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Blackfish Bulletin – June 2023

23rd June 2023

Upcoming Events

King’s Birthday – Public Holiday
Jun 9 @ 11:00 pm – Jun 10 @ 5:10 am

Students are not required for learning on this day.

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…

College Leadership

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Farewell from the Acting Principal – Christian Woodcock





Term 3 College Update from the Area Executive Director

Farewell and Best Wishes

With each passing term the College undergoes a few changes where new staff join the team, and unfortunately we say goodbye to staff who have decided to move on.


Please join us in congratulating and saying farewell to our dear colleagues and educators.


We wish them the BEST of luck on their new journey!



Vision & Value Awards

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Each week our Year 7-9 teachers award their students ‘Vision and Values points’ for students who go above and beyond standard classroom expectations.

Students receive a Vision and Values point to be added to the weekly draw, where students can win a small prize.

There are 5 Categories including:

• Honesty and Integrity
• Personal Best
• Resilience
• Respect
• Responsibility

Congratulations to all our Vision and Values Winners for the month of June, keep up the great work!



Junior School

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Year 6-7 Transition Application Update – 2024

By now guardians of perspective Year 7 students for 2024 have given their Secondary School preference list to their primary schools. This information has been passed to the Secondary Schools and is under review.

From the 20th of July onwards, accepted Year 7 students for 2024 will begin to receive their welcome letters. Students that have not been accepted will then have the opportunity to appeal. Please refer to the Department of Educations Year 6 to 7 Placement Information Pack for detailed information.

From 21st of August, accepted families will begin to receive orientation and transition information, including enrolment documents. Keep an eye on your email!

High Achievers Program – HAP

The HAP program focuses on maximising opportunities for academically talented students to excel by placing them in separate HAP classes for English and mathematics at Year 7, then expanding in Year 8 and beyond. The curriculum is delivered at a faster pace and more sophisticated level so that students can move ahead to work beyond their year level; and providing access to appropriate extension activities.

We are pleased to announce that applications for Year 7 2024 HAP will open at the commencement of Term 3 2023:  Monday 10th July.  The application process is as follows:

  • Students will be required to complete an application form via our school website, which must include a written reference from their Year 6 teacher, Year 5 NAPLAN results, and their Year 6 semester one report.  Applications must be submitted by Thursday 10th August 2023.  Please go onto our website from Monday 10th July to access this application form:
  • Following this, shortlisted students will be asked to undertake a literacy and numeracy test onsite at KWRSC, during school time, during August/early September.  Date to be confirmed.
  • Students will be offered a position in the HAP English or mathematics class (or both) following the results of this test. This position is provisional until testing of the entire cohort is undertaken during Term 4
  • We endeavour to offer places in HAP by the end of Term 3 for the next years intake.

For more information, please contact Nicola Power – Excellence Program Leader at:

Year 8 SEAL

Over the last few weeks, the 801 SEAL students have been working on developing some persuasive infomercials about a selected product in English. The final products were presented at the 801’s Infomercial Academy Award Ceremony. The students dressed up in some fancy, award ceremony worthy outfits and enjoyed some popcorn while we watched all of the incredible informercials! The winners of the people’s choice awards are Zaali, Aleisha, and Aleria.

Written by Sophie Jackson 801

Our Year 8 students dissected kidneys to investigate their structure and the function of each part.

Year 9 Sculpture Class

Over the last few weeks our Year 9 Sculpture class have been working on turning ‘Trash into Treasure’ with recycled materials to create Steampunk Robots!

The construction of the robots consisted of bottle caps, corks, screws, coils, cogs, keys, broken jewellery, buttons, and apply 3 coats of paint to create a rusty metal effect.

They were required to collaborate in teams of 2-3 students, to complete this project.

Senior School

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Year 10 Outdoor Education – Two Bays Walking Trail

The Year 10 Outdoor Education students explored the Two Bays Walking Trail Thursday 1st of June, located along the Mornington Peninsula. This overnight hike provided students with the opportunity to engage in real-world applications of classroom learning, including developing the skills required to hike, pack, cook and provide shelter in the outdoors, as well developing knowledge of indigenous relationships with Bunurong land and analysing coastal environments.



Year 11 Outdoor Education – Hardrock Climbing

On Wednesday 31st of May, the Year 11 Outdoor Education students navigated the public transport system into the Melbourne CBD to Hardrock Climbing, for the ultimate climbing experience.
After the morning of recreational indoor climbing, students investigated outdoor gear stores on Little Bourke Street to consider equipment and protective wear required to climb safely, and how this equipment has advanced over time and potentially altered how people experience the outdoors. It was such a successful day, leaving students with some fantastic experiences to use to support their classroom learning.

Year 11 Study Skills Seminar

On Wednesday 7th June, Year 11s attended a Study Skills for Success program that aimed to give students the motivation, organisational systems, study habits and resilience required to achieve academic success. The presentation captivated students as the guest speaker and accompanying live DJ were highly engaging.

The message to remember:

B – Belief

E – Excellence

S – Study

T – Toughness


Year 11 Chemistry

Year 11 Chemistry students had a great time investigating combustion reactions by lighting methane bubbles, causing them to react with the oxygen in the air. Methane is lighter than air, so when it burns it instantly rises off your hands so that they don’t burn.





Beyond The Classroom

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Clean Up The Rup

The SRC would like to say a big thank you to all who came out and supported the “Clean-Up the Rup” initiative.  An amazing 80 buckets of rubbish were collected from the yard at lunchtime with the following students winning vouchers from the draw:


  • 1st Place – Riley 801 – $50 Westfield Voucher x 8 Buckets worth of rubbish


These students received a $20 Apple Voucher for coming runners up:


  • Brianna 704
  • Aashi 801
  • John 904


Thanks so much to our College Captains Abbey Howes and Angelica Starakis for leading the day and manning the bucket station for the duration of the event.


Fight MnD Fundraiser

This Thursday 22nd of June, the SRC hosted the annual big Freeze event to raise money for Fight MND, with students having the opportunity to pay to dunk ice cold water on one of the volunteers on the basketball courts at lunch time. It was fantastic to see everyone taking turns in pitching balls at the dunk tank.

Students were encouraged to wear Free Dress for a Gold Coin donation, donning Fight MnD Beanies and Socks. At recess our SRC volunteers sold ice-cream’s between $1 and $2 in support.

Motor Neuron Disease is the name given to a group of diseases in which the nerve cells (neurons) controlling the muscles that enable us to move around, speak, swallow, and breathe, fail to work normally and eventually die.

On behalf of the SRC and Mrs Power thank you to everyone who was involved in some way, collecting and counting money, going in the dunk tank,  and just being there to help, especially our facilities team for setting up the tank. It was great to see everyone involved and the students having so much fun!

Together as a school we were able to raise $999.95!

  • Free Dress – $720.75
  • Ice-creams – $187.00
  • Dunk Tank – 92.20


Junior Boys Netball

Our Year 7 and 8 boys were eager to compete in the district boys netball competition at Casey Stadium. The level of energy shown was wonderful and the results were very pleasing.

Final results saw the A Team finish 2nd and the B Team finish 4th. A very good day was had by all.

Presentation Ball

The Presentation Balls are on Thursday June 29th and Friday June 30th, with tickets having already been purchased by the 5th of June.

Students have been busy rehearsing, and trying on formal wear in preparation for their ball.

We look forward to sharing photos with you next term.



Save The Date!

The producation of Koo Wee Rup Secondary Colleges’ own, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory peformance dates are:

  • Friday 25th of August – 7:00 PM
  • Saturday 26th of August – 1:00 PM
  • Saturday 26th of August – 7:00 PM

Please keep an eye on Compass for more details closer to the date.

Senior Basketball

Our Senior Basketball teams traveled to Cardinia Leisure for the Senior Basketball round robin competition against Kambrya College, Lakeside College, Minaret College, Officer Secondary College, and Pakenham Secondary College.

Our students put on a great show and gave it their all, but unfortunatly we didn’t make it through to the next round.

Congratulations to everyone who participated!


Careers & Pathways

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Certificate II in Animal Care

On Friday 2nd of June the VET Animal Care students had the opportunity to learn how to handle and restrain farm animals, with a visit from the Myuna Farm Mobile Ark team as part of their animal care module. The Animal Care course allows students participate in a number of hands-on activities, helping them to apply their learning in real-life situations, all whilst gaining a certification. In 2024 our College will be delivering a 1st year VET Animal Care qualification onsite, so please head to the Careers/MIPS office in the Sturt Building to speak to the new VET/Careers Coordinator Kylie Borchers for more information.

Certificate II in Commercial Cookery

This year we have changed from Kitchen Operations to Certificate II in Commercial Cookery. This course is an accredited course where students can go on to apprenticeships, and other avenues of hospitality. This class has grown from last year, with all students making great progress so far.

The new units are focused more on practice-based work, with students learning on the go. The studies include 12 cooking challenges, preparing dishes for special functions, with students having already completed 3. These include two lunches, and a morning tea, with students progressing onto more complex dining experiences such as dinners in Terms 3 and 4. The components consist of students creating invitations for 20-30 guests, with a set menu, whilst working in commercial kitchen brigade setting. Some of our students already have experience in commercial kitchens so expectations will be high.

We encourage families to try one of this semester’s recipes, during the school holidays:


Certificate II in Horticulture

Our Horticulture Students have been working on building raised garden beds at Koo Wee Rup Secondary College.
In the coming weeks, the students will be creating a herb garden, further raised vegetable gardens, focusing on propagating plants. Students are actively working in the school community to support the implementation of Paddock to Plate Program which was first established in 2022.
If you are interested in enrolling into VET Certificate II Horticulture traineeship for 2024, or if you have questions about the program, please visit the Careers/MIPS team for more information.


States School Relief

State Schools’ Relief is a not-for-profit organisation that improves the lives of tens of thousands of disadvantaged Victorian students, and their families, each year.

Their simple and practical service ensures that all students can attend school in warmth and comfort with a greater sense of belonging and improved self-esteem, which in turn enhances their educational engagement.

Quality workwear items can now be purchased online with 100% of the profits from the sales being returned to States School Relief to further benefit disadvantaged students.


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Term 2  – Wellbeing Review

This month the Wellbeing team celebrated Men’s Mental Health by hosting a morning tea and running awareness sessions with Brian from the Koo Wee Rup Regional Health Service; celebrated annually each June. The topics discussed in this session naturally flowed from the month of May, which focused on the repercussions of vaping, smoking, and other illicit drugs. The students were very responsive to the topic of vaping, even taking it upon themselves to make a pledge to abandon this habit.


Through the Men’s Shed, Brian also encourages male students to work with their hands in making or mending artifacts. Over the term on Tuesdays, students have been making a dividing wall between the dining space and workshop at the hub, using a variety of tools and resources.


For more Wellbeing resources during the holiday period, clink on the link for tips and resources for parents, carers and families of children and young people in their care.


We look forward to seeing you all next term.



Breakfast Club

Run by our Year 11 VM students the VMCafé & Breakfast Club is open for service.

Where – Located in the Café area near the Canteen

Breakfast Club – Every Tuesday and Thursday morning before school

Breakfast Club Free Menu – Spaghetti or Baked Bean Toasties, Vegemite or Honey Toast, & Muesli or Fruit Salad bowls

VMCafé – Open Tuesday & Thursday before school and Recess

VMCafé Menu – Coffee and Hot Chocolates $3 ($3.50 for Almond, Oat or Soy milk)


First Aid – Action Plans and Medication

In order 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 your 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 doctors instructions, in it’s original packaging.

Along with the signed Action Plan from your doctor, a Request to Administer Medication form filled out by the students 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!


Inclusion at Koo Wee Rup Secondary College

The Inclusion Team (formerly Program for Students with Disabilities) is here to support students with disabilities and high learning needs.

The Inclusion Team work closely with Learning Communities and the Wellbeing Team to provide students with the support to achieve their personal best at school.

In 2024 the model of funding to support students with learning difficulties and disabilities will be changing.

If your student experiences such difficulties, please feel free to contact the Inclusion Coordinator to discuss these further.

Click on the link for more information on the Disability Inclusion Reform Package.



Patient Paws

Denver, Harvey and Miranda are always a hit when they visit the College.

Their programs are designed to enhance self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationships, decision-making, and resilience skills. Developed by education specialists and mental health professionals, their unique programs incorporate Animal Assisted Interventions with their trained therapy dogs Denver and Harvey, to create an interactive and engaging experience for students and educators alike.


Using the healing power of the human-animal bond the counselling team at Patient Paws are dedicated to providing support to individuals of all ages. Denver and Harvey help assist in creating a welcoming and friendly environment and are trained to provide emotional support and comfort to those in need.




From The Office

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Administration Hours

Please note the following Administration Hours of Operation for the last day of Term 2:

  • Friday 23rd of June –  8:15 AM to 2:30 PM

Administration Hours of Operation beginning Term 3:

  • Monday –  8:15 AM to 4:15 PM

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


Blackfish Magazine 2022

We are excited to announce that our 2022 Blackfish Magazines have arrived!

Students can collect their copy from Administration:

  • Before school
  • Recess
  • Lunch
  • After School

Our sincerest apologies for the delay, and thank you for your patience.

For further information, please contact Administration

Compass – Questions and Answers, for Parents

Compass have brought out a new Compass Guide answering common questions from parents, with step-by-step instructions and images about how to use Compass on your mobile device and desktop computer:

  • Switching between accounts
  • Adding an absence note
  • Making a School Contribution
  • The Calendar
  • Booking Parent-Teacher Conferences
  • Ordering Compass Identity Cards
  • Updating contact details

And many more topics.

There are also new and exciting updates in the guide, including steps on how to login using a One-Time-Password and how to email your students teachers via the app.

This guide is in addition to the Compass Guides our College has distributed on our website in the Document Resource Centre.

Please note that not all modules discussed in the guide will be applicable to our Colllege.

We encourage you to take a look through the guide to enhance your Compass experience!

Compass Guide – Q & A Guide


Noone Imagewear

Noone Imagewear is having a sale.

The following items have been reduced to $10, while stocks last.


Community Announcements

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Power Saving Bonus

Have you claimed your Victorian Government $250 Power Saving Bonus?

It is available to ALL households to help with the cost of living pressures and make sure you are getting the best energy deal.

Go to or call 1800 000 832 to claim.

You don’t have to switch providers, but 7 out of 10 people who compare have found a cheaper deal.

Information is also available in 12 languages here:

SAVINGS FINDER is a one stop shop for government discounts, rebates and savings in a number of areas including families, health, transport, recreation, education and utilities.

Answer a few simple questions and it tailors the information to you. Visit:

If you have any questions or need assistance please contact your local State Member Jordan Crugnale MP on 5672 4755 or email


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