Koonung Secondary College Newsletter

28 November 2019
Issue Eighteen
Important Dates 
Principals' Report
College Notices 
Middle Years 
Careers and Pathways
Library News
Parents and Friends Association  
School Information  
Community Notices 
Koonung Secondary College
615 Elgar Road
Mont Albert North, VIC, 3129

Important Dates 

Dates for your diary 



Monday 18 November - Friday 29 November 

Year 10 & 11 exams 


Friday 22 November to Sunday 1 December 

Great Victorian Bike Ride - Robe to Torquay 


Monday 2 December - Friday 6 December

EDGE & Stepping programs 


Thursday 5 December 

Presentation Night 


Saturday 7 December 

Second Hand Book Sale 


Monday 9 December 

Wellbeing Day - Year 7-9


Tuesday 10 December 

2020 Year 7 Orientation Day 

(No Year 8 or 9 classes)


Wednesday 11 December - Friday 13 December 

Year 9 Camp


Thursday 19 December 

Last day for students



Tuesday 21 January 

Lamont Book Collection Day 3-6pm



Tuesday 4 February 

Photo Day 


Thursday 13 February 

Year 7 Welcome Picnic 


Diary dates for 2020

Student free days: 

  • Tuesday 28 January: First day of the school year
  • Wednesday 20 May 
  • Friday 19 June: Assessment Day
  • Tuesday 21 July 


Parent/Student/Teacher Conferences for 2020

  • Thursday 26 March 12 - 8 pm (No scheduled classes)
  • Thursday 16 July Unit 3/4 classes only 4 - 6:30 pm (Normal school day)
  • Thursday 17 September 12 - 8 pm (no scheduled classes)


2020 Term Dates:

Term 1  -  Tuesday 28 January to Friday 27 March 2020

  • Student free day               Tuesday 28 January
  • Years 7, 10, 11 & 12        Wednesday 29 January
  • Years 8 & 9                         Thursday 30 January


Term 2 -  Tuesday 14 April to Friday 26 June

Term 3 - Monday 13 July to Friday 18 September

Term 4 - Monday 5 October to Friday 18 December










Principals' Report

Principal Team Report 

2019 Great Victorian Bike Ride 

Our Great Victorian Bike Ride team departed last Friday on their endurance feat of 652km over 10 days, led by teacher Anthony Hasseldine and former teacher Jane Thornton. They have already completed many training rides and developed a strongly bonded and supportive team to brave the trek from Robe to Torquay. Once again, the focus has been the importance of Aboriginal reconciliation, with the riding jerseys again designed by Blair Tink, 2020 School Captain. We are immensely proud of our connection with our indigenous community. With the added initiative of “Do it in a Dress”, Year 8 student, Katinka Schmid is leading the fundraising efforts for Girls Education in Africa and was interviewed on ABC TV about her efforts. Katinka is attempting to ride the entire trip in a dress to raise awareness for this worthy cause. The rest of the team has joined this fabulous cause; as of this Wednesday alone, they have raised $2,400 for ‘Do it in a dress’-  what an achievement! We’re so proud of our students, their social conscience and determination to make a difference in this often inexplicably inequitable world. Donations can be made at Katinka’s fundraising page at: 


I am sure the team will have yet another memorable experience and be very proud of their achievements when they complete their ride.


Koonung Secondary College on show

Last Wednesday, the college hosted a visiting party from Singapore, from the Geylang Methodist School, who had pinpointed Koonung as a school well worth visiting, to inquire about how we teach, assess and organize our learning program. A large contingent of leaders from Geylang spent half a day meeting with school leaders, teachers and students, interrogating our teaching and learning approach, pedagogy, curriculum and structure. They had certainly done their homework and were particularly interested in our LETS LEARN instructional model, and were keen to see this classroom model in action. Many class visits ensued, during which it was clear how impressive the engagement, creativity, rigour and interaction between the staff and students at Koonung really is. A truly worthy cultural exchange, highlighting the similarities and contrasts which can exist in education systems throughout the world.


A busy end of term

As we step ever closer towards the end of the academic year, there is still much work to be completed and so many extra-curricular activities for our students to participate in. It is always noted by our parents and students just how many opportunities for enhancement and sheer enjoyment that exist at Koonung. This fortnight alone, I can name Geography fieldwork excursions, Interact club, STEM events, Regional sports’ finals, Science talent quest, student fora, concert band and voice showcases, RSPCA rescue pet research excursion, Chill out space, Dance auditions, Arts space, not to mention the Year 9 camp at The Summit in Week 10. There is no excuse not to get involved!


To return to the academic year, however, I will reiterate Sandra Greenhill’s point from the last newsletter regarding our annual VCE transition program. Our Year 10 and 11 students have now finished their exams and will be readying themselves for next year via the "The Edge" program.  This program is a critical link between their studies this year, their holiday preparation, and their VCE studies in 2020.  All students are required to complete compulsory VCE holiday homework in all of their subjects; this will be posted for your information on Compass at school documentation->Senior School->The Edge, in the relevant year level and subject folders.


Presentation Night 

Presentation Night preparations are well underway - all recipients will be invited via a specific Compass event, however, we welcome the attendance of all members of the College community, who can book tickets through trybooking- please indicate your attendance through these channels.


Mary Eade 

Assistant Principal


Capital Works Program Update

Following consultation and feedback from our College community, the revised proposed masterplan has been endorsed by College Council and submitted for Victorian School Building Authority (VSBA) approval. The first stage of the proposed masterplan includes the demolition of the lower gym and toilet block and relocation of the portable classrooms near the staff carpark. A new building will be constructed on this site and will consist of a new Year 7 to 9 space and new reception area facing towards Box Hill Crescent to reorient the entrance to the school. This stage will cause minimal impact to the learning and teaching activities as we will be able to utilise existing buildings while construction occurs. The next stage in the program, after VSBA approval, is the schematic design process. This is where we start looking at how the spaces within the building footprint will best suit 21st century learners. The revised masterplan is attached below.


Stace Kerr
Business Manager




College Notices 

Student accident insurance arrangements

Families are reminded that neither Koonung Secondary College nor the Department provide personal accident insurance for students. Parents and guardians are responsible for paying the cost of medical treatment for injured students, including any transport costs. Student accident insurance policies are available from some commercial insurers. These cover a range of medical expenses not covered by Medicare or private health insurance.

It is recommended that families seek assistance in this matter with their insurance broker or find a suitable personal accident insurer.


How to pay for your child's event using CSEF 

CSEF is provided by the Victorian Government to assist eligible families to cover the costs of camps, school excursions and sporting activities. if you hold a valid health care card you may be eligible for CSEF. The allowance is paid to the school to the school to use towards expenses relating to camps, excursions or sporting activities for the benefit of your child. The annual CSEF amount per student is $225.  Application forms can be downloaded from www.education.vic.gov.au/csef


If you applied for the CSEF in 2019 you do not need to complete an application for 2020 unless there has been a change in your family circumstances. 


When an event is due to be paid you can email Koonung.sc@edumail.vic.gov.au and ask Accounts Receivable to take the money from the CSEF funds, this will also give permission, so you will not need to go into Compass to approve the event.  Alternatively, you may contact the College office (9890 9662) to advise Accounts Receivable that you wish to use CSEF for an event and provide  consent over the phone.  


Please be mindful that like any other payment for an event, it must be completed by the due date which, in the case of excursions or sporting activities, is at least three days prior to an event. 


Second hand book sale 

Please add this event to your diary. Please refer to your newsfeed to access further instructions relating to the book sale. 


Middle Years 

Middle Years Update 

A few weeks back I had a chat with an 'older' (70 something) friend asking what she thought of the climate change demonstrations.


Her response was quite firm about the level of disruption to other people trying to get to work or move through the city. She felt that the extreme measures taken by some demonstrators detracted from an issue which needs a balanced level of input from both sides, as well as those who are still not sure as to the extent of the problem.


We talked about heat and drought of years gone by. She recalled how during some of the heat waves, the only way to keep cool was to go down into the cellar under the house where the family stored produce to keep it fresh. Blistering hot nights forced them to sleep outside on what was left of the lawn.


There were too many times that farmers were forced to shoot their cattle rather than see them die of starvation, as crops failed during the drought and there was no grass left for them to eat. The farms were dust bowls.


Fires, both grass fires and bush fires left them pondering lucky escapes but deeply scared by the trauma which surrounded them.


The community efforts in those times inspired the family and amazed them, with volunteers fighting around the clock risking their lives to help others and people baking food for the volunteers and those forced to evacuate. Others providing those forced out of their homes with basic necessities like toothbrushes and changes of underwear, and arranging collections of clothing donations so that something as simple as putting on clean clothes was possible.  Many people invited others into their homes for emergency accommodation.


Her family also suffered the impact of a flood that rushed through their home ruining everything that was not at least a metre above floor level. My friend was too little at the time to recall this event but carries a vivid picture of the stench and the mud and slime left behind when the waters receded through the descriptions given by her parents and siblings. That was an experience never to be forgotten. 


Once again they were overwhelmed by the love and support of the local community, again strangers chipped in to help just like the help given in the fire ravaged areas. This time neighbours took in their family of two adults and four children for nearly two months before their house was again fit for occupation. The generosity of that family was extraordinary.


The Australian spirit of looking after those in danger or down on their luck came shining through in all those people who took the time to care.   


As these natural disasters and extreme periods of heat are recalled the term 'climate change' seemed a little less of a doomsday consideration. This is not to say that we should not be concerned about the influence of man on changes in our climate, but we need to be aware that alarmist dealings with the issue at such rallies, as Melbourne has recently seen, can be a source of stress for our children. 


My friend wondered aloud how prepared our young people are to make sacrifices to help the environment in simple ways. For example, she was brought up to value every drop of water used in the house. She remembered having to use the same bathwater for every member of the family. During summer the hand basin was filled in the morning and everyone had to wash their hands in that water for the whole day. Anyone who absentmindedly pulled the plug was in big trouble. To this day she keeps jugs in the shower, the laundry and kitchen to collect the cold water which comes through before the water warms up. This is used for pot plants and water for the dog.

Would our young ones be prepared to use public transport, ride bikes or walk instead of owning a car. She reminds me that her family never owned a car until she was an adult.


Then again they didn't have a telephone either until she was about 15. It is hard to imagine how families coped. She is convinced that we and generations to come would not be prepared to even consider reducing the number of phones we have per family.


We design buildings and houses which need air conditioning and heating. We select houses which have no eaves and which do not take advantage of a northerly aspect.


The conclusion which we reached together was that no matter what our thoughts are on climate change we as a society need to raise awareness of looking after our planet. 


From big things from little things grow  

Our students can start with little things such as taking responsibility for separating family rubbish into the correct bins. 


They might decide that kitchen waste can be recycled by starting a worm farm or compost bin. (Keep an eye out for these at garage sales!)


In the family bathroom, if a few family members get on board, a bucket in the shower to catch water, provides water to flush the toilet. By the way, if the kids are serious about conserving water those showers will be very short!!!!


Perhaps they can become aware of keeping the doors closed when the air conditioner is on and turning the lights and the television off when they leave the room.


They might even discover the joys of growing plants and gardening.


Those with an artistic flair might start recycling by reusing 'junk' to create pieces of art; you never know this could be the start of them marketing garden ornaments.


Your creative children are capable of finding much better ideas than these as to how to save our precious resources and do our bit for our planet!

By showing that we care for our environment we help to raise the awareness of a whole new circle of people. So it is that BIG THINGS FROM LITTLE THINGS really do GROW.


Extra-Curricular Excellence

Max recently travelled up to Brisbane to compete in Round 1 of the National Junior Track Series (NJTS).  He was representing his cycling club, Carnegie Caulfield along with 5 other club team mates.

This series travels to  three major cities, Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne and the cyclists compete in 8 events across two days of racing.  They accumulate points across each round and the winner of the series is determined by the one who has the most points.

Max had some terrific results, winning one race, coming second in another, and  fourth place on two occasions.


Max will be flying to Sydney in December to compete in Round 2.


I have attached a few photos below and Max is number 13 in the action shots.


Max is also currently competing in the Victorian Interschool Championships for road racing where he is representing Koonung.  He finished 2nd  in race 1 and is competing in race 2 for this series tomorrow.  So we are hoping for another great result.


Year 9 Exams

All Year 9 students will sit formal examinations on the 4-5 December. The exams will cover the following subjects: English, Mathematics, Humanities, LOTE, Science 



Breakfast Club



Friday mornings from 8am in the MYC


Homework Club


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


Upcoming events


Year 9 Exams                                             4 - 5 December

Year 9 Student free day                             6  December

Year 8 and Year 9 Student free day      10 December

Year 9 Camp                                         11 - 13 December





Allira Howe

Director of Learning: Middle Years



Wellbeing Day  Monday 9 December 

Wellbeing Day at Koonung is fast approaching! Last year’s half day focus on Wellbeing was such a success that this year we decided to make a whole day of it!

The day will commence with a Middle Years assembly and from there the students will break off into their class groups and rotate through a variety of engaging activities and stations that focus on Wellbeing. These include Art Therapy, a Personal Strengths workshop, a Positive Relationships workshop and Team Building games. Lunchtime will allow for the students to participate in a Yoga class instructed by our very own fitness guru Sharyn Paspa, as well as mini tennis in the Hall. A student band will be rocking the Middle Years stage, alongside Whitehorse Youth Connexions and Headspace information stalls.

It’s going to be a great day!







Michael Oaten

Director of Learning  - Learning Enhancement 


The Wellbeing Team 


Arts Space Term 4 Lunchtime Activities

'Arts Space' is a weekly lunch-time art session available for students who wish to do some extra art and learn new art and craft skills at Koonung Secondary College. 


This term students have been exploring air-dry clay and making interesting key-rings, hanging decorations and small 3D sculptures.  


Students have also been making painted and/or mosaic frames,  and, exploring the age old craft of knitting. 


Some students have challenged themselves and are working on knitting 3D mini teddy bears. 


It has been fantastic to see the student's growth in their knowledge, skills and confidence. Well done to all the artists!


Sandy Angliss

Art Teacher


2020 Artist in Schools program 

Following the success  or our 'Koonung Creek Trail' mural we are delighted to advise that in 2020  the Arts Domain are again employing an 'Artist in School' through the Whitehorse City Council Artist in Schools Program.

Brett Ashby visited  our Urban Art classes  in  2019  for a school incursion involving a spray painting workshop.

It will be an exciting time as Brett has some great ideas on creating innovative and modern artworks to complement our new building structures for 2020. He will work  with the Year 9 Urban Art class. 

The Koonung Community welcomes Brett,  he will no doubt bring a great deal of energy and enthusiasm to the Arts Domain and our Year 9 Urban Art classes. 

An opportunity for students to shape the future of Heide Museum


Helen Briffa

Arts Domain Leader

Careers and Pathways

Careers News

Years 11 & 12

We would like to wish all of our Year 12s the best of luck for the VCE Exams. All institutes will be available to assist with Change of Preference for University and TAFE courses for 2020 from 12 -14 December, 2019.   For full details of Change of Preference events please visit: Change of Preference Information - VTAC    .


The Careers Office will also be available to assist students during this time.


Work Experience

Work Experience with Yarra City Council

Yarra City Council offers work experience and placements to secondary and tertiary students currently engaged in studies in Australian educational institutions, as well as to those who are not currently studying but are seeking to gain practical work experience.

Learn more


Information Sessions and Workshop

Defence Force Information Sessions – VIC – December

December 4

Melbourne: Officer Careers Information Session
Wednesday | 6.00pm – 7.00pm | Melbourne Defence Force Recruiting Centre

December 9

Melbourne: Defence Careers Information Session
Monday | 6.00pm – 7.00pm | Melbourne Defence Force Recruiting Centre

December 11

Melbourne: Women in Defence Information Session
Wednesday | 6.00pm – 7.00pm | Melbourne Defence Force Recruiting Centre


Holmesglen | Open Day

28 November 2019, 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Holmesglen Institute, Chadstone, Glen Waverley, Moorabbin and Bourke St Campuses

Holmesglen Open Day is the perfect opportunity to meet teachers, tour the facilities and find the best course for you.

Find out more: https://holmesglen.edu.au/Students/Open-Days/


ANU | Melbourne Advisory Day

18 December 2019, 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

State Library of Victoria

Have you received a conditional offer to study in 2020 or are you interested in studying at The Australian National University?

At the Melbourne Advisory Day you will have one-on-one access to advisors, as well as representatives from our academic Colleges.

We will be there to answer your questions, no matter how general or detailed, so we encourage you to come along to learn more about why ANU is the right choice for you.

Find out more: https://www.anu.edu.au/study/events/melbourne-advisory-day-2019


Collarts | Open Day

18 January 2020, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Collarts, Wellington St Campus

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


AIM | Melbourne Information Evening

22 January 2020, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Australian Institute of Music, King Street

Find out more: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/aim-melbourne-information-evening-22-january-2020-tickets-69385910125


AIE | Information Evening

22 January 2020, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Academy of Interactive Entertainment (AIE), Melbourne

Find out more: https://aie.edu.au/aie_event/information-evening/


Torrens | Virtual Open Day

29 January 2020, 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm


Find out more: https://www.torrens.edu.au/about/virtual-open-day


AIT | Open Day

1 February 2020, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

AIT - Academy of Information Technology, Melbourne

Find out more: https://info.ait.edu.au/open-day


CQUni | STEPS Information Session, Online

14 February 2020, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm


Find out more: https://www.cqu.edu.au/events/event-items/information-session/steps-information-session38


Tutored Life Drawing at Blender Studios

2 December 2019, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

The Blender Studios

Life drawing classes is a hands-on practical based workshop where you develop and strengthen drawing skills and techniques from observing a life model as the subject matter. Our workshop will be guided by local artist Salvo as he goes through a series of poses for you to get creative with and experiment gestural mark making. This workshop is perfect for anyone who has never done life drawing before but wants to learn.

Every participant will create their own artwork on materials provided, which can be taken home.

Find out more: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/tutored-life-drawing-at-blender-studios-tickets-75262099967


iCanMed | Free UCAT Workshop, Melbourne

14 December 2019, 12:30 pm - 3:30 pm

CQUniversity Melbourne

This workshop will address all the must-know information you need to effectively prepare for the UCAT. If you want to receive the insights, experience and expertise that will help you get ahead of the competition, this is a workshop that you cannot afford to miss.

In this 3-hour workshop, we will:

Find out more: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/free-ucat-workshop-melb-repeat-how-to-score-3000-96th-percentile-on-the-ucat-exam-tickets-80459421295


Chisholm TAFE | Intensive Interview Training Workshop

19 December 2019, 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

Chisholm TAFE 311Lonsdale Campus

In this Intensive Interview Training Workshop, we will be providing:

  • Comprehensive practical assistance with interview techniques
  • Interview role plays and demonstrations
  • A simulated “employer experience” where you can practise applying your interview skills in a “speed interviewing” setting

Find out more: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/intensive-interview-training-workshop-tickets-64951653143


Collarts | Instrumental Summer Workshop

16 January 2020, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Collarts, Wellington St Campus

In the Instrumental Workshop, you will be able to connect, learn from and perform with Collarts’ ARIA award-winning staff and alumni. This practical workshop day will give you access to multiple activities, all focused on instrumental performance, practice routines, touring, technical skills and more.

What to expect:

  • Exclusive Masterclass with Twelve Foot Ninja Drummer, Shane ‘Russ’ Russel
  • Interactive Performance
  • Recording Studios
  • Practice and Styles
  • Career and Course Advice

Find out more: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/collarts-summer-workshops-instrumental-workshop-tickets-77955582245


Collarts | Logic Pro X Summer Workshops

Workshop 1: 16 January 2020, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Workshop 2: 16 January 2020, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Collarts, Wellington St Campus

In the Logic Pro X Workshop, you will be taken through the basics of how Logic works, led by ARIA-award winner and teacher, Tim Watson. This practical workshop is for beginner to intermediate skill levels, and will explore different software and ways of mixing.

On the day, Tim Watson will take you through all the basics of how Logic works—including sampling and synthesis—and even get you to create your own tracks within the workshop. You will explore how to use software drummers or drum loops, how to add percussion and bass parts, how to use arpeggiators and other keyboards, and finally mix down your tracks to a final mp3 to keep.

Register for workshop 1: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/collarts-summer-workshops-logic-pro-x-workshop-1-tickets-77963574149

Register for workshop 2: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/collarts-summer-workshops-logic-pro-x-workshop-2-tickets-77965281255


Collarts | Sketch Comedy Writing & Performance Summer Workshop

16 January 2020, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Collarts, Wellington St Campus

In the Sketch Comedy Writing & Performance Workshop, you will learn about the different genres and styles of short form sketch comedy such as Parody, Juxtaposition, Word Play, Metaphor, Slapstick and Absurdism. This practical workshop will discuss different types of TV sketch shows, what works and why. You will also be taught different techniques and have the opportunity to write, perform and gain feedback on your sketches.

Find out more: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/collarts-summer-workshops-sketch-comedy-writing-performance-tickets-77945500089



Australia Council for Arts Career Development Grant | Round 1

Value: $25,000 AUD

Open/Closing Dates: – February 4, 2020

Individual artists (as well as arts workers or groups of artist), are invited to apply for a Career Development Grant.

Valued between $5,000 to $25,000, these grants an support a broad range of activities such as skills and professional development, mentorships, showcases, residencies and other projects directly related to your career development. Supported activities must last no longer than two years from the proposed start date.

Applications are open now and close:

  • Tuesday 4 February for projects starting after 1 May 2020 (11:59pm AEDT).

For more information, application form, guidelines, terms and conditions or advise go to this page.


  • Only individuals and groups may apply to this category.
  • You must be a practicing artist or arts worker
  • Australian citizen or an Australian permanent resident.

To apply: You’ll need to complete and submit an application form. Obtain peer reviews (guidelines apply). Provide supporting material including:

  • Examples of recent work
  • Resume / CV / brief Bio
  • Letters of support

Find out more


The Lady Mollie Isabelle Askin Ballet and Sir Robert William Askin Operatic Scholarships

Value: $30,000 AUD

Open/Closing Dates: – January 30, 2020

The Lady Mollie Isabelle Askin Ballet and Sir Robert William Askin Operatic Scholarships were established by a Deed of Lady Mollie Askin to further culture and advance education in Australia by providing travelling scholarships for Australian citizens with outstanding ability and promise in Ballet & Opera.

Applications for the Lady Mollie Isabelle Askin Ballet Scholarship are open to individual artists who are Australian citizens aged 17 – 29 at the closing date. Applications for the Sir Robert William Askin Operatic Scholarship are open to individual artists who identify as male and are Australian citizens aged 18 – 29 at the closing date.

Find out more


Gallipoli Scholarship

Value: $6,000

Open/Closing Dates: January 1, 2020 – March 1, 2020

You are invited to apply for a Gallipoli Scholarship to assist your first year of tertiary study either at university or TAFE (the latter at Degree, Diploma or Advanced Diploma level).

An applicant for the Scholarship must:

  • Have qualified and been accepted to undertake tertiary study at University or TAFE (the latter at Diploma or Advanced Diploma level).
  • Be able to show necessitous circumstances through ill health of family members, death, separation from parents or guardians, unexpected financial loss or asset reduction that would otherwise prevent the applicant’s full-time attendance at university or TAFE.
  • Be in receipt of or be eligible to receive Youth Allowance, ABSTUDY or a similar Government benefit. This must be supported by relevant documentation in the form of the client registration number showing date of application and/or the decision in relation to the application
  • Be an Australian citizen.
  • Be a direct descendant of an Australian serviceman or servicewoman who served in either World War I or World War II.
  • Be under 25 years of age on 1 March in the year of application.
  • Commence their first year of university or TAFE studies (the latter at Degree, Diploma or Advanced Diploma level) in the year of application and be studying full-time.

Find out more



Fall 2019 Travel Writing Contest

‪Award-winning literary travel magazine Nowhere Magazine’s accepting Fall 2019 Travel Writing Contest is open now, you could win US$1,000 and get your work published.

Stories can be fiction, nonfiction, poetry or essay, you’ll need to indicate the genre at the top of your manuscript. Entries should be:

  • between eight hundred and five thousand words (poetry may be any length and several poems, themed together, may be submitted as one entry)
  • written in English
  • not have been previously chosen as a winner in another contest.

You’ll need to submit your entry before the deadline at 11:59 p.m. EST on January 1, 2020 to be in with a chance.


Google Code-in 2019

Pre-university students ages 13 to 17 are invited to take part in Google Code-in: Our global, online contest introducing teenagers to the world of open source development. With a wide variety of bite-sized tasks, it’s easy for beginners to jump in and get started no matter what skills they have.

Mentors from our participating organisations lend a helping hand as participants learn what it’s like to work on an open source project. Participants get to work on real software and win prizes from t-shirts to a trip to Google HQ!

The competition opens on Tuesday 3 December and runs until Friday 24 January 2020.

Find out more here: https://codein.withgoogle.com/


Job Spotlight

Professional Dancer

If you’re physically fit and you have a passion for and background in dance, then life as a professional dancer, or role within the dance industry, could be for you.


Career outcomes within dance can be split into 3 areas including performing, teaching, and roles within the arts and associated organisations.

1. Performers

You could work hard and become an elite performer working with national and state companies.

There’s also work on stage and in TV, within smaller companies, with individuals (e.g. supporting musicians).

You might be lucky enough to be employed on a permanent basis, or you’ll be signed up with an agent who’ll find openings that you can audition for.

Freelance dancers must network, search for and attend upcoming auditions, and join professional associations who might put out announcements when positions become available.

Performance roles are highly competitive, so it’s possible that additional skills and experience in acting, film or TV production, could improve employment options.

The salary for performers varies hugely depending on the level and the amount of work. Job outlook states that dancers (full-time) is $71,000 per year. Glassdoor states the monthly salary at the Australian Ballet is $4,732. Indeed lists the average salary as $79 per hour and Payscale lists it as $33.35 per hour.


2. Teaching

Talented dancers could gain the relevant training and experience and turn to teaching, there’s a few options to consider.

  • Dance Teacher

With the right qualifications you some dancers choose to work in schools (primary or secondary) or within other training organisations. There’s also an option of opening up your own dance studio or school run as a small business.

Salary varies once again according to where you work and how much work you do, Job Outlook lists the average salary for private dance teachers as $58,344 per year. The average starting salary for school teachers in Australia is $65,000 per year.

  • Choreographer

Choreographers create original dance routines, develop new moves, and put together entire programmes for performances and shows. They’ll pick out the music, audition dancers and teach performers the routine. They also use their creative talents to help performers and producers reinvent established dances and routines, or provide new interpretations.

Job outlook lists the average salary of a choreographer as $71,000 per year.

  • Dance Therapist

Using their dance skills to create programmes to benefit the elderly, children and adults with special needs or some physical disabilities.

3.  Other

If performing and teaching don’t hit the spot, there are lots of careers related to the dance industry, where knowledge and experience of dancing may be required, they might include: administration, production, theatre management, public relations, backstage and other technical positions, costume design and making.

Note: In Australia there are also opportunities for those specifically trained in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island traditional dance styles to find work in each of the areas listed above.



It’s to make it big in the world of professional dance without any formal qualifications. Dedication and natural ability are critical but learning and practising the techniques and disciplines is often desirable for lots of roles.

VET qualifications in Dance including Certificate I, II, III, or IV, and Diplomas and a background in dance lessons could get you a long way. My Skills list all the current qualifications on offer and will let you know all the registered training providers who offer the courses.

Dance academies offer VET qualifications and other intensive programs, providing opportunities for budding dancers to hone their skills and techniques. Entry to most requires applicants to pass an audition.

Bachelor’s degree or post graduate degree could qualify you for teaching positions and some careers within industry listed in section 3 of the careers section above.

Examples of dance degrees in Australia include:

Bachelor of Fine Arts (Dance) at The University of Melbourne

Bachelor of Arts with a Major in Dance and Performance at Macquarie

Bachelor of Arts (Dance) at Edith Curtin University

Bachelor of Fine Arts (Dance) at QUT

Bachelor of Creative Arts (Dance) at Deakin

Bachelor of Creative Arts (Dance) at Flinders

Bachelor of Dance Education at ACPE

You could study other degrees with a major in Dance, if performing and teaching isn’t your dream, or you’d like to give yourself more career options, this could be a great idea.

For those intending to start up their own dance businesses, tertiary qualifications in business or marketing for example could be really valuable.


Further reading

There are lots of useful Associations and Societies that specialise in Dance or performing arts, they’ll have lots of useful advice and information. Here’s a few:

The Australasian Dance Association (ADA)

Australian Teachers of Dancing (ATOD)

Australian National Dance Association (ANDA)

Acrobatic Dance Association

You could also have a read of our blog “Pursuing a career in dance” for some useful information and tips.

Job growth in dance is strong (source: Joboutlook.gov.au)


Carole Marcianti and Karen Riding 

The Careers Team 



Library News

Nearly stocktake time

It is nearly that time of year when all the books need to make their way back to the library for stocktake (5/12/2019).


 HOWEVER, never fear, holiday reading is available to anyone (staff or student) who wishes to borrow over the Xmas period and return in 2020! fabulous news I think and an offer I hope everyone takes advantage of.

The Library loves Christmas

Full swing ahead with the Christmas spirit in the library. Everyone is loving the decorations and festive atmosphere ..........the count down is on!


Remember: if you don't want the stress of looking after and returning a hard copy of a book there are always eBooks.

Our eBook collection is added too on a regular basis, it even has titles on it that we haven't received in print yet.............WOW I hear you say.  And the best thing about eBooks is they return themselves, no need to do anything but sit back, relax and read.  All these new titles are all out on loan (hence the faded picture)....which is okay, loans are only for 3 weeks and you have the option to reserve what ever you like. Winning!


How pretty are the State Library Festive Lights
(see above)

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Parents and Friends Association  

Bunnings BBQ and Bake  Sale  





PFA information

Upcoming  PFA meeting dates for 2019

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. All students must report to their sub-school to sign out prior to leaving. 



Electronic rolls are kept in all classes. Students who arrive late to school are required to sign-in at their sub-school for a late pass. 


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 12:45pm – 3:45pm.

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 

2019 Second Hand Book Sale 


Christmas Market - Kerrimuir Neighbourhood House



Wellbeing Day at KSC - December 9



Cloud 9 Women's Choir 


Slamin tennis   


Foster Secondary College Reunion 


Koonung Secondary College Newsletter
39063 MP-02 [6] Master Plan UPPER GROUND.pdf
39063 MP-01 [6] Master Plan LOWER GROUND.pdf
Foster Secondary College Reunion Info 2020.pdf
Koonung Secondary College Cafe menu 2018.pdf