Mount Eliza Secondary College  ​ 'Educated for Excellence - Prepared for Life’  

19 June 2018
Issue Four
Year 12 English
            MESC Learning Commons
2018 School Production
Mount Eliza Secondary College
03 9787 6288
Canadian Bay Road
Mount Eliza, Victoria, 3930


Dear Parents and members of the MESC Community

Term two is always full of excitement with so many different opportunities for our students. In recent weeks MESC students have participated in camps, excursions, incursions, interschool sport and exams. I am often amazed by the range of events and activities that occur school wide, applaud our students for taking advantage of them and proud of our staff for creating these opportunities.

Our Principal Angela Pollard is currently in China supporting the International Education Division promoting education in Victorian schools. Angela will be visiting Harbin, Changchun, Dalian, Shenyang, Tianjin, Beijing and Shanghai. Education is currently Victoria’s biggest financial export. Angela will also use this opportunity to promote Mt Eliza Secondary College and will return to MESC at the start of Term 3.

Our 2018 mid-year exam period has just drawn to a close. This was a very important period for our students from Year 9 to 12 and included exams in: Year 9/10 Maths, English, Science, Humanities, all Year 11 subjects and the GAT for all students studying a Year 12 subject. The exams serve many purposes including simulating the experience students will need to be well skilled in to perform at their best in VCE exams at the end of their Year 12 studies. It also allows teachers and students to gain knowledge of student performance under exam conditions and gives feedback in regard to student skills and understanding at this point in time. Thus, allowing teachers to plan the next step in student learning. This year we will be utilising mid-year student exam results as an indicator for 2019 course selection. Our leadership team will be examining these results in preparation for course selection interviews and the results will serve as a guide to the appropriateness of subject selection.

As Semester 1 draws to a close we roll into with our new Semester 2 timetable starting on 18 June, having already started on our journey toward 2019 with course selection information evenings being held this week. I would like to thank all the parents and students that attended, as education is not only a journey for the students it is a partnership between the school, the student and their parent. These evenings allowed us to share with those who attended our International Baccalaureate pathway for Year 7 to 9, our new Year 10 program as it becomes part of our senior school and our VCE, VCAL and VET options. Presentations from the evening are available on the college website and course selection interviews will be held on Monday 23rd July. Interview times can be booked on Compass.

I would like to wish all staff, students and their families a safe mid-year holiday period with school holidays starting on 29th June and students returning 16th July. If you are staying in Victoria, keep warm.

Gavan McCabe

Acting Principal






Congratulations to Nicholas Spencer who was recently presented with a Premier’s VCE Award for his outstanding academic results in 2017. He received a study score of 50 (best in the state of Victoria) for his efforts in Units 3 and 4 of Informatics.

The annual Premier’s VCE Awards recognise the top-performing students in the state, with 274 students presented this year with awards for their outstanding results.

The entire Mount Eliza community is proud of Nicholas and would like to congratulate him on being the recipient of such a prestigious award.

Nicholas accelerated in the subject as a Year 11 student, so we wish him all the best for his remaining Year 12 subjects at Mount Eliza Secondary College this year.

Well done Nicholas!

-Dan Talha (2017 Informatics teacher)

(Photo of Nicholas “Bertie” Spencer with James Merlino MP – Victorian Minister of Education and Deputy Premier)

To read more about the Premier’s VCE Awards, visit:




The Year 10 formal was held this year on the 18th of May, at the Frankston RSL. It was a night of delicious food, amazing outfits and lots & lots of dancing. Surprisingly, everyone stuck to the formal dress code, and we all looked incredible (the effort that everyone had put into their outfits for the night was outstanding). We were treated to a wonderful two course meal, consisting of either fish & chips  or a parma, and chocolate mousse for dessert. There were awards such as best hair, accessories, outfits (and of course King & Queen), but by far the most exciting award had to be best dancer, which went to our (extremely enthusiastic) DJ, Jason. The teachers did an awesome job at planning our formal, the night was absolutely perfect. I believe I speak for all of Year 10 when I say we would do it again in a heartbeat.

Sam Howlett



On Friday 18th of May our school came together to help support a foundation committed to helping the lives of those effected by cancer. The World’s Greatest Shave specialises in blood cancers, primarily, leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma, and assists with emotional and practical support for the families affected. Everyone knows that cancer is an unforgiving thing, we don’t invite it into our homes or upon our families but it still finds a way into every corner, with 35 Australians being diagnosed with blood cancer every day. That is every 41 minutes someone is receiving devastating news.

The World’s Greatest Shave works to help raise money for this cause and here at MESC we were able to contribute to the many donations they receive yearly. In support of this foundation one of our very own students, Sophie McQuie, made the brave decision to shave her hair in the quad at lunchtime, with all of her fellow school students there to give words of encouragement and praise her bravery. It made for a very emotional and moving day at MESC. Sophie had made the decision to shave her hair as she too had lost a loved one to lymphoma and wished to help support those going through the same thing. Her selfless act showed just how courageous she was and made everyone appreciate her commitment to the cause and realise what we have.

On this day we wore free dress for a gold coin donation, with the chance to get our hair sprayed or buy a sausage for lunch to help support and raise money. The whole school came together in support of Sophie and The World’s Greatest Shave. All the money donated was given to this cause and will fund vital research that can help save those with blood cancers and improve their quality of life. Overall, this day was about supporting a cause that effects many of us in some way while spreading awareness and encouraging others to take part in this fulfilling act.

Sophie Van der Linden



Did you know that 3.6 million people in Australia have trouble feeding themselves and their families, 652,000 people rely on food banks every month, 27% of people affected are children and 65,000 people are turned away from food banks due to food shortages leaving them with no other option than to go without.
The Senior VCAL class are running a Feed Melbourne Food Drive. The Feed Melbourne Appeal is an annual fundraising campaign run by Leader Community News and Food Rescue Charity Fare Share, supported by Newman's own foundation.
You can help by bringing in a non perishable food item of either pasta, tinned tomatoes and plain flour and leaving it in our collection points in the sub schools. Please help donate as many items as you can to help those in need!



On Friday the 18th of May to Sunday the 20th of May, Kiana Shillington attended a mock UN political camp called MUNA as representatives of the country United Kingdom. Coming up to the event we were very nervous and felt unprepared. We did have our good looking costumes nailed down, a Scottish girl and English business woman and we also had our table decorations that consisted of a framed picture of the queen and a Prince William teabag.

We had 6 resolutions to debate over the course of 2 days. It all began with a guest speaker that spoke to us about careers and having belief in ourselves which was very rewarding.

On the first day we had a practice run and that's when a few interesting things happened that I can now laugh at and understand that it was better it happened to me!

Kiana and I sat at our table ready to represent the UK. We had to vote on a question along the lines of “should we abolish the UN?” We had to think about what our country’s stance would be so we decided to vote against abolishment. The guest speaker that asked the question then wanted to see why each country voted the way they did.

First, she asked Turkey why they chose ‘for’ and I swear Albert Einstein answered as it was the most sophisticated and complex answer I have ever heard. The speaker than walked around looking to choose someone that voted ‘against’. I remember just thinking….. please don't ask us….. and, guess what? She asked us! She walked over and asked our stance on this question and Kiana and I both froze. I then had to stand up in front of everyone, including the Secretary General and basically everyone important in the world. I asked for a repeat of the question but that did nothing as I had NO idea what I was going to say! The things running through my mind were;

I wonder if my kilt looks like a kilt? If I brought bag pipes could I just blow myself outside and run away? I wonder if tonight's dinner will be chicken?

I stood there for a while, jumbled on my words and the only thing that came out which sounded so unsophisticated and Aussie was…. “ well, um we need them because ya know, to resolve stuff, but I'm against it because it's not building peace so oh! Maybe um…Uh…yeah…sorry….” The lady then put me out of my misery and grabbed the microphone and fixed the answer for me.

After that soul destroying experience the guest speaker walked up to me and said “You were very brave and you were put on the spot and you should be proud”.  This made me feel reassured and I felt better but then someone else came up to and said in the nicest way possible…… “you are now the reason we are doing nervous exercises” (not worded exactly like that but in the moment that's all I could hear)

 It was pretty funny and it was also helpful because I got the scary part of public speaking out of the way and at the time I didn't know, but we were there to make mistakes! After my answer, people suggested ideas on how I should answer the next questions and it really did feel like such a nice, comforting environment and I felt more relaxed and like myself being there, even if I was more nervous than Prince Harry at his wedding.

 The whole experience was incredible and everyone there was so amazing. At the end of it we were all just one big happy family! I definitely recommend the camp to anyone who either loves the United Nations or even doesn't, as you get so much out of it and it exposes you to the issues this world faces. In conclusion, it was definitely worth going and I suggest everyone should try it !

Isabella Worrall



The School Attendance Guidelines specify that from the end of Term 2 2018, government schools must contact parents/carers as soon as practicable on the day of an unexplained student absence.
Protecting the safety and well-being of children through the reporting and monitoring of absenteeism is the responsibility of both parents/carers and schools. Parents/carers have an obligation to notify the school of their child’s absence and schools are required to notify parents/carers on the day of an unexplained student absence. This responsibility needs to be underpinned by shared understandings and expectations about the procedures for the promotion, monitoring and follow-up of student attendance as outlined in the school’s Attendance Policy.
Clear communication and building a positive and collaborative relationship between schools and parents is critical to the successful implementation of same day notifications. In addition, in order to implement this requirement, it is essential that schools have accurate and current parent/carer contact details. 
If your child is sick or absent, you are required to notify their school as soon as possible on the day of absence using one of the following methods:
1. Online: log the absence directly using your Compass log in and password
2. Telephone absence line: leave your child’s name, class, date of absences and reason – 9788 6290
3. Email  

Notifying the school of your child’s absence either prior to, or on the day that they will be away, helps ensure the safety and wellbeing of children and will fulfil your legal responsibility.


To log in you will require your unique family username and password. These details will be provided to you by our school. Upon first login, you will be required to change your password and confirm your email address and mobile phone number. These details may be used by our school for SMS, password recovery and email communication throughout the year.If you have lost your details or forgotten your password, you can recover your details by clicking the‘Can’t access your account?’ link on the front page.




1.  Contact details

There are times when we will need to contact you, including on the day if your child is absent and you haven’t informed the school as to why.  Do we have your most up to date contact details including emergency contact details?  If not, please notify the school so we can update our records.  Please remember to contact the school if any of these details or your circumstances change.

2.  Notify the school of your child’s absence

Protecting the safety and well-being of children through the reporting and monitoring of absenteeism is the responsibility of both parents/carers and schools.

Remember to use one of the following options:-

* Log into your parent portal if your child is going to be away or late for school so your child’s absence can be recorded correctly, as an SMS will be sent out at 9.45am.

* Call the absence line on 9788 6290

* Email 

For further information on the processes and procedures our school uses to record, monitor and follow-up student attendance and absence please read our Attendance Policy.


3. Same-day notification of unexplained student absences

Our school will SMS you as soon as practicable on the day if a student is not at school and you haven’t notified the school as to why. If you are notified by the school that your child is away without a reason, please notify the school as to the reason via the parents Compass portal to let us know where your child is. If we cannot reach you because we don’t have your correct contact details (i.e.: message notification fail, disconnected number), then we will make contact with any emergency contact/s nominated on your child’s file held by the school, where possible, on the same day of the unexplained absence.

Please remember it is your responsibility to contact us to provide an explanation for your child's absence from school, and where possible, please inform us in advance of upcoming absences.

For further information on the processes and procedures our school uses to record, monitor and follow-up student attendance and absence please read our Attendance Policy.


Parents are reminded that DET and Mount Eliza Secondary College do not provide personal accident insurance for students. Parents and guardians are responsible for the cost of medical treatment for injured students and transport costs including Ambulance transport in an emergency situation.

Student accident insurance policies are available for purchase through a number of insurance companies. Mount Eliza Secondary College is not in a position to recommend an insurance company as this is a personal choice depending on your circumstances.

Parents are also reminded that DET and Mount Eliza Secondary College do not provide insurance for personal possessions of any description including motor vehicles, for damage or theft at the College or on the College grounds. If insurance coverage is required we recommend you contact your insurance provider for further information.



We are currently taking enrolment for a start in in Term 3, 2018 but places are limited so please register your student now.  Part of MESC’s music program includes a wonderful beginners course in PIANO or GUITAR, running over one semester (20 weeks) at only $8.30 per student per week.  The program takes students through a structured curriculum from the very basic to a competent level of both playing and ‘theory’ (reading 7 writing music). 

To enrol or for further information please visit

phone 0416 586 483 or visit the school office.




​​​​​​​​​The Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund (CSEF) provides payments for eligible students to attend activities like:

  • school camps or trips
  • swimming and school-organised sport programs
  • outdoor education programs
  • excursions and incursions.

This $148 million initiative helps ensure all Victorian students can take part in school trips and sporting activities. The fund commenced in 2015 and will initially run for four years.

Applications for 2018 are now open, through until the end of term 2, 2018.



From June this year a Department of Education and Training (DET) Secondary School Nurse will be commencing at our College on a limited time capacity. The Secondary School Nurse works as a member of the student wellbeing team to improve the health and wellbeing of students.

The nurse has the ability to assist the school community in the following ways:

  • Facilitate health promotion activities linked to National and State health priorities.
  • Organise and/or facilitate health promotion programs on current issues of concern identified by the school and/or nurse, such as smoking, sexual health, drug use and mental health issues.
  • Provide health education as part of a team teaching approach in a classroom setting and on an individual or small group basis.
  • Share knowledge with staff on current health issues affecting the school community.
  • Assist school staff to address complex issues related to identified student needs, and
  • Participate in health curriculum development and in planning for school health promotion activities.


It is not anticipated that the DET school nurse will regularly provide individual student support, and the schools’ Wellbeing services will continue this supportive role for all students at the College.  In any situations where the DET school nurse directly or indirectly provides support to students, the nurse is required to keep information private and confidential unless otherwise agreed. However, there are some instances (if, for example, the nurse thinks the student is at risk of being harmed or harming someone else) where the school nurse may have to let other people know about the situation.

The DET Secondary School Nurse as a general rule does not administer medication, conduct physical examinations, undertake long term counselling or provide first aid. (The school has a first aid attendant to provide first aid). Jeanette Trembearth will be working fortnightly at Mt Eliza Secondary College on alternate Tuesdays. Please feel free to contact me (through reception) if you would like further information.


Jeanette Trembearth, Adolescent Health Nurse













At the beginning of semester one, twenty-one Year 9 and 10 Design Technology (Metal) students were given the task to design and produce a sculpture garden at the front of MESC.

The class decided to follow the theme of ‘Fish’ and after dividing into seven groups, took on the challenge. 

Students began by designing a two-dimensional fish which could be constructed using 10mm solid metal rod. Over the following months students cut, bent and manipulated the metal into their fish designs.  They also had to incorporate a stabilising stand for their fish that would not only support their sculpture but also appear aesthetically pleasing.  In order to join their metal rod all students had to learn the skill of MIG welding.  This was something which all students seemed to really enjoy and excel at.  On average it took 4-5 hours per group to weld their sculptures together.  When the sculptures were finished they were sent to Dandenong to be galvanically coated.

The final episode of the process was concreting the sculptures into the ground and creating a complete sculptural garden with stones and mulch.  The end result is a “piece de resistance” and wonderful showpiece for the face of the College’s grounds.

 It is truly a credit to the imagination, design capability and dedication of our talented Year 9 and 10 students.

Sue Holderness, Design Technology Teacher





Year 12 English

Shrine of Remembrance

It was a cold a windy early morning start to the day for 70 Year 12 students who ventured up to the Shrine of Remembrance on Friday 15th June. 


They were given a tour of the World War 1 exhibition and immersed into the life of many indigenous First World War soldiers - the 'Black Diggers' who fought during this, and many other wars, but  who were largely unrecorded and unrecognised during WW1.  


Students were emotionally moved by the exhibits and came away with a better appreciation of the sacrifices so many made and an increased understanding of the cost of war .


This is the theme that they will be exploring further in their upcoming English comparative texts. 



Unit 1 Psychology DAX Gallery Visit.

As part of our investigation into the Continuum of Mental Health, Unit 1 Psychology students visited the DAX Gallery, located at the Melbourne Brain Centre on the grounds of Melbourne University.

At the gallery, students gain a multifaceted perspective on artworks and mental illness encompassing the artistic, scientific and psychological.

“The Dax Centre promotes mental health through innovative programs centered around its heritage-listed and unique Cunningham Dax Collection. The Dax Centre seeks to change community views towards mental illness by increasing empathy and understanding of mental illness, psychological trauma and the mind through the art. A goal is the reduction of stigma towards mental illness and mentally ill people.” (DAX Gallery Website)

The historical approach of treating mental illness was explored through discussion of artworks, including how art therapy can assist in the diagnosis and treatment of mental illness. Students were intrigued by the stories behind the artwork and the different ways in which artists were able to express their thoughts, feelings and emotions.

The visit also included a highly engaging and personal presentation by ‘Len’, who shared his experience of living with Bipolar, Depression and Anxiety. Students were particularly moved by his story and gained an insight into how mental illness can affect anyone. He was able to convey ways in which mental illness can affect and impact people’s every day lives.

We learnt:

  • How art therapy has been used to help mentally ill patients
  • Help is needed for these people suffering from these illnesses but help isn’t hard to find.
  • That people all have different ways of dealing with mental illness
  •  To see someone with a mental illness as a person, not as an example of the mental illness
  • That a mental health problem is different from a mental health illness
  • Schizophrenia is not just hallucinations and hearing voices
  • That the services available today are much more humane and accessible for those experiencing mental health issues compared those in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s
  • 1 in 4 people will suffer from a mental illness
  • mental illness can affect people in many different and unique ways and everyone’s experience is different
  • We should pay attention to our mental health and we should be accepting and supportive for those who need it and we should not be ashamed to ask for help.

We would like to thank Angela, for accompanying us on this excursion, as well as the pre-service teachers from Monash University. It was a wonderful and moving day, which allowed students to gain a valuable insight into the world of mental health.

Anyone who is concerned about their own mental health or another’s are encouraged to make contact with Angela Connelly in Wellbeing or can access help from the following contacts:

Lifeline - 13 11 14

Kids Helpline- 1800 55 1800



This term, Outdoor Education students have been investigating the impacts of introduced species on natural environments. As part of this unit of work, they completed a day walk through Warringine Park in Bittern. They were fortunate to be accompanied by two bushland management members from the Mornington Peninsula Shire. Students were also able to witness first hand how native flora and fauna regenerates after the impacts of a significant fire as well as a broad range of land management practices. Well done to all students on completing a successful semester in Outdoor Education.

Mr Prior







Once again, Term 2 has been a very successful time in the sports department at Mount Eliza Secondary College. The term began with our own Athletics carnival on the second day back of the term. The event could not have taken place without the huge amount of support and donated time that we received from Simon Rickard (a father from our school) and Todd Martin, two very passionate members of Mornington Athletics Club. The day had huge participation from all students thanks to the introduction of the novelty events, and the carnival style event made it a relaxed and enjoyable day for all. Thanks to the high participation at our school carnival we were proud to enter a huge team into the District Athletics Championships in week 2 at Ballam Park. All our students ran, jumped and threw with all their might, and a number of students will continue to represent our school at the Regional Athletics on the 11th of October in term 4 later this year.  

Regional Athletics Team Members: Abbey Bradey, Tristian Potter, Sam Fennell, Alex Hutchison, Nathan Mann, Rupert Anastasio, Jekab Kesners, Harry Maxwell, Nathan Acheson.

A couple of weeks later was the School Cross Country Carnival which included the Senior students as a new addition this year. Thanks to the increase in participation and effort at our house carnival we were able to enter a 70 student strong team into the SSV Southern District Cross Country Championships a couple of weeks later. Mount Eliza managed to come third overall which was a direct result of the increased in depth of participation and effort from students across the school. It was a proud day for Mr Prior and myself! On an individual level, 15 students can be congratulated on making it through to the Regional Cross Country Championships on Monday 18th June. An extra special congratulations to Abbey Bradey who took an early lead and won the 15 year old girls event on the day.

Regional Cross Country Team Members: Rupert Anastasio, Cody Bardolph, Jacob Bigg, Abbey Bradey, Amelia Cunnington, Imogen Cunnington, Amelia Gill, Oliver Heavey, Nathan Mann, Keely McKenzie, Luke Shaw, Tyler Spence, Jessica Ward, Katrina Ward and Andrew Wright.

We have had many further successes across the school in sport. There was senior sport where we were able to send out teams in hockey, soccer, basketball, badminton with netball and AFL to come in the next few weeks. Congratulations to the Senior Girls Hockey team who made it through to the next round without a goalie and with only 8 players.

Senior Girls Hockey Team: Ashleigh Harman, Shenae Greig, Amy Anderson, Piieta Atkins, Maria Pappas, Sophie Van Der Linden, Kirsty Williams, Isabella Worrall.

Year 7, year 8 and intermediate sport all entered teams in the boys and girls divisions of AFL, soccer, netball and badminton SSV Southern District Competitions. Congratulations to the year 8 boys soccer team and year 7 girls soccer team who have also made it through to the Southern Metropolitan Regional Finals in week 2 of term 3.

Year 7 Girls Soccer Team: Lily Beardmore, Alix Alkemeade, Indiah Carlyle-Monares, Beth Graham, Maddison Harris, Stella Jones, Rosie McCluskie, Natalie Wallace, Tori Ward. Coaches (year 9): Isobelle Edwards and Amelia Rickard

Year 8 Boys Soccer Team: Jai Adams, Jacob Bigg, Samuel Bradford, Liam Dermott, Ashton Carradine, Orlando Dixon, Jack Empson, Finn Guthrie, Bailey Hobday, Thomas Keserevic, Josh Lylak, Campbell Moore, Tyler Spence, Zeke Washington, Edward Wesley, Murray Williams. Coaches (year 10): Flynn Brooks and Corey Riddle.

Please see also a list of students below that are excelling in their domains outside of school:

Lily Fielden (year 9) – playing in Women’s Premier League which is the top women’s hockey league in the state

Andrew Wright (year 11), Charli Lawrence (year 9) and Marley Royal (year 9) – these students have all made inter-league AFL teams.

Brynn Lariba (year 7) – 2nd in the State Youth Games (Chess)

Abbey Bradey – 1st in the State Cross Country Relays

Jessica Leatch (year 7) – 1st State Roller Skating Championships

Alex Hutchison – Australian Youth Karate Champion, representing Australia in New Zealand later this year

If your child or you (MESC student) are also achieving awards that we don’t know about, please tell us so that all students’ achievements can be announced and celebrated. We are so proud of all our students, congratulations to all!

Amy Leonard

Sport Coordinator




MESC Learning Commons

eBooks @MESC

We now have eBooks available form our eBook Library 24/7 and they are a great way to indulge in favourite titles, authors, genres over the upcoming school holidays.


Borrowing our eBooks via the Wheelers ePlatform, is as easy as 1,2,3.....


1 - Search for and download the ePlatform app from your app store

2  -  Find our library and log in using your school ID

3  -  Browse and borrow an eBook to read on your device


There is a limit of 2 titles per borrower and these are on loan for 14 days.  Titles can be 'returned' at anytime and/or will be automatically returned at the end of the 14 day borrowing period.


All Year 7 & 8 students have been shown how to access this app and browsed the collection with many continuing to read via this method.


"It's much easier than I thought and I can read at home anytime"


"No forgetting my book or returning it!"


"Very easy to borrow"


"Great to be able to change settings (font, size, style) to suit me"


If you have any problems accessing this new collection, or would like to know more, then please contact the Library and we will help you.


Teen Breathe 
Review by
Emily and Bella (Year 7)


Teen Breathe is a new magazine for teenage girls.  This magazine has lots of beautiful art work, fun activities and delicious recipes to try.  The art work in the magazine is created by young artists.  It also includes quotes and lots of positive advice to help you.  We think it has been very well put together and would recommend reading all of the Teen Breathe magazines 



Are you about to start a research topic?  Do you need to include a bibliography?  Do you know how to do this?  

Check out the 'Bibliographies' page on the Library website for all the help you may need with this sometimes tricky task.


What is a bibliography?
A bibliography is an alphabetical list of the sources – books, newspapers, journals, DVDs, Internet, interviews, etc. – that have been used to prepare a piece of work.

Why write bibliographies?
To acknowledge the sources used.
To give readers information to identify and consult the sources used.
To make sure the information is accurate.

What if a bibliography is not included?
The writer may be accused of plagiarism (that is, stealing another person’s idea or writing).


The Bibliographies page provides examples for many different formats of information (from books to websites) which you may access when researching a topic.


There is also a link to an 'Online Referencing Generator' (ORG) from SLASA, which makes this task a lot easier - especially for some of the more obscure or complex forms of information gathering and sources.  


This 'Online Referencing Generator' (ORG) provides the user with a template for various formats of information and you just need to fill in the sections.  The information will then be formatted into a  'reference' which you then add to your final Bibliography (remember this must be listed in alphabetical order).


I suggest that Years 7-9 use the 'Middle School' format and that Years 10-12 use the 'Senior School' format which offers more  complex examples and a larger template.


If you need further help with your bibliographies, referencing and/or citing information used, or just want to know more about using the ORG then please ask.

Story Writing 

There are a number of opportunities for students to practice their writing skills and gain valuable feedback via annual Writing Competitions.  Here are just a couple that are open now...


Farrells Bookshop Story Writing Competition

To celebrate Children's Book Week each year we hold a kids' story writing competition.  There are Farrell's book vouchers up for grabs as prizes and winning entries are published on our website.

Entries close Sunday 22 July

See attached entry form for details and link below...

Penguin House - Just Kidding Magazine - Short Story Competition

Let your imagination run free and write about something you like in this story writing competition. The only criteria is that you keep to under 500 words in total. If you think your story should include illustrations, then include those too.  

The winning story in each category will be turned into a physical book for you to keep (ten copies per winner).  Each winning story will be published in Just Kidding magazine alongside an interview with the author...yep, you!

​You can use the below online entry form to submit your story or you can email in your work to to include your name, your age, your address, contact number and email.

See link below for full details...




2018 School Production

The Addams Family

Rehearsals are well underway for our 2018 School Production "The Addams Family" with students feverishly learning their lines and dance routines.  Our choreographer Heather MacKay (Year 12) has been posting video clips of particular dance routines to the MESC Production Facebook page to help students.  The student leaders are doing a fantastic job in leading the weekly rehearsals.  Cast members, or their families for younger students, are encouraged to join the Facebook group, if you haven't already, to see these and other notices, as well as checking emails regularly.  A reminder to students, and parents, that the rehearsals are held on Monday and Thursday after school and (for some) will finish at 5.30pm - please check the weekly schedule to see when you are required.

Performances will be held in Banksia Hall on Thursday 23rd August and Friday 24th August at 7.30pm - tickets on sale shortly.


Cast List

Morticia Addams – Samantha Howlett 10

Gomez Addams  - Isabelle Duggan 12

Wednesday Addams - Talia Apela  8

Cowgirl Lead Ancestor– Holly Brommage 9

Young Wednesday & Ancestor - Louise Henley 7

Uncle Fester – Alex Chatwin-Dalgliesh  12

Pugsley Addams - Ella Whistlecroft  12

Cousin IT   &  Ancestor-  Anae Pledger 8 

Mal Bieneke  - Matt Whitehead  11

Lucas Bieneke   -  Dan Halmarrick  11

Alice Bieneke  -   Eliza Kidder 10

Lurch  -  James Farnhill  10

Grandma  -  Bella Worrall 11

Cowgirl Lead Ancestor– Holly Brommage 9

Lead Ancestor - Zeke Washington  8

Lead Conquistador Ancestor - Christian Faorlin  10

Young Wednesday & Ancestor - Louise Henley 7

Flapper Girl Lead Ancestor  - Emily Jones 10

Soldier Lead Ancestor – Monte Butler- Norman  10

Caveman Ancestor – Hamish Trajer 10


Kiana Shillington 11

Phoebe Baker  10

Belle York 9

Olivia Shillington  9

Erin Taylor  9

Poppy Baldwin   9

Narissa Colman 8 

Jasmine Spence 8

Paige Mc Culloch 8

Tahlia Church 8

Ruby Davies 8

Amelia Gill  8

Freya Benson-Spong  8  

Abbey Bradley 8

Paige Lange-Ward 8

Jemma Bucher 8

Tara Grace Krotwaar 8

Sophie Curtin 8

Avalon Bragg  8

Bryn Lariba Lay  7

Hannah Robinson  7

Natasha Bates 7

Ella  Kingston  7

James Richards  7

Milly Verhagen  7

Olivia Cole  7

Hayley Richards  7

Zoe Messner  7

Rosie McLuskie  7

Charlie Renaud-Moysey  7

Sean Meghji 7

Natalie Wallace  7

Jessica Meyers  7

Jenny Dell’ oro  7

Evie Davies  7

Eva Faorlin   7

Kyle Greig  7         

Beth Graham   7   



On Tuesday, 5th June MESC held an ‘Explore an Industry / Career Investigation’ Day for our students of years 7 through to 12.  We had a fantastic response with participation from Universities, Tafe’s, private industry as well as Industry people in areas such as ADFA, Navy, Nursing, Plastering, Interior Decoration, Coles, McDonalds, Magistrates Court, Prosthetics and Orthotics, Radiation Oncology, Equine, Peninsula Aero Club, Men’s Shed, Young Workers Centre to name but a few.

Our students became involved in the many interactive hands-on activities available throughout the day providing a fantastic insight into areas they had not yet explored or been exposed to .  They were equipped with enquiring minds and lots of great questions.  A great day had by all!

Leanne Paterson

Careers Practitioner






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