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Blackfish Bulletin – December 2023

15th December 2023

Inspiring Lifelong Learning – Our newsletters aim to showcase student achievement and learning during college life.

Upcoming Events

Last Day of Term 2
Jun 27 @ 11:00 pm – Jun 28 @ 5:10 am

Last Day of Term 2 – Students Finish at 2:30 PM Administration Hours – 8:15 AM to 3:00 PM Have a wonderful and safe winter break!

First Day of Term 3
Jul 14 @ 11:00 pm – Jul 15 @ 5:10 am

Please ensure students are in their formal school uniform and have all the necessary items for learning including a charged laptop. Welcome back to Koo Wee Rup Secondary College we hope you enjoyed your break.

Curriculum Day
Aug 13 @ 11:00 pm – Aug 14 @ 5:10 am

Students are not required for learning.

Parent Teacher Interviews
Sep 12 @ 2:30 am – 9:30 am

Students are not required for learning on this day. Commencing from 12:30 PM – 7:30 PM families are invited to attend 10-minute Parent Teacher Interviews. Details to follow closer to the date…

Last Day of Term 3
Sep 19 @ 11:00 pm – Sep 20 @ 5:10 am

Last Day of Term 3 – Students Finish at 2:30 PM Administration Hours – 8:15 AM to 3:00 PM Have a wonderful and safe spring break!

Vision and Values

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Junior School

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Year 6 Transition

There was a buzz of excitement during Transition Week, as Grade 6 students from Bayles, Koo Wee Rup, Lang Lang, and Nar Nar Goon Primary Schools sampled a variety of classes as part of their transition to Secondary College.

Students had the opportunity to try their hand at building a wooden Christmas tree with our woodwork teacher Mr McNamara. The next step was to decorate their Christmas Trees with our art teacher Miss Mikieciuk.

It was fantastic to see all the variations of design ideas and see their imaginations come to life.

We hope you enjoyed your first introduction to college life!

Year 8 Poetry

Senior School

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VCE Vocational Major Market Stalls

As part of their $20 Boss Project, our Year 11 VCE Vocational Major students set up market stalls to sell their shark tank products to students and staff during recess and lunch.

They have spent a lot of time carefully planning and marketing their products to the College community as part of the project, with some stalls selling out on the first day! 

Congratulations to our successful entrepreneurs and thank you for supporting their business endeavours!

Year 12 Valedictory

On Friday the 15th of December Koo Wee Rup Secondary College held our 2023 Year 12 Valedicator Dinner at Alencia in Dandenong, to celebrate the end of students secondary education.

There were approximately 670 guests present to congratulate, celebrate and farewell our students.

Thank you to everyone involved in organising this evening and for supporting the Year 12 cohort throughout 2023.

Congratulations to all of our graduates on your hard work and determination!


On behalf of the whole college we would like to congratulate this years 2023 Dual Dux recipients Jacob Leighton and Robbie McMahen on their ATAR score of 94.55!

Congratulations and well done to all of our Year 12 students for an AMAZING year!

We are so proud of all of your accomplishments as a cohort, and the hard work and determination you have all shown during 2023



Careers & Pathways

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Job Opportunity – Joinery/Cabinet Making


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First Aid – Action Plans and Medication

For us to give your students the best care possible, we encourage families with students who require regular medical care at the College, to contact their local GP during the school holidays for an up-to-date Action Plan and medication.  This may be for Asthma, Allergies, Anaphylaxis and Diabetes.

If your student requires any medication they must bring it along with them to school each day, with the pharmacy label noting your doctor’s instructions, in its original packaging.

Along with the signed Action Plan from your doctor, a Request to Administer Medication form filled out by the student’s parent/guardian.

These forms can also be obtained from Administration and First Aid.

Please feel free to call us on 03 5997 1444 or email us at

Thank you for assisting us in keeping your students safe!


How Students Can Access Help and Support During The Holidays

From The Office

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Administration Hours of Operation

Dear families,

Please note the following Administration Hours of Operation beginning 2024:

  • Monday 29th of January – 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
  • Tuesday 30th of January – 8:15 AM to 4:15 PM

Thank you for your support.

On behalf of all staff at Koo Wee Rup Secondary College, we would like to wish you all a happy and safe holiday season!


Blackfish Magazine 2023

We are excited to announce that our 2023 Blackfish Magazines have arrived!

Families can collect their copy from Adminsitration:

  • Monday 29th of January – 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
  • Tuesday 30th of January – 8:15 AM to 4:15 PM

Students can collect their copy from Administration on their return to school:

  • Before school
  • Recess
  • Lunch
  • After School

For further information, please contact Administration



Booklist 2024

Dear Families,

Our 2024 Booklist’s are now available on Compass and the College Website.

We encourage families to make use of the Sustainable School Shop for Second-hand Textbooks and Uniforms.

If you require further assistance, please contact Administration or Campion Education book supplier.

Thank you for your support,

Koo Wee Rup Secondary College

Reports – Semester 2

2023 Semester Two Reports are now available for viewing and download via the Compass Parent Portal.

School Student Broadband Initiative


The Australian Government has established the School Student Broadband Initiative to provide free home internet for one year for up to 30,000 eligible families with school-aged students.

The initiative aims to boost education opportunities. NBN Co is leading the rollout of this initiative across the country.

How the School Student Broadband Initiative can help your child

Children who can access online learning at home as part of their education are more likely to engage in classroom activities.

Access to fast internet at home can also support children to build their digital skills, learn how to safely use the internet and take part in a world that is more reliant on digital technology.


To be eligible, families must:

* have a child living at home enrolled in an Australian school in 2023

* not have an active National Broadband Network internet service at their home* (having a mobile internet service does not affect eligibility)

* live in a premises that can access the National Broadband Network through a standard connection. NBN Co will check this for you after you apply

* register interest with your school and complete a consent form to be assessed for eligibility.

*If an address has been disconnected within 14 days prior to an eligibility check – the address will be classified as ineligible. There may be cases where exceptions can be made, please contact the School Student Broadband Initiative team at to discuss further.

How the School Student Broadband Initiative works

If you are eligible, your home internet service will be provided at no cost for one year with a participating internet provider over the National Broadband Network. Each internet provider has its own step-by-step process to get you connected, which may involve you providing identification.

Once you sign up, the internet provider will help you set up your connection. The initiative does not include devices such as a computer or tablet. Other members of your household can use the internet service provided through this initiative.

The one-year period will start from the day your service is activated with your chosen provider. At the end of the one-year period, you will not be placed onto a paid service by your internet provider without your consent. The Australian Government is considering options beyond the one-year free period.

How to apply

* Ask your school for a copy of the School Student Broadband Initiative consent form (attached here).

* Complete the consent form and return to the school.

* NBN Co will use student address details on the consent form to confirm eligibility.

* If you are eligible, NBN Co will issue a voucher for your family to use to sign up with a participating internet provider. This will be provided to you by your school.

Please note: NBN Co will review the home address for eligibility. No personal information other than your main home address will be shared with NBN Co. Please see the consent form for details about how personal information will be used.
Find out more

For more information about the School Student Broadband Initiative, visit

Community Announcements

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