Koonung Secondary College Newsletter

19 December 2019
Issue Nineteen
Important Dates 
Principals' Report
2019 VCE Results 
Middle Years 
College Notices 
Senior School News 
Instrumental Music Program 
2019 Great Victorian Bike Ride 
Library News
Careers and Pathways
Parents and Friends Association  
School Information  
Community Notices 
Koonung Secondary College
615 Elgar Road
Mont Albert North, VIC, 3129

Important Dates 

Dates for your diary 


Thursday 20 December 

General office closes 



Tuesday 21 January 

Lamont Book Collection Day 3-6pm

Second Hand Uniform Shop open 3-5pm



Tuesday 4 February 

Photo Day 


Thursday 13 February 

Year 7 Welcome Picnic 


Diary dates for 2020

Student free days: 

  • Tuesday 28 January: First day of the school year
  • Wednesday 20 May 
  • Friday 19 June: Assessment Day
  • Tuesday 21 July 








Parent/Student/Teacher Conferences for 2020

  • Thursday 26 March 12 - 8 pm (No scheduled classes)
  • Thursday 16 July Unit 3/4 classes only 4 - 6:30 pm (Normal school day)
  • Thursday 17 September 12 - 8 pm (no scheduled classes)


2020 Term Dates:

Term 1  -  Tuesday 28 January to Friday 27 March 2020

  • Student free day               Tuesday 28 January
  • Years 7, 10, 11 & 12           Wednesday 29 January

            Year 7 start time:                         8:40am

            Year 10, 11  & 12 start time:     9:45am 

  • Years 8 & 9                             Thursday 30 January


Term 2 -  Tuesday 14 April to Friday 26 June 

Term 3 - Monday 13 July to Friday 18 September

Term 4 - Monday 5 October to Friday 18 December










Principals' Report

Principal Team Report 


On behalf of the College staff and community, I would like to extend my sincere congratulations and best wishes for all future endeavours to the Year 12 Class of 2019. We are extremely proud of the excellent overall VCE results, which included many outstanding individual and subject scores. The dedication and hard work of all students led to Koonung Secondary College’s strongest results in over a decade with a median study score of 33 achieved, 32% of students receiving an ATAR above 90% and 54% of students earning an ATAR of 80 or above.

We acknowledge the committed and quality teaching exhibited by our teachers across the College as well as the invaluable care given by our education support staff. The students were also very well supported by the Senior School team, led by Conor Sheehan, the Wellbeing team and the Careers team.

We would also like to thank our Year 12 parents/guardians, as well as the wider Koonung community for the love and care they have given our students which led to them achieving many personal goals in preparation for an exciting future.

As always at this time, it is important to acknowledge that there are many success stories to celebrate beyond an ATAR score.  It is timely to recognise the significant personal growth achieved by each of our students, many of whom have overcome significant challenges and hardships to complete their VCE year.  These outcomes are the result of the collective hard work and support by students, their families and friends in partnership with the College.


Overall Summary

Congratulations to Samuel Yang who is the Dux of the College with an ATAR of 99.55.


148 students completed their VCE with 99% Satisfactory Completion


142 achieved an ATAR, 6 students were unscored


28 students were awarded the VCE Baccalaureate


31 Students were enrolled in a VET Certificate with 100% units of competency completed.


The Median Study Score = 33  (2018 = 32), (2017 = 31)


9.3% of study scores earned 40 or above (2018 = 10.8% ) (2017 = 8.94%)


Median Study Score for Year 11 Students completing Unit 3/4 =


ATARS above 95 (Top 5 %) = 13.2% (2018 = 9.5%) (2017 = 10. 7%)


ATARS above 90 (Top 10%) = 32% (2018 = 17.5%) (2017 = 22.15%)


15 Studies/subjects achieved a Median study score of 32 or above. (2018 = 13) (2017 = 11)


I would like to take this opportunity to formally thank all members of the School Council and PFA for their contributions and support of the College, our programs, staff and students during 2019. Your generosity and commitment to a range of events and activities is greatly appreciated.


Thank you also to our Student Leaders and Student representatives on School Council who have provided an important student perspective to our meetings. Annaliese Hawkins and Sebastian Jose have been active members of the committee in their roles as School Captains and I wish them well in their future education. Eric Zou and Blair Tink have also contributed effectively and will continue to add value to the council in 2020.


I am very fortunate to work with a wonderful student body and a dedicated and talented staff.

Thank you also to the Principal team of Mary Eade, Sandra Greenhill and Stace Kerr. It is rewarding to be part of such a cohesive team whose goals are strongly aligned.


Finally, I would like to wish all of our families, friends, students and staff members a restful and safe Christmas and Happy New Year. I am looking forward to another exciting and productive year ahead.   


Marianne Lee



Staff farewells  

As we reach the end of the 2019 school year, once again we farewell staff. Chris Sheehan has received a promotional position at Norwood Secondary College, and Emily Biernacki is taking up an opportunity at Lauriston Girls’ School. Ning Zhang will be transferring to Doncaster Secondary College. All have provided years of dedication to their students and will be missed by all members of the Koonung community. We also thank the following staff who have filled short-term replacement positions this year: Ting Zhao, Anne Exell, Barry Haines and Etienne Folliot, as well as Nicole Robinson, who is returning to her substantive role as our Lab Technician.


Mary Eade 

Assistant Principal 

Intern Emily Brown - Principal Preparation course


Over the past nine weeks I have been a part of the Principal team here at Koonung Secondary College. I have watched, listened and learned a lot about the culture of this thriving school community.


The reason I am here is because I am currently a participant of the Bastow Unlocking Potential Principal Preparation course. Bastow is an educational organisation that provides educational leadership training to Victorian educators with the sole purpose to improve student outcomes.

Over the past year I have been learning about the qualities needed to be a highly effective principal. As part of this program, I have had the privilege of shadowing Marianne and her team as part of the course’s internship program. The goal of the internship is to see how Principals operate and discover what the reality of the job is.  


I have learned a lot and look forward to implementing many new insights into my practice. I have been very fortunate to have my placement during term 4. There is so much work that goes on behind the scenes in preparation for the new academic year.


I have also worked with some of the school’s leading teachers, sharing my knowledge and skills. I hope that I have been able to provide a little extra support and ‘food for thought’ to the highly skilled and very dedicated teams here at KSC. 


I would like to thank everyone who has made me feel so welcome during my time here at Koonung Secondary College. I have been very humbled by the dedication and commitment the staff, students and parent community have for the school, ensuring that every student has the opportunity to achieve success.

Emily Brown 

Presentation Night 



Kooyong Awards - Claire Morgan and Alvin Fung   

The Kooyong Student Prize is an annual award recognising local school students for excellence, leadership, and their contribution to the school community. Two students are awarded from each school. Congratulations to Claire Morgan (11D) and Alvin Fung (11B) who are the Koonung recipients for this award. 


Sandra Greenhill 

Assistant Principal 

Community Award 

Congratulations to Gill Ross, who was awarded the Box Hill Tennis Club Club member of the year award for 2019 in recognition of her work on the committee and in membership liaison. The club has 26 night teams and 28 junior teams, making it one of the largest clubs in the Eastern suburbs. Without Gill's dedicated voluntary work, these membership numbers would not be sustainable. 


Stace Kerr
Business Manager




2019 VCE Results 

Congratulations to our VCE class of 2019 






Middle Years 

Middle Years Update 


Were there really 365 days in 2019? The year has gone so quickly it is hard to believe!


As we approach holidays, 😄 the Christmas Season and New Year let us take a few minutes to review the year that was 2019  at Koonung Secondary College for your child. 

  • Was your child happy?
  • Can your child confidently know that he/she worked to the best of his/her ability?
  • Do you as a parent feel that you encouraged your child to strive for the best possible outcomes according to ability.
  • Does your child take pride in the work presented or is near enough good enough?
  • Do you challenge your child to take pride in everything attempted?
  • Do you write off some subjects as a waste of time? How do you think this is likely to impact on the student's behaviour in that class?
  • Does your child show you the work they intend to hand in for assessment?
  • Do you tell your child that you were "no good" at certain subjects when you were at school? Again how do you think this will impact your child's expectations of success? 


The answers to these questions will be varied, but hopefully they will give you a fuller picture of where your child is at and some simple ways in which you can support them in their educational journey.

Perhaps some of those rainy days which are bound to come over the holidays will provide an opportunity for your child be better prepared for 2020. Are there novels to be read? What an advantage to have read them over the break so that they can revisit them with opinions and understanding in the new year.


Maybe lack of confidence in ball skills is an issue. Handling a ball, bouncing it off a wall, throwing it in the air and catching it is helpful. Initiate a game of back yard cricket or beach volleyball. Relax and learn and improve fitness at the same time.


Is there some area of Maths or Science that always causes problems? It is amazing how much time is wasted on advertisement breaks when we watch TV. Imagine what a difference it would make if we used those breaks to learn even one formula or rule or part of the periodic table. We still enjoy our programme but at the same time have helped or recall skills.


In the same way language skills and vocabulary, English or foreign language, can be learnt. Imagine how many new words we could learn if we just learnt one word during the ads on every show we watched over the holidays. For many families this could help improve communication with relatives in other countries.


None of this is intended to be burdensome on our children. If it is, then little will be achieved. If however, your child can appreciate the extra confidence such small steps can give them, so that they feel better equipped to engage in class next year, then that is a very positive outcome. Even if they disregard these suggestions now, but employ some of them during the next school year, that too is a positive response.


Thank you to all parents for their support and confidence in trusting us with the schooling section of their children's education. Congratulations on the education parents give to your children on a daily basis. There are so many things we take for granted but we appreciate the children's good manners, their caring natures, the ability to accept responsibility, sensitivity to the needs of others, their respect of each other and all they meet, and especially their smiles and friendly manners. 


Let me take this opportunity to wish each and every one of you a very happy and peaceful Christmas and good health and happiness in 2020.


I would like to thank my Middle School team for their endless work with all the Middle School Students, Julie Chaffer, Steph Grant, Will Emerson and Alistair Tuffnell. We were a wonderful team together this year and I wish Steph and Will all the very best in their new roles at Koonung in 2020. The Middle School team is excited to welcome Stuart Kofoed and Stephanie Goto to the team.   



Student achievements 

Congratulations to Johnny Suares (7G) who recently travelled to Perth to compete in the All Schools competition. To be eligible to  compete at this level is an  amazing achievement. Johnny came third in the pole vaulting  event. There is no doubt he will one day be on the big stage! Well done Johnny.  




Allira Howe

Director of Learning: Middle Years


Year 9 Summit Adventure Camp

Our adventurous group of Year 9 students has just returned from their Year 9 Camp to The Summit in Trafalgar, Gippsland. From Wednesday to Friday of last week, the Year 9 students participated in a variety of activities to challenge their comfort zones and to celebrate their three years in the Middle School at Koonung Secondary College.

Students were particularly challenged doing the ‘Mud Run’ (twice) on the first evening. They enjoyed working with their groups on activities, spending time with each other and bonding with their peers throughout the camp.

The second evening was a highlight; after a brief ‘Evening Walk’, the students participated with great enthusiasm in a whole year level dance party.


The students were outstanding, the camp instructors were really positive and the teachers did a great job to make this camp one of the best Year 9 camps yet at Koonung Secondary College.

I would like to thank Allira Howe (Director of Learning Middle School), Helen Lamers (School Nurse), Julie Chaffer (Middle School Administrator), Eva Attrill (Accounts Receivable), and the teachers and the three adult volunteers who attended the camp, for all your hard work in making this camp such a great success.


Alistair Tuffnell

Year 9 Coordinator


College Notices 

How to pay for your child's event using CSEF 

CSEF is provided by the Victorian Government to assist eligible families to cover the costs of camps, school excursions and sporting activities. if you hold a valid health care card you may be eligible for CSEF. The allowance is paid to the school to the school to use towards expenses relating to camps, excursions or sporting activities for the benefit of your child. The annual CSEF amount per student is $225.  Application forms can be downloaded from www.education.vic.gov.au/csef


If you applied for the CSEF in 2019 you do not need to complete an application for 2020 unless there has been a change in your family circumstances. 


When an event is due to be paid you can email Koonung.sc@edumail.vic.gov.au and ask Accounts Receivable to take the money from the CSEF funds, this will also give permission, so you will not need to go into Compass to approve the event.  Alternatively, you may contact the College office (9890 9662) to advise Accounts Receivable that you wish to use CSEF for an event and provide  consent over the phone.  


Please be mindful that like any other payment for an event, it must be completed by the due date which, in the case of excursions or sporting activities, is at least three days prior to an event. 


Koonung 1to1 Device 2020 Insurance purchase

Dear Parents/Carers

We have recently reviewed the purchasing of devices for 2020 and it seems that some of you have opted not to have insurance on the device.

We highly recommend that you purchase insurance for the following reasons:

  • If the computer breaks, the Koonung ICT Team will take care of getting it fixed at no cost (3 breakages over 3 years)
  • No required forms to fill out or processing on parents’ part
  • If the device is broken, students will be liable for the cost of the parts and labour (for example, fixing a screen will be between $400 and $500.)

The insurance is $160 but it will pay for itself if there is ever a breakage. Please think carefully before choosing to not have insurance as you cannot purchase after the device is received.

To purchase insurance you will have to reply to the email that LWT (Learning With Technologies) sent confirming your purchase order. Or you can contact them direct on 1300 550 717 or email sales@lwt.com.au.


Lachlan Ludeman

Digital Learning and Innovation

ICT wins the prize 


Over recent weeks there has been some competition between some of our departments to create the best Christmas display. Lachie Ludeman, from the ICT department, has designed an amazing exhibition (below) for students and staff to enjoy. 


Senior School News 

Message from Year 10 Coordinator 

To all the Year 10 students: 

Congratulations to all Year 10s on finishing this year on a great note. You are an amazing cohort and I have thoroughly enjoyed being your coordinator this year in my first year at Koonung College. Although I will be in the Middle Years next year, you are welcome to visit me any time. I will still be around for you if you ever need to have a chat. Just ask for Mrs Goto! Ensure you have a good break over the summer holidays but also take some time to ensure you are well prepared for the next year. Wishing you all fantastic Christmas and New Year, and stay safe!


To Year 10 parents: 

You should be so proud of what all your children have achieved this year. Year 10 can be a challenging year as students step up to being in Senior School, but I can say that all students have stepped up this year and approached their school lives with great maturity and strived to do their best. All students had a week experiencing the subjects that they will undertake in VCE in the last week of school and hopefully are looking forward to the subjects they have chosen to study in 2020. There will be an information evening early in 2020 for parents about the VCE Program so both parents and students can be well-informed about what to expect in the two years ahead of them. From next year I will be the Year 8 Coordinator but I am happy to help with any Senior School questions you may have. I have also had a change in surname so I will be Stephanie Goto from next year! Have a great holiday period and see you all next year!


Kind Regards 

Stephanie Van Ekeris

Year 10 Coordinator

Japanese and Humanities Teacher



Editor's Note:

We wish to congratulate Stephanie who recently celebrated her  wedding. We wish Stephanie and Shihai all the very best for their future together. Please note next year Stephanie will be known as Stephanie Goto. 



Instrumental Music Program 

Koonung Swing Band 2019

Another year goes by and once again the Koonung Swing Band has gone on to continue its  role of providing students the fundamentals of  playing in an ensemble, that teaches team skills and the many disciplines in playing music.

The band consisted of students from Year 7, right through to Year 12.  Musical styles like 1930s/1940s swing are taught, as well as styles of Latin and Asian pop. The band has continued to be a flagship in helping to promote Koonung - both locally and on an international level.

Performances led by Henry Andrew have highlighted more of the skills in what it takes  to make such a group function. This year, the band was also enhanced by combining the talents of three drummers, Koetsu Sakamoto, Ryan McDonald and new-comer, Boxiong (Nick) Yang, to perform an original composition that I composed especially for them. The tune “Spine-Chillin’ Swing” blew the audience away at the College’s Spring Concert. In contrast, the vocals of Eric Zou showcased music from the Asian pop styles of China and Hong Kong.

I was/am very proud of the Koonung Secondary College Swing Band and especially send best wishes to exiting students, Koetsu Sakamoto and Kiri Lee who have just completed Year 12.

All students interested in joining the Swing Band, may contact me anytime to arrange for an interview:

John Wanner – Clarinet/Saxophone/Flute teacher & Conductor


Koonung Swing Band 2019:

Clarinets: Henry Andrew, Alex Liang, Ryan Choi, Shuai Chen Lin, Ronak Sen

Soprano saxophone: Kiri Lee

Alto saxophones:  Ritwam Shohaum, Emily Velling, Ethan Lee, Sam Smillie

Tenor saxophones: Nicholas Dobie, Keira Tait

Baritone sax:  Anson Feng

Trumpets:  Harry Byrne, Vinay Lad

Trombone:  Jack Stabek

Piano: Steven Lu

Bass: Ben Harding

Drums: Koetsu Sakamoto, Ryan McDonald, Boxiong (Nick) Yang

Vocals: Eric Zou

Conductor/Conductor:  Mr John Wanner


Jonny Wanner

Woodwind Teacher




Zart Art exhibition 

Koonung Secondary College was privileged to be invited to exhibit at the Zart Art Young Artists exhibition and attend the opening on  Thursday 12 December. 

It was great to see our students' work  exhibited. The selected works (from Mrs Russell's  8B and Ms Sens'  8D  VCD class) showcased the students skill and original design, One Point perspective street scenes.

Ms Briffa’s 7G  Art students exhibited their Still Life canvas paintings which provided the guests with a splash of vibrancy and colour.

Students were encouraged to present to the audience explaining how their work was created and Holly MacFarlane and Lola Dobie (8B) gave us an insight in how she completed her One Point Perspective, she was supported by Lola Dobie.


Thank you to the students and parents who attended this exhibition. 

The exhibition is on until 14 March 2020 and is certainly worth a visit.


Helen Briffa 

Arts Domain Leader 


Last Thursday, we were lucky enough to be invited to ‘Zart Art’ exhibition down in box hill to present our one perspective artworks. It was a great afternoon with a range of year level’s present to talk about the background of their artworks and the steps it took to create such masterpieces from warm paintings of certain famous monuments to paper mache donuts. It was great seeing so many other young artists at such a young age being able to get up and speak in front of a large crowd. One girl came all the way down from Adelaide to talk about her schools coloured creatures made with old mechanical pieces and tins. It was a very well-set up area with a room to draw and relax, afternoon tea and a wonderful display of both primary school and high school artworks. Overall It was a very enjoyable afternoon and we had a lot of fun talking to both parents, teachers and students from a range of different school and answering any questions they had towards our artwork.


Lola Dobie &  Holly MacFarlane, 8B 


2019 Great Victorian Bike Ride 

2019 Great Victorian Bike Ride 

We're back and we survived! The students had a wonderful experience, learning so much and overcoming challenges they never dreamed they could take on. In riding over 650 km, they developed their physical fitness (obviously) as well as grit and determination, solidarity, teamwork, courage and resourcefulness.


Thank you all for your support and kind words. I've attached a few photos to give you an idea of what we have been up to. (Note: I took photos when it wasn't raining, so they tell only half the story)

The photos of us wearing dresses either riding or collecting money are thanks to Katinka's fundraising efforts - she "Did it in a Dress" (i.e. rode most of the 650km) for the charity One Girl, supporting the education of young North African girls to help break the cycle of poverty.

Anthony Hasseldine 

2019 GVBR Coordinator 

Library News

Library access over the break

Hi everyone, another year done and dusted! The good news is eBooks are available 24/7 all year round. Why not get a head start on 2020 and have a look at some of the eBooks below. We will be adding more of the English and EAL text next year. Access via the library catalogue.


Year 7

The Giver by Lois Lowry  e-Book

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll e-Book

Year 8

Trash by Andy Mulligan e-Book

Of Mice and Men by Steinbeck e-Book

Year 9

The Silent Invasion by Bradley e-Book

Animal Farm by Orwell e-Book

To Kill a Mockingbird by Lee e-Book

Year 10

Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro e-Book

Year 11

Medea (Euripides) trans. by John Davie e-Book

Year 12

Tracks by Robyn Davidson  e-Book

Audio books now available on ClickView

The library is in the process of adding Audio books to ClickView which means access to all! Great news...........as audio books are a great way to learn a text without really trying. Just add the ClickView app to your phone, plug in some earbuds and have it playing on your way to school; even 10 minutes in the car listening to them will help the story sink in and make your life so much easier!

Below is a snapshot of what we have so far, enjoy.




Careers and Pathways

Careers News


Congratulations to Josh Doyle earning 2nd place in the World Skills games for VET Automotive.

Josh competed against VET Automotive students from around Victorian in a series of competitions demonstrating the skills and knowledge of the industry.  WorldSkills competitions operate at a regional, national and international level.  Well done Josh.


Work Experience

Work Experience with St Kilda FC

Applications to participate in our Year 10 Work Experience Program open 2 December 2019 and close 14 February 2020.

The program is structured to provide participants with a broad and comprehensive overview of different areas within the administrative and football departments. Participants will hear from members of staff about their role within the club and they may also participate in other experiences and events during their placement, however this will depend on the club’s yearly calendar of activities.

Learn more


Work Experience with Port Phillip Library

The library is happy to take on short term work experience placements during the 2020. 

Learn more


Work Experience with the City of Stonnington

City of Stonnington work experience offers secondary students the opportunity to develop their subject-based skills, learn about the industry and the workplace, explore possible career options, and enhance interpersonal and communication skills.

Learn more


Work experience at GTAC

GTAC is proud to offer an engaging and rewarding work experience program for Victorian students. The program, known as our Science Immersion Research Experience (SIRE) program, provides students the opportunity to work within the GTAC team. This can involve using research grade equipment to conduct cutting edge science experiments, pursuing small research projects, tours of world class science research facilities such as CSL and The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research, and assisting team members in preparing and delivering educational programs.

Learn more


Work Experience with Northern Health

Northern Health’s work experience program operates throughout the year, providing secondary students with a five-day block of placement which brings the opportunity to gain insight into the health care system and workplace.

Learn more


Work Experience with William Adams CAT

William Adams can offer work experience to secondary school students from February through to November, with placement’s available in the following areas:

  • Diesel Technicians
  • Earthmoving and Truck Service
  • Boilermakers
  • Parts/Warehousing
  • Finance and Administration
  • Sales and Marketing
  • People and Culture
  • Information Technology

Learn more




Information Sessions and Workshops

Deakin | Pathways to Deakin Webinar

19 December 2019, 2:00 pm


Didn’t get the ATAR you hoped for? The good news is there are more ways into university than you might think. In fact, each year more students are coming to Deakin through alternate pathways.

If you missed out on your dream course, are considering transitioning from TAFE to uni or supporting someone through this process, join us to learn about the many pathways to Deakin.

Find out more: https://www.deakin.edu.au/about-deakin/events/deakin-webinar-series-pathways-to-deakin-2019


ACU | Campus Tours

10 January 2020, 10:00 am - 10 January 2020, 11:00 am

Australian Catholic University, Ballarat & Melbourne Campuses

Tours typically last between 30 minutes to one hour. Registrations are essential.

Find out more: https://www.acu.edu.au/student-life/experience-uni-before-you-start/explore-your-local-campus/campus-tours/booking-form


ACAP | Information Session

16 January 2020, 6:00 pm

Australian College of Applied Psychology, Lonsdale Street

Interested in studying psychology, counselling, social work, criminology, coaching, or case management?

  • Learn how ACAP can help you to change lives and make a difference!
  • Meet ACAP staff, academics and current students.
  • See our campus.
  • Discover the courses we offer, flexible learning options and the benefits of studying at ACAP.

Find out more: https://www.acap.edu.au/home/info-sessions/


MedView | Get Into Med, Melbourne

1 February 2020, 1:00 pm - 1 3:00 pm

University of Melbourne, Parkville Campus

Presented by current medical students, the 2-hour program entails:

  • Do you really want to be a doctor? We’ll do a full-body CT scan of the rationale, motivations and reasoning of why people decide to study and practice medicine, and look beyond the media and societal representations.
  • We’ll dissect the Australian Medical Council (AMC) requirements of medical schools, and give you a sneak peek at the curriculum so you know what you’ll be studying.
  • Understanding the 3 major admissions parameters used in medical schools across Australia and New Zealand is critical for entry. We’ll prescribe the strategies for optimising:
    • Entrance exams: UCAT or GAMSAT
    • Academic performance thresholds: High school or Uni
    • Medical interviews
  • How do you get there? We’ll stitch together tips and tricks to avoid the medical school offer slump, including ways to make you stand out from the crowd.

Find out more: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/get-into-med-melbourne-tickets-83747052689



Deakin Freemasons Foundation Victoria Scholarship

Value: $5,000

Open/Closing Dates: December 4, 2019 – January 22, 2020

If you are a commencing student experiencing financial hardship, apply for the Freemasons Foundation Victoria Scholarship

Find out more


ACU School Locker Scholarship

Value: $5,000

Open/Closing Dates: September 9, 2019 – March 9, 2020

The School Locker Scholarship has been established to assist high achieving students with financial costs associated with attending university.

Find out more


ACU Creating Opportunity Fund Scholarship

Value: $4,000

Open/Closing Dates: October 22, 2019 – March 9, 2020

This scholarship assists commencing students who are suffering hardship to access higher education. Such hardships may include, relocation from a regional or remote location, single parent background, first in family to attend university, domestic violence, ongoing medical conditions, non-English speaking background, social, cultural disadvantage or adjusting to life in Australia as a refugee.

Find out more


ACU Community Engagement Scholarship


Open/Closing Dates: October 7, 2019 – January 5, 2020

The Community Engagement Scholarship recognises and rewards ACU students who demonstrate a commitment to ongoing development of their knowledge and skills in community engagement, outside of their course requirements.

Find out more



Job Spotlight

Occupational Therapist

What do they do?

Occupational Therapists (OTs) are qualified health professionals who work with people of all ages if they’ve been sick, injured or disabled. OTs help their patients to adapt, develop or improve abilities that allow them to participate better in all aspects of life, e.g. daily tasks, self-care, working and volunteering, as well as participation in hobbies, interests and social events.

OTs might work in hospitals, specialist clinics or private offices, schools, care facilities, or out in the community.

People who enjoy helping, are patient, good problem solvers and great with people from all walks of life could suit a career as an OT.



  • conduct tests and assess patients’ capabilities (mental, physical, developmental etc)
  • develop, plan and implement treatment programs to improve affected movements or functions
  • monitor and report on patients progress and help with the coordination of other services that might be needed
  • helping children with special needs or disabilities to be integrated into education programs in schools
  • assessing employees who’ve been injured or sick, help them return to work or find alternative duties they might be able to do
  • assess home and work environments to find problem areas and develop solutions
  • design and modify everyday environment of clients to allow for better access and independence
  • recommend and advise on the use of specialised equipment
  • assess the need for, develop and run health education programs including workplace health and safety
  • act as consultants to industry and government organisations, insurers, medical practitioners and employers
  • undertake research
  • teach in academic institutions, generally at tertiary level
  • assist with policy development for health and other areas.


Skills required:

  • Patient, compassionate and empathetic
  • Creative and good at problem solving
  • Organised, great at time management with a flexible attitude
  • Practical, fit, and observant
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Enthusiastic and a good motivator



Complete a Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance qualification, and you could be qualified as an Occupation Therapy Assistant or Aide, and gain valuable work experience to help you decide if a career in OT is for you. Credits may count towards a degree.

Complete a 4-year Bachelor’s Degree in Occupational Therapy.

Or, study an undergraduate degree in any field, then complete a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy (check for prerequisite modules you’ll need to complete during your Bachelors). This pathway would generally take 5 to 5 ½ years.

Once you’re qualified, you’ll need to register with the Occupational Therapy Board of Australia before you can start work.

Average salary $81,000 per year (Source: joboutlook.gov.au)

Job growth in this area is predicted to be strong.


Carole Marcianti and Karen Riding 

The Careers Team 



Parents and Friends Association  

PFA Christmas gathering


With another productive PFA year behind them, the team gathered last week for a fun night of laughter and nibbles, and tested their  gingerbread  decorating skills. The results were lovely with some very beautiful gingerbread houses on show. 


Thank you to an incredible team who have worked tirelessly throughout the year to make our College the wonderful  community that we are so proud of. We wish you all a restful break over the festive season and look forward to 2020. 


PFA information


Your Committee for 2019:

 President -   Andrew Gifford

 Vice President - Danielle Croyden 

 Secretary - George Anastasiou

 Treasurer - Nicky Smith


PFA Contact Details

If you have any questions or would like to help out with PFA events in 2020 or come to our meetings, please email pfa@koonung.vic.edu.au - we would love to hear from you.

School Information  

General Office

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

Telephone:                                                9890 9662


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

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


ABSENCE LINE  9890 9887

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



8.50 – 9.20          Period 1

9.20 – 9.50          Period 2

9.55 – 10.25        Period 3

10.25 – 10.55     Period 4

10.55 – 11.20     Recess

11.20 – 11.50     Period 5

11.50 – 12.20     Period 6

12.20 – 12.50     Period 7

12.50 – 1.45        Lunch

1.45 – 2.15          Period 8

2.15 – 2.45          Period 9

2.45 – 3.15          Period 10

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

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

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


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



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



Early leavers require parental approval or acknowledgement. Approvals for early leavers from school can be completed either online (through the Compass Parent Portal) or by handing in a written letter of approval to your Sub School Office at the beginning of the day. All students must report to their sub-school to sign out prior to leaving. 



Electronic rolls are kept in all classes. Students who arrive late to school are required to sign-in at their sub-school for a late pass. 


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



The second hand uniform shop (situated near the Library at Koonung SC) will be open every Thursday from 12:45pm – 3:45pm.

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



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


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



Please find attached the 2019 canteen menu. The canteen staff will be serving a selection of items from this menu each day. Please note that not all items are available every day but there will be a variety of foods available for students to choose. The canteen is open every day from 8 am. To avoid disappointment and the possibility of long queues, students are encouraged to place lunch orders at the start of the day. 



Community Notices 

Slamin tennis   


Foster Secondary College Reunion 


Juventus Academy Melbourne 



Koonung Secondary College Newsletter
39063 MP-02 [6] Master Plan UPPER GROUND.pdf
39063 MP-01 [6] Master Plan LOWER GROUND.pdf
Foster Secondary College Reunion Info 2020.pdf
Koonung Secondary College Cafe menu 2018.pdf