The Score

10 February 2017
Issue One
  Diary Dates & Events                                      
College Principal's Report           
Assistant Principal's Report
Junior School
Senior School 
Staff Profile
Community News
Scoresby Secondary College
03 9765 4100
2 Cavell Street
Scoresby, Victoria, 3179

  Diary Dates & Events        


Diary Dates & Events


Tuesday 21 February

Education Comittee Meeting 5pm

Finance Committee Meeting 6pm


Wednesday 22 February

Senior School Information Night &

Central Australia Information Meeting 7pm



Thursday 23 February

School Council Meeting 7pm


Monday 27 February- Wednesday 1 March

Year 7 Camp Marysville


Tuesday 28 February

Uniform Committee Metting 5pm



Wednesday 1 March

Year 7 Camp Returns 3pm


Friday 3 March

Edition 2 'The Score' - Newsletter


Tuesday 7 March

College Athletics Day 9am - 3pm

(Compulsary Whole College Event)


Thursday 8 March

College Photograph Day


Friday 10 March 

Curriculum Day - Students are not required at school


Monday 13 March

Labour Day - Students are not required at school


Thursday 23 March

School Council Annual General Meeting 7pm

School Council Meeting 7:30pm


Friday 24 March

Edition 3 'The Score' - Newsletter


Tuesday 28 March

Parentnet Annual General Meeting 7pm


Thursday 30 March

Parent Teacher Conferences

1pm - 7:30pm


Friday 31 March

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



Tuesday 18 April 

Term 2 Commences


Tuesday 25 April

ANZAC Day - Students are not required at school


Wednesday 26 April

College Open Day / Night

Tours from 9am - 10:30am

College Open Night commences at 4:30pm and concludes at 7:30pm with a Principals address at 6:30pm.

College Principal's Report           

Welcome to Scoresby Secondary College’s first newsletter for 2017

Welcome to Scoresby Secondary College’s first newsletter for 2017.

Welcome back to students and families after the break and a special welcome to our Year 7 students and other families new to the College. I look forward to working closely with you all throughout the year. 


We have already had a positive start to term 1 with students enjoying the special start up programs on Tuesday and Wednesday, whole college assembly and commencement of timetabled classes. The program for Year 7 students was organised by the Junior School Team and followed on from the transition programs which commenced last year. It was a great opportunity for all students to develop positive relationships with members of their classes, home group teachers and sub-schools. Based on observations of student engagement and feedback from students, parents and staff it has been a highly successful start to the year.


New and Returning Staff

We welcome the following new staff:

Ms Ellen Sawyer 

Head of Senior School /English/Humanities

Ms Yi Li

Mandarin / Business Studies

Ms Erin O’Sullivan

Art / Visual Communication


We also welcome back from family leave:

Ms Aoife Geoghegan


Ms Emma Rooke

Biology / Health &Physical Education / Mathematics



On Tuesday last week our College Captains led our first whole college assembly.  Students had the opportunity to welcome our incoming year 7 students, meet new and returning staff, hear a music performance by Year 12 student Bridget Caesar and be provided with an overview of what 2017 has install for them. One of the highlights of the assembly was the official presentation of student leader’s badges to our College Captains and Vice Captains.

College Captains:

Frazer Spence  and  Natasha (Tash) Orfanidis

College Vice Captains:

Mislav Tiosc and Christy Pritchard


If our first assembly was any indication, 2017 has four excellent leaders to represent our students and the College.


2016 Dux

We congratulate our Class of 2016 who achieved some outstanding results followed by successful first round offers for further studies. We are proud to report to our community that our College Dux was Andrew Wittmer who received an ATAR score of 97.8


I would like to acknowledge the strong commitment and work ethic of our staff and so many of our students who have worked together with us to transform our College to achieve such results. In the January edition of the Department of Education’s North Eastern Region Newsletter, the article below was written by Anthony Raitman the Outer Eastern Area Director.


“We wish to share a story from an Outer East school which has undergone significant improvements after their school review in 2015.  Scoresby Secondary College has been transformed over the past two years by developing: a new school   culture, an agreed curriculum, teacher leadership capacity and welcoming many new staff and students to share in this journey.  The school has taken a leading role in their Improving Student Outcomes Numeracy group, supporting local primary schools, which has resulted in impressive improved learning gains for the primary students.


Academic results are improving with Scoresby Secondary College being nationally recognised for one of the highest gains in literacy student outcomes in 2016. Following the release of 2016 VCE results, Scoresby Secondary College celebrated students obtaining top results in Specialist Maths and Physics, and scores above 40 in the in Legal Studies and Mathematics Methods. School dux Andrew Wittmer was congratulated with an ATAR of 97.8.  


Scoresby SC teacher Aaron Mackinnon was the Victorian winner of the 2016 Australian Council of Educational Leadership (ACEL) Teacher Leadership Award. The growth of Scoresby Secondary College is set to continue in 2017 with several exciting initiatives planned”​


Our College

At the start of the year I revisit the college vision and values with students, staff, parents and the community. These are the key drivers of everything we do.



Scoresby Secondary College’s vision is to be a College of choice and to be respected by parents, community, tertiary providers and employers.


Our purpose

Scoresby Secondary College’s core purpose is to provide a safe, supportive and rigorous learning environment that focuses on nurturing the whole person so that every child gets the opportunity to be their brilliant best.


Our values

Underpinning our purpose is our strong desire for our students and school to have strong links to the local community and our genuine care for students’ personal growth. These are embodied in our College values of I.N.S.P.I.R.E.









Priorities 2017

College Council will be presented our Annual Implementation Plan this month.  This yearly plan finalised by the leadership team in January, outlines the goals and priorities from our strategic plan which will be our focus in 2017.  In December our teachers worked collaboratively in professional learning teams in preparation for teaching and learning.  Establishing quality teacher practice, curriculum planning and assessment will continue to be a core priority for our College.


New Uniform

We are pleased with the exceptional feedback about our new uniform. The new items have been phased in at Years 7 and Year 10 levels this year and for the remainder of the College by the start of 2018. The new uniform comes after significant work by members of our Uniform Committee and community consultation over the past two years.  I thank the parents / guardians on the committees who have been instrumental in selecting the uniform and development of the associated policies.  While the new uniform has been well received by the community, it has been disappointing that our suppliers have let us down with lack of stock and late arrival into the store. I want apologise for the issues this raised and to reassure families that we are working with PSW Area Management to ensure the problems experienced in the store are overcome in the future.


Year 12 Residential

This week I attended the Year 12 Orientation Camp held at Ormond College one of the largest residential buildings at the University of Melbourne.  Ormond College is an historical sandstone and cream brick building and opened 1881. The mediaeval gothic appearance of Ormond immediately provides a sense of academia and as such makes an ideal location for our study camp each year. The experience of studying in this environment, together with the expertise of the presenters, opportunities to participate in team building and hear study tips from past students has been motivational for our students.


Personal Property

Parents / guardians and students should be aware that personal property brought to school is not covered by the College or Department of Education and Training does not accept any responsibility for any loss or damage. Personal property is often brought to school by students, staff and visitors.  This can include mobile phones, calculators, toys, sporting equipment and cars parked on school premises. Students are discouraged from bringing any unnecessary or particularly valuable items to school.



The Department and College do not provide personal accident insurance or ambulance cover for students. Parents and guardians are generally responsible for paying the cost of medical treatment for injured students, including any transport costs.  Student accident insurance / ambulance cover policies are available from some commercial insurers, and can be obtained by parents / guardians for individual students.


2017 Parent Payments and Student Resources

Thank you to parents who have made their full payments or made arrangements with our Business Manager Vicky Kamfonas for a payment plan.  Parent payments are an essential source of funds for a school to operate effectively.  Without charges, schools would not be able to provide the many programs and resources we provide for the students.  The actual amounts that are charged to each family are determined by College Council and the Finance Committee.

Student resources are the items which were book listed. These items are essential to student learning and were required to be purchased by the first day.


Student Safety

Scoresby Secondary College has a duty of care to provide a safe environment for students, staff and visitors.


Therefore, our College car park is not available for use by parents or senior students as a pick up / drop off zone.  Indiscriminate vehicular access by parents increases traffic congestion and places students at risk.

Students Arriving Early At School

This week we have noticed a number of students arriving too early at school. This is a very unsafe practice as we do not have staff on duty until 8.35am.   We encourage your support in this matter, as the safety of our students is of paramount importance at Scoresby Secondary College.


Gail Major


Assistant Principal's Report

Start of the Year

Scoresby Secondary College staff commenced the school year with a very successful professional learning program held on Monday 30 January. On the day we also welcomed a number of new staff to the College. The theme of the program was improving student outcomes. Staff had the opportunity plan and develop curriculum and prepare for the up-coming year. Our Sub-School teams looked at how they can best support students throughout year, both in and out of the classroom; while our Head of Curriculum worked with teachers to ensure our curriculum continues to engage and challenge our student’s learning.


Our Year 7 and Year 12 students began their school year on the Tuesday, while our Year 8-11 students began on Wednesday. We also had a College Assembly where we came together as one for the first time for the year.


We have also begun our Parent Information Nights. This week we began with Year 7 and over the coming weeks there will be a Senior School (Years 10-12) Information Night Wednesday 22 February at 7pm.



All parents/guardians of students have access to the Compass Parent Portal ( Compass is an excellent and efficient way for parents to keep up to date with their son/daughter’s progress at school. Through the Parent Portal, you can:

      • view up-to-date class and school        attendance information;

      • approve past or future absences (medical certificates will need to be provided to approve VCE/VCAL absences);

      • book your Parent/Student/Teacher conferences; and

      • access information regarding upcoming events and news.

Parents are reminded they should not share their Parent Portal password with their son/daughter. Students have their own access to Compass.

If you have had any difficulty accessing your Parent Portal account or using it, please contact IT Support on or Chris Knight on 9765 4100.



We are very proud to announce that Scoresby Secondary College has now attained eSmart Status! This is a wonderful achievement. To achieve this we as a school community have worked through a framework that is in place with the aim of improving cyber safety, increasing digital literacy and reducing cyber bullying across Australia. We have worked with students and teachers to develop curriculum and programs to enhance student learning of the digital world and their footprint within this space.


If you would like to know more about eSmart you can visit supported by the Alannah & Madeline Foundation.



We will continue to hold Assemblies throughout the year. These Assemblies will be approximately every second week. Students will need to at school before 8:35am on Assembly days. Students and parents are asked to check Compass for the schedule.

Term 1 schedule:

Monday 13/2 – College Assembly

Monday 27/2 – Year Level Assembly

Monday 13/3 – No Assembly – Labour Day

Monday 27/3 – College Assembly



There has been some changes to Homegroups in 2017. Students in Years 7-9 will continue to have Homegroup each morning. Homegroup begins at 8:45am each school day (except on Assembly days; where the day starts at 8:35am). Students in Year 10-12 will no-longer have homegroup. These students will be required to be at school prior to period one (8:50am). Students are encourage to stay up-to-date by checking Compass and their school email each day.


Chris Knight

Assistant Principal




Junior School

Junior School 2017

Welcome back to all our staff and students, in particular, to the new students and families who have joined our Scoresby community, at each of the year levels, 7, 8 and 9.


Of course, a special welcome to the Year 7’s. It’s always exciting to welcome a new cohort of Year 7 students who have very quickly found their place at Scoresby Secondary College. The success of such a good start can also be attributed to the students having been involved with the school in 2016 when they attended Orientation Day and the Testing days.


The staggered start to the Year with just our Year 7 students starting on Day 1 has also allowed for a smooth transition and beginning to the year.


 It has certainly been a brilliant start to the year. I have been extremely impressed with the levels of engagement, work ethic and behaviour that all students have displayed, in just their first two weeks.


It will be a very busy term:

  • The Year 7 Camp
  • Sports at all levels
  • Visits to KIOSC – Knox Innovation Opportunity and Sustainability Centre
  • Year 7 Immunisation
  • Student Photos
  • Parent Information Nights
  • Upcoming Parent Teacher interviews

A reminder to Year 7 parents to return all documentation and payment, promptly, in preparation for our Year 7 Camp. The Year 7 Camp at Marysville over three days, Monday 27 February to Wednesday 1 March, will give Year 7 students the opportunity early in the year to establish some new friendships and to get to know their teachers. It is important that all students attend.


Any concerns or arrangements, in regards to school fees, payment for camp and so on can be discussed with our Business Manager – Mrs Vicky Kamfonas on 9765 4100.


Year 7 Parent Information night was also held this week on Tuesday 7 February  with the majority of parents attending. The BBQ was a great opportunity for parents and staff to get to know each other followed by an informal session where key information was shared with the Home Group teachers and other staff.


We are considering possibly a combined evening for Year 8 and 9 parents, with details to follow in the next two weeks.


Most students have quickly settled into school routines. For some though, this settling process may take a little longer. If there are any concerns, please do not hesitate to contact the Junior School Management team to discuss further on 9765 4100.


The JS Team is made up of:

Head of Junior School   

Mr Michael Alexis

Year 7 Level Coordinator  

Ms Emma Morris

Year 8 Level Coordinator  

Ms Emily Phibbs

Year 9 Level Coordinator  

Ms Casey Lawson

Welfare / School Chaplain

Mr Andy Phillips


I would like to commend you as parents on your efforts and commitment to ensuring that your children are attending school regularly and have everything in place from Day 1 to ensure success.


The basics for us are in place, with students in uniform, arriving to class on time, prepared for classes and engaged in their learning.


We look forward to meeting you all in the near future and for a successful year ahead.


Michael Alexis

Head of Junior School


Senior School 

Welcome Back to Senior School

Tuesday 31 January saw the return of all of the Year 12 VCE and VCAL students.  It was lovely to see a few of them in the new uniform and all ready to do well.  Whilst some were a little sleepy due to the alarm going off for the first time, it was great to hear the positive comments from teachers – especially that all students had read their English novels over the holidays.  We look forward to the great start continuing in 2017!


The following day saw the return of the Year 10 and Year 11 students; again, it was great to see all return enthusiastic and ready for their start in the Senior School. 


I was very excited to meet the Senior School students for the first time and have found them to be a great group.  I have only two expectations of the Senior School students – firstly, that they are present, mentally and physically, for each lesson and each day; secondly, that they try their best and strive to try their best.


Our Year 12s went off to Ormond College on Monday 6 February and Tuesday 7 February to experience life in a dorm.  The students received information about calculating an ATAR, setting Career-related goals, achieving high results in English, different work environments and expectations, as well as sustainability options within the work place.  I was very impressed with the students’ dedication and the further development in their approach and application to their Year 12 studies.  I look forward to working with the students further throughout 2017.


The Senior School team is here to help support our students to achieve their best.  Should parents or guardians have concerns about their young person’s behaviour, attitude, or welfare, they are encouraged to contact the relevant Year Level Coordinator or myself as soon as possible.  We are here to help!


Senior School Attendance Requirements

College Student Captains

My name is Tash Orfanidis. I’ve been at Scoresby since year seven and prior to that I attended Upper Ferntree Gully Primary School. I’m a very busy and active person; my past times include playing netball 3 times a week, Coaching Tennis for Hotshots Australia and holding a part time job! I’m a dog enthusiast, despite not having a dog (I’m working on it).


When I graduate I would like to go into a medical field, at this stage I’m considering Paramedicine, Physiotherapy, Occupational therapy or a Nurse Practitioner. I’m very interested in all of these fields and it will be a very hard decision just choosing one!


 My goal for this year is to apply myself to the best of my ability in all my subjects; I would like to make the most of every opportunity and achieve my maximum potential.  I look forward to representing the college to the best of my ability and working with the student body to achieve great things in 2017.

Tash Orfanidis


My name is Frazer Spence and I have been attending Scoresby Secondary College since Year 7.

Before attending Scoresby Secondary College, I went to Knox Park Primary School and Orrvale Primary in Shepparton before that. I am dedicated to swimming and baking and my studies of course. I swim four times a week, starting at 5 am on Monday’s and Friday’s. I also work part-time and I am a surf life saver at Point Leo Surf Saving Club. Surf Life Saving is a relatively new addition to my repertoire but I find patrolling the beach and watching out for the safety of others really rewarding.


During my time at Scoresby I have been involved with many leadership opportunities, including a nine-week development at the School for Student Leadership, Knox council’s young leaders program and I have been on the Scoresby’s SRC  since starting in 2012. I have been very lucky to see and be a part of the vast development of our leadership team over the last few years. I am very envious to know that the team will keep developing once myself and our other school captains have left.


Once I’ve finished my schooling, I am hoping to study at Melbourne University, to complete a Bachelor of Design degree. I want to do my major in architecture and possibly a minor or double-major in property. I hope to spend a semester studying abroad, hopefully in France, Spain or Italy. Really, I wouldn’t mind anywhere in Europe.


I am looking forward to this year and I am looking forward to meeting the Year 7 students and other new students at the college. A goal I would like to achieve in 2017 as College Captain is to foster strong and beneficial relationships within the college community.


All the best to everyone this year!

Fraser Spence


I have been at Scoresby Secondary College since Year 7 and have enjoyed my time here. In 2017 I will be studying Maths Methods, English, French, Chemistry and Studio Arts. My interests are art and visual media and I hope to study them further after Year 12.


I have been involved with student leadership for many years and a highlight was having the opportunity to attend the VicSRC Congress on more than one occasion.


Being a College Vice Captain is important to me because I believe that students should have a voice and have an impact on their education.


The aspirations I have for 2017 are to be able to work with the student leaders and the college community to create as much progress with student voice in my final year as possible.

Christy Pritchard


Hello, my name is Mislav, and I’m very much looking forward to a successful Year 12, in the class of 2017.


Although my choice of subjects leaves me studying many hours per week, I look forward to fulfilling my role as student Vice Captain.


I would like to introduce myself to the Year 7 body with a little message, which is that all of us in Year 12 can relate to what you are probably experiencing right now, the fear that is structured class timetables, emphasis on homework and the realisation that you’re no longer the big kids in primary school that you were a year ago. I say this with experience. However, I believe that in high school that your individual education really starts, the subjects you get to choose, the learning foundations you develop are all aspects of high school, which I have enjoyed. Never fear asking your teachers for help, whenever you are uncertain, because the knowledge gained is very valuable for your personal education, which you can carry into the next year.


For the Year 12's 
their final year of schooling seems like a very daunting experience where the phrase “so close and yet so far” expresses it wonderfully. But we’ve all come so far to this point, and with so many fond memories that I can reminisce upon. I’m confident and hopeful that through hard study, and aiming for our best, that we can all pave the way for a successful, final year at Scoresby Secondary, and of schooling altogether.

Mislav Tosic


Ellen Sawyer

Head of Senior School

Staff Profile

Ellen Sawyer

Ellen Sawyer joins Scoresby Secondary College as the Head of Senior School and teacher of Year 12 English, Year 8 Humanities and Year 7 Humanities.  She has spent her past 13 years teaching at Mount Waverley Secondary College, teaching in a range of subjects and year levels. 


After completing her education in Queensland and South Australia, she and her family moved to Melbourne, where she studied at Melbourne University.  Ellen completed a Bachelor of Arts with majors in Criminology and History, before realising her love of teaching.  She then went on to complete a Graduate Diploma in English Literature and a Bachelor of Teaching, both at Melbourne University.  Mount Waverley Secondary College was her first school, fulfilling roles in both VCE student management and curriculum, as well as teaching English, Literature and History at VCE levels for over 10 years. 


Ellen is excited about the new opportunities that a smaller school offers and the potential of the Scoresby Secondary College students to achieve their best.  She is optimistic about the great things that the teachers and students can achieve when they work together.  She is also looking forward to working with the student leadership team.

Welcome to Scoresby Ellen

Community News

The Parenting Masterclass   
How to raise independent kids

“Never before has a generation of children been so dependent on their parents.”

Lose the bubble-wrap and step away from the helicopter! Join bestselling author and parenting expert, Michael Grose for an interactive evening designed to challenge thinking and empower parents to raise independent, resilient and confident children.

Michael will share hands-on and practical strategies to help:

  • Encourage independence
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  • Reduce anxiety
  • Foster emotional intelligence

You’ll leave feeling empowered to move forward in raising your independent children. 


Food Safety

A reminder to all parents about school lunches from home. When the weather is warm we encourage parents to:


· Put a frozen container, such as a frozen drink, in the lunchbox with food that is normally refrigerated, such as ham and yogurt.  Alternatively, use an insulated lunchbox or a cooler.


· Avoid including food in lunches that would normally be kept in the refrigerator, especially during the summer months (Terms 1 and 4).


· When preparing school lunches avoid perishable foods, which have just been cooked or warmed, such as hamburgers or boiled eggs.  Such foods should be cooled in the refrigerator before being packed for lunches.

· Discard any leftovers and do not re‐use. Once at school, students should also be reminded not to store lunches in direct sunlight.

Just say NO to 'sexting'


Carrington Primary School Colour Run 


Knox Festival


The Score
Year 11 Senior School Attendance Requirements 2017.pdf
Attendance Requirements Year 12 2017.pdf
Attendance Requirements Year 12 2017.pdf
Year 12 Attendance Requirements 2017.pdf
Year 11 Senior School Attendance Requirements 2017.pdf
Year 12 Attendance Requirements 2017.pdf
Year 11 Senior School Attendance Requirements 2017.pdf
Carrington PS Colour Run .pdf
Knox Festival 2017 Poster.pdf