Mentone Girls' Secondary College Newsletter

14 February 2019
Issue One
Important Dates
Principal's Message
College Matters
Student Leadership
Uniforms
Junior School News
International Program
Sport
Performing Arts
World Challenge 2018
VSL
Kingston Youth Services 
Experience the world
In our community
School information 
Mentone Girls' Secondary College
(03) 9581 5200
Corner Balcombe Road & Charman Road
Mentone, Victoria, 3194
AU

Important Dates

Friday 15 February

Senior Round Robin

 

Sunday 17 February

11am, Funkadelics & Stage Band at Beaumaris Festival 

 

Wednesday 20 February

9am, College Tour

6.30pm, Year 8 Parent, Elevate study skills presentation

 

Thursday 21 February 

All day, Swimming Carnival, Carnegie Pool


Friday 22 February

Year 7 Immunisations

 

Monday 25 February

Intermediate Round Robin

 

Monday 25 to Wednesday 27 February  

Year 7 Camp A, D & F 

 

Wednesday 27 February to Friday 1 March 

Year 7 Camp B, C, E & G 

 

Monday 4 March 

9am, College Tour

 

Tuesday 5 March 

Beachside Swimming Carnival

7pm, Parents & Friends' Association AGM

 

Friday 8 March

10.15am, IWD Assembly 

 

Monday 11 March 

Labour Day Public Holiday 

 

Friday 15 March 

Year 8 Round Robin

6pm, Year 7 Parents & Students Welcome Picnic

 

Tuesday 19 March

Year 7 Round Robin

 

Thursday 21 March

9am, College Tour

 

Friday 22 March

2.15pm, Year 7 & 12 Fancy Dress Dance Comp

 

Monday 25 March 

All day, Athletics Carnival, Dolamore Reserve

 

Tuesday 26 March

6pm, Year 9 My Migrant Story Expo

 

Wednesday 27 March

2pm to 6pm, VCE Parent Teachers Student Interviews

Classes finish at 1.05pm (No period 4 classes)

 

Friday 29 March - Student Free

Staff Professional Development Day

6pm, VCE Ball

 

Thursday 4 April - No scheduled classes 

1.30pm to 8pm Year 7 to 10 Parent Teacher Student interviews

(dinner break 5-6pm) 

 

Friday 5 April - Term 1 ends

Early finish

Principal's Message

Dear parents and families

A warm welcome back to our school community and a special welcome to our new families

 

The holidays are still fresh enough in our minds that we are all feeling energised for the term ahead.  Whilst our staff and students enjoy the holidays we have continued to update and enhance our facilities over the break. The canteen courtyard and the path leading up to the administration have been landscaped and we have set up the large chess pieces in the courtyard so the students can play a game of chess in their breaks.  It is terrific to see various students playing a game of chess at lunch time.

 

We continue to make improvements to the school facilities because I believe that an education is enhanced by the surroundings in which this takes place and nurtures school pride and a collective identity. That collective identity, in simple terms, is being able to articulate what is means to be a Mentone Girls’ Secondary College student. Our school motto of Virtute et Labore (Courage and Work) signifies that the path we choose to take may not be an easy one and reward does not come without effort. But if we do not choose the socially and environmentally responsible path who will?

 

We are a community at MGSC and this year I am hoping that, as a community, we can focus on being more socially and environmentally responsible. At last week’s assembly I asked the students: “How many of you believe that we have an issue with pollution and excessive waste that impacts on our environment?” and “How many of you would be concerned to know that hundreds of thousands of birds mistake gum or plastic waste for food and as a consequence die a slow and often painful death every day from starvation or asphyxiation because their stomachs and airways are full of plastic instead of food?”

 

Research suggests there are as many as 580,000 pieces of plastic polluting each square kilometre of the ocean at any one time. And there have been increasing reports about it being found in the guts of marine organisms including turtles, fish, dolphins and seabirds. Then I asked them: “How many of you would like to do something about this?” I was pleased to see that the majority of the students indicated that they would like to do something.

 

So, the challenge I gave to all students was to be mindful of the rubbish that is constantly left around the school each day. All they would need to do is to walk to the nearby bin to dispose of it. Better still, if they reduced the amount of disposable plastic wrap and opted for a re-usable container to bring their lunch in this would have an even greater positive impact. By doing these small things as individuals we can make a greater impact as a school community. 

 

I ask for the support of parents in reinforcing the notion that we can all make a difference and that every step we take to reduce our waste and thoughtfully dispose of our waste contributes to a positive outcome. To have environmental and social responsibility as an integral part of our collective identity would be something to be proud of.  I have noticed on my walks at lunch time and recess that there has been a reduction in the rubbish left behind but there are still improvements to be made. With everyone’s support we can make a real difference.

 

In my last newsletter message of 2018, I mentioned that many of our staff would retire, move to another school or take leave to have a family.  We are appreciative of their contributions to MGSC and they will be missed, but the flipside is that there are opportunities that are created for new staff when we farewell others.  I would like to welcome our new staff members to the college who are listed below.

 

Kind regards

Linda Brown 

2019 new staff 

Tristan Barry - English Teacher

Kattina Bowell - English and English Language Teacher

Anne-Claire Brunet (returning) - French Language Teacher

Jocelyn Chang  - EAL & Literacy Learning Specialist and ELC/EAL Coordinator

Teagan Dixon - PE/Health and Outdoor Education Teacher

Jessica Elloy - English Teacher

Karen Garton - Careers Coordinator

Diana Gilbert - STEAM Learning Specialist and Science & Digital Technology Teacher

Emma Holman (returning from Leave) - Director of Junior School, Science and Psychology Teacher

Stef Jager (returning from leave) - PE/Health Teacher

Mary Lawler - English, Humanities and Legal Studies Teacher

Holly Lee - Science & Biology Teacher

Nicole Merlich - Mathematics Teacher

Claire McGann - Instrumental Music Teacher

Philipa Purser - Art & Visual Communication Teacher

Suzanne Reinhardt - Maths & Numeracy Learning Specialist and Maths Domain Leader

Sian Sharpe - English Teacher and SRC Leader

Samantha Sleep - English and Literature Teacher

Alisha Smith - Sociology and Humanities Teacher

Angela Xu - Art & Technology Teacher


College Matters

Compass payments and approvals

Parents can now use Compass for payments and to give approval for excursions/events. To do so, log into your parent portal. The payments and consents will be visible on the home page, above the news items.

 

Parents and Friends' Association

All parents are welcome to attend PFA meetings which are held in the staffroom at 7pm. Refreshments are provided. The dates are as follows:

Tuesday 5 March – AGM (elect new committee)

Tuesday 23 April – planning for Open Night on 30 April

Tuesday 16 July

Tuesday 8 October – planning for Art show Wednesday 16 October

Additional meeting TBA to review book lists in preparation for the second-hand book swap and sell.

Tuesday 3 December – Christmas dinner.

Second-hand Uniform Shop

Hours in 2019: Tuesday 2.45-3.45pm and Friday 8.15-9.15am.

This is staffed by PFA volunteers. Thanks to Geri and Danielle who are working in the shop on a Friday. Please contact the school if you are available to assist at either of these times.

MGSC Book Swap and Sell Facebook page

This Facebook page has been administered by PFA volunteers. Thanks to Emma and Jo for their work. This page will stay open until end of February and will then be closed down. It will reopen late in 2019 in readiness for the 2020 school year.

Year 7 Family Welcome Picnic

Friday 15 March on the school oval from 6pm to 8pm

This is an opportunity for Year 7 families to meet one another. BYO picnic dinner and drinks, picnic rug/chairs. Please do not bring glass of breakable items. 

Parking and drop-offs

Parents and families are reminded to park ONLY in designated areas around the College. Neighbours have had their driveways blocked today. The Kingston Council will issue fines for those drivers who park illegally.

For safety reasons, parents are also asked not to enter the staff car park for dropping off and collecting their children. 

Safety around train and road crossings

Concerned community members have reported seeing students running across the train tracks when the boom gates are down and the lights and bells activated. This is very dangerous. It is important that all students behave in a safe manner when they are making their way to and from school.  

Crossing signals should be obey at railway  lines. Students should cross busy roads such at Balcombe Road at official or supervised pedestrian crossing points.  

Student accident insurance, ambulance cover and private property brought to school

Parents are reminded that the Department of Education does not provide personal accident insurance or ambulance cover for students. Parents and guardians of students, who do not have student accident insurance/ambulance cover, are responsible for paying the cost of medical treatment for injured students, including the cost of ambulance attendance or transport as well as any other transport costs.

Photo: Libby, Ruby & Amethyst

Student Leadership

Photo: Libby, Ruby & Amethyst

Leadership Development is Self-Development - John G Agno

 

Our student leaders have begun the year meeting in their new teams to begin establishing their goals and plans for the year. The Junior School Leadership team will be finalised in the next few weeks with the election of Class Captains at year 7 and 8 and the completion of the SRC from the Junior School.  Congratulations to Sian Sharpe, appointed to work with the SRC who have already started planning Free Dress days and other projects for the school and in support of various charitable organisations. All students leadership meetings take place on Tuesday enabling various teams to work together to achieve their goals.

 

Amethyst Parlanti: College Captain

I’m Amethyst Parlanti and I am so excited and honoured to be a School Captain at Mentone Girls’ Secondary College alongside Ruby.

I attended Dingley Primary School before MGSC, following in the footsteps of my older sister. I have grown up so much at MGSC and the college has seen me through many experiences, both negative and positive, and has always been a safe and welcoming place that encouraged me to take risks, make mistakes and learn from them.

My passions include animal activism, nature and music. I have always wanted to pursue a career in the performing arts as a singer and I intend to continue my work in music once I complete my VCE. My love for the performing arts has allowed me to become confident within myself and enabled me to take this role.

In my year as a School Captain, I want to implement programs to support our girls, such as a self-defence program to develop confidence and physical and mental strength in students.

I was raised to be considerate towards the environment and I am becoming even more passionate for environmental causes, such as the impact of fast fashion and single use plastics. This year, I want to implement programs and plans to ensure that MGSC is an ally of the environment for years to come.

I’m excited to see what’s next to come!

 

Ruby Crofts: College Captain 

My name is Ruby Crofts and I am one of the college co-captains for 2019. I am an active member of many local netball clubs and volunteer my time with coaching and umpiring teams. Throughout primary school, I never had any interest in being a school leader as it seemed like a huge role to take on board and I was a shy student. When starting at MGSC in Year 7, I was encouraged by peers and teachers to apply for the role as an SRC representative and was fortunate enough to receive this role. Over the rest of the years I have been here at this school, I have been involved in many leadership roles such as a Health and PE domain leader and Year 11 vice-captain. The experiences and challenges I faced while in these roles, led me to apply for the role of College Captain, as I want to make a change in the school environment and the sporting and music culture we have here. I would like others to see me as an individual who everyone would be comfortable approaching and expressing their new thoughts and ideas on how we can improve the school for future generations.

 

Libby McQuiston: SRC President

My name is Libby McQuiston and I am the MGSC 2019 SRC President. For me coming to school is more than a place to learn. Coming to school develops you as a person and sets you up for life. Becoming SRC President this year, was a big step. It requires taking on big responsibilities in what is a very big year. This year, I really want to emphasise student voice within the school community and allow student decisions to take place. I believe that anyone can do anything if you are prepared to put in the effort. I would love to see the SRC as a group to make these ideas happen. Any student of any age can and should be able to come forward to discuss their ideas and views.

 A little bit about myself. I have been in the SRC in Year 9 and have enjoyed the opportunities it has given me. I have attended a number of camps and excursions which have allowed me to develop not only my leadership skills but also ways to conduct myself as an individual. I have played basketball since I was 10 and have loved every minute of it. Additionally, I spent three years coaching junior teams and I currently referee. I love the outdoors and camping with my friends and family. I believe life is all about balance and finding that balance is extremely important. After finishing school this year, I hope to travel, attend university and find a job working with children.

 

Wendy Harvey

Director of Student Leadership & Engagement

Uniforms

Summer Uniform 

All students must wear the summer uniform. The blazer is to be worn to and from school, except on very hot days.  The jumper is not to be worn as the outer garment to and from school. 

Costume World Update

WINTER UNIFORM SALE on selected items while stocks last 

  • Winter skirts $75 (normally $89.95) Sizes 10-26
  • Winter Blouses Buy 2 for $70* (normally $85.90 for 2) Sizes 12-28*must be purchased in one lot of two. Extra blouses $35 each
  • Winter Slacks $54.95 (normally $69.95)

*NO LAYBY  *NO RAINCHECKS *NO EXCHANGES 

 

VCE JUMPERS

For those who did not pre-order their VCE jumpers, please make sure you come in ASAP to purchase.

 

STATE SCHOOL RELIEF VOUCHERS

If you have received and not redeemed your voucher from State School Relief, please make sure you do so before the expiry date listed on your voucher.

 

Visit Costume World's website for open hours. 

Second-Hand Uniforms 

The PFA run the Second-Hand Uniform Shop located at the east end of the Middle School corridor. It is easily accessed from Gate 1.  It opens twice weekly during school term. The operating hours have changed in 2019.  

Tuesday afternoons - 2.45pm to 3.45pm 

Friday mornings - 8.15am to 9.15am 

Good quality second-hand clothes can be sold through the shop. Donated items are welcomed as the proceeds from sales will support the PFA's work supporting our students.  Items will also be sold on consignment.  Label the clothing clearly with a name and bank details as payment is be transfer. 

Only items with the new MGSC logo will be accepted. 

Photo: Year 7s

Junior School News

Photo: Year 7s

Welcome!

A huge welcome to our new Year 7 students and a big welcome back to our Year 8 girls. We hope they had a great holiday and are ready for a productive year! We also extend a very warm welcome to all new Year 8 students. We hope you settle in quickly and make lots of new friends. It was fantastic to see so many parents attend the School Assembly on the first day and watch the school welcome the Year 7 cohort into the gym.

Junior School Team

Our Junior School team this year is:

 

Ms Bronwyn Moline – Assistant Principal to the Junior School

Ms Emma Holman – Director of Junior School

Mr Philip Hull – 7A, D, F Student Manager

Mrs Petra Witt – 7B, C, E, G Student Manager

Ms Melanie Erwin – 8E, F, G Student Manager

Mr Steve Williams – 8A, B, C, D Studentl Manager

 

We are all very excited to be working with the girls and their families this year. Telephone contacts are: 

  • Year 7 Student Managers and Ms Holman - 9581 5240
  • Year 8 Student Managers - 9581 5244

Clothing

Could all parents please make sure that ALL clothing is clearly named. We often find jumpers, blazers or PE gear left at school and we cannot return it if it is not named.

Year 7 Camp – Arrabri Lodge

All Year 7 students will be attending a camp at Arrabri Lodge in Warburton East in the week of 25 February. 7A, D & F girls will attend on Monday 25 February to Wednesday 27 February and 7B, C, E & G will attend on Wednesday 27 February to Friday 29 February. This is a fantastic opportunity for the girls to get to know each other and for them to get to know their teachers in a relaxed setting

Year 8 Parent Information Evening – Elevate Education

All Year 8 parents recently received an email inviting them to attend an information session on Wednesday 20 February 6.30pm to 7.30pm on the topics of ‘Time management.’

 

The Year 8 students will be attending a session on time management run by Elevate Education on Friday 15 February in period 4. These skills will stand them in good stead for all years and we encourage the girls to practise them so that they become more effective learners. We would love you to hear the information so that you can encourage your daughter to use those skills at home when studying.

 

The evening will take place in the Lecture Theatre. Looking forward to seeing you there.

 

Ms Emma Holman

Director, Junior School

International Program

Lunar New Year celebrations

In 2019, Lunar New Year began on 5 February and marked the Year of the Pig. Lunar New Year is the one of the most important days on the calendar for any Asian countries. It is a time to say goodbye to the old and welcome the new. At that time, the family will get together and have a grand feast which is meant to bring good luck and long life to the whole family.

On Wednesday 6 February, Mentone Girls’ Secondary College had a Lucky Lion Dance. The dragon and lion symbolise auspiciousness, honor, bravery and power.  They protect people and animals and bring good luck and happiness.

The lion that came to MGSC was red, had two big eyes and fluffy mane. It was performed by two people and there were four others of the troupe that played the drum and a traditional Chinese instrument ‘luo’ to make music which helps to rid of bad and unlucky things. The lion jumped up and down among the sound of drum and luo and played with staff and students.  Ms Brown gave it a red package that symbolised good luck and wealth. The lion gave students lettuce. In Chinese, the sound of lettuce is ‘cai’ and its homonym is ‘money’. It was really festive. We were very lucky to have this activity at our school.

 

Hanwen Liu (Year 10)

Sport

Welcome to another busy year in sport for 2019.

As the staff coaches are busy organising trials and training sessions it is important to remind any interested students who may wish to be part of a team to keep an eye out on the screens around the school, on Compass and in your email inboxes.

 

Below are the list of Round Robin dates and sports on offer for all interested students this year. This information can also be found on the noticeboard in the Gym foyer.

 

Term 1: Summer Round Robins

Sports - cricket, baseball, softball, tennis, volleyball, lawn bowls

Senior - Friday 15 February

Intermediate - Monday 25 February

Year 8 - Friday 15 March

Year 7 - Tuesday 19 March

 

Term 2: Winter Round Robins

Intermediate & Junior sports - netball, football, soccer, badminton, handball

Senior sports - netball, football, table tennis, hockey, basketball, soccer, badminton, handball

Senior Girls Netball - Tuesday 30 April

Senior, Intermediate, Junior AFL - Thursday 2 May

Senior - Tuesday 14  May

Intermediate - Monday 27 May

Year 8 - Thursday 6 June

Year 7 - Thursday 13 June

 

Term 3: Winter Round Robins

Sports - basketball, table tennis, hockey, futsal, ultimate frisbee.

Intermediate - Monday 5 August

Year 8 - Friday 16 August

Year 7 - Tuesday 20 August

                 

More information relating to specific Round Robin days will be communicated via email to all students and parents prior to the day.  Any further questions or concerns please come and speak to Ms Illana Parker in the Gym office.

 

Ms Ilana Parker

Interschools Sports Coordinator

Photo: 2018 Beaumaris Festival

Performing Arts

Photo: 2018 Beaumaris Festival

Beaumaris Festival on Oak Street 2019 

Sunday 17 February from 11am

 

Mentone Girls' Secondary College students will again feature at the Beaumaris Festival.  This has become the unofficial commencement for the busy music program year and not to be missed.

Over 30 students will be performing in the Funkadelics or Stage Band. Getting the audience warmed up for the 'Absolutely 80s' acts later in the day.  Come early to avoid disappointment.

 

 

World Challenge 2018

Some participants shared their experience at the Welcome Assembly

 

We went to Nepal for World Challenge in December last year. We took on the responsibility of fundraising and organising our trip with help from the rest of our team. We had to organise accommodation, our budget and our activities for each day, without the help of teachers.

 

Through World Challenge we developed crucial life skills, such as leadership, teamwork, self-awareness and compassion, and developed many new amazing friendships with the people around us in our team and in country. We were involved in many amazing opportunities such as trekking through the Himalayas and seeing some beautiful views and Mount Everest, white water rafting, visiting a local school in Pokhara and learning about their culture and everyday life.

 

We got to give back to their community by helping to build a canteen in their school for the students and locals to purchase food. We participated in a cultural dance ceremony with the locals and some of the students and teachers and played with some of the local kids after school had finished for the day.

 

Lastly we went on a Jeep safari in Chitwan. We learnt some of the Nepalese language and culture and were kindly welcomed by everyone we met.  We attended an amazing craft workshop with the Seven Women Organisation who empower and support women living in Nepal to find education and employment. By the end of the trip our amazing team had become our second family as we shared unforgettable experiences with each other.

 

Although there were some challenges we had to face we worked through them as a team and it  made the good moments more worthwhile and made us truly appreciate hard work.

 

So to any future students thinking of going on world challenge we highly recommend it as it’s an opportunity of a lifetime !

 

Natasha Toliopoulos (Year 11)  & Lauren Pitman (Year 12) 

 

From 31 November until 22 December 2018, four groups of Mentone Girls' Secondary students ventured to Nepal for three weeks on a World Challenge Expedition. The first phase of our group’s trip was a five day trek to Namche Bazaar, a small village at 3,440 metres above sea level. 

 

Throughout the course of our trek we were exposed to, and welcomed into, the unique and warm Nepalese culture - eating the local cuisine in small roadside tea houses and interacting with locals as we walked through the villages. While many of us were definitely out of our comfort zones it was the warmth of the Nepalese people and the patience of our team members that helped us to achieve our greatest goals. At our highest peaks we witnessed the most beautiful and serene views of the Himalayan ranges and made memories we will all keep forever. 

 

After the amazing trekking experience we travelled from Kathmandu to Pokhara and then to a small remote village for the project phase. The project was an extremely eye-opening experience, sleeping in tents at a primary school and eating food cooked for us by chefs in a classroom without power. We worked everyday on building a classroom for the school and painting a mural in one of the pre-existing rooms. We were all astounded at the efforts the community put into helping all of us without anyone asking them. Every morning they would all come together to help us carry rocks and dig for the foundation of the classroom. It was amazing to see how they lived and how, with so little, they were the most happy and caring people. We bonded with the children and community. As well as bonding closely with the kids we all formed very strong friendships within the group and the two year levels became very close.

 

We were devastated to leave after the six days in the community. This opportunity to travel to a distant and culturally different country with our teachers and school friends is one we urge the younger year levels to take on with World Challenge.

 

Maddy Geist  (Year 11) & Gracie Bradbury (Year 11)

VSL

Victorian School of Languages classes have commenced at Mentone Girls' Secondary College.

We are delighted that the VSL has chosen our College as a venue for their classes from 2019.

This a great program: 

  • Classes are open to all school-aged students - not just MGSC or girls
  • Runs Saturdays 9am to 12.20pm 
  • Low cost 
  • Years 1 to 10  - $80 per  year
  • Years 11 & 12 (VCE) - $95  per year
  • Offering Chinese First Language
  • Offering Chinese Second Langauge
  • Languages offerings will expand to meet demand
  • Enrolments are open now
  • Contact Area Manager Kon Papas on 9558 5566 or [email protected]
  • Further information to enrols online visit www.vsl.vic.edu.au
  • Spread the word! 

See VSL's flier for more information.

 

Kingston Youth Services 

Kingston Youth Services has a strong connection with MGSC, working on wellbeing and inclusion programs throughout the year. They run a diverse and interesting program which is open to all young people (12 to 24 years of age) outside of school.  To be eligible for their programs, you must have a connection with the City of Kingston – live, study, work or play.

 

They are current seeking: 

  • 16 to 24 year olds to be Content Creators & Media Crew to create, design and influence Youth Services Social Media pages or Production crew for FReeZa – Fuse Productions 
  • 12 to 25 year olds to get involved in in the production of Universal Magazine

Take a look at the their website to find out about all the things happening in 2019 and how to get involved.  

 

http://kingstonyouth.org.au/

Experience the world

Cultural exchange and experiences programs

 

Many organisations, including Rotary, offer study abroad and cultural exchange programs for secondary students in Years 9 to 11.  Many are now running information sessions and  inviting enquiries for 2020 and beyond.  Students and families interested in exchange programs are invited to do their research and contact student exchange programs organisations directly. 

 

Organisations that have recently contacted MGSC include: 

 

Rotary Youth Exchange Program - www.ryea.org.au

Southern Cross Cultural Exchange - www.thisisscce.com

Student Exchange - www.studentexchange.org.au

World Education Program Australia - www.wep.org.au

 

Plus for 16 to 23 year olds: 

Young Endeavour Youth Schemewww.youngendeavour.gov.au 

 

In our community

Beaumaris Festival - Sunday 17 February 

 

 

Play for Mordi Brae in 2019 

 

Beaumaris Theatre Inc 

Bookings:  https://www.trybooking.com/book/event?eid=458065&

Gnome Festival - Sunday 17 March

 

School information 

General Office

8.15am 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 - Emma Holman

Director of Middle School - Deb Jarvis

Director of  Senior School - Sylvia Christopoulos

Attendance & Absences

Students should aim for a 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 are asked to use Compass to log absences. 

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 VCE student returns and handed into the VCE Office. 

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.

Attendance

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 see:  DET Attendance and missing school.

 

Uniform

Second Hand Uniform Shop hours:

Tuesday 2.45pm - 3.45pm

Friday  8.15am - 9.15am

Reimbursement after sale of items is by bank transfer.

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 financial queries please, contact the school. 

 

Uniform Supplier - Costume World 

Shop 5 1291 Nepean Highway, Cheltenham

www.costume-world.com.au

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.

Canteen

Online ordering is available through the canteen operators, Bocca Foods. A 5% discount and order until 10am on the same day. Register at boccafoods.com.au

  1. Select “Register now” to register yourself as a parent account.
  2. You will be required to complete all relevant details within the parent account before selecting to register your child/children. This will ensure that we have a way of contacting you should it be required for any reason.
  3. Select the checkbox “I will l be ordering for multiple students” (Even if you will only be ordering for 1 child).
  4. And select “Add Student”.
  5. Complete their details ensuring you select the correct school for your child, (multiple schools can be entered for multiple children) and fill in their year level and class information.
  6. Here you should also complete any relevant Dietary Requirements or options that will ensure the food provided to your child meets their specific needs.
  7. Once completed select “Save” and you are ready to begin ordering.

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Website

www.mgsc.vic.edu.au

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: http://mgsc.vic.edu.au/our-college/mgsc-policies/ for detailed information.

Mentone Girls' Secondary College Newsletter
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VSC at MGSC 2019 flier.pdf