Mentone Girls' Secondary College Newsletter

25 October 2018
Issue Sixteen
Key Dates
Principal's Message
College Matters
Art & Design Show
Our Podcasts
Ready Steady Cook
Vocal Night
Year 12 
World Challenge
Student Leadership 2019 
In our community
School information 
Mentone Girls' Secondary College
(03) 9581 5200
Corner Balcombe Road & Charman Road
Mentone, Victoria, 3194

Key Dates


Thursday 25 October 

7pm, PSA Reunion - Classes of 2003 & 1998


Until Saturday 27 October

7.30pm, Theatre Studies production - Cosi


Monday 29 October

9am, College Tour


Wednesday 31 October

2018 Unit 3 & 4 exams commence with English & EAL

7pm, Halloween Vocal Night 


Monday 5 November

Digital Delivery Day 

ELC students excursion to Sovereign Hill


Tuesday 6 November 

Melbourne Cup Holiday 


Wednesday 7 November

SEVR Junior Bandfest excursion


Monday 12 November

9am, College Tour


Wednesday 14 November

Diwali celebrations


Friday 16 November

Year 11 exams commence 


Monday 19 November

Year 9 & Year 10 exams commence


Wednesday 21 November

2018 Unit 3 & 4 exams conclude

Monday 26 November

Report Writing - Pupil Free Day

2019 Student leaders training day 


Tuesday 27 November

Headstart - Week 1

8pm, Presentation Evening


Wednesday 28 November

Late start - No period 1 


Thursday 29 November

World Challengers depart


Monday 3 December

Headstart - Week 2

Principal's Message

Dear parents and families


I would like to dedicate my Principal’s Message to our Year 12 students who had their last classes this week. 


On behalf of all your teachers, I would like to say what a pleasure it has been to support you on your learning adventure and we wish you well in your upcoming exams.  Whether you joined us in Year 7 or in the past few years, your DNA is now intertwined with MGSC’s forever.


MGSC is not just an entity comprising of bricks and mortar but classrooms buzzing with your thoughts. Your unique contributions to the culture of MGSC are embedded in the very fabric of MGSC and because of you; MGSC is not just a place, a location or a destination. It has been a second home to you and I hope you will have happy memories of your time here for years to come.   


Life is full of opportunities. You are the master of your own destiny through the choices you will make along the way. Your first Lego block was just a block until you imagined it could be a house, a car, or a castle. The first letter you ever wrote was a link between the spoken and written word and the first word you wrote was an insight into what had meaning to you like “mum” and “dad”. 


When you combined those words with drawings, you communicated their importance to your world through how much room they took up on the page.  As teachers, you, the students, take up all of the room on our page. We relish in sharing your dreams for the future and we look forward to hearing back from you in the years to come. 



To quote Dr Suess in his book I Can Read with My Eyes Shut,  “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn the more places you’ll go.”


The future is yours.  Go out and claim it.



Ms Linda Brown 


Queen's Scout

Congratulations to Year 12 student, Lizzie Honeybone, who attained her Queen's Scout award this year. 


At a very special ceremony at the 4th Mordialloc Scout Group, Lizzie was presented with her Queen's Scout Badge and her name unveiled on the honour board.  Director of Senior School Sylvia Christopoulos and myself were delighted to attend this very special event together with The Hon. Mark Dreyfus, Federal Member for Isaacs  and Tim Richardson, MP, Member for Mordialloc and and other local dignitaries. 


College Matters

Presentation Evening


All MGSC families are warmly invited to the Presentation Evening, our final formal event for 2018 celebrating the outstanding achievements of students in Years 7 to 11.  The award recipients will be notified soon. 


This year’s guest speaker is Shanthi Pillai (MGSC Class of 2008 ) who currently works at CSIRO, Australia’s national science agency and innovation catalyst.

Tickets are free and can be reserved on this link :

Digital Delivery Day

As advertised on our school calendar throughout the year, Cup Eve (Monday 5 November) will be a Digital Delivery Day.  Students are not required to physically attend school. Instead, they are expected to complete work online for all four periods.

  • Teachers will upload a lesson plan to Compass and any resources required will be uploaded to Compass or Google Classroom by Friday 2 November.
  • Teachers will be available to respond to student emails for the duration of the lesson.
  • Student work must be submitted via Compass or Google Classroom by the end of the class.
  • Teachers will not set tests or CATs on the Digital Delivery Day.
  • Any students who physically attend school are expected to work in the library and bring their computer/iPad with them.
  • Students are only expected to physically attend if an incursion or excursion has been arranged for Monday 5 November.

Learning tasks and end of year reports

In 2017 Mentone Girls’ Secondary College introduced continuous assessment and reporting. The purpose of this was to provide students and their families with timely results and feedback, to encourage student learning and development throughout a semester and to engage parents in their child’s learning journey.


This semester teachers have been transitioning to providing feedback on Common Assessment Tasks though the use of rubrics and dot points. The rubric for a particular CAT will show each student’s specific level of achievement against particular criteria. Written feedback focuses on specific advice for each student which will provide them with strategies that can be utilised in order to improve. This written feedback may be written in prose or through the use of dot points.


The End of Year Report provides summary information on each student’s progress throughout Semester 2. This will include levels of achievement measured against the Victorian Curriculum Standards (7–10), satisfactory achievement of outcomes (VCE) and work habits (7-11). The report will show the grade for each CAT which has been completed in Semester 2, however no comments will appear on reports. To access the written feedback which has been completed throughout the semester please access the learning tasks tab in the Compass Platform.


More information on assessment and reporting at MGSC can be found in the Assessment and reporting Guide for Families on the college website


This guide is also on the Compass parent portal.


Student wellbeing

Recently clinical psychologist Dr Megan Theuma joined MGSC to provide counselling and therapy sessions on site.


We are pleased to advise that Dr Theuma is now available on Mondays and Wednesdays. Referrals can be arranged by contacting our Student Wellbeing Coordinators, Leona Thomson and Christine Fay, on 9581 5200.


This is a fantastic initiative which will provide further support and intervention to our students in relation to their mental health and wellbeing

Parents and Friends' Association

Many thanks to the following members of the PFA who served food and drinks and helped to clean up the VCE Art & Design Show: Liz Giordano, Sam Hemingway, Kirsty King, Michelle Lafferty, Natasha Roussety, Elizabeth Semmel and Emma Walker.


Their support of the students and of the college is greatly appreciated.


Ms Carol Duggan & Ms Bronwyn Moline

Assistant Principals


From 1 November summer uniform must be worn. Until then students have the option to wear full winter or full summer uniform.  

Second-hand uniform items

Families are encouraged to pass on uniform items they no longer need to the second-hand uniform shop to prepare for the expected demand as students prepare for 2019. Summer and winter items are needed and blazers or jumpers must have the new logo.

Items can be donated or sold on consignment. Reimbursement after sale of items is by bank transfer. 

Please label all items clearly with: 

  • Seller's name and contact details
  • BSB and Account Number

All items can be handed into the General Office. 

VCE jumpers needed

The maroon jumpers worn by Year 11 and 12 students are urgently needed to meet the demand from Year 10 students going into Year 11.  Only jumpers with the new logo  will be accepted. 

Year 12s please consider passing on your jumpers now! 

Volunteers needed for 2019 

At the end of this year Donna Harrison and Diane Weston, two of the volunteers in our Second-hand Uniform Shop, will be stepping down.


Geri Sumpter has kindly offered to take over the morning session in 2019. This will be on Friday morning's  from 8.15 to 9.15am.   If anyone is able to assist Geri in the shop next year, please contact her on 0423 103 331. There will be opportunities for training and practical experience before the end of the year. 

Art & Design Show

The VCE Art and Design Show on Wednesday 17 October was a fabulous success with students, families and staff enjoying the showcase of art.  


Earlier in the day the judging panel of Linda Brown, Eva Cummings from sponsors Barry Plant Real Estate Mordialloc and Amy Clemens, a former student and professional designer ( viewed all the artwork for the special awards. 


The student awards went to:


Year 12 

Media - Nicola Reeves -  'So a vegan walks into a BBQ' a Vegan cookbook 

Art - Maddison Clark - installation work 

Visual Communications Design - Hailey Bartholomew - juice design 


The acquisitive art award went to Ellie Ces for her visual communications design work for dog accessories.

Year 11

Visual Communications Design - Casey Boswell

Media - Annalise Cipin

Art - Romy Ellerton


Many thanks to the visual arts student helpers - Olivia Gryszan, Skye Ferguson and Hailey Bartholomew who assisted with the exhibition and displays. 


More thanks and appreciation for the contribution of singers Ebony Anderson and Amethyst Parlanti accompanied by former student Rachel Butler and guitar soloist Meg Meyerheinrich.


Ms Lisa Blumenstein

Art Exhibition Coordinator 


The latest MGSC Podcast was recorded at the Show. To hear what happened, see the next page. 

Our Podcasts

The third and final episode of the 2018 MGSC podcast series is now available.  It has an art theme and much of it was recorded at the 2018 Art and Design Show. 

Use the links below or find MGSC Podcasts on your favourite podcasting app.






The MGSC Podcasts were developed by former students Katherine Powell and Georgia Higgins. Below is their story. 


Off Air Media is a startup communications business run by former MGSC students Georgia Higgins and Katherine Powell.


Katherine and Georgia attended Mentone Girls' from Year 7 to 12, where they got their first taste of media production and haven’t looked back. Georgia was even awarded the Media award at their VCE Art and Design Show.


After graduating in 2013, both went on to study media at Swinburne University, where they developed their passion for broadcasting in both community radio and television at Channel 31.


In 2017 their podcast “Reality Check” qualified in the national top ten of Nova FM’s PodQuest competition. The following year they were nominated for the 2018 Australian Podcast awards in the ‘Host of the Year’ category, which encouraged their love of podcasting and the creation of Off Air Media.


Katherine and Georgia will be continuing their work on the Mentone Girls’ Secondary College Podcast in 2019, and are very excited to be back working where they first found their passion for media.


If you’d like more information about Off Air Media, email them at [email protected]


Ready Steady Cook

Unit 2 Food Studies are looking at the environmental and economic impact of food waste.


As a challenge, the class was broken up into teams and given several leftover ingredients. They then created two dishes using these ingredients. The tomato team was victorious with their chicken, spinach and mushroom risotto and carrot biscuits.


Ms Tess Molina

Food Studies Teacher

Vocal Night

The last Vocal Night for the year is on Halloween! 


Wednesday 31 October at 7pm, The Nina Carr Centre


Come dressed up in your Halloween costume and enjoy the voices of Mentone Girls' Secondary College who will be in costume too. 


Ms Blanka West 

Voice Teacher

Year 12 

Year 12 Celebrations marking the end of formal classes were conducted on Tuesday 23 October with an early morning BBQ breakfast hosted by the Year 12 Student Managers and followed by a very entertaining assembly orchestrated by the students.


Teachers, parents and students enjoyed a wonderful evening at the Bayview Eden for the Valedictory Dinner. Warm and sometimes humorous speeches were presented by the Principal, Ms Linda Brown, Student Manager, Mr Julian Day, and the school leaders, Sally Walker, Isabel Pilcher and Kate McMahon. Gratitude was expressed by students and parents for all the work the student managers, Mr Julian Day and Mrs Leah Liakos, have done this year to support them.  


All Unit 3 and 4 students are now preparing for the external exams which began this week  with Collaborative Curriculum and Assessment Framework for Languages (CCAFL) exams. MGSC held Swedish and Russian exams for four students. However, for most students the exams begin with the English and EAL exams on Wednesday 31 October.


All students have been issued with an exam navigator distributed by Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA) that informs them of all the rules of the exams and a timetable for their reference.


Students are now able to demonstrate all the hard work they have done in a final performance. They have conducted themselves very well in this high pressure time. The Senior School wish them all the very best and hope they achieve their desired goals.


The students should continue to check their emails for any important messages about their VTAC application as some students have yet to complete their registration. If in doubt, they should contact Ms Rebecca Poulos who is able to help them with any queries about the process.


Ms Sylvia Christopoulos

Director of Senior School 

World Challenge

New team leader

Please ensure you have sent in your passport with the completed application form and money to a Nepalese Embassy for the Nepal visa.


Teams should be thinking about allocating jobs for things that have to be organised such as visiting attractions in Bangkok and organising transport and accommodation either side of the trekking phase (as there is very limited telecommunications whilst trekking near Mt Everest).


Unfortunately, Ms Amy Willett has sustained an injury and is no longer able to accompany Team 2. Ms Willett, together with Ms Amanda O'Hara, have worked hard to support their team over the past 16 months. Ms Fiona Faulkes, who has vast travel experience, has kindly offered to take Ms Willett's place.


Hint #19: Never share food or drinks with anyone as you may not know that they have a bug in the tummy about to make you sick.


Mr Michael Warden

World Challenge Coordinator

Bohemian Rhapsody film fundraiser 

World Challenge team the Red Hot Chili Steppers are holding a film night to raise funds for the Nepalese community.  They are presenting a special screening of the hit, hot movie 


Bohemian Rhapsody

Wednesday 7 November at 7pm

at Village Cinemas, Southland


Tickets are $26 and include the movie, small popcorn and drink 

Tickets are available at:


If you would like to look at/share the event on Facebook, please click on this link -

The students have put in a lot of time and effort preparing for this, so I’m sure they would love to see you there to support a great cause. 


Ms Amanda O’Hara

World Challenge Team Leader


State Schools Victoria Athletics 

Congratulations to the nine students who represented MGSC at the State Schools Victoria track and field event held on Monday 22 October. 


A number of students competed in individual events as well as a relay team.  They did extremely well and each student can be commended on their results.


Jemmah Paton (12-13  year old age group) 

1st in high jump (1.60 metres - equal record )

2nd in triple jump


Zoe Cunningham (16 year old age group)

2nd in shot put

6th in 200 metres

Milly Webster (15 year old age group)

3rd in 200 metres

3rd in 100 metres


Emily Ryan (15 year old age group)

1st shot put (a record)

2nd discus

3rd in javelin


Kisarna Berntsen (16 year old age group)

1st in javelin 


Millie Belleville (16 year old age group)​

2nd in 1500 metres


Freya Brown (12-13  year old age group) 

9th in 1500 metres


Charlie Anderson, Catriona McMaster, Milly Webster and Emily Ryan (15 year old age group)

3rd in 4 x 100 metres relay 

An incredible bank of results with most students coming away with a medal in some colour!

A tremendous achievement.


A special mention to Emily Ryan (shot put – 14.26 metres) and Jemmah Paton (high jump – 1.60 metres) for both breaking the State Schools Victoria records for their respective events.


MGSC finished 10th overall in the state for athletics! 


Thank you for all the support from parents and guardians who came to encourage the students. Well done to all students involved.



Ms Ilana Parker

College House and Carnivals Coordinator


The TIPs Gardening Project – Year 10 Bridging

The TIPs Gardening project is in the final stage of planting. This week, the students will be planting the various plants, indigenous and non-indigenous, that they have investigated, taking into consideration sustainability and biodiversity considerations, and evaluating the design process of the garden. This has been a collaborative project, demonstrating critical and creative thinking skills in all aspect of the project. The students have been developing their capability in this area to produce a product (the garden) that is reflective of their research and strategies in finding solutions to a series of encountered challenges.


The image we have attached is one of how the students have used Google Suite Apps such as Forms and Slides to plan and design their garden.

Once the garden is complete, each group has to produce a short gardening film that encompasses not only their improving command of the English language but also the aims of Critical and Creative Learning (from the Victorian Curriculum):

Critical and creative thinking capability aims to ensure that students develop:

·         understanding of thinking processes and an ability to manage and apply these intentionally

·         skills and learning dispositions that support logical, strategic, flexible and adventurous thinking

·         confidence in evaluating thinking and thinking processes across a range of familiar and unfamiliar contexts.


Some recent comments from the Bridging students:

‘We are nearly finished.’

‘The colours look great!’

‘This is more fun that being in class.’ 

‘We hope that everyone will learn to respect gardens more.’

‘I know more about Australia and its plants.’


More news

  • On Wednesday 31 October, the Year 12 English/EAL exam will take place. Best wishes to ISP students. All the best on the day and on their subsequent exams!
  • On Monday 5 November, the ELC students will be off to Sovereign Hill so please make sure you are at school at 7.30am.
  • On Wednesday 14 November, we will be celebrating Diwali during lunchtime. This includes dancing to two songs so please try to find some time to practise the Bollywood style dance steps and bring a colourful scarf along on the day. We hope that more than 100 students participate; last time we did the Zorba Dance Off, we estimate that between 80 - 90 staff and students participated.

Student Leadership 2019 

Effective schools build a culture where teachers and students work together, and where student voice, agency and leadership are understood as inter-related factors that contribute to the notion of empowerment and sense of school pride. (FISO)


All families have been sent via Compass, the details for the Student Leadership program for 2019. There have been some changes made to the structure and the application process following a considerable consultation with students and staff. The major shift is with leaders being grouped into three teams - Senior, Middle and Junior, who will each meet on average three times each term. The focus will be in building teams of students to work together to achieve the goals they set and also building individual and team leadership capacity.


Students and parents are encouraged to go to Compass Events – Student Leadership 2019 – Make a Difference and download the relevant application form and role description. Please read all requirements carefully and gather any required signatures from a parent and relevant teacher - this could be a year level,  Sub School, Domain or co-curricular staff member.  


All completed forms are to be returned to the General Office. Students will be able to hold only one leadership position in 2019. Students may apply for up to two but need to state their preference.


Applications for Junior and Middle School positions close 3.15pm on Friday 2 November


“Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.”

John F. Kennedy, Former US President


Ms Wendy Harvey

Director of Girls' Leadership

In our community

SunSmart competition


Family Life Public Meeting


Mordialloc Beach Primary 150th

Join 150th anniversary celebrations on Saturday 24 November, 12Noon to 3pm. 

RSVP by to [email protected] 

Mordialloc Rotary - Community events

Birthing Kit Assembly Day - Saturday 27 October at 12.30pm, Sandbelt Hotel

Contact Kay Gordon 0447 437 950

Bayside Gamers for Good  (30 October)  has been cancelled. 

Mentone Park Primary Colour Run Fundraiser


School information 

General Office

8.15 am to 4.15pm

Monday to Friday 

Tel 03 9581 5200

Principal Team

Principal - Linda Brown

Assistant Principal - Bronwyn Moline

Assistant Principal - Carol Duggan

Director of Junior School - Lisa Kosack

Director of Middle School - Deb Jarvis

Director of  Senior School - Sylvia Christopoulos

Attendance & Absences

Students should aim for an 100% attendance record. They are expected to attend school regularly and remain at school and in class until officially dismissed.

Year 7-10 absences: Parents/guardians use Compass to log when and why before 9am.

VCE student absences:  Parents/guardians contact the VCE Office on 9581 5231 before 9am and update attendance on Compass.  If contact is not made on the day of absence, an explanatory note must be brought from home on the day the student returns and handed in to the VCE Office for VCE students. All notes should be written and signed by a parent/guardian and must clearly show the student’s name, form and date of absence.

Late arrival - after 8.50am

Years 7-10 must sign the arrival book at the General Office and take the white late slip to class. 

VCE students sign in at the VCE Office.


It is your responsibility to ensure your child attends school every day. Learn about your responsibilities and what you can do to help your child's attendance. Schooling is compulsory for children and young people aged from 6 -17 years. School participation will help your child develop important skills, knowledge and values to further their learning and participation in the community. Attending school every day also helps your child develop crucial social and emotional skills such as good communication, resilience and the ability to work in teams.

Children and young people who regularly attend school and complete Year 12 have better health outcomes, better employment outcomes, and higher incomes across their lives. 

For more information see:  DET Attendance and missing school.



Second Hand Uniform Shop

Open during the term on:

Tuesday 2.45pm - 3.45pm

Wednesday 8.15am - 9.15am

Reimbursement after sale of items is by bank transfer. Cheques are not issued. 

Please label all items for the second-hand uniform shop clearly with: 

  • Seller's name and contact details
  • BSB and Account Number

Please hand in items to the General Office. 

If you have any queries please, contact Carolyn Page, Finance Manager.


Uniform Supplier - Costume World 

Shop 5 1291 Nepean Highway, Cheltenham

T: 9584 7006

Assessment & Reporting

A parents' guide to assessment and reporting can be found on Compass under School Documentation, which is located in the Community tab on the menu at the top of the page. The guide is also on the website under the Curriculum tab.  Guide for parents.

Library hours

8.30am to 4.30pm, school days

Facilities Hire

Many of the school's spaces are available to hire including the gym and lecture theatre. 

For information on hire rates and availability, contact Bronwen Peterson, Facilities Manager

on 9581 5200.


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Statement of commitment to child safety 

Mentone Girls’ Secondary College is committed to safety and wellbeing of all children and young people. This will be the primary focus of our care and decision-making.

Mentone Girls’ Secondary College has zero tolerance for child abuse. Mentone Girls’ Secondary College is committed to providing a child safe environment where children and young people are safe and feel safe, and their voices are heard about decisions that affect their lives. Particular attention will be paid to the cultural safety of Aboriginal children and children from culturally and/or linguistically diverse backgrounds, as well as the safety of children with a disability.

Every person involved in Mentone Girls’ Secondary College has a responsibility to understand the important and specific role he/she plays individually and collectively to ensure that the wellbeing and safety of all children and young people is at the forefront of all they do and every decision they make.  Please refer to our policies on our website: for detailed information.

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