College News

07 November 2019
Issue Thirty-four
Principal's Update
Important Dates
General Office Update
Frankston Train Line Update
Community News
Mordialloc College
(03) 9580 1184
1 Station Street
Aspendale, Victoria, 3196

Principal's Update


Dear Families, Students and Community members,


Victorian Education Excellence Awards 

It was certainly a huge honour to not only win the Outstanding Secondary Principal award but also the Lindsay Thompson Award for Excellence in Education.

The awards ceremony for all finalists was on Friday October 25 in the city but I had elected to attend the Year 12 Valedictory dinner instead. They actually sent a film crew to our Valedictory Dinner venue so I was given a fairly good hint that I might be winning the Outstanding Secondary School Principal award. I was called out of the room as this was being announced live at the Regent. Our former SEIL, Jennifer McCrabb attended the ceremony and accepted the award on my behalf. Then there is the overall winner from all the winners across all categories. The Lindsay Thompson Award for Excellence in Education. It’s the highest accolade an individual can win in State Education. They crossed live to me at the dinner in a private room and interviewed me on the spot and I could see the crowd at the Regent clapping.

Here is a link to a video they made last term in case I won the overall award.


Total prize money is $40,000 in the form of a professional learning grant. I need to consider carefully how this will be best spent and submit a budget plan for 2020-2021 by the end of the year for Departmental approval.

It is a privilege to be Principal of Mordialloc College and a Principal within the state education system. I have asked a lot of my community over the past nine years and I am so proud of what my staff and students have been able to achieve at Mordialloc during this time to make it a leading choice in education for our local community and beyond.


Region Performance Review

On Friday 25 October I was asked to speak at the Region Performance review held in Pakenham in front of the Education Board and all key personal from South East Victoria. Earlier this year I was invited to speak about our VCE English results and this time it was about Mordialloc College being highlighted as an exemplar again with our Year 9 Reading results and continual improvement of percentage of students in the top 2 bands.


Senior School Exams and Whole School Head Start program

We are into the second week of Year 12 exams and all is running smoothly. Thanks to Jo Greenhalgh, Robyn Wilson and Tim Randell for their work in the lead up to ensure the efficient organisation of the exams working alongside our chief exam supervisor Peta Wragg. Year 11 and 10 students started their exams on Wednesday 6 November and they conclude on 15 November. Year 9 have exams during the week of 11-15 November with normal classes running when exams aren’t on. From the 18 November we begin our whole school rollover or 2020 Headstart program for Years 11 and 12 students, Year 10 start mid-week and Years 8-9 the following Monday. From feedback received last year we have reduced the length of the Years 8-10 headstart program, allowing some celebratory activities to occur before beginning the 2020 academic year. It is expected that all students returning to Mordialloc in 2020 attend these very important Headstart weeks. There will be holiday homework set in the Senior School and work expected to be submitted in the first week back next year.

The Senior School team will also be reviewing student achievement, effort and homework completion at the end of the third week to ensure students have made the correct subject selections and are on track for a successful year. A reminder that a 90% attendance rate is required to meet the requirements and expectations of VCE and any absence during Headstart will count towards your child’s record for Units 1 and 3. In the Middle School a benchmark task will be completed in core subjects during the three week period and this will count towards their assessment for 2020.

We have brought forward the Student Leadership selection process for Senior School and Middle School to tie into Headstart. A whole school assembly is planned during the second week of Headstart to highlight the start of 2020 and introduce our new captains. The formal leadership assembly where students are presented with their badges is still scheduled for Term 1 2020.


It’s Academic

An event we always look forward to is the annual Mordialloc College Academic Challenge for our feeder primary schools grade 5 students. This was held on Friday 1 November in the Year 7 LC. The event was run by our Middle School captains. This year we had five of our feeder primary schools competing in this challenge, in front of an audience of 200 students and staff from Year 7. It not only offers a unique taste of secondary school life, whilst making learning fun and relevant; it also provides valuable leadership and event management skills for our Year 9 Middle School leaders.

Congratulations to Aspendale PS who were the winners this year. Closely followed by Aspendale Gardens PS who were second and Mordialloc Beach PS third. I will be attending a whole school assembly at Aspendale PS in the next few weeks to present the trophy.

Thanks to Director of Middle School, Daniel Williams and our Middle School captains Tim Whitford, Emma Shultz, Daniel Loza, Laura Reeves and Rhianne Blavo for organising the event.



Ms. Michelle Roberts



Important Dates


Friday 08

  • Year 9 Outdoor Ed Water Park Excursion


Monday 11

  • Year 10 & 11 Exams continue
  • Year 9 Exams commence

Thursday 14

  • Year 8 Disco 6 pm - 9 pm

Friday 15

  • Year 11 Mystery Tour
  • Last day of Year 9 - 11 exams

Monday 18

  • Headstart for Year 11 & 12 students 
  • Year 8 - 10 Student Led Conferences
  • Year 11 into 12 Information night 7 pm 
  • Elevate parent session at 7 pm

Tuesday 19

  • Year 9 Celebration Day Urban Adventures Amazing Race
  • Year 8 Celebration Day Ice Skating

Wednesday 20

  • Headstart for Year 10 students 
  • Year 7 Celebration Day Bounce

Monday 25

  • Headstart for  Year 8 & 9 students
  • Year 10 Information night 7pm
  • Chess Challenge 2

Tuesday 26

  • Year 12 Elevate session 2 pm - 3 pm

General Office Update

2020 Re-enrolment Paperwork Years 8 - 12

Last week you should have received an email via Compass with information regarding the 2020 school year advising of fees and relevant information required by the College for your child's continued enrolment.

Please complete the required forms and return to the General Office as soon as possible. 


If you did not receive this information or you are unable to print it off please contact the General Office on 9580 1184 to arrange a hard copy.


With thanks

Yvonne Aird

Business Manager

Frankston Train Line Update


Community News

Dobsons School Uniform Shop Trading Hours for Term 3 2019

Monday 8:30 am - 11:30 a

Wednesday 12:30 pm - 4:00 pm


Dobson's currently have a 'Buy Early and Save' offer available. Please see the attached document for further details.

Dobsons will be offering some extended opening hours over the coming weeks. Please see below for dates and times.

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.


* Located on the corner of the main building, near the staff car park.

Black Rock Life Saving Club


Volunteering In the City of Kingston



Student Exchange Australia New Zealand is a not-for-profit organisation that is registered with all state and territory Departments of Education around Australia and with the Ministry of Education in NZ. We are the first and only secondary exchange organisation in Australia and New Zealand to be certified to ISO 9001 (Quality Management System) and we ensure the highest standards of care and support to our participants. 
We are hosting a special FREE Live Online Sessions for students and their families on Tuesday, 12th November at 7.30pm (AEDT) / 9.30pm (NZT).

The LIVE Online session gives students and families the opportunity to learn more about becoming an exchange student and the various scholarship options that are available in 2020. 
Students can find out more about our exchange programs to over 25 countries, listen to former exchange students share their experience and learn about our scholarships and discounts on offer in 2020. 

Please be aware that we now offer 14 partial scholarships each year for semester and year applicants. See our website for more information.

"You come back a different person, with so much more confidence & you feel that you can conquer the world"  Jessica, Semester Program to Italy

We would appreciate if you could please mention our upcoming information session in your newsletter.  You can copy the below text.

Hear from our very experienced, Senior staff, find out more about discounts and scholarships available and ask questions.
Tuesday, 12th November at 7.30pm (AEDT) / 9.30pm (NZT)

Register now

or call 0800 440 079 for more information

Free Summer Sailing Opportunities

Victorian teens can give some new water sports a go and get active at the same time as part of the OutThere Sailing program, which offers teens the opportunity to try a variety of water sports including windsurfing, stand up paddle boarding and power boat rides. OutThere Sailing offers multi-day programs or one day experiences, all delivered by qualified Australian Sailing instructors. The focus is on fun and social engagement and the program is structured to allow friends to learn together, even if their skill levels are different.

The OutThere Sailing program offers teenagers the opportunity to experience sailing, wind surfing and stand paddle boarding without any previous experience, while having fun with their friends. Participants can bring friends and meet new ones, whilst also learning some valuable life skills such as problem solving, resilience and team working skills.

Further information about the program can be found at

Sandringham Yacht Club, in our local area, with be running OutThere Sailing before the end of the year, and they would love to see some of our students participating. There are several options available:

  • After school on Thursdays at 4.15pm-6pm on 31/10, 14/11, 21/11, 28/11, 05/12, 12/12, 19/12.
  • The weekend program on Saturdays at 1pm-4pm on 09/11, 16/11, 23/11, 30/11, 07/12, 21/12.
  • The holiday program at 1pm-4pm daily on 09/12-13/12, 16/12-20/12, 27/12-31/12.

More information about the club can be found at

It would be greatly appreciated if you could please advertise the program to your students or otherwise pass this email on to the relevant contact(s).

If you have any further questions, or would like some more information, please do not hesitate to contact me.


Kind regards,

Rebecca York

Australian Sailing

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