Koonung Secondary College Newsletter

03 May 2019
Issue Six
Important Dates 
Principals' Report
College Notices 
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 


Friday 3 May

VCE Careers Expo

Interact Movie Night


Tuesday 7 May 

House Athletics Carnival


Friday 10 May

Mother's Day Breakfast


Thursday 16 May 

Multicultural Night 


Monday 27 - Friday 31 May

Arts/Technology Week 

College Play

Thursday 23 May to  Saturday 25 May 


Wednesday 29 May 

Winter Music Concert 






Monday  10 June

Queens Birthday public holiday


Wednesday 12 June 

GAT exam


Thursday 13 June

Year 10 & 11 exams commence



July 25, 26, 27 & 28

August 1, 2 & 3

College Musical "Legally Blonde"



Wednesday 6 March - early finish from 12:30pm

Tuesday 11 June 

Friday 21 June 

Thursday 15 August









(no classes)

Wednesday 3 April 

Wednesday 18 September




Term 1

Tuesday 29 January to Friday 5 April  2:30pm finish 

Term 2

Tuesday 23 April to Friday 28 June  2:30pm finish 

Term 3

Monday 15 July  to Friday 20 September 2:30pm finish 

Term 4

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







Principals' Report

Principal Team Report

Welcome back all students, staff and parents, to a very busy start to Term Two.



Last Friday, we held a student-led whole school assembly in honour of Anzac Day. In front of special guests, Geoff Spicer, our College Council President and members of Mont Albert and Surrey Hills Rotary Club, we stood for both the New Zealand and Australian national anthems, delivered movingly by music teacher Olivia Foy and her student choir. Our school captains then delivered thoughtful reflections on what Anzac day means to them, including a poignant speech by Arun Olifent on the time-honoured Anzac concepts of courage, endurance, initiative, discipline and mateship.

College Principal Marianne Lee then delivered a speech co-written with senior history teacher, Jonathan Moore, on the often unsung but critical role played by Australian women in times of war. Our students behaved beautifully and observed a respectful minute of silence; the assembly culminated with the ceremonial laying of the wreath by our student leaders. Thank you to past parent Cath Bennie who made the beautiful wreath for this special occasion. 



On Tuesday of this week, we held our annual Open Day and Evening. Attendance at school tours and the evening information session was excellent: the College teemed with activity and parents were provided with an authentic Koonung school day, with many classroom visits along each individual tour. These visits were completely unannounced and all classrooms were a potential destination. The calm, friendly environment displayed is such a credit to the students and staff of Koonung, and many parents on my tour provided glowing feedback on the engaging teaching and learning witnessed, the serene and warm work environment, the strong relationships which exist within the Koonung community and the articulateness and confidence of our students. Senior and Middle school captains joined each tour and were a valuable and informative resource for future parents and students.

On that note, the evening’s formal presentation saw some of our middle and senior school students deliver their reflections of their experiences of Koonung life. Our student speakers, School Captains Annaliese Hawkins and Sebastian Jose, along with Chloe Pedler 9B, Max Dooley 9E, Abby Hocking 7F and Peter Spiridis 7C, delivered warm, intelligent and often humorous speeches which highlighted the experiences of a Koonung student from years 7 to 12. Taneka Huber 8F and Ben Harding 8D entertained guests in the foyer with a string duet and Middle School

Director of Learning Allira Howe presented a strong message of the opportunity and support available at Koonung and outlined key ways in which parents can collaborate with their children to ensure an involved and rich school experience. Henry Andrew led the Swing Band in a lively and well received performance. A final session in the library, catered by our wonderful PFA, was a successful end to the day, as prospective parents and students interacted with many students, our Leadership team and parent representatives.  

It was a delightful day which showcased to the public what a great community we have at Koonung.


Finally, I would like to acknowledge the work completed over the term break. A number of rooms, including Marianne Lee’s office and the Senior Centre, were painted and refurbished. There was significant work done around the grounds. Below is a summary list.

Autumn break jobs:

  • Paint and new carpet - Marianne’s office
  • Change clocks
  • Check furniture
  • Paint Senior centre
  • Carpet in Senior entrance foyer
  • Carpet repaired in room 28
  • Change locks in staff rooms to 1.11 x 3
  • Projector and speakers installed in resource centre
  • Paintwork touched up throughout College
  • Grounds tidied up 
  • Perimeter fencing replaced
  • Holes in admin plaster repaired and painted

Mary Eade 

Assistant Principal 


College Notices 

Important information from our Business Manager 

Student accident insurance arrangements

Families are reminded that neither Koonung Secondary College nor the Department of Education and Training provide personal accident insurance for students. Parents and guardians are responsible for paying the cost of medical treatment for injured students, including any transport costs. Student accident insurance policies are available from some commercial insurers. These cover a range of medical expenses not covered by Medicare or private health insurance.
It is recommended that families seek assistance in this matter with their insurance broker or find a suitable personal accident insurer.



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 students are advised to place lunch orders at the start of the day. 

Stace Kerr 

Business Manager 

Interact Movie Night - Tonight!

Today is the last day to reserve tickets for this event. Tickets to the Interact Movie Night fundraiser are  available via Trybooking link below.  Details are as follows: 

Event:    Interact Movie Night - "Avengers Endgame"
When:    Friday 3 May 
Time:     Arrive 5:30 pm for 6 pm movie
                 An area is reserved pre-film for 30 mins  (Self-catering food)
Where:  Palace Balwyn Cinemas 

Trybooking Link: http://www.trybooking.com/BBXWN

Come along and help Interact raise funds for "Backpack Beds for the Homeless"

Mother's Day Breakfast Friday 10 May 

See further details and the Trybooking link on the PFA page in this newsletter 

Multicultural Night - 16 May 

You are invited to the 2019 KSC Multicultural Night on Thursday 16 May. This is a wonderful night where we celebrate multiculturalism at Koonung and share dinner whilst enjoying live music performed by our students. Details are as follows: 
Where:  Senior Study Centre
When:   Thursday 16 May
Time:     6:30pm to 8:30pm
Cost:     Free, but please bring a plate to share 

The booking form is attached. We would be delighted if you could bring a plate of food to share on the night. To assist us with catering please complete the attached booking form and return this form to the International Student Office by 4pm  Monday 6 May 2019.


Autumn Music Concert -29 May

Koonung Music presents the Autumn Music Concert featuring: solos, duets and small to large ensembles performing a wide range from rock bands to concert bands.  This event will be held on Wednesday 29 May at 7:30pm in the Koonung theatre. Tickets to this wonderful event are available via the following Trybooking link below.  There is only one concert and tickets sell out quickly so please book early to avoid disappointment.





College Play - "Something Wicked


Tickets for the 2019 school play "Something Wicked" are now available on Try Booking. This hilarious modern comedy about 5 school girls who get trapped in the world of Macbeth, have their wildest dreams come true but pay the price for magical success will have ye laughing and on the edge of thy seat. The play will be held in the Koonung Theatre over three nights, Thursday 23 May to Saturday 25 May commencing at 7:30pm. 


Save the date for our College Musical - "Legally Blonde"

This year our College Musical will be the very entertaining "Legally Blonde - The Musical" .   This will be another unmissable event in your annual calendar so don't forget to save the date! Performance dates are as follows: 


25, 26  and 27 July at 7:30pm

28 July at 2:30pm

1, 2 and 3 August at 7:30pm 


We will advise when tickets are available for purchase. 

MASH is seeking models for Vintage fashion and antiques fair 

Mont Albert & Surrey Hills Rotary are holding a Retro, Antiques & Collectables Fair on the weekend of 25 & 26 May. If you are interested in assisting with modelling for this event please contact  the KSC general office. 

Student Leadership  

Koonung students attend Box Hill RSL Anzac Day ceremony 

On Wednesday 24 April members of the Koonung Secondary community attended the Box Hill ANZAC Day ceremony. Koonung School Captains Annaliese Hawkins and Sebastian Jose read the ANZAC requiem, school Vice Captains, Elizabeth Odria and Tom Kerr laid a wreath for the school and Olivia Foy and the Koonung school choir sang the Australian national anthem to much appreciation from the gathered crowds. Marianne Lee and I were honoured to be invited to the event by the Box Hill RSL and were very proud of our students, who spoke with clarity and solemnity and sang with passion and respect. At the conclusion of the ceremony, our students approached and spoke to many of the attending veterans and once again showed to the community how courteous and kind Koonung students are.


Peter Hodkinson

Director of Learning: Engagement and Leadership





Middle Years 

Middle Years Update 

Welcome to Term 2. I hope everyone had a restful break.  

Holidays are great time to catch up with family and friends. With a large proportion of our children’s social interactions occurring online, it is also a great time to have an open dialogue about staying safe online. Staying safe online is more than just cyberbullying: online grooming and internet addictions are becoming real issues in today’s society. I strongly encourage you to discuss current internet/social media use with your children. It may be time to re-evaluate how much online time is available, the majority of social media interaction occurs not on computers or tablets but on mobile phones. Most telecommunication companies have parental controls that will allow you to monitor, filter and limit the amount of data and text messages that are being sent.

Koonung Secondary College's aim is to educate students on their role and responsibilities as a digital citizen, including awareness of dangers and managing their online identities (digital footprint). All Year 7 students will be taking part in a Cyber Safety session run by the Victoria Police later in the term.

Cyber safety education for all parties charged with the responsibility for student safety online is vital. Cyber safety is a community responsibility. The safety of students from primary school all the way through secondary school cannot be simply one stakeholder’s duty. Unless all parties are educated and vigilant about cyber safety, children cannot stay safe online.

Cyberbullying is the use of technology to bully a person or group with the intention to hurt them psychologically, socially or physically. — Office of the eSafety Commissioner

Parents and carers need to take immediate action if their child is involved with cyberbullying.

What does cyberbulling look like?

Cyberbullying can include using instant messaging, social networking sites, blogs, online games, phone calls, video calls and SMS or MMS to:

  • post or share embarrassing videos or images of others
  • exclude or intimidate others online ö repeatedly send threatening messages or harassing others online
  • send or share hurtful or abusive messages or emails
  • participate in nasty online gossip or chat


Why do people cyberbully?

People might cyberbully others because they:

  •   think it’s amusing
  •   don’t like the person
  •   think “it’s just words”
  •   don’t believe there are any consequences
  •   think they can remain anonymous
  •  are doing it in retaliation

None of these reasons, or any others, can justify cyberbullying. 


Extra-Curricular Excellence

Gold Medals for Pole Vaulter Johnny Suares 7G


Year 7 student Johnny Suares started with the Box Hill Athletics Club when he was 10 years old. He trains 5 days a week plus competing in little athletics every Sunday. Johnny started training for high jump and 100 metre events after having success in the Little Athletics competitions.


His coach encouraged him to try pole vault. He started off with drills on the ground with the pole and he admits it was hard to learn at the start. Johnny could jump over the bar and he got better and better. He started to train regularly for the pole vault with coach Mark Stuart. In competition season there is a meet every Saturday. In primary school Johnny won a gold medal for pole vault representing his school. Recently he attended the Australian Track and Field National Championships held in Sydney.

Johnny won the Gold medal in the Under 15 Pole Vault on Tuesday 2 April 2019 with a personal best of 3.5 metres.  

He then won another Gold medal in the Under 14 Pole Vault on Wednesday 3 April 2019 breaking an 8 year old national record.


Johnny has met Steve Hooker many times, he gave him the following advice: “Once you grow a little bit more you, something will click and you will start to jump even higher.” Johnny said “He is still waiting for the growth spurt!”


Johnny admires Armand Duplantis who is the current world champion and only 19 years of age. Jonny’s is goal is to represent Australia in the LA 2028 Olympics.

Congratulations Johnny - what an outstanding effort! 


Swimming success - Keira Tait   

Year 8 student Keira Tait swam at School Sport Victoria State Swim Championship and won gold in the 13 year old women’s 50m butterfly and 50m freestyle.  


Keira swims with the Surrey Park Swimming Club and trains 7 times a week (6 days). The training involves  2-3 hours sessions. Keira started swimming lessons as a baby and joined the squad team when she was 8. She then started to compete at club meets and for her Primary School Ascot State School in Brisbane. When Keira was 11 she first medalled at the State Completion in 100 Butterfly and 200m butterfly. Since then training has continued to grow and her determination is unwavering. She is very proud of her achievements at the latest National Competition.

Keira trains before and after school and is very thankful to her mum who drives her to all the training sessions. Keira admires all the Australian swimming stars and loves to watch the Olympics and World Championships on TV.  She wants to be “the best in the world”

Keira is too young to specialise in an event so she is enjoying trying the different strokes and distances. Keira eats a lot! She needs the energy to sustain all the exercise; a typical day for Keira is 6-10 Weetabix for breakfast, for lunch she has 2 sandwiches and 2 pieces of fruit. Dinner is a big bowl of pasta and a lot of snacks during the days like muesli bars, nuts, beans and the occasional donut. Keira is the age group champion following the Koonung Swimming Carnival and the Whitehorse Division competition. With all this training, Keira works very hard in class to maintain her high grades and she get as much done as possible to limit the amount of homework. We can’t wait to see what Keira can achieve in the future!


Ben Harding (8D) performing at Whitehorse Centre in coming weeks

Congratulations Ben on making the cast for  "The Sound of Music"  which begins  on May 31 at the Whitehorse Centre. 

Hi I’m Ben.  I’m in year 8 and I’m excited to be performing in the role of Kurt von Trapp in Babirra Music Theatre’s production of the Sound of Music. It opens on the 31 May and there are 12 performances over 3 weeks at the Whitehorse Centre. There are two children’s casts performing in alternating shows. It’s been a lot of work but very enjoyable and I am really looking forward to performing. Tickets are selling fast but there are still some seats available from www.babirra.org.au.


Open Day

Congratulations to all our students who went on school tours for Open Day. They were all a wonderful representation of the high quality students we have here at Koonung.  At the Principal’s address to prospective parents  our  Middle School captains, Max Dooley and Chloe Pedler, shared their insights of life at Koonung. Year 7 students Abby Hocking and Peter Spiridis  talked about their transition into high school. All four speakers were exceptional!

L-R:    Peter Spiridis, Max Dooley, Chloe Pedler and Abby Hocking   



Breakfast Club

Thank you to the PFA for sponsoring Breakfast Club again this year. Students are invited into the Middle Years Centre from 8-8.30am every Friday for breakfast. It is a wonderful way to start the day! All welcome



Change to winter uniform

Thank you to parents for their support in ensuring students have worn the correct summer uniform during Term 1. We are changing our uniform but we are not changing our strong uniform culture.

The winter uniform is outlined in the student diary.


Upcoming Middle Years events

Koonung Athletics Carnival               7 May

Year 9 camp first payment due        8 May

Mother’s Day Breakfast                     10 May

Year 7 & Year 9 NAPLAN              14/15 May

Y9 Careers testing                               15 May




Allira Howe

Director of Learning: Middle Years







Arts and Technology Week 

Arts and Technology Week will be held on from Monday 27 May to Friday 31 May. This week is a highlight in the KSC Arts & Technology calendar and is a great way to showcase examples of students' works, providing an appreciation of the skills and knowledge displayed across a number of  areas.


There will be many interactive activities for students  to participate in as well as a number of competitions. 


Click on the poster below for details of  the Arts competition. 

Helen Briffa 

Arts Domain Leader







Diving success for Claire Lumsden 11C

Congratulations to Claire Lumsden who has continued to produce wonderful performances in State School Victoria Diving competitions.

On Friday the 26 of April Claire went to Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre to compete in the School Sports Victoria Region and State Diving Competition. The region competition was in the morning, and Claire had to either come in the top 8 people from the state, or in the top 2 people in the Eastern Metropolitan region to compete in the State competition.

Claire’s 4 dives scored 144.70 points, averaging 36.5 points per dive. Claire came 3rd in the Eastern Metropolitan region, and 4th overall. The State Competition commenced in the afternoon and she dived better than she did in the morning, receiving 156.25 points from the same 4 dives. Claire came 2nd in the State, and outperformed both divers who beat her from the Eastern Region.

Well done, Claire, this is a great achievement.


Team photos 

               Intermediate Girls Netball coached by Allira Howe


              Intermediate Boys Netball team coached by Conor Sheehan  

Senior Table Tennis 

Koonung scored a comfortable win to gain passage to the next round of senior table tennis. The A team of Jordy McDonald, Abhi Jay, Philip Apostolou and Jason Wang only dropped one rubber as they eased past East Doncaster 5-1 and Blackburn 6-0. Despite being a player short, the B Team of Mark Hapke, Kunkap Tenzin and Matthew Croyden (in his alternate Koonung sport strip) remained undefeated against B and C teams from the same schools.






Tuesday 7 May  - 03:00 PM


Hagenauer Reserve, Elgar Road, Box Hill

Additional Event Details:

Students wishing to compete in Inter school Sports throughout the year MUST attend the event and compete in at least 1 event (novelty events included). ALL students are to attend their normal Period 1 class at 8:50am to get their name marked off the roll. Teachers will then walk students to the venue along Elgar Road. On arrival, please sit in your house areas. Please wear/bring appropriate clothing for all weather conditions. Please bring your recess, lunch and a water bottle as there will be no canteen at this event. Year 9 Live Life students will be running a Sausage Sizzle Fundraiser throughout the day, so bring some money along if you wish to support them. All students must wear their school sports uniform. An alternative top in their house colour is permitted. Costumes of house colours are also permitted. NO FREE DRESS. Any student who needs to leave before the end of the day for medical appointments must provide a note to their sub-school the day before the event. DO NOT BRING LAPTOPS OR SPORTING EQUIPMENT TO THE VENUE.

Dress Code:

School Sports Uniform OR House Colours


Students will walk to Hagenauer Reserve from Koonung Secondary College under the supervision of staff. Students will be dismissed from the venue at the conclusion of the carnival at approximately 3pm. Staff will be available to supervise students walking back to the College.

Please note:  Students who wish to be dismissed prior to the end of the event for an appointment must provide a note to their sub-school the day before the event. 


Technology Domain news

 As part of the Arts/Technology week, which is running next term, a number of interactive Technology activities will be operating around the school for students to participate in. Arts/Technology week is a great way to showcase what our current Technology Students are working on, while also offering new students a hands-on opportunity to experience Technology at Koonung Secondary College.

The poster below includes all the details for the decorate a cupcake competition, that will take place during the Arts/Technology week. It is a great way to get involved and prizes will be awarded to 1st, 2nd and 3rd placegetters.


Kelly Szlachetko

Technology Domain Leader 

Careers and Pathways

Careers News


Year 11 

As part of the Yr 11 Careers Program all Year 11 students will complete their Career Action Plan and meet with careers team to discuss their plans for post Year 12.  This provides the students an opportunity to reflect on their aspirations and goals and to plan their pathways. The Careers team will meet one on one with the Year 11 students over the next few weeks.


VCE and Career Expo

On Friday 3 May, all Year 11 students will attend the VCE and Career Expo.  At this Expo there will be exhibitors representing a wide range of areas including Universities, TAFE, Private RTO’s, Employment, Apprenticeships and Traineeships, GAP Year and Volunteering organisations, ect.


Throughout the day there will be 30 minute seminars on a range a different topics including preparing for work, VCE studies, industry specific.


Year 12s

Please book in for a compulsory Careers Interview to discuss career pathways after Year 12. Make a booking on the Careers Interview Sheet outside of the Careers Office. Compulsory Careers Interviews will be scheduled on Compass if students have not already booked one.


Year 10

Work Experience for Year 10s will be held from Monday 24 June to Friday 28 June, 2019. All Year 10 students should have secured a work experience placement by now. Supported Work Experience Workshops will be run during Recess and Lunchtime over the next few weeks to support students to secure work experience. Students are welcome to come to the Careers Office to discuss Work Experience options.



Defence Force Information Sessions – VIC

May 9

Melbourne Defence Careers Information Session Thursday | 6.00PM | Melbourne Defence Force Recruiting Centre

May 20

Melbourne Army Reserves Information Session Monday | 6.00PM | Melbourne Defence Force Recruiting Centre

May 27

Melbourne Trades and Hospitality Careers Information Session Monday | 6.00PM | Melbourne Convention Centre


Study in Victoria: VTAC and the University of Melbourne

Tuesday 4 June 2019 6.30 – 8.00 pm

An opportunity to hear from VTAC about applying to Victorian higher education institutions, and from the University of Melbourne and Newman College, a residential college affiliated with them. Where: O'Regan Arts and Cultural Common Theatre, Monte Sant' Angelo Mercy College, 128 Miller Street North Sydney NSW 2060.

Bookings essential at: www.trybooking.com/BBXWU


Victoria University | Information Sessions

Business Course Information Sessions

Thursday 9 May | 6.30pm - 7.30pm | Melbourne Campus

Education & Early Childhood Course Info Sessions

Tuesday 14 May | 6.30pm - 7.30pm | Footscray Park Campus

Music Course Info Sessions

Thursday 16 May | 6.30pm - 7.30pm | Kindred Studios

Building & Engineering Course Info Sessions

Tuesday 21 May | 6.30pm - 7.30pm | Footscray Park Campus

Law, Criminology & Legal Services Course Info Sessions

Thursday 23 May | 6.30pm - 7.30pm | City Queen Campus

Psychology & Social Work Course Info Sessions

Tuesday 28 May | 6.30pm - 7.30pm | Footscray Park Campus

Health & Biomedicine Course Info Sessions

Thursday 30 May | 6.30pm - 7.30pm | St Albans Campus

Sports & Exercise Science Course Info Sessions

Tuesday 4 June | 6.30pm - 7.30pm | Footscray Park Campus

Beauty & Dermal Science Course Info Sessions

Thursday 13 June | 6.30pm - 7.30pm | City Queen Campus

Youth Work & Community Development Course Info Sessions

Tuesday 18 June | 6.30pm - 7.30pm | Footscray Park Campus

Science & IT Course Info Sessions

Thursday 20 June | 6.30pm - 7.30pm | Footscray Park Campus

Tourism, Hospitality & Event Management Info Sessions

Tuesday 25 June | 6.30pm - 7.30pm | City Flinders Campus


Coder Academy | Tech Bytes | I Am, You Are, We Are: Hackers

Tuesday 7 May | 1.00pm - 2.00pm | Coder Academy

Join us and a panel of industry leaders within cyber security as we decrypt the stereotypes of what it means to work in cyber, and unlock the opportunities that might exist for you. Find out more and register: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/tech-bytes-i-am-you-are-we-are-hackers-tickets-59746843417


Swinburne University | Hawthorn Info Evening

Tuesday 4 June | 4.00pm - 6.00pm | Swinburne Hawthorn Campus

Think of Hawthorn Info Evening as your first step in levelling up. It’s where you can ask all the questions you want answered about our bachelor degrees, diplomas, and certificates. Get advice from our specialist staff and, if you like what you see and hear, you can apply on the spot.

Find out more and register: https://www.swinburne.edu.au/infoevening/events/hawthorn/?siid=el|mid|Events|cal|0299


Swinburne University | Wantirna Info Evening

Thursday 30 May | 4.00pm - 6.00pm | Swinburne Wantirna Campus

So, you’re looking to get a qualification that’ll take you higher. A certificate or diploma at our Wantirna campus could be a foot in the door to a new industry, the key to a pay rise, or a path to further study. The Wantirna Info Evening is your first step to levelling up.

Find out more and register:



Swinburne University | Croydon Info Evening

Tuesday 28 May | 4.00pm - 6.00pm | Swinburne Croydon Campus

It’s the middle of the year and you don’t want to wait to take on new adventures. You want to get to that next level. Come to Croydon Info Evening to learn all about our trades and apprenticeship courses.

Find out more and register: https://www.swinburne.edu.au/infoevening/events/croydon/?siid=el|mid|events|cal|0297


University of Melbourne | Jazz & Improvisation Concert and Q&A

Wednesday 29 May | 6.00pm - 7.30pm | Lionel's Lounge, Grant Street Theatre

This concert and Q&A is a great opportunity for music students in Years 10 – 12 to hear and interact with current Bachelor of Music (Jazz & Improvisation) students who are following professional pathways in jazz and improvised music.

With the opportunity chat informally to current students, as well as a Q&A on what it’s like to pursue jazz study at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, the concert is open to all instrumentalists and vocalists interested in jazz and improvisation.

Find out more and register: https://events.unimelb.edu.au/events/12457-jazz-improvisation-concert-and-q-a


University of Melbourne | Sound and Music for Visual Media

Tuesday 21 May | 6.00pm - 8.00pm | The Ian Potter Southbank Centre

At this showcase with Interactive Composition students and staff, learn how you can develop practical composition, production and broad music-making skills within a range of theatre and art contexts and in commercial media such as film, animation and computer games. Find out how to approach composing and designing music and sound for these mediums. If you’re in year 9, 10 or 11, come along to hear what Interactive Composition is all about, and find out whether it’s for you.

There will be opportunities to ask questions and no prior technical experience in composition is required.

Find out more and register: https://events.unimelb.edu.au/events/12458-sound-and-music-for-visual-media


Photography Studies College | Student Experience Day

Wednesday 3 July | 11.00am - 3.00pm | Photography Studies College

Do you love creating images? Thinking about the possibilities of a creative career? Then come along to the PSC Experience Day - a very special 'hands on' event just for you - senior secondary school students! You'll get a wonderful opportunity to experience our creative campus, talented teachers and 'a day in the life' of a PSC student.

Experience Day is open to students in years 10, 11 and 12 Victorian Secondary Schools.

Find out more and register: https://www.psc.edu.au/student-experience-day.html


Photography Studies College | Open Day

Saturday 11 May | 10.00am - 4.00pm | Photography Studies College

PSC is student centred, career focused and industry connected. Producing career and 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 more and register: https://www.psc.edu.au/open-day.html


Australasian College of Natural Therapies | Open Day, Melbourne

Saturday 11 May | 12.00pm - 3.00pm | ACNT Melbourne Campus

Want to experience life as an ACNT student? This is your opportunity to speak one on one with the Faculty staff that teach and write our courses, work in the industry and have first-hand experience of what it’s like to follow your passion and turn it into a career. At Open Day you’ll also have the chance to learn about scholarships, study abroad, student life and so much more! Find out more and register: https://www.acnt.edu.au/about/events-and-workshops/acnt-open-day-melbourne-may-2019


EducationUSA Melbourne | General Information Session

Tuesday 28 May | 4.30pm - 5.45pm | Monash University

Tuesday 4 June | 4.30pm - 5.45pm | Monash University

This free session will be presented by Samantha Jackson, EducationUSA Country Coordinator (VIC, SA, TAS and NT) and former U.S. college scholarship student-athlete.

Session 1: Approximately the first 45 minutes of the session will discuss the requirements of applying to U.S. colleges for academic entry including explaining the application process and timeline that is required for all prospective students.

Session 2: The remainder of the program will be dedicated to college sports.

At the of each session there will be time to respond to questions. Attending this session could be very helpful - It will be a great way to start your university research or to help you continue the tasks you are currently addressing. We hope to see you there!


The Hotel School Melbourne Information Session

The Hotel School is excited to invite you to attend 'Information Session' on Wednesday, 22nd May 2019. This will be a great opportunity for you to:

  • Know more about 'The Hotel School Advantage'
  • Meet Academic staff
  • Go on a campus tour
  • Ask questions

Find out more - https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/the-hotel-school-melbourne-information-session-tickets-59804054537


Scholarships & Competitions

Applications are open now for the Regional Vocal Scholarship with Opera Australia. Four lucky Year 11 or 12 students, with a passion for opera or musical theatre, could win a Scholarship prize of a week-long visit to Sydney in January 2020. Attending exclusive workshops with industry leaders, tickets to world-class performances at the Sydney Opera House, and the chance to perform for Artistic Director Lyndon Terracini and Opera Australia’s guests.


  • Students must be in Year 11 or Year 12 at the time of applying
  • Students residential address must be 100kms or further from their nearest capital city centre (applicants from Tasmania and Northern Territory are exempt from this criteria)

Applications are open now and close 28 June 2019.

Find out what you'll need to apply here.


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What do they do? 

Architects plan, design and review the construction of buildings and spaces. They turn a client’s vision into a reality and provide the ‘map’ for the construction industry to follow. Creative and technical, part Artist and part Engineer. If you have these skills and are passionate about improving the physical and built world looks for the benefit of society and individuals – becoming an Architect could be the career for you.   



  • Preparing and presenting design proposals to clients
  • Advising clients
  • Producing detailed, technical, drawings
  • Negotiating with contractors and other professionals
  • Attending regular meetings with clients, contractors and other specialists
  • Co-ordinating the work of contractors
  • Making site visits to check on progress
  • Dealing with problems that might come up during building.


 Skills required:

  • Great listening and communication skills
  • Visual awareness and an eye for detail
  • Ability to draw and create work in three dimensions (3D)
  • Technical skills
  • Inventive and imaginative
  • Be passionate about buildings and the built environment
  • Problem- solver



Hold a Bachelor degree in arts or design with a major in Architecture, Masters degree or other qualification in the discipline of architecture accredited by the Architects Accreditation Council of Australia. Registered with the Architects Registration Board in the state or territory in which you intend to practise (requires work experience monitoring).   

Average salary Graduate $55,996,  non-registered experienced $74,691, Experience Associate $115,964 (Source: Architecture AU)

Job growth in this area is moderate (source: Joboutlook.gov.au) 

Disney Cultural Exchange Program 2019

Do you absolutely love Disney, or maybe you'd love to go but haven't yet had the chance, perhaps you're interested to learn how the entertainment giants operate? Now's your chance. Disney in Orlando are advertising now, for their 5 to 12 month exchange experience. Participants will get work experience, learn new skills and meet people from around the world. Applications are open now, interviews will be held in May and the experience starts in August 2019. https://youtu.be/Jc2bfE3Badk 


  • Fluent English
  • Aged 18+
  • Australian citizen
  • Completed Year 12
  • Current full time student at accredited tertiary education institution (Uni, TAFE, or polytechnic) - online courses not applicable

You'll need to upload your resume and cover letter with the application. Find out more and apply here.


Carole Marcianti and Karen Riding 

The Careers Team 






Welcome back to Term 2!


This term, our Wellbeing team is keen to be even more proactive with our community wide focus on wellbeing.


Our counsellors, health nurse and team leader have been attending year level assemblies, sub-school meetings and many family meetings to ensure that clear communication between school and home are maintained.


A reminder to Year 7 students that lunchtime games happen each THURSDAY in the clubhouse next to the hockey pitch. There is a variety of board games, football and a pool table that the Year 7 students can enjoy and spend time socialising with their peers.


We have also established a Respectful Relationships working group comprising of various staff that will support and encourage the embedding of the Resilience, Rights and Respectful Relationships framework in our school. Koonung is a Partner School in this Victorian Government initiative that focuses on changing the story around family violence in our schools, community and homes. To find out more about this go to: https://bit.ly/2vvN8b3






The Wellbeing Team 





Library News


We have a new projector, speakers and large screen installed in the library to enhance the 'Film Friday' experience. This event has proven very, very popular in the past and occurs every Friday in the Library at lunchtime. We encourage you to get in early as seats fill up fast! All movies are chosen from the schools ClickView library collection and can be re-watched at home. ENJOY

Book Club 2/5/2019

Our Third Book Club meeting of the year is fast approaching. Here is a snapshot of what we will be doing:


We will start Book Club right on lunchtime from now on, so grab your lunch and meet me in the room inside the library.


We will do some book interviews plus I need some book reviews for the popular reads board as it is looking very empty.


You only need to write down a few words and remember the awesome prizes available at the end of Term 3!


We are getting a few tubs of new books to look at for next weeks meeting also. You will get a chance to chose a few books for the library, hopefully there's some good ones.


There will be a selection of new books to borrow as well, they arrived yesterday and there are some great titles to choose from.


If you know someone who would like to join Book Club bring them along, the more the merrier.

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 a term  in the Middle Years Centre. We encourage you to come along.


Upcoming events

 Mother's Day Breakfast  

This is one of the most popular PFA  events of the year.   Due to the increased numbers the event will be held in the Senior Centre  on Friday May 10  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, so please come along and enjoy this free event.

We ask that you book via the link below to assist the PFA with catering.


PFA meeting dates for 2019

Monday 11 February (AGM & General Meeting)

Monday 18 March

Monday 29 April

Monday 3 June 

Monday 5 August 

Monday 2 September

Monday 21 October

December Christmas Dinner TBA 


Your Committee for 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.

Immediately prior to leaving the school grounds, the student must sign out using the Compass Kiosk at the General Office.






Electronic rolls are kept in all classes. Students who arrive late to school are required to sign-in using the Compass Kiosk at the General Office and then immediately go to class. Students will be issued with a Late Pass. The Late Pass must be provided to the teacher when arriving in class.


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



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

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



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


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

Community Notices 


Click on the flyers below to view the events: 

KSC Mother's Day Breakfast 

This event is one of our most widely supported events for the year. Come along and meet other mums, enjoy a free breakfast as you listen to our College Captains share a reflection on their wonderful mums. 


College Musical fundraiser



Tennis 4 Teens 




Mont Albert & Surrey Hills Rotary Club 



2019 Multicultural Night 
You are invited to 2019 Koonung Secondary College Multicultural Night. Let's celebrate multiculturalism together! 


Canterbury Primary School Art Exhibition 


Chatham Primary School Market


Koonung Secondary College Newsletter
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2019 Multicultural Night CHN 2019.pdf