College News

23 May 2019
Issue Fourteen
Principal's Update
Important Dates
   Student Awards                                                                          
Kingston Division Cross Country
Year 7 Parent Morning Tea     Invite
Trivia Night FUNdraiser
Sticker Collection
Frankston Train Line Changes
Community News
Mordialloc College
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Aspendale, Victoria, 3196

Principal's Update


Dear Families, Students and Community Members,


Progressive Reporting and Parent Teacher Interviews

This week the results and comments for the next lot of benchmark tasks completed to date across Years 7-12 will be released on Compass for student and parent access. Please make sure you check to stay informed about your child’s progress. Our progressive reporting process was introduced in 2017 to provide parents and students with more timely feedback. If you have any issues accessing the information, please contact our general office for assistance.

Thanks for your feedback on the Term 1 parent teacher student interviews from the survey sent out for parents to complete over the last few weeks. As a growing school we need to continue to consider how to best accommodate the needs of parents, students and staff so that the interviews are a valuable use of everyone’s time and can be completed as efficiently as possible. Having the longer time period over the day and night certainly helped this year. Areas identified for improvement from your feedback will be acted upon in the future and we will continue to gather feedback to refine our processes. If you didn’t get to speak to one or more of your child’s teachers, please contact them via email or phone.


NAPLAN: National Assessment Program Literacy and Numeracy

Last week all students in Years 7 and 9 sat the national tests in Reading, Writing, Spelling, Grammar, Punctuation and Numeracy. I would like to congratulate them for their exemplary behaviour and positive attitude during the three days of testing and for treating these tests seriously in striving to achieve their Personal Best.

The results once available will be used to:

* help teachers identify students who require greater challenges or additional support

* help the College identify strengths and, if any, gaps in teaching programs and to set goals in Literacy and Numeracy

* provide additional feedback to students and parents about individual achievements and progress


All parents of students in Years 7 and 9 will receive a NAPLAN report on their child’s progress later this year. The report is only one aspect of the school’s assessment and reporting process, and does not replace the more extensive and informed judgements made about your child by teachers. Thanks to Marina Walsh and Janine Danckert for organising and running the three mornings of tests with our larger cohorts of students in Years 7 and 9.


Work Experience

This week our entire Year 10 cohort of students is out on work experience, as part of the compulsory VCE Unit One all Year 10 students undertake at Mordialloc College, called Industry and Enterprise. Completing this unit not only gives all of our Year 10 students credit towards attaining their VCE, it also is a more meaningful way to deliver the careers curriculum. Students have organised placements in a huge variety of workplaces and locations across Melbourne -  in Real Estate, Hospitality, Vet Clinics, Accountant and Business firms, Graphic Design, Education, Information Technology, Automotive, Law, Health and Fitness, Building and Construction. A big thank you must go to our Pathways Coordinator, Emma White, Year 10 Coordinator Aaron Davis and Education Support staff assistant Kim Cowain-Menzies for all of their hard work in supporting our students to find suitable work placements for this week; and to all of the  businesses, not only in our community but extending well beyond, in being prepared to accept a student for the week into their place of work. Thanks also to the many teachers who have been out to visit the students this week.


DET Literacy Case Study

In addition to our excellent VCE results, the Department of Education has been impressed with our NAPLAN results, and last term I was contacted by the Department's Performance Division asking if we would participate in a case study to be published to showcase our school and support other schools' professional learning. Only eight schools in Victoria have been approached to do this and so it is an honour to be one of them. After an initial phone interview with me they sent a team out two weeks ago to interview key leaders and teachers and talk to students. A video will also be made later this term. The focus of the visit and questions were around our literacy intervention program and teacher practice focused peer coaching which is supporting literacy improvement at the College.

Thanks to Andrew McConchie, Julie Pretty, James Sadler, Liz Evans (came in from leave), Alice Leppin, Bryony Lowe and Amy Webber, who all were part of the interviews on this day, along with myself and four of our Year 9 students.



Literacy underpins all learning and as such we can’t emphasise enough the importance of reading each night. This should be part of all students' homework plan if they aren’t already reading for pleasure. Twenty minutes a day can make a huge difference for a student in developing their use and understanding of vocabulary. Please see information below about how reading helps your child.



Students are able to make requests at the Hub help desk for future purchases if there is a book they would like to read in hard copy that is not in our current collection and we also have our e-book borrowing system with a wide variety of novels.


Celebration Weeks

During Term 2 and 3 all of our Learning Areas will stage a celebration week to include a range of activities for all to get involved in at lunchtime, and a daily quiz. Thanks to Health/Physical Education Learning Area leader, Kym Lenc, and the PE team for a host of activities this week to celebrate Health and Physical Education week.


Cross Country

On Tuesday May 14 the College Cross country was held on a beautiful sunny autumn afternoon. Congratulations go to Iwala (red house) on their great win, closely followed by Bunurong (yellow house); and to each age group champion (reported in last week’s newsletter). It was a terrific contest between the four houses with a high participation rate across the whole school, and shows how important it is to participate to the best of your ability whether running or walking the course. Congratulations to Sport Coordinator Cory Watters for his organisation of this event and to all students and staff for their positive involvement during the afternoon.

Over 100 students represented the College at the Kingston District Cross Country this week. See the report later in this newsletter for more details and results.



Ms. Michelle Roberts



Important Dates


Thursday 23

  • Year 9 Outdoor Education Camp
  • Year 10 Work Experience
  • Year 9A MEX Looking Within Excursion to Mordialloc Community House
  • Year 9C MEX Community Placements

Friday 24

  • Year 10 Work Experience
  • Year 9 Outdoor Education Camp returns

Monday 27

  • Year 9 D & G MEX City Experience Day 1
  • Year 9E MEX Community Placements
  • Middle School Student Voice Committee Meeting
  • Year 9 SEAL, Year 10 and Year 11 Revision Week
  • VCAL: Yarrabah School

Tuesday 28

  • Year 9 D & G MEX City Experience Day 2
  • Year 11 Elevate Session 12 pm -1 pm
  • VCAL: Hospitality tour and lunch at Cilantro Restaurant Holmesglen TAFE

Wednesday 29

  • Year 7 ANTaR Sorry Day Presentation

Thursday 30

  • Year 9D & G Mex City Experience Day 3
  • Year 9C MEX Community Placements
  • VCAL Yarrabah School Sport Training

Friday 31

  • SEP (Sports Excellence Program Year 7 2020 only) closes
  • Scholarship Online Applications Close


Monday 03

  • Year 9 - 11 Exam Period
  • Year 7 Start Smart Financial Literacy Incursion
  • World Challenge lunchtime meeting

Tuesday 04

  • SEAL Australian History Competition

Wednesday 05

  • Year 12 Studio Arts Industry Contexts Excursions

Thursday 06

  • Year 7 & 8 John Marsden Guest Speaker
  • Year 7 Parent Morning Tea 9:00 am - 10:00 am
  • Year 12 Elevate "Ace Your Exams" 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

 Student Awards

Student Values Awards

Personal Best - Work to the best of your ability. Pursue excellence, try hard and constantly seek to improve.

Integrity  - Be true to yourself by doing what is right. Be honest and trustworthy.

Respect  - Treat everyone with equal consideration. Be accepting of others and their differences.

Responsibility - Be accountable for your actions. Contribute positively to the school and wider community.


Congratulations to the following students - Kirill Djandjgava, Stevie Ellix, Jackson Mould, Matilda Phillpotts, Bharadwaj Yerragudi and Daniel Yoo - for displaying the College value of Responsibility when assisting with the 2020 SEAL exams and representing the College in a very responsible manner.







Congratulations to Taylah Lewis for displaying the College value of Personal Best  as she constantly strives to achieve her personal best results in Communication.


Congratulations to Isaac Thompson for displaying the College value of Personal Best and constantly striving to achieve excellent results in Communication.






Lana Paten



To mark International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, intersexphobia and Transphobia (IDAHoBIT Day), the  Wellbeing Team and students from the Respect group hosted a variety of activities. 

The day began with the flying of the Pride Flag along side the Australian and Indigenous flags. Between classes, music chosen by the Respect group was played through the school's PA that represented pride and diversity.  

But the real festivities happened at lunchtime where students were invited to participate in an upbeat Zumba class and be a part of our 'We welcome all' art mural. Kingston Youth Services provided rainbow ribbons and took Polaroids for the students as a keepsake.  

Special thank you to Bunnings, Mentone and the St.Kilda Football Club for donating prizes and supplies for this special event. 


Janet Edlinger

Youth Worker

Kingston Division Cross Country

The Mordialloc Cross Country Team competed for the thirteenth time at Karkarook Park, Heatherton. The team consisted of 110 runners, running a total of ten events, with the first race being the 17-20 Girls 3km at 10.10am. The girls in each age group ran a total of 3km, as well as the boys up to the 15 age level; while the 16 and 17-20 Boys ran two laps of a 2.7km course, totalling 5.4km.


Outstanding individual performances were achieved by the following students who have also qualified for the SSV Southern Metropolitan Region Country Sports on Monday, 17 June 2019 (Week 10) at Ballam Park - Frankston. Congratulations to all competitors. A very big thankyou must go to Mr Evans (Team Supervisor / Motivator), Mr Haber (Funnel Director) and Mrs Crossley (Finish Judge) for their assistance and student supervision on the day of the carnival.

17-20 Girls

16 Girls

15 Girls

14 Girls

12-13 Girls

Charli Davis (7th)


Bianca Davidson (7th)

Laura Reeves (2nd)


Abbey Tregellis (12th)


Ashleigh McCulloch (13th)


Ella Bourne (14th)


Tamsyn Russell (15th)

Maya Whetstone (2nd)


Amelia Davidson (10th)


Nina Davis



Millie Cardona (3rd)


Roma McGoldrick (9th)

12-13 Boys

14 Boys

15 Boys

16 Boys

17-20 Boys

Issac Remedios (3rd)


Riley Gibbons (10th)



Lucas McKay (12th)

Harry Demattia (11th)

Jake Souroop (8th)

Leo Faid (11th)


Jack Phillpots (13th)

James Vicendese (3rd)


Chandwer Leah (4th)


Lochlann Kilkenny (9th)


Gene McGoldrick (13th)


Max Peters (14th)

Cory Watters

Sports Carnival Coordinator

Year 7 Parent Morning Tea     Invite


Trivia Night FUNdraiser

One of the most exciting events to feature on the Performing Arts Calendar this year is our upcoming College production of ‘Footloose – The Musical’. Rehearsals are well underway and the show is really taking shape.

In order to make this production the best the College has seen yet, we are raising some much-needed funds to help us hire costumes, build sets, as well as create an outstanding visual experience. In order to do so, the cast and crew are hosting a FUNdraising Trivia Night, and we want you to come along and get amongst the action!


Date: Thursday 13th June, 2019

Time: 7pm kick off, arrive from 6:30pm

Location: Mordialloc Bowls Club - 38 McDonald St, Mordialloc VIC 3195

Cost: $15 per ticket purchase via Try Booking website


There will be drinks (alcoholic) at very reasonable bar prices from the Bowls Club Bar and tea and coffee (provided free) on the night. Grab a group of friends and a plate of nibbles (as much or little as you like) to share with your team for a great night out. Aside from a great night of trivia, there will be fantastic giveaway prizes, bonus games, great music, silent auctions, and a major raffle. In addition to all of this, you will be privy to a sneak peek of the show!

So start getting your Trivia Team together (teams of between 8 and 10 adults would be great but if you don’t have enough, don’t worry we will partner you up on the night). Parents, teachers and the wider community (all welcome) will all be competing to take out the title of ‘The Smartest Table’. Questions will be appropriate to challenge people of all ages and areas of interest, so feel free to bring along the History Buff, the Movie Buff as well as the Random Fact Buff!

If you have any questions, or would like to donate some prizes for the event, please contact Miss Stevenson on 9580 1184, or via email or Miss Sears on


Mara Sears

Peforming Arts Coordinator


Sticker Collection


is registered and collecting the

Woolworths Earn and Learn stickers.

Please send any you receive into the school, either to reception or the Hub.

Thank you for your participation in this initiative.

Frankston Train Line Changes

This email is to notify you about changes to train services on the Frankston line in May, while maintenance and level crossing removal works take place.


  • Buses replace trains between Caulfield and Frankston from 8.10pm to last service Tuesday 14 May. Allow up to 45 minutes additional travel time.
  • Buses replace trains between Mordialloc and Frankston from 9.15pm Friday 24 May to last service Sunday 26 May. Allow up to 25 minutes additional travel time.


  • A range of different bus services will be operating to help make your journey as direct as possible.
  • Regular maintenance on the Frankston line may also impact train services.

 We are here to help you travel during major construction projects and will endeavour to get you to and from your destination as quickly and easily as possible.
For journey planning and service information, please call PTV on 1800 800 007 or visit


Most train replacement buses will be low-floor models to assist passengers with mobility requirements. Alternative transport can be arranged for passengers who need mobility assistance and cannot board train replacement bus services.

For passengers with a communication disability or difficulties, Metro Trains has introduced a text message service which can be accessed by texting 0428 789 329 (7am – 7pm weekdays, 9am-5pm weekends and public holidays). This can be used for general enquiries relating to Metro Trains and information on service changes.
Should your clients or members require assistance with alternative travel they should call PTV on 1800 800 007 from 6am – midnight (all night Friday & Saturday), or you can do so on their behalf.

If anyone within your organisation would like to speak directly to a project representative about the upcoming rail disruption they can contact us on 1800 105 105 or email

We thank you for your patience and understanding during this time.

Community News

Dobsons School Uniform Shop Trading Hours for Term 2 2019

Monday 8:30 am - 11:30 am

Wednesday 12:30 pm - 4:00 pm


Located on the corner of the main building, near the staff car park.


Private appointments are available after shop hours. Please call 8587 0570 for an appointment.

Visit the new, improved website for information and pricing 'Click and Collect' is available.


Student Exchange Australia New Zealand is a not-for-profit organisation registered with all state and territory Departments of Education around Australia and with the Ministry of Education in NZ. We are the first and only secondary exchange organisation in Australia and New Zealand to be certified to ISO 9001 (Quality Management System) and we ensure the highest standards of care and support to our participants. 

We would like to invite your students and families to a FREE Information Evening in Melbourne on Wednesday, 29th May at 7.00pm. The session is being held at the Ibis Melbourne Hotel and Apartments, 15-21 Therry Street, Melbourne. 

Students can find out more about our exchange programs to over 25 countries, listen to former exchange students share their experience and learn about our scholarships and discounts on offer in 2019. 

"You come back a different person, with so much more confidence & you feel that you can conquer the world"  Jessica, Semester Program to Italy

We would appreciate if you could please mention our upcoming information session in your newsletter or place a notice on the study room noticeboard. You can copy the below text.


Hear from returned students, find out more about
discounts and scholarships available and ask questions.

Wednesday, 29th May - 7.00pm
Ibis Melbourne Hotel and Apartments
15-21 Therry Street, 

or call 1300 135 331 for more information

College News
Rhys Downing