02 November 2019
Issue Seventeen
McKinnon Secondary College
03 8520 9000
McKinnon Road
McKinnon, Victoria, 3204



Thursday 31 October

Year 8 Camp (8E, F, G, H, L, M, N)


Friday 1 November

Year 8 Camp (8E, F, G, H, L, M, N) Return


Tuesday 5 November

Melbourne Cup Day – no classes


Wednesday 6 November

8:15am - 12noon Uniform Shop Open (in-lieu of Tuesday not being open)

6:30pm French Exchange 2020 Information Evening (Theatre)

7:30pm French Exchange 2019: pre-departure meeting (Theatre)


Thursday 7 November

Art Show


Monday 11 November

6:30pm Junior Debating (MERC)


Tuesday 12 November

Year 11 Study Day

7:00pm Buildings & Grounds Sub-Committee


Wednesday 13 November

Year 11 Exams

7:00pm Intermediate Concert (Theatre)


Thursday 14 November

Year 11 Exams

7:00pm Year 10 Drama Performance (Theatre)


Friday 15 November

Year 11 Exams


Monday 18 November

Year 11 Exams

6:30pm Junior Debating (MERC)


Tuesday 19 November

Year 11 Exams

Year 10 Study Day

7:00pm New Caledonia 2020 Information Evening (Theatre)


Wednesday 20 November

Year 10 Exams

GVBR Year 9 Exams (alternate)


Thursday 21 November

Year 10 Exams

GVBR Year 9 Exams (alternate)


Friday 22 November

GVBR (10 days)

Year 10 Exams


Monday 25 November

Year 10 Respect and Resilience Day


Tuesday 26 November

Year 10 Respect and Resilience Day

6:30pm Finance Sub-Committee

7:00pm School Council


Wednesday 27 November

Year 9 Study Day

Year 10 Peer Support


Thursday 28 November

Year 10 Peer Support

Year 9 Exams


Friday 29 November

Year 9 Exams


Monday 2 December

VCE Orientation Week

Year 9 Exam Clash Day


Tuesday 3 December

VCE Orientation Week


Wednesday 4 December

VCE Orientation Week


Thursday 5 December

VCE Orientation Week

7:00pm Junior Concert


Friday 6 December

VCE Orientation Week

Campion Book Collection (Senior School)


Monday 9 December

Year 7s Family Planning Victoria

Junior School Assembly

7:00pm Year 7 (2020) Parent Information Night


Tuesday 10 December

Last day Year 9 classes

No classes for current Year 7s

Orientation Day Grade 6 (Year 7, 2020)


Wednesday 11 December

Duke of Ed Hike

Last day Year 7 & 8 classes


Thursday 12 December

Duke of Ed Hike

Year 7 & 8 Activities


Friday 13 December

Duke of Ed Hike

Year 7 & 8 Activities


Monday 16 December

Presentation Night Rehearsals


Tuesday 17 December

Presentation Night


Wednesday 18 December

Curriculum Day (no classes)


Thursday 19 December

Curriculum Day (no classes)


Friday 20 December

Curriculum Day (no classes)

End of Term 4





The Year 12 Valedictory Dinner was held at the Crown last Wednesday evening. A wonderful celebration marking a milestone achieved by these young people.


Parent support is one of the secrets to the success of our school and on that evening that was on display in a most impressive way.


Having an event like this creates a great memory for all involved. The Year 12 Graduates absolutely shone!


I could not have been more proud!

In fact, one of the highlights was the address from the 2019 Valedictorian Michael Birkett. An individual that truly epitomises the Values of McKinnon and has done each and every day since Year 7.


I congratulate everyone who helped to organise this event and all the staff who were in attendance to support our Class of 2019.


Exams begin this week and I wish the cohort all the very best.


We brought together nine Year levels for our Annual Thistlelonian Grand Reunion. Included were the first ever graduates called the originals - Class of 1959.


Also Classes of 1964, 1969, 1974, 1979, 1989, 1999, 2009 and 2014.

We really enjoy seeing everyone return to their school. They were so impressed at the significant changes. I applaud and thank the Thistlelonian Committee for making these events possible. It really does fly the McKinnon flag!  


I thank the Committee and many volunteers including Geoff Woolnough, Jenny Cooke, Pam Dickfos, Ian Jackson, Andrew Newton, Melanie Lynch, Jo Robinson, Julie Ritchie, Matthew Shaw, Roger Danne, Les McLeod, Eddie Mest, Marie Landini, Anne Guidera, Alexia Calpouzani, Karen McQueen, Liz Newland, Gerry Newland, Peter Hawkins, Jenny Liggett, Heather Penson, Noel Glenister, Tania Burnell and staff, Nick Xanthoudakis, Frank Carere and Van Muan for giving of their time!


We will do it all again same time next year!


"Good morning Pitsa

Please allow me to congratulate you again on what you have done and are doing for McKinnon ‘High School’.


I briefly congratulated you on Saturday night but putting ‘pen to paper’ seems important in an old fashioned way.


My school friends and I are so very proud of our old school and the demonstration of happiness of the younger ex-students celebrating their education on Saturday night is a testament to you and your staff.


With so much lack of both accountability and responsibility these days, the academic and social excellence you are providing at McKinnon is … simply wonderful.


Thank you

and kind regard


Peter Harris

Class of '64"


Course confirmation is being undertaken by Careers Coordinators and all the Student Managers from Years 7 to 12. These conversations are very important. The team will either confirm the selected courses or make modifications.


This time of reflection really helps to cater for the needs of each and every student. Parents are welcome to attend with their son/daughter.


I thank the dedication and commitment of the Student Management team.


This has been launched by the School Council. A link with appropriate documentation can be found on our website or alternatively please feel free to contact the Finance office.




Campion Education is again the booklist provider for McKinnon Secondary College.  


Senior School

Senior Students are currently in the process of confirming their subjects for 2020 through their Managed Individual Pathways (MIPs) interviews. Once your child’s subjects have been confirmed through MIPs, booklist orders can be completed online - the link to Campion Education is on the College website or can be accessed here. This needs to be done by Friday 29 November. Please ensure you wait until your child has had their MIPs interview before you organise books/resources for next year. Families will again have the option of collecting their orders from school - this has proven to be a very convenient option. Students in the Senior School for 2020 (Years 10, 11 or 12) can collect their order from our Library (Rooms L1 & L2) on Friday 6 December. Families who would like a hard copy of the Senior School booklist can collect one from the General Office.  


Junior School

2020 booklists for the Junior School are in the process of being completed. Instructions about completing orders will be provided in the coming weeks.  


Online Resources

In recent years the College has moved to online resources to replace textbooks for many subjects. These resources are paid for via parent subject contributions, rather than via the Campion booklist. We are excited about the powerful learning opportunities provided by these resources, and pleased they are cheaper for families than many of the printed texts used in previous years.


Sustainable Bookshop

If families are interested in using the Sustainable Bookshop (link on the College website) to buy secondhand textbooks please ensure the edition of the book is checked carefully. To confirm this information, all 2020 booklists can be accessed via the Campion Education link on the College website. 


All students in Years 9 - 11 will be completing exams in the coming weeks. It is critical that all students begin their revision early, seeking support and assistance from their teachers. Success will require students to set high expectations for their performance, to work hard and to take pride in their work. We encourage all students to review carefully their teachers’ feedback on Learning Tasks (via Compass) to identify areas for improvement.


Please ensure your child continues to come to school in correct uniform at all times. Facial piercings such as nose studs and eyebrow piercings are not acceptable - students will be asked to remove such piercings on-the-spot, prior to attending class. We expect students to wear the uniform with pride and it is an important part of our school culture. Following Cup Day, all students need to be wearing summer uniform. 


Please note: Blazers are optional in Terms 1 & 4; however, when travelling to/from school, students wishing to wear an outer garment must wear the blazer (rather than the College jumper).


Parents need to ensure their Compass username/password is secure and confidential. As student absences can be approved online through the parent portal, it is not appropriate to share your username and password with your child. If you believe your password is not secure, it can be changed by logging on to Compass, clicking on the ‘cog’ icon (top-right corner) and selecting ‘Change My Password’. Given the importance of Compass for communicating with families, it is also worth going to ‘Update My Details’ and checking that all contact details (email and mobile phone) are correct.  



On Friday 11 October, the Year 9 Art class went to the NGVI to view the Surrealist art works and complete a Photography task in the city. 


We saw artworks by famous artists that we had studied in class, including Salvador Dali, Rene Magritte and Max Ernst. Many of us were surprised by how small the artworks were in reality. We also viewed the Chinese Photography exhibition and made connections with how Surrealism had influenced these contemporary photographers.


We hope you come to see our photos that we took on this excursion, in the Arts Show on Thursday 7 November.


Helen Kuriata

Art - KLA Manager


On Thursday 10 October, Ms Kuriata and the Semester 2 Year 10 Ceramics class went to the NGVI to look at the Ceramics collection and the Terracotta Warrior and Cai Guo-Qiang exhibition. 


We saw incredibly old ceramic vessels that had somehow survived to the present day. The foyer at the NGV had an incredible, thought provoking Pop Art sculpture by Kaws. We listened to a very informative lecture on the Terracotta Warriors from China and were overwhelmed by an installation by Cai Guo-Qiang which was of an enormous flock of 10,000 porcelain starlings swarming overhead. He also creates artworks using dynamite, by exploding colour over them.  


We saw lots of really cool teapots which is the task we are currently working on. We hope you come to see our teapots in the Art Show in November, later this year.


Helen Kuriata

Art - KLA Manager


Congratulations to Neda Lay of Year 10 for winning the Junior section of the 2019 STUFFit Student Film Festival held in Queensland. Her winning animation Curiosity Killed the Cat can be viewed here. Neda received a voucher for her efforts. 


Congratulations also to Tully Harari who won People’s Choice Award for her painting at the 2019 Youth Art Exhibition run by Glen Eira Council. This annual event brings together all mediums of art and showcases the talent of our young emerging artists. 


Helen Kuriata

Art - KLA Manager


On Wednesday 9 October the Year 10 art class went to explore the different types of art that were found around the City of Melbourne.


The first place we went to was the Melbourne Art Centre. Then, we went to the Australia Centre of Contemporary arts (ACCA), a gallery of artworks created by contemporary artists. There, we learnt the ‘art’ of sound. This gallery was a place full of sound. The sound of water, the sound of insects, the sounds of instruments and the sound of people. There were different areas for different artworks, some having high ceilings, some having low ceilings, some painted completely black and some painted completely white. Out of all the artworks that we saw at ACCA our class enjoyed ‘the Psychology of Sound Forum’ the most. It was a very interesting piece of art, as the loud music and bright lights that formed a star shined. This artwork remained in our minds even after leaving the gallery. 

We also went into ‘Buxton Contemporary’, another art gallery. This place had two floors. On the first floor there were hand-made costumes that were created from rare Bauhaus archival material for a public event. They weren’t things you would wear or see on a daily basis but they were all very colourful and exotic looking. There was also a colourful mannequin that was in an odd pose, a pile of dirt with nature growing on them, large blocks that were all in different sizes and a lot of ‘things’ written on the walls. The first floor of this gallery was very different to other galleries that we have been to before, which made it more interesting for us. The second floor had paintings, puzzles, objects made from recyclable products, artworks made from wool and and an odd looking instrument. We had a very interesting and enjoyable time in this gallery. 


After having a lunch break we headed to the ‘Campbell Arcade’. An underground gallery. Each artwork made from an individual, a normal person just like us created. It was a very nice place to take photos. After that we went to the ‘Hosier lane’ and the ‘ACDC lane’. We took many photos of the graffiti art that were found almost everywhere on the walls. There were so many artworks that looked amazing. We walked around looking around, finding little details of art on the walls and overall had a great time. 


The excursion itself was very enjoyable but the best thing about this excursion was that the fact that we were given the freedom to walk around ourselves.


Kaho Kimura

Year 10 Student













As you are aware, last week we had our hottest day since March. Therefore this is a timely reminder for our students to be SunSmart. We are frequently told by the Cancer Council of Australia that the sun’s harmful rays can have a damaging effect on not only our skin but on our overall health. Significant UV exposure occurs during childhood and adolescence due to the comparative sensitivity of the skin. Protection from overexposure can reduce their risk of developing skin and eye damage and skin cancer later in life.


We do have adequate shade available for our students at school in our passive areas, but many choose to walk around or play sport during lunchtime and recess. As they attend school during peak UV times, we encourage our students to wear their school hat if they are in the sun.


This hat must also be worn during PE and Sports activities during Terms 1 and 4 however it can also be worn during the other school terms. Most choose to wear a cap but if they prefer a bucket hat, these are available from our uniform shop. We also recommend that they apply sunscreen at home and bring it to reapply during the day if they are outside. They are welcome to also wear their sunglasses. We suggest that they do not bring designer or expensive ones in case they lose them.  


For best protection during the daily sun protection times (when the UV level is 3 or higher) use all five SunSmart steps below:

  • SLIP on clothing 
  • SLOP on SPF30 (or higher) broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen 
  • SLAP on a hat 
  • SEEK shade 
  • SLIDE on sunglasses.

The Cancer Council Australia has a SunSmart app which is a great way to check the UV Index when you are out and about.


iPhone users can download it at the iTunes App Store and Android users at the Google Play store.

Enjoy the sunny days!


Susan Wilken

Health Learning Area Manager


As part of Health and PE week, we ran a competition entitled ‘MAKE FRIENDS WITH SALAD’. Students were invited to create a salad that, if selected as the winning meal, would be available for purchase from the canteen for a week.


We are excited to say that we had many entries. We therefore awarded the prize of $50 to two students:

  • Jeremy Zivin (Year 12) for his Zestful Zivin Salad and
  • Laura Wharton (Year 9) for her Super Scrumptious Spinach Salad.

Congratulations to you both.


Susan Wilken

Health Learning Area Manager










If you enjoyed taking part in the recent NCSS challenge then here is another great opportunity to work on your coding skills. Grok Code Quest began on Monday 28 October and will continue for five weeks. The quests are being offered at Beginner and Intermediate level and there is also a Code Quest for the micro:bit. 


If you already have a Grok subscription, the quests should automatically be available to you. If you are new to coding and want to take part in these quests, email Mrs Munro to get an account set up.


Mrs Munro

ICT Teacher



An invitation for this information evening was already sent to parents of all Year 8 and 9 German students. This meeting for the next German Exchange round will be held in the Lecture Theatre on Monday 11 November 2019 at 7pm. Please join us to find out more about this program and the life-changing experiences of past students. 


Andrea Fowler

KLA Manager Languages


This program has been successfully running in its 6th year in the Year 11 German class. The program brings together volunteering German native speakers and our students to converse on topics related to the Curriculum.


In our last lesson, we thanked the volunteers for the valuable contributions they make to the language and personal development of the students. Whilst the students´ engagement and understanding of older generations is enhanced through this program, as many of them do not have any grandparents living with them, the senior volunteers benefit from being engaged with young people and contributing to their learning. It was great to see how students showed their appreciation in the last lesson this year.


´Kaffee und Kuchen´ - coffee and cake - a typical German tradition, are part of these fortnightly afternoon programs and make it enjoyable for all participants. 


I would like to thank all senior participants for the contributions they make, all students for their respectful behaviour, participation, and made an effort to provide cakes throughout the year and Mr Nutting, for providing meaningful conversation tasks in these lessons. 


If you are a senior citizen and interested to participate in this program in 2020, please contact Frau Fowler on 8520 9000 or email


Andrea Fowler

KLA Manager Languages


There will be an information session for any current Year 9 students interested in next year's exchange program and their parents on Wednesday 6 November at 6:30pm in the Lecture Theatre.

If you are interested in learning more about the opportunity, please come along to the session. Our exchange program with our sister school in France has been going for over 10 years and is highly successful. It is a 3-4 week reciprocal program where you host a French student in your home in June/July and then travel to France to stay with that student and their family in November/December.

During this session, we will outline the program and what it involves. We will also explain the application process and key dates. Expressions of interest will be due by Monday 25 November. 


Ms Kellie Dickson, Ms Ludmila Antal and Ms Annette Reid

French Exchange Co-ordinators



On Tuesday 22 October, the Year 8s competed in the maths survivor challenge. It was an enjoyable challenge that tested our maths skills. We worked in our survivor groups and tried to complete 30 challenging questions in under an hour and a half. Most of the groups weren’t able to answer all of the questions, but everyone had a go. The problem-solving questions made us think outside the box, and work as a team to find the answers.

All groups gained points towards their final island and form survivor score, hoping to win a pizza lunch. The winners on the day were Alex Kotenko, Audrey Zhou, Julia Hong, Luke Zhai, Nicoletta Georgiadis and Tianna Markovac who are the Madeira island group from 8C. They finished one point ahead of the Cyprus group from 8B. It was a great day filled with many challenges and we all had fun. We would like to thank all the teachers involved for helping out and making the day possible.


Liah Gizbah, Yael Greenberg & Chantelle Ho

Year 8 Students



As reported in last week’s newsletter, two Year 10 McKinnon teams of four girls recently made the finals of the Women in STEM and Entrepreneurship (WISE) Program run by Monash University.  The girls involved were: 


Team 1: Bridget Chapman, Karleen Han, Alisha Gollen and Michelle Gu

Team 2: Julia Giantos, Catherine Braniska, Jamie Tyzack and Grace James


In the final stage, two successful teams were selected to win an immersive entrepreneurial experience to San Francisco and Silicon Valley, California, USA - the global centre of technological innovation! With a flawless presentation, McKinnon Team 1 was selected as one of the winning teams. The girls will be travelling with their Monash mentors, to the USA in January.  Below are some reflections from the girls in the winning team:


Therese Sweeney

Head of Science


The WISE program was an experience that I will never forget. Not only did I improve my presentation, time management and communication skills, I found that the workshops were inspirational and the multitude of guest speakers were really beneficial and I learned a lot from them. I honestly didn't believe that we won. I was more just proud of the fact that we worked so hard and presented so well. I'm so proud of the girls and I can't wait to spend ten days in Silicon Valley with them.

Bridget Chapman


Initially, our team intended to just have fun and learn new things at the WISE bootcamp. We made it into the second round by the skin of our teeth, only receiving the invitation two weeks before the event, due to another team dropping out. We had no delusions about how far behind we were, since other teams that had months worth of preparation. Our two days were filled with determination to not be the underdog, while also just enjoying ourselves, eating good food, and listening to all the inspirational entrepreneurs that came in to tell their story. Actually having the winning start-up pitch, and having the opportunity to go to Silicon Valley, is an utter shock that we are still comprehending—my parents thought I was making it up!

Michelle Gu


Stage 1 of the WISE program was all about generating and developing innovative solutions to present-day problems. Each team created and presented a business pitch, which included a description of the innovation, a prototype demonstration and a discussion of the next steps. Stage 2 of the program was run in a similar fashion, with the teams being challenged to develop a pitch once again. This time, however, the focus was on honing our ideas and turning them into economically sustainable products. We were also lucky to receive guest speakers who offered valuable guidance and motivation. At the end of the day, each team presented, and we heard some fantastic ideas! We saw Fitbits for pets, bike sensors in cars and high-security lockers. Overall, I have really enjoyed participating in WISE. I gained valuable experience in collaborative problem-solving and innovative thinking, real-world skills that I can apply to many other scenarios.

Karleen Han


On Thursday 24 October, 7A to 7H headed on their field trip to the Melbourne Zoo to examine the adaptations of animals. This relates to what we have been learning in class; investigating the classification system and understanding how organisms are grouped according to their differences and similarities. 

Being a very balmy 33 degrees, the animals were mostly in shade throughout the day. However we were still fortunately enough to still see an abundance of animals, ranging from small to large animals. As we wandered around the Zoo, we completed worksheets. The worksheets had five parts, including ‘Who am I’ as well as questions regarding individual animals such as their natural habitats and their scientific names. 


One amazing thing was that the Australian bird aviary had different habitats in one room, including wetlands and rainforest. Some birds that were at this exhibit were the Red-fronted macaws, Buffon’s macaws, Green-winged macaw, Blue and gold macaw, Eclectus parrots, doves, spoonbills and more. It was also good to see the new exhibit, the Lion Den, which houses some impressive carnivores such as the Lion, Snow Leopard and Sumatran Tiger. Our main task was to visit the critically endangered Lord Howe Island Stick Insect to learn how Melbourne Zoo are helping to conserve this species, which was once thought to be extinct. 


Roshan Jivanjee, Rowen Hull and Ishaan Tiwari 

Year 7G students




In a celebration of Health and PE week the best junior and senior students (and Mr Foot) competed in the beep test (20m shuttle run) challenge at lunchtime to determine who will be the beep test champion. Darcy Hayes from 7L ran a very impressive 10.8 taking out the beep test championship for the Year 7s.

The Year 8s had some very strong runners and competitors, Kevin Zhou ran an 11.4 beep but it wasn't quite enough with Daniel Shpak taking it out for the Year 8 Boys with a very impressive beep of 11.6. For the Year 8 Girls Caitlin Lyon ran an amazing 11.4 finishing second to Annabelle Sakurai with an unbelievable beep of 12.4 and breaking the old beep test record held by Genevieve O’Brien since 2015.


There were also some very strong results for the Year 9s and 10s with Katelyn Chan winning the Year 9 Girls beep test challenge with a score of 9.6 and Victoria Poulos winning the Year 10 Girls with a score of 10.3.

Matt Day and Matt O’Brien showed their impressive running ability both winning their respective year levels. Matt Day from 9A with a score of 13.2 and Matt O’Brien from 10I pushing Mr Foot with an unreal score of 14.1.

Star veterans Ben Howells and Jason Clayton both ran a 13.2 beep which was extremely impressive considering they ran with no shoes, in school uniform and were giving each other piggy backs in the opening levels. Chisholm House Captain, Jason Clayton explained while huffing and puffing after the test “It is very important to stay fit and healthy and it has been a great way to distract him from the stress of exams coming up.Jason also wished to express that a beep test is much more fun with shoes on.

Other activities conducted during Health and PE week included a staff v student volleyball game, a gym circuit for students and a healthy snack party. Thank you to all the staff for giving up their own time to run these activities for students.


Tim Blackwood

Head of Physical Education and Sport


On Thursday 10 October, forty-three McKinnon students descended on Casey Fields for the SMR Athletics Finals.


We had a good start to the day with McKinnon students receiving ribbons on the podium in a variety of events. Throughout the day we had eight gold medals, ten 2nd place ribbons and four 3rd place ribbons.

Highlights from the day and Athletes who are progressing to the State Athletics Championships on Friday 18 October are:

  • Calum Smith - 12-13 Years 200m
  • Victoria Sinyavker - 14 Years High Jump
  • Stephanie Baker - 15 Years Shot Put
  • Seamus O’Brien - 15 Years Discus
  • Genevieve O’Brien - 17 Years 800m, 1500m, Triple Jump
  • 15 Years Boys Relay Team (Saksham Singh, Seamus O’Brien, Jordan Galgut, Matt Day)

Following on from SMR, a week later on Friday 18 October our students competed at the State Finals at Lakeside Stadium.

The students all performed exceptionally well and we had some amazing results.

  • Calum Smith - 12-13 Years 200m (5th place)
  • Victoria Sinyavker - 14 Years High Jump (1st place)
  • Stephanie Baker - 15 Years Shot Put (4th place)
  • Seamus O’Brien - 15 Years Discus (3rd place)
  • Genevieve O’Brien - 17 Years 800m (5th place), 1500m (4th place), Triple Jump (3rd place)
  • 15 Years Boys Relay Team came 1st (Saksham Singh, Seamus O’Brien, Jordan Galgut, Matt Day)

All students who represented the school, division and region at these two events should be very proud of their achievements. Well done team McKinnon!


Ms Pemberton



Every Tuesday and Thursday morning at 7:30 am during the week, McKinnon Running Club is a great way to start the day running around McKinnon Reserve. After Health and PE week, more students have been coming but even more students and teachers are welcome.


Together with Ms Carter, Mr Hudd and Ms Mauger, students get to meet at the front of the hall in the morning and get to run with other people who have similar interests. Every morning, students and teachers get to choose the ‘exercises’, warm-ups and main sets, which are different every time so you never get bored with the program. There are various things we do and even in inclement weather, everyone comes up with a running set to do on the footpath rather than the oval or even indoors.


Participating in Running Club doesn’t only improve your relationships and interactions with different people, but your overall fitness and speed of running improve as well. The more you push yourself in the sprint sets, the more benefits you get out of it and you feel more refreshed for school, ready to sit down and focus for the school day. 


Running Club is a wonderful way to feel healthier, learn from others and have an enjoyable experience before school. Although everyone is at varying fitness levels, no matter the pace of your running, overall fitness, and whether you know anyone at the club, the experience of your fitness improves and you get to know more people. All are welcome to come and participate as generally the sets are done in time slots rather than a certain distance so each individual covers different distances. Bring your friends and have some fun at Running Club on Tuesday and Thursday mornings. I hope that anyone who is aspiring to improve their overall fitness and running skills should come and enjoy Running Club before school. As a persistent runner once said, “a one hour run is 4% of your day, no excuses”.


Monique Andjelic

Year 9 Student


SMR Quarter Final d Koo Wee Rup


On Wednesday 16 October, the Year 7 Boys Cricket team went to Langwarrin to play Koo Wee Rup in the SMR Quarter Final. Senin Seymour won the toss and elected to bat. He opened the batting with Sahil Shaik and then got the team off to a nice start. After a few quick wickets and Sahil retiring after 20 balls, Nick Harper came to the crease and got a quick fire 33 to get the team to 143. Koo Wee Rup’s openers fell quickly to Farhan Hussain and they couldn’t come back from it. Koo Wee Rup couldn’t get within 30 runs of the set total and the team moved on to the SMR Semi Final.


SMR Semi Final d Cheltenham 168 to 110


On Thursday 24 October, the team went to Caulfield Park to play in the SMR semi and, if they win the first game, the final. Senin won the toss against Cheltenham and elected to bat first. Senin again opened with Sahil and they got the team off to a flyer. Senin retired after 20 balls on 27 and Nick retired on 35 off his 20 balls. After some great team batting the final score was 168. Wickets were spread throughout all the bowlers as Cheltenham were kept to 110 meaning that the team would move on to the final.


SMR Final Lost to Frankston 138 to 142


In the second game of the day, Senin again won the toss and elected to bat. Frankston had some quality bowlers but Senin started nicely making 27 off his 20 balls. A cluster of wickets brought Krishna Sridhar and Rajit Kalra to the wicket. These boys steadied the ship and both batted out their 20 balls each. At the end of the innings Senin was able to come back in and add another quick fire 15, including a massive six, to his total. This bought the score to 138. The bowlers bowled some good line and length but Frankston had some class batsmen that got off to a good start. Some middle over bowling kept the game close with 3 needed from Frankston off the last over. Senin to the task of bowling the last but unfortunately their star batsmen hit a six just over the top of long on to win the game. The boys should keep their heads high as they put in a stellar effort. Bad luck but they’ll be back next year to win it all. 


Lachie Smith

Year 10 Student



Congratulations to all the students who are undertaking external performance exams at the present moment. VCE Music Performance and Music Investigation exams have been taking place since the beginning of Term 4, and all students have ensured that they have presented the best material that they could.


AMEB instrumental exams for most instruments are taking place through the next few weeks and the students have demonstrated their ongoing commitment to improving their tone and technique. Well done to all students.


Congratulations to all the percussion students who took part in the amazing Percussion Night on Thursday 24 October. Mr Golovko remarked that it was fantastic and that the students’ preparation was outstanding. Thanks to all the students for their preparation leading up to this event.


Congratulations to the Year 11 Music Performance students who demonstrated their growing capabilities at their performance night on Tuesday 29 October. Thank you to Mr Kurowski and all their instrumental teachers who have worked with these students in preparing them over the year.


A reminder that both Symphonic Wind and Orchestra are holding rehearsals throughout Term 4 for 2020. Symphonic Wind rehearsal is 3:30pm Monday afternoons, and Orchestra is 3:30pm on Thursday afternoons. New students to both these rehearsals are encouraged to attend.


Congratulations to Karen took the Kids (Kyla Fanstone, Clancy Brett, Lucy Robertson-Reid and Jonathan Pardo) who performed on Wednesday 30 October, and to the Year 10 Music class who performed on Friday 1 November. There was a lot of joy and fantastic music at both gigs. Thanks to the student team and Mr Kurowski for the ongoing development of this program.


Intermediate Concert - Wednesday 13 November

Junior Concert - Thursday 5 December

Presentation Night - Tuesday 17 December


Megan Papworth

Head of Music



Office hours are:                        8:15am - 4:30pm

Telephone:                                                8520 9000


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.



Student absences should be reported to the school before 9:00am. Please email the Attendance Officer Courtney Mauger ( or telephone 8520 9050 on the morning of the absence by 9:00am


A note on the day of return to the General Office is required for absences where no parent contact has been possible.



In order to minimise disruption to class and maximise learning opportunities for our students, we would like to remind you of the school policy regarding late arrival to school. Students are expected to be at school at 8:30am. A locker bell rings at 8:35am and class begins punctually at 8:50am. If your child is late for any reason, please notify the school by phone 8520 9050, email or by writing a note in the student's diary explaining the reason. 


If no explanation has been received students are given a pass to class and an after school detention for the following day.


Please ensure that if your child is leaving early or arriving late for any reason that a note needs to be written in the diary so that the teachers are aware too.


If your student needs to leave school early for any reason, please write a note in their diary explaining the reason. Teachers will not allow any student to leave their class unless there is authorisation.


We appreciate your support in this. If you have any questions please call Courtney on 8520 9050.


Families are now able to order and purchase uniforms online. Ordered items can be collected from the Uniform Shop. Please allow three working days for pick-up. Please click on the attached link to order uniforms:

Phone/Fax No:  9578 2151



Due to the Melbourne Cup taking place on Tuesday 5 November and the uniform shop being closed on this day, the Uniform Shop will be OPEN on WEDNESDAY 6 NOVEMBER, 8:15am - 12 noon.



Tuesdays                                      8:15am - 12 noon

Fridays                                        12:30pm - 4:00pm

1st Saturday every month    9:30am - 12 noon





Saturday 30 November  9:30 – 12:00pm



Tuesday 3 December       8:15 – 12:00pm

Friday 6 December         12:30 – 4:00pm

Saturday 7 December      9:30 – 12:00pm

Monday 9 December      5:00 – 7:30pm (BAGS ONLY)

Tuesday 10 December     8:00 – 1:00pm

Friday 13 December         9:30 – 12:00pm

Saturday 14 December    9:30 – 12:00pm

Saturday 21 December    9:30 – 12:00pm

Friday 27 December        11:00 – 3:00pm

Saturday 28 December     9:30 – 12:00pm

Monday 30 December      11:00 – 3:00pm

Tuesday 31 December     11:00 – 3:00pm



Friday 17 January             11:00 – 3:00pm

Saturday 18 January         9:30 – 12:00pm

Monday 20 January          11:00 – 3:00pm

Tuesday 21 January         11:00 – 3:00pm

Wednesday 22 January   11:00 – 3:00pm

Thursday 23 January       11:00 – 3:00pm

Friday 24 January              11:00 – 3:00pm

Saturday 25 January          9:30 – 12:00pm

Tuesday 28 January          11:00 – 3:00pm

Wednesday 29 January    11:00 – 3:00pm


Friday 3 February Normal trading hours


Senior School resumes Wednesday 29 January

Junior School resumes Thursday 30 January


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 see Mrs Plate in the Sick Bay during recess, lunch or end of day.



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If you are interested in the following events provided by the City of Glen Eira Youth Services please click on the attached link:

2020 Summer School Holiday Program Update.

Just a quick update to inform you that bookings will open for our upcoming Summer school holiday program 9am on Monday 2nd December.

We are working hard at putting together an amazing range of Summer activities that will take place on January 7th, 8th, 9th, 14th, 15th, 16th.

Stay tuned for more information in the weeks to come or keep an eye on the Council website for more updates.


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