2021 GERMAN MODEL UN - first online conference

On Thursday 15 July, selected German students from Years 9, 11 and 12 were very lucky to take part in the annual GERMAN MODEL UN Conference just before another lockdown. Due to COVID restrictions this event took place online and a group of advanced German students from Victoria joined this event. Before this event, students had to prepare their position papers and whilst they are normally read during the General Assembly, this time they needed to be recorded and previewed before the UN Conference online. During the viewing of all countries’ position speeches, students were asked to fill out a Friends and Foe sheet, looking for allies to support their amendments or which countries they would have questions for. 


Teachers had to register tickets for a Virtual Hub for all team members to join the event on the day. 


On the day of this conference, the two teams representing Denmark and Namibia were working in breakout rooms joining a Zoom Meeting to discuss the topic Planet Ocean: Protecting the World´s Oceans, Seas and Marine Resources


After an Opening Speech of the Secretary-General of the UN, António Guterres online and an introduction to the day of the representative Secretary-General of the day, Karin Täubner, students started their discussion in the Assembly Hall. They needed to activate Virtual Hand Raisers when they wanted to speak and wait for the General Secretary to give them the floor. 


In Negotiation Chambers students discussed and argued the articles of the resolution, made amendments to the draft resolution and finally voted on the final resolution for the day. 


It was amazing to see students perform with such passion and enthusiasm in this first ever online German Model UN: The skills required for this event support and challenge very advanced students of German. Congratulations to Sophia Diegelmann, Sofia Linardou, Persephone Gardner, Louisa D´Ambra, Yuhan Ye and Lily Baldwin who further developed their language skills before and during this event and performed on an outstanding level on the day.  


MIFF moves with the moment

Due to the evolving COVID environment the annual Melbourne International Film Festival had to be rescheduled to 13–22 August. The hybrid festival MIFF 69 will change the order of the festival program to ensure the audiences can access the movies wherever they are. 


MIFF returns to familiar theatres across Melbourne’s CBD while also expanding into the suburbs and regional centres.


Streaming will now be available on MIFF Play for the full duration of the festival, commencing with a digital launch screening of CODA on 5 August, followed by a huge selection of titles available on demand from 6 to 22 August.


Enjoy an international movie with your family and friends! Please click here for the program!


The Future U exhibition, curated by Jonathan Duckworth and Evelyn Tsitas, scrutinizes our preconceived notions towards art and artificial intelligence. 


This exhibition simultaneously explores our urge to make machines human, and our ever-growing desire to augment our bodies with technology.


The works of four important German artists are featured in the exhibition Future U: Bettina von Arnim, Maina-Miriam Munsky, Mario Klingemann und Christian Mio LoClair. 


WHEN:   Thu 29.07.2021 - Sat 23.10.2021

WHERE: RMIT Gallery, 344 Swanston Street 



CONTACT: 03 9864 8923


Andrea Fowler

Head of Languages


The Year 9 and 10 French teachers are very proud of the performances of our students in the annual Berthe Mouchette competition run by the Alliance Française. We have been notified today that four of our McKinnon students were awarded the highest mark - BRILLANT - and will be competing in the online finals later in the term.  


Congratulations and best wishes for the finals to:


Louie Allen (Year 9)

Jenny Cheon (Year 9)

Evelyn Kouprine (Year 9)

Luka Magee (Year 10)




Madame Dickson, Madame Jimenez &, Madame Lynd

French Teachers


On Wednesday 14 July, we celebrated the French National Day, also known as Bastille Day, at school.


In the lead-up to the event, students participated in quizzes, games and decoration-making activities. I was amazed to see how knowledgeable the vast majority of students were about this holiday and the history behind it.


Staff also joined in the fun. Activities included a morning tea and a quiz.


Thank you to everyone who wore bleu, blanc and rouge on the day.


Merci encore et à l'année prochaine !


Monsieur Cédric Chamontin

French Teacher