Mentone Girls' Secondary College Newsletter

27 April 2018
Issue Five
Key Dates
Principal's Message
College Matters
Classroom, Curriculum & beyond
Junior School News
Nakamura High School visit​
SingFest '18
Student Achievements
In Our Community
Mentone Girls' Secondary College
(03) 9581 5200
Corner Balcombe Road & Charman Road
Mentone, Victoria, 3194

Key Dates


Friday 27 April

Staff PD - Student 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


Friday 1 June

Mid-year exams commence


Monday 11 June

Queen's Birthday Public Holiday 


Tuesday 12 June

Report Writing - Student Free Day 


Wednesday 13 June

GAT Testing

Principal's Message

Dear Parents & Families

Welcome back to term 2. Linda Brown is on leave until Monday 7 May and I am Acting Principal in the interim.


I would like to take this opportunity to welcome new staff who have joined our college – Ms Lauren Caridi (for Ms Hurwitz), Ms Beth George and Mr John Rorke (for Mr Campbell’s Music and Business classes respectively), Ms Jessica McKenzie (for Mr Wallis), Ms Becky White (for Ms Kosack), Ms Jan Tallarida (who is taking Ms Cohen’s classes on a Tuesday), our new Business Manager, Ms Kelly Lloyd-Vanni and in IT tech support, Mr Gayan Perera. Welcome also to students who have commenced at the college this term.


At our ANZAC assembly on Monday I reflected on the theme of pride through highlighting some recent events, all just from the first week of term! It has been a very busy time for us all.


I have been taking some Year 7 and 8 students back to their former primary school to talk to Year 6 students about the transition from primary school to secondary school. Whether they were describing peer support, the camp, the Year 7 and 12 Fancy Dress, even their lockers and homework, everyone of these students spoke about the school with pride.


Last Wednesday we held our Year 7 Famous Women in History expo and Year 9 My Migrant Story expo. I was very impressed with the effort that the students had put into their projects. From the Year 7s, dressing up as the woman they had chosen and learning interesting facts about her life, to the Year 9s researching the migration story of one of their ancestors and displaying this in a suitcase or as a video, these students took pride in their work and rightly so.


Last Thursday we hosted Singfest and welcomed students from the Ubuntu choir from South Africa as well as from schools across Melbourne. Our Music students did us proud on this day.

At the athletic sports last Friday, students were proud of their achievements, whether it was showing House pride in their costumes and with their chant, whether it was participating for the first time or the last time, or whether it aiming for a PB in a particular event.


Open Night was held on Tuesday. Many students performed in music ensembles, aerobics routines and play rehearsals. Domain leaders demonstrated their work in subjects ranging from art to science, from technology to maths and the tour guides students showed off their school with pride. (Head to the school’s Facebook page to see our students in action.)


I concluded by asking students to take a moment to think of the ways in which they can show pride: by putting their best effort into their work; by working effectively with their team on the sports field; by singing their heart out in the House Chorals; by looking after our environment and by being that caring and understanding friend.


I’m looking forward to a productive and exciting term.




Bronwyn Moline

Acting Principal 

College Matters

Year 7-10 Parent/Teacher/Student interviews

Monday 30 April There are no scheduled classes on this day.

Parent Teacher Student interview bookings close for Year 7 to 10 parents at 9:30am.
Interviews run from 1.30pm to 8pm

These interviews are for the parents of Year 7-10 students, including those Year 10 students doing a Unit 1 subject. 

Second-hand Uniform Shop

Donna Harrison and Diane Weston have been working in our Second-hand Uniform Shop for many years, running the Wednesday morning session. They will both be finishing up at the end of the year. Therefore we need to recruit some new volunteers soon in order to continue to provide this service to our school community.

If you are able to assist please contact Donna Harrison on 0421 782 123.

Parents & Friends' Association 

Thanks to the following PFA members for their assistance at the expos last week Rosa Ferrari, (who did a solo performance from 4-6pm), Marissa Ford, Michelle Lafferty and Ales Nebesky.  Thanks also to Rosa Ferrari, Michelle Lafferty, Linda McIntyre, Ales Nebesky, Elizabeth Semmel and Emma Walker who served tea and coffee at Open Night and answered countless questions from prospective parents.

The next PFA meeting is on Tuesday 8 May at 7pm in the staffroom.

Past Students' Association 

The PSA has a new Committee for 2018 comprised of mainly past students who left the school within the last 20 years. This is a great way to help the Committee transition into a new approach to engaging with the past student community. The previous long term Committee members attended in the the 1950s to 1970’s, some attending from the very beginning of the school at the Balcombe Road site. They did an excellent job supporting this Association for the School during the 2000s, volunteering countless hours in many ways.

We farewelled and sincerely thanked those long term members who had given ten and often more years service to the PSA. They were a capable, dedicated and caring group who had the interests of MGSC in their hearts and minds for a very long time.

So the new committee of PSA would like to again acknowledge the significant contributions of

past Committee members, Judy Deakin, Wendy Ford, Lorraine Pritchard and Margaret Osborne.

We hope to continue the goals and legacy of the PSA in this new digital age, while keeping the over 60 year history of MGSC (formerly MGHS) alive and part of the MGSC story.

We will introduce our new Committee members in future newsletters.

Please see our Association page on the School website for further information about PSA.

NDIS Family Information Session

Information session designed to help families and carers get ready for the National Disability Insurance Scheme have commence in the Bayside Peninsula area. The session will cover topics such as:

  • What is the NDIS and how does it work?
  • The transition arrangements for students
  • What kind of support can I access through the NDIS?
  • Accessing the NDIS

The session will be delivered in partnership with the Department of Education and Brotherhood of St Laurence.  Further information is on the attached. 



Anzac Day ceremony

Thank you to Issy Pilcher (College Vice Captain) and Maddy McAlister (VCE Committee) for their attendance at the recent Anzac Day service held in Beaumaris on Sunday 22 April. The school was represented at the wreath laying ceremony to honour those who gave their lives in battle. The service was well attended and followed the march from the concourse, which included some of the veterans from World War II, several squads from current armed services and local cadet groups.


Classroom, Curriculum & beyond

My Migrant Story 

Over the past few weeks, the students in the Year 9 classes have been busy researching and writing about their families history and migration stories to Australia. They put together a wide range of different projects, from suitcases to recipe books and some even made short movies. Most of the students included artefacts such as dolls, teddy bears and even clothing which were dearly loved by their descendants and ancestors.


On Wednesday 18 April,  the Middle School Classrooms were full of students displaying their Migrant Story projects. Everyone’s friends and families came to see them, with some students and teachers even dressing up as their family members.


This project brought light to many untold stories of students grandparents, parents and even themselves who migrated to Australia from different countries all around the world. As students we got the opportunity to learn about our own history and how we ended up living in Australia and how our families lives were established. This project was a great way to connect with our past descendants and learn about their past while also learning about our classmates history as well.


Overall the evening was a big success, as the students were finally able to show off the massive amount of effort that they all put into these projects. Everyone had a lot of fun researching about their family members and we all learnt something new.


Ruby Munn & Eleftheria Kazas, Year 9



Year 11 Food Studies Incursion

On the first day of term, Year 11s Food Studies students had an incursion about the contemporary use of Indigenous Australian ingredients. They were able to learn about how ingredients such as lemon myrtle, wattle seed, salt bush and mountain pepper can be incorporated into foods they already make as well as being able to smell and taste some of the foods.

Tess Molina

Head of Design, Creativity and technology

World Challenge

Travel insurance is incredibly important so please ensure your daughter has this prior to departure. Please read the PDS carefully as an emergency helicopter trip off the Mt Everest trek may cost you over $3000 if not covered. To assist your daughter acclimatising to altitude whilst trekking, she must have a prescription for Diamox and take this medication daily whilst above 3000 m.


Hint #10:  With winter approaching, it would be a great idea to check out Aldi for their great winter clothing layers and ski gloves.


Mr Michael Warden

World Challenge Coordinator

Junior School News

Year 8 Camp

We are all looking forward to the Year 8 camp coming up in week 6 of this term. All permission forms should have now been submitted. Now is the time to start checking the clothing list and to start putting aside older clothes that can get dirty ready to pack for camp.

Picture This

Last term Ella Crawford in Year 7 entered the ‘Picture This ’ competition advertised in the school newsletter. This photography competition is run by the City of Kingston and had a large number of applicants. Ella took an amazing photo in the Otway Ranges and was rewarded with 3rd place in this competition. Well Done Ella!



Dress Rehearsal

On Monday 23 April, the eight aerobics teams presented their routines to their families in the lecture theatre. All students did an amazing job and it was important in preparation for the competitions at the end of April. The following awards were presented.


Tamika Sheehan, Ayesha Meyers, Katelyn Randall, Isabelle Jacques, Rayna Hosking, Josie Weir, Meka Barone, Vanessa Marcon and Hope Maillard


Most improved

Elaina Stephanou, Luca Douglas, Stephanie Katacouzinos, Lucy Walker, Evie Koutsodontis, Evelyn Callaghan, Irene Lambrou, Cassidy Jackson, Alisa Chechelnitskiy, and Ella Bennett


Outstanding achievement

Holly Grimmer


Ms Tess Molina

Head of Aerobics


Nakamura High School visit​

Save the Date - end July to early August
Host families needed

This year will be the seventh time we welcome a group from Nakamura High School, our sister school in Nagoya, Japan. The Sister School relationship and its exchange visit program continue to offer rich and rewarding experiences for our students and families, and usually forge friendships which will be cherished for a long time.


Homestays will be required for possibly a mixed group of approximately 15 students in Years 10 to 12. The group will visit us from the end of July to early August; the exact dates to still be confirmed. This follows our visit to their school in September 2017.

Hosting a Nakamura High School student is open to all year levels.


For further information or to express interest in hosting a Nakamura High School student, please contact Mrs Petra Witt via email


Mrs Petra Witt

Exchange visit Coordinator



House Athletics Carnival

Although the day started with a low fog cover over Dolomore Oval, the MGSC enthusiasm was still present. Students walked in through the gates with smiles on their faces and decked out in their house colours from head to toe. The vast array of options to compete in ranging from high jump and triple jump to shot put and discus; track events  and, of course, the fun novelty events. There was definiately no shortage of house points to be awarded.

A number of records that were broken throughout the day. Congratulations to Jemmah Paton (Year 7) who broke the record for High Jump that was set in 2015; Zoe Cunningham (Year 11) who set a new triple jump record with a score of 11 mentres (was 10.83 set in 2002) and Emily Ryan (Year 9) who smashed the previous discus record from 2006 with her throw of 38.01 metres.  

Thank you to those who came to support their daughters.  Students who have successfully qualified for the divisional level will be notified later in the term.

Well done to all students and thanks to all staff who made this a successful day.




House Cross Country 

The annual Cross country event will be held on Wednesday 16 May here at school. It is a compulsory event for students in Years 7 to 9. The event is run during Period 3 for Years 7 to 9 students and during lunchtime for Years 10 to 12 students. The top 15 students from each age group will go on to compete at the Beachside Cross Country carnival on Tuesday 22 May.

More information will appear on Compass and on the screens so please keep an eye out for this.


Ms Ilana Parker

College House and Carnivals Coordinator

Southern Metro Region swimming report

During the last week of term, the MGSC swim team competed in the Southern Metro Regional carnival at MSAC. We had representatives swimming across 12 different individual events and three 4x50m freestyle relay teams. On the day MGSC medalled in seven individual races, as well two relays. The 2018 Carnival was a strong meet with fourteen records broken, one of them our very own Cara Jenkins, who broke a 34 year old record in the 16 year old 50m Freestyle. Well done to Cara also winning her other two events with our 1st placed 14 year old relay team Mya Winnell, Georgia Macmillan, Poppy Livings and Mia Schroen for all qualifying for the State Championships. Congratulations to all our swimmers on a great day and good luck to our State Championships qualifiers. 

State Swimming 

Congratulations to our 14 year old relay team – Georgia Macmillan, Mya Winnell, Mia Schroen and Poppy Livings for representing the College at the State Championships on Wednesday 18th April at MSAC. An incredible achievement to have made this far. The team finished 5th overall unfortunately finishing short of receiving a medal. Thank you to all the parents/guardians and other supporters for assisting the students throughout the day.

Gavin Bell 

Health, Physical Education & Humanities Teacher

Student achievements

Emily Ryan 

Emily Ryan in Year 9 competed at the Australian Junior Athletics championships held in Sydney in March. Emily competed as an Under 16 and won a silver medal in discus and a silver medal in shot put.  Emily displayed her talents in discuss at the House Athletics carnival setting a new school record.  Well done Emily! 

Cara Jenkins

Congratulations to Cara Jenkins in Year 10 who swam at the National Championships in Sydney recently.  She reported: 

"In the 100m backstroke final I came 8th (didn’t drop or add any placing) and got another PB by 0.4 seconds. I  PBed in every one of my races. My two highest ever rankings were 11th in the 200m backstroke and 8th in the 100 backstroke. My 50m, 100m, 200m freestyle were all significant PBs and I managed to halve my seeding.


More sport news 

Visit for more sport news and images. 

SingFest '18


Mentone Girls' Secondary hosted the SingFest singing workshop on Thursday 19 April.  The event featured Ubuntu, a gifted group of singers, musicians and dancers who are former members of the African Children's Choir. Students from other local secondary schools gathered for a day of vocal and performance workshops which concluded with all on stage for a performance. 


Student Achievements

State School Spectacular

Sophia Maltarollo of Year 8 will be a lead vocalist representing MGSC in the State Schools’ Spectacular later in the year. This is a wonderful achievement. Well done Sophia!


Chloe Sadler Gray of Year 9 helped to read out donations made to the Good Friday Appeal broadcast on Channel 7. 


Congratulations to Giselle Cirej  (Year 7) for being part of the Grease arena spectacular.




The holiday periods is when much of the maintenance and upgrade to facilities takes place to minimise disruption to teaching. Over the return holidays improvements included:

  • LED lights in the Art rooms
  • Gym floors polished 
  • New floor in the uniform shop/causeway
  • Pruning of trees
  • New skylight panels in the canteen shade area.
  • Canteen shade structure has been painted
  • Ant spraying the whole school.
  • Deck area oiled

Many of the schools spaces are available to hire including the gym and lecture theatre. To find out more about rates and availability, contact the Facilities Manager, Bronwen Petersen on 9581 5200.



In Our Community

Saturday 28 April - Day of the Tiger 


Soccer clinics here

FSA is interested in knowing when the MGSC  community would like clinics to run here.  Give them your feedback using this form.


Preschool Open Day


Mentone Girls' Secondary College Newsletter
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