22 June 2017
Issue Nine
McKinnon Secondary College
03 8520 9000
McKinnon Road
McKinnon, Victoria, 3204



Thursday 22 June

2017 McKinnon Secondary College Musical


Friday 23 June

2017 McKinnon Secondary College Musical


Saturday 24 June

2017 McKinnon Secondary College Musical


Sunday 25 June

Schools Rogaining


Monday 26 June

Antipodeans Abroad (Year 11)


Tuesday 27 June

5:00pm Year 11 Tasmania Tour departs


Wednesday 28 June

7:00pm Junior Ensemble Concert


Thursday 29 June

Survivor Art Challenge


Friday 30 June

Term 2 Concludes

2:30pm Early Finish


Monday 10 July

French Exchange Students Depart


Monday 17 July

Term 3 commences


Thursday 20 July

Project Rocket Sessions – Year 7


Friday 21 July

Orchestra Tour


Tuesday 25 July

2:30pm Early Finish

2:45pm Staff PD

7:30pm Education Sub-Committee


Wednesday 26 July


German Day Out (Years 9-12)

7:00pm Brass Night


Thursday 27 July

Australian Maths Competition


Friday 28 July

Victorian Volleyball Schools Cup


Saturday 29 July

Victorian Volleyball Schools Cup



Tuesday 1 August

7:00pm Senior School Information Night


Wednesday 2 August

German Cuckoo Restaurant (Years 8 - 12)


Thursday 3 August

McKinnon Secondary College Athletics Carnival

(Held at Duncan Mackinnon Reserve)


Friday 4 August

Outdoor Ed Ski Trip


Tuesday 8 August

7:00pm VCAL Information Night

7:00pm Finance Sub-Committee

7:30pm School Council


Wednesday 9 August

Year 9 Camp

Immunisation Senior School

Year 10 ELMS Science GTAC Excursion


Thursday 10 August

Year 9 Camp

Immunisation Senior School


Friday 11 August

Year 9 Camp


Monday 14 August

National Science Week


Tuesday 15 August

National Science Week


Wednesday 16 August

2:30pm Early Finish

2:45pm Staff PD


Sunday 20 August

2:00pm Thistlelonians Class of 1967: 50th Anniversary


Tuesday 22 August

7:00pm VTAC Parent Information Night

7:30pm Finance Sub-Committee


Wednesday 23 August

Intermediate Round Robin


Thursday 24 August

Author Talks (Book week) (Year 7)


Friday 25 August

Author Talks (Book week) (Year 8)


Wednesday 30 August

Winter Concert









School exams were conducted over the last two weeks including the GAT for students on Wednesday 14 June.


Examinations are taken very seriously at McKinnon and I would like to thank all Year 9, 10, 11 and 12 students. Their punctuality and determination to do their best was commendable. The Supervisors commented on our students’ excellent attitude and the great endeavour they have demonstrated.  I wish them all the best with their results.


Throughout the ‘It’s your call’ BYTES elective, students have developed the necessary skills to manage and officiate a game of AFL. The following Year 9 students will umpire Auskick at half time in the following AFL games:


St Kilda v Gold Coast at Etihad Stadium - Round 14

Thomas Alvares, Max Charlesworth, Jacob Clough, Mason Dowsett, Killian Ford and Will Sharp.


Melbourne v Sydney at MCG - Round 15

Zoe Fischer, Alana Kam, Lachlan George, Ewan Georgiou, Alex Kraus, Sassandra Rae, Isaac Wilson and Jeremy Zhou.


Congratulations to you all and good luck with your ‘call’.


On Monday 26 June, 36 students from Year 10 and 6 staff will leave on their trip to India.  A highlight of this tour will include a visit to the Taj Mahal.  All three teams will be working to build a school in Himachal Pradesh (North West) and a trek around Dharmsala.


The staff, students and their families have worked tirelessly to bring this trip to fruition. I wish them all the very best and look forward to them sharing their adventures and memories.


On Tuesday 27 June, 103 Year 11 students and 6 staff will leave for five days of adventure to Tasmania. This is a great opportunity to share tremendous learning about a special part of our nation. I am very grateful for the opportunities provided for our students.


We are currently enjoying the company of twenty French students who are part of our exchange program with a school on the south of France, the Centre International de Valbonne. This is an incredible opportunity for the French students and the McKinnon community. Please refer to the Languages Section in this newsletter from Andrea Fowler for a more detailed report. As it is a reciprocal arrangement, our students are excited to be going to France in December. I would like to acknowledge the tremendous organisation and planning that was undertaken by Kellie Dickson to put this program together.


Congratulations to Ms Doctor and Ms Ginsberg for putting together a tremendously entertaining and impressive production. The calibre of the performances was outstanding.


This event has taken tremendous dedication and commitment by all the students and staff involved.  It is indeed a team effort and many people work tirelessly to make these shows possible.


Congratulations on a production of an exceptional standard. The students absolutely shone and thank you to the community at large for your support.


The event runs from Wednesday 21 June to Saturday 24 June.


Tickets are still available and can be purchased by clicking here


It is with pleasure and great pride that we congratulate Professor Graham Farquhar AO (Class of 1964) on the announcement of his winning the 2017 Kyoto Prize - for his work improving water-efficient crops and analysing climate change. He is the first Australian to receive the Kyoto Prize, the highest honour for scientists working in fields not covered by the Nobel Prize.


Graham’s work has been recognised widely with many awards including: 


- Order of Australia (AO) – 2013;

- Shared Nobel Prize - 2007 - Inter-Governmental Panel on Climate Change - Al Gore Group;

- Peter Baume Award – 2011 - The Australian National University’s highest award;

- Rank Prize – 2014 - (UK) - Nutrition, animal and crop husbandry;

- Prime Minister’s Prize for Science - 2015; 


A wonderful life of scientific research and discovery which was fostered at McKinnon in the early 1960’s. Well done Graham from the entire McKinnon school community.


Finally, I would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a very healthy and restful break!




Congratulations to all students in Years 9 - 11 to have successfully completed their exams. It is important to note, however, that while these are an important assessment tool in core subjects, exams in themselves do not signal the end of the semester. There is valuable learning to be undertaken in all subjects until the last day of term and it is an expectation that students attend all classes and meet all assessment obligations until this point in time.


End-of-semester reports will be available on Compass at the end of Term 2. Please read these reports carefully and discuss with your child how they can further improve their academic performance in the second half of this year. These reports will include a transcript of all information provided via Learning Tasks throughout Semester 1. Progress reports reflecting on students’ effort, attitude, behaviour and organisation will also be published at the end of Term 2.


When reflecting on their reports, students should focus upon the attributes and behaviours teachers recommend for further improvement - perseverance, hard-work, asking for help, taking pride in their learning and setting high expectations. Educational research has proven that intelligence is changeable (not predetermined or fixed), and that academic growth can be achieved by all - working hard, being resilient and acting on the advice in end-of-semester reports are the keys to achieving this growth.


Parents and students will be aware of the building works currently undertaken at the college. As a school community we need to take extra care at this time. Keeping a lookout for trucks entering and leaving the school via the front gate is something we all need to be mindful of. Where possible could we ask parents to drop off or pick up their children in the surrounding streets to reduce the congestion on McKinnon Road.



Congratulations to Tomer Singer (Year 9) who has been selected to represent Victoria in the U/15 Ice Hockey team at the National Championships.

We wish you all the very best and are very proud of your selection.


Merryn Walker





Our 14 French Exchange students arrived in Melbourne on Tuesday 13 June. There was a lot of nervous energy as the group of McKinnon students and parents waited at the International Arrival gates, excited to meet their exchange partner. Cultural differences were apparent immediately as the McKinnon kids debated whether to greet them with the typical kiss on each cheek (la bise) like the French would, or to hug them like Australian teenagers. The students have been in contact via Skype and social media so they recognised each other straight away but this was the first time they meet.

After braving the cold evening air of the airport carpark, the families then drove home. Luckily the following day, Wednesday, there were no classes for Year 10s so they could sleep in and start to settle in to life in Australia. The French students will be here for four weeks.


Thank you to the fourteen families that are hosting exchange students. The exchange program is an incredible experience for all involved:


Liam Atchison, Daisy Assauw, Abby Bachrach-Cox, Anna Chapman, Evie Dinkelmeyer, Alex Enever, Romy Greenberg, Chloe James, Josh Manning, Jesse Marlow, Luciana Martinez, Chloe Swan, Sophie Van Doorn and Julia Vitiello. 


Ms Ludmila Antal and Ms Kellie Dickson

Teachers of Year 10 French


After arriving in Melbourne on Tuesday evening, the French exchange students spent the following day getting settled in to their host families' homes and trying to beat jet lag. Their first event as a group was on Thursday when the fourteen French students and their exchange partners went to Point Nepean, accompanied by Ms Dickson and the teacher from France, Mme Dorothy Fox.

The scenery was beautiful and offered a different view of Victoria than the suburbs of McKinnon. We walked along the coastline, stopping to walk along the sand, take photos from scenic locations and have a picnic lunch. Walking quite a distance and breathing in the fresh air will be helpful for the French students and teacher to sleep well tonight and get over the jetlag. 


It was wonderful to see the exchange partners getting to know each other better and the other kids involved in the program. There was a positive and cohesive feeling among the group. Some partnerships have already flourished into real friendships.


Ms Kellie Dickson

French Exchange Co-ordinator 


The French students enjoyed a day visiting the city of Melbourne on Tuesday 20 June. Although the morning was quite cold, the weather was clear and sunny. We started with a walk through Hosier Lane, looking at the street art. The French students were quite impressed. 

We then walked to the State Library and explored the beautiful spaces. The French kids looked at the paintings and photographs depicting past and present Melbourne and its inhabitants. When entering the Reading Room, the students silently took in the beauty of the room. Interestingly, there were several chess boards on some tables and almost all of the 14 French students sat down of their own volition. They played in calm silence, only speaking to help each other understand the rules. It was lovely to see. Finally, we toured the exhibitions, taking in the history of Victoria through photographs, documents and historical items, including Ned Kelly's armour.


After the Library, we went to the Queen Victoria Market for lunch and some shopping. The French students made the most of the experience, buying some souvenirs and hot jam doughnuts.


The French students and their teacher, Mme Dorothy Fox, are enjoying their time at McKinnon and in Melbourne and are very grateful for the hospitality of the host families and school community.


Kellie Dickson

French Teacher



I read a great article recently about a group of girls who are members of a club called “Girls Who Code Club”. These girls have written an app called “Under My Wing” aimed at combating sexual assault and it turned out to be such a success that it has now been released on Google Play. The app was created using App Inventor which we currently use at McKinnon in Year 9 Coding. It was encouraging to see this program being used across the world and even more encouraging to see girls having success with it in the coding world.

It has been a welcome change to have ten girls in my Year 9 ICT class this year and I even have two in my Coding class. In the senior years especially, there is a distinct absence of girls and it is something the IT staff would love to change. Organisations such as Go Girls, Go for IT have run great days at Deakin University to show the wide and diverse career opportunities for girls. Deakin are running a programming challenge solely for girls, PC4G, in August this year and McKinnon has a group of six Year 8-10 girls that will be taking part. The school has recently had a number of girls in the younger years taking part in the various Grok Challenges so we are hopeful that this is going to increase the number choosing the subject at VCE level.


You can read the whole article on Girls Who Code here:


Shirley Munro

IT Teacher



As we head towards the end of term and the semester there is much to celebrate in the Music area. 


Congratulations to the Keenan Strings, who under the direction of Mr Stuart Cook, were awarded Gold in their section at the VSMF competition on Thursday 8 June. This was a fabulous result considering it was their first year at entering the competition together with the competition being held just before exams. Well done!


Congratulations to all the students in the Semester 1 Year 9 Music Performance class who performed at Claremont Terrace on Tuesday 13 June. The students, under the direction of Mrs Theresa Ford, composed and arranged music, rehearsed and presented a vast range of music to the residents. Well done!


Congratulations to all the students from the VCE Music Performance Unit 3 class who took part in the concert on Wednesday 14 June in the Music Auditorium. The standard of work was outstanding and it is pleasing to hear the development of students as they head towards their performance exam at the end of the year. Congratulations to Mr Baltazar Kurowski for his ongoing development of the students’ musicality.


Symphonic Wind proudly performed at the Grainger by Invitation concert on Saturday 17 June at the Knox School in Wantirna. Congratulations to all the students in this ensemble for their high standard of musicianship and to Ms Su Rogerson for her ongoing development of their musical capabilities. 


The June Concert will be held on Wednesday 28 June and will be a great celebration of the work that the Junior and Intermediate groups have put in over the last semester. We thank all the ensemble directors, the students and the parents for their amazing work and support this far in the year. We look forward to seeing you at the concert in the School Hall, starting at 7pm.


Series Five exams are now open for entry. Students who are interested in undertaking a performance exam should talk to their instrumental teacher to obtain an entry form. Please note that these will be required in the first fortnight of term 3.


Advanced notice for the beginning of Term 3:

  • Orchestra Tour: Friday 21 July - Sunday 23 July
  • Brass Night: Wednesday 26 July
  • VSMF: Symphonic Wind Thursday 3 August.


We are advising all instrumental students to ensure that they are diligent in their practice over the holidays. By keeping up practice, skills will continue to improve. Students need to work at practising every day. The Music Centre will be open until 3:45pm on the last day of term for students to collect their instruments from the storerooms.


Keep practising!


Megan Papworth

Head of Music



On Monday 19 June 55 McKinnon students went to Ballam Park Frankston to compete in the Southern Metropolitan Region Cross Country Event. 

Individual Winners

1st Jason Clayton (16 Boys)   

1st Will Ockenden (17-20 Boys)


Other places

3rd Will Sharp (15 Boys)


Under 13 Boys 2nd Team Score 43 (lost by 3 points)

5th Seamus O’Brien (State)                         

9th Jai Curran-Nicholls (State)

15th Matthew Day                    

18th Flynn Lu                           

14th Viktor Hedborg                


Under 13 Girls 3rd Team Score 84 (Lost 16 on 2nd, 22 on 1st)

9th Katelyn Chan (State)

18th Mia Richards

58th Caitlin Tampion      

38th Tobie Webster                  

19th Isabelle Sheldrake-Brown      


Under 14 Boys 4th Team Score 179 

7th Adam Paliatsos (State)


Under 14 Girls 2nd Team Score 66 (lost by 5 points)

5th May Landau (State)        

8th Jessica Ginsberg (State)        

26th Victoria Poulos                

45th Marisha Dinesh                

27th Kathleen Sumarna           


Under 15 Boys 2nd Team Score 75 (lost by 7 points)

3rd Will Sharp (State)                        

6th Nick Poulos (State)  

31st Fraser Sharman-Smith

34th Levi Scholz                       


Under 15 Girls

4th Genevieve O’Brien (State)             


Under 16 Boys 1st Team Score 38

1st Jason Clayton (State)                  

6th Ben Howells (State)        

12th Harry Mouzakis (State)    

17th Miles Sellinger (State)               


Under 16 Girls 2nd Team Score 60th (lost by 9 points)

5th Eleanora Gilbert (State)               

12th Gemma Strangio

13th Sienna Beaves      

30th Portia Thorne                   


17-20 Boys 2nd Team Score 68 (21 points off 1st)

1st Will Ockenden (State)        

9th Michael Koletsas (State)   

10th Braydon Ross                  

49th Lachlan Arneil                           

48th Max Kennedy                  

30th Andy Zhan                                 


16 Runners have now qualified for the State Finals to be held at Bundoora Park on Thursday 20 July. Good Luck.


James Bridges

Team Manager



Holiday time is reading time! Does your child have a book to read? If not send them to the library to get some holiday reads. Books are loaned for four weeks and students can borrow up to five or more books. Why buy a book when you can borrow it? Libraries, the original recyclers!


The library is open after school until 5:30pm Monday - Thursday, closing at 4:30pm on Friday.


New books from Insight publishers of students of English, including EAL, have been added to the Overnight Loan section recently. Titles include:

Insight Text guides for “No sugar”, and “Medea” “1984”

Insight comparisons for “George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four and Anna Funder's Stasiland”  and “Malala Yousafzai's I Am Malala and Director Nigel Cole's Made in Dagenham”

Insight's Exam Guides series is a set of practical and comprehensive resources for all Areas of Study in the VCE examinations for English, EAL and Literature. From time management during the exam to proofreading responses, Insight's Exam Guides cover all the knowledge and skills required for success in each of the exams.


1. Two high-level sample essays (with tips and annotations) on each List 1 text (40 in total);

2. Two high-level sample essays (with tips and annotations) on each List 2 comparison pair (16 in total);
3. One high-level sample essay (with tips and annotations) on each EAL designated text (8 in all).

Key Skills for Senior English (for areas of study 1 & 2)

Insight's two Key Skills for Senior English titles combine the informative benefits of a textbook with the practical applications of a workbook. They build students' confidence and skills progressively, leading to stronger written and oral assessments in Units 1-4.


The following titles have been added to the e- book collection:

Listed in the following order of ISBN Title - Authors

9781406364224 A Lone City Novella: Garnet's Story - Ewing, Amy

9781474939522 After The Fire - Hill, Will

9781406326475 Alex Rider Book 3: Skeleton Key

- Horowitz, Anthony

9781406326482 Alex Rider Book 4: Eagle Strike

- Horowitz, Anthony

9781406326673 Alex Rider Book 5: Scorpia

- Horowitz, Anthony

9781406326666 Alex Rider Book 6: Ark Angel

- Horowitz, Anthony

9781406326659 Alex Rider Book 7: Snakehead

- Horowitz, Anthony

9781406326437 Alex Rider Book 8: Crocodile Tears

- Horowitz, Anthony

9781406334661 Alex Rider Book 9: Scorpia Rising

- Horowitz, Anthony

9781925576788 Avenged: Ruined 2 - Tintera, Amy

9781925410327 Ballad for a Mad Girl - Wakefield, Vikki

9780857666987 Broken Ones, The Jensen - Danielle L.

9780007585212 Calling, The (Endgame, Book 1)

Frey, James; Johnson-Shelton, Nils

9780007580255 Crown, The (The Selection, Book 5) - Cass, Kiera 

9781406363517 House of the Stone, The Ewing, - Amy

9781784504595 I Can Beat Anorexia!: Finding the Motivation, Confidence and Skills to Recover and Avoid Relapse - Davies, Nicola

9781489220448 Impossible Story Of Olive In Love, The Alexandra - Tonya

9781406364156 Lone City 2, The: The White Rose

- Ewing, Amy

9781406369274 Lone City 3, The: The Black Key

- Ewing, Amy

9781471104169 Perks of Being a Wallflower, The

Chbosky - Stephen

9781952533952 Ruined Tintera - Amy

9780007585274 Rules of the Game (Endgame, Book 3) - Frey, James

9781743436172 Sacrifice: Elementals 5 - Kemmerer, Brigid

9781743436165 Secret: Elementals 4 - Kemmerer, Brigid

9780007585243 Sky Key (Endgame, Book 2) - Frey, James

9781743431061 Spark: Elementals 2 - Kemmerer, Brigid

9781743431078 Spirit: Elementals 3 - Kemmerer, Brigid

9781925410860 Still Life with Tornado - King, A. S.

9781742699554 Storm: Elementals 1 - Kemmerer, Brigid

9781785301162 Street Song - Wilkinson, Sheena

9781481449595 Such a Good Girl Morgan - Amanda K.

9781406375596 Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy - Clare, Cassandra


The Library has purchased 'Car Book For The New Driver'. Author George McBride has written an updated second edition incorporating feedback and suggestions from readers.  Information is not restricted to “how to” but includes information on good driving habits, how cars work, what to do in case of accidents etc.  



JULY 13 - 30


A fantastic opportunity has been offered to McKinnon Secondary College art students to showcase their creativity and diversity to a wider audience. The incredible wire drawings created by Anika Duggan (the highlight of last year’s Art Show, Winner of the People's Choice Awards and shortlisted for this year’s Top Arts) are the centre pieces of this exhibition.

The other artists are Maddie Axtens, Sophia De Leo, Sienna Herterich, Belle Rundle, Lucia Roohizadegan, Jess Strudwick, Lisa Winkler and Katie Zhou. The works range from beautiful watercolours, metal works, resin art to mixed media. This exhibition is a wonderful snapshot highlighting the many talents of our art students at McKinnon. I congratulate them on being selected and would like to thank Glen Eira Council Gallery for offering us this unique experience. Please click on the attached link for further details:


Robyn Pryor

Art Teacher


All Year 10, Year 11 and Year 12 students will have received a Meningococcal Secondary School Vaccine Program Consent Card. These forms must be returned to the Sick Bay by Wednesday 28 June regardless of whether you agree to having the vaccine or not. These vaccines will be administered on Wednesday 9 August and Thursday 10 August.



Office hours are:                        8:15am - 4:30pm

Telephone:                                                8520 9000


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.



Student absences should be reported to the school before 9:00am. Please email the Attendance Officer Alison Pollock

[email protected]) or telephone 8520 9050 on the day of the absence by 9:00am. 


A note on the day of return to the General Office is required for absences where no parent contact has been possible. 



In order to minimise disruption to class and maximise learning opportunities for our students, we would like to remind you of the school policy regarding late arrival to school. Students are expected to be at school at 8:30am. A locker bell rings at 8:35am and class begins punctually at 8:50am. If your child is late for any reason, please notify the school by phone 8520 9050, email [email protected] or by writing a note in the student's diary explaining the reason. 


If no explanation has been received students are given a pass to class and an after school detention for the following day.


We appreciate your support in this. If you have any questions please call Alison on 8520 9050.


Families are now able to order and purchase uniforms online. Ordered items can be collected from the Uniform Shop. Please allow three working days for pick-up. Please click on the attached link to order uniforms:

Phone/Fax No:  9578 2151


Cheques must be payable to Fashion Clubwear.



Saturday 1 July                        9:30am – 12 noon

Tuesday 4 July                         11:00am – 3:00pm

Thursday 6 July                       11:00am – 3:00pm

Tuesday 11 July                        11:00am – 3:00pm

Thursday 13 July                     11:00am – 3:00pm


For years 9 - 12 only there are a limited number of old style track pants and old style kea jackets being sold at reduced prices.

Track pants $21.00

Jackets          $42.00

Only available for purchase from the shop.



Tuesdays                                      8:15am - 12 noon

Fridays                                        12:30pm - 4:00pm

1st Saturday every month    9:30am - 12 noon


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 see Mrs Plate in the Sick Bay during recess, lunch or end of day.










Local Community News


McKinnon Basketball Association is running their annual “Pink Out” weekend on 21-23 July. The weekend includes a number of pink themed aspects to our games including a double-header for our Big V teams in which they wear special pink uniforms. A cocktail party is also held on the Sunday evening at 5:30 – 9:00pm. The evening includes live music, a live auction, canapés, licensed bar etc. This event is open to members in the community including the silent auction. Please click on the links below for further information.



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