Koonung Secondary College Newsletter

19 March 2020
Issue Two
Important Dates 
Principals' Report
College Council Positions
College Notices 
Visit from French sister school 
International Student Program 
Middle Years 
Senior School News 
International Women's Day 
Carnivals, Interschool Sport & House News 
Arts  
Careers and Pathways
Library News
Parents and Friends Association  
School Information  
Community Notices 
Koonung Secondary College
0398909662
615 Elgar Road
Mont Albert North, VIC, 3129
AU

Important Dates 

Dates for your diary 

MARCH  

 

Thursday 24 March

Koonung Open Day (cancelled)

 

APRIL

Wednesday 22 April to Friday 24 April

Year 8 Camp (postponed)

 

Monday 27 April 

ANZAC Day Assembly (cancelled) 

 

Friday 1 May

Athletics Carnival (to be advised)

 

2020 Student free days: 

  • Tuesday 28 January: First day of the school year
  • Wednesday 20 May 
  • Friday 19 June: Assessment Day
  • Tuesday 21 July 

 

 

 

 

 

Parent/Student/Teacher Conferences for 2020

  • Thursday 26 March 12 - 4 pm (no scheduled classes) - via email
  • Thursday 16 July Unit 3/4 classes only 4 - 6:30 pm (normal school day)
  • Thursday 17 September 12 - 8 pm (no scheduled classes)

 

2020 Term Dates:

Term 1  -  Tuesday 28 January to Friday 27 March 2020

  • Student free day             Tuesday 28 January
  • Years 7, 10, 11 & 12        Wednesday 29 January
  • Years 8 & 9                         Thursday 30 January

 

Term 2 -  Tuesday 14 April to Friday 26 June

Term 3 - Monday 13 July to Friday 18 September

Term 4 - Monday 5 October to Friday 18 December

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Principals' Report

Principal Team Report 

We are coming towards the end of a challenging, yet generally productive term. I would like to formally thank all members of the College Council who have made up a cohesive and positive team throughout 2019 and into 2020. I would especially like to thank the retiring members, Annaliese Hawkins, Seb Jose, Jo O’Donnell and Eric Zou for their contribution and dedication to the Council.

It is also appropriate to thank the ongoing members for their commitment and welcome Frank Tlozek (parent of Nell in Year 7) and new student representatives, Sarah Whitebrook (School Captain) and Katinka Schmid (Year 9) to the Council. Your participation is greatly appreciated.

 

COVID-19 Update

The last 7 days have been interesting and at times confusing with all the news and information about Coronavirus. It is challenging and we can understand it may be causing members of the community to feel both confused and anxious. The situation is constantly evolving and we have aimed to share advice which is provided regularly from the Department of Education as it arrives.

 

Here are the facts from the school’s perspective:

 

• No staff member, student or family member from Koonung Secondary College has been reported as infected with Coronavirus.

 

• The school remains open as we follow the best advice from the Department of Education. This may change and we will let families know immediately if there is to be a school closure – this could happen at short notice.  However, DET have assured us that they will give at least 24 hour notice if the decision is made to shut State schools.

 

• We have set up some rooms near the Health Centre to isolate any students or staff members who may feel unwell during the day.  Parents and carers are notified to take students home. (This is generally our practice at all times anyway).

 

• Students have been informed about the importance of good hand hygiene and requested to inform us if they are not feeling well. They have also been encouraged to take home their laptop, chargers and key text books to ensure they can continue their learning if there is a school closure.

 

Some decisions which have been made already include:

 

• No Whole School Assemblies until further notice

 

• The Autumn Music Concert has been cancelled

 

• No Parent/Teacher/Student Conferences – Interim reports have just been completed for your son/daughter providing you with a brief snapshot of their performance to date in a variety of areas. In addition, at least one assessment/learning task will be completed per subject with feedback by the end of term. Traditionally, we follow interim reports with Parent/Student/Teacher conferences. In the interests of minimising risk for all members of our community we will not run this event in the usual format for Semester 1 2020. 

As previously planned, classes will be cancelled on Thursday 26 March from 9am - 4 pm, allowing staff to be available via email during the hours of 12pm-4pm to discuss your child’s progress. Any parent wishing to make contact is encouraged to do so, we would particularly like contact from parents to whom teachers have indicated that an interview is recommended on the interim report, or with any other specific concerns.  Please note that staff will be unavailable on this day from 9am-12pm, as they will be involved in planning lessons in the case of potential future school closures.

 

• All events, excursions and inter-school sport will be reviewed and postponed or cancelled as required.

 

•Major camps and International tours will be postponed or cancelled as required.

 

•School Tours and the Open Day have also been cancelled.

We are all trying to continue with business as usual during unusual times, however, I am as always impressed by the calm, determined manner that our staff and students are going about their work.

 

Our staff and students are working very hard to prepare for the transition to remote learning. We will be providing all families with a remote learning handbook which will outline expectations and responsibilities for staff, students and parents/carers to support student learning in the event of the school closing. 

 

As always we appreciate the support of our communities, we were heartened to receive this email from our parent community: 

Dear All 

We wanted to send you a message of thanks and acknowledgement for your professionalism, support & care for our students, especially the VCE cohort.

It is a time of anxst, debate, conjecture and bizarre behaviour. Amongst all of this, we do sincerely appreciate what you are currently doing and the plans being put in place.
Stay safe and take care of yourselves and your families.

 

Year 7 picnic

The annual Year 7 picnic, held on Thursday 13 February, was very well attended with parents and students coming along to enjoy a pleasant evening chatting with teachers, fellow parents and new friends. The student leaders did a great job of organising activities, music students performed a number of pieces and PFA members were also present to welcome new families to the College. It was a very positive event.

 

Whole School Swimming Carnival

Attendance was very strong with 767 students present this year. The inclusion of novelty events allows a greater range of students to participate, thus increasing access. There were some great individual performances in the racing and diving pools whilst the toddler pool was a hive of activity and excitement. The volleyball was particularly robust. Thanks to all who contributed actively to support Sam and Sarah and the students. Congratulations Sam and Sarah and thank you for your hard work and efficient organisation.

 

Year 7 camp – Alexandra Forest Adventures

All participants had a fabulous time; the weather was kind to the group. The students participated in a range of activities such as canoeing, climbing wall, high ropes, low ropes, swimming, raft building, flying fox, etc.

205 students attended, along with 17 staff, 8 former students and 32 student leaders,. Thank you to the Middle School team led by Allira Howe and all staff and student helpers who all made it possible.

 

VCE information evening

On 24 February, the Senior School team hosted Year 11 and 12 parents for the VCE Information Session. This session covered the structure of the VCE programs as well as the different ways in which students are assessed in Year 12 to achieve an ATAR score. Topics such as the General Achievement Test, folio subjects, possible tertiary pathways, and key revision techniques were discussed by Dr Michael Harte and Karen Riding. Conor Sheehan concluded the evening with 16 tips on surviving the VCE for parents and students based on the work of preeminent child psychologists Dr Michael Carr-Gregg and Professor Martin Seligman.

 

French exchange visit

We farewelled our French visitors Lycée Baudimont, located in Arras, France on Saturday February 29 after 2 glorious weeks.

Our Koonung host students, who will (hopefully) travel to France in September, were sad to see them go after doing many activities together including Day Excursions to Botanical Gardens, South Melbourne Market & St Kilda beach as well as an excursion to Healesville Sanctuary.

At school, the French students went to the classes of the Koonung host students as well as experiencing special classes in Art, Food & Music. They also walked the Koonung Trail. Host families did many activities outside of school hours such as trips to the Victorian coast, Sydney and the night market to name a few.

A big thank you to the Koonung host families and the students for their wonderful generosity. We hope to be in Arras in September. Trish Paddick, Stephanie Grant, Steve Kimonides and Sandra Greenhill were responsible for organising a busy, yet highly successful program.

Merci beaucoup.

 

Japanese exchange visit

News from our sister school in Japan

In order to curtail the propagation of the COVID-19 virus, the Japanese government has urged the entire country to consider refraining from holding events where large numbers of people would gather.

Even within Matsudo, all events previously scheduled up to the end of March have been cancelled.   Unfortunately, our 2020 Youth Delegation program between Matsudo City and Whitehorse City was no exception. For the health and safety of all our students, we are sorry to say that this March’s program has been cancelled. It pains us greatly to imagine what our students must be feeling, as they were so excited to visit you all in just a few weeks.

 

Important dates, terms one and two

Thursday 26 March          Parent/Teacher Interviews:  Feedback via email                                                      12pm - 4pm (No scheduled classes)

Wednesday 20 May           Student free day

Friday 19 June                    Assessment Day

 

How to teach through a pandemic

Please see below the link to an article featuring Koonung SC in The Age earlier this week. Our teachers are working hard to provide options for students to continue their learning.  

https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/how-to-teach-through-a-pandemic-20200313-p549ok.html

 

Marianne Lee

Principal

 

Working bee thank you

On Saturday 14 March, we held our first working bee for 2020 and we would like to warmly thank the more than forty hard workers who attended. A combination of parents, students and staff  worked hard across many areas of the College,  with a focus on gardening, mulching and general tidy up of grounds. Some during and after shots are included below. It really is amazing what can be achieved in a short time with our community working together. We hope all members of our community appreciate the efforts and treat the gardens with care as they go about their work. 

 

Capital Works Program Update

College Council has signed off on the final Schematic Design report, details of which are below.  We are looking forward to participating in the first design development meeting, which will be held in the following weeks.

Stace Kerr
Business Manager

 

 


 

College Council Positions

College Council positions

This year, as the number of nominations in each category equals the number of vacancies, we do not need to proceed to ballot. 

Congratulations to the following members of the College community who have been elected to College Council for a 2 year term:

Gary Howell, Mary Roiniotis and Frank  Tlozek - parent member category

Katinka Schmid - student member category

Mary Eade and Stace Kerr - DET member category

Coopted community members are Geoff Spicer and Sarah Whitebrook

 

 

 

Continuing College Council members are:

James Chan and Lou Will - parent member category

Blair Tink - student member category

Sandra Greenhill and Marianne Lee - DET member category

 

 

Stace Kerr 

Business Manager 

College Notices 

Important parent information 

Department of Education Privacy Policy

Our College collects, uses, discloses and stores student and parent personal information for standard school functions or where permitted by law, as stated in the Schools’ Privacy Policy

Please take time to remind yourself of the school’s collection statement, found on our website [add link to your school’s collection statement].

For more information about privacy, see: Schools’ Privacy Policy – information for parents. This information also available in nine community languages.

 

Media Release

In this modern era we take many photographs to celebrate and publicise the work we do at Koonung Secondary College.  At enrolment, parents are asked to sign a media release to allow these photographs to used within the school and education community.

If you wish to check what permissions you have granted or to change your permissions please contact your subschool administrators.

 

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 carers 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).

Smoking

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.

Asbestos

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

How to pay for your child's event using CSEF 

CSEF is provided by the Victorian Government to assist eligible families to cover the costs of camps, school excursions and sporting activities. if you hold a valid health care card you may be eligible for CSEF. The allowance is paid to the school 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 student is $225.  Application forms can be downloaded from www.education.vic.gov.au/csef

 

If you applied for the CSEF in 2019 you do not need to complete an application for 2020 unless there has been a change in your family circumstances. 

 

When an event is due to be paid you can email Koonung.sc@edumail.vic.gov.au and ask Accounts Receivable to take the money from the CSEF funds, this will also give permission, so you will not need to go into Compass to approve the event.  Alternatively, you may contact the College office (9890 9662) to advise Accounts Receivable that you wish to use CSEF for an event and provide  consent over the phone.  

 

Please be mindful that like any other payment for an event, it must be completed by the due date which, in the case of excursions or sporting activities, is at least three days prior to an event. 

 

School Photos 

School photos were taken on Tuesday 4 February. If you wish to order any photos please go to the 'Order 2020 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. 

 

Save the date - Mother's Day Breakfast 

 

Save the Date - Koonung College Musical starts 23 July 

 

Community message from Transdev

   

 

Visit from French sister school 

Visit from our Sister-School, Lycée Baudimont February 2020
 

In the early hours of the morning we flew the Koonung flag at Tullamarine, eagerly awaiting our visitors from our sister-school Lycée Baudimont. Our students and their families were all excited, with text messages even flying between our parents and the parents in Arras. After weeks of communicating online, students had no trouble recognising each other, and the French students set off happily for their two weeks with their Australian Families.

 

Highlights of the stay were a visit from the French Consul, a trip to Healesville Sanctuary, a cultural heritage walk in the Botanic Gardens, and of course the beach!

 

Many thanks for the warmth and generosity shown by our students and their families during the visit. It was great to see our wonderful school community in action. As well as the experience of the French culture and language, friendships have been made that will continue through the years.

 

International Student Program 

Thank you to Koonung teachers from stranded students in China

 

On behalf of students/parents and ISP team, thank you all for your professionalism, care and support to international students, especially the ones who stranded in China during this very challenging  period of time. Your support means a lot to them and us. Many IS parents told me that they are delighted with the decision they made for their child's education.

 

Many class room teachers at Koonung gave up their spare time by teaching international students (IS) who are stranded in China due to Covid-19 virus through SKYPE, including Michael Harte (Year 11 Chemistry teacher), Daniela Nardelli (Year 11 Physics teacher) and Megan Carnie (Year 11 EAL teacher). The online homework club was initiated at the beginning of Term 1 to support the students who were either stranded in China or isolated in homestay in Australia.  The live broadcast has been set up in the Year 12 Chinese class to make sure that Koonung International Students keep up their Year 12 study like those  who are sitting in the classroom. Classwork and homework are checked and corrected through emails.

 

Please kindly read the messages below from Year 11 students who are stranded in China, Lucy and

 

Lucy Sun: 

The COVID-19 is having a huge impact on China and the world. During this period, I was stuck in China and I was so worried at first. However, teachers in Koonung Secondary School gave me so much hope and support. They help me to catch up my studies by emailing me. Some teachers also use their free time to teach and answer my questions through video call. I want to thank all the people who helped me, especially Ms Nardelli, Mrs Carnie, Mr Harte and teachers at international office. I think it is an efficient way to ask questions through video call in this situation. I warmly appreciate your help. It makes me feel less anxious. Finally, I hope the outbreak in Australia will get better and I hope to come back to school soon.

 

Yesterday, I started my first Chinese class online. I can’t return to Australia due to the spread of the Novel Coronavirus. It feels really nice to have friends and teachers to help us when we are in trouble. The lesson was interesting. Although we were studying online and the camera is blurred sometimes, it still helped me a lot. Mr Wu taught us about different cultures first and how these could be affected by our life style. Then, we practiced our listening task and the essay. It was a little different from the way we learned in China. I never had any listening tests in China before. However, Mr Wu made it easy for me to accept it. Overall it is the best way to prepare for the upcoming Chinese exam from the situation I am in now and I want to thank you for helping me.

Belle Chen: 

Due to the outbreak of Covid-19 virus, I could not return to Australia to start my normal study. Fortunately I have good teachers and Ms Song, Mr Li and Ms Bao have been communicating with me regularly, sharing with me the trends of the school and the subject matters, as well as solving various issues/problems for me. Moreover, they share all the resources they can, teach us the knowledge and help us to catch up in my learning. Not only I was helped in learning constantly, but also encouraged and taken care of, especially in these special circumstances. I feel very lucky to have these teachers.  Mr Harte is my chemistry teacher,we facetime once a week to help me to catch up with my study and align with my classmates in a wide range of knowledge. I also facetime with Ms Nardelli, my Physics teacher . She taught me how to study at home, answering questions as well as helping me with challenges. My EAL teacher Ms Carnie,has corrected every homework online and shared all resources with me. These teachers make me feel very loved and strongly supported. I believe that with their help/support I will go through any problems and overcome difficulties. Finally,I wish to say thank you so much my lovely school- Koonung Secondary College!

 

Welcome to our 2020 International students

On Tuesday 25 February we officially welcomed our international students who have travelled from a number of countries including China, Vietnam, Malaysia, South Korea and Japan to study at Koonung. We currently have 71 international students at Koonung, with an additional 2 students who are stranded in China and studying online. 

Our international students have a lot to deal with when they move overseas to study. In addition to keeping up with their studies, it is also important  to improve their language skills, learn the local customs and make new friends. 

The ISP team is always available to provide a caring and supportive base and point students in the right direction when needed.  

We wish our new students all the best as they become part of the Koonung community.

 

Tracey  Song 

International Student Program Manager 

Middle Years 

Middle Years Update 

 

Much has been written over the last few years about diets, fitness, exercise and Australia's obesity crisis.

 There have been countless fad diets, most of which help to shed kilos but once the dieting stops back come the kilos. 

There are many forms of exercise classes for which you can pay big money because they embrace the latest gimmick. Gym membership and regular use has become the norm for many. Of course these forms of exercise are generally very good for us although some are so extreme that they don't last.

What about our children and the example we set for them. Our fitness can be gained and maintained in so many simple ways and we can pass these practices on to our children by example. Yes, I know we live in a busy world where time is the essence of the contract. But, do we really have to get in the car every time we leave the house?

 

As we settle in to the new school year have we taken the time to think that perhaps the kids could walk or ride their bikes to school? I hear it straight away. "What about the dangers?" Ours is a big school and the chances are that there will be other students in your neighbourhood. Arrange for them to met at your house and walk or ride together. The benefits are social as well as physical and in addition it helps the children to gain greater independence.

 

Perhaps if you would rather drive your child, you could consider making your drop off and pick up point a couple of blocks away from the school, just to remind your child that you regard exercise as important.

 

Remember to take the stairs instead of the lift whenever you can. Get the children to carry the groceries and unpack them when they get home. Don't be afraid to expect them to carry out the washing basket and hang out the washing. Responsibilities within the household are a vital part of growing up.

 

Vacuuming, sweeping, mopping and cleaning all fall into that important category of incidental exercise. Gardening provides wonderful opportunities through mowing, digging, pruning, planting just to mention a few as well as its well recognised therapeutic values.

 

Our children need to see exercise and movement as an integral part of our daily lives not just what we do when we play sport or go to the gym. It is not just something we do when we have time. Exercise and movement and the health and fitness it gifts to us the key to a much fuller, happier life.

 

Extra Curricular Success

Johnny Suares came second in the recent Victorian State Championships,

He will be going to Sydney for the Australian National Championships in March 20 to 23

Good luck Johnny!

Congratulations to Year 8 student Sam Morris who received his black belt grading for Karate on the weekend.

 

Year 7 Camp

While transition is an ongoing process, the highlight is most definitely the Year 7 camp to Alexander Adventure resort. I love the energy and enthusiasm our new Year 7 students bring to the camp which includes canoeing, raft building, rock climbing and archery. By the end of the camp, I can see students from a host of different primary schools bonding together and getting to know each other.  Koonung brings together families from a number of wonderful primary school communities. Connecting families with the Koonung community is part of the transition process and it contributes to a feeling of belonging and connectedness which helps our students feel part of Koonung and helps foster the students ambition to do their very best in all things. Thank you to all the staff who came on Year 7 camp. A special thank you to the ex Koonung students who gave up their time to come and the Year 12 Student leaders for coming to visit and helping out at activities.

Jake Sheehan

I thought the camp was run really well. They had so many activities, who would have thought they would have had a trampoline, footy goals and an outdoor cinema. The Koonung X factor was very funny!

 

Jeremy Ball

I liked Laser Sport, I got to use the medium guns in the first round and then the sniper riffle and it was easy to use. I met lots of new friends in my cabin as well as boys in the next couple of cabins. The first night went really fast because we were all having so much fun. I was very tired when I got home.

 

Marco Candiloro

The night walk was fun because we saw a wild Koala in the tree then we got to roast marshmallows in the fire.  I like watching the movie on the outdoor cinema under the stars.

 

Flynn Hovenden

I had broken my arm before camp so I was pretty restricted but my favourite activity was the flying fox because I got to do it.  I had most of my friends in my cabin, it was fun to all stay together and chat and laugh about the day.

 

Jessica Ashby

 My favourite activity was canoeing because I was in a canoe with one of my really good friends. It was a little scary because everyone almost tipped over. I had lots of good friends in my cabin, we spent a lot of time talking and laughing and getting to know one another.

 

Levi Henson

My favourite activity was rock-climbing because I got to race Isamu the Year 12 Student leader and I beat him. I really enjoyed the cabins because in the end I have made lots of new friends. The activity around the camp like basketball and football were really fun and I got to meet lots of other kids that way.

 

Lily

I did archery for the very first time, It was really hard but I was very close at hitting the bullseye. I had the majority of my friends in my cabin and we had lots of fun even though we were really tired each night.  Morning tea snacks from the camp were amazing!

 

Alysha Clegg 

I got to meet lots of new people, I was in a cabin with one of the girls that I knew but the rest were new. I still talk to everyone back at school now. I won the Koonung X factor I sang the song Hellelujah.

My favourite activity was the leap of faith. I was really scared at the top but proud of myself for doing it. My activity group really encouraged me at the top.

 

International Women’s Day

On Wednesday the 4th of March, Mrs Howe and three Year 9 students, Keira, Ava and Tinka were invited to spend the morning at the International Women’s Day Breakfast organised by MASH Rotary, at Box Hill Town Hall.

The theme for the breakfast was “She’s on a roll - Embrace the Challenge”. The three panel members consisted of Sophia Grubnic, a social activist in her first year of University and in her 19th year of feminist activity, who spoke about gender injustice and prejudices against women. The second panel member Dr Manjula O’Connor spoke about domestic violence, and we were inspired to hear about how she stood up for a cause with a campaign against dowries in Australia, even though she was criticized by some about it. The third panelist Samuel Johnson who was raising awareness about a highly effective form of cancer treatment called Personalised Treatment that is going ignored in Australia for no reason. Samuel was there on behalf of his sister Connie Johnson who died from Breast Cancer. Connie Johnson is the founder of the “Love your Sister” charity after her many episodes of cancer throughout her life.  Ava’s Addition

The morning was very inspiring and all three speeches were excellent, it was also very nice to get to meet some of the Rotarians at our table and find out more about what they do.

 

Box Hill Lions Club Encouragement Award

Commencing in 1964 the Box Hill Lions Club Encouragement Award has been awarded to two students across the Box Hill District. The scholarship is to honour the memory of tireless former Lion, Eric Perkins. Eric was a dedicated worker within our community with a specific focus on education and the development of our youth.

 

Schools are asked to provide the academic records, as well as any details of extra-curricular Community & Sporting involvement. The nominees also go through an interview process in front of a judging panel at the Box Hill Lions Hall in Box Hill South.

 

It gives me great pleasure to let the Koonung Community know that two our own Year 9 students,  Katinka Schmid and Gus McSheffery have been awarded the honour of receiving the Box Hill Lions Club Encouragement Award for 2020. Well Done Tinka and Gus!

 

This Encouragement Award is valued at $500 per year for 4 years (Yr 9-12 inclusive). 

 

 

Year 7 Welcome Picnic 

 

 

 

Upcoming Middle School events

Friday  20 March   -  Year 8 Team Building Day

Wednesday  22 April  - Year 8 Camp

 

Middle School 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, and for event notifications
  • Students are encouraged to bring drink bottles in the warmer weather.
  • Sports equipment can be borrowed at recess and lunchtime at the Middle Years Centre

 

Breakfast Club

 

 

Friday mornings from 8am in the MYC

 

 

 

Homework Club

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

 

2020 Middle School Team 

Allira Howe 

Middle School Director 

 

Thank you from Anamika Tuteja (9F)

Live Life Blessing Packs Project

Thank you to the Koonung community who so generously donated items for the care packs for the homeless.  Your amazing generosity is going o keep me very busy in the coming weeks as I package them. 

 

Live Life Community Excursion 

Earlier this term, the current Live Life Community module visited the Endeavour Foundation’s workplace in Kew to deepen our understanding of the lives of people with disabilities, and extend our social skills to be applied within various areas of the community. It is a facility that assists people with disabilities to support themselves, and to provide them with opportunities they normally would not have available to them.

The week before the excursion, we had an information session with a Scope employee and an inspiring Paralympian which was interesting, and prepared us for the following experience.

Where we went, there was an area for packaging goods, as well as an art therapy room I had the privilege of visiting. During the time I spent packaging goods, I met many new, kind people who shared their interests, stories and jobs with me, including a musical theatre fan I met who is hoping to watch this year’s school musical. During lunch break, we conversed with new people, and competed in a spelling bee, which my friends and I helped our team to win.

In the Art Therapy Room which select people were able to spend time in, extremely talented artists of different abilities showcased their past work, and projects currently in progress. I had the pleasure of being shown around by a particular artist called Stefan, who showed his Davie Bowie portrait he was working on for QArt’s upcoming exhibition ‘Rhythm and Hues’ (information available on their website). He also showed my friends and I other amazing paintings of his which included people such as; Freddie Mercury, Kobe Bryant, Rafael Nadal and Eddie Betts. He posts updates of his progress and various achievements on his Instagram ‘@stefsart3’, and was extremely kind and welcoming.

I thoroughly enjoyed the experience, and it prepared me well for my community placement, as I am sure it did for others.

Mietta De Luise 9G

 

Year 9 Gridiron 

 

Senior School News 

Year 12 report

We are closing in on the end of Term 1 in what has been a busy start of the year for the Year 12 cohort of 2020. Highlights of the first 6 weeks include the swimming sports where we had some great costumes on display, the Year 12 Friday lunchtime BBQ in week 2 and the arrival of the 2020 Year 12 jackets which the students look great in. Valentine’s Day was also a hit with students of the leadership team going classroom to classroom serenading unsuspecting students whose friends had donated money to the Koonung Bushfire Appeal.

The Year 12 students are currently undergoing “SAC season” where they will have a quite a few SACs in the same week if not the same day. It’s been great to see students showing self-discipline and using their study periods and time before and after school working hard in the Senior Centre. What’s even better is seeing small study groups popping up where students discuss and work through problems from specific subjects. This is a great strategy and a habit we recommend for all students to get into as soon as possible.

Some advice for parents on how to help their child through this heavy period is to keep them well fed and hydrated and to be there if they want some chill out time to chat, eat, gripe or check their phone. We recommend that students have a 5-10 minute break for every 50-55 minutes of solid study to get the best out of their time.

Parent/teacher/student conferences are also coming up in week 9. These are a great opportunity for students (and parents) to check in with their teacher to review what they’ve achieved so far and to make plans as to how they will achieve their next goals.

A couple of reminders to our Year 12 students:

  • If you are driving a car to and from school you must pick up a permission form from the Senior School office, get it signed by your parents and returned to us.
  • Once at school you are not permitted to leave unless you are not returning i.e. you cannot go down to the shops for lunch and then come back for class or private study
  • If you are unwell and planning to go home, you MUST go to the sickbay/office and get signed out.

Finally, I have had some really pleasing feedback from the staff and teachers so far this year about the maturity, respectfulness and friendliness of this year’s Year 12s – let’s keep it up!

Michael Harte

Year 12 Coordinator 

 

Year 11 Geography Fieldwork 

Last Tuesday our Year 11 Geography students did fieldwork to investigate how flooding hazards are managed in Whitehorse as part of VCE Unit 1 “Hazards and Disasters”.

We explored 2 local creeks, Bushy Creek and Koonung Creek, and Blackburn Lake to identify both natural features and processes, as well as management responses to potential hazard events. Students worked in collaborative groups to measure and record a range of data which they will use in their fieldwork report.

 

Gail Munro

Geography Teacher

International Women's Day 

Students attend International Women's Day event at Box Hill Library 

 

In 1977 on March 8, the United Nations proclaimed International Women’s Day. International Women’s Day is a day where both men and women can come together to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. A lot has changed for women since 1977. It is now no longer uncommon to see women in all fields. Business women, astronauts, judges, tradies, surgeons, politicians, academics- school principals! We still have a way to go; equality of pay, the right to vote in some countries, access to education, control over their bodies. Nevertheless, this Sunday is a day of celebration. This Sunday is about us girls! So let’s all have a fabulous day, be inspired by women on the international stage or maybe someone closer to home. And let me leave you with this from a businesswoman, philanthropist and artist I find inspiring “I want all women to feel great. We are women and we have challenges. We deserve to feel beautiful.”- Rihanna 

Being invited to the Whitehorse International Women's Day event was a great opportunity for my peers and  to meet the women of our community and celebrate International Women's Day together. It really showed me just how amazing some of the diverse women of Whitehorse are and their awesome contributions to our community. Going to this event was truly inspiring and empowering and made me feel more connected to the women in our community.

Katerina Giannakopoulos 12B

 

I think this chance to celebrate women and how far we have come to expand our equality and opportunities is a really great honour. I have been impressed with how the education system has changed, and how women in schools have been able to receive the same opportunities as men, all through the hard work of the devoted women that came before us. I know that we are very lucky to have it easy, however it's still clear that we have not quite reached a place of total equality, specifically in how men treat women, that is where sexism plays a great part. In school, I myself have witnessed many occasions where girls have been put down, solely for their gender, which is often said to be “just a joke”, but we all know that it still hurts. Looking at it on a bigger scale, one of the biggest problems for women is sexual and physical abuse, which has received a lot more justice, but still nowhere near enough, especially when excuses in the man's favour are constantly being made. This is a problem that constantly needs to be demolished, and I'm glad that we are here today to commemorate that step forward in creating a comfortable and accepting world for the women that will come after us.

Mina Wakefield 12F

Carnivals, Interschool Sport & House News 

Carnivals and Interschool Sport

Swimming carnival 

We had another fantastic turnout this year at our annual swimming carnival despite a few showers and clouds in the morning. The pools were full all day with swimmers in the main events vying for a place in the division finals and others just having some fun in the novelty events. Highlights of the day included the annual and very competitive VCE volleyball showdown, as well as Mr  Hasseldine’s incredible belly flop, BIG splashes. Thank you to our musical cast members who offered delicious cakes and musical melodies throughout the day.

 Mr Hasseldine in the Big Splash competition

 

Unfortunately, it was not all good news for the students,  with the teachers taking an easy victory in the relay race. Congratulations to the teachers! Stay tuned for the Year 12 versus staff race at Athletics Carnival in Term 2. 
Thank you to the student leaders and all staff for their contributions throughout the day. Congratulations to all age group champions (below) and to McCubbin House who won on the day.
Champions:
13 Girls – Judy Ahmed
13 Boys – James Hu
14 Girls – Keira Tait
14 Boys – Patrick Foster-Johnson & Christos Karagiannis
15 Girls – Tinka Schmid 
15 Boys – Lachlan Wallace
16 Girls – Chloe Pedler & Mel Lertprasertwech
16 Boys – Max Dooley
17 Girls – TBA
17 Boys – Sandrex Macales
20 Girls – Claire Lumsden
20 Boys – Wesley Wong

 

2020 House Leaders 

Announcing the winners – elated McCubbin leaders, shattered Streeton leaders!!

 

The next stage was the Division Swimming & Diving event  held at Aquanation in Ringwood on the 5 March. Mr  Mangonis took 30 eager students to compete against the best swimmers from other schools in our area for a chance to go through to the EMR Regional Finals. Our students had a blast and came away with some successes.

Congratulations to Keira Tait  (9F) who was awarded the Age Group Champion for coming first and scoring the most points in all of her events at the Division event.
Good luck to Keira, Judy, Ben, Cora, Ava and Mairna who came first in their races and will progress onto the EMR Region Finals on 24 March. You have already made Koonung so proud!

 

House Cross Country 

Today we held our House Cross Country Carnival. Keep an eye out in our next newsletter for results. 

 

House Athletics Carnival 

The Koonung House Athletics Carnival will be held on Friday 1 May (week 3, term 2) at Hagenauer Reserve, Box Hill. Students are to come to school and attend period 1 class for roll marking, their teacher will then walk with them to the venue. Students should wear their Koonung PE uniform and are permitted to wear a coloured t-shirt that represents their house. There will be a sausage sizzle at the event but please also bring lunch, snacks and water for throughout the day as there is no canteen available. Please remember that non-attendance to whole school carnival events will result in students being unable to participate in Inter-School Sport teams and optional camps.
Looking forward to another fantastic house carnival, see you all there!


Sarah Hobson and Sam Prosenak 

Carnivals and Interschool Sport Coordinators 

 

February House Members of the Month Awards 

 

James Panchmatia 7C 

James exhibited an awesome attitude at year 7 camp with outstanding sportsmanship and encouragement skills. Well done, James!

 

 

Natasha Mulay 11E

Natasha is a great participant in the school community and through her endeavours has illustrated an excellent work ethic. Well done, Natasha!

 

 

Jonathan Karavas 12C

Jono has consistently demonstrated a positive attitude which is reflected in his respect for his peers and teachers. Well done, Jono!

 

 

Alvin Fung 12B

Alvin has displayed consistent enthusiasm in both his own studies and selflessly assisting his peers in all subjects, especially maths. Well done, Alvin!

 

 

These students were all chosen for displaying their excellence in showing the house values of:

  • House spirit
  • A positive attitude
  • Sportsmanship and encouragement
  • Enthusiasm
  • Endeavour in all aspects of school life

Congratulations to all our House Members of the Month for February!

 

Arts  

Young Archie Competition 

Koonung  student Joana Goi (7F) has created a wonderful self-portrait and entered the Young Archie Award 2020.

The Young Archie competition invites budding artists between the ages of 5 and 18 to submit a portrait. As well as online, all finalists are displayed at the Art Gallery of NSW held in conjunction with the Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes exhibition. To be a part of the prestigious Young Archie shows great dedication as a young artist. Joana has showed great skill in her self-portrait using the charcoal medium to full effect with tonal variations and soft blending to create her realistic artwork. Well done Joana, we wish you the best in the competition!

Amy McLellan 

Art Teacher 

Arts Space News - Classical drawing in Still Life

 

Arts Space is a student art group at Koonung and runs at lunch time on Thursdays in Room 35 - all students are welcome at any time! Beginners are always welcome!

If you wish to explore more about the wonderful world of art, then come along to Arts Space, facilitated by Art Teacher, Sandy Angliss. 

Currently in Arts Space we are exploring classical drawing methods in Still Life - we have been looking at the beautiful shape of the humble pear. 

Students have been learning about and practising 'Gesture' drawing and 'Contour' drawing. 

In 'Gesture' drawing,  students have been practising to see the pears as a whole, and to get a drawing down on paper with-in 5 seconds - it is amazing what we can all achieve in 5 seconds!  I then increased the drawing time to 20 seconds, one minute and one minute and 30 seconds. These rapid fire drawings are of course loose and free, as the time limit to draw is so short. This exercise helps to strengthen the students eye-hand coordination and to see the 'Still life' as a whole. 

'Contour' drawing is very different to 'Gesture' drawing, but also very important to learn and experience as young artists in the making.  'Contour' drawing is a very slow and methodical way of deeply observing the 'outline' or the 'contours' of an object. 

All students have been applying themselves to these drawing methods, with great maturity. They have all created authentic and honest drawings! Well done team!

In the next few weeks, we will begin to explore form and colour and create drawings of "Still Life with pears" with soft pastels on paper. 

We will be looking at the still-lives artworks of Vincent Van Gogh and Paul Cezanne for inspiration. 

See you in the Arts Space - remember - all welcome, anytime!

 

Sandy Angliss

Art Teacher

IDAHOBIT Art Exhibition 

 

 

Art Competition 

 

 

Careers and Pathways

Careers News

Year 12s

Year 12 students are currently attending their Term 1 Career Interviews.  Please check Compass for appointment times.

 

Students are encouraged to download the VTAC app to support them research courses and plan for course applications which open in August.

 

Year 11s

Yr 11 students may consider undertaking work experience to further explore career options and ideas.  Placements can be a few days or one week in duration.  Interested students should see careers for the required paperwork.

 

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.

 

Information Sessions and Workshops

Victoria Police | Information Session

29 March 2020, 10:00 am - 11:30 am

Wesley College, Melbourne

If you are seeking a stimulating, challenging and rewarding career and have values aligned to those of Victoria Police, we encourage you to consider a career in policing.

Please join us at this session to learn about the Police role, the recruitment process and training at the Academy.

Find out more: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/police-information-session-march-tickets-97643924607

 

 

ACAP | Info Session

28 April 2020, 6:00 pm

Australian College of Applied Psychology, Melbourne

Interested in studying psychology, counselling, social work, criminology, coaching, or case management?

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

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

 

ACAP | Online Info Sessions

Social Work: 6 May 2020, 6:00 pm

Counselling: 6 May 2020, 7:00 pm

Criminology: 7 May 2020, 6:00 pm

Psychology: 7 May 2020, 7:00 pm

Online

Interested in studying social work, counselling, criminology or psychology?

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

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

 

JMC Academy | Open Day

9 May 2020, 9:00 am - 2:00 pm

JMC Academy, South Melbourne

Are you still undecided about how you want to spend the next one to two years of your study time? Do you want a preview of what your years after school might hold? Then this is your opportunity to get to know JMC Academy.

On the day you can take a tour of our facilities, get your hands on some of our serious gear, grab a bite to eat and learn why JMC continues to lead the way in Creative Industries education. You’ll also have a chance to chat with current students and heads of department about studying abroad and industry internships. Don’t forget to listen to our student bands and stop by the studios to see and hear live film and audio productions in action!

Find out more: https://www.jmcacademy.edu.au/events/open-days

Collarts | Open Day

16 May 2020, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Collarts, Wellington Street Campus

At our Open Day, we open our doors to the public and invite you to come and experience life as a student on our campus! Throughout the day there will be detailed information sessions on each of our courses, where you will have plenty of time to ask questions and chat with teachers, graduates and student advisors.

It’s a great opportunity to check out the campus facilities and our innovative and dynamic music, audio and learning spaces. Food and refreshments are also provided throughout the day to keep you going, with staff ready to assist you around every corner.

Find out more: https://www.collarts.edu.au/open-day

 

PSC | Open Day

17 May 2020, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

2 August 2020, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

37-47 Thistlethwaite Street, South Melbourne VIC, Australia

PSC is student centred, career focused and industry connected. Producing job ready graduates informs what we do and the courses we deliver. Our impressive national and global networks and connections benefit our students and graduates, providing them with the skills and industry focus for career success. Come and chat to us about how you can kick start your creative future!

  • Find out about our range of courses
  • Tour our brand new campus
  • Meet our current students, graduates and tutors
  • Experience the action of a live studio shoot
  • Get some tips on your application and the interview process

Find out more: https://www.psc.edu.au/open-day.html

 

Chisholm Institute | Open Night

26 May 2020, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Chisholm Institute, Frankston

Open Nights are a fantastic introduction to Chisholm, featuring a Course and Study Expo with information from across the Institute, as well as information sessions which are study-area specific. Other information sessions are also run throughout the year across a variety of campuses.

At our open nights and information sessions you can:

  • get detailed course information
  • discover opportunities for further study or pathways
  • find out about careers in your field of study
  • help decide which course is right for you
  • have your questions answered
  • learn about the student experience at Chisholm
  • apply to enrol.

Our Open Night Course and Study Expo gives you the chance to get information from course experts in an expo-style setting. You can get find out about specific units of study, career paths and opportunities.

Find out more: https://www.chisholm.edu.au/about-us/information-sessions-and-open-nights

AIM | Open Day

1 August 2020, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Australian Institute of Music, Melbourne

Wondering if you have what it takes to make it in the music and entertainment industry? Come join us at Open Day to find out.

Discover | See our vibrant campus come to life with free performance workshops, demonstrations, displays, career overview talks and more!

Get Involved | Enjoy live performances, and experience a range of fun interactive activities. Plus take part in our industry feedback panel sessions.

Find Out More | Open Day is the perfect opportunity to discover our range of unique and specialised degree programs. Meet teachers, students and alumni, chat to industry experts and explore your course options with our friendly admissions advising staff.

Find out more: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/aim-open-day-2020-melbourne-tickets-94086291631

 

AIM | Immersion Day

21 March 2020, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Australian Institute of Music, Melbourne

At AIM, our passion and dedication to music runs as deep as yours, giving rise to an exciting, inspiring musical community of people who feed off each other’s energy and who inspire each other to greater heights, every day.

Join us at Immersion Day 2020, where you can experience our passion and expertise first hand. AIM will be running classes across all areas of tertiary study and short courses as well as providing some world class performances from our staff and students.

Find out more: https://www.aim.edu.au/events/aim-immersion-day-2020

 

ATAR Notes VCE Lectures – March/April

22 March 2020, 10:00 am - 5 April 2020, 5:00 pm

RMIT & TuteSmart Centres

Attending our lectures will give you an advantage over other students. The lectures can help set you up for 2020 success by giving you:

  • an overview of important content and topics to be aware of
  • a head start into tricky areas so you don’t fall behind in class
  • revision of concepts you have covered so far
  • more confidence in tackling your subjects in 2020
  • top tips and tricks for the best ways to study and revise for SACs and exams
  • the chance to speak with some of VCE’s best tutors about your subjects and goals

Places will book up fast, so don’t delay! You can book for as many lectures as you like. Make sure your friends do, too! Lectures will run on the following dates:

  • Units 3&4 subjects: 28-29 March, 4-5 April (hosted at RMIT)
  • Units 1&2 subjects: 30 March – 2 April (hosted at TuteSmart Centres)
  • Year 10 subjects: 30 March – 2 April (hosted at TuteSmart Centres)
  • UCAT: 29 March, 5 April (hosted at RMIT)

Find out more: https://vcelectures.eventbritestudio.com/

 

University of Melbourne | A Day at Melbourne

4 April 2020, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

University of Melbourne, Parkville Campus

A Day at Melbourne will give you a taste of what your future at Melbourne could look like.

Ever wondered how artificial intelligence will affect the world’s law makers? Concerned about what effect climate change and a growing population will have on our agriculture in 10 years’ time? And what exactly does an academic economist do?

Get ready to challenge your thinking and explore new areas of thought through workshops, lectures and interactive sessions designed specifically for Year 10 students.

Find out more: https://study.unimelb.edu.au/connect-with-us/events-for-future-students/all-events-listing/a-day-at-melbourne

 

William Angliss Institute | Experience Day

9 April 2020, 9:30 am –

1:30 pm

William Angliss Institute, La Trobe Street

This year we’re inviting all of you for a sneak peek of our facilities and kitchens – in short, where the magic happens! Students will learn from our experts and have the opportunity to experience cookery, patisserie and food science demo workshops.

Find out more: https://www.angliss.edu.au/events-hub/angliss-experience-day-foods/

 

 

Job Spotlight

Could You be an Astronaut?

Have you ever dreamed of one day flying into space? You can take a quick quiz online to see if you might have what it takes to become an astronaut.

The test asks a series of questions based on official NASA Astronaut Candidate requirements and real-life psychological tests to see if you’ve got what it takes for intergalactic exploration.

Check it out here: https://www.astronaut-test.com/

 

A Job as a Chocolate Scientist

Got a sweet tooth? You could have a career as a Chocolate Scientist, just like Lizzy Dinsdale. She spends her days at Mars coming up with delicious new ideas for sweets – including a hot cross bun flavoured M&M!

Find out about she landed her dream job and how you can too: https://www.stylist.co.uk/life/careers/dream-job-chocolate-bar-designer-developer-unusual-careers/364919

 

Carole Marcianti and Karen Riding 

The Careers Team 

 

 

Library News

Book Club 2020

Commencing Monday 2 March - running fortnightly, more advertising to come. All welcome to join.

Here are some of the benefits of being a member:

Longer borrowing period, unlimited number of books (must attend 4 meetings a year to qualify)

Competitions to enter (Book Club members only)

Look through tubs of new books and vote for your favourite for the library to buy

Informal book chats and interviews 

 

eBook February additions

Our eBook collection grows each month with new titles being added. If you are unsure how to access it please ask the librarian.

 

Parents and Friends Association  

Welcome

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 and are actively involved in a number of events throughout the year.  Our first meeting, the AGM, was held on Monday  3 February  where elections for our new 2020 committee was held. We are still seeking a Vice-President. If you are interested please contact PFA President, Andrew Gifford. We welcome everyone to get involved in our wonderful community.    

Mother's Day Breakfast 

 

This is one of the most popular PFA  events of the year.  The event will be held in the Senior Centre  on Friday May 8  from 7.30am - 8.30am.

There will be door prizes, delicious food and reflections from our college captains.  It’s a great way for each student and their mum to start the day, it is an event not to be missed.

Seeking volunteers to co-ordinate our Second hand uniform shop  

Our lovely parents who run the Second hand uniform shop  are seeking two volunteers to take on the coordination of the shop in 2021. The second hand uniform shop opens every Thursday afternoon until 3:45pm. The existing coordinators are keen to provide training for this role during the second semester. If you are interested please contact the College. 

Second hand books 

Our College is very fortunate to have an annual second hand book sale coordinated by the PFA at the end of each year. The  coordinators for 2020 are Dominique Gifford and Fiona McLean and can be contacted via  email,   booksale@koonung.vic.edu.au 

PFA information

Upcoming  PFA meeting  

20 April 2020

Your Committee for 2020:

 President -   Andrew Gifford

 Vice President -  

 Secretary - Ann-Maree Smith

 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/carer of the student.  Student absence approvals can be entered electronically through our Compass Parent Portal, or, alternatively, a letter of approval must be provided to the school.  Absence approvals can be provided prior to the absence, during the absence or immediately after the absence. The school has a legal obligation to monitor and record student absences and attendance. Failure to provide approval for an absence may impact VISA conditions, VCE conditions and Centrelink payments.

 

BELL TIMES 

8.50 – 9.20          Period 1

9.20 – 9.50          Period 2

9.55 – 10.25        Period 3

10.25 – 10.55     Period 4

10.55 – 11.20     Recess

11.20 – 11.50     Period 5

11.50 – 12.20     Period 6

12.20 – 12.50     Period 7

12.50 – 1.45        Lunch

1.45 – 2.15          Period 8

2.15 – 2.45          Period 9

2.45 – 3.15          Period 10

NB:  There is a 5 minute changeover in the morning:

Periods 2&3 from 9.50 – 9.55 (Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri)

Periods 3&4 from 10.20-10.25 (Wednesday only)

 

If a Unit 3/4 teacher is absent periods 1-3 or 8-10 the class will be cancelled unless indicated on Compass. Students should check Compass in this case. 

 

WELLBEING SUPPORT

The  College  employs a part-time nurse and has a range of level 2 qualified first aid staff to deal with injuries or illness that occur at school. In addition to this, the wellbeing team consists of 2 counsellors and a visiting psychologist who are available to support the needs of our students. 

 

EARLY LEAVERS 

Early leavers require parental approval or acknowledgement. Approvals for early leavers from school can be completed either online (through the Compass Parent Portal) or by handing in a written letter of approval to your Sub School Office at the beginning of the day. All students must report to their sub-school to sign out prior to leaving. 

 

LATE ARRIVAL

Electronic rolls are kept in all classes. Students who arrive late to school are required to sign-in at their sub-school for a late pass. 

 

All late arrivals require parental approval or acknowledgement. Approvals for late arrival to school can be completed either online (through the Compass Parent Portal) or by handing in a written letter of approval to your Sub School Office. SMS notifications may be sent to parents where a student arrives late to school.

 

SECOND HAND UNIFORM SHOP

The second hand uniform shop (situated near the Library at Koonung SC) will be open every Thursday from 12:45pm – 3:45pm.

Any enquiries please email secondhanduniforms@koonung.vic.edu.au

 

LOST PROPERTY

Please ensure all school clothes, books and personal property are clearly labelled with the student’s name. Many items are not returned to their rightful owners because they are not labelled correctly or clearly.

 

USBs should include a folder with the student’s name and form to assist in returning it to the correct person. If you have lost anything please check with your subschool office during recess, lunch or end of day.

 

CANTEEN INFORMATION 

Please find attached the 2020 canteen menu. The canteen staff will be serving a selection of items from this menu each day. Please note that not all items are available every day but there will be a variety of foods available for students to choose. The canteen is open every day from 8 am. To avoid disappointment and the possibility of long queues, students are encouraged to place lunch orders at the start of the day. 

 

 

Community Notices 

Whitehorse Community Indigenous Plant Sale 

 

Kerrimuir Neighbourhood House

  

 

Koonung Heights Community Market

 

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