College News

14 February 2019
Issue Two
Assistant Principal Update
Important Dates
School Council Elections
Student Awards                                                           
Boosting Literacy
House Swimming Carnival
Cast and Crew for 2019 Production of Footloose
School Photo Ordering Process
PTV News
Community News
Mordialloc College
(03) 9580 1184
1 Station Street
Aspendale, Victoria, 3196

Assistant Principal Update


Dear Families, Students and Community Members,


It has been a terrific start to the year in the Middle Years. Joining the College at the beginning of Headstart last term as Assistant Principal of Years 7, 8 and 9, I have been able to meet the Year 8 and Year 9 students and now this term, I have met the Year 7 students. 

The Year 7 students attended their camp at The Summit which is located in Trafalgar East.  What a fantastic camp it was, seeing students step outside their comfort zone by challenging themselves to complete activities like the Leap of Faith, Sky Walk, Flying Fox as well as hold a snake and walk on a bed of nails.  Students worked together to solve puzzles and complete a scavenger hunt.  All of these activities enabled the students to develop their skills in communication and working with others.  I know the students will remember the Five Keys which will help to stretch them in their work, try new endeavours with no regrets and work with others to bring out the best in each other.

Our Year 8 students during Headstart have continued with their Home Groups and had a taste of the specialist classes of their choosing.  Visiting many of their Year Level Assemblies, I have seen attentive, engaged students who are organised and ready to learn.  The Year 9 students are also working hard right from the get-go.  They have recently sat the General Achievement Test (GAT) comprising of 124 questions.  Our students worked very hard to achieve their best.  The data gathered from the GAT will be used by our classroom teachers over the coming years. 

Along with the GAT data, our teachers have worked together to gather and analyse a range of other data sets on our students specific to their subject areas.   Teachers create instructional groups which then allow for differentiation to occur in the classroom, designing lessons that best suit the needs of all their students. 

To complement studies at school, we have the House Swimming Carnival next week.  This will be a great opportunity for the students to enjoy some friendly competition and spend time interacting with other students within their House.  Signups for events are this week.  On the day, students are to come to school dressed in their house colours.  No school uniform on Friday 22 February!

Don’t forget, consent for our carnivals needs to be given by parents/ guardians.  This can be done via Compass.

Here is a reminder of the Houses:



It’s going to be a great year ahead.


Marina Walsh

Assistant Principal



Important Dates


Thursday 14

  • Senior Boys and Girls cricket round robin
  • Year 9D Mex Community Placements
  • Year 9C Mex Looking Around Data Collection

Friday 15

  • Facilities Meeting 8 am
  • Year 9 Exploration Day - The Academy of Accredited SEAL Schools at Melbourne University
  • Year 9 Outdoor Education Melbourne Water Park Excursion
  • VCAL Work Placements

Monday 18

  • Whole School Leadership Assembly
  • Year 9G Mex Community Placements
  • Finance Meeting 4 pm
  • Year 7 Information Evening 6:30 pm

Wednesday 20

  • Intermediate Girls and Boys cricket




Thursday 21

  • Year 12 Geography Booran Reserve Field Work Excursion
  • Year 11 Elevate Session - Time Management
  • Year 9D MEX Community Placements
  • School Council Meeting 5:00 pm
  • Year 10 English Enhanced Macbeth Production 6 pm

Friday 22

  • House Swimming Carnival - Whole School Event

Monday 25

  • Kingston Lawn Bowls Day
  • Year 9 C & E MEX City Experience Day 1
  • Year 10 English Romeo and Juliet Incursion

Tuesday 26

  • School Photo Day

Wednesday 27

  • VCE Drama Excursion

Thursday 28

  • Year 10 Forensics Excursion
  • Year 9D MEX Community Placements

School Council Elections

Would You Like to be Involved in your College Community?

It's that time of year again where the College Community is looking for support from the parent community. If you are interested in becoming a member of our College Council please see below for more details on how to become involved. Nominations are now being sought and nomination forms can be collected from the General Office. If you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact the school on 9580 1184.


Student Awards                                                           

Student Values Awards

Personal Best - Work to the best of your ability. Pursue excellence, try hard and constantly seek to improve.

Integrity  - Be true to yourself by doing what is right. Be honest and trustworthy.

Respect  - Treat everyone with equal consideration. Be accepting of others and their differences.

Responsibility - Be accountable for your actions. Contribute positively to the school and wider community.


Respect - Mika Faid Year 7

Mika was an amazing support to his fellow students on the Year 7 camp. He was always willing to support his team, lead the team chant and encourage others. Well done Mika.








Lana Paten


Boosting Literacy

Boosting Literacy 2019

We hope you have been having a fantastic start to the new year and that your children are enjoying their first English lessons, getting to know their teachers and reading their first texts. In 2019 we are pleased to announce three ways in which you can further support your students from home to take control of their own literacy development.


The Melbourne Literacy Clinic

In 2018 we trialled the introduction of an external speech pathologist with wider literacy development training into the school. Each week the Melbourne Literacy Clinic attends the school for two days, running sessions to help students overcome specific challenges that they might be facing in their literacy development. This is a private service even though it is based within the school, and comes with a cost of $80 per session - which is a discount rate for Mordialloc students. With each session parents receive feedback and ways to reinforce the learning that has taken place, as do classroom teachers and the students themselves. We have been pleased to see many students making some great progress through the program and to be able to continue the program. If you would like to know more, please visit their website ( and if you would like to be involved, please email me at (payment plans are available).



Research shows that students who face challenges in their spelling can quickly overcome these challenges if they have a program developed that addresses rules and common spelling misunderstandings in a personalised and staged manner. Spellzone provides an effective way to provide this service for all students across the school, from Year 7 all the way to Year 12. The main strength of the program is the way in which students can complete a 15 minute test of their spelling before it automatically creates a sequence of lessons and activities to address any gaps in their knowledge of common spelling patterns. Students may request their password from their teacher if they haven’t already received it, and then we would strongly encourage parents to support students by sitting down next to them and helping them work on the first few pages. There is also strong research to show that the closeness of a parent or carer who shares in the process of learning spelling with their child can greatly enhance both engagement and learning speed. You can explore the website here:


Reading Program

In 2019 we are also pleased to continue our independent reading program where students from Years 7-9 are given time to borrow books from The Hub and to read books of their choice in class once a week. The underlying rationale for this choice has been clear research that shows that students who read three times a week for at least twenty minutes are significantly advantaged in terms of their attainment in school (across all subject areas) and future life opportunities over those who do not. Research has also shown that students who do not read regularly and recreationally will only be exposed to around 7000 new words from Grade 5 to Year 10. Meanwhile, those who do read will be working with somewhere between 80,000 to 90,000 new words: a striking advantage. Reading has also been shown to have positive impacts upon emotional development, behavioural development, academic capital and communication skills. Here are some common ways that parents support children at home to enjoy regular reading:


  • They provide opportunities for children to choose their own books (visits to the library, online bookshop vouchers for birthdays, visits to bookshops)
  • They try to establish routines for reading where it happens at the same time each day
  • They model reading by reading themselves regularly and visibly
  • They ask their children about their books, and discuss with them the things they are reading about in an interested way
  • They engage them in reading about things relevant to the family (for example if a holiday is coming up, they might ask their child to read about where they are going and what there is to do there)
  • They create a quiet space for reading to happen regularly
  • They sometimes read with them, sharing a book or magazine and reading together about joint interests


Parent Reading Program Proposal

In 2019 we are also interested in developing a parents support group focused on reading in collaboration with Kingston libraries. This group would meet once a term to learn about how parents can support their children to read. To find out more about the program we are looking at using, visit this website: We would welcome any volunteers from the Mordialloc Community who would be interested in helping us to organise the program, or if you are a parent of a Year 7 or 8 student and would like to be involved, please drop me an email directly at


Thanks again to all parents for their support of our school community over the last few years, and for their ongoing efforts and investment in their own children. We look forward to a fantastic new year.


Andrew McConchie

Director of Literacy Improvement

House Swimming Carnival


Cast and Crew for 2019 Production of Footloose

The excitement is already building for the College's annual production and this year it will be....... Footloose

Students wishing to be a part of the cast for the show will need to attend an audition. Crew will not need to audition, but they will be required to attend the first rehearsal on Thursday 28th February.

Auditions will take place in the Performing Arts Centre on the following dates:

  • Auditions:         Year 9-12  Tuesday 19 February, 3:15pm- 5:30pm
  • Auditions:         Year 7-8    Thursday 21 February, 3:15pm – 5:30pm
  • Call-backs:        Monday 25 February 3:15 start (no later than 5:30pm)

Students required for a call-back will be informed on the day.


Auditions will involve singing, dancing and acting. Students do not need to prepare anything for their audition. They may, however, bring along a change of shoes and clothing in order to allow freedom of movement when dancing. Students will be dismissed at no later than 5:30pm after their audition.




Adelle Stevenson

VCE Drama Teacher

Year 7 Communication Teacher

Mordialloc College


School Photo Ordering Process

How to Order School Photos

School Photos are coming up on the 26th February


Aussie School Photos take multiple images of each student on photo day to provide you with more choice and greater value.

Order forms and envelopes will come home to you usually 2 weeks in advance of photo day.

There are 3 methods available when ordering photo packs:


1. Place your order on- line prior to photo day using the unique WEB LOG-ON CODE printed on your prepayment order form.  Complete details on back of order forms if ordered for more than one sibling and have each child hand it to our photographer on photo day.


2. You can complete the pre payment order form.  Include your cash, cheque or credit card payment in the envelope and have your child hand it to our photographer on photo day. 


3. You can choose to wait for 5 working days to go on-line to VIEW the images and CREATE a package to suit. Please tick the ‘order later on–line’ box on order form and hand to our photographer on photo day.   Orders must be placed within 14 days of photo day to avoid postage charges.


4. If you do not wish to purchase photos, please tick ‘not buying photos’ under pack selection  and have your child hand envelope to our photographer on photo day.     .   


Sibling photos are available – Students will need to attend the Glasshouse for these portraits at lunchtime. Students who do not attend will not have a sibling portrait taken.  It is the responsibility of the siblings to make a time to meet at the Glasshouse to have their portraits taken.                    

All queries should be directed to the                                    

Customer Service:  97076655.

PTV News

Important Information For Students Using Public Transport

PTV Staff have contacted the College to please remind students to touch on and off every time they use their myki on public transport, even if they have a myki Pass or Student Pass. Apart from sending a positive message to the broader travelling public, the data is also used to plan the level and frequency of services to Mordialloc. 

PTV ticket inspectors are active and students will incur a penalty if they are not using the system properly.




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

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

Visit the new, improved website 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.


Carrum Coast Guard Fun Run


Edithvale Fire Brigade Fun Run


Mordi Brae Football Registration Information


Mordialloc Sailing Club


EDI-ASP Junior Football Club


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