Term One of 2019 has flown by with the Middle School being jam packed with learning as well as extra-curricular activities such excursions, incursions, interschool school sports days and participation in the school swimming day. Once again the students of the Middle School have taken up the opportunities that Mordialloc College has afforded them.
The Year 7s have made a fantastic start to the school year. Early on this term the vast majority of Year 7 students made their way to Trafalgar East to spend three days at the Summit Camp. Most of the students had to face some of their fears, including heights, in activities like the Giant Swing, High Wire, Leap of Faith, Tash’s Ladder, Sky Bridge and the Summit Window which is 21 metres above the ground. Other students were challenged through walking on a bed of nails or holding a python. While at the camp all the students participated in an event known as the Monster Challenge, where activity groups worked as a team to complete an obstacle race, like a smaller version of Tough Mudder, where they all became drenched and covered in mud. This activity was definitely a highlight for many.
Throughout these last two weeks, 14 Year 7 students, along with a range of Middle School and Senior School leaders have been representing Mordialloc College during speeches to the Grade 5 and 6 students of the local primary schools. Our students have been advertising our College as well as informing the primary school students of the differences between primary school and secondary college. The Year 7 students who have assisted on these visits are: Mirabelle Milner, Charlotte Zaph, Isabelle Vicendese, James Wilson, Mika Faid, Piri Faid, Olivia Cohen, Kaitlyn Farr, Claudia Siddall, Riley Gibbons, Amelie Askew, Jackson Mould, Will Fraser and Lachlan Welsh. These students have done an outstanding job in promoting Mordialloc College and should be pleased with the improvement they have shown in their public speaking over such a short period.
The Year 8s have also had a positive start to the 2019 school year.
Throughout the term the Year 8 students have been participating in a weekly interschool sports competition against other local schools in Baseball, Softball, Volleyball, Tennis and Cricket. Everyone who has participated has represented the school to a very high level.
This year, Year 8 has taken large steps to improve student voice for all students of the cohort. Each week a different Year 8 form group has presented as part of the Year 8 assembly. So far students from 8A talked about Valentine’s Day, 8B spoke about Labour Day, 8C presented about “pay it forward” and 8D covered about epilepsy and Earth Hour. Each group has done an amazing job. This opportunity will be expanded throughout the Middle School with Year 9s beginning at the start of next term and the Year 7s beginning at the start of Term 3.
The Year 8s have also been taking part in an attendance competition. This competition is being run every term this year, where the form group with the highest percentage rate for each term will be rewarded with a lunchtime pizza party. Regular updates of attendance rates have been given throughout the term and the winner of this competition will be announced at Middle School Assembly on Monday 1 April. Again this competition is being rolled out for Years 7 and 9 from Term 2 onwards.
Next term the Year 8s have their camp to Phillip Island to look forward to. This camp will be taking place on 19 - 21 June.
Our Year 9 students have also had a busy term. The MEX 2.0 program is well underway with one group of students having already completed their city experience and another group having completed their community placements.
Earlier this term the Year 9 cohort undertook a General Achievement Test (GAT) in order to practice their exam technique to prepare all the students for upcoming exams. It was great seeing the vast majority of the Year 9 students living up to our value of ‘Personal Best’. Like the Year 7 cohort, our Year 9 students will also be completing NAPLAN early next term.
The students in the Advance program have taken part in their first camp and the students undertaking the Year 9 Outdoor Ed class have gone on their first excursion for the year and are eagerly awaiting their camp next term.
Director of Middle School