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

10 May 2018
Issue Three
ANZAC DAY 2018​  
Alpine 2018  
                      HPV/ATHLETICS DAY   
            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

Our motto is about both high quality academic provision and the development of the skills and attitudes that young people need for success in life after school. It well describes the approach to all we do.

It is interesting that the recent Gonski Report 2.0 talks about the need for educators to personalise learning, in order to support and challenge all students at their point of need. In simple terms, this is about moving away from an approach that means that every student in a class has the same learning experience, simply based on the fact that they are all a particular age. As parents, we well know that our children do not develop at the same rate or time, and we certainly understand that there is nothing wrong when one sibling walks at nine months and another at fourteen months. We do not expect the second child to walk when they can’t, nor do we tell them they are underperforming, and yet this is the way most schools have worked since the early 1800s.

You can be well assured that Mount Eliza Secondary College is not still operating under this very old model, and that we have in fact been working on developing the Gonski recommendations for the last five years because the research has been out there pointing to this need. It is complex and challenging work for teachers, but it is the work that must be done.

Tamberhe report says school education must prepare students for a complex and rapidly changing world. As routine manual and administrative activities are increasingly automated, more jobs will require a higher level of skill, and more school leavers will need skills that are not easily replicated by machines, such as problem-solving, interactive and social skills, and critical and creative thinking.

MESC is ahead of the game as our introduction of IDEEA lab recognised these social changes, and allowed us to genuinely focus on developing the skills mentioned for our students. The same applies to our decision to implement the International Baccalaureate approach to teaching and learning for years 7-9, which has commenced this year in the Candidacy phase. This approach provides students with the structures to support the development of transferable skills which are the new measure of high capacity, and it does so in a global context because this is the way our young people will be working in future. You no longer need to go to India to have Indian work colleagues, and you can certainly work for a Chinese company whilst living in Melbourne.

We are excited to see the latest national report affirm all we do here at the college. We have more to learn and more to do, but there is no doubt that what we offer at Mount Eliza Secondary is ‘state of the art’.

Angela Pollard







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.



Please be reminded that College Levies were due in full before the commencement of 2018 unless prior arrangement has been made. Thank you to the families who have paid in full or have arranged an approved payment/instalment plan.  It is an expectation that Essential Educational Items are paid to support the provision of quality materials and items. All funds collected as Essential Education Items provide the only budget to our teachers (i.e. classroom materials for students). 


There are a few camps which have been approved and advertised on Compass over the last two weeks. We like to give families sufficient notice so payment can be made.  The preferred method of payment is via Compass however if you would like to set up a payment plan to be completed by the due date, please contact the general office asap. CSEF funds can also be allocated to camps, please call the office on 9787 6288.



​​​​​​​​​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.









ANZAC DAY 2018​  


Abbey Bradley and Amelia Gill - our junior leaders who spoke confidently and with pride at the Mt Eliza Community ANZAC Day service in the village. 



The Mount Eliza Secondary College ANZAC assembly, hosted by school captains Bella Fenton and Cooper Rigg and organised and run by the leadership team was a great success. Initially we planned to have a guest speaker however a last minute cancellation sparked a ripple of nerves through the leadership team. As an alternative, we were able to have students Isabelle Duggan and Jess Leatch tell their stories of a relative and as such the audience were more invested and listened intensely in a way that we could have only dreamed of.  Rosie McLuskie also spoke of what ANZAC day means to her. Another huge positive was the focus of our assembly being the Anniversary of the Battle of Villers-Bretonneux, where passionate students Amelia Gill and Abbey Bradley wrote and read out a recount of Australia’s participation in the battle. Lola Murchie, Alexandra Chatwin-Dalgleish, Heather Mackay and Carolyn Van der bijl each selected and researched a soldier that resonated with them and told their story. We also had poems beautifully read out by Wil Emond, Calliope Rich and Amy Anderson with such conviction and emotion that only intensified the significance of remembering those who gave their lives for us. Sam Howlett performed ‘Spirit of the Anzacs’ and Avalon Bragg played the last post. Our students performed above and beyond the expectations and it feels like a legacy the 2018 student leaders have left, and we feel confident that it will continue to grow and inspire students for many years to come.     

To further the success of the ANZAC Assembly, the 2018 student leaders had the honour of marching in the Mornington March on ANZAC Day, representing the school with our heads held high. We were lucky enough to be asked to have two student leaders, school captain Bella Fenton and school communications leader Alexandra Chatwin-Dalgleish represent the school and present a reading on behalf of the Mornington community at the Memorial service. It was a proud moment and as student leaders we were honoured and overwhelmed with the opportunity to represent our school and the fallen soldiers, it was definitely a day to remember.    



Alpine 2018  


The Alpine School for Student Leadership is located at Dinner Plain in the Victorian Alps and is a Victorian Department of Education and Training (DET) initiative offering a unique  8 week residential education experience for year nine students. The curriculum focuses on personal development and team learning projects. In 2017, students were asked to apply by interview for a position at this School. Nikola Jerumane, Emily Jones, Monte Butler, Adam Sharp and Sam McGuire were the successful students to attend and the Middle school would like to congratulate them all for being such fine representatives of the college during Term One. 

Nikola Jerumane

Alpine was an amazing experience that I  wish I could re-live again. The whole area was different including the lifestyle that made a positive change to the way I see myself and what I am capable of.   This opportunity  taught me more about working in teams, independence and social skills, all things I would never have got a hold on if I had not attended.

Activities included mountain biking and hiking Victoria's second highest mountain in under 8 hours, flipping upside down when our raft sunk in the water, underground caving with spiders and glow worms, hiking with a fractured toe for three days,  watching snow fall and finding a leetch in my bellybutton.  These were all things I have never done before.  I learnt from challenges, experiences and success, but most importantly I made great friendships and a long lasting memory I will never forget. I really wish I could do all the things I did again, it was different but I loved every minute. 

Living without a phone taught me about the things I can experience without posting it or purely living life with a bunch of amazing people.


Sam McGuire

My highlight from the Alpine Camp would have to be the 3 day hike, going mountain biking down steep hills and climbing through a river under the ground. I learnt a lot about teamwork, leadership and goal setting. If I had the opportunity I would definitely go back as it was such a fun learning experience.


Adam Sharp 

One of my favourite highlights from the Alpine school would have to be expedition two which was a three day hike. The reason this was my favourite highlight was because of the views we got to see when we got to the tops of all the hills.

My other two highlights would have to be bridge building and when it snowed. The reason I have chosen these two is because they were both fun and exciting times. The snow was shocking because nobody was expecting to see any and the bridge building was a big challenge but worth it in the end because as a group we all learnt a valuable lesson.




On the 26th, 27th and 28th of March the year 9/10 Outdoor Ed class went on a camp experience. On the morning of the 26th, we drove for around two and a half hours until we made it to the gorgeous seaside town of Lorne. The sun was shining, the water was clear and we were all buzzing to start our first surf lesson of the trip.  After many waves, we made our way to the campsite and set up camp; this site would become our home for the next two nights. For dinner, we got to cook our own food on a trangia (camping stove). There was a wide menu of food being cooked, including 2-minute-noodles, spaghetti and bean and rice burritos. These dinners concluded our first day of an action-packed adventure.

Our second day was one to remember. We all got up early, packed our lunch and set off for our six-hour hike. We then proceeded to hike up and down 12kms of Lorne National Park, until we finally returned to our bus. We saw some gorgeous sights of nature, including wildlife and probably the most beautiful waterfall I’ve ever seen. That night we got to explore the lovely town of Lorne, meet the locals and enjoy our dinner.

Eventually the third day came around. We had an early surf lesson, which unfortunately didn’t bare many waves. The weather was nice though, and we all loved our time in the water. For the trip back to home, we took the Queenscliffe ferry to Sorrento and made our way back to school.

Overall, it was an amazing camp, with new friendships made every day. I believe I speak for everyone when I say we would do it again in a heartbeat.

Sam Howlett - Year 10 








On April 29th our schools HPV Team, MERT, headed over to Knox with the 2 senior teams. Before we even left we knew it was going to a tough day. The description had been something along the lines of 'tight corners and tough hills'. It was an exciting day and from the second we got there it was 'go, go, go'. The weather started off well but it didn’t take very long for it to start raining. When the roads were wet crashes became more frequent and most people ended up spinning out or rolling the vehicles. Thankfully it cleared up and we only had a few more crashes throughout the rest of the day. It was an awesome day and we all had a great time with both the teams bringing home series points and Dinky Dots bringing home runner up in the all female category.




2018 athletics day was the first ever athletics day held at Mount Eliza Secondary College since we have been at school. We were lucky that there was no rain. Everyone had very high spirits with friends cheering each other on with such great sportsmanship. It was a unique day with food trucks joining us on the oval such as a paella truck, smoothie van and an ice cream truck. We also had the great support from our very own HPV club that supplied us with a sausage sizzle.

Overall it was a great day with lots of participation from all over the school. Whether it was in a track event, field event or just a fun event. Watching the sack races, three legged races and the egg and spoon relays was a hilarious part of the day.

After competing in an event, we were able to challenge a friend on a giant inflatable obstacle course, watching seniors trying to go through tiny tunnels was extremely amusing.

Congratulations to everyone who competed in an event, for all of your participation contributed to the points given to your house. Overall it was Kimmuli who took the winning title for the day.

A special thanks to everyone who contributed to making this day such a great day.

Amy Anderson




Congratulations to our  students Jackson Hicks, Matthew Kapp and Jacob Bald.


Jackson Hicks Year 8 - 1st Ranelagh Scout Troop, has earned the Australian Scout Medallion.

To attain the top award in each of the  five Sections in scouting reflects initiative in tackling this challenge, sustained effort over many months and years, plus self-discipline, teamwork and leadership. 

Only a small percentage reach this level.  These are the top achievers among Scouting's 47 million members globally.



Matthew  has just competed in  the Victoria Men's Artistic Gymnastics Championships at MSAC for Level 8 Open, achieving gold for overall team, silver for high bar, bronze for rings, 4th parallel bars, 5th for floor and 6th all around.   Matthew has now been selected for the Victoria State team that will complete at the National Gymnastics Championships at the Hisense Arena in May.   




Jacob Bald has his sights on being a professional baseballer and is well on track to living up to his dream.

During the Summer break, Jacob represented Victoria in a Sydney competition. His team played very well and secured second position. Jacob was a stand-out player during the tournament, resulting in him being selected to represent Australia and to compete in New Zealand. Instead of catching the plane back home from Sydney, Jacob flew straight to New Zealand to compete in the 2018 Oceania Qualifiers. He played against New Zealand, Fiji and New Caledonia. Australia demonstrated their skill and experience by winning every game. This outstanding effort now allows Jacob and his team to play in South America this coming August against the best teams in the world,including the USA and Japan.

In August, Jacob will fly to Los Angeles, then on to Atlanta.  During this time he will fulfill one of his most important goals by training with the Atlanta Braves baseball team. After this incredible experience Jacob will fly to Panama and play a 10-day world cup competition, then return home.

We wish Jacob all the best with his baseball endeavors this year and will be cheering him on from afar. We all admire his persistence, positive attitude and talent.

Ms Holderness



MESC Learning Commons

2018 Library Monitors 

Thank you to the following students who are part of our 2018 Library Monitor team assisting with new displays, selecting new titles, processing resources and promoting our lunchtime activities.


Isabella York, Olivia Shilling, Emily Jones (Year 9) are our 2018 Library Captains and they will be assisted by Ruby Davies, Samuel Bradford, Ariel Walstab-Diarra (Year 8),  Aaron Tran, Sean Meghji (Year 7).




You will see them in the Library most lunchtimes and if you need any assitance borrowing or locating items then don't hesitate to ask.

Manga in May

Come in and check out our 'Manga in May' display of artwork and book series.  We have a selection of titles including Naruto, Bleach House, Sherlock Bones, Fruits Bat, Avalon High and new titles Vampire Knight, Ninja Slayer, Yo-Kai Watch and Fairytail.

Artwork on display was created by our very talented Library Monitor Emily Jones and students from the 2017 Year 7 Steiner Class.


" Good Reads"

Who doesn't love a good series and we have lots to choose from in our display...from Harry Potter to the Hunger Games and City of Bones to The Maze, as well as Andy Griffiths' Treehouse series and Caroline Wilkinson's Dragonkeeper series, John Flanagan's Brotherband and Ranger's Apprentice titles, plus lots, lots more to choose from.  Pop in to check out the titles on display and if you have suggestions for any new series titles then please let us know.


Why Read?

Did you know that Australia is 16th on the Indy 100 list of 'Which Countries  Read the Most" with the average  of 6 hours and 18 minutes per week per person in Australia.  India tops the list with an average of 10 hours and 42 minutes.  There is some fascinating reading in this article by  Lee Watanabe-Crocket (6 April 2018) "The 7 Interesting Ways That Reading Makes You Healthier"  which also has an infographic showing the '7 Ways Reading Makes you Healthier' such as by reducing stress levels, relaxing tense muscles, calming you down, and helping you to sleep.  Obviously what works for one may not work for others but the act of sitting quietly and becoming engrossed in a great read is a pleasure for many people.  If you need help finding your next healthy read then we have lots for you to choose from.


Ripple 2018

Ripple is our annual school magazine and all students have an opportunity to purchase their own copy - please contact the Admin Office if you have not already ordered your copy.

Ripple contains a summary of the year at MESC - photos and articles about school events (sports carnivals, year level photos, Year 12 quotes, IDEEA Lab, Year 10 Formal, year level camps, etc.).  It's a great memento for every student to have and look back at in future years.

We will be holding a competition to design the cover of this year's copy - look out for the posters and/or see Mrs Swannell (Librarian) for details. Previous issues from the past 42 years can also be viewed in the Library.

NOTE:  Students who ordered a 2017 copy can now collect it from the Library - if you are unsure about orders/payment then  please check with Admin Office - we apologise for the late delivery.


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   

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