The Score

21 August 2017
Issue Eight
  Diary Dates & Events                             
College Principal's Report           
Assistant Principal's Report
Junior School
Student Success
Community News
Scoresby Secondary College
03 9765 4100
2 Cavell Street
Scoresby, Victoria, 3179


Diary Dates & Events                             

Diary Dates & Events 


Thursday 17 August

Home Work Club 3 pm - 4 pm

Finance Committee Meeting 6:30 pm

School Council Meeting 7 pm


Tuesday 22 - Friday 25 August

 Year 8 & 9 Challenge Week 

Home Work Club 3 pm - 4 pm


Thursday 24 August

Home Work Club 3 pm - 4 pm


Tuesday 29 August

Curriculum Day - Students are not required to attend school


Thursday 31 August

Home Work Club 3 pm - 4 pm



Tuesday 5 September

Home Work Club 3 pm - 4 pm


Wednesday 6 September

Education Committee - 5 pm


Thursday 7 September

Home Work Club 3 pm - 4 pm


Tuesday 12 September

Home Work Club 3 pm - 4 pm


Thursday 14 September 

Home Work Club 3 pm - 4 pm

Education Committee - 5 pm


Thursday 16 September

Home Work Club 3 pm - 4 pm


Tuesday 19 September

Home Work Club 3 pm - 4 pm


Thursday 21 September

No Home Work Club

Student Parent Teacher Conferences 1 pm - 7 pm


Friday 22 September

Last day of Term 3 early dismissal at 2:30 pm



Monday 9 October

Term 4 commences


Wednesday 9 October

Education Committee - 5 pm


Thursday 19 October

Year 12 Final Assembly 

Finance Committee Meeting 6:30 pm

School Council Meeting 7 pm


Friday 20 October

Year 12 Valedictory Dinner 7 - 11 pm

College Principal's Report           

Welcome to 'The Score'

We are already half way through term three with student learning and assessments occurring at all levels.  Each day I am excited by the engagement activities and excursions


Curriculum Day

Tuesday 29 August is Curriculum Day. The focus of the day is on feedback for learning. Teachers will be provided the latest research and evidence based strategies to support the way we provide feedback to students.  Professor John Hattie, the Director of the Melbourne Education Research Institute, believes that feedback is one of the top ten influences on student achievement. Hattie’s research will be one of a number of studies to be presented to staff by Gaell Hildebrand from Monash University on the day. Teachers will have an opportunity after the presentations to engage in their professional learning teams to develop ways we can increase the quality and timing of feedback in their teaching.  Students will not be required at school on the day.


Night of the Notables

Last week I had the pleasure of witnessing the culmination of our Year 9 student’s English inquiry learning project. Students were required to research a notable person, working autonomously, deepening research skills and taking ownership of their organisational skills to meet a timeline to present their notable person.  Parents and families who attended the evening were introduced by the students to the highlights and fascinating detail of many notable people throughout history. I was proud of the students and as I walked around and visited various displays, I was amazed at how much the students had become their Notables for the night. I would like to thank the Year 9 English teachers (Ms Emily Phibbs and Mr Jake Barnett) and other teachers for the work in the lead up to the evening and on the night.


Respectful Relationships in Schools (RREIS)

Next week we are conducting Challenge Week for Years 8 and 9 students. The program, which was first introduced in 2015, is aimed at building school and community partnerships to embed a culture of gender equity and respectful relationships.  Since then our College has delivered, evaluated and continuously refined the content and activities to develop a strong program, which is being extended into other year levels and into our College policies and procedures. This is shown in:


  • our commitment to the development of resilient and respectful students within our College values
  • the development of rights responsibilities for students, staff, parents and community
  • review of policies including our Student Engagement and Inclusion Policy and Code of Conduct

We aim to teach our students that while respect for others and the environment is an expectation, it is of utmost importance to respect themselves.


Scoresby Lead RREIS School for Knox

Last term I reported our College was announced as a Lead School for the Respectful Relationships Education Program in Schools (RREIS). The program is now a core program within the Victorian Curriculum for all schools.  As a Lead School, we have been allocated resources to:

  • further skill up an expert team for the delivery of the program in our school
  • present at professional learning programs
  • mentor ten local primary and secondary schools in the Knox area who will be delivering the program for the first time

I congratulate Mr Chris Knight our Assistant Principal and the expert team on their leadership and the provision of this excellent program.


Safe Schools

Scoresby Secondary College would like to correct misinformation about the Safe Schools program that has been posted on social media, which has in turn been reported in the press and raised concerns in our school community.


Safe Schools is not part of the Victorian Curriculum – it is a commitment that schools make to be safe and inclusive places for all students, including LGBTI students.  Safe Schools is not a sex education program, nor does it teach sexual practices. It is simply a program to help schools and students understand and respect that people should not be discriminated against for any reason – including gender and sexual diversity.  It is a sad reality that LGBTI young people are more likely to be bullied at school than elsewhere and this has a major impact on their educational outcomes.  The Department of Education and Training provides evidence-based information, resources and professional learning for school staff to use as we see fit to prevent discrimination against LGBTI students.


Resources provided by the Department of Education and Training to help deliver the program are carefully selected to ensure they are appropriate for the ages of students using them.  Our school is free to decide how we implement the Safe Schools program, and we will take into account our local context and the needs of our school community when doing so.


If you wish to discuss the Safe Schools program further, please do not hesitate to contact me. Alternatively, further information about the program can be found on the Department of Education and Training’s website:


Parent Information Evenings

I thank parents who have made the time to come to our 2018 Information Evenings for students entering Years 9, 10, 11 and 12.  I would also like to thank Mr Chris Knight for leading these evenings and staff who have attended the last four Tuesday evenings.


Attendance at these evenings shows your student that you are there to support their education and provides you with vital information. Even if you have attended for an older sibling previously, there are continuous updates that arise as VCAA and DET review curriculum and delivery requirements:

Here are two examples:

  • Last week our Head of Senior School provided updates for VCE English unit completion for 2018.  The requirements for a satisfactory outcome in both units 3 and 4 must be obtained for students to be awarded their VCE no longer 3 out of 4 sequences across units 10-4
  • In 2018 Year 9 students need to be aware that we will have the introduction of a new two year certificate to be presented at the end of Year 10, provided students meet the minimum requirements across the two year period.

A report by the Australian Government titled, strengthening family and community engagement in student learning highlighted the following benefits of parental engagement in their child’s education:


  • self esteem
  • motivation
  • engagement in learning
  • participation in more challenging subjects


  • literacy and numeracy outcomes
  • attendance
  • completion of homework
  • behaviour at home and school
  • connection to school and learning
  • school completion rates

Parent Payments

Please see attachment for Parent Payments in

Victorian Government Schools 



Congratulations to Bryce Prissman Year 10 on becoming a fully qualified fire fighter. This is a great achievement. Well done Bryce!



On behalf of the College Community, I would like to extend our condolences to a number of students and their families who have lost parents, grandparents and other relatives over the past two weeks.  Passing of loved ones is difficult for those directly involved.  Our student services team and staff are here to support our students during these difficult times. 


Gail Major




Assistant Principal's Report

Preparing for 2018

To better support students and families in gaining a better understanding of what is required in preparing for next year, we have a held a number of Information Evenings over the last month. Students from Year 8-11 along with their families had the opportunity to attend these nights. A brief presentation, the relevant handbook can be found on the Compass News Feed for the students and parents. Students (and if required families) are encouraged to speak to their teachers, Year Level Coordinator and/or the Careers Coordinator to gain more understanding of the subjects they might be interested in selecting as well as take into consideration of any tertiary pre-requisites (students moving into Year 11 or 12).


Can I please remind families that we have begun preparations in developing the timetable and I request the students return their forms along with the deposits to the General Office by the due date.


Due dates for returning forms:

Year 10 into Year 11 – due date past

Year 9 into Year 10 – due date past

Year 11 into Year 12 – Tuesday 22 August

Year 8 into Year 9 – Wednesday 30 August


Student/Parent/Guardian/Teacher Conferences will be held on Thursday 21 September 1pm – 7:30pm


Please Note: Students DO NOT ATTEND school on this day for regular classes. Instead they are required to attend the conferences with a parent/guardian in FULL SCHOOL UNIFORM.


This program is of great importance for all students and their families as it assists in the establishment of routines and practices that will impact on the end of year assessments. Regardless of the Year Level that a student is in, there is strong evidence that clearly shows where a family of a student are actively involved in the child’s education and learning, the student will enjoy greater success in their learning outcomes.


Despite what they might say publicly, all students need to feel the confidence that they are supported both at school and at home. Where there is a strong partnership between the student, their family and their teachers, a student will be encouraged knowing that those around them are all “on the same page” when it comes to their learning.


All parents want their child to reach their potential, they want them to succeed and enjoy a fulfilling future and therefore they recognise the importance of the students attending and doing well at school.


Student Learning Conferences (Parent/Student/Teacher Interviews) are an important part of this process as they permit discussion and feedback on what has been achieved and just as importantly how and where further improvement can be made between now and the final assessments. Teachers have the role of being the coach and developing a plan for students to achieve. Student Learning Conferences are when families can attend and better understand that plan and how it can best be achieved.


Appointment booking system

Parents will be able to make appointments with their son or daughter’s teachers online through the Compass portal. Parents will have a complete list of all their child’s teachers and their available times so that appointments can be made directly all in the one place at the one time. The portal will be open for access from Thursday 7 September.


To make appointments, parents need to log onto the school’s Compass website at If you have misplaced your Compass username and password, contact for assistance.


Login to Compass and when it opens, click on the Actions button, and select the options “Book Parent Teacher Interviews”.


Save the Date - Orion Night

Orion Night will be held on Thursday 7 December at a new venue 1330 (thirteenthirty) Ferntree Gully Road, Scoresby. The ceremony will begin at 7:30pm. Students who will be receiving an award or who are being asked to perform on the night will receive a letter closer to the date.


Electronic Devices

The school’s policy on mobile phones/mp3 players etc. recognises its responsibility in providing a safe and secure environment for all students. It also aims to build a learning community where students are not disengaged from their learning or their social responsibilities at school by using devices such as mobile phones, mp3 players and the like. Given these aims, students are not permitted to use mobile phones, mp3 players etc. while at school. If a student elects to bring such a device to school, it is the responsibility of the student and it must be left in the student’s locker or switched off in their pocket for the duration of the school day. The Victorian Curriculum Assessment Authority (VCAA) assessment rules further reinforce the School’s policy as it states that no electronic devices (excepted permitted calculators) are permitted to be taken into assessment sessions. To ensure that all students develop good habits in preparing for assessment tasks, this VCAA rule applies to all year levels at Scoresby Secondary College.


Students may use their relevant year level coordinator or the General Office telephone to make a call should an emergency arise and likewise important messages may be left for students at the General Office. If a student uses a mobile phone anytime/anywhere at school, it may be confiscated and a parent must collect it. If a further breach of this rule occurs, the student may be suspended. If an mp3 player is used at school, it will be confiscated and may be returned to the student at the end of the school day. For safety reasons, students are to be mindful of using mobile phones or mp3 players on the way to and from school.


Chris Knight

Assistant Principal



Junior School

Challenge Program

A reminder of the school program that will take place for students next week which is compulsory for all Year 8 and 9 students.

For the duration of the week of Tuesday 22 August – Friday 25 August, students will be involved in the Respectful Relationships Education in Schools Program. There will be an emphasis on the challenge aspect, where the groups will get an opportunity to work together as one large group and many small groups. The program will be both educational as well as fun and challenging.

Throughout the week students will be provided with the opportunity to participate and engage in a number of activities including:

  • Bubble Soccer
  • Hip Hop Dance
  • Cartooning
  • Circus Workshop
  • Trivia

Students will also be treated to a Class Act Theatre Production titled ‘Show Some Respect’. It is expected that students wear full school uniform however they are to bring their sports uniform for the variety of activities that they will be partaking in throughout the week.

Please look out for all the wonderful photographs of this event in the next edition of our newsletter.


Emma Morris, Emily Phibbs, Casey Lawson

Junior School Team

Night of the Notables

During Term 2 and 3, the Year 9 students have been focusing their English classes on a project called Night of the Notables. This involved each student choosing a notable person in society who has stood out to them as somebody who is worthy of attention. All of the Year 9s enjoyed the process of creating each component of their individual projects and discovering new things about their notable’s life, past or present. After choosing their notable person students completed 10 tasks which included a timeline of the notable’s life, a poster of their notable’s achievements, a banner including a famous quote, a short biography, a website and 10 open ended questions that guests can ask the students on the night, just to name a few.


On the night all Year 9 students came prepared and did an excellent job on displaying their information and were commended for their knowledge on each of their notable. Every student was able to confidently answer any question thrown at them by teachers and guests. On behalf of the Year 9 students I can say that we had a wonderful time and we thank all guests for coming on the night.

Skye Nielsen 


On Wednesday 9 August, Year 9s attended Night of the Notables. This project involved the students dressing up as a notable person of their choice and provide families and friends with information and a visual presentation about them.

Helen Keller was an American author, political activist and lecturer. She was also the first deaf and blind person to earn a Bachelor’s degree. I chose to emulate Helen Keller because to me she is very inspiring.


During this project I not only learnt a lot about Helen Keller and had a lot of fun, I also learnt that no matter what boundaries pop up in life, there is always a way around them.

Brianna Turnbull 


The Night of the Notables was an exciting and extending activity that all of the Year 9s enjoyed. The students were involved in a broad study of the notable person that they chose. I chose Bruce Lee who was a famous martial artist that studied the art of Wing Chun and was also a philosopher. The reason I chose him was because as a martial artist myself I look up to him and am inspired by all of the books he wrote and his ability to life to the fullest.
Georgia King 


Here are some comments from other Year 9 students about what they enjoyed about this project.  

I learnt a lot about the person I studied such as what they did and their personal life. I enjoyed talking to everyone who came to my stall. If I were to give advice to future Year 9s it would be to make sure that you come prepared for the night.

Trung Le 


I enjoyed being able to have fun and dress up but also the opportunity to learn about my person.

Kayla Tziolis

I learnt more about Harrison Ford and his life. I enjoyed dressing up and being him for the night.

Kyah Earle

I learnt heaps about my person as at first I didn’t know much and I also learnt about other people’s notables. I enjoyed dressing up and also seeing everyone else dress up. For future Year 9s my advice would be to take advantage of class time and be super prepared on the night.

Jaslyn Macleod

Jake Barton

Emily Phibbs


Senior School 

Senior School Report

It is at this time of year that we notice that our Senior School students become a little ‘flat’ and not as engaged in their work as in previous terms.  Ironically, it is at this time that they need to work their hardest and ensure that they are consistently studying.  We encourage our students to find a motivation to help them through this difficult time; this may be a future career opportunity, an open day, a course which sounds interesting, even a little bit of healthy competition with friends! 


I love Michael Jordan; an amazing basketball player who achieved so much.  So I was surprised to find that such a talented player wasn’t naturally gifted and actually didn’t get selected initially in his college basketball team.  Instead, he had to work at it and persevere; it was this attitude that made him great.  Even when in the NBA, his Chicago Bulls team mates would always comment that he was the first one in and the last one to leave the team gym. 


"I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can't accept not trying."


"I've always believed that if you put in the work, the results will come."


"If you're trying to achieve, there will be roadblocks. I've had them; everybody has had them. But obstacles don't have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don't turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it."


For our students, they will need to take on the same attitude and approach.  They will struggle and they will find content and skills difficult to master.  However, they have people eager to support them and see them achieve their best.  At the end of the year, the results should reflect that our Senior School students – be they in Year 10, Year 11, or Year 12 – did their best.  If our students can leave here every day saying that they have done their best then, in the words of Michael Jordan, “the results will come”.


Unit 4 Studies

In preparation for the final VCAA exams in November, students completing Unit 3&4 studies can expect that their work rate will increase, reflective of the need to complete both course work and regular revision in preparation for those exams.  We ask that parents/guardians are supportive of this increased work rate; should you have concerns about the progress of your child, please contact the relevant Year Level Coordinator.


Students have been provided with their VCAA exam timetable and should put these dates into their planner to best assist in their organisation and preparation.  Students have also been provided a copy VCAA’s Exam Navigator, which provides details of the rules surrounding their exams, such as the need for photo identification, permitted materials in exams and other VCAA exam policy.


Unit 2 Exams

Students have been provided a copy of their Unit 2 exams.  This year, to best prepare our Year 11 students for the rigours of Year 12, our exams will mirror the VCAA exams in both structure and length.  Students are encouraged to being their revision early, so that their results accurately demonstrate their knowledge and ability.


Ellen Sawyer

Head of Senior School


Knox Young Leaders Week


Four Year 10 students from Scoresby Secondary College took part in the Knox Young Leaders Program from Monday 31 July to Friday 4 August, which was designed to improve the leadership skills of the participants. The four Scoresby students were accompanied by thirty students from various schools in the Knox region. Throughout the program students were involved in multiple activities designed to assist them develop different skills in unique ways and areas.


On the first day of the program the staff conducted a range of “ice breaker” activities designed to help them feel more comfortable with the other students. Throughout the week the students would continually participate in these types of activities, until they had become more relaxed with one another. Students also began to create their own activities and act as a leader in the group, as well as being tasked with performing speeches in front of the other students.


 On Friday, the staff left the students to design their own presentation to the parents of the students and other councilors involved in the program. Students had to present what occurred during the week and their learned experiences from the program. The night ended with a final address from the mayor of Knox City Council and the presentation of certificates for completing the program. Overall, the students had a very enjoyable week.


Ashley Haag, Jared Larter, Bethany Dodson & Lauren Ashley

Year 10 

Student Success

Daniel Howl

We love to hear about and celebrate successes of Scoresby Secondary students.   Daniel, a Year 11, VCAL student, is one such success.


Daniel has been competing in Go Karting for around 4 years. Although Daniel doesn’t have the budget or engine as some of his competitors, Daniel often performs well, and earns his fair share of podium places.

On Sunday 13 August Daniel competed in a Go Karting event at Stony Creak, past Leongatha. 

In the qualifying event for the day, Daniel slid out of a corner  but did not finish the race.  In the first race Daniel started in 4th position, did a few ‘rollarounds’ and the flag dropped as they went down the back straight. Daniel moved into equal second, moving through the first corner in this position. 

At the second corner, Daniel was able to move ahead, and finished the race second. 

Through the day, there were 4 races.  In Daniel’s second race, he won second place, battling for first.  The third race saw Daniel start in second place, moving to first and holding this through to the flag. In the final race of the day, Daniel held his first place, and was able to move away from the field. 

For this event Daniel was awarded first place overall.  Congratulations Daniel. 



KIOSC this semester was a fantastic experience. It was by far one of the best highlights of the year.


We learnt a variety of amazing things involving robotics and technology. We investigated the history of technology and got to see how much technology has improved since the first forms of it, a soda machine.

We got to program a few robots called Spherero and Mbot, using a simple method called ‘block coding’. We learnt how Maths takes a big part in this including algebra.

We programed the robots to take a root around a maze which overall was really enjoyable.

I would defiantly recommend this to any one, it was such a great experience and I would defiantly love to go back.

Jed Bradford

Reflection from some of our Year 7 students on their day at KIOSC:


 ‘I learnt how to code and I loved controlling the shebots and watching the nao’

Zoe Steenhuis

 ‘The best part about KIOSC was all of it because I learnt how to code and make programs’ Drew 7B

‘ I liked Alan the robot and I like that you can create your own doorbell and I love how they are into robotics’

Anthony Marett

‘ In KIOSC we learned 3 different types of coding. We coded a robot and we also sent a message to twitter which was really fun’

 Jenny Alfirevich

 ‘ My highlight was the working space we were in’

 Charles Wallace

 ‘ My Favourite bit was seeing Alan dancing, it was so funny and enjoyable. I defiantly want to learn about robotics in the future’

Ebony Donnelly

‘It was really fun when we coded out own robots’

Oscar Mc Curdy

 ‘ It was very cool coding and also fascinating with all the programs and designs you can do’

Kevin Sun


Hands On Science at KIOSC

Year 9 students had a wonderful time at KIOSC this week! We discovered how wind turbines work and experimented with the number and length of blades on  the turbine to generate maximum power.


We designed electronic sensors to light, detect pests and send messages to the farmer from a greenhouse via Twitter. Then we carried out a BRIX test in the lab to detect sugar levels in fresh, frozen and tinned fruit and vegetables. All data was recorded electronically and made into graphs for easy interpretation. We really got our science on and developed excellent laboratory and investigative skills.

Andre Burke


Community News



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