Koonung Secondary College Newsletter

08 March 2019
Issue Three
Important Dates 
Principals' Report
College Notices 
Middle Years 
Avalon Air show 
Year 12 student promotes Wollangara Trans Alpine Walk Fundraiser 
Careers and Pathways
Library News
Parents and Friends Association  
Community Notices 
School Information  
Koonung Secondary College
615 Elgar Road
Mont Albert North, VIC, 3129

Important Dates 

Dates for your diary 


Monday 11 March

Labour Day  Public Holiday


Tuesday 12 March 

Year 9  Information night 6pm


Friday 15 March 

Year 8 Team Building Day

Melbourne Convention Centre 


Monday 18 March 

PFA meeting 






Tuesday 30 April  

KSC Open Day 




Wednesday 6 March - early finish from 12:30pm

Tuesday 11 June 

Friday 21 June 

Thursday 15 August



(no classes)

Wednesday 3 April 

Wednesday 18 September






Term 1

Tuesday 29 January to Friday 5 April , 2:15pm finish 

Term 2

Tuesday 23 April to Friday 28 June  2:15pm finish 

Term 3

Monday 15 July  to Friday 20 September, 2:15pm finish 

Term 4

Monday 7 October to Friday 20 December, 3:15pm finish 







Principals' Report

Principal Team Report 

Year 7 Camp

On Friday afternoon we welcomed back our Year 7 cohort from Camp, which involved three days of activities designed to support their transition to secondary school. This year’s camp was significantly later in the term than we have traditionally run the event, however, the feedback on the venue, activities and timing suggests that the later time slot was ideal. We had very few instances of homesickness despite the warm weather. It also helped that the cabins were air conditioned overnight so everyone was able to get a good nights sleep after some long and busy days. We have asked a number of students about ways to improve the camp and are particularly interested in any feedback from parents.  I was fortunate to attend the Camp for the day with the Student Leaders and enjoyed seeing the enthusiastic way the Year 7 students challenged themselves and worked together through a diverse range of activities. On behalf of the students and parents, I would like to thank Allira Howe, Steph Grant and the amazing team of staff, student leaders and ex-students who so willingly gave their time to make the Year 7 camp for 2019 a reality. Staff attending the camp were also supported very well at school by those who covered lessons and ran our programs for the rest of the cohort.


House Carnivals

The previous Friday was our first whole school activity for the year. Nearly 700 students attended the swimming sports on a perfect day for getting wet. While our attendance rate was very high, we are still aware that not everyone who attended actually participated in an event. The swimming sports can be a challenging one to improve participation rates, but there are absolutely no excuses for the Cross Country on Wednesday 13 March and the Athletics carnival early next term. Please note that the Cross Country is compulsory for all students in Years 7-10, normal classes will run for VCE classes, but students in Year 11 and 12 who wish to participate are encouraged to do so. I would like to thank Samantha Prosenak who has taken on the role of running each of our whole school carnivals. As you can imagine it is a logistical challenge to coordinate events of this scale and Sam has demonstrated that she is completely up to the task. Good luck to all participants who will represent the College in the Whitehorse District Swimming and Diving Carnival.


STEAM Events

Last Thursday over 40 of our students attended the Air Show. As part of a STEM initiative, we were provided with fully subsidised access to this event with activities designed to foster student interest and participation in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths. Last year Anthony Hasseldine was appointed to the role of STEAM leader at Koonung. Anthony has been active in growing this area of our curriculum. This year we have a new elective at Year 10, Unity Game Development, and one at Year 9, Microbits, both of these subjects are fully subscribed each semester. In addition, we are running VCE Computing for the first time in a few years. Under Anthony’s leadership we feel confident that STEM/STEAM at Koonung will continue to grow.


Student Representatives on College Council

The results of the ballot to elect a student representative to join Eric Zou on the College Council have been determined.  We were extremely fortunate to have two outstanding nominees from Year 11 - Sarah Whitebrook and Blair Tink. Thank you to both candidates for nominating to represent the student body. It is very pleasing to see the number of students who are giving up time to contribute to the functioning of the College and to provide leadership on behalf of their peers.  Congratulations to Blair Tink who has been elected. I am sure Blair will make a strong contribution to the Council and represent the student body effectively.




Student Achievements and Celebrations

Over the next two weeks we have the opportunity to further celebrate the achievements of some of the Class of 2018. Richard Leask (VCE Media Teacher) and I had the privilege of attending the reception and premier screening of “Top Screen – Seasons of Excellence”. This event showcases 14 short films produced by VCE media students in 2018. It is a highly prestigious event and Daniel Shen’s media film “Dead Weight” was selected from hundreds of nominations.  It was a wonderful evening and the quality of the films was excellent. Daniel was supported by his peers who were involved in the filming of the piece. It was lovely to see Isaac Doblin, Ryan Hook and Jimmy Sirianos in attendance. Daniel and Richard should be extremely proud of this high quality work, which is representing Koonung Secondary College in such a forum. The season runs March 7 to May 7 at ACMI, Federation Square and is well worth visiting.


Victoria Preshaw will be performing her drama piece at the Top Class event on March 13 at the Playhouse, Arts Centre in Melbourne. This is also a credit to the drama program and Peter Hodkinson who will be a proud spectator at this event.


We are also extremely proud of Chloe Peddler (Year 9 Middle School Captain) who has been awarded one of two Erik Perkins Scholarships. These scholarships are sponsored by Box Hill Lions Club and are valued at $500 per year for 4 years (Yr 9-12 inclusive). This is in recognition of Chloe’s involvement in the wider school program and leadership.


Past Student Achievements – Performing Art Success 

If you are a Harry Potter fan and venture into the Princess Theatre to experience the wonder of the production of “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” you will see one of Koonung Secondary College’s alumni in the show. Iopu Auva’a was a very active member of the Performing Arts Program at Koonung and he is making his professional theatre debut in this acclaimed show.

Iopu completed a  Bachelor of Arts (Acting) at the University of Ballarat Arts Academy in 2013. He has also trained with 16th Street and The Screen Practice. His theatre credits include HairDreamgirls and The Color Purple with StageArt, Stone the Boats with Candlelight Productions and Screws, Nuts and Blokes as part of the Melbourne Fringe Festival. He has also been a part of various short films, commercials, corporate functions, and can be seen in the web-series Henry Haus, now available on YouTube.

Congratulations Iopu.


Cultural Understanding and Safety Training

"Every child deserves a champion: an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection and insists they become the best they can possibly be"        - Rita Pierson, Educator 

On Wednesday afternoon we had an early dismissal to facilitate a professional learning opportunity for all staff at the College. In line with the Department's commitment to improving the educational outcomes of our indigenous learners, the government has worked with the Victorian Aboriginal community to develop the Marrung Aboriginal Education Plan. “Marrung will deliver on our shared vision where the rich and thriving culture, knowledge and experience of our First Nations peoples are celebrated by all Victorians; where our universal service systems are inclusive, responsive and respectful of Aboriginal people at every stage of their learning and development journey; and where every Aboriginal person achieves their potential, succeeds in life, and feels strong in their cultural identity.” To support the achievement of this goal all staff were  involved in CUST (Cultural Understanding and Safety Training). This training was conducted by   Regional Koorie Education Support Officers,   and supported by local Elders, Chris Hume and Aunty Daphne. This training was extremely valuable professional development for staff and we all learnt a great deal.  


Staffing Updates

As many of you are aware, Mark Quinlan’s appointment to the Acting Principal role at Box Hill Senior Secondary College occurred in the last week of term 4, 2018.  At that time, we made the decision that it would be best to delay the appointment of a replacement for Mark until the end of term 1, so that suitable staffing replacements and timetable adjustments could take place in a strategic manner. Over the last two weeks the process of selecting Mark’s replacement has been conducted with the support of our Senior Educational Improvement Leader, Clayton Sturzaker, from the Region. The process was a very robust one. At the conclusion of the process, Clayton sent a letter to the entire College staff to recognise and acknowledge the calibre of the applicants from within Koonung who applied for the position. As a leadership team, we are very proud, and, in particular, we would like to congratulate Mary Eade on her appointment to the position from the start of term 2 until the end of the year. Mary replaced Mark for two terms in 2017/18 and she brings significant experience in student management and curriculum. Mary will retain her Year 12 English class, but we will be advertising for a replacement to take her other classes.


Running concurrently to the AP selection process, we have conducted a rigorous process to appoint three Learning Specialists to the College. The Learning Specialist role is designed to support the focus on excellence in teaching and learning in the classroom and recognise staff who have skills and expertise that can be shared and modelled across the College. These positions carry significant status and schools are allocated a quota. The appointment process for our learning specialists involved application, interview and classroom observations. Once again we are privileged to have many excellent candidates for these positions at Koonung. Our Learning Specialists are Nancy Fiore, Mark Anderson and Anthony Hasseldine. Each one brings a range of expertise that they will share with staff over the coming months. 


Telstra Kids Fund – Calling Telstra Employees 

One of our parents who works for Telstra has alerted us to the possibility of accessing the Telstra Kids Fund for a project at the college. Telstra Kids funds grassroots projects, delivered by local non-profit groups, for local kids, across metropolitan and regional Australia. Projects that are successful will receive a grant of $1,200 to help kids connect to their local community. Eligible employees can register their interest for a TKF grant. The grant can be increased with combined applications, therefore we are calling for any other family members of the College who may work for Telstra to join the registration and add to the potential grant. If you meet this criteria we would love to hear from you to add to the scope of the grant.


Student Health and Wellbeing – Managing workload

This time of the term is a significant one for assessment, particularly for our VCE students who will be completing School Assessed Coursework (SACS) for each of their subjects. It can be a time where students may start to be worried about performance and the impact on final results. It is important that we support students and provide strategies to help them organise their time, manage their workload and maintain a positive mindset and health. Level assemblies have focused on these themes with discussion about maintaining balance, focusing on nutrition, sleep and stress management techniques. Students will gain confidence by working consistently, seeking help from teachers and revising in study groups with their peers. Reading lesson plans and completing regular revision by reading notes after each lesson helps to consolidate knowledge and reduces the need to cram. It is also important to note we have a skilled wellbeing team and a large group of teachers and support staff who have been trained in Mental Health First Aid who can also support students if needed. Our students are also very lucky to have strong support and advocacy from parents and friends. It is indeed a multi-faceted partnership which promotes successful educational and personal outcomes at the College.


Marianne Lee and Sandra Greenhill



College Notices 

Lost Property 

We are having a lot of lost property handed in to Middle School, uniform items, diaries, text books, laptop cases and many sports caps.

Unfortunately a lot of these items are not named, which means that they cannot be returned to their owner.

Could you please ensure that ALL of your child's belongings are named so that they can be returned to their rightful owner should they be misplaced.


Please note at the end of each term unnamed lost property items will be donated to  Wellbeing .



If you paid for a Fossicker last year and haven't yet received it please ask your child to go the general office to collect it. 

Year 7 Vaccination cards

Year 7 students who have not yet submitted their vaccination will be sent home with a new card today. Please return the completed card to the general office by Tuesday 12 March. 


These cards must be returned, even if you are not planning to have your child immunised at school. 

We are seeking donations - hairsprays  and hairdressers for World's Greatest Shave 

 On Thursday  14 March, Koonung Secondary College will be taking part in the World’s Greatest Shave to beat blood cancer! There will be a bake sale at both recess and lunch, and of course the main event – shaving, in the amphitheatre! There will also be hair spraying – so save the date in your diaries! The Student Representative Council is looking for any spare hairsprays and there will be a box in the general office for you to donate them. We are  are looking for any hairdressers – we would love your help on the day!

Please email KoonungSRC2019@gmail.com if you are available to help with hairdressing on the day.

Arun Olifent and Hannah Treisman - SRC Captains

Middle Years 

Middle Years Update 

For many years now, I have noticed that for some families at the beginning of the year it can be a bit of a challenge to switch back into the ‘school routine’. For others, it definitely feels like time to move back into a more structured part of the year. The notion that it takes time to develop or re-form habits is interesting when applied to the summer holiday period, with the stark contrast to that of the daily routines of a school term. We go from the lazy days at the beach, regular family celebrations, heaps of potential screen time, sleep ins, fewer commitments, free time, televised sport each evening and being in a smaller family group to earlier mornings, classes, competing demands, meetings, expectations, rules, being a member of a larger group, being organised – and the list goes on. Clearly this can make the transition from long summer holidays to the school term a challenge for some students (as well as parents and staff).


One of the big challenges some students will face is the reduction in screen time and access to media and social media. Although this may be a difficult adjustment, I feel that developing a balance in terms of accessing media and communication is a welcome opportunity with the beginning of the school year. The students have been reminded in assemblies, mobile phones are to be kept in their lockers throughout the day. This is especially important at recess and lunchtime when we would like students to focus on face-to-face interactions and being active.

By and large, Koonung students are very engaged in physical activity, music, library activities, lunch conversations and many other activities, however, for some we will need to keep reminding them of this arrangement. Over the last six months we have seen an upswing in the number of students who don’t even choose to bring a phone to school every day, which is pleasing as they begin to develop self-regulatory skills that they will need as they get older. 


First term is also a great opportunity for students to introduce some good learning habits. For example, being organised, communicating well with the teacher or setting aside time for learning in the evenings even when there is no set homework (there is always something that can be revised, read or remembered). For some it may be getting outside and being active, getting enough sleep or eating well, and we can all work on being respectful to ourselves, each other and adults. Throughout the term in assemblies, and in classes, we will be focussing on these habits, as well as our whole-school school values.


Tips for parents

  • Always leave electronic devices in the kitchen overnight, not in bedrooms
  • Parents should know social media passwords
  • Always encourage open communication about online activity
  • No mobile phones while studying
  • Make sure all social media accounts are on ‘private’ settings
  • Only be online ‘friends’ with people you know
  • Wifi can be disabled in the family home at night


Eric Perkins Scholarship

Commencing in 1964 the Eric Perkins Scholarship has been awarded to two students across the Box Hill District. The scholarship is to honour the memory of tireless former Lion, Eric Perkins. Eric was a dedicated worker within our community with a specific focus on education and the development of our youth.


Schools are asked to provide the academic records, as well as any details of extra-curricular community and sporting involvement. The nominees also go through an interview process in front of a judging panel at the Box Hill Lions hall in Box Hill South.


It gives me great pleasure to let the Koonung Community know that our own Middle School Captain Chloe Pedler has been awarded the honour of receiving the Eric Perkins Scholarship for 2019. Well Done Chloe!


International Women’s Day

Koonung is a proudly co-educational school, and we believe that encouraging respect and empathy between boys and girls is key in developing students who will have a positive impact on the world. Celebrating International Women’s Day on Friday 8 March is one way we highlight this.

International Women’s Day is a global opportunity to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity. This year  we were again fortunate to be  invited  by MASH Rotary to attend a breakfast and listen to inspiring guest speakers. Our Middle School Captains represented our College at this event. 


Middle School Captains Amelie Bassora, Chloe Pedlar and Hay Tran reported the following: 

This morning the Middle School female captains along with Mrs Howe and Mrs Lee went to the Box Hill Town Hall for the annual Women in Rotary International Women’s Day Breakfast. This year’s theme was Women of diversity, success against the odds. We heard from 3 key-note speakers including Stephanie Woollard OAM, who told us her story of how she founded the 'Seven Women' organisation. This organisation educated, trained and gainfully employed women with disabilities. Ella Lucas told her life story from when she was in foster care to her time being disengaged from school and how she defied the odds by finishing school and enrolling in tertiary studies. Ella told us about the special women in her life that mentored her along the way and pushed her to succeed. The third speaker was Steve O’Malley AFSM who is a Multicultural Liaison Officer with the Metropolitan Fire Brigade. He told of a story a little girl who was inspired to become a fire-fighter and how all boys and girls should be able to do whatever occupations they desire.  We sat with Mont Albert and Surrey Hill’s Rotarians and had a lovely breakfast and great conversation about all the great opportunities we have here at Koonung.




Upcoming Middle School events 

Tuesday 12 March – Year 9 Parent Information Evening 6pm

Friday 15 March – Year 8 Team building Day


Year 7 Camp

While transition is an ongoing process, the highlight is most definitely the Year 7 camp to Alexander Adventure resort. I love the energy and enthusiasm our new Year 7 students bring to the camp which includes canoeing, raft building, rocking climbing and archery. By the end of the camp, I can see students from a host of different primary schools bonding together and getting to know each other.  Koonung brings together families from a number of wonderful primary school communities. Connecting families with the Koonung community is part of the transition process and it contributes to a feeling of belonging and connectedness which helps our students feel part of Koonung and helps foster the students ambition to do their very best in all things. Thank you to all the staff who came on Year 7 camp. A special thank you to the ex Koonung students who gave up their time, along with the Year 12 student leaders for coming to visit and helping out with activities and at lunchtime. 


Senior Leaders on Year 7 Camp

“It was a golden opportunity to put our leadership skills into action on the Year 7 camp. 19 student leaders along with Mr Hodkinson and Mrs Lee left Koonung early Thursday morning travelling by bus to attend the camp for the day. We got to participate and assist with the running of different activities and help serve lunch. Our focus was to inspire the students by role modelling and building relationships between Year 12s and Year 7s. It was great to encourage, join in and get to know the new Koonung students.”

Tom Kerr - School Vice Captain and Harry Prout - Sport Captain


Camp reflections from our Year 7s: 

All the Year 7 students had a great time at Alexandra Adventure Resort as we got to make so many new friends and participate in many team building activities. A few of the high lights were high ropes, laser sport, raft building and the flying fox. The first night we went on a night walk with our torches, it was a good opportunity to speak to new people and when we got back there was a bonfire waiting for us where we all roasted marshmallows. On the second night we had a talent show “Koonung’s Got Talent”. There were some really good acts! I liked that after dinner we had free time and we could play on the tennis court, shoot basketballs and play table tennis. At morning and afternoon tea it was good to have a break and we all refuelled on cake, fruit and made sure we filled up our drink bottles. All the camp staff were nice and the teachers were incredible, they would never force you to do an activity but they encouraged all of us to have a go and do our best.

Chloe Cooper 7A


When we arrived at camp we unpacked our bags from the  bus and did a guided tour of the camp. We then made our way to our cabins. There were many activities and I really liked including high ropes, rock climbing and raft building. Our group’s raft succeeded for 10 minutes and went to the island and back! Rock climbing was challenging but everyone in our group had a go and many got to the top. I really know the people in my class so much better now and I have made many new friends. The teachers were very helpful and there were lots of guidance in all the activities. The Koonung ex-students were very funny and the Year 12 leaders came to visit us and helped out with activities.  Everyone survived the heat, our hats, drink bottles and sun screen protected us from the scorching sun. On the last morning I got up and went outside to get my shoes and they were tied to somebody else’s shoes! I looked around and everybody’s shoes was connected. Someone had played a great joke!

My suspicion is the teachers? One in particular! Can you guess who???

Christos Karagiannis 7A



Year 7 Testimonials

Darcy Gifford

Favourite activity: Giant Swing

It was fun to hang out in the cabin with other girls from my class and now I feel like I know them so much better. Dakota and I have the same PJ’s which is pretty cool!


Dakota Ho

Favourite activity: High Ropes

I have liked getting to know a lot of people better, and the food was really good. I love the hotdogs.


Elissa Wilton

Favourite activity: High Ropes

I liked all the scary activities because they give me a lot of adrenaline and when I do them I feel really proud of myself.


Georgii Titov

Favourite activity: Giant Swing

I liked everything! Especially, the night walk and roasting marshmallows.


Mo Tu

Favourite activity: Flying Fox

I have made many new friends, I now know everyone’s name in my class. It was very hot but so refreshing to have a swim in the pool.


Mikey Tang

Favourite activity: Swimming Pool

I stayed cool in the swimming pool, lucky we had air conditioning in our rooms so we all got to get some sleep.


Lex Bemrose

Favourite activity: Giant swing

It was great to be in a cabin and make new friends, I liked the thrill of all the activities. The chicken schnitzel and salad were amazing.


Kevin Mahmoudyat

Favourite activity: Laser sport

The talent show was very funny!


Paisley Gaskell

Favourite activity: Flying Fox

I celebrated my birthday on camp and I got to be a judge at the talent quest. I felt very happy and surprised when the birthday cake came out and everyone started signing.


Erin Lin

Favourite activity: Leap of faith

Camp was a wonderful way to make new friends and take on new challenges.


Allira Howe

Director of Learning: Middle Years
















International Day of Women and Girls in Science - Meet a Scientist event at the Royal Women's Hospital 

I recently had the pleasure of accompanying five Year 11 girls to the Royal Women’s Hospital as part of the International Day of Women and Girls in Science. This event provided the opportunity to meet some of the many amazing female scientists associated with the Woman’s Hospital and to hear their stories and about their research. I’m sure the girls will remember this experience and be inspired to pursue a career in Science.


Below are some of the girl’s thoughts of the day:


It was an eye opening experience and the day showed me that there are so many different fields and job opportunities for women in science. I enjoyed talking to the women about their journey from high school to the job that they have now! 

Caitlin Morando 11D



Today we went to the Royal Women’s Hospital for a whole day experience of meeting women who work in scientific research and development. It was an amazing day as we were able to talk to so many incredible women that work so hard in their individual scientific fields. I could tell you so many different stories about all of the women that we spoke to but there is too much to write. We were taught all about their pathways and how they got to where they are today.

Iona Cameron 11A


On Monday 11 February, myself and four other students had the opportunity to visit the Royal Women's Hospital. There, we were able to speak with, learn from and listen to lots of female scientists with a range of interesting and unique jobs around the hospital. We got to hear about their schooling journeys and how they came to pick their current professions. It was interesting to learn about how broad the science industry is, and helped me gain insight into where I'd like to work in the future.

Mia Hannon 11B


On 05/02/19, myself and a small group of girls were invited to Royal Women's Hospital, for the Meet a Female Scientist STEM event. The day started off, by everyone getting into groups and being assigned a guide. We then went to multiple actives throughout the day, some involving hands on activities and some were just a chance to network, and really discover what the medical and scientific field can offer girls. Some of my favourite activities by far, were those that allowed us to sit down and really get to know what a typical day was like for some of the researchers, doctors & nurses. We were able to really get to know their own journeys, and how they made the decision to make a career in STEM. For me this day not only provided me with valuable knowledge about endometriosis and HPV, and allow me to really understand how many options I had when it came to finding a career in STEM, but also further fuelled my desire to study and practice medicine. Overall the day was a huge success, and if I could, I would go back in a heartbeat.

Danielle Elward 11B


The trip to the Royal Women's Hospital was so much fun! We spent the day doing many different activities that everyone engaged in and taught everyone about the many different jobs in the science industry. We started the day by learning how to identify endometriosis in scans and how research the hospital is doing is making it easier to diagnose endometriosis as it is very hard to diagnose. We went to a session called 'speed dating with a scientist' where we had 3 minutes with a scientist and got to ask any questions we had, including what their job was and how the got to the job, and what led them to where they are. Many of them said that they didn't know what they were going to be in high school but just continued with the subjects they enjoyed.  This experience taught me that it's okay if you don't have any idea what you want to do in the future as there many ways to find out even after high school. I would also recommend this experience to any girl who is interested in science. 

Elisha Punay 11D


Helen Caine 

Science Domain Leader 






Avalon Air show 

Year 9 students spend a day at the Avalon Air show 


AIR4 is a series of events aimed at showing students the careers and lifestyles available to them by following the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics educational pathways. AIR4 hosted an event at the Avalon Air Show with a  focus on the space industry and showcasing the next exciting chapter  in bringing STEM to students. The Aerospace edition at the air show provided an opportunity to learn from the best men and women in STEM from Boeing, Qantas, Mars, WIR, Virgin, Raytheon, Thales, The Defence Science and Technology Group, The Royal Australian Air Force, RMIT, and many more.


Last Thursday  Year 9 students who are currently in the  Experimental Science  class were fortunate enough to attend the Australian International Air Show with Aerospace AIR4. The day began with a train ride into the city to Southern Cross Station and then from there we took a V-Line train to South Geelong. It was a long 2 hour ride but eventually we arrived. Once there we were briefly able to look around at all the models of planes and helicopters and later with more detail. We started off by going inside the Aerospace indoor centre which contained many stations throughout the tent. Some included flying simulators, automated aerial delivery bots, personalised flying transport, VR experiences and many more technology related activities. Later on in the day we went outside and we were able to get a closer look at all of the military aircrafts from not only the Royal Australian Air Force but also the United States Air Force, Japan Air Self-Defence Force and Republic of Singapore Air Force. We were educated on how each aircraft operated and when they were/ are being used. We also got to see a few of the aircrafts in action, the Super Hornet being my favourite as it travelled faster than the speed of sound. After a long, educational, hot 40-degree day we returned to Box Hill  by train having  all enjoyed a great experience at the Australian International Air Show.

Max Dooley 9E




House Swimming Carnival - Friday 22 February 



On Friday 22  February a record number of Koonung students packed into Boroondara Sports Complex for the annual Swimming Carnival. The weather gods were on our side offering a beaut 25 degrees with not a cloud in sight. The day started off with the very popular costume competition, where we had a huge amount of entrants with such creative and wonderful costumes it was almost too difficult to choose the winners. The day was gone in a flash with a number of students swimming in the main races as well as taking part in the fun novelty events across the venue. Thank you to our musical cast members who offered delicious cakes and musical melodies throughout the day. The Year 11 versus Year 12 volleyball match was a big hit and came down to a nail biting finish with the Year 11s just getting over the line. Unfortunately, it was not all good news for the students with the teachers absolutely smashing the students in the relay race. Congratulations to Mr  Hasseldine, Mr  Hindle, Mr  Oaten and Mr  Anderson.

Thank you to the student leaders and all staff for their contributions throughout the day. Congratulations to all age group champions (below) and to Conder on taking out the title. Good luck to all the students who made it through to the Division Swimming which will be held March 7 at Aquanation in Ringwood.   See you all next year!


13 Girls – Keira Tait
13 Boys – Jackson Singleton
14 Girls – Katinka Schmid
14 Boys – Rory Spicer
15 Girls – Jenny Park
15 Boys – Ethan Lowe
16 Girls – Erin Lawson
16 Boys – Edwin Zhu
17 Girls – Ella Morrison
17 Boys – Stefan Natsis
20 Girls – Lucy Ollerenshaw
20 Boys – Ben Cutter



Sporting achievements outside the College 

 Victorian Track and Field Championships

On Saturday 1 March 2019, KSC student  Johnny Suares  7D  competed and the Victorian Track and Field Championships and won the gold medal in the Under 14 Pole Vault. As a result of this outstanding achievement Johnny will now represent Victoria in the Australian National Championships in the first week of April in Sydney. What a fantastic effort. Good luck for the national championships Johnny! 


Year 12 student promotes Wollangara Trans Alpine Walk Fundraiser 

Joe Healey (12B) invited to participate in The Great Alpine Walk 


Hey everyone,

Back in 2015, when I was in Year 8 at Koonung, I was offered a chance to be part of a group of students who went on a hiking camp to Wollangarra; an Outdoor Education Centre located on the banks of the Macalister River, near Licola in Gippsland. In my week there I learnt that ‘Woll’ was so much more than just a week of no homework and several hard days of hiking. 

Wollangarra provides a safe environment for young kids, such as myself, to learn important life skills, discover and learn about the environment and greater outdoors as well as spending a week with other young kids while being disconnected from the internet and other technological distractions.

Every year Wollangarra, in partnership with Mittagundi (their sister education centre out near Omeo), offers a special program, The Great Alpine Walk, to 5 people from each camp who have “shown considerable support, enthusiasm and passion, while demonstrating their leadership capabilities over the course of the previous year’s programs”. I was selected to be a part of the 2019 team, along with 4 other wonderful young people

that I have met and got to know last year.  We will set out on the 11 April from the Macalister Springs and arrive on the 20 at Mittagundi.

As well as being given this opportunity to complete this amazing journey of over 150km, winding up and down the peaks of mountains in the Alpine National Park, I have been charged with fundraising a minimum of $500 for Wollangarra. This money will cover both the cost of the expedition and, if I exceed the target, will raise money for Wollangarra so that they can sponsor disadvantaged young people to come and have the same experience and opportunities that I have had.

I urge you to check out Wollangarra if you are interested in this kind of thing, I’ve never met anyone who has had a bad experience there and it’s a great chance to get away from the busy city life, electricity and mobile phones and just have some real, fun and enjoyable experiences with other young people. 

I’m always trying to get my friends from school & Melbourne to come to ‘Woll’ and so this will be really awesome to know that apart from enjoying this great experience, we are also helping kids to experience the great environment and community the Wollangarra offers and become better people from the experience as I have.

Please donate using the link below, any amount helps and means to so much to me and the wider Wollangarra community.

Kindest regards & many thanks 

Joe Healey 12B 


Code:  JHAW19 

BSB:     633000

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Careers and Pathways

Careers News

Year 11 and 12

Year 11s

If Year 11 students wish to discuss career options they are welcome to book an interview with Careers on the interview sheet outside the Careers Office.


Year 12s

Please book in for a compulsory Careers Interview to discuss career pathways after Year 12. Make a booking on the Careers Interview Sheet outside of the Careers Office. Compulsory Careers Interviews will be scheduled on Compass if students have not already booked one.


Year 10

Work Experience for Year 10’s will be held from Monday 24 June to Friday 28 June, 2019. Students need to explore websites and talk to family and friends of family about opportunities to do work experience.

Students are required to have secured a placement and return their Work Experience Forms to Careers Office by 1 April, 2019. Students will look at work experience options during Pathways classes. Students are welcome to come to the Careers Office to discuss Work Experience options.



NIDA Open Day

15 June 2019 | NIDA, Kensington

From backstage tours to alumni and course talks, free shows, NIDA Open classes and more, we have a jam-packed schedule of events to showcase everything that makes NIDA one of the top 10 drama schools in the world (2018 Hollywood Reporter ranking)!

Register to attend

Find out more – https://www.nida.edu.au/courses/open-day


Monash Roadshow Info Evenings

We know that choosing a university is a big decision. Get all your questions answered at our information evening and save yourself the trip to Melbourne.

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

Tuesday 19 March – Mildura, VIC

Tuesday 14 May – Bendigo, VIC

Wednesday 15 May – Shepparton, VIC

Tuesday 18 June – Ballarat, VIC

Thursday 15 August – Monash Peninsula campus, VIC

Tuesday 20 August – Sale, VIC

Wednesday 21 August – Metro South, Narre Warren, VIC

Wednesday 28 August – Webinar

Monday 2 September – Metro North, Preston, VIC

Wednesday 11 September – Metro East, Box Hill, VIC

Thursday 12 September – Metro West, Laverton, VIC

What can you find out about?

  • Our ten diverse study and discipline areas
  • Undergraduate course types, such as our comprehensive and specialist courses, double degrees and pathway programs
  • International opportunities including study abroad and overseas tours
  • How to apply – everything need to know about VTAC, key dates and deadlines
  • Scholarships and fees
  • SEAS and the Monash Guarantee
  • Accommodation options, both on and off campus

If you’re interested in or have questions about a graduate degree, please contact us on 1800 MONASH (1800 666 274).


Get Into Med

Saturday, 6 April | 1pm-3pm | Melbourne South East

Sunday 14 April | 1pm-3pm | Ballarat

Get into Med: first steps to becoming a doctor!

Medical school admission is becoming an increasingly difficult task.

The number of medical school places has doubled in Australia and New Zealand over the past 15 years, but as supply has increased, so has demand. As more students become aware of the exciting career prospects of a medical practitioner, medical school competitiveness becomes stronger and stronger.

To obtain the ever-elusive medical school place, students must be well-informed of their personal, philosophical and professional reasons for pursuing medicine.

Get into Med: first steps to becoming a doctor will deep-dive into the world of medical school admissions.

Workshops and Courses

NIDA Young Actors Residency

Develop and extend your acting skills within a highly motivated group. Work with industry experts and NIDA tutors in an intensive Residency course exploring core acting techniques and their application to a variety of material.

Week 1: Monday 8 July to Friday 12 July, 10:00am–5:00pm
Week 2: Monday 15 July to Friday 19 July, 10:00am–5:00pm

Application fee: $123.50
Early bird fee: $1,111.50 (includes $123.50 application fee)
Full fee: $1,235 (includes $123.50 application fee)

Find out more – https://www.open.nida.edu.au/course/ORYAAU


NIDA Young Musical Theatre Residency

Develop your performance skills in this intensive program for committed young artists as you collaborate with NIDA tutors to meet the demands of musical theatre performance.

Week 1: Monday 8 July to Friday 12 July, 10:00am–5:00pm
Week two: Monday 15 July to Friday 19 July, 10:00am–5:00pm

Application fee: $141
Early bird fee: $1,269 (includes $141 application fee)
Full fee: $1,410 (includes $141 application fee)

Find out more – https://www.open.nida.edu.au/course/ORYMTRAU


A Gap Year in the Australian Defence Force

Get the opportunity to experience what a career in the Navy, Army or Air Force could be like.

Have a year full of adventure, make new friends, gain new skills, leadership, and travel.

An ADF Gap Year is a truly unique opportunity for you to grow and figure out what next step you’ll take in life.

Find out more or sign up for information about 2020 places here.


Find an employer who supports student workers

There are plenty of employers out there who love to support young people wanting to work.

With plenty of benefits to working during your high-school years getting a casual or holiday job, could be really advantageous. Benefits include:

  • earning money (of course)
  • gaining work experience
  • learning valuable skills
  • adding valuable content and references to your resume
  • getting an idea of careers that you might like to pursue

If you’re struggling for ideas about where you’d like to work, we’ve listed a few potential employers below.







Event Cinemas



Red Rooster

JB Hi-Fi

Super Group Retail (includes BCF, Rebel, MacPac and Supercheap Auto)


Hungry Jacks

The Coffee Club

Jay Jay’s 



If you have something specific in mind, don’t be afraid to contact the business that you would love to work for. You never know where it could lead, and employers love employees who take some initiative.


Scholarships & Competitions

Cluey Learning Scholarship

The Cluey Learning Scholarship will award one individual $1,500 AUD to put towards their University related expenses such as tuition, laptops, textbooks etc for all courses and disciplines.

Applications are open now and close at 11:59 p.m. Australian Eastern Standard Time 31 March 2019.

The winner will be notified by phone and an announcement made via this page by 7 April 2019.


Enter the Young Archie competition 2019

The Art Gallery of New South Wales invites budding artists between the ages of 5 and 18 to submit a portrait for the Young Archie 2019 competition. The portrait must be of a person who is special to you – someone who is known to you and who knows you and plays a significant role in your life.

We prefer that the portrait is ‘painted from life’ and that your subject has a sitting for their portrait, like with the Archibald Prize. You may also create the portrait from memory or take your own photograph to use for reference. For more information, read our Young Archie FAQs.

Competition opens: 29 January 2019
Entries must be received: before 10 March 2019, 5pm


Top 100 Graduate Employers in 2018

If you haven’t got a clue yet what careers might interest you or what you’d like to study at Uni. Maybe you’re unsure IF you’d even like to study further after school.

Have a look at the list of Australia’s top 100 companies who employed graduates in 2018.

You can have a peek at their careers pages. See what jobs they have on offer and what qualifications you’d need to be considered for the job.

You never know, you could be inspired.

Read the list here.


Top 50 Women In Tech

The 2018 Top 50 Women In Technology list identifies three generations of forward-thinking technologists leading more than a dozen tech sectors across the globe.

You can click on their profile pictures to learn more about these tech influencers.

Browse the list.


Work Experience

Aquaculture Work Experience

Ausyfish has been providing work experience for aquaculture students for about 25 years.

For free work experience you need to be a student and be at least 18 years of age, preferably studying aquaculture or related subjects.

You will be exposed to the day-to-day activities of a working fish farm/hatchery producing a variety of fishes for a variety of markets.

You can apply as part of your school, University or TAFE study requirements.

Read all the details and find out if you would like to apply. 


Australian Museum Work Experience

This work experience program offers high school students the chance to explore a variety of careers including science and cultural research, education, public programming, curatorial and exhibition design, marketing, communications and corporate services.

The program is available for students in years 10, 11 and 12

  • Applications open – Monday 4 March 2019
  • Applications close – Friday 5 April 2019

Placements will be available in Term 2, 3 and 4 and all successful applicants for 2019 will be notified from 29 April. Each placement is limited to 5 days (Monday to Friday) working 10am to 4pm each day.

Contact them for details on how to apply.



Improve your mood, change your diet

The average Australian consumes 19 serves of junk food a week, and far fewer serves of fibre-rich fresh food and wholegrains than recommended. This leaves us overfed, undernourished and mentally worse off. Find out which foods could improve your mood or help combat depression.

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Reduce anxiety

Feeling anxious is unproductive and let's face it pretty unpleasant. Taking a few minutes out when you start to feel anxious and following the breathing tips in the article below, could help you overcome the feelings you experience when anxiety starts to build. Simple abdominal breathing exercise for relaxation.

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Volunteer with FIRST

Volunteering for a FIRST event is a great experience and you will have an inspiring and fun day. It will also look great on your resume. Please note:  The minimum age for general volunteers is 14. Some roles require university age or higher. They currently have openings for the FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC event volunteers must…

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Carole Marcianti and Karen Riding 

The Careers Team 



Library News

Book Club Begins this Thursday

At last we will be starting Book Club for 2019.
 There are many perks to being in the Book Club such as longer borrowing times for books and being able to select what ends up in the library for you and others to read and enjoy. Everyone is welcome to join.
Our first meeting of the year will be held in the library on Thursday 7 March @ 1:10. We will be looking at the new eBooks so please bring along your laptops. Also, bring along what you are reading or have just finished reading: reviews for the popular reads board are always welcome. There will also be new books to look at. It will be a busy first meeting, see you there.

eBooks are available anytime, anywhere!

eBooks are a new and exciting addition to the library this year and there are a number of ways to access our eBook collection.

 You can go to https://koonungsecondary.wheelers.co or you can do a search in our library catalogue and access them that way.

If you need help accessing ebooks just ask the librarian: it's easier than you think.


Emoji competition

Fun times in the library with an Emoji competition running! Everyday students crowd around the board and have a go at figuring out the book title by the emoji. So far nobody has answered all 16. Never fear there is still plenty of time left to figure them out, competition closes the last day of Term 1 when all will be revealed. SO, don't give up, answer as many as you can and GOOD LUCK! 



Young Archie 2019 competition

The Archibald Prize was the first major prize for portraiture in Australian art and continues to be the most prestigious portrait competition in Australia.

The Art Gallery of New South Wales invites budding artists between the ages of 5 and 18 to submit a portrait for the Young Archie 2019 competition. The portrait must be of a person who is special to you – someone who is known to you and who knows you and plays a significant role in your life.

Beginning in 2013, this annual competition is judged by the Gallery’s community engagement manager and a guest judge, based on merit and originality. As well as online, all finalists are displayed at the Art Gallery of NSW held in conjunction with the Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes exhibition.

Two Koonung Secondary College students have worked hard to complete their entries for the prize outside of regular class time but with the help of Ms McLellan. They both are amazing portraits and we wish them well in the competition.

Lucy Niu 9F 


 Ranqi Wang 8F

Amy McLellan 

Art Teacher 

Parents and Friends Association  


Hello everyone

A special welcome to all our new families.  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 a term  in the Middle Years Centre. We encourage you to come along. Throughout the year we are involved in many events including: 

  • Year 7 welcome morning tea 
  • Mother's Day event
  • Parent social function 
  • Koonung Day
  • Father's day event 
  • World teacher's Day thank you morning tea
  • Annual PFA second-hand book sale

PFA meeting dates for 2019

Monday 11 February (AGM & General Meeting)

Monday 18 March

Monday 29 April

Monday 3 June 

Monday 5 August 

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.



Community Notices 


Click on the flyers below to view the events: 

Umoja fundraiser - A Taste of Tanzania  

The fundraiser is aimed at purchasing the assets of Food Water Shelter in Arusha. (https://www.foodwatershelter.org.au). The project was begun by a group young Australians in 2003. There are 2 blocks of land – the walled school and an administration block 20 minutes away (by foot). FWS has agreed to sell all assets for $US17000. The assets are worth over $500,000. FWS is in disrepair and the organization is close to collapse. Darren Stratti, a Sydney builder and one of the founders, was murdered in Arusha in 2007. His partner and cofounder, Rebecka Delforce,  was traumatized by the event and returned to Australia immediately. She died from cancer 2 years ago. Their sad story was told by the ABC (Australia Story) in 2008 – The Still of the Night (https://vimeo.com/64359499) . I highly recommend watching this.


The plan is for Umoja Tanzania to purchase the assets of FWS and then raise a Rotary Global Grant to refurbish the buildings which are in a state of disrepair. Hopefully the 4 hectares of land that I and the Mont Albert community helped Umoja purchase 2 years ago and was earmarked for the development of the school will be kept as an investment. It is well located adjacent to a new highway that will link Arusha to its international airport and the value is expected to increase substantially in the short to medium term.


I shall be preparing the food for the evening, supported by a local Tanzanian woman. Lots of African music, a new video about Umoja, fun games, excellent food and a great cause. I have the support of Habib Chanzi, a local architect, who is involved with the Tanzanian Association of Victoria.

David Winter

Bread Street


'Boots4Paradise' - Donate sporting goods
to those in need

One of our teachers, Andrew Mangonis,  coaches at a local soccer club. His club are currently  coordinating a charity fundraiser to assist children in South Africa. There is a great need for sporting equipment for more than 3000 children  in mission schools in Sierra Leone. 


If you have any suitable items to donate (in reasonable condition) please pass them onto Andrew Mangonis. 


Roberts McCubbin Primary School Family Fair 


Roberts McCubbin Primary School Art Show


Box Hill/Box Hill North Parish Confirmation program

2019 Confirmation program  

Confirmation Preparation Classes for children at Catholic or State Schools will begin on Tuesday 19 March, 7pm – 8pm in the Friars Room at St Francis Xavier Church, 1087 Whitehorse Rd, Box Hill. Classes will run until Tuesday 21st May, excluding school holidays (a total of 8 classes). Confirmation is on Thursday 23rd May at 6.30pm. Further details and an application form are on the website: www.scsfx.org.au  Enquiries: boxhill@cam.org.au or 9890 2231.


Native plant & book sale 


Box Hill Skate Park Program 

Free Box Hill skateboarding sessions provided by a partnership between VicHealth, whitehorse City Council and the Victorian Skateboard Association. All equipment is provided and registrations are taken on the day.


Invitation to Zart Art Gallery opening 



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.

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