Principal's Welcome

McKinnon Secondary College is a Year 7 to 12 co-educational school with a student population of over 2000. The College was founded in 1954 in the south eastern Melbourne suburb of McKinnon. It has developed a proud reputation for academic excellence and instrumental music performance. The college is consistently one of the best performing non-selective government schools in Victoria.

There are steadily more applications for entry to Year 7 than places available. In recent years there have been 100 more applications for Year 7 than places available. Most students who attend McKinnon aspire to university. Over 50% of our students participate in the instrumental music program.

Our Ethos

A McKinnon education aims to enhance the intellectual, physical, social and emotional development of all students and to develop students’ abilities. We strive to maintain a positive, caring and safe learning environment in which all students are provided with the opportunity to achieve success. These prospects for success are provided within a challenging, comprehensive curriculum and an extensive co-curricular program.

The College actively promotes a culture that encourages and celebrates the pursuit of excellence, values and respects individual diversity and encourages participation by all members of the community. Students are encouraged to take pride in themselves, their community, their uniform and the College. Student achievements are regularly and formally recognised and celebrated in college publications, at formal assemblies, on this website and at the annual Presentation Night.


Students study a comprehensive core curriculum in Years 7 to 10. The Enhanced Learning in Mathematics and Science (ELMs) Program is an enrichment option for selected students in Years 7 to 10. In Years 9 and 10 the core curriculum is complemented by a range of elective units.

Rich tasks such as Tournament of Minds and Year 8 Survivor promote student engagement and the development of resilience, problem-solving and collaboration skills; Year 9 is enriched by the Brief Yet Thorough Empirical Studies (BYTES) program.

Successful Year 10 students are encouraged to select VCE subjects. Students in the Senior School can choose from an extensive range of VCE studies and can participate in the VCE Enhancement Program or undertake selected university enhancement subjects.

Co-Curricular Activities

The college offers an extensive co-curricular program which promotes leadership, cooperation and teamwork. This program includes academic challenges, performing arts and sport.

A broad and inclusive program includes activities and events such as:

Asia Week Activities
Drama Production
Great Victorian Bike Ride
House Music Festival
House Sporting Carnivals – Swimming, Athletics, Cross Country
Interschool Sport
Music Ensembles
Music Winter Concert
Peer Support Program
Science Week Activities
Subject Competitions & Activities
Tournament of Minds
Year Level/Subject Camps/Tours and Excursions

Parent Involvement and Communication

McKinnon Secondary College invites you to familiarise yourself with the educational opportunities we provide for your child by contacting the College.

The College encourages parents to participate at both formal and informal information evenings, parent/teacher interviews, music performances and drama productions.

Parents have the opportunity to contribute to the school council and council sub-committees.
We regard communication as a two way process between the family and the college. Avenues for communication exist in the student diary, fortnightly digital newsletter, Compass, college website and email.

Telephone enquiries are welcome at all times. (Telephone: 8520 9000, fax: 9578 9253)
Tours of the College are conducted annually.
Newsletters are posted online and parents may choose to receive email notification of new newsletters.
Email: or email individual staff, Email addresses can be found here.

Student Participation and Leadership

Student leadership is promoted through the appointment of:

School captains
House music captains
House sport captains
Form captains
Student Representative Council President
Student Representative Council