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

23 February 2018
Issue One
  Swimming Carnival
What's Happening at MESC  
Mount Eliza Secondary College
03 9787 6288
Canadian Bay Road
Mount Eliza, Victoria, 3930


Dear Parents and members of the MESC Community

Welcome back everyone and a very warm welcome to our newest students and community members. Staff at the college have been extremely pleased with the way in which students have settled back into their learning.

The focus for our work this year is on further developing the connection our students feel to the college, and the pride they have in being members of this great school. This approach was commenced last year with the selection of our student leadership group whereby we gave them the opportunity to express their views about ways to improve their school experience. It was continued in week one with the Swimming Carnival, where the focus was on the House competition. This event resulted in the strongest attendance and participation numbers we have seen for some time, and was a thoroughly successful event.

At Mount Eliza Secondary we have a strong view that whilst we are the professionals, it is critical to listen to our students and to allow them to have input into their learning. The world is changing at a rapid rate and whilst we will not waver from the key values and expectations held by our school community, our very capable young people deserve to have the chance to impact on their education.

I know from talking to parents that there are many new challenges in guiding children toward maturity, particularly in an environment where social media is so important to young people. Those challenges also exist in the school setting, and we know that the model of education that worked for most students in the past, simply cannot meet their needs now and into the future. Along with the work described above, and our International Baccalaureate approach, we are confident that this school provides a different, more relevant learning environment than the majority of other secondary settings.

But key to our work, is the partnership with home. I strongly encourage you to remain connected to the school via Compass, and to always call when you are unsure about anything. Our first whole school community contact opportunity will be on 20 March when we conduct Student Led Conferences with teachers, parents and students who will share their reflections on their learning. We expect to see all families in attendance, or arranging an alternate time if that date can’t be managed.

I look forward to working with you all throughout the year.

Angela Pollard













The Secondary School Vaccine Program offers free vaccines to help make sure students and communities are protected from diseases such as diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough, human papillomavirus (HPV) and meningococcal A,C,W,Y.  

Local councils deliver the program and schools distribute the information and consent card booklets.

The Public Health and Wellbeing Regulations 2009 authorises secondary schools to provide their local council with student and parent/guardian contact information for any student scheduled to receive a vaccination. This information assists local councils to follow-up parents/guardians of students with incomplete or missing consent cards.

What information goes to local council?

Schools provide the following basic student and parent/guardian contact information:

  • Student name, gender, date of birth, year level, class, language(s) spoken at home
  • Parent/guardian names, phone numbers, email and postal addresses

Why do schools provide this information?

  • To ensure all Year 7 and 10 students are offered the opportunity to access free vaccinations at school.
  • To improve communication with parents/guardians regarding their child’s vaccination needs
  • To reduce the administrative burden on school staff to follow-up consent cards

What do I need to do?

  1. Your information will be provided to Mornington Peninsula Shire in March 2018.  If you do not wish for your details to be provided, please advise the school in writing before 28 March 2018.
  2. Read the information provided in your child’s consent card booklet and complete all sections, regardless of whether or not you consent for your child to be vaccinated as part of the school-based program.
  3. Detach Part A of the consent card booklet with all fields completed, and return to school.

Every day vaccination saves lives and makes it possible for Victorians to live free from the illness and disability caused by many infectious diseases. All Year 7 and 10 Victorian secondary students can receive these vaccines for free.

For further information please go to the following links:


Parents are reminded that DET and Mount Eliza Secondary College do not provide personal accident insurance for students. Parents and guardians are responsible for the cost of medical treatment for injured students and transport costs including Ambulance transport in an emergency situation.

Student accident insurance policies are available for purchase through a number of insurance companies. Mount Eliza Secondary College is not in a position to recommend an insurance company as this is a personal choice depending on your circumstances.

Parents are also reminded that DET and Mount Eliza Secondary College do not provide insurance for personal possessions of any description including motor vehicles, for damage or theft at the College or on the College grounds. If insurance coverage is required we recommend you contact your insurance provider for further information.



Almost all information is forwarded to families by email. It is important to keep the College updated of any changes to email addresses, as well as other changes such as address and telephone numbers. Notification of changes can be done via Compass or emailed to the College at [email protected]



Parents are reminded to notify the College Absentee Office before 9:00am if their student will be absent or late for school for any reason (holidays, appointments, sick).  Parents can phone the College Absentee Office on 97886290 available 24 hours a day and leave a message.



​​​​​​​​​The Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund (CSEF) provides payments for eligible students to attend activities like:

  • school camps or trips
  • swimming and school-organised sport programs
  • outdoor education programs
  • excursions and incursions.

This $148 million initiative helps ensure all Victorian students can take part in school trips and sporting activities. The fund commenced in 2015 and will initially run for four years.

Applications for 2018 are now open, through until the end of term 2, 2018.












Great moments of camp

2018 camp was really exciting it included lots of thrilling and exciting challenges including the Monster run!

The best activity we did was easily Tash’s leap. Tash’s leap is where you climb up a bunch of ladders to the top then you climb up one more ladder.  At the top you can take off your hands and one leg and lean over the edge, I was extremely lucky and had the theme from ‘The Titanic’ in the background.

On the way home the bus was filled with talking of the moments we had. I definitely had a great time.

(James Richards)


Swimming Carnival


On the Friday of the first week back, Mount Eliza Secondary College participated in the annual Swimming Carnival. At a new location for 2017, the great weather followed us to Doveton and set us up for a fantastic day.

Our house banners were out, the crowd was cheering and the waterslide was running. House spirit was brought out in spades, especially for our new events, the surfboard relay and noodle relay, which were a big hit with the crowds.

The participation this year was fantastic, and while Warringa (the best house) and the the others put up a fight, Kimmuli emerged the victor and won the gleaming house cup.

We're looking forward to the sporting events in the coming years and hope everyone keeps the house spirit up!

Heather Mackay



This week four year 9 students; Lola Murchie, Callum Mann, Poppy Rich and Carolyn Vanderbijl participated in the Lions Youth of the Year Competition.

The competition involved a written application, interview with a panel of Lions Club members from Mount Eliza Lions Club, an impromptu question and prepared presentation to an adult audience. All four participants impressed judges with their willingness to enter the competition and the manner in which they conducted themselves during both the interviews and public speaking event.

Callum Mann was recognised as winner of the public speaking section of the competition with Lola Murchie the overall winner. Lola will move on to the next stage of the competition where she will compete against students from other schools in the zone. All four candidates were outstanding representatives of Mount Eliza Secondary College.



What's Happening at MESC  




It has been a great start to the year for Instrumental Music with many students returning after the break and keen to get back into lessons. We

have had an influx of new students, some who have prior experience outside of school and others who are just beginning. Drew, Shari, Hayley and Harry  have introduced innovative and curriculum based teaching methods to encourage students to learn, engage and above all enjoy music. With ever increasing demand for music lessons we are witnessing growth in our Instrumental and Ensemble programs.  Ensemble groups are practising during lunch times and will hopefully display their talents later in the term.

Currently we are offering Keyboard, Drums, Guitar and Singing. There are a few time slots available if you are interested in having lessons, please see the attached proforma to apply, returning it to the office. There is a waiting list, dependent on interest, for other instrument type lessons to get up and running for term 2. If you would like to learn an instrument that is not listed, please contact the office to write your name on an ‘Expression of Interest’ List with the instrument choice, we will be in touch as soon as enough interest is garnered. 







Registration for the 2018 Winter Season is now open!

The Meteors one of the biggest junior basketball clubs on the Mornington Peninsula and we are now taking registrations for the season that commences in April.  We have teams from U8-U23. 

For more information about the club, please visit our website: or to register, please follow the link:



  • Thursday 1 March - District Swimming
  • Tuesday 13 March - Year 7 Parent Information Evening
  • Monday 12 March - Labour Day Public Holiday
  • Tuesday 20 March - Student Led Conferences


Primary and secondary school students aged 5 to 18 can travel on a Child myki. If you're aged 17 and 18 you must carry government issued proof of age ID (such as a passport, learner permit, driver licence, Proof of Age card, Key Pass), or proof of another concession entitlement (such as a PTV School Student ID or Health Care Card).


A Victorian Student Pass gives you unlimited travel on all train, tram and bus services within your chosen zones until the expiry of the pass.

Who's eligible for a Student Pass?

You can apply for a Student Pass if you're:

  • a full time primary or secondary student living in Victoria
  • a full time VCE or VCAL student studying at TAFE

If you're applying for a Student Pass, you also need to apply for a PTV School Student ID (please note, school-issued ID cards are not accepted).

School students - Public Transport Victoria

How do I get a Student Pass?

To get a Student Pass, you need to apply for a PTV School Student ID. The PTV School Student ID card costs $9.00 and is valid until 28 February of next year.

Please note a school identification card does not entitle students to buy a Student Pass.

Applying for a PTV School Student ID/Pass

Complete the PTV School Student ID form below:

Mount Eliza Secondary College  ​ 'Educated for Excellence - Prepared for Life’  
Ins Music Application 2018.pdf
Ins Music Application 2018.pdf