College News

22 February 2018
Issue Three
Principal's Update
Important Dates
   School Council Elections                                                                          
Yr 9 Advance 
Community News
Mordialloc College
(03) 9580 1184
1 Station Street
Aspendale, Victoria, 3196

Principal's Update


Dear Families, Students and Community members,


Strengthening Culture of Achievement

My ongoing mantra to everyone here has been to set ‘High Expectations’ in everything we do. High expectations of our own performance and of those we influence, whether we are student, teacher or parent. Underpinning this focus are our core values of Personal Best, Integrity, Respect and Responsibility. It is so important that they continue to be evident in how we all work together throughout the year.

As a school community focused on achieving the best possible outcomes for all of our students we need to continually reflect and seek improvement in everything we do. A reminder of the Goals and Key Improvement Strategies in our Strategic Plan (2017-2020):



  • Student Achievement – to improve the VCE all study score to above the state and to maximise student learning growth for all students 7-12 across all learning areas
  • Student Engagement – to develop confident and engaged students who have an authentic voice in planning their own learning pathway in and beyond school
  • Student Wellbeing – to empower confident, healthy and resilient students


A number of key improvement strategies have been planned over the life of the Strategic Plan aimed at achieving these goals and the specific targets set.


These include:

  1. Develop precision in teacher practice using agreed lesson structures and challenging learning tasks that reflect high expectations for student learning and strengthen feedback and coaching for staff
  2. Develop and embed rigorous, reliable and well differentiated assessment practices to support quality learning outcomes for all students
  3. Develop and implement processes and practices to strengthen transition into, through and beyond the school
  4. Plan learning sequences and activities that strengthen authentic student voice and self-directed learning
  5. Build student resilience and identify and respond to the needs of specific groups or individual students through a documented and implemented wellbeing approach

In terms of the Curiosity and Powerful learning initiative and our implementation plan, we will continue to focus on the theory of actions introduced over the past two years in: High Expectations and Authentic Relationships and Learning Objectives, Success Criteria, Narrative and Pace (2016); and Teaching Protocols (our Instructional Model) and Development of Challenging Learning Tasks (2017); while introducing two additional theories this year, Higher Order questioning and Connecting Feedback to Data. These are linked into our first two key improvement strategies above.


Year 7 Information night

On Monday 19 February the Year 7 Parent information evening was held in the Year 7 Learning Centre. This was an opportunity for parents to be introduced to the key features of the Year 7 program (structure of a typical day, communication with home group teachers and leadership team, the iPad program, home study, learning tracker, Compass, Google docs, and assessment). Thanks to Liz Evans Year 7 Coordinator and Daniel Williams Director of Middle School for organising this night along with Alice Leppin Director of Pedagogy and Programs and the home group teachers and members of the leadership team for their support and attendance to work with the parents on the night.  We had a positive attendance with many new families to our school starting in Year 7 this year and there was very much a positive vibe about their child’s start at Mordialloc College.


Tips for new parents transitioning to Secondary School

We really value the home-school partnership and parents staying connected and engaged with their child’s learning in Secondary School. There can be a tendency for parents to step back from their child’s schooling but the best outcomes can be achieved when schools and parents work together to create the optimal supportive learning environments at school and at home for learning, aligned to shared values and aspirations. I encourage all parents to stay informed by staying in contact with their child’s main teachers, reading the College weekly newsletter and maximising their use of one of our main means of communication, the Compass parent portal. Through the portal you can do the following:

  • Monitor your child’s attendance, and enter in explanations for late arrivals or absences.
  • Communicate with your child’s teachers and update their family details.
  • Monitor homework, assessment tasks and view outstanding learning tasks.
  • Download and view their child’s progress on individual assessment tasks during the term and end of semester reports.
  • View ‘My News’, a news feed of school announcements, alerts and updates.
  • View your student’s timetable and the school calendar.
  • Book parent-teacher meetings.
  • Pay and provide consent for events, excursions and school fees.

You can access Compass at If you have any trouble accessing, please contact the general office so your password details can be checked.

Regularly talk about school and the new and unfamiliar experiences. Assist them to develop organisational skills to plan and prioritise; and encourage your child to take advantage of the many extra-curricular opportunities to broaden their interests and talents. Above all else to have a positive attitude and be prepared to give things a go!


Student Planner

A reminder to parents and students about the use of our student study planner as a valuable organisational tool to support learning and is an important means of communication between school and home. Students should take their planner to every class and keep it graffiti free and tidy. Students should record home study, important dates e.g. upcoming excursions and due dates for class work. Teachers will use the planner to inform parents about matters of importance within their specific class. I ask that parents check their student’s planner on a regular basis.


School Production

This year, we are again very excited to welcome back former student and school captain, Josh Mulcahy to lead our School production of “The Addams Family” with the assistance of Mara Sears, Adelle Stevenson, Ariana Nickou, Liz Evans and Demis Danoudis. The production was launched in our new Performing Arts Centre on Monday 5 February with many interested students in attendance. Auditions for students are currently taking place. This year, there will be a fourth performance night on the Saturday to meet the demand for tickets.


World Challenge

Congratulations to our two groups of students now in Year 10 and 11 (total 30) who have been training and also fundraising (since last year) for their trip to Malaysia to take place over the last four weeks of this year supported by four fantastic teachers - Alice Leppin, Dylan Piubello, Laura Gorman and Andrew Fisher. The trip provides a wonderful opportunity for students to achieve personal and team goals and develop valuable skills for later life, such as teamwork, leadership, problem-solving and communication.



Ms. Michelle Roberts




Important Dates


Friday 23

  • VCE Studio Arts National Gallery of Victoria Excursion
  • VCE Geography Field study at Booran Reserve Glenhuntly
  • School Council nominations close

Monday 26

  • Whole School Leadership Induction Assembly
  • Kingston Lawn bowls day
  • World Challenge Pre-depature Hike Session
  • MEX Looking out Community Placements

Tuesday 27

  • School Photo Day
  • Inter school Debating



Wednesday 7

  • Year 9 Advance Surf Camp until Friday 9
  • Yr 9- 12 French Film Festival
  • Yr 8 Incursion Show Some Respect

Friday 9

  • Yr 12 Luna Park Physics Excursion
  • Yr 7 Immunisations

Monday 12

  • Labour Day Public Holiday

 School Council Elections

Would You like to be Involved in Your College Community?

It's that time of year again where the College Community is looking for support from the parent community. If you are interested in becoming a member of our school council please see below for more details on how to become involved. Nominations are now being sort and nomination forms can be collected from the General Office. If you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact the school on 9580 1184.


Yr 9 Advance 

Year 9 Advance Snorkelling

The day started meeting everyone at school early and catching the school bus to Portsea pier. It
wasn’t the nicest day to go as while we were on our way down to the pier, it was spitting and it
was dark and cloudy. When we arrived at Portsea, we hopped off the school bus and went to the
park for a quick snack. We met up with the people who were running the day and got sized up for
wetsuits, fins and masks. After we all got into our wetsuits we had a small safety briefing and
headed down to Portsea pier. It was really choppy and cold.

We all boarded the boat and had another safety briefing. It was so wavy and the boat was going up and down on every wave. From Portsea pier we went to our first stop, Pope’s Eye. As soon as we got there, we saw a seal and her babies splashing around then we turned and saw some dolphins! We all jumped off the boat and it was freezing. We stayed in a group and swam around Popes Eye. We saw some huge fish and sea stars. Some areas were deep and you couldn’t touch the bottom.

After swimming and looking around it was time for the next stop, swimming with the seals at Chinaman’s Hat! Chinaman’s Hat is man made and the young and old male seals live there. The seals smelt so bad and there was so many of them. We all jumped in, it was choppy and a bit hard to swim through the waves. At the start it was a bit disappointing because the seals weren’t jumping in and not
coming near us but then all of a sudden so many were in the water and playing with us!
If you rolled around they would copy you and it was so cool. It was awesome to get so close
to them and they would swim around you, but the seals weren’t the only sea creature there! If you
looked down at the bottom there were heaps of sting rays swimming beneath us! That was a bit
nerve racking but the water was so deep it was fine. I'm pretty sure everyone's favourite stop was
the seals. As we left to go back to the pier some people were waving bye to the seals and they
were waving back! When we got back we got our wetsuits off and got back on the bus to have
lunch at Sorrento. It was such a good opportunity and experience snorkelling at Popes Eye and at
Chinaman’s Hat, I would definitely do it again.



By Emma Johnstone


SEAL Registrations for 2019 are now open

We are very excited to announce that applications are now open for our 2019 SEAL Program Entrance Exam. Please visit the College website to access the registration portal Registrations will close on Friday 27 April 2018.


In 2018, we will continue to use Edutest as our testing provider for their extremely comprehensive aptitude and ability based tests. Edutest also provides online practise tests for students, to help you and your child gain a better understanding of the style and format of the exams, and to make them feel more comfortable with the style of questions presented


Alice Leppin

Community News

Dobsons  School Uniform Shop Trading Hours for Term 1 2018

Monday 8:30 am - 11:30 am

Wednesday 12:30 pm - 4:00 pm 


Phone 9587 0738

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

Edithvale Fire Brigade Fun Run


Edithvale-Apsendale Junior Football Club Registration Day


Seaford Junior Football Club

The Seaford Junior FC are looking for girls of all ages to play in season 2018. 
No experience necessary, just come along and join in the fun. 
Contact the Prez on 0435 900 674 or via email


Chelsea Basketball Stadium Girls Teams 


Chelsea Basketball Stadium are interested in promoting girls in sport. If any new Primary School level girls team want to enter a team on their own, without being aligned to a club, they will receive 20% discount on their registration. The winter season will start mid April.

For more information please email


Edi-Asp Junior Football Club


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