College News

31 May 2018
Issue Fifteen
Principal's Update
Important Dates
Exam Timetable
Student Awards                                                           
Kingston Cross Country Results
Yr 10 Advance
House News
Scope Young Ambassadors Program
Yr 9 Mentor Careers Presentation
Careers News
Production Trivia Night
Community News
Mordialloc College
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Principal's Update


Dear Families, Students and Community members,


Student Representation on School Council

There was a positive level of interest in the two new student positions on school council. Voting closed on Monday and I would like to congratulate Jeremy Thai-Chan (Year 7) and James Vicendese (Year 10) who have been duly elected by the student body. I would like to thank the other candidates for putting themselves forward for these important positions: Sam Bloxham (Year 9), Ava Collison (Year 10), Carter Fox (Year 10), Jessica House (Year 7) and Laura Reeves (Year 8).

Jeremy and James will attend their first school council meeting on Thursday 21 June.


Future Facility Development

I invited the local member for Mordialloc, Mr Tim Richardson MP, to our recent school council meeting, to speak about the Government's plans in relation to a future financial commitment to realise our full masterplan and cater for our ongoing student growth. Tim spoke positively about the need to make a significant investment here to ensure the College could adequately accommodate future projected enrolments, as well as ensuring our school community had access to a complete range of 21st-century learning facilities across the College.

On Tuesday afternoon this week, State Opposition leader and leader of the Liberal Party, Matthew Guy visited the school with local liberal candidate, Geoff Gledhill. Geoff had previously toured the school back in Term 1 with Tim Smith, Shadow Education Minister, so it was very positive to have Matthew Guy here this week, keen to see the school in action and speak to me about our needs in terms of facility development, given we are a rapidly growing school.

They were impressed with how orderly and focused the learning environments were in every classroom and enjoyed meeting some students and teachers as we walked through. I took the opportunity to speak to Matthew about the need for further funding to complete our masterplan and cater for the increase in our student enrolments now and into the future. I also highlighted our major areas of need, including the development of a new Visual Arts/Technology Centre, new Year 8 Learning Centre and a new Senior School Study Centre with classrooms attached.


Staff Service Awards

On the afternoon of Friday 25 May, we held the Mordialloc College staff service awards. This is an annual event to celebrate and recognise staff that have spent a considerable part of their career to date at Mordialloc College. It was a most worthwhile event sponsored by school council. In 2016, our first year of running the awards, we had twenty-one staff receiving awards for 10, 15 or 20 years of service to Mordialloc College. Last year, 2017 we had four staff and this year six staff. All received a framed certificate, with any staff serving 25 years or more also receiving a small gift. Staff presented include: Sharonne Crossley and Daniel Williams for 10 years; Lyndell Thompson, Cory Watters and Adwine Narayan for 15 years; and Robyn Wilson for 25 years!


Student Safety to and from School

A reminder to all students to please take care travelling to and from school and, most importantly, to follow the rules around train stations and level crossings. At railway level crossings, don’t cross the level crossing if there are warning lights, or if the boom gates are closed (or closing or opening). Wait for the bells and lights to stop and the boom gates to be raised before crossing.


Effective Study for achieving Personal Best

As we approach the end of Semester One exam period for students in Years 9-11, it is so important for all students to remain focused and use class and home study time effectively. Students should seek help from their teachers to work on any identified weaknesses, complete unit summaries and undertake practice exam questions to assist in their preparation. Consistent home study throughout the year (a set routine each night) is essential for success rather than cramming prior to the exams.


Study habits for success: click on the following link to read tips for students:



Sleep for Wellbeing and Academic Performance

Sleep is food for the brain. During sleep, important body functions and brain activity occur. Skipping sleep can be harmful — even deadly, particularly if you are behind the wheel. You can look bad, you may feel moody, and you perform poorly. Sleepiness can make it hard to get along with your family and friends and hurt your scores on school exams, on the court or on the field. When you do not get enough sleep, you are more likely to have an accident, injury and/or illness. Sleep is vital to your well-being - as important as the air you breathe, the water you drink and the food you eat. It can even help you to eat better and manage the stress of being a teen. Biological sleep patterns shift toward later times for both sleeping and waking during adolescence. This means it is natural to not be able to fall asleep before 11:00 pm. Teens need about 8 to 10 hours of sleep each night to function best, however, unfortunately most teens do not get enough sleep. One study found that only 15% reported sleeping 8 1/2 hours on school nights. Teens tend to have irregular sleep patterns across the week, typically staying up late and sleeping in late on the weekends, which can affect their biological clocks and hurt the quality of their sleep.


Please see the article to follow for some helpful tips.


Student Attitudes to School Survey

We value the student voice as a means to improving student engagement, well-being and quality instruction, and are conducting a survey to find out what your child thinks of our school. The Attitudes to School survey is an annual student survey offered by the Department of Education and Training to assist schools in gaining an understanding of students' perceptions and experience of school. Our school will use the survey results to plan programs and activities to improve your child's schooling experience.
This will be the fifteenth year that the survey has been offered, now in its second year of being online. Students from Year 7 to 12 at our school have been participating in the survey over the last few weeks. The survey takes approximately 15 minutes to complete and all responses to the survey are anonymous. The survey results will be reported back to the school in July and will be communicated to parents through the Annual Report.


Top 10 Employability Skills

A recent study in the UK examined the top ten skills that employers are looking for. Click on the link below to read more:





Ms. Michelle Roberts






Important Dates


Monday 4

  • Yr 8F Rock Climbing Excursion
  • Yr 10 Exams 
  • Yr 11 Unit 1 Exams

Tuesday 5

  • Yr 8E Rock Climbing Excursion
  • Yr 10 Exams
  • Yr 11 Unit 1 Exams
  • Yr 11 VCAL Young Ambassadors Program

Wednesday 6

  • Yr 9 Mentor Careers Presentations
  • Yr 10 Exams
  • Yr 11 Unit 1 Exams
  • Yr 12 Elevate Session: How to Ace Your Exams

Thursday 7

  • World Challenge Fitness Session 
  • Yr 8D Up Unlimited Excursion
  • Yr 10 Exams
  • Yr 10 VCAL METEC Defensive Driving Course
  • Yr 11 Unit 1 Exams 

Friday 8

  • Yr 8G Rock Climbing Excursion
  • Yr 10 Exams
  • Yr 11 Unit 1 Exams

Monday 11

  • Queen's Birthday Public Holiday

Tuesday 12

  • Yr 9 Exams

Wednesday 13

  • GAT - General Assessment Test
  • Yr 9 Exams

Thursday 14

  • Production Trivia Night Fundraiser - 6:30 pm in the Learning Centre

Friday 15

  • Student Free Day
  • Facilities Meeting

Monday 18

  • SMR Cross Country
  • Whole School Roll Over to Semester 2

Tuesday 19

  • Monash University VCE Enrichment Program Part 2
  • John Monash VCE Excursion

Wednesday 20

  • Yr 11 Product Design Technology/ Media Top Design Excursion

Thursday 21

  • VCE/VCAL Information Night: 

- Yr 9 at 6:30 pm in the Learning Centre,

- Yr 9 SEAL at 6:30 pm in the Glass House (Learning Centre)  

- Yr 10 at 7:00 pm in Learning Centre

  • School Council Meeting

Monday 25

  • World Challenge meeting - 1:15 pm-1:45 pm in the HUBSPACE

Tuesday 26

  • Yr 8B, 8D, 8F, 8H Scienceworks Excursion
  • Yr 9 SEAL Elevate Skills Incursion Memory & Mnemonic

Thursday 28

  • Yr 8A, 8C, 8E, 8G Scienceworks Excursion

Friday 29

  • Last Day of Term 2 early dismissal
  • Senior Formal

Exam Timetable


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 to the following students for displaying the College values.

Integrity and Personal Best: Caiden Cutting for always being polite and respectful and for always being determined to achieve his best.


Personal Best: Thomas Reeves for working exceptionally hard on his comparative writing skills.

Responsibility: Ben Skeggs for supporting a peer in English to catch up with notes and to understand key skills.

Integrity: Liam Smith for handing in an item he found.





Personal Best to the following students for their wonderful efforts in their Slam Poetry task.

Lana Paten




Kingston Cross Country Results

This year we have two girls' teams who finished first, winning the Kingston Division Championships. Well done and congratulations to those two teams; 12-13-year-old girls' team champions are Charlotte Borkowski, Maya Whetsone, Millie Cardona, Roma McDonald, Isabelle Sullivan and Nina Davis and the 14-year-old girls' team champions are Laura Reeves, Emma Schutz, Elly Tregellis, Mikalya Coxhell and Tamsyn Russell.

Congratulations also to the following students who have advanced to the next round of Cross Country. The next event will be held on 18 June at Ballam Park, Frankston.


17-20 Girls

Charlotte Davis 8th

Camille Nightingale 13th


17-20 Boys

Max Peters 7th

Lochlann Kilkenny 5th

Alex Bailey 9th

Tom Carter 17th


16 Girls

Caitlyn Maher 14th

Elly Reeves 13th


16 Boys

James Vicendese 4th

Jack Crowe 8th

Jack Alacqua 12th

Fylnn Hynes 14th


15 Girls

Eliza Borkowski 11th

Bianca Davidson 13th


15 Boys

Leo Faid 9th


14 Girls Kingston Division Champions

Laura Reeves 3rd

Emma Schultz 14th

Elly Tregellis 15th

Mikalya Coxhell

Tamsyn Russell


14 Boys

Jake Souroop 7th


12-13 Girls Kingston Division Champions

Charlotte Borkowski 2nd

Maya Whetstone 3rd

Millie Cardona 6th

Roma McDonald 13th

Isabella Sullivan 14th

Nina Davis 17th



Mr Cory Watters

Carnivals and Yr 9-12 Sport Coordinator

Yr 10 Advance

Cathedral Ranges Hike

After an early morning start, the Yr 10 Advance class strapped up their bags and got their gear onto the bus to get ready for the hike they had ahead of them. The bus trips are always a great part of the experience on the Advance excursions. After our bus journey, we arrived at the Cathedral Ranges. We all flooded out of the bus, stretched our legs and geared up for the hike we were secretly dreading.


The start was very slow and nobody seemed motivated. Then it started going uphill and everyone’s paced dropped significantly, but as a team we pushed through and made it to the flat ground.


After a lot of sweat, water and music, we made it close to the peak of the Cathedral Ranges where all of our efforts paid off. We decided it was time for a break and, luckily for us, this break was accompanied by a stunning view and was filled with lots of laughs and lunch. After awhile, we decided it would be better to keep walking so we could get to our campsite before dark, so we continued our hike.


After what felt like an eternity, we made it to our campsite and set up our tents. Seeing the site was such a relief for all. Some of us decided to swim in the little water pool which was absolutely freezing. As the night carried on we played a few games, ate our dinner and sat around the campfire talking. We were all in bed by 10 pm.


Early morning and it was rise and shine, time for the finale of the hike. We woke up to a nippy wind. We didn’t let that stop us as we kicked off early and made it back to our bus by lunch. Finally, we could take our packs off and all that weight was off our shoulders.


 We boarded the bus and sat down on what were the comfiest seats of all time. There were a few sleepy people! What an adventure - the Yr 10 advance class had completed the Cathedral Ranges hike!


Thanks to Mr Knox and Miss Cameron for coming along and to Mr Evans for organising the hike.


Jordan Missaglia

Yr 10 Advance


House News

House Update


This year has been an exciting one so far for our houses, with a multitude of activities encouraging student participation. House points are awarded for student engagement under three categories - participating in either cultural, community or sporting activities.

Students have involved themselves in the Swimming Carnival, Athletics, Cultural Week, PE Week and Student Cross country. Students have also gained points by participating in regular lunchtime activities and receiving awards.

We look forward to our next House event - the Kalura ‘Futsal Competition'. Please see Ms Baker for further details!

Individual Student Achievements

Congratulations to Charli Davis who is the winner of our participation movie voucher. Charli obtained the most house points on Athletics day, participating in numerous events. Well done!


On Athletics day, students received a raffle ticket for every event entered!

Amelia Davidson of Yr 7 was the lucky winner of a Rebel Sport voucher. 














Scope Young Ambassadors Program

The Intermediate VCAL students have been participating in the Scope Young Ambassadors Program which is a great way for students to learn about diversity in the community.

The program provides students with skills to understand disability and diversity in the community, successfully communicate with people who have a disability, be aware of some of the challenges faced by people with a disability and encourages students to see the person, not the disability.

The program is also aligned with the VCAL subject Personal Development Unit 1 and Unit 2, and allows students to meet the requirements of the Learning Outcomes assessed in these units. On completion of this course, students will achieve the following learning outcomes: work in teams to plan and organise a simple activity; demonstrate knowledge of a specific activity or goal; demonstrate skills specific to a simple activity or goal; solve problems specific to a simple activity or goal; and demonstrate teamwork skills.

On Tuesday 29 May, students participated in the second workshop of the program which focused on 'Communicating Successfully with Others - See the Person, Not the Disability'. During this session students participated in activities, explored communication resources and gained an understanding of the various ways in which we all communicate.


The next Scope workshop will be held on Tuesday 5 June and we look forward to providing you with an update of the Scope Young Ambassadors program in the next newsletter.



Mara Sears

Literacy/PDS Intermediate VCAL Teacher

Yr 9 Mentor Careers Presentation

Yr 9 Mentor

On Wednesday 6 June, Yr 9 students will participate in a careers presentation from people with various career backgrounds. Each guest speaker will provide a short presentation on their career, followed by student questions. Students have the opportunity to sign up to two presentations with the aim that they will gain further insight into career options in the future.



Sally Mitchell

Director of Student Engagement

Mordialloc College

Careers News

CAREER NEWS    Friday 1 June

Please click on the following link to see all of the current careers news. There is a lot of information regarding course information days from various universities and institutes.


Production Trivia Night

The Addams Family College Production Trivia Night

One of the biggest and most exciting events to feature on the Performing Arts Calendar this year, is our upcoming school production of ‘The Addams Family: School Edition’. Rehearsals are well underway and the show is really taking shape.


In order to make this production the best the College has seen yet, we are raising some much-needed funds to help us hire costumes, build sets, as well as create an outstanding visual experience. In order to do so, the cast and crew are hosting a FUNdraising Trivia Night, and we want you to come along and get amongst the action!


Date: Thursday 14 June, 2018

Time: 7pm kick off, arrive from 6:30pm

Location: Learning Centre, Mordialloc College, 1 Station Street, Mordialloc

Cost: $15 per ticket, purchased from Reception or on the door


There will be some light refreshments provided on the night, but if you would like to bring a plate of food to share with your team, you are more than welcome to do so (please note that this is an alcohol-free event). Aside from a great night of trivia, there will be bonus games, great music, and a silent auction. In addition to all of this, you will be privy to a sneak peek of the show!


Teams will be organised on the night, but if you would like to bring your own team of no more than 8, please feel free to do so. Parents, students, teachers and staff will all be competing to take out the title of ‘The Smartest Table’. Questions will be appropriate to challenge people of all ages and areas of interest, so feel free to bring along the History Buff, the Movie Buff as well as the Random Fact Buff!

If you have any questions, or would like to donate some prizes for the event, please contact Miss Stevenson on 9580 1184, or via email [email protected] or Miss Sears on [email protected]


Thank you for your support

The Production Team

Community News

Dobsons School Uniform Shop Trading Hours for Term 2 2018

Monday 8:30 am - 11:30 am

Wednesday 12:30 pm - 4:00 pm

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.

Mordialloc College Alumni

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