Dear Families, Students and Community Members,
Term 2 at Mordialloc College has been as busy as usual! It is always a challenging time of year as the weather becomes colder and the daylight hours shorten. But this hasn’t darkened the spirits of our Senior School students who have yet again made us all proud to be a part of the College community.
For the ANZAC day school service at the Shrine of Remembrance, 30 SRC members, along with Ms Campbell and Mrs Brown, paid their respects and laid a wreath in honour of those who lost their lives in wars and conflicts. Mordialloc College’s representation at this commemorative event is important to us and we are proud of those who choose to attend.
At the start of May, Year 10 and 11 students attended the Careers Expo at Caulfield racecourse. The excursion was organised by Jane Jamieson, our Careers and Pathways Advisor, and proved to be highly valuable to many of the students. They were able to attend seminars on VCE subjects, tertiary courses, careers and gap year options; there was well over a hundred exhibitors for them to visit. For some students, the event provided insight into careers they had not considered previously, whilst for others it offered guidance around possible pathways available to them in order to achieve their dream career.
We were lucky this year that House Cross Country took place on a sunny autumn day, making the 3 or 5 kilometre course somewhat less of a challenge! Senior school participation was good and it was, as whole school sports events always are, fantastic to see so many students and some staff taking part – regardless of ability.
Our College Captains have engaged the four houses in a five-cent collection competition; the first house to fill their jar will win and all the money collected will be donated to The Smith Family. At the moment, Iwala is in the lead with Kalura running a close second. It is difficult to estimate how much will be raised from the competition but Sabrina assures me it is likely to be in excess of $300. The response so far has been excellent!
Year 10 went out on work experience this term and represented the College incredibly well. Most students enjoyed their week and were able to reflect on their experience in the workplace. They could review what they had learnt and how the skills they developed could help them in the future. Some found they were inspired to pursue careers in particular areas whereas others discovered that the career they had previously been considering was perhaps not as suited to them as they thought. All in all, the week provided a wide range of learning opportunities for our students and we are grateful to Jane for her hard work in organising these opportunities and to Kim Cowain-Menzies for supporting Jane in ensuring the huge amounts of paperwork were processed in time.
Elevate will be in school again this term, running sessions with Year 11s as they approach end of unit exams, and Year 12s as they approach their final semester of study and begin to prepare for their final exams. It is always hoped that students take away valuable study skills from these sessions so that their home study can be more focused and useful.
As the end of semester and subject units come to an end, and GAT (General Assessment Task) approaches, we wish all our Senior students great success. Exams can present challenges and we are keen that students achieve their best. The Wellbeing team will be running a session with Year 12 students to give them strategies for managing stress and they are always happy to support anyone who might experience feelings of uncertainty or worry at these times. We hope to see all students taking responsibility for achieving their personal best, by studying and preparing for exams in each of their subjects. As in everything we do at Mordialloc College, we have high expectations of all our students and look forward to some excellent results for this semester.
Mrs Joanne Greenhalgh
Acting Assistant Principal
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 student for displaying our College values of responsibility and personal best:
Tom Wakelin: For his fantastic essay on the nature poetry we have been studying.
Congratulations to the following students for displaying their personal best in these areas:
Ashleigh McCulloch: For always giving her personal best in lessons, homework, classwork and everything she does.
And to the following students for applying their personal best efforts to their Japanese Menu task:
Last Tuesday night, students from years 7 to 12 competed in Round 3 of the Victorian Schools Debating Competition. After weeks of rigorous training and intense practice debates, our hardened debate team were ready for their first secret topic round. A secret topic round is where students find out the topic only one hour before their debate and must prepare with no outside help from the internet, teachers or coaches.
Even though our students were up against older, more experienced students from private schools they conducted themselves with grace and confidence. Our results speak for themselves. We were undefeated, again, across all teams and we had many standout performances.
Our C Grade Year 10s won their debate by a decisive seven-point margin on the topic: ‘That Australia should introduce citizenship tests for all Australians as a prerequisite for the right to vote’. Congratulations to Callum Roberts, Ricardo Provenzale and James Vicendese for their eloquence and for taking home the Best Speaker award for their round.
Our A Grade team also won their debate with flying colours decimating their opposition on the topic: ‘That the media should not be allowed to report on the private lives of politicians’. Congratulations to Annie Mey Lee (awarded Best Speaker), Dylan Brown and Alex Vujicic for their incisive performance.
Furthermore, a special mention to Jeremy Thai Chan who, despite being in Year 7 and debating in the Year 9 competition, was awarded the Best Speaker in his debate's last round. These talented young minds have a bright future ahead of them.
The majority of Year 10 students went out on work experience last week and we will be sharing their insights in next week’s newsletter. The Careers newsletters from the year can currently be found on the homepage of Mordialloc College Careers Website. I would encourage all students and parents to have a good look around the website.
The Real Skills for Real Careers video highlights the benefits of VET programs (Vocational Education and Training) as they are designed and developed by industry leaders with an eye to the future needs. Completing a VET certificate or Diploma before, or as an alternative to, completing a degree can positively impact students' employability outcomes.
Students in Years 10-12 who include VET subjects in their secondary school programs, can advance their careers and employability skills by gaining entry level certificates and credit for their VCE and VCAL programs. Many VCE VET programs provide a study score, contributing towards an ATAR in the same manner as conventional VCE subjects. The two main providers of VET for our students are Holmesglen and Chisholm.
Year 9-11 students are encouraged to visit the Careers Office during Term 2 & 3 to discuss the range of VET options available for 2019 to suit their needs and to complete an expression of interest form.
Mays Careers Newsletters – The content summary is below the title – click title for full content.
To continue our Cultural Diversity celebration, last Thursday 17 May, we had a special incursion for all of the Year 7 cohort.
Here are some anecdotes from students in 7A :
Andrei Fomichev: “I would simply say it was awesome!”
Kirra Childs: “The session was fun and hands-on!”
Taylah Lewis: “I thought the incursion was educational and got to learn about the different instruments and drums.”
Nema Laut: “For me, it was a personal and new experience; it was very inclusive and lots of students got to try and give it a go.”
Isabella Sullivan: “An interesting thing to do!”
Tenilia Tong, Chanelle Turnayan and Maya Whetstone: “For us, we felt it was very interesting culturally and also we learnt about the background story of the presenter, his country and the instruments.”
Ava Coulton and Nadia Henriques: “NAPLAN wasn’t the most fun activity… but luckily we got to experience AFRICAN DRUMMING! It was entertaining and super interesting. We learnt about many different African instruments and how they work. Overall it was really good.”
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!
Thank you for your support
The Production Team
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