The Tradition of Excellence
McKinnon Secondary College 1954–2014
McKinnon Secondary College is a unique government community school that is best summed up by the Age (Real Estate Section, 21 August 2010): ‘McKinnon is a small, unassuming suburb with one massive drawcard: the celebrated McKinnon Secondary College.
Its academic and musical achievements make it one of Victoria’s top non-selective state schools, but enrolment is usually restricted to students living in the zone … the college factor adds 5 per cent to 10 per cent to the value of every sale in the area.’
The book focuses on the interplay of tradition with the response to changing times and how the school has retained its focus on academic performance and music. The photographs, both old black and white and more recent colour shots, reveal much about each chronological period. In recent decades the culture of success has expanded into all aspects of school life, including sport, extracurricular activities and community service. The school’s tradition of excellence and leadership are analysed and the reasons for the culture of success are outlined.
The colourful language of one of the early principals, Mr Van Pepper (1958), is still relevant: “There is a tendency in this Australia of ours to sneer at the outstanding, to reduce all to the dead level of mediocrity. We must have none of this at McKinnon High. Rather, we must encourage our gifted to make full use of their capacities.”
• Hardback, 334 pages (210 x 297mm)
• Over 500 photographs and documents
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