College News

19 July 2019
Issue Twenty
Principal's Update
Important Dates
Berthe Mouchette Results
Year 8 Marketing Madness Invitation
Tickets Available Monday 22 July
Information Session: Teenagers and Alcohol
Frankston Line Disruptions
Cold and Flu Season Information
Mordialloc College Magazine
Community News
Mordialloc College
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Aspendale, Victoria, 3196

Principal's Update


Dear Families, Students and Community Members,


Welcome back for Term 3. The end of Semester One reports for all students were available via the parent and student portals on Compass on the last day of Term 2 for parents and students to access. Please contact the College if you have not been able to access your child’s report. I hope parents had the opportunity to discuss the report with their student/s over the holiday break and decided on appropriate actions to put in place to address any areas for improvement highlighted.


Parent Teacher Student Interviews – Advance Notice

We will be conducting Years 7-12 parent teacher student interviews in Week 7 of this term on Wednesday 28 August from 2pm-7.30pm. Normal classes will operate on this day from 8.55 – 1pm just with shorter lesson times. The Compass booking system will open a few weeks before this date. Student Led Conferences normally held in the last week of Term 3 for the whole school will move into Term 4 for Years 7-9 and will be held in the week before 2020 Headstart. There will be further information to come about this and what changes are happening for Years 10-12 in terms of Student Led Conferences.


Future Capital Works

As previously reported, the College has been allocated $855,700 in funding to complete the planning process for our project, which will allow us to go straight into construction when the rest of the $8.5 million is allocated in the 2020 May budget. As such, the process has now started for the College to appoint an architect through the tender process from three pre-selected consultants on the department's Consultants Service Register. A member of the Victorian Building Authority and representative from South East Region will be part of the selection panel, along with myself and Ian Fox, School Council President. Prior to the consultants submitting their tender for the project, I take each separately on a tour of the school and speak about the education vision of the school, school culture, pedagogy and the current masterplan and the need for planning for the current and future school growth. The contract should be awarded by mid-term.


Course Counselling VCE, VETiS & VCAL 2020

Following the Senior School information night and subject expo event held late Term 2, individual interviews for students entering Years 10, 11 and 12 next year are being held during the next two weeks with members of the College leadership team.  Year 11 into 12 for 2020 will be on Tuesday 23 July, Year 10 into 11 will be on Friday 26 July and Year 9 into 10 will be on Tuesday 30 July and Thursday 1 August. It is very important that parents and students attend the interviews planned during this time to discuss potential pathways and to submit their intended courses for 2020. Each student and their parents have been allocated an appointment, during which time course selections will be made and strategies put in place to ensure achievement and effort over the remainder of the year are sufficient to guarantee places in chosen subjects.   Please note the vast array of VCE and VETiS subjects on offer and also our VCAL program is another possible pathway. We look forward to students continuing their education with us next year but need everyone to meet appropriate deadlines in order for our planning to be completed accurately. My thanks must go to all staff who will give their time to ensure this process is a success. All students and parents should have received notification of their appointment time by now. Please contact Director of Senior School, Joanne Greenhalgh if you did not receive this notice.


Homework Guidelines

The College believes that to promote student engagement with their learning, some homework should be set and done regularly under the coordination of the teacher. The work completed at home by a student is a vital and necessary extension of the class lessons to enable them to consolidate and reinforce the work covered during the day.  This is best done some hours after the lesson and when the student is alone. 


Students’ work at home is divided into two categories:

HOME STUDY students should independently follow-up on class work to ensure that work is understood and relevant facts are committed to memory as a foundation for future learning, and

HOMEWORK which is a task set by the teacher or the completion of work not finished in class.

Home study should be done each night.  Consistent study through the year is essential for success in the senior years and the habit of home study must be set in the middle school years. The student planner (diary) is an important tool for students to plan their work commitment and for parents as a means of communication between teacher and parents.

Time spent in home study will vary with individuals and the following amounts of time are a guide to the time the student should spend on home study and homework most nights of the week.




Homework Hours 

Year 7


1 hour

Year 10


2 hours

Year 8


1 hour

Year 11


2½ hours

Year 9


1½ hours

Year 12


3 hours


If parents are worried about too much homework or lack of it they should contact the relevant Year Level Coordinator in Years 7-12.


Home-study provides further opportunities for parents to participate in their child’s education by:

  1. Providing suitable conditions for study.  Students need a quiet place, with adequate equipment (table, chair) and lighting.
  2. Taking an active interest in the work set.  Check the student planner (helping your children to use it systematically to record tasks to be done).  Use the student planner as a means of communication between individual teachers and your home.
  3. Taking note of due dates (put them on your household calendar too) and see that the work is actually done.
  4. Getting to know your children’s work habits.  Pace of work varies from person to person.  Some students work better in the morning, others at night.  Make allowances for these individual preferences.
  5. Helping your children to find a suitable balance between the time spent on school work, sport, entertainment, part-time job, household chores and other activities.
  6. Encouraging your household to work co-operatively.  Parents and students need to realise each other’s needs and to work together to achieve family ambitions and goals.
  7. Students should be aware of the world around them so they should be encouraged to read widely, including the daily newspapers.


Work Submission Policy

At Mordialloc College we are focused on high expectations in everything we do. We want every student to achieve their highest potential. It is important that every student demonstrates a sense of pride in their academic work. As such, we expect every student to aim for his or her personal best in everything they do, and demonstrate self-respect for and pride in their work. Each student is responsible for completing every task on time and to the best of his or her ability. In line with our emphasis on high expectations, we have a Work Submission Policy for all year levels and I have included a link to this here. Directors of Sub-Schools, Year Level Coordinators and teachers regularly reinforce this with our students, and I ask that you reinforce this at home as well.  


Winter Uniform Reminder

I would like remind students of their responsibility in relation to uniform. The College expectation is that all students will be in the correct winter uniform, and that this uniform is worn correctly (shirts tucked in, ties done up properly) just as it would be expected in any workplace. This also means no hoodies worn under or over your jumper.  Our uniform is a very important part of the image we project of our college community and therefore I expect all students to wear their uniform correctly and with pride to, from and at school. I would ask parents to reinforce these expectations at home. 



Congratulations to our Year 12 Coordinator, Tim Randell, and the Special Events Captains,  Zoe Unwin and Albert Alegre, for organising a very successful Senior School Formal held on the evening of Friday 28 June at the Dingley International. It was a lovely way to end the term for staff and students involved and students were exemplary in their behaviour for this significant event for our senior students.


Naidoc Week

NAIDOC stands for National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee. Its origins can be traced to the emergence of Aboriginal groups in the 1920s which sought to increase awareness in the wider community of the status and treatment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders. NAIDOC Week is held in the first full week of July. It is a time to celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, culture and achievements. This year the theme was “Voice Treaty Truth – Let's work together for a shared future”.  

Thanks to James Sadler, our ATSI coordinator, for organising a range of activities this week (given the official week was during the school holidays) for students and staff to celebrate NAIDOC week.


Ms. Michelle Roberts



Important Dates


Thursday 18 

  • Year 12 Elevate VCAL session 12:00 pm -1:00 pm

Friday 19

  • Year 10 Advance Ski Trip returns
  • Year 9 Outdoor Ed Rock Climbing Excursion

Monday 22

  • French Language Model United Nations 2019
  • Middle School Student Voice Committee Meeting

Tuesday 23

  • Year 12 VCAL Literacy Guest Speaker
  • Year 11 into Year 12 Course Counselling in the Hub
  • Year 8 Expo Marketing Madness in the EZ 2:00 pm
  • Year 8 into Year 9 Information Session 3:30 pm in the LC
  • Program Development Committee Meeting 3:30 pm
  • Parent Information Evening - Safer Socialising Teenagers and Alcohol 4:30 pm in the Learning Centre

Wednesday 24

  • Japan Study Tour 2020 Information Evening at 6:00 pm in the Learning Centre

Thursday 25

  • Year 11 Psychology Excursion
  • Year 10 VCAL Dare2B Conference
  • Monash University VCE PE Enrichment Program
  • MEX 9A Looking Around Data Collection

Friday 26

  • Year 10 into Year 11 Course Counselling
  • Year 7 A, F & H Melbourne Aquarium Excursion

Berthe Mouchette Results

Berthe Mouchette Competition (Poetry) 2019

We received the French written tests results for Year 9-10 levels last weekend 14/6 and congratulations to all our participants, particularly the high achievers.

High Distinction:

Year 9  French:

  • Dechlan Burkitt (Finaliste)
  • Lily Mackay (Finaliste)
  • Thorunn Millwood (Finaliste)



Year 9 French:

  • Tamsyn Russell
  • Emma Schultz
  • Timothy Whitford



Year 9 French 1:

  • Rhianne Blavo
  • Sarah Carey
  • Eliza Carmona
  • Poppy Collison
  • Tommi Corrigan
  • Tristan Cox
  • Jade Goodman
  • Tomislav Krivacevic
  • Flynn Mckenzie
  • Monty Millwood
  • Kristy Ristevski
  • Emily Robinson
  • Beth Rowland
  • Benjamin Skeggs
  • Lachlan Stacey
  • Ethan Storti
  • William Vicendese
  • Eliza Wragg

High Distinction:

Year 10 :

  • Fasika Abera (Finaliste)



Year 10 :

  • Rose Patel
  • Natalie Politova



Year 10 :

  • Meike Berg
  • Oscar Broad
  • Hannah Grieve
  • Celina Lum
  • Olivia Marlow
  • Andres Moreno Molina
  • George Newton
  • Elisa Sarsini
  • Charlotte Thompson


Félicitations, bon courage et bon effort à tous!


Madame Peerbux

(French teacher/French Program Leader)

Year 8 Marketing Madness Invitation

Year 8 Marketing Madness Expo Invitation


Dear Mordialloc College parents, guardians and staff,
You are cordially invited to join us for the Year 7 SEAL and Year 8 Marketing Madness Expo.

Event details: Students have been working hard to create projects about their current Learning Trackers. Students have been studying energy in Science and Business and Economics in Humanities.

When: Tuesday 24th July 2:00-2:45pm—The Year 8 into Year 9 information afternoon will take place after this event in the LC at 3:30.

Where: Year 8 Enquiry Zone (please sign in at the General Office)

We look forward to you joining us to celebrate the amazing work that students have been creating.

From the Year 8 team at Mordialloc College




Tickets Available Monday 22 July

Footloose the Musical

The time has come to purchase your tickets to the hottest show in town! The cast and crew of Footloose – The Musical have been rehearsing feverishly over the last couple of months and the College Musical is shaping up to be the best one yet.

Footloose is a high-energy, singing, dancing spectacular, you won’t forget. With over 100 students to ignite your senses and a story to move your soul, you’ll be dancing in the isles!

Moving in from Chicago, newcomer Ren McCormack (Liam Canavan) is in shock when he discovers the small Midwestern town he now calls home has made dancing and rock music illegal. As he struggles to fit in, Ren faces an uphill battle to change things. With the help of his new friend, Willard Hewitt (Levi Burns), and defiant teen Ariel Moore (Remi Heurtau), he might loosen up this conservative town. But Ariel's influential father, Reverend Shaw Moore (Ben Stewart), stands in the way.


Purchase your tickets to the most anticipated event on the Mordialloc College Calendar NOW! Tickets are very reasonably priced at $18 for students and $22 for Adults with a new Family ticket $75 (2 Adults, 2 Children OR 1 Adult, 3 Children). Tickets go on sale via from Monday  22 July. There will be a limit of 7 tickets per booking, this ensures tickets are spread evenly throughout the school community.

Miss Sears

Performing Arts Coordinator

Information Session: Teenagers and Alcohol


Frankston Line Disruptions

Dear school community,

This email is to notify you about changes to train services on the Frankston line in July, while maintenance and level crossing removal works take place.


Planned rail disruptions

Busses will replace trains on sections of the Frankston Line at the following times:

  • From 8.20pm Friday 19 July to last train Sunday 28 July, buses will replace trains between Mordialloc and Stony Point.
  • From 7.50pm to last train each night, Sunday 21 July to Wednesday 24 July, buses will replace trains between Moorabbin and Frankston.

Plan your journey at or call 1800 800 007.


Journey planning

During the planned disruption:

  • A range of different bus services will operate to make passenger’s journeys as direct as possible
  • Customer service staff will be on the ground to help students reach their destination
  • Passengers should allow an extra 35 minutes for their journey


Carrum Station closure

Carrum Station is closed until early 2020, Frankston line trains run express through Carrum. A shuttle bus will operate between Bonbeach and Seaford stations to connect Carrum Station passengers to train services.

If anyone within your organisation would like to speak directly to a project representative about the project they can contact us on 1800 105 105 or email


Attached is our detailed brochure for you to provide to your students, staff and members of your school community to assist with their journey planning in late July.


We thank you for your patience and understanding during this time.


Schools Engagement Team

Level Crossing Removal Project – Southern Program Alliance

116 Balcombe Road, Mentone VIC 3194 Australia






Cold and Flu Season Information

Responding to the cold and flu season

Here are three key steps to keep your school happy and healthy.

The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) advise that influenza is increasing throughout Victoria. Schools are also reporting higher rates of students affected by influenza.

School responses to influenza

Follow these important steps to respond to students affected by influenza at school: 

  1. Encourage students with cold or flu-like symptoms to seek medical attention. Common flu-like symptoms include a high fever, a cough, a runny nose, loss of appetite, body aches and feeling extremely weak and tired. Diagnosis should only be made by a medical practitioner.
  2. Any students with colds or flu-like symptoms should limit contact with others and stay at home until their symptoms have passed.
  3. If a student becomes ill at school with these symptoms, contact the family and arrange to pick up the student.
  4. Good general hygiene is the best defence against infection. Encourage students to wash their hands regularly. Ask them to cover their nose and mouth when sneezing and coughing.

Department of Education

Mordialloc College Magazine


Community News

Dobsons School Uniform Shop Trading Hours for Term 3 2019

Monday 8:30 am - 11:30 am

Wednesday 12:30 pm - 4:00 pm


Located on the corner of the main building, near the staff car park.


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

Visit the new, improved website for information and pricing 'Click and Collect' is available.

Kingston Youth Program Term 3 Events

Aspendale Youth Cove (AYC)
Our Aspendale Youth Cove program is currently seeking participants to take part in a series of cooking workshops designed to up-skill young people aged 11 to 17 years old in general cooking and kitchen skills.
Running Mondays and Thursdays from 3.30pm to 5.30pm. If you are interested in taking part click here or contact 1300 369 436.


The Content Creators
If you have an interest in social media marketing, graphic design, videography, photography or content writing our Content Creators team are looking for more members. Kingston Youth Service’s Content Creators work under the Social Media Coordinator and are responsible for creating and curating content our social media platforms.
If you are interested in joining the team, click here


Universal Magazine 
Edition 37: Travel - OUT NOW!
Contact Youth Services on 1300 369 436 if you would like a copy of the latest edition of Universal's free quarterly magazine, designed and created by local Kingston young people. 
If you have an interest in editing, writing, drawing, graphic design or photography the Universal Magazine Committee is currently open to new members. For more information or to join click here


Parent Information Nights
Building Resilience in Children and Teens
On Wednesday 17 July Kingston Youth Services will be hosting a Parent Information Night with guest speaker Sharon Witt, who will be delivering her popular presentation “Building Resilience in Children & Teens".  
Date: Wednesday 17 July 2019
Time: 7.00pm to 9.00pm
Location: Bayside Church, 99-101 Argus Street, Cheltenham


Please register your attendance here.
Each school term, the Kingston Youth Services team organises a facilitator-led information night based on the needs of parents of young people. If you have a topic or theme you would like information on, please send through your suggestion to


Adulting 101
Kingston Youth Services are providing a variety of practical workshops for young people aged 17+ to equip them with the skills and knowledge to transition to adulthood. 
Topics covered range from The Working World, Healthy Relationships, Budgeting and more.
Young people will have the opportunity to learn tips and strategies for navigating life after high school and ask any questions. For more information or to register your interest, visit or contact the Youth Services team on 1300 369 436.


Accredited Short Courses
Kingston Youth Services aims to provide opportunities for young people to become better prepared for the working world. We offer funded accredited short courses every term.
For more information on what is on offer as well as eligibility requirements, visit us here or contact 1300 369 436.


FReeZA Fuse Productions
The Freeza Committee are a dedicated and passionate team of young people who plan, organise and run youth music-related events for the City of Kingston. Being part of the committee gives members hands on experience in event coordination, stage management, liaising with bands and promotion and marketing as well as networking opportunities to others in the music industry.
If you want to be involved in our events team, visit our website or contact 1300 369 436.


Emergent Theatre Co.
Workshops available for any budding theatre or creative artist with opportunities to network and collaborate.To find out more click here or contact us on 1300 369 436.


Queer in Kingston
QIK is a free, confidential, social support group for people aged 14 - 24 years who may identify as same sex attracted, gender diverse or questioning their sexuality and gender. For more information, visit or 1300 369 436.


Social Impact Program (SIP)
The Social Impact Program (SIP) aims to create a collaborative environment where young people can be inspired to share ideas and work together to solve real issues as well as provide networking opportunities to meet with others who are working in the social enterprise and start up spaces.
If you are interested in collaborating, networking, pitching or learning more about social impact initiatives – visit or contact 1300 369 436.


Environmental Action Group (EAG)
The Environmental Action Group is seeking passionate young people wanting to improve sustainable practices within their communities. If you are interested in joining the group, ask us how here or contact 1300 369 436.


2019 Volunteer Opportunities – Applications Now Open!
If you are over the age of 21 and would like to expand your experience and skill set through volunteering, Kingston Family and Youth Services are looking for more volunteers!

Our volunteers are an invaluable part of the our team and are involved in helping us run and facilitate programs and events for young people and their families. With a wide variety of programs, groups and events to take part in, our volunteers gain a wide range of experiences and have the opportunity to strengthen key skills around teamwork, communication and program facilitation.

All volunteers must undertake training, have a valid Working with Children’s Check, willing to undergo a Police Check and adhere to the Child Safe Standard Practices. All interested applicants must have a connection to Kingston.

To apply or for more information, click here or contact Tanya Marques on 1300 369 436.


If you have any questions or would like any information on any of the above please don't hesitate to contact us on the links above.


With thanks

The Kingston Youth Network Team


College News
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Work submission policy.doc
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