College News

26 April 2018
Issue Ten
Director of Numeracy Improvement
Important Dates
   Student Awards                                                                          
Student News
Surf & Turf
House Cross Country Event
STEM for Girls
SEAL & Open Night Information
Community News
Mordialloc College
(03) 9580 1184
1 Station Street
Aspendale, Victoria, 3196

Director of Numeracy Improvement



Hello and thank you for your support during first term allowing a smooth transition into Mordialloc College as a new member of staff. 

My name is Julie Chambers and I have joined the College as a member of the Leadership Team with the role of Mathematics and whole school Numeracy development. My passion is mathematics and the way it helps us describe the world around us - patterns such as Fibonacci within nature, statistics in genetics, coding and advancements in technology are just some examples. It is important that our students develop the knowledge and skills to understand their world, be financially sound and participate proactively in the workforce.

Graduating University with a Double Mathematics Major, as well as Physics and Biology,  I began teaching at Rosebud Secondary College. After several years we moved to Gippsland, taking up a position as Mathematics coordinator at the local secondary college and enjoying the country lifestyle. Several years ago we made the move back to the Peninsula, due to family commitments, where I took up a position as Head of Curriculum at Somerville Secondary College before joining you all here.

Throughout my teaching career I have enjoyed teaching all year levels, 7 through VCE, in both Mathematics and Science – Physics and have furthered my own education by completing a Masters in Numeracy through the Bastow partnership with Monash University. I am excited to join the staff at Mordialloc College as a member of the Leadership Team, collaborating on and developing programs to best shape the learning of our students and preparing them for their journey towards their future goals.


Julie Chambers

Director of Numeracy Improvement

Important Dates



Thursday 26

  • World Challenge Fitness Session 7:30 am - 8:30 am
  • College Open Night 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Friday 27

  • Year 12 Top Designs Excursion
  • SEAL registrations close
  • Year 10 - 12 French Play

Monday 30

  • Health and P.E. Week


Tuesday 1

  • 9D MEX Looking Around Data Collection
  • Yr 9 MEX 2.0 Looking Around Community Placements

Wednesday 2

  • Yr 8 Camp to Phillip Island return Friday 4
  • Biology Unit 1 Investigating a Rocky Platform Excursion


Thursday 3

  • Scope Young Ambassadors Program - Workshop
  • SEAL entrance exam (Grade 6 students)

Friday 4

  • VCE Top Arts and Alternative Gallery  Excursion
  • Yr 10 - 12 French Play Le Pere Noel est une ordue
  • Yr 8 Camp return

Monday 7

  • 9D Mex Looking Around Data Collection
  • Yr 9 MEX 2.0 Looking Around Community Placements

Tuesday 8

  • SEAL ICAS Digital Technologies Competition
  • All School House Cross Country Event - Period 4

Thursday 10

  • World Challenge Fitness Training Session 7:30 am - 8:30 am
  • Yr 10 Science Excursion to Melbourne Museum and Imax

Friday 11

  • Le Concours Berthe Mouchette French poetry/written competition
  • Facilities meeting


 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.


Thank you to the following students for displaying the College Values, Responsibility and Personal Best for their help at the SEAL Information evening last Wednesday night  18/04/2017.

For speaking so eloquently at the SEAL Information evening.

For displaying exceptional speaking skills while presenting at the SEAL Information evening.

For writing and delivering a fantastic speech at the SEAL Information evening.

For producing an extremely captivating video for the SEAL Information evening.

For narrating and producing a captivating video for the SEAL Information evening.





Lana Paten


Student News

We Remember

On Monday, staff and  students gathered in a special  ANZAC assembly to acknowledge and remember the sacrifice of those men and women who died in war. The student leadership team - Sabrina, Bailey, Annie, Bianca, and Spencer - led a reflective and moving commemorative service.   Students listened quietly to the recitations, ANZAC requiem, Last Post and observed the minute's silence. 

 Below is a  copy of the School Captain's address read by Sabrina Berg and one of the poems, 'Sir',  read by Annie Ea.



Welcome staff and students, to our ANZAC Day commemorative service, where we will honour the spirit of ANZAC and what it means today.


ANZAC was originally the name of a combined force of Australian and New Zealand troops who landed on Turkey’s Gallipoli Peninsula near dawn on that famous day, the 25th of April, 1915.


The battle that followed revealed extraordinary courage and sacrifice which inspired a national day of solemn public remembrance, that has been observed in Australia every year since the first anniversary of the landings.


ANZAC day has become an honoured and sacred day in Australian culture, representing as it does the intangible Spirit of ANZAC.


This series of values and beliefs are honoured and acknowledged as an integral part of our heritage, as well as a way of life, described by the official war historian C.E.W. Bean as to have ‘stood, and still stand, for reckless valour in a good cause, for enterprise, resourcefulness, fidelity, comradeship and endurance that will never own defeat.’


Symbolising this unquenchable thirst for justice, freedom and peace, the spirit of ANZAC is as relevant to the world now as it was 100 years ago.


Today we honour the sacrifices made by those involved in conflicts around the world, in the present and in the past.


We acknowledge those who carried the torch of freedom and continued to fight for individual and national liberty. Today we stand free, with the rights of citizens of a free country, and it is this liberty, security and opportunity that we owe to the sacrifices of the past.


We have a legacy of responsibility to protect these values of freedom and equality, to protect the future of Australia as a land of opportunity and peace.


‘Lest We Forget’ is more than a phrase, it embodies our duty to remember the meaning of the sacrifices and losses of Australian ancestors and ensure that the world they fought to protect lives on in our generation.





Sir - would it help if I shed a tear

I swear it’s the first time, since this time last year

My spine is a tingle - my throat is all dry

As I stand to attention for all those who died


I watch the flag dancing half way down the pole

That damn bugle player sends chills to my soul

I feel the pride and the sorrow - there’s nothing the same

As standing to attention on ANZAC Day


So Sir - on behalf of the young and the free

Will you take a message when you finally do leave

To your mates that are lying from Tobruk to the Somme

The legend of your bravery will always live on


I’ve welcomed Olympians back to our shore

I’ve cheered baggy green caps and watched Wallabies score

But when I watch you marching (Sir) in that parade

I know these are the memories that never will fade


So Sir - on behalf of the young and the free

Will you take a message when you finally do leave

It’s the least we can do (Sir) to repay the debt

We’ll always remember you - Lest We Forget


(Damian Morgan, 1998)


Surf & Turf

Year 8 Camp Schanck Excursion

On  22 March 8G and 8H went to Cape Schanck for our current project, Surf and Turf. The day started off with us hopping on a bus for the 1-hour drive to Cape Schanck. The two classes then split in two after a short walk up to a lookout over the ocean. It was a very nice view. Our class then proceeded to walk down the boardwalk to a flat spot where we could sit down and complete our booklets, however the wind had other ideas. It was crazy! If we hadn’t have had clipboards we all would've lost the pieces of paper. It’s a miracle that no one did. These workbooks were used as research tools for our project. From our lookout point we could see the entire coastline around Cape Schanck.


Once we finished our first task and 8H had finished their little expedition around the rocks at the bottom of the mountain, it was our turn. The walk down there was around 600m long but didn’t take very long. Again, the wind didn’t help. It almost pushed us over the wooden rails on either side. We all dreaded the walk back up because the boardwalk all the way at the top of the mountain looked miles away. It was something like 22 flights of stairs and some pretty long and big ramps. While we walked along the boardwalk we could see all the different preservation strategies that the park rangers had in place to protect the landscape and to stop erosion and degradation. These included support structures, signs and new native flora and fauna.


The rocks at the bottom were pretty sketchy but the views of the ocean, cliffs and rock pools made up for it. They were very beautiful. We looked around for a bit at the various rocks, landforms and landscapes before walking back over to the other side of the boardwalk. The rocks there were even worse. You couldn’t take one step without 20 or more of them falling out from beneath your feet. The side that we started on had some very nice rock pools and caves that were in the distance but this side had a smaller cave that was really close and huge cliffs made of solid rock. While we were researching the landscape we discovered a sea arch, a sea stack and a potential blowhole! The colour of the rocks showed us the history of Cape Schanck. There was evidence that it was a volcanic landscape from thousands of years ago.


On our walk back to the bus, we took a short walk to an open field that was near the lighthouse. The lighthouse is used for recreational and commercial purposes, with tours happening throughout the year. It was pretty amazing to see. Although we did not see any evidence of the Aboriginal culture around Cape Schanck, you could feel that it was a pretty special and spiritual place. Angel Cave is a cultural and spiritual place for Aboriginals in the area, often used as a sacred meeting place.


All the hiking around Cape Schanck gave us a pretty big appetite. We collected fish and potato cakes in Mornington and were greeted by our hungry groups of friends. It was great to see so many different landscapes on this excursion. From the park in Mornington you could see the different landforms along the beach and it showed us that, in Victoria, there are so many different places to explore.


The main objective of going was to see in person some different types of rocks, landscapes, landforms and rock formations that we have been studying in class. It was definitely worth going and very fun and educational. It’s great to interact with what we are learning about in school.


Reflection by Luke Fitchett


House Cross Country Event


STEM for Girls

Careers News

Inspire your female students about the exciting possibilities of STEM through our Girl Power program, including a three-night camp at the University of Melbourne, work experience and mentoring opportunities.

About the program

Stage 1: Year 9 students

Commencing in Year 9, 30 students are selected to participate in the camp during the July term holidays, where they will have the opportunity to:

  • Learn about careers in STEM
  • Participate in hands-on interactive workshops
  • Interact with University of Melbourne engineering and IT students
  • Hear from industry and our academic staff about engineering and IT issues
  • Form a network of likeminded individuals

Stage 2: Year 10 students

In the second stage of the program, Year 10 students will have the opportunity to complete the Faculty of Science work experience program and can choose from a range of disciplines including engineering and IT.

Stage 3: Year 11 & 12 students

The final stage of the program facilitates mentoring opportunities between Year 11 and 12 students, and University of Melbourne engineering and IT students.

Camp details

The female student camp will run from Sunday 8 July until midday Wednesday 11 July 2018.

  • Students will arrive and register on the evening of Sunday 8 July and depart on the afternoon of Wednesday 11 July.
  • The program is free of charge and will include 3 nights’ accommodation, all meals and workshops during the camp.
  • Accommodation will be at Trinity College, University of Melbourne.
  • Dietary requirements will be catered for and students will need to provide this information as part of the application process.

Application Process

While there are no limitations to the number of applications that can be submitted by each school, a maximum of 30 students will be selected to participate in the program in 2018. To participate in the subsequent stages of the program, students must have participated in the Girl Power in STEM camp whilst in year 9. 

  • All applications need to be submitted online.
  • Program is open only to students in Year 9.
  • 30 places are available in this program for 2018.
  • Student applications will be reviewed and short telephone interviews will be conducted for those shortlisted (these can be conducted with a guardian, parent or teacher present with the student). The interviews are scheduled to take place the week beginning 15 May onwards.
  • Shortlisted candidates will need to supply a letter of support from their School Principal supporting their application.
  • Successful applicants will be notified by 6 June.

Applications close 11:59pm 29 April 2018.

Please direct interested students to apply via our web site

SEAL & Open Night Information



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 practice 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


Coles Vouchers Required

Coles Supermarkets are offering a fantastic opportunity for us to build the sport resources available to our students. We are aiming to collect as many vouchers as possible to help with the purchase of new equipment.

For every $10 you spend at Coles you will receive 1 voucher. This can then be sent to school with your child and dropped into the collection box located in the HUB.

We appreciate and thank you for your support.


Mick Haber

Year 7/8 Sports Coordinator

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


*  Rugby tops and Trackpants have arrived and are now available for purchase. *


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.

NDIS Dates for Information Sessions



College News
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