Principal Team Report
Welcome back all students, staff and parents, to a very busy start to Term Two.
ANZAC DAY ASSEMBLY
Last Friday, we held a student-led whole school assembly in honour of Anzac Day. In front of special guests, Geoff Spicer, our College Council President and members of Mont Albert and Surrey Hills Rotary Club, we stood for both the New Zealand and Australian national anthems, delivered movingly by music teacher Olivia Foy and her student choir. Our school captains then delivered thoughtful reflections on what Anzac day means to them, including a poignant speech by Arun Olifent on the time-honoured Anzac concepts of courage, endurance, initiative, discipline and mateship.
College Principal Marianne Lee then delivered a speech co-written with senior history teacher, Jonathan Moore, on the often unsung but critical role played by Australian women in times of war. Our students behaved beautifully and observed a respectful minute of silence; the assembly culminated with the ceremonial laying of the wreath by our student leaders. Thank you to past parent Cath Bennie who made the beautiful wreath for this special occasion.
On Tuesday of this week, we held our annual Open Day and Evening. Attendance at school tours and the evening information session was excellent: the College teemed with activity and parents were provided with an authentic Koonung school day, with many classroom visits along each individual tour. These visits were completely unannounced and all classrooms were a potential destination. The calm, friendly environment displayed is such a credit to the students and staff of Koonung, and many parents on my tour provided glowing feedback on the engaging teaching and learning witnessed, the serene and warm work environment, the strong relationships which exist within the Koonung community and the articulateness and confidence of our students. Senior and Middle school captains joined each tour and were a valuable and informative resource for future parents and students.
On that note, the evening’s formal presentation saw some of our middle and senior school students deliver their reflections of their experiences of Koonung life. Our student speakers, School Captains Annaliese Hawkins and Sebastian Jose, along with Chloe Pedler 9B, Max Dooley 9E, Abby Hocking 7F and Peter Spiridis 7C, delivered warm, intelligent and often humorous speeches which highlighted the experiences of a Koonung student from years 7 to 12. Taneka Huber 8F and Ben Harding 8D entertained guests in the foyer with a string duet and Middle School
Director of Learning Allira Howe presented a strong message of the opportunity and support available at Koonung and outlined key ways in which parents can collaborate with their children to ensure an involved and rich school experience. Henry Andrew led the Swing Band in a lively and well received performance. A final session in the library, catered by our wonderful PFA, was a successful end to the day, as prospective parents and students interacted with many students, our Leadership team and parent representatives.
It was a delightful day which showcased to the public what a great community we have at Koonung.
Finally, I would like to acknowledge the work completed over the term break. A number of rooms, including Marianne Lee’s office and the Senior Centre, were painted and refurbished. There was significant work done around the grounds. Below is a summary list.
Autumn break jobs:
- Paint and new carpet - Marianne’s office
- Change clocks
- Check furniture
- Paint Senior centre
- Carpet in Senior entrance foyer
- Carpet repaired in room 28
- Change locks in staff rooms to 1.11 x 3
- Projector and speakers installed in resource centre
- Paintwork touched up throughout College
- Grounds tidied up
- Perimeter fencing replaced
- Holes in admin plaster repaired and painted