Dear Families, Students and Community Members,
I can’t quite believe how quickly 2018 has passed and that we are now already two weeks into Headstart 2019! It has been a busy and exciting year in many respects; a year filled with lots of positive events and experiences for staff and students in Senior School.
Several months ago I made the decision that, at the end of the year, I would return to my substantive post as Director of Senior School. Spending the year as Acting Assistant Principal has been demanding but nevertheless truly enjoyable, but my desire to work more closely with the students has prevailed and I am excited to have a greater teaching load once again and be able to engage with all the amazing students we have in Senior School this year. The staff and students have already made Marina Walsh (our new Assistant Principal), extremely welcome and I personally look forward to working with her over the coming years.
We said our goodbyes to a fantastic Year 12 group earlier this term and for many of us, it was a time of very mixed emotions. They were pretty special in many ways, but particularly in terms of their work ethic and determination to achieve the best outcomes possible, as well as their maturity and the level of respect they demonstrated for themselves and others. I was lucky to have taught two classes in 2018 and I genuinely miss teaching them already! We await their results on 14 December and I believe we might see some of the best scores ever achieved by students at Mordialloc College. I wish the class of 2018 all the very best for the future and look forward to hearing of their successes in the future – there will undoubtedly be many for this wonderful group of young people.
The start of Headstart signalled entry to Senior School for our new Year 10 students. We welcomed them at a Senior School assembly where our 2018 College Captains, Sabrina and Bailey, shared some words of wisdom. Sabrina was keen to emphasise how quickly the years pass and that they should make the most of every moment, whilst Bailey shared a personal strategy of standing a globe on his desk at home to remind him of his dream of travelling every time he was finding studying a challenge.
The high expectations of Senior School have been set and students have been informed that they will be receiving a Progress Report at the end of Headstart. This will be available via Compass for parents and students to access.
Finally, I would like to welcome Aaron Davis to the senior team. He joins us as an experienced coordinator and will be responsible for Year 10 students in 2019.
Thank you to parents who attended the Year 10 Information night earlier this week; it was great to see so many of you there. To parents of Year 11 and 12 students, we hope to see you on Monday 3 December at 6.00 pm for the sausage sizzle prior to the Information Night at 6.30 pm.
I would like to say a ‘well done’ to all students who have achieved their personal best in their studies, sports and other areas throughout 2018 and I look forward to working with you all next year. Have a fantastic summer; have fun, complete your holiday homework but most importantly, stay safe!
Mrs Joanne Greenhalgh
Director of Senior School