College News

09 August 2018
Issue Twenty-three
Assistant Principal's Update
Important Dates
Student Awards                                                           
Student News
Tickets Now On Sale
Community News
Mordialloc College
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Aspendale, Victoria, 3196

Assistant Principal's Update

Dear  Families, Students and Community Members,


As we reflect on the events of Term 2 and indeed the start of Term 3, it becomes clear how much time and effort is committed to Mordialloc College by staff, students and parents. 

Having attended the Careers Expo in Term 2, it was time for our senior students to prepare for course counselling and subject selection at the start of Term 3.  Choosing pathways can be a challenging time for many young people as decisions about the future need to be made. VCE or VCAL? University or TAFE? Science or Arts? Prerequisites or not? The questions are numerous, but with the guidance of experienced and knowledgeable course counsellors, they are questions that can be explored and usually answered. Attendance at all course counselling days was excellent, indicating the interest and engagement of students and parents at Mordialloc College. 

Student achievement is always a whole school priority and we are keen to reward students for their efforts – particularly amidst the pressures of Year 12 studies.  We introduced a new semester based prize for Year 12 students last year and following positive student feedback, we decided to continue with it in 2018. At the end of the semester, every Year 12 teacher is asked to identify the student in their class who has made the most academic progress. This is not about rewarding the highest achievers but those who are working hard to improve their scores. Those nominated represented a range of abilities and levels. The winners of the $50 Westfield giftcards were: Strong Sirachantanakorn (nominated for progress in Chemistry, Physics and Psychology), Suki Guo (for progress in Product Design Technology), Sabrina Berg (for progress in English) and Paris Gorozidis (for progress in Studio Arts). The race to make the greatest progress in Semester 2 is now on and four more students will be drawn from the nominations list prior to the last day in school for Year 12.

The Mordialloc College Debating Group has been working hard to improve their skills and have competed in a number of inter-school debates. Recent successes have included victories over Lyndale Secondary College, Haileybury Girls’ College, Haileybury Boys’ College and Mentone Girls' Grammar. Mordialloc College are becoming quite a force to be reckoned with in the competitive world of school debating and we look forward to their future triumphs!

Our tutoring program for Year 12 students has just started and so far the feedback from students has been excellent. A team of students were part of the interview panel and decision making when selecting our team of tutors for 2018. They found this an interesting experience and were extremely professional in taking on this responsibility. We are encouraging all Year 12 students to sign up for additional support in any subject where they feel a little extra tuition could make a difference to their progress and achievement.

Recent senior school excursions have included visits to The Shrine of Remembrance, Melbourne Museum, Melbourne University and Marngoneet Correctional Centre. As always, our VCAL staff have organised numerous excursions to make the VCAL program as engaging and hands-on as possible. Excursions are designed to enrich the curriculum and inspire learning. We are always grateful to the staff who organise and attend these events.

Tracky Dak day, organised and advertised by the SRC, took place in Term 2, raising just over $600 for ‘TLC for Kids’. The SRC, along with Lana Paten and Sally Mitchell, are now supporting Bendigo Banks’ ‘Yes Project’. The aim of this project is to encourage students to become more actively involved in a wide range of community activities and groups. 




Mrs Joanne Greenhalgh


Acting Assistant Principal





Important Dates


Monday 13

  • Science/IT Week
  • House Assembly
  • MEX 2.0  9E & F City Experience Day 1

Wednesday 15

  • Year 12 Elevate Finishing Line Session
  • Year 9 Bullying and Cyber Safety Incursion

Thursday 16

  • Year 12 Studio Arts MUMA Excursion

Friday 17

  • Student Free Day

Monday 20

  • Production Week The Addams Family
  • MEX 2.0 City Experience

Tuesday 21

  • Year 8 Sortie Cinema to ACMI
  • MEX 2.0 9E & F City Experience Day 2
  • Production Rehearsal Day
  • VCE & VCAL Guest Speaker period 4

Wednesday 22

  • Production Opening Night The Addams Family until Saturday 25 August
  • Matinee for primary school students of The Addams Family
  • Intermediate Round Robin Day

Thursday 23

  • VCAL Day
  • Production The Addams Family

Friday 24

  • Production The Addams Family
  • Year 9 SEAL Science Museum and IMAX Excursion
  • Year 12 Media ACMI Excursion

Saturday 25

  • Production The Addams Family


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.


Personal Best – For applying their personal best efforts in Japanese class and creating an exemplary character profile poster.



Personal Best - for consistently achieving her personal best in English throughout the year. Some evidence of her determination includes finishing four quick write books which is an extraordinary amount of writing, and she has gone to every extra study session each week all year. 




                                                                                                                         Lana Paten




Student News

Carter Fox - Work Experience

 0500. It’s cold and dark. Outside it’s raining. In Mordialloc, students are asleep, tucked up in bed. But today for me it’s different. I’m about to leave for work experience. Round two. And it’s only 300km away...

My WEX (work experience) program started in early December last year. A year earlier I’d decided my goal is to become a pilot in the Royal Australian Air Force. Simple really, until you understand the challenges. Or try for work experience as a would-be pilot! The Australian Defence Forces offer a really comprehensive series of WEX programs in all states for all kinds of jobs and trades, far beyond military roles. Access to these is well scheduled, so I wanted to be at the head of the queue to be sure of a place. But due to operational schedules, Air Force opportunities are scarce and often listed late. And pilots weren’t on any lists… 

Time was getting tighter, College deadline to nominate our WEX choices was closing. Still nothing. Again I contacted Defence WEX and I was instructed to wait for dates to be released. I patiently waited until March and no dates had been posted. Out of time and out of options. Time for Plan B. I contacted Tristar Aviation at Moorabbin, where I had some of my previous flying lessons. They didn’t really have a WEX program for pilots, but they generously arranged a program in March just a week before WEX forms were due. So early May, I had the great WEX opportunity of Flight Instructor work experience and spent  5 exciting days working and flying around Moorabbin and Essendon Airports. 

Meantime, I kept dreaming and kept my eye on the openings at the Defence WEX website, just in case. Then, just after we finished College WEX week, there it was.
RAAF Central Flying School, in East Sale, is home of Australia’s elite Roulettes aerobatic team and the main training base for all RAAF pilots and aircrew. Only 8 placements of 12 students were available for the year, and the application process was quite detailed and formal. For your application to be considered, you had to submit written details of your understanding of Air Force roles and examples of your leadership and teamwork skills and abilities. So it wasn’t such a simple process. Of course, it was outside of WEX week too. I applied anyway. Finally I received the confirmation, I was accepted.

Everything in Defence is really well organized and very strictly controlled, so each applicant receives a full set of Joining Instructions, with all the details on what is required for the WEX. There was a lot of official paperwork and signoffs to complete with school, but we sorted that out. Finally, I was on my way.

It’s 25 June. Driving 3 hours in the dark, we arrived at East Sale in Gippsland as the sun started to break through the fog. 12 students selected from around Australia were all excited but serious as we met the training Sergeant at the front gate and went into the security office to collect our passes. Security and access is super tight. Suddenly it is all very real. You need formal access approval and photo ID here and at all Defence WEX programs, so make sure to remember it. Two shiny Mercedes buses conveyed us around the new Air Academy; the new pilot school operating in RAAF East Sale. It’s so cool! We were then fitted with our flight suits and had our first lesson. We covered a range of information and career options within the RAAF. At lunch time we ate in the officer’s mess and it was hamburgers for lunch. The rest of the day included a 2 hour introduction to air traffic control, visiting the brand new high tech control tower and an experience with ground defence weapons used to protect air bases. This was presented to us with a table full of gear like ration packs and gas suits. It was incredible to hear all the stories that the staff had from their past experiences. It was dark by the time we finished, tired but super excited.

The following day started at 7.30am, training on three different flight simulators. We also had another lesson that day about the new training aircraft, the Pilatus PC-21. The PC-21 has advanced training capabilities such as simulated weapons systems and an instructor seat in the back for live comments and instructions. We also learnt about all the technology and gadgets used in flight suits and helmets. Finishing the day strong, we got onto the flight line and experienced a real King Air 350 used for Air Combat officer training. Alongside, the Roulettes famous red PC-9’s lined up perfectly waiting ready for action. The whole program was amazing because it gave all 12 of us an absolute inside view into the training and life of a pilot in the RAAF, seeing things most people (even most Defence staff) will never experience in their lifetimes. It was presented in a really positive and engaging way, but also reinforced just how challenging the role is; only 50 candidates are successful from 5000 applicants each year. 

My time on WEX was really informative as a career choice insight and is something I’ll never forget. From learning about teaching to fly at Tristar to meeting real fighter pilots down at East Sale made the whole experience one worth enjoying and cherishing. I want to thank Jane Jamieson and Mordialloc College for their assistance to help me achieve my goals. I would also like to express my thanks to both Tristar Aviation and the Defence WEX program staff, who were all super professional and encouraging. If you are interested in aviation or any Defence career, check out these links to get started.

Tristar Aviation:
Defence WEXP:
Defence jobs:


Carter Fox / Year 10

Tickets Now On Sale

Extra Tickets Available from Monday 13 August

The time has come to purchase your tickets to the hottest show in town! The cast and crew of The Addams Family – School Edition have been working hard over the last couple of months and the College Musical is shaping up to be the best one yet. A hilarious, exciting, spectacular, roller coaster ride, you will be entertained with singing, dancing and a love story to move (or remove) your soul! Purchase your tickets to the most anticipated event on the Mordialloc College calendar NOW! Tickets are very reasonably priced at $18 for students and $22 for Adults (no concessions) and went on sale to cast and crew from the Main Office of the College on 30 July. Ticket sales to the general public are from Tuesday 7 August (limit of 5 tickets per family for first round sales, this ensures tickets are spread evenly throughout the school community. Second round sales to buy additional tickets will be advertised).

If you would like extra tickets to any of the performances they will be available as of 8:30am Monday 13 August.


Miss Sears

Production Coordinator



Community News

Dobsons School Uniform Shop Trading Hours for Term 3 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 8587 0570 for an appointment.

Visit the new, improved website Click and Collect ordering now available.

Located on the corner of the main building, near the staff car park.


Extended Trading Hours


Saturday 06/10/2018     9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Saturday 27/10/2018     9:00 am - 12:00 pm



Saturday 03/11/2018     9:00 am - 12:00 pm



Saturday 01/12/2018     9:00 am -12:00 pm

Tuesday 11/12/2018       8:30 am - 12:00 pm     ORIENTATION DAY

Wednesday 12/12/2018 12:30 pm - 4:00 pm    LAST TRADING DAY FOR 2018

Positive Parenting Workshops




Chelsea Basketball Club


Commences Oct 8 2018

Any new junior girls’ team will receive a 10% discount on team entry.
U8, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18 & 20s
(boys & girls competitions)

Also, did you know junior representative try outs for season 2019 commence October? Please check for details.  On-line registration will be available soon.

Any questions on any of these great opportunities please contact [email protected]

Uniting AgeWell Invitation


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