Mount Eliza Secondary College  ​ 'Educated for Excellence - Prepared for Life’  

14 August 2018
Issue Five
  ​Mornington Regional Gallery Art Awards  
            MESC Learning Commons
2018 School Production
Mount Eliza Secondary College
03 9787 6288
Canadian Bay Road
Mount Eliza, Victoria, 3930


Dear Parents and members of the MESC Community

Every four years all government schools undergo a review of their performance with external reviewers. We are currently engaged with that process, and leading up to this point we have been conducting a pre-review self-evaluation. This has involved all members of staff considering the goals we set for our college four years ago, and determining how well we have done in relation to those goals. Students have also been significantly involved in this process, and I have met with students across all year levels to seek their input about almost every aspect of college life, and the extent to which it assists their learning, wellbeing and future aspirations. Whilst we have an obligation to set the school’s direction, we also know that our purpose for being here is the young people with whom we work. Listening and responding to their feedback, thoughts, ideas and concerns is a critical part of our work and this change is one of the significant factors that have contributed to our ever improving success, and the wonderfully calm and productive environment at the college.

The parent representative group on School Council have also been involved in this reflective work over a number of meetings.

The next stage for the review process is a series of formal days whereby our reflections on our work are validated by the reviewer, as well as two Challenge Partners. These partners are principals who have been asked to consider the work of this college from an independent perspective, and in conjunction with our own leadership team, we look forward to developing a clear plan for the next four years.

The full implementation of the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program will be a significant element of this work, and through the process of self-evaluation, plans for the next phase of our work in moving the college forward are already under consideration.

Parents who are interested in providing feedback will have an opportunity to do so in the period between August 24 and September 10. If you would like to participate, please contact me via email or phone.

We have much to celebrate as a college but remain committed to learning and developing in order to best meet the needs of our amazing students!




The School Attendance Guidelines specify that from the end of Term 2 2018, government schools must contact parents/carers as soon as practicable on the day of an unexplained student absence.
Protecting the safety and well-being of children through the reporting and monitoring of absenteeism is the responsibility of both parents/carers and schools. Parents/carers have an obligation to notify the school of their child’s absence and schools are required to notify parents/carers on the day of an unexplained student absence. This responsibility needs to be underpinned by shared understandings and expectations about the procedures for the promotion, monitoring and follow-up of student attendance as outlined in the school’s Attendance Policy.
Clear communication and building a positive and collaborative relationship between schools and parents is critical to the successful implementation of same day notifications. In addition, in order to implement this requirement, it is essential that schools have accurate and current parent/carer contact details. 
If your child is sick or absent, you are required to notify their school as soon as possible on the day of absence using one of the following methods:
1. Online: log the absence directly using your Compass log in and password
2. Telephone absence line: leave your child’s name, class, date of absences and reason – 9788 6290
3. Email  

Notifying the school of your child’s absence either prior to, or on the day that they will be away, helps ensure the safety and wellbeing of children and will fulfil your legal responsibility.


To log in you will require your unique family username and password. These details will be provided to you by our school. Upon first login, you will be required to change your password and confirm your email address and mobile phone number. These details may be used by our school for SMS, password recovery and email communication throughout the year.If you have lost your details or forgotten your password, you can recover your details by clicking the‘Can’t access your account?’ link on the front page.



1.  Contact details

There are times when we will need to contact you, including on the day if your child is absent and you haven’t informed the school as to why.  Do we have your most up to date contact details including emergency contact details?  If not, please notify the school so we can update our records.  Please remember to contact the school if any of these details or your circumstances change.


2.  Notify the school of your child’s absence

Protecting the safety and well-being of children through the reporting and monitoring of absenteeism is the responsibility of both parents/carers and schools.

Remember to use one of the following options:-

* Log into your parent portal if your child is going to be away or late for school so your child’s absence can be recorded correctly, as an SMS will be sent out at 9.45am.

* Call the absence line on 9788 6290

* Email 

For further information on the processes and procedures our school uses to record, monitor and follow-up student attendance and absence please read our Attendance Policy.




3. Same-day notification of unexplained student absences

Our school will SMS you as soon as practicable on the day if a student is not at school and you haven’t notified the school as to why. If you are notified by the school that your child is away without a reason, please notify the school as to the reason via the parents Compass portal to let us know where your child is. If we cannot reach you because we don’t have your correct contact details (i.e.: message notification fail, disconnected number), then we will make contact with any emergency contact/s nominated on your child’s file held by the school, where possible, on the same day of the unexplained absence.

Please remember it is your responsibility to contact us to provide an explanation for your child's absence from school, and where possible, please inform us in advance of upcoming absences.

For further information on the processes and procedures our school uses to record, monitor and follow-up student attendance and absence please read our Attendance Policy.


Mount Eliza Rotary Club are giving Mount Eliza Secondary College the opportunity to distribute raffle tickets to raise funds to support programs and activities at the College. Tickets are $2 each and come in a book of 10 ($20). The remainder of the funds will be used to support community projects of the Rotary Club of Mount Eliza. The school will receive $1.00 for each ticket sold on return of completed butts. We are asking you to purchase a book via Compass, we will fill out the stubbs on your behalf and send the tickets home via your student. Of course we would be appreciative if you were able to purchase more than one book. Additional books can be purchased/assigned and sold to the wider community by calling the general office or coming in and picking them up.

Raffle drawn on 20/11/2018. Results published in Herald Sun Public Notices on 23/11/2018. All winners notified. Prizes cannot be redeemed for cash.

1st Prize – Princess Cruise (Donated by Courtesy Princess Cruises, Rotary Club of Mount Eliza & Trish Stamp Travel) Value $3,000.

2nd Prize - One dozen bottles of red wine, Value $340.

3rd Prize - Round of Golf for four at MGC with carts (Donated by Mornington Golf Club) Value $240.

4th Prize – Worm Farm on a Trolley (Donated by Bunnings) Value $185.

5th Prize – 2 x 30 minutes Massage Gift Certificates (Donated by Precious Hands Massage Therapy) Value $100.

I encourage all families to get on board and help raise funds for our community, please login to Compass to access the tickets.



Mon 03/09: (during this week) an email will be sent to families with allocated subjects

Mon 10/09:  Subjects will be uploaded to Compass to enable payment

Fri 21/09:       Last day for customised payment plan to be in place

Fri 12/10:      Subject levies due in full, VET deposit due

Fri 30/11:      VET payment due in full









​Mornington Regional Gallery Art Awards  


Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery School Art Awards.  The judging of the Friends of the Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery School Art Awards took place on Saturday 4 August and it is with much excitement to announce that Grace Mitchell of Year 10 has been selected as a finalist by the judging panel. 

Grace’s work will be hung in the Mornington Gallery from 21 September - 18 October, with the winners being announced at an award ceremony taking place on September 24 from 5 - 6:30pm. 

Suzanne Eckert of Year 9 has been selected for a Packing Room Prize by the Friends of the Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery School Art Awards Committee. Suzanne’s work will be hung at Antipodes Bookshop and Gallery, 138 Ocean Beach Road, Sorrento from 10 August – 26 August as part of the Highly Commended, Packing Room Prize and Encouragement Award recipients.

The judging panel were delighted by the high level of creativity and artistic skills displayed by our students.

Congratulations girls, a fantastic achievement.

Ms Holderness

Visual Arts Teacher

Grace Mitchell 

Susan Eckert



Two weeks ago, we held our second Trivia night that was very successful and enjoyed enormously by all. The event was well attended and we even had to create an extra table to accommodate all of the teams. We had teams made of parents and friends, the teachers and the HPV kids had their own teams. The winning team was appropriately called ‘the Winners’. The trivia night along with the silent auction raised a massive $2000, which is being used to buy the additional trailer we need to transport our four vehicles.

More importantly, a HUGE WELL DONE to the kids, led by Amelia Rickard who organised the entire evening, from booking the venue, writing the questions, organising and collecting donations for the auction and setting up the online ticket buying service.

Last weekend, a group of our parents organised and ran a sausage sizzle at Bunnings and raised an additional $1940. A HUGE thank you and well done to Michelle Acheson and Jo Berry who organised and coordinated the whole thing, Keith Edwards for sorting out the food donations and to the other parents and kids who came and helped on the day.  

It is a huge privilege to work with such amazing kids and dedicated parents. Without this combined effort the HPV Team would not be where we are now. Our young people never cease to impress both myself and others in the College and community.  They are  an inspiration to all those around them.

Heidi Lockyer 





Now and again we have moments in our lives that make us proud, thrilled, excited and appreciate massive feelings of gratitude that we had an experience that changed our lives. Well, recently I had what I like to call an experience of a life time. Our school has been lucky enough to have 12 incredible Chinese students and their wonderful teacher staying with us to see what it’s like to be involved in an Australian school. I was very privileged to have been picked to look after and be a mentor for one of the most beautiful people that I have ever met.

Julia is a funny, effervescent girl and overall, a really great friend. At the start of this journey, I imagined it to be all mentorship and responsibility, but it’s much more than that. I have created a life long friend and her time down here in Australia will always be kept close to my heart. Even to see my gorgeous friendship group take her in, like they had known her for ages, made me so happy.

It was a cold but pleasant day on Wednesday the 1st of August. The International students, the  Australian mentors and I hopped on the school bus and travelled to Cranbourne Botanical Gardens. We explored the native flowers that were vivid in different arrays of colours. It was so beautiful to watch the International students take photos of our home land. I learnt all about them, especially school life in China and I got to teach them about Australia.

Later on we drove to Moonlit Sanctuary where we had the best time. Millions of outstanding and memorable photos were taken and I will treasure them forever. After we had introduced the Chinese students to the furry wombat, we strolled off to meet the cuddly koala. We hugged and took selfies with the calm and graceful koala; it was definitely a highlight for everyone.

Arthur’s Seat Gardens and the Mount Martha beach was up next. The sun shone brightly, shimmering and glowing through the trees and reflecting in a marvellous way off the still glass like water. By this time, we were all laughing and giggling together like old friends. We collected shells, wrote words in the sand and played chasy with the tide.

No words can truly summarise how life changing this journey has been. It makes me bounce with joy at the fact that I, Abbey Bradley, have had the opportunity to create a friend who may not live close but will be in my memories. How empowering one single event can be to one person alone! This is an experience that I will treasure in my heart forever!

 Abbey Bradley


During Term 2 in IDEEA LAB I decided to make a scarecrow so that the crows would not ruin the garden patch that the Steiner classes had made.

I measured and cut out the wood.  I had to calculate all  the measurements to get the right shape.    With the help from the students in Hands on Learning  we completed the base of the scarecrow.

Next I had to gather clothes and materials to make an outfit for the scarecrow.  The aim was to recycle and reuse things I found around the school grounds.  With assistance I sewed a face and collected heaps of plastic bags to use as the filling for the arms, legs and tummy.

The scarecrow now protects the vegies growing on the school grounds.  I had a great time building it.

Brigitte Pasic 7A



Towards the end of term 2, a group of student leaders decided to challenge MESC's teachers with a game we had participated in earlier this year. Teachers had to safely make their way across a ‘minefield’ as a team, but the most important rule was that they were not allowed to speak. 

When the leaders first completed the activity, it was used to help us discover the styles of leadership we employ, however we altered this slightly and developed it into an exercise to aid the connection between students and teachers by putting them in each other’s shoes. As a student helping run the activity, it was interesting to see the way that the teachers worked through the puzzle, and how they used similar strategies and skills to the ones we used when we first completed it ourselves. 
Apart from the initial frustration of being faced with such a challenge, we had positive feedback from the teacher and student participants overall, and are hoping to run more combined activities in the future.

Heather Mackay




On Tuesday 7th August the Year 12 Biology class had an excursion to GTAC to complete the lab work for their SAC on genetic technologies. GTAC is right next door to the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute (WEHI) and uses current researchers from WEHI and other institutions to mentor students in their programs, so it is a fabulous opportunity for the students to work with real scientists and to hear about their work. During the lab session the students worked through a case study of a flu epidemic, determining the strain of virus and how long the patients have been infected with the virus. They then discussed the different strategies that are used to control epidemics. This was a great opportunity for the students to access lab equipment and processes that they would not normally be able to and to wear lab coats and feel like a real scientist! It will be great to see our students become part of the next generation of scientists.

Cath Scott

Year 12 Biology Teacher



60 Year 9 and 10 students, along with Miss Hill, Mr Roberts, Miss Connelly and Mr Prior travelled to Falls Creek from Wednesday 18th to Friday 20th July. The group stayed at the YMCA facility at Howmans Gap, enjoying the spacious facilities, cooked breakfasts and dinners. Students had the opportunity to experience the wonders of Falls Creek as they cross country skied around the resort for two days. Whilst the weather was windy at times, the students were greeted to over 20cms of fresh powder on Friday morning, creating a winter wonderland for all to enjoy.  Thanks to the teachers and the ski instructors who provided huge support to students over the three days





MESC Learning Commons

Welcome to the Learning Commons

Over the past few weeks in the library, many new and exciting things have been happening. Including making displays, many new books and excursion preparations.


The theme for children’s book week this year is ‘Find your Treasure’. So a small group of library members including myself have painted a massive pirate ship which is now on display in the library. You really need to come check it out, as to describe it would not do the image justice.


Some of the Year 7 library monitors have been working on emoji books. If you have ever been stuck, trying to choose a book to read this could really help in your decision. They have attached emojis ‘describing’ the novel onto the front cover of some of the newer books.  


The majority of the library team will be going to the Melbourne’s Writers Festival very soon, to meet numerous, wonderful authors and attend fun talks on what it is like to be an author and tips for writing your own books.


If you have any ideas for new displays or activities for the library, please get in touch with us or just come to the library.


Thank you,

Belle York 9C

Library Captain



Year 7 monitors (Bella Pasic, Hannah Bailey and Emily Smith) have created an 'Emoji' display which ties in with their current class novel 'Wonder' and showcases some of the new books on display.  They have done a wonderful (sorry couldn't help it) job with this display and if you are "Wonder-ing...what to read next?" then come check it out.

Meanwhile our Year 9  monitors were creating a magnificent display to celebrate Children's Book Week using the 2018 theme "Find Your Treasure".  The pirate ship was drawn by Emily Jones and painted (every recess and lunchtime over 4 weeks) with the help of Belle York, Olivia Shillington and Madeline Bailey.  They too have done a wonderful job in showcasing our 'treasures' in the Library and hopefully inspiring more students to 'find their own treasures' within our collection.


eBooks and Audiobooks

After the successful introduction of our eBooks recently we are now trialling an audiobook collection which can be accessed using the same app.  These are provided for students and staff to use via the app  'ePlatform' by Wheelers Books (download it via your app store for use on multiple devices).  With over 1600 eBooks and over 600 audiobooks to choose from there really is no excuse not to be reading!  And if you can't find anything on the app then pop into the library and we can give you 'the real thing'!


Book Review
by Emily Smith (Year 7)

"Made you up" by Francesca Zappia

Alexandra Ridgemont is a 17 year old girl who has schizophrenia, which makes her see and hear things that aren’t there. She has been homeschooled for most of her life and is going to try going to high school, she has to learn to tell what is real and what isn’t but sometimes the things that are fake are the things you least suspect. With only a few friends that know what she has , a girl that’s out to get her and a crazy principal, anything can happen.  What comes  next is lots of struggles, confusion and a boy named Miles.


2018 School Production

The Addams Family

We have minimal time left to perfect one of our best productions yet! Weekends are completely full with rehearsing dancing and singing scenes, and we use every last second on painting, making and using our creative minds to construct the masterpieces that will be creating the Addams family’s home. There is happiness and eagerness that buzzes in the rehearsal space as we prepare ourselves for the big night. Costumes look incredible and our makeup ideas have started flowing in.


Laughter is thick in the air and we constantly make jokes and muck around while waiting patiently for our cue! The dances are intriguing, the singing is beautiful and the story will make you laugh all the way through. But of course, you can’t forget the sets, lighting and everything that happens behind the scenes. We have dedicated team members that work hard behind all of the sets and they truly make this production worthwhile.


When you think about it, what’s a group production without friendships and life long lasting mates? Well, in production, you don’t need to know anybody because within 5 minutes, you have people who are looking out for you and some people who take you under their wing. We are one big, happy, loveable family. Even behind the scenes, we are singing songs from our favourite movies and telling humourous jokes and stories.


Every second, minute, and hour has been used effectively and we are prepping for that split second when the seating lights dim and the stage lights blare.


Be prepared for ‘The Addams Family’!


By Abbey Bradley (Year 8)


Performances will be held in Banksia Hall on Thursday 23rd August and Friday 24th August at 7.30pm - tickets on sale now via TryBooking

Adults $20  Child/Student $10










Mount Eliza Secondary College  ​ 'Educated for Excellence - Prepared for Life’  
Fact Sheet forParentsandCarers .pdf