Koonung Secondary College Newsletter

14 November 2019
Issue Seventeen
Important Dates 
Principals' Report
College Notices 
Middle Years 
Senior School News 
Student Achievements 
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 












Principals' Report

Principal Team Report 

Term 4 is traditionally a time of significant transition and this year is no exception.

Year 7 2020

We will be welcoming over 200 new Year 7 students to our Koonung community in 2020 and they will attend an Orientation Day on Tuesday 10 December. Much planning and preparation goes into ensuring that this transition experience is a positive one. Key staff have visited our feeder primary schools as part of this transition process. Establishing class groups for over 200 students and designing the Orientation Day program is complex and our Middle School team has been working very hard to complete this task. On 10 December, to support our new Koonung students,  we run a modified program for the entire school with only our current Year 7 students and our 2020 Year 7 students in classes on this day.

Middle Years Students

Work is currently underway on the Year 8 and 9 class structure for 2020. While some classes may stay the same (SEE@K), the opportunity to rebalance groups is a positive one and many students welcome the chance to broaden their friendship group. Our Year 8 students have recently been notified of their electives for 2020 and, while we endeavour to provide each student with their desired subjects, this is not always entirely possible within the constraints of a timetable. Electives are one of the opportunities presented to our Year 9s to mix with other students within the year group, another is our Live Life program. Our current Year 9 students have also received confirmation of their 2020 subjects and many of them will be undertaking a VCE subject for the first time. This term they will also complete formal exams in Maths, English, Science, Humanities and Language, before a Wellbeing Day on Monday 9 December and then heading off to camp for 3 days. This will mark their formal transition into Senior School.

Senior School Students

Year 10 and 11 students commence their end of year exams on Tuesday 19 November. Monday 18 November has been designated as a study day. Immediately after the conclusion of the exams, students transition into their 2020 classes with one week of our Edge program. They will experience two sessions in their 2020 subjects, in many cases with their 2020 teacher, gain an understanding of the key requirements of each subject and commence some preparatory work before classes begin on Wednesday 29 January.

Our current Year 12 students are coming to the end of their final high school exams, we have moved them from the Senior Centre to the Language building as the number of students sitting each exam diminishes. Some students have already finished and they are clearly ecstatic! This really is a huge transition as they move from secondary school into adult life. As parents and teachers we will always worry about them, but this marks the point where we feel that we can hand over the reigns, knowing that we have prepared them well for the next stage of their lives.


A reminder that from the start of 2020, girls choosing to wear the summer dress must be in the new design. The dress was first introduced in 2017 with a two year transition period, this was extended to a third year for students in Year 12 in 2019.

Mobile Devices at Koonung

The following is an extract from media release published by the Minister for Education, James Merlino, on June 26 2019.

“Mobile phones will be banned for all students at Victorian state primary and secondary schools from Term 1 2020, to help reduce distraction, tackle cyber bullying and improve learning outcomes for students.

Minister for Education James Merlino today announced the reform at McKinnon Secondary College, which has seen the benefits of its mobile phone ban on student learning and social behaviour. Teachers at the school have reported that students are more focused during class and communicating more in the school yard.

According to the latest research from Headspace, around 53 per cent of young Australians have experienced cyberbullying.

Teachers and parents also frequently raise concerns about the use of mobile phones during school hours as a cause of constant distraction in classrooms. Rolling out a state-wide policy will provide consistency and certainty for parents, students and school communities.

Students will be required to switch off their phones and store them securely in lockers from the start of the school day until the final bell. When emergencies occur, parents or guardians can reach their child by calling the school.

The only exceptions to the ban will be where students use phones to monitor health conditions, or where teachers instruct students to bring their phone for a particular classroom activity. At all other times phones must be in lockers.”

To assist our students to make adjustments to their use of mobile devices prior to the new year, we have decided that the ban on personal mobile devices will commence at the start of the Year 10 and 11 exams. The new policy will have very little impact on the way students operate in the classroom environment as the use of mobile devices has generally not been permitted in class, however, we have found that an increasing number of students carry devices in the yard and this will require some readjustment.

In summary, from Monday 18 November 2019, all mobile devices brought to Koonung Secondary College must be secured in the student’s locker and can not be used during school hours (8:40 am until 3:15 pm), including lunchtime and recess, unless an exception has been granted. Students found with a mobile device will be required to hand it to a staff member who will arrange for it to be securely stored until the end of the school day. If your child’s phone is confiscated, you will be notified and we ask that you discuss the matter with them. We strongly believe that this policy will have positive outcomes, but we do require your support with its implementation.

This policy has been clearly explained to students at Year level assemblies over the last few weeks. The full policy will be provided to all parents and students via a Compass Newsfeed this week. If you believe that your child should be considered for an exception to this policy please contact me, or your child’s year level coordinator, so that we can determine their eligibility under the Department’s guidelines.


Sandra Greenhill

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 


Continuing  on from my last two articles  in previous newsletters on 'parenting tips' I'd like to share the following  ideas that I have learnt  from parents, grandparents and some very experienced members of a range of different communities who have shared their expertise with me over the years. Some I have picked up from the wide range of material on this subject, on the internet or in articles on parenting teenagers. They come with no guarantees, but seem very logical to me.


'Listen' to nonverbal message 

Children often communicate messages in a nonverbal manner by the tone of their voices, their facial expressions, their posture or changes in their behaviour patterns. The way something is said can tell you far more than what is said. These 'messages' signal the need for a quiet chat sometime very soon. Again remember the importance of listening and resisting the urge to have your say before you have heard your child's story. Help them feel that you appreciate the seriousness of their problem for them. The issue may seem trivial to you, but if it is a major concern to the child, take the time to offer them potential solutions.


Respect their personal space 

Your teenager should be responsible for the cleanliness, neatness and tidiness of his or her room. In return consider knocking before you enter your child's room. Their room may be the only place that they feel that they can completely relax. This does not mean that you don't enter your child's room. Teenagers are struggling to develop their sense of individuality and independence so hopefully they would appreciate this sign of your respect and trust. In turn this encourages your child to offer you more respect. 


Peace, happiness and fun

Try to make your home a place where your children (and other people's children) want to be, because it is associated with fun and happy times. Engage in banter with them, this friendly teasing is not only fun, but it helps to make them more resilient to any other form of teasing outside the home, so that they don't immediately see themselves as victims. Little family rituals like cards or games nights, when the entire family participates, or backyard bocce, street rules cricket or ' kick to kick' at half time during the footy finals can become traditions which the whole family enjoy. These are times set aside specifically for fun and family interaction sending the message that this time is precious to the family and helping them bond together.

Every family experiences tensions. Try to avoid arguing in front of your children. This is often easier said than done, but make every effort to resolve your difficulties without involving the children. Do your best to make your home a place of peace, an escape from the pressures of everyday life. Laughter is a characteristic which too many of us undervalue. Yes, we can view comedy on line or on TV, but try to share those little moments that occur in day to day life that give you a giggle or a good belly laugh. When your home is known for its laughter and smiles it is much easy to resolve your problems.


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 


Summer Uniform

It is important to remind all Middle School students that their school uniform should always reflect a level of care in their personal presentation and that they are to be correctly dressed at all times – this includes both travelling to and from school as well during the school day. We are extremely proud of our students and our College and our expectation is that students will wear the Koonung uniform with pride at all times.


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 8 Alcohol Awareness Incursion  27 November 

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


Senior School News 

Unit 1/2 Health and Human Development  

Health and Human Development is a social science subject. We explore the health and wellbeing of Australians and in particular health issues pertaining to Australian youth. Guest speakers are invaluable in bringing the theoretical concepts studied in class to life. This year the students were lucky to hear the personal stories and experiences from 4 guest speakers:

  • Tory Earl (staff member on leave) on her experience with pregnancy, childbirth and motherhood
  • Dr Mary-Anne Lancaster on being a General Practitioner, Australia’s health care system and rural healthcare
  • Amy from Beyond Blue on the mental health of Australian youth
  • Two speakers from Alcoholics Anonymous on signs of unhealthy drinking and services and resources available.

I would like to thank these speakers and hope the students have gained some insight into the significance, and at times stigma, of some of the health issues discussed.



Allison Hart

Food Technology and Health Teacher 

Student Achievements 

Congratulations Eric - City of Whitehorse Young Person of the Month


The following excerpt is from the Whitehorse News. This is a well deserved accolade for Eric Zou (11F) who is a wonderful ambassador for our College. 


Koonung student Christian Manolopolous joins Melbourne Victory FC Academy 


Congratulations to Christian Manolopolous (8C) who has been selected to become a member of the Professional Academy at Melbourne Victory FC.  This is a twelve month program involving rigorous training four evenings a week along with weekend games. We wish Christian all the very best in this exciting endeavour. 



Box Hill Rotary Whitehorse Art Show 

In our last newsletter I mentioned that our  Year 11 & 12 Studio Arts class were entering some of their work in the Box Hill Rotary Art Show. The  exhibition is open to all practicing artists and Ray Mcleod-Dryden  (Vice President of Rotary Club of Box Hill) invited Ms McLellan's Year 11 Studio Art class to exhibit their work. This is the very first time that KSC has been represented. 

 I am delighted to advise that one of our students, Hao Yang Xing, was an award recipient. Well done Hao Yang!


Hao Yang Xing awarded Third Prize $200 in the Box Hill Rotary Art Show for his work Monsters on the Rampage. Hao Yang worked tirelessly on his highly detailed work that depicted two larger than life monsters terrorising the city. Hao Yang used intricate line drawing and watercolours to create this masterpiece and we all from the Arts Domain congratulate him on his wonderful work. This award marks the beginning of a journey to becoming an authentic practising artist!



Year 9 Fashion and Textiles 

Students in Year 9 have been exploring the history of fashion, fast fashion and sustainability issues within the fashion industry. Students worked in groups to create outfits made from recycled materials and were challenged to find solutions in dealing with the different properties of the unique materials. Students came up with innovative solutions in using the materials and extended their collaborative problem solving skills working in a team. Their creative outfit designs are now on display in the front foyer with the narratives the students have written about their designs.



Amy McLellan 

Visual Arts/Technology Teacher

Arts Space Term 4 Lunchtime Activities


Please click on the table above to view the weekly lunchtime Art space activities. Talented artist, Sandy Angliss, will be running the sessions for the remainder of the term.

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 to 14 December, 2019. The Careers Office will be available to assist with Change of Preference.


We would like to thank all the Year 11 students who attended their Year 11 Careers Interviews.


Year 10

Compulsory VET Information Sessions are being held for Box Hill Direct students. An email is being sent to all  Box Hill Direct 1st year students with all relevant information for the Information Sessions.



Swinburne | VTAC Unpacked for Parents Webinar

21 November 2019, 6:30 pm - 7:15 pm


Want to be a guiding light for your student? Join us for our VTAC Unpacked for Parents webinar. We’ll demystify VTAC, pathways, change of preference, course entry requirements and the December offer round. Find out what it all means for your student.

Find out more: 



Swinburne | Info Evening, Wantirna

26 November 2019, 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Swinburne University of Technology, Wantirna Campus

Considering studying a certificate or diploma in nursing, early childhood education, horticulture, business, design or trades? Come to Wantirna Info Evening to get advice, chat with course experts, tour the facilities and get sure on your future.

With tours for our visual merchandising, early childhood education, electrotechnology, engineering trades, horticulture and nursing facilities also taking place, you can check out first-hand where you could be studying next year.

Find out more:



Swinburne | Info Evening, Hawthorn

27 November 2019, 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Swinburne University of Technology, Hawthorn Campus

Explore all your study options at Hawthorn Info Evening. Whether you’re considering a certificate, diploma, undergraduate or postgrad degree, you’ll meet academics from a range of study areas ready to answer all of your questions.

Get course advice and even complete your application in our Application Hub on the night.

Find out more: 



Monash | Engineering Campus Tour

13 December 2019, 10:00 am

Monash University, Clayton Campus

If you would like to take a closer look and see where you could be studying at Monash Engineering, this is a great chance to visit our fantastic facilities and student spaces. Get a feel for campus life and have a chat with Engineering staff, if you need additional course advice, we can help you with that as well.

Find out more:



JMC Academy | Open Day

18 January 2020, 9:00 am - 2:00 pm

JMC Academy, South Melbourne

Are you still undecided about how you want to spend the next one to two years of your study time? Do you want a preview of what your years after school might hold? Then this is your opportunity to get to know JMC Academy.

On the day you can take a tour of our facilities, get your hands on some of our serious gear, grab a bit to eat and learn why JMC continues to lead the way in Creative Industries education. You’ll also have a chance to chat with current students and heads of department about studying abroad and industry internships. Don’t forget to listen to our student bands and stop by the studios to see and hear live film and audio productions in action.

Find out more:



Industry Live | Live Online Chat with NASA

14 November 2019, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm


Live online chat with NASA scientists during a flight to Antarctica about how they’re monitoring polar ice and its connection to the Earth’s climate. Also learn more about careers in aerospace and climate science.

At this special event by Beacon Foundation, students will:

  • Be able to ask live chat questions to NASA scientists on board the Operation IceBridge flight to Antarctica
  • Learn more about the crew on board and the different jobs they do
  • Hear the top skills needed for careers in aerospace and climate science
  • Learn how Australians and Americans are working together on this important climate mission
  • Follow the plane’s flight path to Antarctica live

Find out more: 




Deakin | Health Sciences Course Information Session

4 December 2019, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Deakin Burwood Corporate Centre (BCC)

With ATAR release time coming up, remember there’s more than one pathway to get your dream job in health. Begin with a Bachelor of Health Sciences and explore pathways to psychology, nutrition, sport science, public health and more.

Discover Health Sciences at Deakin and focus on tackling the biggest issues in health industry, the largest and fastest growing employment industry in Australia. You can choose up to three health majors with 12 options available, allowing you to tailor your degree to align with your passion and interests.

Specialise in areas such as Health Promotion, Family, Society and Health, Nutrition or Disability and Inclusion.

Find out more: https://www.deakin.edu.au/about-deakin/events/health-sciences-course-information-session


La Trobe | Return to Study Webinar

3 December 2019, 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm


Coming to university can be a daunting process, especially if you don’t know where to start. This webinar is designed to give you an overall sense of what steps you need to take to enrol at La Trobe University, pathways into La Trobe University and some handy tips and tricks to help you get into the rhythm of studying at a university level.

Find out more: 



AIT | Info Night

20 November 2019, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Academy of Information Technology, Melbourne

AIT’s Info Night is perfect for those wanting to explore the endless opportunities available in the growing creative industry. This fun and interactive seminar is a great way to get further information on our curriculum, course requirements, study pathways. Our friendly staff & students will also be there to talk to and get advice from.

During the Info Night, you’ll:

  • Learn about careers and study options in film production, 3D animation, digital media, game design, mobile apps and IT
  • Take a campus tour
  • Learn about our $8,000 Scholarship for domestic students

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


Police Information Session

12 December 2019, 5:30 pm

Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre

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

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

Find out more: 



University of Melbourne | Course Information Day

13 December 2019, 10:00 am - 2:30 pm

University of Melbourne, Parkville Campus

Bring your ATAR and uncover what’s next for you at Course Information Day.

Got questions? We have answers. Join us at our Parkville campus and speak one-on-one to our friendly advisers, course experts and current students about your undergraduate study options in 2020 and beyond.

On the day you will be able to:

  • explore our study areas at the course and student services expo
  • tour our local student accommodation and beautiful Parkville campus
  • attend information sessions about our degrees and the Melbourne Model
  • find out about breadth and concurrent diploma options
  • speak to our staff about Graduate Degree Packages

Find out more: 



AIM | Information Evening

19 December 2019, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Australian Institute of Music, Melbourne

AIM Melbourne invites you to an intimate evening information session where we’ll take you on a personalised campus tour, hear what makes AIM special from our academics and students plus have a chat to our friendly team members who will be able to answer any questions you may have ahead of our January 2020 intake.

Find out more: 


RMIT | Deadly Day of Science

15 November 2019, 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

RMIT Bundoora Campus West

Are you an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander high school student who is interested in studying science or health?

The Deadly Day of Science gives Indigenous students in years 7-10 the opportunity to visit RMIT Bundoora campus to find out what it’s like to study at university.

Visitors will receive a special welcome and a tour of the campus which rests on the lands of the Wurundjeri Willum, the wedge-tail eagle people.

You will be introduced to skills and techniques used in nursing, chemistry and biotechnology, and will have access to facilities used by RMIT students and researchers at Bundoora campus.

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Monash | Peninsula Student Experience Day

28 November 2019, 9:30 am - 2:00 pm

Monash University, Peninsula Campus

Come along to our fun-filled Peninsula Experience Day. This day offers a range of insightful and interactive workshops for Year 10 and Year 11 students passionate about education, health or business.

It’s a great opportunity to experience all the campus has to offer, and equips students with the skills needed in post-secondary years. During the day students will have the chance to talk to staff and current students about transitioning into VCE and how to get the most of their final secondary school years.

Students will have the opportunity to attend one of our faculty workshops exploring:

  • The future of digital learning
  • What will our future leaders ‘look’ like?
  • The ‘Mask Ed’ program where students will check vital signs; perform basic CPR and give simulated injections alongside current nursing students.

The day will also include a session from a leading educational psychologist on managing stress, building resilience and staying motivated, which are critical elements as students enter their final secondary school years.

Don’t miss the chance to experience a taste of university life at Monash!

Find out more: 





Monash | MYSci

15 January 2020, 9:00 am - 17 January 2020, 3:00 pm

Monash University, Clayton Campus

MYSci is a three-day science program specifically designed for students who will be in Year 11 and 12 in 2020.

The program schedule will include:

  • hands-on workshops
  • access to our brilliant teaching facilities
  • opportunity to meet some of our Research Scientists
  • exposure to potential career pathways
  • activities with the Young Scientists of Australia
  • social activities

Find out more: https://shop.monash.edu/mysci-2020.html


Whitehouse Institute of Design | Design Portfolio Workshop

10 February 2020, 10:00 am - 11 February 2020, 3:00 pm

Whitehouse Institute of Design

This two-day workshop is designed to teach students the fundamental layout, design and construction methods used to present a personal creative portfolio at a professional standard and equips students with the skills and confidence to present their portfolio of creative work.

This workshop is offered to support students in Year 12 or applying for further education in design and creative industries. This workshop is suitable for students, working professionals and those with a keen interest in design.

Find out more: 



JMC Academy Short Courses

During the summer school holidays, JMC Academy will be running a series of short courses for aspiring creatives. If you’re interested in music, film, television, video games or design, they have courses for everyone.

All courses start on Monday 20 January, and run at the Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney campuses.

Find out more and book here:



Work Experience

​Western Health Work Experience Program

Western Health recognises the need to promote healthcare as a worthwhile and exciting career choice, and to showcase health care as a career prospect for young people.

The Western Health Year 10 Work Experience Program provides students with an opportunity to gain an insight into the healthcare industry. This program will provide a variety of experience which is administrative based only. The program is coordinated by the People & Culture department at Footscray Hospital.

Work Experience is available to students undertaking Year 10 in 2020. Students are given the opportunity to spend five working days in departments/wards across Western Health sites.

Learn more


The Alfred Secondary School Work Experience Program

Our work experience program provides students with an opportunity to gain insight into the health care industry. The program is offered to students undertaking years 10-12. Students participating in the program are given an opportunity to spend one week working within available departments to observe and participate in the daily activities of those departments.

Learn more


Scholarships & Competitions

Charles Allan Seymour Hawker Memorial Scholarship

Value: Up to $60,000

Open/Closing Dates: December 9, 2019 – January 8, 2020

The C.A.S. Hawker Scholarship is one of the most generous privately funded scholarships available to undergraduate and post-graduate students in Australia.

The C.A.S. Hawker Scholarship is available to any Australian student undertaking a three or four year course of study approved by the Trustees. Undergraduate students who have commenced their studies are also eligible to apply for the scholarship. Successful applicants can choose to study at one of the nominated Australian universities or colleges. In some instances the C.A.S. Hawker Scholarship is also offered to postgraduate students who can undertake a one year course of study at the University of Cambridge in the UK. Successful applicants are required to study at one of the following institutions:

  • Australian National University – ACT
  • Flinders University of South Australia – SA
  • University of Adelaide (including Roseworthy Campus) – SA
  • Roseworthy Residential College
  • University of New England – NSW
  • University of South Australia – SA
  • Marcus Oldham College – VIC
  • University of Cambridge – UK

Find out more


Neville Bonner Memorial Scholarship

Value: ~$28,092

Open/Closing Dates: October 16, 2019 – January 31, 2020

Established in the year 2000 by the Federal Government, The Neville Bonner Memorial Scholarship is Australia’s most prestigious scholarship for Indigenous Australians to study Honours in Political Science (or related subjects) at any recognised Australian university.

To be eligible to apply for the Neville Bonner Scholarship, candidates must:

  • be Indigenous Australians of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent, who identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander and are accepted as such by the Indigenous Australian community in which they live or have lived;
  • be Australian citizens; and
  • be currently enrolled (or have been enrolled) in a course of study leading to the award of a Degree of Bachelor with majors relevant to the enrolment in an Honours year in politics or political science (or related subjects) at a recognised Australian university.

Candidates must also have been offered a place in Honours in 2020 or have good reason to believe they will be offered a place.

Find out more


University of Melbourne Hansen Scholarship

Value: Up to $108,000

Open/Closing Dates: January 27, 2020 – March 9, 2020

The Hansen Scholarship is a flagship scholarship program at The University of Melbourne. From 2020, The Hansen Scholarship will be awarded to talented undergraduate students whose financial circumstances present a challenge to accessing a first-class education. Recipients will be awarded accommodation, an allowance, and financial and personal support.

To be eligible for this scholarship, you need to:

    • be an Australian citizen or permanent resident, and be enrolled in an Australian Year 12 or the International Baccalaureate in Australia; or
    • have applied for or be the holder of an Australian temporary protection visa, and be enrolled in an Australian Year 12 or the International Baccalaureate in Australia; or
    • be an Australian citizen and be enrolled in an Australian Year 12 or the International Baccalaureate outside Australia.
    • be aged between 16 and 20 years of age in the year of application
    • achieve the minimum required Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR) of 90 (or the IB equivalent)
    • experience financial circumstances that present a challenge to attending The University of Melbourne. (e.g. you or your family receive Centrelink benefits)

Find out more


University of Melbourne Miltiades and Alkistis Chryssavgis Scholarship

Value: Up to $5,000

Open/Closing Dates: January 6, 2020 – March 8, 2020

This scholarship supports the living expenses or student fees of first-year Bachelor of Arts students in financial need.

To be eligible for this scholarship, you need to:

  • be enrolled in the Bachelor of Arts
  • be commencing first year

Find out more


Swinburne Pratt Foundation Scholarship

Value: $2,000

Open/Closing Dates: August 1, 2019 – January 31, 2020

The Pratt Foundation Scholarship is offered to assist a student with costs associated with their business studies, enabling them to realise their passion for a business career and full academic potential by reducing the need to work outside of study.

To be eligible, applicants must:

  • be an Australian citizen or an Australian permanent resident
  • be a commencing student studying full-time in an on-campus single or double Business undergraduate degree at Swinburne in Semester 1, in the year the scholarship is awarded.
  • provide a personal statement of no more than 500 words indicating sound academic ability with a strong potential to complete the degree within minimum time.
  • provide evidence of financial hardship and/or personal hardship (documents such as a bank statement, salary slips, Centrelink statement and/or personal statement)
  • provide a character reference from a person competent to supply a character reference such as a current or past employer outlining community participation such as extra-curricular service to the community, sporting abilities and leadership qualities.

Find out more


Swinburne Sir Reginald Ansett Scholarship for Aviation

Value: $10,000 per year

Open/Closing Dates: August 1, 2019 – January 31, 2020

The Sir Reginald Ansett Scholarship for Aviation is offered to assist a student with costs associated with aviation studies, enabling them to realise their passion for an aviation career and full academic potential by reducing the need to work outside of study.

To be eligible, applicants must:

  • be an Australian citizen
  • be a commencing student studying full-time in a single or double Aviation or Aviation (Management) undergraduate degree at Swinburne in Semester 1, 2020
  • have completed Year 12 in 2019 (or in 2018, and taken a gap year in 2019)
  • achieve a minimum ATAR of 85.00
  • provide evidence of financial hardship
  • demonstrate a passion for an aviation career in a personal statement of 500 words or less
  • provide two referee reports outlining the applicant’s suitability for the scholarship:
    • an academic reference
    • a character reference

Find out more


Swinburne Claire Sorati Scholarship for Women

Value: $8,000 per year

Open/Closing Dates: August 1, 2019 – January 31, 2020

The Claire Sorati Scholarship aims to support female students from disadvantaged backgrounds to undertake tertiary education in engineering, information and communication technologies or science.

Applicants must:

  • be an Australian citizen, or an Australian permanent resident
  • be a female commencing student studying full-time in an on-campus single or double undergraduate degree in engineering, information and communication technologies or science at Swinburne in Semester 1, 2020
  • provide evidence of having attended a government secondary school prior to commencing at Swinburne
  • provide evidence of financial need and/or educational disadvantage
  • provide ATAR or previous academic records
  • provide a personal Statement of 500 words or less addressing:
    • educational disadvantage,
    • commitment to study, including sound academic ability, career aspirations and a strong potential to complete the degree within minimum time; and
    • benefit that the scholarship will provide the applicant.
  • provide two referee reports outlining your suitability for the scholarship:
    • Academic reference
    • Character reference

Find out more


Job Spotlight

A career in Politics

Politics is both an art and science that focuses on people. Politicians and politics are at play in nearly every career and life scenario to some extent. Our daily lives are dictated by rules and laws designed to benefit individuals and develop and maintain flourishing communities and countries.


What type of person would this job suit?

  • You need to be passionate and enthusiastic about people and politics
  • Great at networking and building strong relationships with others
  • Be approachable and a good listener
  • Have a thorough understanding of local and national issues, and be up to date with current affairs
  • Possess excellent analytical thinking and communication (verbal and written) skills
  • Remain calm, confident and professional in all situations – especially when you’re engaged in public speaking and presentations
  • Adept at crisis management and problem solving


Industries where politics is important:

  • Government
  • Law and Justice
  • Business
  • Defence and Intelligence
  • Education
  • Journalism and Media



There are lots of ways that you can have a meaningful job within politics. You don’t have to be aiming to become Prime Minister – although ambition and the drive to succeed could be advantageous in this competitive industry.

You can get in to politics through a lot of different pathways; formal or tertiary qualifications are not necessarily required. Showing your commitment and gaining valuable experience through volunteering, campaigning and involvement with a political party is one of the best pathways there is.

You could get other useful experience from:

  • being involved in student politics
  • get involved in a debating team or student newspaper
  • find work experience with local MPs, the mayoral office or local council

Choosing to study a degree in politics could make you a more competitive candidate for some professional roles.

A full-time, 5 year, Bachelor of Social Science with the degree of Bachelor of Laws with a Major in Political Economy and Social Policy at Macquarie could give you all the qualifications you’d need to apply for a huge range of careers in the political arena.

Alternatively, you can start out at TAFE and gain a Cert III or IV, or find a traineeship, before getting some experience and deciding if you want, or need, to go to uni later on.

Certificate III in Business with Social Media from Training Connections Australia is an example of a course that could open doors into a political career too.



Social Media Advisor


You’d be developing, implementing and maintaining social media communications. Demonstrating political acumen by providing relevant communications advice and recommendations.

You could get some short courses under your belt and volunteer your time to work with local politicians and organisations as a social media advisor. Gaining valuable work experience, networking and obtaining a proven track record could offer up opportunities for next level positions.

As a volunteer you might not get paid initially, but if the position is made official and you’re offered a job, a salaried position could be on offer.


Media Advisor in Melbourne

Media Advisor in Sydney


Political Staffer

Relevant experience or university degree

A political staffer or aide works in a political office supporting a candidate or elected official by advising, researching, scheduling, fundraising, or writing for them, among other responsibilities.

There’s no formal qualification or training to be a staffer, you’ll learn on the job. Generally some previous political experience is desirable. Although it’s not unusual for junior members to be recruited straight from university.

As a junior you could expect to earn over $40,000 per year, going up to $77,000 per year (or more) with experience.


Political Affairs Officer in Deakin ACT

Ministerial Officer in Sydney

Traineeship Clerical Processing in Victor Harbour, SA

Electorate Officer in Geelong, VIC


Political Journalist


You’d be reporting on controversies, campaigns and debates, providing analysis of political events, as well as presenting on potential outcomes, incentives and trends. You could work in one or more outlets including print, online, TV, or radio.

Relevant experience is crucial (it could be at the office of a local or national newspaper), and building up professional network of contacts even more so. A Professional Communication CertificateCertificate III in Screen and Media, a diploma, bachelor degree or postgraduate degree in journalism could all kick off your career. Lots of news outlets also offer 12 month cadetships for graduates.

You could expect to earn $80,000 per year as a qualified and experienced journalist.


AU Online News Reporter in Sydney

Journalist in Canberra, ACT


Member of Parliament (MP)

Bachelors Degree

An MP is expected to work for the benefit of Australia, their local constituents, and for their party. You could be developing policies, legislations and by-laws, be a spokesperson, investigator and more.

With the right skills, work experience and contacts, you could become a Member of Parliament without formal qualifications, though they often have university qualifications, which could help you become an MP more quickly.

Federal Senators and members base salary is $207,000 per year. State Government salaries vary but you could expect to earn a base salary of $150,00 per year (*2018 figures).

To become an MP, you’ll have to be elected by your party or the public.


Growth in this industry is moderate and expected to remain so.


The future of Work for Australian Graduates

The Australia Institute released a new report last week. It focuses on how the struggling labour market over the last decade has made it more challenging for graduates to find stable, rewarding, full-time jobs.

For example, in 2008 85% of graduates found full time work within 4 months of graduating, in 2018 that figure was down to 73%.

Whilst the author Dr Jim Stanford was keen to point out that this figure in no way reflects on the quality of graduates – in fact he said “they’re better trained than any generation in history” – he stated that the changing labour market has meant that some degrees which were in demand a few years ago, now don’t have the same positive job outcomes.

So what were the key takeaways from this report?

  • A university degree is still a very worthwhile pathway
  • University graduates are still better off in the long term and “You’re better off with a degree than without one” – Dr Stanford.
  • University degrees remain an important and desirable qualification in the minds of employers. According to the report currently “32% of all jobs require a Bachelor degree or higher qualification, and this share is projected to increase. Almost half of all jobs created over the next five years (over 400,000 jobs) are expected to require a university degree or higher qualification”.

Why are you better off with a degree? The report found:

  • Graduates are more likely to enter careers higher up the ladder
  • Graduates currently have better employment prospects, with 80% employed compared with 63% of people without higher education.
  • Graduates are more likely to be employed full time (63%) as opposed to those without higher education qualifications at 41%.
  • The ‘graduate premium’ relating to higher career earnings (over their lifetime) still applies to graduates. Female graduates have been calculated to earn over $600,000 more than female counter-parts with no post-school qualifications, and male graduates $790,000 more than their counterparts.
  • Vocational degrees linked to and regulated by specific occupations, including medicine, nursing, engineering and teaching have the best graduate employment placement rates.
  • Generalised degrees, not linked with any specific career outcomes, including creative arts, communications, science, maths and social services have been linked with the worst performing graduate career placements.


In conclusion, if you are keen on going to university don’t be put off by some of the articles linked to this report. All-in-all a university degree is still a highly valued qualification.

You might want to consider a more studying a degree with more career focused outcomes, that could improve your chances of getting full time employment on graduation.

If you’d like to study one of the listed subjects, e.g. you’re passionate about Maths, then go ahead and study those subjects. Maybe you could consider majoring in topics that could help your career prospects. Or for example, consider a teaching degree to become a maths teacher.

Looking for degrees that include work experience, or offering internships, traineeships and cadetships with partner companies could also boost your graduate employability prospects. If you can’t find a degree that offers those, there are plenty of business looking for students to work with them during the summer breaks, or to take on 12 month positions upon graduation.

The report also confirms that higher education provides an important cultural function, and that the “value of university education, both for the individuals who obtain it and for society as a whole, remains clear”.

Recommendations have been made for the Government and Universities to seek solutions to modernise the higher education system, to meet the needs and demands of a changing labour market. So watch this space.

If you’d like to read more about the report, here’s the summary report.


Carole Marcianti and Karen Riding 

The Careers Team 



Library News

Book Review: Angel Maze by Garth Nix
Available as an eBook or a hard copy

There is quite a lot of hype about the latest book from Garth Nix. It is a stand alone fantasy novel that is gripping from the start.  You need an icon to summon an angel...............every angel has special powers and you lose a bit of your life every time you use one!


The icon-maker and angel-summoner Liliath, long believed dead, has woken from her century-long sleep to pick up the threads of a plan that has already destroyed one kingdom and may yet destroy another. To succeed, Liliath must bring together Agnez the musketeer, Simeon the doctor, Dorotea the mage, and Henri, one of the Cardinal’s clerks, and take them into utmost danger …



Look out for the new suggestions board!

Starting this week, there is a new suggestions board featuring books that you love and suggestions you should try. Always handy when you can't find what to read next. If you ever need help choosing your next read feel free to pick the librarian's brain, she knows pretty much every book in the library and is always happy to help you select your next adventure...........I mean book!

Book suggestions

Remember if you have any book suggestions please tell the librarian, she's not psychic!





Whitehorse Youth Services 


Whitehorse International White Ribbon Breakfast


Wellbeing Day  Monday 9 December 

Monday 9 December  is our Years 7-9 Wellbeing Day. It will incorporate team building games (including a Zumba dance class at lunchtime and challenging obstacle games), Art Therapy, a Respectful Relationships workshop and a variety of presentations by Headspace and Relationships Australia. There will also be student information stands at lunchtime from Headspace and Youth ConneXions (Whitehorse City Council Youth Services). The Wellbeing team also ran a competition for Years 7-9 to design a poster for Wellbeing Day to use to promote this fantastic day.

Thank you to Analia Sim (9E) who designed the poster for this event




Michael Oaten

Director of Learning  - Learning Enhancement 


The Wellbeing Team 

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



Kayak Paddleball - Yarra Bend Park 


Soccer for Girls 



Koonung Secondary College Newsletter
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39063 MP-01 [6] Master Plan LOWER GROUND.pdf
Koonung Secondary College Cafe menu 2018.pdf