Mentone Girls' Secondary College Newsletter

01 March 2018
Issue Two
Key Dates
Principal's Message
College Matters
Junior School News
STEAM - Health & PE
Curriculum & beyond
Space School 2018
Worldly Matters
In Our Community
Mentone Girls' Secondary College
(03) 9581 5200
Corner Balcombe Road & Charman Road
Mentone, Victoria, 3194

Key Dates

Term 1 

Tuesday 6 March

District Swimming

7pm, Parents & Friends' Association AGM 


Wednesday 7 - Friday 9 March

Unit 3 Outdoor Education camp

9am, College Tour (fully booked)


Monday 12 March

Labour Day Public Holiday


Tuesday 13 March

10.15am, College Assembly - International Women's Day

House Music Conductor's Workshop

Space School Information Session at Mentone Girls' Grammar


Wednesday 14 March

Year 8 Round Robin

Sisters in Science Presentation - Year 10 (lunch BBQ)


Friday 16 March

Year 7 Immunisations


Wednesday 21 March

2pm VCE Parent/Teacher interviews . (Early finish -  No period 4)


Wednesday 21 - Friday 23 March

Year 9  Outdoor Education camp


Thursday 22 March

Year 7 Round Robin


Friday 23 March

1pm Year 7 & 12 Fancy Dress


Monday 26 March

7pm, Indonesia 2019 Information Evening 


Tuesday 27 March

Pupil Free Day 

1.30pm Year 7-10 Parent/Teacher /Student interviews


Wednesday 28 March

9am, College Tour (fully booked)


Thursday 29  March

Last day Term 1 -  2.15pm early finish 

Term 2

Monday 16 April

Term 2 starts 


Wednesday 18 April

4pm, Year 7 Famous Women in History Expo

6pm, Year 7 My Migrant Story Expo


Friday 20 April 

House Athletics Carnival, Dolomore Reserve


Monday 23 April

10.15am, ANZAC College Assembly 


Tuesday 24 April

7pm, Open Night


Wednesday 25 April 

ANZAC Day Public Holiday

Principal's Message

Dear Parents & Families


Schools are complex environments where the interactions between teachers, administrators, parents, wellbeing staff and outside agencies combine to support students in a range of different ways.  With over 1000 students in the school and around 100 staff, there are multiple connections taking place every minute of every day.  I feel very privileged to be the Principal of a school that values the individuality of each student and scaffolds the learning for them.


I was reading a report funded by the Alliance of Girls’ Schools Australasia and undertaken by Professor Helen Forgasz and Adjunct Professor Gilah Leder of Monash University which found that girls in single-sex schools are more likely than girls in co-educational schools to study chemistry, intermediate mathematics, advanced mathematics and physics in their senior years, but that a disturbingly low proportion of girls in both types of schools take IT or computing subjects.



At MGSC we are raising awareness of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) subjects and have introduced Digital Technologies into the curriculum this year for all students in Years 7 to 9.  Last year, a good number of our students joined the Alliance of Girls’ Schools Australasia’s trip to the NASA Space School and undertook a range of scientific classes and experiences.  Our students also won the Super Hack Challenge at Melbourne University and were successful in winning places at interstate Science Conferences.  At the end of the year we held a digital two day incursion for our Year 9 students on app design which was a great success. These are only a few of the achievements of our students which happen with the support of our dedicated and highly motivated staff. 


Enhancement Program 

As a school community we are always seeking to improve what we can offer our students. Beginning in 2019, Mentone Girls’ Secondary College will offer an Enhancement Program for girls who seek a greater academic challenge.  The Enhancement Program will run from Years 7 to 9 and will provide students with the opportunity to learn through higher-order thinking, inquiry and rich tasks as part of an enhanced curriculum in English, Mathematics, Humanities and Science. Further information about this new program can be found on our website. 


School Council 

A vital part of our school community is the School Council who meet regularly throughout the year.  The group is comprised of elected parent and staff representatives and this is in addition to their day to day jobs.  I would like to thank the following Council members who are finishing their term – parent members Mark Weatherley, Glenn Chadwick and Paul Thorne and staff members Maurice Woolcock and Gary Hughes.  Their contributions have been much appreciated.

I welcome our new parent members: Rosa Ferrari, Simon Cleur and Geri Sumpter and Department of Education and Training (DET) members, Alison Pickard and Wendy Harvey.  They join parent members, James Malliaros, Darren Hawkless, Rachael Angus and Richard Elstone  and DET members Louise Rieniets, and ex-officio members, Inny Smit, Carol Duggan and Bronwyn Moline.




Linda Brown



College Matters

Interim reports and Parent/Teacher/Student interviews

Year 11 and 12 interim reports will be available to parents on Friday 16 March.

Year 7 to 10 interim reports will be available to parents on Friday 23 March.

Bookings for Parent/Teacher/Student interviews will open after these dates.


In response to feedback from parents and teachers in semester 2 last year, we will be running two separate Parent/Teacher/interview sessions this term:

Year 11 - 12 students – Wednesday 21 March 2pm-6pm

Please note that all students will be dismissed at lunchtime on Wednesday 21 March – there is no period 4 class on this day.

Year 7  - 10 students – Tuesday 27 March 1.30pm-8pm

Please note that there are no classes on Tuesday 27 March.

Parents and Friends’ Association (PFA)

The first meeting for 2018 is the Annual General Meeting on Tuesday 6 March at 7pm in the staffroom. All parents are welcome.

The PFA also provides the much-valued service of the Second-Hand Uniform Shop, which is open 2.45-3.45pm on Tuesdays and 8.15-9.15am on Wednesdays. If you are able to volunteer your time to help out in the shop, please contact Donna Harrison on 0421 782 123.

International Women's Day Assembly

The college will be holding its annual International Women’s Day assembly on Tuesday 13 March. This is the assembly where we recognise an celebrate those students who have been awarded leadership roles in 2018. The names of all our school leaders will be published in the next newsletter.

Student accident insurance, ambulance cover arrangements and private property brought to school

Parents are reminded that the Department of Education & Training does not provide personal accident insurance or ambulance cover for students. Parents and guardians of students, who do not have student accident insurance/ambulance cover, are responsible for paying the cost of medical treatment for injured students, including the cost of ambulance attendance or transport as well as any other transport costs.

Crossing Supervisor 

We have been informed by Kingston Council that due to a lack of staff, there will not be a crossing supervisor on duty at the Charman and Balcombe Road intersection. They will endeavour to get a staff member there as soon as possible.

Camps, Sport & Excursions Fund (CSEF)

The Victorian Government’s Camps, Sports & Excursions Fund (CSEF) is an annual payment to the school to be used towards camps, sports and/or excursion expenses for the benefit of eligible students. To be eligible for the fund, a parent or legal guardian of a student attending the school must hold a valid means-tested concession card or are a temporary foster parent.  For secondary school students the payment is $225.

From this year, if you applied for the CSEF at MGSC in 2017, you do not need to complete an application form in 2018.  If you are a new student to MGSC or your family circumstances have changed you do need to reapply. 

For more information or an application form contact the General Office or visit 


Applications are due before the end of term 2.  We encourage all parents to make submissions now.


Ms Carol Duggan & Ms Bronwyn Moline

Assistant Principals


Cultural Diversity & Harmony Week

Congratulations to Atlanta O'Connell of 7A who is the winner of the Cultural Diversity and Harmony Week Poster Competition. She included all the features required in her poster as well as having an artistic flair that embodied all the qualities of this event. Thank you to all the entrants and their enthusiasm. I will be emailing you all to thank you. Our judges were Ms Garrow and Ms Jarvis, who were impressed with various aspects of the students' work.


The event will be held in the week of 19 to 23 March, so keep an eye on for all advertised competitions.


If anyone is interested in participating in the cultural food stall that will be run on Thursday 22 March, please email me for more information:


Ms Ekaterina Xanthopoulos

ELC and EAL Coordinator

Junior School News

Year 8 Study Skills 

All Year 8 students recently attended a study skills session run by Elevate Education about time management. The girls were shown how to set up a study timetable and the importance of including social and relaxation time as well as time for hobbies was emphasised. The session also covered how to use the timetable to make it successful, breaking tasks and assignments into manageable steps and the difference between revision and homework. Your daughter should have a study timetable from the session to show you!   

Uniform Matters 

Congratulations to the majority of Year 7s and 8s for wearing our uniform correctly and with pride. Please remind your daughter that she is not permitted to wear the sports jacket or rugby top throughout the day (unless she is wearing PE uniform in Year 7 and 8). Staff will keep these items for two weeks if girls do wear them. If students do not have full PE uniform on the days they have PE they need to come to school in the summer dress, bring alternative clothes for PE and a note for the PE teacher explaining why they are out of uniform.

Year 7 Camp

Year 7 camp is in full swing with 7ABC returning Wednesday and 7DEFG coming to the end of their time at Arrabri Lodge. So far there have been plenty of positive attitudes, enthusiasm and fun. A huge thank you must go to Mrs Petra Witt and Mr Steve Williams for their organisation of the camp. This is also extended to all staff who attended. It is a big sacrifice for staff to attend as they leave their families, prepare classes which will be missed and then be on duty caring for your daughters.

Thank you to the families who took the time to thank our staff.

STEAM - Health & PE

The Science of Physical Education 

Did you know that there is a large science component in Physical Education?

The PE elective of Inside the Human Body has been examining the skeletal system. To showcase their understanding student have made working models of synovial joints. Many innovative, working models of knees, elbows, hips and hands were designed. Well done girls!



Curriculum & beyond


The Year 12 incursion relating to the studied text Extinction went very well. There was positive feedback from the students who were imbued with new insights into the play.


Just reminding all parents that on Thursday after school in the library, the students have access to teachers to help them with their English for an hour. Girls can take in work from class they need assistance with, or alternatively ask advice on areas of the subject they are struggling with.


All levels are now approaching their first CAT and there should always be English homework for the students to be working on.

Jazz Band 

Our 2018 Jazz Band performed at the Beaumaris Festival last month and wowed the crowd with their sharp performance and cool stage presence. Fabulous stuff. 


Interschool Sport

In Term 1 the sports offered are cricket, tennis, softball, volleyball, lawn bowls and ultimate frisbee. The seniors had their round robin day earlier this month. Although no one progressed through to the next round, they all had fun and enjoyed the camaraderie   The Intermediates (Year 9 & 10)  sport day was on 20 February; Year 8s compete on Wednesday 14 March and the Year 7s on Wednesday 22 March.

The Term 2 sports offered for seniors are basketball, soccer, netball, AFL, table tennis, hockey, badminton and handball. The Term 2 sports offered for Year 7 to 10 are netball, AFL, soccer, handball and badminton.

The Term 3 sports offered for Year 7 to 10 are futsal, basketball, table tennis and hockey.

There are trials for these sports.

Students not participating in the round robin competition days attend normal classes at school on sports days.


Mr Philip Hull 

Interschool Sport Coordinator

House Swimming Carnival

Last Thursday was an important day on the MGSC calendar with our annual swimming carnival taking place. Students walked in the gates on the morning decked out in their purple tutus, green capes, yellow hats and blue bow ties buzzing with excitement and anticipation as to what will unfold on the day. A large portion of students boarded the early buses to compete in the freestyle trial events hoping to qualify for the final race later on in the day’s program.

From diving to standing water polo to beach volleyball to house chants to staff-student freestyle relays and boat races the day was filled with plenty of opportunities to get involved and earn house points.

Although the final results have yet been revealed it looks rather close with only a few points difference between the first 3 houses. These results will be announced at the full school assembly at the end of term.

Finally a special mention to the following students who have been awarded as the age champions and will also be acknowledged at the next assembly. 

  • 13 years – Eva Jenkins
  • 14 years– Mya Winnell
  • 15 years – Megan Kain
  • 16 years – Cara Jenkins
  • 17 years – Isabelle Jacques
  • 18 year old – Neave Harrison

Congratulations to all students.

The next big event will be our Athletics carnival to be held on Friday 20 April at Dolomore Oval.

More details will be provided on Compass and on the notice board in the gym.

Ms Ilana Parker

College House and Carnivals Coordinator

Ultimate Frisbee Team did not disappoint!

Our reputation for having outstanding students at MGSC was reiterated on Tuesday 13 February. Our Ultimate Frisbee team competed in a round-robin competition against teams from MacRobertson Girls’ High, Elwood College and Albert Park College. The scores did not adequately represent the qualities of the team members who maintained a positive attitude as they competed as a united team against all opposition.

I would like to congratulate the following students who represented our College in an outstanding capacity: Evelyn, Noura, Nicola, Jade, Angelina, Neve, Lili, Tess and Eliza. 

Intermediate Girls’ Tennis

On Tuesday 20 February nine MGSC students represented the College at the Intermediate competition at Melbourne Park.

It was perfect weather and the girls enjoyed their round-robin competition against  MacRobertson Girls' High School Liebler Yavneh, Glen Eira and Albert Park Colleges.

Both of the MGSC teams had mixed results however played their games with enthusiasm, team spirit and with respect towards their opposition.

I would like to thank the following girls for their exemplary behaviour and positivity: Charlie, Violet , Maddie, Amelia, Grace, Ellie, Chloe, Abbie and Mathilde.


Ms Carol Duggan

Assistant Principal

Space School 2018

Space School 

A reminder that the one-hour information session about the Alliance of Girls Schools Australasia 2018 Space School International Study Program is on: 

Tuesday 13 March at The Rose Room, Mentone Girls’ Grammar.

Junior Space School:   6 – 7pm for parents and students in Years 7, 8 and 9 in 2018

Senior Space School: 7.30 – 8.30pm for parents and students in Years 10, 11 and 12 in 2018


RSVP and more information:

Worldly Matters

Water security in March 

WaterAid works in various developing countries to provide access to safe water, decent toilets and hygiene to disadvantaged communities (

They are launching two initiatives in March to raise fund to bring bring water security to these communities. The Water Challenge and Walk for Water. 

The Water Challenge invites you to make water your only beverage for the month of March. That means no coffee, no tea, no beer, no wine, no soft drinks, no energy drinks… just water. If you don’t think you can make it through the whole month, you can take a shortened version of the challenge or use a “Raise A Glass” pass to take a day or two off.  Last year, over 1200 Australians took part in the challenge. You can join them by signing up here.


Walk for Water challenges you to walk 10,000 steps a day for five days. From 19-23 March, take a step towards a healthier lifestyle, put your peers through their paces, and walk for those who walk too much. It’s a great excuse to get active, go for lunchtime walks (before it gets too cold), and empathise with the women and girls who walk for hours every day collecting water.


Walk for Water has raised almost $400,000 since it was re-booted in 2013. You can help add to that tally by registering here.


Trip to Indonesia in 2019 

All parents and guardians are invited to an information session about a potential two-week expedition to Indonesia in July 2019 run by Operation Wallacea to help with biodiversity surveys. 

A presentation will be held: 

Monday 26 March at 7pm, Middle School Viewing Room

and is open to current Year 10 and 11 students, but any student who is interested in biology, ecology and conservation is welcome to attend.

For their first week, students will be based in the endemic-rich rainforests of Buton Island in South-East Sulawesi. Here they will help scientists and academics collect data on biodiversity, which will be used to measure how well the forests are being protected under their proposed conservation management strategies. They will complete jungle survival skills training and help take part in various surveys such as forest measurement (to quantify the amount of carbon stored), butterfly surveys, bird point count surveys, herpetofauna surveys (conducting both pit line surveys and spotlight searches), large mammal and bird surveys (looking for macaques, hornbills, anoa and wild pig) and bat surveys. They will also complete a course on the Ecology of the Wallacea Forests. 

For the second week the group will be based in either Bau Bau or Hoga. This is at the centre of the Coral Triangle – the most diverse reef systems in the world.  Here they will snorkel and complete an Indo Pacific reef ecology course. The reef ecology course will cover the importance of the marine environment, along with underwater survey techniques.

We look forward to seeing you on the evening.


Ms Ashleigh Bendall

Teacher of Biology & Environmental Science


World Challenge

Now would be a great idea to look out for some clothing, sleeping bag and hiking boots bargains. A lightweight, small -10 to -15 oC (women not men) rated sleeping bag will be the hardest item to get so please think about:

1) Borrowing one from a friend.

2) Hiring one from Outsports in Moorabbin (approx $95 for 3 weeks).

3) Buying one (-20 oC for men) in Nepal (approx $100 but limited stock in many of the 40+ shops).

4) Buying the Blackice G1300 (warmer than the G1000 but approx $400) from an online store on  A VISA/Mastercard must be used to purchase it. (I've had no problems with my G1000).

5). Buying one for over $500 in Australia from MacPac, Kathmandu, Paddy Pallin or an online store that sells Sea-To-Summit sleeping bags.


Hint #7: Please think twice about buying one as it may never be used again and it is a lot of money to spend - especially for a good one.


Mr Michael Warden 

World Challenge Coordinator 


Sports for Schools

MGSC is participating in the Coles Sports for Schools promotion. Collect your vouchers, put them in the collection boxes located at the gym or general office and you will be contributing towards new sporting equipment for your school.  

Thank you for assisting! 

Health & PE Domain

Earn and Learn 2017 - The results are in 

Thank you to everyone who collected the Woolworths Earn & Learn vouchers in 2017. The products including glue sticks, paint brushes, paint, felt and sewing pins have arrived. The educational resources will be put to good use in the Textiles and Art departments.


Ms Gemma Johnson

Visual Arts & Digital Technology Domain Leader

In Our Community

The famous Beauie North Fete is coming


Local Lacrosse 


Mentone Tigers are recruiting


Local holidays programs


Gnome will want to miss this


Want to play soccer?

Sandringham Soccer Club is now registering players for the 2018 season.
We have an introductory Goalkick program for 5-7 year old boys and girls as well as boys and girls only teams for all ages 7 and older.

We are looking for 15/16 year old Girls and 16/17 year old boys to join our teams.
Come along and try in our pre-season training.
Want to know more? email
or visit  register online

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