College News

22 March 2018
Issue Seven
Principal's Update
Important Dates
   Student Awards                                                                          
Mex 2.0 Community Placements
Year 7 Boy Overboard
House Athletics
Community News
Mordialloc College
(03) 9580 1184
1 Station Street
Aspendale, Victoria, 3196

Principal's Update

Dear Families, Students and Community Members,


Reporting to Parents

On Friday of this week the results and comments for benchmark tasks completed and assessed to date across Years 7-12 will be released on Compass for student and parent access. Please make sure you check to stay informed about your child’s progress. Our new progressive reporting process was introduced last year, to provide parents and students with more timely feedback.

In the last week of term interim reports will be available for all year levels via Compass. On Wednesday 28 March we will be holding Years 7-12 parent-teacher interviews in the two storey building classrooms, both upstairs and downstairs. It will be the usual 2.30 pm early dismissal day for a Wednesday and parents are able to book interview times online via Compass from 3.00 – 6.30 pm. Please see the Compass newsfeed for  instructions on making bookings via Compass and also the room location for each teacher. If you have any problems or questions please call the General Office for assistance. We look forward to seeing many parents at the interviews next week.


Future Funding to complete our Masterplan

Over the last 6 months I have now met a number of times with our local member, Mr Tim Richardson, and Education Minister, James Merlino, and most recently the local candidate, Geoff Gledhill, and Shadow Education Minister, Tim Smith, to discuss the planned future financial commitment by the State Government which will enable the College to realise the full completion of our masterplan. It is important that plans are put in place now in order to allow the Mordialloc College community to access a complete range of 21st century learning facilities across the College and, most importantly, to adequately cater for and accommodate our growth in student numbers.

Our priority projects to date are:

  1. New Year 8 Learning Centre – this was originally planned for completion within the last funding allocation and therefore the design and construction documentation has been completed.
  2. New Visual Arts and Technology Centre
  3. New Senior School Study Centre with classrooms attached


Transition Visits

An important part of our publicity in the lead up to our SEAL information night, Wednesday 18 April, and Open Night, Thursday 26 April, are the visits we make to all our feeder primary schools (15 schools). This started last week and involves myself, Liz Evans and Daniel Williams taking some of our students to visit each school for 30-40 minutes. Most schools are keen for us to speak to Grade 5s and 6s. The visits are occurring over the last 3 weeks of this term. On each visit we have taken a group of current Year 7 students and two Year 12 or Year 9 students to speak about their experiences as students of Mordialloc College. They have represented the College with distinction to date and the pride they feel in their school is obvious in their respective speeches, complemented by a PowerPoint presentation and video clips about the College and programs offered. I would like to thank all students for their involvement.





Curiosity and Powerful Learning

One of the Key Improvement Strategies in our 2017-2020 Strategic Plan is to “develop precision in teacher practice using agreed lesson structures and challenging learning tasks that reflect high expectations for student learning and strengthen feedback and coaching for staff.” As such, this year we have continued implementation of our five year action plan for Curiosity and Powerful Learning covering the 10 theories of action (2018 is the third year of implementation) with a targeted professional learning program focused this semester on Higher Order Questioning, supported by our triad peer coaching program, where teachers are continuing to build their capacity as coaches in the giving of authentic feedback. When we systematically employ higher order questioning, then levels of student understanding will deepen and levels of achievement will increase. Students will be more likely to be curious if regularly asked to analyse, create and evaluate.


We are measuring improvement in teaching practice and precision through student perception data collected during early Term 1 and all teachers will be surveying students again as we approach the end of the semester to collect their mid-year data. We are also expecting to see growth on the teacher self-assessment tool, again completed at the start and middle of the year.


Teachers are also continuing their work on developing challenging learning tasks (started mid-year last year) in their collaboration planning time together on Mondays after school. When learning tasks are purposeful, clearly defined, differentiated and challenging, then all students will experience powerful, progressive and precise learning. We believe curiosity is enhanced when students work at a level appropriate to their understanding.


Professional Practice Days Implementation

In addition to the four whole school student free days, in the new Victorian Government Schools Agreement teachers have been allocated four professional practice days (pro-rata for part-time teachers) to be utilised over the year (one per term). They are entitled to be released from classes to focus on the improved delivery of high quality teaching and learning. The work undertaken on these days must be consistent with Department and College priorities (as outlined in our Strategic Plan) and selected from the following areas: planning, preparation, assessment of student learning, collaboration, curriculum development, relevant professional learning and peer observation including feedback and reflection.

The College priority has been to plan how we can most effectively implement this new requirement to minimise the disruption to our students' learning program.


Cultural Diversity Week

This week we have been celebrating the theme “everyone belongs” throughout Cultural Diversity Week. Thanks to Mrs Peerbux for organising an engaging program of activities and to teachers Ms Baker, Mrs Watson, Mr Shanahan, Mr Walters, Ms Zou, Ms Virgo, Ms Yang and Mr Fisher for their assistance in running the activities. Apart from the daily quiz and poster competition, there were bocce games, a Chinese food celebration day, French board games and lunchtime calligraphy sessions.




Ms. Michelle Roberts




Important Dates


Friday 23

  • Monash University VCE Enrichment Program

Sunday 25

  • VCE Geography Student Lecture Series 2018 

Monday 26

  • Senior School Round Robin Sport

Wednesday 28

  • Parent/Student/Teacher Interviews 3pm - 6:30pm in the classrooms located in the two storey building.






Thursday 29

  • World Challenge Fitness Session 7:30 am-8:30 am
  • All School House Athletics
  • End of Term 1 early finish 2:30 pm



Monday 16

  • First day of Term 2

Wednesday 18

  • SEAL Information Night 6:30 pm in the Learning Centre

Thursday 26

  • Open Night 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

 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.


Thank you to the following students for displaying the College Value, Responsibility, by facilitating Year 7 Peer Support activities during Home  Group.




Lana Paten



Intermediate VCAL -Taking one for Mordialloc Pier

Australia has one of the best natural landscapes in the world. With our pristine beaches, ancient forests and flourishing marine life, we have some of the most unique flora and fauna in the world. But the rubbish we create through mass consumption is choking our streets, beaches, parks, bushland and waterways. We are all part of the problem - but on Thursday 8 March 2018 the Intermediate VCAL class became part of the solution by participating in a Clean Up Australia Day Youth Event.

Our Intermediate VCAL class headed down to Mordialloc Pier bright and early with the sun shining strongly in a perfectly clear blue sky and after a quick safety briefing, they got stuck into cleaning up the rubbish wedged between the rocks on Mordialloc Pier. The students worked hard, stopping only for a quick but refreshing recess of fresh fruit, doughnuts and fruit boxes. As the students continued to clean up the pier, the large variety of discarded items they found prompted much discussion about how we use our resources and how we could protect our most precious resource of all, our planet.

After our very successful Clean Up Australia Day Youth Event, the students carted the rubbish back to the College to either dispose of it correctly or recycle it in the College’s recycle collection bins. Some students went on to pledge they would make a real effort to use less plastic in their day to day lives and the students wrote some excellent and very convincing persuasive pieces about banning single use plastic bags in Victoria.

Mex 2.0 Community Placements

9E Community Placement

Throughout four weeks of Term One, all students from 9E participating in the MEX 2.0 program went on community placements to either an aged care facility, library, primary school or kindergarten. This occurred in pairs or groups of three to four students. We went on four sessions alternating from a Monday to a Tuesday and spent roughly four and a half hours at our facility each time. All students were given the responsibility to make their way home at the end of the day.

My group and I went to Southern Cross Care in Mordialloc, which is an excellent aged care home. We had to walk to the placement each time and were given various jobs to undertake each session. We played games with the residents, cooked, cleaned up a little, sang and also talked one on one with them. All the residents and staff were extremely friendly and welcoming. Overall the community placements were very successful and each student took home valuable memories and lessons.


 Elisa Sarsini

Year 7 Boy Overboard

Boy Overboard Guest Speaker

On the 27 February we had the privilege of having a special guest speaker, Ramzi, come in to talk to us about his experience of being a refugee.

He explained how his journey to Australia was similar to the characters in Boy Overboard. He was born in Afghanistan but after his dad was shot dead by terrorists his mum decided to move the family to Pakistan where they would be safer.

After living in Pakistan for several years his mum decided to send him to Australia then he ended up in Christmas Island in only 10 days! He told us how it took some of his friends over 3 years to get there.

He said that the scariest part was when his boat engines broke down like in Boy Overboard and he took two sleeping pills that his mum packed for him so whatever happened he wouldn’t feel anything. When he woke up the engine was fine.

After being an asylum seeker on Christmas Island for several years, the government decided that Ramzi would be granted refugee status and sent him off to Perth where he lived for a couple of years until he moved to Darwin and then finally to Melbourne, where he now lives.

A few years ago Ramzi nearly drowned in a pool because he couldn't swim. This near death experience inspired him to become a volunteer lifeguard and to help others to learn to swim. He now works for Life Saving Victoria in their multicultural program where he teaches recent migrants to Australia about water safety.

It was great to have him come and talk to us about his amazing and scary experience and we now all have a much clearer understanding of the book, Boy Overboard.


By Nadia and Tenillia 7A


House Athletics

House Athletics



SEAL Registrations for 2019 are now open

We are very excited to announce that applications are now open for our 2019 SEAL Program Entrance Exam. Please visit the College website to access the registration portal Registrations will close on Friday 27 April 2018.


In 2018, we will continue to use Edutest as our testing provider for their extremely comprehensive aptitude and ability based tests. Edutest also provides online practise tests for students, to help you and your child gain a better understanding of the style and format of the exams, and to make them feel more comfortable with the style of questions presented


Alice Leppin

Community News

Dobsons  School Uniform Shop Trading Hours for Term 1 2018

Monday 8:30 am - 11:30 am

Wednesday 12:30 pm - 4:00 pm 


Additional Hours for Uniform Shop

Sat 24th March 9.00am – 12.00pm

Sat 14th April 9.00am – 12.00pm

6th October 2018

3rd November 2018

1st December 2018


Private appointments are available on Wednesdays after shop hours.  Please call 9587 0738 for an appointment.


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

Phone 9587 0738

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

School Crossings Victoria Awards Night

Every two years, School Crossings Victoria, holds an awards night to honour the dedication and hard work put into the Community by School Crossing Supervisors from all over the state. It is that time again where we ask the school community to nominate the supervisor they feel is worthy of being recognised, and may even be judged Victoria’s School Crossing Supervisor of the Year. What an honour that title will be for one of our dedicated supervisors.


The 2015/2016 award night was held in Preston in 2016 with the winner being Robyn Sabljak from Murrindindi Shire Council. The night itself, was wonderful, 250 attended with over 700 nominations received, and there was a lot of pride in the room.


We have attached the nomination form - nominations close on May 25, 2018.


College News
School Crossings Victoria Nomination Form.pdf