Principal's Welcome

Mr Michael Kan

My appointment as Principal marks a new chapter for the school, the staff and the community and I feel privileged to lead us into the future. 

As the new Principal, I feel not only lucky, but also proud to lead and work with the Principal team and all staff at the College. McKinnon has a prestigious past of always providing the highest quality of education to students. 

We are the school of choice for our community and also for teachers and support staff seeking a wonderful place to teach, support and learn. McKinnon has an incredible culture of not only teaching and learning but of providing a vast array of experiences for students to engage with to enrich their lives.  

McKinnon Secondary College is a Year 7 to 12 co-educational school with a student population of 2600 over two campuses. 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.

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.

Our Year 8 Survivor Program involves a greater study of indigenous issues and appreciation of this important culture. Whilst at Year 9 the new core subject ‘Wisdom and Service’, based on our school motto, provides opportunities for our students to contribute positively to the school and wider community. The new subject ‘Mind, Body and Soul’ involves participation and the study of physical education, healthy relationships, nutrition and Positive Education.

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.

McKinnon Secondary College East Campus (Year 8-9)

The new East Campus of McKinnon Secondary College is a modern, state-of-the-art, engaging and challenging learning environment for our Year 8 and 9 students. We are very excited to begin this next chapter for the College. The new campus will help us build continuous improvement and prepare students for a successful senior education and a happy and healthy life beyond school. Click here for more information.

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:

Cultural Diversity 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

These extracurricular activities are critical for developing well-rounded, global citizens who can engage positively with their communities.

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)

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

Mr Michael Kan