Mentone Girls' Secondary College Newsletter

11 October 2018
Issue Fifteen
Key Dates
Principal's Message
College Matters
Art & Design 
Parent Information Evening
Student Leadership 2019 
Second hand uniforms
Vocal Halloween Night
Birthing Kit Assembly Day
Assembly 20 September
World Challenge
Hirer programs at MGSC 
In our community
School information 
Mentone Girls' Secondary College
(03) 9581 5200
Corner Balcombe Road & Charman Road
Mentone, Victoria, 3194

Key Dates

Thursday 11 October

7pm, Grade 6 Information Night 


Monday 15 October

Year 7 Immunisations


Wednesday 17 October

6pm, Art and Design Show

7pm, Resilience Project Parent Presentation


Thursday 18 October

9am, College Tour

Grade 6 Music Information Night


Friday 19 October

SRC Free Dress Day


Monday 22 October

College Assembly 


Tuesday 23 October

Year 12 last day

7pm, Valedictory dinner


Wednesday 24 - Saturday 27 October

Theatre Studies production - Cosi


Thursday 25 October 

7pm, PSA Reunion - Classes of 2003 & 1998


Monday 29 October

9am, College Tour


Wednesday 31 October

Unit 3/4 Exams commence


Monday 5 November

Digital Delivery Day 


Tuesday 6 November 

Melbourne Cup Holiday 


Wednesday 7 November

SEVR Junior Bandfest


Monday 12 November

9am, College Tour


Friday 16 November

Year 11 exams commence 


Monday 19 November

Year 9 & Year 10 exams commence


Monday 26 November

Report Writing - Pupil Free Day


Tuesday 27 November

Headstart - Week 1

8pm, Presentation Evening


Wednesday 28 November

Late start


Monday 3 December

Headstart - Week 2

Principal's Message

Welcome back everybody


We are the school of choice for families from over 45 different suburbs, predominantly in Melbourne's South Eastern Region.  Research shows that girls benefit from a single-sex education and this is the view of our school community who send 1150 students to our school.  


The College is working towards the finalisation of the school's Masterplan. Stage One is the building of a dedicated Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) Centre.  Studies have revealed that a single-sex school offers more opportunities for our girls to take on leadership roles and more of our girls are likely to access STEM subjects than in a co-educational school.

 Over the holiday break that we were successful in our submission for the 'Pick My Project' community grants program to build an all-year running track and long-jump pit for our students.  The oval has been in need of major upgrading for many years.  The importance of physical exercise is well known and we look forward to sharing these facilities with the local community.  The $199,880 is a wonderful investment in our school.  My thanks go to Rachael Angus, parent and Vice-President of School Council, who co-sponsored the grant application with the College and to the local community who voted for the Getting Girls on Track project.


Funding for building projects rely on both the School Council and the school community being proactive in voicing the needs of the school.  Thank you to those parents, staff and students who have taken the initiative to speak with local politicians or voted for our grant.  Without this input, we will be under-resourced and overlooked.  Please continue to assist the school in raising awareness of our need to inject funds into our wonderful school so that your daughters can attend a school that is as well-resourced as any co-educational school.



Ms Linda Brown 

College Matters

Valedictory Dinner

This year our Year 12 students will be farewelled and receive recognition for their outstanding achievements at their Valedictory Dinner on Tuesday 23 October. The successful award recipients will be notified soon.

Presentation Evening

The students in Years 7 to 11 will receive their awards for outstanding achievement at Presentation Evening on Tuesday 27 November.  The successful recipients will be notified later in term 4.

The awards recognise and celebrate academic excellence, acknowledgement of personal endeavour, citizenship and leadership and contribution to the co-curricular music, drama and sporting programs. The awards are sponsored by the Parents and Friends’ Association, the Past Students’ Association, School Council, some private endowments and companies who do regular business with the college.

All parents are invited to attend Presentation Evening. The link to the booking site will be made available soon. There is no cost for this event.

Learning Tasks and End of Year Reports

In 2017 Mentone Girls’ Secondary College introduced continuous assessment and reporting. The purpose of this was to provide students and their families with timely results and feedback, to encourage student learning and development throughout a semester and to engage parents in their child’s learning journey.


This semester teachers have been transitioning to providing feedback on Common Assessment Tasks though the use of rubrics and dot points. The rubric for a particular CAT will show each student’s specific level of achievement against particular criteria. Written feedback focuses on specific advice for each student which will provide them with strategies that can be utilised in order to improve. This written feedback may be written in prose or through the use of dot points.


The End of Year Report provides summary information on each student’s progress throughout Semester 2. This will include levels of achievement measured against the Victorian Curriculum Standards (7 – 10), satisfactory achievement of outcomes (VCE) and work habits (7-11). The report will show the grade for each CAT which has been completed in Semester 2, however no comments will appear on reports. To access the written feedback which has been completed throughout the semester please access the learning tasks tab in the Compass Platform.


More information on assessment and reporting at MGSC can be found in the Assessment and reporting Guide for Families on the college website

This guide is also on Compass parent portal.


The Federal government has recently introduced an initiative to increase wellbeing support for students in schools. Headspace, the National Youth Mental Health Foundation, has additional funding and is able to provide clinicians in some schools.


We welcome Megan Theuma, psychologist, to our Wellbeing team at MGSC. Megan will provide counselling/therapy on-site each Wednesday. Referral for this additional service can be arranged through contacting our Student Wellbeing Coordinators (Leona Thomson and Christine Fay) on 9581 5200.


This is a fantastic initiative which will provide further support and intervention to our students in relation to their mental health and wellbeing.

Ban on Food Delivery 

Uber Eats and other similar delivery services are not allowed at MGSC. We have a duty of care for our students and our Visitors policy does not allow for food deliveries.

We do not know who the delivery people are, whether they have the appropriate 'Working with Children Checks' certification or whether the food is allergen free.  We cannot take the risk for the safety of our school community by allowing food deliveries. Teachers on yard duty will confiscate food deliveries in future.

Upcoming Reunions

The Past Students' Association will be holding reunions for the Class of 2003 (15 years) and Class of 1998 (20 years) on Thursday 25 October.  A contribution of $10 goes towards light food and drinks. More information or RSVP to [email protected] or see the PSA's Facebook page @MGSC.Past.Students by Monday 22 October. 

Ms Carol Duggan & Ms Bronwyn Moline

Assistant Principals

Art & Design 

The annual VCE Art & Design Show will be on Wednesday 17 October, from 6pm to 8pm.


The Art and Media Centre will be turned over to an exhibition space to showcase the work  of Art, Media,  and Visual Communications students. Awards will be announced and presented. 


There will be a further public viewing on Thursday 18 October from 8am to 4pm.

All are invited.

Parent Information Evening

Earlier in the year all students in Years 7 to 10 attended a presentation about The Resilience Project.

Students were provided with practical, evidence-based positive mental health strategies to build resilience and happiness. The aim of The Resilience Project is to help all Australians become mentally healthy.

Our parent community is invited to a session focusing on teaching resilience at home.
 Wednesday 17 October at 7pm 
The Nina Carr Centre Lecture Theatre

The presentation will run for about 90 minutes and is free. 

This presentation looks at developing resilience and positive relationships and connections within the family unit. Parents are introduced to the concepts of Mindfulness, Empathy and Gratitude and are given practical strategies to implement them within the home.
The student and parent programs are designed to complement each other and create a cohesive approach to developing positive mental health, improved confidence and positive relationships.
All MGSC students have been provided with a Resilience student diary this year which contains mindfulness suggestions that reinforce the key message of The Resilience Project.
Here is the link to The Resilience Project

Please register your interest in attending this free session on 9581 5200 or email [email protected] (please enter “Resilience Parent evening” in the subject field) by 3pm Monday 15 October.


Ms Carol Duggan 
Assistant Principal

Student Leadership 2019 

Effective schools build a culture where teachers and students work together, and where student voice, agency and leadership are understood as inter-related factors that contribute to the notion of empowerment and sense of school pride. (FISO)


All families have been sent via Compass, the details for the Student Leadership program for 2019. There have been some changes made to the structure and the application process following a considerable consultation with students and staff. The major shift is with leaders being grouped into three teams - Senior, Middle and Junior, who will each meet on average three times each term. The focus will be in building teams of students to work together to achieve the goals they set and also building individual and team leadership capacity.


Students and parents are encouraged to go to Compass Events – Student Leadership 2019 – Make a Difference and download the relevant application form and role description. Please read all requirements carefully and gather any required signatures from a parent and relevant teacher - this could be a year level,  Sub School, Domain or co-curricular staff member.  


All completed forms are to be returned to the General Office. Student swill be able to hold only one leadership position in 2019. Students may apply for up to two but need to state their preference.


Please note that Senior School positions close 3.15pm on Friday 19 October


“Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.”

John F. Kennedy, Former US President


Ms Wendy Harvey

Director of Girls' Leadership

Second hand uniforms

From 1 November summer uniform must be worn. Until then students have the option to wear full winter or full summer uniform.  


Families are encouraged to pass on uniform items they no longer need to the second-hand uniform shop to prepare for the expected demand as students prepare for 2019. Summer and winter items are needed and blazers or jumpers must have the new logo.


Items can be donated or sold on consignment. Reimbursement after sale of items is by bank transfer. 

Please label all items clearly with: 

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

All items can be handed into the General Office. 

VCE jumpers needed

The maroon jumpers worn by Year 11 and 12 students are urgently needed to meet the demand from Year 10 students going into Year 11.  Only jumpers with the new logo  will be accepted. 

Year 12s please consider passing on your jumpers now! 

Volunteers needed for 2019 

At the end of this year Donna Harrison and Diane Weston, two of the volunteers in our Second-hand Uniform Shop, will be stepping down.


Geri Sumpter has kindly offered to take over the morning shift in 2019. The only difference being that this will be on a Friday morning from 8.15 to 9.15am.  If anyone is able to assist Geri in the shop next year, please contact her on 0423 103 331.


To prepare for the role there will be opportunities for training and building experience before the end of the year. 

Vocal Halloween Night

The last Vocal Night for the year is on Halloween! 


Wednesday 31 October at 7pm, The Nina Carr Centre


Come dressed up in your Halloween costume and enjoy the voices of Mentone Girls' Secondary College who will be in costume too. 


Ms Blanka West 

Voice Teacher


Nitro Challenge

Congratulations to the following students who represented the college at the Athletics Victoria Nitro Challenge at Lakeside Stadium. The event consisted of a team of 10 students who competed in a range of events in order to score the highest possible at the end of the day.


Students included Zoe Cunningham, Kisarna Berntsen, Teiki Waata, Catriona MacMaster, Milly Webster, Millie Belleville, Aila Burke, Meka Barone, Emily Ryan and Jemmah Paton. A big thank you to Ms Dixon for accompanying and supporting the team at this event. The team finished in a remarkable 5th place overall and should be congratulated for their efforts on the day. Well done team!!

Beachside Athletics

A large contingent of eager athletes represented MGSC with pride at the Beachside Athletics event on Monday 17 September. Although we were in the last week of term, with a number of tired and weary students, the smiles and excitement were aplenty.  Below is a summary of some incredible achievements including some record breaking results by a number of students:

  • Zoe Cunningham achieving a new record in shot put (11.55m), triple jump (10.06m), 100m sprint (13.37s), 200m sprint (26.60s), and the 4  x 100m relay team breaking a record together with Teiki Waata, Kisarna Berntsen and Hayley Thompson.
  • Emily Ryan achieving a record in her shot put throw (13.57m), discus (37.40m) and an incredible effort in her Javelin (30.40m).
  • Jemmah Paton running a speedy 100m at 10.89s
  • Megan Blignaut throwing 23.04m in her discus event
  • Milly Webster running a swift 100m in 13.01s.
  • Four of the 4 x 100m relay teams have qualified to compete the Southern Metropolitan Regional Athletics carnival.

Well done to all competitors. This was a a tremendous bag of results and one which each of you should take pride in. Now for the SMR Athletics carnival. Go MGSC!

Talent Identification Program

Congratulations to Year 10 students Mikala Clarke, Rosie Byrne and Kayleigh McFadries for being selected to attend the AFL Sandringham Dragons Talent Identification session that was held during the holidays. All the girls enjoyed the experience and were very honoured to be selected to attend.  As a result of their attendance and their skills, both Mikala and Rosie have been selected for the pre-season training for the rest of this year and next year! Great effort and well done to you all!


On Wednesday 26 September we attended a Talent ID day at Sandringham Dragons. We did all sorts of drills such as, agility tests, kicking, marking and hand-eye coordination skills. It was a difficult but fun experience and we are excited to see where this takes us!

Rosie Byrne 


Ms Ilana Parker

College House and Carnivals Coordinator

Birthing Kit Assembly Day

At the end of last term Health and Human Development Unit 3 & 4 students prepared 400 Birthing Kits.  This is a Birthing Kit Foundation Australia (BKFA) initiative which the students also contributed to by collecting small soap donations. 


Each consisted of a plastic sheet, gauze, blade, string, soap and gloves. Over a lunchtime on Footy Theme Day the students put the kids together which will be distributed by the BKFA to countries in need.


Thanks and congratulations for making an important and simple contribution to women's welfare worldwide.


Ms Ilana Parker

Health and Physical Education Teacher


The Mid-Autumn Festival 

Hello Everyone, 

Welcome to the Mid Autumn Festival. My name is Alice Jiashan Xu and I am from the ELC.

The Mid Autumn Festival is important because we celebrate autumn and the round, full moon with family. Today we celebrate with friends. I would like to congratulate Anita Lor for winning the Mid-Autumn festival competition. Thank you for coming along and now you may enjoy some moon cake.

Alice Xu (Year 10) 


Why it is important to celebrate various international cultural events at our College? 

Australians are known for their openness to multiculturalism. We are a society built by egalitarianism and mateship. When we celebrate cultural events, we are celebrating our progress as a nation and showing the world Australia’s pride. The events reinforce solidarity between Australians and reduce the social distance amongst each individual which in turn unites us. When we celebrate cultural diversity, we let others know that they are welcome and belong with us and are not forgotten. Celebrating cultural events is pivotal for one's sense of identity and encourages others to never be ashamed of who they are.

Anita Lor (Year 12) 


Working Bee - The Bridging Garden

Thank you to all the parents, staff and students who attended last term's working bee. Despite the horrible weather, the event was a success. We all worked together and created a neat garden bed for the students to commence planting.


Ms Ekaterina Xanthopoulos

EAL & ELC Coordinator

Assembly 20 September

SRC President Address

I know what you’re thinking. "Here we go again. Kate guilt tripping us again to bring gold coins, so that it can be donated to a good cause".

 I assure you that this time, that’s not entirely true. This year it was decided that the SRC President would also give a speech instead of just our College Captains, which is why I’m up here now. I was secretly hoping that throughout the year they would forget that I had to do this.  But, no.  Issy remembered and here we are.

After a quick panic over having to write a speech, make it funny and intertwine my usual SRC Report; I decided that I should be grateful for this opportunity to talk to you all today. Yup, you may have guessed already, that gratitude is the theme of my speech today.

After finding out about the speech the first thing I did was go home and pull out the cute Gratitude Book I bought my mum from Kikki K. That book told me the fun fact of the day – that writing what you’re grateful for every day can increase wellbeing by 10%.

Yup, a whole 10%. I was shocked. Because Year 11s and under won’t understand yet, but Year 12s NEED that 10%. So, I sat with a notebook and pen and started to think of what I was grateful for, cause I need that 10%. My cute dog Ella was the first thing that came to mind, then the usual - my girls up in the stands, my mum, my dad and my big sis. I’m grateful that Year 12s only have three weeks of schools left, and that by the end of today we will have finished all our SACs. That I finally payed off my schoolies trip. That Romy, Cat and Alisha all got kicked off The Bachelor in one night. That last Friday we raised $733. And that so many people got involved in the face painting and footy competitions - see how I slipped that in there  ... but I would be more grateful if we raised $1000.

We have one and a half days left until we are on school holidays. We should all be using this time to relax, unwind, and think about the things we are grateful for. Except for the Year 12s.  Sorry we don’t get to unwind. But we do get to push forward and make our final weeks count. So be grateful that this is the first and the last time that we have to knuckle down, and sacrifice our social lives, exercise, eating, sleeping, breathing.

Next, I tried to think of how you can show gratitude, and my brain jumped back to Year 10 Camp. I’m sure most of you who have been remember that session after a tiring day of leaping and flying and crawling through a pitch, black wombat hole of mud, that we sat and wrote a letter to someone we were grateful for. Two minutes into the activity, it was silent, except for sniffling noses and tears. I know, this speech just took a sad turn. I hope that those of you who have been on this camp, remember feeling emotionally exhausted from crying. And also happy. That is because for some reason, gratitude does something to your brain to make you be appreciative and happy.

Then Lara Jean came to mind, and I thought we could all take some inspiration from her. No I’m not suggesting we all write love letters to the Peter Kavinskies in our lives, but maybe write a letter to someone or something that you are grateful for. Or, if you are lazy and prefer a Netflix date with Peter Kavinsky, like me, I’ve got a simpler idea for you girls. Just start saying 'thank you'. Say thank you to the people who have your back, and to yourself. You should always be grateful for things that money can’t buy.

When I got stuck on writing this speech, I googled gratitude speeches and watched some YouTube clips for inspiration. I just want to quote you something that was said on one of these videos.

Get grateful for the two gifts you have called eyes, many aren’t so lucky. Get grateful for the ears that can hear the music. Get grateful for the person in your life that’s made a difference. Get grateful for your tough times, because they helped develop your strength and spirit.

Wow, I just got real deep then didn’t I?

So, my reminder to you all, look around and actually appreciate what you have, be grateful for what you have now, and you will soon be grateful for more. And the most important reminder of all, our next casual dress day is week two term 4 the 19th of October so don’t forget your gold coins!

Thank you.


Kate McMahon

SRC President

World Challenge

Now would be a great time to arrange for the Nepal visa.

Instructions are available on the World Challenge website. Ensure you use Registered Post envelopes to send the passports back to your home address and another one to send it to the Embassy if you are posting it to the Embassy.


Teachers will be checking training logs early in the term if they were not checked last term. Check there are at least one and a half pages of signed entries otherwise you maybe at risk of not participating in the expedition.


World Challenge have just authorised a further US$59 for each student (as well as the US$50 already promised) as spending money for Nepal but have not notified MGSC of the spending money to be allocated for the one day in Thailand. As part of the kit, I suggest you include a T-shirt (like the World Challenge one) and either a pair of shorts or zip off pants to suit the warm weather in Bangkok at the start of the expedition.


Hint #18: Don't venture off by yourself anywhere overseas and never leave your belongings unsupervised. Ask a friend to look after them if you need to go to the toilet etc. Keep your passport and money in a waterproof pouch attached to you. Never leave it in an plane or bus pocket nor in your backpack. 


Mr Michael Warden

World Challenge Coordinator

Hirer programs at MGSC 

Soccer - Special offer

Football Star Academy runs soccer clinics at Mentone Girls' Secondary College.


The clinics run throughout the year for all ages and abilities, boys and girls on Sunday mornings from 9am.  The Academy is the largest in Australia and has a clear pathway for players to progress through all levels from beginner up to Elite and Centre of Excellence program. Head Coach Gary Hannah is a former player with 20 years of coaching experience.


If you would like to try out a clinics they are offering a FREE two week trial to the MGSC community. 

For more information contact Gary on 0421 666 902 or [email protected]

In our community

Black Rock Primary School Fair this Saturday


Colour Run fun-raiser


Evesham Road Kindergarten 60th anniversary


Mordialloc Rotary - Community events

Birthing Kit Assembly Day - Saturday 27 October at 12.30pm, Sandbelt Hotel

Contact Kay Gordon 0447 437 950

Bayside Gamers for Good - Tuesday 30 October at 6.30pm at Mentone RSL

Contact Trina Williams 0403 046 449

Mental Health 101 Parent Forum


Soccer in East Bentleigh


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 - Lisa Kosack

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.


It is your responsibility to ensure your child attends school every day. Learn about your responsibilities and what you can do to help your child's attendance. Schooling is compulsory for children and young people aged from 6 -17 years. School participation will help your child develop important skills, knowledge and values to further their learning and participation in the community. Attending school every day also helps your child develop crucial social and emotional skills such as good communication, resilience and the ability to work in teams.

Children and young people who regularly attend school and complete Year 12 have better health outcomes, better employment outcomes, and higher incomes across their lives. For more information:


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

Please hand in items to the General Office. 

If you have any queries please, contact Carolyn Page, Finance Manager.


Uniform Supplier - Costume World 

Shop 5 1291 Nepean Highway, Cheltenham

T: 9584 7006

Assessment & Reporting

A parents' guide to assessment and reporting can be found on Compass under School Documentation, which is located in the Community tab on the menu at the top of the page. The guide is also on the website under the Curriculum tab.  Guide for parents.

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 Peterson, Facilities Manager

on 9581 5200.


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Statement of commitment to child safety 

Mentone Girls’ Secondary College is committed to safety and wellbeing of all children and young people. This will be the primary focus of our care and decision-making.

Mentone Girls’ Secondary College has zero tolerance for child abuse. Mentone Girls’ Secondary College is committed to providing a child safe environment where children and young people are safe and feel safe, and their voices are heard about decisions that affect their lives. Particular attention will be paid to the cultural safety of Aboriginal children and children from culturally and/or linguistically diverse backgrounds, as well as the safety of children with a disability.

Every person involved in Mentone Girls’ Secondary College has a responsibility to understand the important and specific role he/she plays individually and collectively to ensure that the wellbeing and safety of all children and young people is at the forefront of all they do and every decision they make.  Please refer to our policies on our website: for detailed information.

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