Dear Families, Students and Community members,
Leadership Induction Assembly
On Monday 26th February we formally recognised our students who have been successful in achieving a leadership position for this year, in a whole school assembly with parents who were able to attend and special guest speakers and presenters, Mr Tim Richardson, MP, Member for Mordialloc and Mrs Monica Bladier representing Mr Mark Dreyfus, MP, and Federal Member for Isaacs. Students were presented with their leadership badge from the College and a leadership certificate from Mr Mark Dreyfus. I am proud of the leadership structure we have in place at Mordialloc College, with many opportunities being available to our students. This includes School Captains, Middle School captains, Year 12 leaders, House leaders from both sub-schools and SRC representatives from each home group/mentor group for a total of over 100 leadership roles. I congratulate all students who were prepared to nominate and go through the selection process.
The College community acknowledges the crucial role that leadership at every level throughout the school plays in continuing to provide a forum for student voice and providing opportunities for student led initiatives; and in inspiring pride in the college and in reinforcing the importance of setting high expectations in everything we do.
I expect all of our student leaders to be positive role models, both in school and out in the community. This will involve leading by example on a daily basis through proudly demonstrating our agreed college values of Personal Best, Integrity, Respect and Responsibility in all actions and behaviours; and inspiring others to seek leadership opportunities in the future.
It was the first time, since the official opening of our new PE stadium in October last year that Mr Richardson had returned to the College and he was most impressed to see how we were utilising the new facility for our whole school assembly and to see it already filled to capacity with our current student population.
Student Leadership Team
College Captains: Sabrina Berg & Bailey Bocksette
College Vice-Captain: Annie Ea
Sports Captains: Paighen Johnson & Frederik Michieli
Performing Arts Captain: Emmerson Shankie
Special Events Captains: Dilara Isikili & Holly MacMillan
Visual Arts Captain: Narut (Strong) Sirachantankorn
Environmental Captain: Naena Good-Jackson
VCAL Captain: Rebecca Block
ICT Captain: Caitlyn Wannenburg
International Students Captain: Carl Gao
Bunurong – Alex Hutchins
Iwala – Anna McClintock
Kalura – William Smith
Yerlonga – Brydee Alford
Middle School –
Middle School Captains: Bianca Davidson & Spencer Halse
Middle School Vice-Captains: Meike Berg, Celina Lum & Matthew Wade
Bunurong – Lauren Ditchfield
Iwala – Bella Marino
Kalura – Hannah Grieves
Yerlonga – Matilda Wilson
Year 12 -
Narut (Strong) Sirachantankorn
Year 11 -
Year 10 -
Year 9 -
Akmal Abdul Mutalib
Year 8 -
Riley May Jinks
Year 7 -
College Council Elections
In the recent call for nominations for parent vacancies on Council we received a number of nominations which was most pleasing. It is my pleasure to welcome back Tracey Gabell and Andy Carter; and welcome our new members to Council - Rosa Westrup, David Lawrence and Amanda de Boer and I thank them for their commitment to Mordialloc College. Jennifer Roep and Stuart McIntyre have been nominated for the two DET vacancies, and have been duly elected and again I thank them for their willingness to make this extra commitment to the college.
I would like to take this opportunity to extend my sincere thanks to outgoing parent members to Nicky Hersey, Susan Cullen and Kathy Letts for their significant contribution to Council and their ongoing support of the College. Nicky has served on our council for the past ten years and as member of our school community for the past eleven years as a parent at the school. And of course she has been our wonderful Council President for four years, and has been on PDC and Facilities sub-committees. Susan has served on council for the past six years and as a member of our school community for the past thirteen years as a parent at the school. She has also been Treasurer and part of the PDC sub-committee. Kathy served on the council for the past two years and was a valuable member of the Finance sub-committee. Kathy remains a current parent at the school.
Visit from Shadow Education Minister
On the afternoon of Friday 2nd March, Tim Smith, Shadow Education Minister and local Liberal candidate Geoff Gledhill visited the school to speak to me about our needs in terms of facility development given we are a rapidly growing school. They were impressed with how orderly and focused the learning environments were in every classroom, and enjoyed engaging in some classroom discussions that were going on as we walked through. I took the opportunity to speak to them about the need for further funding to complete our masterplan and cater for the increase in our student enrolments now and into the future; and highlighted our major areas of need, including the development of a new Visual Arts/Technology Centre, new Year 8 Learning Centre and a new Senior School Study Centre with classrooms attached.
Victorian Schools Interschool Debating
Congratulations on the wonderful work of one of our new teachers to the College this year, Peter Vicary. Peter has been working with a number of our students on their debating skills and as a result we have entered three teams in the Victorian Schools Interschool debating competition this year. Round one of the competition was against Haileybury College last week and two of our teams won this round! A fantastic achievement by our students and we look forward to seeing how they progress through the subsequent rounds during the year. See the related article later in this newsletter.
Police Surf Community Lifesaving Carnival
Congratulations to teacher James Evans and fourteen students from the Year 9 and 10 Advance classes who were selected to compete on Tuesday 7th March in the Southern Metropolitan Region division 2, Police Surf Community Lifesaving carnival. Students were congratulated for their outstanding performance and spirit in participating in this carnival. Look out for the report in next week’s newsletter.
The new funding model introduced two years ago which includes the Gonski funding, termed equity funding is continuing again this year. Liz Evans (primary School specialist) who we initially employed to run an intervention program for literacy and numeracy in Years 7&8 is now in an ongoing position with us at the College and is in her second year as Year 7 Coordinator. With the intervention program also running at Year 9 and Liz teaching a Year 7 Discovery class, Julie Pretty one of our Integration support staff is now working full time in the intervention program. The outcomes for the past two years of the intervention program have been so positive with the majority of students showing growth over the year, along with an increase in their confidence and self-esteem.
On Thursday 22nd February, the House Swimming Carnival was held and it was a most successful and enjoyable day. The event was extremely well supported by students and staff with the majority of the student population in attendance and all enthusiastically engaged with the busy program in lovely conditions. Congratulations go to Iwala (Red house) on their great win and to the respective boy and girl age level champions who are listed in this week’s newsletter. Well done and thanks to our Sports Carnivals Coordinator Cory Watters for his excellent organisation of this event, all students and staff for their wonderful work and positive involvement on the day. We have over 100 students competing in the District carnival next week against other secondary schools in the area and results will be published in a few weeks time.