Koonung Secondary College Newsletter

17 October 2019
Issue Sixteen

Excellence Through Endeavour

Important Dates 
Principals' Report
College Notices 
Middle Years 
Senior School News 
Inter-school competitions & Sport 
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 18 October 

Year 12 breakfast & assembly 

Year 12 Valedictory Dinner


Monday 21 - Friday 25 October

VCE Art Exhibition


Saturday 26 October 

PFA Bunnings BBQ and Bake Sale 



Monday 18 November - Friday 29 November 

Year 10 & 11 exams 


Monday 2 December - Friday 6 December

EDGE & Stepping programs 


Thursday 5 December 

Presentation Night 




Saturday 7 December 

Second Hand Book Sale 


Tuesday 10 December 

2020 Year 7 Orientation Day 

(No Year 8 or 9 classes)


Wednesday 11 December - Friday 13 December 

Year 9 Camp


Thursday 20 December 

Last day for students 











Principals' Report

Principal Team Report

Official opening of the Koonung Creek Trail mosaic mural

Last week marked the official  unveiling of the Koonung Creek Trail mural. Further details about this special occasion are contained in the Arts section of this newsletter and I am sure that all who have seen this artwork will be impressed by its beauty. The mural is located near the reception area of the College and is a wonderful example of collaboration between the College's students and staff and the wider community. 


Capital works program update

Over the last two weeks, College Council members, students and staff have met with the architects developing the masterplan for the College's upcoming building works. The architects have listened carefully to our College community and have designed accordingly, within the constraints of the site and the Victorian School Building Authority (VSBA) requirements. This initial proposed masterplan was presented to College Council on Tuesday evening and is attached below. If you have any feedback, could you please email me by close of business this Friday, as the architects have a very tight timeline to follow in order to meet VSBA deadlines. It is great to see things starting to take shape - it is certainly an exciting time for our College!



Facilities work over the term break

Once again, the College was a hive of activity during the term break. This is also when we schedule tasks that can't be completed during the term. A great deal was achieved in this period, including:

  • Beginning of asbestos removal program (boiler room, fan rooms, 1 portable eaves removal/replaced/painted)
  • Air conditioning units installed in rooms 9, 10, 11, 20 & 21
  • Tag and testing of all electrical appliances across the entire school 
  • Gravel carpark resurfacing 
  • Electrical safety testing in Theatre/Gym building – new safety switches installed on light circuits – faulty circuits diagnosed and fixed
  • Windows tinted in ICT centre
  • Cleanout and spruce up of interview room and waiting area
  • Exam room tables and chairs setup and pack away
  • Repair/remake of 2 Portable classroom entrance steps
  • Many, varied gardening tasks – mowing / edging / whipper snipping overgrown areas / pruning / weeding / dead tree removal, etc
  • Mosaic mural garden plant up and prep for ceremony
  • Door painting in Theatre area
  • Strong room fitout and relevant cabinet moving
  • A variety of other small maintenance tasks completed

This list is impressive given that we had some asbestos removal conducted during the break, which necessitated the closure of the site for a week. Thank you to Mat Douglas and Peter Martin for their hard work in improving our facilities.


Year 12 VCE exams

We wish our Year 12 students all the best with their final revision classes and upcoming exams.  Revision is crucial and we know that students will be revising extensively over the next few weeks.  Staff members  are looking forward  to celebrating with our Year 12 students and their families at the final breakfast, assembly and valedictory dinner.


Stace Kerr
Business Manager





College Notices 

Second hand book sale 

Please add this event to your diary. Further details will follow. 


Student accident insurance arrangements

Families are reminded that neither Koonung Secondary College nor the Department provide personal accident insurance for students. Parents and guardians are responsible for paying the cost of medical treatment for injured students, including any transport costs. Student accident insurance policies are available from some commercial insurers. These cover a range of medical expenses not covered by Medicare or private health insurance.

It is recommended that families seek assistance in this matter with their insurance broker or find a suitable personal accident insurer.

Middle Years 

Middle Years Update 

Welcome back, I trust everyone had a restful break.

Over the next two or three weeks I'd like to share with you some tips on parenting. I have borrowed these ideas from parents, grandparents and some very experienced members of a range of different communities who have shared their expertise with me over the years. Some I have picked up from the wide range of material on this subject, on the internet or in articles on parenting teenagers. They come with no guarantees, but seem very logical to my observation.


Establish clear Family Core Values and Morals

From a very early age your children need to develop a clear understanding of what is right and what is wrong. This may seem like stating the obvious but often children receive mixed messages. Mum and Dad say this, but the latest reality TV show, movie or computer game sends a completely different message. As parents it is beneficial to discuss these mixed messages with your teenager. You set the boundaries for your family so that they are in no doubt as to whether or not you approve of their behaviour. If they cross those boundaries be sure to let them know.

Be firm but remember to be fair as well.


Tell your children you love them

It is easy to presume that they know this but we need to reassure them. 'Good night, I love you'.' I am so lucky to have you as my son/daughter, I love you very much'. Don't think that your partner is the one who is good at that kind of thing. Your children need to hear it from you!

Loving your children does not mean overindulging them. Beware of trying to buy their affection. 'If you really love me you would buy me that.' is a very old stunt that parents should be wise to. Your day to day expressions of love are far more valuable than anything that money can buy.


Let your children know that you are proud of them

Don't wait until your child is a 'champion", that day may never come. Sometimes we wait for a level of perfection which is unrealistic. We need to be able to recognise each small step they make to take them forward. If your child genuinely struggles with a particular subject , a C grading might be a source of genuine pride. Look beyond school and competitive events or performances to find pride in them.

 Express your pride in seeing the respect they offer to an elderly neighbour, or the patience they have with their little cousins. The respect they show to and the help they offer to the disabled person struggling to cross the road, should be a source of great pride. 

If they happen to be particularly talented in sport , for example,  your encouragement and pride is very important but don't let it be so overboard that the child thinks he or she can do no wrong. We all know how difficult things can become for a super brat.

Respect for others, be they competitors, adjudicators, spectators or bystanders is part of those family values we try to inculcate in them at a very young age. Good sportsmanship is a key element of enjoyment of the sport.


Get to know their friends

The wrong relationships can be a huge setback for a child. Conversely the right, sound relationships will springboard your child to a healthy future.  

Making your home a welcoming place for your children's friends has two major benefits. It helps you to get to know their friends and you know exactly where they are hanging out. In addition it increase the chances of getting to know the parents of your children's friends. Life becomes much easier as a parent if you can pick up the phone and say to another parent: "I don't like the sound of this party that Billie has been invited to. What do you think?' A "No" vote from two parents eases the burden on you. Similarly knowing other parents, gives you more confidence to ring the host and check on the numbers attending and the supervision provided.

Sometimes you might find the your child would sooner not attend a function than to have the 'embarrassment' of you contacting the host to check on what type of party it might be. Again it is much easier if you already know the parents.


Primary School Visit

Grade 6 students invited us to Box Hill North Primary to answer questions about Year 7 and high school in general.. Abbey, Jai and James were wonderful ambassadors for our college. 


Climate Action

Friday 20 September  2019

It was on this day that myself and millions of other children gathered around the world for the school strike for climate, led by climate activist Greta Thunburg.

It was the first protest I have ever been to. I found out about it whilst scrolling the internet, despairing about my future at the hands of climate change. I immediately wanted to be a part of it, to do something good, to be a part of something bigger, to help. So I told all my friends, we made plans and posters. The day rolled around and my friends and I eagerly hopped on the train and made it to parliament. This was great, except that we were four hours early. We had no clue what to do in the city for that long. This was the first shortcoming of the experience I guess. We simply wandered, slightly lost for that whole duration. Sometimes waiting, sometimes walking. Eventually it was time to go to Treasury Gardens, where we found a massive crowd gathering. We stopped to take some pictures, buzzing with excitement, in awe of the crowds. We tried to see what was going on but we could hardly move, there were so many people. We pressed on into the crowd, trying to see what was happening. But there was no-where to go. We figured there was a stage set up, as we began to hear some speeches. We stood in the hot, crowded gardens for nearly an hour, listening to angry talks of climate injustice and tragedy. Of wildlife, and sacred indigenous lands being abused by capitalist businesses for the sake of money. It was a bit sad really.

Finally, we began to march. It was such a relief to have space to move after being crammed in with so many people for so long. It was only then we realised the sheer size of the crowds gathered. An estimated 150,000 in Melbourne alone. I climbed up on a tram stop to get a better view. There were just so many people! We marched all the way to Federation Square, chanting all the while. There were police on horseback, making sure no fights broke out. And then it was over. We went home, and that was that. In summary I think it was a good thing to do to go to a strike and show that I care about climate change, but it wasn’t that enjoyable of an experience.

Katinka Schmid 8D

Summer uniform - Term 4 

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

Breakfast Club



Friday mornings from 8am in the MYC


Homework Club


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


Upcoming events

Year 7 Cyber Bullying Incursion                24 October

Year 8 Alcohol Awareness Incursion  27 November 

Year 9 Exams                                             4 - 5 December

Year 9 Student free day                             6  December

Year 8 and Year 9 Student free day      10 December

Year 9 Camp                                         11 - 13 December



Allira Howe

Director of Learning: Middle Years


Senior School News 

Business Management Koonung Day stalls 

The two Year 11 Business Management classes spent much of Term 3 planning for and preparing a small business to operate on Koonung day.

This involved a concept for groups to agree on then preparing a business plan (involving such things as marketing plans involving most of the 7Ps (price, product, place, promotion, people, process), advertising, logo and slogan and creating operational and financial plans for their stall. They also had to review how they went after the actual sale day and identify how they could have made things different.

A large variety of stalls operated on the day. They included drink sales, egg and bacon rolls, ice creams, sausages in bread, pizzas, fairy floss, bubble tea, muffins, donuts, dumplings, smash brothers video gaming and cookie dough.

Students had to self-fund the activity, although they were told at the commencement that they would be reimbursed for expenses. Any profits would be donated to a charity to be determined by the class.

It was a highly successful day with every group making some profit. Between both classes there was nearly $1,000 able to be donated to MND Australia, Beyond Blue and the Cancer Council of Victoria.

The lead up to the day was well organised by all groups. All students are to be congratulated on the collaboration put into the tasks. It was an enjoyable day, but did cause some stress at times with huge demand, long queues and products selling out more quickly than expected.


Trevor vanden Driesen 


Inter-school competitions & Sport 

Koonung students perform well at the State Chess Tournament 

Congratulations to Year 7 & 8 students Henry Jackson, Ben Harding, Dhruv Mehta & James Lonnen, who have been representing the College at chess competitions in recent weeks. Etienne Folliot (Laboratory Technician at Koonung College) remarked that not only did the four boys perform well in the competition, he was also very proud of they way they conducted themselves on the day.   Henry, who, along with Ben,  qualified for the state final  and has provided an overview of the event. 


On Thursday 10 October there was a State Chess Tournament held at Kingswood College that Ben Harding and I attended. This was the follow up final to the inter-school tournament which was held last term. In each of these tournaments players are required to play 7 rounds of chess.  Each game has varying time limits but is normally around 15 minutes for each player. In third term Ben, Dhruv Mehta, James Lonnen and I played in the qualifying tournament. Unfortunately, Dhruv and James narrowly missed out on making it to the State Finals.  To qualify, a player required a score of 4.5.  Each game won is one point and a draw gets half a point. Dhruv got a score of 4 and James a score of 3.5. Ben and I were lucky enough to get 5 and 5.5 points and made it to the final. The State Final was a very strong tournament with many schools represented and players from Years 7 -12. Ben ended up on 4.5 points and I finished on 5 points, which put us both in the top 20 Year 7 & 8s for the tournament.  Thanks to Etienne Folliot for coming with us to the qualifying tournament. A reminder that Chess Club is held in room 29 every Friday lunchtime. If you are interested in entering the chess tournament next year I would greatly encourage you to come to Chess Club.

Henry Jackson (7D)

Student achievements 

Sophie Zarafa (8G)  has qualified for the State Track and Field Championships after an excellent performance at the EMR finals. Sophie will be competing in the 14 Years Girls Long Jump and Triple Jump events on Friday 18 October. Well done Sophie!



EMR Track and Field Competition

Congratulations to all 13 Koonung students who competed at EMR Athletics on Friday 11 October at Knox Athletics Centre. The weather conditions were ideal and the standard of competition high. A summary of our competing students’ results is below:


Sophie Zarafa

1st 14 Year Girls Triple Jump, 1st 14 Year Girls Long Jump, 2nd 14 Year Girls 100m,

2nd 14 Year Girls 100m

Nanako Masuda               3rd 17 Year Girls Javelin

Kane Collins                        3rd 16 Year Boys Shot Put

Dylan Llewellyn                 4th 12-13 Year Boys Long Jump, 6th 12-13 Year Boys 1500m

Mitchell Bacon                  4th 14 Year Boys Discus

Elka Sorrenson                  5th 12-13 Girls Triple Jump

Sienna Tallariti                   5th 12-13 Girls Shot Put

Allen Guo                            5th 12-13 Boys 100m

Yuyang Mao                       7th 15 Year Boys Shot Put

Keiko Rice                            7th 15 Year Girls 1500m

Imogen Allen, Sienna Tallariti, Elka Sorrenson, Emma Boyd            7th 12-13 Year Girls 4 x 100m Relay

Special mention for Harry Sencek who competed in 3 Multi Class events on the day:

2nd         1 2-15 Year Boys Long Jump, 4th     12-15 Year Boys Shot Put, 7th       12-15 Year Boys 100m


All students tried their best and represented their school admirably. Thanks to all the parents that supported on the day. Best of luck to Sophie Zarafa who has qualified in 2 events at the School Sports Victoria State Track and Field Championships on Friday 18 October at Albert Park. 


Andrew Mangonis

Supervising Teacher

Senior Girls Cricket Team are State Premiers!

Our Senior Girls Cricket team played an amazing finals series to win the State Championships. Coach Mr Anderson was impressed with the skill level and competitiveness of the team, who arrived at matches prepared and ready to go! The team played really well together to convincingly win the grand final against Catherine Macauley College 188 - 93 runs. One of the many highlights was the standout batting performance from Caitlin Morando who scored 66 not out in the semi-final and also made 95 runs in the grand final. Well done girls! 

Mark Anderson 



The official opening of the 'Koonung Creek Trail' mosaic mural 

Hello everyone 

My name is Marina Plithakis and together with Erin Smillie we are the 2019 Arts Captains.

We would like to welcome you all here today to join in celebrating in the Official opening of the Koonung Creek Trail Mural.

I commence I would like to acknowledge the traditional owners of the land on which we are gathered and pay our respects to their elders past, present and emerging.

I would like to welcome

  • Whitehorse City Counsellors
    • Blair Barker and Tian Liu (Elgar Ward)
    • Ben Stennett (Springfield Ward)
  • Arts Officer for Whitehorse Arts Space- Gillian McCarthy
  • Mural Artist - Deborah Amon Cotter
  • Teachers - Ms Briffa  and Mr. Foote
  • Johnson Tiles representatives- Ryan Stojimenov and Steven Kukucka
  • Koonung Secondary College  Principal, Mrs Marianne Lee
  • Koonung Secondary College School Council President
  • Koonung Secondary College PFA
  • Year 9 Urban Art students & Year 7 Art students
  • invited guests and friends of the Koonung College community.


In 2017 our Arts Domain Leader, Helen Briffa applied, for the very first time, to the Artist in Schools program which is run by Whitehorse City Council.  She was able to source a mural artist who going to put into practice ideas we had about creating a public artwork

We would not have been able to showcase this phenomenal artwork, if the Whitehorse City Council did not accept her application, to provide funds for the artist. Donations were also made through local communities with help from Johnson Tiles, Bunnings and KSC PFA


The mural which depicts The Koonung Creek Trail symbolises the connection that we share with our local natural surroundings. Ms Briffa’s was wanting through this project to create an environment which provides students the opportunity to come together liaise with each other, the broader community and in the process produce an amazing artwork.

Students researched and generated ideas which in collaboration with Mr David Foote created a spectacular and visually stimulating design.

In 2018 with Ms Briffa’s year 9 Urban art class, students commenced work on the first two mural panels. In 2019 Mr Foote’s 2019 year 9 Urban art class completed the last two panels.


I would like to further acknowledge Artist Deborah Amon Cotter, who was the leader and director of creating the mural artwork. Deborah worked at KSC for two terms each in 2018 and 2019 providing students with the experience, knowledge and skills required to successfully produce a mosaic mural.

A special thank you to Sandy Angliss, artist and art teacher who contributed a great deal to the creation of this artwork.

A very special thank you to Mat Douglass and Peter Martin who worked very hard to install  the mural and the surrounding garden bed


We stand here today to officially unveil the Koonung Creek Trail Mosaic Mural.

Marina Plithakis 

Arts Captain 

2019 VCE Arts Exhibition Invitation 

 The Arts Domain is delighted to extend an invitation to all students, parents and families to attend the 14th Annual Koonung Secondary College VCE Art, Studio Arts, Media and  Visual Communication Design.

Held in the Senior Centre, the exhibition is a celebration of the work the VCE students have put into creating sustained bodies of work throughout 2019.

The exhibition features resolved artworks and design pieces as well as developmental folios and photographic records of progress. It is an excellent opportunity for parents to see their son or daughter's hard work showcased in a formalised setting and an invaluable opportunity for students in the middle and junior years of secondary school to view high quality works in these creative subject areas.

We look forward to having your company between 6-8pm on Wednesday evening, 23 October 2019. Light refreshments and music entertainment will be provided.

Enquiries to Helen Briffa             

 Arts Domain Leader                                 

9890 9662


Arts Space Term 4 Lunchtime Activities


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

Library News

Word it out

Everyday in the library a new edition of 'word it out' is written up for all students to contribute too. Word it out is the 9 letter word game (sourced from the Herald Sun). Students all wrack their brains to work out the 9 letter word and have a lot of fun guessing the rest. Dictionaries have never been so popular and it's great to see the camaraderie, joy and debating that goes on as they discuss what words they can make.

Teachers are also enjoying the challenge, I think this activity is a keeper!


Information for parents/carers

If you are wanting to watch a movie rated M or over and are worried about the content, you can jump onto the IMDb website and look at the Parents Guide.

It details what the 'M' rating content involves as you can see with the example below with Forest Gump.

This might help avoid the 'cringe worthy' moments some M rated movies have and make movie nights more enjoyable for all.






A reminder that our General Practitioner is now available for appointments at headspace Hawthorn.

Dr Yok is a youth-friendly and LGBTQIA+ friendly Doctor who provides bulk billed appointments for any health related issue (not just mental health).

She is available for appointments on Wednesday mornings and Thursday afternoons.

This service is free with a Medicare card for young people aged 12-25.

To book, young people or their parents can call the centre on ph. 9006 6500



Michael Oaten

Director of Learning- Learning Enhancement





The Wellbeing Team 





Careers and Pathways

Careers News

Years 11 & 12

We would like to wish all of our Year 12’s the best of luck for the VCE Exams. All institutes will be available to assist with Change of Preference for University and TAFE courses for 2020 from 12th to 14th December, 2019. The Careers Office will be available to assist with Change of Preference.


Year 11 Careers Interviews will continue during Term 4. Check compass schedule for interview time.


Year 10

We are currently approving VET Expression of Interest for VET courses in 2020.  Compulsory VET Information Sessions are being held for 1st Year VET students. Please check dates on the Provisional Expression of Interest VET letter sent out at the end of Term 3.



Defence Force Information Sessions – VIC – October

October 16

Logistics, Hospitality & Support Careers Information Session
Wednesday | 6.00pm – 7.00pm | Melbourne Defence Force Recruiting Centre

October 22

Defence Careers Information Session
Tuesday | 6.00pm – 8.00pm | Melbourne Defence Force Recruiting Centre

October 29

Military Life for Women in the ADF Information Session
Tuesday | 6.00pm – 7.00pm | Melbourne Defence Force Recruiting Centre


Deakin | Discover Engineering at Deakin Webinar

16 October 2019, 5:00 pm


Do you love pulling things apart to see how they work? Or coming up with new ways to solve problems? Well, you might be suited to a career in engineering.

This interactive webinar will give you an insight into the cutting-edge innovations our students work on, such as robots that search for life on Mars and AI powered micro-grids to supply efficient renewable energy.

Join the Deputy Head of the School of Engineering to learn how our courses:

  • teach you skills that go beyond theory
  • let you utilise state-of-the-art facilities
  • give you a worldwide accreditation
  • allow you to study fully or partially online so you can balance your studies with your life
  • are embedded with real-world industry problems that need innovative solutions.

Don’t miss your chance to engage with a course expert and have all your questions answered.

Find out more: https://www.deakin.edu.au/about-deakin/events/deakin-webinar-series-discover-where-engineering-at-deakin-can-take-you


Deakin | Architecture and Construction Management – Course Information Evening

16 October 2019, 5:45 pm - 7:45 pm

Deakin University, Geelong Waterfront Campus

Find out where a career in architecture and construction management can take you.

Attend our information evening and have all your questions answered by our course experts.

Learn about what makes our architecture and construction management courses different and tour our incredible facilities.

We welcome secondary school students, their parents, those wanting to return to study or potentially study for the first time, career practitioners, teachers and current TAFE students keen to learn about our courses, facilities and pathway opportunities.

Find out more: https://www.deakin.edu.au/about-deakin/events/architecture-and-construction-management-course-information-evening


Melbourne Polytechnic | Information Technology Information Session

21 October 2019, 6:00 pm

Melbourne Polytechnic, Preston Campus

Now’s the time to register for our information and enrolment sessions. We give you an in-depth look at your chosen area of study and a tour of our department facilities.

Find out more about the following course:

  • Certificate IV in Cyber Security

Find out more: https://www.melbournepolytechnic.edu.au/information-enrolment-sessions/


Deakin | STEM Course Information Evening

22 October 2019, 5:45 pm - 8:00 pm

Deakin University, Waurn Ponds Campus

Attend our information session and hear from our course experts about your future STEM career opportunities.

The session will provide an overview of our engineering, information technology and science course offerings.

We welcome secondary school students and parents, prospective non-school leavers, career practitioners, teachers and current TAFE students keen to learn about our courses, facilities and pathway opportunities.

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


Study Wildlife Conservation Online

SpotED is offering a fully online course for people interested in learning about wildlife conservation.

The course covers many aspects of wildlife conservation to provide you with a foundation knowledge of the importance of conserving threatened species. It will allow you to gain knowledge and develop an understanding of habitat use, learn about surveying for wildlife, explore ecological processes and discover the importance of genetic diversity and much more.

You can enrol at anytime and participate from anywhere.

Find out more here: https://www.shortcourses.com.au/course-listing/wildlife-conservation-certificate-spoted/


Online courses with steeluniversity

Do you have an interest in manufacturing and STEM? Have you ever wondered how steel and other metals are made?

Steeluniversity is an online resource that offers a whole heap of free online courses you can take to learn all about the steel industry and manufacturing process. They also have simulation programs so you can see how it all happens.

They also host webinars and competitions.

Check it out here: https://steeluniversity.org


William Angliss | Introduction to Cake Decorating

27 October 2019, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

William Angliss Institute, La Trobe Street

Turn your cake into a work of art! Learn to professionally decorate your cakes for all occasions.

This hands-on course will teach you traditional and fundamental fondant and buttercream flower skills.

In this class you will create a variety of fondant and buttercream flowers, including leaves, plus a tiffany bow, butterflies and love hearts.

Find out more: https://www.angliss.edu.au/shortcourses/introduction-to-cake-decorating/



Study Wildlife Conservation Online

SpotED is offering a fully online course for people interested in learning about wildlife conservation.

The course covers many aspects of wildlife conservation to provide you with a foundation knowledge of the importance of conserving threatened species. It will allow you to gain knowledge and develop an understanding of habitat use, learn about surveying for wildlife, explore ecological processes and discover the importance of genetic diversity and much more.

You can enrol at anytime and participate from anywhere.

Find out more here: https://www.shortcourses.com.au/course-listing/wildlife-conservation-certificate-spoted/


Online courses with steeluniversity

Do you have an interest in manufacturing and STEM? Have you ever wondered how steel and other metals are made?

Steeluniversity is an online resource that offers a whole heap of free online courses you can take to learn all about the steel industry and manufacturing process. They also have simulation programs so you can see how it all happens.

They also host webinars and competitions.

Check it out here: https://steeluniversity.org


William Angliss | Introduction to Cake Decorating

27 October 2019, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

William Angliss Institute, La Trobe Street

Turn your cake into a work of art! Learn to professionally decorate your cakes for all occasions.

This hands-on course will teach you traditional and fundamental fondant and buttercream flower skills.

In this class you will create a variety of fondant and buttercream flowers, including leaves, plus a tiffany bow, butterflies and love hearts.

Find out more: https://www.angliss.edu.au/shortcourses/introduction-to-cake-decorating/


Work Experience

Defence Force Work Experience – Weapons Testing

The Proof and Experimental Unit – Graytown (P&EE GT) is a Joint unit which is responsible for the test and evaluation of munitions, explosive ordnance, weapons and platforms for the Australian Defence Force.

This work experience placement will provide the opportunity to observe the functions of the Unit, including the preparation and conduct of proof and experimental tasks, management and preparation of explosive ordnance and ammunition, metal fabrication, weapons maintenance (fitter armourer), data collection and analysis.

The placement runs for 4-5 days and is great for students who are interested in a career in STEM.

Applications are open until Friday 1 November.

Find out more and apply here.

Scholarships & Competitions

Canstar Blue Future of Comparison Student Scholarship

Value: $5,000

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

By offering a scholarship to the university student who’s as passionate as we are about helping everyday Australians, we aim to help them in achieving their goals too. The successful applicant will not only get a helping hand towards covering their uni costs, they’ll also receive invaluable career guidance to help set them apart when the time comes to make their next career move.

To be eligible to apply you must:

Find out more


Westpac Asian Exchange Scholarship

Value: $12,000

Open/Closing Dates: June 17, 2019 – January 10, 2020

Are you curious about what Asia has to offer? Aside from its economic potential, it remains one of the most exciting regions in the world. Westpac’s Asian Exchange Scholarships will immerse you in everything this region – ultimately forging long lasting and meaningful relationships between the next generation of young Australian and Asian leaders.

Westpac has partnered with eight leading Australian universities to deliver the Asian Exchange Scholarship:

  • The University of Adelaide
  • The Australian National University
  • The University of Melbourne
  • Monash University
  • The University of Queensland
  • The University of Sydney
  • University of New South Wales
  • University of Western Australia

Who can apply:

  • An Australian citizen or permanent resident
  • Studying full time at a participating Australian university (all fields of study are eligible)
  • Enrolled in second year or beyond when commencing their exchange
  • Holding a minimum of a credit average
  • Intending to do a one or two semester exchange, commencing in Semester 2, 2020

Find out more


The Ernest V. Llewellyn Memorial Fund

Value: N/A

Open/Closing Dates: October 1, 2019 – November 11, 2019

These annual awards provide support for young string players wishing to undertake advanced studies, or to attend master classes, workshops or seminars such as AYO programs, in Australia and overseas.

Open to violin, viola, cello and double bass players only. You do not need to be an applicant or participant in AYO programs to apply.


  • For applicants of the highest standard of individual performance, aged up to 28 years inclusive, as at 1 January 2020.
  • Open to violin, viola, cello and double bass players only. You do not need to be an AYO applicant or past participant to be eligible for this scholarship.
  • Applicants must be Australian Citizens or Permanent Residents of Australia.
  • Successful applicants will be required to submit a detailed budget prior to the transfer of Scholarship funds. Scholarship funds will be made available once all requirements are met.
  • A written assurance that any funds will only be used for the purposes approved and if not will be repaid in full to the Australian Youth Orchestra.

Find out more


Deakin AusNet Services Women in Engineering Scholarship

Value: $10,000

Open/Closing Dates: August 27, 2019 – February 19, 2020

If you’re a highly motivated female student interested in a career in engineering, we encourage you to apply for an AusNet Services Women in Engineering Scholarship.

To be eligible you must be:

  • an Australian citizen or Australian permanent resident
  • female
  • enrolled in your first year of one of the following degrees in Trimester 1 2020:
    • Bachelor of Electrical and Electronics Engineering (Honours)
    • Bachelor of Mechatronics Engineering (Honours)
  • enrolled either full time or part time in a Commonwealth supported place.

ATAR scores will be taken into consideration and preference will be given to those with a focus on power engineering.

Find out more


Monash UniStart Support Scholarship

Value: Up to $3,500

Open/Closing Dates: August 5, 2019 – November 6, 2019

Starting at university can come with lots of unexpected costs for books, equipment, transport and accommodation. This scholarship provides low income earners with additional funds to help with educational costs.

You must be one of the following:

  • An Australian citizen
  • A New Zealand citizen
  • Australian permanent resident
  • Australian humanitarian visa holder

You must meet the following criteria:

  • Have a low income or be an Indigenous Australian
  • Commencing a Monash undergraduate degree (Bachelor) at a Monash campus in Australia
  • Not receiving any other scholarship or award payment (except for one-off equity grants such as Global Equity Grant or Practical Placement Grant)
  • Have not undertaken any previous study at Monash

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Monash Mabel Kent Grant

Value: $3,500

Open/Closing Dates: August 5, 2019 – November 6, 2019

A scholarship for students currently studying or intending to study the Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery. If you have a low income and are keen to pursue medicine, you may be eligible for this grant.

You must be one of the following:

  • An Australian citizen
  • A New Zealand citizen
  • Australian permanent resident
  • Australian humanitarian visa holder

You must meet the following criteria:

  • Must achieve ATAR score of 95.00 or continuing students with a high-distinction average (80% or above).
  • Commencing or continuing Bachelor of Medical Science and Doctor of Medicine full-time undergraduate student at a Monash campus in Australia.
  • Have a low income.

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Deakin Student Support Scholarship (Undergraduate)

Value: $1,000 - $10,000

Open/Closing Dates: August 27, 2019 – January 9, 2020

A Deakin Student Support Scholarship offers financial support who display passion, perseverance and commitment to study, and experience financial or personal hardship.

To be eligible you must be:

  • an Australian citizen or hold an Australian permanent humanitarian visa
  • enrolled in an associate, bachelor or honours degree in a Commonwealth supported place (CSP)
  • enrolled at Deakin University in any study period in the 2020 academic year
  • enrolled full time unless there are circumstances preventing full-time study
  • experiencing financial hardship, personal hardship or a long term medical condition.

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Deakin Scholarship for Excellence (Undergraduate)

Value: $5,000

Open/Closing Dates: August 27, 2019 – January 9, 2020

This scholarship is designed for students who show exceptional promise within or beyond their academic achievements. Strong academic performance or excellence in extracurricular activities, sport, the Arts, community service or leadership will hold the key to success.

To be eligible you must be:

  • an Australian citizen or the holder of an Australian permanent humanitarian visa
  • commencing or currently enrolled in an undergraduate bachelor or honours degree in a Commonwealth supported place (CSP)
  • enrolled at Deakin University in any study period in the 2020 academic year
  • bachelor and honours students enrolled full time unless there are exceptional circumstances preventing full time study
  • able to demonstrate achievement in one of the following:
    • an ATAR of at least 85
    • leadership experience
    • elite sports performance
    • community service
    • volunteer activities
    • the Arts
    • any other achievement.

Consideration will be given to students experiencing financial or personal hardship.

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Listing Loop Scholarship Program

Value: $2,000

Open/Closing Dates: June 10, 2019 – December 31, 2019

The Listing Loop Scholarship, awarded for initiative and forward-thinking, helps budding business students afford the tools they need to get a step ahead.

To apply for the Listing Loop Scholarship Program, you need to be:

  • 18 years or older
  • An Australian citizen or permanent resident
  • An undergraduate student in the field of Business or Commerce
  • We appreciate a diverse range of voices and as such we encourage all eligible students to apply.

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Microsoft Traineeship Program

Interested in a career in IT? Applications are currently open for Microsoft’s 2020 Traineeship Program.

This exciting opportunity combines on-the-job training with external learning at TAFE, all while being paid. You will also earn a Certificate IV in Information Technology.

If you want to work in IT or with computers, this is a great opportunity to get some hands-on experience with one of the world’s largest technology companies.

Positions are currently available in Adelaide and Melbourne.

Find out more here: https://www.megt.com.au/microsoft-traineeship-program


Tips for blitzing the VCE

End of year exams are nearly here, and that means one other thing; so are results!

If you’re stressed and worried about your ATAR, there are students who’ve got your back.

2018 high school graduate Adam Ma received an ATAR of 98.4 thanks to some great tips he received from his friends. And now he’s gathered some of the country’s top students to share their experience and wisdom.

Some of the advice is pretty standard; have a study plan, stay on top of your time management, be organised. But there were a couple of other interesting tips as well, including:

  • Delete apps and other distractions off your phone
  • Practice writing neatly
  • Look after your mental and physical health

Read the full article for more tips and tricks here: https://www.smh.com.au/education/delete-your-apps-how-to-blitz-the-hsc-by-those-who-did-20190829-p52m0t.html


Student Exchange

World Education Program Australia (WEP) exchange program scholarships


WEP Australia offer educational programs for students in Yr 9 -11 including student exchange programs to 26 countries.
2020 Students Exchange Program and scholarship applications are now open. 
WEP are holding 2 information sessions:
22 October – 7.00pm – 8.30pm in Hampton (479 Hampton Street)
14 November – 7.00pm – 8.30pm in North Fitzroy (Nth Fitzroy Library, 182 -186 St Georges Road)
Further information about WEP and their programs please visit: 


Carole Marcianti and Karen Riding 

The Careers Team 



Parents and Friends Association  

 PFA news
We need your assistance -  Bunnings BBQ and Bake  Sale - Saturday 26 October 

Dear Koonung SC Community members
Koonung has taken up the opportunity to run the BBQ and a Bake Sale at Bunnings Box Hill (Middleborough Rd) on Saturday 26 October.

With the school rebuild coming up, the funds we raise will be especially useful.

So we need your help — with baking and serving on the two stalls. An hour or two out of your day would be great.

Please sign up on the volunteer app by clicking the link below:


We are still seeking a coordinator for the baking night on Friday 25 October...if you can assist, please contact us.


Many thanks

Janelle and Lou (event organisers)



Wanted......a Book Sale Coordinator for 2020 and onwards

Dear Koonung SC Community, the PFA runs a very successful and effective 2nd hand book sale here at the school each year in December. In 2018, the sale raised over $7K  for the PFA to allocate back to the school and returned over $17K to parents who sold their books. The sale is run by an army of volunteers and has been led for the past 6+ years by Carolyn Minster.


As Carolyn’s time at Koonung comes to an end, we need someone to volunteer as the coordinator to be able to continue this fabulous service to the Koonung families.


The event this year is well in hand but the opportunity is available for the next coordinator to be able to shadow Carolyn and see how the event runs. Carolyn will also be available to mentor this person through the sale in 2020.


We have a full list of duties (summarised below) available for anyone who is interested and advise the process is fully documented. The process has been in place and bedded down for a number of years and is very efficient.


There is a definite possibility to have 2 people run the event as joint coordinators.


If you have been looking for an opportunity to become involved with Koonung in a role which really gives back to both the school and the families, then this role is ideal for someone who has some time in September/October and then again mid November-early December.


Please contact Andrew Gifford at pfa@koonung.vic.edu.au with any queries or to express interest.


Summary of role:

Prep work-September/October-about 1 hour a week producing the 2nd hand book list/setting sales date/ booking rooms/updating volunteer app/updating flyers.


Mid November-early December-about 3 hours a week. Organising early book drop offs/organising storage of the items/clearing the cupboard from last year’s stock


First week of December-Thursday to Monday of book sale week-Set up (Thursday), book collection (Friday), Volunteer pre sale (Friday night), Book sale day (Saturday), Paperwork completion (Saturday afternoon), Book return and pack up (Monday)


December/February-ad hoc requests for books to be addressed

PFA information

Upcoming  PFA meeting dates for 2019

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. All students must report to their sub-school to sign out prior to leaving. 



Electronic rolls are kept in all classes. Students who arrive late to school are required to sign-in at their sub-school for a late pass. 


All late arrivals require parental approval or acknowledgement. Approvals for late arrival to school can be completed either online (through the Compass Parent Portal) or by handing in a written letter of approval to your Sub School Office. SMS notifications may be sent to parents where a student arrives late to school.



The second hand uniform shop (situated near the Library at Koonung SC) will be open every Thursday from 12:45pm – 3:45pm.

Any enquiries please email secondhanduniforms@koonung.vic.edu.au



Please ensure all school clothes, books and personal property are clearly labelled with the student’s name. Many items are not returned to their rightful owners because they are not labelled correctly or clearly.


USBs should include a folder with the student’s name and form to assist in returning it to the correct person. If you have lost anything please check with your subschool office during recess, lunch or end of day.



Please find attached the 2019 canteen menu. The canteen staff will be serving a selection of items from this menu each day. Please note that not all items are available every day but there will be a variety of foods available for students to choose. The canteen is open every day from 8 am. To avoid disappointment and the possibility of long queues, students are encouraged to place lunch orders at the start of the day. 



Community Notices 

Kevin Heinze Grow celebrates 40 years



2019 VCE Arts Exhibition 22-25 October 


Halloween in Hamilton Street, Mont Albert North 


Doncaster Rover's Soccer Club 


Doncaster Rover’s Soccer Club is a non-profit organisation that was first established in 1967. The home ground is 117 Anderson Creek Road in East Doncaster where around 300 players from age 5 through 45 enjoyed matches each week through the 2019 soccer season.  

We are working closely with Vic Health this year to get more girls playing soccer and hope to encourage members of your community to stay active, join a club and benefit from the wonderful team sport of Soccer in the 2020 season.


2019 Second Hand Book Sale 


Koonung Secondary College Newsletter
39063 MP-02 [3] Master Plan UPPER GROUND.pdf
39063 MP-01 [3] Master Plan LOWER GROUND.pdf
Koonung Secondary College Cafe menu 2018.pdf