During Lockdown 4.0 the PE team has challenged the school community to get involved with #thepushupchallenge to raise awareness and funds for better mental health.


Research shows that 75 per cent of mental health disorders develop before the age of 25. The work Headspace does in helping young people aged 12 – 25 through challenging times in their life and supporting them to get back on track and live their full potential, is so important.


With the extraordinary amount of money raised, Headspace has been able to focus on developing their Friends and Family approach – a critical piece of work that up until now, they hadn’t been able to dedicate sufficient resources.


With the funds raised through #thepushupchallenge since 2017 the Headspace team have accomplished many initiatives:

  • Developing and implementing a clear framework and specific resources for better family and friend’s integration in Headspace centres in Australia;
  • Creating psychoeducation sessions, helping family and friends of young people understand what their young person is going through;
  • Growing the membership of the Headspace Family and Friends Reference Group who share their knowledge to ensure the work of Headspace is helpful and meaningful;
  • Publishing new website resources which provide help and support to family and friends;
  • Developing training and resources for Headspace centres to build family inclusive services.

It’s not too late to get involved. You can join the challenge and the McKinnon Community using these links or, sponsor the McKinnon Community to help continue the amazing work headspace is doing.




Follow the link and hit donate. Every little bit helps!!!


Jennifer Pemberton

Head of PE & Sport


On Wednesday 26 May McKinnon took a Boys and Girls Intermediate Basketball team to the Victorian College Championships held at the State Basketball Centre. The Girls team consisted of two Year 10s, two Year 9s and three Year 7s girls (due to some late withdrawals) and defeated King David and drew against Berwick but lost to Luther College in the pool matches and again in the final to finish 2nd.


The Boys team defeated Berwick and Luther in the pool matches but lost to Edinburgh College. We defeated Luther in overtime in the semi-final and won via forfeit against Berwick in the final. The Boys team now moves to the Championship finals on Wednesday 17 June.


Good Luck Boys!


James Bridges



On Wednesday 26 May, during Periods 3 and 4 9P got to participate in a Gridiron Workshop. We had a lot of fun and learnt the basic fundamentals of the game. We started off by splitting into three different teams. We learnt the rules of the game and then played a few rounds of knockout. One team would be offence and the other would be defence. The team not playing would practice their throwing skills. 




What we found the most fun was creating plans to trick the enemies so that we could successfully get the ball into the end zone. In conclusion, we are very grateful for this opportunity and proud of the skills we have learnt.


Zachary Gordon (Year 9)