McKinnonNEWS

28 June 2019
Issue Ten
DATES TO REMEMBER
PRINCIPAL'S REPORT
SUCCESS STORIES
LANGUAGES
MATHS
SCIENCE
SPORT NEWS
MUSIC NEWS
LIBRARY
SCHOOL INFORMATION
COMMUNITY NEWS/ADVERTISEMENTS
McKinnon Secondary College
03 8520 9000
McKinnon Road
McKinnon, Victoria, 3204
AU

DATES TO REMEMBER

JUNE

Thursday 27 June

German Model UN

Year 12 Music Night (Theatre)

Year 9 Duke of Ed Hike

 

Friday 28 June

End of Term 2

2:30pm Early Finish

Year 9 Duke of Ed Hike

JULY

Monday 15 July

Start of Term 3

 

Monday 22 July

French Model UN

 

Tuesday 23 July

7:00pm Education Sub-Committee

 

Wednesday 24 July

Senior School Information Night

 

Friday 26 July

GENERAL ASSEMBLY

 

Tuesday 30 July

2:30pm Early Finish

2:45pm Professional Learning Afternoon

7:00pm Vocal Night (Theatre)

 

Wednesday 31 July

11:00am German Cuckoo Restaurant

7:00pm Brass Night (Theatre)

AUGUST

Thursday 1 August

Athletics Carnival

(Duncan Mackinnon)

 

Friday 2 August

Year 10 Geography Camp

Australian Maths Competition

 

Tuesday 6 August

6:30pm Finance Sub-Committee

7:00pm School Council

 

Wednesday 7 August

Year 9 Camp (3 days)

7:00pm VCAL Information Night

 

Thursday 8 August

Year 9 Camp

Year 7 Project Rockit

 

Friday 9 August

Year 9 Camp

Outdoor Ed Ski Trip

 

Monday 12 August

Science Week

7:00pm Year 9 (2020) Information Night

 

Tuesday 13 August

Science Week

 

Wednesday 14 August

Science Week

 

Thursday 15 August

Science Week

Year 8 Science Challenge

 

Friday 16 August

Science Week

 

Monday 19 August

VTAC Information Night – Year 12

(parents only)

 

Tuesday 20 August

5:30pm Finance Sub-Committee (budget)

Wednesday 21 August

Kingston Intermediate Round Robin

 

Friday 23 August

Year 12 Outdoor Ed Camp

 

Wednesday 28 August

WINTER CONCERT

 

Thursday 29 August

Year 11 Outdoor Ed Camp (4 days)

Late Start (students arrive at 10:30am)

SEPTEMBER

Monday 2 September

GENERAL ASSEMBLY

 

Tuesday 3 September

7:00pm Buildings & Grounds Sub-Committee

 

Wednesday 4 September

Kingston Athletics

 

Thursday 5 September

German Hahndorf Tour (3 days)

 

Monday 9 September

Year 8 Survivor Roganing (3 days)

Year 10 Outdoor Ed Bushwalk (2 days)

 

Tuesday 10 September

Year 8 Survivor Rogaining

Year 10 Outdoor Ed Bushwalk

 

Wednesday 11 September

Year 8 Survivor Rogaining

 

Thursday 12 September

Parent-Teacher-Student Conferences

 

Friday 13 September

Late Start (Students arrive at 9:30am)

 

Saturday 14 September

New Caledonia French Tour

9:00am ELMS Selection Test

PRINCIPAL'S REPORT

A MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL

 

MOBILE PHONE BAN

Our phone policy was much debated on the Wednesday 26 June. Minister Merlino visited to announce a Statewide phone ban in all public primary and secondary schools.

 

We believe this change has indeed assisted our students to be more focussed in class and build some positive relationships during breaks.

 

Below are some news items and grabs.

 

Nine: https://twitter.com/9NewsMelb/status/1143793485360709633

 

Seven: https://twitter.com/7NewsMelbourne/status/1143794318185881600

 

Ten: https://twitter.com/SimoLove/status/1143781952475914240

SCHOOL PRODUCTION – LEGALLY BLONDE

Congratulations to Ms Ginsberg, Mr Lynch, Ms Angel and Ms Videon on a most successful production. The calibre of the performances was outstanding.

 

Congratulations on a production of an exceptional standard.  

Students absolutely shone and thank you to the community at large for their support. Those students involved will never forget their involvement in Legally Blonde!


Everyone worked as a team and it was heart-warming to see! This production had more students involved than any other production before and every single show was totally sold out! 

 

Thank you for flying the McKinnon flag so beautifully.

2019 SPELLATHON

On Thursday 20 June, 2019 we had the final of the Spelling Bee. The Spellathon program was launched during the term. Money was raised for Operation Cleft Australia and all junior students were involved.

Operation Cleft is a proud Rotary project and continues to transform lives of children in Bangladesh because Rotarians, Rotary Clubs, Schools, individuals and families recognise the need and the opportunity to make a life changing difference in the lives of children and their families who are doing it very tough in Bangladesh.

 

I would like to thank and acknowledge Ms Douglas, Ms Paal, Mr Florence and all members of the English Faculty who assisted with this wonderful initiative. The spelling bee was a lot of fun and students raised $3779.70 for this worthwhile cause.  Well done to everyone!

EXAMINATION WEEKS

School exams were conducted over the last two weeks including the GAT for students on Wednesday 12 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.

ANTIPODEANS ABROAD

On Monday 24 May, 2019, 17 students and 2 staff, David Machin and Naomi O'Brien-D'Ambra will be travelling to Cambodia with the Antipodeans Abroad Program. They will be visiting Phnom Penh, learning about the rule of the Khmer Rouge and visiting S21 prison and the killing fields. They will then make their way to Siem Reap and experience Angkor Wat and undertake their community project, building a classroom for a poor rural school near Siem Reap.  From there they fly to Luang Prabang in Laos and undertake a 5 day trek along the Mekong Tributaries in northern Laos. Following this, they make their way along the Mekong itself to the Laotian capital, Vientiane before they return on Tuesday 16 July.

 

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. I would like to thank and acknowledge David Machin for organising this wonderful trip for the students.

TASMANIA

On Tuesday 25 June, 106 Year 11 students and 7 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. It also provides students a time to build relationships within the year level that should hold them in good stead next year. I am very grateful for the opportunities provided for our students. I would like to thank and acknowledge Ms Jobson for organising this event and Miss Greenwood, Ms Day, Mr Voorham, Mr Hislop, Mr Shaw and Liam Adlington for accompanying the students.

FRENCH EXCHANGE

We are currently enjoying the company of French students who are part of our exchange program with our sister school in 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 Ms Kellie Dickson for an update on their first days in Melbourne. As it is a reciprocal arrangement, our students are excited to be going to France in November/December this year. I would like to acknowledge the tremendous organisation and planning that was undertaken by Kellie Dickson to put this program together.

CONGRATULATIONS

Congratulations Su Hyun Oh (Class of 2014) who played in the USA Ladies PGA Meijer LPGA Classic tournament in Michigan USA last weekend. Su Hyun came 2nd and was only beaten by 1 shot when she finished with 64 and 66 in the last 2 rounds catching up 9 strokes on the winner at the end of play.  Well done Su Hyun!  We wish you all the very best in your golfing endeavours for the rest of the year.

CONGRATULATIONS

Congratulations Emilia Mason (Year 9) who has earned the Australian Scout Medallion. To attain the top award in each of the five Sections in Scouting reflects initiative in tackling this challenge, sustained effort over many months and years, plus, plus self-discipline, teamwork and leadership.  Well done Emilia, this is a marvellous achievement!

END OF TERM

Congratulations to all staff and students on a terrific term. Much time and effort has been undertaken to ensure the best learning has occurred and I thank the community for their combined efforts. I wish everyone a well earned break and look forward to everyone’s safe return for Term 3. 

 

 

 

 

 

SUCCESS STORIES

ANOTHER GOLF CHAMPION AT MCKINNON!

Trinity Francis (Year 10) recently competed in the Secondary Schools' Golf Competition held at Metropolitan Golf Course. At the end of the competition, she had won by 1 stroke.

 

Trinity, who belongs to Huntingdale Golf Club, started playing golf at 8 years of age and practises most nights after school.

She intends to play in the Junior Championship of the British Open in July this year.

 

We congratulate you on your recent win, Trinity, and wish you continued success in your golfing career. We look forward to hearing about your future achievements.

 

Merryn Walker

Publicity

LANGUAGES

WELCOME TO THE FRENCH EXCHANGE STUDENTS

Our 15 French students had their first experience as McKinnon students on Monday 17 June. Dressed in the uniform, they arrived promptly for their induction session. For these students, the uniform is quite a novel experience as French schools do not enforce a uniform. 

After learning a little about Victorian education and our school, they were then greeted by the Principal Team and the Year 10 Student Managers who gave them all a warm welcome. Three very generous Year 12 students of French then took them on a tour of the school grounds to help familiarise them. Merci beaucoup to Erika Phan, Jesse Marlow and Oliver Sirota for giving up their time to show the French kids around.

 

They then started attending classes with their exchange partners and helping out in French lessons. We look forward to having them here for the next two weeks.

 

Ms Kellie Dickson

French Exchange Co-ordinator

FRENCH / AUSTRALIAN EXCURSION TO POINT NEPEAN NATIONAL PARK

At the end of their first of four weeks down under, the French exchange students and their Australian counterparts set off on a trip to Point Nepean National Park. After a 1.5 hour bus ride from school, we arrived at the park which is a mix of beautiful landscape and rich history situated at the southern tip of the Mornington Peninsula. As it turned out, we had picked an excellent day with sunny blue skies, to allow our visitors their first real glimpse of Australia. Our hike started at the Quarantine Station from where we followed the path across rolling hills to the point of the peninsula.

 

The party was expertly guided by Pierrick Hubert from Northcote High School which accommodates a part of the French group that has come to us from Centre International de Valbonne school near Nice. Also involved were Anne Bouchard (from the school in France) who ‘swings’ between our two schools to ensure that all French students are well looked after and the school’s photographer, Andrew Krause, who tirelessly and patiently responded to requests for photos in various group formations and in front of various backdrops of the outstanding coastal scenery.

After we had finally made it along the headlands to the point of the peninsula, we were rewarded with some most spectacular views across to Queenscliff and out the Port Phillip Bay Heads and, of course, our well-deserved picnic lunch. A football mysteriously appeared providing endless entertainment due to its unpredictable bounce effects. Another highlight on our way back was that we were closely observed by an inquisitive kangaroo (…a wallaby rather) which must have been intrigued by the happy noises of the group laughing, singing and dancing along.

For our Australians this also proved to be a wonderful opportunity to see things in Australia that they normally would not see. As an exception, mobile phones were not out of bounds and were put to good use. With hundreds of photos between us to catch the moment, this getaway will remain an unforgettable experience. These 15,000 steps or so that we did together mean sharing a special bond with our friends from France that will last a lifetime.

 

Mme Annette Reid

French Teacher 

CITY EUREKA TOWER EXCURSION 

On Tuesday 18 June, the French exchange students were about to set off on yet another excursion in Australia.

 

Our arrival at Flinders Street Station was earlier than anticipated. Rather unexpectedly, we bumped into the other half of French exchange students and their accompanying teachers, all of whom are staying with their exchange partners from Northcote High School. However, it was a convenient surprise, as we were planning to meet up at the destination later. It was a joyous reunion of the French kids, who are staying far from each other at two different schools, especially since they had not seen each other since their arrival in Melbourne 10 days ago.

 

By the Yarra River, together we took a leisurely walk, to the famous skyscraper Eureka Tower. Located in Southbank, this skyscraper is 297 m high (just a few metres less than the French Eiffel Tower, which is 300 m). We took a speedy ride to the 85th floor of the highest point in the Southern Hemisphere; the complex’s Skydeck. Quite a few of us wanted to test our fear of heights and see Melbourne from a different perspective, which we did from the ‘Edge’. It is a suspended cube (the walls, ceiling and floor are all made of glass), through which one has a unique panoramic view of the city and the whole bay. Although the city was cloaked in fog to start with, the haze had quickly subsided, which meant that those who chose to enter the ‘Cube’ could look forward to the thrilling experience and breathtaking view below.

After the Eureka Tower visit everyone was famished, so it was time for lunch. Therefore, we hurried to Southbank Food Court, which had a lot on offer for very hungry tummies.

 

Once everyone was nourished, by not only the beautiful ‘’vistas’’ but also from their lunch, we headed towards another visually exciting destination; Melbourne’s famous street art lanes. The French students were taken to the hub of the graffiti scene in the centrally located Hosier Lane, which is just a stone’s throw from both Federation Square and Flinders Street Station. Everyone was in awe, fascinated by the dynamic walls of line and colour. Besides the amazing street art, our troupe also enjoyed the unique atmosphere and a shopping spree in an “à la mode” streetwear and footwear store “Culture Kings” which had countless brands from around the world.

 

Once, plenty of photos were taken and some purchases were made, we headed back to McKinnon Secondary College via Flinders Street Station.

 

Although the weather wasn’t particularly welcoming, the excursion was nonetheless an enjoyable experience, where every French student was enriched with memories and knowledge of the land down under.

 

A huge thank you to Ms Dickson, the organizer of this very wonderful day out.

 

Ludmila Antal

French Teacher

FRENCH EXCHANGE EXCURSION TO PUFFING BILLY

It was such a privilege to spend a glorious Melbourne winters day in the magnificent bush of the Dandenong Ranges with the French Exchange Group on Wednesday 26 June.

 

The first stop was Grants Reserve, Belgrave to feed the swarking white cockatoos. After a bit of intrepidation, the students relaxed enough to have the Aussie birds sitting on their shoulders and interacting with them. The tall timbers towering overhead made it all the more exciting. The second stop was to board Puffing Billy. We knew we were in good care when we met our past principal Mr Alan Lawrence as our conductor who escorted us into our own VIP carriage at the back of the train. The group disembarked at Lakeside where the group enjoyed an informative talk by the driver about the workings of the engine. A souvenir showbag was presented to Mme Ann Bouchard (the teacher from France) and the group including treasures of a piece of coal and a nail used to secure the track.

 

The students basked in the sunshine of Emerald Lake enjoying their lunch before the Purple Swamp Hens started attacking their food and enjoying the cheezels! With my limited high school French coming back to me, a pleasant stroll around the lake concluded a really lovely day with our international guests.

 

Merci pour une belle journée

 

Madame Hooper 

MATHS

SPORTS STATISTICIANS IN THE MAKING!

Year 8 Maths classes are finishing off Semester 1 undertaking a Sports Statistics project. Students are investigating the grand old sport of Victorian Football League, going back to its roots in 1897. In 1897 there were only 8 teams, 14 rounds and the scores were much smaller. The Year 8s are putting their Maths skills to use calculating mean, median and inter-quartile range, drawing line graphs and histograms to decide which teams performed the best in 1897. A project like this takes organisation, time management as well as calculation skills.

I have really enjoyed this unit, being able to work at my own pace and doing something different from the usual exercises. I have enjoyed the fact that it is real statistics from a sport that I enjoy. I have learnt how to calculate the interquartile range and the median in different, faster ways.” Amy “Amos” Wilkins, Year 8

 

In this project, I’m learning about the VFL which is very interesting because my motherland is China and I have never heard of it before. So I am not only learning Maths, I am also learning about Australian sport.” – Billy Wu, Year 8

 

I’ve enjoyed using real footy teams because it feels like you are actually compiling real data that matters and not just some random numbers.”Phillip Park, Year 8

 

Emma Griffith, Jacqueline Brown & Jessica Dixon

Year 8 Maths Teachers

SCIENCE

MONASH UNIVERSITY PHARMACY WORKSHOPS WITH YEAR 12 CHEMISTRY

Last week Monash PhD candidates Josh Rennick and Beatrice Chiew conducted one period workshops with each of the Year 12 Chemistry classes at McKinnon.

 

During the workshops, our students applied their understanding of different functional groups and chirality to the context of medicines.

 

They learnt about the role functional groups play in drug delivery and the activity of medicine and applied intermolecular bonding concepts to the interactions between medicines and protein binding sites. Our students also witnessed how the chirality of a medicine molecule affects its ability to bind to receptors in the body.

 

The presenters also gave an overview of the courses offered by the Monash Pharmacy Department.

A few thoughts from our students:

 

The session greatly mirrored the Women's Day in Chemistry when we went to Parkville during Women's International Week. It was an interesting introduction to begin considering a career in pharmacy or pharmaceutical sciences. I liked the more hands-on approach and I believe that it's a worthwhile session to have.

Erika

 

The guest speakers allowed me to become cognisant of the world of pharmaceutical science as well as the way in which pharmacists operate in their day to day job. This eye opening experience undeniably reinforced the notion that the Monash Parkville campus contains the capabilities to produce individuals that are able to demonstrate great expertise in their area. The wealth of resources and support the guest speakers detailed further substantiated this idea, revealing the Parkville campus itself is very well equipped to develop young Australians.

Tom

 

During the incursion, I learnt about how different polar molecules bind to each other and how different non-polar molecules bond together. How the different molecules have active sites that bind to the molecules, which causes our sense of smell. For the future I need to work more on my bonds and how they work. Overall they were helpful and it was an interesting activity, teaching me many facts about pharmaceuticals and a lot of information about their university.

Michael

 

During this lesson I learnt about the differences between pharmacy and pharmaceutical sciences and the importance that each of these roles have on our public health system.

 

I also learnt about how different drugs administered will bind to specific receptors based on their chirality and that they have a specific position they must be in, in order for them to have an effect.

 

Anna

 

At the lecture I learnt that Monash University is not only third in the world in their pharmacy degrees but after a 5 year pharmacy course you also graduate with a master's in pharmacy.

Daniel

 

From Tuesday’s visitors, I was fascinated with the courses of pharmacy and pharmaceutical sciences, and what career paths they provided. I also learnt also how pharmaceutical drugs were absorbed, and how chirality of molecules affect the specificity of which drugs can affect different parts of the body.

Eliza

 

On Tuesday I learnt that there are some cafes up the road from the Monash campus next to the zoo. It's a very small campus but that doesn't take away from how fun it is. I also learnt that some of the courses in pharmacy require an ATAR of 90.

Jason

 

During the guest speakers visit I learned quite a bit about how medicines work and their production, as well as the role of pharmaceutical sciences. I learnt about hydrophilic and hydrophobic properties. Also it was interesting hearing about the Monash campus in the city.

Cameron

 

Therese Sweeney & Fiona Wallis

Science Faculty

WATER GLOBAL HUMAN ENDEAVOUR TASK - YEAR 7 SCIENCE

In Year 7 Science we’ve been learning about the special chemical and physical properties of water, as well as how essential clean drinking water is. As part of the practical component of the course, we had to design and construct a water filter. The water filter had to be made at home using materials found around the house, and had to be easily portable.

Our group used an empty 600ml water bottle and constructed layers using sand, pebbles and a coffee filter at the bottom. We brought these filters to class and tested their effectiveness by filtering a random sample of dirty water given to us by Miss Marks. The dirty water contained lots of insoluble solids such as large rocks, mud, sand and plastic. It also had vinegar and blue food dye mixed through it. After 20 minutes of filtering our group had obtained 80% of the water and it was much clearer, though it was still blue from the dye. We concluded that although it was less turbid than the original sample, it was still not potable (drinkable) as it could contain contaminants that are not easily removed by the filter.

 

We loved building these filters as it gave us an appreciation of how the theory we learn in class is applied in everyday life. It also made us realise the importance of universal and equitable access of clean, drinking water.

 

7A Science

SPORT NEWS

SMR CROSS COUNTRY

On Monday 17 June, fifty-two McKinnon students represented the school at Cruden Farm as part of the SMR Cross Country event. At Cruden Farm students were faced with muddy and hilly conditions making it a very tough race.

Team Results

17-20 Girls - 1st

16 Girls - 2nd

17-20 Boys - 2nd

12-13 Girls - 3rd

 

Students Qualified for State

12-13 Girls- 7th Annabelle Sakurai

16 Girls - 7th Jessie Ginsberg

16 Girls - 9th May Landau

17-20 Girls - 4th Genevieve O’Brien

17-20 Girls - 10th Emma Hattingh

17-20 Girls - 14th Eleanora Gilbert

17-20 Boys - 2nd Jason Clayton

 

Good Luck to these students who will be running against the best runners in the state on Thursday 18 July at Bundoora Park.

 

Alice Carter

Cross Country Coach

TERM 2 LUNCHTIME SPORT REPORT - SCORPION FUTSAL

Lunchtime sport for Term 2 was the time honoured Scorpion Futsal competition. 

 

The Year 7s were the first year level in action and huge numbers of keen futsal players entered the competition in what will hopefully be a yearly tradition for them in the coming five years. The competition was very fierce but eventually two teams broke away from the pack. The final saw a minor upset with the Hontzogloy name again finding it’s name on a winning team.

Eventual winners were: Dion Hontzogloy (Captain), Luke Sagiadelis, Ben Mason, Alex Varelas and Campbell Henderson.

 

The intermediate competition had all sorts of drama, with injury, upsets and even a team being disqualified from the tournament!

 

After all of the preliminaries we were left with two arch rivals. One team was lead by Liam Haidaris and they took on Dravid Dinesh and his well organised team. 

 

In a final that twists and turns and missed opportunities it was Liam’s team which came out on top 2-0.

Winning team: Liam Haidaris (Captain), Tom Natsikas, Tom Umansky, Greg Umansky, Loki Zielinski, Lior Hadari and Sammy Lambrinos.

 

Six years of tradition and former glories/disappointments is the background for the senior division of the tournament.

Liam Atchison and his team were the warm favourites to take out the title against Stefan Simic's team in the final. In front of a very large crowd of Year 12s in the Gym, the final was a tight and tense affair with neither team being able to break the deadlock. It took until double overtime for Stefan’s team to run away with victory.

Winning team: Stefan Simic, Boris Elkin, Jiakai Thing, Giovanni Farag, Omer Steinberg, Quan Duong and Sam Kalomiris.

 

The Year 8 competition was the final tournament on the menu and they certainly didn’t disappoint with the quality and participation of play.

 

Sam Enever was the non playing mastermind behind his team in the qualifying rounds and they were certainly the most organised with their rotations. Unfortunately they ran into a Michael Guerra inspired master class in the final that was held in front of a healthy crowd of Year 8s in the Gym. Michael danced and weaved his way past helpless defenders in what turned out to be a one sided final.

 

Winning team: Michael Guerra, Thivi Salwathura, Lucas Boglis, Ron Golombick and Chevy Tofler.

 

Term 3 lunchtime sport will have two competitions running concurrently with both badminton and table tennis being on offer.

 

Greg Hoskin

Organiser

KINGSTON DIVISION CHAMPIONS

Congratulations to the following teams who are the 2019 Year 7 Term 2 Kingston Division Champions.

 

They will go onto represent the division in the SMR finals: 

  • Boys Soccer - McKinnon - SMR Wednesday 31 July at Kingston Heath 
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  • Girls Soccer - McKinnon - SMR Wednesday 7 July at Kingston Heath 
  •  
  • Boys Badminton - McKinnon - SMR Wednesday 21 August at Springers Leisure 
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  • Girls Badminton - McKinnon - SMR Wednesday 21 August at Springers Leisure
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  • Football - Parkdale - SMR Tuesday 6 August at Marriot Waters Reserve 
  •  
  • Netball A & B - McKinnon - SMR Friday 16 August at Gloria Pyke NC 

Please check the SSV website for up to date information. 

 

Good Luck to all teams!!

 

 

Carole Hooper
Head of Junior Sport

MUSIC NEWS

LEGALLY BLONDE

Congratulations to all the students who took part in the school musical – it was an amazing performance from the whole team!

TRI-SCHOOL SENIOR BAND CONCERT

Congratulations to the Symphonic Wind Band who took part in the highly successful Tri-School Band Concert, this year held at Bentleigh Secondary College on Tuesday 18 June. Students from McKinnon played and also heard the Senior Bands from both Bentleigh Secondary College and Frankston Secondary College. Thank you to Ms Su Rogerson for her organisation of this concert and for her ongoing development of the Symphonic Wind Band. Thank you also to Mr Martin West for his ongoing support of this group.

JUNE ENSEMBLES CONCERT

Congratulations to the students in Year 7 Bands, Year 7 Strings, Year 8 Band, Year 8 Strings, the Clarinet Choir, Keenan Strings, the Junior Percussion Ensemble and the Junior Stage Band for putting on a fantastic Junior Ensembles concert on Tuesday 25 June. The concert demonstrated the development of the growing musicality of all the students since the beginning of the year. Thank you to all ensembles directors and instrumental teachers who have developed their students’ talents throughout the year. Keep up the great work.

YEAR 12 MUSIC NIGHT

What a fantastic night to celebrate the mid-way point for the VCE Music Performance students. Thank you for putting on a great nights’ entertainment on Thursday 27 June. Thank you also to Mr Baltazar Kurowski for your ongoing development of these students.

ADVANCE NOTICE – WINTER CONCERT

This concert will be held on Wednesday 28 August at Robert Blackwood Hall, Monash University. It is a concert for ALL Year 7 students, and all instrumental and ensemble students from Years 8 - 12. Dress rehearsals will run through the daytime on 28 August, with students being bussed back and forth. Classes will be affected. Permission forms will be released by the end of this term, and your quick response is greatly appreciated.

TERM 3 (SEMESTER 2) DATES

  • Symphonic Wind Band tour (Thursday 25 July - Sunday 28 July)
  • Vocal Night (Tuesday 30 July)
  • Brass Night (Wednesday 31 July)
  • VSMF - Ovenden Band (Tuesday 20 August)
  • WINTER CONCERT (Wednesday 28 August)
  • Year 12 Music Night (Thursday 12 September)
  • BIG Band Bash (Friday 13 September)

Megan Papworth

Head of Music

LIBRARY

HOLIDAY READING - LAST CHANCE

Don't forget to pop in and grab a few reads for the holiday break. We have lots of lovely new books so stay warm and catch up on your reading over the holiday break.

 

BOOK CLUB

On Monday 17 June, McKinnon's Book Club members had the opportunity to browse the latest book releases and make selections for the library collection. Local booksellers Benn's Books visited the school with a handpicked selection of exciting new titles.

Approximately fifteen Book Club students attended along with Gim Gibbs and Deirdre Robertson from the English faculty and Kathy Papworth and myself from the library. It was great to get the student's suggestions into what books they wanted to see in the library collection.

HUNGER GAMES PREQUEL

Exciting news for fans of The Hunger Games! Suzanne Collins has announced a prequel to the series will be released in May 2020 More information here

MAGAZINES

The library has a range of magazines available to students to borrow. Magazines can be read in the library or loaned for a period of seven days.

 

Titles include, Bella Rae, Delicious, Girlfriend, Inside Sport, National Geographic, New Scientist, Time, Vogue and Wheels. 

OVERDUES

Just a reminder about overdue books. Please return your books by the due date. In some cases students have placed reservations on them and are waiting for them to be returned.

SCHOOL INFORMATION

GENERAL OFFICE

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.

 

ABSENCES

Student absences should be reported to the school before 9:00am. Please email the Attendance Officers Alison Pollock/Joanne Robinson (absences@mckinnonsc.vic.edu.au) 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.

 

LATE ARRIVAL TO SCHOOL

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 absences@mckinnonsc.vic.edu.au 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.

 

Please ensure that if your child is leaving early or arriving late for any reason that a note needs to be written in the diary so that the teachers are aware too.

 

If your student needs to leave school early for any reason, please write a note in their diary explaining the reason. Teachers will not allow any student to leave their class unless there is authorisation.

 

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

UNIFORM SHOP

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:

https://fcw.com.au/#shops

Phone/Fax No:  9578 2151

 

 

For years 10 - 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.

 

UNIFORM SHOP SCHOOL HOLIDAY OPENING HOURS 

Tuesday 2/7              11:00am - 3:00pm

Thursday 4/7             11:00am - 3:00pm

Saturday 6/7             9:30am - 12:00noon

Tuesday 9/7              11:00am - 3:00pm

Thursday 11/7           11:00am - 3:00pm

 

NORMAL SHOP TRADING HOURS 

Tuesdays                                      8:15am - 12 noon

Fridays                                        12:30pm - 4:00pm

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

LOST PROPERTY

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.

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GLEN EIRA COUNCIL - TEEN SCHOOL HOLIDAY PROGRAM

The Teen School Holiday Program offers a range of activities for people aged 12-18 years who live, work or study in Glen Eira (July School Holidays):

  • Ice Skating & Movies - Tuesday 2 July
  • Garden Workshop - Wednesday 3 July
  • Melbourne Museum & Park Games: Thursday 4 July
  • Gym Guru: Tuesday 9 July 
  • Rock Climbing & Bowling: Wednesday 10 July 
  • Winter Gaming: Tabletop Edition: Thursday 11 July 

Contact: Youth Services 9524 3676 or email youthservices@gleneira.vic.gov.au

 

REFER TO THE ATTACHED LINK FOR FURTHER INFORMATION WHICH INCLUDES BOOKING DETAILS AND PAYMENT

 

ttps://www.gleneira.vic.gov.au/services/youth/teen-school-holiday-program

MY BROTHER JACK AWARDS 2019

The My Brother Jack Awards are open to people who live, work or study in Glen Eira. There are prizes for short stories, poetry and photography for adults, youth and children. Competition opens Wednesday 12 June and closes 5pm, Friday 26 July 2019. To enter, visit library.gleneira.vic.gov.au/mbj. 

 

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