice Exams


Friday 6 October

Unit 3/4 French Mock Orals


Monday 9 October

Term 4 Commences


Thursday 12 October



Friday 13 October

Year 11 Geography Camp

7:00pm Big Band Bash


Saturday 14 October

Year 11 Geography Camp


Sunday 15 October

Year 11 Business Management Market Day


Monday 16 October

Medieval Day


Tuesday 17 October

Year 7 Immunisations

7:30pm Education Sub-Committee


Wednesday 18 October

Year 12 Dress-Up Day


Thursday 19 October

Year 12 – last day of classes


Monday 23 October

Year 8 Camp (Group 1 departs)

Year 8 Maths Survivor


Tuesday 24 October

Year 8 Camp (Group 1)

7:00pm Studio Art Exhibition (Library -L1/L2)

7:00pm Finance Sub-Committee

7:30pm School Council


Wednesday 25 October

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

7:00pm Year 12 Valedictory Dinner


Thursday 26 October

Year 8 Camp (Group 2)

7:00pm Year 11 Music Performance Night


Friday 27 October

Year 8 Camp (Group 2 return)

Year 8 Maths Survivor


Saturday 28 October

Thistlelonians Grand Reunion









Congratulations to the Head of Music, Ms Megan Papworth and the Music Faculty for their wonderful celebration of music held at the Robert Blackwood Hall last week.


It was indeed a spectacular event that showcased the musical talents of our students. Concerts like these allow students’ talent to be recognised and celebrated! It also allows our exceptional music program to be shared.

It is about participation and excellence and provides a benchmark for schools and students in Victoria.


Thank you to the music staff for the difference they make. I also thank our guests who were in attendance including parents, grandparents and friends, as always.


On Tuesday 29 August we were fortunate to host Google's Education Roadshow at McKinnon. Over 60 Principal's and IT Directors from around the State assembled for a day of exploring Google's platform for schools. Central to the day was an exploration of McKinnon's journey and the significant impact of our technology program. 

Attendees were treated to a quick tour of our Year 7 Centre and were very impressed with the hard work and dedication of our staff and students. Overall the day was very positive with schools excited by the possibilities of what our school has accomplished with Google.


Angela Chen (Year 12) was awarded the John Marsden National Writing Prize at the Melbourne Writers Festival on Thursday 31 August 2017.


Congratulations Angela on this very prestigious award and we wish you all the best in your future endeavours.


The Class of 1967 came back to school for a celebratory afternoon tea on Sunday 20 August in recognition of the 50 years since their Graduation.


Thank you to Mr Geoff Woolnough, Mrs Jenny Cooke and Melanie Lynch who do a marvellous job of organising these wonderful events for the Thistlelonians.


I would also like to thank Mr Michael Kan, Mr Richard Long, Callum Lloyd, Andrew Krause, Raelene Evans and Tania Burnell who all assisted on the day to make it so successful and memorable for all attendees.


Music was provided by Mr Martin West and students Callum Charles (Year 12), Jessica Park (Year 12), James Hardy (Year 11) and Sean Malton (Year 9) who performed in the Saxophone Quartet. Thank you!


As for the Class of 1967 itself, I have received a lovely email thanking us for giving people the opportunity to reconnect with old friends and the school itself.  The following is a small snippet from a 1967 McKinnon Graduate:


"I would like to offer my gratitude and many thanks for the 50th Anniversary Reunion Class of 1967 event held last Sunday, 20 August 2017.


I want you to know that the warmth, friendliness, effort and attention to detail involved in this event have not gone unnoticed or underappreciated. The greetings, music, photos, tour and small ceremony — along with the cakes, sandwiches and other treats, the uniforms, and outstanding gift - all combined to create one of those God-given special memories which remain and shine long afterward. I have the sense of completing a full circle after fifty years and more, yet it seems like only seconds have passed.


McKinnon (High School for me) has changed much in buildings since 1967 - impressively so - and the student population more than doubled. Yet the same hopes and dreams will live in each new class and the dedication of the staff still endure. May the future be made bright."


- Peter Waters Class of 1967


Facebook - Class of 1967 Reunion Photos Here




When discussing with your child their academic achievement at school and the feedback provided on Learning Tasks (and through progress reports and parent-teacher-student interviews), it is critical that parents and students look beyond grades and scores. We encourage all students and their parents to instead reflect on each child’s academic progress and growth; a student’s intelligence is changeable, and focussing on growth has a very positive impact on student learning. Hard work and a willingness to persist when facing academic challenges are the keys to success for all students, and emphasising learning progress rather than grades/scores is a simple - but powerful - way to support student learning.


Many families have now finalised paying subject fees for 2017. Thank you so much for your ongoing support in this regard; the School Council believes parent financial contributions are critically important - your support enables the College to provide better resources for student learning, such as the new music facilities built adjoining the Lecture Theatre. Families with outstanding fees for 2017 are encouraged to contact the Finance Office to finalise payments or negotiate a payment schedule. Families in financial difficulty should see Mr Long to discuss alternative payment arrangements.  


The Valedictory Dinner for the graduating class of 2017 will be conducted at the Palladium at Crown on Wednesday 25 October. Tickets can be purchased now (online via Compass). We look forward to celebrating your child’s achievements at this wonderful event.


We look forward to seeing all parents and students at parent-teacher-student interviews on Thursday 14 September. These discussions provide valuable information and insight into the progress of each child and are seen as a high priority by all staff.  Please ensure that parents access Progress Reports and Learning Tasks on Compass prior to the interviews - this will help guide these conversations and ensure students reflect on their performance in semester two thus far, and set effective goals and plans for the remainder of the academic year.


Due to the current intensive building works, traffic around the school is very heavy.  Large trucks are frequently entering and leaving the site on to McKinnon Rd.  Students have been told to take extra care moving about the school at this busy time.  If you drive your child to school it would be appreciated if you could drop off or pick up your child in the surrounding streets rather than McKinnon Rd. Students riding bikes should be vigilant and always wear a helmet when riding. It would be appreciated if you could talk with your child about safety to and from school to support us at this very busy time.


September 5th

National Anthem performed by The Orchestra accompanied by soloist Tess Hodgson


Musical Item performed by The Orchestra conducted by Ms Tracy Videon


Amber Irving and Alex Skalova conducting the assembly


The Big Science Competition winners from Science Week


Award recipients of recent Programming Challenge for Girls


Josh Wilkins and Grace Mackay presenting the sport report along with awarding recent successful McKinnon teams

Jack Mills and Michael Pupko presenting a video of the recent Science Week events


Mr Cukierman reports on the recent Sir John Monash Commemoration


Genevieve O'Brien and Nicola Karaventzas announce the Casual Dress for Charity Day



Congratulations to Liston Diaz (Year 10) who was recently awarded the Melbourne Victory inaugural Academy Player of the Year for 2017.

He represents the school in the Intermediate Futsal team and will compete in the Intermediate Soccer State Finals in September.

We wish Liston continued success with his sporting pursuits. 


Merryn Walker




Last week I attended the German State Conference with the title `Multimedial. Digital. Global.` The program and key-note speakers alerted the participating teachers to the fact that our students, growing up as digital natives, are more and more impacted by technology and teachers need to respond by using more innovative ways to promote the learning of Languages.


One of the key-note speakers, the Austrian Writer, Film Director and University Lecturer Andreas Kurz brought to our attention the increasing speed of technology and the changes connected with it. His keynote 'Beschleunigung und Entfremdung' (acceleration and alienation) addressed that it is not the technologies that change our life but they are the responses to a changed environment and its demands. The increasing speed of new organisational and communication tools and its widespread use are not only beneficial, they also have attached to them quite some challenges, which teachers see in their classrooms.


However, the top three skills for future jobs named in a report from the Foundation for Young Australians in 2016 were: digital literacy, bilingualism and creativity.


The Languages faculty is well placed to deliver these skills and aims to strike a balance between the use of technology, active use of language in the classroom and creative and challenging opportunities for students.


With French and German being significant trade languages around the world and many French and German companies having their subsidiaries in Australia, we are offering students skills they will benefit from not only in Australia but in a global community.


We are also looking forward to starting a new Year 9 Spanish course in 2018 which will be another great option for students to take up a language that has significant impact worldwide.


So encourage your sons and daughters to take on the challenges and rewarding experiences of Language learning. They will open doors to more opportunities in the future!


Andrea Fowler

Head of Languages


As our departure date is approaching, the parents and students attended a meeting to discuss the itinerary, the packing list and other important information. The three teachers accompanying the tour (Ms Ludmila Antal, Ms Kellie Dickson and Mr Paul King) and a representative from the tour company, GET Educational Tours, run the meeting and were able to answer questions. The students and parents seem very excited about the opportunity, especially after seeing photos and hearing about the itinerary.


The tour will leave on Monday 18 September and will return the following Monday. Noumea (the capital city) is only a short three and half hour flight away and it is likely to be warm and sunny. There are twenty-eight Year 9 students of French participating and will stay with host families, attend a language school and explore the islands.


The students are encouraged to following the packing list and recommendations in these last two weeks before departure.


Kellie Dickson

New Caledonia Trip Organiser









On Wednesday 23 August the Kingston Term 3 Intermediate Round Robin took place at a variety of venues across South East Melbourne. Congratulations to the Boys Hockey and Boys and Girls Basketball who won through to further rounds during Term 4. Unfortunately, Futsal has no future pathway. Thanks to all the players for representing the school on the day and the coaches for giving up their time.

Team                    Position                     Coach

Boys Futsal           A - 1st, B - 1st         Mr McConnon

Girls Futsal            A - 2nd, B - 1st       Mr Shaw

Girls Hockey         1st                              Mr Hooper

Boys Hockey        2nd                             Mr Farthing

Ultimate Frisbee 2nd                            Mr Carroll

Boys Basketball   A - 1st, B - 1st        Mr Hudd

Girls Basketball  A - 1st, B - 1st          Ms Greenwood


James Bridges



On Wednesday 23 August, a minibus of excited but somewhat inexperienced hockey players made its way to Brighton Secondary College to face off with their team for the Kingston Division Pennant. After a number of afternoon training sessions, the Intermediate Girls team felt confident enough to bring their A-game to the field. It was an evenly matched and high-intensity game up until the last few minutes, in which a stellar goal from Anna Willaton gave us the lead of 1-0 to go on to win the game.

The girls and Ms Hooper are more than excited to compete the upcoming Regional Finals on Thursday 2 November. Thanks to Mrs Hooper for coaching us.


Angel Aguilera, Arwen Verdnik & the McKinnon Hockeyroos


2017 proved to be a monumental year for football at McKinnon. In the wake of the first ever season of the Old McKinnon Under 19 side in the VAFA, our very own Senior Boys Football side won through to the State Final. After defeating all before them at the Kingston, SMR and State Quarter Final levels, the boys came up against the highly fancied Northcote High School, who had comfortably dealt with Maribyrnong College, in the State Semi Final.

A slow start in the Final, saw the boys concede the first four goals of the match, before wrestling their way back into the contest with some fantastic football throughout the second and third quarters in particular.


But it wasn’t to be, and the campaign for 2017 was over with a four goal loss. The boys should be proud of their achievement to be State Runners-Up.


Chris Hudd




It has been an amazing fortnight in the Music Department. There have been many, many performances and competitions and the results have been outstanding.


Congratulations to all the staff and students who presented themselves so well at the Annual Winter Concert on Wednesday 30 August at Robert Blackwood Hall, Monash University.

The standard of performance was incredibly high across all ensembles, demonstrating passion and dedication to producing music amongst all students. It was fantastic to see everyone working together to achieve a great outcome.


Thanks to the Saxophone Quartet for performing at the Thistlelonian Reunion on Sunday 20 August. The ensemble performed a polished and entertaining program having been prepared by Mr Martin West to the delight of the many past McKinnon students attending the function.  



The school Orchestra travelled to Ballarat on Saturday 2 September to perform at the long standing South Street Festival. The Orchestra presented themselves very well on stage and performed a lengthy and challenging program with a good blend and balance. Individual solo sections were played with musicality and flair which added sparkle to the performance. After their performance, there was time to listen to other excellent groups before starting the long trek home.  Thank you to Ms Tracy Videon for her continual development of this group and organising the trip to Ballarat for the students to perform. Thank you also to Mr Cook and Ms Bugeja for their assistance in the travel to and from Ballarat.


The Clarinet Choir also attended the South Street Festival in Ballarat. They presented an outstanding performance and represented the school extremely well. Thank you to both Ms Su Rogerson and Mr Martin West for the ongoing development of this ensemble and supervision of the students to and from Ballarat.


Congratulations and thank you to the Orchestra who performed at the beginning of the General Assembly on Tuesday 5 September. The standard of performance was extremely high and demonstrated a growing musicianship. Thank you to Ms Tracy Videon for her work with this group.  Thank you also to Tess Hodgson (Year 12) for singing the National Anthem.



Friday 13 October 7:00pm - School Hall


Parents and friends are invited to McKinnon Music Department’s celebration of contemporary ensembles, featuring ALL Stage Bands and special guests.


Please join in festivities, fun Halloween dress-ups and night of excellent music. BYO Food and drinks.


Tickets Available at: 


Ticket categories:  Single adult: $15, Concession: $10, Students: $5, Full Table (10 tickets): $120, Half table (5 tickets): $70


Remaining Events for Term 3:

Vocal Night :  Thursday 7 September

Percussion Night:  Monday 11 September

Spring Soirée:  Sunday 17 September at 2pm

Year 12 Music Performance Celebration Night:  Thursday 21 September


In preparation for the many performances that will be taking place over the semester, students are reminded that they need to keep their attendance up at the core ensemble rehearsals.
All music students, instrumentalist and elective, are required to be in one of the main ensembles that are held at the school. Being a part of these ensembles helps develop group skills, aural work, sight-reading, widens their experience and musical style and often involves performing for community groups, other schools and functions within the school community.
Rehearsals are held as follows:
Symphonic Wind:  Monday afterschool 3:30 – 5pm
Keenan Strings: Thursday before school 7:45am
Orchestra:  Thursday afterschool 3:30 – 5pm
McKinnon Choir:  Thursday lunch time
Ovenden Band:  Friday before school 7:45am


We look forward to seeing all students at their respective ensemble rehearsals.


Megan Papworth

Head of Music





On Thursday 29 June, all Year 8 students completed the 2017 Survivor Art Challenge. There were five different events the island groups could participate in and each individual group needed to pick one challenge to enter:  making T-shirts, designing immunity necklaces, crafting masks, making immunity idols and designing TV intros.

These challenges were designed to test each group’s knowledge, communication skills and teamwork. Students were assessed on their ability to work cohesively as a group to research, plan and implement their own artworks and a winning Island group was chosen.


At the end of the day, the winners of the 2017 Survivor Art Challenge was Flinders Island.


Evan Grenda

Year 8 Student



Office hours are:                        8:15am - 4:30pm

Telephone:                                                8520 9000


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


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



Student absences should be reported to the school before 9:00am. Please email the Attendance Officer Alison Pollock or telephone 8520 9050 on the day of the absence by 9:00am. 


A note on the day of return to the General Office is required for absences where no parent contact has been possible. 



In order to minimise disruption to class and maximise learning opportunities for our students, we would like to remind you of the school policy regarding late arrival to school. Students are expected to be at school at 8:30am. A locker bell rings at 8:35am and class begins punctually at 8:50am. If your child is late for any reason, please notify the school by phone 8520 9050, email or by writing a note in the student's diary explaining the reason. 


If no explanation has been received students are given a pass to class and an after school detention for the following day.


We appreciate your support in this. If you have any questions please call Alison on 8520 9050.


Families are now able to order and purchase uniforms online. Ordered items can be collected from the Uniform Shop. Please allow three working days for pick-up. Please click on the attached link to order uniforms:

Phone/Fax No:  9578 2151


Cheques must be payable to Fashion Clubwear.


For years 9 - 12 only there are a limited number of old style track pants and old style kea jackets being sold at reduced prices.

Track pants $21.00

Jackets          $42.00

Only available for purchase from the shop.



Tuesday 26/9            11:00am - 3:00pm

Thursday 28/9           11:00am - 3:00pm

Tuesday 3/10            11:00am - 3:00pm

Thursday 5/10           11:00am - 3:00pm

Saturday 7/10             9:30am - 12:00noon


NORMAL SHOP TRADING HOURS (not during school holidays)

Tuesdays                                      8:15am - 12 noon

Fridays                                        12:30pm - 4:00pm

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


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


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



Local News


Bentleigh ANA Cricket Club is seeking new recruits Seniors (Men & Women) and Juniors (Boys & Girls) for the 2017-2018 season. All sessions are held on a Friday evening at King George Reserve, off East Boundary Road, East Bentleigh. All enquiries to:, Georgina Heenan on 0427 579 707 or refer to the attached flyer for further information.



September/October School Holiday Clinics

At East Malvern Tennis Club (10 Moira St East Malvern). All ages and standards. Girls and Boys welcome.

First week: Monday 25 - Thursday 28 September

Second week: Monday 2 September - Friday 6 October. Book now - limited places. For further information, please refer to the attached flyer, email or phone 9813 8484.



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BANA Flyer A4 2017.pdf
Holiday Program School Flyer Sept-Oct 2017.pdf
Holiday Program School Flyer Sept-Oct 2017.pdf