College News

21 June 2019
Issue Eighteen
Principal's Update
Important Dates
Trivia Night - Thank You
VCAL Lunch Experience
Carrum Train Station Closure
Sticker Collection
Community News
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Principal's Update


Dear Families, Students and Community Members,


John Monash Science School visit 

To reward high performing VCE students I organised an excursion to spend half a day at John Monash Science School, which took place on Tuesday. It was an opportunity for some of our Year 11 and 12 students to visit a high performing state school, observe a different learning environment in action and engage in discussions with Year 12 students about how they approach their studies with tips on VCE learning strategies. Ideas from both schools in relation to SAC and exam preparation, use of reading time and utilising the set exam time period effectively, ways of minimising stress and leading a balance life during VCE were collated and we plan to circulate this document to all students in Year 11 and 12.

I would like to share some of our students' feedback about their experience:

It was really great getting to meet students from a different school and seeing how they approached SACs and exams and being able to compare strategies for studying. The students were also really lovely and it was great to talk to them”

“It was great to meet different students and see their school and together help each other develop VCE strategies”

“It’s useful to understand how selected students handle the same competitive system”

“It was comforting to see just how similar we were to the JMSS students”

“Good to compare Year 12 life with kids from a high achieving school and make changes”

“It was very beneficial! Just to hear other VCE students' opinions, struggles and mindsets”

“I found that communicating with fellow Year 12s  and collaborating to find different ways we all study or what we have in common was really helpful and made me feel not alone”


Congratulations to Mikayla Begent

One of our Year 12 students from last year has been awarded the Monash University Faculty of Engineering scholarship for 2019. We congratulate Mikayla on this outstanding achievement.


Years 9-12 Exams

A few weeks ago all Year 11 and 10 students completed their Semester One exams in all subjects. In addition all Year 9 students sat exams in Maths, Science and Humanities. Also, last Wednesday, all students studying a VCE unit 3/4 sequence sat the GAT (General Achievement Test). It was quite a sight to see so many rows of examination tables and students sitting in the gym during the examination period. Thanks to the student management team – Robyn Wilson, Tim Randell, Aaron Davis, Jo Greenhalgh and James Nicklen for the efficient running of these exam weeks. Thanks to our Daily Organiser Karen Barker for creating the exam timetable and scheduling of supervisors over the week.

The new timetable for Semester Two  started this week on Monday for the whole school.


Senior School Information Night

All current students in Years 9 and 10 will have the opportunity to attend the VCE/VCAL information night and subject expo this week on Thursday 20 June. The information night and subject expo will provide students and parents with an opportunity to learn about and participate in aspects of every VCE and VCAL subject we have for students to select from at Mordialloc College. A reminder the Year 9 information session starts at 6:30 pm in the Learning Centre, Year 9 SEAL at 6:30 pm in the PAC and Year 10 at 7:00 pm in Learning Centre. These information sessions are then followed by the subject expo in the EZ. Students will be involved in course counselling sessions with a member of the leadership team early next term where their final subject selections for 2020 will be decided upon in consultation with their parents.


Production Trivia Night

Last week we held the trivia night offsite for the first time. Over 120 tickets were sold which was a real positive and an endorsement for holding it offsite. We also held a fundraising BBQ at lunchtime on June 13 and we had a live performance from the cast to promote the upcoming show. It is important to support the students and teachers involved who have worked so hard to date preparing for our much anticipated production of “Footloose”. Thanks to Mara Sears, our Performing Arts Coordinator, for all the planning for the trivia night and of course all of her excellent work in leading the production at our school Also thanks to Andrew Fisher for hosting the trivia night, Cameron Young and Adelle Stevenson for their support of Mara and assistance in running the Production. We also have three former students from 2017 taking over the Director’s role  that Josh Mulcahy (former school captain) performed for us for so many years. It is so wonderful to see former students wanting to stay connected and giving back to their school. Thanks to Natalie Wood, Hannah Blavo and Imogen Kane.

A huge thank you to all of the local businesses who donated a huge array of gifts and products for prizes and raffles on the Trivia night. Mara and the team have raised over $3000 to support the staging of our Production this year.


End of Semester Reports

The end of semester reports for all students will be available on the parent and student portals on Compass from 1.30pm on Friday 28 June. I encourage all parents to discuss the report with their student/s over the holiday break and put appropriate actions in place to address any areas for improvement highlighted. If there are any questions or concerns please don’t hesitate to contact your child’s teacher by phone or email.

Advance Notice: Parent teacher interviews for Years 7-12 will be held in Week 7 of Term 3. Further information to come next term.


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.  The only year level permitted to have a hoodie are the Year 12s who have a special final year top that is approved by school council each year. 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. 


Year 8 Camp

This week our Year 8 students are attending camp at Phillip Island over three days. Students have the opportunity to participate in a range of adventure and team building activities. Thanks to Year 8 team leader and Year Level Coordinator Simon Cummins for organising and leading this camp for our students, and the Year 8 team of teachers who have joined Simon over the three days to support their students: Alice Leppin, Beth Glover, Julie Chambers, Simon Belluzzo, Georgia Davey, Daniel Mayadas, Vicky Vrettos, Mick Haber, Julia Hockey, Kate Rhodes, Cameron Young, Melissa Turton and Marina Walsh.


Year 10 Camp

Next Monday, fifty of our Year 10 cohort are headed to Queensland for the week with Year 10 coordinator Aaron Davis and Year 10 teachers, Claire Bruce, Dominic Newsome, Josie Stephens and Daniel Williams. They return on Friday night. Learning to surf and visits to a number of theme parks are bound to be highlights for our students. And of course the beautiful 20 plus degree weather!! Year 10 classes will run as normal as the majority of the cohort are actually back at school. Students on camp have signed up to this with the understanding that the onus is on them to catch up on schoolwork missed. Thanks to Aaron and the staff attending to support this wonderful camp.  


Senior Formal

A highlight of the senior calendar year is the Senior Formal, held on Friday 28 June for the first time at the Dingley International Hotel. We have traditionally held this event at the Southern Golf Club, but this year the Year 12 special events captains were keen to try a different venue. An exciting night is planned with much anticipation in the lead up for our students. Thanks to Year 12 coordinator Tim Randell for his planning of this with the Special Events captains, Zoe Unwin and Albert Alegre.


Michelle Roberts



Important Dates


Thursday 20

  • VCE/VCAL 2020 Information Night (current Year 9 & Year 10 students and parents)

         Year 9 students 6:30 pm in the Learning Centre

         Year 9 SEAL students 6:30 pm in the PAC

         Year 10 students 7:00 pm in the Learning Centre

         Followed by a subject expo set up in the Enquiry Zone after each                   information session.

  • School Council Meeting 5:00pm

Friday 21 

  • Year 11 Vis, Media and Product Design Technology students Top Designs Excursion
  • Year 8 Camp returns

Monday 24

  • Year 10 Queensland Camp (returns Friday 28)

Tuesday 25

  • Year 11 Studio Arts Gallery Visit

Wednesday 26

  • Year 12 Analytical Chemistry Excursion

Friday 28

  • Year 12 Legal Studies Supreme Court Excursion
  • Year 10 Queensland Camp returns
  • Senior Formal 6:30 pm Dingley International
  • End of Term 2 Early Dismissal 1:30pm

Trivia Night - Thank You

We would like to extend a HUGE thank you to the parents, friends, students and staff of Mordialloc College and the wider community for making Trivia Night 2019 such an amazing success! An all- time record crowd turned up to play, with over 130 people attending the event at The Mordialloc Bowls Club (what a fantastic and friendly venue).

With both the Trivia Night and the Production BBQ held at school on Thursday 13June, our team raised over $3300 for the College production of Footloose the Musical. We could not have achieved such a fantastic result without the extremely generous donations, attendance and support from you all!

We hope you all had a wonderful night and we hope to see you at our Trivia Night next year even bigger and better! Thank you all again for your kind support and remember the next exciting event on the Performing Arts Calendar…Footloose the Musical !

The performances of this stunning singing, dancing spectacular will be from the 21 August until the 24 August 2019 (one performance each evening). So stay tuned for more information regarding ticket sales soon.


Mara Sears

Performing Arts Coordinator

VCAL Lunch Experience

Lunch at Cilantro Restaurant Holmesglen TAFE Moorabbin


On Tuesday  11 June the Hospitality and Tourism VCAL class went to Cilantro Restaurant on the Holmesglen Hospitality campus. We went in with no expectations of the place and we had no clue what type of food we were going to be served.

We were greeted by a man called Roderick who was learning hospitality and waiting skills at Holmesglen. We sat down at a large round table and were given the menu. The menu was small but had a variety of foods such as vegetarian options, fish, beef and a spicy salad dish. I ordered the fried tofu dish with broccolini and a mocktail called ‘The Shirley Temple’. As we waited for our food we were served our drinks. The Shirley Temple turned out to be a mocktail that tasted like raspberry lemonade - it tasted really sweet and it was very refreshing.

The atmosphere in the restaurant was pretty laid back but the music was terrible, it didn’t really suit the occasion. The table service was attentive. They were always coming around for water refills and were very accommodating. On the other hand,  the waiters and waitresses were still learning. They were quiet and not very clearly spoken, which made it feel like they weren’t prepared and were not familiar with the menu.

When my tofu dish came out, it looked fresh and neatly presented. The tofu was warm and crispy and very flavoursome. We were given fries as a side as well. For dessert I ordered a fruit salad with homemade vanilla ice cream. The fruit salad was generous in size and really filled me up. By the end of the lunch, I was full and satisfied with the food I had ordered. Miss Sears was very pleased with her tasty fish bowl and she said the lemon pudding with vanilla ice-cream was “to die for”, Chris Duke also agreed with this comment. The hospitality was really great and the staff were very friendly to us.  I think everyone really enjoyed themselves and we would definitely recommend this restaurant experience to others.

Erin Reily

Senior VCAL

Carrum Train Station Closure


Sticker Collection


is registered and collecting the

Woolworths Earn and Learn stickers.

Please send any you receive into the school, either to reception or the Hub.

Thank you for your participation in this initiative.

Community News

Dobsons School Uniform Shop Trading Hours for Term 2 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.

Browns Reserve Pump Station Works Update

Our last communication to you was to advise of the project commencement. We can now say that the project is now well and truly underway. You may have noticed the temporary fencing that has been erected around the pump station and closing of the northern shared use path (along the Mordialloc Creek). We understand that this is a cause of frustration and inconvenience for some people, the decision to close the path was not made lightly and has been done with public safety in mind. 

Two pumps have now been installed within the site compound and these temporary pumps are to enable us to conduct bypass pumping whilst the current pumps are decommissioned and removed.

In the coming weeks we will commence excavation works to remove the current pipework and replace with new. These pipes will run from the pump station and connect with Mordialloc Creek..


We will endeavour to provide you with periodic updates through the life of the project. If you have any questions or concerns please contact the team via email on or 1800 319 555.


Sian Conn

Advisor, Stakeholder & Community Relations



Kingston Libraries School Holiday Program

Kingston Libraries’ July school holiday program has just been released and bookings will open this Friday 14 June. The program offers a range of free activities including craft, robotics, movie screenings, theatrical performances 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 -

Keep an eye out for some big announcements from Kingston Libraries in July too!


Kind regards,

Shelley Gasperino


p 1300 135 668 




Ventured Newsletter Issue 18


Kingston City Council Electoral Structure

The Victorian Electoral Commission (VEC) is reviewing the electoral structure of Kingston City Council and wants your input.
The review, known as an electoral representation review, will examine the electoral structure of the local council to ensure it provides fair and equitable representation for all voters. The review will look at:

  • whether the local council has the appropriate number of councillors
  • whether the local council should be unsubdivided, with councillors elected from the whole local council, or subdivided into wards and
  • if subdivided, the number of wards, ward boundaries, and the number of councillors per ward.

Public input is a vital part of the review process, providing valuable local perspectives and knowledge. The VEC has prepared a submission guide to help in preparing submissions.
The VEC will also host a public information session for anyone interested in finding out more about the review. The session will be held at 6.00 pm on Thursday 20 June at Council Chambers, City of Kingston Municipal Offices, 1230 Nepean Highway, Cheltenham. 
To find out more about the review process and how you or your group can have a say, visit the
VEC website or call 131 832.



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