Mentone Girls' Secondary College Newsletter

13 September 2018
Issue Fourteen
Key Dates
Principal's Message
College Matters
Art & Design 
Student Success
St Hilda's excursion
Environmental Science
Health & PE 
Performing arts 
World Challenge
Getting Girls on Track
In our community
School information 
Mentone Girls' Secondary College
(03) 9581 5200
Corner Balcombe Road & Charman Road
Mentone, Victoria, 3194

Key Dates


Friday 14 September

SRC Free Dress Day - Footy theme 


Saturday 15 September

9am, ELC Garden Working Bee


Monday 17 September

District Track & Field carnival


Tuesday 19 September

Mid-Autumn Festival


Wednesday 19 September

2.15pm, Colour Run 

7pm, Music and Theatre Soiree


Thursday 20 September

10.15am, College Assembly 


Friday 21 September 

Last day of Term 3.  2.15pm finish.

Term 4

Monday 8 October

First day of Term 4


Tuesday 9 October

7pm, PFA meeting


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

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


Thursday 25 October 

7pm, PSA Reunion - Classes of 2003 & 1998

Principal's Message

Dear Parents and Families 


I am sure that students are counting down the number of days, sleeps and hours until the holidays.  It has been a very busy term for everyone.  The Year 12 students in particular will be counting down to their exams next term, which will be the final stretch of their six-year journey. 


We have been undertaking our School Review over the past two weeks and this process has involved many members of our school community. Geri Sumpter from our School Council joined me on the panel with Carol Duggan and Bronwyn Moline (Assistant Principals), Dr Mary Cannon (Principal of Canterbury Girls’ Secondary College), Steve Cook (Principal of Albert Park College), Ruby Crofts (Year 11 College Vice-Captain) and Ailish Byrne (Year 10) . The process has focused on our achievement data over the past four years as well as hearing from students and parents who contributed feedback through focus groups to the panel. The panel has visited classroom to observe lessons in action and there have been a range of interviews with various groups of staff. We have much to celebrate at our college and this has been mentioned many times during the process.  We look forward to developing our future goals with the panel and thank all those who have contributed to this process along the way.


The Performing Arts Domain has been extremely busy of late with many events taking place over the last few weeks. The week after our school musical, Wonder in Aliceland, there was the Winter Concert, which highlighted the talents of our music students and the dedication of the instrumental music teachers. Many thanks go to Tim Veevers, Wendy Harvey, Stuart Campbell, Sue Cook, Cassandra Gibson, Alexandra Mikhailova, Peter Blick, Sarah-Louise Jacobs and David Seedsman.  I also congratulate them on their performances at Dizzy's Jazz Club on Tuesday night.


As we draw closer to the end of the term, I would like to thank Trent McIntyre (who replaced Phil Hull) and Teagan Dixon (who replaced Tess Molina) for their contribution to the college.


The second instalment of our MGSC podcast has just been released and focuses on the sport and physical education areas of the College as well as Pick My Project. You can listen to the podcasts via the link in this newsletter, website or iTunes. If you have not voted for our project yet, there is still time. 



Ms Linda Brown 

College Matters

End of term 

Friday 21 September is the last day of term 3.  It will be a four period day with an early finish. Bell times are: 

8.30am  Students may enter buildings

8.50am – 9.50am  Period 1

9.50am – 10.15am  Recess

10.20am – 11.20pm  Period 2

11.25pm – 12.25pm  Period 3

12.25pm – 1.10pm  Lunch

1.15pm – 2.15pm Period 4


Students need to empty their lockers of all food and books.

Presentation Evening and the Valedictory Dinner

Awards, incentives and recognition are an important part of the education process, to continue to encourage our students to always strive to be their best.


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 students in Years 7 to 11 will receive their awards for outstanding achievement at Presentation Evening on Tuesday 27 November. Both events are viewed as a prestigious and memorable occasions.


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. Teachers are in the process of nominating students for these awards. The successful recipients will be notified in term 4.

Uniform options

In September and October, students have the option to wear either summer or winter uniform to suit Melbourne's changeable weather. This must be the full summer or winter uniform. Elements of each uniform cannot be mixed. From 1 November summer uniform only can be worn. 

Second-hand Uniform Shop

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, when it will move to Friday 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.

Student Safety

Recently one of our students was approached by a man behaving in a strange and inappropriate manner. She has asked me to remind all students to be aware of their surroundings and not to approach anyone they are unsure of.

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. 

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, Textiles 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.

Save the date! 


Episode # 2 now available 

Off Air Media, former students Georgia Higgins and Katherine Powell (2013), who studied Media at Swinburne University have produced the second in a series of Podcasts about events and activities at the College.  The theme is sport and physical education.  All episodes can be found at:





Or search Mentone Girls' Secondary on your Podcasts app.


Happy listening! 

Student Success

Deakin Capture Art & Performance Prize

Five media students have been short-listed in the Deakin University  Capture Art and Performance Prize exhibition.  Congratulations to: 

 Annalise Cipin and Alex Webb (Year 11)

Georgia Cooper, Deneka Xavier, Jemma Hunt (Year 12) 

There were  60 applicants for the prize this year, only 16 finalists and five of those are MGSC students (and featured on the promotional material). What an achievement! The awards will be announced on Friday 14 September. The exhibition is at The Project Space at Deakin University Waterfront Campus, Geelong until 26 September. 


St John's Champions Award

Congratulations to Mya Winnell (Year 8), the recipient of a St Johns Champions Award for bravery and for performing first aid in an emergency situation. 

Mya and her brother were on the train, on the way home after school, and assisted a man having a seizure. Mya called an ambulance and kept him company until they could attend to him at the next station.  Mya and her brother showed clarity of mind in a stressful situation, their actions making a tangible difference to his recovery and safety on the day.  Thank you and well done. 



The international students in the English Language Centre have been working diligently on all of their tasks. They are in the process of completing CATs and cannot wait for the holidays as some are returning home to Vietnam and China to visit their families. Thank you to all the students and homestay parents for making them feel so welcomed. Next term, they will be visiting Sovereign Hill.


We also want to congratulate the Year 12 EAL students for completing all of their SACs successfully, and to wish them good luck for their upcoming practice exams.

Working Bee - Saturday 15 September

Year 10 Bridging Biodiversity and Sustainability Garden Project 

The Bridging students are very excited about their garden, and have marked out an area near the oval.  Although they have come a long way, and are enthusiastic each time they are in the garden, they need some support.  


For this reason, we are holding a Working Bee on Saturday 15 September from 9am to midday. 

If you are able to attend, please bring a spade if you are able to do so. Refreshments will be provided. 

Any queries and to advise of any dietary requirements please email me on [email protected]


Ms Ekaterina Xanthopoulos

EAL & ELC Coordinator

St Hilda's excursion

St Hilda’s College is one of many (and from what I heard on Monday 3 September, one of the best) residential colleges of Melbourne University. The student populous is tight enough that it feels like a community but not sparse enough to be rural Victoria. The dorms are very open -and not gendered!- and whilst we were taking the tour you could definitely see the pride the students took in their living space. 


Before the dinner, Ms Mel Erwin asked us which areas of study we were interested in. She then organised our tables based on our preferences, so that we would get to talk to students who could translate our hopes into real experiences. I was next to Ciara, a funky, blue-haired Psych major, who gave us the intimate details of uni life. We kind of interrogated her about things that we thought were important - like uni clubs, dating and parties - whilst also gaining an insight into the practicals, like her courses, the components of her degree, and all that important stuff. The food was also really, really good, and apparently St Hilda’s provides the students with jobs in the kitchen (and I hear the money is good). 


After dinner we had a cosy little chat in the tutors' lounge with the Principal, Dr Brenda Holt, who really seems like more of a loving southern grandma than Ms Erwin’s boss. She answered our questions and endeared us further to the college. Particularly, she answered my question about the support available to students experiencing mental health issues. The environment around that sort of thing seemed very open and supportive. She made it clear that there were many supports available to students, including counselling from other students.


All in all, the atmosphere of St Hilda’s College was very friendly and welcoming, and definitely seemed like a place anyone would be able to call home. 


Dessy Turk (Year 11)


Model United Nations Conference 

After weeks of preparation, the day had finally come! 


Students from Year 9 to 11 had been meeting for weeks to discuss how malnutrition effects the countries  we had been allocated to represent in the United Nations Association of Australia (UNAA) Model United Nations Conference at Mentone Grammar. Before attending the event on Tuesday 28 August, we had been busy researching which countries would be our allies and our enemies and how to create the most effective decisions on behalf of our country.


Our two teams, representing Vanuatu and Afghanistan, presented our points of view on the topic of Zero Hunger, acting as official members for our country. The day was filled with debating and discussion with heated dialogue from unexpected powerhouse countries. All the preparation was well worth the fun that we had on the day, and we all learnt so much about not only international relations and the effects hunger has on the world, but also public speaking, self-confidence and team work! It was also a great opportunity to form friendships with other students, as well as meeting like-minded students from other schools across Melbourne.


Thank you to the teachers that supported us on the day, but especially to Ms  Wendy Harvey for all the time and passion she put in to prepare us for the day. 


Grace Lawson  (Year 11)


Environmental Science

CERES Environment Park excursion

On Friday 8 September, the Unit 2 Environmental Science class visited CERES Environment Park in East Brunswick. They are currently studying the impacts of pollution and how we can use environmental indicators to assess the health of the environment.


The students spent the day gaining valuable fieldwork skills whilst investigating the health of the environment around Merri Creek. In the morning we went on an urban impact walk and were shocked to see the large number of plastic bottles that littered the banks of the creek! Then in the afternoon we spent some time conducting water quality tests and attempted, without much success to catch some of the different macro-invertebrates that call the creek home. From the information that they collected the students were able to conclude that Merri Creek is a healthy waterway and emphasised how important it is to keep our environment clean.


Miss Ashleigh Bendall

Environmental Science Teacher


Health & PE 

Year 8 Hip Hop Competition

Our Year 8 Hip Hop competition was held at lunchtime last Friday. Year 8 students choreographed and performed hip hop routines as part of their Physical Education classes. The best group from each class  was then selected to performed in the competition. 


Well done to all competing groups. Judging was extremely different. Your performances were dynamic, well-rehearsed and full of enthusiasm.


1st – 8D  Molly, Imogen, Keziah, Natalie, Sophia

2nd – 8C Marcelle, Alex, Hayley, Samantha, Vicky

3rd  – 8A  Allie, Olivia, Beth, Zoe


Colour Run

The Colour Run is period 4 on Wednesday 19 September. All details are on Compass. We look forward to having lots of colourful fun celebrating positive health and wellbeing.


Ms Jackie Mathews

Domain Leader, Health & PE


Performing arts 


The music department has been busy with the Winter Concert and Dizzy's Jazz Club gig in recent weeks. Thank you to music staff and the students for the hours of rehearsal and preparation that saw these events a success for participants and audiences.


Mr Tim Veevers

Director of Performing Arts


World Challenge

Students have recently been asked to provide their dietary needs to their teachers so they can be adequately catered for on the flights and during trekking. Teachers will also be checking each student's training log to ensure they have adequately trained for the expedition. Should a student be unable to demonstrate adequate training, MGSC will request they no longer participate in the expedition.


Due to Thai Airways cancelling Saturday flights, World Challenge has arranged for everyone to depart one day earlier and have an overnight stay in Bangkok, with accommodation, transfer, food and some spending money.


The revised departure arrangements require everyone to be at Tullamarine airport by  9.30pm on Thursday 29 November. 


Hint #17: Extra items such as a deck of playing cards or a small frisbee or ball will help pass the time at the end of each day trekking.


Mr Michael Warden

World Challenge Coordinator

Getting Girls on Track

Pick My Project - last day

An initiative to build a running track at MGSC has been short-listed in the 'Pick My Project' grants program. The track will be part of an upgrade of the school's sporting facilities which will see an improved field games surface.  Our community - parents and students over 16 years old can make this project a reality. There are four steps:


1. Register at 

2. Select Mentone VIC 3184 or 175 Balcombe Road 

3. Pick Getting Girls on Track. You get two more votes.  (Consider the Light the Night Project at the Mentone Reserve.)  

4. Spread the word. Get your friends and family to vote. 





In our community

Try Bowls in October at Beaumaris Bowls Club


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

Hand into the 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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