Koonung Secondary College Newsletter

14 June 2019
Issue Nine
Important Dates 
Principals' Report
College Notices 
Middle Years 
Women in STEM 
Library News
Careers and Pathways
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 

Tuesday 11  June 

Year 10 & 11 exams commence 


Friday 21 June 

Assessment Day 

Year 10 & 11 exam catchup day 


Monday 24 June 

Year 10 Work Experience week


Thursday 27 June 

Year 11 & 12 formal 



July 25, 26, 27 & 28

August 1, 2 & 3

College Musical "Legally Blonde"




Wednesday 6 March - early finish from 12:30pm

Tuesday 11 June (Year 7-9 & 12 only)

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

FISO School Conference – ‘Making Connections’ - 11 June 2019

Over the past 3 years, Koonung Secondary College has been involved with an exciting and collegial FISO (Framework for Improving Student Outcomes) Learning Community along with 3 other schools: Camberwell HS, East Doncaster SC and John Monash Science School.

Under the State Education Improvement strategy our FISO group has been working to improve literacy outcomes in the 4 schools which constitute our group. We have all been part of the Literacy for Learning program and completed the modules. We have each developed a Literacy framework and are working in an improvement cycle to plan, monitor and review our progress towards our goal of improving literacy outcomes with a focus on writing, including benchmarking and moderation of joint tasks in English and Science.

We felt that it was important for staff to come together and share, reflect and celebrate what has been achieved, and to provide opportunities to plan what comes next in the improvement cycle. This was a very ambitious event, and typifies the goals and purpose implicit in the FISO groups. As such, the day was attended by Departmental and Regional representatives and the outcomes of the day will be reported as a case study to DET. We are fortunate to have received some financial support from the Department for this event as they recognise the significant work that has been done by the teachers in each of the schools and the relationships that are being built across schools. This really is the basis of a Community of Practice.

The title of the day was “Making Connections”, which refers to both how literacy expert Misty Adoniou’s strategies fit into our classroom practice, plus the valuable connections that teachers were able to make with staff from three other schools.

Misty Adoniou, a renowned Literacy educator, led three whole school sessions which took us on a journey of discovery through the English language and how we as teachers can assist our students in decoding key vocabulary through morphemic and semantic word roots. Misty stressed her contention that we are all the ‘keepers of the language of our discipline’, and provided powerful evidence-based strategies which were targeted to different subjects and their own very specific vocabulary. What shone through was her passion for teaching literacy, both to students and educators alike, and her firm belief that language and literacy are both exciting and empowering.

In addition, to reflect and utilise our expertise in this area and to highlight and share the excellent literacy teaching that is already taking place, a number of teachers from all four schools, from a variety of subject backgrounds, held short seminars, which were attended in breakout sessions in the afternoon. We would like to thank the following staff from Koonung who each presented in one of the breakout sessions in the afternoon: Marilyn Faithfull, Amy McLellan, Kirby Sens, Glenda Hanslow, Allira Howe, Sharyn Paspa and Megan Carnie.


Also, Middle School student leaders from the four schools (including Su-Su Leeding, Keiko Rice, Chloe Pedler and Max Dooley from Koonung) played a very significant role (on their student-free day, which we appreciate greatly!) on the day in the following ways:

  • Welcoming attendees and guiding them to the registrations desks
  • Registration desk (supporting school staff), handing out badges and any other appropriate materials
  • Ushering and guiding teachers to sessions
  • Acknowledgement of country and introductory welcome to participants and introduction of the guest speaker Misty Adoniou
  • Introducing other sessions and speakers
  • Thanking speakers after sessions and making a small presentation
  • Filming parts of the day, interviewing teachers about their impressions and what they’ve learnt
  • Production of a short video of the day, which was shown at the close of the conference.

We are extremely excited to continue working collegially on our literacy priorities in such a strong FISO Community of Practice, with the goal of improving student outcomes in a systematic and cooperative manner, across our region.

Mary Eade 

Assistant  Principal 


Capital works program

As reported in our last newsletter, Koonung Secondary College has been allocated $6,050,000 in the 2019-20 State Budget as part of the government’s capital works program. This program is at the forefront of the Education State reforms, which are providing students and teachers across Victoria with 21st century learning facilities.

A number of steps are involved in developing and implementing the program in the next 68 weeks. They include the following:

-Planning phase 1: educational direction, functionality analysis, educational specification and appoint architect

-Planning phase 2: master plan of spatial location and priority projects

-Design and tender

-Schematic design

-Design development

-Tender documentation and review

-Tendering and evaluation

-Appointment of builder

-Start up on site / sod turn

We welcome your input into what types of learning spaces would best support the future direction of our College, so please email any ideas or suggestions you have to us at: koonung.sc@edumail.vic.gov.au

Stace Kerr

Business Manager


College Notices 

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

This year our College Musical will be the very entertaining "Legally Blonde - The Musical" about a young woman who gives up life in sunny California to chase love to Harvard Law School. On this journey she learns to find love in herself, her friends and the law.  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 

Tickets are available for purchase via the following link: 




Chelsea Thomas

We are now registered for the Woolworths Earn & Learn stickers


It's simple to participate. From Wednesday 1st May and Tuesday 25 June 2019 or while stock lasts, when you shop at Woolworths you can collect Woolworths Earn & Learn Stickers from the checkout operator, via team members at the self service checkout or through an online order and place them on a Woolworths Earn & Learn Sticker Sheet. There will be one Woolworths Earn & Learn Sticker for every $10 spent (excluding liquor, tobacco, and gift cards). Once completed, simply place the Sticker Sheet in the Collection Box, either at your school or at your local Woolworths.

KSC can then redeem your Woolworths Earn & Learn Stickers for valuable education equipment for our school.


Please drop the stickers off at the General Office.


Middle Years 

Middle Years Update 

As Semester One is coming to an end, the assessment task time is ramping up. Students may feel out of their comfort zone or feel the pressure to succeed. Some may also feel overwhelmed by the feeling that the workload is insurmountable.


It is vital for teens to understand how they learn differently and effectively, so when challenges arise, they will have the learning strategies in place to self-regulate and be self-sufficient. Having a discussion with your child about their current results on Compass is a great place to help them start identifying their strengths and weaknesses. Knowing what your child has achieved and is challenged by can also lead to setting realistic goals and strategies for their learning development as they move into Semester Two.


After talking to many Middle School students about having a growth mindset, I was inspired to read about Carol Dweck’s research on this topic, which in turn gave me additional direction as an educator and a parent. Dweck explains that “simply giving praise to a student for their effort during a failure is not likely to help them develop or maintain a growth mindset. Instead, it is important to help them realise that nobody has a growth mindset in everything all the time”. (Carol Dweck, The Atlantic, 2016) and it is important to help children (and ourselves) identify and understand what the blockers are and whether they sometimes present in verbal or physical forms.

When addressing these fixed-mind set triggers in discussion with my students, I have found the power of the word, ‘yet’ to be very useful, as it encourages my students to evaluate their learning and to try another pathway. Integrating ‘yet’ into our vocabulary is a small shift, but it is a constructive one, as it implies that success is achievable if broken into achievable stages. This, in turn, can motivate out students to do and be better.

“The Power of Yet” is a strategy that serves as a simple reminder to persevere through the rough stages of our learning. It can be the difference between a child who gives up on a problem and one who routinely concludes that understanding will come with more effort, questions, or through the use of additional strategies like “The Power of Yet”. This can help students take ownership of their reactions, and encourage them to evaluate their abilities and cultivate intrapersonal skills. In this way, students are given the agency to play an active role in their personal development.

Wishing all our students luck with their final assessment tasks in Semester 1.


Making Connections Literacy Conference

Congratulations to Max Dooley, Chloe Pedler, Su-su Leeding and Keiko Rice for being wonderful student ambassadors at the Making Connection Literacy teacher conference last week. The four students met teachers and students from John Monash Science School, East Doncaster Secondary College and Camberwell High School. The students were involved is making a video of the day, interviewing teachers and being lead announcers for the day. 

Susu Leeding, Keiko Rice, Max Dooley, Chloe Pedlar 


Homework Club


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




Year 8 Netball 

Year 8 B netball team representing Koonung at the Whitehorse division competition

Year 8 A netball team representing Koonung at the Whitehorse division competition. Thank you to the PFA for the sponsorship of the fantastic new netball dresses. 


Uniform reminders

  • Blazers are to be worn to and from school
  • Scarves must be plain black or navy  
  • Spray jackets are for PE and Sport Education classes
  • Everyone must be wearing a tie 




Allira Howe

Director of Learning: Middle Years






Women in STEM 

WISE: Women in STEM Entrepreneurship Program

Late in 2018, Koonung received an invitation to send a team of girls to the Monash University WISE Program. Earlier in Term 2, our team attended a full-day (10-hour) program to learn about STEM-based entrepreneurship. These are some thoughts and reflections they had after the day.


The day was intense and exhausting, but in the end we created something we could all be proud of. We had to develop an entrepreneurial idea based on the Internet of Things (IoT), i.e. to come up with a new 'smart' product. It was a valuable learning experience, and gave us a range of insights about the technology. We had to generate an innovative idea, rapidly prototype it, and then construct a 'pitch', Shark Tank-style!


The day was a hands-on experience, which required us to think independently. Even our mentor could not offer direct answers to our questions, so we had to solve problems ourselves. Periodically we would report back to our 'tribe', a group of other student teams, for constructive feedback. The women who spoke to us, a range of technology and business experts, were an inspiration. We learned so much from the whole day.




For more information about WISE, please visit https://www.monash.edu/it/wise


Arts and Technology Week 

Thank you to the Art and Technology Domains for a great week of activities.  A fantastic array of student work was showcased in the lower gym. The work encompassed many mediums and styles and demonstrated the talent of our students and the great skill of the teaching staff. We are lucky to have the expertise and passion of Helen Briffa, Amy McLellan, David Foote, Kirby Sens, Georgina Russell, Richard Leask, Allison Hart and Kelly Szlachetko.  They have been well supported by Sandy Angliss and Debra Amon Cotter (Artist in School).   The beautiful Koonung mural is nearing completion and will be a fantastic addition to our school environment. Each day of the week has provided  different activities for students and staff to try. Special highlights were the cupcake decorating competition, the diary cover competition, the Media Quiz, Art Prize and the fantastic wood designs for the phone amplifiers. The Arts Captains, Erin Smillie and Marina Plithakis have done a very good job building the profile of Art and Technology in the school. Congratulations to all involved in this great week which celebrated Cultural Diversity through Art and Technology.

Welcome to Arts/Technology Week opening by Arts Captains, Marina Plithakis and Erin Smillie:

Good Afternoon everyone,

As 2019 Arts Captains we are thrilled to welcome you to this year’s Art and Technology Week. We are surrounded by artworks produced by the Middle Years students who have chosen to showcase their work to you. The overarching theme for the week is to celebrate Cultural Diversity. Being able to be a part of the Arts team  this week has been a wonderful experience. I was blown away with the calibre of art that the Middle Year students produced. This week was a good opportunity for students to showcase their art work to the rest of the school. I hope students walk away from this week with a new love and appreciation for art and be able to recognise the time and energy that goes into constructing the piece of art.


 Helen Briffa 

Arts Domain Leader



Arts/Technology week competition winners 

Well done to all young artists who entered  the Arts Competition based on the theme of Cultural Diversity.
Prizes and  certificates are awarded to:

  • 1st Jasmine Nicol (10D)
  • 2nd Tahlia Vosnakis (9D)
  • 3rd Amelie Storrar - Carey (9F)
  • Highly Commended -Jack Stabek (9F)
  • Highly Commended - Irene Diakoumopoulos (8C)

Participant Awards

  • Siyi Niu
  • James Lonnen
  • Maddy Mikhael

Awards, certificates and prizes will be given out by the Arts Captains at Year Level Assembly in the next week.

Ist prize  Jasmine Nicol "Brofist at 100 subs"


  2nd Prize Tahlia Vosnakis 'The Skin I Wear'

3rd Prize Amelie Storrar-Carey 'Everything is beautiful'

   Highly commended - Jack Stabek  'This is Me'

Highly Commended Irene Diakoumopoulos "European Diversity' 


Helen Briffa 

Arts Domain Leader


2020 KSC Diary Cover 


Congratulations to the following students whose diary designs have been shortlisted to be chosen as the finalists for the 2020 KSC Diary Cover:

  1. Design 5- Charlotte Fields
  2. Design 6 – Zoe Guan
  3. Design 2 – Courtney Blyth
  4. Design 20- Dan Tang
  5. Design 21- Zixuan Zhang
  6. Design 12 – Zac Macfarlane


The above designs will be taken to a Principal Team panel who will decide on the winning design which will feature on the front of the 2020 KSC Diary.


Well done to all Year 10 VCD designers who produced such individual and creative diary cover designs.



Helen Briffa

Arts Domain Leader

Year 9 Urban Art 

Our Year 9 Urban Art students were very fortunate to have a workshop recently with Brett Ashby a renowned Melbourne Street Artist. Brett spoke to the students about the history of street art and how it has become an integral part of Melbourne’s cultural identity. Brett then led the students in a practical session where he shared his specific techniques and assisted each student to create their own stencil artwork.

In addition, the project which has been running with our artist in residence is nearing completion and the final panels are soon to be grouted. Information about the official opening will be distributed early next term.

David Foote 

Art Teacher 

Library News

Popular reads are growing


Each year students and staff are asked to contribute to the popular reads board located in the library foyer. We are getting some great reviews from everyone. Just remember each review added to the board is in the running to win a canteen voucher with runner up prizes as well!



The most read book on the board so far is: 'Everything I never told you'. This is a gripping story of family life told from different perspectives. Highly recommend this read, 5 stars from the librarian, you won't see the twist at the end.

Jenga Crazy

The challenge is on, what can you create with Jenga at lunchtime?



Grounded in Truth

The library created a simple but eye catching display for National Reconciliation Week. The flag made a big impact on those who entered the library; sun, people and earth!


Wellbeing Week 


The Wellbeing Team is really good at listening when it feels like there is a mess in your head. We’ve noticed at the moment a lot of our students have worries about tests, exams or SACs coming up and it can feel like a lot of pressure! It’s important for our young people to manage their study time, rest time, play time AND their thinking time in a good balance.


When it comes to keeping our minds healthy, there are some helpful and unhelpful ways of thinking. We found this illustration and think it’s a great reminder for us of what is and isn’t in our control. This will ensure that we don’t get overwhelmed by things outside of our own control as well as taking ownership over our thoughts and behaviours. We hope you like it!









The Wellbeing Team 





Careers and Pathways

Careers News

 Year 11 & 12

Year 12s will be attending the Tertiary Information Sessions at Deakin University on Wednesday 19 June, 2019.

Please check compass to confirm attendance.


Year 11 and 12s should attend as many Open Days at Universities as possible to gain an understanding of their chosen courses. Please see compass to Open Day information


Year 10

Year 10’s should attend as many Open Days at Universities as possible to gain valuable information about courses and to get am understanding of the campuses and how to access them.


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.  Students are welcome to come to the Careers Office to discuss Work Experience options.


Year 9

In Term 1, DET introduced a Career Program for all Year 9 students which is being rolled out across Victoria.  The program includes a student career test and a 30 minute interview with a consultant to discuss the results of their career test.


Student interviews will continue throughout the remainder of Term 2. Parents are very welcome to come to the interview with the Consultant and your child.


Information sessions

Academy of Information Technology | Open Day – Melbourne

Saturday 3 August | 10.00am – 1.00pm | Academy of Information Technology, Melbourne

Open Day is a great way to meet your future teachers. They will be around to tell you more about the courses and subjects and answer any questions you may have. Across all our subjects – animation, 3D design, IT, film and digital design, we will be showcasing the high quality of work our students create.

Find out more and register: https://info.ait.edu.au/attend-open-day-1


Collarts Open Day

Saturday 31 August | 10.00am – 3.00pm | Collarts, Collingwood Campus (Wellington Street)

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

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


ACU | Talk with Nurses, Midwives and Paramedics

Tuesday 9 July | 4.00pm – 6.00pm | ACU Melbourne Campus

Join us at our Melbourne Campus for Talk with Nurses, Midwives and Paramedics. Hear from a panel of practitioners on what it’s really like to work in health care.

Find out more and register: https://www.acu.edu.au/about-acu/events/2019/july/talk-with-nurses-midwives-and-paramedics


US College Intensive with Former Stanford Admissions Officer

3 July 2019, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm | Hawthorn Arts Centre, Burwood Road

Learn exactly what US College Admissions Officers are looking for from Martin Walsh, a former Stanford Admissions Officer who has reviewed more than 5,000 applications!

This is a must-attend event for students in Years 10-12 who intend on applying to US Colleges.

Find out more: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/us-college-intensive-with-former-stanford-admissions-officer-mel-registration-62904262342?discount=STUDYWORKGROW


RMIT | City & Brunswick Open Day

11 August 2019, 10:00 am | RMIT University, Melbourne City Campus

Explore our campus, chat with staff and students, get involved in activities and find the course that is right for you.

Discover your study options.

You’ll probably need to register for this event and confirm the times with RMIT.

Find out more: https://openday.rmit.edu.au/


La Trobe University | Shepparton Open Day

2 August 2019, 3:00 pm

La Trobe University | Melbourne (Bundoora) Open Day

4 August 2019, 10:00 am

La Trobe University | Albury – Wodonga Open Day

18 August 2019, 10:00 am

La Trobe University | Bendigo Open Day

25 August 2019, 10:00 am

You’ll need to register to attend Open Day.

Open Day is your chance to visit our campuses, step inside our world-class facilities, get up close and personal with our teaching staff, and gain a real taste of university life. Register to attend Open Day and see where La Trobe can take you.

Across all of our campuses you’ll have the chance to:

  • Get detailed information about our courses and the career opportunities they’ll open
  • speak to current students and academics about studying at La Trobe and what to expect
  • hear from our graduates and how La Trobe has made them career ready
  • visit the Aspire Hub to learn more about our early admissions program – you can even submit your application on the spot
  • tour our campuses and see the massive investment being made into new teaching and learning facilities
  • learn about overseas study exchange opportunities
  • discover the fun side of La Trobe through Melbourne and Bendigo’s clubs and societies, free entertainment as well as La Trobe Sport.

Open Day isn’t just your opportunity to learn about the course you want to study; it’s also your chance to get a clear idea of what careers it can lead to.

Career readiness is a priority at La Trobe, which is why we’ve developed our unique Career Ready Advantage program. Make sure you drop into your campus’s Career Ready Hub on Open Day for a chat with one of our friendly expert career advisers.

We’ll also be running ‘how-to’ LinkedIn sessions for students and parents at selected campuses, where you’ll get top tips on how to set up your profile, grow your connections and identify job opportunities using the number-one career development tool.

Furthermore, there’ll be career-oriented lectures available at selected campuses on Open Day, providing you with handy advice on how to prepare for your future career before, during and after uni.

Find out more: https://www.latrobe.edu.au/openday


Police Information Session – Melbourne

26 June 2019, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm | Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC)

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

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

Find out more: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/police-information-session-june-tickets-61673428886


Box Hill Institute | Careers, Courses, Connections – Information Session

18 June 2019, 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm | Box Hill Institute - Nelson Campus

Join us for an Information Session on careers, courses, networking and trends within the Design, Music, Sport and Recreation, Cyber Security and Business/Accounting industries.

Tour our recently constructed, world-class facilities at Nelson Campus in Box Hill and gain the information you need to help shape your future.

Find out more: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/careers-courses-connections-information-session-registration-62681233256


Australian Institute of Music | Open Day – Melbourne

3 August 2019, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm | Australian Institute of Music, King Street

AIM OPEN DAY 2019 is the perfect opportunity to discover our range of unique and specialised degree programs. Meet teachers, students and alumni, chat to industry experts and explore your course options with our friendly admissions advising staff.

It’s hard to know what degree is the right one. We’ve broken down every career path & connected it to related qualifications so that you can be sure you’ll have the right skills to make it.

Detailed entry requirements so that you can be confident & nail your audition, portfolio or interview.

Know what you’ll learn & be sure you are mastering the skills that excite you

  • Discover | See our vibrant campus come to life with free performance workshops, demonstrations, displays, career overview talks and more!
  • Get Involved | Enjoy live performances, and experience a range of fun interactive activities. Plus take part in our industry feedback panel sessions.
  • Find Out More | AIM OPEN DAY 2019 is the perfect opportunity to discover our range of unique and specialised degree programs. Meet teachers, students and alumni, chat to industry experts and explore your course options with our friendly admissions advising staff.

Full schedule of the day’s events and workshops coming soon.

Find out more: https://www.aim.edu.au/events/open-day-2019


Soar Aviation Melbourne – Course Info Session

27 June 2019, 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm | Soar Aviation - Moorabbin Airport Melbourne

Start your career as a pilot today! Explore the AVI50215 Diploma of Aviation (Commercial Pilots License -Aeroplane) course in further detail, at our Soar Aviation Moorabbin Airport information Session.

This information session is an opportunity to discuss your career goals in aviation, and learn why the Soar Aviation course is the right choice for you.

Find out more: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/soar-aviation-melbourne-info-session-mid-year-intakes-tickets-61555925430



 Tech Games Fest 2019

29 June 2019, 10:00 am - 1 July 2019, 6:00 pm | Chisholm Institute

High school students, their parents and tech-loving general public are invited to join us for TGF 2019.

This year, our three day event will share info on:

  • employment and study opportunities in ICT, workshops, presentations and tournaments
  • latest games, Esports, robotics, cosplay and pop culture, games development, and board games
  • drones, cyber security, AR and VR and programming
  • software and hardware.

Find out more: https://www.chisholm.edu.au/tgf


Chisholm Institute School Holiday Workshops

The Chisholm Institute in Frankston runs a variety of workshops from different course options over the school holidays. They are open to students in years 9 – 12 and are a great way to gain new skills, meet new people, and discover what you might like to do when you leave school.

Each workshop costs $15 and includes a light lunch. They run from 9.30am – 3.30pm.

See what’s on offer and book a workshop by following the links below:

Tuesday 9 July

Wednesday 10 July

Thursday 11 July

Friday 12 July


Scholarships & Competitions

Vice-Chancellor’s Academic Excellence Scholarship | Deakin Uni

Open/Closing Dates: 28/09/2018 – 08/01/2019
Value: $35,000 - $80,000 AUD

Deakin’s prestigious Vice-Chancellor’s Academic Excellence Scholarship is awarded each year to 26 eligible undergraduate students whose exceptional academic achievements and extra-curricular activities truly set them apart.

To be eligible you must be:

  • an Australian citizen or holder of an Australian permanent humanitarian visa
  • commencing at Deakin University in an undergraduate bachelor degree in any trimester/semester in the 2019 academic year
  • enrolled full time unless there are exceptional circumstances preventing full-time study
  • enrolled in a Commonwealth Supported Place.

You must be able to demonstrate academic achievement in one of the following:

Consideration will be given to:

  • your extra-curricular activities and achievements, for example in the areas of leadership, community service, the arts, volunteering, or sport
  • students experiencing personal or financial hardship.

To apply: Directly through Deakin’s course and scholarship applicant portal. Include supporting documentation required:

  • evidence of your leadership activities or community service achievement
  • evidence of your sporting or other achievements.

Follow the steps and select the ‘Deakin Funded Scholarships Program’ option, your application will automatically be considered for the Vice-Chancellor’s Academic Excellence Scholarship, Deakin Scholarship for Excellence and Deakin Student Support Scholarship  in the selection process. This reduces the number of scholarships you have to apply for and increases your chances of receiving a Deakin scholarship.
Find out more


Swinburne University | Six Word Scholarship

Open/Closing Dates: – 12/06/2019
Value: $1,600 – full fees for the Learning and Communicating Online Single Unit

The sign of a great communicator is the ability to write succinctly. In the world of social media and ever shortening attention spans, this skill is now more important than ever.

For the chance to earn a scholarship to the Learning and Communicating Online single unit course, you need to share your original story, using just six words in the comments of Swinburne University’s Six Word Scholarship Facebook post.

Entries are open until Wednesday 12 June.

Enter here.

Share your original story, using just six words in the comments of our Six Word Scholarship Facebook post. Enter on Facebook
Find out more


The John Marsden & Hachette Australia Prize

The John Marsden & Hachette Australia Prize for Young Writers is a developmental award open exclusively to Australian secondary school students in categories of fiction, nonfiction and poetry.

Fifteen shortlisted writers receive feedback on their work, are invited to meet John Marsden, and participate in an exclusive creative writing workshop and special event at the Melbourne Writers Festival. Prize winners will also receive a $500 cash prize and a book pack courtesy of Hachette Australia.

Entries are open until 11.59pm on Sunday 30 June.

Find out more and register: https://expressmedia.org.au/programs/john-marsden-prize/


Australian Life Photography Competition

The Australian Life and Photography Competition is looking for engaging and intriguing photos that depict Australia beyond the icons.

You may capture any aspect of Australia – everyday occurrences, fleeting moments, unusual places, comical characters, celebrations or rituals, natural or artificial environments.

Entry is free, and open until Sunday 16 June.

Find out more and enter: https://www.artandabout.com.au/australian-life-photography-competition/


Crown Sydney Artist Initiative

Crown Resorts Limited is taking an innovative approach to sourcing art for the Crown Sydney Hotel Resort, Sydney’s first 6 star hotel, by creating an initiative that endeavours to showcase photography by Australia’s most promising emerging creative talents.

Winners and finalists will have their work showcased within the Crown Sydney Hotel Resort, featured on the Crown Sydney Artist Initiative website, published in the Art of Crown hardbound book, which will be featured in all Crown Resorts properties, and exhibited at the 2019 Crown Sydney Artist Initiative Finalist Exhibition. Winners will also receive a cash prize.

Find out more and enter: https://artistinitiative.crownsydney.com.au/submit


Melbourne Chancellor’s Scholarship

Open/Closing Dates: 05/08/2019 – 30/09/2019
Value: $17,500 - $32,500

This scholarship is awarded to talented students in recognition of their outstanding academic achievement during their Australian Year 12 or International Baccalaureate (IB).

To be eligible for this scholarship, you need to:

  • either:
    • be an Australian citizen or permanent resident, or a New Zealand citizen, and have completed an Australian Year 12 or the International Baccalaureate in Australia, or
    • be an Australian citizen and have completed an Australian Year 12 or the International Baccalaureate outside Australia.
  • have applied for a University of Melbourne undergraduate course via VTAC for commencement in the year following completion of  Australian Year 12 or International Baccalaureate
  • not have previously undertaken any tertiary studies (excluding extension studies completed as part of a Year 12 program), and
  • satisfy the prerequisites for a University of Melbourne course and:
    • have achieved an ATAR of at least 99.90, or
    • intend to undertake the Bachelor of Music and have achieved an ATAR of at least 99.85 and achieved an audition score of A+ , or
    • be of Indigenous Australian descent and have achieved an ATAR of at least 90.00

The Melbourne Chancellor’s Scholarship is guaranteed to all eligible students.
Find out more


Careers and jobs

The Growth of Women in Mining

You might think that mining is a very male dominated industry.

However, the amount of women in TAFE NSW’s Muswellbrook Mining Skills Program has risen over the years. This year 29% of the class is female.

TAFE NSW aims to attract and retain women to training and careers in mining. They believe that diversity in the workforce benefits everyone.

If you want to read more, you can view the rest of the article here.


Qantas Group Pilot Academy

Estimates suggest that 790,000 more pilots will be required globally over the next 20 years. To meet this growing demand, Qantas Group will be opening their Pilot Academy in Toowoomba in September.

The Qantas Group Pilot Academy aims to produce industry-ready pilots with a strong focus on safety and quality of training, delivered in an inclusive and supportive environment. Training will be facilitated by Flight Training Adelaide (FTA) with support from the Qantas Group to provide an outstanding student experience.

Qantas will also be offering a scholarship program to make a number of grants available. These range from covering the cost of accommodation through to full training.

If you’re born to fly and serious about a career in aviation, applications for the first intake are now open.

Find out more and apply: https://www.qantas.com/au/en/about-us/our-company/pilot-academy.html


Bundanon Trust Artist-in-Residence Program

The Bundanon Trust Artist-in-Residence program is open to emerging and established arts professionals from Australia and overseas, working in all disciplines. This includes artists, writers, performers, producers, directors, composers, curators and educators. Residencies can be for research and development or for the creation of new work.

Applications for 2020 residencies close on Monday 29 July.

Find out more and apply: https://bundanon.com.au/residencies/2020-residencies/


Defence Force FIT Prep Program

For women who are looking to enter the defence force, but require additional support and development with fitness, confidence, and resilience, there is an alternative pathway.

You can apply to join the Female Initial Training Preparation (FIT Prep), which will help get you to the fitness levels required to undertake recruit training. This enlistment pathway has been developed for female candidates over the age of 18, seeking general entry full-time roles.

FIT Prep is a seven week course that guides you through fitness activities and basic army skills, and helps to strengthen your confidence, mental resilience and independence.

It is run at the Army Recruit Training Centre in Kapooka on these upcoming dates:

  • 25 Jun – 12 Aug 19
  • 23 Jul – 09 Sep 19
  • 27 Aug – 14 Oct 19
  • 24 Sep – 04 Nov 19

To find out more about the entry pathways available for women to the Defence Force, visit their website here.

You can also check out various information sessions that are held for women looking to join the Defence Force here.


Carole Marcianti and Karen Riding 

The Careers Team 



Parents and Friends Association  

 PFA news

Hello everyone

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



Mother's Day Breakfast  photos 



Upcoming  PFA meeting dates for 2019

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.



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



Community Notices 


Click on the flyers below to view the events: 

Cloud 9 Women's Choir 




Koonung Secondary College Newsletter
Koonung Secondary College Cafe menu 2019.pdf