Koonung Secondary College Newsletter

23 August 2019
Issue Thirteen
Important Dates 
Principals' Report
College Notices 
Middle Years 
Ski Trip 
Library News
Careers and Pathways
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 



Friday 23 August 

Edutest SEE@K testing 1-4pm 


Tuesday 27 August

Division Athletics


Tuesday 27 August

 Rotary Information Night 


Thursday 29 August 

Father's Day Breakfast 7:30am


Thursday 29 August 

Information Night  - 2020 French Trip 

(further details on 'College Notices' page)




Friday 6 September

Interact Trivia Night


Wednesday 11 September

Spring Music Concert


Friday 13 September 

Koonung Day 


Wednesday 18 September 

Parent Student Teacher interviews



Friday 18 October 

Year 12 breakfast & assembly 

Year 12 Valedictory Dinner












Principals' Report

Principal Team Report

On Thursday 22 and Friday 23 August, Marianne Lee, Sandra Greenhill and I attended the Riversdale Inner East Network Principals’ conference. This is a valuable opportunity to professionally network and collaborate with our colleagues in the inner east region, and continue our professional development as educators within our community. This year’s keynote speaker was Dr Paul Browning, Headmaster of St. Paul’s School in Brisbane. Paul is passionate about successful leadership and its effect on school culture, and led us through a series of often thought-provoking and challenging exercises designed around the title ‘Compelling Leadership’. We reflected on the importance of trust in our organisations, the role of empathetic listening, the critical decision-making process and most importantly, the role of values underpinning every action in our learning communities. The underlying message of the sessions was the significance of the role of trust and relationships within our College.

This was a neat and timely segue from our college professional learning day last Thursday, when all staff at Koonung unpacked our 'Student attitudes to school survey' data with the aim of listening, understanding and responding to our students’ concerns. The theme of the day was positive education and how we interact with our students every day, in order to keep them feeling safe and supported. Our Directors of Learning, Middle and Senior School, Allira Howe and Conor Sheehan, confidently facilitated the analysis of our data and possible directions forward in developing strong, positive relationships between staff, students and parents. Director of Learning - Student Enhancement, Michael Oaten, had staff actively engaged in dialogue and trialling activities that we use in our Positive Classroom program and Kylie Poppins led a thought-provoking session based on the work of Brene Brown on shame and vulnerability. 

This session then came full circle this Tuesday, when Director of Learning - Engagement and Leadership, Peter Hodkinson, along with the college leaders, ran a strongly attended student focus group on student motivation, the results of which will be shared with staff next week. Student voice and agency are crucial drivers of our teaching and learning program and we are passionate about listening to the concerns and opinions of our young people.

Briefly, in other news around Koonung:

  • We’re excited to report that the first project meeting for our $6.05m rebuild will be held next Tuesday, at which the process for master planning will begin.
  • Last week the Science Domain thrilled students with activities and events to celebrate Science Week, the highlight of which was a Kahootz challenge between staff and students, at which our students emerged victorious.
  • Next week is our Division Athletics at which around 140 of our students will be competing for a place in the subsequent Zone competition.
  • Staff and students have also generously donated much time and enthusiasm to various activities around the College, including Art Space, ‘So you think you can dance’, the karaoke singing competition, chess club, library games and the list continues indefinitely.
  • To elaborate on Art Space, Technology teacher Kirby Sens led over 50 students at a lunchtime session creating environmentally friendly, beeswax lunch wrap.

We are more than proud of the many extra-curricular opportunities provided for our students at Koonung!

Mary Eade
Assistant Principal





College Notices 

2020 French Tour Information Night

An information night for the 2020 French Tour will be held on Thursday 29 August in the theatre from 6pm to 6:30pm.   All parents and students currently in Years 9-10 (preferably who study French) are welcome to attend. 

Emily Biernacki 

Director of Learning  -  Curriculum Innovations

MASH Information Night - 27 August

It's great to see past student Alice Terrill  involved with Rotary. Alice  worked with MASH during her time  in the Interact Club during Year 12.

PFA Father's Day Breakfast - 29 August

The popular Father's Day Breakfast will be held in the Senior School on Thursday 29 August. Don't forget to register your attendance on the Trybooking link to assist the PFA with catering for the event. 


Interact Club Trivia Night - 6 September

It's time to get your tables  organised for another great Interact Trivia Night. This year the Interact group are raising funds for Rotarians Against Malaria.  Purchase single tickets or book a table via the Trybooking link: 


2019 Spring Concert - 11 September 

The 2019 Spring Concert showcases the talents of our students who are part of the music program. There is only one show (Wednesday 11 September at 7:30pm) so you will need to get in early if you wish to attend this performance. Tickets are available via the following Trybooking link: 



Koonung Day - Friday 13 September 

Koonung Day 2019 is fast approaching and this year's event promises to be an exciting celebration of all things Koonung. The whole day will be dedicated to appreciating our community and school, boasting a large selection of stalls, events and performances from students and staff. 


I'd also like to put the call out to any families who might offer some support to the day.  For instance, I'd love to have a coffee van on site or some fabulous, speciality events. If you have an idea or could offer something please contact me at phodkinson@koonung.vic.edu.au


Put the Friday 13 September in your diary and prepare for an amazing Koonung Day in 2019 and watch this space for further information as the day draws nearer.


Peter Hodkinson

Director of Learning - Engagement and Leadership

Middle Years 

Middle Years Update 

Middle School has been very busy with Year 8 into 9 elective subject selections and Year 9 into 10 interviews and subject selections that this fortnight's reflection comes, not from me, but from a surprising source: Richard Branson (the founder of the Virgin Group).


His ideas about 'being' as opposed to 'doing things' in our pursuit of happiness are well worth discussing with your teenager.


Dear Stranger,
You don’t know me but I hear you are going through a tough time, and I would like to help you. I want to be open and honest with you, and let you know that happiness isn’t something just afforded to a special few. It can be yours, if you take the time to let it grow.

It’s OK to be stressed, scared and sad, I certainly have been throughout my 66 years. I’ve confronted my biggest fears time and time again. I’ve cheated death on many adventures, seen loved ones pass away, failed in business, minced my words in front of tough audiences, and had my heart broken.
I know I’m fortunate to live an extraordinary life, and that most people would assume my business success, and the wealth that comes with it, have brought me happiness. But they haven’t; in fact it’s the reverse. I am successful, wealthy and connected because I am happy.
So many people get caught up in doing what they think will make them happy but, in my opinion, this is where they fail. Happiness is not about doing, it’s about being. In order to be happy, you need to think consciously about it. Don’t forget the to-do list, but remember to write a to-be list too.
Kids are often asked: ‘What do you want to be when you grow up?’ The world expects grandiose aspirations: ‘I want to be a writer, a doctor, the prime minister.’ They’re told: go to school, go to college, get a job, get married, and then you’ll be happy. But that’s all about doing, not being – and while doing will bring you moments of joy, it won’t necessarily reward you with lasting happiness.
Stop and breathe. Be healthy. Be around your friends and family. Be there for someone, and let someone be there for you. Be bold. Just be for a minute.
If you allow yourself to be in the moment, and appreciate the moment, happiness will follow. I speak from experience. We’ve built a business empire, joined conversations about the future of our planet, attended many memorable parties and met many unforgettable people. And while these things have brought me great joy, it’s the moments that I stopped just to be, rather than do, that have given me true happiness. Why? Because allowing yourself just to be, puts things into perspective. Try it. Be still. Be present.
For me, it’s watching the flamingos fly across Necker Island at dusk. It’s holding my new grandchild's tiny hands. It’s looking up at the stars and dreaming of seeing them up close one day. It’s listening to my family’s dinner-time debates. It’s the smile on a stranger’s face, the smell of rain, the ripple of a wave, the wind across the sand. It’s the first snow fall of winter, and the last storm of summer. It’s sunrise and sunset. 
There’s a reason we’re called human beings and not human doings. As human beings we have the ability to think, move and communicate in a heightened way. We can cooperate, understand, reconcile and love, that’s what sets us apart from most other species.
Don’t waste your human talents by stressing about nominal things, or that which you cannot change. If you take the time simply to be and appreciate the fruits of life, your stresses will begin to dissolve, and you will be happier.
But don’t just seek happiness when you’re down. Happiness shouldn’t be a goal, it should be a habit. Take the focus off doing, and start being every day. Be loving, be grateful, be helpful, and be a spectator to your own thoughts.
Allow yourself to be in the moment, and appreciate the moment. Take the focus off everything you think you need to do, and start being – I promise you, happiness will follow.
Happy regards 
Richard Branson



Middle School Interact Club 

After the success of the Senior Interact Club at Koonung the Middle School has started their own Middle School Interact Club with the support of the Mont Albert and Surrey Hills Rotary Club (MASH). In the first meeting of our new club, with many Year 9 students attending,  we learnt about the 'Books in Homes Australia' foundation. 

Books in Homes Australia is a charitable foundation that provides books-of-choice to children living in remote, disadvantaged and low socio-economic circumstances, ensuring crucial early literacy engagement and the development of reading skills needed for lifelong achievement.

Our students learnt that there are children living in Melbourne that don’t have their own books. Discussing and understanding the importance of literacy, the club wanted to help. After many ideas were debated it was agreed that this was going to be our first event as it tied in with our main school focus of trying to improve literacy across the different domains here at Koonung.

The Middle School Interact Club sold pizza at lunchtime on Thursday 22 August and all proceeds will be donated to the Books In Homes Australia foundation.

The Year 9 students also went to all of the Year level assemblies to advertise our new club and invite new members from Years 7 and 8.


The Interact Club also raised awareness of the worthy cause by teaming up with Mont Albert Primary School in conjunction with Book Week. The Koonung Students read to the Prep students and vice versa. The Koonung students took their favourite books to read while the prep students had written a narrative story that they were very proud to read to their Koonung buddy.  It is always wonderful to work with our feeder primary schools.

On the 22 August, the Middle Year Interact Club went to Mont Albert Primary School to read to the preps. Each of us took one of our favourite picture books from home to read to the kids. Once we were there we visited 4 different classes. In each of these rooms we read to one or two children and then some of them would read a narrative they wrote to us. It was a really great experience to interact with the kids and to be able to read to them and to have them read to us.

On the same day at lunch time we held a pizza lunch for the school. We sold a slice for $2 and we were surprised at how many people lined up to get them. All the money we made was raised for the ‘Books in Home’ campaign.

Overall the day was a success. We felt excited to raise money for such a good cause and we all felt encouraged after we visited the preps. I’m we all can’t wait to see what the Interact Club will do next!

Amelie Sorrenson 9D, Live Life Leader



Breakfast Club



Friday mornings from 8am in the MYC




Homework Club


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


Uniform reminders

  • Blazers are to be worn to and from school
  • Scarves must be plain black or navy  
  • Spray jackets are for PE and Sport Education classes
  • Everyone must be wearing a tie 



Allira Howe

Director of Learning: Middle Years


Koonung Secondary College Raise Excursion to Now Finance


On Tuesday the 20 August  Year 7 and 8 students, who have been participating in the Raise mentoring program for Terms 2 and 3, were given the opportunity to participate in an excursion at Now Finance, a finance company in the city who has partnered with Raise to show their support for youth mentoring in schools. The aim of the day was to expose students to a workplace, which was a new experience for many, and to hear from the staff at Now Finance about their roles in the organisation, but more importantly their pathways through school and life and the mentors who helped them along the way. The students were also accompanied by their mentors who generously volunteered their day to share the experience and participate in a range of team building activities with their mentees. The day proved successful and beneficial for all those involved and was a positive addition to an already great mentoring program at Koonung.

Allira Howe

 Director of Learning: Middle Years


The 'Koonung Creek Trail' project is nearing completion

'The Koonung Creek Trail'  mural is being installed in it's permanent home.

Next time you are walking near the entrance of the Koonung Secondary College administration building, take a look to your right and into the raised garden bed - you will be dazzled and amazed by the Koonung's newest art instalment 'The Koonung  Creek Trail' mosaic mural. 


Over the past twelve months Koonung Secondary College has been graced with artist-in-residence Deborah Amon-Cotter who worked with  Helen Briffa's and David Foote's Year 9 Urban Art classes to create this dynamic, colourful and large ceramic mosaic mural. It is so large, it has been made in 4 sections. 


Deborah, staff and students have worked together to form the concept, design and utilise many techniques to complete the project to a high degree of quality. 'The Koonung Creek Trail' mural depicts the natural environment, plants and birds, found in the nearby Koonung Creek.  


The mural has been made possible with the generous of support of The City of Whitehorse, K.S.C Parents and Friends Association, Johnson Tiles, and Bunnings Warehouse. 


Many thanks to Mat Douglas and Peter Martin - they have been expertly installing the mural into it's final outdoor display area today. 


The official opening will occur on the 10 October 2019 at 10am. 

Sandy Angliss

Art Technician/Teacher



Arts Space Term 3 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.

Combining chemistry and art


Helen Briffa 

Arts Domain Leader 


Bees wax re-usable wrapping  

The Technology Department held a Bees Wax Reusable Wrap workshop in the Textiles room on Wednesday 21 August. We had an amazing turn out with students from year 7 and year 12. We infused printed cotton fabric with bee wax using an iron. These wraps will last between 6-12 months and are a sustainable alternative to cling wrap. As bees wax wraps allow food to breath it can also keep your food fresher! We were amazed by the turnout of students and will be running another work shop in Term 4 due to high demand. It was amazing to see students helping each other and talking passionately about their creativity and desire to live a sustainable lifestyle.



Kirby Sens 

Art & Technology Teacher 

Year 8 Food and Nutrition 

One of our favourite recipes when time is short is bruschetta. Technically bruschetta refers to the way the bread is prepared rather than the topping, however there are now endless types of bruschetta that demonstrate to the students the WOW factor that can be obtained from a few fresh ingredients.

The beauty of any bruschetta recipe lies in the simple combination of fresh ingredients. and the punch of flavour is even better than licking  the sprinkle of chemicals off a BBQ shape!!!

Enjoy some photos of our lovely 8E students.


Allison Hart

Food Technology Teacher

Photography competition

Photographers of all abilities are encouraged to enter the Your Health Link National Photographic Competition, which opened on 19 August.

The prestigious competition is run by the Mid North Coast Local Health District, as part of the Your Health Link initiative, a strategy aimed at enhancing community understanding of health and health care information, and how people can apply that information to their lives.

The competition offers a host of prizes in the categories of Mobile Photography, Open, Primary and High School and includes prizes to support healthy school canteen programs.


Visit the competition website for more information:




Ski Trip 

2019 Ski Trip 

On Tuesday 6 August we left for the annual Koonung Ski Camp at Mount Buller.

A staff of nine dedicated teachers and volunteer leaders, Amy McLellan, Alistair Tuffnell, David Kennedy, Ella Cogger, Elissa Schembri, Lynden Gare, Leigh Howlett, Isaac Moores and Brendan Shelley, took 42 students on an intensive snow experience.

We started each day  with a lesson and then a ski within our ability groups. We were privileged to stay 20 metres from the bottom of the lift and were able to ski  in and out of our hotel. After the lesson the group leaders took us around the mountain and gave help with skiing or boarding. 

The snow was a bit patchy on the first day but at least we could see a bit of the mountain. The snow came on Wednesday afternoon and it just didn’t stop. We had the most amazing snow conditions for years and were making fresh tracks on every run on Bourke St!

All of the students challenged themselves to learn new things and interact with new peers. In the evenings the leaders gave awards to those who pushed themselves to the limit, overcame obstacles or showed great leadership. We tested our knowledge with some trivia and on the last night the volunteer leaders, who are all ex-Koonung Students, told us a little about their lives at Koonung and beyond.

All students were extremely well behaved, set a great example to others and were an absolute pleasure to take on the camp. If you are in Years 8-11 consider joining us in 2020!


Please take the time to read reflections from some of our students who attended the camp: 



Ski camp has always been one of the most incredible experiences of my high school life. The first ski camp I went on was in Year 8, it was absolutely amazing and I immediately fell in love with skiing. After that, I aimed to take up any opportunity to go skiing and the Koonung ski camp is one of the most amazing environments. On the first day, unfortunately, poor weather led to a wind hold, with most runs closed however we made the most of the open runs. Although conditions were a bit icy for the most part, it was a successful day with everyone gradually getting back into it. The second day was better, as it had snowed overnight and fresh powder snow made for easier skiing conditions. Most of the runs were open which meant a full day of skiing the whole mountain. Even with low visibility, it was one of the most enjoyable days as we went down multiple different runs and also got to explore paths that extended from the runs. The third day was also incredible as it had been snowing all night. The morning ski was delayed slightly by the chairlift however it was not too much of an inconvenience. Finally, after lunch, we had our last ski with everyone together on the run Burnt Hut. This is one of my favourite runs as there are paths that you can take on either side that are isolated which just makes the experience even more surreal. Overall the camp was incredible, accompanied by so many amazing student leaders and teachers that put in so much effort to make sure it was a great experience. Thank you to everyone who helped out as it was a truly amazing camp!

Iona Cameron Year 11


I had a great time on the ski camp. As a first time skier, I was very nervous but then the leaders were really encouraging and helped me to succeed. I can’t believe I went down intermediate runs by the end of the camp and felt like I really pushed myself and gained as a result.

Abbey Taylor Year 


I have only ever skied with my family and was not familiar with the other people on ski camp. It was a great chance to make some new friends and build my confidence skiing with new people across year levels.

Halle Henson Year 8


Ski camp was a great time that made new memories,  filled with original experiences.
It was really fun to ski with friends and ski on so much fresh snow.

Akie Tod Year 9


Ski camp was so much fun and a great way to make friendships and learn new skills. It was a great way to experience a new environment and sports.

Cameron Witt Year 9






Amy McLellan

Ski Camp Leader


State Squash Champions 

After a long bus ride through the early morning traffic to the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre (MSAC), our three Junior Squash teams were quickly on the courts to practise. Once the other competing schools of McKinnon, Lakes Entrance, Gladstone Park and Balwyn had arrived the competition started.

There was fierce competition from all schools, checking the rules when unsure and displaying excellent sportspersonship throughout the whole day’s play. As each school’s teams competed the potential winners where making their way up the ladder. By lunchtime it was clear who the teams to beat were. For the boys it was McKinnon but for the girls it was Koonung.

The boys team ended the day with a play-off for 5th and 6th placing. The Koonung girl’s teams ended up playing against each for the State Champions and Runners-up positions. They were exciting matches with all teams giving their best effort.

The final results were: the boys team of Lachlan Tolliday, Ronak Sen and Dhruv Mehta coming 6th in the State, and the girl’s team of Keira Singleton, Sienna Telford, Chloe Popplewell and Catherine Jeong becoming State Champions and the girl’s team of Holly Macfarlane, Taneka Huber and Lola Dobie as State Runners-up.

It was a delight to take the teams to MSAC for an enjoyable day of State Squash. Congratulations to all our players. You can all be very proud of your achievements.


Paul Dailey 

Languages Domain Leader (& Squash Coach)


Library News

Reading is my SECRET POWER

Its here! Book Week has begun and will run for the whole week. The Library will be flat out at lunchtime with an activity each day.

Monday was a big success with many students getting in on the action.

Lots of monsters were created and the input into their monsters BOOK related superpower was awesome........such as: He can teleport any book to him and read three books at once.



Book of the moment

Wilder girls: so much about this book is so good. the synopsis. the premise. the chills it delivers. the characters. the tantalizing dislocation of WHAT IS THIS THAT IS HAPPENING? the dread and unease. the tension.  and don't forget the amazing cover. Available NOW in the library.

New look catalogue

The library catalogue has a new look. The selection of 'New Arrivals' and 'Top Reads' is constantly changing; it definitely attracts the attention of passing students!




2019 'Shining a Light' Youth Forum



On Monday 19 August, sixteen of our student leaders attended the Whitehorse Youth Representative Committee Youth Forum, ‘Shining a Light’ at Box Hill Town Hall. The day was a fantastic opportunity for local high school students to come together and be involved in interactive workshops focusing on themes such as:

  • Mental health
  • Body image
  • Safety in the community
  • Healthy relationships
  • Healthy lifestyle choices (drugs, alcohol, harm minimisation)
  • Employment
  • Further study

Our leaders found the day to be highly engaging and beneficial. Koonung Secondary College would like to thank the Whitehorse Youth Representative Committee for organising this forum, and to our student leaders for their attendance and contributions on the day.

Michael Oaten

Director of Learning- Learning Enhancement







Flu Season is here!


Please be aware that the 'flu season has struck. I have had to send students home with the early symptoms of the 'flu. PLEASE do not send your student to school when they are not feeling well in the morning. Inevitably they feel worse as the day goes on and I have to interrupt your day to organise them to get home. 


The student's health is a great concern to all here at Koonung and we want to minimise the spread of all virus, especially the Influenza virus. Your cooperation with this would be greatly appreciated.
Please remind your student to wash their hands frequently and to cough or sneeze into their elbow to help minimize any droplet spread of virus.
Also, just a reminder to keep your contact details and your back up contact details up to date.

Helen Lamers

School Nurse








The Wellbeing Team 





Careers and Pathways

Careers News


Year 11 and 12 

Year 11 and 12s should attend as many Open Days at Universities as possible to gain an understanding of their chosen courses. Please see compass for Open Day information.


Subject Selection for Year 11 into Year 12 for next year has been completed. If a student have not completed a subject selection interview please ring Senior School to organise a time.


Year 12 Term 3 Careers Interviews have commenced. Check compass schedule for interview time.

Year 11 Careers Interviews have recommenced. Check compass schedule for interview time.


Year 10

Year 10s should attend as many Open Days at Universities as possible to gain valuable information about courses and to get an understanding of the campuses and how to access them.


Subject Selection for Year 10 into Year 11 for next year has been completed. If a student have not completed a subject selection interview please ring Senior School to organise a time.


If students would like to complete Work Experience over the next few months please see the Careers Office.


Year 9

In Term 1, DET introduced a Career Program for all Year 9 students which is being rolled out across Victoria.  The program includes a student career test and a 30 minute interview with a consultant to discuss the results of their career test.


Student interviews will finalised early in Term 3. Parents are very welcome to come to the interview with the Consultant and your child.


Subject Selection for Year 9 into Year 10 has now been completed. If a student has not completed a subject selection interview please ring Middle Years to organise a time.


Information sessions 

Monash Info Evening: Webinar

28 August 2019, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm


Monash knows that choosing a university is a big decision. Get all your questions answered at their online information evening, conveniently from your own home.

Hear everything you need to know about life at Monash. They’ll tell you all about their undergraduate courses, accommodation, scholarships and student life. Hear from a current student or graduate about where their Monash degree has led them.

Find out more: https://www.monash.edu/information-evenings/webinar


Le Cordon Bleu | Open Day

31 August 2019, 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

Le Cordon Bleu Australia

Are you interested in studying with Le Cordon Bleu and would like to receive more information? Do you want to work in the hospitality industry but don’t know where to start? Find out why Le Cordon Bleu is the world’s most acclaimed culinary art and hospitality management institute in a discovery tour of Le Cordon Bleu.

  • Meet world-class chefs who are now sharing their wealth of knowledge and expertise with our students
  • Tour our state-of-the-art facilities
  • Learn about our prestigious programmes in Cuisine and Patisserie
  • Experience culinary delights including champagne and oysters and wine and cheese with freshly made baguettes
  • Participate in making your own chocolate truffles
  • Witness cooking demonstrations
  • Discover why Le Cordon Bleu is recognised as the world’s most famous cooking school

Find out more: https://www.cordonbleu.edu/melbourne/open-days/en

La Trobe | Bachelor of Biomedical Science (Medical) Webinar

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


The Bachelor of Biomedical Science (Medical) provides a pathway into the graduate entry Doctor of Medicine (Rural Pathway) offered by the University of Melbourne in Shepparton for regional students intending to practice medicine in a regional location.

In this webinar you will have the opportunity to hear directly from the Course Coordinator and Head of Department. Find out about the entry requirements, study outline, conditions of the program and even hear from a current student about their study experience.

Find out more: https://www.latrobe.edu.au/events/all/bachelor-of-biomedical-science-medical-webinar


Studying Online at Endeavour College of Natural Health

4 September 2019, 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm


Did you know that our courses contain subjects that can be completed online? Plus, our Bachelor of Complementary Medicine is delivered 100% online. Endeavour students have access to a complete robust Learning Management System that can be accessed at any time of the day.

Join the Student Enrolment team for an interactive webinar to find out all you need to know about enrolling and studying online at Endeavour College of Natural Health.

Find out more: https://www.endeavour.edu.au/future-students/events/22337


RMIT | Transitioning into University

5 September 2019, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

RMIT University

The transition from high school into university can be confusing, overwhelming and exciting all at the same time!

RMIT are excited to offer this event to current high school students and parents in partnership with ATAR Notes.

In this session, we’ll take a closer look at preparing to transition into university, provide study tips for students for their exams and look at ways in which students might look to cope with stress during their last stretch of Year 12.

Find out more: https://www.rmit.edu.au/events/all-events/special-events/2019/july/transitioning-into-university


Swinburne | Advice Night

Wantirna - 17 September 2019, 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Hawthorn - 18 September 2019, 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Aviation (Hawthorn) - 18 September 2019, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Planning a grand entrance (or a grand return) to university in 2020? Have all your burning questions answered by our expert course advisers and current students (from where to get the best kebab to how to nail study time) – get on top of preferences and complete your application on the night too! Talk about productive!

Find out more: https://www.swinburne.edu.au/choose/events/wantirna?siid=el|tim|eve|cal|0368

Deakin | Accelerate Information Evening

15 October 2019, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Deakin University Melbourne Burwood Campus

Deakin Accelerate provides high-achievers with university-level learning opportunities. You will complete two units of a first-year university subject at the same time as your Year 12 studies. Studying one unit per trimester, alongside first-year university students, you will complete your units either on campus at one of Deakin’s four vibrant locations, or study anywhere, anytime, at the Cloud Campus – our innovative online learning environment.

Attend an information evening to learn more about the Deakin Accelerate program and how it will benefit you. You will hear from past program students and find out about the application process.

Find out more: https://www.deakin.edu.au/about-deakin/events/accelerate-information-evening



Exam Success for Students Workshop

10 September 2019, 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm

North Melbourne Football Club

Do you want to nail your exams and get the marks you want for a change? Do you usually cram for exams at the last minute? Do you ever get into an exam and feel like you have forgotten what you need to know? Do you want to know the most effective study and revision strategies for exams? Do you want to learn the best way to prepare and be more confident?

If you answered yes to any of the above, then this workshop is for you.

Studying and revising for exams is an important skill to learn. As a student you need to ensure you equip yourself with the right tools, strategies and knowledge so you can succeed in your exams. Learn and find the solutions that will work best for you.

Topics to be covered include:

  • The role organisation and time management play when it comes to exams
  • Understanding the learning cycle
  • What an exam plan is, why you should have one and how to create it
  • Effective study and revision techniques
  • Understanding instructions and command/keywords and planning before responding
  • How to deal with exam stress and anxiety
  • Exam day preparation and strategies
  • Exam techniques – what to do in an exam
  • Dealing with exam results and the importance of seeking feedback

Find out more: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/exam-success-for-students-preparation-is-the-key-tickets-63036067575


New Bachelor of Artificial Intelligence at Deakin

Deakin University will be offering their Bachelor of Artificial Intelligence starting in 2020.

This brand new course is designed to equip you with the knowledge and skills used to design and develop industry solutions in artificial intelligence. As artificial intelligence becomes more popular, so does demand for professionals with the skills to help implement the technology in the workplace and beyond.

The course involves a wide range of study areas, including mathematics, programming, data and network management, and much more. There is also the opportunity to undertake work experience and full-time industry placements as part of the degree.

Deakin are currently offering this course at their Melbourne Burwood campus, and online.

Read more about the new course and find out how to enrol here: https://www.deakin.edu.au/course/bachelor-artificial-intelligence


Scholarships & Competitions

Eva Burrows Australian Scholarship for Women

Value: $25,000

Open/Closing Dates: July 1, 2019 – August 30, 2019

The Eva Burrows Australian Scholarship for Women will be awarded to a woman who has undertaken substantial paid or unpaid work for The Salvation Army in the previous two years and seeking support to develop their leadership capabilities.

Who can apply?

  • I am a citizen or permanent resident of Australia.
  • I am a woman who has undertaken substantial paid and/or unpaid work in frontline Salvation Army service in the last two years.
  • I am over 25 years of age at the time of application.
  • I am in good physical and emotional health.
  • I consider myself a role model in my area of influence.
  • I am able to set out a clear study proposal that identifies the benefit to their leadership and service that the study will bring.
  • I can meet the entry requirements of my proposed study.
  • I have not previously been a recipient of the Eva Burrows Scholarship.

Find out more

Relocation Scholarship for the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies

Value: $3,000 - $5,000

Open/Closing Dates: August 1, 2019 – October 31, 2019

The Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS) is a centre of excellence for both research and education. IMAS’ research is innovative, relevant and globally distinctive. IMAS delivers first-class programs resulting in highly trained scientists and researchers serving the needs of academic institutions, industry, government and the community. These generous scholarships are offered by IMAS to encourage high achieving students relocating from interstate, or Tasmanian students who are required to move away from home, to study at IMAS and to assist with relocation expenses.

Available to domestic students relocating from interstate, or Tasmanian students (i.e. students with a permanent residential address in Tasmania at the time of application), who are required to relocate to either Hobart or Launceston to study, and who are commencing their first year of study (year 1) in either Semester 1 or Semester 2 2020, for the first time, in the Bachelor of Marine and Antarctic Science (P3L). Students must have achieved an Australian Tertiary Admission Ranking (ATAR) of 85 or above, OP8 or above, or IB30 or above in 2019.

Find out more

Harding Miller Education Foundation Scholarship

Value: $20,000

Open/Closing Dates: July 22, 2019 – September 22, 2019

The Harding Miller Education Foundation Scholarship Program provides practical support to lift the educational and career aspirations of high potential Australian girls who are facing socio-economic hardship.

Basic Eligibility

  • Girl entering Year 9 in 2020
  • Attends an Australian public school
  • Australian citizen or permanent resident

Selection Criteria

  • Demonstrates high academic potential
  • Shows a motivation to achieve academically and professionally, including an intention to carry on to tertiary education
  • Experiencing personal or socio-economic hardship

Find out more


2020 Pinnacle Foundation Scholarships

Value: $5,000

Open/Closing Dates: July 8, 2019 – September 15, 2019

The Pinnacle Foundation provides Scholarships for students between the ages of 17-26, who are planning to study full-time education at a public or private secondary school (final year) or public institution of higher education in Australia, for the purpose of gaining an educational or vocational qualification in any profession, trade or the arts.

All Scholarships are open to anyone who meet the following criteria:

  • Is an Australian citizen of at least 17 up to 26 years of age at the time the Scholarships applications close
  • Is a permanent resident of Australia
  • Has because of their gender identity, sexual orientation or characteristics been prevented or hindered from completing their education
  • Is a serious, consistent student who has achieved acceptable scholastic results given their background and circumstances
  • Is able to demonstrate a commitment to completing Year 12 of the student’s secondary education, a tertiary degree or vocational training (as the case may be), and
  • demonstrates pride in and dedication to the LGBTIQ+ community.

Find out more


Westpac Young Technologists Scholarship

Value: $5,000

Open/Closing Dates: August 1, 2019 – December 31, 2019

Are you intrigued by technology and how it can change the world for the better? Westpac Young Technologists Scholarships are designed specifically for high school graduates who are passionate about technology and eager to explore its potential for good. We’re looking for curious young minds, open to new ideas and untapped opportunities.

Open to students who have:

  • A passion for technology.
  • Interest in enhancing Australia’s future technology landscape.
  • Focus on personal growth and development.
  • Commitment to be an active Westpac Scholar Alumni member.
  • Diverse skills and experience.
  • Academic excellence, with a minimum credit average for the duration of the degree.

Applicants must be an Australian citizen or permanent resident under 26 years of age. Students must have completed the appropriate education certificate to gain university entrance. Please refer to your preferred university’s terms and conditions.

Find out more



William Adams CAT 2020 Apprenticeship Intake

William Adams CAT have opened applications for their 2020 Apprenticeship Intake across a wide variety of locations in Victoria and Tasmania. If you are interested in working with heavy machinery, this could be the opportunity for you.

They are currently looking for people for the following positions:

  • Auto Electrician
  • Diesel Technician
  • Machinist

Opportunities are available in these locations:

  • Clayton
  • Dandenong
  • Horsham
  • Laverton
  • Swan Hill
  • Traralgon
  • Wodonga

Applications are open until Friday 23 August.

Find out more and apply here.



Carole Marcianti and Karen Riding 

The Careers Team 



Parents and Friends Association  

 PFA news

Hello everyone

 Our PFA  is a very active and vibrant part of the Koonung community.  It provides a great way to familiarise yourself with your child's school and meet other families. The PFA meet twice each term  in the Middle Years Centre. We encourage you to come along.


Second Hand Uniform Shop -adjusted opening hours

Koonung Secondary College parents run the Second Hand Uniform Shop and families are able to buy and sell uniform items through this shop.  It is located on campus next to the library and is open every Thursday from 12.45pm to 3.45pm during each school term.  Please note however that Thursday 15 August is a student free day and the second hand uniform shop will not be open.  Please refer to the College website and newsletter for further opening times.


At the moment we have experienced an overwhelming need for Ties, Winter Skirts and Spray Jackets.  If you have any that are no longer in use please complete a Second Hand Uniform Lodgement Form (or for donations no form is necessary) and hand to the school office or second hand uniform shop.


Buying a Uniform:

  • There is no refund or exchange on Second Hand Uniform items purchased.
  • We accept cash or credit card.

Selling a Uniform:

  • Uniforms are sold on a commission basis. Payments will be made by electronic funds transfer to consignors when the goods have been sold.
  • All items will be priced by the Koonung Secondary College Second Hand Uniform Shop according to condition.
  • 30% of the sale price will be deducted as a handling fee. This fee is donated to special interest groups within the school.
  • The Koonung Secondary College Second Hand Uniform Shop reserves the right not to accept items they consider do not meet the College Uniform regulations.
  • Old style dresses and skirts can be donated but will not be resold. These items will, down the track, be sent to less fortunate regions/schools.
  • All items must be clean and in saleable condition, ie. no tears, stains, holes, fading, missing buttons or broken zips.
  • Blazers must be dry-cleaned with the dry-cleaning tag attached.
  • A Second Hand Uniform Items for Sale form needs to be completed with your details and included with items for sale.
  • Items can be left at the College office during business hours 8am to 4pm Monday to Friday.

Please do not hesitate to contact the Uniform Shop on 9897 4726 during shop hours (Thursdays from 12.45pm to 3.45pm) or email enquiries to secondhanduniforms@koonung.vic.edu.au

Remember: If you wouldn’t buy it, neither will anyone else!


Seeking volunteers for Father's Day Breakfast 

As you may be aware we have our annual Father's Day Breakfast happening on Thursday 29 August.


We are looking for several volunteers to help make this event a success.  To help me keep track of things, please use the volunteer app attached, it shows what we need to organise before and on the day.


It will be a fun-filled event with lots of food and fun to say thank you too all of the wonderful dads within the Koonung Community.  


If you can offer some time on the day or bring a plate it would be warmly welcomed.






Upcoming  PFA meeting dates for 2019

Monday 2 September

Monday 21 October

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.

Immediately prior to leaving the school grounds, the student must sign out using the Compass Kiosk at the General Office.



Electronic rolls are kept in all classes. Students who arrive late to school are required to sign-in using the Compass Kiosk at the General Office and then immediately go to class. Students will be issued with a Late Pass. The Late Pass must be provided to the teacher when arriving in class.


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 1pm – 4pm.

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 

PFA Father's Day Breakfast


MASH Information Evening


Koonung Interact Trivia Night 


2019 Spring Music Concert 


City of Whitehorse Heritage Week 

 For additional information on Whitehorse City Council's annual Heritage Week please open the PDF below: 


Donvale Baseball Club open day 



Koonung Secondary College Newsletter
Koonung Secondary College Cafe menu 2019.pdf
Heritage 2019 Brochure WEB AW.pdf
Koonung Secondary College Cafe menu 2018.pdf
Career options in Industrial Arts.pdf
Career options in Textiles and Design.pdf
Career options in Performing Arts.pdf
Career options in Art.pdf
Career options in Media Studies.pdf
Career options in Music.pdf