College News

08 March 2018
Issue Five
Principal's Update
Important Dates
   Student Awards                                                                          
House Swimming Carnival
House Swimming Carnival
Show Some Respect
Community News
Mordialloc College
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Aspendale, Victoria, 3196

Principal's Update


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

Senior School

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

House Captains:

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

House Captains:

Bunurong – Lauren Ditchfield

Iwala – Bella Marino

Kalura – Hannah Grieves

Yerlonga – Matilda Wilson


Year 12 - 

Mikayla Begent              

Dorje Jankos                                       

Ajay Lokiru                                        

Amber Iddles               

Sabrina Berg                                             

Bailey Bocksette                          

Dilara Isikli                                                      

Paighen Johnson                                  

Caitlyn Wannenburg

Emmerson Shankie      

Alex Hutchins                                    

Carl Gao

William Smith               

Frederik Michieli                                     

Holly MacMillan

Naena Good-Jackson   

Tyson Ciccini                                        

Rebecca Block                                     

Alex Hutchins               

Anna McClintock                                 

William Smith

Brydee Alford

Narut (Strong) Sirachantankorn

Annie Ea

Year 11 - 

Liam Canavan

Sara Sundstrom

Camille Nightingale

Will Hampson

Levi Burns

Victor Israelian

Elizabeth Ng

Dylon Murphy

Jayden Nardella

Year 10 - 

Caitlin Maher

Jack Crowe

Jack Alacqua

Leo Faid

Ryan Nguyen

Alisa Kvashko

Ava Collison

James Vicendese

Noreigh Zuniga

Jedd Fischer

Sean Dulberg

Louis McInerney

Year 9 - 

Brad Coombe

Phoebe Nightingale

Ash Pegrum

Lauren Ditchfield

Mara Hallowell

Lorenzo Mortimer

Celina Lum

John Phan

Charlotte Thompson

Akmal Abdul Mutalib

Elisa Sarsini

Jesillia Sy

Bianca Davidson  

Spencer Halse

Meike Berg   

Celina Lum  

Matthew Wade



Year 8 - 

George Gorvatchev

Noah Crowe

Ronan Askew

Chantelle Ferguson

Thorunn Millword

Riley May Jinks

Jack Kolozsi

Luke Collis

Laura Reeves

Kynan Gauci

Ashleigh McCulloch

Aston Hewet

Dechlan Burkitt

Jazzmine Nguyen

Timothy Whitford

Emma Schultz

Year 7 - 

William Fountain

Eva Coulton

Dylan O’Neill

Annabelle Stacey

Kristy Natsis

Tia Roberts

Ethan Brech

Jada Thomas

Foti Giannakidis

Benjamin Curtin

Jack Tennant-Watson

Kate Alacqua

Caeley Barnard

Lana Selthofer

Isikeli Uluikavoro


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.


Intervention Program

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.


Swim Carnival

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.




Ms. Michelle Roberts




Important Dates


Friday 9

  • Yr 12 Luna Park Physics Excursion
  • Yr 7 & Yr 10 Immunisations

Monday 12

  • Labour Day Public Holiday

Thursday 15

  • Yr 9 Advance Snorkelling

Friday 16

  • World Challenge Training Hike until Saturday 17
  • Facilities Meeting
  • Yr 12 Geography Field Study

​​Monday 19

  • Yr 8 Coastal Excursion to Cape Schank - 8B, 8C & 8F
  • Finance Meeting

Tuesday 20

  • Yr 8 Coastal Excursion to Cape Schank -8A, 8D & 8E

Thursday 22

  • Intermediate Round Robin
  • School Council - AGM
  • Yr 8 Coastal Excursion to Cape Schank - 8G & 8H

Monday 27

  • Senior Round Robin

Wednesday 28

  • Parent/Student/Teacher Interviews 3pm - 6:30pm

Thursday 29

  • House Athletics
  • End of Term 1



Intrepid MC Debaters win round one of the Victorian Schools Competition

Last Tuesday night, students from years 7 to 12 competed in Round 1 of the Victorian Schools Debating Competition. After weeks of rigorous training and tense practice debates, our hardened debate team was prepared to persuade. Our students were the underdogs walking into the Haileybury’s well established debating precinct. For example, Jeremy Thai Chan, an intrepid Year 7, signed himself up to compete in the D Grade, a Year 9 level age bracket and two years above his training. Ava Collison was another precocious student also competing two years above her age bracket in the A Grade. Even though our students were up against older, more experience students from private schools they composed themselves with grace and confidence.


Our A Grade team won the A Grade Round 1 competition knocking out Haileybury Boys College from the finals. The topic was: that Australia should implement a universal basic income. Congratulations to Annie Mey Lee, Ava Collison and Alex Vujicic for their incisive performance. 

Our C Grade team also won their age level bracket and also knocked out Haileybury Boys College from the finals in the C Grade division. Congratulations to Callum Roberts, Dylan Brown and James Vicendese for their eloquence on the topic: that we should ban the sale of all cars powered by fossil fuels by 2025.

Valiantly, our D grade team came a close second, by one point, against the finest debaters of Haileybury College’s eminent D Grade team. Well done to Jeremy Thai Chan, Matthew Wade and Lauren Ditchfield for their phenomenal effort and wit on the topic: that the Olympics should expand to include non-sporting events.


Peter Vicary


 Student Awards

Student Value 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.


Personal Best/Responsibility: Commendations for service during Yr. 9 placement. 

Andres Moreno


Responsibility: Providing support to year 7's in the Peer Support Program

Caitlyn Maher

Jack Alacqua

Lucy Reekie

Luke Holland




Lana Paten


House Swimming Carnival

House Swimming Sports 
Thursday 22 February 


The College swimming trials were held at Caulfield Swim Centre last Friday 22nd February. The House Swimming Sports attracted over 760 staff and students participating in swimming. ‘Overall Aggregate’ was Iwala - Red House 1st (529 points), Bunurong - Yellow House 2nd (487 points), Yerlonga - Blue 3rd (398 points) and Kalura - Green House 4th (288 points)



The following students will represent the college in the forthcoming Kingston Division Swimming Carnival to be held on Thursday 9th March at Caulfield (Week 6)




Show Some Respect

Show Some Respect
Wednesday 7th March 

On Wednesday all Year 8’s attended a drama performance titled “Show Some Respect” performed by an outside production company, Class Act Theatre run by the Melbourne Wellbeing Program. The act was a great opportunity for the students to learn about different types of harassment and bullying and the ramifications this behaviour can have on others. The two actor’s re-enacted real life stories told by real people who have experienced issues involving bullying, harassment, peer pressure, family violence, transgender and inappropriate use of mobile phones. Sending a very important message to the kids to respect each other (and themselves) no matter how different we are!

“Transgender, Domestic Violence, Sexual Harassment and Peer Pressure were all things the Year 8 students learnt about during the Class Act Theatre performance from the Melbourne Wellbeing Program. The two performers, Jas and Shawn, linked humor to a serious topic so we could tune in and understand the genuine issue that comes with being disrespected, for whatever reason that may be. It also made us think about Respect, Understanding and Empathy for the people who present themselves differently. The Year 8’s listened to true stories about kids our age that had experienced many elements of peer pressure, abuse, harassment and disrespect.

 Peer pressure is something we have all probably experienced before, but after listening to the show some respect performance we all realised that it can go further than just pressing someone to do a dare. Peer pressure has caused people to lose all kinds of things; friends, family, happiness, important milestones and many other things. Now, after learning how to avoid it we now feel a little safer around our friends.

 Abuse can be financial, physical, psychological, sexual and verbal. One in three Australian women have experienced physical or sexual abuse from the age of 15. 1 in 4 women have experienced emotional abuse from very very young and this really isn’t okay. The year 8 students were taught about domestic violence during the performance and it is hoped that it will stop.

 Harassment is aggressive pressure or intimidation. Anyone can be harassed, old or young, male or female, in one of at least 3 different ways, sexual, street and unlawful. Despite the 24 years of legislation Sexual Harassment is still alive and well in our work places. Over 28% of women in 2003 had experienced sexual harassment in the workplace, compared to the 7% of men.  Street harassment can be verbal comments, honking, whistling, kissing noises, leering/staring, groping, stalking, attempted or achieved assault. Unlawful Discrimination occurs when a person, or a group of people, is treated less favorable than another person or group because of their background or certain personal characteristics. 37% of complaints were lodged under the Disability Discrimination Act, 21% of complaints were lodged under the Racial Discrimination Act, 20% of complaints were lodged under the Sex Discrimination Act, 14% of complaints were lodged under the Australian Human Rights Commission Act and 8% of complaints were lodged under the Age Discrimination Act. Harassment can happen anytime anywhere to anyone, but thanks to the Melbourne Wellbeing Program, we now know that there are many different ways to handle this disgusting behaviour.

Disrespect is a behaviour Year 8 does not accept. Nor does the Melbourne Wellbeing Program. It feels good to know that out in our world there are many other people like us, no matter who we are, where we come from or what we look like. Jas and Shawn did an amazing job at lifting our self-esteem and helping who ever needed it. We would recommend this performance to anyone and would go see it again in a heartbeat. Thank you Class Act Theatre from the Melbourne Wellbeing Program, Year 8 now knows how to Show Some Respect”

  • Isabel and Indi


House Athletics

House Athletics



SEAL Registrations for 2019 are now open

We are very excited to announce that applications are now open for our 2019 SEAL Program Entrance Exam. Please visit the College website to access the registration portal Registrations will close on Friday 27 April 2018.


In 2018, we will continue to use Edutest as our testing provider for their extremely comprehensive aptitude and ability based tests. Edutest also provides online practise tests for students, to help you and your child gain a better understanding of the style and format of the exams, and to make them feel more comfortable with the style of questions presented


Alice Leppin

Community News

Dobsons  School Uniform Shop Trading Hours for Term 1 2018

Monday 8:30 am - 11:30 am

Wednesday 12:30 pm - 4:00 pm 


Additional Hours for Uniform Shop

Sat 24th March 9.00am – 12.00pm

Sat 14th April 9.00am – 12.00pm


Private appointments are available on Wednesdays after shop hours, please call 9587 0738 for an appointment


Visit the new, improved website Click and Collect ordering now available

Phone 9587 0738

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

Chelsea Basketball Association


Carrum Bowling Club


Mordialloc Redbacks


Seaford Junior Football Club

The Seaford Junior FC are looking for girls of all ages to play in season 2018. 
No experience necessary, just come along and join in the fun. 
Contact the Prez on 0435 900 674 or via email


Chelsea Basketball Stadium Girls Teams 


Chelsea Basketball Stadium are interested in promoting girls in sport. If any new Primary School level girls team want to enter a team on their own, without being aligned to a club, they will receive 20% discount on their registration. The winter season will start mid April.

For more information please email


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