Dear Families, Students and Community Members,
Welcome back for Term 3. The end of semester one reports for all students were available via the parent and student portals on compass on the last day of Term 2 for parents and students to access. Please contact the college if you have not been able to access your child’s report. I hope parents had the opportunity to discuss the report with their student/s over the holiday break and discussed appropriate actions to put in place to address any areas for improvement highlighted. This week, on Wednesday 18 July from 3.00pm – 6.30pm we conducted Parent – Teacher interviews for our VCE and VCAL students and any student in Year 10 completing a VCE subject. I hope all parents were able to attend to meet with their child’s teachers. If this was not possible, please don’t hesitate to contact a particular teacher you wish to speak to via email or phone call.
On Wednesday the Premier of Victoria, Mr Daniel Andrews visited the school, along with our local member Mr Tim Richardson and Federal member Mr Mark Dreyfus QC. After taking them on a tour of the school and speaking about the future direction of the school and current building needs to cater for our growth in student enrolments, it was very exciting to hear Mr Andrews announce an $8.5 million commitment to Mordialloc College if Labor are elected in November. This will allow us to complete stage 2 of our masterplan in the building of a new Year 8 Learning Centre and a new VCE study centre and Senior School learning hub. Thanks to Sabrina Berg, Annie Ea and Strong Sirachantankorn for joining me, as representatives of our student leadership team. Our visitors were very impressed with the students and staff they interacted with as we toured the school and visited classrooms.
Course Counselling VCE, VETiS & VCAL 2019
Following the Senior School information night and subject expo event held late Term 2, individual interviews for students entering Years 10, 11 and 12 next year are being held during the next two weeks with members of the College leadership team. Year 11 into 12 for 2018 will be on Monday 23 July, Year 10 into 11 will be on Thursday 26 July and Year 9 into 10 will be on Friday 27 July. (Note: Year 9 SEAL and Year 10 Advance students course counselling will be on Tuesday 31 July). It is very important that parents and students attend the interviews planned during this time, to discuss potential pathways and to submit their intended courses for 2019. Each student and their parents have been allocated an appointment, during which time course selections will be made and strategies put in place to ensure achievement and effort over the remainder of the year are sufficient to guarantee places in chosen subjects. Please note the vast array of VCE and VETiS subjects on offer and also our VCAL program is another possible pathway. We look forward to students continuing their education with us next year but need everyone to meet appropriate deadlines in order for our planning to be completed accurately. My thanks must go to all staff who will give their time to ensure this process is a success. All students and parents should have received notification of their appointment time by now. Please contact Acting Director of Senior School, Robyn Wilson if you did not receive this notice.
Student behaviour before and after school
More often than not I receive compliments about our students out in the community travelling to and from school which is most pleasing. One thing I would like to draw parents' attention too is our students frequenting Woolworths in Main Street Mordialloc, in particular before school between 8am-8.30am on a daily basis. Ms Greenhalgh and I visited Woolworths on Tuesday morning before school to witness a steady stream of students entering the store. Again most students are demonstrating our College values in their behaviours and actions; it is only the actions of a few that can let everyone down. Students will be reminded in Year Level Assemblies next week that they should not be entering any shops as a group, only students intending to buy should enter. Groups of students walking down aisles can block the general public from having easy access to what they need and can also cause congestion at the entry and exit points to the store. I was quite alarmed by the amount of junk food being purchased at this time of the day and again we will speak to students about this and would encourage parents to also discuss such with their child.
Winter Uniform Reminder
I would like remind students of their responsibility in relation to uniform. The College expectation is that all students will be in the correct winter uniform, and that this uniform is worn correctly (shirts tucked in, ties done up properly) just as it would be expected in any workplace. This also means no Hoodies worn under or over your jumper. Our uniform is a very important part of the image we project of our college community and therefore I expect all students to wear their uniform correctly and with pride to, from and at school. I would ask parents to reinforce these expectations at home.
NAIDOC stands for National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee. Its origins can be traced to the emergence of Aboriginal groups in the 1920′s which sought to increase awareness in the wider community of the status and treatment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders. NAIDOC Week is held in the first full week of July. It is a time to celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, culture and achievements. This year the theme was “Because of her, we can!" Thus to celebrate the essential role that women have played - and continue to play - as active and significant role models at the community, local, state and national levels.
Thanks to James Sadler our ATSI coordinator for organising a range of activities this week (given the official week was during the school holidays) for students and staff to celebrate Naidoc week.
Congratulations to our Year 12 Coordinator, Tim Randell, Acting Director of Senior School, Robyn Wilson and the Special Events captains Dilara Isikli and Holly MacMillan for organising a very successful Senior School formal held on the evening of Friday 29 June at the Southern Golf Club. It was a lovely way to end the term for staff and students involved and students were exemplary in their behaviour for this significant event for our senior students.
Ms. Michelle Roberts