22 February 2018
Issue Two
McKinnon Secondary College
03 8520 9000
McKinnon Road
McKinnon, Victoria, 3204



Thursday 22 February

Year 7 Camp

7:00pm Year 10 Parent Information Night


Friday 23 February

Year 7 Camp


Saturday 24 February

Big Band Sunsets 2018


Monday 26 February

Kingston Lawn Bowls Competition


Tuesday 27 February

7:00pm Year 11 Parent Information Night


Wednesday 28 February

Swimming Carnival - Carnegie Swim Centre


Thursday 1 March

9UP City Day 2

5:30pm Year 8 Parent Information Night


Monday 5 March

Year 10 Outdoor Ed Surf Camp Group 1


Tuesday 6 March

Year 10 Outdoor Ed Surf Camp Group 1

7:30pm Buildings & Groups Sub-Committee


Wednesday 7 March

Year 10 Outdoor Ed Surf Camp Group 1 Returns

Year 10 Outdoor Ed Surf Camp Group 2 Departs

Year 8 Survivor Islands Challenge


Thursday 8 March

Year 10 Outdoor Ed Surf Camp Group 2

Periods 5 & 6 – No Year 11 and 12 Classes

VCE Formal


Friday 9 March

9UP City Day 3

Year 10 Outdoor Ed Surf Camp Group 2 Returns

VCE Classes only – Late Start (commence Period 3)

Year 7 Immunisations


Monday 12 March

Labour Day Public Holiday


Tuesday 13 March

7:30pm Education Sub-Committee


Wednesday 14 March

Victorian Beach Volleyball Schools Cup

4:15pm Current Year 7 ELMS (parent briefing)

5:00pm Year 7 Information Night


Thursday 15 March

Victorian Beach Volleyball Schools Cup

Kingston Division Swimming


Friday 16 March

Victorian Beach Volleyball Schools Cup

Year 11 Outdoor Ed Camp


Saturday 17 March

Year 11 Outdoor Ed Camp


Sunday 18 March

Year 11 Outdoor Ed Camp


Tuesday 20 March



Wednesday 21 March

7:00pm 9UP Presentations (BYTES A)


Thursday 22 March

Kingston Intermediate Round Robin

7:00pm 9UP Presentations (BYTES B)

7:00pm Year 11 Theatre Studies Performance


Sunday 25 March

6:30pm Symphonic Wind Tour Concert


Monday 26 March

Kingston Senior Round Robin


Tuesday 27 March

7:00pm Finance Sub-Committee

7:30pm School Council


Wednesday 28 March

7:00pm House Music Festival - School Hall

Southern Metro Swimming Competition


Thursday 29 March

Year 8 Survivor Sports Challenge

End of Term 1

Early Finish 2:30pm


Friday 30 March

Good Friday





I am delighted to inform you that the following VCE Visual Communication Design student, Roderick Hill (Class of 2017) will have his work from 2017 exhibited in this year’s Top Designs exhibition as part of the VCE Season of Excellence 2018


Congratulations Roderick!


Eleanor (Ellie) Mulcahy (Year 12) was invited to audition for Top Class, based on her VCE Dance result, in January.


Ellie performed her VCE solo and has been chosen to participate in Top Acts on the 1 March at the Melbourne Recital Hall.


Ellie started dancing when she was 7 years old and is still dancing and teaching at Dance Desires in Carnegie.


Congratulations Ellie!


Vitor Fanstone (Class of 2017) who plays electric bass has been selected to perform in Top Class MUSIC as part of the VCAA Season of Excellence 2018.


Congratulations Vitor!


Top Class is a series of concerts that presents work by VCE students from 2017 in VCE Drama, Theatre Studies, Music Investigation, Music Performance, Music Style and Composition, VET Music, Dance and VET Dance for the benefit of current VCE students, teachers and the general public. Top Class is part of the VCE Season of Excellence 2018 which also includes Top Designs, Top Arts, Top Screen and Top Acts.


Congratulations to our all three ex-students on their wonderful achievements!


Nomination Forms for the School Council are now available from the General Office.  Included in this newsletter is a link you can access which explains our School Council Elections. Nominations are being called for 3 parent representatives and 2 Department representatives. Anyone with any queries regarding School Council Elections are welcome to contact me at school.



Thanks to all the parents who have attended the Information Evenings held so far this year. Again a great opportunity to share stories, meet others in the same situation and reflect on our students’ journey. The support of our parent community is always very much appreciated and the Heads of Sub-school, Students Managers and teachers enjoy the strong partnerships that are built.


We are very pleased to continue the Intergenerational Conversation program in German this year and welcomed nine senior native German participants to the first conversation last Monday. This program is well received by all participants, students and senior participants, and we appreciate the contribution that our volunteers make to the learning of our students.


The BYTES program has commenced with 9UP (Year 9 Urban Project) for 2018. This project, regularly identified by students as a highlight of their year, sees students travel into the CBD on three days to investigate a key societal issue of their choosing. Past topics have included homelessness, sexism in the workplace and racism. Students will work to collect data and interview experts in the city to create an in-depth analysis of the issue. The project concludes with a presentation of their findings on 21 and 22 March to an audience of parents, teachers and peers.


McKinnon is a full uniform school. We consider our students ambassadors for the College and expect all McKinnon students to wear their uniform with pride. All students in Year 7 to 12 are required to wear a blazer.


For terms 1 and 4 the blazer is optional – however it is the only outer garment permitted if the students want something warmer than their dress or shirt.


Adherence to school uniform rules is about respect for this community and its traditions and culture.


Again I thank parents for their support in implementing school policy. Any one experiencing difficulties may contact the relevant student manager, Assistant Principals or myself.


From Apple investors urging the company to investigate phone addiction, to Arianna Huffington flagging the societal losses of us all being buried in our phones, we have a right to be worried.


Smartphones have managed to illuminate, invade and transform almost every part of how we work and live our lives. On average, adults peek at their smartphones 150 times a day, the numbers being significantly larger in youths. Smartphones can act a little like a portable slot machine; feed it some of your time and in return you can skip the boring train ride, avoid that awkward silence, discover a great new cafe or get ahead on your emails. Like the slot machine apps are monopolising your time.



Smartphones themselves are just tremendously good at delivering software into our lives. We need to examine the apps if we want to understand the problem. App engineers have only two ways to get you using their app: they can steal time from other apps or they can steal time from your life; the precious time you spend looking at your friends and family in the eye, perfecting a skill, relaxing or studying. This is the time at risk.

We all wrestle with the persuasiveness of apps and this makes sense because behind each “app” are hundreds of engineers tracking millions of data points to improve how addictive and persuasive apps are to us.


These highly engineered experiences are hard to escape, like when the next video starts to autoplay, when we check the time and end up replying to an email or when we feel obligated to keep playing that game or keep that long-running “snap streak” alive.


Ultimately, we need to reflect on why we have a smartphone. Focus on whether or not we’re making an intentional choice to do this. And, has your enjoyment of the pastime been changed by your dependence on it?


Think about it. Every time you answer a notification you’re doing a little bit of work. Make sure the work you’re doing benefits you and not an app. Click on the link for a video presentation by Blake Seufert.




Parents can access a copy of the College’s calendar of events within Compass. Click on the ✫ logo and select ‘Calendar’ to see the year’s upcoming activities, including camps, information nights, music performances, etc.


It is an expectation that all McKinnon students have a school-approved Chromebook purchased through our supplier (JB HI-FI).  As with other parent-purchased resources like textbooks, these devices have been selected specifically to enhance our curriculum. They have also been tested and enrolled into our school network to ensure they benefit teaching and learning.


Given our commitment to every student working on a standard platform, bringing a device not purchased through the school's supplier is problematic. In addition to possible network accessibility issues, devices not purchased through JB HI-FI cannot be serviced and maintained by our technicians.  As such, students bringing these devices will be asked to purchase a Chromebook and issued a school-based loan device in the meantime. If a Chromebook is broken or not working, students can visit the IT office and we will facilitate warranty and repair issues.


Chromebooks are critical to how we deliver the curriculum at McKinnon. We thank you in advance for your support.


Our teachers work tirelessly to provide effective feedback to students (and their families) about their learning. Assessment results are presented in Learning Tasks (accessed through Compass), with their performance indicated by the following descriptors:

  • Outstanding (91-100%)
  • Excellent (81-90%)
  • Very Good (71-80%)
  • Good (61-70%)
  • Moderate (51-60%)
  • Low (41-50%)
  • Very Low (1-40%)

Students will still achieve specific marks for their assessments (either percentages or grades out of 10), but these will not occur in their Learning Tasks.  Rather, teachers want to focus more on providing students with useful comments which identify their areas of achievement, but also specific strategies to improve. Current educational research has shown this is a more effective way of promoting effort and driving self-confidence. Moreover, the introduction of performance descriptors now provides a consistent grading scheme across the school, from Years 7 to 12.


For more information on accessing assessment results in Compass, click on the ✫ logo and select ‘Understanding Learning Tasks - Guide for Parents & Students’.


Please impress upon your children the need to use social networking sites such as Facebook and Instagram in a safe and responsible way. We strongly encourage parents to discuss with children how many ‘friends’ they have on Facebook - it is not uncommon for teenagers to have over 1000 friends on Facebook including many who they have never met face-to-face. This is risky behaviour. We discuss this issue with students often and would recommend you sit with your child and go through their list of Facebook friends with them.


Further information about helping students behave safely online can be found on our website. We expect students to always demonstrate the College’s core values of respect and integrity in their interactions with others, including all online communication.


Parents are reminded that the Department of Education & Training does NOT provide personal accident insurance for students. Parents are responsible for the cost of any ambulance expenses and medical expenses. Reasonably low-cost accident insurance is available if parents wish to cover any expenses not covered by Medicare and/or private health insurance. You may choose your own insurance company or contact EBM Insurance Brokers online at to apply for cover.


Please note that the Draper Street entrance to the College is closed during school hours. The Walnut Street gate is no longer open for use by students.


CSEF is provided by the Victorian Government to assist eligible families to cover the costs of school trips, camps and sporting activities, for students in Years 7 to 12. If you hold a valid means-tested concession card (e.g. Health Care Card) or are a temporary foster parent, you may be eligible for CSEF. Application forms are available from the Finance Office. For more information about the CSEF visit Families who are eligible for the CSEF may also be eligible for support in purchasing school uniforms - please see this information sheet:


These will be taking place on the following dates provide an opportunities for parents to meet the Student Management team and receive important about the year ahead.  We encourage all families to attend.

  • Year 10 Parent Information Night - Thursday 22 February (7pm, School Hall)
  • Year 11 Parent Information Night - Tuesday 27 March (7pm, School Hall)
  • Year 8 Parent Information Night - Thursday 1 March (5:30pm, School Hall)
  • Year 7 Parent Information Night - Wednesday 14 March (5pm, School Hall)



Our 2017 McKinnon Athlete of the Year Melina Ayres has capped off a memorable year with a nomination for Football Federation Australia Young Footballer of the Year. January 2018 has proven to be a breakout period for Melina as she began to establish herself in the W League starting lineup for the mighty Melbourne Victory.


Her two stunning goals in January caused a mini Twitter meltdown among football fans, and are the main reasons she has been nominated for this award.

Melina’s two stunning goals made The Sporting Life’s top 15 W-League goals of the year. Her strikes made it to #14 and #5 on this countdown.


A recent interview with Melina, after her nomination, can be viewed at the link below:



Last week, one Year 11 German class had the pleasure of meeting our German senior participants in the Intergenerational Conversation program which I have been organising for the sixth year at McKinnon Secondary College.


We welcomed nine German senior participants to our first conversation. One participant has been attending for all these years, one only joined for the first time on the day. 

This program connects younger language learners with older, mostly retired bilinguals. A study on this project by Monash University revealed the mutual gains for all involved. Whilst our young learners improve their oral and aural communication skills through natural conversations with native speakers, our senior volunteers prolong active aging and feel valued and appreciated for the contributions they make. The program also develops a better understanding amongst our students for the aging population.


We are looking forward to our Intergenerational Conversations this year and thank all senior participants for volunteering their time and raising the students’ interest for future conversations. 


With currently two Year 11 classes in German this year and senior citizens being active and travelling a lot, we are still looking for native speakers to volunteer in these conversation classes. Please contact Andrea Fowler or Joshua Kamener on 8520 9000 if you would like to participate. 


Year 9 and 10 French students will have the opportunity to attend the French Film Festival. Please make sure payment and consent for this excursion is made on time.


Films are a great extension to Language learning, so why not see a French film with your family?


Further information can be found on



E-book codes - please make sure you keep a copy of the code!


Enrolment for VET in Applied Language in Year 10 is due at the end of this week!


Andrea Fowler

Head of Languages



The annual McKinnon Swimming Carnival is fast approaching this term. The carnival will be held at Caulfield/Carnegie pool, once again, which is located on Moira ave in Caulfield. Parents are reminded that students will be expected to meet at the pool on Wednesday 28 February by 8:45am for roll call. Students will be dismissed from the venue at 2:45pm


The theme for this year’s carnival is "House Op Shop" and we encourage all students to shop at the local op shops and dress in their House colours. Hopefully we see some funky outfits and the day promises to be an excellent day for students to participate in a range of activities including swimming, beach volleyball, water polo and table tennis.


Please note that attendance is compulsory.


Tim Blackwood

Head of PE/Sport


The Senior Girls Cricket team started their 2018 campaign in great fashion last Tuesday against Parkdale. Losing the toss, McKinnon set a target of 93 for Parkdale to win. Lilly Felder started finely with the bat, but was unfortunately run out. Jemma Owen and Emma Hattingh also batted well and good starts from Emily Cartledge and Tess McCartney helped to steer the girls to a strong position.

The McKinnon girls were all fantastic in the field. There was enthusiasm, great backing up and excellent camaraderie. Brilliant catching from Jemma and beautiful run outs from Lilly were highlights. But the bowling accuracy of Lara Van Zyl gave her figures of 3/2 from two overs which hopefully transpires into many more wickets from her this season!


The girls were a delight to coach and I look forward to the next game to come on Tuesday 27 February. Good luck girls!


Coach Jobson


The Intermediate Girls Cricket team took on Brighton Secondary College in a winner take all T20 match for the Kingston Division Championship. Newly appointed captain, Emma Langley, won the toss and sent Brighton in to bat on what appeared to be a menacing wicket for batsmen at McKinnon Reserve.

Tayla Fischer was thrown the new ball and her pace was too much to handle, ripping through Brighton’s top order and providing the perfect start for McKinnon. Victorian representative, Kampi Nainhabo chimed in with 3 wickets from her 4 overs in what was a classy display of swing bowling, leaving the visitors all out for a moderate total of 75.


An early partnership of 30 between Coco Parker and May Landau gave McKinnon a steady start in the run chase, before a mix up resulted in Parker being run out from a nice piece of Brighton fielding. This brought Emma Langley to the crease who demonstrated a fine innings of explosive hitting, sending one Brighton bowler over the mid-wicket fence for a maximum.

The McKinnon batting lineup proved too strong in the end with Brighton’s total being chased down within 18 overs. The game was played in great spirit and the McKinnon girls look forward to the next round later this year.


Nick Foot



If the thought of Big Bash cricket or AFLX upsets the traditionalist within you, then consider yourself lucky you avoid the annual Really Big Bash known as the Senior Boys Cricket day.


A Round Robin of 8-over matches is played to somehow find the best cricketing school in the Kingston Division.

The day of course boasts many highlights with the bat and ball, some creative running between the wickets, and at times some outstanding fielding efforts.


The 8-over format of the day does however lend itself to a degree of luck and good fortune, and often the best side doesn’t come out on top. Alas, we didn’t win on this day, we were defeated on a percentage countback by Bentleigh. But our boys played all day with some tremendous spirit, enthusiasm and pride, and for that it was a pleasure to be involved.


Lachie Arneil, James French and Cal Drenth provided some bashing entertainment with the bat, whilst Timmy Mullane, Myles Sellenger and Josh Dunstan provided the poise and polish all day.


We will be back next year, and hopefully a few more balls bounce our way.


Coach Hudd



2018 is well underway in Instrumental Music. Students from Years 8 to 10 have commenced their instrumental lessons for the year, and ensembles have started their regular weekly rehearsals.


The process of allocating instruments to Year 7 students is nearly complete. On Wednesday 14 February students in Year 7 Band forms had the opportunity to try out a range of instruments to help them make their final selection. It was great to see their willingness to attempt instruments they may never have seen or even heard of before! The sound of flutes, clarinets, oboes, bassoons, trumpets, horns, trombones, euphoniums and tubas echoed through the halls as enthusiastic future musicians learned the rudiments of sound production from our instrumental teachers, aided by some of our senior and former students. Plenty of raw talent was displayed, and we cannot wait to hear the sound of the new Year 7 Band at its first rehearsal!


As the year starts to take shape, we encourage all students to take their instruments home regularly to practice. Students should be aiming at daily practice on their instrument to see consistent improvements. Parents are encouraged to contact the relevant instrumental teacher to gain an understanding of the time per day that students should be practicing.


We ask that all students clearly label their instruments and utilise the storage space effectively. Many students are not using the shelves provided and might find that their instruments are misplaced, causing a great deal of concern. All personally owned instruments brought to school must be clearly identified with the student’s name and a contact number.


Congratulations to the newly appointed Music House Captains.  


Rehearsals are now under way and the level of enthusiasm for all students is extremely high.  A reminder that the House Music Festival is at 7pm on Wednesday 28 March in the School Hall.  We invite you to come along and celebrate with the students on this evening.


Ensemble rehearsals are all well underway now. Please ensure that attendance is maintained as a priority and we ask that appointments and other activities are not scheduled at rehearsal times. Please note that absences from ensemble rehearsals before or after school need to be notified in advance as for any other school absence.


A reminder that the five core rehearsals are at the following times:


Monday after School – Symphonic Wind

Thursday before School – Keenan Strings

Thursday Lunch – Choir

Thursday after School – Orchestra

Friday before School – Ovenden Band


Instrument hire payments can be made via Compass this year.


Saturday 24 February at 5 pm - Senior Stage Band performing at the Big Bands Sunsets Festival in Mordialloc. For more information


Friday 2 March at 10:30pm - World Day of Prayer - Bentleigh Service 2018, Bentleigh Uniting Church


Wednesday 14 March at 5:30pm - Year 8 Band and Strings Performing at Year 7 Parent Information Evening 


Megan Papworth

Head of Music


Senior Music Performance students and House Music Captains had the opportunity to attend a masterclass held by the proclaimed jazz singer and guitarist, Allan Harris on Valentine’s Day.


Accompanied by his band (Pascal Le Boeuf on piano, Shirazette Tinnin on drums, and Nimrod Speaks on bass), Allan introduced himself by singing a small selection of songs, showcasing the band’s musicality and adaptability to different genres.

We had the privilege to hear Allan speak of his attitude to performance, and how it is of utmost importance to “have your story, and to tell it to the audience” so to connect with them emotionally through the music, while entertaining them. He also gave us fantastic insight into how to prepare for a performance, how to find band members who you will work well with, how to choose a repertoire, and how to grow as a performer.

Some of us even had the chance to play alongside the band, with the students of the rhythm sections putting together a blues sequence, while our fellow vocalists and instrumentalists improvised over the top.  While the students were performing, Allan and the band gave tips on stage presence and how to interact with fellow performers and the audience.


It was a privilege to witness the band’s talent, and all who attended learnt much about the music industry and how to develop as a musician. The energy and humour with which Allan delivered his messages made it a thoroughly enjoyable and helpful afternoon!


James Hardy

Year 12 Student



Books borrowed at the start of the year will soon be due. The McKinnon library loans books to students for a period of FOUR weeks. You can renew your book online if it not overdue. If the book has become overdue you will need to bring them to the library.


If you getting an overdue email from the library you will need to speak to a librarian. Students with overdue books have restrictions on their borrowing.



The New York Times bestseller, WONDER tells the incredibly inspiring and heartwarming story of August Pullman, a boy with facial differences who enters fifth grade, attending a mainstream elementary school for the first time. We have purchased extra copies due to the popularity of this book.



(From the internet) After Big Book of Numbers (2014), World of Numbers (2015), and Time Machine (2016), Australia’s funniest mathematician is back with a brand new book of number puzzles and trivia! 


Featuring hundreds of mind-bending, head-scratching, intelligence-testing number games, puzzles, and quizzes — plus tonnes of hilarious and fascinating number-based trivia — this is a book that will make you think, laugh and cry (and quite possibly stare in amazement as your kids solve things before you do!). We all know how important it is to nourish and train our bodies, but our minds need exercising too. So keep your brains active and lively, and test yourselves against your friends and family, with 2017’s biggest and best book of numerical fun.



From mutton to Masterchef, “A timeline of Australian food” is a fascinating look at what Australians used to eat.  It’s always good to know a bit of history.  Did you know macarons debuted on Masterchef in 2009?  In 2011 84% of Australians didn’t know how long it took to boil an egg!


For more food books go to the 640 section of the library.


Russell Absalom

Library Resource Manager



Just a reminder that if you signed up for quarterly contributions last year you must sign up again for 2018 because you will be authorising us to deduct a different amount. This can be done via Compass.


Please ring the Finance Office if you require us to process quarterly deductions.


For Camps & Excursions

Requests are to be directed to the organising teacher/s.


If the refund is the result of sickness or accident, claims for reimbursements must be made in writing within two weeks of the event and supported by a medical certificate. Alternatively, if a student has been unable to attend a camp/excursion due to personal circumstances (such as bereavement), the request for a refund should be directed in writing to the Teacher in Charge. Refunds for non-attendance at excursions and camps are otherwise not available.


For Essential Materials Charges and Voluntary Parent Contributions

Where payment has been made in the previous year for an enrolment that ceases before the commencement of the new academic year, the parent will be entitled to a full refund.


Where an enrolment ceases beyond the commencement of Term 1, refunds will be paid for the remaining whole term(s) on a pro-rata basis. For example: If student exits the College during Term 1; a refund for Terms 2, 3, 4 are applicable.


If student exits the College during Term 3; a refund for Terms 4 is applicable.


Please note that payments can be made online (including installment plans for subject contributions and payment for events) via Compass which is the school's preferred method.


If you are paying school fees via BPay, could you please email the Finance Office at [email protected] to advise us what the payment is for.  If we do not hear from you we will assume you are paying for the oldest outstanding item on your account & allocate accordingly.


We will no longer be refunding amounts under $50, unless we have a request in writing. Instead these amounts will be credited to the most outstanding amount on your account.


The Victorian Government’s Camps, Sports & Excursions Fund (CSEF) is an annual payment to the school to be used towards camps, sports and/or excursion expenses for the benefit of eligible students. To be eligible for the fund, a parent or legal guardian of a student attending the school must:

  • Be a holder of Veterans Affairs Gold Card or be an eligible Centrelink Health Care Card (HCC) or Pensioner Concession Card (PCC) holder, OR
  • Be a temporary foster parent, AND;
  • Please only submit an application if you have a new student at our college or you have never applied for CSEF previously (due date 29 June 2018).

Secondary school student rate is $225 per year.


Subject to the discretion of the principal, refunds are not available for individual activities within the Year 10 Outdoor Education program, as all camps and excursions are booked and paid for in the year prior to the student undertaking this subject.


Donations to the tax-deductible building fund are non-refundable.


Jennie Kim-Ross

Business Manager



We have adequate shade available for our students at school, but many will choose to walk around or play sport. Therefore, we encourage our students to wear a school hat if they are in the sun at recess or lunchtime.


All students are aware that they MUST wear a hat during PE and sport lessons.


We also recommend that they bring sunscreen from home and apply it during the summer months.


At McKinnon we aim to encourage our students to be SunSmart so they can reduce their risk of skin cancer later in life. We know that a healthy balance of exposure to the sun’s UV rays is important for everyone. However, the latest information indicates that the information we should be paying particular attention to the UV Index reported by the Bureau of Meteorology. This is a far more accurate way of protecting ourselves against skin damage that can lead to skin cancer.  The predicted temperature for the day, the time of day and the month of the year are also important considerations, but UV radiation can be high even on cool and overcast days.


Our Annual Swimming Carnival is WEDNESDAY 28 FEBRUARY. We encourage students to be responsible by wearing hats, sunscreen and covering up whilst waiting for their events or watching other students participate. It is the students’ responsibility to manage their SunSmart behaviour. At McKinnon Secondary College we do remind them to do this, and encourage this behaviour. If they do happen to forget their Sunscreen on the day, there will be sunscreen lotion available. SPF50+ is the recommended sunscreen and needs to be applied liberally, re-applied every two hours (or after swimming, exercising and towel drying) and used in combination with other sun protection measures including sun protective hats, protective clothing, sunglasses and shade.


It is also important to be mindful that, as we know, Melbourne can have four seasons in one day. In past years it has rained and was a bit cold on our swimming sports day, so be prepared! Leading up to the day, and on the morning of the carnival, check the weather forecast and if it predicts rain or cooler weather then bring raincoat, warm clothes, umbrella etc.   It would be lovely if we have a Goldilocks day – ‘just right’!


Please visit the Cancer Council Australia website for more information including the link to a useful SunSmart App.


Susan Wilken

Community Health


On Sunday 18 February a group of Year 11 students participating in Antipodeans 2018, headed to the Melbourne CBD for an Antips training day. The day started off receiving our nifty antips hats and proceeded in each group choosing where we would spend the day visiting. Shortly after, we journeyed to our chosen destinations. The MCG, The NGV, a brisk walk around The Tan, The Shrine of Remembrance and finally a food stop along the Yarra River for a well-deserved feed. Finally, after being well fed, we discussed safety procedures, for the unlikely event of someone becoming lost while we were overseas.

The purpose of this training day was for the team to emulate how our trip, held in late June, will be like. We implemented teamwork and problem solving skills as we were required to work as a team to plan where we would go and the route we would travel.


We were also able to become comfortable to use equipment such as hiking boots and backpacks for a long period of time while walking.


The day was overall highly enjoyable, being able to visit some important landmarks in the city, spending time with fellow students and fabulous teachers and getting a taste of the incredibly exciting adventure ahead.


Portia Thorne and Tess Rogers

Year 11 Students


On Thursday 15 February we were visited by a very special guest Kalvin Hart, who is part of a very interesting business known as “ThankYou”. You may have seen their products in stores clearly labelled with their brand “ThankYou”, and from the outside they seem just like any other company selling products such as soap and snack bars just to make a profit. However, they run their company under a very special kind of business model known as a social enterprise. A social enterprise takes what they need from the profits in order to sustain the business and then use the other 50% to reinvest in a mission. “ThankYou” thought that they would differ from this too, deciding that they would invest 100% of profit into their mission. Kalvin explained that this has allowed them to help thousands of individuals access clean water and have proper hygiene.

Things weren't always this successful as Kalvin explained. They had two failed launches. They lost 300 of their 350 distributors at one point due to supply chain failures and they were doing this with the model that they would invest 100% into their mission. So they had very little money to work with.


The next idea was to sell a book. A book that could be bought for any price. 5 dollars all the way up 5000 dollars and beyond. This was a huge success and after gaining both Coles and Woolies as distributors they could finally have a lasting impact on the world.


This incursion was heavily beneficial for all student undertaking Units 3 and 4 Business as we are currently tasked with learning about business structures, management styles and various techniques to make these a success. “ThankYou” used the example that their workplace has a participative management style where employees had a valid input into business decisions. This can make the employees feel valued, leading to a positive corporate culture.


We would just like to thank Kalvin for taking time out of his schedule to come and teach us about the business that so heavily relates to our course.


We would also like to thank Jobbo and Mr Evans for organising the incursion.




Jesse Scholz

Year 12 Student



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

Telephone:                                                8520 9000


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


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



Student absences should be reported to the school before 9:00am. Please email the Attendance Officers Alison Pollock or Joanne Robinson ([email protected]) or telephone 8520 9050 on the day of the absence by 9:00am. 


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



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


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


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


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


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


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

Phone/Fax No:  9578 2151


Cheques must be payable to Fashion Clubwear.


For years 9 - 12 only there are a limited number of old style track pants and old style kea jackets being sold at reduced prices.

Track pants $21.00

Jackets          $42.00

Only available for purchase from the shop.



Tuesdays                                      8:15am - 12 noon

Fridays                                        12:30pm - 4:00pm

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


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


USBs should include a folder with the student’s name and form to assist in returning it to the correct person. If you have lost anything see Mrs Plate in the Sick Bay during recess, lunch or end of day.


Year 7 (Boys & Girls) and Year 10 (Boys & Girls) Immunisations will take place on the following dates:


Friday 9 March - HPV & Boostrix (Year 7)

Monday 17 September - HPV (Year 7) & Meningoccocal (Year 10)


Please ensure that you return your immunisation forms by the due date even if your child is not being immunised.


Jocelyn Plate

School Nurse



Local Community Events


Play locally with an established club with great people and facilities.

If you are interested in playing and are aged 16 or above on the 1st January 2018 please call
Coach Chris Keleher on 0426 251 125 or Team Manager Sally Difford on 0409 977 244 or come to a practice session at EE Gunn Reserve, Ormond at 6pm currently on a Monday and Wednesday night.
All skills and ability levels very welcome, including first time footballers!


The Rotary Club of Canterbury is selling badges to enable them to fund extensive educational opportunities for Australian students.

The badges can be used as gifts to students/teachers travelling overseas, mementos for overseas guests or as awards to students to recognise community service, personal success or leadership.


For online ordering, go to or email [email protected]


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Information for Parents SC 2018.docx.pdf
School Council Election information for parents 2018.pdf
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School Council Election information for parents 2018.pdf
Notice of School Council Elections and Call for Nominations_2018.pdf