McKinnon Secondary College was again very well represented and we brought home the trophy for our sixth consecutive win.
I’d like to acknowledge the staff for their generosity of time and energy. Their willingness to give so much ensures each and every student who wants to participate actually can!
I congratulate all students, Mr Blackwood, Ms Hatch, Mr Braniska and Mrs Hooper for a sensational day and a great success story.
HOUSE MUSIC NIGHT
Congratulations to all involved in the 2014 House Music Night. I especially would like to pay tribute to the House Music Captains for their commitment, enthusiasm and talent.
The evening was electric and the atmosphere demonstrated the incredible dedication by all the students involved. I thank the families, friends and all school staff who came along to support the children. There were many ex-McKinnon students in attendance and this created a strong sense of community.
Thank you also to Ms Theresa Kirk and all other Music staff involved for their guidance.
Congratulations to FLYNN for their very impressive win!!
ANNUAL REPORT PUBLIC MEETING
The Annual Report Public Meeting was held last Tuesday night at the College. We are very pleased to report McKinnon Secondary College continues to build on its strengths in academic performance and student well-being.
We are very grateful to the parents who attended this meeting and thank them for their contribution to the college. I would like to acknowledge and thank Mr Kan and Mr Evans for their wonderful efforts in preparing the Annual Report for 2013.
On Monday night I attended a ceremony at Monash University with Mr Quinn and Ms Lehmann where three of our high achieving Year 10 students received an opportunity to become ‘Monash Scholars’.
Sarah Mullane, Bianca Pardo and Sarah Andrew have been selected because of their impressive academic achievements but also their contribution to school and community. I congratulate the three girls and wish them continued success.
COMPUTATIONAL THINKING SUCCESS
Last week selected students in Years 9 and 12 were invited to participate in the Australia-wide Bebras Computational Thinking Challenge run by National ICT Australia and supported by the Australian Government Department of Communications and Digital Careers. Bebras is an international initiative whose goal is to promote computational thinking for students in school years 3-13 and is aligned with, and supports, the new Australian Digital Technologies Curriculum.
The challenges were made up of a set of short questions called Bebras tasks and delivered via the cloud. To solve the tasks, students were required to think in and about information, discrete structures, computation, data processing, and algorithmic concepts, outlining an aspect of computational thinking and testing the talent of the participants.
Special mention to Brett Patrick of Year 9 and Ben Flavell, Jamahl Carter and Ido Brown of Year 12 who were all recognised as being at the top of their year level category.
Thank you to Ms Polan for her contribution and effortless work in assisting these students to enable them to participate in this event and achieve such high standards.