Koonung Secondary College Newsletter

20 September 2019
Issue Fifteen
Important Dates 
Principals' Report
Koonung Day
Student Leadership  
Middle Years 
Careers and Pathways
Library News
Parents and Friends Association  
School Information  
Community Notices 
Koonung Secondary College
615 Elgar Road
Mont Albert North, VIC, 3129

Important Dates 

Dates for your diary 


Monday 7 October

Term 4 begins


Thursday 10 October

"Koonung Trail" Mural opening

2020 device program information session 7pm


Thursday 10 October

Device Program Information Session 


Friday 11 October 

EMR Track & Field 


Friday 18 October 

Year 12 breakfast & assembly 

Year 12 Valedictory Dinner


Monday 21 - Friday 25 October

VCE Art Exhibition












Principals' Report

Principal Team Report

Third term, the winter term, is always the toughest. The days are short, the weather is cold, our Middle school students are dragging their feet and our students undertaking Unit 3/4 subjects are on that seemingly never ending SAC treadmill. However, last week we stopped for a day, Koonung Day, and what a day it was. Friday the 13th, a day often feared by the superstitious but for us a day filled with sunshine, friendship and fun. Koonung Day has been on the college calendar since 2011. Initially the brain child of Allira Howe, the baton has now passed to Peter Hodkinson.

Peter worked tirelessly with the student leaders and a large group of staff volunteers to plan a day where students could relax, socialise and work together. I hope that you each took the time to visit the KD19 website and view the many activities that were on offer. 

We commenced the day with a whole school assembly. Key events in the assembly were:

  • A presentation by Anne and Rob Teese from Mont Albert and Surrey Hills Rotary to Allira Howe for her work to build the Interact club at Koonung Secondary College
  • The presentation of a cheque from Rotary to match funds raised by our Interact group for Backpacks for Beds, a program designed to provide members of Melbourne’s homeless with a degree of comfort if they are sleeping rough
  • Our prospective 2020 College Leaders each gave impressive speeches on their vision for the College and their capacity and desire to lead and drive improvements in the school (results of the election will be announced soon)
  • House singing, another key event on the College calendar each year.

Straight after the assembly, students transitioned to a day of activities.

The Year 11 Business Management students were trying their hands at running a small business. From marketing, planning and then to delivery there has been much excitement in the build up to this day. Most of the “businesses” decided to provide food with two sessions scheduled. Many of our small businesses did not anticipate the demand for their products, but it is always a good idea to leave your customers wanting more! The profits made by each small business will be donated to a charity of the students’ choice.

While the food stalls are always a draw card, there were many other activities available including gnocchi making with Mr Guardiani’s Mum, cake decorating, portrait painting, earring making, zumba and lion dancing, qudditch playing, lego building, minecraft, chess, staff vs student matches, lots of music, singing, dancing and …. We hope that your son/daughter had a great day because staff definitely had fun running activities and getting involved.


Spring Music Concert

Last Wednesday was the annual Spring Concert. This event continues to grow and tickets are becoming increasingly difficult to secure. We had a full house and once again we watched and listened with awe at the amazing talent of our young people. The transformation that occurs over just 9 months for some of our emerging musicians is amazing and a true credit to the Instrumental Music staff who support them and the hard work and dedication to practise by the students themselves. We are truly fortunate to have such a range of talented vocalists, bands and individual musicians who can provide such high calibre entertainment.



Semester Two Parent/Student/Teacher Interviews

I hope that you were able to make the most of the opportunity to speak to teachers regarding your child’s progress this term. The interview program is an important component of our assessment and reporting cycle and provides each member of this three way partnership with an opportunity to set goals, celebrate success and realign priorities.


Unit 3/4 Trial Exams

The upcoming holidays are, for many, an opportunity to take a break and step away from school work. For our students undertaking Unit ¾ subjects it is a chance to recharge, get some sleep, refocus and plan for, and commence, a structured revision program. The coursework is now finished and SACs are complete. There is just one element remaining and it really pays to start planning now. To support our students to kick start this study regime we are running Trial exams in week two of the holidays. We believe that undertaking trial exams early provides students with an excellent understanding of the standard that will be expected in November and enables them to plan for the revision of concepts that will undoubtedly be needed. We also recognise that replicating the exam experience is a proven way to reduce normal anxiety which can play a significant role in performance. All students undertaking Unit ¾ exams are expected to attend the Trial exams, a timetable has been circulated to students. Teachers will provide feedback on these exams to help inform future study needs.


Summer Uniform

As the weather warms up, there is an expectation that students will transition from the winter uniform into the summer uniform. The first two weeks of term 4 is a transition period and all students are required to be in the summer uniform by the start of week 3. This includes wearing the blazer to and from school on days when the temperature is below 25C. Please check Compass or the College website for our Uniform Policy.

And finally, we wish you all a safe and relaxing holiday period, it looks like the weather may be kind to us.


Sandra Greenhill
Assistant Principal





Koonung Day

Koonung Day - Friday 13 September

Koonung Secondary College has a fantastic community of students, staff and parents and this year’s Koonung Day allowed us all to take a breath and celebrate the success and sense of pride our community has enjoyed over the past 12 months. Back to a full day, KD19 introduced a brand new focus on student agency and choice with events organised by students, staff and parents running throughout periods three to nine. Students were invited to spend the day doing what they love whether that be sport, performing arts, eSports, technology or fine arts. With the main stage full to bursting with amazing musical talent all day, students set up picnic blankets on the oval and soaked up the sun, spending time together outside of the normal hustle and bustle of regular classes.


Year 11 Business Management students set up stalls selling food to much success while the PFA ran sideshow alley games of strength and skill. Staff also took the opportunity to spend time with the students, whether running events or supervising.  Koonung Day gave us all a chance to slow down and appreciate the wonderful relationship our teachers and students have.


I can’t thank the Koonung community enough for their support with the massive undertaking that was KD19. Sam Prosenak, Richard Leask and myself had a vision for a Koonung Day with a festival feel that focused on relationships, community and choice, and because of the support of staff members, student leadership and the PFA, the day was all that and more. As Sharon Paspa’s amazing zoomba routine kicked off and hundreds of students danced, smiled and laughed on the oval in front of me, I had a rare chance to stop and look around at our school and appreciate how lucky we are to educate and be educated at Koonung.


 Peter Hodkinson

Director of Learning - Engagement and Leadership


Koonung Day Soccer 

Thank you to all the teams that entered the Koonung Day ‘Soccer 7s’ tournament. It was a great tournament that had a lot of atmosphere, competitiveness and fun. Well done to team ‘Orange Orangutans’ who took out the title with 4 wins and 2 draws. The order of placings were:

  1. Orange Orangutans
  2. Downball
  3. EA Sports
  4. Fire Breathing Gummy Bears
  5. International Antisocials
  6. UpTheSunz
  7. L.M

Michael Oaten

Director of Learning:  Learning Enhancement 

Health & Physical Education Teacher 

Student Leadership  

Student Leadership Elections 

As another Term 3 comes to a close, new captains emerge from our Year 11 cohort and take over from the amazing current captains of 2019. This year’s student leaders had vision, raised awareness and financial support for several worthy causes, they were instrumental in the rebuilding of Koonung Day and were excellent role-models to our younger year levels. So much so that we had an incredibly large number of applicants for leadership positions in 2020 which has meant that not only is our incoming team proficient and exemplary leaders, but also that we have had to make hard choices as so many amazing students applied.

Thank you to all students who put their hands up bravely to lead next year and congratulations to next year’s student leadership team:

School Captains
Blair Tink
Sarah Whitebrook

Vice Captains
Ellie Dooley
Tim Woodfield

SRC Presidents
Hayley Mason
Sam Burgess
Art Captains
Zoe Unterrainer
Kajal  Desai

Drama Captains
Hayley Alday
Eva Healey

McCubbin House Captains
Claire Lumsden
Jacob Howell

Roberts House Captains
Brianna Shelley
Paris Dardoumbas

Streeton House Captains
Ella Morrison
Isamu Walker

Condor House Captains
Luke Morando
Claire Morgan

International Captains
Yiko Liang
Amy Pham

Music Captains
Elisha Punay

Anthony Tran 

Sport Captains
Caitlin Morando
Amanda Ling

STEM Captains
Alvin Fung
Charlotte Terrill

Literacy Captains
Reka Ropolyi
Ruken Zeyto

Environment Captains
Kat Giannakopoulos
Mina Wakefield


Also, a massive thank you to the outgoing captains for their hard work, enthusiasm and integrity.

2019 School Captains

Annaliese Hawkins
Sebastian Jose

2019 Vice Captains

Libby Odria 
Tom Kerr 


2019 SRC Presidents

Hannah Treisman
Arun Marcus Olifent


2019 Condor House Captains
Emma Hayes
Joel Hansen 


2019 McCubbin House Captains
Lucy Ollerenshaw
Sarah Bacon


2019 Roberts House Captains
Sarah Larson
Lilly McClimont


2019 Streeton House Captains
Risha Hede
Lilly Rose Watkins


2019 Drama Captains
Joe Healey
Emma Hocking


2019 Sport Captains
Harry Prout
Jaclyn Elliott


2019 Music Captains
Jessica Jana

Henry Andrew


2019 Art Captains
Erin Smillie
Marina Pilithakis


2019 International Captains
Adrian Xiang
Oliva Ye


2019 STEM Captains
Alexander O’Brien
Catherine Muir 
Marshall Poon



Peter Hodkinson

Director of Learning - Engagement and Leadership 

Middle Years 

Middle Years Update 


There is nothing to equal a good celebration.

Moomba celebrates all we love about Melbourne. 'Let's get together and have fun' is its motto and most of us have at some point of our life have done just that at Moomba. We do so with a sense of pride at being part of the community of our great city, and celebrate our good fortune to call Melbourne home.


Last Friday we had our own unique, special celebration, Koonung Day. This is a very important day on our College calendar. Just as a family birthday celebration is a key way to bring family together and realise the importance of each individual in that group, so too is Koonung Day. Congratulations to all our students who participated in such an enthusiastic manner. It was loads of fun for all of us.

Planning such an action filled day involves staff, student leaders, parents and benefactors pooling their collective resources and skills to produce a really impressive range of options in the activities offered to students. We are grateful for this wonderful opportunity to celebrate belonging to the Koonung community. What a great day it was and we are very proud of the way so many people worked together to ensure that the day was an outstanding success. Our thanks goes out to every individual who contributed in any way.


We are proud of our college  and the college spirit that continues to grow and gives us every reason to celebrate our wonderful school. Just as we are fortunate to call Melbourne our home city, we are fortunate indeed to call Koonung our school.

Congratulations Matt Tait

Matt plays rugby union for Box Hill under 16s. He had a great season, the team finished 2nd in the table and played in the grand final against Melbourne Unicorns last Saturday. They went on to win the grand final beating the Melbourne unicorns by 36 - 14. Well done Matt!  

Middle School Interact Club Literacy event

On Wednesday 11 September myself and fellow Year 7, 8 and 9 Middle School Interact Club members went off to Box Hill North Primary School. The main focus of the day was to help promote the importance of literacy throughout the school. We read our favourite picture books to the Year 1 and 2 students  and then they read their favourite books back to us. Another focus for the day was to also support Box Hill North Primary School's  Book Week and explain the Books in Homes Campaign that we are participating in. We have been supporting this program by reading books to schools like Box Hill North Primary School and raising money for this campaign by running events like pizza lunches at school.

At the end of the day the students of Box Hill North PS were very thankful for our visit and we equally enjoyed  reading to them too.

Max Dooley 9E



Congratulations Matt Tait

Matt plays rugby union for Box Hill Under 16s. He enjoyed a great season with his team finishing the team finished 2nd on the ladder and playing in the grand final against Melbourne Unicorns last Saturday. They went on to win the grand final beating the Melbourne unicorns by 36 - 14. Well done Matt!  


Congratulations to our Year 8 Art award winners 



Summer  Uniform starts in Term 4 

With Term 4 just around the corner it is important to remind all Middle School students that their school uniform should always reflect a level of care in their personal presentation and that they are to be correctly dressed at all times – this includes both travelling to and from school as well during the school day. We are extremely proud of our students and our College and our expectation is that students will wear the Koonung uniform with pride at all times.

  • Summer uniform for girls includes Koonung regulation gingham dress, worn with plain white socks that reach mid calf, or
  • Summer uniform for girls is Koonung regulation grey shorts worn with plain white socks (no logos), that reach mid-calf.
  • Summer uniform for boys is Koonung regulation grey shorts and a white short sleeve Koonung shirt worn with plain white socks (no logos), that reach mid-calf.

Note – we do have a changeover period for the first week of Term 4 students are able to wear both Summer and Winter uniforms.

Breakfast Club



Friday mornings from 8am in the MYC

Breakfast Club enjoyed making pancakes last Friday 


Homework Club


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


Upcoming events

Year 7 Cyber Bullying Incursion                24 October

Year 8 Alcohol Awareness Incursion  27 November 

Year 9 Exams                                             4 - 5 December

Year 9 Student free day                             6  December

Year 8 and Year 9 Student free day      10 December

Year 9 Camp                                         11 - 13 December



Allira Howe

Director of Learning: Middle Years


Allira Howe awarded a prestigious Rotary award


Rotary started in 1905. It was the vision of one man, Mr Paul Harris. Fifty years on,  the Paul Harris Fellow recognition was set up in 1957.


Allira Howe  has been selected by the Rotary Club of Mont Albert and Surrey Hills to receive this recognition for her dedicated work:

  • As a leading teacher you have had many roles responsible for Community and Culture, Community and Student Leadership and currently as Director of Learning – Middle School Manager.
  • In all these roles you have demonstrated your commitment to the Rotary ideals of encouraging and fostering service to the community to improve the quality of life for people in our community and to serve public interest through empowerment of youth and development of leadership.
  • Your enthusiasm and dedication to the Interact Club has seen it grow over the years to now play a very important role in the leadership training of students and their connection with the broader community. This year you have furthered this commitment ot start a second chapter of the Interact Club for students in Middle School.

Congratulations  Allira!


Anne and Rob Tesse

MASH Rotary


Term 3 review

                                                                                       Year 7 Soccer team 


Interschool sport this term has involved a range of successful outcomes for students and teachers.

A very special thank-you to all students who have ‘tried out’, practiced and participated in school sport this term. The following is a list of sport teams who have either participated in, won the Whitehorse Division or progressed further to the Eastern Region Sports Program (EMR).

  • July 17 - Senior Girls Soccer  

          The senior team and Mr Mangonis (Coach) went to Darebin Park for the EMR tournament 

  • July 30 -  Intermediate Basketball,  Intermediate Hockey,  Intermediate Table Tennis

The above mentioned teams went to the division competition and the Intermediate Girls Hockey Team are through to the finals which will be held at Malvern-Hawthorn Hockey Centre on Tuesday the 15 October. Congratulations to the team & to Ms Hobson.

  • August 2 - Year 7 Boys Soccer participated in the finals at Darebin Sports Centre – Well done to the boys & Mr Mangonis (Coach) 
  • August 5 - Intermediate Girls Soccer participated in the finals at Darebin Sports Centre – Well done to the girls & Mr Mangonis (Coach) 
  • August 8 - The Squash team ventured to MSAC for the State Squash Finals and won the award for the best performed school – Junior Girls, and the  junior (Yr 8) girls won the state title – congratulations to Sienna Telford, Chloe Popplewell, Kiera Singleton, & Catherine Jeong. The following girls were runners up in the same competition – Lola Dobie, Taneka Huber & Holly Macfarlane.  Well done to all participants and to Mr Dailey who coached the teams.
  • August 27 - Koonung students attended the Whitehorse Track & Field Competition at Tom Kelly  Aths Track and 20 competitors will be going to the EMR Track & Field Comp on 11th October – We wish them all the success for this competition.
  • September 10 - Year 7 boys & girls participated in Division Hockey, Basketball & Table Tennis. Congratulations to the Girls Basketball, Hockey & Table tennis teams who will go on and compete in EMR finals next term.
  • On the September 19 Year 8 Hockey, Basketball and Table Tennis will compete in the Whitehorse Division Competition.


     Year 8 Boys A Basketball team were winners of the Whitehorse competition


  Year 8 Boys B Basketball team 


Stephen Kiminides

Enrolment Officer 

Sport Coordinator


Year 10 Creating with Food 


In line with their studies on functional properties of ingredients the year 10 Food students have produced a range of products demonstrating various chemical reactions. They applied their understanding of coagulation, emulsions, aeration and caramelisation and produced an Okonomiyaki with mayonnaise, a variety of sponges and brandy snaps.

Great work Year 10s!!


Allison Hart

Food Technology Teacher


Health & PE Week 


Well done to all the participants of the ‘longest kick’ competition as part of Health & PE week. Congratulations to Joel (Year 8), Jack (Year 11) and Harry (Year 12) who took out the award for the longest kick in their year level.


Michael Oaten

Director of Learning- Learning Enhancement







The Wellbeing Team 





Careers and Pathways

Careers News

Years 11 & 12

Year 12 students are reminded to open their VTAC Applications and submit one course preference by September 30, 2019.  Students can add, delete and move courses preferences until 14th December, 4pm which is close of preferences for December round offers.  Payment is due 14th December, 4pm.


Year 12 Term 3 Careers Interviews have commenced. Check compass schedule for interview time.


Year 11 Careers Interviews have recommenced. Check compass schedule for interview time.


Year 10

We are currently processing VET Expression of Interest for VET courses in 2020. We will be assisting students complete their online Expression of Interest for their VET course in 2020 this week. Students will need to bring their USI numbers with them.



Information sessions

La Trobe | Build Your Study Skills Webinar

19 September 2019, 6:00 pm
23 September 2019, 2:00 pm
24 September 2019, 2:00 pm

Attend the webinar to receive a free VCE subject revision lecture on campus. We’ll confirm your registration after the webinar. Find out more: https://www.latrobe.edu.au/events/all/build-your-study-skills-webinar


ACU | Campus Tour

25 September 2019, 10:00 am

Find out more: https://www.acu.edu.au/student-life/experience-uni-before-you-start/explore-your-local-campus/campus-tours/booking-form


Student Exchange Australia New Zealand | LIVE Online Info Session

25 September 2019, 8:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Find out more: https://studentexchange.org.au/info-sessions/live-online/


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

3 October 2019, 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Monash University Peninsula Campus

Find out more: https://www.monash.edu/medicine/news/events/events/spring-break-campus-tour-peninsula


Australian Volunteers Program Information Session

9 October 2019, 6:15 pm

Clemenger BBDO Auditorium

Find out more: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/melbourne-australian-volunteers-program-information-session-registration-69690892335


Monash | Master of Architecture: Information Evening

16 October 2019, 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Monash Art Design & Architecture, Caulfield East

Find out more: https://www.monash.edu/mada/events/master-of-architecture-information-evening?utm_campaign=arch_infoevening__MADA




William Angliss Institute | For Goodness Cakes Short Course

22 September 2019, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

On completion of this class you will receive a certificate of attendance.

Find out more: https://www.angliss.edu.au/shortcourses/for-goodness-cakes/


VU | Youth High Performance Training – School Holiday Program

23 September 2019, 9:00 am - 25 September 2019, 3:30 pm

Victoria University, Footscray Park Campus

Find out more: https://www.vu.edu.au/about-vu/news-events/events/youth-high-performance-training-school-holiday-program


Food Styling for Photography Masterclass

23 September 2019, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

William Angliss Institute

Join professional photographer Tiffany Coubrough in this half-day workshop and learn how to make an insatiable food photo.

Find out more: https://www.angliss.edu.au/events-hub/student-events-s2-2019/food-styling-photography-masterclass/


Stop Motion Animation at RMIT

Did you know that RMIT offer a short course in stop motion animation?

Learn all about the art of stop motion, including the principles behind the art form, storyboarding techniques, using different devices to capture and create, as well as much more.

Find out more and enrol here: https://shortcourses.rmit.edu.au/course_page.php?course=S320235


Living & Learning @ Ajani

Café Skills Level 2

Hospitality work skills for job seekers and volunteers to extend your hospitality and cooking skills to support the operation of a small café.  Begins Wednesday 9th October 9.30am – 11.45am (10 weeks) 

Fee: $25.00

Job Skills

Our Job skills program will help you to assess your vocational skills, work through your career options, prepare your CV, submit your job application and get ready for the interview.  Term 4:  Thursday 24th October10.00am – 1.00pm (7 weeks)  Fee: $25.00

Both of these courses are funded by Adult Community and Further Education

For further information contact office@livelearnajani.org.au



Scholarships & Competitions

Nimble Supporting Women in STEM Scholarship

Value: $5,000

Open/Closing Dates: July 1, 2019 – January 31, 2020

To qualify as eligible for this scholarship, you must be:

  • A female Australian citizen
  • Enrolled full-time and studying for a certificate, diploma, degree or traineeship at an accredited Australian Tertiary Education Institution in any of the following areas related to STEM:
    • Science
    • Technology
    • Engineering
    • Mathematics

Find out more


Courses.com.au Scholarship Program

Value: $5,000 USD

Open/Closing Dates: August 10, 2019 – January 28, 2020

Courses.com.au is proud to launch its 2019 Scholarship Program to provide students with the opportunity to advance their education! The scholarship will be open to all currently studying or enrolled in an online or on-campus course.


Find out more


Canstar Future of Finance Student Scholarship

Value: $5,000

Open/Closing Dates: August 1, 2019 – December 1, 2019

As Australia’s biggest financial comparison website and one of the country’s fastest growing tech companies*, Canstar actively supports the future of the finance and technology industries.

To be eligible to apply you must:

Find out more


Monash University Alter Family Foundation Scholarship

Value: $50,000

Open/Closing Dates: August 5, 2019 – October 11, 2019

The Alter Family Foundation has provided a philanthropic donation to support educationally disadvantaged students study Medicine.

Find out more


La Trobe Women in Cybersecurity Scholarship

Value: $5,000

Open/Closing Dates: March 20, 2019 – January 29, 2020

The School of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences (SEMS) will fund up to three Women in Cybersecurity scholarships in 2019 to support female students who wish to undertake our Bachelor of Cybersecurity course the Melbourne (Bundoora) Campus.

Find out more



National Ag Day Careers Competition

The Annual National Ag Day Careers Competition is back again for 2019 and is open for entries from students in years 5 through to 12.

The competition encourages students to create a career pathway in agriculture using LEGO characters and asks students to identify pathways for this career and to envision what a day in the life of their character would look like.

There is a prize of $500 to be won in three age categories.

Entries are open until Monday 11 November.

Find out more and enter here: http://archibullprize.com.au/careers/index.html

Thunderbolt Prize for Crime Writing 2019

Entries are now open for the 2019 New England Thunderbolt Prize for Crime Writing.

In this, the seventh year of the Prize, there are six awards on offer for crime writers. All genres of crime writing are eligible, from hard-boiled to comic, paranormal to rural, historical to contemporary, noir to cosy. Entries welcome from anywhere in Australia, from published or unpublished writers.

Entries are open until Monday 7 October.

Find out more and enter here: http://www.newc.org.au/thunderbolt-prize-2019.html



Job Spotlight


With the Australian Space Agency (ASA) becoming a reality, careers within the space industry are set to grow in Australia. And you don’t just have to be an astronaut or astronomer to get in on the Space action.

Think outside the box, scientists specialising in astrophysics, biology, chemistry, geology, medicine, meteorology, and physics. Technicians in communications, CAD, lasers, quality assurance, radar, robotics and satellites. Electricians. Aeronautical, avionics, instrumentation, computer, materials, mechanical, robotics and space craft engineers are amongst other fields that will be in demand. Not to mention to administrative and other related fields.

What type of person would these jobs suit?

  • Strong STEM skills and a passion for space exploration could help you stand out
  • You’ll need to be a great team player with good leadership qualities, who’s also capable of following instructions
  • Be inquisitiveinnovative and great at problem solving in order to come up with solutions for problems and scenarios that are out of the ordinary
  • Good communication and listening skills are extremely important in this industry to avoid making mistakes and potentially costly mis-communications

Related Industries that could be a pathway into the Space industry include:

  • Science and Technology
  • Aviation and Aviation Technology
  • Construction
  • Transport
  • Engineering
  • IT, Digital communications and media



If you’re keen to pursue a career in aerospace or one of the related industries, you’ll find there are many pathways that’ll get you there.

Lots of the professional roles will require at least a Bachelor degree, possibly even a Masters if you’re going to beat other competitors to the job. Look for degrees that offer internships, cadetships and other work experience roles, in addition to the qualification. Not only will you get experience which looks great on your CV, you’ll also be getting paid.

Study Bachelor of Space Science at RMIT and successfully complete it, you’ll be eligible for one of the Honours or Postgraduate programs.

Alternatively, you could start out with a Certificate II, III or IV in Aeroskills, like the one offered at TAFE Gippsland. It’s a 4-year apprenticeship course that will give you nationally recognised qualifications and work experience. You can go on to study a Diploma of Aeroskills, which could be a pathway to University and other further studies.




Aircraft Maintenance Engineer

Apprenticeship / Traineeship

Or VET qualification in Aeroskills

Working in this role, you’d be installing, maintaining and repairing aircraft engines,  mechanical structures, fuselage, undercarriage, electrical, instrument and radio systems. As well as aircraft structures and surface finishes.

You’d be working alongside or under the supervision of a degree qualified engineer.

Once you’ve received Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (AME) trade certificate and had sufficient work experience, you could do further studies and become a Licensed Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (LAME).

You could expect to earn $70,000 once qualified & depending on experience and additional qualifications.


Aircraft Maintenance Engineer – Edinburgh, SA

Aircraft Maintenance Engineer – Wagga Wagga, NSW

Licensed Aircraft Maintenance Engineer – Perth, WA


Technical Intelligence Assessment Analyst

Bachelor Degree

You could find yourself working in the Defence Intelligence Organisation in the Weapons and Technical Intelligence branch. Conduct complex research and engineering analysis of weapon systems, radars, sensors, platforms and military technologies.

This could be a pathway in the aerospace industry.

The salary range for this position is advertised from $67,000 – $92,000.


Technical Intelligence Assessment Analyst – Russell, ACT


Electrical Engineer

Bachelor Degree

Design and develop new electrical system, solve problem and test equipment.

A career in this role could take you into the fields of robotics, deep space communications, control systems, extra-terrestrial GPS navigation and positioning, remote power generation and storage networks, imaging systems and more. All of which links nicely to the space industry.

The average salary listed for this industry is a whopping $91,000 per year.


RAAF Electrical Engineer – Australia

Electrical Engineer – Power – Adelaide, SA

Electrical Design Engineer – ACT



Bachelor Degree

A degree in this field could lead to a career researching star formations, or working as a planetarium director. Responsible for forecasting geomagnetic storms for the BOM. The options are endless, but without doubt it will be related to the Space industry.

An entry level astrophysicist can expect to earn an average salary of $74,000 per year. But with some experience, you could easily be earning over $100,000 per year.


Research Fellow in Theoretical Condensed Matter Physics – Melbourne, VIC

Research Fellow in X-Tay Optics – Melbourne, VIC

Lecturer -Sydney, NSW

Senior Machine Learning Engineer – Sydney, NSW


Growth in this industry is strong and expected to improve.


Carole Marcianti and Karen Riding 

The Careers Team 



Library News

Book Club

Book Club had its last official meeting last week and wow what a year we've had.  Safe to say the 'Club' was off the charts this year with Book Club members borrowing 791 books this year compared to last year with 356 books. The enthusiasm around the group was infectious. Book reviews were a plenty with many members contributing to our popular reads board. Four Dead Queens was voted the book of the year! If you haven’t read it, you’re missing out. We are having a special break up lunch on Tuesday with the library open to members only. Well done everyone and I look forward to another great year in 2020.


Your library in words


Holiday reading

As always I encourage everyone to grab a book just in case you have a quiet moment or an 'I'm bored' moment over the holidays. We have a crazy amount of awesome fiction you can borrow including fabulous true stories and visually splendorous graphic novels. Access to eBooks is available 24/7 and don't forget ClickView which has movies on there you won't find on Netflix!


Parents and Friends Association  

 PFA news

Hello everyone

 Our PFA  is a very active and vibrant part of the Koonung community.  It provides a great way to familiarise yourself with your child's school and meet other families. The PFA meet twice each term  in the Middle Years Centre. We encourage you to come along.



Upcoming  PFA meeting dates for 2019

Monday 21 October

December Christmas Dinner TBA 


Your Committee for 2019:

 President -   Andrew Gifford

 Vice President - Danielle Croyden 

 Secretary - George Anastasiou

 Treasurer - Nicky Smith


PFA Contact Details

If you have any questions or would like to help out with PFA events or come to our meetings, please email pfa@koonung.vic.edu.au - we would love to hear from you.



School Information  

General Office

Office hours are:                        8:00am - 4:00pm

Telephone:                                                9890 9662


Parents should always make contact with the General Office first when visiting the school or trying to make contact with their children.


Appointments with teachers must be made via telephone or email them directly.


ABSENCE LINE  9890 9887

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



8.50 – 9.20          Period 1

9.20 – 9.50          Period 2

9.55 – 10.25        Period 3

10.25 – 10.55     Period 4

10.55 – 11.20     Recess

11.20 – 11.50     Period 5

11.50 – 12.20     Period 6

12.20 – 12.50     Period 7

12.50 – 1.45        Lunch

1.45 – 2.15          Period 8

2.15 – 2.45          Period 9

2.45 – 3.15          Period 10

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

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

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


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



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



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



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.



The second hand uniform shop (situated near the Library at Koonung SC) will be open every Thursday from 1pm – 4pm.

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



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


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



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



Community Notices 

Holiday basketball activities




Kevin Heinze Grow celebrates 40 years



MASH Movies & Music Trivia Night 


Sakura Picnic Day - 13 October 2019



Headspace Hawthorn Clothes Swap 



Koonung Secondary College Newsletter
Heritage 2019 Brochure WEB AW.pdf
Koonung Secondary College Cafe menu 2018.pdf