It was a wonderful night last Friday night as mentioned in the Compass post on Monday. Thank you again to our tremendous volunteers and staff.


We have had a positive response to our parent nominations for school council. We have five positions available and six candidates. An election has therefore been declared and the candidates are; Natasha Hosein, Robert Jacob, Wayne Kitney, Soren Lange, Rebecca Newboult and Louise Schirmer. The list of candidates was posted at school on Wednesday 21st February 2018. Ballot papers will be distributed to parents on Monday 26th February and will be found in the eldest child’s bag on this day. The ballot closes on Monday 5th March 2018 at 4pm. Please see your ballot paper for instructions on how to lodge your vote.


We are one step closer in upgrading our school oval. Last week after a long tender process a supplier has been selected to complete all the work. Grass Sports is the successful company and final designs will be presented early next week. The oval upgrade is estimated to take approximately 6 weeks with works beginning prior to the March school holidays. The scope of the work includes a safe corridor for staff and students to access the main site. Students on the eastern site will still have access to the toilets and the tennis courts to play on and be able to access the main site at lunch. There will be more details provided to parents once we have a definite start date. This is a very exciting time for McKinnon Primary community.


On Monday night the school council met. The following agenda items were addressed;

  1. The school’s Annual Implementation Plan (AIP) was endorsed and will be placed on our website for parents to access.
  2. The Year 4 camp to Camp Oasis was approved. Planning by the teachers is well underway as it will be a very enjoyable camp for our Year 4 students.
  3. Confirmation of all School Council dates for 2018 (listed on Compass) were made.
  4. Thank you to the School Council members whose term is completed.
  5. The Glen Eira Council are investigating ways to improve the safety conditions on Tucker Road for all our students. We have received correspondence that the council are looking at introducing a 40km/h zone outside our school between the hours of 8:00am and 4:00pm. This positive progress was well received by School Council.



When you log into COMPASS you will see your news feed/news tab and find the following message: Insight Cycle Open Your input/feedback is requested for 2018. Click here to proceed.

This link will enable you to provide consent for your child/children. We are seeking consent for media and photography, walking excursions and collection and distribution of class lists and year level lists for our Parents’ Club – lass Representatives and for your use to communicate with families within your class. We are asking all parents/carers to complete this by Friday 2nd March 2018.


From the 6th till the 14th February, thirteen of our Year 6 students attended the Department of Education organised Somers’ Camp with another 147 students from neighbouring schools.

Students were grouped into eight huts and were responsible for making their own beds, cleaning their huts as well as a competing in a sustainability competition. They eagerly participated in the flying fox, environmental studies, bird watching, searching for cuttlefish, snake and lizard handling, bush dancing, surfing, transparency art, rock-climbing and high ropes course and students even had to present a “Weather Report” in their activity groups. Congratulations to all our brave and independent campers spending a whole nine days away from home!

‘It was a really good learning experience overall and it is a time in my life I will never forget.’ – Arnav Mittal, 6A


On Wednesday the 14th of July, a little cupid paid us a welcome visit in the school library at lunchtime!

Students participated in various paper origami activities and went on a “blind date with a book” meaning that they chose a book from a lucky dip of books that had been wrapped in paper so they could not see the front cover. This fabulous idea encouraged students to commit to having a go at reading a book without judging it on its cover. This encourages students to read from a wider variety of sources and gave them a lot to talk about with each other. A big thank you to all those who made this particular lunchtime memorable for the students.

Have a great weekend

Simone, Ben and Suzanne