Koonung Secondary College Newsletter

31 May 2019
Issue Eight
Important Dates 
Principals' Report
College Notices 
Senior School 
Middle Years 
College Performances  
Multicultural Night 
Student Leadership  
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 


Monday 27 May to Monday 3 June 

Reconciliation Week 



Monday  10 June

Queens Birthday public holiday


Tuesday 11  June 

Year 10 & 11 exams commence 


Wednesday 12 June 

GAT exam


Thursday 27 June 

Year 11 & 12 formal 





July 25, 26, 27 & 28

August 1, 2 & 3

College Musical "Legally Blonde"





Wednesday 6 March - early finish from 12:30pm

Tuesday 11 June (Year 7-9 & 12 only)

Friday 21 June 

Thursday 15 August





(no classes)

Wednesday 3 April 

Wednesday 18 September




Term 1

Tuesday 29 January to Friday 5 April  2:30pm finish 

Term 2

Tuesday 23 April to Friday 28 June  2:30pm finish 

Term 3

Monday 15 July  to Friday 20 September 2:30pm finish 

Term 4

Monday 7 October to Friday 20 December 3:15pm finish 







Principals' Report

Principal Team Report

It has been a busy and exciting fortnight at Koonung Secondary College, particularly in relation to the Visual and Performing Arts.

Something Wicked

Last week was the successful season of the annual dramatic play “Something Wicked”.  All shows were sold out. As always it was the result of a dedicated collaboration by many people which produced the polished and entertaining product the audiences enjoyed. Koonung staff, students, parents, past students and community members. I wish to acknowledge the wonderful work of each of the participants in the successful presentation of Something Wicked. The students were well supported by Peter Hodkinson, Emily Biernacki, Peter Martin, Helen Briffa, Sandy Angliss and Kirby Sens. Well done and thank you.


Reconciliation Week

On Friday 24 May, a group consisting of David Kennedy, David Foote, Blair Tink, Daniel Caine, Imogen Adams, Ava Booth, Sarah Croyden and Mary Elyas represented Koonung at the Whitehorse Council Flag Raising Ceremony. The ceremony was in recognition of Sorry Day and to lead into Reconciliation Week which spans May 27 to June 3. Our group met Uncle Dave, a respected local elder, who conducted a smoking ceremony and spoke to the attendees about the Aboriginal culture and their strong understanding of the environment. During this week a panel consisting of those who attended the ceremony, led by Marilyn Faithfull, has spoken to each of the Year level assemblies. David Kennedy and Blair Tink shared their experiences as Aboriginal men learning about their families and their culture and the other students also outlined their perspective of the event they attended. The assemblies have been an opportunity to learn about the importance of Reconciliation Week which has a focus on building relationships for all Australians which are built on truth and respect. The AFL also recognises this significant time with The Sir Doug Nicholls Round which celebrates the contribution of Indigenous players to the game. At Koonung there has been a lot of work done by the Reconciliation Action Group which meets fortnightly to increase understanding and inclusion for all members of our community.

Arts and Technology Week – Celebrating Cultural Diversity

This week at Koonung has also been Art and Technology Week. A fantastic array of student work has been on display in the lower gym. The work encompassed many mediums and styles and demonstrates the talent of our students and the great skill of the teaching staff. We are lucky to have the expertise and passion of Helen Briffa, Amy McLellan, David Foote, Kirby Sens, Georgina Russell, Richard Leask, Allison Hart and Kelly Szlachetko.  They have been well supported by Sandy Angliss and Debra Amon Cotter (Artist in School).   All members of the domain have contributed by displaying the work produced in classes and in Art Space. The beautiful Koonung mural is nearing completion and will be a fantastic addition to our school environment. Each day of the week has provided a different activity for students and staff to try. Special highlights were the cupcake decorating competition, the diary cover competition, the Media Quiz and the fantastic wood designs for the phone amplifiers. The Arts Captains, Erin Smillie and Marina Plithakis, have done a very good job building the profile of Art and Technology in the school. Congratulations to all involved in this great week which celebrated Cultural Diversity through Art and Technology.

Autumn Music Concert

On Wednesday evening, we enjoyed the Autumn Music Concert. I would like to congratulate the Music faculty, Sue Cook, Adrian De Luca, Olivia Foy, Cathy Narayan, Marina Novelli, Kathryn Rogers, Josh Verco, John Wanner, Ning Zhang and David Forward for their work to produce such an array of fantastic and varied performances last night. The diversity of instruments and styles was highly entertaining. The ensembles were well drilled and many students displayed their skills in both group and individual performances.  The preview from the musical, Legally Blonde, also created great anticipation for the show later this year. It was especially pleasing to see the number of middle school students who confidently performed in small groups. All performers and the support crew did a great job as did the Music Captains, Henry Andrew and Jessica Jana, who hosted the evening. The concert was supported by a large number of staff members who attended and contributed in practical ways, some such as Ning Zhang also played with the ensembles. Many parents also provided lots of food to sell. This was another successful community event.

Great News in the Budget

Another highlight of the week was the exciting news that we are to receive 6.05 million dollars, which has been allocated in the State Budget to improve our facilities at the College. The process to start planning should begin as soon as possible, there are very exciting times ahead. Paul Hamer, our local MP, attended with Clayton Sturzaker (Senior Education and Improvement Leader, Inner East) and Geoff Spicer (College Council President) to make the official announcement to the staff and student leaders. This fantastic opportunity is the result of strong and vocal advocacy over a long period by past and present school staff, Principals, parents and supportive members of the community. Paul Hamer told us that the message that Koonung deserved funding to upgrade our facilities was very strong during the recent State and Federal elections.

On Tuesday the SRC and many members of the student body conducted a forum to discuss ways to improve our school environment and facilities, they provided a number of good suggestions which will be discussed and considered.


Marianne Lee



College Notices 

Canteen information 


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. 


Save the date for our College Musical - "Legally Blonde"

This year our College Musical will be the very entertaining "Legally Blonde - The Musical" .   This will be another unmissable event in your annual calendar so don't forget to save the date! Performance dates are as follows: 

25, 26  and 27 July at 7:30pm

28 July at 2:30pm

1, 2 and 3 August at 7:30pm 

We will advise when tickets are available for purchase. 



We are now registered for the Woolworths Earn & Learn stickers


It's simple to participate. From Wednesday 1st May and Tuesday 25 June 2019 or while stock lasts, when you shop at Woolworths you can collect Woolworths Earn & Learn Stickers from the checkout operator, via team members at the self service checkout or through an online order and place them on a Woolworths Earn & Learn Sticker Sheet. There will be one Woolworths Earn & Learn Sticker for every $10 spent (excluding liquor, tobacco, and gift cards). Once completed, simply place the Sticker Sheet in the Collection Box, either at your school or at your local Woolworths.

KSC can then redeem your Woolworths Earn & Learn Stickers for valuable education equipment for our school.


Please drop the stickers off at the General Office.


Senior School 

Senior School update 

Term 2 is well underway and it is a busy term for all our Senior students. We have had a lot of opportunities for students to partake in and it has been great to a see many students participate in a variety of activities such as the College play. We had a strong representation of senior students in the  play and all students did a fantastic job.  

This week is also Reconciliation Week, and students had an opportunity to reflect on the meaning of reconciliation and its purpose during Year Level Assemblies. Year 11 students, Blair Tink and Daniel Caine, also attended a local ceremony to represent the College in commemorating Reconciliation Week.

After a lot of fun at Athletics Carnival and school activities it is now getting into the busy end of the term. With the cold setting in, and a busy time ahead, it is important that senior students are taking care of their health and wellbeing, studying hard but also taking some time to relax.

Year 11 and 12 students also have the excitement of the formal to look forward to at the end the term, and can celebrate their hard work and dedication with their friends.

Year 10 news

Year 10 students have spent a lot of time reflecting on what they are hoping to do in the future. They have participated in an excursion to Deakin University and had a guest speaker from Swinburne University,  highlighting  different pathways they can take after Year 12. As well as this, we have had presentations from the Young Worker’s Centre to inform students about their rights in the workplace.

Their upcoming work experience at the end of the term will give many students a perspective on where they want to take themselves in the future and in turn what subjects they are looking to study next year. Subject selections for 2020 will take place early in Term 3, so students are encouraged to start thinking now about what they would like to study in Year 11.

Before work experience, Year 10s will also undertake their first Senior School exams. Students might find this time a little stressful, but are encouraged to remain positive, do their best and take it as a valuable learning experience.


Congratulations to Year 10 student Georgia Young, who as been selected as a member of the School Sport Victoria Team Vic 16 Years & under Hockey State Team. Georgia and the team will compete in Newcastle from 3 August to 10 August 2019.  This is a wonderful achievement and we wish Georgia and her team all the best. Well done Georgia! 


Year 11 news

It has been a busy time for Year 11 students. Many are getting into the swing of VCE and SACs whilst others have taken on the challenge of completing a Unit 3 & 4 subject. Year 11s are coming into their exam period again, and are encouraged to work on their revision techniques and do their best. Year 11 subject selections for 2020 will also take place early in  Term 3, so students are encouraged to start thinking now about any changes they would like to make for subjects next year.

Year 12 news

It is getting to the business end of Unit 3 for Year 12 students. After Unit 3, there is only really one more term to go.

 Students are working really hard and it is a time of year when they can become stressed and anxious. It is important for parents and carers to keep students in perspective and give them support. If you feel your child is struggling or overwhelmed, please let Senior School staff know, as there are many things we can do to help to support your child.

Students also have the GAT coming up on the 12 June and everyone is encouraged to do their best as it is an important safety net.


Stephanie Van Ekeris

Year 10 Coordinator


Senior School Team 2019


Director of Learning - Senior School 

Mr Conor Sheehan



Senior School Administrator

Mrs Zaiga Bendrups



Year 12 Coordinator

Mr Chris Sheehan



Year 11 Coordinator

Dr Michael Harte



Year 10 Coordinator

Ms Stephanie Van Ekeris















Middle Years 

Middle Years Update 

The AFL leads from the front in the promotion of inclusion, highlighted last weekend with The Sir Doug Nicholls Indigenous round. At Koonung we embrace the principle of inclusion very seriously. The ceremony at the start of each game and the unique design of each club’s jumper showed respect for the Aboriginal culture and indirectly other cultures as well. As our children work their way through their education they will come in contact with a wide range of students and teachers, who come from a variety of different religions and cultures. What a wonderful opportunity they have to learn from these people and to try to add what they learn to their everyday style of life. Melbourne has become one of the multi-cultural hubs of the world. We have learnt about different foods, different cooking styles, music, dance styles and languages just to name a few.

School values such as Respect and Collaboration encourages us to work side by side with people from different cultures offering mutual respect. The Dreamtime stories from the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders’ culture carry strong messages about caring for one another and the strong bonds of family and friendship. There are many powerful messages from the migrants who come to our country and refugees who seek shelter here. We trust that the values that we uphold at Koonung, will be passed onto people who come from outside our immediate friendship group. This might be another student who has been brought up in a completely different environment or someone who has had to struggle with health issues, discrimination or poverty.     

Let’s take this as an opportunity to think about how we can make life a little bit easier for the people around us by showing respect for the differences they bring to our society. 


Extra-Curricular Excellence  - Louise Cridland


Congratulations to Louise Cridland of Year 7 who came 1st in Element and 5th in Technical Programs in an Ice skating competition over the weekend.  

 Louise’s parents met playing ice hockey in Brisbane so she was bound to get on the ice.

One summer it was hot and she was looking for an activity to keep cool, so Louise’s mum suggested she go to the ice rink. Louise said, “In Canada during the winter we would flood the basketball courts and people would skate around and it was so much fun.”  In the beginning Louise said she would fall over all the time, “but we were taught to fall over so we could learn how to get back up, now I only have the occasional fall.  I like skating because it is different and not a lot of people do it.  My long term goal is to make the Australian Olympic team and The Disney on Ice Tours. The costumes have to be ordered online and I like the different designs, I try to get an outfit that matches the routine I am doing.”


Louise started skating 12 months ago at the O’Brien Ice House in the Docklands. She trains every Thursday for 1 hour and on a Saturday she is at the ice rink from 8am until 1pm.


We wish Louise all the best in her skating career. 

Year 9 Career Program news

In Term 1, DET introduced a Career Program for all Year 9 students which is being rolled out across Victoria.  The program includes a student career test and a 30 minute interview with a consultant to discuss the results of their career test.

Our Year 9 students have already completed their Career Tests. 

Year 9 Career interviews will commence on Wednesday 29 May and will continue to the end of term 2.  The Career Education Association of Victoria (CEAV), on behalf of the Department of Education and Training, will be conducting all interviews. 


The CEAV will deliver the service during school hours and the school has been allocated certain days with the visiting consultants.   Therefore, we are unable to change interview times.


Interview dates will be finalised by the end of May.  


Once the dates are finalised students will be provided a letter outlining the details of their interview.  Interview times will also appear on the students Compass schedule. 


International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT)

Koonung celebrated IDAHOBIT on the 17  May to spread awareness and acceptance of the LGBTQ community at our school. Koonung Equality Collective and the SRC collaborated to make a memorable day. We held a bake sale and sold badges and ribbons to raise funds for Minus 18, a community organisation which stands up for and supports LGBTQ youth. We raised almost $400 for this cause. The rest of the school were supportive and many students and teachers participated and wore colourful accessories to promote the ideals of equality, love and friendship. Equality Collective hopes that discrimination will be minimised on school grounds because of this celebration, and our school will be a more positive experience and a safer space for everyone. We would like to thank the SRC for joining us for this event and Mr Hodkinson for his support. And lastly, well done to our wonderful Thalia for her amazing badge designs!


Homework Club


A homework club is now available to students.  It is held every Monday  in the library from 3:30pm to 4:15pm.




Uniform reminders

  • Blazers are to be worn to and from school
  • Scarves must be plain black or navy  
  • Spray jackets are for PE and Sport Education classes
  • Everyone must be wearing a tie 




Allira Howe

Director of Learning: Middle Years






Live Life program - Reflections from students 

Scope – See the person

On 1 May, a group of us went on an excursion to the O’Brien Icehouse in Docklands for Live Life. We were working with Scope, meeting people with a disability to give them an ice skating experience.


Most of us had never ice skated before so we were excited and also a bit nervous. We all had a little trouble getting started but then some of our guests started to arrive. We each got to skate while pushing someone in a wheelchair, which helped to steady us until we started to get the hang of it. It was amazing to see how happy the participants were and how much they enjoyed the experience.  It was nice to know that we helped make them happy. One girl who sings when she is happy sang ‘Amazing Grace’ for us as we pushed her around the rink, and it felt good to know she was having a good time.

It was a great experience and we hope they enjoyed it as much as we did.


Amelie Storrar-Carey 9F


Live Life has been an amazing experience so far. Two of my fellow Live Life captains, Ruby Clark and Samuel Yao, and I were in Live Life Module Self, one of the four different modules offered over the course of the year. Self was a great module that focused especially on organisational skills. In the first lesson of the term our Live Life class split up into small groups and looked for activities that we could do in the next lessons of the term. These activities had to be around $10 and relatively close to the school. Once we found a good activity to do, like Laser tag at Dark zone, we had to call up the venue to make a booking and map out how to get there and back using public transport. These requirements improved our organisational skills and taught us how to use and prepare public transport routes for the future. Some of the activities organised were the 1000 steps, bowling and bubble soccer. They were really fun and helped you get to know other people in your Live Life class. I’m sure everyone can’t wait to see what the rest of the year in Live Life will bring!

Amelie Sorrenson 9D


Nicole Moussi & Kate Hindell 

Live Life Coordinators

College Performances  

Thank you 

from the director....

A huge thank you to the cast, crew, parents, staff, and audience members that made this sell out season of Something Wicked such a success. Once again it has been a pleasure to direct the College play and to have spent time with the 58 amazingly talented, hard-working and disciplined students over the past six  months, building what has been an immensely popular show. Emily Biernacki and I couldn't be prouder. 




Peter Hodkinson - Director


Autumn Music Concert 

Congratulations and well done to the Music faculty, Sue Cook, Adrian De Luca,  Olivia Foy, Cathy Narayan, Marina Novelli, Kathryn Rogers, Josh Verco, Jon Wanner and David Forward for their work to produce such an array of fantastic and varied performances last night. The diversity of instruments and styles was highly entertaining. The ensembles were well drilled and many students displayed their skills in both group and individual performances.  The preview from the musical, Legally Blond also created great anticipation for the show later this year.


It was especially pleasing to see the number of middle school students who confidently performed in small groups. Please take the time to congratulate any students in your classes who performed last night. They did a great job as did the Music Captains, Henry Andrew and Jessica Jana.


The concert was supported by a number of staff members including Ning Zhang, Helen Galouzis, Gill Ross, Sue Muxworthy, Helen Briffa, Megan Carnie, Gail Munro, Chris Revel (TC), Linda Su, Sandra Greenhill and Mark Anderson. Parents also provided lots of food to sell. Another successful community event!




Koonung Concert Band


Beth Insole

Jacquelyn Tan

Carina Calcagno

Mel Lertprasertwech

Khawna Mallick

Anthony Tran

Evita Cheung

Celeste Peh


Alex Liang

Margaret Buckingham

Shuai Chen Lin

Ronak Sen


Ryan Choi


Emily Velling

Samuel Smillie

Ethan Lee

Vihaan Billimoria


Keira Tait


Anson Feng


Harry Byrne

Ritwam Shohaum

Isaac Raquel

Vinay Lad

James Lonnen


Jack Stabek


Ben Harding


Doug Lo


Max Anastasiou

Joel Foo


Ms Susan Cook



Mr John Wanner



Tiana Clegg

Lola Dobie

Xina Jain

Dhruv Mehta

Dorian Nicholson

Phoebe Ollerenshaw

Dheklan Pitaliadda

Cameron Witt

Koonung Swing Band


Henry Andrew

Alex Liang

Ryan Choi

Shuai Chen Lin

Ronak Sen


Kiri Lee


Ritwam Shohaum

Emily Velling

Ethan Lee

Sam Smillie


Nicholas Dobie

Keira Tait


Anson Feng


Harry Byrne

Vinay Lad


Jack Stabek


Steven Lu


Ben Harding

Mr Josh Verco


Koetsu Sakamoto

Ryan McDonald


Eric Zou


Mr John Wanner


Sunshine Band


Ke (Samuel) Yang


Yujin (Iris) Wang


Lingshan (Rosalyn) Xu

Siyi (Lucy) Niu


Chuqi (Linda) Zhang


Lintao (Tom) Chen


Haoran (Dominic) Lou


GDC Band 

Eric Zou 

Sarah Whitebrook

Yiko Liang

Steven Lu

Guitar Ensemble

Jason Adihetty

Alexi Anastasiou

Max Anastasiou

Charlotte Ashby

Khushi Choudhari

Darcey Gifford

Toby Griffith

Yirong He

Halle Henson

Henry Jackson

Hannah Lan

Harry Ledger

Dylan Llewellyn

Dominic Lou

Robson McGee

Frank Ouyang

William Paull

Jessica Phua

Dheklan Pitaliadda

Manan Pokharel

Rebecca Sietzema De Vries

Keira Singleton

Nancy Slaeby

Rory Spicer

Jai Vosnakis

Ella Will

Alexander Papastratis


Choir List

Imogen Adams

Henry Andrew

Grace Aumann

Bella Cidoni

Sarah Croyden

Cora Davis

Mietta De Luise

Mairna Ely

Mary Elyas

Charlotte Field

Halle Henson

Jessica Jana

Behrad Maghsoudi

Patrice Mouzakis

Lara Njegus-Mann

Elisha Punay

Keiko Rice

Keira Singleton

Amelie Storrar-Carey

Eleora Suryahardja

Mia Tsaousis

Harrison Vavra

Celeste Watkins

Sarah Whitebrook

Sophie Wolrige

Shannon Yap

Eric Zou

Brass Ensemble


Harry Byrne

Isaac Raquel

Vinay Lad

James Lonnen


Jack Stabek


Susan Cook


Green Band


Zara Priestly

Bella Cidoni

Sophie Wolrige


Rory Spicer

Toby Griffith


Ben Harding


Alex Anastasiou


Blue Band


Celeste Watkins

Patrice Mouzakis


Brandon Nam


Robson McGee

Jason Adihetty


Ryan McDonald


National Anthem Singers

Imogen Adams

Keiko Rice

Amelie Storrar-Carey

Elisha Punay

Celeste Watkins

Halle Henson

Charlotte Field


String Ensemble


Ocean Yap

Andy Ma

James Lonnen

Max Byrne

Tia Sidiros

Kiera Wirawan

Addison Yeh


Taneka Huber


Ben Harding


Arts and Technology Week 

Thank you to our Arts and Technology team who have worked tirelessly to provide our students with another week of Arts/Technology related activities.  These activities ran alongside a wonderful exhibition in the Lower Gym displaying examples of the many and varied programs offered to our students within the Arts program. 


Grades 5 & 6 children from Box Hill North Primary School enjoyed visiting the exhibition during the week. 



 Helen Briffa 

Arts Domain Leader



National Gallery of Victoria Australia (NGVA) excursion


On Monday 20 May all Year 7s attended the NGVA for an Art Excursion.

Students learnt about the artists who their School Houses are named after.

The Australian Artists – Tom Roberts, Frederick McCubbin, Charles Conder and Arthur Streeton belonged to the well-known Heidelberg school.


The Heidelberg school was the first significant art movement in Australia.

Dominating Australian art for about thirty years in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the group was led by Thomas William Roberts (1856-1931), and included Charles Conder (1868-1909), Sir Arthur Ernest Streeton (1867-1943), and Frederick McCubbin (1855-1917).

Heavily influenced by French Impressionism, Roberts believed that it offered the direction for an authentically Australian painting style.

The group often met in the Australian bush near Heidelberg, Victoria, for a series of “camps” between 1887 and 1890, and even painted in bushy Box Hill. First gaining recognition at an exhibition in Melbourne in 1889, the Heidelberg school was viewed as a direct challenge to the prevailing trend in Australian art, which was characteristically very polished and dark in colour. Although the group had virtually disbanded in 1900, its vision of the Australian landscape inspired many landscape and social realist painters in later decades.

KSC students participated in a gallery supervisor interactive lecture where students were given information about each artist  and then had to answer a quiz representing their School House. Students showed off their acting skills by dramatising the poses the artists created with each figures they represented in their paintings.

Students discovered the amazing diversity and observed deeply the art works of many Australian artists from Indigenous to contemporary. On a guided tour with a NGVA educator students explored their House namesakes further. During a KSC teacher-led worksheet and tour of the gallery, students found Australian artist Darren Sylvester and were thrilled to engage with his disco inspired installation work entitled ‘For You’. It was definitely a highlight for them.

Thank you to Amy McLellan who organised the event and to staff who attended on the day:

Kirby Sens, Helen Briffa, Stephanie Grant, Nicole Robinson, David Forward, Olivia Foy, David Kennedy, Paula Pringle, Lesley Fulford.



Helen Briffa

Arts Domain Leader

Art Space 


In the first three sessions of Term 2, Arts Space participants have been experimenting with  Foam Printmaking.

Students created a design of their own choice, transferred the design onto a foam rectangle then used washable markers to transfer the design onto paper to make a print.  It was a great activity and enjoyed by all who attended. If you are interested visit the youtube site for more information

Well done  and thank you to the following Art Space members: Charlotte Ashby, Sheri Li, Ranqi Wang, Jackson Singleton, Benny Huynh, Dakota Ho, Louise Cridland, Elissa Wilton




Helen Briffa 

Arts Domain Leader

Multicultural Night 

2019 Koonung Multicultural Night


The 2019 Koonung multicultural night, held last week, provided an opportunity for Koonung students to celebrate multiculturalism. The event was organised by our international student team with an aim to promote cross-cultural understanding among the Koonung community.

With more than 100 people in attendance, the Senior Centre was filled with many parents, homestay parents, students both International and local, past and present and staff. For many of them, multicultural night was the first school event they ever attended in Australia. All the attendees enjoyed performances delivered by Koonung students while indulging in sensational foods brought by parents and host families.

Special performance guest Jon Wanner delivered a wonderful instrumental music show and encouraged more students to get involved into music programs.

Koonung Secondary College Principal Marianne Lee recognised multiculturalism at Koonung Secondary College and staff representative Conor Sheehan also contributed his understanding of a culturally inclusive environment.

We are also pleased to have several past students joining the event. 2013 Victoria Sports Achievement Award recipient Lingya Zhang shared her pathway to a registered nurse from an international student and reminded all current students to seize the day. As a parent of international student, Ms Liu also delivered a heartening speech regarding integration into the community and the importance of letting go as a parent to allow your child “to bloom into a flower in their own way” without parental pressure.

This is the second year of this event and we believe more students and parents will join us next year.



Tracey Song, Sen Li, Joyce Bao 

International Student Team 


Student Leadership  

 SRC  Forum 

On Wednesday the first-ever SRC Student Forum was held at lunchtime with around 50 students, eager to talk, attending. Each term there will be a forum held in the theatre and organised by the SRC that all students can attend and discuss a set focus topic. This week the student body considered the infrastructure of the school, debating and offering many suggestions regarding how we can make our school look and run at its best. Keep a lookout for next term's forum on Compass newsfeed. 


Peter Hodkinson

 Director of Learning - Engagement and Leadership





Update from House Coordinator Sam Prosenak 

Thank you to everyone who attended and participated in the House Athletics Day on 7 May. Congratulations to all age group champions and to Conder House for taking out the championship. The House tallies for the day were:  

  1.   Conder – 1,225.5
  2.   Roberts – 1,063
  3.   McCubbin – 959.5
  4.   Streeton - 797



Age Group Champions:

13 Girls – Halle Henson
13 Boys – Johnny Suares
14 Girls – Katinka Schmid
14 Boys – Gus McSheffery
15 Girls – Ruby Clark
15 Boys – Max Dooley
16 Girls – Caitlin Welsh
16 Boys – Kane Collins
17 Girls – Brianna Shelley
17 Boys – James Ollerenshaw
20 Girls – Lucy Ollerenshaw
20 Boys – Ben Cutter

Careers and Pathways

Careers News


Year 11

As part of the Year 11 Careers Program all Year 11 students will complete their Career Action Plan and meet with careers team to discuss their plans for post Year 12.  This provides the students an opportunity to reflect on their aspirations and goals and to plan their pathways. The Careers team will meet one on one with the Year 11 students over the next few weeks.


Year 10

Work experience for Year 10 students will be held from Monday 24 June to Friday 28 June 2019. All Year 10 students should have secured a work experience placement by now. Supported work experience workshops will run during recess and lunchtime over the next few weeks to support students to secure work experience. Students are welcome to come to the Careers office to discuss work experience options.


Deakin University Excursion

On Monday 13 May the Year 10 students attended Deakin University and listened to a presentation about the different courses students could study, how the courses were made up of majors and minors and how the courses are made up of units.

The Year 10s were give a tour of Deakin University by Deakin University Ambassadors. The students found this very interesting.


Year 9

In Term 1, DET introduced a Career Program for all Year 9 students which is being rolled out across Victoria.  The program includes a student career test and a 30 minute interview with a consultant to discuss the results of their career test.


The Year 9 students have already completed their Career Tests. The Morrisby Career Testing will be very useful for subject selection in term 3.


Student interviews will commence this Wednesday and will continue throughout the remainder of Term 2. Parents are very welcome to come to the interview with the Consultant and your child.


Information sessions

VU | Sport & recreation career information for Year 9–11 students

Wednesday 26 June 2019 | 9.30am – 2pm | Footscray Park Campus

Are your Year 9, 10 or 11 students interested in sport-related careers? Bring them along to our information day on 26 June for inspiration, information and hands-on activities.

To register & for more information go to https://www.vu.edu.au/about-vu/news-events/events/sport-recreation-career-information-for-year-9-11-students


University of Melbourne My Future Sessions

To register go to https://study.unimelb.edu.au/connect-with-us/my-melbourne-future

University of Melbourne | My Future in Design

Wednesday 12 June 2019 | 6 – 8pm

B117 Theatre, Glyn Davis Building (Melbourne School of Design), Parkville Campus

The Bachelor of Design offers unique flexibility with the option of completing majors, minors, double majors and specialisations. You can combine in-depth study in a particular area with subjects from a wide range of disciplines within the field of design.

University of Melbourne | My Future in Music

Wednesday 12 June 2019 | 6 – 8pm

Hanson Dyer Hall, Southbank Campus

University of Melbourne | My Future in Science

Wednesday 5 June 2019 | 6 – 8pm

Carrillo Gantner Theatre, Sidney Myer Asia Centre, Parkville Campus

The Bachelor of Science at the University of Melbourne is the most flexible science degree in Australia – 1 degree, 41 majors, unlimited career opportunities.

University of Melbourne | My Future in Arts

Tuesday 4 June 2019 | 6 – 8pm

Kathleen Fitzpatrick Theatre, Arts West, Parkville Campus

A Bachelor of Arts from the University of Melbourne will teach you how to think – not what to think – and be ready to think your way to an inspiring career.

University of Melbourne | My Future in IT

Tuesday 4 June 2019 | 6 – 8pm

Forum Theatre, Arts West, Parkville Campus

IT at Melbourne is flexible; you can study it through your bachelor degree as a major, or specialise further and receive professional accreditation with a masters. You can also boost your career with access to internships, industry projects and guest lectures presented by industry experts.

University of Melbourne | My Future in Fine Arts

Wednesday 26 June 2019 | 6 – 8pm

Federation Hall, Southbank Campus

Interested in applying for the Bachelor of Fine Arts? At our My Future in Fine Arts course information evening, you will meet VCA academics and current students from all areas of specialisation, and learn about how our intensive studio-based training provides the breathing space and support to develop next-generation artists and performers.

Learn about the different areas of specialisation: dance, theatre, visual art, film and television, animation, screenwriting, music theatre, acting and design and production.

University of Melbourne | My Future in Engineering

Tuesday 25 June 2019 | 6 – 8pm

B117 Theatre, Glyn Davis Building (Melbourne School of Design), Parkville Campus

University of Melbourne | My Future in Biomedicine

Thursday 20 June 2019 | 6 – 8pm

Kathleen Fitzpatrick Theatre, Arts West, Parkville Campus

Biomedicine is a discipline concerned with the processes and systems that create, sustain and threaten life. Our Bachelor of Biomedicine prepares you for the challenges of healthcare delivery and biomedical research.

University of Melbourne | My Future in Law

Wednesday 19 June 2019 | 6 – 8pm

David P. Derham Theatre, Melbourne Law School, Parkville Campus

University of Melbourne | My Future in Education

Tuesday 18 June 2019 | 6 – 8pm

Q230, Level 2, Kwong Lee Dow Building, Parkville Campus

University of Melbourne | My Future in Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences

Thursday 13 June 2019 | 6 – 8pm

Parkville Campus

Agricultural and veterinary science students develop practical skills across plan and soil science, animal science and agricultural economics.

University of Melbourne | My Future in Commerce

Thursday 13 June 2019 | 6 – 8pm

Copeland Theatre, Parkville Campus

A commerce degree equips you with the skills to solve key business challenges and make a different to society, policy and organisations. Whether your aim is to work for a large financial consultancy, a tech start-up or a social enterprise, studying commerce teaches you how to operate in the modern business world while earning a global qualification.


University of Melbourne | Open Day 2019

Sunday 18 August 2019 | 10am – 4pm

Parkville & Southbank Campuses

Prospective students can get to know the campuses and courses on offer at the University of Melbourne

For more information and updates check here https://study.unimelb.edu.au/openday


Deakin – Creative arts and design information

Tuesday 17 September 2019 | 5.30–7pm

Thursday 19 September 2019 | 5.30–7pm | Deakin University Melbourne Burwood Campus

Learn more about course options in dance, drama, photography and visual arts and the benefits of studying a Bachelor of Creative Arts at Deakin and how this prepares you for a creative career.

You’ll also discover more about the specialist design degrees in digital technologies, 3D animation and visual communication design.

Hear from Deakin’s talented academics about our creative arts and design courses and how Deakin students gain industry experience by working with real-life clients across industry briefs, ensuring you graduate career-ready.

Gain handy tips and insights into enhancing your creative and design work and the entry requirements for these courses.

You will also have the opportunity to connect with current Deakin students and tour our state-of-the-art campus facilities.


Deakin – Teaching information session

Wednesday 10 July 2019 | 4–5pm | Deakin University Warrnambool Campus

Tuesday 17 September 2019 | 5.30–6.30pm | Deakin University Melbourne Burwood Campus

Tuesday 17 September 2019 | 4–5pm | Deakin University Warrnambool Campus

Wednesday 19 September 2019 | 5.30–6.30pm | Deakin University Geelong Waurn Ponds Come along to this information session for an overview of the undergraduate teaching courses :

  • Bachelor of Education (Early Years)
  • Bachelor of Education (Primary)
  • Bachelor of Health and Physical Education
  • Bachelor of Science/Master of Teaching (Secondary)
  • Bachelor of Arts/Master of Teaching (Secondary).

Hear from passionate staff members regarding course selection and entry requirements (including the CASPer test), course specialisations and how students are supported through their professional experience in schools and the Global Experience Program.

Learn more about the Associate Degree of Education, a guaranteed pathway into the Bachelor of Education (Primary) degree.


Deakin – Nursing and Midwifery Course Information Session

Thursday 25 July 2019  | 6–8pm

Saturday 27 July 2019  | 2.30–4.30pm

Costa Hall, Deakin University, Geelong Waterfront Campus

Thursday 25 July 2019 | 6–8pm

Saturday 27 July 2019  | 2.30–4.30pm

Melbourne Burwood Campus

Wednesday 7 August 2019 | 6–8pm | Building J, Deakin University, Warrnambool Campus

Explore our purpose-built learning spaces with state-of-the-art equipment, designed to replicate clinical settings. Hear from our passionate academic staff about our high-quality and patient-centred approach to nursing education, and hear from our students about why they chose to study nursing at Deakin.


Deakin – Optometry and Medical Imaging Course Information Session

Tuesday 30 July 2019 | 6–8pm

Building DD (please see foyer for room details), Deakin University, Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus

Hear from course directors and discipline experts on what makes these medical imaging and optometry degrees unique, learn about students placements, and online resources available. Plus you’ll be able to access and explore our world-class facilities.

Optometry at Deakin

Optometry is our 3.5-year accelerated optometry course is a specialised combined degree that focuses on detecting, managing and treating eye disease and supplying corrective solutions. It leads to registration as an optometrist and provides graduates with the discipline-specific knowledge required to practice as an optometrist throughout Australia and New Zealand.

Medical imaging at Deakin

Our Bachelor of Medical Imaging has been developed to equip you with the latest knowledge in medical radiation science, including ultrasound, X-ray and magnetic resonance imaging. You’ll learn in our state-of-the-art facilities and take part in extensive clinical placements to ensure you graduate career-ready.

To register go to https://www.deakin.edu.au/about-deakin/events/optometry-and-medical-imaging-course-information-session


Deakin – Health Sciences Course Information Session

Tuesday 30 July 2019 | 6-7.30pm | Melbourne Burwood Campus

Wednesday 31 July 2019 | 6-7.30pm | Geelong Waterfront Campus

Discover health sciences at Deakin .

Choose up to three health majors with 12 options available, learn how you can tailor your degree to align with your passion and interests. Specialise in areas such as health promotion, family, society and health, nutrition or disability and inclusion.


Deakin – Nutrition and Dietetics Course Information Session

Tuesday 23 July 2019 | 6–7.30pm | Melbourne Burwood Campus

Get a taste of what to expect from the Bachelor of Nutrition Science and what a career in nutrition could look like in the food industry, public health nutrition, media and marketing, and more. Learn about the pathway to our Master of Dietetics and take advantage of the opportunity to explore our world class, purpose-built nutrition and sensory labs.

To register go to https://www.deakin.edu.au/about-deakin/events/nutrition-and-dietetics-course-information-session


Deakin – Occupational Therapy Course Information Session

Tuesday 23 July 2019 | 6–7.30pm | Deakin University, Geelong Waterfront Campus

As a qualified occupational therapist, you’ll work collaboratively with people who have a range of health limitations, including those caused by injury, health conditions, delayed development or the effects of ageing.

Explore the world-class Occupational Therapy Learning Hub which simulates real life settings to prepare you for placements and your career. Find out about the course and entry requirements too.

The only course of its kind in Victoria, which provides extra placement hours over the minimum standard, making sure you’ll be career-ready.

To register go to https://www.deakin.edu.au/about-deakin/events/occupational-therapy-course-info-session


Deakin – Exercise and Sport Science Course Information Session

Wednesday 24 July 2019 | 6-7.30pm | Deakin University Melbourne Burwood Campus

Explore the state-of-the art labs and facilities, and learn about the Elite Sports Precinct in Geelong and new multi-million dollar Indoor Exercise and Sport Science Building in Burwood.

The exercise and sport science program explores how to improve the wellbeing and performance of individuals, athletes and teams through training, coaching, research and more.

This is your chance to find out where a career in exercise and sport science could take you.

To register go to https://www.deakin.edu.au/about-deakin/events/exercise-and-sport-science-course-info-session-melbourne


Deakin: How to make your application stand out

Wednesday 12 June 2019 | 5pm start


Get Deakin Uni applications broken down in easy-to-understand steps and get help making your application stand out.

Get the best tips, advice and knowledge from our experts to help you ace your application.

You’ll walk away with all the information you need to apply with confidence, including:

  • how to best prepare your application
  • understanding what type of applicant you are
  • understanding entry requirements
  • writing a compelling personal statement
  • how to accept or defer your offer.

You’ll also get the chance to speak with our presenters and have your important questions answered.

To register go to https://www.deakin.edu.au/about-deakin/events/apply-webinar


Deakin – Criminology information session

Wednesday 12 June 2019 | 6 – 6.30pm | Geelong Waterfront Campus

The Bachelor of Criminology is a three-year degree that is the perfect balance of theory and practical learning. Learn more about the most established criminology program in Victoria at this information session.

Hear from Deakin’s passionate criminology industry experts about course options, entrance requirements and career outcomes for graduates.

Learn more about how Deakin prepares criminology students to be job-ready with practical knowledge and highly transferable skills.

A Bachelor of Arts information session will be held beforehand from 5.30–6pm.
We encourage you to register for this session as well.

To register go to https://www.deakin.edu.au/about-deakin/events/criminology-info-session-geelong


VIC Police | Police & PSO Information Session – Preston

Wednesday 29 May | 6.00pm – 8.00pm | La Trobe University, Melbourne Campus

If you are seeking a stimulating, challenging and rewarding career and have values aligned to those of Victoria Police, we encourage you to consider a career in policing. Please join us at this session to learn about the Police Officer and PSO roles, the recruitment process and training at the Academy.

Find out more and register: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/police-pso-information-session-preston-tickets-60737997987


Defence Force Information Sessions – VIC – June

June 11

Melbourne Defence Careers Information Session
Tuesday | 6.00pm | Melbourne Defence Force Recruiting Centre

June 17

Melbourne Royal Military College Duntroon Information Session
Monday | 6.00pm | Melbourne Defence Force Recruiting Centre

AIE | Information Evening – Melbourne

Thursday 20 July | 6.00pm – 8.00pm | AIE Melbourne Campus

Discover the courses designed to get you started in game development, 3D animation and visual effects at the AIE Information Evening. The evening will include presentations on different areas of industry to get into as well as information about AIE full-time and part-time courses and entry requirements.

Find out more and register: https://aie.edu.au/aie_event/information-evening/


MIT | Open Day

Saturday 17 August | 10.00am – 2.00pm | Melbourne Institute of Technology

Join MIT’s Student Ambassadors at the MIT Open Day Experience.

Find out more and register: http://www.mit.edu.au/open-day


Monash University | Clayton Campus Tour

Monday 1 July | 10.00am – 11.30am | Monash University, Clayton Campus

Friday 5 July | 10.00am – 11.30am | Monash University, Clayton Campus

Friday 12 July | 10.00am – 11.30am | Monash University, Clayton Campus

Monday 15 July | 10.00am – 11.30am | Monash University, Clayton Campus

Friday 19 July | 10.00am – 11.30am | Monash University, Clayton Campus

Friday 16 August | 10.00am – 11.30am | Monash University, Clayton Campus

Monday 19 August | 10.00am – 11.30am | Monash University, Clayton Campus

Monday 23 September | 10.00am – 11.30am | Monash University, Clayton Campus

Thursday 26 September | 10.00am – 11.30am | Monash University, Clayton Campus

Friday 4 October | 10.00am – 11.30am | Monash University, Clayton Campus

If you’re considering Monash University, join us on a scheduled tour. It’s a great way to see and experience each of our campuses.

Tours will be guided by a current Monash student, who will take you around the campus and show you some of the main facilities and buildings. Your tour guide will be able to answer questions about university life, the campus and talk generally about their course.

Find out more and register: https://www.monash.edu/campus-tours


Monash University | Peninsula Campus Tour

Monday 8 July | 10.00am – 11.30am | Monash University, Peninsula Campus

Monday 30 September | 10.00am – 11.30am | Monash University, Peninsula Campus

If you’re considering Monash University, join us on a scheduled tour. It’s a great way to see and experience each of our campuses.

Tours will be guided by a current Monash student, who will take you around the campus and show you some of the main facilities and buildings. Your tour guide will be able to answer questions about university life, the campus and talk generally about their course.

Find out more and register: https://www.monash.edu/campus-tours



JMC School Holiday Workshops Melbourne

July School Holidays | JMC Melbourne

The workshops are a great opportunity to check out the JMC Academy campus while getting a taste of what studying your passion with Australia’s leading Creative Industries provider is like at this fun, engaging and hands-on program!

These workshops are strictly for high school students in years 9 – 12.

All participants will receive a Certificate of Participation that includes the details of the completed workshop.

Book here – www.jmcacademy.edu.au/events/workshops/melbourne-high-school-workshops



Swinburne – Discover Design

Tuesday 9 July 2019 | 9am- 4pm to Friday 12 July 2019 | 9am – 2pm

Innovation Precinct, FS401, Swinburne University of Technology

Discover Design is a creative school holiday program for Year 10–12 students who would like to learn more about design careers, courses and pathways. Participants will develop a design portfolio, broaden their problem solving and design-thinking skills and work in teams—just like in a real design studio!

Choose between a

  • 3-day program (9-11 July 2019) $180
  • optional Day 4 – 1/2 day portfolio workshop on 12 July $60

To participate in both the 3-day program and 1/2 day portfolio workshop you will need to purchase both tickets ($240 in total).

To find out more and book your place go to https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/discover-design-swinburne-2019-tickets-60443092918


Scholarships & Competitions

NIDA Open Equity Scholarship

Open/Closing Dates: May 27, 2019 – July 29, 2019
Value: Full-fee Scholarship for School Holiday Program

To celebrate NIDA’s 60th anniversary, NIDA Open has committed up to $25,000 worth of complimentary tuition to help young people who are experiencing barriers to participation in the arts including, financial or other disadvantage to achieve their full creative potential.

The NIDA Open Equity Scholarships are available throughout the 2019 spring holiday program period and are open to all secondary school-aged students nationally, regardless of previous experience or professional ambition.

Applications can be made by individuals or by an organisation on behalf of a young person identified as a suitable scholarship applicant.

If you or a young person you know wants to experience a NIDA Open course and would like some support to achieve this goal, we want to hear from you!

Follow the links below to see which courses for secondary school-aged students are being offered in your local area.

Find out more

Melbourne (NIDA Melbourne)

Australia Council for Arts Career Development Grant

Open/Closing Dates: – June 4, 2019
Value: $25,000 AUD

Individual artists (as well as arts workers or groups of artists), are invited to apply for a Career Development Grant.

Valued between $5,000 to $25,000, these grants support a broad range of activities such as skills and professional development, mentorships, showcases, residencies and other projects directly related to your career development. Supported activities must last no longer than two years from the proposed start date.

Applications are open now and close:

  • Tuesday 4 June for projects starting after 1 September 2019.
  • Tuesday 1 October for projects starting after 1 January 2020.

Each round closes at midnight AEDT on the closing date.

For more information, application form, guidelines, terms and conditions or advise go to this page.

  • Only individuals and groups may apply to this category.
  • You must be a practicing artist or arts worker
  • Australian citizen or an Australian permanent resident.

To apply: You’ll need to complete and submit an application form. Obtain peer reviews (guidelines apply). Provide supporting material including:

  • Examples of recent work
  • Resume / CV / brief Bio
  • Letters of support

Find out more


Carole Marcianti and Karen Riding 

The Careers Team 



Parents and Friends Association  

 PFA news

Hello everyone

 Our PFA  is a very active and vibrant part of the Koonung community.  It provides a great way to familiarise yourself with your child's school and meet other families. The PFA meet twice each term  in the Middle Years Centre. We encourage you to come along.


Video Message from the PFA President

 Please click on the link below for a message from PFA President, Andrew Gifford:













Mother's Day Breakfast  photos 



Upcoming  PFA meeting dates for 2019

Monday 3 June 

Monday 5 August 

Monday 2 September

Monday 21 October

December Christmas Dinner TBA 


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 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.

Immediately prior to leaving the school grounds, the student must sign out using the Compass Kiosk at the General Office.






Electronic rolls are kept in all classes. Students who arrive late to school are required to sign-in using the Compass Kiosk at the General Office and then immediately go to class. Students will be issued with a Late Pass. The Late Pass must be provided to the teacher when arriving in class.


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 1pm – 4pm.

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.

Community Notices 


Click on the flyers below to view the events: 

Cloud 9 Women's Choir 


Safety Lanyard Forum - Chinese PArents Special Support Network





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