College News

21 March 2019
Issue Seven
Principal's Update
Important Dates
Police - Community Life Saving Carnival
Kingston Division Swim Report
World's Greatest Shave
House Athletics
Community News
Mordialloc College
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Principal's Update

 

 

 

Dear Families, Students and Community Members,

 

Reporting to Parents

In the second last week of term interim reports will be available for all year levels via Compass by the end of the day on Tuesday 26 March. On  Wednesday 27 March Compass bookings will be open for our parent/teacher/student interviews which will be held on Wednesday 24 April from  12 pm - 8 pm. As mentioned in my last newsletter article, we are allocating a full day with altered hours of attendance for this important event this year. Classes will be cancelled and students are required to attend the interviews with their parent/guardian, wearing their school uniform. A letter will be sent to all parents with the instructions for making the bookings via Compass, including a map of teacher locations to assist in managing, as efficiently as possible, bookings across a number of teachers. A reminder that parents are able to access all results and comments for benchmark tasks completed to date across Years 7-12 on Compass throughout the term as part of our continuous reporting process. It’s important that parents take the time to check Compass and stay informed about their child’s progress. Our continuous reporting process was introduced to provide both parents and students with more timely feedback.

 

Transition 

An important part of our publicity in the lead up to our SEAL information night (Monday 1 April) and Sports Excellence Program Information session and Open Night (Thursday 2 May) are the visits we make to all feeder primary schools (14 schools). This started last week and involves myself, Marina Walsh and Daniel Williams taking some of our students to visit each school for 30-40 mins. Most schools are keen for us to speak to Grade 5s and 6s. The visits are held over 3 weeks of this term. On each visit we have taken a group of current Year 7 students and two Year 12 or Year 9 students to speak about their experiences as students of Mordialloc College. They have represented the College with distinction to date and the pride they feel in their school is obvious in their respective speeches, complemented by a powerpoint presentation and video clip about the College and programs offered. I would like to thank all students for their involvement. 

 

 

Student Position on School Council

A couple of weeks ago we held a ballot for the one vacant student position on Council. There were three nominations: James Vicendese – Year 11, Ben Stewart – Year 12 and Billy Kruss – Year 12. Congratulations to James Vicendese who was elected and will remain now on Council for two years. School Captains Levi Burns and Elizabeth Ng join Council as community members and Jeremy Thai-Chan in Year 8 joined in 2018 in a two year position.

 

Curiosity and Powerful Learning

Two of our Key Improvement Strategies in our 2017-2020 Strategic Plan are to “develop precision in teacher practice using agreed lesson structures and challenging learning tasks that reflect high expectations for student learning and strengthen feedback and coaching for staff;” and to “develop and embed rigorous, reliable and well differentiated assessment practices to support quality learning outcomes for all students.” To support this our Professional Learning schedule with staff this year is focused on:

- Connecting feedback to data following a cycle of inquiry supported by our Triad coaching program and Learning Area focus in supporting the use of assessment data to improve each teacher’s ability to diagnose and evaluate student learning growth over time. This includes using multiple data sources and for differentiation to be evident in lesson planning and feedback to students;

- continuing to embed the MC Instructional Model (for consistency of teacher practice) supported by our Triad coaching program and Learning Area walks

- continuing a whole school literacy focus on Writing.

 

We are measuring improvement in teaching practice and precision through student perception data collected during early Term 1 and all teachers will be surveying students again in October. Teachers receive results for their individual class/es and we also receive collated results for the whole school by learning area and year level. Teachers also complete a self-assessment tool at the start, mid-year and end of year, where we expect to see growth.

 

Teachers are also continuing their work on developing challenging learning tasks in their collaborative planning time together each Monday after school. When learning tasks are purposeful, clearly defined, differentiated and challenging, then all students will experience powerful, progressive and precise learning. We believe curiosity is enhanced when students work at a level appropriate to their understanding.

 

Professional Practice Days implementation

As per the new Victorian Government Schools Agreement introduced last year, in addition to the four whole school student free days, teachers have been allocated four professional practice days (pro-rata for part-time teachers) to be utilised over the year (one per term). They are entitled to be released from classes to focus on the improved delivery of high quality teaching and learning. The work undertaken on these days must be consistent with Department and school priorities (as outlined in our Strategic Plan) and selected from the following areas: planning, preparation, assessment of student learning, collaboration, curriculum development, relevant professional learning and peer observation including feedback and reflection.

The College priority has been to plan how we can most effectively implement this requirement to minimise the disruption to our students' learning program.

 

Year 7 & 8 Sport

For the last three weeks of this term we are trialling allowing students in Year 7 & 8 to come to school wearing their sports uniform in preparation for their weekly sport program which requires most to be ready to leave by the start of lunch on a Tuesday for Year 7 and Fridays for Year 8. Many get changed at recess so in effect they are only in their school uniform for the start of day and first lesson. They must come in their correct sports uniform, no variations accepted. This is only for sport, not when they have PE. If students do the right thing we will continue this for the remainder of the year.

 

Cultural Diversity Week

This week we have been celebrating Cultural Diversity Week. It coincides with the United Nations’ International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. Thanks to Mrs Peerbux for organising an engaging program of activities and teachers Ms Baker, Mrs Watson, Ms Smith and Mr Newsome for their assistance in running the activities. Apart from the daily quiz and poster competition, there was origami, bocce games, Taiko drumming incursion for Year 7, a range of different food served in the canteen over the week and calligraphy lunchtime sessions.

 

Careers of the future

See what skills will provide graduates with better career prospects in the long run by clicking on this link -

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Michelle Roberts

Principal

 

 

 

 

 

Important Dates

March

Thursday 21

  • Year 10 - 12 French Film Festival (changed to Thursday 4 April)
  • Primary School Presentations
  • Intermediate Round Robin Sports Day
  • School Council AGM 5pm

Friday 22

  • Primary School Presentations

Monday 25 

  • EAL Camp until Wednesday 27
  • 7C, 7E & 7G AM Liveability Excursion
  • 7D & 7F PM Liveability Excursion

Tuesday 26

  • Outdoor Education bush walk to Werribee Gorge
  • Year 8 French Film Excursion
  • Year 12 Top Designs Exhibition
  • Primary School Presentations

Wednesday 27

  • Year 9 Advance Surf Camp until Friday 29
  • Compass booking open for Teacher/Parent/Student Interviews

Thursday March 28

  • Primary School Visits
  • VCAL Whitecard (Construction Induction) Training

 

 

 

Friday 29

  • 7A & 7B Liveability Excursion
  • Year 11 History Holocaust Museum Excursion
  • Year 9 Advance Surf Camp Returns

April

Monday 01

  • Senior Round Robin Sports Day

Tuesday 02

  • Year 9 Boys Wellbeing Day
  • Year 9 Girls Mind, Body, Pedal Incursion
  • SEAL Australian Geography Competition

Thursday 04

  • Year 10 - 12 French Film Festival
  • Year 12 Top Designs Excursion

Friday 05

  • Whole School House Athletics Carnival
  • Last Day of Term 1

Tuesday 23

  • Term 2 Commences

Wednesday 24

  • Teacher/Parent/Student Interviews 12 pm - 8 pm ( No classes are scheduled for this day. Students are to attend interviews with their parents in full school uniform)

Thursday 25

  • ANZAC Day Public Holiday

Police - Community Life Saving Carnival

On Tuesday 5 March 14 students from Mordialloc College went to the Mordialloc Life Saving Club to participate in the Police - Schools Life Saving Carnival against three of our local police divisions - Kingston, Bayside and Glen Eira and other nearby schools, Parkdale Secondary and Cornish College.

 

All of us competed in at least four events throughout the day. Together we were able to finish with the overall highest amount of points and win the trophy for the first time! The events included beach and water activities such as a 200m surf race, board race, beach sprints and flags just to name a few. We had many competitors with previous lifesaving experience finish top 3 in these events but overall it was about the team effort and being about community and getting to know the police force  outside their uniforms as we usually see them. As a Mordialloc College team we combined our skills and really worked together to make a fantastic team. Well done to everyone!

 

 

 

Jack Phillpotts and Maddie Mead

Kingston Division Swim Report

KINGSTON SWIMMING SPORTS – THURSDAY 14TH MARCH

 

Mordialloc College Swim Team participated in the inaugural Kingston District Swimming Carnival at Caulfield Pool on Thursday 14 March. A total of eighty swimmers represented the College across all age levels. With a total of 92 events, Mordialloc College placed third or better in twenty-eight of these events. Mordialloc College finished in third place overall with a grand total of 533 points, an outstanding performance by all swimmers who came on the day and who had to swim in multiple events.

Mordialloc College would like to wish Tahlia Peacock all the very best at SMR Swimming on Thursday 28 March.

 

Notable performances on the day include the following:

 

Jasmine Ristevski – 3rd Girls 16-20 200m Freestyle

Maximillium Nowak – 3rd Boys 12-15 200m Freestyle

Jasmine Ristevski – 3rd Girls 16-20 100m Breaststroke

Jack Alacqua – 3rd Boys 16-20 100m Breaststroke

Jasmine Cane – 2nd Girls 14 50m Breaststroke

Tahlia Peacock – 1st Girls 16 50m Breaststroke

Lucinda Reekie – 2nd Girls 17 50m Breaststroke

Lachlan Kimpton – 3rd Boys 18-20 50m Breaststroke

Jack Alacqua – 3rd Boys 12-20 100m Butterfly

Lucinda Reekie – 2nd Girls 17 50m Butterfly

Emily Hoysted – 3rd Girls 12-15 100m Freestyle

Lucinda Reekie – 3rd Girls 16-20 100m Freestyle

Charlee-Ann Welsh – 2nd Girls 14 50m Freestyle

Abbey Tregellis – 3rd Girls 15 50m Freestyle

Lucinda Reekie – 2nd Girls 17 50m Freestyle

Oliver Lynch – 3rd Boys 12-13 50m Backstroke

Jade Goodman – 3rd 14 Girls 50m Backstroke

Elizabeth Ng – 3rd  Girls 18-20 Backstroke

James Vicendese – 3rd Boys 18-20 Backstroke

Darcy Nicholson – 3rd Boys 12-15 200m IM

Lucinda Reekie – 2nd Girls 16-20 200m IM

3RD Girls 15-16 200m Medley Relay

3RD Girls 14 200m Freestyle Relay

3RD Girls 15 200m Freestyle Relay

3RD Girls 16 200m Freestyle Relay

2nd Girls 16 200m Freestyle Relay

2nd Girls 17 200m Freestyle Relay

3RD Boys 17 200m Freestyle Relay

3RD Boys 18-20 200m Freestyle Relay

 

 

Cory Watters

Sports Carnival Co-ordinator

 

World's Greatest Shave

 

House Athletics

 

Community News

Dobsons School Uniform Shop Trading Hours for Term 1 2019

Monday 8:30 am - 11:30 am

Wednesday 12:30 pm - 4:00 pm

 

Please see below for extra opening hours

Sat April 6  9.00am – 12.00pm

Wed April 17 10.00am – 3.00pm

Tue April 23 8.30am – 11.30am (Easter Tuesday)

Wed April 24 12.30pm – 4.00pm (return to normal)

 

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

Visit the new, improved website Dobsons.com.au. 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.

 

Browns Reserve Community Update

Please see the following attachment regarding work being done to Browns Reserve over coming weeks.

 

Edithvale-Aspendale Junior Football Club

 

Carrum - Patterson Lakes Junior Football Club

 

 

Bayside Mobile Blood Bank Serivces

 

Aspendale Gardens Community Centre

 

Chelsea Dolphins Baseball Club

 

Students With Additional Needs Information Evening

 

College News
Mordialloc College Price List 2018.pdf
190603 BRDPS-FINAL Community Bulletin Intro_March.pdf