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.