Kinnoull News

Declan Martin — State winner of the RMIT Urban Futures Competition

Last term, Declan Martin, Year 11 and VCE Geography student, entered a state wide competition through RMIT, to investigate and address a current urban problem. The competition involved identifying an issue and to help urban environments adapt, to meet the future needs of Melbourne as its population continues to grow.

Declan succeeded in taking out first place (including a monetary prize) in this competition, against some excellent proposals from other Victorian school students in Year 10–12. Declan’s problem addressed the efficiency and capacity issues of our public transport system. He highlighted the problems caused by vast car parks at regional stations, which encouraged car use, exacerbating congestion on local roads and the management issues concerning the use of this surrounding land. Declan’s proposal included the suggestions of improving feeder buses and bike paths to encourage more sustainable mix mode transport and integrate the suburban network.

Declan is keen on town planning and community structure so he is a regular viewer and contributor to the Glen Eira Residents’ Action Group.

Congratulations to Declan on his fine achievement.

Georgina Dwyer
VCE Geography teacher

Year 10 Dance Program 2017

Just a reminder to return the reply slip that was attached to a letter sent (before the end of Term 3) to all Year 9 students regarding next year’s Dance Program if your son is wanting to participate. A follow-up email was also sent to all Year 9 families just in case the letter is still in the bottom of your son’s school bag! To make sure your son does not miss out I recommend that you return the form, with payment, as soon as possible. When I receive his form I will send to him an ‘Acceptance Letter’ confirming his place in the 2017 Dance Program.

This year we had a total of 190 students participating. This is a safe environment where both the boys and girls can increase their friendship groups whilst enjoying a little ballroom dancing at the same time. In the past, parents have contacted me saying that they would have loved their son to participate but left it a little too late to do so. Don’t let this happen to your son for next year’s program. I have left spare copies of the letter regarding the Dance Program with the Year 9 Coordinator, Andrew Wozencroft, as well as the Tiverton Office. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to either email me on or you may like to phone me on 0422 396110. I look forward to meeting your son at our first dance lesson in February.

Joy Bew
Coordinator of the Year 10 Dance Program

Debutante Ball 2017

Close to the end of Term 3 I attended the College and met with boys who were wanting to participate in next year’s Debutante Ball and distributed copies of the “General Information for the 2017 Debutante Ball”. At present I have received 129 “Expressions of Interest” forms returned; this is a record number! I am thrilled with the amount of enthusiasm and feedback I have been receiving when talking about next year’s Ball with students and parents. As from this year the Ball is open to any student from any Secondary School. This form needs to be returned asap to make sure your son is definitely on the list to participate. Once I have the first 50 couples on the list I will then need to look at holding a second Debutante Ball to make sure no-one misses out on being involved in a Debutante Ball. Once this form is returned you will not be required to make any further payment until the commencement of lessons. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to either email me on or you may like to phone me on 0422 396110. I look forward to meeting your son at our first dance lesson.

Joy Bew
Coordinator of the 2017 Debutante Ball

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