The Score

09 December 2016
Issue Thirteen
  Diary Dates & Events                                      
College Principal's Report           
Assistant Principal's Report
Junior School
Senior School 
Staff Profile
Community News
Maths & Numeracy
Scoresby Secondary College
03 9765 4100
2 Cavell Street
Scoresby, Victoria, 3179

  Diary Dates & Events        


Diary Dates & Events


Wednesday 7 - Tuesday 13 December

End of Year Activities Year 7-9


Thursday 8 December 

Orion Night 7pm


Friday 9 December

Campion Online Book Order Closes


Tuesday 13 December

Last minute 2nd hand book sale 8:30am- 10:30am - Collect unsold books

End of year reports distributed from 2:45pm Year 7-9

End of Year Reports Year 10 & 11 -1pm-3pm fron the HUB


Wednesday 14  - Monday 19 December 

Community Service Enviroment Days


Monday 19 December

Last day of Term 4, 2016


January 2017

Monday 23 January

Campion Book Collection from College 10am- 12:30pm, Room 206

General Office Open 10am-3pm


Tuesday 24 January 

General Office Open 10am-3pm


Monday 30 January 

General Office reopens 8:30 am- 4:30pm Mon- Thurs



Fridays - 8:30am-3:30pm


Tuesday 31 January

Year 7 & Year 12 commence school at 8:40am


Wednesday 1 February

Years 8- 11 commence school at 8:40am


Monday 6 -Tuesday 7 February

Year 12 Residential Ormond College Camp


Monday 27 February- Wednesday 1 March

Year 7 Camp Marysville



College Principal's Report           

Welcome to our last newsletter for 2016

The end of Term 4 provides an opportunity to reflect on the year and celebrate the many achievements of students, staff and members of the community who volunteer their time to support our College. I thank everyone who attended Orion Night at Burrinja Theatre last night.  We appreciate you taking time out at such a busy time of the year to acknowledge our award winners.

I would like to thank Chris Knight for his leadership in what was a very successful evening.  Chris led a committed team of teaching and non-teaching staff behind the scenes for several months to produce the event.  This year we had the following sponsors who also joined with us to provide a number of prizes and trophy’s for major awards.  On behalf of the College, I would like to acknowledge their commitment to our students

  • Alan Tudge MP
  • Kim Wells MP
  • Australian Defence Force
  • Bendigo Community Bank Ferntree Gully 
  • Bendigo Community Bank Boronia Branch
  • ParentNet
  • Chaplaincy Committee
  • Eastern Suburbs Locksmiths
  • One Hope Community Church
  • Quest Coaches
  • Roncan
  • Sparx

College Captains 2017

It gives me great pleasure to announce that the 2017 College Captains are Natasha Orfanidis and Frazer Spence and Vice Captains Christy Pritchard and Mislav Tosic.

I am suretaht these students will be excellent representatives and role models for our students and the College.  



The past few weeks have been devoted to transition programs and completion of end of year reports. I commend staff and students for the way in which they have focussed on the preparation for our 2017 teaching and learning programs and orientation day for our incoming Year 7 students.  Our current students should be fully prepared for their studies when they return at the start of the year, and, if the start of secondary school is as engaging for our new students as their orientation day was, they have much to look forward to entering our College.


Thank you ParentNet

On Orientation Day a number of new parents, guardians and even grandparents joined the morning and afternoon tea put on by ParentNet.  This informal welcome to our community highlighted the great work carried out by our ParentNet members and was valued by all present.  ParentNet welcome new members.  If you are interested please leave your details with Michele Rogers in the General Office.


Primary School Grade 5 Visits

Last week we had our final group of grade 5 visits to the College.  The program has run very smoothly and there has been so much positive feedback. I would like to give thanks to Mr Chris Knight in leading the development and implementation of the program and Mr John Healy (Science),  Mr Frank Martinek (Music),  Mr Ben Phillips (Media/IT) and Mr Andrew Young (Technology) who have run sessions for all of our local primary schools over the past month.


Annual Implementation Plan 2017

The College Strategic Leadership Team have been analysing the data from this year’s staff, student and parent opinion surveys.  This information and the student achievement results have been informing our decision making as we developed our draft 2017 annual implementation plan.  The annual implementation plan describes how the key improvement strategies in our four year strategic plan, and other significant projects, will be put into operation during the year and how they will be monitored. This drives -

  • our goals and targets for next year and how we communicate our work
  • annual college charges so we can have efficient and effective allocation of resources to complete the work
  • how we will monitor our progress and success throughout 2017.

Annual Implementation Plan 2017

A final copy of our Annual Implementation Plan for 2017 will be presented to Council in February for endorsement and uploaded to the College website.


End of Year

I would like to acknowledge the work of all teaching and non-teaching staff and volunteers throughout 2016.  Every staff member plays a key role in the success of any school.  The leadership team Mr Chris Knight, Mr Aaron Mackinnon, Mr Michael Alexis, Mr Lawrie Hitches, Ms Fiona Matthews and Mrs Vicky Kamfonas with leadership coach Mr Martin Culkin, have supported myself in the leadership and operations of our College.  Michael Alexis and Aaron Mackinnon together with the Year Level Coordinators, Emma Morris, Casey Lawson, Tom Santos, Sylvia Wood and Vicki Manioudakis have provided strong support for Junior and Senior School students throughout 2016.  

They have been well backed up by Mr Andy Phillips our Chaplain, Social Worker Ms Felicity Pinnuck, Psychologist Mrs Jill Esler and other team leaders.  Ms Fiona Matthews has led the teaching and learning leaders to further develop our teacher practice and unit documentation ready for classroom delivery from day one next year. They have been well supported by our consultant Karen Green to bring a framework for continuous improvement through curriculum documentation, implementation and review.


I thank the many members of our community who have taken the time to provide positive feedback about the changes we have implemented over the past two years. The changes have become more visible this year as the significant growth in our student outcomes and external awards are acknowledged by leading educators, tertiary institutions, government and local representatives, business and industry.  This together with a growth in community confidence and increased year 7 enrolments for 2017 provides us with reassurance that the work we are doing to provide the best learning opportunities for our students is on track.


I wish every member of our community a safe and enjoyable break.


Gail Major




Assistant Principal's Report

Attendance - Everyday Counts

At the end of each Term we have acknowledged students who have achieved 100% for the Term/Semester. In this latest acknowledgement I would like to congratulate students who have achieved 100% attendance for Term 4, Semester Two for the year.


The following students attended every day in Term 4:

Year 7

Tatira Tatira 

Year 8

Alec Anderson           

Trung Le          

Jaslyn Macleod         

Brodie Paroissien          

Jess Philpotts             

Tyler Smith    

Year 9

Erwin Diesta  

Ashley Haag      

Annie Prendergast      

Jacob Gelven 

Kieran McKinnon  

Year 10       

Annabel Glossop               

Joel Holden 

Aussie Reid      

David Rikiti      

Christine Shaw     

Abbey Short     

Aaron Tarquinio    

Year 11    

Vanessa Clave    

Darcy Collins   

Calista Jensen  

Adam Mazzan                


The following students attended everyday in Semester Two

Year 7

Roimata Manavaroa    

Jaidyn Steele  

Year 9 

Jake Barbuto        

Brock Franklin  

Year 10            

Dylan Toogood   

Year 11         

Anthony Barnewall          

Nicholas Carroll  

Amy Lucas     

Nathan Matthews          

Charli Shotton                


Our last group of students have not missed a school day for the entire year:

Year 7

Bonnie Collins   

Ty Diaz-Baird          

Ally Kendt    

Caitlyn Tilley     

Year 8

Amber Christy  

Year 9

Marcus Brown   

Kaushal Kumar

Ryan Turnbull        

Year 10     

Christopher Clarke   

Serena  McCurdy  

Bryce Prissmann  

Avalana Pritchard 

Year 11

Bec Carpenter           

Jake Foster   

Sukhmeet Maan   

Aaron Sutton 

Mislav Tosic      


Orion Night

Congratulations to all of those students whe were acknowledged for their hard work and efforts throughout the year and those who received either an Academic Endeavour or an Academic Excellence Award. We also announced each year level’s dux, excluding Year 12.

There were also a number of other awards presented during the evening and it was great that we had so many students acknowledged for their efforts and achievements in 2016


College Magazine

The 2016 school magazine has been published and forwarded to students in Years 7,8,9 and 10. 

For students in Years 11 and 12 the magazine will be included with their reports.

For those students who did not order a school magazine for 2016, copies can be obtained from the General Office for a cost of $20.

Don’t be disappointed, remember to order your School Magazine for 2017.


Chris Knight

Assistant Principal


Junior School

Junior School Snapshot

The Junior School has had a busy semester with a variety of activities and events. This semester students have participated in the respective relationships/challenge program, visits to KIOSC, athletics day, night of the notables and city experience to name a few. We would like to acknowledge the effort and dedication put in by students who continually strive to do their best.


A collection of highlights from year 8 and 9 students give a snapshot of the semester.


Rock climbing as part of challenge week and also city experience. 

Marcus Brown 


City experience, I enjoyed all the activities and the experience of travelling to and from the city.

Chris Swenson 


City experience, being given the freedom and trust to travel around the city with your friends.

Ashley Haag 


The highlight for second semester was music.

Paige Otte 


A highlight of semester two was visiting KIOSC.

Zac Tarqunio


City experience and the monopoly lesson in French.

Kendall Garland 


Board game lesson in French and singing the order of operations  song in maths.

Beth Dodson 


Visiting the Eureka Sky deck on city experience.

Nathan Williams 


Visiting the Queen Victorian Market on city experience.

Ryan Turnbull 


The highlight for second semester was music.

Paige Otte 


Challenge week, I especially loved Bollywood dancing and the respectful relationships discussions we had with our teacher. I got a lot out of the whole week.

Skye Nielsen 


I really enjoyed athletics day.

Alex Barfuss 


Challenge week, also visiting Nossal High School and working with Mount Waverly Secondary College leaders  and Arcare as part of SRC.

Shannen Toogood 



Debating in English and being involved in the Grade 5 visits.

Tyler Smith 


Trung Le 

My highlight this semester was challenge week. I feel like after that program I am more confident with myself.

Kyla Donnelly 


A highlight of semester two was visiting KIOSC.

Zac Tarqunio


Making and programming a robot to hit a golf ball.

Kyah Earle 


Visiting the Queen Victorian Market on city experience and the beginning year 11 classes in the head start program.

Thomas Casey 


The Junior School Team would like to wish the students a safe and restful break and we look forward to their return in 2017.


Michael Alexis

Head of Junior School

Casey Lawson

Year 8/9 Coordinator

Emma Morris

Year 7 Coordinator

Senior School 


Year 10 students took part in a VicRoads ‘Keys Please’ session before they left at the end of last week.


This program offered information and practical ideas to pre-learners and learner drivers on how to utilize the 120 hours of driving practice to help them become a safe road user. Facilitated by Sharon Torpey, the session covered:

  • Why 120 hours of driving practice?
  • Importance of the partnership between supervising driver (parent) and learner driver (student)
  • Stages of learning to drive
  • Staying safe on your P's and
  • Resources available for Learner Drivers/Supervising Drivers

Research shows that learners who gain experience with parents have about 20% lower crash and traffic offence rates once they are licensed than learners who only take professional lessons. Research also shows that on average learners who gain an average of 120 hours of supervised on-road experience in all conditions have a 30% lower risk of crashing after getting a license.  VicRoads strongly recommends watching videos ‘Lessons from the Road’ which can be viewed on:


Tom Santos

Year 10 Co Ordinator

Staff Profile

Michael Alexis

Michael Alexis joined Scoresby Secondary College at the start of 2016 and was appointed as Head of the Junior School and Head of Student Services.


This is his third school in a career spanning close to 35 years. Michael has held numerous leadership roles both at Chandler Secondary College (20 years) and Mount Waverley Secondary College (15 years). He has led many Curriculum teams and has held many leadership positions. He has been an English coordinator, a coordinator of VET and VCAL, Year Level Coordinator, Staff Professional Development leader, Sub school Manager for many years in Junior, Middle and Senior Schools and was a Student Welfare Coordinator for 7 years.  


More recently, for the 4 years prior to his arrival to Scoresby Secondary College, he was the Assistant Principal and Head of the Junior School at Mount Waverley Secondary College.


Prior to teaching Michael was recruited by Target Australia as a Trainee / Store Manager whilst in his final year at Monash Clayton where he completed an Arts Degree, with a background in Economics.


After 15 months with Target, Michael returned to Monash University to complete a Diploma in Education (his methods were English and History) Michael was always passionate about becoming a teacher. After his first year at Chandler Secondary College and now clear about his future direction, he continued his studies part time at Monash University and completed a Master’s degree in Education in 1987 which included a thesis he thought he would never complete. What followed over the years was a completion of Certificate IV in Workplace Training and Assessment and a return to Holmesglen to retrain as a Technology / Wood teacher.

He also completed numerous other courses at Holmesglen TAFE including bricklaying and a certificate in Horticulture.


Michael has throughout most of his life played or coached Basketball at a very high level. He also enjoys gardening and the outdoors and has become an expert in Bonsai over the last 30 years.

Michael has also been involved in many community groups and organizations and has been recognized for his work over the years.

He has received:

  • The State Premier’s Award for Excellence in Multicultural Affairs 2010
  • VICSES State Emergency Service Long Service Medal awarded 2011
  • VICSES State Emergency Service National Award for Involvement in Black Saturday Event of 2009. Awarded in 2013.
  • Member of the Australian Red Cross / Long Service Medal Recipient (20 years)
  • Affiliated Member of the Returned Services League / South Melbourne / Vice President
  • Member of Emergency Institute of Australia.

His greatest passion still remains the work that he does within schools. The ability to make a difference to a young person’s life is central to how Michael operates.


He is a very positive person who engages well with students, staff and parents and he has been a real asset to Scoresby Secondary.

Community News

Statement of Charges for 2017

Please note that school payments were due by the 1 December 2016 and not 1 December 2017.

Payment plans are available at the General Office.

Thankyou to the families that have already paid.


Vicky Kamfonas

Business Manager

Uniform 2017

In 2017 we phase in the new uniform for all students in Years 7 and 10 with all students expected to be in the new uniform in 2018. The uniform details were outlined in the enrolment kits.


The following are key points:

•             Uniform is to be full uniform not a mix of old and new uniform with the correct dress, jumper, jacket and socks

•             The new uniform pants are a different grey called melange

•             Summer socks are white with dresses and grey with shorts. Socks must be school socks that completely cover the ankle and not be ankle socks

•             Rugby tops were phased out and are not permitted in 2017

•             Shoes must be black leather lace up and in accordance with the College policy

•             Hair colour is to be of natural colour only

•             Only one piercing per ear is permitted with a plain stud or sleeper. No facial piercings permitted

•             New uniform stock will be available from PSW in January but may be ordered prior to Christmas

•             All students across the college are required to have a plain black bag with students 7-10 having the new school bag.

The phase in of bag changes commenced in 2015.

Students who are not in correct uniform will be followed up in accordance with our Code of Conduct.


If you are eligible for CSEF please refer to the State Schools Relief Article attached to this newsletter which outlines the supports from State Schools Relief.

Gail Major



As we are all busily running around here and there at this time of year, spare a thought for one staff member who successfully completed the 2016 Melbourne Marathon earlier this term.

Congratulations Haibo Wang on such a great effort.

Book List Orders 2017

All booklist orders for school collection on Monday 23 January 2017 MUST be placed by Wednesday 14 December no later.

You can still purchase books either from the Campion Book shop or opt for home delivery.

Christmas Carols 2016


Maths & Numeracy

Mathematics Report

It is always a good feeling when your vision is being validated by others. Before I arrived Scoresby Secondary College staff had a vision which included an instructional model consisting of team teaching, differentiated learning and a viable curriculum. The Mathematics’ teachers have been industrious in their endeavour to build on this vision.


Last week the Year 7 teachers, Emma Morris and Leanne Wilson, presented a workshop at the Mathematics Association of Victoria Annual Conference at La Trobe University on ‘Teacher Teams Transforming Mathematics - Scoresby Secondary College Experience’. It was encouraging to hear other teachers tell us that they were just starting to use the same pedagogy or a few were further down the track than we are currently.


All of the evaluations received were very positive and the following quote was received from a participant. ‘Thanks to both of you for a fantastic session - to be honest I think it was probably the most useful one that I attended’  - CH, Nazareth College


The route taken by Scoresby Secondary College, including the Mathematics department, is very innovative. It takes an outside focus to recognise how well our students are being prepared for the future.


I would like to thank the Mathematics teachers and students for a very productive year.


I send my best wishes to the Scoresby Secondary College Community for the Christmas Season and look forward to working with the community again in 2017.


Leanne Wilson

Numeracy Coach

The Score
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State Schools Relief.pdf
State Schools Relief.pdf
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