Alba News

20 February 2018
Issue One
Important Dates & Calendar   
From the Principal Class Team
From the Principal Class Team
New Staff at St Albans Secondary College
From the General Office
Excursion Consent & Payments on Compass 
Parent Portal – Payment of School Charges
2018 Sub School Coordinators 
Junior School Report
Middle School Report  
Senior School Report  
Vaccinations in 2018
Breakfast Club
Canteen News 
House News
Arts News 
Community News
St Albans Secondary College
03 9366 2555
289 Main Road East
St Albans, Victoria, 3021

Important Dates & Calendar   

Wednesday, 21 February

All day  Year 9 Advance - Lady Northcote Recreation Camp

All day Year 7D - Integrated Studies Strathbogie Camp

9:00am - 4:30pm Middle School Art Excursion

Thursday, 22 February 

All day Year 7D - Integrated Studies Strathbogie Camp

12:40pm - 01:30pm Vietnamese New Year celebrations in Nindethana

Friday, 23 February

All day Year 7D - Integrated Studies Strathbogie Camp

Monday, 26 February

All day  School photo day

Tuesday, 27 February

All day Year 7I - Integrated Studies Strathbogie Camp

Wednesday, 28 February

All day Year 7I - Integrated Studies Strathbogie Camp

8:00am - 3:00pm Senior Boys and Girls Futsal

Thursday, 1 March

8:00am - 5:00pm Year 7I - Integrated Studies Strathbogie Camp 1:30am - 3:10pm Year 9 Advance - Clean Up Australia Day 

Friday, 2 March 

8:30am - 3:30pm Swimming Carnival

Tuesday, 6 March

8:00am - 4:30pm Year 9 Science - Marine Discovery Centre Queenscliff

All day Year 7B - Integrated Studies Strathbogie Camp

Wednesday, 7 March

All day Year 7B - Integrated Studies Strathbogie Camp

8:00am - 3:00pm Intermediate Boys and Girls Rugby

8:00am - 3:00pm Senior Boys and Girls Rugby

8:00am - 3:15pm Year 9 Science - Marine Discovery Centre Queenscliff 

6:00pm - 7:00pm 2018 Japan Trip Parent Evening

Friday, 23 March

Curriculum Day - Student free day

Wednesday, 28 March

Parent teacher interviews

From the Principal Class Team

Dear Parents and Guardians

A warm welcome back to the 2018 school year! We have had such a positive start, with students settling in well to their new year levels, sub-schools and classes. A very special welcome to our new Year 7 students, who are a delightful group, and to all those students who are new to other year levels, and to their families. We hope that you enjoy your time here at St Albans Secondary College and that it is rewarding for you both educationally and personally.

We are also very pleased to welcome our new Assistant Principals, Mr John Coulson and Ms Tracey D’Elton, to our team, along with the following staff who are joining the teaching and education support teams this year:

Tuyet Duong

Tracey D’Elton

John Coulson

Matthew Olthof

Jennifer Truong

Robert Winduss

Adrian Mccall

Bec Carter

Kathleen Pryor

Ayse Unal

Joseph Sassone

Andrea Holliday

Ariel Verona

Jennifer Papagianopoulos

Simone Papagianopoulos

Fiona Taylor

Ashley O’Dowd

Tina Bui

Paris Ladas

Kathleen Main

Simon Marrow

Julie Talevski

Judy Blum

Tiyana Jones

Steven Angelkovski

Tim Clay


We wish each of you all the very best for your time at St Albans Secondary College.

Announcing the College Captains

On behalf of the whole school community, we are delighted to announce our College Captains for 2018.

Congratulations to Laura Van Keulen and Ted Lee who have been elected Captains, to Vice Captains Duyen Truong and Darren Tran, and our VCAL Captains Sarah Mollica, Joyce Lyon, Wendy Truong and Zakia Zarghar.


Each of these students has already shown themselves to be really deserving of these leadership roles, and we look forward to working with them and all of our student leaders.


VCAL and VCE Excellence Awards

Each year, the college recognises outstanding achievement with the presentation to a VCAL and a VCE student of the Excellence Award.


Our very warmest congratulations on achieving the VCAL Excellence Award for 2017 to Imogen Nund-Dam!


As a Year 12 VCAL student, Imogen was a strong ambassador for the school’s VCAL program. During the two year course, she was professional, consistently motivated, strived for high standards and was always willing to assist others.


Imogen presented a well-organised portfolio clearly documenting her attainment of the VCAL outcomes through classwork,  evidence,  personal reflections and evaluations.


In 2016, she completed a School Based Traineeship in Aged Care obtaining a Certificate III in Individual Support.


Imogen planned and organised a variety of activities for Youth Day and R U OK Day, as well as excursions for her peers and teachers. She was an advocate for her classmates as a School Representative Council member and part of the school captaincy team.


In her final year, Imogen volunteered her time at Western Health two days a week and was invited to Government House as a representative during National Volunteer Week. She regularly spoke of the positive experiences gained at this work placement, and received complimentary reviews from her supervisor,   co-workers and patients. The objective of her complex project at Western Health was to help patients in the Rehabilitation Ward recovering from trauma or illness to have a more positive experience while in hospital. As a team leader of this project, she wanted improve the patients’ recovery, by demonstrating empathy and providing activities to assist patients to regain their fine motor skills.


We also congratulate Stephanie Giao on being recognised with the VCE Excellence Award. Stephanie achieved an ATAR of 97.65, and is enrolled to study Science at the University of Melbourne.

Stephanie was always an attentive and conscientious student who is modest and humble in her achievements. As an active learner, she sought challenges in order to progress, and helped others through sharing her extensive knowledge.


Teachers and peers respected Stephanie as a warm and supportive friend and classmate, a student with a generous nature and a fun sense of humour. The school’s Garden Club and swimming team have benefitted from her participation in their activities.


In 2014, Stephanie was the recipient of the Roger Martin Science award, and in 2016, she completed two accelerated subjects: Biology and Further Mathematics, achieving a study score of over 40 for both subjects. These outstanding results led Stephanie to seek further academic challenges, and she participated in the University of Melbourne Extension program by beginning undergraduate studies in Biology alongside her VCE.


Stephanie’s exceptional academic ability may be attributable to her ‘almost intuitive understanding’ of new concepts, but her brilliant academic results are also the outcome of consistent curiosity, dedication to learning, and hard work.


Our Uniform Policy

You may have read in the online media or heard on the radio last week comment about our school sending students home for being out of uniform.

Whilst aspects of the report were exaggerated, it is accurate that 17 students were sent home because they were not following the policy. This event provides an opportunity to remind parents and students of some important points in relation, not just to the Uniform Policy, but to the way we do things and what we stand for at St Albans Secondary College.

The Uniform Policy is endorsed by School Council, and provides clear information about expectations and consequences. When parents enrol their children at the school, they sign an agreement to support this and other school policies.

The College provides support to any family who requires it to ensure that each child can access the uniform.

Some people may argue that we shouldn’t focus on ‘trivial’ things like the uniform, and that students shouldn’t be sent home to change into the correct uniform. However, School Council’s view is that our uniform is an important part of our identity as a community, and that it should be worn appropriately and with pride. We also believe that, because we ask parents to pay for uniform, we have an obligation to ensure that the policy is adhered to. We appreciate and thank our parents actively supporting the Uniform Policy, and the work of our staff.

From the Principal Class Team

BYOD Program

A critical component of our Teaching and Learning Strategy at St Albans Secondary College is harnessing technology to improve the student learning. Technology is used by our teachers in a range of ways to engage students, connect them real-world contexts and develop higher order thinking skills. There are a range of tools we also use to check student understanding, embed critical and creative thinking and differentiate instruction. To that end, all students are required to bring an approved device to school to use in their class under the guidance of their teachers. 


If you are thinking of upgrading your device or purchasing a new one, please review the minimum system specifications which are detailed below. Please note that new devices, or devices brought from home will need to be 'imaged' with the school specified applications and settings. This process will not affect normal home use and is provided free of charge by our school IT Department. We also have a number of business partnerships that can offer discounted pricing and financing options to support you with the purchase of a new device. Please refer to the BYOD section of our school website for more information.


The school also provides and equity device loan program for students experiencing financial hardship. For more information on this program, please speak to your Sub School team.


Year 7 Camps

Each Year 7 class will attend a school camp during Terms 1 & 2 to our Outdoor Education Centre in the beautiful Strathbogie ranges. These compulsory camps are a vital part of our curriculum and help to build connectivity across our Year 7 cohort through a focus on our College Values.  We thank all the families in our school community for their support of this program, which supports students in their social and emotional development. Camp dates are detailed below. For more information please refer to our Camp Coordinator Mr Mark Micallef.


Year 7 transition 

We would like to officially welcome all of the new Year 7 students and families new to the College. The students have settled in really well, and have been making friends, learning the new processes and understanding the ways of secondary school. A particular thank you to the Junior Sub School team, and all of the Year 7 teachers for their support of the new students. If you have any concerns about how your child is settling, or have any other questions, please contact the relevant coordinator.

Grade 6 night

The information evening for prospective Year 7 students 2019 will be held on Tuesday, 13 March, 5.30pm to 8.30pm in the Performing Arts Centre. Please pass this information on to any of your friends or acquaintances who may be interested in finding out more about St Albans Secondary College.


A reminder that it is very important that all families are able to log onto the parent portal, Compass. This can be accessed through the College’s website, and usernames and passwords have been sent out previously. On Compass you will be able to see students assessment results, read progress reports, access Student Weekly Planners and approve and pay for excursions. This year we will also be using Compass to book Parent Teacher interviews. If you have any difficulty logging on the Compass please contact the General Office.

Progress reports

Term 1 progress reports, which will include assessment grades, will be available on Compass on the following dates:

Year 7 to 11: Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Year 12: Friday, 16 March 2018

We encourage all parents to log on and read these reports, to help understand how your child is settling in to the new academic year. Where there are concerns in a number of subjects, coordinators will make contact directly with families.

School photos

School photos will be held on Monday, 26 February. Further information and prices will be sent out prior to the day.  Family portraits will be taken during recess and lunchtime. Once again all ordering and payments will occur through Compass.

Year 12 Parent Information Evening

On Monday, 5 February all Year 12 parents were invited to a session to outline the expectations of the Year 12 program being undertaken by students in either VCE or VCAL.  The evening was run by the dedicated Senior School Team who went through key dates and support for both parents and students.  Parents were addressed by a speaker from the Elevate Program, a study skills initiative which is designed to optimise the strengths of all learners.  The speaker, a recent successful graduate, outlined the importance of balance and sticking to designated study schedules, allowing time for other interests and physical activity.  This was a great lead in to the year and fitted in well with the theme of the Year 12 Camp.

Year 12 Study Skills Camp

On 8 to 9 February the Year 12 study camp was held at University College in Parkville. Guest speakers included the writer of the play being studied in the English classes who gave an indepth account of her themes and the background for her characters.  It certainly made the play come to life. Students participated in a wellbeing session, and there were pathways and careers presentations, VCAL workshops and tours of Melbourne University and RMIT.  All staff and students who attended found it a very positive and worthwhile experience.  Thank you to all those staff who attended and supported the camp, including Ms Dowsley who was well received on reading a wonderful story highlighting the opportunities that lay ahead for our students, ask your son or daughter to read you the book they were each given.  Congratulations to the Senior Sub School Team on organising such an informative and well run camp for the Year 12 students.

Student Learning Advisory Team (SLAT)

The SLAT group is again active in 2018 having had their first meeting on 12 February to discuss the provision of feedback for staff on key aspects of learning.  This group is made up of dedicated students from Years 7-12 some of who attended a forum last year as part of our school vision to increase student voice at St Albans Secondary College.  This group share ideas and insights that provide support for the instructional framework used throughout the school.  They are assisting the framing of questions for a student survey as well as speaking to staff about what it means to be a learner at SASC and how we can best support their learning so that all students experience growth across the curriculum.  It is an exciting initiative which we will be building on throughout 2018 and beyond.

Baby news

Congratulations to Antoinette, our highly regarded Office team member, and her husband Matt on the arrival of their baby girl, Arianna. We wish you all the best as you get to know your daughter.

Congratulations also to Simon Morrow and his partner Le who welcome the safe arrival of Allegra Rose Marrow Orozco. Allegra was born on 31 January 2018 at 7.25 am weighing 2920 g.


​And finally....

Thank you to all of our parents for your excellent support in ensuring that your daughters and sons have been well prepared for the start of the year. We have had such a positive start, and this is in part due to your efforts, especially with books, equipment and uniform.

If you have any concerns or questions about how your child has settled in, please don’t hesitate to contact their Year Level Coordinator.

Principal - Ms Kerrie Dowsley

Assistant Principal - Mr John Coulson

Assistant Principal - Mr Craig Jennings

Assistant Principal - Ms Tracey D'Elton

New Staff at St Albans Secondary College

Tuyet Duong

After completing my double degree (Bachelor of Secondary Teaching/Science at Deakin University) I was offered a teaching job at Braemar College in Woodend, where I worked from 2008.

My teaching specialist areas are Mathematics and junior Science.

My hobbies are travelling, reading novels and looking after my three boys (two children and my husband).

I am looking forward to working with the students, staff and community of St Albans Secondary College.

Tracey D’Elton

I am very excited to be joining the St Albans community this year as one of the Assistant Principals and teacher of Mathematics.  Prior to this appointment I was at Lowther Hall and before that I had been at a number of Secondary Schools to Melbourne’s West.  I have been part of the Leadership Team in my previous three schools and have held a number of roles including Curriculum and Pedagogy Coordinator, Head of Mathematics and Year Level Team Leader.  I enjoy gardening and walking when I have time and have a daughter going into third year tertiary studies and a son who completed Year 12 in 2017. 

John Coulson

Hi there, my name is John Coulson and it is a pleasure to be working at St Albans Secondary College as an Assistant Principal. Born and raised in Queensland, I have worked as a Teacher, Head of Department and Deputy Principal for many years. I have joined the St Albans Team from the Australian International School in Bangkok where I worked as Head of Teaching and Learning. You think Melbourne weather is tough, try Bangkok in the hot months!  I am passionate about public education and I look forward to working alongside all members of school community to ensure we continue to achieve the very best for all our amazing students. I am very excited to part of the St Albans Team!

Matthew Olthof joins St Albans Secondary as member of staff in 2018 after working at the college as a relief teacher through the tail end of 2017. Recently returning to secondary teaching after many years living abroad in Canada, he looks forward to spending more time in the classroom and joining the Middle Sub School as a Year Level Coordinator.

Jennifer Truong


Robert Winduss

I have been a Physical Education teacher for 7 years over a variety of secondary schools in the northern and western suburbs. I'm looking forward to getting to know you all over the year. 

Adrian Mccall

Hi, my name is Adrian McCall. I am a Science teacher at St Albans Secondary College. I have taught for 15 years. My last teaching position was at Western Heights College in Geelong. I am married with two boys. I was raised in a small country town called Lismore, which is located in South Western Victoria. My father is still farming sheep at the age of 81. I have two brothers and one sister. I have lived in the United States, staying in San Francisco and Philadelphia. My hobbies include golf and volleyball.

Bec Carter


Kathleen Pryor

Hi, I'm Kathleen Pryor and I'm joining the English department this year. I have been teaching for four years, including two years in London. I am really looking forward to becoming a part of the wonderful St Albans Secondary College community.

Ayse Unal

My name is Ayse Unal. I began working at St Albans Secondary College in 2017, replacing a teacher who was on leave. I previously taught English and VCE History at an Independent school and have been teaching since 1992. When I was given the opportunity to continue working at the college in 2018, I was thrilled to accept the position. The staff have been incredibly supportive and the students friendly and it is for these reasons and many more that I look forward to working at the college this year.

Joseph Sassone

My name is Joseph Sassone and I’m delighted to be joining the St. Albans Secondary College community. I have been teaching for ten years and before that I was as full-time cook. At St. Albans I’ll be teaching Food Studies, Textiles and Art. I look forward to getting more students at the college involved in cooking delicious meals and helping out in the school’s vegetable garden.

Andrea Holliday

Prior to teaching i was employed as a management consultant and a senior operations manager for a large bank.  I finally made the decision to become a teacher, given that it was what I had always wanted to do, and I have never looked back.  I have taught at a number of schools in Melbourne's West. I am excited to join the St Albans SC Community as a Commerce and Humanities teacher. 

Ariel Verona

Ariel comes to us from Sacré Cœur Girls’ School in Glen Iris. She will be replacing Andria Panteli on her Term 1 leave. Ariel will teach all year levels for Drama along with VCAL Work-related Skills. Ariel lives in Sunshine with her partner and dog. When not at school, Ariel loves sewing, dirt bike riding and swimming. (Okay, the dirt bike riding was a lie!)

Jennifer Papagianopoulos

I have spent the last three years teaching Maths and Psychology which I will continue to teach at St Albans Secondary College this year. I will be teaching year 10 & 11 Psychology and 9 & 10 Maths. In my free time I enjoy going to the gym, walking, cooking and playing tennis. I am really excited to get to know you all and becoming a part of the school community.

Fiona Taylor

Hi, I'm Fiona Taylor and I'm returning to St Albans Secondary College after taking Family Leave to have my two kids: Luka who is now 7 and Frances who is 2. While I was on leave I taught at RMIT University and Victoria University.  I'll be teaching Humanities and Literate Practices this year. I'm really happy to be back!

Ashley O’Dowd

My name is Ashley O'Dowd and this year I am working in the Mathematics, Health and Physical Education departments at St. Albans SC. I completed my teaching degree at Deakin University and previously, I have been working in Melton. I love summer and the beach and was lucky in growing up on the Bellarine Peninsula as to be close to the coast. I enjoy playing Netball and watching AFL.

Tina Bui

This is my first year teaching at St Albans Secondary College. I have worked and lived in the Western suburbs for over 20 years now, so I understand how culturally and linguistically diverse the St Albans community is. With such a warm welcome and supportive environment from the SASC, I am extremely happy to have an opportunity to teach Vietnamese year 11 and 12 and Mathematics year 8 and 9 at St Albans. I am looking forwards to working together with the SASC to help and guide my students to achieve their learning goals.

Paris Ladas

I recently graduated from Deakin University, where I earned distinctions in both my Bachelor of Teaching (Secondary) and Bachelor of Arts. I arrived at St Albans Secondary following positions teaching EAL and instructing Intensive English Language Programs at Forest Hill and Essendon Keilor colleges. I am multilingual and passionate about facilitating students in developing their English language skills and assisting them in reaching their full potential in everything they attempt. When I’m not teaching, I enjoy theatre and the arts, good food and coffee, and spending time with family and friends.

Kathleen Main

I have been living and teaching in London since I finished my teaching degree, so St Albans Secondary College is my first ever Australian school. I couldn't have chosen a better place to remind me of all the fantastic things I had missed. There's the beautiful school grounds, the sounds of wildlife, the calm and relaxed atmosphere, and the extreme friendliness of staff and students alike. Don't get me wrong, I absolutely loved my time in the UK, but now that I'm here I can easily say, it's great to be home.

Simon Marrow


Julie Talevski

Hello! I am very excited to join the office team at St Albans Secondary College team in my first school based job, having previously worked in a coordination and finance role at Victoria University for the past 6 years. I have found everyone here to be so friendly and welcoming, which has made it an easy transition to a new workplace. When not working, I enjoy spending time with my family (my husband and my little munchkin dog, Alfred), travelling and eating chocolate or pizza!!

Judy Blum

I am returning to work in the office at St Albans Secondary College after a 10 year absence.  Since leaving the College I worked as the Office Manager at Staughton College in Melton South for 5 years before deciding to take a 2 year break from the Education Department to concentrate on the day to day running of our family run Video Store.  In 2015 I returned to schools working at Copperfield College, Sydenham Campus before jumping at the chance to return to St Albans to work in the office again.

I enjoy going Camping and 4WD whenever I get the chance. I have 3 adult children, a daughter who also works in a school office and 2 sons who are both Electricians.

Tiyana Jones

Tiyana is our Individual Needs Coordinator and Senior Speech Pathologist. 

From the General Office

General Office Hours 

8:15am to 4:15pm       

College Expectations 

Some important expectations are outlined below.

Attendance, Uniform, Punctuality  

We greatly appreciate the support we receive from parents to make sure that your child attends school regularly and punctually, is in full uniform, and is well prepared for all classes with books and equipment.

Being prepared for classes  

It is expected that students have the required books and equipment for each subject, as well as a student diary to record homework and assignments.


If you need any assistance with ordering books, please contact the General Office.


Students must have a minimum of 90% attendance in all classes at each year level.


Full uniform must be worn to and from school, at school and on all school excursions, including interschool sports.


Uniform Shop Hours:

Monday - 12:15pm to 1:15pm

Thursday - 12:15pm to 1:15pm


Alternatively, you can purchase the school uniform online through our school website:


Please note:

  • Only the 3 approved styles of school shoes are to be worn
  • PE / Sports shoes must be lace up runners with non-marking soles
  • Facial piercings are not to be worn at school
  • Make-up is to be kept to a minimum.


Students are expected to be punctual at the start of each day and for all classes. Any student who is late more than 4 times will have a Friday detention from 3:20pm to 5:20pm. 


The consequences for lateness to school are as follows:


1st Late

Coordinator Warning.


2nd Late

After School Detention:  

3:15pm -  3:45pm.  

Sub Schools to contact home.


3rd Late

After School Detention:  

3:15pm -  3:45pm.  

Sub Schools to contact home  – advise that next late will be a Friday Night Detention.


4th Late

Friday Night Detention:  

3:20pm -  5:20pm.  

Students that complete their Friday Night Detention have their next late treated as a 3rd LATE.  A subsequent LATE means a second     Friday Night Detention & student is placed on a ‘Blue Sheet’.


Blue Sheet

Student is on a ‘Blue Sheet’ for 2 weeks. Coordinator meets Parent/Guardian to explain the Blue Sheet process.


Unsatisfactory Blue Sheet

Parent interview with SSL & PCO. 

Strategies discussed – possible suspension.



Sustainable School Shop

The Sustainable School Shop website is available to purchase and/or sell second-hand uniforms and used textbooks.


Parents can log in or register at any time at

When selling items, click the Sell Uniforms button and follow the prompts. Assistance is given to construct your For Sale ads including a pricing guide.
To see the ads for items currently on sale or to obtain the seller details, you will need to log-in to the Sustainable School Shop website, click the blue Stocktake button and then click the item you need. Buyers contact the seller directly.

Sellers are asked to delist For Sale Ads as items sell.


Excursion Consent & Payments on Compass 

Did you know that you can now Consent & make a Payment on Compass for your child’s excursion

Dear Parents / Guardians


Your child will be attending excursions / events throughout the year.  Log into Compass on the Parent Portal via the schools website for each excursion to approve the consent and make a payment (if applicable) online by the due dates. 


This will save your child time lining up at the general office.


Compass Pay will greatly assist parents with approval and payment requirements, and will also assist the office staff and teachers by reducing the paperwork and finance components. Parents will be able to easily access their child’s activities, keep the school up to date with important information, and complete the permission & payment process.


Compass Pay is available to you through the Parent Portal which you can access via the schools’ website with your individual username and password at


To provide the consent/payment required, parents click on the notification which will appear on the home screen under “My News”.  This will take you to the Events page, where you can see all events that require consent/payment, and those that you have already consented to/paid for.


Parents have the option of completing the consent/payment online, or of printing the consent form and handing it in to the office with payment.

By clicking the "Process Now (Online)" option, parents will be prompted to enter information regarding emergency contact details, as well as any relevant medical information.


Full instructions for using this module are illustrated below.  You can also access the Instruction Booklet on Compass under the School Documentation Tab and click on Parents Information.

If you require any assistance, please contact the General Office on 9366 2555.


You can also click on the link below to view more information on COMPASS.


Parent Portal – Payment of School Charges

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

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

Course Confirmation and Payment Portal

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

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

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


2018 Sub School Coordinators 

 Junior School

Ms Lauren Honeycombe

Sub School Leader

7G, 8J

Ms Marlene Cassar

Assistant Sub School Leader

7B, 7F, 8H

Mr Louis Turner

Sub School Coordinator

7E, 7I, 8B, 8E

Mr Craig Moore

Sub School Coordinator

7J, 7K, 8A, 8I

Ms Emily Dickinson

Sub School Coordinator

7A, 7H, 8D, 8F

Mr Owen McIntyre

Sub School Coordinator

7C, 7D, 8C, 8G

Ms Isobelle Issell

Sub School Assistant

Middle School

Ms Becky Annetts

Sub School Leader

9J, 9K, 10C

Mr Brendan McFarland

Assistant Sub School Leader

9C, 9L, 10B

Ms Ash Mana Mohan

Sub School Coordinator 

9A, 9F, 10E

Mr Simon Lynch

Sub School Coordinator

9B, 9G, 10F

Mr Sean Ryan

Sub School Coordinator

9D, 9E, 10A 

Mr Matthew Olthof

Sub School Coordinator

9H, 9I, 10D 

Ms Lynda Vo

Sub School Assistant


Senior School

Ms Stav Bekiaris

Sub School Leader

11D, 11W, 12D

Ms Anna Woods

Assistant Sub School Leader

11A , 12A , 12V

Mr Robert Krysinski

Sub School Coordinator

11B, 12B

Ms Laura Gough

Sub School Coordinator

11E, 11V, 12E, 12Y

Ms Anna Langley

Sub School Coordinator

11C, 12C, 12W

Ms Rosemary Bambery

Sub School Assistant















Junior School Report

Congratulations and Welcome to all the new students, all Year 7 students and returning Year 8 students. We are off to a busy but flying start in the Junior School this year with the largest cohort of students for a very long time.

The first day for Year 7 saw Students enjoying meeting their Integrated Studies Teacher and Co ordinators and enjoying a BBQ with sausages and watermelon at lunchtime. The weather was fabulous and after lunch they participated with great enthusiasm in their class groups in a sports afternoon in the Gymnasium and Trivia in Performing Arts.  The Year 7 students have also completed a first day impression to go in a time capsule which will be opened in 2023.  Students are learning how to greet in their various LOTE’s and are starting an identity unit in Integrated Studies. In PE, students are doing fitness testing. They are enjoying woodwork, art and food technology also.


Year 8 students settled quickly and enthusiastically back into their classes, meeting new teachers and having an enjoyable first day. They are enjoying their start to the new year and are engaging well in their subjects. In Integrated Studies, students are learning about Medieval History and in Science, safety and experimentation and observation is the start of their course.

Year 7 and 8 Students have also held Class Captain Elections and the results will be out soon! We look forward to working with the representatives of classes in their new roles this year.

Thank you to Kathleen Phan and Danh Vo who spoke very well at the Whole School Assembly held on Wednesday 7th Feb which welcomed the Year 7 students to St Albans Secondary College.

It is very pleasing to see the students in the Junior School in full school uniform.  Most students have all their books and diaries and devices which make for a very smooth beginning to the year. If you have any difficulties in getting any books or uniform or a device please contact the Junior School. Could parents also advise the front office of any change of address and phone numbers as soon as possible. If your child is absent, a note or medical certificate needs to be brought to the coordinator upon the student’s return to school. Coordinators are interviewing to students individually and getting to know each other.

All students have been issued with lockers and have locks for these. Just a reminder that a spare key for your lock must be given to your Integrated Studies Teacher. Each student’s Integrated Studies (IS) teacher is also that student’s Learning Manager.

Year 7 classes are starting to venture to the school camp at Strathbogie. 7D have headed off to camp already.  It is a brilliant 3 days away where students cook, explore, canoe and hike amongst other things. It is a chance for students to bond and get to know their classmates and teacher well. All students are encouraged to attend.

The Swimming Sports are Friday 2nd March and it is compulsory for all students to attend. Please ensure you have provided consent on Compass. If your child is ill on this day they must have a Medical Certificate. Please remember to have Sunscreen, hats and water bottles on this day. We look forward to all students participating in events. Year 7’s Immunisations will take place soon.

The Junior School coordinators look forward to meeting parents and assisting them with any concerns they may have about their child.

 The Junior School Team is looking forward to working with students and their families in 2017.

Level Co-ordinators

Ms Lauren Honeycombe  7G   8J

Ms  Marlene Cassar            7B  7F  8H

Ms Owen McIntyre             7C 7D  8C 8G

Mr Louis Turner                    7E  7I  8B  8E

Ms Emily Dickinson           7A  7H   8D   8F

Mr Craig Moore                7J  7K  8A  8I


Lauren Honeycombe

Junior Sub School leader

Middle School Report  

Welcome back everyone, and a particularly warm welcome to all Year 9 students joining the Middle Sub School for the first time, and to all of our new students and their families.  We would also like to welcome Matthew Oltohof to the sub school as Year Level Coordinator for 9h, 9i and 10d, and Ashwini Mana Mohan as Year Level Coordinator for 9a, 9f and 10e.  Ms Mohan is also responsible for all the students who are new to Year 10 in 2018.  By now, you will have received a letter introducing the coordinators in the Middle School.  Please contact us if you have any concerns about your child or if you would like to discuss something with us.


We have had a very smooth start to the year and have been impressed by the students’ caring and respectful attitude towards one another.  A big thank you to all the Peer Mentors whose responsibility it was to meet and greet all the new students, lead tours of the school, and ensure that all questions and concerns were addressed.  Our Year 10 students have returned with a positive attitude and are working diligently in all of their classes.  Year 9 students are in the process of meeting their coordinators, and we have been very pleased by their enthusiasm, friendliness and commitment to making a good start to their learning this year.


Student weekly planners are available on the school portal for students and parents to access.  It would be helpful if parents and guardians checked diaries to see what work is being set by teachers.  Middle school students should be completing up to two hours of homework per night.  If no specific homework is set, then students should be revising class notes or engaging in independent reading.  The after school study group is available for students on Thursday evenings after school.

Year 9 Activities

On Thursday 1st March, Year 9 students will participate in the GAT test.  This is an important test and provides a great deal of information about the students’ abilities that can be used to support their future careers choices.  On Friday 2nd March, Year 9 students will be participating in the swimming carnival, and we welcome Year 10 students who are also keen to participate.

Year 10 Activities

Year 10 students can look forward to a number of events organised by this year’s Beacon Ambassadors.  The successful applicants for the positions will be announced soon.  We look forward to working with them over the course of the year in the planning of our key events.  The leadership skills of other Year 10 students have also been recognised in a number of students who have been elected as House Captains and SRC representatives.


On behalf of the Middle Sub School team, I wish all of our students a happy and successful year.

Becky Annetts

Middle School Sub School Leader

Senior School Report  

The Senior school team would like to take the opportunity to welcome all parents of Year 11 & 12 students to the Senior School. We have had an excellent start to the new school year and our new  VCE and VCAL students have had a smooth transition into the Sub School.

Students are already showing excellent promise with the timely completion of the holiday homework, set for all classes during the Orientation Program in 2017. There has been an impressive commitment from students and staff to get right down to business, setting the tone for a solid year’s work.

Our Year 12 Parent Information Evening was held on Monday, 5 February and we are proud to announce that we had over 350 parents and students in attendance. Thank you to all parents and students who attended a very informative evening, which focused on strategies available to parents to support their students throughout Year 12.

 The Year 12 Study Camp was held on Thursday 8 and Friday 9 of February at University College on the grounds of the University of Melbourne, Parkville.  VCE and VCAL students experienced a variety of presentations from some prominent speakers, including the best-selling Australian author Archie Fusillio.   A number of our own staff presenting on a variety of topics.



English/EAL and Literacy workshops were run, where students were involved in activities and presentations on the texts they were studying.

 The Wellbeing team presented an important session on sexual health, wellbeing and stress management. The schools MIPs team presented a lecture on pathways for VCE and VCAL students, and the options for further study once students finish their secondary schooling. Information provided included an outline of the university pre-results selection options. Students also visited Melbourne University and RMIT University.

We have a very active and committed group of students working with our SRC this year. The School Captains Laura Van Keulen and Ted Lee along with Vice Captains Duyen Truong and Darren Tran  made a presentation at the Whole School assembly.

We have Wendy Truong and Zakia Zarghar who are the Year 12 VCAL SRC representative.

Our Year 11 SRC representatives yet to be elected.

We will be hosting our traditional ‘Soccer Challenge’ towards the end of  Term 1. It is an activity that brings all the Senior School student together.

 In Term 2 we will have an assembly to celebrate “100 days of VCE/VCAL success”, with speakers including our alumni students sharing their successes.

We also have a ‘team building’ day where all the Year 11s go to Lady Northcote and a range of activities are run. Students work in groups and participate in an “amazing race’.  We also take all our Year 11 students Careers expos early Term 2.

 Later in the year the Senior Sub-School Team plans to invite a motivational speaker to address the Year 11s, while the Year 12s will have a Motivational Pizza lunch. Additionally in 2018, Study Skills programs for both Year 11 & 12 students will be provided. ‘Elevate Education’ will be running workshops for all our VCE students during the year.

Throughout the year, we will conduct our Case Management Initiative to ensure that the attendance, achievement and individual needs of all our students are monitored closely. Progress Reports for all Year 11 and Year 12 students will be available to parent through ‘Compass’.

 Parents will also have the opportunity to speak to teachers on Wednesday 28th March during the Parent Teachers Interviews.

The Coordinators look forward to a fast-paced year in the Senior Sub-School and hope to meet many parents of our senior students as the year progresses. Please contact us on 9366 2555 if you have any queries or concerns about the progress of your child.

VCAL Report

The year has begun well with students eager to start their new VET courses and finalising work placements.

We have a range of areas being explored this year with students involved in a range of VET placements from Hospitality, Building and Construction, Fashion, Sport and Recreation, Community services, Hair and Beauty and Music to name a few.

Year 11 VCAL students have already started their work with the ‘Young Workers’ Centre. Where a presenter, Carlos Castro, from the centre covers topics about the workplace including:

  • Your Rights at Work
  • Workplace Safety
  • Bullying and Discrimination

The program has been designed to address the issues and problems that young people face when starting work. It is believed that by arming young people with knowledge, we can make workplaces dramatically safer, fairer, and happier places for young people. 

The programs run by the Young Workers Centre continues to be available to schools, thanks to support from Worksafe and the Victorian Trades Hall Council.

Year 12 students delighted the school community with a Valentine’s Day lunchtime activity on Wednesday 14 February. Students worked extremely hard over a short time frame to entertain and feed students with Pizza and drinks, cupcakes, fruit salad , chocolate baskets, fresh and chocolate roses were also available. Students also participated in some games to win prizes, listened to music and enjoyed the sunshine and the activities. Well done to the group and we look forward to the next event.

Lots of events are planned for our VCAL students this year and we will keep you informed as activities take place.


Stav Bekiaris

Senior Sub School Leader



Vaccinations in 2018

Secondary School vaccinations in 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Breakfast Club

Hi All,

Welcome back to St Albans Secondary College. I am very happy to announce that in 2018, Breakfast club will run in the School Canteen.

Many of our students come to school early in the morning without eating breakfast due to economic or family problems, some just simply don’t have time to eat breakfast.

Breakfast club has made a positive impact to our school. It not only fills the tummies of our students with hot milo and toast but warms them up with a welcoming smile which initiates a positive morning.

I would appreciate anyone who would be interested in helping with the Breakfast club to please come and see me.

Thank you

Carmel Castorina

Breakfast Club Coordinator

Canteen News 

New meal deals

This year we have introduced something new in our Canteen, we will be offering a Meal Deal Package

If you purchase the following items you will received a drink either a 600ml Bottle of Water or Berri Juice



Lasagne, Twista Pasta, Mac n Cheese, Cannelloni or Potato Bake - and a drink as above for a discounted cost of $6.50

Chicken Burger - and a drink as above for a discounted cost of $7.00


Chicken Burger - and a drink as above for a discounted cost of $7.00


Healthy Hamburger - and a drink as above for a discounted cost of $ 7.50

Chicken Burger - and a drink as above for a discounted cost of $7.00


Chicken Burger - and a drink as above for a discounted cost of $7.00


Tortilla - and a drink as above for a discounted cost of $ 7.50

Chicken Burger - and a drink as above for a discounted cost of $7.00

House News

A new year of challenges, fun and participation!

The St Albans school assembly saw the start of a brand new year for the College House System.


As House Co-ordinators we are very proud to announce the new student leaders in each house for 2018.


Congratulations to:

We are very excited to work together and make this another exciting year for our College, beginning with the Swimming Carnival on Friday 2nd March and the Athletics Carnival on Friday 4th May. We will continue to announce other exciting events throughout the year to build student connectedness and team spirit.


Students from Year 7 to 9 will be bussed to the St Albans pool to compete in a variety of activities to represent their House. Led by their student house leaders and in their house colours, they will cheer, compete and participate in what is always a very enjoyable day. There will be a number of swimming and non-swimming events for all students to participate in regardless of their swimming abilities. Students are encouraged to wear their house shirts with some fun embellishments and decorations (e.g. face paint, coloured hair, ribbons, etc) and extra house points will be awarded for best dressed students and the very competitive poolside chanting competitions. Last year Irwin House won with an amazing tally of 1300 points. Participate and make sure your House wins in 2018!


This year will also see the continuation of fun filled events like Youth Day, LOTE and Education Week, language and maths competitions, multicultural days, tug of war, MAC production, fundraising days, debating and our ‘teachers versus students’ bocce competition. This year as always, participation is the key, so join in and take part in the multitude of activities on offer. Teachers will also award house points to students that demonstrated the College Values.


Already 2018 has started with a bang! Our first 250 points have already been won by Buttrose in the year 7 Assembly chanting competition.


Participate and earn points for your House! Who will win the Crocker Cup this year?

Piera Biondi and Eli Goldbaum

House Coordinators

Arts News 

Arts Getting off to a flying start!

Year 9 Woodwork students having done their safety module, then reading and interpreting diagrams and are underway into their productions.


Working safely in Woodwork

Before students start using any equipment in Woodwork we induct them into the best safe practices. Wearing PPE (Personal Protection Equipment) like safety glasses, ear muffs and (for those with long hair) hair nets when appropriate, is essential.


John Eckel

Woodwork Teacher



Year 9 Music students are starting off the year on a positive note. Rehearsals are underway to prepare for their live performances in class, assemblies and whole-school events.

Melrose Tran

Music teacher


Visual communication

The year 7 visual communication students have started the year with an assignment on infographic design. They explore different ways of creating colours, texts and forms using water colour and drawing techniques.

Seijiro Nishioka

Visual Communication Design Teacher


Year 12 Visual Communication Design students at work generating a variety of ideas based on a detailed design brief that they have been given.

Gerard Uhl

Visual Communication Design Teacher


Year 12 Studio Arts students have made a very good start developing ideas for their final artworks through a design process in their workbooks. During Semester 1 they will be developing and refining their ideas and experimenting with different media and materials. Their workbooks document all their working ideas and thought processes.
Michael Bowden

Studio Arts teacher



MAC 2018

"Oh, the thinks you can think" when Dr. Seuss' best-loved characters collide and cavort in an unforgettable musical caper!

Now one of the most performed shows in schools, Seussical is a fantastical, magical, musical extravaganza! A story that brings to life all of our favorite Dr. Seuss characters, including Horton the Elephant, The Cat in the Hat, Gertrude McFuzz, lazy Mayzie and a child with a big imagination – Jojo. The colorful characters transport us from the Jungle of Nool to the Circus McGurkus to the invisible world of the Whos.

Join us for the musical production Seussical!

Key Dates:

  • Thursday 22 February- information session lunch time in PAC.
  • Tuesday 6 March- pre-auditions after school 3:20pm- 5:00pm in PAC. Must attend if auditioning for a role.
  • Wednesday 14 March- Auditions 10-12 students (3:30-5:30) in PAC.
  • Thursday 15 March- Auditions 7-9 students (3:30-5:30) in PAC.
  • Thursday 22 March- Callbacks (3:30-5:30) in PAC.
  • Monday 26 March- Cast announced. Lists up in PAC.
  • Thursday 29 March- Cast meeting after school. Rehearsal schedule and first reading.

Further Information

  • Weekly rehearsals will be on Tuesday nights and some Wednesday and Friday nights.
  • There will be 2 days in term 1 holidays dedicated to singing rehearsals.
  • There will be 3 days of rehearsals in term 2 holidays.
  • Some Saturday rehearsals will be required towards the end of term 2 and in the lead up to performance dates.

Performance Dates

6- 9 of August


Backstage Crew will be organized in Term 2. Watch this space!

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