College News

29 November 2018
Issue Thirty-seven
Director Of Senior School
Important Dates
Music Department Update
College Crown Awards
Awards Night Tickets
2019 Planners Have Arrived
Woodlands Girls Golf Challenge
Community News
Mordialloc College
(03) 9580 1184
1 Station Street
Aspendale, Victoria, 3196

Director Of Senior School


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

Important Dates


Friday 30

  • Facilities Meeting 8am



Monday 03

  • Headstart continues
  • Finance Meeting 4pm
  • Year 11 & 12 Information Night 6pm

Tuesday 04

  • Year 12 VCAL METEC Defensive Driving Course
  • Year 12 VCAL TAFE Visit

Thursday 06

  • School Council Meeting 5pm


Friday 07

  • Last official school day for Year 11 & 12 students

Tuesday 11

  • Orientation Day for new Year 7 students

Thursday 13

  • Awards Night Rehearsal 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
  • Awards Night held at Kingston Town Hall

Friday 14

  • Last official day for Year 10 Students

Monday 17

  • Year 8 & 9 Alternate Program begins

Friday 21

  • End of Term 4 - early finish 1:30pm

Music Department Update

It has been a really busy term for Mordialloc College’s Music Department. We have been performing our repertoire that we’ve been practising and perfecting since the start of the year. Countless rehearsals, early mornings and lunchtimes were spent to make these performances memorable and a fun experience for us and the audience.


We had many performances this term including the College Art Show, the Seniors' Morning Tea hosted by Mark Dreyfus and a performance for Aspendale Primary School.


During Mordialloc College’s annual Art Show, the music department provided some groovy and exciting music to accompany the magnificent art and to entertain the public visiting the show. There were amazing solos, duets, chorus performances and the Concert Band to finish the night off.


To further advertise the College’s growing music department, the Concert Band, Choir and two students in a duet performed in front of the Year 5s and 6s of Aspendale Primary School. It was amazing to perform in front of a younger audience. It gave us such pleasure to see how excited they were to watch our performances.


Lastly, Mordialloc College’s Concert Band and two contemporary music students, Celina and Harry, had the amazing opportunity to perform for the Seniors of the Mordialloc Community. It was a great chance to showcase the College’s music department to the public. We received great feedback from the audience, including Mark Dreyfus who was also present on the day. This was a great experience for us as it was one of the biggest performances we did for the public and we also got some food which, to be honest, was one of the highlights of the day. Who doesn’t love free food?


On behalf of the Music Department students, we thank all the music staff especially Mr Danoudis, Mr Maas and Mrs Ferguson and everyone else for supporting and motivating us in pursuing our passion for music. We also thank them for giving their time to supervise us, whether it’s 8 in the morning, until 5 after school, during lunch times and even the week-end. We can’t thank them enough for their everlasting encouragement and support. Thank you!


Many more performances will be held throughout next year and we will be working harder than ever before, to outperform our performances this year. Please stay tuned for the Music Department’s last performance which will be held during the Awards Night, there will be a Concert Band performance as well as the official debut of the College Stage Band. 


See you there!



Noreigh Zuniga

Senior Music Student

Mordialloc College

College Crown Awards

College Crown

In 2018, Mordialloc College held the inaugural College Crown competition, which was a resounding success. The College Crown is a student competition system initiated by our 2018 College Captain, Sabrina Berg. The competition allowed students to submit pieces of work under various categories, including visual arts, performing arts (drama and music) and creative writing. Various specialist teachers judged the entries in each category, with the winner of each category receiving a College Crown lapel pin.

It was pleasing to see so many entries this year, and I would like to congratulate all students who entered on their outstanding efforts. Thank you to each student who submitted a piece:

Visual Art

Ella Harris

Andres Morino

George Newton

Eliza Wragg            

Thorunn Millwood


Creative Writing

Sabrina Berg

Fasika Abera

Lauren Ditchfield

Tessa Love

George Newton

Max Nowak

Natalie Politova


 Performing Arts (drama and music)

Jack Crowe

Timothy Whitford

Jack McLaren

Liam Canavan


Congratulations to our winners- Ella Harris for Visual Art, Max Nowak for Creative Writing and Jack Crowe for Performing Arts. Our overall College Crown winner was Max Nowak.


Thank you also to our teachers: Leah Bright, James Nicklen, Demis Demoudis and Michelle Roberts, for spending their time carefully judging each piece.


We look forward to expanding the competition next year to include the categories of design technology, invention and media and we encourage all students to submit a piece in 2019.


Sally Mitchell

Student Engagement

Awards Night Tickets

The annual College awards night is fast approaching. Tickets are available to purchase from the General Office for $10 per ticket.  Please come to the General Office accounts window or contact the office on 9580 1184 to arrange your tickets.

2019 Planners Have Arrived

Planners are at the Payments Window

The 2019 planners have arrived and can be collected from the Payments Window at the General Office. Price: $20.00 unless previously paid. Please send your child to the Payments Window to pick up their planner.


Woodlands Girls Golf Challenge

Golf Challenge

Woodlands Golf Club will be holding a girls only 6 hole event during January. The event is open to girls aged between 10 - 17 years of age who are novice or intermediate golfers.

This event was held last January and 22 girls had a lovely day at a fun event.

If you daughter is interested please ask her to speak with Mr Haber in the Year 7 Centre before the end of term.



Community News

Dobsons School Uniform Shop Trading Hours for Term 4 2018

Monday 8:30 am - 11:30 am

Wednesday 12:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Private appointments are available after shop hours. Please call 8587 0570 for an appointment.

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

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



Please see the attachment for the most up to date price list including any specials that are available.


Scout Xmas Trees


Football Try Outs


College News
Mordialloc College Price List 2018.pdf