College News

24 October 2019
Issue Thirty-two
Principal's Update
Important Dates
State Champion
Year 10 Advance Grampians Hike
International Students Day out
Public Information about Cheltenham Road Works
Community News
Mordialloc College
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Principal's Update

Dear Families, Students and Community members,


Farewell to the Class of 2019 

To celebrate the achievements of our Year 12 students, on Tuesday 22 October we held our whole school farewell assembly in our gym with the majority of our Year 12 parents in attendance to recognise this significant occasion – the conclusion of six years of secondary schooling. The Year 12 cohort have been wonderful ambassadors and have contributed so much to our College, having represented us in countless sporting, cultural and academic events. They have worked really hard this year with our emphasis on high expectations in everything we do and we are all proud of them. On behalf of the whole College Community, I would like to wish all Year 12 students every success for the examination period, which will begin on Wednesday 30 October. I am confident they will all achieve the VCE or VCAL results they deserve and have worked towards all year with much persistence. No matter what their pathway on leaving Mordialloc, as long as they continue to strive to achieve the best they can be satisfied. I would like to congratulate all of our Year 12 leaders. Levi and Elizabeth as School Captains, Ben and Sarah as Vice-Captains, Liam, Alex and Hunter for performing arts, Ella for visual arts, Charlie and Caleb for sport, Zoe and Albert for special events, Lochlann for environment, Billy for ICT, Toby for International Students, Cailiosa for VCAL and our four house captains, Adnan, Jasmine, Lucy and Camille. They have been proactive leaders for our school and have worked to the best of their ability in managing the challenges of combining Year 12 studies with the responsibilities of student leadership. Another big event, the Valedictory Dinner is to be held this Friday night at Southern Golf Club. This night will be an opportunity for parents, teachers and students to get together in a formal setting to reflect on the past year and recognise the achievements of our Year 12 students.  The class of 2019 have made a wonderful contribution to our school and we are proud of each and every one of them. I would like to thank Director of Senior School Jo Greenhalgh, Year 12 Coordinator Tim Randell, Pathways Coordinator Emma White, Assistant Principal Andrew Moffat and all of our Year 12 teachers who have all worked tirelessly to support our Year 12 students this year.

We look forward to celebrating the achievements of the graduating class for 2019 at this year’s awards night on December 12, when all students will be presented on stage in academic gowns in front of the rest of the College Community.  This also allows the community a final opportunity to wish them well for the future.


Art Show 

Held on Tuesday 15 October as part of our Arts Celebration week, this was a true community event with the talents of Mordialloc staff and students, our local primary school students and community members on show in the EZ. We had a huge attendance on the night reinforcing the value the community places on such an event. An incredible amount of work went into the preparation and the Art and Technology team deserves the highest praise for their commitment to the college and dedication in ensuring the delivery of this quality event where over 600 pieces of student and community work were framed by our staff and exhibited. Special thanks to Emily Court and Leah Bright for coordinating this event. They were supported by the rest of the Arts/Technology team in Megan Furphy, Stuart McIntyre, Aaron Davis, Demis Danoudis, Kathryn Bevan, Nigel Maas, Kelly-Ann Ferguson, Simon Cummins, Adelle Stevenson, Drew Cook and Jesse Silby; and Catherine Boulton for the program and labels.


Having Positive Conversations about School with your Child

Parents in partnership with the College can have a significant impact on a child’s achievement. Do you ask your child the following question “How was school today?” and get the following answer “OK?” A real conversation stopper! Another way to ask the question is “What have you learned today that might be useful for a lifetime? Your child will have to think more deeply about this question if they are going to be polite and answer you. It will also help them see the way their learning can be applied to “real life”. Other questions you could ask include:

  • What have you done today that makes you feel particularly proud?
  • Can you think of a time today when you went out of your way to be helpful to someone?
  • What is the most demanding or challenging experience you had today?
  • Can you think of a time today when you were especially enthused?


Study Tips for Success – How to make your memory work for you

All students in Years 9-12 should have received their respective exam timetables, with Year 12 beginning on Wednesday 30 October, Year 10 and 11 on Wednesday 6tNovember and Year 9 on Monday 11 November. Most students have participated in Elevate Study sessions during the year highlighting the need for study to be a continuous process not something you cram in at the end just before the exams. The following article is about memory and how you can best activate the three main memory structures (sensory, short term/working and long term memory to enhance how you study. Within the article there are further links to other articles about study tips.




Ms. Michelle Roberts



Important Dates


Friday 25

  • Valedictory Dinner - Southern Golf Club

Monday 28

  • Year 10 & 11 Revision Week
  • MEX 9B & 9F City Experience Day 1
  • Year 7 Southern Metropolitan Region Hockey Day

Tuesday 29

  • Year 9 Zoo Snooze Experience
  • Program Development Committee meeting 3:30pm

Wednesday 30

  • Year 9 Zoo Snooze returns

Thursday 31

  • Year 10 Immunisations  period 1 & 2
  • Year 7 Immunistations  period 3 & 4
  • MEX 9 B & F City Experience Day 2


Friday 01

  • Facilities Meeting 8am
  • It's Academic with Grade 5 students period 1 to recess

State Champion

Southern Metropolitan Region and State Schools Victoria Athletics

Congratulations to all students who competed in the Southern Metropolitan Region and the State Schools Victoria Athletics in October. The College had a strong representation and did well. Please see the photo gallery below for pictures of our athletes.


Special mention to Jacob Pearson who is the State champion in 400m and he also came 2nd in the 200m, a fantastic achievement!



Cory Watters

Sports Carnival Coordinator

Year 10 Advance Grampians Hike

Last week we had an amazing experience of going to Halls Gap and hiking the Grampians. First day we got to Halls Gap Caravan Park and we set up our tents with our partners and then got ready for our first hike the Beehive Falls, it was only a short hike and it a was flat hike. The end of the hike had a small water fall of the sandstone walls in the valley. We climbed around the rocks, took some pictures and then started our hike back. After, we went to the Elephant Hide and climbed up the top and took some amazing photos looking off the cliff and down in to the valley. We got back to the caravan park and started to cook our meals on the tranjias, after we ate our food we played a couple games at the park and then headed to bed ready for a long day tomorrow.


Early morning we woke up and started to gather our food and water to go on the Pinnacle hike we started strong getting through the hike fast we eventually got to the top looking over Halls Gap, the views were amazing. Shortly after we cooled down it started raining making everyone cold and we had to rug up with jackets because the wind was strong and cold. We started our walk down into the valley through the small canyon, there were tight areas where we had to duck through rocks. It was amazing looking up in the valley. We slowly made our way back to Halls Gap through the Elephant Hide. 


Everyone got back and rested as well as getting lunch at the Halls Gap bakery. We all got energised and went on the bus to go to Mackenzie falls. We had a short walk down to the falls and we walked around taking photos of the water fall and exploring the valley, we took an amazing group photo and then started walking back up to the bus. When we got back to camp we had dinner and then got back on the bus to J Ward. We got to J Ward and started our tour through the jail. as we went we learnt about the history of the prison. In the mental asylum we went through all the rooms and read the stories on the prisoners. Everyone got on the bus tired and out of energy. We got back to our tents and went to bed straight away. The final day we got up and started packing up our tents and made our way back home. Thanks to Mr Evans for organising the camp and to Miss Howlett and Miss Thompson for coming along to assist.



Ryan McQuiston

Yr 10 Advance

International Students Day out

The Language Centre students and their buddies attended an excursion, experiencing Victoria. They visited Rayners Orchard, Grants Picnic and Monash University. It was a huge day filled with activities and learning, which at times was through eating.

We were able to get up close with some cockatoos and tasted fruits off the vines. Oh we also got to ride a tractor.

What made the day so worthwhile was the interaction between the ISEC students and their buddies. Some of the topics of conversation were about bush-tucker, one student explained what Halloween was and its traditions to the group, and  kids' chatter but it was all in English so that was great to see and hear!




Jenny Tran

International Student Coordinator

Public Information about Cheltenham Road Works

This is important information for students, families and staff who use Park and Charman roads in Cheltenham, and who use bus routes that travel along Charman Road.

 Students, families and staff who usually use these routes will need to detour and allow extra travelling time.


 Park Road, Cheltenham will be closed from 7am Friday 25 October until 7am Monday 28 October 2019 (subject to suitable weather).

During this time, Park Road will be closed to vehicles between Hall Street and the Cheltenham Park gate. Pedestrian access across the level crossing will be maintained.


Bus route 822 will be disrupted. Buses will divert around the worksite in Cheltenham via Jack, Park, Reserve and Weatherall roads.

The bus stops on Park Road between Jack and Charman roads will not be serviced.


Please check the PTV website and plan your journey before you travel - or by calling 1800 800 007.



Charman Road, Cheltenham will be closed between Blagdon Street and Station Road from 2pm Friday 15 November to Friday 6 December 2019, subject to suitable weather.

Vehicles can detour via Nepean Highway, Bay Road, Reserve Road and Balcombe Road.

Detour signage and traffic management will be in place at both roads.

Due to the Charman Road closure, bus routes 600, 811, 812, 922 and 923 are being disrupted.

Bus stops on Charman Road, between Weatherall Road and Park Road will not be serviced.

Bus route 922 will also miss stops on Weatherall Road.

Passengers may use the existing stops on Charman Road at

  • Nepean Highway (northbound)
  • Cheltenham Youth Club (southbound),
  • Keith Street (northbound, Routes 600, 811, 812 and 923 only) and
  • Latrobe Street (southbound, Routes 600, 811, 812 and 923 only).

Passengers for Route 922 may use the stops on Reserve Road at

  • Erowal Street (northbound) and
  • Tibbles Street (southbound)

Passengers may experience delays due to the closure of the Charman Road level crossing in Cheltenham.

  • Please allow an additional 10 minutes for your journey.

For more information and to plan your journey, visit the PTV website.

You can see more details at the following links:


Community News

Dobsons School Uniform Shop Trading Hours for Term 3 2019

Monday 8:30 am - 11:30 a

Wednesday 12:30 pm - 4:00 pm


Dobson's currently have a 'Buy Early and Save' offer available. Please see the attached document for further details.

Dobsons will be offering some extended opening hours over the coming weeks. Please see below for dates and times.

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.


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

Parent Information Night - Cyber Bullying


Student Exchange Programs


Aspendale Gardens Community Centre


Chelsea Longbeach SLSC


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