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.
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.
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.
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.
Director of Student Engagement