Alba News

25 October 2018
Issue Nine
Important Dates & Calendar   
From the Principal Class Team
From the Principal Class Team
New staff at St Albans Secondary College
From the General Office
Excursion Consent & Payments on Compass 
2018 Sub School Coordinators 
Junior School Report
Middle School Report  
Senior School Report  
My Island Dream 2018
Commerce News
Fashion news
Sports news
Parents and friends exercise class
Breakfast Club
Community News
St Albans Secondary College
03 9366 2555
289 Main Road East
St Albans, Victoria, 3021

Important Dates & Calendar   

Thursday, 25 October

8:00am - 2:30pm Year 8H - Integrated Studies Strathbogie Camp

8:00am - 3:00pm Year 8 Boys and Girls Futsal

1:30pm - 3:10pm Year 7C Field Trip - Walk to St Albans Commercial Shopping Strip

Friday, 26 October

8:00am - 2:30pm Year 8H - Integrated Studies Strathbogie Camp

8:55am - 3:10pm MTC Production Headquarters tour

9:45am - 10:35am TAUTAI Year 8/9 Students

11:00am - 11:50am TAUTAI Year 7 Students

Monday, 29 October

9:00am - 3:00pm Big Day In

Tuesday, 30 October

8:55am - 11:00am Year 7D Field Trip - Walk to St Albans Commercial Shopping Strip

9:00am - 12:30pm Year 7 Immunisation

11:00am - 12:40pm Year 9 PE Theory and Practice Elective Bowling and Laser Excursion

3:10pm - 7:30pm Years 7 & 8 Debating

Wednesday, 31 October

All day Year 12 - VCAA Exams Start

8:00am - 3:10pm WMR Year 7 Boys Table Tennis

8:00am - 2:30pm Year 8I - Integrated Studies Strathbogie Camp

8:55am - 3:10pm Life Skills Ice Skating and Transport Training

Thursday, 1 November

8:00am - 2:30pm Year 8I - Integrated Studies Strathbogie Camp

All day Last Day Year 11 Classes

8:55am - 3:10pm Year 7.2 Doxa Future Focus Workshop

Friday, 2 November

8:00am - 2:30pm Year 8I - Integrated Studies Strathbogie Camp

All day Beacon Pledge

All day Year 11 - Exams start

9:45am - 10:35am TAUTAI Year 8 & 9 Students

11:00AM - 11:50AM TAUTAI Year 7 Students

Tuesday, 6 November

All day Melbourne Cup public holiday 

8:55am - 12:40pm Brimbank Young Researcher Training

3:10pm - 7:30pm Year 7 & 8 Debating

Wednesday, 7 November

8:00am - 2:30pm Year 8E - Integrated Studies Strathbogie Camp

8:55am - 10:35am Year 9E - Bowling & Laser Tag Excursions

Thursday, 8 November

8:00am - 2:30pm Year 8E - Integrated Studies Strathbogie Camp

8:00am - 3:00pm Year 7 Boys WMR Volleyball

Friday, 2 November

8:00am - 2:30pm Year 8E - Integrated Studies Strathbogie Camp

9:45am - 10:35am TAUTAI Year 8 & 9 Students

10:35am - 1:30pm Year 9 Elective (E2) - Bowling & Laser Tag Excursions

11:00am - 11:50am TAUTAI Year 7 Students

Monday, 12 November

All day Year 11 Exams - Last Day

1:30pm - 3:10pm Year 9F - Bowling & Laser Tag Excursions

Tuesday, 13 November

1:30pm - 3:10pm Year 9B & 9L - Bowling & Laser Tag Excursions

Wednesday, 14 November

All day Year 12 Orientation Begins

8:00am - 2:30pm Year 8A - Integrated Studies Strathbogie Camp

1:30pm - 3:10pm Year 9D - Bowling & Laser Tag Excursions

Thursday, 15 November

8:00am - 2:30pm Year 8A - Integrated Studies Strathbogie Camp

11:00am - 12:40pm Year 9C & 9K - Bowling & Laser Tag Excursions

Friday, 16 November

8:00am - 2:30pm Year 8A - Integrated Studies Strathbogie Camp

9:45am - 10:35am TAUTAI Year 8 & 9 Students

11:00am - 11:50am TAUTAI Year 7 Students

Monday, 19 November

9:00am - 10:00am Year 9 Semester 2 Tests

Tuesday, 20 November

All day Year 10 Classes - Last Day

Wednesday, 21 November

All day Year 10 - Exams Start

8:00am - 2:30pm Year 8D - Integrated Studies Strathbogie Camp

Thursday, 22 November

8:00am - 2:30pm Year 8D - Integrated Studies Strathbogie Camp

5:30pm - 7:00pm Grade 6 Welcome Evening

Friday, 23 November

8:00am - 2:30pm Year 8D - Integrated Studies Strathbogie Camp

All day Year 12 - VCAA Exams End

9:45am - 10:35am TAUTAI Year 8 & 9 Students

11:00am - 11:50am TAUTAI Year 7 Students

Tuesday, 27 November

All day Year 12 Orientation - Last Day

Wednesday, 28 November

All day Yr 10 Exams - Last Day

8:00am - 2:30pm Year 8J - Integrated Studies Strathbogie Camp

Thursday, 29 November

8:00am - 2:30pm Year 8J - Integrated Studies Strathbogie Camp

All day Year 11 Orientation -commences

Friday, 30 November

8:00am - 2:30pm Year 8J - Integrated Studies Strathbogie Camp

9:45am - 10:35am TAUTAI Year 8 & 9 Students

11:00am - 11:50am TAUTAI Year 7 Students

Monday, 3 December

All day Report Writing Day - Student free day

Thursday, 21 December

All day Year 7 and 8 Activities Program

All day Last day for Years 7 & 8 students

From the Principal Class Team

Dear Parents and Guardians

This week, at our whole school assembly, we said farewell to the Year 12 class of 2018. It was a lovely occasion, and a fitting tribute to a really delightful, caring and thoughtful group of young people. We also celebrated their individual and collective achievements at their Awards Night last week.


On behalf of all our staff, we would like to acknowledge and thank you, as parents and family members, for the support you have given us over your child’s time at St Albans Secondary College. We value it enormously, and it makes such a difference to what we are able to achieve together. Congratulations to each of you on the graduation of your daughters and sons from secondary school.


We hope you enjoy the articles and photos for both occasions in this edition of Alba News.


Year 12 Awards Night

The Year 12 Awards Night is one of the absolute highlights of the school calendar. And this year’s evening certainly continued this tradition.


Parents, staff and school councillors joined the graduating class of 2018 to recognise their contributions to the school community and their achievements in a range of areas, including leadership, teamwork and citizenship, the arts, and their academic studies.


We were privileged to welcome Professor Marcia Langton, an eminent leader and academic, as our guest speaker for the evening. Marcia’s personal story, one of growing up as an indigenous woman in 1950’s, 60’s and 70’s Australia, was eye opening and compelling. Her message to the Year 12’s was clear and challenging.


She pointed out how fortunate we are to be living in a time where legislation supports diversity in all its forms. When Marcia Langton graduated from school, she and all our first nations people were not recognised as Australian citizens.


But legislation alone isn’t enough, and discrimination still exists in many forms. She urged the Year 12’s to recognise it, to stand up against it, and to stand beside those who experience it.

She also stressed the importance of education in enabling them to create a more socially just, inclusive society.


The Senior School Team, led by Ms Stav Bekiaris and Ms Anna Woods, together with our School Council President, Dr Tracy Nero, presented each graduand with their Graduation Certificate and momentos. The pride felt by each student and their family could be felt throughout the room as they crossed the stage to officially graduate. It was such a special moment for them.


Awards were also presented to the top achieving students in each VCE and VCAL subject.


Congratulations to all of the subject prize winners, and to the following scholarships:

VCAL Excellence Award, Cristina Said

Academic Excellence Award, Shani Nguyen

Caltex All Rounder Award, Thomas Lam

Long Tan Youth Leadership Award, Laura Van Keulen


See the Senior Sub School page for a list of the winners of subject prizes.


The Year 12 Captains, Laura Van Keulen and Ted Lee, spoke beautifully about the friendships, challenges and memories of their 6 years at St Albans Secondary College, and paid tribute to their teachers, coordinators and families for their support. Hoa Di delivered a moving valedictory on behalf of the international students.


Our congratulations and thanks too, to Mr James Orchard and the VET Music Band, Insomnia, Hy Do and Major 6th for their excellent musical performances on the night.


We hope you enjoy the photos of the Awards Night.


Year 12 VCAL portfolio presentations

As part of the process of completing their VCAL studies, the Year 12 VCAL students presented their final portfolios to a panel of staff on Wednesday, 17 October.  This was the final component of their assessment and showcased all they had achieved over the year and provided evidence of growth in many of the required capabilities, including numeracy and literacy as well as problem solving, teamwork and leadership.  It was impressive to see the body of work carried out by these students who demonstrated maturity and reflective skills when discussing their projects and what they had learned in the process.  Congratulations to all our graduating VCAL students, well done on your projects and creating your portfolios.


Farewell to our Year 12 students

On behalf of all the staff at St Albans Secondary College we would like to congratulate out Year 12 cohort on finishing well and supporting one another in this final part of their school journey.  The last day was one of celebration, anticipation and reflection.  The time capsule letters written by their younger selves when in Year 7 were returned to students as part of our end of school traditions.  There was a BBQ lunch provided and students played games and mingled with staff and the rest of the Year level before leaving to focus on finalising their studies, whether this be exam preparation, final VET placements or other tasks needing the final touches before they embark on the next steps in their journey. To the class of 2018, we wish you well and look forward to seeing how you grow further and where each of your individual journeys take you.


Welcome to Ciar Foster, Principal Intern

As part of its commitment to developing educational leaders, the Department of Education provides, through its Bastow Institute of Educational Leadership, a range of leadership development programs.

The flagship program, Unlocking Potential (UP), is designed for leaders who would like to become principals. Participants in UP spend between 20 and 60 days in their mentor principal’s school.

We are very pleased to be welcoming Ms Ciar Foster as a Principal Intern at St Albans Secondary College. Ciar will spend two weeks with us this term, commencing on Monday, 5 November, and a further two weeks in Term 1 next year.


Hello St Albans community! I am currently an Assistant Principal at Northcote High School. Before Northcote I was an AP at Sandringham College, so I’m grateful for the opportunity to experience another new context and part of Melbourne. Teaching is a career change for me: after finishing an Arts degree I completed a chef’s apprenticeship and worked in kitchens around Australia (and in Rome) for ten years. I still love to cook and constantly find that my experiences learning in the kitchen and nurturing young chefs are very transferable to schools, although my actual teaching is now in the English classroom rather than the Food room. I get inspired by the passion and creativity of teachers and love working together on how we can better know our students, be responsive to their learning needs and challenge them to think critically and take ownership of their learning. And if I’m having a bad day, I always know that getting out and having a chat with some young people will cheer me up! I’ve heard great things about your school and am looking forward to getting to know you all and to working alongside you for a while.



New arrival

Congratulations to Mr Brendan McFarland and partner, Jules, on the birth of their baby boy, James Stewart who arrived on Sunday, 23 September. The new family is happy and doing very well.


Semester exams and tests

As we approach the end of the year our Year 9 to 12 students are busy preparing for the end of year exams.


Our Year 12 VCE students will sit their first VCAA exam English or EAL, on Wednesday, 31 October. Their exams will continue for the next three weeks and will finish on Wednesday, 21 November. VCE teachers have prepared them very well and we wish each and every student well as they complete these exams.

Year 11 VCE students will start their Semester 2 exam on Friday, 2 November. These will be completed on Tuesday, 13 November.


Year 10 Semester 2 exams will run from Wednesday, 21 November to Wednesday, 28 November.

Year 10, 11 and 12 students are only expected to be at school for their exams. It is expected that students use the times between exams when no classes are running for exam revision and preparation.

Year 9 students will also be completing Semester 2 common tests in English, EAL, Maths, Science, Humanities, LOTE, and Physical Education. These will be held in class time during the week starting Monday, 19 November.


We wish all our students all the very best with their exams. Good luck can be created with good preparation – so ‘happy preparation’ to all our Year 9 – 12 students.



From the Principal Class Team

Brimbank Young Researchers Program

This year, four students from the College were involved in a Young Researchers Program in partnership with Brimbank City Council and Swinburne University. The students (Jaderick Calimlim, Tran Nguyen, Taylah Tran and Perneil Calimlim) developed skills relating to researching issues in society and how to conduct interviews. They also explored the ethical complications that are necessary to ensure research integrity. Our students researched bullying at St Albans and they found the area of biggest concern across their research sample was the impact of online bullying that occurs outside of school. The students met regularly throughout the year with the Brimbank team, along with students from other schools, presenting their findings this week to the Brimbank City Mayor, Counsellors, school principals, teachers and students.  We congratulate them on their incredible work and their commitment to helping improve our school community. The College has an ongoing commitment to educating and supporting our students regarding online conduct and how to best respond to cyber bullying. Moreover, the principal team will ensure this research by our students contributes to our 2019 planning.


Student Attitude to School Survey
Earlier this year, at the start of Term 2, our students completed the Annual Attitude to School Survey. This survey gathers data from students to support student wellbeing, engagement, school improvement and planning in schools. The survey results are in and this year 95% of students completed the survey providing the College with some valuable information on how to best support our students. They survey results (Figure 1) indicate student opinions in relation to key themes, in comparison to other state schools across the state. In all but one area, St Albans Secondary College is in the top 50% percent of high schools in the state. In many areas results place the College in the top quartile in comparison to other schools. Overall our students feel classroom behaviour and bullying is very well managed by the school and on the whole our students report that they have high expectations, are motivated and resilient. One of the areas, through student forums, that the College has already started to analyse has been our results in advocacy and teacher concern. Feedback from our students has indicated that as these surveys were conducted earlier in the year as they were still building relationships with new teachers and staff. As always, these results will help support the course of our work to ensure all our students feel, Connected, Protected and Respected.  

Figure 1

Parent Opinion Survey

Thank you to all of the parents and guardians who completed the annual Parent Opinion Survey online recently. The results obtained are important for us to help us understand what we are doing well, and were we need to refocus our energies.


Some of the highlight results were General Satisfaction, with a 91% positive endorsement rate, and School Pride and confidence which had a positive endorsement rate of 90%. Some areas for us to investigate further include Teacher Communication and Parent Participation and Involvement, which had positive endorsement rates of 62% and 68% respectively.


Whole School Assembly

The second of our two Whole School Assemblies was held on the morning of 24 October. The main purpose of this assembly was to farewell the Class of 2018, and wish then good luck for their exams and future endeavours. The assembly opened with a lovely rendition of the National Anthem sung by Year 12 students Maioa Timeteo, Rachel Pinto and Tammy Nguyen.Well done to our three musical presentations, the Year 10 Band, the Year 11 VET Band and the Year 12 VT Band, Major Sixth.


A number of awards were presented at the Assembly. These included:

The Crocker Cup to Rosewell House

The Roger Martin Science Award to Cindy Nguyen of 10E

 The Long Tan awards to Laura Van Keulen (Year 12) and Iqra Siddique (Year 10)


The Leadership and Citizenship award recipients were:

Year 7 

Leadership - Daud Malik 7D

Citizenship - Kaiasi Pinomi 7B


Year 8 

Leadership - Thao Bui 8C

Citizenship - Sarah Liu 8I


Year 9

Leadership - Anh Ngyuen 9L

Citizenship - Janet Huynh 9H


Year 10

Leadership - Jennifer Co 10A

Citizenship - Patrick Shaw 10E


Year 11 

Leadership - Ashlyne Van Wyngaarden 11E

Citizenship - Nathan Wos 11W


The school prizes, for students with 100% attendance and displaying the College's values, were won by Brendon Dang (7E), Thien Tran (10C) and Da Mi Tran (12E).


Thanks you to all who participated, and to the entire College community for their active listening.


SASC fashionable sweep at the 2018 Fashion and Design Awards, winner of the secondary school division

On Friday, 12 October we had a contingent represent SASC at Gala Finale presentation at the Fashion Awards. We won or achieved a place in almost every category and were named the overall winner of the Secondary school division, which included schools from across the state in all sectors.  Congratulations to the creative team of staff and students in The Arts department, the huge haul of trophies provided acknowledgement for the talent and many hours of dedication the team had put into the designs and finishes of the outfits.  The students who modelled were composed, professional and showed off the creations to an appreciative audience of representatives of all the registered schools, TAFE entrants as well as the private sector of designers.  Well done to all involved it was a fantastic effort.  We had the individual winners in both the Year 9-10 and 11-12 designer of the year award. 


And finally....

Very best wishes to all of our students sitting exams over the coming weeks, particularly to those doing their VCE.

Principal - Ms Kerrie Dowsley 

Assistant Principal - Mr Craig Jennings

Assistant Principal - Mr John Coulson

Assistant Principal - Ms Tracey D'Elton

New staff at St Albans Secondary College

Tian Nguyen

Hi everyone,

My name is Thuy Anh Thai Nguyen (note: Vietnamese people do love long and complicated names), please just call me Tian, and I just recently joined the International Student Program department as an assistant to Miranda. It is such a great opportunity for me to be part of St Albans Secondary College and to take on a new role. My background was in education and I had been a volunteer integrated teacher at Overnewton Anglican College to help students from a variety of backgrounds, as well as those with learning disabilities. This understanding allows me to be easy to connect with students and vice versa.

I have been in Australia for 16 years with my husband, John Nguyen, two daughters, Josephine 13 and Vivienne 10 and Pumpkin, our pet dog. Australia is like my second home, however I am still not convinced by the weather and cricket.

Charlotte Bronte’s book, Jane Eyre, is my favourite book since it was introduced to me in high school. I still reread it from time to time. 

I am really excited to be part of St Albans Secondary College. I hope to meet many of you in person. Thanks to everyone for being so welcoming. I look forward to working with all of you.

From the General Office

General Office Hours 

8:15am to 4:15pm       

ID Cards

Students are reminded that they require their ID cards with them when they present to the front office. 

College Expectations 

Some important expectations are outlined below.

Attendance, Uniform, Punctuality  

We greatly appreciate the support we receive from parents to make sure that your child attends school regularly and punctually, is in full uniform, and is well prepared for all classes with books and equipment.

Being prepared for classes  

It is expected that students have the required books and equipment for each subject, as well as a student diary to record homework and assignments.


If you need any assistance with ordering books, please contact the General Office.


Students must have a minimum of 90% attendance in all classes at each year level.


Full uniform must be worn to and from school, at school and on all school excursions, including interschool sports.


Uniform Shop Hours:

Monday - 12:15pm to 1:15pm

Thursday - 12:15pm to 1:15pm


Alternatively, you can purchase the school uniform online through our school website:


Please note:

  • Only the 3 approved styles of school shoes are to be worn
  • PE / Sports shoes must be lace up runners with non-marking soles
  • Facial piercings are not to be worn at school
  • Make-up is to be kept to a minimum.


Students are expected to be punctual at the start of each day and for all classes. Any student who is late more than 4 times will have a Friday detention from 3:20pm to 5:20pm. 


The consequences for lateness to school are as follows:


1st Late

Coordinator Warning.


2nd Late

After School Detention:  

3:15pm -  3:45pm.  

Sub Schools to contact home.


3rd Late

After School Detention:  

3:15pm -  3:45pm.  

Sub Schools to contact home  – advise that next late will be a Friday Night Detention.


4th Late

Friday Night Detention:  

3:20pm -  5:20pm.  

Students that complete their Friday Night Detention have their next late treated as a 3rd LATE.  A subsequent LATE means a second     Friday Night Detention & student is placed on a ‘Blue Sheet’.


Blue Sheet

Student is on a ‘Blue Sheet’ for 2 weeks. Coordinator meets Parent/Guardian to explain the Blue Sheet process.


Unsatisfactory Blue Sheet

Parent interview with SSL & PCO. 

Strategies discussed – possible suspension.



Sustainable School Shop

The Sustainable School Shop website is available to purchase and/or sell second-hand uniforms and used textbooks.


Parents can log in or register at any time at

When selling items, click the Sell Uniforms button and follow the prompts. Assistance is given to construct your For Sale ads including a pricing guide.
To see the ads for items currently on sale or to obtain the seller details, you will need to log-in to the Sustainable School Shop website, click the blue Stocktake button and then click the item you need. Buyers contact the seller directly.

Sellers are asked to delist For Sale Ads as items sell.


Excursion Consent & Payments on Compass 

Did you know that you can now Consent & make a Payment on Compass for your child’s excursion


Dear Parents / Guardians


Your child will be attending excursions / events throughout the year.  Log into Compass on the Parent Portal via the schools website for each excursion to approve the consent and make a payment (if applicable) online by the due dates. 


This will save your child time lining up at the general office.


Compass Pay will greatly assist parents with approval and payment requirements, and will also assist the office staff and teachers by reducing the paperwork and finance components. Parents will be able to easily access their child’s activities, keep the school up to date with important information, and complete the permission & payment process.


Compass Pay is available to you through the Parent Portal which you can access via the schools’ website with your individual username and password at


To provide the consent/payment required, parents click on the notification which will appear on the home screen under “My News”.  This will take you to the Events page, where you can see all events that require consent/payment, and those that you have already consented to/paid for.


Parents have the option of completing the consent/payment online, or of printing the consent form and handing it in to the office with payment.


By clicking the "Process Now (Online)" option, parents will be prompted to enter information regarding emergency contact details, as well as any relevant medical information.


Full instructions for using this module are illustrated below.  You can also access the Instruction Booklet on Compass under the School Documentation Tab and click on Parents Information.



If you require any assistance, please contact the General Office on 9366 2555.


You can also click on the link below to view more information on COMPASS.

2018 Sub School Coordinators 

 Junior School

Ms Lauren Honeycombe

Sub School Leader

7G, 8J

Ms Marlene Cassar

Assistant Sub School Leader

7B, 7F, 8H

Mr Louis Turner

Sub School Coordinator

7E, 7I, 8B, 8E

Mr Craig Moore

Sub School Coordinator

7J, 7K, 8A, 8I

Ms Emily Dickinson

Sub School Coordinator

7A, 7H, 8D, 8F

Mr Owen McIntyre

Sub School Coordinator

7C, 7D, 8C, 8G

Ms Isobelle Issell

Sub School Assistant






Middle School

Mr Brendan McFarland

Acting Sub School Leader

9C, 9L, 10B

Ms Ash Mana Mohan

Sub School Coordinator 

9A, 9F, 10E

Mr Simon Lynch

Sub School Coordinator

9B, 9G, 10F

Mr Sean Ryan

Sub School Coordinator

9D, 9E, 10A 

Mr Matthew Olthof

Sub School Coordinator

9H, 9I, 10D 

Mr Robert Winduss

Sub School Coordinator

9K, 9J, 10C

Ms Lynda Vo

Sub School Assistant







Senior School

Ms Stav Bekiaris

Sub School Leader

11D, 11W, 12D

Ms Anna Woods

Assistant Sub School Leader

11A , 12A , 12V

Mr Robert Krysinski

Sub School Coordinator

11B, 12B

Ms Laura Gough

Sub School Coordinator

11E, 11V, 12E, 12Y

Ms Wendy Mair

Sub School Coordinator

11C, 12C, 12W

Ms Rosemary Bambery

Sub School Assistant















Junior School Report

Welcome Back to Term 4, a very busy term for staff and students alike.


Year 8 Camps are continuing at Strathbogie. From all reports everyone is having a great time. The camp provides a wonderful opportunity for students to forge strong relationships with their classmates and teachers. Other Year 8 classes have camps booked in throughout Term 4. Thanks to Mr Micallef and Mr St Pierre for their ongoing support and organisation of these camps. This is a fabulous way for Year 8 to finish the year before they move into Middle School.


Students are busy planning for their final reports and completing assessment tasks.


Year 7 DOXA Leadership Program

Two new groups of Year 7 students have been selected to participate in the DOXA Future Focus program. This is a two year program aimed at supporting the transition from primary to secondary schools.  It will provide a connection to education along with personal, study and leadership skills.  It will provide the knowledge and skills to cope with issues such as bullying, peer pressure, drugs, alcohol, stress and mental health issues.  St Albans students have been participating in the DOXA programs for a number of years now and all our graduates speak very highly of the program.  Contributed by Mr Moore.


End of year activities

The students will attend Fun fields on Monday, 17 December in Activity Week. Permission notes outlining payments and conditions will be sent home over the next two weeks. We would love all students to attend. Please contact the coordinators if you have any questions.


2018 Planning

Planning is taking place for the new school year in 2018. If your child will be moving schools next year could you please inform your child’s coordinator, in writing, as soon as possible. If you are planning a holiday and your child will not return to school on the first school day of 2018 we also need these details.


Whole school assembly

Preet Trivedi, 7F and Chanel Trpovski, 7C both made a farewell speech to the Year 12 students at the Whole School Assembly during Week 3. The students had been working very hard on the presentation of their speech. Thank you to you both for your representation. We are proud of your efforts.


Hot weather

Students are reminded that only water bottles are permitted in classrooms. Students will not be allowed to leave class to get drinks from the taps.



All students must wear complete school uniform which is in good repair at all times. If your child has a uniform issue please contact the coordinator.


Lauren Honeycombe

Junior Sub School leader

Middle School Report  

In Term 3 we welcomed back our Assistant Sub School Leader, Ms Shona Cowell, from her family leave. Students returned and are working diligently in preparation for their semester examinations. Currently the Middle School Coordinators are conferencing with students and contacting parents regarding Year 10 progress reports. Early Term 4, selected Year 9 students attended their final ABCN Goals excursion and some Year 10 students attended a Work Inspiration Program.

ABCN Goals

Over the course of the year, eighteen Year 9 students participated in the 2018 ABCN Goals program where students were paired with corporate mentors who worked with them to develop a range of short and long-term goals. Launching with an on campus morning tea in Term 2, students then participated in five mentoring sessions, alternating between the offices of KPMG and Optus, both major players in their respective industries able to provide excellent insight into the students’ possible future working lives. 

The first session, taking place in June, focused on learning how to set goals, and recognising that there is more than one kind of success. The second session worked on building relationships and confidence and pushing outside the students’ comfort zones, and the third on productive communication, including various communication strategies and the impact of non-verbal communication. In the fourth session, mentors aided the students in identifying and recognising their own strengths, as well as the variety of strengths apparent in other students and mentors. 

The final session took place during week 2 of Term 4 and focused on introducing the Year 9 group to some of the key features of working life, including mock job interviews. Students and mentors also reflected on goals set and achieved through the program. This final session concluded with students giving presentations thanking their mentors and outlining the knowledge and insight they had gained. Participants also received certificates commemorating the work done with their mentors. The students spoke very positively about their experiences in the ABCN Goals program, citing insights provided by the industry leaders who became their mentors and greater or new aspirations for their future careers. Some students remarked that they would be interested in becoming mentors in the program themselves, some time down the road. The ABCN Goals program was, in short, highly successful, providing engaging and valuable experiences as well as inspiration to the participating students.


Work Inspiration

" do work of quality, we must have people of quality... it is up to us... to create an organisation which will allow gifted individuals to unfold..." - Ove Arup, 1970 - The Key Speech


Work Inspiration is an employer-led initiative providing students with opportunities to experience the world of work first hand in a meaningful and inspiring way. This was organised by our community partner The Smith Family and this year students from St Albans Secondary College worked on site at Arup, a leading engineering firm which has led the design and construction of major buildings and transport networks such as the Sydney Opera House and Marvel Stadium in Australia and several others around the world. Students attended a three day program where they did an activity to find out more about their personal qualities and the types of jobs they may suit, interviewed engineers from several different fields of engineering, designed a bridge and took a tour around the city looking at various buildings Arup had a hand in designing. Students thoroughly enjoyed their unique experiences.


"In Arup, I have gained a clearer understanding on the engineering industry. What I liked most about the program was talking to different engineers and getting to know more about their field of engineering and the projects they have worked on. It is a very rewarding program if you plan to become an engineer." - Jason Phuong 10A


"Going to Arup was a unique experience for me. We did various team-building activities, quizzes and interviewed many workers in Arup who spoke about their journeys in reaching the careers they are in today. We learnt a lot of things ranging from educational tips to life skills." - Thien Tran 10C




Ash Mana Mohan

Acting Middle School Sub School Leader

Senior School Report  

At this time in the school year, we are leading up to final examinations for our Year 11 and Year 12 students. We hosted our Annual Year 12 Awards Night at the Moonee Valley Race Course on Thursday, 18 October, and Year 12 classes finished on Tuesday, 22 October.


The Year 11 students have their final assembly on Wednesday, 31 October. Last day of classes for VCE students is Thursday, 1 November and the VCE exams start Friday, 2 November. The last day of VCAL classes is Friday, 2 November and VCAL work placement starts Wednesday, 7 November.

Year 12 VCE students did their ‘September Exams’ during the second week of the school holidays. Students got a ‘taste’ of where they are at with their studying and what sort of preparation is ahead of them leading up to the final exams.


On Wednesday, 17 October, the Year 12 VCAL students had their interviews where they show cased their folios for the time they were in the VCAL program and discussed with the panel the skills, knowledge and experience they gained in the program and what they plan to do in 2019.


Year 11 VCAL students displayed their projects for ‘CHASE’ on Monday, 15 October. Groups gave a power point presentation and spoke of the project benefits to the community group targeted. Students were well prepared and spoke clearly and proudly of their work with their CHASE mentors.


Our 2018 Awards Night proved again to be a sensational evening, with a full house of students, their families and their teachers, coming together in a joyous celebration of the college culture of success and life-long learning. Our Guest Speaker was Professor Marcia Langton.


The major award winners for the evening are:

Subject awards winners are:


The final Celebration for the Year 12 Students was be held at the college on the morning of Wednesday, 24 October during the Whole School assembly.  Students came dressed up in costumes and paraded in front of the whole school during the assembly.



The school provided a BBQ lunch and students enjoyed their afternoon with some activities.  All students were then dismissed from school to begin their study week in preparation for their final examinations. 


 The Year 12 Exams begin on Wednesday, 31 October  2018 - with English being their first exam - and conclude four weeks later. We encourage students and parents to read the VCAA VCE Exam Navigator and End of Year VCAA Exam Timetable, to check on the dates and times of exams. Students need to be at the exam centre ‘Nindethana’ at least half an hour before reading time starts for each exam.  Every student doing Year 12 subjects was issued with a hard copy of the Exam Navigator by the school last term, however a pdf copy of the Exam Navigator is available from the VCAA website at the following address:


The VCAA VCE Exam Navigator also provides the information about what materials students are permitted to bring into each of their examinations. By reading this through with your child you can ensure that they attend their exams at the right time and with the right equipment.

The VCAA VCE Exam Navigator also has a lift out section with the End-of-year VCAA Exam Timetable.


Important dates for Year 12 Students

The Year 12 Formal is on Thursday, 22 November 2018 at Luxor Reception Centre.

The cost for the student is $75. This activity is organised by the school and there will be teacher supervision during the evening.


ATAR for all Year 12 students who are doing their external exams are released on Friday, 14 December 2018.


Important dates for Year 11 Students

All Year 11 students will have an assembly during periods 5 and 6 on Wednesday, 31 October, where students will be receiving awards, and the music students will be performing.

Last day of Year 11 VCE classes: Thursday, 1 November 2018

Last day for Year 11 VCAL classes: Friday, 2 November 2018

Year 11 VCE Exams: Friday, 2 November – Tuesday, 13 November 2018

Year 11 VCAL Work Placement: Wednesday, 7 November – Friday, 16 November 2018

Year 12 VCE Orientation: Wednesday, 14 November – Tuesday, 27 November. It is compulsory for all students who will be doing Unit 3 & 4 studies to attend.

Year 11 into Year 12 VCAL Orientation. It is compulsory for all students who are enrolled in Year 12 VCAL to attend. Monday, 19 November - Wednesday 21 November.

Year 1 VET Orientation - Tuesday 27 November.


Many thanks to the parents who contact us when their child is absent for any reason. This is of great assistance to the Year Level Coordinators, as we will call home regularly if there are any unexplained absences for your child. The Case Management process continues to monitor closely the attendance, achievement and individual needs of all our students.


 Please contact us on 9366 2555 if you have any queries or concerns about the progress of your child.



Stav Bekiaris

Senior Sub School Leader



LOTE week started off with a bang this week.

In Monday, staff were treated to a smorgasbord of desserts from many different cultures. Staff were very generous in bringing desserts and treats and a good time was had by all.

On Wednesday approximately 60 Staff enjoyed a delicious Bento box lunch. A big thank you to all the Japanese teachers for their hard work and organisation and to all the LOTE teachers who worked hard to make this a very successful week.

On Thursday, at lunchtime, staff and students were able to buy and enjoy a wide range of cultural foods. An assortment of Italian gelato, pizza, spring and rice paper rolls, sushi, and French crepes and cupcakes were available.  A big thank you also must go to the talented French chefs in 8H, Ms Honeycombe and Ms Mackintosh, who spent a very cheerful lesson making cupcakes for the LOTE lunch as part of their food unit this year. Thank you also to the House captains who worked tirelessly to help set up, sell food and help with the Staff LOTE hamper.

Students also competed in their House colours in a friendly game of Bocce.  Proceeds from the LOTE week all help fundraise for our overseas Study tours to Japan, Italy and France. All up, we raised over $1000. A big thank you to everyone who participated.

Congratulations to the following staff members, Mr Mark Micallef, Mr Billy Rowland, Mr John Hammond and Ms Amila Kalco for winning the daily Staff LOTE quizzes.

Finally, a big congratulations to Ms Andria Panteli for winning the Staff LOTE hamper.

On behalf of the LOTE staff we would like to thank you again for your participation and we look forward to LOTE week in 2019.





Piera Biondi


My Island Dream 2018

Over the school holidays St Albans students celebrated the diversity of Pasifika cultures by participating in Melbourne’s biggest schools Pasifika event, called My Island Dream.


My Island Dream drew one of its biggest crowds this year, with 11 Melbourne schools gathering together to honour the very many island nations in our Pacific, through song, dance and performance, reflecting different cultural histories knowledge and stories.


This event was a non-competitive cultural exchange platform created for and by the Pasifika youth of Melbourne. It was a truly spectacular event and an epic achievement, which brought so many schools and nationalities together to connect and appreciate the value of cultural diversity.


Students had the valuable experience of meeting lots of different people and interacting with the history and culture of many different nationalities. St Albans students’ performance integrated knowledge from Samoan, Tongan, and Māori nationalities, performing with live percussion and singers to showcase four dances and one song for the crowds.


Year 12 mentors Maioa Timoteo, Quiajrah Beazley-Folomu, Dawnie Elisara, and Zach Vitale are to be congratulated for their gargantuan efforts in bringing the performances together. Students prepared daily for all of Term 3, using their lunchtimes, after school, and also working with local church groups to deliver an outstanding and moving performance.


Special thanks also goes out to Lilio, Mele, Leata and Joseph for their work teaching the dances, making the uniforms and organising the live percussion.



Commerce News

On Saturday, 13 October, our Year 12 Business Management students with Mr Fraser, attended a seminar on exam revision as part of the Western Region Schools Network program with Keilor Downs Secondary College hosting this event. The presenter was Simon Phelan who has been the Chief Assessor of this subject and author of VCE Business Management textbooks.


The seminar was informative and provided our students the opportunity to learn from his knowledge and experience with techniques for preparing for exams.  Students also had a chance to ask questions and were provided with a detailed booklet on strategies to revise effectively for exams.

This was a free seminar for our students and they were very appreciative of this opportunity to attend such a valuable learning experience.




Stewart Fraser

Commerce Coordinator

Fashion news

2018 Fashion and Design Awards

SASC was well represented at the Gala Finale presentation at the Fashion Awards.  And our hard work has paid off! We won or achieved a place in almost every category and were named the overall winner of the Secondary school division, which included schools from across the state in all sectors.  Congratulations to the creative team of staff and students in The Arts department, the huge haul of trophies provided acknowledgement for the talent and many hours of dedication the team had put into the designs and finishes of the outfits. 

Enjoy the gallery!


Sports news

Victorian Teacher’s Games

Congratulations to our SASC team who have put on a fantastic performance to win some metal at the Victorian Teacher’s Games in Ballarat this weekend.


In the Cycling Road Race, both Craig Moore and Mark Micallef scored Gold, Craig in the 35-49 age group and Mark in the 50+ age group.

Our Dodgeball team scored a bronze; Stevie Vo, Segiro Narasaki, Emily Simoes, Chloe Marie and Simone Papagianopoulos. 


Well done to all involved!


Parents and friends exercise class

Every Tuesday, 1:45pm – 2:45pm in Nindethana

Our Parent Group is running an extracurricular exercise class doing Yoga, Zumba and Jazz on every Tuesday 1:45pm to 2:45pm starting 23 October 2018, in Nindethana. No matter your age or your fitness level, anyone is welcome to join in this activity to evaluate your health and stay in good shape.

The more the merrier, please feel free to contact Miranda Truong, 9366 2555, for more information.

Lớp thể dục ngoại khóa cùng phụ huynh và bạn hữu

Ngày: Thứ Ba hàng tuần, từ 13.45 – 14.45 tại Nindethana

Nhóm phụ huynh của chúng tôi đang tổ chức lớp thể dục ngoai khóa môn Yoga, Zumba và Jazz vào mỗi Thứ Ba hàng tuần từ 13.45 – 14.45 bắt đầu từ 23/10/2018 tại Nindethana. Không phân biệt tuổi tác và mức độ thể lực vận động của các bạn, chào đón mọi người tham gia vào hoạt động này để duy trì sức khỏe và giữ gì vóc dáng của bạn.

Càng đông càng vui, vui lòng liên hệ Cô Miranda Trương, 93662555, để biết thêm chi tiết.

Breakfast Club

Hi All,

I am very happy to announce that the Breakfast club is as popular as ever! Come and join us in the canteen from 8:15am every Wednesday and Friday morning.


Breakfast club has made a positive impact to our school. It not only fills the tummies of our students with hot milo and toast but warms them up with a welcoming smile which initiates a positive morning.

I would appreciate anyone who would be interested in helping with the Breakfast club to please come and see me.

Thank you

Carmel Castorina

Breakfast Club Coordinator

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