Tech Schools are coming

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The Tech Schools initiative is part of the Victorian Government’s commitment to creating the Education State by ensuring every Victorian has access to an excellent education. This exciting initiative will invest $128 million to construct and establish 10 Tech Schools across the state with further ongoing funding to support operation.

Tech Schools will be hosted on TAFE or university campuses, to introduce students to the tertiary education environment and smooth their pathways into post-secondary education and training.

The 10 high-tech centres of learning that will use leading-edge technology, discovery and innovation to deliver the advanced education and training that Victorian school students will need to flourish in the rapidly changing global economy.


Be Spectacular!

Is your child interested in the performing arts or getting experience in the music and events industry?

Registrations are now open for government school students to participate in the 2017 Victorian State Schools Spectacular, which will be staged at Hisense Arena on Saturday 16 September 2017 and filmed for television broadcast.

Talented young musicians, dancers, singers, skaters or acrobats can submit a video audition, and students interested in audio, lighting, film, photography or stage management can register to gain work experience.

The Spectacular is one of Australia’s largest recurring performances and brings together 3000 Victorian government school students in a showcase event.

This program, run by the Department of Education and Training, helps to develop each student’s performance skills, discipline, perseverance, cooperation and confidence under the training of industry professionals.

The Spectacular program contributes to a number of Victoria’s Education State targets, including: more students reaching the highest level of achievement in the arts, ensuring kids are happy, healthy and resilient, and increasing pride in our schools.

To register and get more information, see: 2017 Victorian State Schools’ Spectacular


Victoria University Open Day 28th August

Once again, it’s time for many of our students to seriously consider life after school. VU aims to make this transition all about opportunity and personal victory, rather than stress.

VU Open Day on Sunday 28 August is an invaluable event for students, and a great way to stay up-to-date with the options available.

Students can also explore the facilities at VU’s main campus, Footscray Park, speak to course coordinators, academics and students, and see some of the amazing achievements of current and past students. Be sure to visit the mesmerising Skunk Control light installation, where science and art collide. A student art exhibition, live music, basketball will inspire, and you’ll gain great insight by meeting some of VU’s partners, such as the Western Bulldogs, Melbourne Vixens and Malthouse Theatre.

We encourage students to register to attend VU Open Day 2016. Just by registering, they will go in the running to win an incredible Victory is VU prize pack of their choice worth $3000.

Sunday 28 August
10am – 3pm
Footscray Park Campus,
Ballarat Road, Footscray

Warm regards
The KSC Careers Team


Term 3 Important Dates

July 11, 2016
Term 3 Important Dates
Dear Parents / Carers,

There are a number of important dates on the Term 3 calendar of which we would like to inform parents. Please be aware of the following changes to normal school days this term and the arrangements for the upcoming exams.

Thursday 14th July – Year 10 to 11 Course Info Evening (6.30pm)
Year 10 students and their parents are invited to attend an information evening which highlights all of the course requirements for Year 11 in both the VCE and VCAL streams. There will be a presentation on the process to choose a stream, course counselling and information on the variety of subjects we offer in Year 11 & 12.

Thursday 21st July – Year 8 to 9 & 9 to 10 Course Info Evening (6.30pm)
Year 8 & 9 students and their parents are invited to attend an information evening which highlights all of the course requirements for Years 8 & 9. There will be a presentation on the process to choose electives.

Thursday 28th July – VTAC Information Evening (6.30pm)
Year 12 students are invited to attend the evening looking at all requirements for choosing university and further education pathways.

Tuesday 2nd August – Curriculum Day – Early Finish (1.22pm)
The College will be running a College Council approved Curriculum Day on Tuesday 2nd of August. This day will be an early finish for students. They will be dismissed at 1.22pm.
The Curriculum Day will be focused on ensuring that the current curriculum at the college lines up with National Standards and that the assessment of the curriculum is up to date with current State and Federal requirements.

Tuesday 9th August – Year 10 Course Counselling
Year 10 students will not attend regular classes on this day. Each student, along with their parents/carers will be invited to attend a personal meeting to help choose a pathway for Year 11 and look at course requirements, subject selections and potential further education pathways. Parents/Carers will be booked for appointments in the next few weeks.

Tuesday 16th August – Athletics Carnival
The whole-school Athletics Carnival will be held on Tuesday 16th August at the new Melton Athletics Facility. Students will be transported to and from the facility via bus from school. Students will not be allowed to meet or be dismissed from the venue due to safety reasons. Normal classes will be running for Year 12 students.

Thursday 15th September – Parent/Teacher Interviews – Student Free Day
Normal classes will not be running on Thursday 15th September in lieu of Parent/Teacher Interviews. Information will be sent home on the booking process later in the term.

Friday 16th September – Final Day of Term – Early Finish (1.22pm)
The final day for Term 3 will be Friday 16th September and have an early finish at 1.22pm.

We thank you in advance for your support in these matters.

Yours sincerely
Shane Cole
Assistant Principal

New Principal for Kurunjang

Dear Kurunjang School Community,

The Principal selection panel wish to announce the appointment of John Mitsinikos as the successful applicant to the provisional principal appointment at Kurunjang Secondary College.

John comes to us with a wealth of experience in education. He has been a Principal class member of Strathmore Secondary College for quite a number of years.

John is enthusiastic to join you all at Kurunjang and very much looking forward in working with all of us to further improve the outcomes of our students.

John will take up his appointment from the commencement of Term 3, Monday 11 July 2016.

We know that you will make him welcome and we wish him well.

In addition, I will also like to take this opportunity to thank David Veal and all of his leadership team and teachers for the wonderful work that they did during the transition period.

Traci Bradley

Kurunjang SC Council President

Tax File Numbers

What is a tax file number (TFN)?

Tax file numbers (TFNs) are issued by the Australian Taxation Office (ATO). Your TFN is used to identify your tax records.

The following video from the Australian Taxation Office explains why getting s TFN is so


(Video © The Australian Taxation Office).

Everyone has a different TFN. Your TFN is yours for life, even if you change jobs, move interstate or change your name. If you leave the country and later come back to Australia, you still use the same TFN.

When you make enquiries about your tax records, the Australian Taxation Office will ask you for your TFN. They will also ask for other information to check that you are who you say you are.

Your TFN is valuable. Do not share it with friends and do not provide it over the internet when applying for jobs.

Why do you need a TFN?
It is not compulsory to have a TFN. However, without it:# your employer must take 45% of your wages in tax
# financial institutions are required to tax your interest at 45%
# Centrelink will generally not pay you an allowance such as –
Youth Allowance, Newstart or Austudy
# you will not be able to defer your higher education fees

There are two ways you can apply for a Tax File Number:

1. Apply online and then attend an interview at an Australia Post Office:

This is the easiest way to apply for a TFN. There are 3 steps in the process:i) Complete the online form. You can access the form here (or at) ii) Print off the summary – after completing the form, you need to print off the application summary. You will
need it for the next step.iii) Attend an Australia Post interview – you must attend an interview at your local Australia Post outlet within
30 days of completing your online application. Bookings are not essential, but are recommended. You
will need to take 2 things with you to your interview:
a) Your printed application summary
b) Your “Proof of Identity” documents (see notes below about what is required for proof of identity).

2. Complete the paper based form and send in your “Proof of Identity”:

If you are not able to attend an interview, you can complete the paper based application form. To get this you can contact the Australian Taxation Office on 13 28 61 and ask them to send you a copy of the “Tax file number – application and enquiry for individuals” or check your local Post Office or newsagent as they may have them.You can view a sample of this form here.

One you have completed the application you need to send it off to the address that is on the form and you must also include certified copies of your identification documents (see notes below on this). Do not send original documents as the ATO do not return any documents to you.

Your “Proof of Identity”:

When you apply for a Tax File Number (via either of the above methods) you have to verify your identity to the ATO. You need to provide certain documents to do this. The documents you require vary depending on whether you are over or under 16 years of age.

To get all the details on which documents you can use, click here (or go to—applicants-within-Australia/)

Tax and Superannuation Information:

If you a looking for further help with tax and also superannuation, you can find some great information at the Government website