Mentone Girls' Secondary College Newsletter

20 July 2018
Issue Ten
Key Dates
Principal's Message
College Matters
School Musical
Information evenings
Senior School News
Middle School News
Junior School News
Classroom, curriculum & beyond
Sport - Around the grounds 
Study Support & Competitions
In our community
School Information 
Mentone Girls' Secondary College
(03) 9581 5200
Corner Balcombe Road & Charman Road
Mentone, Victoria, 3194

Key Dates


Thursday 19 to Saturday 21 July

Music Camp


Monday 23 July

6pm, Year 9 into 10 Information Evening


Tuesday 24 July

6pm, VCE Expo 

6pm, Homestay Information Night 


Wednesday 25 July

Intermediate Bandfest

6pm, Year 8 into 9 Information Evening


Wednesday 25 July to Saturday 4 August

Nakamura High School visit


Thursday 26 July

Senior Regional Netball finals 

Saturday 28 to Sunday 29 July

World Challenge Training Camp


Tuesday 31 July

College Assembly 


Friday 3 August

Year 10 Course Counselling

7.30pm, Year 10 Social 


Monday 6 August

Intermediate Round Robin


Wednesday 15 August

2pm to 6pm, VCE Parent Teacher Student Interviews


Thursday 16 August

Year 8 Band Music Festival


Friday 17 August

Year 8 Round Robin


Wednesday 22 to Saturday 25 August 

School Musical Wonder in Aliceland performances 


Wednesday 22 August

Year 7 Round Robin


Monday 27 August 

Symphonic Band Music Festival 


Tuesday 28 August

Student Free Day 

1pm to 8pm, Year 7 to 10  Parent Teacher Student Interviews


Wednesday 29 to Friday 31 August

Year 10 Camp

Principal's Message

Dear Parents & Families


Welcome back to term 3!


The mornings are still quite chilly and the thought of walking my Border Collie dog in the park in the gale force winds makes me want to pull the covers back over my head in the morning!  I am sure that many families and staff are feeling this way with many of you having spent some of your holidays in warmer parts of the world.  I have just returned from an International Student recruitment trip to Vietnam, Thailand and Cambodia organised by the Department of Education and Training's International Division. The weather was between 30 and 38 degrees every day. The contrast has made it especially difficult to adjust to this blustery and wet weather we are having.


I wish to welcome our new international students to the college. Six students from China and Vietnam have joined our College and I am sure that our local students will warmly welcome them. They add to the global perspective of the college and allow our local students to build lasting friendships beyond our shores.  The prospective students that I met with overseas were very impressed by our college culture and hope to join us in the future. 


I would like to acknowledge the kind and caring contribution that our homestay parents make in the lives of our international students.  I met with a parent in Thailand who was recalling her time as an international student more than 20 years ago and her eyes welled with tears as she spoke of her homestay mother.  She still keeps in touch with her and visits her every year with her family. Now, with a boy of her own, she is seeking to send him to a Victorian Government school and he will stay for a short while with her homestay mum. It was so heart-warming to hear her talk of the family rituals that she was part of and the connection she still has with the family. Please let us know if you would like to look into being a homestay family as the connection can last a life time.


We welcome back the following teachers from extended leave - Greg Wallis, Lisa Kosack, Tina McLeod, Amy Willett and Randy Marshall.  And we welcome these teachers Teagan Dixon and Dusanka Devic (Health and PE), Sarah Edwards (Science), Samantha Wilkins (English and Humanities), Sue Duggan (Humanities)  and Freddie Goldis (French). 


The facilities upgrades have continued over the break with additional work being completed in the library, new LED lighting installed in many of the corridors and replacement of the kitchen facilities and furniture in the staff common room. 


Course Counselling is about to begin and I encourage students to have discussions with their parents on their subject selection for the following year.  We are also accepting enrolment applications for next year for all year levels as vacancies often occur over the year.  Students do not need to live within the designated neighbourhood area to gain a place at the school.  If you know of any families that would benefit from attending a high performing single-sex government girls school, please direct them to our website and invite them to attend our information evening.




Ms Linda Brown 

College Matters

From the School Council

As a recent addition to the school council, I have found the meetings I have attended this year to be informative and interesting. Our most recent meeting held on 19 June, though, was the most exciting with not only the reports and discussions on topics I will further detail below, but due to the addition of our two new student representatives to the council.


The Department of Education and Training Victoria issued a directive that from 2018 school councils should include student representation.  The school sought nominations earlier in the year and two committed, enthusiastic and confident students joined us for the first time for our June meeting. We heartily welcomed Nazanin Jalali (Year 10) and Sinead Garry (Year 9). We look forward to their input and perspective in all council matters.


The council discussed numerous matters and topics during our most recent meeting. Some of the more salient items included; the upcoming strategic review and development of our new strategic plan for 2019 – 2022, the review of risk assessments for various school events/outings, discussion and appraisal of the Senior Music Tour scheduled for July 2019 - Rhapsody Rotorua. There was also some robust discussion on how we can support and effectively guide fundraising efforts for the sporting, leadership and musical opportunities that our students earn or are offered.


As per our last report, our School Council President, James Malliaros and Vice President, Rachael Angus  have continued to highlight to various members of parliament, both state and federal the great work and role the school plays in the community and what they can do by way of funding to further support us to deliver our objectives and aspirations. 


Opportunities to excel, nurture and develop leadership skills, participate and showcase skills as well as behaviours were abundant yet again with some of the key activities including:

  • The Year 9 camp at Anglesea afforded the students abundant opportunities to manifest teamwork and leadership. 
  • Hosting the annual VASGSC (Victorian Association of State Girls'Secondary Colleges) Year 8 Friendship Day.
  • The fantastic musical soiree co-ordinated by Mr Veevers and his team and enthusiastically supported by performers at all levels of the school.
  • The Junior Music Showcase gave many of us an evening of auditory pleasure and entertainment.

Also on the performance front the Theatre Studies production of a Midsummer Night’s Dream released the inner "Pucks" of many of us, and  the Year 10's production of Hating Alison Ashley proving a success. Two of our aerobics teams – Creative Stage and Stage 2 (Year 12 team) pushed through the state finals and are now preparing to participate in the National Aerobics finals on the Gold Coast. Furthermore on the national sporting front, hearty congratulations to Sascha Pribil in Year 8 who has been selected as a member of the Victorian Under 15 Australian Rules Football team to compete in SA. We also saw our Year 7 Mentone Games energetically held and led by Year 10 Sports Coaching class along with our Health and Physical student leaders.


Academically a large part of the school cohort sat exams, SATs and other assessments, as our teachers worked on semester reporting.


Ms Rosa Ferrari

School Councillor

2018 Parent survey – we want our parents to tell us what they think!

We are conducting a survey to find out what parents think of our school. The Parent Opinion Survey is an annual survey offered by the Department of Education and Training that is conducted amongst a sample of randomly selected parents. It is designed to assist schools in gaining an understanding of parents’ perceptions of school climate, student behaviour and student engagement. Our school will use the survey results to help inform and direct future school planning and improvement strategies.

Approximately 30 per cent of parents will be invited to participate in this year’s survey. All responses to the survey are anonymous. This year the Parent Opinion Survey will be conducted from Monday 23 July to Sunday 26 August.


The survey will be conducted online, only takes 10-15 minutes to complete, and can be accessed at any convenient time within the fieldwork period on desktop computers, laptops, tablets or smartphones. The online survey will be available in a range of languages other than English. These include: Arabic, Vietnamese, Mandarin, Chin (hakha), Hindi, Japanese, Somali, Turkish, Punjabi and Greek.

The survey results will be reported back to the school at the end of September and will be presented at School Council.


Please contact Bronwyn Moline if you would like more information.


Ms Carol Duggan & Ms Bronwyn Moline

Assistant Principals

School Musical

Wonderful Alice is coming

Tickets now on sale

The enduring classic story of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland is the theme for this year's school musical.  


"Since 1865, when it was first published, Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland has enchanted young and old, in books, on films and cartoons and in many kids’ stage musical adaptations.

This latest excellent version adapted by Jo Denver with music by Don Woodward is thoroughly entertaining.  The songs are fun, tuneful and memorable and the script is fast-paced, funny and wholesome; this Alice is above all entertaining!"


Rehearsals are underway, the costumes and sets are fabulous and the cast, musicians, production crew and directors looking forward to bringing Alice to Mentone in August. 


Performance dates:

Wednesday 22 August 7:30pm

Thursday 23 August 7:30pm

Friday 24  August 7:30pm

Saturday 25 August 2pm & 7:30pm


Tickets are $25 (Adults) and $15 (students/children) 


The are on sale  now through Fleximeals. Please note revised link:


Look out for more details and news about the production which will have a special logo and image created by our students. 

Information evenings

2019 subject selection

The upcoming information evenings assist students to make their subject selections for 2019. All sessions will be held in the Lecture Theatre in the Nina Carr Hall.  Students and parents are encouraged to attend.


Year 8 into Year 9 Information Evening

6pm, Wednesday 25 July


Year 9 into Year 10 Information Evening

6pm, Monday 23 July 


VCE Expo Night

6pm, Tuesday 24 July

The expo includes: 

  • VCE and VET subject selection information
  • Tertiary institution representatives and displays in the VCE Centre 

Senior School News

Term 3 

This is a very busy term for all the students and teachers. Year 12 students are heading toward the completion of their studies and revision for the VCAA exams in term four.


By the beginning of the second week Year 10 and 11 students will be able to access the handbook to start their investigations for the 2019 academic year.


On Tuesday 24 July Year 10 students and their parents are invited to the VCE Information Night and Expo at 6pm in the Lecture Theatre. They will be informed about the VCE Course selection process and the students’ personalised instructions and log on details for the web preferences will be distributed. After a short formal presentation the students and parents will be able to visit an expo in the VCE Centre. There will be representatives from various tertiary institutions and VCE teachers available to answer any questions.


Current Year 11 students received their log on details for course selection at a level assembly on the 20 July. They are invited to explore their options at the Expo and may attend from 6pm to 6.45pm.


We wish everyone a productive and satisfying term.


Ms Sylvia Christopoulos

Director of Senior School

Middle School News

2019 Course Information evenings

There will be information evenings held next week to provide support for the transition into 2019 courses. It is important for families to attend these evenings to ensure they understand the process for subject selection for 2019. There will be a VCE expo for the Year 10 students held straight after the information session in the VCE centre and middle corridor rooms. Students will be able to speak to specific subject teachers about the VCE offerings in 2019.

  • Year 9 into 10 families – Monday 23 July at 6pm in the Lecture Theatre
  • Year 10 into 11 families – Tuesday 24 July at 6pm in the Lecture Theatre

Students will receive their log on details for subject selection at the information evenings.

Year 10 Course Counselling

2018 Year 10 students have their Course Counselling day on Friday 3 August. This day involves a meeting with the student, parent and the Course Counselling teacher to look at the student’s subject preferences for 2019. Students will be given an appointment time by their Course Counselling teacher. All students must attend their course counselling session with a parent.  Attendance at the session also grants them entry into the Year 10 Social on the evening of Friday 3 August. If due to parental work commitments the time slot does not suit, the student may have the option to negotiate a time swap with another student in their class.

Year 10 Camp – The Summit

The Year 10s have their year level camp to The Summit on Wednesday 29  to Friday 31 August. This camp builds on the skills, experiences and year level cohesion from their Year 8 experience. It is such a wonderful opportunity for the year level to bond and from previous experiences, this camp has been an absolutely amazing experience for all who attended. Payment information has been added to families' accounts and an information letter will be distributed shortly.

Year 10 Social

One of the highlights of the year for our Year 10s is the eagerly anticipated Social. This will be held on the evening of Friday 3 August, being run by the College SRC. Information will be distributed to families shortly. Students will not be able to attend the event if they have not participated in their Course Counselling appointment.

The Resilience Project Incursion – Year 9 and 10

One of MGSC’s core values is resilience. It is a valuable characteristic we hope to instill in students, providing them skills to deal with difficult situations. Both Year 9 and 10 students participated in the Resilience Project incursion on Monday this week. The key messages from the incursion where that kindness, empathy and gratefulness are very key in the pursuit of positive mental health. Students were encouraged to focus on three things each day that they are grateful for and to look for opportunities to show kindness to other people. The research presented focused on the significant mental health benefits of music, laughter and exercise. Students responded very well to this session and we are glad it gave them some really positive tools to use to support their mental health.

The Alpine School – Gnurad Gundidj School for Student Leadership

This term five students (pictured above) are attending the Alpine School – Erin Desylva, Michelle Dowling, Eleftheria Kazas, Maia Lafferty and Jasmine Wendt. They will be participating in a range of exciting activities in the outdoors and with students from all across Victoria. They will be out of contact from Melbourne and become totally immersed in this alternative setting. The students were selected upon application and interview and were amongst a very strong field of applicants. They will be involved in a Community Leadership Program which they will plan and then implement once back at Mentone. We wish them well for their exciting experience away from home and look forward to hearing of their experiences when they return in term 4.


Ms Deb Jarvis

Director of Middle School 

Junior School News

Year 8 into Year 9 


There will be an information evening held next week for Year 8 families to provide support for the transition into Year 9 next year.  It is important for families to attend this evening to ensure they understand the process for subject selection for 2019 with the introduction of electives into the curriculum program at Year 9.


Year 8 into 9 Information Evening – Wednesday 25 July at 6pm in the Lecture Theatre


Students will receive their log on details for subject selection at the information evenings.


Ms Lisa Kosack

Director of Junior School 


Term 3 

This term starts with the music camp, includes the school musical in August and the annual Dizzy's Jazz Club performance is in September. It's full of music and performances. More information will be circulated to students, through Compass and in the newsletter. Keep a look out for more about:  

  • Thursday 19 – Saturday 21 July – Music Camp – Camp Oasis Mt Evelyn.
  • Wednesday 25 July – SEVR Intermediate Bandsfest, Gleneagles Secondary College – Year 8 Band (Interested students). Forms for this need to be handed in now.
  • Tuesday 31 July – College Assembly – Junior Percussion Ensemble performances.
  • Thursday 2 August – 6pm, Senior Music Tour 2019 Information Evening.
  • Thursday 16  August – Victorian School’s Music Festival, Hawthorn Arts Centre – Year 8 Band 
  • 20 – 25 August – College Musical ‘Wonder In Aliceland' at MGSC .
  • Monday 27 August – 2:30pm – 7:30pm, Victorian School’s Music Festival – Symphonic Band.
  • Tuesday 4 September – 7pm, Winter Concert. All ensembles.
  • Tuesday 11 September – Dizzy’s Jazz Club – Stage Band, Jazz Band and Guitar Ensemble. 
  • Wednesday 19 September – 6.30pm, Music/Theatre Soiree for interested student.
  • Thursday 20 September – College Assembly. Jazz Band performance.

Senior Music Tour 2019 Information Evening

There is an information night on Thursday 2 August at 6pm in the Lecture Theatre to give more details on the proposed 2019 Senior Music Tour to New Zealand. Jason Johnston from World Strides will be there with lots of the specific information about the tour. I would encourage all families to attend, even if you are not planning to go on the tour. We are very proud of our Music Program at MGSC and I am very excited about us having the opportunity to showcase our ensembles abroad.
After the information night we will be collecting expression of interest forms and deposits. We will also put together a fundraising committee of students, parents and staff, who will aim to keep the cost as minimal as possible for our families.
I am happy to answer simple questions before this date by email, however I would ask that any more complicated questions are kept for the information night.
The dates for the tour are 1 to 7 July 2019 and open to students in next year's Symphonic Band, Senior Strings, Stage Band, Jazz Band and Madrigal.
The tour has a sound educational element and a range of engaging activities and experiences. The benefits as far as developing motivation, initiative and cooperation within the group are crucial to the further development of Mentone Girls’ Secondary College’s performing groups. The major focal point for the tour is the opportunity to compete in the prestigious Rhapsody Rotorua Festival of Youth Music which will provide excellent exposure for the College on an international stage. It is also an incredible opportunity for the students to prepare and perform 1 hour of repertoire and workshop with leading music educators. They will workshop and rehearse with students from other schools from around the world. The learning will be further bolstered with attendance at performances of an exceptionally high standard. Performing at and attending this event will be very rewarding for our students and provide them with many valuable learning opportunities. In addition to the musical benefits of the tour there will also be many cultural benefits which will include many aspects of Maori culture (Karakia, dancing and traditions), geology (geysers, bubbling mud and volcanoes) and New Zealand farming.


Mr Tim Veevers

Director of Performing Arts

Classroom, curriculum & beyond

Homestay Information Night 

On Tuesday 24 July at 6pm there will be an information forum about the International Student Homestay program and how you can get involved.  It will include 

  • Meet an with experienced homestay host
  • ISP program structure
  • How to become  a homestay host 
  • Cultural brief
  • Strategies for managing students (case studies)

Ms Si Nian Feng

International Student Program Coordinator

ELC and EAL News

We would like to welcome our new ELC students: Maggie Miao, Leah Chen, Jialin Li, Alice Xu and Chan Le. The students recently travelled from China and Vietnam respectively; they are very excited and nervous about commencing their studies in English. 


On Thursday, the students visited the CBD for their City Experience excursion; the purpose of this event is to support the students in their orientation of Melbourne and to share with them important cultural and historical features of our city.

Ms Ekaterina Xanthopoulos

ELC and EAL Coordinator

Going global with girls footy  

At the end of term 2 the Intermediate Australian Rules Football team and some International students were involved in the production of an AFL promotional video.  It was produced in partnership with the Melbourne Football Club with the aim to focus on globalisation within the community. Former AFL Melbourne player Russell Robertson led the girls through some skills and match play.  Our girls were so positive and enthusiastic although it was freezing cold.  


Ms Ilana Parker

College House and Carnivals Coordinator

World Challenge

The Training Camp will be on Saturday 28 to Sunday 29 July.

The buses will depart MGSC at 7.30am on the Saturday and should return to MGSC by 4.30pm on the Sunday. Please refer to the World Challenge website for the gear to be taken on camp. Students should pack their lunch for the Saturday. Students should be completing their on exercise training and recording the activities on their Training Log sheet.

Hint #13: Practise some Nepali phrases in preparation for the training camp and the expedition.


Mr Michael Warden

World Challenge Coordinator

Sport - Around the grounds 


For four days in the school holidays, a Year 9 netball team represented MGSC at the Waverley International Netball Championships. The team played 15 games over the tournament, competing against schools from all around Australia, as well as international teams, including Pakistan.

The team ended up placing 5th, which was a fantastic effort amongst such strong competition.  Congratulations to the girls. This was a tremendous achievement.


Ms Amanda O’Hara

Physical Education, Health and Outdoor Education Teacher


Victorian SRC Congress

In the second week of the school holidays we attended the Victorian SRC congress held at Ormond College at Melbourne University. Congress is a camp dedicated purely to student voice through student leadership and representation. In this yearly collaboration, more than 200 student delegates travelled from rural and metro schools from all over Victoria to work towards real change.


The program started off with several thoughtful pitches, identifying potential issues to be discussed and developed in our chosen action groups. Once the top 12 pitches were voted on, we spent the rest of the 3 days working on locating the main issues, their effect on our schooling communities and the ideal solution. It was amazing to see that all our hard work wasn't wasted and that we got to present our issues-to not only the rest of the delegates but also members of the public, including government officials such as the Minister of Education, the Hon. James Merlino, MP. There was even an electoral opportunity for those who wished to become a part of the new Vic executive team. The newly elected exec team of 15 students will work on our top 5 chosen issues of 2018: Gender Equality, Changing Language Changing Attitudes, Equal opportunity for rural schools, Discrimination and Transparency, until the next congress to achieve real results.


And when we weren't working in our action teams, we were participating in various workshops like SRC Tools of the Trade, Creating Change 101, Zine-making and much more. There was also the option of a morning walk or yoga for those adventurous enough to wake up at 7am. On the first night there was a game night (won by our group) and the second night the gala dinner: Four Decades (60s, 70s, 80s, 90s) One Night. The experience was indescribable.


The Vic SRC congress has already made immense progress with the newly launched student voice hub, a website that allows students to share experiences and other ideas regarding improving their schooling.


Not only was the location of the congress amazing with its Hogwarts vibe, but the people there were even more incredible. An extraordinary experience we’ll never forget. Can’t wait till next year!


Nazanin Jalali  Joanna Angeletos Year 10


Study Support & Competitions

Maths Support 

Support session are run every week to assist all students with maths. Students can bring their lunch to the lunchtime sessions and a teacher is in attendance to assist. 


Wednesday -  lunchtime, Room 12

Thursday - lunchtime, Room 12

Thursday - after school,  Library. Focus on Year 7 to 10 students

English Support 

Thursday - after school, Library. Year 7 to 10 students 

Anime/Manga Drawing Sessions

The ELC Club runs anime and manga drawing sessions on Wednesdays at lunchtime. The venue is Room 19.   All are  welcome to practice and refine their techniques with other enthusiastic illustrators.

For more information see Ms Xanthopoulos, the  EAL/ELC Coordinator.

In our community

World Challenge Fundraiser 


Shirley that's Beauty and the Beast in Parkdale




School Information 

General Office

8.15 am to 4.15pm

Monday to Friday 

Tel 03 9581 5200

Principal Team

Principal - Linda Brown

Assistant Principal - Bronwyn Moline

Assistant Principal - Carol Duggan

Director of Junior School - Jackie Mathews (Acting Term 2)

Director of Middle School - Deb Jarvis

Director of  Senior School - Sylvia Christopoulos

Attendance & Absences

Students should aim for an 100% attendance record. They are expected to attend school regularly and remain at school and in class until officially dismissed.

Year 7-10 absences: Parents/guardians use Compass to log when and why before 9am.

VCE student absences:  Parents/guardians contact the VCE Office on 9581 5231 before 9am and update attendance on Compass.  If contact is not made on the day of absence, an explanatory note must be brought from home on the day the student returns and handed in to the VCE Office for VCE students. All notes should be written and signed by a parent/guardian and must clearly show the student’s name, form and date of absence.

Late arrival - after 8.50am

Years 7-10 must sign the arrival book at the General Office and take the white late slip to class. 

VCE students sign in at the VCE Office.


Second Hand Uniform Shop

Open during the term on:

Tuesday 2.45pm - 3.45pm

Wednesday 8.15am - 9.15am

Reimbursement after sale of items is by bank  transfer. Cheques are not issued. 

Please label all items for the second-hand uniform shop clearly with: 

  • Seller's name  and contact details
  • BSB and Account Number

Hand into the Office. 

If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact Carolyn Page, Finance Manager.


Uniform Supplier - Costume World 

Shop 5 1291 Nepean Highway, Cheltenham

T: 9584 7006

Library hours

8.30am to 4.30pm, school days

Facilities Hire

Many of the school's spaces are available to hire including the gym and lecture theatre. 

For information on hire rates and availability, contact Bronwen Petersen, Facilities Manager

on 9581 5200.


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