Mentone Girls' Secondary College Newsletter

29 March 2018
Issue Four
Key Dates
Principal's Message
College Matters
Classroom, Curriculum & beyond
Junior School News
Middle School News
In Our Community
Mentone Girls' Secondary College
(03) 9581 5200
Corner Balcombe Road & Charman Road
Mentone, Victoria, 3194

Key Dates


Term 1 

Thursday 29  March

SRC Free dress day (gold coin donation)

Last day Term 1 -  2.15pm early finish 

Term 2

Monday 16 April

Term 2 starts 


Tuesday 17 April

9am, College Tour (fully booked) 


Wednesday 18 April

4pm, Year 7 Famous Women in History Expo

6pm, Year 9 My Migrant Story Expo


Thursday 19 April





Friday 20 April 

House Athletics Carnival, Dolomore Reserve


Monday 23 April

10.15am, ANZAC College Assembly 


Tuesday 24 April

2.15pm, early finish 

7pm, Open Night


Wednesday 25 April 

ANZAC Day Public Holiday


Friday 27 April

Staff PD - Pupil Free Day

VCE Ball 


Monday 30 April - Friday 4 May

Year 10 Work Experience


Monday 30 April

1.30pm-8pm, Year 7-10 Parent/Teacher/Student interviews. (No scheduled classes) 


Tuesday 1 May

2pm, Open Afternoon


Thursday 3 May 

2pm, Open Afternoon 

7pm, Class of 2013 - 5 year Reunion 


Wednesday 9 May

Vocal Night


Tuesday 15 - Thursday 17 May

NAPLAN testing


Tuesday 15 May

Senior Round Robin


Wednesday 16 May

House Cross Country


Friday 18 May

House Music Competition


Monday 21 - Friday 25 May

Year 8 Camp

VCE Theatre Studies Performance Week


Monday 28 May

Intermediate Round Robin

Principal's Message

Dear Parents & Families


It has been a short term but a very busy one. 


Most recently Ms Ekaterina Xanthopoulos worked with a dedicated team of staff to organise the activities to celebrate Cultural Diversity Week.  These ranged from dancing, to food stalls and competitions.  Many students joined in the activities.


Tammy, our gardener, has continued to wave her magic wand in the gardens and there are new additions to the garden beds.  The library is now being frequented by students on a regular basis and they are enjoying the areas for contemplation and study.  Painting continues to happen throughout the school and much more is scheduled over the holiday break.


You will have recently received a newsfeed to let you know that we will be opening up the email module of Compass to families by the start of term 2.  I hope that this will enable you to communicate more directly with your daughter’s teachers in the future.


We are currently preparing for the Open Night which is in week 2 of next term - Tuesday 24 April.  This is our opportunity to show the wider community the diverse nature of educational and co-curricular offerings that the College has.  Did you know that in 2018 approximately 50% of our Year 7 intake came from outside of the local area? Therefore, there is an opportunity for families that do not have a government girls’ school close by to attend our fine college.


Our curriculum offerings are growing every day with an increasing number of students taking up Environmental Studies in the Senior Years.  Our numbers in the senior school are the largest yet which means that we can also offer a diverse range of subjects at VCE which is enviable.  Our focus on Science, Technology, Arts, Engineering and Maths also sees us offering a range of classes such as Specialist Maths and Physics. At MGSC we are leading the way for girls in these areas.


I wish you all a relaxing break and hope you enjoy spending family time together.  I will be visiting one of my daughters overseas and so look forward to this as well.  I will be on leave until 7 May, and in my absence Bronwyn Moline will be Acting Principal. 


Travel well, be safe and take care,




Linda Brown


Farewell Inny 

The College wishes to thank Inny Smit for her dedicated service to MGSC since July 1994.  Inny has ensured that the school has been able to manage its resources over the years to enable the upgrades to many of our facilities.  Inny will retire in October of this year after taking her Long Service Leave. 


College Matters

Year 7-10 Parent/Teacher/Student interviews

The new date for the Year 7-10 Parent/Teacher/Student interviews is Monday 30 April.


We apologise for the inconvenience caused by the cancellation of the interviews on Tuesday, but there were some errors in the system which made it impossible to run these interviews effectively. We have contacted Compass and have been assured that this has been fixed.

Thursday 26 April

P/T/S bookings open for Year 7-10 parents at 3.30pm.

Monday 30 April

P/T/S bookings close for Year 7-10 parents at 9:30am.
Year 7-10 P/T/S interviews 1.30 – 8.00pm, dinner 5.00 to 6.00pm.

These interviews are for the parents of Year 7-10 students, including those Year 10 students doing a Unit 1 subject.  There are no scheduled classes on this day.

Winter Uniform 

In term 2, until the end of May, students can elect to wear the summer uniform or the winter uniform. From Friday 1 June only the winter uniform can be worn.   The elements of summer, winter and sports uniform cannot be mixed. The sport jacket is part of the Physical Education uniform and can only be worn during Physical Education and Sport lessons. The sport jacket is not to be worn with the summer or winter uniform.  All students are expected to wear their blazers to and from school and to all College assemblies.

The College's  Uniform policy can be found at

Student accident insurance, ambulance cover arrangements and private property brought to school

Parents are reminded that the Department of Education does not provide personal accident insurance or ambulance cover for students. Parents and guardians of students, who do not have student accident insurance/ambulance cover, are responsible for paying the cost of medical treatment for injured students, including the cost of ambulance attendance or transport as well as any other transport costs.

Victorian Cladding Taskforce

The College's buildings and facilities have been reviewed by the Victorian Cladding Taskforce. Attached  is the official advise that no remedial action is required at MGSC. 


Crossing Supervisor 

Kingston Council have placed a Crossing Supervisor at the corner of Balcombe and Charman Roads. This intersection will now be supervised in the mornings and afternoons. All students should take care crossing roads and be observant of traffic when travelling to and from school.

Camps, Sport & Excursions Fund (CSEF)

The Victorian Government’s Camps, Sports & Excursions Fund (CSEF) is an annual payment to the school to be used towards camps, sports and/or excursion expenses for the benefit of eligible students. 

For more information or an application form contact the General Office or visit 

Applications are due before the end of term 2.  We encourage all families to make submissions as soon as possible.


Ms Carol Duggan & Ms Bronwyn Moline

Assistant Principals



Congratulations to Samantha Cattermole and Dessy Turk, both of Year 11, on their selection to represent MGSC at the upcoming MUNA event to be held at Parliament House in May. Samantha and Dessy will work as a team representing Egypt in the Model United Nation Assembly (MUNA) sponsored by the Mordialloc Rotary Club. This is an exciting opportunity to develop skills in problem solving, speech writing and public speaking whilst learning about not only another country, but how the United Nations consider resolutions from the various standpoints of different nations.


Ms Wendy Harvey

Director of Student Leadership and Engagement

Classroom, Curriculum & beyond

Cultural Diversity & Harmony Week

What a fantastic time! Incredible food with enticing flavours and aromas, rhythmic international music including dancing and a Eurovision quiz, various competitions including global cities and buildings, Magic Maths, greetings in a language other than English, and an opportunity to learn about prominent international Science figures. So much in just one week. Students were so excited to participate in several activities and to taste food from various cultures. Families supported us generously as dishes arrived endlessly during the Thursday Food Stall and students coordinated by the EAL Club ran a great event. Thank you to all!


Ms Ekaterina Xanthopoulos

EAL/ELC Coordinator


Year 9 Fitness and First Aid

This term the Fitness and First Aid elective classes have been on some exciting excursions. They were able to attend Runnez running gym to participate in an interval/fartlek running session as they are mid-way through their self-designed fitness training programs. Students worked really well in the session and pushed themselves to maximise their fitness gains.

They were also lucky to attend that Victorian Institute of Sport in Albert Park, having a tour of the facilities, participating in some fitness testing and other activities and also meeting one of Australia’s best middle distance runners – Melissa Duncan. Students were also able to observe the VIS Biomechanist refining the changeover techniques for the women’s relay team and as well as world famous swimmer Mack Horton. The students really enjoyed the excursion and also being exposed to the wide variety of activities that places like the VIS provide in relation to sporting careers.


Year 11 Outdoor & Environmental Studies Camp

The Outdoor Enviro class have just attended their first camp experience, camping with the koalas in Cape Otway. They were able to see firsthand the human impact on the environment over the last 200 years and also participate in some exciting outdoor activities. Students had a surf lesson in Torquay, a mountain bike ride in the picturesque town of Forrest and hiked some of the Great Ocean Walk.


Ms Deb Jarvis


In English there is holiday homework at a number of levels which involves reading the next text (novel) the girls will be studying. In Year 9 the students are encouraged to read 'The Golden Age' and Year 10s are encouraged to read 'To Kill a Mockingbird'. Their teachers will not be offering spoiler alerts as we do not have the time to read this in class. If students have read these novels prior to the lesson, they will derive much greater benefit from their interactions with the text in class.

There is a Study/Homework club every Thursday after school for one hour and the number of attendees is growing. It will resume in term 2. 


Ms Anne Gamble 

English Domain Leader 

World Challenge

With the holidays upon us (and the training camp approaching in late June), it would be a great time to search for items for the kit that are discounted. 

On Tuesday 19 June a qualified Travel Doctor will visit MGSC and speak about vaccinations, altitude sickness and other things. More details in term 2.

The itinerary for almost all of the teams is posted on the World Challenge website and each team should check it to ensure they are satisfied with the length of stay for each phase of the expedition.


Hint #9: This has already been stated and  will be repeated a lot: drink heaps of water whilst trekking to avoid dehydration and altitude sickness. Going to the toilet in the wilderness is much better than suffering dehydration headaches and altitude sickness!

Have a wonderful holiday.


Mr Michael Warden

World Challenge Coordinator

Junior School News

Year 7 & 12 Fancy Dress

Year 7s spent many lunchtimes working with Year 12 girls to learn a dance routine for the Year 7/12 Fancy Dress which was held on Friday 23 March. Excitement was very high as each class performed in front of their peers and the Year 12 cohort. The judges found it very difficult to choose, but 7E came first, 7A were second and 7G came third. A huge thank you to the Year 12 dance leaders and Mr Julian Day and Ms Leah Liakos for their organisation of the event.


Year 8 Cyber Bullying Presentation

On Friday 16 March Year 8s attended a presentation by Youth Resource Officers from the Moorabbin Proactive Police Unit. The presentation covered topics related to cyber bullying, internet safety and appropriate use of technology. This was very timely as it coincided with the National Day Against Bullying and Violence. Statistics show that 1 in 4 young people are experiencing bullying and 1 in 5 secondary students have experienced online bullying in any given year. We encourage our students to take care of each other in and outside of our MGSC community and to 'speak, even if your voice shakes' if support is needed.

Uniform Matters

A reminder that as we move into Term 2 and the weather begins to cool down, students are not permitted to wear any clothing items that are not part of the MGSC uniform. Items such as hoodies, wrong-coloured scarves and track pants that are not the MGSC track pants worn with the PE uniform will be confiscated for two weeks. Please take the opportunity over the holidays to ensure your daughter is prepared with all the uniform she requires for winter and all items are named. It is highly recommended that your daughter has a pair of the MGSC track pants for PE as otherwise she will be wearing shorts all day even in the cooler weather.


Ms Lisa Kosack

Junior School Director

Middle School News

End of Term 1 

We have had a busy Term 1 in the Middle School and students have settled in well for the year. We ran an Elevate Education study seminar for both Year 9 and 10 students focusing on effective strategies to utilise to memorise curriculum content in their classes and also to prepare for the mid-year exams in June. We held a BBQ for the Year 9 students to acknowledge the work they’ve done so far this year. Thank you to the Year 9 Student Leaders who gave up their time to help run the BBQ with Miss O’Hara.

Alpine School

Applications for the Year 9 Alpine School experience have now closed and thank you to the students who have applied. It is an absolutely amazing experience. Applicants will be interviewed early in term 2 and the successful candidates notified. 

New students lunch

Our new students and their new friends were invited to share a lunch to welcome them to MGSC. Over 30 new students have joined Middle School and it was great to for all to get to know each other in a relaxed setting. 


Year 10 Work Experience

Placements should be finalised and students should be ready to start their work experience visit in early Term 3. We look forward to hearing about the exciting and interesting experiences our students will be involved in. We are also running an incursion for all Year 10 students run by the Fashionista Sisters to help them prepare for being in the workforce.

Year 9 Camp

This year the camp will be at  Anglesea from Wednesday 13 to Friday 15 June. Information will be distributed in Term 2.


We wish all students and their families and safe and relaxing break over the holidays and look forward to a busy term 2.


Middle School Team



House Athletics - Friday 20 April 


ROLL CALL:   8.45am at Dolamore  Reserve 

DISMISSAL:   2.45pm from Dolamore  Reserve 


As an important and exciting part of the House program, all Year 7-12 students will be participating in our Annual Athletics Carnival on Friday 20 April.  This is a compulsory school event. Students need to wear sporting clothing in their house colours, or alternatively they may wear their Physical Education uniform as there will be House points awarded in every event as well as House Chant, Dance off and novelty games.

All students are required to make their own way to Dolamore Oval ready for roll call at 8.45am. Students are reminded to bring sunscreen, hat, sunglasses, wet weather gear (if necessary), a water bottle and some lunch and/or money as there will be a BBQ available on the day with sausages, drinks and icy poles.  Students are not allowed to leave Dolamore oval until the end of the day. 

MGSC has a growing tradition of student participation in carnivals and we continue to encourage all year levels to actively participate in as many events as possible. We look forward to seeing all the students and as many parents as possible cheering on their daughter/s. If you have any queries please contact Ms Ilana Parker.


Ms Ilana Parker

College House and Carnivals Coordinator

Round Robin sport days 

In recent weeks there have been Round Robin Sports Days for Intermediates, Year 8 and Year 7 featuring  softball, volleyball, ulitmate frisbee and tennis competitions.

The tennis was at Melbourne Park this year which was a bit of a treat for the girls who caught the train into Richmond station with their teacher. Whilst looking at all the old buildings on their journey through the south eastern suburbs observing Melbourne’s emerging poetry painted on the old Melbourne brick, they were quietly reflecting on their serves and volleys.

In Year 7 volleyball  we had around 70 girls trial and as a result we were able to enter three teams each consisting of 10 girls. The ‘A’ team won the tournament with Glen Eira College close on their heels. They will now compete at the Southern Zone finals at the Dandenong Stadium in term 2. 

The great memories have been caught on camera and are on the sport domain website ( under the extra-curricular tab.

Please take the time to have a look at these and also the swimming carnival photos. We look forward to another big term of sport here at school and invite all girls to give it a go to enjoy the teamwork and mateship that sport has to offer.


Mr  Philip Hull

Interschool Sport Coordinator 

Year 7 Ultimate Frisbee

The Year 7 Ultimate Frisbee team had an amazing day at Elwood Oval on Thursday 22 March. They played against the Victorian School of the Deaf and Elwood Secondary, but sadly didn’t have enough time to take on the competitive Beaumaris Secondary College. Our team won two games and lost one. It was a great opportunity to play some fun sport and get active.  Thank you to the Year 9 coaches Poppy Livings and Amy Sin for helping umpire, coach and support the team.


Amy Sin, Year 9 


More sport news 

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Sports for Schools

MGSC is participating in the Coles Sports for Schools promotion. Collect your vouchers, put them in the collection boxes located at the gym or general office and you will be contributing towards new sporting equipment for your school.  Thank you for assisting! 


Health & PE Domain


In Our Community



Soccer players wanted 

Aspendale Stingrays  Coccer Club are looking for U13/14 and U15 female players for the forthcoming season.

If interested  and for more information contact

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