Mentone Girls' Secondary College Newsletter

07 June 2018
Issue Eight
Key Dates
Principal's Message
College Matters
Classroom, curriculum & beyond
Junior School News
Performing Arts Review
Sport Update
Student Competitions
School Information 
In our community
Mentone Girls' Secondary College
(03) 9581 5200
Corner Balcombe Road & Charman Road
Mentone, Victoria, 3194

Key Dates



Until Friday 8 June

Mid year exams 

No classes for Years 9, 10 & 11 


Monday 11 June

Queen's Birthday Public Holiday


Tuesday 12 June

Report Writing - student free day 


Wednesday 13 to Friday 15 May

Year 9 Camp 

Wednesday 13 June

Semester 2 commences

GAT for Unit 3 & 4 students


Thursday 14 June 

Year 7 Round Robin

Year 8 Friendship Day


Monday 18 June

9am, College Tour


Tuesday 19 June

Report Verification - 2.30pm finish


Wednesday 20 June

Report Verification - 2.30pm finish 


Thursday 21 June

7pm, Class of 2008 10 year reunion 


Friday 22 June

Casual Clothes Day for brain cancer awareness


Wednesday 27 June

Reports available online


Thursday 28 June

College Assembly 


Friday 29 June

Last day of term 2 - early dismissal

Term 3 

Monday 16 July 

Term 3 starts 


Thursday 19 to Saturday 21 July

Music Camp


Monday 23 July

6pm, Year 9 into 10 Information Evening


Tuesday 24 July

6pm, VCE Expo 


Wednesday 25 July

6pm, Year 8 into 9 Information Evening


Saturday 28 to Sunday 29 July

World Challenge Training Camp


Wednesday 25 July to Saturday 4 August

Nakamura High School visit


Saturday 28- Sunday 29 July

World Challenge Training Camp


Tuesday 31 July

College Assembly 


Principal's Message

Dear Parents & Families


One of the flagships of our fine school is girls’ leadership.  We provide many of our students with opportunities to lead and contribute in a range of settings.  Our new Director of Girls’ Leadership, Wendy Harvey and the SRC Leader, Emma Milliken are sources of inspiration and guidance for many of our girls. 


We recently called for nominations from our students to stand for School Council. This is an opportunity for students to share the views in this forum and thus contribute to the decision-making process at this level.  I am very pleased to announce that more than two students put their hands up to stand for these positions and every student in the College was encourage to vote. We now have two student representatives who will join our next school council meeting later this month. 


The names of the students who will serve on School Council are Nazanin (Nazy) Jalili of Year 10 and Sinead Garry of Year 9.  We will be having some very pertinent discussions over term 3 when we, as a School Council, review our current Strategic Plan and plan for the next Strategic Plan that will run from 2019 to 2022.  This is known as a Strategic Review Process and we will be examining aspects such as wellbeing, achievement and engagement. 


I would like to share with you the statements of Sinead and Nazy below:


Sinead Garry - Year 9 (2 year term)

I believe I am a suitable fit to be the role of School Council. I have many defining qualities and have previous experience in leadership.  My previous leadership roles include:

  • Vice-Captain at Aspendale Gardens’ Primary School
  • Magazine Committee member since Year 7
  • Form Captain in Year 7 and Year 8
  • Curriculum Leader in Year 8
  • Middle School Leader in Year 9

These previous roles have assisted me in learning about the meaning of leadership, and taught me the qualities within a great leader. These roles also brought me to many leadership conferences, where I learnt substantial points on bringing peers’ ideas and needs to realities within the school.

I also have extensive communication skills, and will listen to the views of all students to create a beneficial learning environment. These skills have also given me the opportunity to speak at Open Night, as well as on behalf of the City of Kingston.


Nazanin Jalali - Year 10 (1 year term)

I believe I have many positive attributes that make me a suitable candidate for the student council. I am dedicated, open-minded and hardworking. As a Scout, I have lots of experience in running and part taking in a unit council that looks at addressing issues and coming up with appropriate solutions.

As your student representative, I would be able to apply my skills to assist in further improving our high school experience. I’d love to be able to see our school from a different perspective and use my insight from previous and ongoing leadership positions to locate the weaker aspects of our education, which would benefit from the help and support of the student council.


Over the past few weeks I have attended two outstanding events at the college which showcase the talents of our students.  The first was the Theatre Studies production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.  Last night I attended the Junior Music Showcase.  The dedication of all of the students who rehearsed for these performances is to be commended and highlights the importance of the performing arts at our College. But none of these opportunities would be possible without the guidance of our performing arts teachers and instrumental music instructors.


Kind regards


Ms Linda Brown 



College Matters

Winter uniform

All students should now be in full winter uniform. Students may wear a burgundy or a maroon scarf and navy tights with their winter skirt. Or, if preferred, the navy school trousers. A reminder that blazers are to be worn to and from school and to college assemblies.


As students are finishing their final learning tasks and completing their exams, teachers are putting results up on Compass for the semester 1 reports.

Tuesday 12 June is report writing day and there are no scheduled classes on this day.

There are two report verification days on Tuesday 19 and Wednesday 20 June, where classes will finish at 2.30pm.
Period 1                8.50am - 9.55am
Recess                  9.55am - 10.20am
Period 2               10.20am - 11.25am
Period 3               11.25am - 12.30pm
Lunch                   12.30pm - 1.25pm
Period 4               1.25pm - 2.30pm


The final reports will be available online at 3.30pm on Wednesday 27 June.


Ms Bronwyn Moline

Assistant Principal

Past Students

A small but appreciative contingent from the class of 1988 met in the VCE Centre recently. Fond memories were shared as the ‘girls’ toured their old school.

The Class of 2008  hold their 10 year reunion on Thursday 21 June at 7pm.  For more information visit the Past Students' Association Facebook page : @MGSC.Past. Students or [email protected]


Host families needed

Nakamura High School students will be visiting our school in term 3. This is part of our Sister School relationship where MGSC students visited their school in 2017. Homestays will be required for a mixed group of about 15 students in Years 10 to 12. Hosting a Nakamura High School student is open to students in all year levels. For further information or to express interest in hosting student please contact Mrs Petra Witt via email [email protected]


Mrs Petra Witt

Exchange Visit Coordinator


Rotary Thank you Dinner

Following on from our successful weekend at Parliament House for MUNA, the model United Nations Conference, Samantha Cattermole and Dessy Turk, attended a Rotary function last week at the Woodlands Golf Club. Sam and Dessy presented a slideshow showing Rotarians from Mordialloc, a little of what went on at MUNA. We are very grateful to the Mordialloc Rotary Club for their sponsorship of our students making it possible for them to be involved.

VASGSC Year 8 Friendship Day – 14 June

We are fortunate to be hosting the annual VASGSC (Victorian Association of State Girls’ Secondary Colleges) Year 8 Friendship Day next Thursday. Students from each of the other State Girls Colleges will be joining a group of our Year 8 student leaders for a day of activities, leadership development, problem solving and fun. Later in the year, we will have MGSC students attending a similar conference to be held at The Mac.Roberston’s Girls’ High School. 


The money raised from the BBQ at Swimming Sports Carnival earlier this year by MGSC, contributed to the purchase of two microwaves for the VCE Centre. Due to the colder weather I’m sure the VCE students are very appreciative of the microwaves.


There is a casual clothes day on Friday 22 June. The SRC will be collecting a gold coin donation for Brain Cancer awareness and the theme is ‘Go Grey’. Please start putting money aside for this day.


Ms Wendy Harvey

Director of Leadership 

Classroom, curriculum & beyond

Year 9 My Migrant Story Awards

Following the highly successful My Migrant Story exhibition awards held in April, the award winners can now be announced. Congratulations to: 

  • Chloe Stewart - The People's Choice Award
  • Alyssa Chynoweth - The Best Costume Award
  • Izzy Kadiki - The Best Film Award
  • Zoe Vogelsang - The Most Creative Project Award

Prizes will be presented at the next year level assembly.


Ms Belinda Peterson

Humanities Teacher 


Environmental Science

Environmental Science may not be a subject you hear a lot about when talking about VCE subjects, but it is definitely not a subject you should overlook. Where most studies use textbooks and computers for information, in Environmental Science we venture out and find our own information from the world around us. Journeying to Mentone Beach, Illaroo Reserve and Ricketts Point Marine Reserve, Miss Bendall’s Unit 1 & 2 Environmental Science class monitored the effect that everyday recreation has on the environment around us. We measured the levels of bare ground and leaf litter as well as looking at evidence of animals and recreational activities (and ate hot chips), to gain a better understanding of how we can prevent damage to the ecosystems in Mentone. We learnt that in order to have a healthy environment, we need to ensure that when we are out and about, we respect the living things around us, clear our litter and only participate in recreation that is not harmful. We are very grateful to Miss Bendall for the opportunity to learn outside of the classroom and this is not an experience we will forget anytime soon.


Grace Grimmer and Rebecca Reubenicht

VCE Environmental Science Unit 1 & 2 students



Students in Year 9 to 11 are undertaking English exams which is of great benefit to their time-management skill development. Following exams, they will be working on honing key areas of the course which directly relate to preparation for Year 12.

Please assist your daughter in reminding them that Year 10s are advised to read Generals Die in Bed, and Year 11s Brooklyn during this period and over the term holidays for our early units of work in term 3.


Ms Anne Gamble

Head of English and Literacy

ELC Excursion to Sovereign Hill

Last Friday, the ELC class went to Sovereign Hill with Ms Xanthopoulos and Ms Feng. Wanna was the only student to find real gold while Quinn was excited with her 'fake' gold. The students ate different lollies and found the acid drops were their favourite ones. Everyone was excited to make candles but some then got frightened going down the mine pit as there was no light. The students were so tired that they snored all the way back to Melbourne.


From the ELC Students


World Challenge

With the end of term approaching quickly, it may be a good idea to start looking for some of the gear required for the Training Camp on Saturday 28 July and Sunday 29 July. Expect conditions to be cold (like Nepal) and maybe wet so please ensure you have good waterproof shells, warm clothing and sleeping bag. A kit list is listed on the World Challenge website.

Hint #13: Continue practicing your Nepali phrases as you may need them to converse on the Training Camp.


Mr Michael Warden

World Challenge Coordinator

Junior School News

Mentone Games

Well done to all Year 7s who took part in the Mentone Games last Friday. With the emphasis on teamwork, the Year 7s researched a country and represented that country in a tabloid sports afternoon. The activities were lead by our Year 10 Sports Coaching class along with our Health and Physical student leaders. Thanks to all of the Personal Learning staff for their assistance with this event. 

Uniform Matters

A reminder that correct PE uniform can be worn by Year 7 and 8 students on days students have PE or on days they are competing in an interschool sports event. On days of sports team trials, students can bring runners to wear for the trial or bring their PE uniform to change into.

The uniform shop now has a full selection of tracksuit pant sizes. Please note, only school tracksuit pants can be worn. If students do not have the school tracksuit pants they can wear school uniform to school and get changed at the start of their PE class.


Ms Jackie Mathews

Acting Director of Junior School 

Performing Arts Review

Hating Alison Ashley

The Year 10 drama students put on a fabulous production of Hating Alison Ashley over two nights in the Nina Carr Theatre.


Sport Update


Schoolaerobics state finals

On Saturday 2 June, four teams competed at the state finals. All teams did an amazing job. A special congratulations to the following teams that have qualified for the national finals held in Queensland in August.

  • Creative Stage - 2nd place
  • Stage 2 (Year 12 team) - 5th place


MGSC Carnivals age group champions

Now that all three of our major sporting carnivals are completed it is with great pleasure that we announce the age group champions. These students will be presented with their medals at the next College Assembly.


12-13 year old

Swimming - Eva Jenkins (7C)

Athletics - Jemmah Paton (7D)

Cross Country - Freya Brown (7A)


14 year old

Swimming - Georgia MacMillan (8A)

Athletics - Hope Maillard (8B)

Cross Country - Hope  Maillard (8B)


15 year old

Swimming - Megan Kain (9H)

Athletics - Emily Ryan (9B)

Cross Country - Angel Caris (9E)


16 year old

Swimming - Cara Jenkins (10H)

Athletics - Zoe Cunningham (11B)

Cross Country - Millie Belleville (10F)


17 year old

Swimming - Gabby Hall (11C)

Athletics - Belle Hopkins (11D)

Cross Country - Delaney Rawlings (11F)



Swimming - Neave Harrison (12C)

Athletics - Sarah Mathews (12E)

Cross Country - Eleanor Karahasan (12D)


Congratulations to all the students on their tremendous efforts and participation in all of the sporting carnivals. There will be other opportunities throughout the remainder of the year to participate in house events to contribute to the house shield. Check emails and Compass for further information.


Ms Ilana Parker

College House and Carnivals Coordinator


On the 28 May two intermediate teams  played in the Beachside District Round Robin sports day. Both our teams consisted of Year 9s and 10s and everyone played really well. Both teams progress through to the next round in late July.  Well done to the coaches Ruby Crofts, Abbie Manning and Tessa McHenry for their continuous feedback and encouragement.


Ms Emma Milliken

PE  Teacher 



The Intermediate (Years 9 and 10) soccer team trained several times before the round robin on the 28 May in Caulfield. Student coaches Mia Hartley (10B) and Caroline Van (10F) worked hard to get this team ready for the event.

The MGSC team played four other schools that day. First we played Glen Eira College, beating them bravely by 4-0. The second game saw our girls facing Elwood College, who were beaten convincingly by 4-1. Third on our list were Leibler Yavneh College, who were another victim of our girls' excellent play: 5-0. But our girls saved the best for last. In the day's final against Mac. Robertson Girls' High School, the MGSC juggernaut really proved its intent and talent, beating MacRob in the final with an impressive 4-0.

Mentone Girls' won the day with four very convincing wins, and an aggregate of 17 goals for and only 1 against.

So now we face another round. MGSC are playing a regional tournament in July. Well done to the MGSC intermediate soccer team. Who can stop us?


Mr Marko Berkhout


Student Competitions

Something for everyone

John Button School Prize

Closes 25 June. Student prize is $2,500!  More.


2018 John Marsden & Hachette Australia Prize for Young Writers: Recognising writing excellence in fiction, creative non-fiction and poetry.  Enter by 29 June.  More.


Parliament Prize: Write an essay, make a video, design a poster or multimedia presentation about an event or person that has influenced Victorian Parliament. Enter by  20 July.  More.


Charles Dickens Prize: Show your love of reading and studying Charles Dickens' literature through a creative writing piece or an essay. Submissions open until 10 August. More. 


Front Page: Create an 8-page school newspaper. Enter by 21 September. More.


Red Room Poetry Object: Submit a poem inspired by a treasured object.  Enter by 28 September.  More


Making Waves 2018 Cover Competition 

Each year the cover of the school magazine - Making Waves - features artwork created by a current student. All students at any year level are invited to submit a design. It can be any medium -  painting, drawings, photography, textiles, digital media, mixed media or a collaborative work.  All elements of the work need to be original student work and multiple entries are welcome. The magazine committee make the selection and then work with the artist  to reproduce their work on the magazine's cover. Entries and enquiries to Ms Jane Garrow (Magazine Coordinator) on [email protected] Start creating!  Entries are due Friday 29 June.

School Information 

General Office

8.15 am to 4.15pm

Monday to Friday 

Tel 03 9581 5200

Principal Team

Principal - Linda Brown

Assistant Principal - Bronwyn Moline

Assistant Principal - Carol Duggan

Director of Junior School - Jackie Mathews (Acting Term 2)

Director of Middle School - Deb Jarvis

Director of  Senior School - Sylvia Christopoulos

Attendance & Absences

Students should aim for an 100% attendance record. They are expected to attend school regularly and remain at school and in class until officially dismissed.

Year 7-10 absences: Parents/guardians use Compass to log when and why before 9am.

VCE student absences:  Parents/guardians contact the VCE Office on 9581 5231 before 9am and update attendance on Compass.  If contact is not made on the day of absence, an explanatory note must be brought from home on the day the student returns and handed in to the VCE Office for VCE students. All notes should be written and signed by a parent/guardian and must clearly show the student’s name, form and date of absence.

Late arrival - after 8.50am

Years 7-10 must sign the arrival book at the General Office and take the white late slip to class. 

VCE students sign in at the VCE Office.


Second Hand Uniform Shop

Open during the term on:

Tuesday 2.45pm - 3.45pm

Wednesday 8.15am - 9.15am

Reimbursement after sale of items is by bank  transfer. Cheques are not issued. 

Please label all items for the second-hand uniform shop clearly with: 

  • Seller's name  and contact details
  • BSB and Account Number

Hand into the Office. 

If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact Carolyn Page, Finance Manager.


Uniform Supplier - Costume World 

Shop 5 1291 Nepean Highway, Cheltenham

T: 9584 7006

Library hours

8.30am to 4.30pm, school days

Facilities Hire

Many of the schools spaces are available to hire including the gym and lecture theatre. 

For information on hire rates and availability, contact Bronwen Petersen, Facilities Manager

on 9581 5200.


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In our community

Zebras Community 

The Sandringham Football Club is excited to announce a fantastic new free ticketing initiative for 2018.
 Zebras Community offers all community groups, schools and sporting clubs the opportunity to come to the footy for free! For more information and to register for your opportunity to attend, visit



Battle of the Sounds - Artist Call Out

A Kingston Council event. Closing soon. To apply and to find out further information - click here.   


School holiday programs


Netball Clinic in Mentone 


Pat the dog and change the light bulb


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