College News

04 April 2019
Issue Nine
Principal's Update
Important Dates
Werribee Gorge Hike
Cultural Diversity Week
House Athletics
Holiday Information from Metro Trains
Community News
Mordialloc College
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Aspendale, Victoria, 3196

Principal's Update




Dear Families, Students and Community Members,


School Council

At the AGM, held on 21 March, the following parents have been elected to the Council Executive:

Council President – Ian Fox

Vice President – Amanda de Boer

Treasurer – Adam Wade

I thank them for the extra commitment they are prepared to make to the College in taking on the responsibilities involved in these important roles.


Intervention Program

The new funding model introduced three years ago which includes the Gonski funding, termed equity funding, is continuing this year. Liz Evans (primary school specialist) who we initially employed to run an intervention program for literacy and numeracy in Years 7-9 is  on family leave for this year. Julie Pretty, one of our Integration support staff is working full time in the intervention program, and teacher James Sadler also has time within his teaching allotment dedicated to this program. The outcomes for the past three years of the intervention program have been so positive with the majority of students showing growth over the year, along with an increase in their confidence and self-esteem.

This year there are two new positions funded by the Department to start in Term 2. One is a 0.6 Literacy intervention teacher to be focused on students in Year 10 who were below national benchmarks in Year 9 NAPLAN and the other is a full time Numeracy intervention teacher working across four secondary schools (shared with Parkdale, Patterson River and McClelland), thus just one day each, again focused on supporting students in Year 10. I was asked to lead the selection of this cluster teacher and Mordialloc will be their base school. We have appointed Damien Power from Mornington SC to this position. For the literacy role, three days a week at Mordialloc, Lisa Ip was the successful candidate. As she is already on staff, we have been through a selection process to find a new VCAL teacher.


Update on Staffing

Jennifer Roep, who was due to return from family leave in June, has been appointed to the Principal position at Maffra Secondary College, starting next term. Jennifer worked at Mordialloc College as Assistant Principal from 2014-2017 and spent most of 2018 as Acting Assistant Principal at Melbourne Girls College. We congratulate Jennifer on this appointment and wish her every success in the future.

Rochelle Travitz, an experienced VCAL teacher from another school, has been appointed to replace Lisa Ip in the VCAL team and will start from Term 2.

We are currently working through the selection process for an English teacher to replace Sarah Robinson, who resigned from her position due to personal reasons.

Matina Rodrigues begins family leave from Term 2 and so experienced teacher Rachael Pierce returns to teaching full time to take over Matina’s teaching load. We wish Matina the very best as she begins this exciting new phase of her life having her first child. Matina does plan to return to the College in 2020.

Satomi Nakai, our Japanese language assistant, will work fulltime at the College from Term 2.


Region Performance Review

A few weeks ago  I was invited to attend the South East Region's performance review in my capacity as the Network Chair for Kingston. This is a process all regions must go through every six months with the Victorian Board of Education. It is like the school review process where progress against set targets is analysed, reasons given for achievement levels that have been achieved and also where targets were not met and suggestions made for improvement by looking at exemplar schools. The end result is that new targets are set for the next 6-12 months. All key personal from the SE region of Victoria were in attendance.

Mordialloc College was put up by the Board of Education as an exemplar school for our 2018 VCE outcomes in English compared with other schools who had similar Year 9 NAPLAN literacy data back in 2015 for this cohort of students. Normally the Region Area Director would speak on behalf of the school, however, as I was in attendance, he asked me to address the board. I received very positive feedback about what I had to say about our improvement journey and this has certainly placed Mordialloc College in the spotlight as a high performing school.


DET Literacy Case Study

In addition to our excellent VCE results, the Department of Education have been impressed with our NAPLAN results and last week I was contacted by the Department's Performance Division asking if we would participate in a case study to be published to showcase our school and support other schools' professional learning. Only eight schools in Victoria have been approached to do this and it is an honour to be one of them. After an initial phone interview with me they will be sending a team out in the second week of next term to visit classrooms, interview key leaders and teachers and talk to students. A video will also be made. The focus of the visit and questions will be around our literacy intervention program and teacher practice focused peer coaching which is supporting literacy improvement at the College.


World’s Greatest Shave

Congratulations to our SRC who organised this very important fundraising event last week.  A number of staff and students took part by either having their head shaved or legs waxed with many spectators also donating money on the day. The College raised close to $3000 on the day, a fantastic effort. Thanks to Ms Campbell and Mrs Brown for leading this event.


Year 9 Wellbeing Day

Congratulations to Sally Mitchell, Director of Student Engagement, and Ann Marsh from the Wellbeing team for organising a very successful Year 9 Wellbeing day on Tuesday and to all staff who supported the event by assisting with supervision. Students participated in a range of activities. The boys were involved in fitness activities, patrol boat and sailing at Mordialloc Sailing Club and the girls participated in the Mind Body Pedal program. It was a highly engaging day and students thoroughly enjoyed themselves in beautiful weather. We had some wonderful feedback about our students from the adults running the activities. The staff from Mind Body Pedal said that the girls were the best students they had ever worked with.  Mordialloc Sailing Club trainers were also very impressed by how well behaved and polite the boys were during the day.


Reporting and Parent Teacher Interviews reminder

Last week all parents/guardians received notification that interim reports are now available to access. I hope you have had the opportunity to read and discuss with your child/children.  In addition, benchmark tasks that have been assessed to date are also available for parents and students to read comments and results. Our parent/teacher/student interviews bookings have been opened now on Compass for the past week for parents to book in times for our interviews on Wednesday 24 April 12-8pm. Bookings will remain open until Tuesday 23 April 5pm. If you are experiencing any difficulties in making these bookings please call the general office for assistance.


Ms. Michelle Roberts






Important Dates


Wednesday 03

  • 88th ANZAC Commemoration for SRC Students

Thursday 04

  • Year 10 - 12 French Film Festival
  • Year 12 Top Designs Excursion
  • Singfest 2019 Music Excursion
  • Wellbeing Morning Tea for Year 7 Parents and Carers 9:00 am - 10:00 am

Friday 05

  • Whole School House Athletics Carnival
  • Last Day of Term 1 - Early Dismissal 2:30 pm

Tuesday 23

  • Term 2 Commences

Wednesday 24

  • Teacher/Parent/Student Interviews 12 pm - 8 pm ( No classes are scheduled for this day. Students are to attend interviews with their parents in full school uniform)

Thursday 25

  • ANZAC Day Public Holiday

Friday 26

  • ANZAC Day School Assembly
  • SMR Senior Golf
  • Monash International Student Experience

Monday 29

  • Year 7 Taiko Drumming Incursion

Tuesday 30

  • SMR Golf Qualifications


Thursday  02

  • VCE Career Expo All Yr 11 students
  • Biology Excursion to Ricketts Point
  • Sports Excellence Program (SEP) Information Evening 6:00pm - 6:30pm for prospective parents and students
  • College Open Night 6:30 pm - 8:30pm (presentation in gym from 6:30pm, tours begin at 7:00pm

Friday 03

  • VCE Careers Expo Year 10
  • 2020 SEAL Applications close via the College website

Werribee Gorge Hike

Year 9 Outdoor Education Hike

On Tuesday 26 March the Year 9 Outdoor Education class went to Werribee Gorge to hike the 8km Centenary track. The aim of the day hike was to use our newly learnt mapping skills to navigate our way through the bottom of the gorge to the peak. We travelled through the bush.  Our only guides were the maps Mr Wischusen had printed and the confusing tracks, which became hard to follow. We reached Junction Pool, where we ate a snack before we continued. By this time it was getting hot—especially with the sun shining down on us.

What we faced next was the hardest part of the hike.  Most of the track was very steep and our class needed several drinking stops to catch our breath. However, the view we saw from the top was 100% worth it. Even with our collapsing legs we could still appreciate the beauty of the outdoors and, after a few pictures, we were on our way back down the mountain. Again, we stopped at Junction Pool and ate lunch near the picturesque waterfall. Overall the walk was amazing and we got to have a fantastic experience! Even with exhausted legs, we all had smiles as we got onto the bus.



  Emma Schultz

Year 9 Outdoor Education Student

Cultural Diversity Week

Year 9 French Film Excursion - Dilili a Paris


On Thursday 7 March all the Year 9 students who are currently doing French as one of their electives attended an excursion. We went to Como Cinema to watch ‘Dilili à Paris.’  The movie was great as it incorporated aspects about Paris over one hundred years ago. Everyone enjoyed the animation whilst practising some French (or reading the subtitles). The plot was quite interesting. A young girl called Dilili and her friend (the deliveryman) ventured across Paris to investigate and resolve the mystery of kidnapped girls.  Along the way, they met many famous French historians, painters, scientists – all famous characters who influenced France over time through the French language and culture. It was interesting to see the famous buildings in Paris, as well as the French culture of that era. It was also fascinating to see the famous people in France at that time, such as Madame Curie, a scientist who made breakthroughs about radioactivity.

Obviously, Dilili and her friend saved other girls from being kidnapped by solving the mystery, while progressively having many adventures throughout Paris, and getting help from many people along the way. After we finished watching the movie, we went to the Jam Factory to have lunch. Accompanied by the teachers, we went to the restaurants nearby to buy some food. Thanks to Madame Peerbux for the wonderful day — it was an enjoyable experience!


 By Emma Schultz, Tommi Corrigan and Timothy Whitford – Year 9 students


Cultural Diversity Week Events

From  18 to 22 March, the Mordialloc College community celebrated Cultural Diversity Week. Every morning classes had a chance to do a daily quiz, which tested our knowledge of facts and cultural aspects about France and Japan (relating to the two languages that the school offers: French and Japanese. The winning class for this quiz competition each day was rewarded with some lollipops. Each lunchtime there were also many activities that students at all year levels could participate in. On Monday, we watched some French and Japanese movies. We could do some origami, trade cards, play Kahoot and do a spelling bee on Tuesday. We created a multiculturalism poster on Wednesday. During our Mentor lessons, we also participated in some intercultural games, which was fun! On Thursday, students had the opportunity to attempt calligraphy, a form of beautiful handwriting. Finally, on Friday, teachers held Bocce games on the oval. Everyone who participated received house points.

The canteen menu was altered throughout the week to show support for various cultures. Croissants, crepes and chocolate pastries were sold throughout recess and a variety of meals for lunch: vegetarian Gyoza, Asian Stir-fry, Chana Masala and Rice, Mexican Chilli and Tomato Basil Pasta. The week was very fun and a great way to explore new cultures we may have not have known a lot about before.


Today, at our Middle School Assembly, all participants were presented with their certificates and prizes. Our first prize winner was Anna Kuppe with a colourful poster and some amazing illustrations. I  came 2nd and l enjoyed making the poster and learning about why multiculturalism is important and how it is prevalent in our society.

Overall, I really enjoyed the week and would like to thank Madame Peerbux, Ms Baker and all the other teachers at the school who helped to organise all the activities.


Multiculturalism Poster Winners:

First Prize – Anna Kuppe (Year 8 SEAL))

Second Prize – Emma Schultz (Year 9 SEAL)

Third Prize – Jurney Vanderwyk (Year 8)

Fourth Prize – Soma Harrison-Corney (Year 7)

Other Participants/Runners-Up: Lucia King and Jessica House (Year 8) and Andres Moreno (Year 10 SEAL)


Emma Schultz  

Year 9 SEAL student



Mordialloc College has a set of operational guidelines for managing severe allergies and anaphylaxis within the student population.

As members of the Mordialloc College Community we would like all students, parents and carers to be aware of the following facts regarding anaphylaxis. 



House Athletics


Holiday Information from Metro Trains

Train Line Works

Passengers are advised to plan ahead to avoid long delays as much-needed upgrades across the network are scheduled to take place during the April holiday period. 

Throughout April works will take place to build the eastern entrance of the Metro Tunnel, remove the dangerous level crossing at Carrum and upgrade power and signalling across the network.


It is expected to be busier than usual on other public transport services and roads.


To avoid increased delays and congestion, here are some tips:


  • Avoid peak times and travel before 7am or after 9am
  • If you can, arrive in the City before 7am – make the most of the Early Bird Fare. Touch off before 7.15am and your train travel is free.
  • Visit for up to date public transport information.


Please note, buses will replace trains on the Cranbourne, Pakenham and Frankston lines on Tuesday 23 April, the first day of Term 2 for many schools. 


Whilst we recognise the majority of these works take place during the school holidays, we encourage staff and students to plan their journey in advance during this period.


Buses replace trains in March and April

Cranbourne and Pakenham lines

Passengers are advised to allow an extra 60 minutes to their journey, noting that it may be busier during peak times.



Buses replace trains between:

11pm Friday 22 March to last train Sunday 24 March

Flinders Street and Caulfield

First train to 9pm Wednesday 27 March

Westall, Cranbourne and Pakenham

8pm to last train Wednesday 27 March

Caulfield, Cranbourne and Pakenham

Thursday 28 March, first train to last train

Westall, Cranbourne and Pakenham

11:30pm Friday 5 April to 1am Saturday 13 April

Flinders Street and Caulfield

Monday 8 April to Wednesday 10 April, 8pm* to last train each night

Dandenong, Cranbourne and Pakenham

1am Saturday 13 April to last train Sunday 14 April

Flinders Street and Westall

Monday 15 April to Thursday 18 April, first train to last train

Flinders Street and Caulfield

Friday 19 April to Sunday 21 April, first train to last train

Flinders Street and Westall

Monday 22 April to Tuesday 23 April, first train to last train

Flinders Street and Caulfield


Frankston and Stony Point lines

Passengers are advised to allow an extra 60 minutes to their journey, noting that it may be busier during peak times.



Buses replace trains between:

11pm* Friday 22 March to last train Sunday 24 March

Flinders Street and Caulfield

Monday 1 April to Wednesday 3 April, first train to last train

Mordialloc and Frankston

11:30pm Friday 5 April to 1:00am Saturday 13 April

Flinders Street and Caulfield

11:30pm Friday 5 April to last train Tuesday 23 April

Frankston and Stony Point

1am Saturday 13 April to last train Sunday 14 April

Flinders Street and Moorabbin

Monday 15 April to Thursday 18 April, first train to last train

Flinders Street and Caulfield

Friday 19 April to Sunday 21 April, first train to last train

Flinders Street and Moorabbin

Monday 22 April to Tuesday 23 April, first train to last train

Flinders Street and Caulfield

Sandringham Line – weekends and Easter

Passengers are advised to allow an extra 45 minutes to their journey, noting that it may be busier during peak times.



Buses replace trains between:

11pm Friday 22 March to last train Sunday 24 March

Flinders Street and Sandringham

11:30pm Friday 5 April to 12pm Saturday 6 April

Flinders Street and Sandringham

1am Saturday 13 to last train Sunday 14 April

Flinders Street and Sandringham

Friday 19 April to Sunday 21 April, first train to last train

Flinders Street and Sandringham

First train Monday 22 April to 12:30pm** Monday
22 April

Flinders Street and Sandringham

7:30pm* Monday 22 April to last train Monday 22 April

Flinders Street and Sandringham

** Train services return 12.30pm to 7.30pm on Monday 22 April.

Glen Waverley Line

Passengers are advised to allow an extra 45 minutes to their journey while buses replace trains. It will be busier than usual due to the weekday closures of the Cranbourne, Pakenham and Frankston lines, so during weekdays passengers should plan ahead to avoid long delays.



Buses replace trains between:

1am* Saturday 13 April to last train Sunday 14 April

Burnley and Darling

Mernda Line

Passengers are advised to allow an extra 45 minutes to their journey while buses replace trains.


Buses replace trains between:

Monday 1 April to Tuesday 2 April, 8.30pm each night to last train

Parliament and Clifton Hill

Wednesday 3 April, after 8.30pm to last train

Parliament and Epping

Thursday 4 April to Tuesday 9 April

Thornbury and Epping


An altered timetable will be in effect in April, and other planned or unplanned disruptions may occur during this period. For journey planning, service information and up-to-date timetable information, visit or call 1800 800 007. For information about roads visit

For more information about these projects, visit or call 1800 105 105.

We thank you for your patience as we work towards delivering an upgraded transport network for Melbourne’s growing population.

*Dates and times are approximate only and may change.




Community News

Dobsons School Uniform Shop Trading Hours for Term 1 2019

Monday 8:30 am - 11:30 am

Wednesday 12:30 pm - 4:00 pm


Please see below for extra opening hours

Sat April 6  9.00am – 12.00pm

Wed April 17 10.00am – 3.00pm

Tue April 23 8.30am – 11.30am (Easter Tuesday)

Wed April 24 12.30pm – 4.00pm (return to normal)


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


Private appointments are available after shop hours. Please call 8587 0570 for an appointment.

Visit the new, improved website for information and pricing 'Click and Collect' is available.

Carrum - Patterson Lakes Junior Football Club


Bayside Mobile Blood Bank Serivces


Aspendale Gardens Community Centre


Opportunity to Participate in a Study being done by Monash University


Glen Eira Council 'This Girl Can' Event

Glen Eira Leisure have received a grant through VicHealthto deliver an event for This Girl Can Vic.


They are running an event that aims to empower, encourage and inspire women to become physically active in a fun and accessible way to include all. On Sunday April 7, they are running a FREE Mega Fitness Class, followed by some light refreshments to encourage conversation and social connection. This will be complimented by a panel discussion with guest speakers. This includes, Chloe Molloy (Collingwood Football Club), Angie Green (Stand Up Events), Libby Dewar (Attendant Support Program Coordinator) and Julie (GESAC Member, Mum, Marathon Runner).


The Event is age appropriate for 12 years and older. Glen Eira Council are encouraging mothers and daughters to attend this event together.

College News
TOPS Parent explanatory statement 1.7.pdf
Cran Pak Frankston brochure.pdf
Glen Waverley brochure.pdf
Sandringham brochure.pdf