Koonung Secondary College Newsletter

16 May 2019
Issue Seven
Important Dates 
Principals' Report
College Notices 
Middle Years 
Student Leadership  
Sport
Arts  
Technology 
Library News
Careers and Pathways
Parents and Friends Association  
Community Notices 
School Information  
Koonung Secondary College
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Important Dates 

Dates for your diary 

MAY 

Thursday 16 May 

Multicultural Night 

 

Monday 27 - Friday 31 May

Arts/Technology Week 

 

College Play

Thursday 23 May to  Saturday 25 May 

 

Wednesday 29 May 

Winter Music Concert 

 

Monday 27 May to Monday 3 June 

Reconciliation Week 

 

 

JUNE

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/AUGUST 

July 25, 26, 27 & 28

August 1, 2 & 3

College Musical "Legally Blonde"

 

STUDENT FREE DATES

Wednesday 6 March - early finish from 12:30pm

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

Friday 21 June 

Thursday 15 August

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PARENT/TEACHER/STUDENT CONFERENCES

(no classes)

Wednesday 3 April 

Wednesday 18 September

 

 

2019 TERM DATES

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

 

A quick glance at the Koonung calendar this month reveals that there is a plethora of opportunities for our staff, parents and students to come together, socialise and make connections with members of the wider community.

Commencing with the “Avengers:Endgame” movie at the Balwyn Palace Cinema, our student leaders hosted a fundraising evening to raise money for backpacks to support the homeless during these cold winter nights. Pre show snacks sustained the audience during the movie as the packed theatre watched the Avengers super heroes save the universe. Even this non super-hero fan enjoyed the show and was able to recognise most of the main protagonists. The opportunity to host events such as this creates significant organisational challenges, and it is great to see our young people collaborating so effectively to ensure that the night was such a success.

Mother's Day Breakfast

Following on from the movie night was our PFA run “Mother's Day Breakfast”. Carrying on the theme of superheroes, our students were provided with the opportunity to celebrate and acknowledge the amazing efforts made by mothers the world over to support the next generation to flourish. Once again the PFA outdid themselves. The decision was made to move to the Senior Centre this year as previously the Middle Years Centre has struggled to accommodate the crowds. The larger venue was creatively transformed overnight by our tireless parents, who provided photo booths, acknowledgement boards, gifts, door prizes and an amazing spread of food to celebrate our mothers. Tara Payne, mother of Sammy and Rory Spicer, was our MC and handed over to each of our student leaders to share their reflections on their own mothers.  The students spoke with clarity, passion and humour about the characteristics of their own mothers. There were many tears in the room as we were all able to relate to the stories told by each student and at times the struggles that they have faced. On behalf of all members of the Koonung community, I would like to thank the PFA for their work to ensure that this event enabled us to celebrate the true meaning of Mother's Day.

 

 

 

 

Multicultural Night

This week the College will host our Multicultural night, a chance to celebrate and acknowledge our cultural diversity with a range of food and entertainment. Multicultural night has now established itself as a key event on our calendar. Coordinated by our International team, we aim to bring together parents and students from a range of ethnic groups. Led by our International Student Captains, there will be speeches, music and dance.  We encourage families from all ethnic groups to embrace this opportunity to share a little about themselves and the things that are culturally significant to you. If you miss this opportunity this year, please look out for it in 2020.

Parent Opinion Survey and Attitude to School Survey

Many of these events have grown in response to information that parents and students provide the College each year via our Parent Opinion Survey and the Attitude to School Survey (AtoSS). Over the next three weeks every student will be asked to participate in the AtoSS. The information provided in this survey is incredibly valuable to support us when planning our future directions. Students respond to questions regarding connectedness, bullying, staff and student relationships, and teaching and learning to name just a few. Students will complete this survey during their English classes. The data collected is analysed to enable us to gauge the effectiveness of programs that we have implemented and then forms the basis for planning against our improvement cycle.

NAPLAN 

NAPLAN has also been conducted at Years 7 and 9 this week. For our Year 9 students, this was their first opportunity to sit testing in a more formal exam style set up. The students adapted very quickly to locating their allocated seating and understanding the rigours and expectations of an examination. While we recognise that NAPLAN can create some stress for our students, it too provides valuable benchmark data regarding student achievement over a two year period. As a College we focus on the growth of students both at the individual and cohort level and plan interventions and programs to assist all students to achieve the minimum standard of “one years growth for one year of schooling”.

 

Sandra Greenhill

Assistant Principal 





 

College Notices 

Important information from our Business Manager 

Student accident insurance arrangements

Families are reminded that neither Koonung Secondary College nor the Department of Education and Training provide personal accident insurance for students. Parents and guardians are responsible for paying the cost of medical treatment for injured students, including any transport costs. Student accident insurance policies are available from some commercial insurers. These cover a range of medical expenses not covered by Medicare or private health insurance.
It is recommended that families seek assistance in this matter with their insurance broker or find a suitable personal accident insurer.

 

Canteen

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. 

Stace Kerr 

Business Manager 

Autumn Music Concert -29 May

 

Koonung Music presents the Autumn Music Concert featuring: solos, duets and small to large ensembles performing a wide range from rock bands to concert bands.  This event will be held on Wednesday 29 May at 7:30pm in the Koonung theatre. Tickets to this wonderful event are available via the following Trybooking link below.  There is only one concert and tickets sell out quickly so please book early to avoid disappointment.

https://www.trybooking.com/BCKZR

 

 

College Play - "Something Wicked

 

Tickets for the 2019 school play "Something Wicked" are now available on Try Booking. This hilarious modern comedy about 5 school girls who get trapped in the world of Macbeth, have their wildest dreams come true but pay the price for magical success will have ye laughing and on the edge of thy seat. The play will be held in the Koonung Theatre over three nights, Thursday 23 May to Saturday 25 May commencing at 7:30pm. 

 https://www.trybooking.com/BCKBL

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. 

 

 Don't forget to swing by our sausage sizzle on election day at the Koonung polling booth. All funds go towards the College Musical.

 

MASH is seeking models for Vintage fashion and antiques fair 

Mont Albert & Surrey Hills Rotary are holding a Retro, Antiques & Collectables Fair on the weekend of 25 & 26 May. If you are interested in assisting with modelling for this event please contact  the KSC general office. 

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.

 

Middle Years 

Middle Years Update 

 

The Inter-house Athletics Carnival, held last week, provided an avenue for our students to demonstrate their talents outside of the classroom context. Competition was strong with many personal bests being achieved. House spirit was evident in the manner in which students celebrated and cheered on the success of others throughout the carnival.

It was also great to see students getting involved in the novelty events, but most pleasing of all was their display of house spirit and school pride while enjoying hanging out with friends.  I loved seeing the amazing individual performances and those students giving anything and everything a go.

Sport and House Carnivals are an important part of school life. Participation in a sporting team and/or carnival days helps to instil values such as discipline, focus and sportsmanship, highlighting the importance of teamwork, commitment and hard work.

There have been many studies that outline the importance of sport, each with their own conclusions, however they all share common themes about why sport is important for school-aged children. Sport helps children to develop physically, socially and mentally, enabling them to better cope with the demands of school life by:

  • developing coordination and gross motor skills
  • building self-confidence and self-esteem
  • developing positive attitudes
  • building resilience
  • encouraging teamwork and cohesion
  • supporting discipline
  • reducing the risk of obesity
  • promoting healthy bone and muscle development.

Studies have also found that sport can enhance the learning potential of children. Students who participate in sport while studying have greater expectation of results and can achieve higher marks. They also enjoy a greater connection with their school through building stronger relationships in school (and away from it), and feel a greater attachment to family.

Staff relay team  

 

Middle School Students busy with NAPLAN

There are three major benefits of NAPLAN:

1. Tool to improve schools and teaching  — NAPLAN results enable the identification of problems in the school system over time, and are a means for evaluating potential solutions, from the national level all the way down to individual students.

2. Transparency  — Literacy and numeracy results are made transparent at a national, state and territory, and school level. Parents are also able to see how their children are progressing against an objective national benchmark.

3. Accountability — NAPLAN holds governments and schools accountable for literacy and numeracy results, which is important given the significant financial investment made in them by taxpayers and parents.

 

Year 9 Careers Program

On Wednesday 15 May our Year 9 students participated in Morrisby online testing. CEAV, on behalf of DET,  will deliver Morrisby online testing to all Yr 9 students in Government schools.  Morrisby testing is based around student’s aptitude (verbal reasoning, numerical reasoning, abstract reasoning, mechanical reasoning, spatial reasoning) and their aspirations.

  • Testing takes approximately 2 hours to complete.
  • All students participate in a 30 minutes follow up interview.  (Ideally with parents)
  • CEAV will provide KSC will with a report on the student findings.

 

 

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

 

 

 

Extra-Curricular Excellence   - Next Generation Academy 

 

Year 8 student Quentin Parry was scouted for the Next Generation Football Academy while at a Yarra Inter-league training session. Quentin plays with the Canterbury Football club.

The Magpies Next Generation Academy is a joint initiative with the AFL aimed at increasing opportunities for young people to learn about and play the game of Australian Rules football.  The program is targeted at Multicultural and Indigenous communities that may not have as many opportunities to be involved in football programs. Whilst the programs focus is on non-traditional football communities, it is available to young players aged 11 – 15 years old with the opportunity to join development academies with the Oakleigh Chargers from 16-18 years of age.

 

Collingwood hosts a variety of regular activities as part of the academy including:

  • Football clinics and skills sessions
  • Game analysis workshops
  • Leadership and Teamwork programs
  • Fitness Testing and training programs
  • Education sessions (ie - Cultural Awareness, Nutrition, Health Living, etc).

Participants are exposed to top-level coaching, first-class facilities and expertise across health, fitness and personal development. 

Quentin’s dream is to be drafted into the AFL, he follows the Geelong football club and is a very talented basketballer as well. The academy starts later in Term 2. Good Luck Quentin!

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

Student Leadership  

Koonung students visit parliament house for Rotary Model UN

On 4-5 May  four Year 11 Koonung students (Claire Morgan, Hayley Mason, Charlotte Terrill and Ruken Zeyto) attended the Rotary Model UN at parliament house. An amazing two days of political debate were enjoyed by the students. Ruken had this to say about the weekend:

We arrived at Parliament house early in the morning on Saturday and Sunday with the other students from around the state! We had a short breakfast and met the other student delegates and lots of people from rotary. Everyone was really nervous, especially the first morning, but considering we all had to argue with each other about current global issues, everyone got along really well and we became a big family full of like-minded people that shared a lot of laughs and memes. At the end of the weekend, the other girls and I all learnt a lot about being open minded, self-assertive, and the global issues of the world and how they affect so many types of people.

 

 

Thank you to MASH Rotary for supporting and funding the girls' opportunity. Special thanks to Joe and Gill Somers, and Mr Conor Sheehan for their coaching and instruction. 

 

Peter Hodkinson

 Director of Learning - Engagement and Leadership

 

 

 

Sport

House Athletics Carnival 

 

Thank you very much for your involvement and support for the Athletics Carnival yesterday. The weather was ideal and there were a number of excellent performances by students. The staff relay teams also impressed! Congratulations and thank you to Sam Prosenak for her organisation and hard work to run the event. A number of staff members completed rostered duties for the whole day and many stepped in to help without being asked, which was greatly appreciated. The Live Life Barbecue hit the mark as well.

671 students attended,  (seventy one percent), we will continue to work on increasing attendance and participation. The addition of a number of sports and novelty events was also very popular.

 

Marianne Lee 

Principal 

Ex-student Tara Reiter joins Box Hill Hawks VFLW team

 

 Congratulations to   ex-student  Tara Reiter who was recently invited to train with the Box Hill Hawks VFLW team. Tara has now  been added to their list!! 

Tara is often around school helping out with excursions and sport teams so if you catch her please make sure you congratulate her on this awesome achievement and keep an eye out on their games.

 

Sam Prosenak 

Carnivals Coordinator & Humanities Teacher

Arts  

Arts and Technology Week 

Arts and Technology Week will be held next week. This week is a highlight in the KSC Arts & Technology calendar and is a great way to showcase examples of students' works, providing an appreciation of the skills and knowledge displayed across a number of  areas.

 

There will be many interactive activities for students  to participate in as well as a number of competitions. 

 

Click on the poster below for details of  the Arts competition.  The due date for this competition has been moved to 21 May 2019.  

 

 

 Adobe workshop with Dr Tim Kitchen 

On Monday May 13 some of the KSC Arts students participated in an amazing workshop presented by  Dr Tim Kitchen from Adobe.

Year 12 Media and VCD, Yr 11 VCD and Yr 10 VCD students were able to experiment with Adobe programs such as Character Animator, Spark Products, Photoshop, InDesign and Acrobat.

Dr Tim Kitchen amazed, inspired and engaged the digital awareness of KSC students through digital literacy. It was a very creative day and KSC students were very fortunate to be able to be part of this free digital literacy experience.

Thank you so much Dr Tim Kitchen

https://timkitchen.net/adobeannouncement/

 

 

Helen Briffa

Arts Domain Leader

 

 

Helen Briffa 

Arts Domain Leader

 

 

Artist of the Week - Alex Liang 

Congratulations to Alex Liang (9D)  who has been selected as KSC first Artist of the Week. Alex completed this Intaglio Etching as part of his Year 9 Printing Assessment task.

 

 Alex Liang has created an amazing intaglio etching artwork for Year 9 Art. Alex has used a variety of rendering techniques like hatching and cross hatching to create a range of textured lines on his work. Alex has applied the intaglio ink across his etching plate with sophistication and the effect is a strong final artwork. Alex was at times the messiest printer in the class but has managed to create such a complex and intricate final which highlights that everyone can work in different ways to have success. Congratulations Alex!

 

Please read what Alex has written to describe his art piece:

  

‘Crab’ intaglio print in yellow and black

I enjoyed making this intaglio print because I had always had a love for different types of animals from the common household pet to various exotic creatures. I also used to have a crab of my own. I sketched out the crab first and then I used that sketch to scratch the image into a plastic plate. After that I experimented with various different colours to find the best colours for my final piece. I ended up using yellow and black since I wanted it to resemble a hazard sign because, of course, you don’t want to step on a crab. Throughout the creation of this piece I learnt about intaglio etching as it was my first time doing it. I also learnt about how the different colours of intaglio ink work together to create the desired effect. I found using the ink challenging as it is much thicker than normal ink, a lot of the time I would use too much ink or wipe too much of it off. Next time, to improve this, I will try to be more accurate with the scratching and use more hatching and cross-hatching.  

Alex Liang 9D

 

Amy McLellan

Visual Arts/Technology Teacher

Technology 

Technology Domain news

 As part of the Arts/Technology week, which is running this term, a number of interactive Technology activities will be operating around the school in which students can participate. Arts/Technology week is a great way to showcase what our current Technology students are working on, while also offering new students a hands-on opportunity to experience Technology at Koonung Secondary College.

The poster below includes all the details for the decorate a cupcake competition, that will take place during the Arts/Technology week. It is a great way to get involved and prizes will be awarded to 1st, 2nd and 3rd place getters.

 

Kelly Szlachetko

Technology Domain Leader 

Library News

All about the series

This month we are inundated with new books that are additions to many different ongoing series we have in the library. Here is a taste of what we have:

 

New to eBooks

Each week new books are being added to the eBook collection, borrowing of these has increased which is great. Jump on board and read an eBook, it's easy to load on many different devices, why not give it a go!

 

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.

 

VCE and Career Expo

On Friday 3 May, Year 11 students attended the VCE and Careers Expo at Caulfield Racecourse. Students were able to ask questions and gain important information from exhibitors representing a wide range of areas including Universities, TAFE, Private RTO’s, Employment, Apprenticeships and Traineeships, GAP Year and Volunteering organisations. There were seminars ranging from topics on preparing for work, VCE studies, industry specific and superannuation.

 

 

Year 12

Please book in for a compulsory Careers Interview to discuss career pathways after Year 12. Make a booking on the Careers Interview Sheet outside of the Careers Office. Compulsory Careers Interviews will be scheduled on Compass if students have not already booked one.

 

Year 10

Work Experience for Year 10s 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 be 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.

 

Information sessions

Webinar: Demystifying VET

Thursday 30 May | 7.30pm – 8.30pm | $30 | Online

This webinar will introduce to you the huge range of futures available to people who choose courses in the vocational education and training (VET) sector. Presented by Craig Robertson, CEO of TAFE Directors Australia, the session will explore the VET system and the range of courses to suit the career aspiration of many Australians.

Find out more and register: https://www.cdaa.org.au/events/event/webinar-demystifying-vet

 

Deakin University | Arts Course and Career Information Session

Wednesday 12 June | 5.30pm – 6.00pm | Deakin University, Geelong

Thursday 13 June | 5.30pm – 6.00pm | Deakin University, Burwood Campus

This information session will give you an overview of Deakin’s Bachelor of Arts. Learn about our 30+ study disciplines available and how Deakin’s course allow you to tailor your studies to suit your interests and career aspirations.

Find out more and register: https://www.deakin.edu.au/about-deakin/events/arts-info-session-geelong

 

Deakin University | Criminology Information Session – Burwood

Thursday 13 June | 6.00pm – 6.30pm | Deakin University, Burwood Campus

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.

Find out more and register: https://www.deakin.edu.au/about-deakin/events/criminology-info-session-burwood

 

Deakin Webinar Series: Study Nutrition and Dietetics

Thursday 13 June | 12.00pm | Online

Do you have a passion for food and nutrition? Are you looking to explore a career in dietetics? Find out about the role of nutrition and dietetics in the health sector and how you can make a real difference in your career.

Find out more and register: https://www.deakin.edu.au/about-deakin/events/nutrition-and-dietetics-webinar

 

Deakin University | Teaching Information Session

Tuesday 9 July | 5.30pm – 6.30pm | Deakin University, Geelong Campus

Wednesday 10 July | 5.30pm – 6.30pm | Deakin University, Burwood Campus

Come along to this information session for an overview of the undergraduate teaching courses we offer at Deakin. Hear from passionate staff members regarding course selection and entry requirements (including the CASPer test), course specialisations and how we support students through their professional experience in schools and the Global Experience Program.

 

Monash University | Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences Campus Tour, Clayton

Tuesday 2 July | 11.00am – 1.00pm | Monash University, Clayton Campus

Thursday 4 July | 11.00am – 12.30pm | Monash University, Peninsula Campus

The Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences at Monash University is opening its doors for you this winter break.

Experience what it’s really like to study a career in health at Monash by exploring our facilities and catching up with some of our staff and students.

Find out more and register: 

 

Monash University | Science Precinct Tour

Tuesday 2 July | 10.00am – 11.00am | Monash University, Clayton Campus

Thursday 4 July | 10.00am – 11.00am | Monash University, Clayton Campus

Tuesday 9 July | 10.00am – 11.00am | Monash University, Clayton Campus

Thursday 11 July | 10.00am – 11.00am | Monash University, Clayton Campus

If you would like to take a closer look and see where you could be studying next year, this is a great chance to visit our brilliant science facilities and student spaces. Get a feel for campus life and have a chat with some of our science students and staff. Also, if you need some course advice we can help with that as well.

Find out more and register: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/monash-science-precinct-tour-tickets-58770853204

 

Monash University | Engineering Campus Tour

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

Friday 12 July | 12.30pm – 2.00pm | Monash University, Clayton Campus

Monday 23 September | 12.30pm – 2.00pm | Monash University, Clayton Campus

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

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

Friday 4 October | 12.30pm – 2.00pm | Monash University, Clayton Campus

If you would like to take a closer look and see where you could be studying at Monash Engineering, this is a great chance to visit our fantastic facilities and student spaces. Get a feel for campus life and have a chat with Engineering staff, if you need additional course advice we can help you with that as well.

Find out more and register: https://www.monash.edu/engineering/future-students/engineering-tour-dates

 

Monash University | Open Day, Peninsula Campus

Saturday 3 August | 10.00am – 4.00pm | Monash University, Peninsula Campus

Monash University | Open Day, Clayton Campus

Sunday 4 August | 10.00am – 4.00pm | Monash University, Clayton Campus

Monash University | Open Day, Caulfield Campus

Sunday 4 August | 10.00am – 4.00pm | Monash University, Caulfield Campus

Monash University | Open Day, Parkville Campus

Sunday 18 August | 10.00am – 4.00pm | Monash University, Parkville Campus

Open Day is a chance for anyone who’s thinking of starting university to discover what Monash life is like.

With more than 500 activities and events going on around Monash on Open Day, you’ll have the opportunity to meet current students and academics and get your questions answered about career paths, courses and pathways.

You can also tour our facilities – libraries, lecture theatres, accommodation services and lots more.

Find out more and register: https://www.monash.edu/open-day

  

Monash University | Business Open House

Sunday 11 August | 11.00am – 3.00pm | Monash University, Melbourne City Campus

Open Day is a chance for anyone who’s thinking of starting university to discover what Monash life is like.

With more than 500 activities and events going on around Monash on Open Day, you’ll have the opportunity to meet current students and academics and get your questions answered about career paths, courses and pathways.

You can also tour our facilities – libraries, lecture theatres, accommodation services and lots more.

Find out more and register: https://www.monash.edu/open-day

 

Inside Monash Seminars

Get the inside story of what it’s really like to study at Monash. You’ll hear from a current student, a past student and an academic. It’s the best 90 minutes you could spend researching your course: finding out about double degrees and more.

This free seminar for secondary school students, parents and teachers is an opportunity to meet Monash staff and students and learn about course and career options.

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

Inside Monash: Design

Tuesday 4 June | 6.30pm – 8.00pm | Monash University, Caulfield Campus

Inside Monash: Art

Thursday 6 June | 6.30pm – 8.00pm | Monash University, Caulfield Campus

Inside Monash: Arts & Global Studies

Wednesday 15 May | 6.30pm – 8.00pm | Monash University, Clayton Campus

Inside Monash: Music

Tuesday 13 August | 6.30pm – 8.00pm | Monash University, Clayton Campus

Inside Monash: Education

Tuesday 21 May | 6.30pm – 8.00pm | Monash University, Clayton Campus

Thursday 23 May | 6.30pm – 8.00pm | Monash University, Peninsula Campus

Inside Monash: Engineering

Thursday 30 May | 6.30pm – 8.00pm | Monash University, Clayton Campus

Wednesday 28 August | 6.30pm – 8.00pm | Monash University, Clayton Campus

Inside Monash: Information Technology

Wednesday 15 May | 6.30pm – 8.00pm | Monash University, Clayton Campus

Thursday 29 August | 6.30pm – 8.00pm | Monash University, Caulfield Campus

Inside Monash: Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy & Paramedicine

Thursday 23 May | 6.30pm – 8.00pm | Monash University, Peninsula Campus

Inside Monash: Nursing and Midwifery

Wednesday 5 June | 6.30pm – 8.00pm | Monash University, Peninsula Campus

Inside Monash: Psychology

Tuesday 25 June | 6.30pm – 8.00pm | Monash University, Clayton Campus

Inside Monash: Monash Business School

Wednesday 26 June | 6.30pm – 8.00pm | Monash University, Melbourne City Campus

Inside Monash: Advanced Science

Thursday 16 May | 6.30pm – 8.00pm | Monash University, Clayton Campus

Inside Monash: Science

Thursday 11 July | 6.30pm – 8.00pm | Monash University, Clayton Campus

 

Australian College of Applied Psychology | Psychology Online Info Session

Wednesday 15 May | 6.00pm – 7.00pm | Online

Interested in studying psychology?

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

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

 

Australian College of Applied Psychology | Criminology Online Info Session

Wednesday 15 May | 7.00pm – 8.00pm | Online

Interested in studying criminology?

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

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

 

Australian College of Applied Psychology | Counselling Online Info Session

Thursday 16 May | 6.00pm – 7.00pm | Online

Interested in studying counselling?

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

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

 

Australian College of Applied Psychology | Social Work Info Session

Thursday 16 May | 7.00pm – 8.00pm | Online

Interested in studying social work?

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

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

 

Blue Mountains International Hotel Management School | Info Session, Melbourne

Saturday 18 May | 1.30pm – 4.00pm | Crown Promenade Melbourne

Meet students and alumni. Meet current students and alumni who are achieving success in the booming hospitality industry.

Behind the scenes hotel tour. Take a look behind the scenes tour of a large-scale hotel and see what goes into running a successful property.

Learn about degrees in hotel and event management. Ask questions, hear about our industry focused degrees, and how you will study in a real hotel.

Find out more and register: https://info.bluemountains.edu.au/infosessions/

 

Blue Mountains International Hotel Management School | Info Session, Melbourne

Saturday 10 August | 1.30pm – 4.00pm | Crown Promenade Melbourne

Meet students and alumni. Meet current students and alumni who are achieving success in the booming hospitality industry.

Behind the scenes hotel tour. Take a look behind the scenes tour of a large-scale hotel and see what goes into running a successful property.

Learn about degrees in hotel and event management. Ask questions, hear about our industry focused degrees, and how you will study in a real hotel.

Find out more and register: https://info.bluemountains.edu.au/infosessions/

 

Workshops

Box Hill Institute | Responsible Service of Alcohol Short Course

Monday 3 June | 9.00am – 1.00pm | Box Hill Institute, Elgar Campus

Monday 1 July | 9.00am – 1.00pm | Box Hill Institute, Elgar Campus

Monday 5 August | 9.00am – 1.00pm | Box Hill Institute, Elgar Campus

Monday 2 September | 9.00am – 1.00pm | Box Hill Institute, Elgar Campus

Monday 30 September | 9.00am – 1.00pm | Box Hill Institute, Elgar Campus

Monday 28 October | 9.00am – 1.00pm | Box Hill Institute, Elgar Campus

Monday 2 December | 9.00am – 1.00pm | Box Hill Institute, Elgar Campus

Monday 16 December | 9.00am – 1.00pm | Box Hill Institute, Elgar Campus

If you serve alcohol in your job, our responsible serving of alcohol (RSA) course gives you the skills and knowledge required for the responsible service of alcohol under state/territory legislation.

Find out more and apply: https://www.boxhill.edu.au/courses/responsible-service-of-alcohol-rsaho-sc/

 

Scholarships & Competitions

The Upskilled Education Scholarship

Upskilled acknowledges the financial pressures that may arise during the study period, and are providing the second annual Upskilled Learning Scholarship.

The recipient will receive AUD $2,000 of funding to be put towards their education, training and educational materials. Rather than just going towards your tuition, you have the option of how you want to spend your money.

The Upskilled Education Scholarship could be the start you need to develop your skills to be a successful student.

The scholarship is open to all students (both Australia-based and international) who have a desire to learn and develop their education. We’d like invite undergraduates and postgraduates currently enrolled in the sector of education, as well as students undertaking short courses, accredited courses and other types of learning activities.

Students must be over 18.

Applications close midnight on December 1, 2019.

Find out more and apply here: https://www.upskilled.edu.au/faq/ways-to-pay/does-upskilled-offer-scholarships

William Blue Scholarships

Value: Full-fee Scholarship

Not yet open for 2020
Only open to Australian citizens and permanent residents
Scholarships are only awarded for full-time students studying on campus
Recipients must have completed their Higher School Certificate
An ATAR of 60.0 or equivalent if applying for the bachelor degree

Find out more

 

Billy Blue College of Design Scholarship

Value: $10,000

Scholarships are open to high achieving school leavers, those who have worked in design or established professionals ready to return to study for a postgraduate course.

Study in Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane.

Closing dates in May, August and January.
Find out more

 

John Monash Scholarships – for after your university degree

Open/Closing Dates: May 1, 2019 – July 14, 2019
Value: $210,000 AUD

John Monash Scholarships recognise excellence and leadership, and celebrate one of Australia’s finest leaders: General Sir John Monash. Scholarships are awarded annually to outstanding Australian graduates to support them with post graduate study at the world’s best universities. Successful applicants have demonstrated excellence in their field, leadership potential, and a vision for how they can contribute to a better Australia.

The John Monash Scholarships are not limited by age, gender, academic field of study or choice of overseas university.

To be eligible to apply for a John Monash Scholarship you must:

  • Be an Australian Citizen;
  • Have completed or be about to complete an degree from an Australian University, and;
  • Be planning to undertake postgraduate study at an overseas university commencing in the calendar year following the year of application and selection; it is not necessary to have already been accepted to the institution at the time of applying.

CASper Test

What is the CASper Test?

It’s a Computer Based Assessment for Sampling Personal Characteristics (CASper), designed to demonstrate the strength of your people skills.

Test-takers are given a series of realistic, hypothetical scenarios and asks them to type out what they would do if they were to be in that particular situation.

It tests for things like your communication, teamwork,  and conflict resolutions skills, as well as your compassion, empathy and professionalism.

It’s used as additional admission criteria for the benefit of the institution you’re applying to, similar to how an interview might be used for employment. They want to know that you are really well suited to the career you’re applying for.

In the same way you wouldn’t expect to receive ‘results’ from an interview or reference check, you won’t receive your CASPer results.

 

What’s involved?

Applicants will need to complete 12 sections – each containing a video-based or written scenario, followed by three questions.

For each scenario, all three questions must be answered within a total of 5 minutes.

Your responses won’t be checked for things like spelling and grammar, instead you’ll be assessed on how you tackle the ethical and professional situations put forward.

Your results are forwarded directly to the institutions you’ve elected in the distribution section.

 

Can you fail?

There are no right or wrong answers – just answers that reflect your personal attributes that indicate how suitable you are for teaching / medicine / veterinary science etc. You can’t ‘fail’, but your responses could mean that you won’t be offered a place on the degree.

 

How much does it cost?

The CASPer test costs $80, and is non-refundable. The distribution fee is included.

 

Do you need to do it?

If you are a domestic student planning on applying to do one of the following courses at the listed institutions then YES.

Undergraduate Teaching courses that require CASper:

  • ACU VTAC Applicants, Undergraduate Teacher Education
  • Deakin Direct Applicants, Undergraduate Teacher Education
  • Deakin University – VTAC Applicants, Undergraduate Teacher
  • Federation University – Direct Applicants, Undergraduate Teacher Education
  • Federation University – VTAC Applicants, Undergraduate Teacher Education
  • La Trobe University – Direct or UAC Applicants, Undergraduate Teacher Education
  • La Trobe University – VTAC Applicants, Undergraduate Teacher Education
  • Monash University – Direct Applicants, Undergraduate Teacher Education
  • Monash University – VTAC Applicants, Undergraduate Teacher Education
  • RMIT University – Direct Applicants, Undergraduate Teacher Education
  • RMIT University – VTAC Applicants, Undergraduate Teacher Education
  • Swinburne University – Direct Applicants, Undergraduate Teacher Education
  • Swinburne University Online, Undergraduate Teacher Education
  • Swinburne University – VTAC Applicants, Undergraduate Teacher Education
  • Victoria University – Direct Applicants, Undergraduate Teacher Education
  • Victoria University – VTAC Applicants, Undergraduate Teacher Education

When can you sit the tests?

Test dates for 2020 applications haven’t all been updated yet.  Check here for updated dates.

CASPer can only be written once for Australian Education between August 1st and July 31st of any given year. Note: deadlines vary for each university and depending on your application method e.g. direct or through VTAC.

Set test dates can be each month between September and the following Feb or June (depending on the institution).

It’s also worth noting the distribution deadline for each course or institution. It’s the final date that you can a school to your CASPer score distribution list.

 

What next?

If you’ll need to sit the test:

  1. Go to takecasper.com
  2. Register for an account
  3. Make sure you have the ID required
  4. Reserve your test date
  5. Pay
  6. Sit the test

 

What you’ll need:

  1. Valid ID (see the requirement for each University – listed above)
  2. A working webcam

A computer in a quiet place that is able to host the test.

 

10 benefits of meditation

There have been countless articles about meditation, what it is and why you should do it.

Generally, it’s touted as being a great way to combat stress, but it seems that there are plenty more benefits to it than that.

  1. It could improve your self control
  2. Help you become more compassionate
  3. Develops your brain, specifically in areas associated with learning and memory
  4. Reduces sensitivity to pain
  5. Helps your brain process information faster
  6. Improves creative problem solving skills
  7. Helps you concentrate better and for longer periods
  8. Facilitates multi-tasking
  9. Reduces anxiety
  10. Combats depression

With all that in mind, plus the fact it won’t cost you anything, it seems like there’s really no reason not to give it a shot.

Why not set yourself an 8 weeks challenge (apparently that’s how long it can take to notice some of the physiological changes).

You can read the full article here.

 

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.

 

 

 Mother's Day Breakfast  

Challenging weather did not keep super heroes and super mums at home on Friday 10 May. There was a super crowd at the Mother's Day Breakfast: 270 tickets booked, with at least 130 mums in attendance. Super effort!

 

Event highlights:

  • The Year 12 Student Leaders sharing a reflection on their mum – it brought the crowd (and speakers) to tears
  • The yoghurt bar – with lots of healthy options
  • Delicious pastries
  • The selfie spot
  • Super hero graffiti wall
  • Door prizes – school play and musical tickets and stunning flower arrangements
  • Gifts for the super mums – hand cream and chocolates
  • GREAT COMPANY!

 

Thank you again to event supporters:

  • Ray White Box Hill
  • Bread Street
  • Natio
  • By Flowers Boulevard
  • Fun Flower Workshop
  • Coles
  • Koonung Secondary College

 

Thank you to all who helped with the event:

  • PFA members
  • Students
  • School staff

We couldn’t have done it without you.

 

Our PFA president took on the the role of reporter and filmed a video at the event:

 

 


 

Each year we collect feedback on the event:

  • What went well?
  • What could we do differently?
  • New ideas
    Please send your feedback to pfa@Koonung.vic.edu.au so we can keep improving the event, or if you would like to be involved with future events.

 

 

PFA meeting dates for 2019

Monday 11 February (AGM & General Meeting)

Monday 18 March

Monday 29 April

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.

 

 

Community Notices 

 

Click on the flyers below to view the events: 

Mont Albert & Surrey Hills Rotary Club 

 

 

Chatham Primary School Market

 

Koonung Musical fundraiser 

 

Whitehorse Rotaract fundraiser - Giant Monopoly  

 

Cloud 9 Women's Choir 

 

 

 

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.

 

BELL TIMES 

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. 

 

WELLBEING SUPPORT

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 

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.

 

 

 

 

LATE ARRIVAL

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.

 

SECOND HAND UNIFORM SHOP

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

 

LOST PROPERTY

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.

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