27 November 2015
Issue Eighteen
Learning Matters
McKinnon Secondary College
03 8520 9000
McKinnon Road
McKinnon, Victoria, 3204



Thursday 12 November

Year 11 Exam Period

Year 10 Music Performance Night


Friday 13 November

Year 11 Exam Period

Year 8 Sport Gala Day


Monday 16 November

Year 11 Exam Period

Exams – VCAL (Year 11)

Year 10 Study Day


Tuesday 17 November

Year 11 Exam Period

Year 10 Exam Period


Wednesday 18 November

Year 9 Study Day

Year 10 Exam Period


Thursday 19 November

Year 9 Exam Period

Year 10 Exam Period


Friday 20 November

Year 9 Exam Period

Year 10 Exam Period



Monday 23 November

7:00pm Soiree Night


Tuesday 24 November

Parent Information Evening:  Dr Michael Carr-Gregg

Year 9 Reach Workshops


Saturday 28 November

Great Victorian Bike Ride


Sunday 29 November

Great Victorian Bike Ride

Basketball All Schools Nationals


Monday 30 November

Great Victorian Bike Ride

Basketball All Schools Nationals

VCE Orientation Week

7:00pm Finance Sub-Committee

7:30pm School Council


Tuesday 1 December

Great Victorian Bike Ride

Basketball All Schools Nationals

VCE Orientation Week

Wednesday 2 December

Great Victorian Bike Ride

Basketball All Schools Nationals

VCE Orientation Week

Thursday 3 December

Great Victorian Bike Ride

Basketball All Schools Nationals

VCE Orientation Week

7:00pm Music Performance – Junior Concert

Friday 4 December

Great Victorian Bike Ride

Basketball All Schools Nationals

VCE Orientation Week

Saturday 5 December

Great Victorian Bike Ride

Sunday 6 December

Great Victorian Bike Ride

Monday 7 December

Year 7 Immersion Day

7:30pm Year 7, 2016 Information Night

Tuesday 8 December

Last day of Year 9 classes

No Year 7 classes (no school for current Year 7s)

Year 7, 2016 Orientation Day

7:00pm Year 9 Drama Night

Wednesday 9 December

Duke of Ed Hike

Last day of Year 7 & 8 classes

Thursday 10 December

Duke of Ed Hike

Year 7 & 8 End of Year Activities (GESAC/Caulfield Pool)

Friday 11 December

Year 7 & 8 Activities at school

Monday 14 December

9:30am VCE Booklist Collection

10:30am Presentation Night Rehearsal 

(Years 7-11)

1:30pm Presentation NIght Rehearsal 

(Yr 12 only)

Tuesday 15 December

7:30pm Presentation Night

Friday 18 December

End of Term 4


Friday 22 January

9:30am Year 7-10 Booklist Collection

Thursday 28 January

Senior School Commence

Friday 29 January

Junior School Commence


Monday 1 February

Year 12 Camp

Tuesday 2 February

Year 12 Camp

Wednesday 3 February

Year 12 Camp

Friday 5 February

12:30pm Collection CAS Calculators (Pre-ordered)

Monday 8 February

Year 10 Careers Sessions (Periods 3 & 4)

Thursday 11 February

Year 10 Careers Sessions (Periods 3 & 4)

Friday 12 February

School Photos

Wednesday 17 February

MSC Swimming Carnival




On Tuesday 24 November, McKinnon Secondary College and Compass Community Care partnered to sponsor a forum by Dr Michael Carr-Gregg. Dr Michael Carr-Gregg delivered an entertaining and informative session to parents in our school community on what they need to know about the latest developments in adolescent psychology.

A celebrated child and adolescent psychologist, Dr Carr-Gregg works in private practice in Melbourne. He specializes in parenting adolescents and adolescent mental health. He appears on the popular television shows Sunrise and The Morning Show.

Dr Carr-Gregg spoke about what every parent needs to know about parenting, covering alcohol, online safety, sleep and other key issues. In the one-hour presentation, he provided an engaging ‘crash course’ in the developmental psychology of adolescents and how to understand and communicate effectively with young people. Dr Carr-Gregg explained that developmentally teenagers transition through three key stages. Firstly, early adolescence where teenagers will consider the confronting question “Am I normal?” This is followed by middle adolescence where adolescents are with faced with the development task of trying to figure out their identity and dealing with the dilemma “Who am I?” Finally, late adolescence is where young people need to connect with vocational direction in their life and consider “Where am I going?”

Dr Carr-Gregg’s ‘firm but fair’ message was that parents play a key role in helping young people transition through these stages and managing the risks of being an adolescent in the 21st Century. He expressed that parents need to carefully choose their battle grounds and to risk being unpopular sometimes. With some nice humour, Dr Carr-Gregg observed that he “does not know a single case where a teenager has died from an untidy room”. He stressed that “the real battle grounds are the internet, drugs, alcohol, sex and curfews.”

In summary, Dr Carr-Gregg explained that teenagers need the following:

  • Some good old ‘ vitamin N-O, NO!

  • Limits and boundaries

  • Parents to be parents, not best friends

  • Family rituals and traditions

  • Some opportunities to experience adversity

  • To volunteer

  • Good friendships

  • To be kept busy

  • Healthy opportunities to take risks

  • Time away from electronic devices

  • Sleep

In closing, Dr Carr-Gregg finished with some good news. “Parenting teenagers is not impossible” and that many teenagers transition through adolescence and arrive in young adulthood, happy, well adjusted, prepared and ready to deal with adult life.


We are soon to play host to next year’s Year 7 cohort. On Tuesday 8 December over 360 Grade 6s will descend upon us for the start of the transition program. It will be a day of orientation and information but also a chance to instill excitement about the journey ahead. I look forward to this day as I meet new children and their parents. Every child is unique with his or her own special personality, qualities and skills that we aim to nurture and develop.

Transition is all about change. Our new Year 7s will be exposed to different perspectives on the world they live in. Many will find this exciting and respond to the challenge of examining their own perspective in the light of alternative viewpoints. Some will find the transition to secondary school difficult, even intimidating. We will do all in our power to ensure that every one of our new students becomes inspired at the possibilities that new learning opens up for them. We will also make sure that parents successfully navigate change along with their children.

As well as offering exciting opportunities in teaching and learning, McKinnon Secondary College has expectations of both parents and our new Year 7s. I will be setting these out for you on 8 December. Our behaviour as global citizens is integral to the success of our academic program.  

As we expand, it becomes imperative to accommodate our students in classroom environments which promote learning. We are very excited to announce that a second double-storey portable will be installed at the end of the MERC building in the coming weeks. We are very grateful to the Department for the provision of this essential facility. The new portable will be up and running for the beginning of the 2016 academic year.

Next week is Orientation Week for students undertaking a VCE subject in 2016.

The journey to excellence begins with this important introduction to the high expectations of VCE. With regard to the 2015 Year 12 cohort, I am pleased to report that the exam period went smoothly and I trust that there will be some pleasing outcomes when results are announced in the second week of December.

In the meantime, we wish those graduates who are celebrating the end of their secondary schooling a safe time. Enjoy – but not too much!

Finally, we farewell our Years 8, 9 and 10 students on Saturday 28 November as they venture forth for their two-week adventure on the Great Victorian Bike Ride. Many enduring friendships have been forged on Great Vic over the years. We wish everyone a safe ride.


Congratulations to Hazel Lee (Year 10) who has been selected for The Kwong Lee Dow Young Scholars Program offered by Melbourne University. Hazel has been selected out of over 1800 applicants across the state and has not only been chosen for her strong academic success but also her qualities in leadership, engagement and involvement within the school and broader community.

Hazel is an exceptional student and we wish her all the best as she embarks on this exciting academic enrichment program.


Congratulations to Tess Kettle (Year 10) who won the 2015 Victorian Gymnastics Championships held at Geelong on Saturday 14 November.

Tess has been doing gymnastics and training 12 hours a week for 10 years. This is the first time Tess has won the Victorian Championships. Well done, Tess. Your determination and hard work has paid off.


Sarah Dollard, graduated as Dux of her year in 1997. Her screenwriting credits in Australia include Neighbours and The Saddle Club. In 2008 Sarah moved to the United Kingdom where her accomplishments include writing episodes of the BBC supernatural television series Being Human and The Game.

Her latest coup is writing Episode 10 of Series 9 of the long running series Dr Who. The episode titled “Face the Raven” aired in Melbourne on 22nd November on ABC TV. Sarah is the 2nd Australian writer and the 6th woman to write for Dr Who.

We wish Sarah continued success!




Congratulations to the students in Years 8 - 11 who have completed exams over recent weeks. These important assessment tasks provide students with an opportunity to demonstrate their learning this semester and prepare students for the challenges they will face in Year 12. We encourage all students to look beyond the grades and marks awarded, carefully consider their strengths and areas for improvement, and act upon the feedback provided by teachers.


All students undertaking VCE studies in 2016 will begin their work next week by attending Orientation Week classes in their chosen subjects (commencing Monday 30 November). It is critically important that students attend all orientation classes with a commitment to work hard. Participating in Orientation Week and completing all holiday homework is essential to ensure all students successfully begin their studies in 2016.


As per information sent home last week, the parent portal to order Chromebooks for 2016 is now open; please follow the links from the news item on Compass. Families in financial difficulty are encouraged to contact Mr Ashley Evans to discuss ways the College can support families with this purchase.

The introduction of Chromebooks into Year 7 and 10 classrooms has allowed teachers to take advantage of a wide range of new learning opportunities, facilitated by students having access to a personal computing device in every classroom. Teachers continue to participate in professional development and are planning innovative teaching and learning activities for next year.

Information about the Chromebook program can be accessed from our website by clicking HERE



Chloe James (Year 7) along with Clare Wever (Year 7), Sarah Andrew (Year 11) and Hannah Cole (Year 12), as part of the Australian Girls' Choir, have been lucky enough to be picked to perform in "Broadway to Oz" at Rod Laver Arena with Australian star Hugh Jackman. Congratulations girls on being chosen and we hope you have a great time - especially meeting Hugh Jackman!

Merryn Walker


Learning Matters

Photo: Vietnam Rally

Year 10 Pop Art & Culture

The final Depth Study of the Year 10 History course is Popular Culture. In this unit, students investigate the evolution of Australian culture by researching a specific event, idea or phenomenon that has greatly influenced our way of life. In particular, we focus on significant changes that occurred in the decades following World War 2, a time when Australia’s increased prosperity coincided with a greater focus on engaging with the international community. From this point onwards, we became exposed to a range of new and progressive ideas that dramatically affected our national culture.


This semester an impressive range of topics was chosen. Students researched the impact of new technologies (such as the personal computer, television, the Walkman and mobile phone), achievements in the sporting world (such as the 1956 Olympics and the creation of World Series Cricket), the development of new fashions and fads (such as the bikini, mini-skirt and Hippie culture), and also major scientific discoveries (such as the polio vaccine and IVF). Just an important though, students had to evaluate the extent to which their topics continue to influence the modern-day world. 



Traditionally, the study of History has focused on political events, leaders, and international conflicts. In contrast, this unit explores Australia’s social history, and thus allows students to engage with their own world by considering the origins of our present-day lifestyles, pastimes and interests.


Mr Richard Long

Curriculum Coordinator



The Intermediate Cricket team travelled to Balwyn as one of only four teams left in the SSV Cricket Competition. In our Semi-Final we played Emmanuel College Warrnambool and after batting first we made 112 off our 20 overs. Tim Mullane was the top scorer with 32, assisted by a very valuable 21 not out from James Robertshaw towards the end of the innings. In reply, Emmanuel College were in early trouble at 3/5 with Josh Meyer inspired with the ball and in the field. They finished with 104 but never really recovered from the early onslaught.

In the Final we played Notre Dame Shepparton. Unfortunately we played our worst game for the year in the Final. Batting first we were in huge trouble at 6/15 but managed to recover to finish with 100 off 20 overs. Ben Chapman found form again to post 41 and James Robertshaw again contributed very well with 31. In reply Notre Dame showed their class and chased down our mediocre score quite easily to pass us only 3 wickets down and with 4 overs to spare.

Greg Hoskin



On Friday 13 November McKinnon’s Intermediate Girls Cricket team travelled to Oak Park to play in the State Semi-Final and Final.

We played Buckley Park in the morning batting first with Grace MacKay 28 not out and Jemma Owen 28 top scoring in a total of 131. We then dismissed Buckley Park for 40 with Melina Ayres taking 4 for 5. 

This meant we qualified for the State Final in the afternoon against Norwood. McKinnon again lost the toss and were sent in making a huge total of 3 for 138 with Melina Ayres making 83 and Jemma Owen 20. Norwood then batted and made 8 for 107 with Grace MacKay taking 2 for 7 and Kira Brooks 2 for 30.

A fantastic effort for the team who won the State Championships!

James Bridges



On Thursday 19 November the Year 8 Softball Team competed at the School Sport Victoria State Softball Final.

The girls trained hard in the run up to the finals and this work paid off. Their first game was against Wodonga who they defeated 14-2. The weather then decided to turn up the heat and the girls rose to the challenge with a 15-7 win against Montmorency High School, their final group game was against Creekside who they comfortably beat 14-5 to take them into the Final.

The girls played exceptionally well throughout the final, having 3 innings where Sunbury were unable to score any runs, however, were just defeated 6-3 in a nail biting innings, making them second in the State.

Congratulations to Lara Van Zyl, Katrina Gill, Tess McCartney, Catrin Watkins, Rose Evers, Alex Enever, Luciana Martinez, Georgie Jukes, Olivia Whitehead, Hollie Smith and Kathryn Polendakis on an excellent Softball Season.

Jennifer Pemberton



Congratulations to the Year 8 Girls Table Tennis team on coming Second in the recent State Finals.

The team did extremely well just to make it to the State Finals, winning the Southern Metro Region Finals without their top two players, after number one player Ashleigh Hoffman broke her foot on Year 8 Camp and number two Bianca Denisenko fell ill on the morning of the tournament.

Despite missing their top two players they still managed to win through with the help of gun recruit Sades Kyrou who was drafted onto the team literally as the bus was leaving school to ensure the girls had four players to make up the team.

In the State Finals the girls played extremely well throughout the day, finishing on top of their pool against Thornbury and Warnambool, then comfortably defeating Irymple Secondary College in the Semi Final four rubbers to two, with some crafty serving and punishing forehands. 

In the Final the girls came agonisingly close to taking out the title against Bayside College. After the six matches both teams were tied on three rubbers each, however on count back Bayside were the winners, having won a total of twelve sets to McKinnon's nine.

Congratulations to Bianca Denisenko, Ashleigh Hoffman, Luciana Martinez, Sades Kyrou, Anna Chapman and Gemma Brandman on their fantastic achievement.

Brendan Hislop



We were invited to attend the Girls Leadership Forum at Melbourne Girls College on Monday 23 November. The day started with a presentation by Matti Clements, a senior psychologist about the power of a growth mindset instead of a fixed mindset. We then workshopped the importance of resilience when being a leader.  This was followed by an awesome discussion panel with Meg Lanning, Captain of the Australian Southern Stars who recently won the Ashes series in England.  Meg is currently ranked No 1 batter in the world in both one day and T20 cricket. Also on the panel was Mel Jones, who played 5 test matches and 61 one day internationals for Australia and Steph Prem, 5 x Australian snowboard cross champion. She is the only female to represent Australia in snowboardcross at the 2010 Winter Olympic Games.

L-R: Mel Jones, Steph Prem and Meg Lanning

The panel discussed that leadership can be without having a title; strategies to face setbacks and females in the media.  

Our final two workshops focused on how your values affect your lifestyle and what makes a good mentor. We then finished with a game of cricket with lots of new friends. It was an educational and productive day.

Thanks to Mrs Hooper and the school for giving us the opportunity. We are looking forward to watching the WBBL in December. Go Melbourne Stars!

Emma Hattingh & Lilly Felder



The end of the year is fast approaching and the Music Department continues to be a vibrant representative of the school out and about in the community.


McKinnon Primary School had a fantastic Twilight Fair on Friday 13 November where Alexia Samiotis, Jack Doherty-Brown and Moran Zhou busked to help raise funds for the music tour of Cuba.  

Congratulations to the students who also busked at the barbeque at Safeway on Sunday 22 November raising money for the music tour of Cuba, including Jack Doherty-Brown, Gabi Basman and Moran Zhou.  Well done on your ongoing support of the Music Department.

Congratulations to the Saxophone ensemble who performed on Monday 23 November at the VCE Leadership Awards. Callum Charles, Caitlin Cohen, Benjamin Exell, Jessie Park, Matthew Phyland and Alexia Samiotis provided high-level music that entertained those who had gathered for the awards ceremony and afternoon tea.  Thank you to Ms Su Rogerson for her coordination of this group.

On Monday 23 November Ms Su Rogerson’s instrumental students performed in a very successful soiree.  This was a great opportunity for parents to see the progress of their children in a very relaxed atmosphere.  Thank you to Ms Rogerson for her organization of this event, the students and parents for making this evening a great success.

Congratulations to the Ovenden Band who toured local primary schools (McKinnon Primary School, Caulfield Primary School and Murrumbeena Primary School) on Wednesday 25 November.  The standard of performance was fantastic and we thank Ms Tracy Videon for her ongoing development of this outstanding group.


  • Friday 27 November   Year 9 Music Performance at Claremont Terrace, Senior Citizens Performance at 12:30pm
  • Thursday 3 December   Junior Concert, School Hall 7:30pm
  • Monday 7 December Ovenden Band performing at Year 7, 2016 Information Night at 7:30pm
  • Tuesday 8 December Ovenden Band performing for 2016 Year 7 intake
  • Tuesday 8 December Intermediate and Senior Stage Bands at Dizzies at 7:30pm
  • Saturday 12 December Clarinet Choir and Christmas Choir, Carols by Candlelight, Higgins Reserve at 5:50pm
  • Tuesday 15 December Senior Stage Band performing at Presentation Night at 7:30pm


Hire instruments need to be returned for the annual Stocktake and Service by Friday 4 December, except for those students who have school performances in the following week. (This will be discussed with individual students as appropriate).


Students who are wishing to hire musical instruments over the January break need to complete a hire form, available from the Music Centre from Tuesday 1 December.  Instruments will not be available until after Tuesday 15 December.

Megan Papworth

Head of Music - Classroom 



On 11 November two of our year 9 Coding girls, Incy Lin and Helena Huang, travelled to Melbourne University to compete in the Programming Challenge 4 Girls. This event run by the Engineering School at Melbourne University introduced the students to a free programming environment called Alice before setting the teams a challenge to complete on their own by lunchtime. Alice is a 3D graphical world and the students had to create a given storyboard before completing their story in their own way.

There were about 40 teams competing - mostly from independent schools - and our team, named the Pineapples, were one of a few teams who were awarded a Gold Medal. Well done, girls!

Incy and Helena both said they enjoyed the day and would recommend girls next year also getting involved.


All Year 7 IT classes are starting their foray into computer programming using the Scratch environment online from MIT. They all start with a central cat figure and learn to move it, change its colour, change its appearance and provide an interesting background. This is all leading to their understanding of the three main control structures in computer programming: sequence, selection and iteration.

So far, they all seem to be enjoying being in control!

Ms Hatch

ICT Learning Area Manager



McKinnon Secondary supports all students in their Language learning and we encourage parents to continue speaking the native language within the family and their community. 

Our school offers students the study of German and French from Year 7 to 12, however, we highly recommend the study of the native language with the Victorian School of Languages.

Students are able to attend face-to-face classes or study through distance education. The VSL centre at McKinnon offers Hebrew, Korean and Russian and the New Chinese Language and Culture School conducts face-to-face courses on Saturdays.

The study of languages does not only increase opportunities in the future, it supports our understanding of cultures and communities.

Please visit for more information about Hebrew, Korean and Russian or contact Mr Ye on 0407 188 886 in regards to Chinese courses.


In our fourth year of teaching the VET Certificate II in Applied Language in German and French courses, we are proud to celebrate the success of our students. The new pathway in Languages has allowed 50% more language students completing their language study at the end of Year 10 with a national accreditation of their language learning.

In December 2014, VCAA decided to change the entitlement for VCE VET Units, which allows students to have a VET Certificate III in Applied Language acknowledged for their VCE (2 Units for VCE Unit 3 and 4) with an increment to the ATAR (10% of their top four subjects).

We are currently enrolling Year 9 German and French students for 2016, however, this pathway is also offered for other languages at the Victorian School of Languages.

If you have any further questions do not hesitate to contact us.  


Each year at the end of Year Eight, German students correspond with a group of students in Germany via email. The students this Year are at Dietrich Bonhoeffer Gymnasium Secondary School in Bavaria. McKinnon students utilise all the Language skills they have learnt in Year 7 and 8 to compose messages in German. The German students then reply using their English Language skills. Topics covered include school, what sports they play, what type of music they listen to and favourite artists as well as exchanging information about Victoria and Bavaria. This is a really practical and exciting way to consolidate previous learning and find out more about German Culture and Language.


CONGRATULATIONS to all students at McKinnon Secondary College for completing over 3.3 Million questions on Language Perfect this year and making the most of this educational programme! An incredible effort!

CONGRATULATIONS also to Phoebe Dunn, in Year 10, who has earned over 30,000 points this year. She has been a prize winner in the German World Championship and the Victorian Championship. Phoebe was invited to apply for the Education Perfect Internship, which is only offered to highest achievers.


It is not always easy to find appropriate listening resources for VCE students of French. Authentic material is excellent but can be too challenging at times. Therefore, students should use a range of resources to build up their listening skills through regular practice at home. This YouTube video presents a number of resources and strategies to practice listening skills independently.

There is one website specifically created for VCE French It is made by experienced teachers of French from Victoria and focuses on the specific skills and topics prescribed by the French Study Design. It is not free but students can ask for a free trial.

The GOETHE INSTITUT Melbourne offers preparation courses for VCE students Please visit the following website for more information:

Andrea Fowler

Head of Languages



Borrowing for the holidays has started. Books borrowed before the end of this year will be due back at the start of next year. This is a great opportunity for students to catch up with their reading. Please talk to your son or daughter about what they have been reading and encourage them to come and borrow for the holidays. The library catalogue is online and can be browsed on the internet via the school homepage. If a book is currently on loan, it can be reserved. When the book is returned you will receive an email. Please note that to borrow over the holidays students will need to have returned all overdue books.


If you have an overdue book you will probably have received emails from the library. Please look 

carefully for the book, including in your locker, school bag and bedroom. If you cannot find the book you will have to pay a replacement cost. To do this come into the library to get a book cost sheet printed off. Take this sheet along with your payment to the School Bursar. After payment is made, bring the sheet and the payment receipt to the library to have lost book taken off your borrowing record. If you find the book bring it to the library to arrange a refund of your payment.


Please note that the library will be closing at recess and 4:30pm daily until the end of the year.


Book club members had the chance to browse through a selection of new titles from Benn’s bookshop on Monday 23 November. 

Many titles were chosen for the library collection. Book club members will be notified by email when the book they selected will be ready for collection.

Russell Absalom

Manager - Library Resource Centre



Congratulations to the following students whose artworks were voted to receive the People's Choice Award, at our recent annual Arts Show.

The student who receives the most votes in Years 7 - 9 and the student who receives the most votes in Years 10 - 12 will be announced at General Assembly next year.

Ms Kuriata

Arts KLA Manager


The dates for Book Returns are as follows:

  • Year 10 Book Returns 10am – 2pm: Monday 30 November  
  • Year 9 & 10 Book Returns 10am – 2pm: Tuesday 1 December
  • Year 9 Book Returns 10am – 2pm Wednesday 2 December
  • Year 8 Book Returns All Day: Friday 4 December
  • Year 7 Book Returns All Day: Monday 7 December

The dates for selling Second Hand books are as follows:

  • Years 11 & 12: Thursday 26 November at 8am - 1pm & 3pm - 7pm
  • ·Years 9 & 10: Thursday 3 December at 8am - 1pm & 3pm - 7pm
  • Years 7 & 8: Tuesday 8 December at 8am - 1pm & 3pm - 7pm

On Wednesday 9 December Year 7 & 8 are to Pick Up Unsold Books from L01 & L02.

If you have any space time from Thursday 19 November to Wednesday 9 December, you may like to consider volunteering.  All volunteers get first pick of text books they need.  If you wish to volunteer please contact Joanne Robinson at [email protected].

Joanne Robinson



We are seeking the help of parent volunteers for our school canteen commencing Term 1, 2016. Volunteers will need a current Volunteer’s Working With Children Check.

Your help will be required Monday to Friday from 12noon to 1pm approximately to help serve our students.

Please contact our General Office on 8520 9000 to register your name and contact details.



Office hours are:   8:15am - 4:30pm

Telephone:             8520 9000


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


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



Student absences should be reported to the school before 9:00am. Please email the Attendance Officer Alison Pollock

[email protected]) or telephone 8520 9050 on the day of the absence by 9:00am. 


A note on the day of return to the General Office is required for absences where no parent contact has been possible. Proformas for absence explanations can be downloaded from our website (




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


If no explanation has been received:


  • students in Years 7 - 10 are withdrawn from class and given an after school detention for the following day;
  • students in Years 11 and 12 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



Tuesday 1 December 8.15am - 12.00pm

Friday 4 December 12.30pm - 4.00pm

Saturday 5 December 9.30am - 12.00pm

Monday 7 December 5.00pm - 7.30pm  School bags only

Tuesday 8 December 8.00am - 1.00pm

Friday 11 December 12.30pm - 4.00pm

Saturday 12 December 9.30pm - 12.00pm

Tuesday 15 December 8.15am - 12.00pm

Saturday 19 December 9.30am - 12.00pm

Monday 28 December 11.00am - 3.00pm

Tuesday 29 December 11.00am - 3.00pm

Wednesday 30 December 11.00am - 3.00pm


Saturday 2 January 9.30am - 12.00pm

Tuesday 19 January 11.00am - 3.00pm

Wednesday 20 January 11.00am - 3.00pm

Thursday 21 January 11.00am - 3.00pm

Friday 22 January 11.00am - 3.00pm

Saturday 23 January 9.30am - 12.00pm

Monday 25 January 11.00am - 3.00pm

Wednesday 27 January 11.00 – 3.00pm

Thursday 28 January 11.00am - 3.00pm

Friday 29 January Normal trading hours.

Senior School resume Thursday 28 January

Junior School resume Friday 29 January

Cheques must be payable to Fashion Clubwear.


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.



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