College News

20 September 2019
Issue Twenty-nine
Assistant Principal Update
Important Dates
Chess Tournament
College Art Show
Community News
Mordialloc College
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Assistant Principal Update

Dear Families, Students and Community Members,


As Term Three draws to an end, it is terrific to reflect on everything we have done and acknowledge what we have achieved. 


Our Principal has been shortlisted for a prestigious award

All of our accomplishments and successes are due to our fantastic students and extremely dedicated staff.  Outstanding programs are driven by innovative and motivated staff.  At the helm is our hard working  Principal, Michelle Roberts. Now, in her ninth year as Principal at Mordialloc College, she has been shortlisted for a Victorian Education Excellence Award. 

Each year inspirational teachers, principals, business managers and education support staff are recognised for outstanding achievement. Award categories include outstanding primary and secondary teachers, principals and business managers, school improvement, Koorie education, inclusive education and education support. New specialist award categories in 2019 will also recognise excellence in global teaching and learning, and in physical education. All finalists are in the running to win professional development grants of up to $25,000 to support their work in schools.

Of all the secondary colleges in the state, Michelle is one of three finalists in  the Outstanding Secondary Principal Award.  We will need to wait until Friday 25 October, when the award ceremony is held, to find out the result.  In her truly devoted way, Michelle will actually be absent from the awards as she will be attending our Year 12 Valedictory Dinner.  We all wish Michelle the very best.


Performances and Events

In the Berthe Mouchette Poetry Competition our Year 9 students received three high distinctions, three distinctions and 18 credits, and our Year 10 students scored one high distinction, one distinction and nine credits. 


We had the Year 8 Marketing Madness Expo which highlighted students' creativity and teamwork.



A major event on our term calendar was our wonderful production of Footloose.  Being my first school production, I was extremely pleased to see how many students participated both onstage and backstage. I thoroughly enjoyed their talented performances, as I’m sure did everyone who attended the sold out shows.




A team of students attended the Interschool Chess Competition in Toorak last week against a number of other schools and, given this was their first time, they did us proud.


What an outstanding result by our athletes, coming second overall in the Interschool Athletics!  This is a huge accomplishment given the size of our school compared to some of other schools.  Fantastic talent!


Also, our Year 7 hockey team recently competed in their end of term  Gala day. This involved schools from the Kingston District  playing in a around robin tournament and eventually the grand final to determine a District winner. Our team played well all day, making it into the final. They defeated McKinnon Secondary College 2-0. They will now progress to the Southern Metro final on 28 October. Good luck to all team members!


Community Awareness

Our SRC plays an active role in raising funds for charity as do key student groups throughout the year.  We actively participated in Jeans for Genes Day, Colours Day and some of our Year 9 MEX classes ran the MEX Market Day earlier this week.  It was exciting to see our Year 9 students create their own products using sustainable and/ or reusable materials.  This group chose to raise funds for the Royal Children’s Hospital.


Mordi Idol

On the last day of term, we will have shortened periods and finish at 1:30 pm. The format of the day will see our students attend Periods 1 and 2, head out for recess and then back in for Period 3.  After Period 3, everyone will assemble in the gym to watch Mordi Idol.  I have heard a great deal about Mordi Idol and know we have many talented students so I am really looking forward to seeing these performances. 


Year 12 Practice Exams

Whilst many students enjoy the learning opportunities at Mordialloc College, our current Year 12 students have completed a week of revision and, during this final week of term, are demonstrating everything they have learned throughout the year and pouring it into their practice exam papers.  This is an extremely important learning opportunity for our Year 12 students.  Their papers will be marked over the holidays and feedback will be provided to the students at the beginning of next term.  Strengths will be highlighted as will the areas on which they can focus and develop.  


Preparing for 2020

Planning for our 2020 timetable is well underway.  Earlier this term, we held information evenings for our Year 8 – 11 students and our Year 9, 10 and 11 students received course counselling to assist with selecting subjects for next year.  The initial stages of timetable development have occurred. 



In the first week of Term 4, students will find out which subjects they will be doing next year.  The booklists will open online from this date. For students to receive their books in time for Headstart, families will need to submitt their orders with Campion by Friday 18 October. 



With spring in the air, a quick reminder that students will return next term in their summer uniforms. 

As this is the last newsletter for the term, I would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a wonderful holiday.  Keep safe and I look forward to seeing everyone back on Monday 7 October. 




Marina Walsh

Assistant Principal

Important Dates


Monday 07

  • First day of Term 4
  • 9E & 9G Aware Drug and Alcohol Incursion
  • 9H Mex Community Placements Day 1

Tuesday 08

  • Year 10 Physics Planetarium and Lightning Show at Scienceworks

Wednesday 09

  • Ticking Minds 40 + English Workshop Session 3 Analysis of Argument D3 2:45 pm - 3:34 pm

Thursday 10

  • Southern Metro Athletics Day
  • Year 10 Applied Learning Drivers Ed Course
  • 9B Mex Looking Around Data Collection Mordialloc
  • 9A MEX Community Placements Day 1
  • 9C & 9D MEX Drug Aware and Alcohol Incursion

Friday 11

  • Year 9 War Poetry In Action Incursion
  • Chinese FL VCE Oral Exam
  • Great Debate Students vs Teachers in the gym 11:52am - 1:09 pm
  • Year 8 Words that Changed the World

Chess Tournament

On Friday 13 September, ten students from Mordialloc College's Chess Club participated in an Interschool Chess Tournament held at St Catherine's School in Toorak. In a hotly contested tournament, Tony Fan and Darby Blinco topped our scores with 4 and 3 points respectively out of 7 games. Despite the mental challenge of playing 7 games in a row, all of our students thoroughly enjoyed the day. We are looking forward to improving our skills even further before the next interschool chess tournament.


Chris Tze

Year 7 Discovery Teacher

Year 9 Discovery Teacher

College Art Show

Calling all Artists

The annual College art show is fast approaching. If you would like to exhibit a piece of work in the show please submit your entry form, entry fee of $5 and your artwork to the office. No more submissions will be taken after 9 October (please remember the office will be closed during school holidays - 21 September until 6 October).


Leah Bright

Art Show Assistant

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


Dobson's currently have a 'Buy Early and Save' offer available. Please see the attached document for further details.

Dobson's will be offering some extended opening hours over the coming weeks. Please see below for dates and times.

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.


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

Aspendale Life Saving Club Open Day


Kingston Libraries September School Holiday activities

Kingston Libraries’ September school holiday program has just been released and bookings will open this Friday 6 September. The program offers a range of free activities including craft, robotics, movie screenings, theatrical performances, sports stars and gaming, for ages 3 to 18. Bookings are essential for all events so please promote to your school community and encourage them to book early to avoid missing out.


The program can be found online here -


Please note that for families with younger siblings, our Storytime and Tiny Tots programs continue as normal throughout the school holidays – no bookings necessary. See here for details -

Edithvale Aspendale AFLW


Chelsea Basketball Rep Tryouts


Bonbeach Junior Cricket Club


Aspendale Nippers




College News
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