Koonung Secondary College Newsletter

25 July 2019
Issue Eleven
Important Dates 
Principals' Report
College Notices 
Middle Years 
Senior School 
Careers and Pathways
Library News
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 


Friday 26 July 

Year 11 into Year 12 1:1 course interviews

(No Year 11 classes)



July 25, 26, 27 & 28

August 1, 2 & 3

College Musical "Legally Blonde"



Friday 2 August 

Year 10 into Year 11 1:1 course interviews

(No Year 10 classes)


Monday 5 August 

Year 9 into Year 10 1:1 course interviews

(No Year 9 classes)


Tuesday 6 August - Friday 9 August

Ski Camp 




Wednesday 7 August 

Year 8 Course selection assembly 


Friday 23 August 

Edutest SEE@K testing 1-4pm 



Friday 13 September 

Koonung Day 


Wednesday 18 September 

Parent Student Teacher interviews



Friday 18 October 

Year 12 breakfast & assembly 

Year 12 Valedictory Dinner




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

Well here we are, already week 2 of Term 3. I hope all of our students and staff members have enjoyed a nice break and have returned to Koonung rested and ready to embrace the new term and all the challenges and opportunities it will deliver.

I would like to warmly welcome our new students, their families and the new members of staff who have joined our College. I hope you are beginning to settle in and feel comfortable and supported by our community.  

We are also currently hosting a visiting group from Matsudo. Welcome to our Matsudo guests, I am sure they have experienced an enjoyable time in Australia, seeing our part of the world and making new friends. Our relationship is a long standing and valued one.  Thank you to the host families from Koonung who have generously shared their homes and lives with our Japanese guests.


For many members of our College, the holiday period was not a break but an opportunity to get a lot of work done, generally without interruption. Work was completed around the College to refresh some facilities with painting, gardening, upgraded furniture, general maintenance and cleaning. All of us need to take pride in our College and look after our environment: it is a demonstration of respect and gratitude for what we have and for those who do the work to maintain our facilities. We also had a number of our administration team in attendance working on staffing, timetables and enrolments and managing the business of running a large institution and all that entails.

Our Musical Production troupe, which is made up of students, parents, staff members and past students worked very hard during the holidays to prepare “Legally Blonde, the Musical" for the performance season which begins on Thursday 25 July. Yesterday was a full dress rehearsal which was enjoyed by guests from Box Hill North and Greythorn Primary Schools. Again, we need to recognise their commitment and support their work by attending the show. They have committed eight months of their time and effort to this show and I am sure it will be a wonderful event.


Our teachers continued their work over the holidays to plan and develop resources for the term ahead and many students also completed revision and homework tasks as well.  Thank you for your endeavour, hard work does provide rewards. I hope you managed to balance these efforts with some rest and recreation.


I would like to thank all staff members, students and parents who contributed their ideas towards the planning submission for our facility upgrade. Last Thursday afternoon members of the Victorian School Building Authority (VSBA), along with three design consultants, visited for a close look at our school. The design consultants represent the architect agencies who have been shortlisted by the VSBA to work with our College. They are:

Minx Architecture       https://www.minxarchitecture.com.au/projects

Searle and Waldren    https://sxwa.com.au/  

Fppv Architects            http://fppv.com.au/


They were aiming to gain an understanding of our culture, strengths and visions, as well as to see firsthand what is needed. They have now gone away to work on some ideas to present to a panel consisting of representatives from our College, a regional representative and the VSBA. This panel then decides which architect will be employed to develop our Master Plan. Our intention is to work to deliver the best outcome we can with the 6 million dollars delivered in the budget. This process is managed and directed within some fairly tight department constraints and controls so it will be an interesting challenge ahead. We will keep you informed and seek input along the way. 


There has been a recent anniversary of a significant moment in the history of the world, as it is It has been half a century since Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walked on the moon.

“One small step for man; one giant leap for mankind.”

These were the immortal words uttered by Neil Armstrong upon stepping onto the surface of the moon just over 50 years ago.


For two hours, Armstrong and Aldrin explored the moon’s surface. Armstrong’s televised image was watched around the globe, with the astronaut’s immortal words heard by an estimated 650 million people. I can remember as a small child in primary school in QLD sitting on the floor with my school mates watching a very small black and white TV. (Clearly I started primary school very young!!)


What is the significance of this?  In some ways this technological development resulted from a battle for supremacy between the USA and Russia as both nations desired the accolades of supreme technological advancement, and space was the arena for this battle. However, I think it is more importantly an example of the power of innovation, problem solving, setting a goal and working towards it. We may not be aiming to explore the universe but the ability to think creatively, to be a visionary and innovator should always be celebrated and encouraged. Thus, I am encouraging all of us to set lofty goals, because the sky is the limit!  Have a fantastic term everyone.


Marianne Lee 





College Notices 

 College Musical - "Legally Blonde" starts this week

This year our College Musical is  the very entertaining "Legally Blonde - The Musical" about a young woman who gives up life in sunny California to chase love to Harvard Law School. On this journey she learns to find love in herself, her friends and the law.  Tickets are selling fast.  Performance dates are as follows: 


25, 26  and 27 July at 7:30pm

28 July at 2:30pm (Matinee)

1, 2 and 3 August at 7:30pm 


The final night is totally booked out but there are still a few tickets available on Thursday and Friday night. They can be purchased via the following link: 




Chelsea Thomas 

Middle Years 

Middle Years Update 

The market is flooded with products promoting 'ideal' body types in clothing design, fashion promotions, advertising, music and dance clips, and magazines - the list goes on. The use of enhancing techniques such as airbrushing of photos makes it difficult for teenagers to even gauge what is real. There is little wonder some end up striving for the impossible whilst others despair at their perceived imperfections.


Many are caught up in the marketing of 'fad' diets which target their age groups.


There is often a progression from one diet to the next. Before a teenager embarks on a dieting program it is wise to first consult an appropriate medical professional.


Researchers suggest that it is better to avoid too much discussion of diets as such but rather focus on the selection of healthy options.


Our teenagers need to learn to like themselves and accept that they are all different. They are to be encouraged to look after their bodies by adopting healthy eating habits combined with exercise and fitness.


 Too often we find that students try to avoid exercise or sport because they think that this will expose their lack of skill or their lack of fitness or perhaps the fact that they are overweight. If they persist in avoiding participation the problems compound themselves. Because they are not exercising their fitness declines and they fall well behind their peers. Their skills are not being developed so they lose any confidence they might have previously had. If they have a problem with weight, it is likely that this will increase.


Many firm and lasting friendships are traced back to sporting teams and exercising with others. The many branches of exercise available both at school and outside of school offer far more than the obvious fitness and skills. There is no way to measure the importance of the opportunities they offer for young people to interact in a team environment, the support they offer each other in working together towards a goal. Teenagers learn to cooperate with team members and interact with opponents.


The percentage of elite athletes we produce will be limited, but we trust that the number of well adjusted, happy and healthy young people who are willing to participate in a range of sporting and exercise programs will be exciting.


Key Middle School Dates

Year 9 students receive their Subject Selection access code - 25 August

Year 9 students have 1:1 course selection interviews - 5 August

Year 8 student’s Subject selection assembly - 6 August


Breakfast Club



Friday mornings from 8am in the MYC





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


Year 9 Live Life - Group 

In Term 2 we had two students who took advantage of the PFA Small grants for school beautification projects. The final design reflected the school colours (blue and yellow) and the trees represent our school community in winter and in summer.


To receive the grant, Hayley Tran (9D) and Zoe Li (9C) were required to submit a proposal which explained why their project would benefit students, where it would be located and a list of required materials. This was reviewed by our Business Manager, Stace Kerr, and our maintenance whiz,  Mat Douglas, to ensure firstly that it was a suitable project that would benefit the College and secondly, to seek assistance with obtaining  materials for their project.


The project management skills shown by both girls was excellent as they planned and completed their art work. Thanks also go to Alex Liang (9D) who also added his artistic flair to the final pieces.


We thank the PFA for giving our students the opportunity to help make our school community a better place.



Gail Munro and Julia Hodson

Live Life Group Module Teachers

Senior School 

Senior School update 


It has been a fast paced start to Term 3 for our senior students. For our Year 12 students, they are well on the way to completing their final year of study. From experience, this term moves pretty fast. For our student leaders, it is almost time to pass the baton to our emerging leaders from Year 11. For many students the idea of putting their hand up to become a student leader is an easy choice. They have been contributors at sport days, helped with SRC and Interact and even been student-elected representatives on College Council. For other students, it could be an opportunity to step out of their comfort zone and embrace an opportunity to become a student leader and get more involved within the College community.


Plans are already under way for the Year 12 Yearbook and Celebration Day which includes the Year 12 Breakfast and Valedictory dinner. This day has become a wonderful tradition and has fast become a highlight of the school year.


We are also seeing newer events complementing our older school traditions. Students and staff had a wonderful time at the Year 11 and 12 Formal at Vogue Ballroom in Burwood on Thursday 27 June. Students represented the College with pride and it was a terrific night enjoyed by all. This was the second year that Koonung has organised a formal with senior students and it has fast become another exciting event enjoyed by all on the College calendar.


Students in Year 10 and 11 are making decisions about the subjects they wish to undertake in 2020. These are big decisions and the opportunity for students and parents to meet with staff during the 1:1 interview sessions over the coming weeks will help guide and support students with their choices. In the past we have had a wonderful turnout of parents and guardians supporting the students with their selections.


Chris Sheehan 

Year 12 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







Year 11 Studio Arts 2019

Students in Year 11 have created artworks around the theme "Past and Future". After exploring materials/techniques and a variety of ideas in their visual diary they then submitted their final artwork. The selection of final works are highly creative and shows some wonderful skills. Please congratulate the artists if you see them around. The Year 11 artwork is currently on display in the Senior Centre. 

                                                                                       Oscar Lunny 11C 


Nikoleta Zapantis  11F


Amy McLellan 

Art Teacher 


Textile  Activities 

7G completed amazing cushion cover designs using the block printing method of "REPEAT, HALF BRICK, BLOCK, OGEE, TOSS REPEAT AND RANDOM".

Each student designed and created an actual wooden block to print their design onto calico fabric. Students then leant to use a sewing machine to construct their cushion covers. Students received a cushion cover insert which completed the Cushion Cover Assessment Task. 

Well done 7G!



Helen Briffa                                                                

Arts Domain Leader                                                


Careers and Pathways

Careers News


Year 11 and 12

Year 11 and 12s should attend as many Open Days at Universities as possible to gain an understanding of their chosen courses. Please see compass for Open Day information.


Subject Selection for Year 11 into Year 12 for next year is scheduled on Friday 26 July, 2019. Students must consider subjects that they are interested in and are required (prerequisities) for university or TAFE.


Year 10

The Year 10s completed Work Experience from Monday 24 June to Friday 28 June, 2019. The students went to a variety of places including CSIRO, PWC, 3AW, Ringwood Magistrates Court, Deakin University and the Epworth Hospital. Students were visited by teachers and the students gained a better understanding of the workplace.



Three Year 10 students during Work Experience Week


Year 10s should attend as many Open Days at Universities as possible to gain valuable information about courses and to get an understanding of the campuses and how to access them.


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.


Student interviews will finalised early in Term 3. Parents are very welcome to come to the interview with the Consultant and your child.



Dookie Day

22 September 2019, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Dookie Campus, University of Melbourne

Dookie Day showcases the University’s teaching, industry engagement, research and capabilities.

Visitors are able to discover the University’s agricultural and veterinary science courses, meet students and watch presentations, see new developments in agricultural research and technology and listen to seminars presented by scientific experts.

Find out more: https://events.unimelb.edu.au/events/12707-dookie-day

Deakin – Step On Campus

Students can find out more about university life, study areas and gain a feel for the campus from your tour guide, a current Deakin student.

Note: the website has the Term 1 dates, these dates are for Term 3 Holidays 2019.

24 September, 10am and 12pm Waterfront

24 September, 10am and 12pm Warrnambool

25 September, 10am and 12pm Burwood

26 September, 10am and 12pm Waurn Ponds

Find out more: https://www.deakin.edu.au/about-deakin/events/step-on-campus


Cabin Crew Career Session, Melbourne

25 July 2019, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Qantas Flight Training Centre, York Street, Airport West

Aviation Australia’s Cabin Crew Career Information Sessions offer you the chance to learn about our world-class training, see the flight safety training facilities and learn from industry experts on what options are available for you to start your career as a flight attendant.

Find out more: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/melbourne-cabin-crew-career-session-tickets-63925216042


William Angliss Institute | Open Day, Melbourne

3 August 2019, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

William Angliss Institute

If you’re considering an exciting career in foods, tourism, hospitality or events, be sure to visit William Angliss Institute at their annual Melbourne open day.

Open Day is your chance to speak to staff and students to find out more about studying at William Angliss Institute.

Find out more: https://www.angliss.edu.au/study-with-us/meet-us/OpenDay/


AIE | Information Evening, Melbourne

19 September 2019, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Academy of Interactive Entertainment (AIE)

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. Student work will be on display and our teachers will be available to speak with you one on one about our courses and how AIE can get you into a creative career.

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


5 Tips to get the most out of your time at Open Days

Open Days are heaps of fun and, apart from getting there, they’re free.

So while it’s not a bad way to spend a day out of your weekend, you might as well do yourself a favour and really milk the experience.

Read the tips here - https://studyworkgrow.com.au/2019/07/16/5-tips-to-get-the-most-out-of-your-time-at-open-days/


Tertiary Admission Centres | Application Open Dates 2019

If you’re wanting to apply for Uni starting in 2020, you might need to apply through a Tertiary Admission Centre (TAC), and you should start the process soon.


What is a TAC?

TACs are centralised processing institutions, set up to handle the large number of Uni applications each year. They’ll deal with your application and be the ones to let you know of any offers (unless you’re applying directly to the Uni).

If you’re applying for Uni, you’ll need an ATAR or OP ranking number. You’ll be notified of your ATAR result by the relevant TAC for your state.

Lots of Universities encourage applications through the TACs. As you can imagine it’s a whole lot easier for the Uni as they don’t have to wade through all the applications, process them and respond.

For some Universities you can only apply through the relevant TAC. Other Universities will allow you to apply directly to them, or accept either method of application.


Save time

Applying through a TAC is a good idea if you plan on applying to more than one University and for more than one course. That way you can just fill in one form, you can often apply for scholarships or access schemes in the same application as well.

If you’re applying for Universities in different states though, you will have to apply through different TACs.


It will cost you

TACs charge an application fee, to cover their administration costs. These vary between each organisation.

Most of them offer an “early-bird” fee, so getting an application in early could save you time and stress.

If you still want to apply to Uni but don’t decide in time for the early-bird fee. Don’t worry, you can still apply. But the charges usually increase, some quite substantially.


Where to apply

  • If you’d like to study at a Victorian University, you’ll have to lodge an application with VTAC. Applications will be open from 9am on Monday 5 August 2019.


Stay tuned, we’ll be publishing lots more information about University applications, how to apply, key dates, fees and more, over the next few weeks and months.



Are you Looking for a Career in Biomedical Research?

Wednesday 4 September or Tuesday 10 September

University of Melbourne, Parkville

Attend the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research Student Open Day to discover the benefits we offer our students.

Student open days are for prospective honours, masters and PhD students who are interested in biomedical research training.

  • Discuss projects with our scientists
  • Talk to our current students
  • Tour our state-of-the-art laboratories
  • Learn about career paths open to our graduates
  • Find out about scholarships and how to apply

There are two dates available; students should plan to attend only one Student Open Day. Attendees under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Find out more: https://events.unimelb.edu.au/events/12899-are-you-looking-for-a-career-in-biomedical-research


EnGenius 2019 – RMIT

23 October 2019, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC), Convention Centre Place, South Wharf VIC, Australia

EnGenius showcases RMIT University School of Engineering undergraduate students’ final year projects, each providing an innovative design solution to a real-world problem.

When visiting the expo, you’ll get a taste of our students’ dynamic ideas and can learn more about STEM and its impact on economic, social and environmental issues.

The Executive Dean of the School of Engineering, Distinguished Professor Adrian Mouritz said RMIT was proud to produce young engineers who were creating design solutions for real-life challenges.

This event is free and open to everyone.

Find out more: https://www.rmit.edu.au/events/all-events/exhibitions/2019/october/engenius-2019 


The Resilience Project Public Talk – Melbourne

19 August 2019, 7:00 pm - 19 August 2019, 9:00 pm

Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC)

The Resilience Project delivers emotionally engaging programs to schools, sports clubs and businesses, providing practical, evidence-based, positive mental health strategies to build resilience and happiness.

The Resilience Project public talks are a great way to make our program available to the general public. This gives everyone a chance to learn about positive mental health strategies, or if you’ve seen us before, a chance to revisit some of these skills.

Find out more: https://theresilienceproject.com.au/public-talks/


Scholarships & Competitions

Larsen Jewellery Design Scholarship Program

Open/Closing Dates: 05/04/2019 – 30/11/2019
Value: $3,000 AUD

Larsen Jewellery recognises the need to support and educate young adults wishing to begin a career in jewellery, design or visual arts; or who wish to further their studies in a jewellery, design or visual arts related course.

The applicant must meet the following eligibility criteria to be considered for the scholarship:

  • Applicant must display an interest and passion for jewellery, design or visual arts.

Find out more


Global Mobility Immigration Lawyers Scholarship

Open/Closing Dates: 01/01/2019 – 01/10/2019
Value: $1,000 AUD

The Global Mobility Immigration Lawyers Scholarship is an annual initiative, open to all students enrolled in a course of secondary, tertiary or post-graduate practical education/training. The scholarship has been established with a view to getting students contributing to public debate on important issues affecting our community.

Students must be enrolled in a course of secondary, tertiary or post-graduate study.
Find out more


VTAC December offers for VCE and QCE students

If you’re currently studying Year 12 in Victoria or Queensland, and applying for courses through VTAC for 2020, you’ll now be eligible to receive a course offer in December, just after your ATAR comes out. You’ll still be eligible in the existing offer rounds in January and February as well, but an extra December round provides you with the additional chance to receive a course offer.

Students from every other state will have places reserved in the January offer rounds so they won’t be disadvantaged, you’ll just have to wait a bit longer.

5 August – applications open
12 December – ATAR and VCE results released
14 December – change of preference closed for VCE and QCE students
18 December – offers released (and change of preferences open again)
20 December – change of preferences closes for 2019 (you’ll still have more chances to get offers and change preferences in 2020)

Find out more – vtac.edu.au/files/pdf/publications/fact_sheets/December_offers.pdf


How to research any university in the world

When it comes to your future path, the university you choose is as important, if not more important, than the course you choose. Uni choice can determine where you live, the facilities you use, who you learn from and the style of education. Here’s some tips on how to research unis beyond going to an open day.

Read the article – www.crimsoneducation.org/au/blog/how-to-research-any-university-in-the-world


Out From The Mist Photography Competition

This competition is open to all photographers and is based on your experience of mental health, and will be broadly grouped around the following four perspectives:

  • Lived Experience
  • Relationships
  • Recovery
  • Change

This competition hopes to capture the breadth of that diversity, from the experiences of pain and suffering, caring and empathy for loved ones, through to the elation of conquering obstacles.

Entries are open until Sunday 15 September.

Find out more and enter here.

The Graphic Design School Weekly Design Exercises

The Graphic Design School is offering a series of free online design exercises. They aim to improve your skill and knowledge of graphic design concepts and software.

You can upload your finished works and view others for inspiration.

View the full list of available exercises here.


National Science Week 2019

National Science Week is Australia’s annual celebration of science and technology. This year it will run from Saturday 10 to Sunday 18 August.

Science Week is designed for everyone – it’s definitely not restricted to schools and universities – with events and activities and talks and shows for every age group.

It provides an opportunity to acknowledge the contributions of Australian scientists’ to the world of knowledge. It also aims to encourage an interest in science pursuits among the general public, and to encourage younger people to become fascinated by the world we live in.

You can search for exciting events happening near you on the National Science Week website here.




15 August 2019, 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
The LIVE Online Info Session is conducted by a senior member of our staff using a service which allows us to meet online or over the telephone. You will be able to meet our representative over a video internet connection, ask any questions and watch a presentation.

Our LIVE online session will cover the following topics.

  • Introduction to Student Exchange, the regulatory environment & benefits
  • Program options, destinations & eligibility
  • Safety and Well being, our support system & where you will stay
  • Money Matters, including available discounts & scholarships
  • Deadlines & how to apply
  • Why choose Student Exchange?

Find out more:


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AFS Online Information Session

31 July 2019, 5:00 pm

AFS Intercultural Programs

AFS is a leading study abroad program for secondary school students, supported and facilitated by trained staff and volunteers. AFS programs help young people learn about a world beyond their own communities—and become comfortable interacting with people from other countries and cultures.

It’s time to find out more about AFS, why you should go abroad on an exchange, how to become a host family to an exchange student, and how you can get involved as an AFS Volunteer!

Find out more: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/bd930f1bb87743e0d746f627e8486654


YFU Student Exchange Info Session

15 August 2019, 6:00


Youth For Understanding (YFU) Student Exchange is an independent, non-profit, non-sectarian, volunteer-based organisation dedicated not just to international exchange for young people, but through them, the interchange and sharing of ideas, attitudes and mutual respect.

Join YFU’s information sessions and they will help you to plan your intercultural exchange to have the time of your life!

Find out more: http://www.yfu.com.au/connect/infosessions/


Lattitude Global Volunteering | Gap Year 2020

If you’re considering taking a gap year next year, there are so many options out there, it can really blow your mind.

Lattitude are a not-for-profit organisation, they’ve been in the business for 45 years and support around 1,000 young people annually to fulfil their gap year dreams.

If you’re not sure you just want to take a year off and do nothing, a Lattitude experience could see you travel, experience new things, meet new people, learn new skills, and gain confidence. It’ll also look good on your resume.

They have placements options in 13 countries, you can choose to go for 6 weeks or 12 months (and anywhere in between). Trips depart throughout the year too, so you’re bound to find a volunteer program that will suit you.

If you’re interested then here’s what do next:

Head over to the website and read about the company and the placements they have to offer.

Then, if you’d like to find out more or go ahead and book, you’ll need to:

  1. Apply online – this is not a commitment, just an enquiry
  2. Speak with the Lattitude Staff – to find out which trip will suit you best
  3. Get matched with a country and program that will suit you
  4. Program Confirmation – get the details to read over
  5. Preparation – time to start organising
  6. December meet & greet, finalise plans
  7. Start your adventure.


Applications for 2020 are open now, so you might want to decide if this is for you sooner rather than later, before places get booked out



Air Traffic Controller (ATC)


What do they do?

Responsible for keeping aircrafts, flight crews, and airline passengers safe, Air Traffic Controllers work from control towers, approach control facilities, or route centres.

They instruct aircraft when to safely take off or land. Coordinate air traffic patterns to maintain safe distances from other aircraft. Monitor all aircraft to ensure they are in the right place at the right time, problem free. They are authorised to change flight paths if necessary.

Incredibly focused and able to concentrate for long periods? A quick thinker and great team player? Looking for a career that could take you anywhere in the world? Then consider a career in air traffic control.



  • Issue landing and take-off instructions to pilots
  • Monitor and direct the movement of aircraft on the ground and in the air, using radar, computers, or visual references
  • Organise flight plans and traffic management plans
  • Control all ground traffic at airports, including baggage vehicles and airport workers
  • Communications with pilots, airport staff, and other agencies, as required
  • Provide information to pilots, such as weather updates, runway closures, and flight path changes or directions to emergency landing fields for pilots traveling in bad weather or in emergency situations
  • Alert airport response staff, in the event of an aircraft emergency
  • Maintain accurate records and reports


Skills required:

  • Excellent decision maker
  • Good spatial awareness and strong mathematical skills
  • Work well under pressure
  • Exceptional computer skills
  • Confident, highly responsible and motivated
  • Fluent English speaker
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Good forward planning but adaptable to changing situations
  • Willing to do shift work 24/7, 365 days of the year



You’ll need to be an Australian Citizen and aged 18+ and successfully complete training through Airservices Australia or the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF).

You must also pass an aviation medical and meet security clearance requirements.

To be eligible for the Airservices course, you need to have completed (within the past 10 years) either: year 12 certificate, a degree or diploma from a recognised Australian tertiary institution, or have obtained a current commercial or private pilot licence

​To become an air traffic controller (mission controller) with the RAAF requires entry into the Royal Australian Air Force as an officer and completion of air force training courses in air traffic control. To successfully apply, you’ll need a Year 12 certificate with appropriate subjects, or complete a university degree at ADFA whilst undertaking military and leadership training.


Average salary $133,016 per year (Source: Joboutlook.gov.au)

$74,001 per annum, immediately after successful training with ADF (Source: www.defencejobs.gov.au)


Job growth in this area is moderate (source: Joboutlook.gov.au


Carole Marcianti and Karen Riding 

The Careers Team 



Library News


Hi everyone,

Term 3 has many exciting events on including the CBCA Book Week. This years theme is Reading is my Secret Power. The library along with the help of the English Department and the Book Club students will be hosting a different event each day to celebrate; keeping in with this years theme. 

Look out for Jenga building competion, who can go the highest?Or building a robot with a reading super power? what will yours do!

It should be a fun week and one we are all looking forward too.

Keep an eye out for the list of events which will be advertised far and wide.






Wellbeing update

Welcome back to Term 3 – we hope that everyone had a rejuvenating holiday break!

Halfway through the year and the middle of winter, we would like to remind our students to be mindful of looking after themselves and to keep their minds and bodies healthy and well – plenty of sleep, lots nutritious meals and some fresh air! It can be challenging to stay motivated at this time of year but keeping up a healthy lifestyle can keep you energised and alleviate stress.

Next week, the Wellbeing Team will be presenting information at the Year Level assemblies about Child Safety reporting procedures. At Koonung SC, we are committed to ensuring that all students are safe, protected and supported and this presentation will upskill our students with how best to report safety concerns about a peer.

Later in the term, an organisation called Red Frogs will be attending the Year 11 and 12 assemblies to present Party Safe Education for our young people. The Year 12 session will have a focus on 'Schoolies' celebrations and how to stay safe and look after your friends.


First Aid Training for Year 10s

Please see the attached information about upcoming first aid training for Year 10s. 


We hope that you all have a great Term 3.

Ewa Oaten

College Counsellor 







The Wellbeing 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.



Upcoming  PFA meeting dates for 2019

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.



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



Community Notices 



2019 KSC Musical starts this week

Tickets are on sale for this year's musical 'Legally Blonde'. They are selling fast, so get yours quick using this link:




Australian Plants Expo 2019



Koonung Secondary College Newsletter
Koonung Secondary College Cafe menu 2019.pdf
Koonung Secondary College Cafe menu 2018.pdf