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