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From the Principal Class Team

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Dear Parents and Families

Term 4 is always a strange time of the year; we are busy finalising one year, with exams, assessments, assemblies and formals; and, at the same time, we have an eye to 2023 through orientation programs for VCE and VCE Vocational Major (VM), Step Up later in the term for Years 7 to 9, and Grade 6 orientation.  It is a time of intense planning for these programs, as well as in terms of our strategic directions as a school for 2023.

Congratulations to all of our students who have completed or are in the process of completing, exams and semester tests.  We wish you well for your results.  I also want to acknowledge the dedication and expertise of our VCE and VCAL teachers and support staff as they supported and guided our Year 12’s through their coursework, and for providing them with every possible opportunity to transition to a high quality pathway of their choice.  Our heartfelt thanks to each of them.

Congratulations, also to…..…

Mr Victor Vu and his partner on the arrival of their baby boy, Rex.  We wish them all the very best of health and happiness together as a family.

And to Wilfred Oo of Year 10 who has been accepted into the University of Melbourne Kwong Lee Dow Young Scholars Program – Class of 2024.  This is an outstanding achievement for Wilfrid as the University of Melbourne reported that they “received over 1300 applications and were highly impressed by the academic performance and community involvement demonstrated by students”.

The Kwong Lee Dow Young Scholars Program is an academic enrichment program designed to support high achieving Year 11 and Year 12 students.  Students selected as Kwong Lee Dow Young Scholas will become part of the supportive University community and peer network through a tailored program of events and activities.  These students work with the University over their final two years of secondary school to help these future leaders reach their potential.

A great deal of effort went into the submissions for applications and endorsements for this program by both the Year 10 students who applied and also Becky Annetts and Sean Ryan, the Middle Sub School staff involved.  Congratulations to Wilfred on successfully applying and well done to the other applicants.  These applications provide good experience for students and develop skills that are transferable beyond school.


We are really pleased to welcome Mr Shane Ferlazzo to our school community as our newly appointed Maintenance Officer.  Shane will commence work here on 5 December and brings a wealth of experience from previous roles in this field, We wish Shane well for his time at St Albans Secondary College.

We also welcome Angelique Imierowicz into the Individual Needs department.  Angelique is new to the education sector and brings all the necessary skills to be an integral part of the team.  We wish Angelique the very best during her time here at the College.

Facilities Projects

Our School Council is committed to ensuring that students and staff have access to the highest quality facilities in classrooms, offices, and in external spaces.

To this end, we continue to develop and fund redevelopment and renovation works across the school.  Over the last few weeks, the senior Science prep rooms on the C Floor have been completely refurbished with better storage and safer chemical preparation facilities for staff and students. 

Work will commence over coming weeks on renovating the Wood Technology room to create easier, safer access to machinery and tools for students; on construction of new garden beds, seating and shade; and on completing the outdoor chess sets.

We are also considering options for a renovation or rebuild of the Performing Arts Centre.  Initial sketches and pricing for both have been developed, and we are investigating funding for this.  As you can appreciated, it is a major project and is part of our medium-term facilities planning.

Class of 2022 Farewell

It was wonderful to have a final farewell for the Class of 2022 at Luxor Receptions Centre on Thursday 17 November.  There was alot of dancing and celebrations as the students said goodbyes to their class mates and teachers.  We would like to wish all the students the best in their future endeavours, whether this is education and training or employment.  Also, good luck to the VCE students who will receive their results on Monday 12 December.  Remember the Senior Sub School team and Careers team are here to provide support and advice to all the studens who may need it.


Exams, Orientation, Semester Tests and Reports

We are right in the midst of exam and orientation time at the College.  Year  9 Semester Tests have just finished, and Year 10 exams finish next week.  Year 10 students will commence Year 11 Orientation for both VCE and VCE VM on Thursday 24 November. 

Reports for Years 7 to 10 will be available on Tuesday 13 December.  As always, Year Level Coordinators will be in touch with families where there are concerns with these reports.  If you have any questions please contact your child’s YLC.

Step Up and End of Year Activities

We are fast approaching the end of the year and with that comes a range of experiences for students, including opportunities to have a taste of their Year Level for 2023.  The Step Up program will run from Thursday 8 December until Monday 12 December. All classes will operate on the timetable for their next year and will be provided classes that will give them some front loading to assist prepare students for  the expectations and program for their next year.

Please note that Monday 12 December is the last school day for Year 9 students. They will finish at the usual time on that day.

Activities week runs for Years 7 and 8 over a 4 day program from Tuesday 13 to Friday 16 December.  Students will work through a range of activities provided by Key Learning Areas, Wellbeing, The Junior Sub School and Careers. It is a traditional part of our calendar and provides opportunities to do some physical activities, be creative, think about future pathways, and take part in challenges and problem solving.  We will provide some photos taken during these activities for the next newsletter.

End of Year Student Free Days and Dates

The following are student free days in Term 4:

  • Thursday 17 November – Teaching Staff Professional Practice Day (student free day)
  • Monday 5 December – Report Writing Day
  • Monday 19 December – Curriculum Day


The following are the last day of term for each Year Level:

Year 11: Wednesday 23 November – dismissal 3.10 pm

Year 10: Friday 2 December – dismissal 1.30 pm

Year 9: Monday 12 December – dismissal 3.10 pm

Year 7 & 8: Friday 16 December – dismissal 2.30 pm






From the General Office

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General Office Hours 

8:15am to 4:15pm   

Compass Communication

Any important information will be sent to parents and families via the Compass News Feed.  Parents are asked to ensure that they have access to Compass.



General Office Payments

Preferred method of payment for School Events and Curriculum Contributions is via the Compass school management system.  Parents will log in to this system using their allocated unique User ID and a temporary password.  Payments can be made through the Action Centre from the home screen.  Please contact the General Office on 9366 2555 should you need further information. 





ID Cards

Students are reminded that they require their ID cards with them when they present to the front office.

Student Lunches at the General Office

Families are advised that the General Office is unable to accept lunches for student collection.  Please discuss and prepare for a different course of action with your child, should they forget to bring their lunch to school.

College Expectations 

Attendance, Uniform, Punctuality  

We greatly appreciate the support we receive from parents to make sure that your child attends school regularly and punctually, is in full uniform, and is well prepared for all classes with books and equipment.


Students must have a minimum of 90% attendance in all classes at each year level.


Full uniform must be worn to and from school, at school and on all school excursions, including interschool sports.


Students are expected to be punctual at the start of each day and for all classes. Any student who is late more than 4 times will have a Friday detention from 3:20pm to 5:20pm. 

Sustainable School Shop

The Sustainable School Shop website is available to purchase and/or sell second-hand uniforms and used textbooks.

 Parents can log in or register at any time at

When selling items, click the Sell Uniforms button and follow the prompts. Assistance is given to construct your “For Sale” ads including a pricing guide.

To see the ads for items currently on sale or to obtain the seller details, you will need to log-in to the Sustainable School Shop website, click the blue Stocktake button and then click the item you need. Buyers contact the seller directly.

 Sellers are asked to delist For Sale Ads as items sell.

Student Absence 

Parents and guardians are now able to leave student absence messages directly with the relevant Sub School.

Follow the telephone prompts to be connected to the Sub School needed.

  • Wait for the beep before leaving a message
  • State who you are, eg:  I am the parent of ……..  and clearly state your child’s name and home group
  • Clearly state the reason for your child’s absence and how long they will be absent for

Please ensure that your message is audible (not on speaker phone) and there is no background noise.  

Camps, Sports, Events Fund (CSEF)

Parents with a valid Health Care Card may be eligible to apply for the CSEF.  The CSEF is a yearly payment for each child in the family attending our College.  This payment is to assist with the cost of Camps, Sports and Excursions for your child to attend.  Applications for CSEF close on 22 June, 2022 and forms can be downloaded from our College website or obtained from reception.

State School Relief (SSR)

Should you have a valid Health Care Card and require assistance to purchase school uniform and/or school shoes; you may be eligible for SSR. Health Care Card holders with students enrolled in the VCAL program may also be eligible for assistance with the purchase of personal protective gear. Please enquire at the General Office.


Important Dates & Calendar

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Monday, 21 November

All Day Year 12 VCE/VCAL Orientation

All Day Year 10 Exams

09:15AM – 10:10AM VHAP Maths Calathea

03:30PM – 04:30PM iTrack Program

Tuesday, 22 November

All Day Year 12 VCE/VCAL Orientation

All Day Year 10 Exams

All Day VET Orientation

08:55AM – 03:10PM Year 8D Strathbogie Camp

11:50AM – 12:40PM Le Mana Program

02:00PM – 02:55PM VHAP English Teal

05:30PM – 07:30PM Grade 6 Welcome Evening

Wednesday, 23 November

All Day Year 12 VCE/VCAL Orientation (Last Day)

All Day Year 10 Exams (Last Day)

08:55AM – 03:10PM Year 8D Strathbogie Camp

08:55AM – 10:35AM Year 9 Advance Incursion

02:20PM – 03:10PM STOMP – Chill Skills Replacement Program

Thursday, 24 November

All Day Year 11 VCE/VCAL Orientation

08:55AM – 03:10PM Year 8D Strathbogie Camp

11:00AM – 11:50AM Art Therapy

Friday, 25 November

All Day Year 11 VCE/VCAL Orientation

11:35AM – 12:30PM VHAP Maths Chrysantheum

Monday, 28 November

All Day Year 11 VCE/VCAL Orientation

11:35AM – 12:30PM VHAP Maths Calathea

Tuesday, 29 November

All Day Year 11 VCE/VCAL Orientation

10:25AM – 11:20AM VHAP English Teal

11:50AM – 12:40PM Le Mana Program

Wednesday, 30 November

All Day Year 11 VCE/VCAL Orientation

08:55AM – 03:10PM Year 8G Strathbogie Camp

11:00AM – 12:40PM Year 9 Dance Celebration Rhearsals and Technical Run

11:50AM – 12:40PM STOMP – Chill Skills Replacement Program

Thursday, 1 December

All Day Year 11 VCE/VCAL Orientation (Last Day)

08:55AM – 03:10PM Year 8G Strathbogie Camp

11:00AM – 11:50AM Art Therapy

Friday, 2 December

All Day Year 10 Last Day of Classes

All Day Year 10 Assembly

08:55AM – 03:10PM Year 8G Strathbogie Camp

09:15AM – 10:10AM VHAP Maths Chrysantheum

11:00AM – 12:40PM Year 9 Dance Celebration Rehearsal and Technical Run

06:30PM – 11:00PM Year 10 Formal

Monday, 5 December

All Day Report Writing Day (Student Free)

09:15AM – 10:10AM VHAP Maths Calathea (Online)

Tuesday, 6 December

11:00AM – 12:40PM Year 9 Dance Celebration Rehearsal and Technical Run

02:00PM – 02:55PM VHAP English Teal

Wednesday, 7 December

08:45AM – 03:10PM Advance – Dukes Award Camp (Lorne)

08:55AM – 10:35AM Year 9 Dance Celebration Rehearsal and Technical Run

11:00AM – 12:40PM Year 9 Assembly

01:30PM – 03:10PM Year 9 Dance Celebration

02:20PM – 03:10PM STOMP – Chill Skills Replacement Program

Thursday, 8 December

All Day Years 7 to 9 Step Up Day

08:45AM – 03:10PM Advance – Dukes Award Camp (Lorne)

Friday, 9 December

All Day Years 7 to 9 Step Up Day

08:45AM – 03:10PM Advance – Dukes Award Camp (Lorne)

11:35AM – 12:30PM VHAP Maths Chrysantheum

Monday, 12 December

All Day Years 7 to 9 Step Up Day

All Day Year 9 (Last Day)

08:55AM – 03:10PM Year 8F Strathbogie Camp

11:35AM – 12:30PM VHAP Maths Calathea

Tuesday, 13 December

08:55AM – 03:10PM Grade 6 Orientation

08:55AM – 03:10PM Year 8F Strathbogie Camp

Wednesday, 14 December

08:55AM – 03:10PM Year 8F Strathbogie Camp

11:50AM – 12:40PM STOMP – Chill Skills Replacement Program

Friday, 16 November

All Day Year 7 & 8 (Last Day)

All Day Year 7 Assembly

All Day Year 8 Assembly

Monday, 19 December

Term 4 – End of Term

All Day Curriculum Day (Student Free)

New Staff at St Albans Secondary College

New Staff at St Albans Secondary College
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Angelique Imierowicz

Hello St Albans Secondary Colleage Team,

My name is Angelique amd I am married with two beautiful children.  I have been a reisdent of St Albans  for the past 21 years and have seen it transpire into an amazing suburb, offfering good infrastructure, multicultured people and amazing schools.

I am new to the education sector and previously had extensive experience in sales and marketing, along with with administration and operations coordinator roles.

I am excited to be part of St Albans Secondary College and thrilled to have the privelege to work alongside an amazing Individual Needs Team.







Junior School Report

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Our 8J students had a more eventful camp than usual.  On the afternoon of 13 October, the students were returning to the Strathbogie camp after a day spent in Benalla.  The weather had closed in and the local area and received a lot of rain.  The students had returned to Euroa from Benalla and the teachers checked the road conditions with local authorities.  At that time the road was open and other than taking a high degree of care with wet conditions, everything was fine to climb the hill back to camp.  The students were only a few kilometres from the campsite when a fallen tree blocked their route.  Several alternative routes were tried, and each time a tree blocked their path.  At this point the teachers enlisted the help of a local farmer.  The farmer worked tirelessly for several hours to remove fallen trees and at one point used his tractor to help get the bus through a tricky spot.  By the time the students made it back to camp it was well past the usual time for lights out and in fact, the electricity was off! 


At all times the students were calm, composed and assisted the teachers.  They followed instructions and showed a resilient mindset.  Whilst the events of camp weren’t planned, they have made for some good stories and should provide the students with confidence if they are in a similar situation. 

Mr Craig Moore – Junior Sub School Leader

Middle School Report

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Year 9 and 10 students are now coming towards the last few weeks of their school year, and semester exams and tests will be taken over the next few weeks.  Following the test and exam periods, Yr 10 students will begin VCE and VCE VM orientation classes, and Yr 9 will complete the last few weeks of term with their timetabled teachers to review their learning this year and to introduce them to the curriculum for their studies in 2023.

A number of Year 9 students have been selected to take part in the Victorian Youth Leaders Global Youth Forum with students from countries in the Asia and Pacific region. Their online sessions will guide them towards an understanding of global issues, global citizenship, active student voice and agency, in order to become young change makers. Thank you to Ms Emily Dickinson for her work in selecting and supporting the students to take part in this amazing opportunity.

The Year 10 formal committee have started raising funds to support the celebrations for the formal at the end of the year, and have a number of activities planned for the next few weeks. We are looking forward to seeing what they have in store.

We wish all Yr 9 and 10 students all the best for their upcoming tests and exams.

Year 9 Important Dates
  • Semester Two Exams – Monday 14 November – Wednesday 16 November
  • Year 9 Final Awards and Celebration Assembly – Wednesday 7 December  
  •  Year 9 to 10 ‘Step Up Program’ – Thursday 8 December to Monday 12 December
  •  Last Day for Year 9 – Monday 12 December
 Year 10 Important Dates
  • Semester Two Exams – Wednesday 16 November to Wednesday 23 November
  •  Yr 12 VCE Orientation – Thursday 10 November to Wednesday 23 November (for accelerated students)
  •  Yr 11 VCE Orientation – Thursday 24 November to Thursday 1 December
  •  Yr 11 VET Orientation – Tuesday 22 November
  • Yr 11 VCE VM Orientation – Thursday 24 November & Friday 25 November
  • Last Day for Year 10 – Friday 2 December (all students to attend)
  • Year 10 Formal – Friday 2 December


Becky Annetts – Middle Sub School Leader

Senior School Report

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Year 12 VCAA Exams

The Year 12 VCAA external examinations have almost concluded for the year. Thank you to our experienced VCAA exam supervisors and the Senior Sub School team who ensured the smooth running of the exams. Thank you also to our Year 12 VCE students who attended all their exams on time and were always well prepared. We wish them the best of luck with their final results, which will be released on December 12, 2022.

Western Health Partnership

On Thursday 20 October, a group of Year 12 VCAL students attended the Rehabilitation Ward at Sunshine Hospital to deliver their complex project. In consultation with the patients and occupational therapists, the VCAL students built an outdoor hardwood table and bench, and created ‘nature inspired’ artwork and mosaic. The students did a fantastic job, and the hospital staff were appreciative of their efforts. The students’ work will contribute to creating a warm, welcoming and aesthetically pleasing environment for the hospital community.


Year 11 VCAL Community Project

On Wednesday 26 October, the VCAL students ran a fundraiser to support the Interact Club to reach their financial target for Project W – WASH for Education. The students planned, organised and ran stalls selling homemade sushi rolls, popcorn, barbeque, donuts, truffles, homemade toffee apples, a raffle and more. They raised a total of $1,090.75. All proceeds raised will go towards Project W to provide clean and safe drinking water to schools in Cambodia. Thank you to everyone who supported the cause.


Transition from VCAL to the VCE VM

This is the last year that VCAL will run at St Albans Secondary College. In 2023, the VCE VM (Vocational Major) will replace the existing VCAL at the Intermediate and Senior levels. The VCE Vocational Major is a two-year vocational and applied learning program that will enable transition into apprenticeships, traineeships, further education and training and university (via non-ATAR pathways). For further information regarding the VCE VM see:

Orientation Programs

Our Year 11 VCE students started their Year 12, 2023 Orientation Program on Thursday 10th November 2022, and our VCE VM students started on Monday 14th November 2022. The VCE Students will have completed their first formative assessment by the end of the program.

The Year 11 Orientation Program will run from Thursday 24th November to Thursday 1st December 2022.

Year 12 Formal

The Year 12 students are looking forward to celebrating at their formal this Thursday,17th November 2022 at Luxor Reception Centre. 176 tickets have been sold so far. Photos to follow in the next Newsletter.


Ms Marlene Cassar – Senior Sub School Leader

Wellbeing Team

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Diversity Champions Network

At the end of Term 3, we sent a call out to all staff and students to join the Diversity Champions Network. 

This group has met three times to discuss ways in which we can promote a safe and inclusive culture that embraces differences at St Albans Secondary College.

The Diversity Champions Network will be running events and learning opportunities for everyone in the community.

We would welcome any new students or staff who would like to join the group.

If you would like to sign up or would like more information, please email



Anne Ingram- Mental Health Practioner


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As the school year draws to a close and the alumni sessions wrap up, we have space to give time to reflection and, bom, bom, bom… data collection.  Every year I create an Achievement Pack which outlines every session, event, and alumni contribution.  This pack enables us to gauge growth and impact, and also, to give ourselves a little pat on the back.

As demonstrated by the infographic below, our program has truly blossomed in 2022 and the impact the program has had on students is reflected in the record number of Year 12 students agreeing to be included in the alumni community.  So next year, I expect, the alumni program is going to be off the charts!

Ms Nicole Gurd – Alumni Coordinator



Year 9 Advance Program

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SCOPE Sessions

Over the course of two weeks, the Advance class attended sessions brought to us by Jake who is a presenter from SCOPE. SCOPE is Australia’s largest and most trusted disability service provider, which supports thousands of people with different disabilities including intellectual and physical. We have attended two sessions so far and our third one will take place on 23 November, which we are so excited about, especially since another presenter from SCOPE will be joining us! All three sessions allow our class to work towards meeting the Advance learning modules.

Our first session, named ‘Understanding Disability & Diversity’ was essentially an introduction to learning about the wonderful world of disability, where we completed a number of activities that accessed our prior knowledge and developed ideas and questions we wanted to explore. We were educated about the social model of disability, through watching a variety of videos that delved into the first-person experiences of individuals with a disability. Furthermore, we brainstormed ideas about how to improve a variety of environments, to make it more accessible for those with disabilities. Some ideas included rearranging the organisation of products in a grocery store, for easier accessibility.

In our second session titled ‘Communicating Successfully With Others’, we learnt Auslan, which is a shortened term for ‘Australian sign language’. We watched multiple videos about individuals using sign language as daily communication. Our class learnt how to spell our names and a range of other simple sentences and words, using sign language. In addition to this, we participated in a quick activity that gave insight into how people rely on using Auslan, which included making our own communication board. A communication board is used by a number of individuals, in order to easily communicate, as they may struggle with speech difficulties. The board consists of a variety of symbols, images, and simple everyday language like ‘yes’ and ‘no’. In terms of how to use the board to accurately communicate one’s intention, the user can point towards, gesture or blink for the different images or words, essentially explaining what they want to convey.

Our last SCOPE session in two weeks time is titled, ‘See The Person’. We can’t wait to see what’s in store for us next, and what more we can learn about the wonderful world of disability.


Written by – Haily Le 9C.


Jennifer Papagianopoulos – Advance Program Coordinator

Community News

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Anglicare – Foster Care Information Session
Public Speaking and Drama Program


Footscray Lacrosse Club – Recruiting




St Albans Football Club – Recruiting

The St Albans Football Club is a proud community football club located in the Western Suburbs of Melbourne and based at Errington Reserve St Albans and Kings Park Reserve, Gillespie Road St Albans. 

In addition to its core football roots, St Albans Football Club presents an open accessible face, welcoming members and guests into its sporting and social programs from the broad spectrum of cultures within its melting pot suburb.

Our “Vision” is to be the sporting club of choice for our community, encouraging all to participate with no barriers to entry and success.








Albion Football Club – Recruiting














Swimland Swim Club