College News

14 March 2019
Issue Six
Director of Student Wellbeing
Important Dates
Student Awards                                                           
Year 9 Advance Snorkelling Adventure
Cultural Diversity Week Celebrations at Mordialloc College
World's Greatest Shave
House Athletics
Community News
Mordialloc College
(03) 9580 1184
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Aspendale, Victoria, 3196

Director of Student Wellbeing



Dear Families, Students and Community Members,


With the new school year in full swing I thought it was time to bring you up to date with what’s happening with Student Wellbeing at Mordialloc College. Evidence tells us that students who are happy and feel a sense of connectedness to school are better placed to be able to achieve their personal best. We are therefore very happy and proud of our ‘attitudes to school data’ that places us above the state average indicating students are feeling happy and connected at Mordialloc College. However, we are always working on ways to continue to provide a school where connectedness and belonging is a priority.


Whether you are a new family to the College or have been with us for a number of years I would like to introduce you to the Wellbeing Team. The team consists of myself, Ann, Lana and Janet.

 Ann Marsh works 2 days a week in the position of Adolescent Health Nurse and is involved in a variety of activities and supports around topics of  health: physical, sexual and mental health. Ann continues to run the Respect group on regular Tuesday  lunchtimes with a keen group of students from across the College. This group promotes the celebration of all types of diversity in our community with a focus on sexual and gender diversity. The group will organise and celebrate Rainbow Day – (International day against homophobic and transphobic bullying).

Lana Paten is the School Chaplain and works 3 days a week. Her focus is counselling and facilitating a number of programs across the College. Supporting the Year 7s to have  a positive transition is a key focus for her, and this has included facilitating some Year 7 lunchtime groups. These have provided a great opportunity to support all Year 7s to feel connected to their peers.

Janet Edlinger has joined the team this year Janet was previously working with Kingston Youth Services. It is great to now have her on board with the Wellbeing Team. One of her areas of focus  has been the Peer Support Program. This has involved training a group of Year 10 students as Peer Support Leaders to work with the Year 7 Home Groups to deliver the Peer Support Program. This has been very well received by the Year 7s, and is a great opportunity to meet and build positive relationships with students from Year 10.

One of my key roles is the management of the Program for Students with Disabilities and Special Needs. We now have a team of 12 Integration Aides supporting students from Years 7-12 and facilitating a Literacy and Numeracy Intervention program. 

Aside from the Wellbeing Team and our ability to offer counselling support as required we also have a positive connection with Engage 1on1 Psychological Services – Kathy  can provide free counselling support through the Mental Health Care Plan program.


A key focus for the Wellbeing Team this year is to build our opportunities for parent engagement with the College. The  Parents' and Carers' Marquee at the swimming sports was a wonderful opportunity for a group of Year 7 parents to gather and watch their child  competing while enjoying conversation and refreshments with other parents. Recently a group of Year 7 parents met the Wellbeing Team and enjoyed some morning tea together. We look forward to other monthly events for parents and carers to develop their connection with the College – stay tuned.


All students are welcome to drop by the wellbeing room if there is something they would like to discuss with the team. Please feel free to contact me at any time to discuss the different support services we have available at the College as part of the wellbeing program and the wide range of agencies we have links with in the community.


Di Douglas

Director of Student Wellbeing


Important Dates


Thursday 14

  • Kingston Division Swimming Sports
  • Primary School Presentations

Friday 15

  • Year 8 Cricket Gala Day
  • Year 7  Immunisations
  • Primary School Presentations
  • Facilities Committee Meeting 8:00 am

Monday 18

  • Year 8 French Film Festival ( Changed to 26/03/2019)
  • Primary School Presentations
  • VCAL Barrista Course
  • EAL Excursion Melbourne Design Week
  • Finance Committee Meeting 4:00pm

Thursday 21

  • Year 10 - 12 French Film Festival (changed to Thursday 4 April)
  • Primary School Presentations
  • Intermediate Round Robin Sports Day
  • School Council AGM 5pm

Friday 22

  • Primary School Presentations

Monday 25 

  • EAL Camp until Wednesday 27
  • 7C, 7E & 7G AM Liveability Excursion
  • 7D & 7F PM Liveability Excursion

Tuesday 26

  • Outdoor Education bush walk to Werribee Gorge
  • Year 8 French Film Excursion
  • Year 12 NGV Top Art Excursion
  • Primary School Presentations

Wednesday 27

  • Year 9 Advance Surf Camp until Friday 29
  • Compass Booking Open for Teacher/Parent/Student Interviews

Thursday March 28

  • Primary School Visits

Friday 29

  • 7A & 7B Liveability Excursion
  • Year 11 History Holocaust Museum Excursion
  • Year 9 Advance Surf Camp Returns


Tuesday 02

  • Year 9 Boys Wellbeing Day
  • Year 9 Girls Mind, Body Pedal Incursion
  • SEAL Australian Geography Competition

Thursday 04

  • Year 10 - 12 French Film Festival
  • Year 12 Top Designs Excursion

Friday 05

  • Whole School House Athletics Carnival
  • Last Day of Term 1

Tuesday 23

  • Term 2 Commences

Wednesday 24

  • Teacher/Parent/Student Interviews 12 pm - 8 pm ( No classes are scheduled for this day. Students are to attend interviews with their parents in full school uniform)

Thursday 25

  • ANZAC Day Public Holiday

Student Awards                                                           

Student Values Awards

Personal Best - Work to the best of your ability. Pursue excellence, try hard and constantly seek to improve.

Integrity  - Be true to yourself by doing what is right. Be honest and trustworthy.

Respect  - Treat everyone with equal consideration. Be accepting of others and their differences.

Responsibility - Be accountable for your actions. Contribute positively to the school and wider community.


Congratulations and thank you to the following students Aidan Boyd, James Collins, Georgia Cox, Flynn Curry, Matt Grice and Kiara Bulner ( no photo available) for displaying the College value of Responsibility by being great peer support leaders and facilitating the Year 7 home group sessions.






Lana Paten


Year 9 Advance Snorkelling Adventure

On Friday 1st of March the year nine Advance class had their first excursion outside of school for this year. We arrived at school by 8:30 for an early 8:50 departure to Portsea on the Mordialloc school bus. From there we would then travel by boat to Pope’s Eye and the Chinaman's Hat to snorkel in the marine park and then swim with the seals. The weather was fantastic, clear skies and the sun blazing at a scorching 36°C.

As we arrived at Portsea we had time to eat our snack and then were met by two instructors who sized us up for wetsuits, flippers and snorkels. The wetsuits were a long task of patience to get on and increased the temperature by a lot, to where Mr Evans allowed us to have a quick dive into the ocean to cool off.

Our first stop on the boat was a 10 minute drive to Pope’s Eye, we learned about its history, originally being built as a fortress guarding the entrance of Port Phillip, however it was never completed. In only recent years it became a protected marine environment, home to a huge variety of species - underwater and land animals.

We were taught a ‘bum drop’ to enter the water as within the ring it is about 1.5m deep. Everyone had time to get comfortable with snorkelling and using the flippers, our snorkelling instructor got our class to use the current to push us around the perimeter of Pope’s Eye. After about half an hour one of the instructors told us our next challenge was to go outside of the ring and learn how to duck dive, he showed us the ins and outs of diving and we got to it. There was a lot of competition between who could go the deepest but one of my classmates reached around 8 meters, to put that on a scale the outside of the fortress drops about 10 meters.

It wasn’t long until we realised how much we had drifted from the strong currents and said goodbye to Pope’s Eye for another boat ride down to the Chinaman’s Hat. This was definitely my favourite part of the day. We had the chance to swim and play with the seals. Our class quickly learnt of the stench that surrounded the seals, no one dared taking off their snorkelling masks. This time getting off the boat we were able to just jump in as it wasn’t shallow.

Our instructor told us we were there on a good day as nearly every seal was taking a dip in the ocean and after a while we were all duck diving and playing with the seals. Until, a few students yelled out about a stingray, of course most of us thought they were just playing around until we all saw the outline of a very big stingray and that was the end of it, we were all out.

We made our way back to the school bus overrun with exhaustion but all with smiles on our faces. Mr Evans made a quick pit stop for a late lunch and let me tell you it was eaten in record time. By the time we all hopped back on the bus it was past school time and half were able to get dropped off in Chelsea Heights and the other back at Mordialloc.

I know that I am looking forward to the rest of this year to the challenges and memories that Advance brings. A big thank you to Mr Evans for organising such a great day, to Miss Howlett for coming to help out and to the many instructors that brought us along to such beautiful marine parks.


Mikayla Coxhell - Yr 9 Advance


Cultural Diversity Week Celebrations at Mordialloc College





World's Greatest Shave


House Athletics


Community News

Dobsons School Uniform Shop Trading Hours for Term 1 2019

Monday 8:30 am - 11:30 am

Wednesday 12:30 pm - 4:00 pm


Please see below for extra opening hours

Sat April 6  9.00am – 12.00pm

Wed April 17 10.00am – 3.00pm

Tue April 23 8.30am – 11.30am (Easter Tuesday)

Wed April 24 12.30pm – 4.00pm (return to normal)


Private appointments are available after shop hours. Please call 8587 0570 for an appointment.

Visit the new, improved website Click and Collect ordering now available.

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


Please see the attachment for the most up to date price list including any specials that are available.


Browns Reserve Community Update

Please see the following attachment regarding work being done to Browns Reserve over coming weeks.


Edithvale-Aspendale Junior Football Club


College News
Mordialloc College Price List 2018.pdf
190603 BRDPS-FINAL Community Bulletin Intro_March.pdf