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

14 August 2019
Issue Five
Mount Eliza Secondary College
03 9787 6288
Canadian Bay Road
Mount Eliza, Victoria, 3930


Dear Parents and members of the Mount Eliza Secondary College community

As we approach our assessment for Authorisation as an International Baccalaureate World School, I thought it might be useful for families to gain a better understanding of the approach, and why we have taken this on at Mount Eliza Secondary College.

In short, all decisions made at this school have the students and their current and future needs front and centre. Our approach over the last six years has been twofold:

  • To work towards developing classroom programs that are consistent across year levels, reflect best practice about teaching and learning, and support every student to achieve learning growth to meet their potential
  • To ensure that whilst students can achieve academic excellence, that they are also developing the personal and social skills that will make them ‘life ready’ as successful employees and citizens.

Undertaking the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program recognises the work we have been doing, and adds an international standard, which our teachers must meet. This level of challenge and professionalism for our teachers is a most significant point of difference for Mount Eliza Secondary College. Our teachers are committed to continuous growth as educational practitioners, and all they do is focused on better meeting the needs of our students. This is a huge expectation and is the reason why I am so very proud of the staff at this college.

Our assessment is coming up later in the term, and we look forward to receiving this prestigious accreditation. We will be one of only four schools in Victoria across both the private and public sectors, authorised to deliver this international level education for our students.

Educated for excellence

Prepared for life

Angela Pollard



(YEAR 10-12)

It has been a busy but productive start to Term 3 with students well into their Unit 2 and 4 studies. Last week our Year 10 and 11 students completed course counselling with our school leadership team where students made their subject selections for 2020. If your child is yet to complete their course selection, please contact the Senior School Leaders (Ms Ashleigh Manning or Ms Elena McLuskie) as soon as possible.

Over the past couple of weeks our Year 12 students have listened to several presentations by tertiary institutions such as Monash and Deakin University in preparation for their VTAC applications which started this week. Whilst this is an exciting time of year for students as they begin to plan their future, we understand it can be as equally daunting if uncertain of what pathway to follow. We therefore encourage ALL our senior students, and parents, to book a meeting with our Careers Advisor, Leanne Paterson, who can assist in navigating your child in the right direction for them.

While we may be approaching the home stretch for the VCE academic calender, students are strongly encouraged to be make the most of the many opportunities that still remain both inside and outside of the classroom. With many teachers offering weekly lunch time and after school study sessions there are many opportunities for students to further consolidate their understanding in each of their respective studies prior to the exams.  With many of the finals exams worth 50% of the subject study score every moment counts and can only benefit students further.

Our VCAL students have been working hard fundraising for their upcoming community service trip to Fiji. This fundraising work has involved hours of weekend and after school work that VCAL students have contributed to with smiling faces and a team spirit. The class have raised enough funds to contribute to at least 50% of the travel costs of 11 students. Students that are not travelling have organised a work placement for this time where they will experience an industry different to the one they are currently involved with. Whether travelling or not, all students have contributed to fundraising events while learning about budgeting, profit and loss, planning events, communicating with community businesses and working in teams. VCAL students should be proud of their efforts.

A whole school assembly was held at the college to celebrate the achievements of our Senior School students. Congratulations to the following students on their achievements during Semester one.


Personal Learning in 3 or more subjects

  • Belle York
  • Katrina Ward
  • Dabria Du
  • Charlotte Marshall










Academic Excellence in 3 or more subjects

  • Violetta Minzenmay
  • Oliver Heavey
  • Brianna Rees
  • Belle York
  • Tayla Ponzio-Dalton
  • Freya Jacques                                                       
  • Charli Lawrence    


VCAL Overall Excellence

  • Zara Parkes   

 VCAL Overall Personal Learning

  • Ronan Hanna

We will be handing out a number of other individual achievement awards at an upcoming assembly/mentor session.

Last week our Year 12 students also attended the T.R.A.G presentation about road safety. Many of our students commented that whilst the stories from the emergency services workers and the parents who had lost their own children in road accidents were confronting, they were equally as powerful and reminded them of the important of developing safe driving habits on the road. This week our Year 11 cohort were treated to some R and R from our student leaders, with a range of activities such as Yoga, Mindfulness and Zumba.



Students applied to be part of the Food Technology - "Nailed It 2019" Competition. Eighteen students (9 pairs) were selected to participate. Students were presented with a selection of decorated cupcakes, then in pairs attempted to replicate them under strict time constraints. The participants all  received two 'HELP' cards per pair. These provided two minutes of advice/help per card. Other than this, students used their own initiative and creativity to get the cakes decorated. Once the time was up the students revealed their groups creations to the judges and other contestants.

Lily Whistlecroft and Melody Pascoe of Year 7 won ‘Nailed it 2019'. Runners up were Kaitlyn Meyers and Grace Mead of Year 9.

Well done to all who participated!





"This year's production has now ended. After 6 months of rehearsing after school, on weekends and throughout holidays we performed 6 shows. They were amazing! Thank you to everyone who has helped us get this far. Thank you to Mrs Evans, Mrs Williams, Mrs Zimmerling, Mrs Collard, Mr Benson and many others! Without you the show wouldn't go on! Thank you to everyone who came to see the shows, we hope that you enjoyed it! We had an amazing time practising and performing to you! Behind the scenes, we made friends in other years that we likely would have never met without the production. We are all so grateful for the opportunity to express ourselves onstage and make new friends. We can't wait to see what amazing production happens next year!"

Natasha Bates 





I was one of the lucky three students chosen to attend the Magic Moments in Sydney in July.  This camp was founded 10 years ago by three wonderful women wanting to have a positive impact in young people’s lives. Bendigo Bank and the Mount Eliza’s Lion Club enabled us to go through their generosity of  a sponsorship.

The camp was 5 days and 4 nights,  every day began at 6:30 am and we arrived, exhausted, back at our cabins at about 12pm.  This camp consisted of team games and many motivational speakers, talking about how we can change our lives positively and make them great. Within 24 hours of being at the camp the three of us had already bonded strongly with the 7 other people in our team. Our team was called the ‘penguins’ and during all the games we worked well as a team together. I would go into further detail about the activities and speeches, however I do not want to ruin the surprise for further magic moments attendees. Some of the activities were of an incredibly personal nature and there was an agreement that we wouldn’t discuss any of these themes further after the camp.

As a very introverted, shy teenager, I found the trip to Magic Moments incredibly stressful and nerve-racking. After being at the camp for less than an hour, I had already grown in confidence and felt secure and safe with everybody around me.

For me personally, Magic Moments has had a huge impact in my life. I loved every second of being in that environment and was torn apart when I had to leave. Myself and a fellow participant from our school will be fundraising, so we can attend the graduate program at Magic Moments next year.

I would like to encourage any student who is given the opportunity to go and attend the program, even if like me you are initially scared of the prospect of going.

Belle York



Model United Nations Assembly -  National Event.

Callum Mann and Trinity Joseph will be heading to Canberrra on the 15th of August to represent Victoria in the National MUNA competition. Following their fantastic work at the State event they have since been preparing the 12 resolutions they need to be on top of for the upcoming Assembly. The competition is over two days and the students need to represent the views and values of the country they have chosen in a forum that replicates the United Nations general Assembly  (our boys have chosen North Korea!).  Six resolutions that would have been debated in the real UN are debated by the students and the team which is judged the best at enhancing peaceful solutions and representing their country the best will be judged the winner. There are 28 teams competing- Best of luck to our talented boys and congratulations on the work you have done so far.



July 31st was an unforgettable day: Our year 10 International students accompanied the study tour students from Shanghai and two of their year 7 buddies to the City. I was glad that I had the chance to interact with them and share some of the fantastic secrets of Melbourne.


We visited the Aquarium and saw some marine life such as seahorses.

Zi Hong

I wanted to see prawns. I didn’t see prawns but a giant crocodile.


I saw the penguins being fed by the keeper. They were cute when they moved their body to walk. Then there were three penguins diving down into the water with flexible bodies. They were enjoying the water. That impressed me the most.


We learnt about the mysteries of marine life.


Afterwards we went to the Eureka Skydeck. It was so high and I was so scared, but it was amazing to view the city from high above.










Standing at the very top, we saw the panorama of the City which although shocked me helped me understand how the City reaches all the way to the bay.


Finally we ended our trip at 3 o’clock. What a day full of fresh memories!




Round 3 of the Victorian Human Powered Vehicle Series was held Saturday August 3rd over at Casey Fields. It was a 12 hour race and all our teams put in an awesome effort despite the very long and tough day with the conditions being raining, cloudy and cold - they don’t get much worse than that! Our parents were superstars as always, and supported the team in all areas.

Due to construction work going on at Casey Fields and the rain there were shards of glass and metal all over the track, so we went through a whopping 30 plus punctures (roughly works out to one flat every 20-30ish minutes)!!!


Dinky Dots won the Senior Female category, beating their rivals Pegasus by 3 laps. The final few hours were incredibly intense with both teams gaining an advantage then slowly losing it but the girls pulled through with a well deserved win.

Our Middle Female team Luna Chicks came so close to a win, we were literally holding our breath on the final lap as they finished on even laps! Unfortunately they were beaten by 6 seconds - we are all so proud of our girls, you’re winners in our eyes!

We had our Unicorn Hunters and Track Burners racing in the tough category of open who came out with 6th place and 15th place in that category respectively - amazing work from those teams despite punctures and issues with the steering arms.

We also had a Middle Mixed team made of year 7 and 8 girls and boys who rode well and ended up with 5th in their category of potentially teams full of year 9s! Special mention to Erik in year 7 who did a huge hour and 45 mins straight in the vehicle to help give his team mates chance to rest and recover.

Super proud of our 5 teams after this race. Time to train hard and talk tactics — the countdown is on for the next race in October!!







1.  Where and why did you travel overseas?

I went overseas to England in the last school holidays to complete in the Go Kan Ryu Karate World Championships.

2.  How did you go?

I won the Bronze medal in the Kata Division.

3.  Were you happy with your result?

Yes, as it was my first World Cup, and to have the experience of travelling overseas to represent Australia was a huge highlight.

4.  When did you start doing this activity?

I started karate about a year and a half ago with my son.

5.  What got you into this activity?

I wanted to do something fun and encourage a  fitness program with my son.

6.  Who introduced you to this sport?

I did karate when I was a kid but it was a different style.

7.  How did you feel, before, during and after the competition?

Very nervous before, during the competition I was fine and mentally had a lot of support, and afterwards I was amazed that I had received a medal.

8.  Have you received any injuries while doing this sport?

Yes, but only from being older. Earlier this year I hurt one of the ligaments in my foot. Other than that I’ve had no Injuries.

9.  What was the highlight of the trip?

Apart from winning a bronze medal  I loved touring around, seeing friends and just going back to the UK, as I had worked over there in some  classy restaurants in the past.

10. Did you do site seeing while you were in England? If you have what did you see?

I saw most of the sights of London and went on a tour that went out to Cambridge.  They were the main two spots as I had already seen a lot of the UK when I was younger.         

                  Bella, Jess, Freya, Remme

                                                   Student Leaders





Term 3 - Tuesday 20th August 

Term 4 - Friday 1 November

Term 4 - Monday 4 November 


Boys A Futsal – 1st

Boys B Futsal – 5th

Girls Table Tennis – 1st  (SMR finals)

Boys Table Tennis – 2nd

Hockey Girls – Straight through to SMR finals 

Hockey Boys cancelled due to weather

Basketball Boys – 7th

Basketball Girls – 3rd




Peta Murphy, our local Federal member kindly donated a Snow gum to be planted at our College. Students from the EPP and Leadership program assisted with the planting and then spent some time talking to Peta about how we can seek funds to support the work we are doing with sustainability at the College.  She was very receptive and has encouraged the students to submit an application for a current grant as well as work towards planning a Sustainability day for like minded students from schools nearby.  Peta is willing to support our students in planning and running this day. Another great example of the opportunities our students get at this College.




In year 9 we are currently working on a Community Project that meets the needs of others or addresses an issue in the local or global community.  For my Community Project I am donating toys and games to children in hospitals to brighten their day, or their family’s day. If you would like to help out then you can! All donations have to be new and still in plastic or original packaging. There will be a box in the Senior office and Middle/Junior office or you can personally give them to me. Your help/donations will be greatly appreciated

Jess Ward


Welcome to the MESC Learning Commons

The MESC Learning Commons comprises the Library and ICT Team who support both staff and students.  

Librarian - Mrs Lynn Swannell

ICT Manager - Mr Kevin Hunter

ICT Technician - Mr Sam Karagiannis

Opening Hours

The Learning Commons is open from 8.00am to 4.00pm each day, including recess and lunchtime.  However it is closed at recess each Friday.


Please DO NOT bring in food or drinks and we ask that you tidy up after yourself.


The Learning Commons is now a 'Devices Free Area' - this means no bringing in your phone or other ICT devices to play on during recess and lunchtimes.  Instead we encourage you to read a magazine, play a board game, talk to your friends, join in activities and/or even read your books.

A Reminder About The Dangers of Free VPNs

There are a number of people now that choose to use a VPN as a method of protecting their online privacy or to access services not available in their country.  There are a large number of free VPN services available, however “free” isn’t completely free when it comes to accessing blocked websites through free VPNs. These services may actually allow malicious third-parties to snoop through your personal data, or, even worse, let others use your internet connection to conduct illegal activities on the web.


Free VPNs can log and keep track of all your content, your IP address, the types of sites you visit, etc.- the exact thing VPNs are meant to protect you from. In addition to privacy issues you would want to hide your IP, you may experience slow browsing speed, unstable connections, data usage caps, and outdated encryption.


Worst of all.. Many of these “free” services will sell your personal information to third parties, with some even going as far as placing extra advertising (sometimes malicious). They may even distribute your IP address, welcoming criminal activity that is traced back to your machine, not theirs.


Always take care, know the facts about something you install on your device and be aware that popular free VPN servers aren’t always as safe as they claim to be.

Thank You Library Leaders and Team 2019

Thank you to Mrs Helen Brosche who filled in for me during my 'long service leave' and to all members of the Library Team for their work during my absence.  Once again our Library Leaders Belle and Bella worked with the team to ensure students' library needs were met.  We encourage you to talk to them about any issues, suggestions, ideas you may have relating to our Library and to ensure we continue to keep this important element of our college running smoothly.


"Reading is My Secret Power"

Each year across Australia, the CBCA brings children and books together celebrating CBCA Book Week. During this time schools, libraries, booksellers, authors, illustrators and children celebrate Australian children's literature.  We have some very talented members in our Library Team and they have created these wonderful characters for this year's display.  The CBCA Book of the Year Awards will be announced on Friday 16th August.


New eBooks and Audiobooks

New titles are added to these collections each month and it is also a great way to find suitable reading for your year level, as well as browse titles within the Premier's Reading Challenge levels.  Some of the latest additions include 'Impossible Music' by Sean Williams, 'I hold your heart' by Karen Gregory, 'Graveyard Shift in Ghost Town' by Michael Pryor, 'The Kingdom' by Jess Rothenberg and 'Call it what you want' by Brigid Kemmerer.


These are availble for students and staff to access 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   Check out the hundreds of titles available - remember that you can 'customise' the settings to suit and also 'reserve' titles already in use.  If you can't find anything on the ePlatform app then pop into the library and we can give you 'the real thing'!


Overdue Library Books

Please remember to check the 'due dates' of all items borrowed and ensure that they are returned promptly.  General overdue reminders are sent via Compass news to all students and individual notices are sent out via students' school email which should be checked regularly.  If there are any concerns regarding late and/or lost items then please contact me asap.

Victorian Premiers' Reading Challenge 2019

This is nearly finished with students involved adding and checking their reading lists.  Once these have been confirmed and 'signed off' they will receive their completion certificates in late October.  This challenge involved reading a minimum of 15 books between March and September. 






Mount Eliza Secondary College  ​ 'Educated for Excellence - Prepared for Life’  
Belle and Bella setting Library Team goals for 2019