22 September 2019
Issue Fifteen
McKinnon Secondary College
03 8520 9000
McKinnon Road
McKinnon, Victoria, 3204



Thursday 19 September

Asia Week

7:00pm Year 12 Music Night


Friday 20 September

Asia Week

End of Term 3

2:30pm Early Finish


Tuesday 1 October

Year 12 Practice Exams


Wednesday 2 October

Year 12 Practice Exams


Thursday 3 October

Year 12 Practice Exams


Monday 7 October

Start of Term 4


Tuesday 8 October

Year 8 Medieval Day


Thursday 10 October

SMR Athletics

6:00pm VCE Media Night (Theatre)


Monday 14 October

Year 7 & 10 Immunisations

6:30pm Junior Debating (MERC)


Tuesday 15 October


6:30pm Finance Sub-Committee

7:00pm School Council


Wednesday 16 October

Year 12 Dress-Up Day


Thursday 17 October

Year 12 – last day of classes


Friday 18 October

Year 12 Assembly


Monday 21 October

Outdoor Ed Surf Camp (Group 1 Depart)

6:30pm Junior Debating (Merc)


Tuesday 22 October

Outdoor Ed Surf Camp (Group 1)

Year 8 Survivor – Maths Challenge


Wednesday 23 October

Outdoor Ed Surf Camp (Group 1) Return

Outdoor Ed Surf Camp (Group 2 Depart)

Valedictory Dinner


Thursday 24 October

Outdoor Ed Surf Camp (Group 2)

Year 7 Zoo (7A-7H)

7:00pm Percussion Night (Music Auditorium)


Friday 25 October

Outdoor Ed Surf Camp (Group 2 returns)

Year 7 Zoo (7I – 7O)


Saturday 26 October

6:30pm McKinnon Grand Reunion


Monday 28 October

Year 8 Camp (8A, B, C, D, I, J, K) Depart


Tuesday 29 October

Year 8 Camp (8A, B, C, D, I, J, K)

7:00pm Year 11 Music Night (Theatre)

7:00pm Education Sub-Committee


Wednesday 30 October

Year 8 Camp (8A, B, C, D, I, J, K) Return

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

Year 12 English/EAL exam


Thursday 31 October

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


Friday 1 November

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


Tuesday 5 November

Melbourne Cup Day – no classes


Thursday 7 November

Art Show


Monday 11 November

6:30pm Junior Debating (MERC)


Tuesday 12 November

Year 11 Study Day

7:00pm Buildings & Grounds Sub-Committee


Wednesday 13 November

Year 11 Exams

7:00pm Intermediate Concert (Theatre)


Thursday 14 November

Year 11 Exams

7:00pm Year 10 Drama Performance (Theatre)


Friday 15 November

Year 11 Exams


Monday 18 November

Year 11 Exams

6:30pm Junior Debating (MERC)


Tuesday 19 November

Year 11 Exams

Year 10 Study Day


Wednesday 20 November

Year 10 Exams

GVBR Year 9 Exams (alternate)


Thursday 21 November

Year 10 Exams

GVBR Year 9 Exams (alternate)


Friday 22 November


Year 10 Exams





Parent-Teacher-Student interviews were held last week and the school was a hive of activity all day! (I know traffic was chaotic and I apologise to our neighbours). However, what a wonderful demonstration of the strong partnership that exists with families and the school. 


I thank the many parents who took the time to say thank you to the staff for their dedication and professionalism.


We all want the best learning outcomes for our students and having these powerful enlightening conversations helps to clarify the state of play but also to celebrate the success thus far and identify areas in need of improvement.


If you missed your appointment or the teacher was ill then please email or contact the school and we will arrange for some feedback from the relevant teachers as soon as possible.


This year we held our very first McKinnon Market day at the same time as the Parent-Teacher-Student interviews and what an amazing day it was!

Food trucks, numerous stall holders, rotary assistance and lots and lots of music from our very talented children!


I thank Mrs Masterson, the Assistant Principals and the Interact Club, especially Jessica Salisbury (Year 11) and Myles Kelemen (Year 12) for their tremendous efforts.


Thank you also to the parents for their support.


We wish our Year 12 students all the best with the upcoming practice exams.


Revision is crucial and I know students will be revising extensively over the next few weeks.


I wish all of them the very best over the coming weeks in preparation for the final exams in November.


NAPLAN results provide reliable and valid information for our school regarding measuring our impact on student achievement. The results from the tests completed last May have now been released to schools and parents have been sent home a hard copy of their child's results. Once again we are very proud of the outcomes of our students. Our Year 7s and 9s achieved well above the national standards scores across all tests, and the mean results continue to be significantly higher than the state of Victoria.   


What we were particularly pleased with this year was the learning growth of our Year 9 students in all tests when compared to their Year 7 results.  Learning growth is understood as the amount of learning progress that students can make in a given period. This was particularly apparent in the Writing component of NAPLAN, where our Year 9 students' learning growth has been estimated at a double rate of students in other Victorian schools, which is an outstanding result. The work on developmental assessment, research, data visualization, and analytics we have undertaken with our teachers over the last two years to improve writing outcomes for students, involving consultants from The University of Melbourne, is obviously having a positive impact.


Thank you to Ms Tracy Videon, Ms Clare Bugeja with assistance from Ms Megan Papworth, for the organisation of the Senior Spring Soiree that was held on Monday 16 September in the Lecture Theatre. The standard of playing showcased both large ensembles (Orchestra and Chamber Strings) and smaller chamber ensembles and soloists. It was a relaxing afternoon of entertainment where the joy of music was enjoyed by all who attended.


In the final week of Term 3 we are celebrating Asia week with fabulous food, music and dance which brought about great enjoyment and a celebration of cultural diversity and understanding.


I would like to thank all staff who have helped us to enjoy this event and I would like to particularly acknowledge Mrs Nayyar and Mr Chan for their dedication and commitment to putting together a very enjoyable and successful week of celebration. 


This is a week that helps us become even better global citizens giving us an appreciation and understanding of all things ‘Asian’.


Diversity and respect of other cultures, beliefs and customs is imperative for all of us to become the best citizens possible.


While we were unable to defend our language perfect world championship, second in the world is a huge effort from our students! Well done to all the students and staff that participated.


Our students learned 20 different languages finishing 1st overall in German and Russian; 3rd overall in Latin and Greek; and 4th overall in Chinese and French.


Congratulations to our school champion, Luka Magee (Year 8), who finished 7th in the world and Kevin Zhou (Year 8), who placed 14th in the world. What an amazing effort from those Year 8 Boys.

We will be back stronger than ever next year.


On Saturday 14 September 35 Year 9 French students, along with Ms Jimenez, Ms Annie Koehne, Mr Zachest and Mr King left for New Caledonia.


Travel is such an important part of the rich extra-curricular opportunities for students. I wish them well and know that through this immersion their language skills will be much improved.


I know all parents are receiving daily updates.


It gives me great pleasure to congratulate Grace James (Year 10), Yael Greenberg (Year 8), John Paul Suntoso (Year 8), Hadyn Collier (Year 8) and Audrey Zhou (Year 8) who participated at the Victorian State Schools Spectacular at Hisense Arena on Saturday 14 September 2019.  This show will be broadcast on Channel 7 in October.


Grace, Yael, John Paul, Hadyn and Audrey are very commendable ambassadors for our school and we wish them all the very best in their future endeavours.


Congratulations to the Junior, Intermediate and Senior Stage Bands who performed at the Big Band Bash last Friday night.


It was a great night with excellent entertainment, parent support and incredible talent on show.


Putting this show together takes a lot of time and effort and I thank the Music Faculty and for their tremendous efforts.


As part of the Australian Girls Choir elite Performing Ensemble, Clare Wever (Year 11) was delighted to be selected to perform alongside Hugh Jackman in six shows which took place at Rod Laver Arena this month. Clare was thrilled to again have the opportunity to perform with 'The Greatest Showman' as she had previously performed in his show 'From Broadway to Oz' in 2015. Well done Clare, this is a marvellous achievement.


Until Melbourne Cup Day (Tuesday 5 November) students may wear either winter or summer uniform. From Wednesday 6 November all students must be in full summer uniform. We remind all students that you are ambassadors for the McKinnon community at all times, and should therefore wear the McKinnon uniform correctly. For both summer and winter uniforms, the blazer is the required outer garment; in warm weather students may choose not to wear the blazer to/from school, however the College jumper must not be worn as the outer garment.


Term 3 has been very hectic indeed. Tremendous learning has been undertaken and I thank our dedicated, passionate teachers who work tirelessly to ensure students are given every opportunity to strive academically and socially.


We have a strong sense of belonging and community at McKinnon due to the wonderful opportunities provided for the students in our care.


May I wish the community much enjoyment with family and friends over the coming break.




All Year 12 students will be undertaking practice exams during the second week of the holidays (Tuesday 1 - Thursday 3 October). These are a vital part of the preparation for the end of year exams. The timetable has been shared with students, and they must attend in full school uniform. The Library and locker bay will be available for Year 12s during these days.  


Until Melbourne Cup Day (Tuesday 5 November) students may wear either winter or summer uniform. From Wednesday 6 November all students must be in full summer uniform. We remind all students that you are ambassadors for the McKinnon community at all times, and should therefore wear the McKinnon uniform correctly.


For both summer and winter uniforms, the blazer is the required outer garment; in warm weather students may choose not to wear the blazer to/from school, however the College jumper must not be worn as the outer garment.


McKinnon has achieved great success with its Chromebook program. With all students using a standard platform, we provide confidence for students and teachers, and ensure that technology enhances our ability to deliver an effective curriculum. Our Chromebook program is divided into two stages, with students purchasing a new device in Year 7 (Phase I), and then again in the lead up to Year 10 (Phase II). This ensures students have access to a reliable and up-to-date computer that facilitates online collaboration and other digital learning opportunities in all classrooms.  


For our current Year 9 students (entering Year 10 in 2020), their Chromebook is approaching the end of its 3-year warranty.  An email has been sent to these families outlining how to order the new device online; this message is also posted on the Year 9 parent newsfeed. The new model has many improved features, including touch screen and USB-C quick charge. Thank you to all parents and students for supporting our Chromebook program.  It is an essential part of our curriculum and helps maximise both learning opportunities and outcomes. 


In recent years the College has been using an online service (Sustainable School Shop) to allow parents to buy and sell secondhand textbooks and uniform items, replacing the secondhand bookstall run in previous years. This provides greater flexibility for families; further information will be provided to parents later in Term 4.


Thank you to all parents and students for their attendance at last week’s Parent-Teacher-Student Conferences. It was great to see so many families receiving valuable feedback about their child’s learning.  We hope everyone has a restful term break. We look forward to a productive and successful Term 4.



Francesca Poi (Year 8) has been accepted into the Level 4 full-time training program at The Australian Ballet School! After a nationwide search, bringing many hopeful candidates to a ‘final week’, Francesca is one of seven students to be successful for the 2020 intake.


This is an amazing achievement and we wish you continued success with your ballet career.


Jade Olascoaga (Year 10) has successfully coached the South East Warriors Under 10 Boys Team to victory in their Grand Final. The Grand Final was held at GESAC on Saturday 14 September. Congratulations on your coaching achievement.


Merryn Walker























On Tuesday 13 August, the Year 12 Studio Art class accompanied by Ms Rogosic, took a day trip to two public art galleries, MUMA (Monash University of Modern Art) and Ten Cubed. Our class happily strolled through the galleries, observing the details of two exceptional exhibitions, BOOKWORKS and Rosemary Laing.


We were granted access with an education officer from both galleries to see behind the scenes of each exhibition, from loan agreements between artist and gallery, to specialised art freighting services and the promotion strategies used to draw an audience.

We got to see how artworks were stored when they are not on display and we learned the strict requirements that galleries had to follow in order to protect their artworks from damage. The guides who ran each tour answered questions to help us prepare for the upcoming SAC on the conservation and preservation practices in art galleries.


Overall, the Year 12 Studio Art class was above satisfied with how the day went and are excited for their upcoming exhibition, as well as the chance to demonstrate their knowledge in the end of year exam.


Tully Harari & Lisa Winkler

Year 11 & 12 Students



There are very specific regulations on the selling of cigarettes in Australia. The National Tobacco Campaign is making some inroads on the overall percentage of people who smoke. However, approximately 3% of 12 to 15 year olds and 10% of 16 to 17 year olds are currently smokers. Given that smoking is the largest single preventable cause of death and disease in Australia, these statistics are alarming. It appears that not all young people are taking note of the message about the significant short and long term consequences to the health of themselves when they choose to smoke and/or to others in the form of secondhand smoke.


Earlier this month, the ABC reported that there is a growing e-cigarette culture in Australian teenagers aged between 12-17 years, with 13% having already tried e-cigarettes, or “vaping” as it is more commonly known. The ABC report suggests that this trend is being touted as a ploy by tobacco companies to “hook” a new generation.


There is growing evidence, according to the Cancer Council Australia, that vaping does lead to the smoking of tobacco cigarettes, in our young people.


As e-cigarettes are relatively new on the market, their long term health risk is not known. However, we do know that they do not necessarily deter an individual from smoking cigarettes and as a result, they are not an approved aid to quitting.


The National Health and Medical Research Council advises that vaping may expose users to a range of chemicals and toxins, even if these e-cigarettes do not contain nicotine. They do contain potential carcinogens that obviously have an adverse effect on health.


As you may be aware, smoking is banned within the grounds of, and within four metres of an entrance to all schools in Victoria. This applies at all times and is not just related to school hours or school events. It applies to members of our school community and to the general public when they are in the vicinity of our school. Our school has installed suitable ‘No smoking’ signs to all entrances to the school grounds. Smoking is also actively discouraged at all times, for school events held off-campus.


The Student Code of Conduct clearly outlines that smoking, vaping, and the use of alcohol or other drugs is prohibited behaviour and sanctions will be imposed for the breach of these rules. We, as a school community, especially through the subject of Health and BYTES, warn students of the health risks and addictive nature of smoking.


The following are links to the ABC article and the Cancer Council’s information on e-cigarettes.


Attached is another link from the Victorian Government, Better Health Channel about the effects of tobacco cigarette smoking on the body.


If you require any further information, do not hesitate to contact me.


I wish to take this opportunity to remind families that holidays should be a time for some rest. We very quickly forget how tiring the term can be.


Here are a few suggestions that our students should take on board to recharge for the term ahead:

  • Get extra sleep as research suggests that teenagers require nine to ten hours of sleep every night;
  • Turn the phone off. Limit the time you ‘chat’ to people online and aim to visit and chat face-to-face, if possible;
  • Go for a walk and get some vital vitamin D. It is not only essential to maintain the health of bones and teeth but also supports the health of the immune system, brain, nervous system, lung function and cardiovascular health;
  • Read a book, not just a text book but one for pleasure.

Have a wonderful break and look forward to seeing everyone next term.


Susan Wilken

Manager of Health



VCE Legal Studies students had the opportunity to hear Magistrate Ayres talk at an incursion at McKinnon Secondary College on Friday 6 September. Please find below some comments from the students on this incursion.


I found the Magistrate Ayres’ talk very interesting. I learnt about the ability of certain courts to resolve a case that has come before them and the various cases that he has to resolve. I was thoroughly engaged with what Magistrate Ayres was explaining to us and I would love to do it all over again! - Tia Shizas


I found the talk vastly intriguing, as Mr Ayres provided a thorough insight into the legal profession as a Magistrate. - Zayd Erasmus 


I found the talk very interesting and it really gave an insight into the legal world and potential jobs in the future. - Edden Zohar


Magistrate Ayers’ talk was very inspiring and interesting. He spoke about the happenings of the Magistrates' Court and shared fascinating stories of how the law applies in different situations. His talk was engaging and helpful as it linked so closely with our content. I’m very grateful for this opportunity. - Phoebe Lock


Definitely a worthwhile experience, I found him to be insightful and relevant to our areas of study. He was able to talk to us in a manner that was easily understandable and effective while still making the talk engaging. I would definitely recommend the talk with the Magistrate be implemented in further years. - Ben Sams


Magistrate Ayres is the best Magistrate/Supercoacher I have ever met. His speech was very insightful and engaging. I thoroughly enjoyed it, and it gave me a good idea of what the legal world is like out there. - Liam Taffe


Magistrate Ayres is LIT - Eden Harvey 

Magistrate Ayres’ talk provided an interesting dive into the various facets of the Magistrates' Court and was a worthwhile way to spend Friday morning. He was thorough in his explanations and made everything about today's legal world very clear. - Catherine Chang


Magistrate Ayres was very interesting as he discussed his daily proceedings in the Court and the sorts of cases he deals with on a day to day basis. He also gave us a deeper insight into the judicial system. - Rachid Alayash


The talk with Magistrate Ayres was extremely interesting and enjoyable. It was great to learn more about the Magistrates’ Court and the role it plays within the Victorian legal system. - Megan Prapas 


I enjoyed the talk Magistrate Ayres gave us, as it showed me a more down-to-earth side of the legal system, which I hadn’t been expecting. - Angus Wood


Magistrate Ayres shared useful insight in regards to the work he does and was also a bit of a character (a super coach enthusiast). - Mia Borowitz


It was cool… lots of info on the legal system… - Kelvin Nguyen


Pretty interesting! Funny, a laugh!Alina Shiferson


I really enjoyed the talk with Magistrate Ayres, he was very engaging and interesting and I gained a lot of knowledge from it. - Ella Collison 


I found the talk very interesting, I liked that the stories Mr Ayres told us - they were very relatable and entertaining. - Anonymous


He gave a very informative, interesting talk that gave us a good insight into the daily running of the Victoria/Australian legal system. Plus Top 10 in Supercoach is pretty nice. - Jack Middleton


Sophie D’Ambrosio

Legal Studies Teacher



Mr Munro’s Year 9 coding class had a visit from two RMIT students recently, who were presenting activities using drones.


One half of the group were constructing drones using lego, with propellers powered by a small motor. Students were following instructions but were able to design either quad or hex copters. One group, led by Jonah Rudzki were particularly successful, achieving a clean take-off and controlling the flight using the bluetooth joystick.

The other half of the class were writing code using Python, a programming language they will study more of in Term 4, to control the Tello Drone. This is a fully functioning drone which the students were able to fly around the classroom using a range of commands to make the drone take off, turn, hover and land.


Both activities were a great insight for the students in both building and flying drones.


The Computing Department are looking into purchasing their own drone for students to program, using either Scratch or Python.


Mr Munro

ICT Teacher



IOpera will present a visually enhanced concert performance of Austrian composer Ernst Krenek’s 1926 opera 'Jonny spielt auf!' (Jonny strikes up!) on Friday 4 October 8pm at the Athenaeum Theatre in the city ( It is an opera featuring jazz and even dance music, and has never been performed in Australia before.


Tickets are $70 full price, but by typing “Alma” into the password box on this page,”friends of the AGTV” will get the special price of $40:


Alliance Francaise and the Goethe Institut Melbourne offer immersion days for VCE students during the Term holidays. Please visit the websites to book!


The Languages Faculty is pleased to announce that our proposal for a tour to Spain in 2020 was approved by School Council. We would like to invite all parents of students who enrolled for a Spanish course in 2020 and all Spanish background speakers who are interested, to an Information evening on Thursday 16 October at 7:00 pm, in the MERC. This is a great opportunity for students to be immersed in Spanish language and culture.


While we were unable to defend our language perfect world championship, second in the world is a huge effort from our students! Well done to all the students and staff that participated.


There were some changes to the format: the competition lasted only seven days rather than ten and featured late in Term 3, rather than in Term 2. What has not changed is the enthusiasm that our students have for learning languages. 

Our students learned 20 different languages finishing 1st overall in German and Russian; 3rd overall in Latin and Greek; and 4th overall in Chinese and French.


We will celebrate individual achievements at year level and general assemblies next term, but a few special mentions are worth noting. Our new school champion is Luka Magee (Year 8), whose 35,402 points earnt him 7th place in the world. Our best ever result for a student since we joined the competition six years ago. He was motivated by Kevin Zhou (Year 8), who placed 14th in the world. In fact we had six students finish in the Top 100 in the world.


McKinnon believes in providing every student with an opportunity to learn languages and we are really proud of the efforts of our students during the competition. But no doubt we will come back bigger and stronger next year. We will take back our crown.


A huge thank you to the school’s leadership, teaching staff and in particular the languages staff for supporting this annual event. 


Joshua Kamener

German Teacher


This year's group of 35 delightful students have arrived in Noumea and enjoying their first few days. Arriving at their hotel late on Saturday 14 September, Sunday was the first opportunity to explore Noumea. On Sunday night, they met their homestay families and begun living life as a New Caledonian.


News from the group is that everything has begun very positively. The students are thoroughly enjoying the experience, are learning lots and are behaving in an excellent manner as international ambassadors of our school. 


We can't wait to hear more about the tour.


Kellie Dickson

French Teacher



Year 10 Science ‘Make My Day’ class recently visited Gardenworld in Keysborough to gain a better understanding of different types of plants. With a deeper understanding of the diversity of plants, the second aim was to bring a few herbs and vegetable plants home to plant in the vegetable garden that the students are developing. Everyone had a great time and also enjoyed looking at the large variety of rocks, crystals and fossils on show.

Ms Sweeney
Head of Science


I saw a lot of bonsai plants, cactus plants, veggie plants, venus fly trap, orchids, air plants, bromeliads, rocks, minerals, crystals and fossils. Miles Wilson

Gardenworld was nothing I would have expected. It blew my mind the amount of plants and rocks the store had for us to admire. It was certainly an experience that I will remember forever.
Ella Collison

Gardenworld is a very sheltered place with lots of cool plants. I really liked the bamboo plants. I saw a willow tree whose bark is used as a pain reliever. Trae Thermos

Gardenworld was a huge place. Not only did it showcase different plants but also rocks, minerals, fossils and statues of dinosaurs. The plants that I saw were orchids, cacti, bonsai, bromeliads and carnivorous plants. I was fascinated by the brain cactus and the amethyst rocks. After we explored the first section, we went to the nursery and brought plants to grow at school.
Thilini Fonseka



Following on from the success of the school carnival, on Thursday 1 August; 117 students descended on Duncan Mackinnon Reserve to represent the school at the Kingston Division Athletics Championships on the Wednesday 4 September.


It was a real team effort, with McKinnon placing on the podium in a lot of the events on the day. Out of the 117 students competing, 43 have successfully qualified to represent the district at the Southern Metropolitan Regional Finals in October. The team also brought home the pennants for Junior, Intermediate and Senior Girls, Overall Boys and Girls aggregate and the Overall Team Pennant. We also had a number of students who won the age group champions, these were Calum Smith, Cara Smith, Genevieve O’Brien and Xavier Vednik.


Good luck to all the students competing in SMR at the start of Term 4.


Jennifer Pemberton



On Wednesday 4 September the Senior Boys Soccer team jumped on a bus and headed to Darebin for their State Final Day. Avid readers of previous reports would no doubt be aware that having come through the SMR region hopes were high. As previously stated, I have been very impressed not only by their footballing activity but their conduct as well and the State Finals were no exception.


Unfortunately, whilst the day didn’t go to plan in terms of results, I was so proud of the team and their efforts throughout 2019. The team lost their first game and won their next two in a challenging day. State Finals are a step up and whilst the boys won two games out of their three, it was an opening game loss to the eventual State Champions in Notre Dame from Shepparton that put the McKinnon boys on the back foot. Despite that opening loss, the team responded beating both Trafalgar and Terang to finish second in the group and thus fourth in the State.


I would like to thank all the boys who played in the Senior Boys Soccer team at Kingston Division back in May, Southern Metropolitan Region last month and State Finals in September. There is considerable competition for spots and for many boys, especially those in Year 12 the need to balance time between their important academic pursuits and the joy that comes from kicking a round ball into a giant onion bag. All have been a pleasure to coach and it is fair to say I have especially enjoyed it.


The squad that went to State was: Matt Main, Sam De’ath, Tom Johnston, Billy Zontanos, Stefan Simic (Captain), Mannie Psarakis, Liam O’Brien, Oliver Lopez, Ishan Malakar, Cian Ford, Oscar Yuen, Liston Diaz, Sam Ghobrial, Levi Scholz, Nick Liolios, Killian Ford and Omer Steinberg


A special thanks to the Year 12 boys ably led by Stefan Simic. I would also like to thank Matt Main, Tom Johnston, Billy Zontanos, Liam O’Brien, Liston Diaz, Nick Liolios, Omer Steinberg and Liam Atchison who was injured in the lead up but has been a big part of the team over the past two years. If you ever need a club, Monash University Soccer Club would be happy to accommodate you if I have any say in the matter.


To the Year 11 boys, I hope to see you again next year where hopefully we can replicate and improve upon the success of 2019.


Jonathan Jhoomun



Netball, to some it’s a hobby, to some it’s a sport but to the Senior Boy’s Netball team, it’s a way of life. Training every Wednesday after school since Year 10 we have had our eyes set on one prize and one prize only, coming first in the state. After easing past districts and regionals and making it to states, the boys were getting closer and closer to their goal. After easily defeating Wanganui Park Secondary College, Lavalla Catholic College and Marian College Ballarat in the group stages, the medals were in the palm of our hands. The Semi-Finals was a challenge for the team, being eight points down against Bendigo Secondary with a quarter left, it felt like the dream was over. But no, not for McKinnon, Jesse Marlow (Year 12) had other ideas, helping the team win by six points with victory being just around the corner.

However, unfortunately this isn’t a success story, this is a story about how a group of young boys became men. Whilst tears run down my face as I write this, it saddens me to write that MCK lost in the finals to Box Hill Secondary. The despair, the agony, the frustration, it has taught us all a lesson. After years and years of destroying opposing schools since Junior Boys Netball, it’s times like these that really make you look back on your legacy and appreciate just how much we have done. Boys Netball has transformed each of the players within the team to not only value the sport, but to admire each other and to appreciate what hard work and dedication looks like. Shoutout to Mr Blackwood for sticking with us through thick and thin and we hope future year levels will carry on this legacy.


Michael Pupko

Year 12 Student


On Friday 13 September, the Year 7 Girls Tennis Team FINALLY played the Southern Metropolitan Regional Finals, after three washouts!


Kripa Shrestha, Kate Nguyen, Phoebe Rodda and Cheshta Phulara played the teams in their pool; Mentone Girls and Dromana High, winning against both in straight sets. The Finals were held against Frankston High, who had also won their pool. They were tough competition but we won three of our four singles. We needed to win at least one of our doubles but sadly Kripa and Kate lost their doubles.


The pressure was now on Phoebe and Cheshta. Phoebe and Cheshta had a tight match, winning 4-2. Mrs Hooper dropped in to watch the deciding match point and was very proud of us! We celebrated with cookies, fruit drinks and shapes.


Congratulations must go to Kripa who was undefeated in her singles all day! We are now in the STATE FINALS on Friday 22 November in Term 4, playing the best seven other girls’ teams around Victoria.

We’d like to thank Burt Daniels-Naim (Assistant Coach), Liam and Mrs Hooper for being there on the day.


Phoebe Rodda, Cheshta Phulara, Kate Nguyen and Kripa Shresha

2019 SMR Champions


Lunchtime sport continued in Term 3 with badminton and table tennis being the sports in focus. Qualifying rounds/weeks for each year level were held throughout the term with an Asian Week bonanza of finals action.

In the table tennis tournament we saw the very impressive Tim Nicolaides take the Year 7 section against a gallant Sarvine Jaya Raj.


Year 8 saw Kevin Zhou v Matthew Kwong and these two boys were pounding it back to each other with Kevin finally holding sway in two very intense sets.


The ever present Zong Yu Li was a powerful presence in the Year 9 competition and he cruised to victory in the final against a gritty Harry Mills.


The badminton competition was equally as fierce with the highlight being the final played between Kevin Feng and Marco Guo in the Year 9 division. Kevin finally got the better of Marco in three very tight sets.


Calum MacGregor smashed his way to victory over table tennis winner Kevin Zhou in the Year 8 competition.


Finally, we saw crowd favourite Tam Do show his class to beat Jeffery Guan in the final of the Year 10, 11 & 12 section.


Thank you to the number of students who participated across the term and to ‘Flyin’ Ryan O’Meara for his efforts in organising the fixtures.


Greg Hoskin

Lunchtime Sport Co-ordinator



What an amazing fortnight it has been in the music faculty.


Congratulations to David Le of Year 9 who recently attained his AMusA on the piano.


Congratulations to the Clarinet Choir who represented the school brilliantly at the Royal South Street competition on Wednesday 4 September. Thank you to Ms Su Rogerson for her development of this group and her organisation of this event.


Congratulations to the Year 9 Music Performance class who prepared and performed a fabulous concert at Claremont Terrace on Tuesday 10 September. Thank you to all the students who took part and to Ms Katarina Vrisk for her organisation of this event.


We have had two amazing performances in the last fortnight - Michael Birkett (with Joshua Sacks, Tristan Fuhrer and Chloe James) performed on Friday 6 September. Thanks to Genevieve Halford, Mimi Bernstein, Jing Tian Zhang, Ava Guerrero, Jack Sweeney, Toby Wundheiler, Andrew Seamer and Mr Lynch for their performances in the open mic performance on Friday 13 September.

It has been fantastic to see so many students up and performing to an ever growing crowd! This Friday sees Chloe and Grace James complete the Term 3 calendar.  Thank you to Mr Kurowski and the team for making this an amazing event.


It was fantastic to see so many bands and soloists performing at the first Market Day, Thursday 12 September. Thanks to The Bolshevix, Betty Wang, Mimi Bernstein, Chloe James, Jack Sweeney, Boys on a Budget, Anthea Dimas, Naomi Kricheli, Liz Lanaras, Isabella Eikelis, Maskit Matityahu, Jonathan Pardo, Lachlan Edis, Karen took the Kids, and Stand Out for providing an amazing days’ worth of performances. Thanks again to Mr Kurowski and the student team for making this possible.


Friday 13 September saw an exciting opportunity for the advanced string students to perform and watch a masterclass with Natsuko Yoshimoto, Concertmaster of Adelaide Symphony Orchestra. It was an amazing opportunity for all the students who attended. Thanks to Ms Clare Bugeja for her organisation of this event.


Congratulations to all the students who were involved in the Big Band Bash on Friday 12 September in the School Hall. There were outstanding performances from the Junior Stage band, the Intermediate Stage Band, the Senior Stage Band, the Clarinet Choir, the Bolshevix and Stand Out. Thanks to the MC for the night Mr Gordon Stooke, and thanks to the Ensemble Directors, Mr West, Ms Rogerson and Mr Serebrianik for their development of their groups. Thanks to Mr Serebrianik for his organisation of the event.


Monday 16 September saw the last performance for the Class of 2019 in the ensembles of Orchestra, Chamber Strings and Symphonic Wind. It was a fantastic and emotional performance where the Year 12 students were farewelled and thanked for their outstanding contribution to the music program at McKinnon. Thank you to Ms Tracy Videon, Ms Clare Bugeja and Ms Su Rogerson for their development of these students and for the organisation of the event.


Congratulations to Dustin Yu, Tia Finn and Chloe James who performed for the Asia Week Concert on Tuesday 17 September. The standard of performance was quite high.


Congratulations to the Clarinet Choir who represented the school at the VCE Leadership Awards Ceremony on Wednesday 18 September in the city. The performance demonstrated your commitment to the school and your developing music capabilities. Thanks to Ms Su Rogerson for organising this opportunity and developing the students.


Congratulations and good luck to the Year 12 Music Performance students for their fantastic final concert as a class on Thursday 19 September. The standard of performance was very high and we wish you well as you head towards your end of year examinations on your instruments.  We will miss you greatly. Thank you to Mr Kurowski for his organisation of the night and his ongoing development of these students.


  • Percussion Night – Thursday 24 October
  • Year 11 Music Night – Tuesday 29 October
  • Intermediate Concert – Sunday 13 November
  • Junior Concert – Thursday 5 December
  • Presentation Night – Tuesday 17 December

Megan Papworth

Head of Music



Last week the annual winners of the Inky Awards were announced. The Inky’s are Australia’s only young adult award completely selected by teenagers. The awards are divided into two categories: the Gold Inky for Australian fiction and the Silver Inky for International fiction.


The winner of the 2019 Gold Inky is…..Whisper by Lynette Noni



According to Better Reading:


Recommended for 14+, Whisper is a fast-paced riveting read that any reluctant teen reader would be tempted by. There are lots of twists and turns in Jane’s journey of self-acceptance and search for freedom and as this is the first of a series, there is so much more to come.


The winner of the 2019 Silver Inky is…..The Cruel Prince by Holly Black


Queen of fantasy Holly Black weaves her magic with the tale of Jude, a mortal girl who is caught up in a dangerous web of royal faerie intrigue. 'Holly Black spins a thrilling tale of intrigue and magic in her newest novel. Unmissable for fans of Sarah J. Mass and the Grisha trilogy' - Buzzfeed UK


The library holds copies of both of these books. Students are able to place reservations via the library catalogue. 


This week library staff upgraded the look of the library catalogue. There is a new engaging layout and new pages. Links to online products such as World Book Encyclopedia, Clickview and Enhance TV are located on the home page. Please see library for any assistance.



The library is regularly receiving lovely new books. Students can also make suggestions for library book purchases. Come in and see library staff to submit your suggestion.


Once you have finished with your book please return it to the library so others can enjoy it too. If you have lost or misplaced a book come and speak to a library staff member.


Janene Watson

Resource Centre Manager




These handcrafted wheat packs are perfect for chilly nights or muscle pains.


They will last for a good few years of enjoyment and comfort.


There are many styles to choose from, with limited amount of each style, so buy them while they last.


Large: $15

Small: $10


Along with each well-crafted design are instructions for your benefit and safety in mind.


These wheat packs are to fundraise for my Antipodeans trip to China and your support will be much appreciated. Please email me on:


Thank you

Peta Segbedzi

Year 10 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/Courtney Mauger ( 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 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/Courtney on 8520 9050.


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

Phone/Fax No:  9578 2151









Tuesdays                                      8:15am - 12 noon

Fridays                                        12:30pm - 4:00pm

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



Tuesday 24/9                        11:00am - 3:00pm

Thursday 26/9                       11:00am - 3:00pm

Tuesday 1/10                        11:00am - 3:00pm

Thursday 3/10                       11:00am - 3:00pm

Saturday 5/10                       9:30am - 12:00noon


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.












Local Community News


Better Place Australia will be running two FREE school holiday workshops in Cheltenham:


Mental Warrior (Juniors) for year 7-8 students, Monday Sept 23 and 30, 1:30pm – 3:30pm


Mental Warrior (VCE) For VCE / VCAL students, Wednesday Sept 25 and Oct 2, 10am – 12pm


Please refer to the attached flyers for further information.



EFA Eagles is an elite football and futsal academy run by head coach Jaroslav Dedic which will be run at McKinnon Secondary College next term. For further information please click on the attached link, email or phone 0402 733 904.


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