College News

01 November 2018
Issue Thirty-three
Director of Student Engagement Update
Important Dates
Student Awards                                                           
Yr 10 Advance Grampians Hike
Careers News
Community News
Mordialloc College
(03) 9580 1184
1 Station Street
Aspendale, Victoria, 3196

Director of Student Engagement Update

Dear Families, Students and Community Members,

This year has seen numerous and varied opportunities for students to engage in the College and wider community, and we have a multitude of activities on the agenda for Term Four.


Mentor Program

It has been an exciting year for the Mentor Program. Throughout the year, the Mentor sessions have incorporated social and emotional learning activities at each year level, aimed at building each student’s resilience, sense of self-worth, problem solving and help seeking capabilities. Students have also partaken in a number of games and team building sessions, which were enjoyable for all. A highlight has been the various incursions we have incorporated into the Mentor Program. For Year 9s, careers has been a significant focus and we were fortunate to have representatives from various professions give up their time to speak to our students on two occasions. The speakers were inspiring and very informative. Many students gained insight into future pathways on offer. In Years 11 and 12, we had multiple visits from the Youth Resource Officers of Victoria Police, who conducted sessions relating to key issues affecting young adults in society. The RACV also visited our Year 12 students to provide some valuable information about transitioning from Learners to P plates.

As the academic year draws to a close for our Year 10 and 11 students, recent Mentor sessions have been dedicated to their upcoming exams. Students were provided with their exam timetables and they have been able to create their own study timetable. They have also learnt various strategies including how to stay motivated, how to manage stress and tips for approaching each exam.

Last Friday evening, Mordialloc College formally farewelled our Year 12 cohort. Mentor teachers presented each student, and students took this opportunity to thank their families, friends and teachers as well as reflect on their fondest memories of the College. The audience also heard inspiring, encouraging and humorous speeches from members of the College Leadership Team, their Year 12 co-ordinator, Tim Randell and College Principal, Michelle Roberts. The students should be very proud of their efforts in finishing 13 years of schooling. I wish all students well for their upcoming VCE examinations, other educational endeavours or employment opportunities.


MEX 2.0

2018 is the second year of the re-launched ‘Mordialloc Experience 2.0’ program. The program is comprised of four units- ‘Looking Within’, ‘Looking Out’, ‘Looking Around’ and ‘Looking Beyond.’ Each unit has a specific area of focus. Students work on a major project in each unit, with the final products presented on our very exciting ‘MEXPO’ days each term. Another highlight for our students is their community placements. Students attend a community organisation such as a kindergarten, primary school or aged care home for four days. This provides an opportunity for our students to develop their independent learning, engage with their community and gain real life experience. We are so pleased to hear regular positive feedback from students and the organisations. Students really look forward to their city experience as part of the ‘Looking Around’ unit. They spend 3 days in the Melbourne CBD attending various excursions including; the MCG tour, The Big Issue Classroom, ACMI, the Old Melbourne Gaol and Queen Victoria Market to name a few. Students also develop their navigation skills  and independence by working in groups while making their way in and around the city.


House System

This year has been an exciting one for the House system with the continuation of old traditions and the introduction of many new initiatives. Term 1 saw the House Swimming and Athletics Carnivals and it was wonderful to see so many students dressed up in their house colours. There was an abundance of coloured zinc, glitter and props. We were also very excited to see our House banners come to fruition. Our Visual Arts Captain, Strong, designed banners of professional quality. We were so proud to see them displayed for the first time on House Cross Country day.

With input from the student leadership team, we changed the way we distribute  points to make it more equitable. Students can gain points for a multitude of activities, including lunch time activities, sports, performing arts, entering subject competitions and receiving awards to name a few. Points are allocated based on categories including academic, culture, community and sport. The race this year has been close and the final results will be available at the end of the year. We look forward to the House events still to run this term, including Communication Week and Yerlonga Week.


Sally Mitchell

Director of Student Engagement

Important Dates


Friday 02

  • Facilities Meeting 8:00 am
  • It's Academic

Monday 05

  • Canteen Closed
  • Finance Meeting 4:00 pm
  • Year 10 & 11 Home Study Day


Tuesday 06

  • Public Holiday for Melbourne Cup Day

Wednesday 07

  • Year 10 & 11 Exams Commence
  • Grade 5 Primary School Visits

Thursday 08

  • Grade 5 Primary School Visits
  • School Council Meeting 5:00 pm

Monday 12

  • Year 9 Exams start
  • Year 10 - 11 Exams continue

Tuesday 13

  • Year 9 Exams finish
  • Grade 5 Primary School Visits

Wednesday 14

  • Year 9 Advance Surf Camp
  • Book Collection - D3
  • Grade 5 Primary School Visits
  • Year 7 End of Year Activity

Thursday 15

  • Year 10 & 11 Exams finish
  • Year 8 Disco 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
  • Year 9 Advance Surf Camp returns
  • Year 9 End of Year Celebration
  • Grade 5 Primary School Visits

Friday 16

  • Year 11 Mystery Tour
  • Grade 5 Primary School Visits

Monday 19

  • Headstart 2019 Commences
  • Year 11 & 12 Information Night
  • World Challenge Build Up Day

Tuesday 20

  • World Challenge Expedition until 20 December

Wednesday 21

  • Whole School Assembly
  • Year 7 Project Expo 9:10 am - 9:40 am

Student Awards                                                           

Student Values 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.


Congratulations to Jasher Ponje of Year 9 for the wonderful feedback received from his community placement coordinator. Jasher highlighted the College values of Respect, Responsibility and Personal Best in the way he conducted himself while at  Bupa Edithvale Aged Care for community placement.


Lana Paten



Yr 10 Advance Grampians Hike

Year 10 Advance Grampians Hike

The final Advance camp for the year was a blast.
On the first day of our final hike, the Year 10 Advance class jumped on the ‘spud bus’ for the
final camp and one of our final moments as a class. We left for Halls Gap Caravan Park early on
Wednesday morning and before we knew it we were setting up our tents and leaving for our
first hike.
After a short walk we reached the base of one of the steepest rock faces I have ever
encountered, then we found out we were expected to scale it. After a lot of climbing, slipping and
jumping, most of us made it to the very top.  The view was amazing! We were able to see all of
Halls Gap and its surroundings as well as the Pinnacle, the objective of our hike the following
day and one of the highest peaks in the Grampians. We soon had to leave, as we were likely
going to be late, so we quickly climbed, slipped and fell down to the bottom. Later we cooked
dinner on our trangias and then played 40-40 before bedtime.
On the second day we left nice and early to start the Pinnacle hike. It was a really good hike with
plenty of spectacular views, with heaps of steps. In the heat as well it was fairly tough, but
everyone made it safely to the top. The way back was down this canyon and through some
caves which were really cool to go through. Once we got back we went to McKenzie’s Falls and
got some really nice photos. We also went exploring down the river, which ended in some pretty
cool stepping stones. After that we went back to base camp and had some dinner before
heading off to J Ward, a supposedly haunted psychiatric ward. It actually was freaky with
the combination of the true stories of the ex-prison and our tour guide attempting to scare us at
any chance… Overall everyone seemed to have a really fun day but were clearly ready for a
long sleep once we got back to camp.
On the final day we woke up with a slight sadness because we were heading home. Everyone
was up at about 8 packing up our tents and getting ready for the long trip home. We all got on
the bus around 9:30 and that was the end of our final Advance camp. On behalf of all the
Advance class we would like to thank all the teachers and helpers who have come on camps
with us, and especially to Mr Evans for always putting up with us for the past two years and
providing us all with some everlasting memories and bonds that we are sure everyone will keep.






Jack Phillpotts and Jack Alacqua

                                                                                                                                                                   Year 10 Advance

Careers News

Transition to Work for Young People with Disabilities using the Customised Employment Approach and Discovery Process

A workshop for Parents and Carers

Do you support someone with a disability who wants to gain meaningful employment?
Would you like to find out how to support someone to start their own business?
Would you like to see what is possible through NDIS support, even before school finishes?
You are invited to register to attend the upcoming training workshop called “Transition to Work for People with Disability using the Customised Employment Approach and Discovery Process”.
Location: Level 2, 54-58 Wells Street Frankston. 
Date and Time: 30th of November 2018, 9.30am - 4.00pm.
Cost: FREE
This training has been developed to assist parents to support their children achieve suitable, sustainable and meaningful employment results. People with disability have the capacity and ability to take part in meaningful work of their choice when provided with the right employment strategies and supports.
During this training you will gain insight into:
Supporting Families to Support Work Activities
An explanation of the Customised Employment approach
NDS WA Pathways to Employment Project
Employment Supports (Disability Employment Services and Australian Disability Enterprise)
Customised Employment and the NDIS
Disability Support Pension (DSP) and Employment
This workshop is facilitated by Gaelen Williams who has over 10 year experience working in the Not for Profit sector, training and disability employment sectors. His passion and motivation is helping individuals with barriers achieve their full potential and meaningful employment.
Attendees of this training will also receive comprehensive handouts and a USB of resources that include Customised Employment documentation, the Discovery process guide and videos showing the success of the Customised Employment approach both here in Australia and overseas.
Register for your opportunity to attend with or on (02) 6283 3206
For more information about this training opportunity please contact:
Gaelen Williams at
Sally Bailey at


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.


Extended Trading Hours


Saturday 06/10/2018     9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Saturday 27/10/2018     9:00 am - 12:00 pm



Saturday 03/11/2018     9:00 am - 12:00 pm



Saturday 01/12/2018     9:00 am -12:00 pm

Tuesday 11/12/2018       8:30 am - 12:00 pm     ORIENTATION DAY

Wednesday 12/12/2018 12:30 pm - 4:00 pm    LAST TRADING DAY FOR 2018


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


Mentone Park Primary Colour Run




St John Vianney's Annual Fete


Highett Street Party


Black Rock Life Saving Club


Volunteer Opportunities at Kingston Toy Library

Kingston Toy Library is a local community toy lending library for young children and their families. During our open times we operate largely with a group of volunteers lead by a coordinator. We regularly look for people who want to volunteer and be a part of the community. The toy library is an active, bright and happy place to volunteer at. 

Our community volunteers choose to volunteer with us for a variety of reasons; improve English conversation skills, complete community service component for duke of Ed, add experience for resume, workplace component for TAFE/ VCAL course, or wanting to take on new challenges.

We welcome volunteers from all backgrounds, ages and abilities.

Hands on training is provided and where possible our new volunteers will be paired up with another volunteer so they can work together.  We are flexible with the times students wish to volunteer.

We are situated in Mordialloc only a short walk from the train station.

We would like to ask if you can promote this volunteer opportunity with your students. With students under the age of 18 we ask that they attend with a parent or guardian for their first meeting.

Enquiries can be made to Catherine Zoppolato on 



Catherine Zoppolato

Coordinator of Kingston Toy Library

Our Vision of the future is that all pre-school aged children have ample toys to thrive, learn and grow.

Login to SETLS HERE: 

Open Times:

Monday 9.30am-11.30am
Friday 9.30am- 11.30am

Saturdays 10am-1pm

Closed public holidays. Open during term holidays

Student Scholarship Opportunities

Applications for scholarships for years 4 to 12 students now open

Students in years 4 to 12 can now apply for a share of scholarship funding

More than 140 scholarships, ranging in value from $600 to $30,000, are available to Year 12 students undertaking further study in 2019. Recipients are able to use their scholarships to pay for iPads/computers, tertiary fees, and accommodation.

More than 100 scholarships, ranging in value from $300 to $1,000, are available to students in years 4 to 11. Previous recipients have used their scholarships to purchase textbooks, school uniforms, and computers.

Apply for scholarships

Applications for all scholarships are now open.

To explore the scholarships available and for information on how to apply, see: Student scholarships

Students are encouraged to identify and apply for all scholarships where they meet the criteria. Principals are asked to share this link with interested students and their families.

More information

For more information or queries, contact Student Scholarships Coordinator Andrea Constantino via phone: 7022 1895 or email:

By Andrea Constantino

Aspendale Gardens Community Centre


Information from Campbell Page


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