McKinnonNEWS

30 November 2019
Issue Nineteen
DATES TO REMEMBER
PRINCIPAL'S REPORT
ASSISTANT PRINCIPALS' REPORT
ARTS MATTERS
HEALTH
ICT
LANGUAGES
MATHS
SCIENCE
SPORT NEWS
MUSIC NEWS
LIBRARY
SCHOOL INFORMATION
COMMUNITY NEWS/ADVERTISEMENTS
McKinnon Secondary College
03 8520 9000
McKinnon Road
McKinnon, Victoria, 3204
AU

DATES TO REMEMBER

NOVEMBER

Thursday 28 November

Year 10 Peer Support

Year 9 Exams

 

Friday 29 November

Year 9 Exams

Years 10 & 11 exam feedback

DECEMBER

Monday 2 December

VCE Orientation Week

Year 9 Exam Clash Day

 

Tuesday 3 December

VCE Orientation Week

 

Wednesday 4 December

VCE Orientation Week

Year 9 Indigenous Studies Camp

 

Thursday 5 December

VCE Orientation Week

Year 9 Indigenous Studies Camp

7:00pm Junior Concert

 

Friday 6 December

VCE Orientation Week

Campion Book Collection (Senior School)

 

Monday 9 December

Year 7s Family Planning Victoria

Junior School Assembly

7:00pm Year 7 (2020) Parent Information Night

 

Tuesday 10 December

Last day Year 9 classes

No classes for current Year 7s

Orientation Day Grade 6 (Year 7, 2020)

 

Wednesday 11 December

Duke of Ed Hike

Last day Year 7 & 8 classes

 

Thursday 12 December

Duke of Ed Hike

Year 7 & 8 Activities

 

Friday 13 December

Duke of Ed Hike

Year 7 & 8 Activities

 

Monday 16 December

Presentation Night Rehearsals

 

Tuesday 17 December

Presentation Night

 

Wednesday 18 December

Curriculum Day (no classes)

 

Thursday 19 December

Curriculum Day (no classes)

 

Friday 20 December

Curriculum Day (no classes)

End of Term 4

JANUARY

Thursday 23 January

Campion Book Collection (Junior School)

 

Wednesday 29 January

TERM 1 COMMENCES

Senior Students commence

 

Thursday 30 January

Junior Students commence

FEBRUARY

Monday 3 February

Year 12 Camp

 

Tuesday 4 February

Year 12 Camp

 

Wednesday 5 February

Year 12 Camp

 

Friday 7 February

GENERAL ASSEMBLY

 

PRINCIPAL'S REPORT

A MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL

 

KWONG LEE DOW YOUNG SCHOLARS PROGRAM

Congratulations to Nicholas Lanaras (Year 10) and Karleen Han (Year 10) who have been selected for The Kwong Lee Dow Young Scholars Program offered by Melbourne University’s Class of 2021. Nicholas and Karleen have been selected from over 1600 applicants across the State and have not only been chosen for their strong academic success but also their qualities in leadership, engagement and involvement within the school and broader community. 

 

Nicholas and Karleen are exceptional students and we wish them all the best as they embark on this exciting academic enrichment program.

CELEBRATION OF DUKE OF ED IN AUSTRALIA

The Duke of Edinburgh Award celebrated its 60th Anniversary in Australia in style by hosting an evening event in the Yarra Room at the Melbourne Town Hall on Wednesday 13 November.

 

In the 60 years the Duke of Ed has operated in Australia, volunteers supporting the Award have contributed over one million hours, supporting over 180,000 Victorian youth. Currently there are over 1000 Award Leaders as well as 15,000 Assessors and other volunteers supporting the Award in Victoria. McKinnon Secondary College has been an Award Centre for over 40 years and was formally awarded with a Certificate of Recognition on the night, presented by The Right Honourable The Lord Mayor of Melbourne, Sally Capp. 

 

This year, McKinnon SC has expanded its Duke of Ed program to a Semester based elective for Year 9 students, which has seen 127 participants begin their Bronze Award, with 12 participants completing their Award in the same year and 2 participants moving on to complete their Silver Award. With their Bronze Award under their belt, participants increase their employment prospects in both casual and full time employment as well as opening doors into tertiary education.

 

The Award is about individual challenge, variety of activity, duration, teamwork and recognition. As every individual is different, each participant is encouraged to look at themselves, their interests, abilities and ambitions, then set themselves challenges in four different sections of the Award (Voluntary Service, Skill, Physical Recreation and Adventurous Journey). The Award currently assists over 40,000 young people each year to find their purpose, passion and place in a global world, equipping them for work and life. McKinnon SC is proud to be officially recognised as a long serving Award Centre of the Duke of Edinburgh Award.

GREAT VICTORIAN BIKE RIDE

On Sunday 24 November we farewelled our Years 8, 9 and 10 students as they left for their two-week adventure on the Great Victorian Bike Ride. Many enduring friendships have been forged on the Great Vic Bike Ride over the years. We wish everyone a safe ride.

 

I would like to thank and acknowledge Phil DeSalvo and his team – Paul King, Liam Adlington, Nick Foot, Tiffany Zikou, David Machin, Melissa Brush, Carole Hooper, Daniel Farthing, Jack Gromer, Rachel Walker, Willem Voorham, Brett Howe and Timothy Blackwood - for all they have done to avail students to this wonderful opportunity.

FRENCH EXCHANGE

The French Exchange leaves today with 15 students and I wish Ms Ludmila Antal and Ms Annette Reid the very best for a very successful trip. I look forward to hearing about the adventure on their return.

FIT-WISE PROGRAM

The FIT-WISE (Faculty of Information Technology-Women in STEM and Entrepreneurship) program run by Monash University worked with teams of Year 10 girls working to build their own innovative business ideas. Following on from the overall program win by one McKinnon team, the second McKinnon team "Get Real" has achieved first prize in the final WISE Video submission competition. 

Congratulations to Jaime Tyzack, Grace James, Catherine Braniska and Julia Giantsos of Year 10 who will share in the $3000 first prize. Their video submission of their innovative phone app was reviewed by 5 judges who commended the girls on their hard work and continued dedication. They were rated highly on their idea for creativity, originality and expression, which thoroughly impressed the judges.  

ASSISTANT PRINCIPALS' REPORT

 

EXAMS

Congratulations to all students in Years 9 - 11 who have completed exams in recent weeks. These important assessment tasks provide students with an opportunity to demonstrate their learning this semester; this will greatly help them prepare for the challenges they will face in Year 12. We encourage all students to look beyond the overall grade, carefully consider their strengths and areas for improvement, and act upon the feedback provided by teachers.

VCE ORIENTATION WEEK

All students undertaking VCE studies in 2020 will begin their work next week by attending Orientation Week classes in their chosen subjects (commencing Monday 2 December). It is critical that students attend all orientation classes with a commitment to work hard. Participating in Orientation Week and completing all holiday homework is essential for establishing solid foundations for success in 2020. Students are required to wear full school uniform. 

JUNIOR SCHOOL BOOKLISTS

Booklist orders for students in the Junior School next year (7-9) can now be completed online. The link to Campion Education is on the College website or can be accessed here. If you wish to have your order delivered to the school (to be collected on Thursday 23 January), the online process needs to be done by Monday 16 December. Otherwise, families can choose to have their orders home delivered at their own convenience. Digital copies of the booklists have been posted on the Compass newsfeed.

END OF YEAR ARRANGEMENTS

We look forward to Year 7 and 8 students taking part in the end of year activities on Thursday 12 and Friday 13 December. This year we are pleased to introduce an updated program. In addition to the Pool Day, all students will be involved in a one day indigenous incursion taking place at school. All the details are available through the Compass - click on ‘Events’ (under the 9-dots icon) and then the ‘Events’ tab. For the Pool Day, we ask parents to please ensure payment and consent as soon as possible.  

 

In the final week of the year, the College will be conducting Presentation Night rehearsals on Monday 16 and Tuesday 17 December. The last three days of the year (Wednesday - Friday) are staff curriculum/planning days and no normal classes will run.

BIKE SECURITY

Lately we have had several students have their bike stolen during the school day because they were left unlocked. This is very concerning. We have reminded students through the Compass Newsfeed several times, asking them to make sure they use a bike lock. Unfortunately this message is not getting through to some students. Can you please discuss this issue with your child should they ride to school. While there are cameras in the bike storage areas, it is impossible to investigate stolen bikes if they are not locked. Parents are reminded that there is no insurance from the Department of Education covering loss or damage of student’s personal belongings.

ARTS MATTERS

PEOPLE’S CHOICE AND MERIT AWARDS - ARTS SHOW

Back in early November, we celebrated the efforts and hard work of our Arts students at the annual Arts Show. The Arts Show was opened by Terry Matassoni, an Internationally renowned Australian artist. Terry grew up in Swan Hill and was encouraged by his high school English teacher to pursue a career as an artist. So it was very appropriate to ask him to select some artworks from the Arts Show, that he deemed worthy of a Merit award. 

 

Congratulations to the following students who were chosen by Terry to receive a Merit Award. 

 

Visitors to the Arts Show were given the opportunity to vote for People’s Choice Award for the Junior school and the Senior school. 

 

Congratulations to the following students whose artworks were voted for People’s Choice Award. 

 

Certificates for Merit awards and the two winners for People’s Choice awards will be presented at General Assembly next year.

 

Ms Kuriata

Arts Domain Manager

HEALTH

SCHOOL HOLIDAY – SOME TIPS ON OVERCOMING BOREDOM

The school holidays often result in the phrase ‘I’m bored’ being used. It is not a bad thing to be doing nothing however most of our young people struggle to entertain themselves and have been used to a very scheduled and busy four terms at school. Some believe it is unnatural to stop and rest and feel that they should be doing something.

 

Usually the first couple of weeks are okay as not only is there a little bit of a wind down from a hectic year at school, but the holiday season often comes with specific outings and activities planned for them.

 

Unless your family is going away, the 2nd and 3rd week of January can be the hardest when trying to think of things for a teenager to do. It is also hard to think of things that are not costly.

 

Some ideas that have been shared with me are listed below and believe me, some of the most mundane have provided the most satisfaction and enjoyment for teens, irrespective of their gender. Some teens are not happy ‘vegging’ but want something constructive to do. These are presented in no particular order.

 

1.     Room Improvement - This may include decluttering, moving furniture or even painting and redecorating.

2.     Paint a picture - maybe frame it and put it on the redecorated bedroom wall;

3.     Organise a ‘Traditional picnic’ at the local park with friends;

4.     Buy a colouring book and colour in for pleasure and relaxation;

5.     Cook - Your favourite desert, a cake or a meal for the family and/or friends;

6.     Create or extend a veggie garden;

7.     Have a board game night or series of nights; preferably with the entire family;

8.     Select and read a book from a different genre than you usually would;

9.     Write a handwritten letter to your best friend;

10.  Write a story for younger siblings;

11.  Watch classic movies from the 1980s or earlier;

12.   Create a family photo book;

13.  Create and frame a family photo collage;

14.  Catch up with family and friends who you haven’t seen for a while.

 

There may also be an opportunity to do something good for others too! Offer time to an elderly relative or neighbour to help with shopping or gardening. Offer help to a mum with young children. Maybe babysitting?

 

Now that I have given you a few ideas, it is likely that you will think of other possibilities.

The list of things to do is endless…….

 

Susan Wilken

Health Learning Area Manager

ICT

YEAR 7 ICT - ROBOTICS

The Year 7 ICT classes are learning about Robots at the moment. Students are working in pairs with an EV3 robot, learning how to program it to move, turn and to make shapes using loops. The EV3s are programmed through software on the student’s Chromebook using a block programming language, not unlike Scratch which they used in Term 3. Students are having fun and learning at the same time. The Robotics topic is great for developing problem solving skills as students refine and fine tune their programs.

 

Calum Munro

VCE IT Teacher

LANGUAGES

BON VOYAGE!

Sending our best wishes and envious thoughts to the group of fifteen Year 10 students who travelled to France on Thursday 28 November with Ms Antal and Ms Reid. After hosting their exchange partners back in June, they are now off to France themselves to stay with their partner's family. They will live a version of French life; attending school, socialising and exploring the French Riviera region.

 

We look forward to updates and photos from their experiences. Bon voyage et bonne chance to: Isabella BIBBY, Sam BAJRACHARYA, Kian BROWN, Tia FINN, Jasmine FEDER, Jordyn FREEMAN, Isabella GIBSON, Annie HARVEY-JONES, Danii KHENKIN, Kelly MARLOW, Adam PACAK, Alisa SHARKOVA, Macy TOFLER, Jaime TYZACK and Angela WANG.

NEW CALEDONIA TOUR 2020

Thank you to the many Year 8 students and parents who attended our information session about the New Caledonia Language and Cultural tour in 2020. We discussed the program, a rough itinerary, a rough idea of cost and watched a short clip that depicts the language school and city of Noumea. The deposit of $300 to confirm their interest will be due on Friday 13 December.

 

If any other current Year 8s and their parents are interested in finding out more, please contact Ms Kellie Dickson (dis@mckinnonsc.vic.edu.au) or Ms Marie-Carmen Jimenez (jim@mckinnonsc.vic.edu.au)

 

Ms Kellie Dickson and Ms Marie-Carmen Jimenez

Tour Co-ordinators   

AGTV FILM AWARDS

As part of the Year 9 German curriculum students work in groups to write, direct and produce a film that is eligible to be nominated in the Association of German Teachers of Victoria Film awards.

 

This year we nominated four films from across the two Year 9 classes for the Werbespot (Advertisement) competition. The theme this Year was Grammatik macht Spaß (grammar is fun). Students had to produce a 1-minute film entirely in German that showed a creative and informative interpretation of the topic.

 

Noah Ripple, Jun Lee, Sai Waller and Max Chilco-Burns created a film about the random nature of the articles for German nouns. This film was incredibly well received for its creativity and quality of production and came 2nd overall across Victoria. Gut gemacht Jungs! (Terrific effort boys)

 

Sophia Diegelmann, Alice Connolly, Liana Kelemen, Stephanie Georgantas and Talia Zamir, interpreted the challenge a little differently, producing an amazing rap in German. This was so popular that it transcended this competition and was nominated for in the Song category and was ultimately crowned Song of the Year in the AGTV awards. Eine klasse Leistung Mädels (a great effort girls)

 

An outstanding effort by our Year 9 German students and we are looking forward to the next crop of Year 9s to show off their German skills!

 

Joshua Kamener

German Teacher

ALLIANCE FRANCAISE FRENCH CHRISTMAS MARKET - SAT 7 & SUN 8 DECEMBER

It's that time again! The smells, sights and sounds of France will fill the beautiful Eildon Mansion for one weekend during our annual Marché de Noël. This Christmas Market will showcase a variety of French products sold or made by French designers and creators living in Australia. Expect fashion, food, wine, music, art, kids activities, French trial classes and more!

 

SAT 7 & SUN 8 DECEMBER

10AM - 5PM

 

Alliance Française de Melbourne,
51 Grey Street, St Kilda, 3182
Free Admission

 

 

MATHS

DIVIDE & CONQUER - A REVIEW OF MATHS CHALLENGE 

In the same way battles can be won by dividing your enemies and conquering them a little piece at a time, solving mathematical problems often requires a similar strategy where complex elements can be separated and tackled in stages. Unlike the normal maths drill tasks as seen in class, tougher problem-solving questions require a lot more time and effort, as well as the right strategy to complete.

During the Maths Challenge program, participants were given six non-trivial problems to attempt over a 3-week period. Moreover, to gain full credit, students must present their answer(s) with justifications and reasonings. That is, no lucky guesses! These problems are often multi-parts and the process usually requires at least 2-3 pages of work to complete. Faced with such a challenge, being able to break down the problem and realise how different parts can be tackled using the relevant techniques, or how they can be connected to seemingly unrelated fields of mathematics, is a crucial skill to learn.  

 

To further develop this useful skill for all students who participated in the Maths Challenge program, a special feedback session: “Divide & Conquer” was held on Monday 25 November (during one of the Enhancement Club lunchtime meetings) where the key strategies for problem solving were discussed. The session opened with Mr Georgiadis using the Battle of Gaugamela where Alexander the Great defeated Darius as an analogy to how a well-conceived strategy allows one to overcome a seemingly intractable task. It was followed by an in-depth analysis of one of the Maths Challenge problems appeared in the competition this year. In the final 15 minutes of the session, students were asked to apply some of the skills discussed on the “clock reflection problem”. They reflected on the use of the ‘brute force’ method most commonly applied versus the strategic organisation and dissemination of the problem.

 

Overall, the Maths Challenge program gave students the opportunity to explore new ideas, strategies and thinking about mathematics beyond the classroom.

 

“The math competition was extremely difficult and tested our knowledge to the max.” Divyesh Ojha (Year 7) 

 

“It has provided us with new ways of solving problems.” Sunny Phan (Year 7)

 

“It was a great experience in how to solve a problem efficiently.” Julian Min (Year 7)

 

“The program makes us think and understand (maths) from a different perspective. It challenged us and increased our knowledge.” Metteya Gharde (Year 7)

 

It helped me a lot in understanding how to solve difficult problems. From now on, I can use these methods to solve almost any math problem.” Raghav Senthil Kumar (Year 7)

 

On behalf of the Maths Faculty, we would like to congratulate the great effort, skills and perseverance displayed by all participants. Special thanks to Bill Manolas for his undying support for these programs and the Enhancement Club, as well as, all the maths teachers who gave up their own time in marking their students’ work for the Maths Challenge problems.

 

Mr Georgiadis and Mr Law

Maths Teachers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SCIENCE

YEAR 8 ELMS SCIENCE EXCURSION TO MELBOURNE MUSEUM

On Monday 4 December we went to the Melbourne Museum to visit The Mind and Gut Feelings exhibits to explore how our minds, guts and microbes are inextricably linked. We learnt how our brains are the most complex structure in the universe with over 100 billion neurons, and how our gut flora ecosystem (our microbiome) relates to an overall healthy gut.

 

Part of this excursion asked us to investigate Faecal Microbiota Transplantation (FMT), which is the transplantation of a healthy human donor’s microbiome into a recipient to help treat a range of digestive diseases. We learnt that researchers are currently investigating the use of FMT to help treat neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s disease. It was interesting to see how the theory we’re learning in class is applied in the real world.

 

Praneetha Madineedi

Year 8 Student

SPORT NEWS

YEAR 7 GIRLS TENNIS STATE FINAL DAY

The Year 7 Girls Tennis team consisting of Kripa Shrestha, Kate Nguyen, Phoebe Rodda and Cheshta Phulara headed to Boroondara Tennis Centre in Bulleen on Friday 22 November to meet seven other schools from around the state in the final of the Tennis SSV competition.

 

McKinnon was in a pool with Yarrawonga, Trinity College Colac and the Catholic College in Sale. The girls came out firing in the first game against Yarrawonga, winning all six sets to take a commanding victory.

 

Game two against Trinity College Colac was a much tighter affair with the two schools unable to be separated after the six sets. Three sets each and equal on games won so we had to share the points.

 

That left us having to win the final group game against the Catholic College Sale to advance to the semi final stage. We managed to take care of proceedings fairly comfortably, dropping just one set to win five sets to one.

 

This left us on top of our pool and up against Buckley Park in the semi final. After winning three of the four singles games we managed to coast through to the final fairly comfortably winning four sets to two overall.

 

In somewhat of a surprise, the seemingly powerful Balwyn High lost their semi final to Trinity College Colac and left us playing the team that we had a tie with earlier in the day in the final.

 

While the girls entered the final with confidence,  they knew they would match it with Trinity College and they knew from the earlier result that things would be tight. Number one girl Kripa Shrestha continued her unbeaten run in the final and proved herself to be the premier tennis player present on the day which was a fantastic effort! Two of the other singles sets came down to tie breakers in a sign of the evenness of the two teams. Cheshta Phulara managed to win her tie breaker and give us an important second rubber after the singles.

 

The state title came down to the two doubles rubbers with the two teams on two sets each and only one game separating the two teams. In the most important tennis match of their young careers, these four girls played inspired tennis to both take out their respective doubles matches easily and in doing so win a very rare state tennis title for the school.

 

Well done to the four girls on their great achievement and thank you to coach Carole Hooper who guided to the girls through all of the lead up rounds and to Team Manager Burt Daniels-Naim who supported the girls for the entire journey.

 

Greg Hoskin

(Coach for the day)

YEAR 8 GIRLS TABLE TENNIS: 3RD IN THE STATE

 After winning the Regional Finals in convincing fashion last month, the McKinnon Year 8 Girls Table Tennis squad travelled to the Melbourne Sports & Aquatic Centre last week to take part in the State Finals. The competition was tough but our talented team of Alessia Frantzis (Year 8), Azumi Hosako (Year 8), Eliza Hackett-Smith (Year 8), Valeria Camacho Acevedo (Year 8), and Sophie Grenda (Year 8) managed to edge out Galen in their first round before disposing of Mary Mackillop and Gladstone Park in subsequent rounds to qualify for the semi-finals as group winner.

In the semi-final, they came up against the strong team of Balwyn High School. Despite an even start where the score was tied at 1-1 after the first two singles, by the end of the four single rubbers, the McKinnon girls found themselves behind 1-3. As a result, they needed to win the two remaining double rubbers to have a chance to advance. Despite a fine effort by the girls, they lost 2 games to 3 in both rubbers (losing by the narrowest of margin of 9-11 in some games), and were eliminated from the competition.

 

Since the other losing semi-finalist, Galen, lost to us during the group stage, McKinnon claimed the 3rd place overall in the State. A tremendous achievement for all involved. A special thank goes out to Mr Pantelios who managed the team during the preliminary phase earlier in the year and planted the seeds for success.

 

Sandy Law

Coach

YEAR 8 BOYS TABLE TENNIS INTO STATE FINALS

The McKinnon Year 8 Boys Table Tennis Team, consisting Kevin Zhou (Year 8), Kanato Sato (Year 8), Matthew Kwong (Year 8), Bastien Meric (Year 8) and Harsh Sharma (Year 9) (Assistant Coach), has won through to the State Finals after the recent victory at the Southern Metro Regional Finals which was played at Dandenong. The team won their pool in impressive fashion, beating the likes of Frankston HS and Narre Warren. In the regional final, the boys came up against Gleneagles SC which proved to be a tougher contest. But the boys managed to win through after defeating their opponents in the doubles. 

Congratulations to the Year 8 Boys Table Tennis Team who will now represent the Southern Metro Region in the upcoming State Finals. Special thanks to Mr Pantelios who managed the team before the regional finals, as well as Harsh Sharma for being the assistant coach. 

 

Sandy Law

Coach

GIRLS LEADERSHIP FORUM

On Wednesday 20 November, twelve Year 7 & 8 Girls set off to the newly renovated Junction Oval for a leadership programme run by Cricket Victoria. The day was a great success full of activities run by inspirational figures. 

We had multiple panel discussions, where we were able to ask questions with Linley Frame (Olympian), Kelly Applebee (Ex Victorian and Australian Player), Elly Donald (Vic Womens player), Peter Siddle (Cricket Australia, Victorian team and Adelaide Strikers Big Bash player) and Bhavisha Devchand (WA player). We were lucky enough to get a jujitsu class with Shantelle Thompson (Olympian & World Title holder) who was also our MC for the day. 

 

We learnt lots of important leadership skills such as the ability to face challenges instead of running away from them, but the most important message was to always give everything a go no matter how scared you are. We would like to thank Mrs Hooper and Cricket Victoria for an amazing day.

 

(Participants: Lani Hammam, Anika Karra, Matilda Brown, Hannah Foran, Ruhani Sabnani, Ananya Jha, Jasmine Parry, Niyati Brijesh, Nadya Mapitiya, Elizabeth Wharton, Diane Dixon and Aditi Patil)

 

Lani Hammam (Year 7) and Lizzie Wharton (Year 7)

2XU ELWOOD TRIATHLON

On Sunday 17 November, 17 students represented McKinnon at the 2XU Elwood Triathlon event. The event was the culmination of six weeks training as part of the sport program in Year 7 and 8.


Students needed to be at the beach by 6:30am Sunday morning to check in and get mentally ready for the 150m swim, 7km ride and 1.2km run.

 

It was a freezing cold morning and just as the event was starting the wind and rain increased, making the conditions brutal for the swim in almost two metre swells. All our students participated really well, and despite the conditions really enjoyed the event.

 

Some excellent results from the day were:

- Annabelle Sakurai (Year 8) finishing in 6th position in her category

- Matthew Day (Year 9), Will Green and Saksham Singh finishing 6th in the teams event.

- Tilde Christrup (Year 8) and Monique Andjelic (Year 9) who both finished in the Top 10 for their age category. 

 

An awesome achievement in just the second year that McKinnon has sent a team in the triathlon event.

 

Tim Blackwood

Head of Physical Education and Sport

 

 

 

 

MUSIC NEWS

AMEB EXAMS

Congratulations to the students who took part in the AMEB exams over the last few weeks. Results coming in so far are outstanding and all students and teachers should be very proud of their efforts.

PERFORMANCES IN MUSIC CLASSES

Performances are occurring throughout all music classes at the present moment - both Instrumental and Classroom, and students are demonstrating their growing capacity and artistry as musicians. All staff are impressed with the level of musicianship that they are seeing. Well done!

INTERMEDIATE CONCERT

Congratulations to all the students who took part in the Intermediate Concert on Wednesday 13 November. The Ovenden Band, the Keenan Strings, the Saxophone quartet, the Junior String Quartet and the Intermediate Stage Band wowed the audience with their collective musicianship. Thank you to all the music directors - Ms Tracy Videon, Mr Stuart Cook, Ms Rose Kavanagh and Mr Martin West, for their ongoing development of the students in their ensembles and for putting together a high standard performance.

MAINTENANCE TO HIRED INSTRUMENTS

Students who have hired instruments are reminded that they will be returning their instruments for maintenance before they go on holidays at the end of the year and to remove personal items from the cases. For many students, the return will be after the Junior concert on Thursday 5 December. Holiday hire forms are available from the Music Centre if you wish to hire your instrument over the long term break.

DATES FOR THE REMAINDER OF TERM 4

Junior Concert – Thursday 5 December

Presentation Night – Tuesday 17 December

 

Megan Papworth

Head of Music

LIBRARY

BOOK BUY

On Monday 11 November, McKinnon’s Book Club members had an exciting opportunity to browse the latest new releases and make selections for the library collection. Local booksellers Benn’s Books visited the school with boxes of handpicked new titles.

 

Approximately 15 book club members attended along with Gim Gibbs and Deirdre Robertson. It was great to get student input into suggestions for new books.

 

Most popular books were…

 

·  The Surprising Power of a Good Dumpling by Wai Chim

·  The Best Lies by Sarah Lyu

·  As Happy as Here by Jane Godwin

·  Everywhere Everything Everyone by Katy Warner

 

HOLIDAY BORROWING

Students will once again be able to borrow books over the holidays. Holiday borrowing will start after Monday 3 December. To borrow students must return all items still on loan. Students can access the library catalogue, Oliver, to check their current loans and see new titles. If the book you want is out on loan, it can be reserved. When it is returned you will be notified to come and collect it.

SUMMER READING

We have finally seen some glimpses of summer with a few bursts of hot and sunny weather. With summer almost here library staff have selected fiction titles with summer themes for the latest library display.

 

NEW BOOKS

We currently have a trolley of new books in the library ready for students to browse.

 

Here is a preview of some of the new books in the library.

 

 

Janene Watson

Resource Centre Manager

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SCHOOL INFORMATION

GENERAL OFFICE

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.

 

ABSENCES

Student absences should be reported to the school before 9:00am. Please email the Attendance Officer Courtney Mauger (absences@mckinnonsc.vic.edu.au) 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.

 

LATE ARRIVAL TO SCHOOL

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 absences@mckinnonsc.vic.edu.au 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 Courtney on 8520 9050.

UNIFORMS

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:

https://fcw.com.au/#shops

Phone/Fax No:  9578 2151

 

NORMAL SHOP TRADING HOURS 

Tuesdays                                      8:15am - 12 noon

Fridays                                        12:30pm - 4:00pm

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

 

UNIFORM SHOP SCHOOL HOLIDAY HOURS

 

NOVEMBER 2019

Saturday 30 November  9:30 – 12:00pm

 

DECEMBER 2019

Tuesday 3 December       8:15 – 12:00pm

Friday 6 December         12:30 – 4:00pm

Saturday 7 December      9:30 – 12:00pm

Monday 9 December     5:00 – 7:30pm (BAGS ONLY)

Tuesday 10 December     8:00 – 1:00pm

Friday 13 December         9:30 – 12:00pm

Saturday 14 December    9:30 – 12:00pm

Saturday 21 December    9:30 – 12:00pm

Friday 27 December        11:00 – 3:00pm

Saturday 28 December     9:30 – 12:00pm

Monday 30 December      11:00 – 3:00pm

Tuesday 31 December     11:00 – 3:00pm

 

JANUARY 2020

Friday 17 January             11:00 – 3:00pm

Saturday 18 January         9:30 – 12:00pm

Monday 20 January          11:00 – 3:00pm

Tuesday 21 January         11:00 – 3:00pm

Wednesday 22 January   11:00 – 3:00pm

Thursday 23 January       11:00 – 3:00pm

Friday 24 January              11:00 – 3:00pm

Saturday 25 January          9:30 – 12:00pm

Tuesday 28 January          11:00 – 3:00pm

Wednesday 29 January    11:00 – 3:00pm

 

Friday 3 February Normal trading hours

 

Senior School resumes Wednesday 29 January

Junior School resumes Thursday 30 January

LOST PROPERTY

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.

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MCKINNON NETBALL CLUB INC

McKinnon Netball Club is taking Expressions of Interest now for players and coaches. Registrations will open soon. For further information please contact info@mckinnonnetball.com.au

 

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