Dear Families, Students and Community Members,
Welcome to the 2019 school year, and a special welcome to all our Year 7 students and the 20 new students at other year levels, who either joined us during Headstart towards the end of last year or are joining us this year for the first time. I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday break with family and friends and I am looking forward to a positive and productive year ahead.
This year we have 190 Year 7 students starting with us, which will make a Middle School of 570 students and a total enrolment of approximately 970 students. Year 12 is the only small year level left now in the school. It is anticipated that the school will grow to 1050-1100 students by 2020, and then hopefully stabilise at this number.
We have had a smooth start to the year, with Year 7 and 12 students commencing last Thursday to undertake a special program, and then all students resumed on Friday 1st February.
The first day for our Year 7 students involved rotations between ICT set up, developing their codes of cooperation, relational activities to get to know their new classmates and home group teacher, locker allocation and use of the Resource Hub. A highlight as always was the BBQ lunch with Year 12 students and staff!
Our Year 12 students spent their first day rotating between sessions on goal setting and study skills, Edrolo and wellbeing. At the start of the day it was fantastic to welcome back some of our high achievers from Year 12 last year who participated in a panel led by Ms Greenhalgh “on the taste of success”, sharing their strategies for achieving their personal best with the current cohort of Year 12s. Thanks to Sabrina Berg, Annie Ea, Bailey Bocksette, Alex Vujicic, Tessa Love and Mikayla Begent for giving up their time to take part. We look forward to seeing them return throughout the year to act as tutors to support our senior students. After the BBQ lunch the whole cohort came together again to listen to motivational speaker, Stan Alves. Stan is a former student and played 226 games for Melbourne and was captain for four years. He also played for North Melbourne and coached St. Kilda in the 90s. Stan is well known on the public speaking circuit and as a commentator on the radio. Stan spoke to students about getting the best out of yourself no matter what your career aspirations are and having no regrets - “If it’s to be it’s up to me”. It was wonderful to have Stan reconnect with the College and offer his services as a way of giving back to a great school that supported him many years ago. The students were highly engaged during his presentation and found it most worthwhile.
Thanks to our Year 7 Coordinator, Laura Gorman, and Director of Senior School, Jo Greenhalgh, for their organisation of these programs and the staff involved in teaching the sessions for the day.
Whole School Assembly
On Monday, we held our first whole school assembly for the year in the gym. The assembly began with the rest of the school clapping our new Year 7 cohort into the assembly to take their place at the front, recognising that starting their secondary school education is a significant milestone in their lives. Our School Captains, Elizabeth Ng and Levi Burns, spoke briefly about the year ahead and Liam Canavan, one of our Performing Arts Captains, announced that the formal reveal of our big production for this year will be taking place in the PAC at lunchtime on Monday 11 February. The sign up process and audition schedule will also be explained.
I took the opportunity to celebrate with students the excellent results achieved last year. We are certainly seeing the benefits of the College’s emphasis on high expectations and should be so proud of our school and the results achieved:
- We are above the state average in all measures of NAPLAN, performing exceptionally well in Reading and Numeracy
- We achieved the best VCE results in the school’s history. 16% of our Year 12 students achieved ATARs over 90, 9.8% of study scores were in the 40s and we achieved a median study score of 30 - a truly outstanding set of results.
- We are the leading co-educational public school in the City of Kingston and surrounding areas
- Our Dux for 2018, one of our school captains, Sabrina Berg, achieved an ATAR score of 99.3! Gus MacPherson was a very close second with an ATAR of 99.03. Both Sabrina and Gus were in the top 1% of the state of Victoria.
- Annie Ea, our Vice Captain from last year, achieved two perfect study scores of 50 for English and Health, with an ATAR of 98.95
- All Year 12 students applying for a tertiary placement have been successful with the majority getting their first preference, which is outstanding.
- The Education Department categorised Mordialloc as an influence school in September. This is the highest performance rating a school can achieve, and less than 10% of schools in the state achieved this!
I have been Principal of Mordialloc College for eight and half years now and the school has certainly evolved over this time. I continue to be very proud of my leadership team, teachers, education support staff and students, who have all worked so hard to achieve so much, throughout our improvement journey.
We look forward to all students taking a positive attitude into 2019, staying focused on achieving their personal best and always striving to improve. I am proud to be the Principal of Mordialloc College and I hope you are all proud to be a part of the Mordialloc College community. I am looking forward to the year ahead and hope that all students make the most of the opportunities and challenges that are presented to them.
Welcome to new staff
We again have a large number of new staff starting with us this year, to cover a few staff on leave and a number of extra staff to cater for our increase in student numbers. We welcome the following staff to Mordialloc College:
- Maths/Science – Simon Belluzzo
- Maths/Science – Chris Tze
- Senior Maths – Alireza Panahandehfard
- Art – Megan Furphy
- Senior Humanities – Megan Dixon
- VCE Geography / Humanities – Josie Stephens
- Middle School English/Humanities – Kate Mottershead
- English - Angela Sassone
- Chemistry / Maths - Claire Bruce
- Careers / Pathways – Emma White
- International Coordinator role – Melvin Tu Hao Dang
- Integration aides – Melissa Turton and Gavin Waldren
- Instrumental Music Guitar – Jason Liacos
- Art/Technology – Emily Court – returns from 12 months leave
- Media/Drama/Food - Kathryn Bevan – returns from leave
- Youth Worker – Janet Edlinger – additional resource to our Wellbeing team two days a week
- French language assistant – Charlotte Petat, shared with two other schools
- Japanese language assistant – Satomi Nakai – starts in Term 2, full time with us
Introducing the College Leadership Team
Please don’t hesitate to contact us here at the College, if you need to speak to someone.
- Principal – Michelle Roberts
- Assistant Principal – Marina Walsh (oversees Middle School)
- Assistant Principal – Andrew Moffat (oversees Senior School)
- Director of Middle School (includes 6-7 transition) Years 7 - 9 – Daniel Williams
- Director of Senior School Years 10-12 – Jo Greenhalgh
- Director of eLearning and STEM – Justin Wischusen
- Director of Numeracy Improvement Years 7-12 (includes Maths LA leader) – Julie Chambers
- Director of Literacy Improvement Years 7-12 (includes English LA leader) – Andrew Mc Conchie
- Director of Pedagogy and Innovative Programs 7-10 (includes SEAL coordination) – Alice Leppin
- Director of Student Engagement (includes House system, MEX 2.0 and My Mentor programs) – Sally Mitchell
- Director of Wellbeing and Counselling Services (includes students with disabilities) – Di Douglas
- Learning Specialists – Instructional Coach – Bryony Lowe and Amy Webber
- Business Manager – Yvonne Aird
Introducing the Year Level Coordinators
- Senior School – Tim Randell Year 12; Robyn Wilson Year 11; Aaron Davis Year 10
- Middle School – Matina Rodrigues Year 9; Simon Cummins Year 8; Laura Gorman Year 7
Introducing the Learning Area Leaders
- Maths – Julie Chambers
- English – Andrew Mc Conchie
- Humanities – Dylan Piubello
- Science – Mathew Brooks
- Health/PE – Kim Lenc/Katie Loynes
- The Arts/Technology – Stuart McIntyre
- LOTE – Sehenaze Peerbux / Meaghan Baker
- EAL – Kaya Strzalka
- VCAL – Andrew Fisher
Student Attendance and Educational Outcomes
Daily attendance is important for all children and young people to succeed in education and to ensure they don’t fall behind both socially and developmentally. Studies show that absence does affect learning growth and that there are no safe number of days. A child missing one day a fortnight will miss four weeks in a year, and more than a year of school by the time they are in Year 10. It is important that children develop regular attendance habits at an early age. In addition, a student who is half an hour late each day misses the equivalent of 16.6 days of learning each year. This is not acceptable. It is not ok to be away or late without a medical certificate! School participation maximises life opportunities for our young people by providing them with education and support networks. School helps children to develop important skills, knowledge and values that set them up for further learning and participation in their community. If you are having difficulty getting your child to school, please contact the Wellbeing Team at the College to discuss strategies that may assist you.
Uniform and Jewellery
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 like to congratulate the majority of students who have started off the year in a positive way in the wearing of the correct college uniform and I thank all parents for your support with this. A reminder that all boys should be wearing the short sleeve business shirt with College logo.
For PE and Sport, a reminder that students are required to be sunsmart and wear a broad brimmed or bucket hat when participating in outdoor activities. If they don’t bring a hat, they will be given one from our PE department to wear for the lesson.
All students must also be using the official Mordialloc College school bag available from Dobson’s.
A reminder of the rules outlined in the College uniform policy regarding jewellery. Jewellery is not to be worn apart from a wristwatch and a plain stud or sleeper for students with pierced ears. Piercing of other body parts must not be visible.
Year 7 Camp
This week our Year 7s headed off to The Summit in Trafalgar for a three day adventure camp. The aim of the camp is for students and teachers to get to know each other better and for team building. Students will have the opportunity to participate in a range of adventure type activities. Thanks to the following staff who are attending: Daniel Williams, Meaghan Baker, Laura Gorman, Alice Leppin, Marina Walsh, Loretta Ilott, Julie Pretty, Mick Haber, Chris Tze, Lana Paten, Cameron Young, Daniel Mayadas, Kate Mottershead, Adelle Stevenson, James Nicklen, Alison Stansby and Kelli-Anne Roberts. Thanks to Laura Gorman for organising the camp and the Year 7 team for their support of our new cohort of students.
College Council Elections
College Council elections are approaching. Further information will be in the newsletter next week and nomination forms available from Reception. Please give some thought to contributing to the College by participating in College Council – there are generally two evening meetings per term, and it can be very rewarding. College Council decides, to a large extent, the policies and direction the College takes and is therefore a most important part of the College community.
Ms. Michelle Roberts