Mentone Girls' Secondary College Newsletter

10 May 2018
Issue Six
Key Dates
Principal's Message
College Matters
Students on School Council
2019 Enrolments & Enhancement Program
Leadership
Nakamura High School visit​
Junior School News
Middle School News
Classroom, Curriculum & beyond
Music
Aerobics
Sport
Student Competitions
Facilities
In our community
Mentone Girls' Secondary College
(03) 9581 5200
Corner Balcombe Road & Charman Road
Mentone, Victoria, 3194
AU

Key Dates

IT'S NOT OKAY TO BE AWAY

Tuesday 15 - Thursday 17 May

NAPLAN testing for Years 7 & 9

 

Tuesday 15 May

Senior Round Robin

 

Wednesday 16 May

House Cross Country

 

Thursday 17 May

IDAHOT celebrations 

 

Friday 18 May

House Music competition

 

Monday 21 - Friday 25 May

Year 8 Camps

VCE Theatre Studies Performance Week

 

Tuesday 22 May

Beachside Cross Country 

 

Monday 28 May

Intermediate Round Robin

 

Friday 1 June to Friday 8 June 

Units 1 exams 


Saturday 2 June

Aerobics State Finals 

 

Monday 4 June to Friday 8 June

 Year 9 & 10 exams 

 

Thursday 7 June

Year 8 Round Robin

 

Monday 11 June

Queen's Birthday Public Holiday 

 

Tuesday 12 June

Report Writing - student free day 

 

Wednesday 13 to Friday 15 May

Year 9 Camp 


Wednesday 13 June

GAT Testing

 

Thursday 14 June 

Year 7 Round Robin

 

Tuesday 19 June

Report Verification - early finish

 

Wednesday 20 June

Report Verification - early finish 

 

Thursday 21 June

7pm Class of 2008 10 year reunion 

 

Wednesday 27 June

Reports available online

 

Thursday 28 June

College Assembly 

 

Friday 29 June

Last day of term 2 - early dismissal

Principal's Message

Dear Parents & Families

 

It has been another busy fortnight at our college, in which our students continue to showcase their many talents.

 

Our aerobics teams performed in Berwick on Saturday 28 April. Four of the eight teams have made it through to the State Finals. What is particularly noteworthy is the performance of the Year 12 team, who managed to get up early and gain a place - the night after the VCE Ball! We must extend our thanks to Tess Molina who has been training the aerobics teams for many years. She is at school at 7am on most days and travels with the teams when they compete. We couldn’t offer this program without her.

 

On Sunday 6 May our choirs performed at Montsalvat as part of their annual festival. House Music rehearsals are well underway led by our House Music captains. In addition on Sunday 6 May the All Star Choir and Madrigal group performed in Eltham as part of the Montsalvat Festival. Thanks to Blanka West, Wendy Harvey and Tim Veevers for accompanying the students. 

 

Two of our Year 11 students participated in the Model United Nations Assembly last weekend. Our Science students are applying for a range co-curricular programs including the NASA Space Camp, the Robogals STEM program and the National Youth Science Forum. Thanks to Dahli Briedis, Science Coordinator who is overseeing applications and writing referrals. 

 

At our recent professional development day the staff worked in domain teams to further refine their rubrics, which form an essential component of each learning task. The aim of the rubric is to:

  • give students a clear understanding of the assessment criteria and levels of achievement prior to the assessment
  • provide students with clear feedback on their progress and achievement on assessment tasks
  • provide a clear assessment guideline for teachers

“Rubrics, properly used, have been shown to be of great benefit to both teacher and student in the learning process. They allow for assessment to be transparent and accessible.”

(Hipwell & Klenowski, 2011)

 

In the afternoon session staff analysed data from the recent ACER PAT tests undertaken in English, Maths and Science in order to differentiate for the students in their classes. I extend my thanks to three of our Leading Teachers, Jennifer Connolly (Director of Pedagogy and Professional Learning), Sam Haines (Director of Curriculum and Enhancement) and Rochelle Dickson (Director of Assessment and Analytics) for the work they put into planning and preparing this day.

 

You may also have noticed that there have been a number of teacher candidates in the school over recent weeks. Mentone Girls’ Secondary College has always provided opportunities for student teachers to undertake their teaching rounds at our school. Last year we entered into an agreement with the University of Melbourne whereby Carol Duggan (Assistant Principal) plays a leading role in supervising and observing these teacher candidates, not just in our school, but in neighbouring schools as well. This exemplifies the commitment that our teachers in ensuring that up and coming teachers are well prepared for their chosen career.

 

In the last newsletter I noted that Donna Harrison and Diane Weston who have been working in our Second-hand Uniform Shop for many years, will both be finishing up at the end of the year. In order to continue to offer this service to our school community we are looking for some volunteers who can run the shop for an hour each week, during, or adjacent to the school day. Their current sessions are a Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday morning, but these can be changed. If you are able to assist please contact Donna Harrison on 0421 782 123.

 

Finally, it is with great pleasure that I welcome back Linda Brown from her period of leave.

 

Regards

 

Ms Bronwyn Moline

Assistant Principal

 

College Matters

From the School Council 

The recent School Council meeting held on 20 March was the first of the year for the current council members.

 

The parent members of the school council for 2018 are existing members Richard Elstone, Darren Hawkless, Rachael Angus and James Malliaros. In addition three new parent members were recently elected to council, Simon Cleur, Rosa Ferrari and Geri Sumpter, as well as two new DET members Wendy Harvey and Alison Pickard. We welcome all five new members to school council and wish them a productive time over the next two years. The council also thanked retiring members Mark Weatherley and Glenn Chadwick for their contribution to school council over the last couple of years.

 

The Principal, Linda Brown, then called for nominations for Council President, Deputy President and Treasurer, with the roles filled by the following councillors:

President: James Malliaros

Deputy President: Rachael Angus

Treasurer: Darren Hawkless

Congratulations to the elected office bearers.

 

During the meeting a draft letter was presented to Council for discussion, which was in relation to the lack of funding from successive State Governments for Mentone Girls' Secondary College (MGSC). Given that many of the students at the school come from different parts of southeast Melbourne, the letter was sent to all of the politicians located in the Kingston and neighbouring electorates.

The main aim of the letter was to appeal as widely as possible to as many Government Ministers for a meeting to outline our case for funding to help the school improve its facilities, most notably the replacement of portables and the older classrooms in the shorter term. Also there was a request for longer term funding for a complete redevelopment of a number of the school’s buildings. It was pointed out in the letter that many of the other schools in the area have had significant upgrades over the years, but MGSC has not been granted any funding for upgrades for many years.

The letter was sent out just before the Easter term break and we will keep you updated with the progress of our meetings with some of the local politicians.

 

Mr James Malliaros

President

Second-hand Uniform Shop 

Cheques will no longer be issued for sales through the Second-hand Uniform Shop. Reimbursement after sale of the item will now be through bank transfer. 

Please label all items for the second-hand uniform shop clearly with

  • Seller's name  and contact details
  • BSB and Account Number

Thanking you in advance for your assistance.

If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact Carolyn Page, Finance Manager.

Winter Uniform

A reminder that from 1 June the season transition period ends and only the winter uniform can be worn. 

Students on School Council

Election of Two Students Representatives to School Council 

It is now a requirement for all School Councils to have student representation on them and we are very excited to be announcing the opportunity for students to stand for these positions.  Two positions will be available on School Council and nominations are called from students in Year 7 and above. 

 

What do I need to do to stand for election?

Nomination forms can be collected from the General Office from Monday 14 May at 8.30am and will close on Monday 21 May at 4pm. You will receive a Nomination Form Receipt following submission of the completed nomination.

If you decide to stand for election, you can arrange for a student in Year 7 or above at your school to nominate you as a candidate or you can nominate yourself (self-nomination) for the Student category.

 

Are there any rules on how I campaign?

If more than two candidates stand for Council then each candidate should prepare a brief statement to be distributed with each ballot paper. Campaign literature supporting candidates for school council elections may only be distributed by the office via newsfeed on Compass to the students of the College.  The length should be no longer than 150 words.  Candidates will be informed if a ballot is required.

 

What is a school council and what does it do?

All government schools in Victoria have a school council. School councils are legal entities that are given powers to set the key directions of a school within state-wide guidelines. In doing this, a school council is able to directly influence the quality of education that the school provides for its students.

 

What are some of the duties of a school councillor?

The school council has particular functions in setting and monitoring the school’s direction.

School councils have three main responsibilities:

  • Finance: overseeing the development and expenditure of the school’s annual budget and ensuring proper records are kept of the school’s financial operation.
  • Strategic Planning:  participating in the development and monitoring of the school strategic plan.
  • Policy Development and Review:  developing, reviewing and updating policies that reflect the school’s values and support the school’s broad direction outlined in its strategic plan.

Other key functions of school councils may include:

  • Raising funds for school related purposes
  • Maintaining school grounds and facilities
  • Entering into contracts
  • Reporting annually to the school community and the department
  • Creating interest in the school in the wider community
  • Representing and taking the views of the community into account
  • Regulating and facilitating after-hours use of school premises and grounds
  • Operating a children’s service at the school.

 

Meetings are held in the evenings twice per term at the school.  Transport to and from the meeting will be the responsibility of parents/guardians.

 

Further information will be sent to students via Compass newsfeed and can also be found at the following website:

 

http://www.education.vic.gov.au/school/principals/spag/governance/Pages/election.aspx

 

Ms Linda Brown

Principal

2019 Enrolments & Enhancement Program

Year 7 2019 Enrolment

Our Open Evening and Afternoons are timed to give prospective families the opportunity to visit and learn about the school before submitting their applications for 2019 enrolments. 

A reminder to our current families and to any families you know that are considering being part of our school in 2019 that South Eastern Region Victoria (SERV) enrolment forms for Year 7, 2019 must be returned to your primary school by Friday 11 May. 

 

Out of zone applicants must complete the MGSC application form and return it with the SERV application form by the same date.  

Enhancement Program

Edutest registration due by Monday 14 May 

From 2019 onwards, Mentone Girls’ Secondary College will run an Enhancement Program that has been designed to engage girls whose need for an academic challenge is greater than the average. The Program will offer extended studies in English, Mathematics, Humanities and Science and will focus on rich tasks and inquiry-based learning. The girls who take part in the program will be given the opportunity to work at greater depth and will have many opportunities to pursue their interests within units of study. They can expect to take a deeper look at their topics and to make more connections between their studies and the world beyond the classroom. They will be encouraged to see how their subjects connect to each other instead of thinking of them as isolated. The Enhancement Program is intended to help students to develop a life-long interest in learning that will extend far beyond the VCE.

 

The Program will commence at Year 7 in 2019 and will expand through to Year 9 in 2021. Students who have taken part in the Program will be able to participate in multiple Unit 1 & 2 subjects in Year 10.

In order to participate in the Enhancement Program, students must take part in a testing and interview process.

 

More information can be found at http://mgsc.vic.edu.au/curriculum/enhancement-program/

 

Mr Sam Haines

Director of Curriculum and Enhancement

Leadership

MUNA

Congratulations to Dessy Turk and Samantha Cattermole, both from Year 11 on their participation at 'MUNA', the Model United Nations Assembly held at Parliament House.

The purpose of MUNA is to encourage young people to learn about other nations and to understand and appreciate the workings of the United Nations while they develop debating skills and gain self-confidence in public speaking. The resolutions to be debated are based on some actually debated by the UN as well as some proposed by the teams. The debates reproduce genuine UN debates often with a fine flow of rhetoric, points of order, motions of dissent and bloc walkouts! It was truly fascinating to watch.

There were many new friendships made with the other teams from schools across Melbourne. The Rotary Club runs this event and Moorabbin Rotary sponsored our students.

 

Thanks to Ekaterina Xanthopoulos for her time and effort in assisting the students to prepare.

 

Student Leadership Conferences

There are a variety of student leadership conferences and workshops available to our leadership teams at all year levels this term.

  • Friday 25 May  – World Vision Youth Conference (three vacancies from Years 9 to 12 available)
  • Thursday 14 June  – VASGSC Year 8 Friendship Day at MGSC

All student leaders must regularly check their emails for information about meetings and events.

 

Ms Wendy Harvey

Director of Student Leadership & Engagement

Nakamura High School visit​

Host families needed

This year will be the seventh time we welcome a group from Nakamura High School, our sister school in Nagoya, Japan. The Sister School relationship and its exchange visit program continue to offer rich and rewarding experiences for our students and families, and usually forge friendships which will be cherished for a long time.

 

Homestays will be required for possibly a mixed group of approximately 15 students in Years 10 to 12. The group will visit us from the end of July to early August; the exact dates are to still be confirmed. This follows our visit to their school in September 2017.

 

Hosting a Nakamura High School student is open to students in all year levels.

 

For further information or to express interest in hosting a Nakamura High School student, please contact Mrs Petra Witt via email [email protected]

 

Mrs Petra Witt

Exchange visit Coordinator

 

Junior School News

Heading

Year 8 Camp

We are looking forward to the Year 8 camp. Please make sure you have checked the clothing list and are ready to head to the Summit in week 6.

 

Congratulations Jemmah

Well done to Jemmah Paton (Year 7) who came 5th in the high jump at the National Athletics Championships. Fifth best in Australia - an amazing achievement.

 

Uniform Matters

Thank you to Junior School students who have been wearing the correct uniform with pride during this transition stage where either summer or winter uniform can be worn. Please remember that if your PE uniform is in the wash, wear school uniform and bring clothing suitable for PE. You can use the change rooms to get changed into this at the start of your PE class.

 

Ms Jackie Mathews

Acting Director of Junior School 

Middle School News

 

We welcome back the Year 10s from a busy week of work experience. It has been great to hear the range of experiences and opportunities that work experience has provided, including some very sound referees and offers of future jobs. Students will be selecting their VCE courses early in Term 3 and it is timely for them to start thinking about the sort of areas that interest them in relation to potential study and career pathways. We will be working with the Year 10s to support their subject selection, including an information evening early next term.

 

Year 9 Camp

 Information about camp has been sent home with students this week, including the medical and dietary permission form. The whole Year 9 cohort will be attending the Anglesea YMCA from Wednesday 13 to Friday 15 June. Students will have opportunity to develop or strengthen relationships with their peers, focus on team building and resilience as they step out of their comfort zone in some exciting activities.

 

Year 9 and 10 Exams

Exams for both year levels will occur in the week beginning Monday 4 June. Timetables for exams will be available for students shortly. Students should be focusing on consolidating the curriculum content covered this semester by doing things such as mind maps, cue cards and most importantly, practice questions. Students should set up a study timetable for the weeks leading up to exams so they have specific study time scheduled amongst other commitments such as family, physical activity and work. The teachers can be a great resource for students to access for additional support with their studies, within and outside of class.

 

Ms Deb Jarvis

Director of Middle School 

Classroom, Curriculum & beyond

EAL and ELC News

 

Congratulations to Amy Ma for completing her learning in the ELC; she is now in mainstream Year 9 classes and we wish her a successful year. We also would like to welcome Wana Sornratanachai. Wana is from Thailand and very excited to be in the ELC. Her ELC Peer Support 'buddy' is Carrie Xie from Year 10.
As exams are four weeks away, it is important that all EAL students practise their speaking and listening skills. One way to do this is to listen to the news for 10 minutes four times a week to recognise what issues are relevant at the moment. This is important so that the students write better in the units on Using Language to Persuade and Listening to a Spoken Text. At the same time, the 8am to 8.30am Thursday classes are running in the ELC. These focus on analysis of media texts and all students in Years 10 to 12 are encouraged to attend.

 

Finally, the EAL Club takes place each Blue Wednesday lunchtime and we welcome all. At the moment, Boggle seems to be the favourite word game, so do not forget to come to Room 19 for this event.

 
Ms Ekaterina Xanthopoulos
ELC and EAL Coordinator

Cultivating Global Partnerships

Exploring Global Citizenship 

The rapid development of global financial markets, international trade, high speed technological advances has enabled connections beyond our community crossing borders to other neighbouring countries. Building intercultural capability and being global citizens are key to fostering ongoing International relationships.

This year three Year 11 students, Annie Zhou, Michelle Taneja from our International Student Program and local student Punyawee Liu participated in the International Student Forum. The forum aims to empower student voice to cultivate global citizenship across Victoria. They shared experiences and brain stormed opportunities available within their school and their wider community to improve with collaboration across the school community. Students courageously spoke on stage and had a wonderful experience meeting new friends. They came away with the important message that global cooperation is the key to address many issues such as poverty, war, epidemics, climate change and environmental degradation and their are obligations and responsibilities with being global citizens.

 

Ms Si Feng

ISP Coordinator

 

 

Pathways in Science

“So, what do you want to do after high school?”, is a question VCE students get asked day in day out with most of us answering with a shake of the head and an awkward smile. This question is the reason why, on Monday lunchtime, the Unit 3 & 4 Biology students were more than happy to have the opportunity to listen to Melissa Cafarella and hear from her about her time here at MGSC, at university, and now. She told us about her years of VCE Biology as well as the experience of working in America before coming home and settling on biochemistry and immunology at Monash University. We learnt about her current work at the Australian Red Cross Blood Service in the Victorian Transplantation and Immunogenetics Service department, as well as her dream job for the future. She helped us understand that no two people will follow the same route to a job and that our career paths will be forever changing. We are thankful to Mrs Rieniets for organising the session and most importantly to Melissa for taking the time to talk to us all, answering lots of questions and giving us ideas about Biology outside of VCE.

 

Grace Grimmer & Rebecca Reubenicht 

VCE Biology Unit 3 & 4 students

 

World Challenge

With winter approaching, now would be a great time to check out specials for some of the required kit for the expedition and training camp. Be careful to compare the warmth vs weight vs breathability vs price of different fabrics. eg. Lightweight nylon trekking pants at many stores are not that breathable so they trap heat but they also trap sweat whereas polyester fleece pants are warm and breathable but are heavy.

Hint #11: Borrow as much clothing as you can as good gear is expensive and may never be used again.

 

Mr Michael Warden

World Challenge Coordinator

VCE Theatre Studies

VCE Theatre Studies students will be presenting A Midsummer Night's Dream as part of their course work this year.  Details are:

  • Dates:  Wednesday 23 May to Saturday 26 May
  • Time:  7pm
  • Venue:  Lecture Theatre, Nina Carr Centre
  • Tickets:  Adults $10 /  Students $8

 

Music

A music rollercoaster 

Term 2 has been a rollercoaster for the music department. There have been numerous things happening. Highlights include:

  • SEVR ‘Singfest’, which was hosted by MGSC with over 200 students from across the region working with the Ubuntu choir from Kenya and Uganda. The students had an incredibly inspiring day, both culturally and musically, with the day ending with a performance to some of our lucky classes. I would like to thank many of our MGSC families for hosting the Ubuntu choir in their homes.
  • Sophia Maltarollo, a Year 8 student has been selected as a soloist for The Victorian State School Spectacular.
  • Our choirs performed at Montsalvat as part of the [email protected] festival.

This week was  Vocal Night and Stringfest.

Our House Music rehearsals are well and truly underway. The music department is a hive of activity every lunchtime with Instrumental and Vocal rehearsals happening each day. These ensembles are students led. We look forward to our house music event next week which will feature every student, as well as these specialist ensembles and our house soloists Eden Dubinovski, Hannah Mindum, Amethyst Parlanti and Melie Protat in front of our 2018 guest adjudicator Rob Farnham.

 

Later this term we have our Junior Music Showcase, featuring all of our Junior Ensembles and a Music Soiree.

 

Mr Tim Veevers

Director of Performing Arts 

 

Aerobics

First competition 

On Saturday 28 April, eight teams competed at the first competition of the season in Berwick.

All students did an excellent job.

Congratulation to the teams that qualified for the state finals in early June. 

  • Dynamos
  • Untouchables
  • Masters
  • Dynamic

Miss Tess Molina

Head of Aerobics

Ms Tess Molina

Head of Aerobics

 

Sport

Interschool sport 

Netball 

Recently we had the senior netball team make it through to the zone preliminary finals after winning the Beachside Round Robin.

 

Volleyball 

The Year 7 volleyball team played at the Beachside level attempting to make it through to the zone finals, but were unfortunately outclassed on the day.

 

Australian Rules 

On Monday three Australian Rules football teams with players from Years 7 to 12 represented our school. Twenty-three girls made up the Junior Football team. The team played extremely well and kept up a high intensity throughout all their games. The first game they played Cheltenham Secondary College and won 54 to 7. The second game they played Beaumaris Secondary College and won 33 to 5 and in the last game they won against Albert Park College 29 to 1.  Sascha Pribil (captain), Isobel Long and Alexandra Stranger (vice captain) took some great marks and kicked the ball long. Our small mid fielders Skye Ferguson, Flip Leighton and Hope Maillard attacked the ball well. Sapphire Harrison-Corney showed great strength through her numerous tackles on the opposition. We had many goal kickers and I’m looking forward to the next round.

It was a great team effort by the Intermediates and the Seniors. All played hard and demonstrated skill. A special mention to Rosie Byrne, Ella Southgate and Mikala Clarke (Intermediates) and Jas Hands and Taylah Tysoe whose skills were superb.

Congratulations to all the players. The Southern Metropolitan Region Preliminary finals for Juniors and Intermediates are on 24 July. 

 

Upcoming Round  Robin sports including netball, soccer, handball and badminton: 

Seniors - Wednesday 15 May 

Intermediates  - Monday 28 May

Year 8  - Thursday 7 June

Year 7 - Thursday 14 June 

 

We wish them all well and well done girls for having a go. Remember to visit our weebly page ( the link is on our school website ) for all the photos of the girls on their big day.

 

Thanks to our student coaches and the teachers who assist with the training and management on the competition day.

 

Mr Philip Hull & Ms Emma Milliken

Interschool Sport & PE

 

House Cross Country 

The 2018 Mentone Girls’ Secondary College Cross Country carnival is to be held at the school on Wednesday 16 May. The event is run during Period 3 (11.50am to 1.05pm) for Year 7 to 9 students and during lunchtime (1.05pm to 1.40pm) for Years 10 to 12 students. The top 15 students from each age group will go on to compete at the Beachside Cross Country carnival on Tuesday 22 May. Below are a few details about times, locations and uniform.

Please encourage your daughter/s to be a part of another fantastic school competition.

Year 7  - Come to school in full PE uniform, roll marking is in Period 3 classroom and then marshal outside JLC at noon. Race starts at 12.10pm.

Year 8   - Come to school in full PE uniform, roll marking is in Period 3 classroom, then meet on the tennis courts and marshal at 12.20pm. Race starts at 12.30pm.

Year 9 -  Come to school in full PE uniform, roll marking is in Period 3 classroom, then meet in the gym and marshal at 12.40pm. Race starts 12.50pm. 

Year 10-12 -  Change into PE uniform at recess or the start of lunch, and marshal on the oval at 1.15pm. Race starts at 1.20pm.

 

Important

  • Age groups – Whatever age your daughter/s is at the end of the year is their age group, ie: Sam turns 14 in December so she is Under 14, or Casey turned 13 in February so she is Under 13.
  • Participation - It is important that students compete for their House as each competitor will get at least one point.
  • Races - Students will be running in age groups as it is easier for the race recorders to only be dealing with the one age group at a time. There may be some Year 10 students who are in the Under 15 age group, they will run at lunchtime and the results will be adjusted to the Under 15 age group.
  • Uniform - Full PE uniform is required, NO leggings or tights are to be worn. Only Years 7 to 9 are allowed to come to school with the correct PE uniform. Years 10 to 12 are to change at recess or before their race starts.

Students unable to participate due to illness or injury, a written note must be provided and submitted to the PE teacher prior to period 3 on the day.

 

Students who have qualified to represent the college will be running at Beachside Cross Country on Tuesday 22 May. These students will be provided with some information after the House event.

 

Ms Ilana Parker

House & Carnivals Coordinator

More sport news 

Visit www.mgscsports.weebly.com for more sport news and images. 

Student Competitions

Something for everyone

The competition season has opened. Various state and national organisations run interesting and challenging competitions for students at all levels.  If the prestige wasn't enough, many offer cash prizes to the student and the school.

Here are a selection of competitions and festival open to secondary students.  If you are interested contact one of the staff competition coordinators contact: 

Humanities Competitions coordinator - Ms Paula Cohen

English Competitions coordinator - Ms Jennifer Perry 

 

Dorothea Mackellar Poetry Awards: Australia's oldest and best known annual poetry writing competition for children. Entries close soon.  Contact Ms Ekaterina Xanthopoulos or your English teacher to assist with your application.  www.dorothea.com.au

2018 John Marsden & Hachette Australia Prize for Young Writers: Recognising writing excellence in fiction, creative non-fiction and poetry.  Entries close 29 June. http://expressmedia.org.au/

Parliament Prize: Write an essay, make a video, design a poster or multimedia presentation about an event or person that has influenced Victorian Parliament. Entries close 20 July. www.parliament.vic.gov.au/education 

Charles Dickens Prize: Show your love of reading and studying Charles Dickens' literature through a creative writing piece or an essay. Submissions open until 10 August. www.dickens.asn.au

 Front Page: Create an 8-page school newspaper. Entries close 21 September. www.frontpage.online

Red Room Poetry Object: Submit a poem inspired by a treasured object.  Entries due by 28 September.  https://redroomcompany.org/projects/poetry-object/

 

Making Waves 2018 Cover Competition 

Each year the cover of the school magazine - Making Waves - features artwork created by a current student. All students at any year level are invited to submit a design. It can be any medium -  painting, drawings, photography, textiles, digital media, mixed media or a collaborative work.  All elements of the work need to be original student work and multiple entries are welcome. The magazine committee make the selection and then work with the artist  to reproduce their work on the magazine's cover. Entries and enquiries to Ms Jane Garrow (Magazine Coordinator) on [email protected] Start creating!  Entries are due Friday 29 June.

Facilities

Many of the schools spaces are available to hire including the gym and lecture theatre. 

For information on hire rates and availability, contact Bronwen Petersen, Facilities Manager

on 9581 5200.

 

In our community

Saver Plus school cost assistance

Saver Plus is a matched savings and financial education program that allows participants to receive up to $500 in matched funds to use for to pay for their children’s educational expenses. Find out if you are eligible. 

 

Family Life workshops 

 

Parenting Teens & Tweens - Starts Thursday 17 May. 

An effective communication-focused workshop for parents of 10-17 year olds.  

Successful Step Parenting and Blended Families - Starts Saturday 19 May 

A one-day workshop for parents struggling to achieve harmony in their co-parenting and blended family environment.  

Brave Brilliant and Resilient -  Starts Thursday 30 May 

A four week workshop offering support for those parents with a newly blended family, or those who have been together for years.

Free Tennis lesson

Sports Star Academy are offering MGSC families and students a FREE tennis lesson on Wednesday 16 May after school.

To take advantage of this offer register by calling 1300 372 300.

 

Sport Star  Academy run a number of skill clinics here at MGSC including soccer and tennis. 

 

 

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