The Score

05 June 2017
Issue Five
  Diary Dates & Events                             
College Principal's Report           
Assistant Principal's Report
Junior School
Senior School 
Staff Profile
Year 8 English & French
Maths & Numeracy
Visual Arts
Performing Arts
Community News
Scoresby Secondary College
03 9765 4100
2 Cavell Street
Scoresby, Victoria, 3179


Diary Dates & Events                             

Diary Dates & Events


Wednesday 7 June - Thursday 15 June

Year 10 & Year 11 Exams

Check Compass Timetable


Monday 12 June 

Queen's Birthday - students not required at school


Tuesday 13 June

Education Committee Meeting 5 pm

Finance Committee Meeting 6 pm


Wednesday 14 June

VCE Year 11 & 12 GAT Exam

Year 9 English Exam


Thursday 15 June

College Council Meeting 7 pm

Yer 9 Math Exam


Friday 16 June

Report Writing Day- students in Years 7-11 are not required at school.

Year 12 Exams


Monday 19  - Friday 23 June

Year 10 Work Experience


Friday 30 June 

Last day of Term 2 early dismissal at 2:30 pm



Monday 17 July

Term 3 commences


Tuesday 18 July

Education Committee Meeting 5 pm

Finance Committee Meeting 6 pm


Thursday 19 July

College Council Meeting 7 pm


Saturday 22 July

Performing Arts Production

'Darling James Goes Back to School'

The Mahon Theatre Aquinas College 7 pm - 11 pm



Tuesday 1 August 

Uniform Committee Meeting 5 pm


Tuesday 15 August

Education Committee Meeting 5 pm

Finance Committee Meeting 6 pm


Tuesday 22 - Friday 25 August

 Year 8 & 9 Challenge Week 

College Principal's Report           

Welcome to this edition of Score

Winter is here and it has certainly become cold and wet the past few weeks.  It has been a very positive term and all students and staff are now busy as we are in the peaks assessment period for this semester. It is important that students are communicating with their teachers and asking for support where required so they can maximise their achievement.


I am pleased to report that our Year 7 enrolments for 2018 are coming in and we are continuing to grow as the community gets behind our great College. I thank our current students and families for the positive messages you are sharing, our communications and publicity team and our staff and College Council who have led our school improvement.


Knox Rotary Partnership

Our College is increasingly connecting and engaging with community groups to create opportunities for our students.  This week members from Knox Rotary came to our whole college assembly to formally be welcomed as our new partners. Knox Rotary Club was established in 1980 and has a diverse mix of membership from different ages, backgrounds and cultures. We are thrilled to be able to work collaboratively with our new partners to make a difference for our students and community. There will be many benefits for our students including direct links with business and industry personnel , leadership opportunities and scholarships opportunities to name a few. At the assembly Jason Wilcox the President of Rotary presented certificates and provided a cheque for $2,000 as a donation for student scholarships and our VCAL sustainability project. In presenting the award Jason indicated his members have a strong passion when it comes to young people and believe it is important to invest in them as our future leaders of tomorrow.

We are very privileged to have such a well-respected organisation as our partners and look forward to working with them.  Next week our music students and tribe will be performing at Rotary’s  AGM and I have an opportunity to speak to their members about Scoresby Secondary College with our Captains Frazer Spence and Tash Orfanidis.


Framework for Improving Student Outcomes (FISO)

Scoresby Secondary College is working with Scoresby Primary School, Knox Park Primary School and Bayswater Primary School to support and guide the teaching and learning of numeracy and mathematics to improve student outcomes across the network. Today we hosted a meeting of Principals and mathematics coordinators from each of the schools with the Senior Education Improvement Leader from the Department. The group were presented with the latest research on what are the most effective strategies for making an impact on mathematics outcomes. Having heard the evidence based on world expert Marzano, the group then visited our Year 7 maths class being conducted by our teacher teams. 


What was evident to the group was that our practice was consistent with the research findings.   Our teachers are focussing on learning and embracing the evidence from their pre and post testing to personalise learning to have a significant impact on student learning confidence.  The feedback at the end of the visit was very positive and I am proud of teachers but equally the way the students were engaged in the tasks and their ability to articulate to our guests what they are learning.


The schools have each made a commitment to our FISO group and have established the following guiding principles to drive improvement​​​ for all of our students

  • We are each responsible for numeracy improvement in our schools
  • We will contribute positively to our FISO  by working collaboratively within and beyond our own school to build quality teacher practice
  • We will use data and evidence to make decisions and guide our practice
  • We will share strategies, resources and professional learning to develop whole school approaches to numeracy
  • We will engage and promote our FISO to our communities and celebrate achievements

This FISO group is one of two groups we are actively working in, the other being our literacy group.


Report Writing Day

Friday 16 June is our report writing day. Teachers will be completing assessment of student work and writing end of semester reports. Students are not required at school on this day.


Uniform – Wear it with Pride

Parents are requested to ensure that their son/daughter leaves for school and arrives home from school each day wearing the correct winter uniform. This includes the College approved jumper and not substitutes under jackets. Students are permitted to wear a plain white T-shirt under their uniform for additional warmth.


Girls are reminded that their skirt must be of a modest length and worn with the correct colour tights or socks (navy with the old uniform and black with the new).  All new school pants must be the melange grey as specified on the PSW list that went out earlier in the year. Until the end of this year the lighter grey may be worn by Years 8, 9, 11 and 12 students.  All members of the school community have a responsibility to maintain the Scoresby College culture of always wearing the school uniform correctly. Next year all students are required to be in the new uniform which is available from PSW.

Thank you for your assistance.


Peer Observation Week

In May our staff participated in peer observation week. Peer observations are used as a form of teacher reflection and feedback to continue to build quality practice. I thank the staff for their commitment to their professional growth improving our student learning outcomes.

Observation weeks take place in addition to College tours and leaders routinely visiting classrooms. The observations also:

  •  support sharing of ideas and expertise among teachers
  •  build a community of trust through opening classroom practice to a wider audience
  •  encourage openness and sharing of practice with a focus on improving impact on learning

Gail Major



Assistant Principal's Report

Around the College


Every second Monday morning students are involved in an assembly. Assemblies are an opportunity to provide information to a larger group of students at once as well as recognize and celebrate the efforts and achievements of our students.


On Monday 29 May we held a Whole School Assembly and recognized a number of students who achieved excellent results in the latest Maths Competition. These students were Poppy Johnston, Gareth Amor, Drew Bondini, Beth Dodson and Tony Cullen.


Student Assessment and Reports

Teachers have now commenced writing Semester One reports for all students, which will be issued to students on Friday 30 June. These reports provide parents/carers with an up-to-date picture of how your child is performing at school against Victorian Curriculum standards (Years 7-10) or VCE/VCAL outcomes (Year 11 & 12).



Exams for students in Year 9-11 will begin from Wednesday 7 June. Timetables have been given to students. There are particular requirements for each year level – please check the timetable and letter explaining the requirements.


The scheduled exams are designed to assess students learning over the semester. Exams will be conducted in exam conditions similar to VCAA (Year 12) exams to ensure students are prepared for these exams in the future. Our aim is for all students to build their confidence in sitting exams as well as develop appropriate skills in preparation for exams to ensure they can achieve their best.


10 Exam Tips for Students

Prior to the exam period students are encouraged to follow this tips to ensure they are prepared with minimal stress.

Before the Exam

1. Develop an exam study timetable

- once you have your exam timetable, plan when you will study for each exam. You will need to take into consideration all of your other activities (sport, work, family duties etc.). Don’t cram for exams – some people will claim they work best by cramming; however this can cause increase stress levels on the body and this stress could be carried through to your exam; where you are more like to make errors through a lack of concentration.

2. Ensure there is a balance between studying and breaks

- study in sessions for about 1 hour, then take a break. For a break, get up out of your sit, move around the room/house, get a drink or something to eat and return to studying.

3. Organise a Study Space

- set aside a space in your house/room where you can study. A study with a desk and chair is ideal; however kitchen table might have to do. Studying on your bed is not conducive to studying. Make sure you have enough space to spread your textbooks and notes. Ensure there is enough lighting and your seated position is comfortable. The space should be quiet, if this is not possible wear ear plugs.

4. Eat Well and Drink Plenty of Water

- it is very important to ensure you are eating nutritious food and having a balanced diet. A well-balanced diet can assist transform a nutritionally imbalanced student into a healthy one. It is important to remain hydrated – water is the best for this. Drink plenty of water during exam revision and on the day of the exam.

A poor diet can impact on your blood sugar levels and effect your concentration.

5. Avoid Distractions

- If you don’t need your computer, iPad/table, phone etc. to study then remove them so you can concentrate. If you can place your computer, iPad/table, phone etc. in another room then you should do this. Screens can stimulate the brain resulting in your focus being on the screen and associated applications rather than the task at hand. If you need to access your device to assist with your study, it is encouraged that you only have the applications your require open eg: turn off notifications, messenger etc.

6. Avoid too much caffeine

- some people think that drinking caffeine drinks (coffee, cola) and high energy drinks (V, Mother, Red Bull) can help stimulate the brain and keep you up so you can study for longer. These drinks are designed to stimulate the brain and body and therefore can affect the body’s natural rhythm so when it is time for the brain to relax and sleep it has difficulty doing this. This can make you feel tired the next day and your brain and body may not get the rest it requires for optimal performance.

7. Sleep

- staying up late the night before an exam is worst thing you can do. There will come a point where your productivity will decline. The body needs time to rest and recover after a hard day of studying to ensure it is refreshed for the exam ahead.

On the Day of the Exam

8. Eat Breakfast

- ensure that you eat breakfast on the day of the exam. For some exams, you will be sitting for 1½ hours up to 3+ hours for the GAT. It is important to be concentrating on your responses rather than your stomach.

9. Be Prepared

-  ensure that you have the required materials for each of the exams eg: pens, pencils, ruler, eraser, and calculator (make sure that is it working) etc. Be aware of what materials you are allowed and not allowed to take into the exam room. Eg: calculators, mobile phone, specific materials etc.

- arrive at least 30 minutes prior to the start time of the exam. It is better to be early and waiting rather than arriving just on time or late and stressing about it.

10. Use Reading Time Productively and Read Questions Carefully

- for all exams there is a period of time allocated for reading. This time is set for you to settle down and begin to understand what you are about to undertake. You should read all of the instructions of the exam and then begin to skim over the questions preparing yourself for what is about to occur. For essay base exams (English etc.) it is a good time to mentally prepare what you are going to write etc. opening paragraph, body text, etc. It is also important to read questions carefully as this is important in understanding the key terms and what the question is asking of you.


Good luck!


Chris Knight

Assistant Principal


Junior School

Junior School Highlights

Term 2 is well underway as students begin to finish assessments and prepare for semester exams. During these busy times it is important to reflect upon the many opportunities that our Junior School students have experienced.

The Junior school students have been asked to reflect on Semester one so far. Below are some highlights that capture their experiences both in and out of the classroom.

Year 7

“My highlight was becoming part of the leadership group”

Mason Rimmer 7B

“My highlight of this term was joining the knitting club”

Poppy Johnston 7A

“My highlight is our music project where we have to research a musical artist and I have really enjoyed that”

Madison Cudmore 7A

“I loved learning algebra in maths, because it was interesting, fun and sometimes challenging”. Ashlea Bleakney 7A

“A highlight for me has been the cyber incursion. It was exciting and very informative.”

Aimee Bugeja 7A

“I liked when Cosentino came to the school and showed us some magic tricks”

Jordan Arvanitidis 7B

Year 8

“Athletics Day was my highlight. It was a fun day being able to earn points for our house, but mostly being able to have fun doing physical activity.”

Tatira Tatira 8A

“The Robert Newton visit was my favourite because it was my first time meeting an author and I liked the books he wrote so I wanted to know more about it.”

 Roimata Manavaroa 8A

“My highlight was the Cosentino Performance because I look up to him and he is one of my idols. I have supported him for years.”

Bonnie Collins 8B

“My highlight for this Semester was the Science Dome because it was informative and it was on my favourite subject which is space.”

 Caitlyn Tilley 8B

Year 9

“Performing in my band in music class”

Kyah Earle 9B

“Making my own pizza in Food Technology” Harrison Roberts 9B

“I enjoyed KIOSC last term, working together to make a sustainable town”

“Being able to cook in class, which I like to do at home”

Aimee Watson 9B

“I enjoyed when Cosentino came to our school and showed us some cool magic tricks and how to fool your friends with a money magic trick. It was amazing and I loved it. It was the best day ever.” Amber Christy 9A

The Junior school students have many more exciting opportunities ahead this year. We encourage all students to get involved with lunch time clubs and any other opportunities that arise.


Michael Alexis – Head of Junior School

Emma Morris – Year 7 Coordinator

Emily Phibbs – Year 8 Coordinator

Casey Lawson – Year 9 Coordinator


 KIOSC Visit

On Tuesday 23 May, Year 7 students went on an excursion to Swinburne University, KIOSC Centre (Knox Innovation and Sustainability Centre). We learnt about sustainability, water conservation and the different ways we use water in our daily lives. We did activities, such as building a town with water conservation in mind.

We took on urban planning roles and evaluated the pros and cons of water use and conservation in a local community.


We also learnt about water deficiency in other countries and how the lack of access to fresh water impacts on people’s lives. We did an activity on filtering dirty water with limited resources and also used data logging equipment to investigate and analyse samples of water from local waterways.  


It was a great day of learning and now we are more conscious of being water efficient.

Mason Rimmer 7B


Walk to the G - Dream Time Match

Saturday 27 May 2017 marked the 50th year anniversary of the successful 1967 referendum. This was a special day for the Indigenous community as they celebrated the day in which Aboriginal Australians were legally acknowledge in the Commonwealth Constitution. For a select few students at Scoresby Secondary College, they were provided with the opportunity to join in these celebrations.


In the heart of Melbourne at Federation Square, students embraced and immersed themselves in Australia’s melting pot of culture. With delicious food trucks and traditional face painting available, students were entertained by Australia’s best Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander talent. They were then treated to speeches from Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, Opposition Leader Bill Shorten and Indigenous AFL player Michael Long. Following this, we joined in the tradition of the ‘Walk to the MCG’.

At 7.20pm just before kick-off, representatives of the Indigenous community performed their traditional dances coupled with lighting, music and the sound of didgeridoos. 90,000 people witnessed a classic battle between arch-rivals Essendon and Richmond. Although the Bombers made a blistering start with the first three goals, in the end it was the Tiger Army that came through with a win.


Overall, this was an incredible opportunity for the students at Scoresby to show their respect to the Indigenous Community whilst enjoying an AFL football match at the MCG.


“This isn’t about indigenous Australia and white Australia- this is about ALL Australia.” – Michael Long


Emily Phibbs and Casey Lawson

Year 8 & 8 Coordinators


Reminder Year 9 Students

Year 9 exams commence next week 

English - Wednesday 14 June

1:45 pm to 3 pm

Maths - Thursday 15 June

1:45 pm to 3 pm


Michael Alexis

Head of Junior School 



Senior School 

Exam Time!

Exams are almost upon us!  All Year 10 and Year 11 students are completing exams in all of their subject areas.  Students have been supplied a copy of the exam timetable and should ensure that they are adequately prepared.  Regular revision is crucial and we remind students that a recommended 20 hours per week should be completed on revision for all subject areas. 

  • Year 10 and Year 11 exams will commence Wednesday 7 June

Year 12 students are also reminded of their compulsory English and Maths exams on Friday 16 June.  This will give them an opportunity to experience Unit 3&4 exams, prior to their VCAA exams at the end of the year.

Session 1 – English Exam – 2 hours writing, with 15 minutes reading time

Start: 9.15am; students should be at venue at least 15 minutes in advance

Venue: Room:   106-107


Session 2 – Math Methods/Further Maths exam – 2 hours writing, with 15 minutes reading time

  • Note: students will complete the exam specific to their Maths study

Start: 12.30pm; students should be at venue at least 15 minutes in advance

Venue: Room:   106-107


At this time, it is perfectly normal for students to stress about their exams; in fact, as exams are important, students should be a little bit stressed.  However, this stress should not be paralysing and affecting their ability to focus and complete set tasks.  Below are some tips from Andrew Fuller about managing stress and anxiety at this time.  We also encourage students to speak to their teachers, as well as members of the Senior School team and Wellbeing about their stress levels and managing their work.

We wish all students well in their exams – study hard!


Preparing for tests and exams – Andrew Fuller Exam Preparation Tips - October 31  2016 

If you have ever looked at a test or exam paper and thought, “I know that I know this but I can't remember anything”, if you have stayed awake in the middle of the night worrying about a test the next day, if you have ever felt butterflies in your stomach or a headache whenever you think of an coming test, here are a few ideas for you. 


Everybody gets stressed. 

Everyone gets stressed during tests and exams, even the people who say that they don't. Look around in a room where people are doing a test or exam. Even those people who are yawning, looking bored or stretching and looking as cool as cucumbers, are stressed. That means everyone has to learn how to cope with these feelings. It is not just you! Stress can block your memory, give you a queasy tummy, make you lie awake at night, give you a dry throat or a headache- these aren’t nice feelings to have. 


Get Stressed 

The first strategy to dealing with stress is to get stressed. Huh? Makes no sense? Let me explain. Stress feels yucky but it is actually your body’s way to getting ready to take on a challenge. Stress prepares you to perform at your best. Blood gets pumped to your arms and legs, your heart speeds up, and nonessential services like your digestion slow down- you are ready to take on the world. So stress might feel unpleasant but realising that it is your body’s way of revving you up and helping you to perform at your best, will help you to keep these feelings in perspective. 


Write Out Your Worries 

The second strategy to deal with the stress of an upcoming test or exam is to grab a piece of paper one or two days before the test and write down all your concerns about it. Write out an answer to the question, “What would happen if I fail this test?” Then write out an answer to the next question, “If I did fail what would happen then?” Read your written answers aloud to yourself. Even if doing well on this test or exam is really, really important to you, knowing your fears will calm you. Knowing the answer to the question, “If I did fail, what would happen then?” helps you to make a back up plan. 


Chew Something

Ok you’ve done all of that and you still feel nervy. The third strategy is to eat or chew on something either before or during the test or exam. Check with your teacher that chewing something is allowed in test and exam rooms. If chewing is not allowed, at least chew something just before entering the test. Some jellybeans or fruit would be ideal. Chewing gum is not a good idea. Stress happens when we feel we are in a dangerous situation. It is an automatic process that we can’t completely control. Eating or chewing on something sends a signal to your body that says, “Well, if I’m chewing something I can't be in total danger, so relax a bit.”


Focus on now

Stress can spin your head. It can have you thinking all sorts of weird ideas. Stress can have you remembering that time you failed all those years ago or that time you were so embarrassed by something. Stress can also blow things out of all proportion and have you predicting bad things in your future. The past is no longer with you and the future hasn’t happened yet. Worrying has never changed anything in the past and predictions about the future are usually wrong. Doing well on a test or exam means you need to focus on the question in front of you now. Keep reminding yourself, “What do I need to do right now?” 


Breathe Out - S L O W L Y

When you feel stressed one of the fastest ways to calm down is to breathe out slowly. We all have a calm down system that is controlled by our breathing. If you breathe out and count silently to yourself, “one thousand, two thousand, three thousand”, you will start to feel calmer. 


Stand tall walk proud

Your brain is incredibly intelligent. In fact, you possess at the top your neck, humanity’s latest upgrade- the most intelligent brain in all of history. But! Your brain is also incredibly stupid. It believes what you tell it. This means if you stand-up and maintain a powerful posture your body sends a signal to your brain that tells it you are feeling in charge of things and it can reduce the stress hormones. 


Remember the 5 Ps

There is an old saying, “Perfect preparation predicts powerful performance”. The best way to prepare for a test or exam is to: study the whole area you have learned; test yourself; sort the areas into those that you answered correctly and those you did not; re-study the areas you answered incorrectly; re-test yourself; re-study until you are getting close to 100% right; test yourself on the entire topic. 


Look after yourself

Breakfast- eat “brain food” the morning before a test or exam. Have a higher protein, lower carbohydrate mix at breakfast. That means less toast and more eggs. Drink water- water lowers your levels of cortisol that causes stressful feelings. Avoid energy drinks as they rev you up and may interfere with your levels of concentration. Sleep well- try to get a good night’s sleep the night before a test or exam. If you are feeling really worried, set an alarm so you can wake up early and do some revision. 


Make yourself smarter 

The biggest obstacle you face in doing well at a test or exam is not your brain. You have plenty of intelligence. The big issue is your level of anxiety. If you take the time to prepare for the test or exam and use the strategies suggested in this sheet, you will perform at your best. 


Keep Calm and Carry On

You have many, many skills that will NOT be assessed by this test. Tests and exams are important, but they are not the big predictors of life success. Do your best and prepare as well as you can but don’t make the mistake of thinking that your score on a test is a measure of your intelligence or predicts your future.

Copyright Andrew Fuller


Year 11 Health and Human Development​

Over the past 4-5 weeks years 11 health student have been investigating the world of determinants of health and development. Determinants are things in the world around us that have an impact on our health and or development. Determinants can improve our chance of good health and development (protective factors) such as regular physical activity, or increasing our risk of poor health and development (risk factors) such as social exclusion. These determinants are split into categories, one of which is the physical environment.


 As a part of student developing their understanding of the physical environment as a determinant of health students were asked to develop their own communities, known as urban design. They were asked to create a community that aimed to promote the best possible health and development of and individual.


Below is the design of students Christine, Nash, Ben and Olivia. Their community considered aspects such as food security, transport systems, assess to health care and recreational facilities, air and water quality, social inclusion, employment, incidental physical activity, environmental tobacco smoke, housing environment and many more.

Emma Morris

Health & Human Development


Legal Studies Court Visit 

The Year 11 Legal Studies class were given the opportunity to see the inside of the County and Supreme Court on Monday 15 May. We were lucky enough to witness a trial in both the Supreme and County Courts. They gained valuable knowledge on how a courtroom runs and the different roles within a court. A judge took the time to talk with the students about his career and what were some of the highlights of his career.


Some of the highlights from the students are below:

“Highlight of the court excursion was being able to view how a court process works, in real life.”

“It was fun talking to a real judge and finding out about his life and career.”

“A highlight of the court excursion was to see how courts are run and to see real cases in a courtroom.”

“Being able to view the library which contained 120,000 books dating all the way back to the 1800’s.”

An article from a student on their experience from the day:

“Amid the busy week of school, we had the chance to view the historical Supreme Court and the modern County Court. We had to make our own way to the courts through the trains which was fun with the company of good friends. 


The Supreme Court of Victoria was our first destination. We were led by two amazing tour guides and saw the architectural masterpiece of its interior and the intricate detail of its courtrooms. We learned on how the courtrooms work and witnessed a criminal trial unfold. Which was interesting as we saw a barrister argue with a judge and an accused looked uncomfortable, as the prosecutor interrogated him. As a bonus, we even saw the grand law library of the Supreme Court which contained at least 120,000 law books and interesting artifacts.


Then, the County Court of Victoria gave us the opportunity to talk to a judge and ask questions about the legal system of Victoria and the long way of how he became a judge. Here, we also witnessed a criminal case which was fraud that includes a footy player. 


Throughout this excursion, we have discovered new things about how does a court trial works. I discovered that people always need to bow to the judge when coming in and out of a courtroom and how crucial it is for the jury to have an impartial and unbiased judgement and the ups and downs of the legal system in Victoria.”

Erwin Diesta

Year 10


Simone Hargrave

Legal Studies

Staff Profile

Andrea Burke

Andrea developed her love of teaching way back when she was at high school by taking a Year 9 elective subject called Cross-Age Tutoring. This was where Year 9 students were able to go to the local primary school and help younger kids with their reading. This inspired Andrea to match her love of science with her love of teaching, and become a secondary science teacher. She graduated from Deakin University with a Bachelor of Education in 1995.


Andrea taught science and maths, sport and health at a number of Victorian country schools before accepting a position at Scoresby Secondary College in 2002.


Andrea is married and has one daughter. Her family go camping as much as they can, wakeboard whenever the weather is warm enough and love going to the snow. Andrea has two dogs, a kelpie and a pug, so is often out walking no matter the weather.


Andrea loves doing “hands-on” practical work in science classes. But what she loves more is seeing her students feel great when they achieve their personal best. Teaching VCAL Personal Development at Scoresby in previous years was also a great deal of fun for Andrea, who has many  memories from various VCAL camps.

Scoresby is a wonderful community and Andrea feels really proud to be part of it.

Year 8 English & French

 Fractured Fairy Tales 

Throughout Term 2, the Year 8’s have been exploring the art of creative writing with a focus on ‘Fractured Fairy tales’. This writing process allowed the students to take a fairy tale or folk tale and modify it in a way which is designed to make us laugh at an unexpected characterisation, plot development or contrary point of view. This unit of work was thoroughly enjoyed by all and provided an opportunity for students to learn and be creative whilst also having fun. Here is one of the fractured fairy tales which was written by Caitlyn Tilley

Year 8 French – The ‘body’ unit

Students have been busy making word searches using vocabulary learnt in this unit of work on the ‘body’ (le corps) for their class mates to solve. Here are a sample of some of our students (Levy Rigby 8B, Tatira Tatira 8A and Shakara Howard 8A) who were eager to have their work published in the Score-Newsletter for other students and parents to solve.

Bonne chance! (Good luck!)

Emily Phibbs

Year 8 Coordinator 

Maths & Numeracy

Math Performance

I have now been at Scoresby Secondary College for a year and a half and my fondness for the students has not wavered during that time. There is one facet that I find disappointing and that is the struggle that teachers have to ‘make’, ‘coerce, ‘beg’ some students to do their homework to an acceptable standard.

As all Mathematics classes at Scoresby Secondary College will be having major exams before the end of this term I thought it would be timely to share strategies for better maths performance.  I have used as a basis an article by  Anne Marie Helmenstine, Ph.D as it closely correlates to my own philosophy.


7 Steps for Better Maths Performance

1. Understand rather than memorize

Students often seek out an answer, or a recipe or rule for finding that answer. They are reticent to use diagrams and concrete material to build up a concept. ‘Just tell me what to do, not why and how we do it!’  is a common complaint.


2. Maths is not a spectator sport, get active!

When the teacher is doing the example on the board with an explanation students often zone out, write down the example and believe they are still ‘doing work’. Students should be mentally working side by side with the teacher as they explaining, try to pre-empt their next line of work.


3. Practice, Practice, Practice

Students should consolidate the day’s lessons by undertaking drill at home every night they have Maths. I suggest as a minimum 20  minutes for Year 7 and 8, 30 minutes for Year 9 and 10 and 40 minutes for Year 11 and 12. This does not include assignments, investigations and so on.


4. Work additional exercises

Teachers rarely set the whole textbook exercise for homework. Students can do more questions in the set, work on supplementary resources such as Lightbook Starter or ask for additional exercises.


5. Buddy Up!

Talking to someone about the makes ensures that students are using the correct terminology. It allows students to look at different strategies and there is strength in numbers.


6. Explain and Question

Explain to someone else how to solve a problem.

Remember William Glasser's findings:

10% of what we READ
20% of what we HEAR
30% of what we SEE
50% of what we SEE and HEAR
70% of what is DISCUSSED with OTHERS
95% of what we TEACH TO SOMEONE ELSE
William Glasser


7. Text a friend or email a teacher!

Students should seek advice or at least inform the teacher that they are having problems. Often they are just a little off track and much angst can be avoided by a quick email.


Leanne Wilson

Numercy Coach


Visual Arts

Busy Semester

What a busy semester it is shaping up to be in the Visual Arts! At the beginning of Term 2, Year 8 and Year 9 students wrapped up production of their very hands on art projects, the Year 8’s looking at op art, paper relief sculpture and charcoal still life drawing, with Year 9’s creating kites, street art and collaborative oil pastel inspired artworks.


Most of these were up on display for the college open day, and really showcased to parents and current students alike, the creative pursuits Scoresby students are capable and immensely proud of.


So far this term, all visual arts students have been channelling their inner designer, the Year 8’s and Year 10 Visual Communication class in particular, using their skills in technical drawing methods to demonstrate the illusion of three-dimensional space in one point and two point perspective.  This culminated in finished drawings of dream bedroom interiors by Year 8’s and perspective house, backyard or interior illustrations by Year 10’s.

Before undertaking the design process to create their final presentations, the Year 10’s had to complete the “20 cubes in a circle” challenge – not as easy as it sounds! Once finished, they made an eye-catching and dynamic visual statement.

In progress right now, our Year 9’s are currently exploring typography – the art and technique of arranging type to make written language legible, readable, and appealing when displayed. The art form they are using to express their individual designs is printmaking, more specifically relief printing using lino. Keep a look out in the next edition of The Score for how these lino prints turn out; they are already looking brilliant!


Erin O’Sullivan



Performing Arts

Emilio Kormanic Cheers on Isaiah at 2017 Eurovision Contest

Scoresby Secondary College Guitar tutor Emilio Kormanic was the guitarist for Eurovision 2017 finalist Isaiah’s Live Touring Band.  He has kindly taken the time to provide us with an insight to his touring year so far.


Mr Kormanic …

I got the call to play with Isaiah back in December last year. His management contacted me to ask me if I'd be interested in taking the role of his guitar player. I was really excited to be involved and we got started at the beginning of 2017, putting together the show for the first tour.


We kicked off Isaiah's first tour, 'The River Dream Tour', playing the opening show at The Palms at Crown in Melbourne on Feb 4th, and continued to play shows in Sydney and Brisbane for the rest of the month. The first tour was a really great experience! 


Shortly after, Isaiah was asked to join Jessica Mauboy on her national tour, 'All the hits: live' and we got to play 8 shows all around Australia to packed out arenas. We played Newcastle, Melbourne, Adelaide, Sydney, Canberra, Brisbane, Gold Coast and Darwin.


The show at Margaret Court Arena in Melbourne was a real highlight for me, a venue that has a capacity of 7500 people. I'd seen a number of concerts there and it was a real dream come true to get to play that stage in front of so many people!

After finishing the Jessica Mauboy Tour, Isaiah headed over to represent Australia at Eurovision 2017 where he did extremely well, placing 4th with the Judges and holding a Top Ten position after voting was complete, finishing at 9th. 

He'll be heading home shortly and we're looking forward to playing many shows that we have booked in for the coming months!


Mr Kormanic has been very active in helping our music department in establishing its contemporary music ‘Artist Development Program’. Many of our students have been highly inspired by his guitar and industry experience. We wish Mr Kormanic all the best with his teaching and industry commitments for the remainder of the year.


Mr Kormanic with Year 7 guitar student

Jed Bradford


Mr Kormanic on stage live with Australia’s 2017 Eurovison Contest representative Isaiah.


Frank Martinek





Community News

Performing Arts Production - 'Darling James goes Back to School'

Tickets will be available for sale soon. Stay tuned for further details.


Knitting for Cause

Knitting group is on every Friday at lunch in room 102. Here anyone is most welcome from any year level, including staff to participate in our activities.


Beginners are catered for, we can teach them to knit and if they do know how to knit students are welcome to join us and help us with the exciting project we are working on.

By the end of this term we are hoping to have a blanket made of ‘Granny Squares’ ready and sewed together to donate to a local group.


It is not just an enjoyable experience we are learning a craft, socialising and giving to a cause making it also a rewarding one. It is inspiring to see all involved work as a group and team and have a common goal. We are knitting for a cause and it is exciting to see the students motivated in making something that will benefit others.

It’s a heartwarming experience and a great way to spend our lunchtime during winter.


 Mikaela Giaquinta


Thriving and Surviving VCE


The Score
SCOSEC A4 ‘Darling James’ Flyer_V8.pdf
‘Darling James’.pdf
‘Darling James’.pdf
Flyer - Thrive and Survive VCE Parent Workshop - 2017-06-01.pdf
Shakara Howard 8A.pdf
Tatira Tatira 8A French.pdf
Levi Rigby 8B.pdf
Fractured Fairytale.pdf
Levi Rigby 8B.pdf
Shakara Howard 8A.pdf
Tatira Tatira 8A French.pdf