Koonung Secondary College Newsletter

08 February 2019
Issue One
Dates to Remember 
Principals' Report
College Notices 
College Council Elections
Senior School 
Middle Years 
Student Leadership  
Student activities & achievements  
Library News
Careers and Pathways
Wellbeing & Student Engagement 
Parents and Friends Association  
School Information  
Community Notices 
Koonung Secondary College
615 Elgar Road
Mont Albert North, VIC, 3129

Dates to Remember 

Dates for your diary 


Monday 11 February 

PFA Annual General Meeting 

7:30pm in the Middle Years Centre


Wednesday 13 February 

Year 7 welcome BBQ 6pm 


Monday 18 February 

Photo catch-up day


Friday 22 February

House Swimming Carnival


Wednesday  27 February to 

Friday 1 March

Year 7 Camp 





Monday 11 March

Labour Day  Public Holiday


Monday 18 March 

PFA meeting 



Tuesday 30 April  

KSC Open Day 




Wednesday 6 March - early finish from 12:30pm

Tuesday 11 June 

Friday 21 June 

Thursday 15 August



(no classes)

Wednesday 3 April 

Wednesday 18 September



Term 1

Tuesday 29 January to Friday 5 April , 2:15pm finish 

Term 2

Tuesday 23 April to Friday 28 June  2:15pm finish 

Term 3

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

Term 4

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







Principals' Report

Principal Team Report 

Welcome back, I would like to wish everyone a happy and successful 2019. I trust the Christmas holidays were enjoyable and everyone is recharged for a big year! I would particularly like to welcome all our new students and their families as well as our new staff members. Thank you for choosing Koonung Secondary College.

The staff has been very impressed by the smooth start and the enthusiastic way our students have approached their classes. I am looking forward to another productive and enjoyable year ahead.


I would like to introduce the new and returning staff members:

Joyce Bao – International Student Program

Michael Crocco - Maths

Olivia Foy- Instrumental/Classroom Music/Maths

Sarah Hobson – Psychology/Physical Education

Lauren Hughes – English/Humanities

David Kennedy – Maths/Science

Daniella Nardelli – Physics/Maths, Leading Teacher- Pedagogy and Staff Development

Clive Oldland – Maths

Katrina Pumpa – Student Support

Nicole Robinson – Maths/Science

Georgina Russell – Art/Technology

Kirby Sens – Art/Technology

Conor Sheehan – Commerce, Leading Teacher- Head of Senior School

Linda Su – English

Stephanie Van Ekeris – Japanese/Humanities, Year 10 Level Coordinator

Ning Zhang – Chinese


During the break there was a large amount of work completed to improve our facilities. I would like to thank Stace Kerr, Mat Douglas and the facilities team for their hard work. The school was thoroughly cleaned, there was painting completed and furniture updated. New ovens were installed in the Food Technology area and a number of air conditioners replaced. The VCE locker bay was also refurbished. Extensive maintenance and tidying up was also completed around the grounds. The hockey pitch should be ready for action by the end of next week, which is exciting.

Thank you to our ICT team, who were also very busy during the break upgrading our network and managing the roll out of devices.  It is always pleasing to begin the year in a pleasant and well prepared environment.

Our VCE results from 2018 were extremely pleasing, with improvement in all areas, however data which is as significant as ATARS and median study scores is the destination data for our students when they leave us.  Importantly, almost every student who was seeking to enter tertiary education in 2019 has received an offer to do so.  The class of 2018 are excited to begin the next phase of their education. Essential to this success has been the emphasis, time, and effort placed on careers advice.  Karen Riding and Carole Marcianti, with the support of the Senior Sub School team, provide excellent support and direction for the students as they look to make selections for University courses.


Below is a snapshot of the industry choices our students made for their tertiary studies.


The strength of the school and the education we provide is not just about academic outcomes.  The development of the whole person is fundamental to the success of the students and the school. A well-rounded individual, will always do better academically and in life. This is why all of our students are encouraged to participate in a wide variety of activities, from sport, clubs, performing and visual arts and a myriad of other opportunities. We work very hard to ensure that we offer a wide range of challenging and educational experiences.


It is helpful for parents to make sure that they are logging into Compass regularly to maintain awareness of upcoming events.  Compass also allows you to monitor assessment tasks and topics that students are working through. This is a great way to support students with organisation and to generate productive conversations about progress and identify any issues.  Compass also gives you access to communicate with staff as required too. If there are any issues accessing Compass, please contact the office and support will be provided.


I have received some inquiries about the College policy regarding Mobile Phones, so have provided a brief summary here.


“During school hours, mobile phones must be:

  • locked securely in the student’s locker, or
  • switched off if carried on the student’s person,

Students should not access their mobile phones, unless authorised by a supervising teacher e.g. where phones may be used for e-learning or other learning activities.

If parents need to contact students during the school day, it is recommended that a call is made through the College Administration and a message will be relayed to the student. Parents should not make direct contact with students during class time as this will cause a disruption to the learning program.”


Again, welcome to what I am sure will be an enjoyable year ahead.



Marianne Lee


College Notices 

Important information from the 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.


Collection of receipts

Receipts for payment of monies may be collected by students from the accounts receivable office before or after school, at recess or lunchtime. We will also be emailing statements of outstanding charges each month so that you have a current record of payments made to date.


Occupational Health & Safety at Koonung

The Department of Education and Training has a comprehensive Occupational Health and Safety Management System which has been in place at Koonung for some years. This helps to provide a safe school environment for staff, students, parents and contractors.

Please take note of the following:

Traffic within the College grounds

Student drop-off and pick-up is not permitted within the College grounds unless the student is injured or disabled. All traffic entering the school grounds must observe the speed limit of 10kmh (ie walking pace).



It is an offence to smoke anywhere within the College grounds and within 4 metres of all school ground entrances. This applies 24/7 regardless of whether or not students are at school.



A comprehensive audit has been carried out, testing all building construction materials. Material containing asbestos was found to be in a safe condition and consisted largely of the comparatively low risk asbestos cement (AC) sheet with the majority located out of the way in eaves and ceilings. The results of this audit were used to update our existing asbestos register.


Note that a health risk exists only if safety precautions are not observed if the AC is disturbed.

To guard against any such risk:

  1. All asbestos containing material is labelled either with a sticker (at eye level) or a painted red dot (high points e.g. eaves, ceilings).
  2. Our computer based Maintenance Reporting System allows staff to remotely log any damage. This immediately generates an alert to our maintenance and facilities staff.
  3. Before any construction work is started, the asbestos register is checked to determine whether the area to be worked is listed.
  4. Only contractors with the appropriate licensing are permitted to work with asbestos.
  5. A whole school inspection is carried out each quarter to check for damage or wear and to ensure advisory labels are in place.

Stace Kerr 

Business Manager

Camps, Sports and Excursions Funding (CSEF)

The CSEF will ensure that no student will miss out on the opportunity to join their classmates for important, educational and fun activities. CSEF will be provided by the Victorian Government to assist eligible families to cover the costs of school trips, camps and sporting activities.

If you hold a valid means-tested concession card or are a temporary foster parent, you may be eligible for CSEF. The allowance will be paid to the school to use towards expenses relating to camps, excursions or sporting activities for the benefit of your child.

The annual CSEF amount per secondary student is $225.

The  CSEF application form is attached or it may be downloaded from:  


For more information about the CSEF visit www.educationa.vic.gov.au/csef


Welcome BBQ - Year 7 students and parents/carers 

Koonung Secondary College welcomes you to their Annual Year 7 BBQ to be held on Wednesday 13 February, 6pm on the Koonung oval. This is a wonderful opportunity for families to join together to meet Year 7 teachers and fellow parents.

Our student leaders will be selling  sausages ($2) and drinks on the evening to raise funds to improve the physical amenities for our Year 7 students.

Alternatively, parents can choose to bring their own picnic hamper. All families are encouraged to attend. To assist the College with catering requirements and numbers for the evening please book via link (no cost)





If you paid for a Fossicker last year and haven't yet received it please ask your child to go the general office to collect it. 

Compass Photos 


School photos were taken on Tuesday. If you wish to order any photos please go to the 'Order 2019 School Photo Packs' on your Compass  portal.  Compass is using MSP for photos this year.  All payments are handled through Compass, not through Koonung Secondary College. 

What to do if you were away today? 
Any student or teacher who was absent for school photos today are to attend the catch-up session on the afternoon of  Monday 18 February.

Sibling photos
Sibling photos will occur on Monday 18 February when catch-up photos take place.  However you must pre-order and pay for these on Compass prior to   Monday 18 if you wish your children to participate in sibling photos.

Parents can now order individual Compass  photos online. Compass advised  that sibling photos will not be available for another four weeks, at which time they will send out another notification. Parents may wish to wait until then to place their orders. 

Important information for Year 7 and Year 10 parents regarding Secondary School  Vaccinations 2019

The Secondary School Vaccine Program offers free vaccines to Year 7 and 10 students. These vaccines provide protection against:

·         Diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis (whooping cough) – one dose for year 7 students

·         Human Papillomavirus (HPV) – two doses for year 7 students

·         Meningococcal A,C,W,Y – one dose for year 10 students

Parents/guardians of year 7 and 10 students should look out for the vaccine consent card booklet coming home from school with your child. You need to read the information, complete and return the card regardless of whether your child is being vaccinated at school.

The City of Whitehorse immunisation service may contact you about the Secondary School Vaccine Program. Schools are authorised to provide basic parent/guardian contact details to local councils for this purpose. Contact the school by 28 February 2019 if you do not want your contact details given to The City of Whitehorse immunisation service.

To learn more about the Secondary School Vaccine Program, the vaccines, the diseases they protect against, or how you can prepare your child for vaccination, go to www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au

Additionally, the Commonwealth government is funding vaccinations for all children under 20 years of age who missed any scheduled vaccines, including a catch up program for Meningococcal ACWY vaccine for adolescents aged 15-19 years of age who have not already received the vaccine in school. If students have missed vaccines, either in childhood or adolescence, and require catch-up vaccines, they should speak with their immunisation provider. (ie. local council or GP).


We are seeking donations - hairsprays  and hairdressers for World's Greatest Shave 

 On Friday 15 March, Koonung Secondary College will be taking part in the World’s Greatest Shave to beat blood cancer! There will be a bake sale at both recess and lunch, and of course the main event – shaving, in the amphitheatre! There will also be hair spraying – so save the date in your diaries! The Student Representative Council is looking for any spare hairsprays and there will be a box in the general office for you to donate them. We are  are looking for any hairdressers – we would love your help on the day!

Please email KoonungSRC2019@gmail.com if you are available to help with hairdressing on the day.

Arun Olifent and Hannah Treisman - SRC Captains

College Council Elections

Nominations for vacant College Council positions are now called

The timeline is as follows:

Monday 11 February             Nominations open 

Monday 18 February             Nominations close at 4:00pm

Tuesday 19 February            Ballot papers distributed if election is necessary

Tuesday 26 February            Ballot closes

Wednesday 27 February     Announcement of ballot results

Tuesday 19 March                 College Council Annual Reporting Meeting


An active College Council is very important to the success of the school. The College Council will be setting the long-term agenda for the school and we are seeking people wishing to be active participants in what promises to be an exciting period in Koonung’s history. If you are not able to participate in College Council, then other opportunities are available on College Council sub-committees.  Expertise in areas such as financial management, community partnerships, fundraising and building will be of great benefit to the College community, even in an advisory capacity.


Elections for College Council positions will take place during the next 4 weeks. Nomination forms are available below or from the General Office. Nominations close on Monday 18 February. Those elected will serve on College Council from 1 April 2019 until 31 March 2021.


The following College Council members complete their term of office on 31 March this year.

Parent Members: Cath Bennie and Geoff Lamb 

Department Employee Members (staff): Mark Quinlan and Sandra Greenhill 

Student Member: Chris Thompson

Community Members (non-elected): Jasmine Wolrige, Thomas Shelley (College Captains), Geoff Spicer and Joanne O'Donnell.


The College Council is constituted by:

Six parents (elected), five DET employees (elected), two students (elected)and up to four community members.

Members of the 2019 College Council continuing in the second year of a two-year term in 2019 are:  Kyle Joustra, Gary Howell, Mary Roiniotis, Eric Zou, Marilyn Faithfull and Stace Kerr. The Principal, Marianne Lee, holds the position of Executive Officer.


Vacancies arising for 2019 are:

2 parent representatives (elected)

1 student representative and

2 DET (staff) representatives.

In addition, up to four community members will be appointed. Community members may be co-opted when deemed appropriate by the College Council. 

Department employees who are parents are able to stand for election as parent members at their child’s school (maximum of two).

There will be three separate elections, one for parent members, one for student members and one for Department (DET) employees. 


What is a School Council and what does it do?

All government schools in Victoria have a school council. They are legally constituted bodies that are given powers to set the key directions of a school within statewide guidelines. In doing this, a school council is able to directly influence the quality of education that the school provides for its students.


Who is on the School Council?

For most primary school councils, there are three possible categories of membership:

  • A mandated elected Parent category – more than one-third of the total members must be from this category. Department of Education and Training (DET) employees can be Parent members at their child's school as long as they are not engaged in work at the school.
  • A mandated elected DET employee category – members of this category may make up no more than one-third of the total membership of school council. The Principal of the school is automatically one of these members.
  • An optional Community member category – members are coopted by a decision of the council because of their special skills, interests or experiences. Department employees are not eligible to be Community members.

For all schools with a Year 7 and above cohort, there is a fourth category of membership:

•    A mandated elected Student member category, 2 positions.


Generally, the term of office for all members is two years. The term of office of half the members expires each year, creating vacancies for the annual school council elections.


Why is parent membership so important?

Parents on school councils provide important viewpoints and have valuable skills that can help shape the direction of the school.

Those parents who become active on a school council find their involvement satisfying and may also find that their children feel a greater sense of belonging.  


Do I need special experience to be on School Council?

Each member brings their own valuable life skills and knowledge to the role. Councilors may need to develop skills and acquire knowledge in areas that are unfamiliar to them.  What you do need is an interest in your child's school and the desire to work in partnership with others to help shape the school's future.


How can you  become involved?

The most obvious way is to vote in the elections, which are held in Term one each year. However, ballots are only held if more people nominate as candidates than there are positions vacant.

In view of this, you might consider

  • standing for election as a member of the school council
  • encouraging another person to stand for election.


What do you need to do to stand for a council election?

The Principal will issue a Notice of Election and Call for Nominations following the commencement of Term one each year. All school council elections must be completed by the end of March unless the usual time line has been varied by the Minister.

If you decide to stand for election, you can arrange for someone to nominate you as a candidate or you can nominate yourself in the Parent category.

Department employees whose child is enrolled in a school in which they are not engaged in work are eligible to nominate for parent membership of the school council at that school.

Once the nomination form is completed, return it to the principal within the time stated on the Notice of Election. You will receive a Nomination Form Receipt in the mail following the receipt of your completed nomination.

Generally, if there are more nominations received than there are vacancies on council, a ballot will be conducted during the two weeks after the call for nominations has closed.



  • Ask at the school for help if you would like to stand for election and are not sure what to do
  • Consider standing for election to council this year
  • Be sure to vote in the elections 


Stace Kerr 

Business Manager 

Senior School 

Welcome to 2019


Welcome to the 2019 school year at Koonung Secondary College. I would like to make a particular welcome to our Year 10 parents and students who have joined the Senior School. While the final three years of schooling has its challenges, it also provides students of Koonung Secondary College a wealth of opportunities to grow both inside and outside the classroom. We are looking forward to the year ahead, we are extremely proud of our 2018 results and are anticipating continued success through excellence and endeavour.

I would like to thank the Senior School team for ensuring a smooth transition for students into their programs across the past two weeks. This year the team consists of Zaiga Bendrups as Senior School Administrator, Chris Sheehan as Year 12 Coordinator, Michael Harte as Year 11 Coordinator and Stephanie Van Ekeris as Year 10 Coordinator. Stephanie is new to the College and joins us after a number of years experience teaching in other Victorian schools as well as overseas.  

It has been great to see students from across all senior year levels using the Senior Centre during student breaks and after school. The Senior Centre is usually open for study purposes after school and students are encouraged to use the centre for revision as well as a collaboration space.

Students, parents and carers are reminded that Compass is the main conduit for communication and event information from the College. Student results can be accessed ongoing by checking Learning Tasks for the students class and information regarding College events is available on the Compass newsfeed.


Senior School events

  • Year 12 Student Lunchtime Barbeque – Monday 11 February
  • Year 11 Student Lunchtime Barbeque – Thursday 14 February
  • Year 10 Student Lunchtime Barbeque – Friday 15 February
  • Year 12 Badging Assembly – Friday 15 February
  • VCE Parent Information Evening – Monday 18 February 6.30pm
  • Year 10 Parent Information Evening – Tuesday 19 February 6.30pm



















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 


Welcome to the 2019 school year at Koonung Secondary College. A particularly warm welcome is extended to families who are new to the Koonung community. We would ask all families to take the time to read the newsletter as well as the College website and Compass to ensure that they are aware of what is happening within the Koonung Secondary College community. Compass is regularly updated with important school information and the many activities taking place.

Thank you for entrusting your children’s education to Koonung Secondary College. As a whole school community, it is our goal that the young people in our care strive for their very best by displaying the school values and always having the school motto at the forefront of everything they do “Excellence through Endeavour”.


We began the 2019 school year in a very smooth manner which is always pleasing, especially when so many new faces join us for the first time.

The Year 7 cohort started the day with an assembly to meet the Middle Years Team, then received their lockers and and then it was straight into meeting some of their teachers as formal classes began.


A big thank you must  go out to the wonderful and dedicated members of our Parents and Friends Association who warmly welcomed the Year 7 parents on their child’s first day with tea and coffee provided in the Middle Years centre.


There was a real buzz in the air on Thursday with the entire school back in action. We welcomed the Year 8 and 9 students who have all grown so much over the summer. Students spent most of the morning eagerly catching up with friends and teachers. But once the formal day started they switched straight into learning mode as they met their new coordinators and moved into their respective classes.  


Middle Years Captains 

Congratulations to our new Middle Years  Captains for 2019:  Chloe Pedlar, Max Pooley, Hayley Tran, Amelie Bassora


Middle School Team for 2019

                    Director of Learning - Middle Years - Allira Howe

 Middle Years Administrator  - Julie Chaffer

Year 9 Coordinator - Alistair Tuffnell 

Year 8 Coordinator -  Will Emerson

Year 7 Coordinator - Stephanie Grant


Upcoming Middle Years Events 

Wednesday 13 February - Year 7 BBQ

Wednesday 27  February – Year 7 Camp


Middle Years Reminders

  • Year 7 Sport Education Day is Thursdays, students are to wear their PE uniform all day
  • Year 8 Sport Education Day is Wednesdays, students are to wear their PE uniform all day
  • Live Life casual dress days, students are to wear neat casual clothing
  • School starts at 8:50am
  • Students and parents must check compass every day for room and class changes
  • Students are encouraged to bring drink bottles in the warmer weather.
  • If your child has Physical Education during the day they must bring their PE uniform and get changed at school
  • Sports equipment can be borrowed at recess and lunchtime at the Middle Years Centre

Allira Howe

Director of Learning: Middle Years


Reflections of the first day from some of our Year 7 students

  Jeremy Nash 7D

The whole holidays I had been dreading this moment.

Back to school 

I was nervous, but not as nervous as some of my Mont Albert Primary School friends that knew no one at their school 

I had 8 friends coming with me to Koonung, 3 who are in my class 

When I arrived and saw my friends faces I was thankful I had friends at Koonung 

I was looking forward to history and PE and luckily I had history on the first day 

I had French as well which was lots of fun 

I quickly became used to how my periods work, but I still use the map in my diary to get to each class.


 Joel Ng 7D

Kids running around screaming, lockers clanging as we got used to them, chatter about holidays, school and all the things that year 7s usually think about. I think you can guess what I’m talking about, the first day of high school. Every other grade was grinning as they shouted out “HI YEAR 7S!” and holding their hands out for high fives as we walked past them. A few people stopped to high five them back, but most of us continued walking to our classes, ignoring them out of pure shyness. Unfortunately, I was one of the few to not have any friends from my primary school  (Mount Pleasant Road Primary School) in my class, so I was quite shy while most people were comparing their holidays. I have no siblings here, and the only other person from Mount Pleasant Road was in class 7B while I was in 7D, so I felt lonely and extremely nervous. But eventually I found a few people that I could talk to.


We had quite a few subjects that day, including Maths, Humanities and Music, but my highlight was definitely Japanese. We were introduced to Mr. Dailey, a nice teacher with quite a good sense of humour, and he taught us some simple greetings and how to enter the classroom each day. He then showed us the Japanese alphabet and showed us 5 simple sounds that included: Ka, Na, Hi, Ra and Ga.


When the school day was over, the majority of people had found new friends. We were all tired from walking around everywhere and we were thankful to finally go home, despite our delightful experience here at Koonung. One of the things I’m definitely looking forward to is camp, as I’ve heard lots of great responses about it. But I think I speak for everyone when I say that everyone is excited for the rest of our time at Koonung Secondary College.


Jeremiah Appleby 7D

It was my first day of high school. Was I nervous? Yes. But when I got to school, I saw that most of the other kids were even more scared than me.


We had been thinking about Koonung for a long time. In Grade 5, my family went on the school tour, and liked it, but we researched about it for a long time. Koonung had made a good impression on Orientation Day. The band playing at lunchtime, the teachers, the size of the library, and the best muffin ever in the canteen. But while I learnt that not every day was like that, it was still a great school.


I was mildly disappointed to miss my first PE class, but at least I got my locker. Nothing could prepare me for the horror and chaos that occurred every morning, afternoon, recess and lunchtime in the locker bays though…


Starting Japanese was fantastic. I had been doing a bit of study on it over the past year, but it was good to finally learn it in a proper class. That had been the class I had been looking forward to most, but all the other classes were enjoyable too.


I made some more friends and spent time with the friends I had already made. No one else from my primary school was coming here, but I wasn’t alone. I was now part of a new community- Koonung Secondary College.



Eleora Suryahardja 7D

“Wake up! First day of High School!”

So many things to prepare, little time to get ready. Who thought of a 8:40am start to the day?

“Will my classmates be nice?” “Will my teachers be too strict?” “Will I make any friends?” “Will the homework be overwhelming?” were only some of the thoughts sprinting through my mind as I brushed my hair.

High school meant more responsibility, so that meant preparing recess and lunch for myself. My brothers were lucky to still be in Grade 2 and Prep and have everything done for them. They also had an extra day of the holidays.

As I was riding in the car, I thought of my friends from Birralee Primary School. How were they feeling? Were they thinking of me?

When we were waiting, I realised for the first period I had PE and I didn’t have my uniform with me! Luckily, Mrs Howe and Mrs Lee told me it was just an assembly. An assembly? I don’t know my class!

That was quickly fixed. I found a girl in my class called Elka. Her name also began with S, so we could sit near each other as we were all asked to sit in alphabetical order.

My day flew by after that, and I realised the people in my class were actually really nice. I enjoyed my first day of Year 7,  and I won’t forget it.

Year 7 students Jeremy Nash, Eleora Suryahardja, Joel Ng, Jeremiah Appleby


Harry Sencek (7A) and Alvin Fung  (11B) handing out sports equipment to the Middle Years students. Sports equipment can be borrowed every recess and lunchtime. 



Year 8 English 

The Year 8 SEE@K class, 8D, is currently undertaking a close textual study of Clare Atkin’s acclaimed Australian novel, “Nona and Me”. Students are reading about and interpreting the family connections, and related social issues, of two best friends in Arnhem Land. Linking nicely with Koonung’s recent Great Victorian Bike Ride team’s wonderful achievement in raising awareness of reconciliation with our indigenous community, students were asked to create a symbol representing the concept of ‘yothu- yindi’ (Yolngu for ‘child and mother’), the traditional belief of unity in diversity. The class has also reflected on the connections within this text and our Koonung school values, in particular those of Respect and Collaboration.

Here are some of 8D’s symbols.


                                                      Halle Henson 


                                                        Keira Singleton 


                                                               Rose McKinnon 


Mary Eade 

8D English Teacher 


Congratulations to Daniel Shen whose work has been selected to be exhibited in the Top Screen Exhibition

TOP DESIGNS 2019 Saturday 30 March – Sunday 14 July 2019 at the Melbourne Museum, Carlton

Every year Koonung Media students embarked on a long an arduous journey to individually develop, design, and produce a fully realised Media Product. Students can choose to create a video, comic, photographic folio, or animation. They are required to draw on their considerable creativity, be highly organised, and dedicate so much of their time to complete this. 


In addition to the grades they receive and the satisfaction they feel on finishing this monumental task, students can enter their work into the VCE Season of Excellence. To have one's work selected for Top Designs or Top Screen is a great accolade and evidence of hard work, attention to detail, and an outstanding final product. The dozen or so videos selected for Top Screen each year represent the most outstanding Media work from across the whole of Victoria.


Koonung is proud to congratulate Daniel Shen who has been selected to have his work from 2018 exhibited in this year’s Top Designs exhibition as part of the VCE Season of Excellence 2019.


Daniel produced a stunning short film entitled Deadweight. A dark, emotional, film noir, it follows the travails of one burdened man and asks: What if a person’s emotional baggage is physically manifested as weighty luggage they are forced to carry around in their day-to-day lives?


We commend Daniel for his dedication, skill, creativity, and hard, hard work. He will be an inspiration to media students for years to come.


Richard Leask

Media and Photography Teacher

Victoria Preshaw (Year 12 student, 2018)  to perform in Top Class Drama


We are equally excited to inform you that Victoria Preshaw's work has also been selected in the Top Class Drama program as part of the VCE Season of Excellence Program. 

TOP CLASS DRAMA will be held on Tuesday 12 and Wednesday 13 March at Playhouse, Arts Centre Melbourne.

Victoria will be performing on 13 March at 2pm. 

Well done Victoria!


2019 Arts Captains 

Congratulations to the following students who have been selected as Arts Domain captains for 2019.

Arts Captains: Erin Smillie, Marina Plithakis 

Drama Captains: Joe Healey, Emma Hocking

Music Captain: Jess Jana



Winners of 2018 VCE Arts Exhibition

Well done to the following winners of the 2018 Step into VCE Arts Exhibition 

1st       Nikoleta Zapantis 

2nd     Cara Weingartner

3rd      Erin Smillie    




Our corridors are already featuring beautiful work by our  talented students

Year 7 Acrylic still life painting task 

Year 7 Printmaking lino fish tank


Helen Briffa 

Arts Domain Leader

Student Leadership  

Welcome message from our student leadership cohort

Hello and welcome to 2019!

On behalf of the student leadership team, we would like to mention how excited we are to be in the positions we are in. We’re ready for an amazing last year that will be filled with fun, hard work and hopefully some sort of legacy.

We’re very lucky to have such a diverse leadership team this year with varied strengths ranging through many subjects and activities. After only one meeting we have been able to collaborate our thoughts and suggestions into a few main ideas and can’t wait to start working on them.

We wish you all a safe and fulfilling year!

Annaliese Hawkins - School Captain


Student activities & achievements  

Whitehorse City Young Person of the Month 

Congratulations to 2018 Year 12 student, Kate Gerraty, who was  nominated as the January Young Person of the Month by Whitehorse City Council.



World Challenge 2018 - Costa Rica

Last year the world challenge group left for Costa Rica. An amazing journey with an awesome group! It’s almost too hard to describe how we all feel about Costa Rica. We began our expedition with Gilbert and Maria, a passionate couple from rural Ostional. Ostional is famous for its turtle, conservation and as a group we were exceptionally lucky to be a part of this. In the mornings, we moved sticks, logs, and plastic off the beach to make way for the turtle ‘Arribada’. During the day we swam in the ocean and chilled out because the heat was almost too hot to do anything. In the afternoons, we met and played with the children of Ostional. There were soccer games, Frisbee and hand clapping games, they even taught us some games despite the language barrier. In the evening, we joined beach tours where we experienced the turtle arribada ourselves. Turtles riding in from the ocean, laying eggs and disappearing into the waves. The turtles almost completely covered the beach.

Our next exciting destination was Monteverde. A welcomed cool change in weather for all of us. The town of Monteverde was decorated with gorgeous paintings particularly in and around our hostel. We spent the first day trekking through the Monteverde Cloud Forest. The second day was spent zip-wiring across the Costa Rica rainforest on the longest zip line in Latin America! We also visited a butterfly and bug museum.

Off we went to La Fortuna, this time via jeep-boat-jeep. We saw a magnificent view of the La Fortuna Volcano. This was our first experience camping and our host Nicole made it all the more welcoming. Our first day was spent trekking around the base of the volcano and finished off the day at the local water hole. The next day we walked up a massive hill and down towards an equally massive waterfall where we swam in the icy cold water.

We spent a few days in Costa Rica’s capital San Jose doing fun activities such as white water rafting, salsa dancing, visiting markets, visited the National museum of Costa Rica and participated in a carbon-offset day.

Almost our final phase, we’d reached the big trek. The 10-hour bus ride was tough but considering that we would spend the next 4 days trekking through jungle it was acceptable. Our trek leaders Donnie and Randall were what kept most of us going as they were so supportive and interesting. Our days consisted of varied up and down through the jungle, featuring 3 snakes, LOTS of tarantula like spiders and ants. We all looked forward to lunch by the river each day and a swim to cool down. By the end of our total 42km, we were all extremely proud of ourselves and the group, for pushing through a really challenging trek. Snorkelling in Puerto Jimenez, topped off the trek for everybody.

World challenge was certainly a challenge, planning accommodation, cooking and planning almost all our own meals, organising transport all across Costa Rica and budgeting all expenses. I am grateful for developing so many new skills and creating new friendships along the way.

Our jam-packed expedition had come to an end. On behalf of the World Challenge 2018 group, I would like to thank Sharyn Paspa, Mark Anderson, our team leader Malaika and the amazing Costa Rican community for supporting us and allowing us to be given this amazing opportunity. Finally, thank you to the WC group for making Costa Rica an unforgettable memory.


Ella Morrison 11D

Library News

And then they read allowed!

Every day we listen to something; our teacher talking, our friends chatting, tv programs, the radio, podcasts and a thousand more things I could mention.  However, when was the last time a friend read to you or you read to a friend? Think about trying this - you've just finished the most amazing book and want to share a special part with someone - why not read to them!  Reading aloud is a wonderful thing, I encourage you all to give it a try.  “Hearing language orally, by reading aloud to anyone, can highlight the beauty in the writing that often gets missed when reading silently.” 

Super Bowl 2019

What an exciting lunch time we had with the Super Bowl on! Not sure everyone understood the rules of the game but spirits were high and cheering was mandatory. The New England Patriots won easily and at 41 years of age Tom Brady proved he is still the greatest quaterback the world has seen!


Careers and Pathways

Careers News

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.


Year 11

If Year 11 students want to discuss career options they are welcome to book an interview with Careers on the interview sheet outside the Careers Office.


Year 10

Work Experience for Year 10s will be held from Monday 24 June to Friday 28 June 2019. Students need to explore websites and talk to family and friends of family about opportunities to do work experience. Students need to obtain placements by the end of term 1. Students will look at work experience options during Pathways classes. Students are welcome to come to the Careers Office to discuss Work Experience options.


Information sessions 

VCE & Careers Expo – Caulfield Racecourse Thursday 2 May – Friday 3 May, 9am-3pm Saturday 4 May – Sunday 5 May, 10am-4pm Station Street, Caulfield Racecourse, Caulfield • Information and resources for the VCE • Information about university, TAFE and training courses • Career advice • Study advice • Employment advice and opportunities • Apprenticeship and traineeship advice • International exchange and gap year programs https://www.vceandcareers.com.au/


Victoria University – Dermal Sciences Information Sessions Monday 9 & 16 September – Monday 28 October – Monday 18 November | City Queen Campus/Online Upcoming information sessions are being held to give you the chance to learn more about studying acute and chronic skin conditions (dermal therapies). Find out more – https://www.vu.edu.au/about-vu/news-events/events/dermal-sciencescourse-information-sessions


What is the CASPer test? From 2018, The State Government of Victoria requires all students who wish to enrol in accredited Initial Teacher Education courses to complete a personal attributes test as part of an application for admission. These degrees equip you to be formally accredited for teaching in schools accredited Initial Teacher Education courses to complete a personal attributes test as part of an application for admission. These degrees equip you to be formally accredited for teaching in schools. Sem 1, 2019 Test dates to be confirmed https://takecasper.com/test-dates/ CASPer can only be written once for Australian Education between September 1 and August 31 of any given year. Find out more from La Trobe


Key 2019-2020 VTAC application dates

Indicative dates for key 2019-2020 VTAC application deadlines are now available below. Comprehensive dates and fees for this application period will be published on the VTAC website at the conclusion of the mid-year 2019 application period. Applications open for courses, SEAS, scholarships 9am Monday 5 August 2019 Timely applications for tertiary courses close 5pm Monday 30 September 2019 Late applications for tertiary courses close 5pm Friday 1 November 2019 Very late applications for tertiary courses close 5pm Friday 6 December 2019 SEAS and scholarships applications close 5pm Friday 11 October 2019 ATAR release to VCE students 7am Friday 13 December 2019 (TBC) December undergraduate domestic change of preference close 12pm Wednesday 18 December 2019 January offer round 1 domestic Wednesday 15 January 2020




TAFE, VET & Apprenticeships

Mission Australia – Transition to Work – Trainees & Apprentices Our Transition to Work service can help you to build your skills and confidence and support you into work or education, including apprenticeships or traineeships. We’ll work together on a Job plan that helps you achieve your education or employment goals. Read more – https://www.missionaustralia.com.au/what-we-do/employment-skillstraining/transition-to-work


Thiess – Apprentices Our Apprenticeship Program is a great way to kick start your career and secure a pathway into our large and diverse workforce. By combining paid work and training, you will learn the practical skills that we require of our team and gain a nationally recognised qualification along the way. All of our block theory components are delivered through nationally registered training organisations and we offer a number of apprenticeships annually through the program. Read more – https://www.thiess.com/en/people-and-careers/investigating-in-our-people/apprentices


Scholarships & Competitions

Choosi Futures Grant Program Closes: October 31, 2019.

You must be enrolled full-time in an accredited Australian Education Institution and be studying for a certificate, diploma, degree or traineeship in Medicine, Health Sciences, Healthcare Industry, Specialist Healthcare and more. To apply for the Choosi Futures Grant Program, you will need to write an essay on why you want to work in your selected industry and the difference you hope to make in your particular field of study. Read more – https://www.choosi.com.au/grants Indigenous scholarships with the International College of Hotel Management The Bridging the Gap Foundation (the Foundation) has partnered with the International College of Hotel Management (ICHM) to provide two scholarships for Indigenous students to attend the College and study hospitality. Scholarships are available for intake July 2019. For more information, contact Senem Ertaylan, Manager Admissions and Administration, ICHM on sertaylan@ichm.edu.au or 08 8228 3620. Read more here



 Australian Defence Force – Gap Year A Gap Year in the Australian Defence Force is not only a chance to experience what a career in the Navy, Army or Air Force could be like, but also to have a year full of adventure, new friends, new skills, leadership, and travel. An ADF Gap Year is a truly unique opportunity for you to grow and figure out what next step you’ll take in life. Read more – https://www.defencejobs.gov.au/students-and-education/gap-year/


Rotary Youth Exchange Australia Rotary Youth Exchange is registered with State and Territory Education Authorities to provide Secondary Student Exchange Programs. As a Rotary Youth Exchange student, you’ll spend up to 12 months living and studying overseas. During your exchange, you’ll learn a lot about yourself,

the culture of your adopted host families and the diversity of your host country. Find out more – https://www.ryea.org.au/ Study Overseas The Australian Government has a Study Overseas – Student Information Gateway website with tips, advice and resources to make it all happen. Read more – https://www.studyoverseas.gov.au/


 Year 13 – Gap Year Year13 Gaps is your one-stop shop for planning, managing and booking your gap year. As the leading website for school leavers in Australia, Year13 provides a huge range of gap year programs to suit any post-school adventure. No matter whether you’re looking to travel, work, volunteer, or just get down and party, we’ve got the gap year for you – plus a myriad of options in between. So, what are you waiting for? Check out what experiences we have on offer and start planning the best year of your life. Read more – https://gap.year13.com.au/


Carole Marcianti and Karen Riding 

The Careers Team 



Wellbeing & Student Engagement 

Welcome from the Wellbeing Team


Dear parents and carers

Welcome to 2019! We are really fortunate to have a Health and Wellbeing Team available to support our school community again this year. This team comprises of:



·         Michael Oaten – team leader/director of learning: learning enhancement (full time)

·         Helen Lamers - school nurse (available Wed, Thu, Fri)

·         Ewa Oaten – counsellor (available Tues & Fri)

·         Ella Cogger – counsellor (available Mon, Tues, Wed & Thu)


This team also liaise with DET assigned health professionals and a visiting psychologist for any student who may require additional support. The team will be posting tips and strategies for wellbeing throughout the year on Compass, run wellbeing sessions for year levels/groups as well as offer individual counselling sessions for students. If you have a health or wellbeing concern about your student, please get in contact with the relevant sub-school manager or coordinator.


We hope that it’s been a smooth start to the school year so far!


The Wellbeing Team 





Parents and Friends Association  


Hello everyone

A special welcome to all our new families.  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 a term  in the Middle Years Centre. Our first meeting  on Monday 11 February is our AGM.  We encourage you to come along. Throughout the year we are involved in many events including: 

  • Year 7 welcome morning tea 
  • Mother's Day event
  • Parent social function 
  • Koonung Day
  • Father's day event 
  • World teacher's Day thank you morning tea
  • Annual PFA second-hand book sale

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 2018:

  President - Danielle Croyden 

  Vice President - Nicole Martin

  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: 

Umoja fundraiser - A Taste of Tanzania  

The fundraiser is aimed at purchasing the assets of Food Water Shelter in Arusha. (https://www.foodwatershelter.org.au). The project was begun by a group young Australians in 2003. There are 2 blocks of land – the walled school and an administration block 20 minutes away (by foot). FWS has agreed to sell all assets for $US17000. The assets are worth over $500,000. FWS is in disrepair and the organization is close to collapse. Darren Stratti, a Sydney builder and one of the founders, was murdered in Arusha in 2007. His partner and cofounder, Rebecka Delforce,  was traumatized by the event and returned to Australia immediately. She died from cancer 2 years ago. Their sad story was told by the ABC (Australia Story) in 2008 – The Still of the Night (https://vimeo.com/64359499) . I highly recommend watching this.


The plan is for Umoja Tanzania to purchase the assets of FWS and then raise a Rotary Global Grant to refurbish the buildings which are in a state of disrepair. Hopefully the 4 hectares of land that I and the Mont Albert community helped Umoja purchase 2 years ago and was earmarked for the development of the school will be kept as an investment. It is well located adjacent to a new highway that will link Arusha to its international airport and the value is expected to increase substantially in the short to medium term.


I shall be preparing the food for the evening, supported by a local Tanzanian woman. Lots of African music, a new video about Umoja, fun games, excellent food and a great cause. I have the support of Habib Chanzi, a local architect, who is involved with the Tanzanian Association of Victoria.

David Winter

Bread Street


Box Hill Tennis Club Open Day - Sunday 17 February


Box Hill Mobile Donor Centre


Doncaster Tennis Club Open Day - Sunday 17 February



Whitehorse Colts Season Launch 2019



1st Lower Templestowe Scouts 



Rotary Youth Exchange 



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